Announcing the SummerWorks 25 Award Winners!

Presented in collaboration with English Theatre – National Arts Centre. The SummerWorks Award for Design Honourable Mention: Ayelen: Shalak Attack, Bruno Smoky, Andre du Toit, and Brandon Valdivia For a sharp unique aesthetic, with haunting implications. Winner: the marquise of O–: Camie Koo, Amanda Wong, Christopher Stanton, CJ Astronomo, and Wesley Mckenzie For an impressive integration of all design elements which created an ever-evolving, surprising experience. The Canadian Stage Award for Direction multiform(s): Amanda Acorn For an intimate mesmerizing meeting of bodies, space, sound and form. AND The Living: Ines Buchli For a sophisticated orchestration... Read more


In 2015, SummerWorks offers some more work:   SW25 An exhibition reflecting on the past 25 years of SummerWorks, presented by SummerWorks and Artscape Youngplace. Over the past 25 years SummerWorks has grown from a fringe-style theatre festival that operated on a first come first served basis, to Canada’s largest curated performance festival, featuring theatre, dance, music, and live art. SW25 charts the ever evolving nature of the Festival through a visual archive of Festival history. August 6-16 at Artscape Youngplace.   Good Business is the Best Art: Great Paintings, Gross Profits... Read more

Launch Parties

SummerWorks 25 features a series of festival parties and events starting with the Festival Launch Party, July 17 at the Gardiner Museum. The Festival Launch Party will be featured as one of the Gardiner Museum’s DOORS at 6pm events, a series of Friday night cultural experiences throughout the summer, celebrating the diversity of Toronto’s cultural scene. Kicking-off the countdown to SummerWorks 25, this party will feature installations and performances from a number of this year’s incredible SummerWorks artists. Other events include partnerships with Open Roof Festival July 22 and Art Spin July 23 with additional parties... Read more

SummerWorks + Open Roof Festival Giveaway CONTEST RULES & REGULATIONS

1. CONTEST PERIOD The SummerWorks + Open Roof Festival Giveaway (the “Contest” or “contest”) runs from 12:00:01 pm ET Tuesday, July 14, 2015 until 10:00:01 pm ET on Sunday, July 19, 2015 (the “Contest Period”).  This contest is brought you to by the SummerWorks Performance Festival (the “Contest Sponsor”). 2. ELIGIBILITY NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER CONTEST.  The Contest is open to all legal residents of Canada, who are, at the time of entry residing and located in Canada, excluding Quebec. Notwithstanding the above, this Contest is not open to employees of the Contest Sponsor. 3. HOW... Read more

The Countdown

For 11 days each year, SummerWorks creates a platform for launching artists – locally, nationally, and internationally. On Wednesday, August 5th, the evening before we launch, SummerWorks invites you to our 2015 gala party: The Countdown. Join us for a special evening in support of the 2015 SummerWorks Performance Festival. Come be the first Toronto audience for HYPER_, a groundbreaking new dance performance by one of Canada’s most interesting creators, Freya Olafson. Meet SummerWorks organizers, artists and supporters, eat some delicious food courtesy of Parts & Labour Catering and be the first to... Read more

SummerWorks Lab

From August 10 to 14, SummerWorks will offer five different professional development workshops as part of our inaugural SummerWorks Lab. All SummerWorks labs will take place at the Factory Theatre Mainspace and each master-class will be hosted by an artist featured in our Special Presentations: Christian Lapointe Freya Björg Olafson Mark and Marichka Marczyk Aimée Dawn Robinson Christian Barry & Stewart Legere To register for workshops please complete this form.

The Conversations

In our continued desire to promote investigation through performance, we have programmed a series of public conversations that ask artists to engage in discussion around elements of performance practice. We have invited a group of prolific performance makers, including festival curators, facilitators, and international guests, to curate these conversations by choosing a topic they wish to discuss, and a group of SummerWorks 2015 artists they wish to discuss it with. All conversations are free and open to the public, who are invited to listen or participate and come and go... Read more

Passes Now On Sale!

Passes for SummerWorks 25 are now on sale in person at the Factory Theatre (125 Bathurst St). This year, we’re launching Festival Taster Packs: 5 tickets, one from each of our series – Theatre, Music, Dance, Live Art, and Special Presentations – PLUS a drink at the Festival Hub We’re selling our Taster Packs for only $55. This is the best (and most economical) way to experience SummerWorks. We’re only selling 100 of them so head on over to the Factory Theatre immediately and buy one today. In addition to... Read more

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