Accessibility


SummerWorks Performance Festival is committed to accessibility for all audiences.

If you have access needs or a question about accessibility at the Festival, contact our Accessibility and Outreach Coordinators, Victoria and Jessica, at outreach@summerworks.ca or call our Festival Box Office at 647-335-5516.

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.

Schedule of Shows

The Smile Off Your Face
This is a performance for one audience member at a time that can be modified to a Relaxed Performance on request.  Please contact recurrenttheatre@gmail.com in advance of booking for more information about requesting a Relaxed Performance.

Almeida (The Glorious)
Sunday, August 6, 1:00 – 2:15 PM at the Scotiabank Studio Theatre

SPAWN
Saturday, August 6, 1:30 – 2:30 PM at Factory Theatre Mainspace

Dolphin & How to Relax (double bill)
Sunday, August 6, 2:15 – 3:30 PM at The Theatre Centre Incubator

DIVINE
Sunday, August 6, 5:00 – 6:15 PM at Factory Theatre Mainspace

Someone Between
Sunday, August 6, 5:00 – 6:15 PM at Factory Theatre Studio

Rootless
Sunday, August 7, 3:00 – 4:00 PM at Factory Theatre Studio

Let’s Try This Standing
Monday, August 7, 4:45 – 6:00 PM at Factory Theatre Mainspace

Crush on Humans
Sunday, August 13, 8:45 – 10:00 PM (final episode) at the Scotiabank Studio Theatre

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. In addition, several events – such as our Community Meal – can be enjoyed equally by d/Deaf and hearing audiences without the need for interpretation.

Schedule of Shows

Opening Night Party
Thursday, August 3, 10:00 PM – 2:00 AM at the Factory Theatre
(performances 10:00 – 11:15 PM)

Boys in Chairs
Monday, August 7, 5:30 – 7:00 PM at Artscape Youngplace

Core Dialogue: Arts, Access, and Aesthetics
Tuesday, August 8, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM at Artscape Youngplace

(re)conciliation: a workshop on integrating indigeneity and decolonizing performance practice
Tuesday, August 8, 2:00- 5:00 PM at Artscape Youngplace

The Creative Case for Relaxed Performance
Wednesday, August 9, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM at Artscape Youngplace

Core Dialogue: Arts, Access, and Aesthetics
Wednesday, August 9, 2:00 – 5:00 PM at Artscape Youngplace

Community Meal: Organic Community Gathering
Sunday, August 13, 1:30 – 3:00 PM at The Theatre Centre

Closing Party and Awards Ceremony
Sunday, August 13, 10:00 PM – 2:00 AM at the Factory Theatre
(performances and awards ceremony 10:00 – 11:15 PM)

Our printed guide incorrectly indicated the The Chemical Valley Project would offer ASL interpretation – unfortunately there will be no ASL at this performance. We apologise for any confusion.

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.