Join us on April 19th
The Grand Rally For Canadian Comedy is a celebration of our accomplishments and the exciting initiatives that CASC has been working on over the last year.
This April 19th, help us raise awareness, motivate our members and fundraise for CASC!
Like any association, there are a myriad of costs involved to keep the engine moving - hiring lobbyists, trips to Parliament Hill, hosting meetings and events.
This rally will be to raise funds for specific targets and goals to benefit all comedians across Canada - sketch, improv and stand-up alike.
A GRAND RALLY FOR CANADIAN COMEDY
WHEN: April 19th
WHERE: The Theatre Centre
The Canadian Association of Stand-Up Comedians (CASC) will present the inaugural Grand Rally for Canadian Comedy on April 19, 2020 at The Theatre Centre in Toronto. The Rally will feature keynote addresses from industry leaders and government officials, performances from stand-up, improv and sketch comedians, and a call to action to build support for the Canadian Association of Stand-Up Comedians.
“As we approached the end of 2019 it became very clear that 2020 had to be the year of action and demonstration, and that each and everyone of us must rise up and demand our rights as artists in this country,” said CASC executive Sandra Battaglini.
Hosted by comedy drag queen Vicki Lix, the Grand Rally for Canadian Comedy will include appearances by CASC executives, Running at the Mouth, Hunter Collins, Monkey Toast, Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, and more. The Rally will address the successes and challenges of the last three years of CASC, and become a literal rallying cry to help establish industry standards that support the Canadian comedy community including labour mobility, arts grants, and stop the perceived immediate threat to Canadian culture.
More speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.
Projects and Goals
Government Trips to Ottawa
These meetings help CASC to establish a strong and formidable presence in the arts sector, create personal relationships with government officials and provide invaluable intelligence on how best to navigate through various levels of government. We plan to return to Ottawa this May and again in the fall but only with your help!
CASC is looking to raise $5,000 to cover these costs.
Haven Helpline is a 24/7 Harassment and Violence Emergency Network. This service would provide CASC members with a place to go when they need help with harassment and workplace assault incidents.
In order for CASC to be able to provide this service to our members, we will need $2000 to cover the cost. ACTRA has generously donated $1000 for our first year.
CASC has been invited to participate in Canada’s Creative Industries International Trade Mission to Europe (Germany, Netherlands, Sweden). It is an exciting opportunity to promote our export strategy, accompany government officials at various meetings as well as interact with Canadian business delegates and local businesses.
These meetings will bring us closer to building a European pipeline for Canadian Comedians, creating new opportunities for our community to share our stories with the world and promote the brand of Canada as a Comedy Nation.