Festival Accessibility


SummerWorks Performance Festival is committed to increasing accessibility for our audiences.

If you have access needs or a question about accessibility at the Festival, contact our Accessibility and Outreach Coordinator Victoria at outreach@summerworks.ca or call our Festival Box Office at 416-732-4116.

PHYSICAL ACCESS

For the first time ever, all of our venues – including off-site performances, workshops, and parties – have accessible entrances and washrooms thanks to our Accessibility Partner, The Stopgap Foundation.

For information on WheelTrans drop off points, see our Venues and Maps page.

RELAXED PERFORMANCES

Relaxed Performances are specifically designed to welcome people who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including people with an Autism Spectrum Condition, sensory and communication disorders, or a learning disability. These performances will have a relaxed attitude to noise and movement, including reducing extreme sound and lighting effects, leaving house lights on at a low level, and allowing patrons to come and go as they please.

A schedule of Relaxed Performance options will be available in July.

ASL INTERPRETATION

SummerWorks will be providing ASL interpretation for the performances and speeches at our opening and closing parties, and companies within the Festival have been encouraged to offer interpretation at one of their performances.

SummerWorks is committed to accessibility and we are always looking for ways to do it better. In partnership with Tangled Art + Disability, this year SummerWorks will be evaluating its ASL interpreted events. On-site personnel will be available to ask you questions related to your access needs and experience and also taking individualized access requests. We want to hear from you as you enjoy this years’ roll out of exciting performances and workshops.

A schedule of ASL Interpreted performances options will be available in July.

PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKERS

A person with a disability who is accompanied by a personal support person will be allowed to have that person accompany them to our venues. Admission fees will not be charged for personal support persons at SummerWorks venues.

SERVICE ANIMALS

We welcome people with disabilities and their service animals. Service animals are allowed in the parts of our venues that are open to the public.

PAY IT FORWARD

SummerWorks believes that anyone who wants to attend the Festival can and should be able to. We’ve kept our ticket prices low for this very reason. Join us in our commitment to financial accessibility and help us pay it forward: when you buy a ticket for yourself, top up your purchase by buying a ticket for someone else to attend the Festival for free. There’s no limit to how much we, as a community, can give.

Donated tickets will be distributed through North York Arts, East End Arts, Etobicoke Arts, Lakeshore Arts, and Scarborough Arts.

citySPECIAL AT SUMMERWORKS

In addition to our Pay it Forward campaign, SummerWorks has partnered with TAPA’s citySPECIAL program. Companies within the Festival have been encouraged to give back by assigning a certain number of tickets for this initiative, which will then be distributed, at no cost, to newcomers, at-risk youth, and marginalized communities.