Mad Pride Toronto 2012: A Celebration of Madness
Tuesday, July 10 to Sunday, July 15
Mad Pride is an arts, culture, and heritage festival created by psychiatric survivors, consumers, mad people, folks the world has labelled “mentally ill”, and those in solidarity with us. More »
We are pleased to announce the triumphant return of The Cooking Fire Theatre Festival, a week-long performance extravaganza celebrating theatre, food, and public space in Toronto’s Dufferin Grove Park. Each evening throughout June 20–24, acclaimed theatre companies will present original work that promises to delight, entice, and inspire, ranging from an absurdist take on Toronto’s housing market to a visit to a strange and wondrous clock shop. Delicious organic meals will be served to the audience over cooking fires and from Dufferin Grove Park’s two wood-fired outdoor bake ovens. Building on the success of the last seven years, this year’s Cooking Fire Theatre Festival will offer the experience of enchanting and challenging theatre, wonderful food, and the beginning of summer. More »
11th annual rock.paper.sistahz festival of word, sound and performance
WHAT: Play NiCe, 10 plays over 3 nights!
WHEN: May 8 to 10 @ 8PM
WHERE: Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St. | Ellington’s Café, 805 St. Clair Ave. W.
INFORMATION: 416-533-1500 or visit bcurrent.ca
For full festival schedule and artist bios visit:
b current’s 11th Annual rock.paper.sistahz Festival:
Old meets New meets Here&Now!
May 4 – 11, 2012
b current is proud to announce the line-up of the 11th Annual rock.paper.sistahz Festival. This year’s event promises something for everyone! From May 4-11, 2012, the highly popular, one-of-a-kind festival will showcase some of Toronto’s most creative visual artists, creators, and hand-picked performance work by Black women artists and artists of colour. More »
2012 Toronto Festival of Storytelling will be a celebration and exploration of all things ‘Canadian’ from Thursday, March 29 to Sunday, April 1, 2012, with the final day, April 1, being held at Harbourfront Center. Through stories that reveal our identity, we will explore our triumphs, contributions, uniqueness, struggles and growth as a nation. From our First Nations’ origins and European influences of the past, to the more recent arrival of immigrants from Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, Asia and the Americas- our country and its identity is constantly being reshaped. More »
The 16th annual Kuumba festival presented by TD returns to Harbourfront Centre (Feb, 3-5, 2012) with an entertaining and educational weekend celebrating Black History Month. Join us for artist showcases, round table discussions, storytelling, fashion, music, dance and children’s programmes, Kuumba has something for everyone!
All Kuumba events celebrate the vitality of Toronto’s African and Caribbean communities, by showcasing works by innovative Canadian and international artists. Most events are FREE and take place at Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West, Toronto). For more information and to purchase tickets the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit harbourfrontcentre.com.
From May 15-27, 2012 Aluna hosts some of the most exciting intercultural and interdisciplinary theatre practitioners from the Latin American Diaspora. Joyful, thoughtful, angry, and passionate: these are the new voices of our Panamerican reality.
The Mainstage Series connects Toronto to the Latin American Diaspora.
The first week features International artists: Loco7 (from Bogotá via New York) brings stunning dance-theatre and larger-than-life puppetry to the stage with Urban Odyssey, while Violeta Luna (Mexico City via San Francisco) offers a more intimate border-crossing experience with Parting Memory. More »
Discover ancient Mexican traditions and celebrate the lives of the departed at Harbourfront Centre’s annual Day of the Dead Festival (Nov. 5 & 6, 2011 from 12-6 p.m.). Produced in partnership with Scotiabank and the Consulate General of Mexico, this FREE, two-day festival explores the vibrant cultural traditions, history and sacred elements of this popular Mexican holiday with an array of family-oriented activities.
For additional information and complete event listings, the public may visit harbourfrontcentre.com or call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000. Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay W, in the heart of Toronto’s downtown waterfront.
Abilities Arts Festival:
A Celebration of Disability Arts and Culture
OCTOBER 1-30 throughout the city
Music, Dance, Visual Art, Film! More »
OCAD University presents Future Forward as part of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche on Saturday, October 1, celebrating the university’s 135th anniversary by looking backward into the future. More »
Join us for the twelfth annual Night of Dread, Clay & Paper Theatre’s invitation to the community to parade our private and collective fears through the darkened streets of Toronto. The hour-long procession returns to Dufferin Grove Park for an evening of ceremonial festivities that compel us to call on, mock and banish the fears that unite and divide us in these tumultuous times. Night of Dread is an unforgettable evening of pageantry, music and masquerade incorporating towering puppets, stilt dancers, fire-spinners and fearful masks in a daring exploration of dread. More »
Canada’s premiere festival for Latin American playwrights is back! Come and hear what a new generation of theatre in Canada sounds like!
