Harbourfront Centre is Canada's leading centre for contemporary culture, with a history spanning
40 years, and an international reputation as a non-profit centre for arts and culture, nurturing innovation, exploration and artistic expression in the areas of theatre, dance, literature, music, film, visual arts, new media, fine craft, community arts, education and diverse cultural representation and celebration.
A key facet of Harbourfront Centre’s mandate is championing the creation of new artistic works, providing a forum for originality, invention and inspiration. The Fresh Ground new works national commissioning prize was launched in 2004.
Some of the most original and intriguing work being produced across the country today results from artists experimenting across genres and collaborating in untraditional ways.
This legacy programme has become a catalyst for new Canadian artistic works incorporating more than one discipline or field. Over the past 10 years through national submission calls, Harbourfront Centre has awarded $500,000 in prizes toward new interdisciplinary Canadian works created by artists and companies from across the country. Past commissions have successfully continued on tours around the world to critical acclaim.