Hosting a Swan Song 2020 Event

We are pleased you are interested in joining the Community Deathcare Canada (CDC) Second Annual Swan Song Festival on October 17th, 2020.  

Please print off a copy and send us a letter of intent outlining your event. This year we have added an organizing theme, “Honouring Our Grief.” We invite you to connect your event to this theme in a way that is meaningful for your community.

Please send any questions you may have and your letter of intent to Judith McGill on behalf of this years’ Second Annual CDC Swan Song Festival Steering Group at:  AND/OR Jemma at  


Letters of Intent must be received by August 15th, 2020.  Your event proposal will be reviewed by the CDC Swan Song Festival Steering Committee. Once approved, you will be contacted to finalize your submission. All Lead Hosts will be notified no later than September 1st, 2020.

Step 1:

Write a Letter of Intent:

Share your vision/imagination/initial concept for the event. 

  • Please describe your event.
  • What are you trying to achieve?  (Goals and Purpose of the event)
  • Who is the intended audience?
  • Please share how your vision aligns with the CDC mission.
  • Will you be partnering with other groups to host or share responsibility for the event? If yes, please identify.

Step 2:

Share any steps/groundwork that you have undertaken to plan and advertise (including any material) your event. This may include:

  • Development of a Host Team: Any work done to date
  • Partnerships developed to date
  • Venues (if applicable )secured to date
  • Advertising – concept stage or developed

Step 3:

Please provide contact information for the Lead Host from your Host Team. Communication from the Steering Committee will be sent to them.

  • Name:
  • Telephone:
  • Preferred email:
  • Website/s of Host Group/Partners:

Step 4:

Building the momentum together event by event. 

As we get closer to the Festival a member of the CDC Steering Group will be contacting you and assisting you as much as we can to ensure your event is connected nationally and is successful.  

Step 5:

Event Follow Up: Building a Movement

We will ask Local Host Teams to share information about their events (numbers of participants, photos, media coverage..) for us to post and use as we leverage National funding for the festival and other CDC initiatives. See 2019 Swan Song Festival Locations for Photos & Reflections.

What are the benefits?

Alone we are small, together we are mighty. This is the goal of the Swan Song Festival, to unite on a national scale and bring awareness to the work of CDC and like-minded organizations across Canada. By partnering with CDC and joining our Festival, your event will be part of a national network of practitioners, organizations and citizens who are eager to transform our communities. All events will be connected and posted on the CDC Second Annual Swan Song Festival website.

CDC will work to provide you with national resources to help Host Team organizers to spread awareness in their area about CDC and their Second Annual Swan Song Festival event. Our goal is for the festival to reach more communities every year, which we can do by working together and supporting each other. Thank you for being part of this growing movement.