Wednesday, November 13, 2019

SCD Announces Change in Leadership


Wednesday November 13, 2019, Barrie ON

Subject: SCD Announces Change in Leadership

Now in its 10th year of operations, Simcoe Contemporary Dancers (SCD) announces a forthcoming change in artistic leadership. Effective January 2020, Founder/Artistic Director, Sarah Lochhead, will be stepping down as Artistic Director to pursue additional artistic interests and spend time with family.

During Lochhead’s tenure as Artistic Director, SCD incorporated as a not-for-profit entity, presented and commissioned a broad range of dance works, has provided countless educational and accessible performances in the community, and introduced Dusk Dances Barrie to the region’s circuit of arts festivals. SCD’s work has been acknowledged through the receipt of funding from the City of Barrie, the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Ontario Arts Council, the County of Simcoe, as well as receipt of the 2017 Barrie Arts Award for Contribution to the Community.

SCD’s current Associate Artistic Director, Shelby Thoms, will move into the role of Artistic Director. Thoms joined SCD in 2013 and is an invaluable company member dedicated to artistic excellence and community engagement.

"I fell in love with dance growing up in Simcoe County. Upon graduating from university, Sarah gave me the chance to perform and create close to home. I'm honoured to be chosen to help continue her legacy and give artists in this community the opportunities & support that SCD has gifted me,” said Thoms.

This change in Artistic Leadership is part of a planned multi-year organizational transition which began in 2017 with the mentorship of Chrissy King towards the role of Executive Director. King assumed the role of Executive Director in July 2018 and has led the organization to diversify revenue streams and promote sustainable growth to SCD’s ongoing activities through community partnerships. Lochhead will hold the title of Founder/Artistic Consultant and continue to mentor the organization's transition while staying engaged as a guest instructor and choreographer.

"It is with great joy that I have taken on the role of Executive Director for SCD. With support from our artistic team and Board of Directors, I endeavor to continue to grow SCD’s presence within Simcoe County and beyond,” said King, adding “During this time of transition, we are thankful for the past which has brought us here today and look to the future with excitement."

“At the heart of this company is a commitment to community, collaboration and creativity. It has been an honour to nurture and support the growth of this emergent idea into the arts organization it is today,” said Lochhead. “I have every confidence that together Shelby and Chrissy will lead SCD in exciting new directions for the community.”

Of the transition, Board Chair Wendy Hutchinson remarked, “The Board would like to thank Sarah for all that she has done in bringing her vision to life, as well as Chrissy and Shelby for their commitment to the company, and we look forward to working with them in ensuring the continued growth of SCD well into the future.”

As part of their 10th Anniversary season, Simcoe Contemporary Dancers are embarking on a Simcoe County Tour entitled Confluence – A mixed program which includes both premiers of new works, including a new work facilitated by Lochhead, and pieces from the company’s decade of cultivating professional contemporary dance in the region.

Confluence opens Nov. 23rd in Barrie at the Five Points Theatre before heading to regional venues from January through March.

Confluence Tour Dates:
Barrie: Sat. Nov. 23, 2019 - The Five Points Theatre
Collingwood: Sat. Jan. 4, 2020 - The Historic Gayety Theatre
Orillia: Fri. Jan. 17, 2020 - The Orillia Opera House
Alliston: Sat. Mar. 14, 2020 - The Gibson Centre

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Media Inquiries: Chrissy King – Executive Director
p. 647-618-3240

Monday, October 14, 2019

Confluence - A 10th Anniversary Tour

We are excited to share with you the dates for Confluence -  Our 10th Anniversary Production with dates in Barrie, Collingwood, Orillia and Alliston!

Confluence is defined as  "a coming or flowing together, meeting, or gathering at one point." We do this not only as a marker in time celebrating our 10th Anniversary but also as audiences and performers, flowing into the theatre, gathering to share an experience. The mixed program includes new contemporary dance works by Sarah Lochhead, Jaqui Brown, Jewell Cormier, and Nicole Becher along with repertoire from SCD's first ten years!

The tickets for the Barrie production are on sale now!

In addition to gearing up for the tour, we have our Flapjack Fundraiser coming up on Sunday, Oct. 20th and an ongoing Indiegogo campaign to support our season and commitment to providing access to contemporary dance in our region. 


Saturday, November 23, 2019

The Five Points Theatre
1 Dunlop Street West, Barrie ON

Saturday, January 4, 2020
The Historic Gayety Theatre
161 Hurontario Street, Collingwood ON

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Friday, January 17, 2020
The Orillia Opera House
20 Mississauga Street, Orillia ON

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Saturday, March 14, 2020
The Gibson Centre
63 Tupper Street West, Alliston ON

For more information: 647-618-3240 or

Please consider contributing to our 10th Anniversary Season Indiegogo Campaign! If you contribute just $100 you will receive a FREE ticket to our November 23 Confluence performance!

