Core areas of work

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Traditional games

Traditional games are the highlight of the Thamani Foundation’s work. We have a database within the foundation that lists traditional games from Canada, First Nations and the people of the world. In addition, our digital game library gives you access to game research data as well as individual and shared game spaces.

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Leisure activities

The Thamani Foundation team aims to make recreation accessible in marginalized communities and to create activities that promote responsible recreation.

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Edutainment workshops are conducted on important topics capable of educating others to a better view of games and leisure.

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We strongly encourage cultural diversity and respect for others. The audience we wish to serve is a diverse and inclusive one.

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Sustainable development

Among the 17 SDGs, the Thamani Foundation supports Sustainable Development Goals 4 (Quality Education), 5 (Gender Equality), 10 (Reducing Inequality) and 17 (Partnership for Achieving the Goals).

Call for projects

The Foundation is seeking projects related to traditional games and leisure activities in general and the impact of the evolution of digital technologies and video games on human relations in individual, collective, family and/or school games.


Leisure activities are an integral part of modern society, this society of the spectacle, and are found in all aspects of daily life, bringing together people or groups from different cultures. However, some forms and types of leisure raise ethical and normative questions and open issues of self-representation, gender and inclusion. Nowadays, digital technologies have enabled the proliferation of different platforms and tools and globalized entertainment spaces such as video games, e-sports, etc. and are leading to new forms of hybrid relationships, at the interface of machines and big data and humans. We are very interested in the issues related to the will to perpetuate traditional games and toys, to enhance local and national ludic heritages, linked to languages and territories, to social and environmental transformations linked to leisure, to accessibility and adaptation measures, and to the digitalization of the latter, to name but a few.


It is more important to promote spaces of production and distribution of know-how and life skills, knowledge related to leisure, traditional games in the accompaniment of artists, writers, practitioners, experts in video games and artificial intelligence, project leaders who can bring innovative works promoting a change of paradigm or mobilization and transfers of knowledge and skills.


Traditional games and toys for more inclusive and sustainable communities.

Each year examples of topics will be shared such as:

Traditional games and toys for more inclusive and sustainable communities.

Each year examples of topics will be shared such as:

    • Traditional games as a relational medium to non-humans.
    • The elements (air, water, earth, etc.) in the production of leisure.
    • Intercultural leisure and the French language.

Types of projects

The Foundation solicits any project related to the identified theme and which allows the advancement of the objectives of the call for projects.

Here are some examples of projects:

The Foundation solicits any project related to the identified theme and which allows the advancement of the objectives of the call for projects.

Here are some examples of projects:

    • Basic research – article, book, etc.
    • Distribution and transfer of knowledge – workshops, conferences, training, etc.
    • Educational material for the general public – game library
    • Multimedia content – video, film, podcast, etc.
    • Support for the development and creation of traditional games for minority communities


Any person, group of people or organization may apply to the Foundation for a grant for an ongoing or planned project related to the identified theme. The project must be carried out in Ontario, the target audience may be broader, and in Canada with another regional partner.


The Foundation will make only one grant per project. The maximum grant will be $3,000. An application for an additional grant for a project already funded by the Foundation or the republication of a publication that has already received a grant from the Foundation cannot be considered for this call for proposals.


Projects with a timeline of more than one year are excluded. Projects submitted for the purpose of obtaining a university degree are also excluded.


Applications are closed for this session.

A guide is available to assist applicants in their application .

For more information: 613 292 2162 or


Creation residency


Call for applications 2023 – creation, production and diffusion residencies

Deadline: July 8, 2023

Thamani Foundation is pleased to launch a call for applications for creation, production and distribution residencies for its first year through a partnership with an arts and cultural organization.

This collaboration will make it possible to support and welcome in residence an artist or a pair of artists in the context of a creation-production in the field of visual arts, digital arts, performing arts, who do not have access and/or do not have sufficient resources on a regular basis. In addition to the services offered, Thamani Foundation will provide artists who wish to do so with consulting services from artists and the Foundation’s collaborators.

Thamani Foundation and the organization have significant technical and financial resources and will be able to offer access to their material and financial resources by providing the following services free of charge :

    • Two production/capture/broadcast residencies of up to 20 days in the Studio.
    • One creative residency in a 150 m2 studio for up to 70 hours
    • Two creative residencies in a 100 m2 studio for a duration of 35 hours
    • The residencies will take place from September to December 2023.

Selection criteria

This call for proposals targets artists of all origins, genres and nationalities in professional dance creation and production whose primary place of residence is on the island of Montreal.

We favour projects by artists, writers and artistic pairs of the next generation (less than 5 years of practice/dissemination in a professional context) who contribute professionally to the artistic development and promotion of their discipline, and this, in order to support their stabilization and consolidation in our field of traditional games and leisure.

In order to contribute to increase their presence and their full recognition in the artistic and cultural milieu on our theme, we favor projects of artists, multidisciplinary pairs from cultural diversity.

We encourage eco-responsible projects that embody initiatives related to sustainable development.

Submission of projects: July 8, 2023

Announcement of the winners: September 8, 2023

Interested multidisciplinary artists or artist pairs must submit:

    • A biography of the artist or pair involved in the project,
    • A portfolio of previous work,
    • A letter of motivation describing the project and the desired service,
    • A technical information sheet of the project including the desired period of work/realization (Google Form questionnaire available here)

Projects are evaluated on the quality and originality of the proposal as a whole and on the impact they will have in the artist’s artistic path and their contribution to the field of traditional games and leisure.

Applications must be sent by email no later than Sunday, July 8, 2022 to the following address:

All inquiries should be sent to the same email address to the attention of Mr./Ms. Project Manager. An acknowledgement of receipt will be sent to the applicants and a response will follow by August 15, 2023.


The continuing education service for the development of traditional games and leisure activities.

A must for your professional development! Thanks to the financial support of our partners and granting agencies, we can offer you these services at very advantageous prices. It’s up to you to take full advantage of them!

Regular training

Our program offers a wide range of training courses in our areas of intervention, as well as more general training that will allow you to acquire new skills that will be very useful to you. This service aims to develop human skills in pedagogy, edutainment, recreational therapy, and the practice of leisure in a cultural context, and to consolidate know-how in the field of leisure and culture.

Our program is frequently updated. Check back regularly for new additions or subscribe to our newsletter. Also, watch for registration deadlines and sign up as soon as possible, as spaces sometimes fill up quickly!

Individual development in professional settings

In addition to our regular programming, we offer individual development support for those working in cultural organizations, community organizations, NPOs, and businesses.

A practitioner, recreationist, or cultural worker can obtain support for individualized customized training. This person must have clearly identified his or her training needs, have an offer of service from a trainer with content that meets those needs and be able to determine the repercussions that this training will have on his or her career or the impact it will have on the development of his or her organization. This service has been set up to meet your needs.

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