About the SPARC Symposium

When is the Symposium?
Symposium activities begin on the afternoon of Thursday April 24th and end on Sunday April 27th with lunch.

Where does the symposium take place?
SPARC will be held at the Haliburton School of the Arts~Fleming Campus in the village of Haliburton, Ontario – 297 College Drive. Delegates must make and pay for their own travel and hotel arrangements.

Who can attend the symposium?
The symposium welcomes creators, producers, presenters, administrators and animateurs of theatre, dance, music and media arts – both professionals and volunteers.

How can I register?
The easiest way to register is online. Early bird registration provides a discount and ends on March 14th 2014. Make sure you review the program prior to registration.

What are the registration fees?
The full symposium registration fee is $265 until March 14th, 2014 and $315 after that. Please note that 13% HST will be added to all conference registration fees.

Can I register for a single day?
Yes. Registration is available for Friday April 25th and Saturday April 26th at a cost of $125/person per day.

Is there a student rate?
Yes. Student rates apply to full-time university, college and high school students. Proof of student status must be sent with your registration to receive the reduced student rate of $200.

Within Reach, Highlands Summer Festival 2012 Photo by Lorne Campbell

Within Reach, Highlands Summer Festival 2012 Photo by Lorne Campbell

Can I register only for a Plenary Keynote address?
Yes. Tickets are $35 each.

Can I purchase additional tickets for Saturday Night’s Gala Dinner & Showcase?
Yes. Tickets for the dinner and showcase are $45. Tickets are also available for the showcase only and are $20.

What does the symposium registration fee include?
The registration fee includes access to all sessions, symposium materials, Thursday evening’s Welcome Reception & Open Stage, a light breakfast and lunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and all refreshment breaks. It also includes a $20 dinner voucher for Friday evening, as well as a ticket for Saturday night’s special dinner and performances.
Single-day registration fees include access to sessions, symposium materials, a light breakfast, lunch and refreshment breaks on that day only.

Can I register now and pay later?
Yes. Payment by cheque can follow your online registration. TicketPro, SPARC’s registration partner, will follow up with you to make arrangements. Please make cheques payable to “SPARC” in Canadian funds. Payment must be received by March 14th 2014 to be eligible for the early bird rate.

Is there any financial assistance available?
Yes. A limited amount of funding assistance is available by applying to the SPARC Scholarship Fund. We expect that you will seek funding from alternative sources before you apply to SPARC’s Scholarship Fund. Scholarship funds may be used to cover registration fees and in some cases, travel and accommodation. Please contact the Symposium Project Coordinator, Rachel Gillooly by phone, at 705.454.8107, or email rachel@sparcperformingarts.com for the application form. Applications may be submitted starting Monday, January 20th – the deadline for applications is Friday February 28, 2014.

Can I transfer my registration to another colleague if I am unable to attend?
Yes. Participant substitutions are welcome and must be made in advance in writing to the Project Coordinator, Rachel Gillooly at rachel@sparcperformingarts.com and include the names of both the original and substitute registrant. Substitutions must be made by Friday, April 18th 2014. Please note that any change or cancellation of travel or hotel reservations is the exclusive responsibility of the registrant.

What is the cancellation policy?
All cancellations must be received in writing no later than 11:59 pm Eastern Time on Friday, April 4th 2014. There is a $75 processing fee for all cancellations. Advance registrations cancelled after Friday, April 4th  2014 will not be refunded for any reason. Likewise, those who register but do not attend will not receive a refund. Substitutions are welcome, but must be made by Friday, April 18th 2014.

Local Talent Amelia and the Mayor Photo by George Farrell

Local Talent Amelia and the Mayor Photo by George Farrell

If I am a speaker at the Symposium, do I need to register?
Yes. Confirmed presenters are encouraged to attend and participate in the full symposium.

How can I become a sponsor or advertise in the SPARC program book?
There are sponsorship and advertising opportunities available at the SPARC Symposium. Please visit here for more information or contact Rachel Gillooly at  rachel@sparcperformingarts.com

Will you be able to accommodate my special diet?
Yes. Participants will be able to indicate special diet requests on the online registration. You will then be provided information about the specifics of your request when you check in at the symposium registration desk.

Where can I go for dinner on Thursday and Friday evening?
A variety of options are available for dinner on Thursday.
If you use your $20 dinner voucher, find participating restaurants/venues on Friday.
Other dining options are also available, but will not honour SPARC’s $20 dinner voucher.