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What’s On: Sunday, Aug 13

It’s your last chance to experience a diverse encounter and curious collaboration on the final day of the SummerWorks Performance …

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What’s On: Saturday, Aug 12

It’s a busy day at the Festival that starts with a pop-up performance at Toronto’s largest Farmers’ Market and ends …

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What’s On: Friday, Aug 11

Join us tonight for a thrilling triple bill at The Theatre Centre. Time is running out to encounter these incredible …

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What’s On: Thursday, Aug 10

Four more days of the Festival are left, and there’s so much more to encounter and explore. How will you …

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Half of a red circle and half of a green triangle meet together in front of a blue background. The head of an angel figurine appears in the circle, and the legs of a plastic doll with pink slippers appear in the triangle. Both objects match together. The words "On Today" and "Wednesday, August 9" appear in white text. Uncategorized August 9, 2023

What’s On: Wednesday, Aug 9

It’s a great day for a summer adventure. Why not treat yourself to a night of world-class theatre? Two world …

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What’s On: Tuesday, Aug 8

Another fun-filled day at the Festival with unique activities happening indoors and outdoors, in the east and west ends of …

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What’s On: Monday, Aug 7

Another week of adventures at SummerWorks Performance Festival awaits! We’ve got new experiences and last chances to catch some Festival …

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What’s On: Sunday, Aug 6

SummerWorks heats up the East End this Sunday with immersive adventures, dance and street art! See below for a list …

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What’s On: Saturday, Aug 5

Two world premieres, an afternoon of dance, an immersive audio ceremony. There are so many opportunities for an unforgettable encounter …

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Half of a red circle and half of a green triangle meet together in front of a blue background. Half of a toy truck appears in the circle, half of a head of lettuce appears in the triangle. Both objects match together. The words "On Today" and "Friday, August 4" appear in white text. Uncategorized August 4, 2023

What’s On: Friday, Aug 4

SummerWorks Performance Festival has officially opened! There is a hotbed of creative activity happening today in Toronto’s East End. Need …

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Half of a red circle and half of a green triangle meet together in front of a blue background. Half of a wooden peg appears in the circle, the back half of a toy car appears in the triangle. Both objects match together. The words "On Today" and "Thursday, August 3" appear in white text. Uncategorized August 3, 2023

What’s On: Thursday, Aug 3

SummerWorks Performance Festival is now open, for audiences to enjoy 11 days of diverse encounters and curious collaborations. Trying to …

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ANNOUNCEMENT: SummerWorks reveals 2023 Festival programming

SUMMERWORKS ANNOUNCES A PASSIONATELY CURATED SELECTION OF ARTISTS AND CREATIVE COLLABORATORS AS PART OF THE 33RD SUMMERWORKS PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL Toronto, …

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ANNOUNCEMENT: SummerWorks’ Incoming Artistic Director & Managing Director

SUMMERWORKS ANNOUNCES MICHAEL CALDWELL AS ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND MORGAN NORWICH AS MANAGING DIRECTOR IN NEW CO-LEADERSHIP MODEL Toronto, ON (February …

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News January 16, 2023

Message to Our Community — Update on 2023 Curation & Call for Submissions

Dear SummerWorks Community, Happy New Year, we hope your 2023 is off to a good start! As many already know, …

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News November 23, 2022

Future Perfect Mini-Doc

Today, we were thrilled to launch this mini-doc, a year in the making! Check out this behind the scenes look …

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Uncategorized August 17, 2022

Thank You!

It’s hard to believe but another fantastic Festival has come and gone. The SummerWorks team would like to thank to …

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Uncategorized August 14, 2022

What’s On: Sunday, Aug 14

The last day of SummerWorks 2022 is sadly here… but we still have one last day to experience festival programming, …

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What’s On: Saturday, Aug 13

Closing Weekend is upon us, but the sun is shining and we still have a schedule chalked fulled of incredible …

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What’s On: Friday, Aug 12

It’s the final weekend for #SummerWorksTO 2022, and what a weekend it’s going to be! Just three days left to …

