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Joe Blades @ Sage Hill Experience. Photo by Steven Ross Smith, Lumsden SK, 2001 How to book Joe Blades for Public Readings; Festival Appearances; School, College & University Visits; Author Residencies; et cetera

There are numerous organizations and agencies with programs to enable you to arrange and finance, or help finance, public readings by Joe Blades. In-class and private readings, talks, lectures, workshops, etc. may also be possible through other programs or through direct privately-funded contracts. Sometimes, his publishers might also have monies to assist with public book launch promotional activities.

For public readings within Canada, including many at universities and in festivals, the organizations and agencies with programs include:

Canada Council for the Arts / Conseil des Arts du Canada
Writing and Publishing Section
Canada Council for the Arts
350 Albert St / Box 1047
Ottawa ON K1P 5V8
Tel: 1-800-263-5588 or (613) 566-4414

1. Literary Readings, Literary Festivals and Author Residencies
    “This Canada Council for the Arts program increases knowledge and appreciation of Canadian writing by providing opportunities for writers to read from their works. The program also provides financial assistance to organizations that wish to retain the services of a writer-in-residence and are able to match the contribution made by the Canada Council. The purpose of the author residencies is to encourage exchanges between the author and the community, and to enable the author to work on a writing project.”
• 1 March: for readings, festivals and author residencies between 1 July and the following 30 June. (Author residencies have only one deadline per year.)
• 1 September: for readings and festivals between 1 January and 31 December annually.
Application form

2. Co-operative Projects in Writing and Publishing
    “This program provides assistance for co-operative marketing, promotional and research projects. Projects must increase public awareness of and access to Canadian writing, books and periodicals, or directly enhance the ability of professional writers or publishers (including storytellers, spoken word artists and literary translators) to create, produce and disseminate Canadian literature.”
• 15 March or 15 September for Annual Project Grants. Application form
• 15 September 2007 for Multi-year Assistance for National Arts Service Orgnaizations (NASO)
• 15 September 2009 for Multi-year Project Grants

NOTE: Programs may change and other programs may exist that could lend support. It’s best to communicate with a Canada Council program officer when considering your options before applying. Joe may also be available through various media arts or visual arts programs.

League of Canadian Poets
608–920 Yonge St
Toronto ON M4W 3C7
Tel: 416-504-1657. Fax: 416-504-0096

Joe’s “Who’s Who” page @ the LCP

All LCP Readings Programs:

1. CANADA POETRY TOURS (Canada Council)
• For readings 1 April to 30 Sept. Deadline: January 31.
• For readings 1 Oct to 31 March. Deadline: July 31.
Application form

2. POETS IN THE SCHOOLS (Ontario Arts Council)
    Ongoing throughout fiscal-school year.
• Young Poets Week (April). Applic. deadline: 15 March.
Application form

3. Readings in Public Places (Toronto Arts Council)
    Ongoing throughout fiscal year. Application form

4. National Poetry Month (April)
    Program's focus changes year to year. Check here. Deadline: 15 January. Application form

The Writers’ Union of Canada
200–90 Richmond St E
Toronto ON M5R 1V8
Fax: 416-504-9090; Tel: 416-703-8982 ext. 223

Joe’s Member page @ TWUC

All TWUC Readings Programs:

1. National Public Readings Program
    Funding period runs from April 1 to March 31, annually, and is divided up into FALL (1 Sept to 31 March) and SPRING (1 April to 31 August) sessions. Apply at least four weeks prior to the event. Application form

2. Writers-in-the-Schools Program (Ontario Arts Council)
    For visits to Ontario elementary and secondary schools. Application form for school visits 1 April–30 June

3. Writers-in-the-Schools Northern Ontario Program (Ontario Arts Council)
    For elementary and secondary schools in Northern Ontario the opportunity to have an author visit at no cost to the school. Deadline: January 15. Application form

