At RBC, we care about investing in the places where we live and work. Our support of the arts has been a long-standing priority as we recognize that the arts play an important role in building vibrant communities and strong economies.
In 2013, the RBC Foundation committed $6.7 million to arts and cultural organizations, supporting local, national and international initiatives. The RBC Emerging Artists Project helps artists bridge the gap from emerging to established, and supports organizations that provide the best opportunity to advance their career trajectory. We support arts organizations and artists in a range of genres including visual art, music, theatre, performance, literature and film.
We support programs that provide emerging artists with mentorship, apprenticeships and exposure to new and diverse audiences throughout their career. Need support for your program? Applications for RBC Emerging Artists Project grants are accepted year-round.
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Our featured dance partner
The RBC Apprentice program at the National Ballet is the company’s primary means of developing young dancers. The program provides development and mentorship opportunities while helping prepare and transition the dancers from school to professional careers. Each year, 300 program applications are received from around the world to fill just ten Apprentice positions. The selected dancers are the most promising candidates who refine their technique, gain performance experience and grow into professional dancers filling the ranks of respected dance companies worldwide.
Other dance organizations we support
Skylar Campbell was born in Laguna Beach, California and trained at The V & T Dance Academy in Orange County, California. Mr. Campbell joined The National Ballet of Canada as an RBC Apprentice in 2009 and was promoted to Second Soloist in 2013. Mr. Campbell’s repertoire includes the title role in the Canadian premiere of Nijinsky, Alain in La Fille mal gardée and Bluebird pas de deux in The Sleeping Beauty as well as roles in Swan Lake, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, A Month in the Country, Cinderella, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Onegin, Don Quixote, Hamlet, The Seagull, Elite Syncopations, Carmen, Pur ti Miro, Theme and Variations, The Four Seasons, Emergence and the second detail. Recently, Mr. Campbell debuted as Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet by Alexei Ratmansky, Peter/The Nutcracker in The Nutcracker and danced in the North American Premiere of Spectre de la Rose by Marco Goecke as well as the world premiere of ... black night’s bright day … choreographed by James Kudelka.
During his training, Mr. Campbell was one of the top ten male finalists at the Prix de Lausanne and the Bronze Medal winner for pas de deux at the Youth America Grand Prix.
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Our featured film partner
The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) presents the best of international and Canadian cinema to film lovers, and hopes to lead the world in creative and cultural discovery through film. TIFF began as a ten-day film festival, and now offers programming 365 days a year through screenings, lectures, discussions, workshops, industry support and the chance for the public to meet filmmakers from Canada and around the world.
The RBC Emerging Filmmakers Competition is part of Talent Lab, a four-day intensive program at the Toronto International Film Festival that offers artistic development opportunities to a select group of emerging Canadian and international filmmakers.
Other film organizations we support
Alireza had worked with several prominent Iranian filmmakers, including Oscar-winner Asghar Farhadi, before moving to Malaysia where he studied Creative Multimedia and worked as a Visual Effects Supervisor. He received his MFA in Film Production from SCAD, USA. In 2012, he was selected for Cinéfondation Residency of Cannes Film Festival. His last short film, Mr. Chang’s New Address, premiered at Director’s Fortnight of Cannes Film Festival. Alireza currently lives in the United States and Lebanon and is working on his first feature film.
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Our featured music partner
Canadian Opera Company (COC) is the largest producer of opera in Canada. Along with an active production calendar, the COC also provides young Canadian opera professionals, advanced instruction, hands-on experience, and the practical career development skills necessary to succeed as a self-employed artist through their Ensemble studio program. RBC Foundation has supported the Ensemble Studio Program for nearly 20 years. The studio is Canada’s premier training program for young opera professionals, providing advanced instruction, hands-on experience and career development opportunities. In this one – three year program, singers receive vocal and theatrical instruction, understudy major roles, participate in education and outreach programs and perform in COC main stage productions.
Other music organizations we support
Soprano Karine Boucher, recently graduated from the Atelier Lyrique, l’Opéra de Montréal and was the youngest artist ever accepted into this training program. In 2011, she was also a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
Karine comes from Québec City, and holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the Québec Conservatory.
Karine’s past roles include Annina in La Traviata, Inez in Il Trovatore and Rosette in Manon (Opéra de Montréal); Miss Pinkerton in The Old Maid and the Thief and Micaëla in Carmen (Atelier lyrique); and Kätchen in Matrimonia Segreto (Québec Conservatory). She can’t pick just one dream role, specifying Verdi and Puccini as two composers that she especially loves. But she says that these roles require maturity. “So I have to be patient,” she adds.
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Our featured theatre partner
The Canadian Stage RBC Emerging Artist Program offers a variety of free training and artistic development opportunities for emerging artists and arts professionals, including:
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Jordan Tannahill is a Canadian playwright, filmmaker, and theatre director described by the Toronto Star as "one of Canada’s most promising young independent theatre artists".Originally from Ottawa, Ontario, he is currently based in Toronto.
Through his company Suburban Beast, Tannahill writes and directs performances for theatres, galleries, and found spaces. His work frequently integrates experimental theatre and multimedia and often contains elements of magic realism and explores themes of queer identity, youth subculture, and suburbia. Tannahill's play Late Company, for instance, investigates the impact of a gay adolescent's suicide on his parents and the family of his high school tormentor, while his play Concord Floral is a contemporary adaptation of Giovanni Boccaccio's 14th century allegory The Decameron, set in the Toronto suburb of Vaughan and featuring a cast of youth from the region.
His most recent accolades include being the youngest ever recipient of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama (2014), The Globe and Mail’s Canadian Artist of the Year (2014), The John Hirsch Prize (2014), The Toronto Arts Foundation’s Emerging Artist Award (2014), The Buddies in Bad Times Theatre Emerging Queer Artist Award (2014) and ARTINFO’s ’30 Under 30’ most influential people in the Canadian Art World (2014).
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Our featured visual arts partner
The Canadian Art Foundation (CAF) is uniquely Canadian, with a mandate to promote the understanding and appreciation of visual arts in Canada. The CAF enriches the public visual art education experience by profiling Canadian artists at home and abroad. It also encourages public engagement with the visual arts and advances the careers of emerging artists and writers.
RBC partners with the CAF to deliver the annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition . The competition is central to CAF's activities, and shares RBC's goal of providing a forum for audiences to engage with artists and their work through educational programs.
Other visual arts organizations we support
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Our featured literary partner
The Writers’ Trust of Canada was founded by five notable Canadian authors — Margaret Atwood, Pierre Berton, Graeme Gibson, Margaret Laurence, and David Young — to encourage a flourishing writing community in Canada. The RBC Brownen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers, established in memory of poet and short fiction writer Bronwen Wallace, recognizes promising writers. Through the award, finalists meet and engage with each other, as well as with experienced writers and publishing industry leaders. As a result, many informal mentorships are developed between finalists, past jurors and other alumni. To enrich the experience of emerging writers, the finalists also receive written feedback from the jurors to better their writing and/or guide their career development.
Other literary organizations we support
Leah Jane Esau is a playwright and fiction writer based in Montreal, where she recently graduated from the National Theatre School of Canada. Her play Disappeared won the 2012 Pam Dunn Award as well as the 2012 Tom Hendry Award. Leah holds an MA in drama from the University of Toronto and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Guelph.