Expanding the possibilities
of performance

Festival Programming Announcement: June 26th


How-to-Festival

Have some questions about this year’s Festival? Not sure where to go, who to talk to, or even where to begin? Are you new to SummerWorks and unsure where to turn next?

We’ve got you covered with this How-To-Festival guide!

Check out all of the details below, and link to further information about programming, ticketing, accessibility, schedule and more!


HOW THIS WORKS

What Will I Encounter at the Festival?

SummerWorks Performance Festival is a curated festival of theatre, dance, music, live art and interdisciplinary forms, widely recognized as one of the most important platforms for launching new work in Canada. It is a space for exploration and artistic risk...

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How Do I Attend This Year's Festival?

Tickets can be purchased in advance (online) and in-person at one of our two (2) main Festival Box Office Hubs, conveniently located in the east and west ends of the city of Toronto...

Learn more / purchase your tickets...

Where Am I Going?

There are three main performance venues for this year’s Festival:

Daniels Spectrum
585 Dundas St East
Closest intersection: Dundas St East & Sackville St

The Theatre Centre
1115 Queen Street West
Closest intersection: Queen St West & Lisgar St

The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance
304 Parliament Street
Closest intersection: Dundas St East & Parliament St

The Dinner Party will take place at a nearby restaurant:

Monday August 7th, 5:00PM
Hello 123
1122 Queen Street West
Closest intersection: Queen St West & Lisgar St (close to The Theatre Centre)
*Hello 123’s interior space is accessed by two stairs and the washroom is only accessible by stairs to the basement level.

The Lettuce Head Experience will take place at three farmers’ markets:

Tuesday August 8th, 5:00PM
Cabbagetown Farmers’ Market
191 Winchester Street
Closest intersection: Winchester St & Sumach St (by Riverdale Farm)

Thursday August 10th, 5:00PM
Dufferin Grove Organic Farmers’ Market
875 Dufferin Street
Closest intersection: Bloor St West & Dufferin St (in Dufferin Grove Park)

Saturday August 12th, 11:00AM
Evergreen Brick Works Saturday Farmers’ Market
550 Bayview Avenue


What Happens at SummerWorks?

As an organization, we expand the possibilities of performance. SummerWorks is a leader, collaborator, and community builder at the forefront of contemporary performance...

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How Might I Engage With the Festival?

There's lots of opportunity to engage with us, as a volunteer, or as a staff or board member. Stick around for a post-show conversation, attend a party, or keep the discussion going on social media with #SummerWorksTO ...

Learn how to get involved...

How Much Do Tickets Cost?

SummerWorks has always been committed to affordable ticket prices as a way of ensuring access and allowing our audiences to experience multiple shows during the Festival. That’s why we use a Pay-What-You-Decide ticket option for every ticketed performance in the Festival.

What does this mean? Our ticket prices range from $15, $25 to $35 – you pick whichever suits your budget. All tickets are general admission, and there are no limits on any price level.

Why would you do this? Because even at $35 you are getting more than your money’s worth. This is also a way for people to increase their support for the Festival while ensuring financial accessibility for those who need it.


What If I Can't Afford to Buy a Ticket?

Every summer, we offer Festival performances and events that are free-of-charge (with or without registration). Look out for the FREE tag on specific events and performances, and take note of when registration is required.


What Has Changed This Year?

Many of our box office systems have shifted this year, in order to enhance your patron experience…

Online: Tickets are available for purchase online at summerworks.ca, up until one (1) hour prior to each performance or event start time.

By phone: Phone sales are open from 12:30pm – 4:00pm each day of the Festival (August 3-13, 2023). Phone sales end one (1) hour prior to each performance or event start time. If you require assistance before August 3rd, please email boxoffice@summerworks.ca to set up a phone call.

In-person: Tickets are available for purchase at our two main Box Office Hubs:

  • East End Hub at Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas St E) from August 3 – 7.
  • West End Hub at The Theatre Centre (1115 Queen St W) on August 5, and 7 – 13.

In-person Box Office Hubs open one (1) hour prior to the first performance of the day at each Hub, and will close 5 minutes after the start of the final performance of the day. Tickets are available for purchase with cash or debit/credit. Both Hubs will sell tickets to all Festival performances and events.

Note: If you are attending a performance at The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance (304 Parliament St) and are planning to purchase your ticket “at the door”, you must go to the East End Hub at Daniels Spectrum to purchase tickets, then make your way to The Citadel (approx. two blocks/5 minutes away).


What Else Do I Need to Know?

SummerWorks cares deeply about artists and audiences. That’s why we’ve put forward policies and procedures to help support your overall Festival experience. Learn more and read through all of these policies, by clicking the links just below in the website footer.