Arts-by-Invitation Program & Artist in Residence (4 weeks or less)/a>
   61 Carleton St
   Fredericton NB E3B 3T2
   Ph: (506) 444-4444, Toll free within NB: 1 (866) 460-ARTS (2787), fax (506) 444-5543
• 1. Arts-by-Invitation Program: To present work by invitation within New Brunswick and out-of-province at established arts events of national or international repute; to promote, encourage and increase the participation and representation in arts festivals, competitions and exhibitions; and to increase opportunities for NB artists to promote and disseminate work.
    Six deadlines per fiscal year: 1 April, 1 June, 1 August, 1 October, 1 December, 1 February. Applications should be received 4 to 6 weeks prior to the event.
• 2. Artist in Residence (4 weeks or less): "This component of the program is intended for professional artists who seek to pursue specific projects relating to their creative work through participation in residency opportunities at home or outside the province. The artists in residence are to contribute to the promotion and understanding of the arts by means of the artists’ contact with the clientele of the establishments." •
Application form

New Brunswick Artists-in-Schools Residency program
A joint program of the NB Dept. of Wellness, Culture and Sport and the Educational Programs and Services Branch of the NB Dept. of Education.
• “The Artists-in-Schools Residency Program is designed to encourage students to express themselves and to take part in the creative process under the guidance and direction of New Brunswick’s established artists. Professional artists or companies are invited to submit proposals for projects, which may include demonstrations or workshops in visual arts, music, theatre, dance, or multidisciplinary arts. One project is offered each year in each school district to students from kindergarten to grade 12.”
• This means that the artist and school(s) must collaborate well in advance to develop a proposal so that the artist may complete the application.
   Wellness, Culture and Sport
   Box 6000
   Fredericton NB E3B 5H1
   ph (506) 453-2555, fax 506 453-2416
The website: includes program guidelines and application form.

New Brunswick Writers in the Schools Program (WISP)
A project of the New Brunswick Department of Education • For a very modest fee, schools in New Brunswick can get readings–workshops–talks by Joe Blades. The program books visits scheduled for Sept to March annually.
   c/o Ginny Hill, Coordinator
   184 Hennesssey Rd
   Moncton NB E1A 6B3
   Tel (506) 859-1903, fax (506) 859-4079

Québec–New Brunswick Coop Agreement
“The cultural exchange program is intended for Québec and New Brunswick cultural organizations, artists and groups of artists to provide them with financial assistance in an effort to facilitate exchanges between the two provinces. The program is designed to promote increased participation of Quebec artists in New Brunswick’s major cultural events and of their New Brunswick counterparts in Quebec’s events.”
• Website:

To get Joe Blades outside Canada for international readings, book launch and promotion tours, academic lectures, et cetera, the following might work:

1. Foreign Affairs Canada / Affaires étrangères Canada: contact the Academic and Cultural Officer at the Canadian Embassy in, or representing, your country. Their support is essential to organizing a funded vist (unless you have really deep pockets) and their knowledge of Canadian and local programs and support is invaluable. Arts and Cultural Industries / Arts et industries culturelles contains info on programs, Canadian embassies and staff worldwide. Foreign Affairs Canada programs change but they may have some for of assistance available. Their Cultural Personalities in Canadian Studies Exchange Program has supported Joe for presentations in Serbia and Bosnia.

2. Canada Council for the Arts / Conseil des Arts du Canada
Writing and Publishing Section
Canada Council for the Arts
350 Albert St / Box 1047
Ottawa ON K1P 5V8
Tel: 1-800-263-5588 or (613) 566-4414
• The Canada Council has various programs for international presentation that have been successfully accessed by or for Joe Blades’ activities including:

1. Internationl [book] Translation Grants. Applications may be made by non-Canadian publishers with commitments to translate and publish non-English editions of Joe's published books.

2. Travel Grants for Professional Writers
    To respond to invitations on occasions that are of great importance to my career . . . keynote speaker at an international conference or a large international festival, being guest of honour at an important book fair abroad, receiving official international honours or prizes, or to attend a book launch abroad by a foreign publisher, etc.
    Deadline: there is no deadline for these grants, but applications must be submitted prior to date of departure. Joe must submit an application two to three months ahead of time for results before the departure date.
Application form

3. Outreach Program: International Marketing and Promotions.
    Deadline: there is no deadline for these grants, but applications must be submitted prior to date of departure. Joe must submit an application two to three months ahead of time for results before the departure date.