This project is made possible with the support of the County of Simcoe.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Join us for Dusk Dances Barrie 2019!

Thursday August 15th to Sunday August 18th
Lampman Lane Park
59 Lampman Lane, Barrie ON

6:00pm - 6:45pm: FREE dance workshop begins
Thursday - BellyDance with with Nicole Welsh of Cairo’s Jewels BellyDance
Friday - Movement Improvisation with Chrissy King of Simcoe Contemporary Dancers
Saturday - Bhangra with Karandeep Singh of Bhangra Crew Ontario
Sunday - Contemporary with Chrissy King of Simcoe Contemporary Dancers

7:00pm - Opening live music begins
Featuring steven vanderschee and the neighbourhood watch

7:30pm - Dance performances begin

$10.00 per person suggested

For more information: 647-618-3240  or

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Call for Volunteers! - Dusk Dances Barrie

Want to support our events from the "wings"? 
Looking for community volunteer hours?

Dusk Dances is an outdoor dance festival where a theatrical host leads an audience—which invariably includes children, dog walkers, and local residents—to eclectic dance pieces that unfold in different areas of a park.

We need YOU to help make the festival happen!

Production Volunteer

Work behind the scenes (set up and take down signage, the info table, the dressing room, and some set elements) and act as site security.

Front of House Volunteer
Usher: Direct the audience, answer questions, hand out programs and surveys, collect money. 

Information Table: Answer questions, sell merchandise, hand out programs and surveys.

Snack Person: Sell snacks!

For more information or to register as a volunteer,
visit or email

Dusk Dances Barrie is presented by Simcoe Contemporary Dancers as a licensee of Dusk Dances Inc.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

2019 Community Dance Piece - What to Expect

Thank you to everyone who came out to our first Community Gathering and Information Session last week. We are excited to get started with our first rehearsal of Phase One on Monday May 6th!

In the event that you were unable to attend, we've put together some key information for you to help answer questions you may have on what to expect.

Code of Conduct 
Simcoe Contemporary Dancers has a zero-tolerance policy for harassment and discrimination. Any person found to be harassing or discriminating based on any point of difference including but to limited to race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, or disability will be asked to leave the project.

When we are outside in the park you must always be with a buddy. If you need to leave the group (to use the restroom etc.) please inform your rehearsal facilitator and go with your buddy or a designated SCD company member.

For any rehearsals or performances involving youth/children their guardian is responsible for informing SCD in advance as to who is picking the participant up or how they are permitted to travel home.

During the first rehearsal of Phase One, Phase Two and Phase Three, we will work together to develop a list of community agreements around the question: “What do we need from one another to feel supported in this project?”

Where are the rehearsals?
Rehearsals will be held at Lampman Lane Community Centre and Park.

We will always meet inside the community centre at the beginning of rehearsal.
Part of our time each rehearsal, weather permitting, will take place outside in the park as the first four performances of the piece will be danced outside.

Rehearsals involving youth/children will always end inside the community centre to assist with safe dismissal.

What should I bring?
Please make sure to bring sunscreen, a water bottle, a nut-free snack, and bug repellant.

At the first rehearsal will we be collecting participation and image waivers from all participants.
These will be emailed in advance of your first rehearsal and hard copies will also be available onsite.

What should I wear?
Please wear comfortable clothes you can move in. Light layers are best for summer rehearsals to have options for sun and bug protection.

Please wear running shoes! We will be dancing in the park and barefoot is not a safe option. Shoes that tie snuggly are ideal. For the portion of rehearsal indoors running shoes are also encouraged.

What will rehearsal be like?
During the first rehearsal of Phase One, Phase Two and Phase Three, we will work together to develop a list of community agreements around the question: “What do we need from one another to feel supported in this project?”

We will begin moving with a gentle group warm up. From there, your rehearsal facilitator will lead the group through a series of activities that encourage developing our own movement. We will use guiding words, feelings, images, and ideas, to start building a section of the dance. Members of SCD will also be in rehearsal to support and help shape the process.

We may not use music very much at first (especially because park by-laws discourage the use of amplified sound) but we will use music more as the piece starts to take shape.

Every rehearsal will have a short 10-15min break around halfway mark and light refreshments will be provided.

What kind of dance piece will we be making?
The piece will draw on the people in the process. If you have a special talent or skill you’d like to incorporate in the dance please let us know on your registration form, or let us know during the first rehearsal. Dancers in Phase One and Phase Two will be working to build sections of the dance, while participants who begin in Phase Three will be helping build and create transitions between sections as well as be part of larger group sections.