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 team at info@summerworks.ca.


All of our venues – including off-site locations – have accessible entrances and washrooms.


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.


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.


All three main performance venues (The Theatre Centre, Toronto Media Arts Centre, and the Longboat Hall) have All-Gender washrooms available to the public.


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

Look for this symbol to see which shows offer ASL Interpretation

Click Here For ASL Interpreted Shows & Events


Relaxed Performances are designed to welcome audience members who will benefit from a more relaxed sensory experience and casual environment, including (but not limited to) patrons with an Autism Spectrum condition, a sensory processing disorder, or a learning disability. There is a more relaxed approach to noise and movement within the theatre space; house lights will remain on at a low level and some minor production changes may be made to reduce the intensity of light, sound and other startling effects.

These shows are for anyone. Many other people may choose to attend a relaxed performance, either as an access requirement or because they like the inclusive environment.

Companies within the Festival have been encouraged to designate performances as Relaxed. If they have, Visual stories will be available beforehand so you’ll have more of an idea of what to expect during the performance. 

Look for this Relaxed Performance symbol to see which shows offer a Relaxed Performance option.

Click Here For Relaxed Performances



SummerWorks will be providing captioning for speeches at our opening and closing parties and some Exchange events. Artists have also been encouraged to offer captions at one of their performances.

Look for this symbol to see which events and shows offer captioning.

Click Here For Show & Events With Live Captioning



Some of the performances this year require the audience to move short distances within a group. All performances will be accompanied by a Front of House assistant or volunteer who will be able to assist you if required. Chairs will be available, so please make yourself known to team if you think this would benefit you during these performances.



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.

If you have questions about Pay It Forward tickets, please contact our Marketing Manager, Daniel Carter, at daniel@summerworks.ca.