Special Programs

Junior – big thoughts for growing minds

Category Special Programs

Grades 1-8

Curriculum Connections The Arts - Drama, The Arts - Dance, The Arts - Visual Arts

En français

Inspire your students with something different this year!

This spring, Harbourfront Centre’s inaugural Junior festival brings together leading contemporary performers and artists to challenge and animate young minds. Four productions, assembled from as far away as England and Norway to as near as Québec and Alberta, take on the challenging questions facing youth today. These outstanding performances are the perfect opportunity for students to explore topics ranging from difference and growth to loss and transformation.

Bring your class for a unique experience and build on it with our School Visits program. Our productions of Child of the Divide and We Are All Treaty People also offer your class the option of participating in a Creative Response workshop before or after the show.

Creative Responses are workshops in which your students can explore the themes and issues raised in the performance.

Performance only $13/student
Performance and Creative Response $20/student

To reserve tickets for your class via email, please contact Melody, our Junior Group Sales Coordinator, by clicking here or call 416-973-4000 ext. 4856.

Payment is due 30 days after the order is placed. Orders placed less than 30 days prior to the start of the festival must be paid in full at the time of booking. Advance payment by cheque or credit card is required for all school bookings. Due to the large number of events and groups, we are unable to accept payment on performance day. Admission packages are mailed in April to all groups paid in full.


Child of the Divide
Buchar Boulevard
May 22–25 12:30–1:45pm
May 24–25 10:00–11:15am
Ages 8–14 / Grades 3–8

Summer 1947. 16 million people are on the move between India and newly founded Pakistan. Amid the upheaval, young Pali’s fingers slip from his father’s hand and his destiny changes forever. Taken in by a Muslim family, he is given a new name, a new faith and a new life. But when his real father returns to claim him, Pali must decide who he is.

Presented in English


We Are All Treaty People
Quest Theatre
May 22–25 10–11am & 12:30–1:30pm
Ages 5–11 / Grades K–6

Alana, who is First Nations, and Maya, who is of colonial descent, know little about each other’s cultures. A wise Trickster wonders if they could still be friends. This inspiring production embraces Truth and Reconciliation and forges relationships across cultures, all while educating and entertaining through song, creative movement and puppetry.

Presented in English with dialogue in Blackfoot, Stoney and T’su Tina


The Jury
Hege Haagenrud
May 22 10–10:45am & 12:30–1:15pm
Ages 6–12 / Grades 1–6

Dancers begin to perform to classical music when children’s voices suddenly ring out: “What are they doing? I don’t understand anything! This is boring!” The children decide that since this is a performance for kids, they should be the ones deciding what it’s about. What results is hilarious, beautiful and captivating as the dancers follow the children’s direction to the letter.

Presented in English


Le Chant du Koï / Goldilocks Goes Bear Hunting
Théâtre le Clou
May 23–25 9:30–10:40am & 12:45–1:55pm
Ages 12–14 / Grades 7–8

The handsome teenage prince, a high school witch, ingénue Goldilocks and the New Guy are forced to deal with insecurity, jealousy, betrayal and first love in this imaginative, inventive musical about the thrill and the fear of growing up during a strange and magical year when everything is turned upside down.

Presented in French with English surtitles