SummerWorks Exchange


SummerWorks Exchange is a series of events to facilitate artist and community growth, to strengthen the ecology of live performance in Canada, and expand our dialogue and collaboration with the international arts community. Including training and networking opportunities between artists and curators from Canada and beyond, the Exchange is the place where we come together to share and connect, confront the big questions facing our community today, and make plans for the future.

This year the SummerWorks Exchange is offering workshops, presentations, and an open space sessions focused on ‘systems change’: looking at how to created conditions for change, enact change and alternative models for producing, collaborating, and making work. Artists will also have the opportunity to pitch new works in open studio and social settings.

The SummerWorks Exchange has been made possible by the generous support of the Toronto Arts Council’s Open Door Program.


presented in partnership with Ad Hoc Assembly, Artscape Launchpad, Buddies in Bad Times, Dancemakers, Generator, and Why Not Theatre

MONDAY, AUGUST 13



ASL interpretation will be provided for all events on Monday

Industry Lunch

An opportunity to connect with colleagues, as well as meet new artists and presenters.

Workshop Sessions

Presented in partnership with Generator, Ad Hoc Assembly & Artscape Launchpad

Participants will have the opportunity to choose between concurrent workshops providing tools for generous listening, decolonizing performance practice, and equitable engagement within cross-cultural collaboration.

TUESDAY AUGUST 14

Open Studios

Co-Curated by Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Dancemakers, and SummerWorks

An opportunity to see new works in development. Six artists have been selected to share short excerpts of their next big idea with industry professionals and the general public. This is a seeding ground for new ideas and new creative relationships – a place for you to discover your new favourite artists. Coffee and lunch are provided.

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 15


ASL interpretation will be provided for all events on Wednesday

Info Fair

An opportunity to meet with and ask questions of funders before the next grant deadline as well as learn more about resources and initiatives impacting the community including ArtsVote and ArtistProducerResource.com. Coffee and snacks will be provided.

Systems Change Open Space

Presented in partnership with Generator and Why Not Theatre

Can we keep doing this? Change comes when a community rallies together with an idea, time, and resources. It is time to shift the ways we make and work together. Instigations from various sectors, including theatre, music and gaming, will suggest alternatives to current systems, make recommendations for what is needed to create a healthier and more sustainable ecology and spark smaller discussions among those in attendance. Be prepared to commit to a new future. This is a space to talk about what we will do and find folks to do it with. Do you have an idea that needs more momentum? Bring it here to find collaborators and resources.

Community Meal & Porch Sitting

Converge at an outdoor community meal. An opportunity to reflect on learning, identify lingering questions, and make plans for future connection.

photo by Dahlia Katz

Toronto Media Arts Centre - Dames Making Games
32 Lisgar St, Toronto, ON

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