Industry News

Published: Jul 15, 2016
Last Updated: Mar 21, 2019
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In this section we have gathered some of the most popular information sources, such as trade journals, magazines, blogs, and association websites. Industry information is always changing. For the latest news, current issues and popular opinions, try following one or more of these sources. In addition, interacting with the websites that provide this information through commenting and asking questions may also provide you with more information.


Trade associations often publish free industry newsletters that are excellent sources of information for your business plan. Such newsletters often have articles that cover in-depth topics on business management, manufacturing practices, how-tos, and current industry news.

Performing Arts BC (PABC) | The PABC is a not-for-profit charity which acts as the umbrella organization for 34 regional performing arts festivals throughout the province.

Canadian Dance Teachers Association (CDTA) - BC Branch | The CDTA is a registered society offering a wide range of examination services for dance teachers and their students.

Professional Association of Canadian Theaters (PACT) | PACT is a member-driven organization that serves as the collective voice of professional Canadian theaters.

Canadian Association for Theatre Research (CATR) | The CATR is a non-profit organization founded in 1976 to support and encourage research in theatre and performance studies in Canada, with a special interest in Canadian work. Its membership includes scholars, students, and theatre professionals from around the world.

World Dance Council (WDC) | The WDC is the world authority for professional Dance and Dance Sport incorporating the World Dance Sport Committee and the World Social Dance Committee.

Other notable associations for artists / performers in Canada:

ACTRA Performers Guild
Canadian Actors' Equity Association (CAEA)
Canadian Artists' Representation / Le Front des artistes Canadiens (CARFAC)
Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM)
Directors Guild of Canada (DGC)
Playwrights Guild Of Canada (PGC)
Writers Guild of Canada (WGC)
The Writers' Union of Canada

Magazines & Trade Journals

Trade journals (often called magazines or trade publications) can be very useful in helping you find current articles relating to business research. Contact your local research library to determine which trade journal subscriptions they have. There are also free trade publications that you can access online. 

Theatre Research in Canada | A forum for scholarly material that draws from the full range of critical and historical approaches applied to the study of theatre as a multidisciplinary art, in the context of the cultures of Canada and Quebec." This is an open access journal and is published on an ad hoc basis, usually 2 times per year.

Canadian Theatre Review | Canadian Theatre Review is the major magazine of record for Canadian theatre.

Dance Studio Life | Published by Rhee Gold, this magazine covers all of the issues facing Dance Studio owner / operators. Free to view digital editions online. Published 6 times per year.

The Dance Current | The magazine for the leading not-for-profit media company in Canada facilitating greater engagement with and deeper understanding of the art, practices and people involved in dance.


Inside Vancouver (Performing Arts Blog Postings) | Inside Vancouver is a multi-author blog, written by Vancouverites about Vancouver. This section of their page covers local arts events and stories.

Canadian College of Performing Arts' Blog | The official blog for the CCPA which highlights student achievement and the college's performing arts events.

Canada Council for the Arts Blog | The official blog of The Canada Council for the Arts. Includes artists stories, research and resources. 

Discussion Forums

Community Theatre Green Room | An active discussion forum covering the technical side of theatre production.

Broadway World Discussion Forum | A community where theatre-lovers alike can gather and virtually mingle.

Dance Forums | Very active discussion groups about every type of dance imaginable. Also includes forums on inspiration and dance events.

Consultant Websites

MarketWatch - Industry Analyzer
The Industries section contains current data on Dow Jones Industry Sectors. Aggregate data as well as company-specific data is available.

Vault Industry Profiles
A free source of industry information. Use the Industry Profiles to research news, company information, and industry-specific sample professions. Basic monthly membership is free and offers access to blogs, discussion forums, and job listings.

As with all sources, news articles and blogs should be carefully evaluated. For information on how to evaluate your information, watch video tutorial Module Five: Using Information Responsibly.