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2024 Call for Submissions is now open!


There are so many exciting ways to get more involved with SummerWorks
Two young volunteers stand behind a counter full of SummerWorks books and merchandise Photographer: Dahlia Katz


Applications for the 2024 SummerWorks Performance Festival are now open!

Approaching its 34th year, the SummerWorks Performance Festival is widely recognized as one of the most vital and necessary platforms for launching new performance work in the country.

We are currently seeking proposals within our Presentations, Lab, and Public Works programming streams for the Festival’s next iteration: 

August 1 – 11, 2024, in Toronto, Canada

Proposals are encouraged from established and emerging creators working across all disciplines and artistic traditions. In-person, digital, and hybrid performance projects will be considered.

Submission Deadline: OCTOBER 27, 2023 at 11:59 PM EST

To learn more and to apply, please visit our Call for Submissions.

Michael Caldwell is the Artistic Director at SummerWorks and is ultimately responsible for curating the Festival each year, while also leading all programming conversations and strategies for the organization. For each Call, we engage with curatorial selection committees, guest curators, and/or programming partners.

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SummerWorks Exchange

Our learning and sharing platform offers a diverse mix of opportunities to engage with the SummerWorks community during the Festival.

The Exchange is a dynamic space for emergent creative thinking to come into focus and conversation, for the development of artistic practice and for skill-building, and for communities to gather together with intention around relevant and urgent topics.

A Call for Submissions for our Exchange programming at the 2024 SummerWorks Performance Festival will launch in early 2024.

If you have an idea that you’d like to share with us, please contact us at community@summerworks.ca.

Join our Board!

Are you passionate about the arts and performance? Would you like to contribute to the future of one of Canada’s most vital festivals? We are looking for someone like you to join our Board of Directors!

As part of our ongoing commitment to creating a diverse and robust board, we are looking for board members with the following skills and experience to support and direct the organization:

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Finance and Accounting
Fundraising and Philanthropic Giving
Strategic Planning

Expressions of interest will be accepted on a rolling basis. Please detail your relevant professional experience and why you would like to join the SummerWorks board to board@summerworks.ca.


We are very excited by the possibility of engaging with YOU at SummerWorks! Each year, 50+ dedicated individuals contribute their time and energy to our year-round events and activities. Our developing volunteer program offers an opportunity to connect with other folks in the arts and cultural community, attend free or discounted performances and events, and other perks at restaurants, cafés, shops, and more!

Watch this space for our next Call for Volunteers, and email us at info@summerworks.ca, if you are interested in volunteering with us.


Working at SummerWorks

Watch this space for seasonal opportunities for our year-round events and activities and for the SummerWorks Performance Festival in 2024.

Industry at SummerWorks

Industry professionals are a vital part of the SummerWorks ecology. Each year, we program a special series of events and activities for accredited industry professionals, in tandem with the SummerWorks Performance Festival.

In August 2023, SummerWorks offered a 4-day bespoke experience of the Festival for industry professionals. During this gathering, a small group of artists, curators, presenters, and community members, had an opportunity to attend many of the Festival performances, dialogue and network with colleagues, and meet the Festival artists.

We are in the early stages of planning for our industry gathering in 2024, during the SummerWorks Performance Festival in August. More exciting details to come in winter 2024.

If you are an industry professional, planning to attend the 2024 Festival (August 1 – 11), and would like further information, please contact us at community@summerworks.ca.

If you are planning to visit us from out-of-town, contact community@summerworks.ca to discuss the kinds of support and resources SummerWorks can offer.