Digital Innovation Council

Digital Innovation Council for the Performing Arts

This national initiative is designed to:

  • instigate dialogue on the digitization of the performing arts
  • be the catalyst for visionary, collaborative, trans-disciplinary initiatives that will enable the Canadian performing arts presenting eco-system to thrive in a digital world.

The only requirements for joining the growing number of arts leaders participating in the Digital Innovation Council are curiosity, openness and a desire to contribute to the success of the arts sector in the digital world. For more information, contact Inga Petri or Frédéric Julien, who are the co-chairs of the Council.

We have been holding online conversations to connect people and their projects with potential partners What’s Your Digital Project?  We expect to continue this practice and invite you to contact us or follow us on Twitter (Hashtag #digilivearts) for the latest updates.


CAPACOA is working on its Linked Digital Future Initiative.

Inga is spearheading the national Digital Literacy project called making Tomorrow Better (TODAY): Taking Digital Action in the Performing Arts for Atlantic Presenters Association and its partners in Northern and Western Canada. She is also working with several arts organizations on the development of applications to the Digital Strategy Fund – and encouraging some to make the jump toward exploring their needs in the digital world.


Watch Digital Skill Building workshop for Vancouver Island the Gulf Island artists and arts organizations, given by Inga Petri on August 6, 2019. It starts at 5:50 minutes in.

Download the Digital Innovation in Action by Inga Petri developed for the N3 Arts Presenters Summit that took place in Whitehorse, Yukon, March 8 – 11, 2018.This plenary session was delivered as a hands-on experience resulting in immediate actions for improving participants’ web presence today and tomorrow as well as proposing some bold future digital initiatives. Inga also demonstrated much of the material online.

Deepen and apply digital concepts

We hope to deliver this type of workshop across Canada, and continue to modify it to meet arts presenters and others where they are while advancing an action-oriented digital vision for powerful, self-determined presence of Canadian arts and culture in the digital world.

Next Online Meeting

December 2, 2019 – 8 am Pacific, 12 noon Atlantic

We are convening online update and sharing sessions on projects, ideas and ambitions for ground breaking digital initiatives, including reflections on the Digital Strategy Fund by Canada Council for the Arts.


(with funding by Canadian Heritage)
Digitizing the Performing Art

Media Coverage


Since our initial explorations during The Value of Presenting: A Study of Performing Arts Presentation in Canada (©2011-2013; CAPACOA/Strategic Moves), we’ve worked to galvanize an important conversation about our digital future in the  performing arts sector.

In January 2015 Inga Petri (Strategic Moves) gave a seminal presentation at CAPACOA’s national conference on Breaking the Fifth Wall: Digitizing the Performing Arts. This presentation set out the challenges of the digital world for content providers and intermediaries and proposed a compelling vision of a digital future where the Canadian performing arts sector owns a new generation digital distribution platform. Interest in digital innovation and the need for a comprehensive study and, ultimately, a digital action plan, was solidified at CAPACOA’s national conference in November 2015, resulting into the formation of the Digital Innovation Council for the Performing Arts.

Consultation Summaries