Disabled Theater: an open call for participants

Photo: Kevin Lee and SIFA (Singapore International Festival of Arts)

On March 25 through March 28, Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage will present the Canadian premiere of Disabled Theater, a collaborative piece developed by French choreographer Jérôme Bel and the artists of Zürich’s Theater HORA. Theater HORA promotes and presents the work of people with intellectual disabilities, and as a part of this presentation the company will lead a five-day workshop for local …

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In Conversation with Sylvain Émard


On February 28 Harbourfront Centre’s NextSteps, in partnership with DanceWorks, is proud to present Sylvain Émard Danse’s critically acclaimed production, Ce n’est pas la fin du monde (It’s not the end of the world). The Quebec-based company is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and Sylvain Émard gave us some insight into this milestone, as well as the piece being presented …

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Unpacking the Canadian Premiere of The Object Lesson


Every bubble needs a bit of air. Welcome to World Stage 2015 and another season of international contemporary performance. You’ve seen the line-up, now let World Stage artistic director Tina Rasmussen explain, in-depth, the story and context behind her curatorial choices. Here she talks about Geoff Sobelle’s The Object Lesson which, fresh off a sold out run at BAM, opens …

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Questions: On Kleist and Heti


HATCH is a situation where new performance and new audiences encounter one another in the spirit of inquiry. This year, artists participating in the HATCH residency are sharing insight on their projects in relation to the other work playing here at Harbourfront Centre – thinking through and sharing ideas across our performing arts programming.

In this post, curator Evan Webber asks Ted Witzel and Lauren Gillis, also known as the red light district to share their thoughts on the World Stage co-production of All Our Happy Days Are Stupid written by Sheila Heti.

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Making a Winter Wonderland: A Q&A with the HarbourKIDS programmer

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This long weekend, bundle up in your warmest woolies, tug on some boots, pack your skates and a thermos and come on down for the HarbourKIDS Skating Festival, running February 15 to 16. An annual Family Day celebration, the HarbourKIDS Skating Festival will be filled with lots of outdoor and indoor programming for kids and grown-ups alike. Want to know …

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Listen, there’s something in the air…


Another season of World Stage is around the corner. World Stage is Harbourfront Centre’s signature series of contemporary and international performance, and this year we’ve programmed 10 dimensional and exciting events and performances that capture the spirit — and cultural dialogue — of today. Before you visit the theatre, dig a little deeper into the stories behind each performance with this …

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Contemporary Circus can be _______.

Photo: Patrick Lemieux

Circus Sessions is produced by Femmes du Feu with artistic partners CCAFT. It is a weeklong creative laboratory and think-tank for 20 Canadian and international contemporary circus artists. Fred Deb, an aerial circus artist from France, will mentor and guide the artists through the creative process. This initiative spans the five families of circus: Aerial, Acrobatics, Balancing, Object Manipulation and …

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Shore Lunch: addressing the layered history of Toronto’s shoreline


We interviewed Fresh Ground new works commissioned artist Lisa Myers about her multidisciplinary, three form work entitled Shore Lunch. In her own words, Shore Lunch is a multi-site art venue that takes the form of a camp kitchen. Inspired by stories of her Mother’s fishing skills and her love for pulling up on an island and frying up fish over a fire, Lisa Myers created this project to think more about the layers of history around the Great Lakes from an Indigenous perspective and to camp out for a while to acknowledge the different kinds of sustenance we get from this place.

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Join our virtual 40th birthday party! Tune in to The Tale of Harbourfront Centre.


The Tale of Harbourfront Centre brings archives, interviews and forgotten tales to centre stage – an ironic play on performance. Theatre and media company FIXT POINT, led by Lisa Marie DiLiberto and Charles Ketchabaw, have captured the collective community memory of our site and the millions of people who have experienced it over the last 40 years. 

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Summer of wonder


From May to October, Harbourfront Centre presents its exciting summer lineup of arts and cultural programming from around the world, featuring artists from South Asia to Africa, China to Brazil, Israel to the Caribbean and more. With returning staples such as Canada Day and Hot & Spicy Food Festival alongside new — soon to be favourite — festivals such as Habari Africa Festival and China Now, we definitely have something for everyone to get excited about.

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