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Festival Programming Announcement: June 26th


There are so many exciting ways to get involved and engage with SummerWorks
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Working at SummerWorks

We are hiring individuals for various staff positions, to support the 2024 SummerWorks Performance Festival! However, there are currently no open job calls.

Check this space often, for updated details on Festival contract positions.

Join our Board of Directors!

Are you passionate about the arts and performance?

Would you like to contribute to the future of one of Canada’s most vital Festivals?

Consider engaging with SummerWorks by joining our Board of Directors!

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

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Programming and Curatorial Practice
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 community, and send to board@summerworks.ca.

Volunteering at SummerWorks

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.



Each year, SummerWorks invites artists and creative collaborators to submit proposals for consideration in future Festivals, and in year-round programming, through an Open Call for Submissions.

SummerWorks does not accept unsolicited project proposals. However, if you have an upcoming performance or showing, please send us an invitation. Our team will respond to your message, if we are able to attend.


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.

For regular updates on the Festival, sign up for our newsletter.

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.

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

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 currently planning our industry gathering in 2024, during the SummerWorks Performance Festival in August. More exciting details to come in spring 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.