Artistic Hub Creates and Curates New Works in Canadian Dance

The Pro Bono Cause

Dancemakers (DM) is a unique artistic endeavour that brings together contemporary dancers and choreographers in one of Toronto’s showcase spaces, the Distillery District. Over its 40 year history, DM has offered more than 100 extraordinary dances that “mine the relationships between bodies, environments, sounds and images.” The company has performed at home and across Canada, and has presented local, national and international dancers and choreographers.

In 2014, DM introduced a new model – one that enables the newly formed position of curator to select choreographers who represent different styles and influences, giving voice to a diversity of artists. The launch of the Incubation Production House program allowed DM to become a curated centre for the creation and nurturing of new works, which in turn enables the public to engage with dance in unexpected ways.

The Osler Pro Bono Connection

Osler senior litigation partner Brett Ledger was instrumental in addressing HR issues and negotiating contracts as the organization underwent the major transformation of launching the Incubation Production House program while continuing to offer its services. He also serves as a member of Dancemakers’ board.

Volunteer Reflections

“Dancemakers has, for 40 years, been an innovative force for the creation of dance in our country and an important part of Toronto’s strong and diverse cultural community. I have been fortunate to have been involved on their Board and to have had the opportunity to provide assistance to Dancemakers, and to make a small contribution to the building of a vibrant cultural community.”

Brett Ledger

Brett Ledger
Senior Litigation Partner (Toronto)