2011 De Colores Festival of New Works
Featuring Martha Chaves, Ari Belathar, Gilda Monreal and Aracely Reyes
Theatre Direct’s Wychwood Theatre, 601 Christie St. (at St. Clair Ave. W.)
October 6 & 7, 2011, 8pm More »
Rising hip-hop star Reema Major will headline the sixth annual urbanNOISE festival – a free, all-ages urban arts festival organized by young people in the Rexdale/Jamestown communities to inspire youth to stand up to violence.
The festival features a rich lineup of talent including Toronto steel pan masters Souls of Steel Orchestra, artists from Rexdale as well as a special guest performance by renowned, Grammy-winning beatboxer Scratch, from The Roots. urbanNOISE takes place Saturday, September 10 from 3pm – 8pm on the grounds of the Albion Library in the heart of Rexdale/Jamestown in North Etobicoke and is hosted by Jwyze (ex-Flow 93.5 FM host) and Brittney “Twix” Dixon.
This two-day event kicks off the day before (Friday, September 9) with a series of free urban arts workshops for youth in the area, inside the Albion Library from 5pm – 8pm. More »
Scotiabank BuskerFest organizers have announced additional breathtaking new acts for North America’s largest street performer festival. The 12th annual Scotiabank BuskerFest in support of Epilepsy Toronto inhabits Toronto’s historic St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood once again as buskers from all over the world take to the streets for four exciting days of fun for all ages from Thursday, August 25 to Sunday, August 28. More »
3rd Annual Fix Our World Festival
Free Festival All Ages T.B. McQuesten Park Upper Wentworth by Limeridge Mall Sept 9, 10, 11
We are showcasing artists, musicians, workshops, interactive stations from people, groups, clubs, orgs, who are making a difference for Peace, Poverty, AIDS/Global Health, Environment.
Time: September 9, 2011 at 4pm to September 11, 2011 at 7pm
Location: T.B. McQuesten Park
Organized By: FixOurWorldCanada
Suspended in a space where both internal and external realities are expressed, three characters find themselves crossing paths in a mysterious drawing room. In what could be a dream or nightmare, they explore questions of lives lived, lovers loved and the place that exists between light and dark. One by one, as they unravel their tangled stories we see them emerge transformed through the passage of their meeting place. More »
Since 1989, when it was co-founded by Molly Thom and Kerri MacDonald (who this year directs “Summer’s End” in Week Two), Alumnae Theatre Company has hosted an annual festival of new works, which provides playwrights, directors, actors and technicians the opportunity to develop never-before-produced short scripts. It’s all about the process.
The New Ideas Festival is now a juried, three-week annual festival of new writing, works-in-progress and experimental theatre, with a different program of plays each week, and a staged reading on Saturdays at noon. It is unusual among festivals, in that the scripts are read “blind” by a committee that does not learn the writers’ identities until the plays have been selected. More »
Join us March 31, 2011 at the Toronto Underground Cinema for the latest edition of the One Minute Film & Video Festival! The theme for this year’s show is social/media and highlights 30 new works by filmmakers from Toronto and around the world, along with a programme of favourite one-minute films from previous years, curated by the festival director.
The Toronto Underground Cinema is located at 186 Spadina Avenue (Queen and Spadina) in Toronto. The screening starts at 7:00, so get there early! Tickets will be $10 at the door. Our complete programme of participating filmmakers will be announced in the coming weeks.
As part of b current’s 20th anniversary season, the rock.paper.sistahz festival is back for its 10th year and promises something for everyone! From May 10-20, 2011, the highly popular, one-of-a-kind festival of word, sound and performance will feature some of the most creative visual artists, filmmakers, creators and performers from the city and beyond. More »
Nightwood Announces the 26th Annual
GROUNDSWELL FESTIVAL of NEW WORKS by WOMEN
February 17 – 26, 2011
Admission: Pay-What-You-Can (suggested amount is $10)
At the Tapestry/Nightwood New Work Studio in the Distillery District
55 MILL STREET, THE CANNERY BUILDING, STUDIO 315
This ten-day festival of new works by women features 4 current and exciting plays from our Playwrights Unit and Residencies and 4 scripts fresh from our Write from the Hip* young writers program. This year also features a two-day masterclass in playwriting led by Judith Thompson. More »