The CANCOM Comedy Symposium is a series of exciting hybrid events featuring professional development workshops for Canadian live comedy performance workers in artistic and technical occupations. For the first time ever, federal funding will go toward a national comedy program designed, managed, and delivered by comedy artists, for comedy artists. Read that again. The CANCOM Board is grateful for the support we can use to hire and engage Canadian comedy workers.
Between October 2022 and the end of March 2023, there will be six (6), 90-minute in-person workshops in cities across the country that will be live-streamed for an online industry audience. The cities scheduled are: Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, & Moncton, (not necessarily in that order).
The objective is to provide long-term career networks and improve skills for comedians and comedy tech workers. This will help them create content, find employment, and access the support necessary while pursuing comedy success on the global market. The Symposium will create ongoing opportunities for economic activity and professional advancement, as well as resources for health improvement for all participants. This unique national event will bring the comedy community together in a fun and rewarding way that has never happened before.
The programming will be made accessible to live comedy performance workers in all geographical regions and equity-deserving populations. CANCOM will ensure all participants and contributors can benefit from having their voices, experiences, and creative innovations included in acquiring business intelligence and training for an improved pathway to pursue and acquire employment, income, skills, training, and health support in their careers.
The paid, on-camera roles at each training workshop include in-person Facilitators and Educators, as well as online Peer Coordinators who will contribute virtually. The sketch, improv, and stand-up comedy artists who fill these roles will collaborate on interactive, comedy-inspired content and creative exercises that will educate and empower comedians to tell inclusive, diverse, hilarious stories. Featuring additional industry expert presenters, each workshop will be recorded, edited and available for archive viewing for professional development by future comedy workers and industry stakeholders.
Live comedy performance workers in technical occupations will be paid for their roles off camera in helping to deliver the online and in-person production elements of each workshop. Stakeholders in the live comedy performance sector, including venues, will get training, experience, and resources relevant to ongoing business success and resiliency.
Registration is free but required for all in-person and online participants and event attendees. All comedy industry stakeholders will benefit from attending each of the six workshops, either in-person or online.