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What’s On: Thursday, Aug 11

Today, we move over to the east end of T.O…. so  Corktown, Regent Park, Sherbourne and Toronto Island, take note! …

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Uncategorized August 10, 2022

What’s On: Wednesday, Aug 10

It’s humpday and SummerWorks has an exciting variety of programming for you to experience. Several options are now available to …

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Uncategorized August 9, 2022

What’s On: Tuesday, Aug 9

Attention Kensington, Spadina, Fort York and Waterfront neighbours! SummerWorks has moved eastward. Be sure to check out summerworks.ca/programming and join …

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Uncategorized August 8, 2022

What’s On: Monday, Aug 8

We hope you enjoyed Opening Weekend as much as we did! In case you missed it, here are a few …

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What’s On: Sunday, Aug 7

Opening Weekend closes out strong today with 12 performances and events happening both in-person and online. Be sure to check …

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Free Live Art August 6, 2022

What’s On: Saturday, Aug 6

It’s day 3 of the festival and we’re just getting started. SummerWorks is animating the west end all weekend! From Bloordale …

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What’s On: Friday, Aug 5

SummerWorks 2022 is in full swing! Trying to decide what to check out? See below for a list of all …

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Dance Free Participatory August 4, 2022

SummerWorks 2022 Kicks Off with a Big Community Meal and Party!

Join us outside The Theatre Centre tonight at 7pm for the #SummerWorksTO Opening Night Community Meal & Party—all free! Celebrate …

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Uncategorized June 30, 2022

Join our Board!

Are you passionate about the arts and performance? Would you like to contribute to the future of one of Canada’s …

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Uncategorized May 31, 2022

Announcing Departure of Artistic & Managing Director Laura Nanni

TORONTO May 31, 2022 – The Board of Directors has announced that after seven successful years with the organization, Laura …

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Uncategorized October 6, 2021

Review: burn, burned

This review is part of a critical writing mentorship program developed by SummerWorks with NOW Magazine. SummerWorks has not put …

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Review: LEGacy Circus

This review is part of a critical writing mentorship program developed by SummerWorks with NOW Magazine. SummerWorks has not put …

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Review: A New Black Poet

This review is part of a critical writing mentorship program developed by SummerWorks with NOW Magazine. SummerWorks has not put …

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Uncategorized October 5, 2021

Review: nowhen & Connected as we are

This review is part of a critical writing mentorship program developed by SummerWorks with NOW Magazine. SummerWorks has not put …

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Welcome to SummerWorks 2021!

We’re back with something exciting and a little different than what you’ve come to expect the Festival to be. Starting …

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Uncategorized July 12, 2021

Artists at Work

Art Spin is an organization that presents exceptional contemporary art in unexpected spaces to create unique public experiences. It’s a gallery …

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Review: We Will Be by Sid Malcom

This summer, recognizing a significant lack of diverse voices in Canadian arts media, we piloted a program to develop and …

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Review: We Are by Nicole Eun-Ju Bell

This summer, recognizing a significant lack of diverse voices in Canadian arts media, we piloted a program to develop and …

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A child stands at the edge of a concrete slab looking across a small body of water towards a Toronto skyline full of many tall buildings Uncategorized August 23, 2020

Review: We Were by Jenna Shummoogum

This summer, recognizing a significant lack of diverse voices in Canadian arts media, we piloted a program to develop and …

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A sign posted in a city park that reads Artists At Work Uncategorized July 15, 2020

The 2020 SummerWorks Lab Artists in Residence

Neema Bickersteth specializes in contemporary projects in opera, music theatre and theatre. Included tours in the USA and Europe with …

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Uncategorized June 19, 2020

Unwrapping the mysterious from the mundane, in ASL

by Chris Dodd, Edmonton-based Deaf performer, playwright, accessibility advocate and founder and artistic director of SOUND OFF: A Deaf Theatre …

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Uncategorized May 28, 2020

A Message to our Community

Dear SummerWorks community, Today SummerWorks is announcing the postponement of the 30th anniversary edition of our annual 11-day August Festival. This decision …

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End of Summer Mix: The After Party

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End of Summer Mix: Party Time

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End of Summer Mix: The Pre-Party

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