Submissions to Harbourfront Centre

A key component of Harbourfront Centre’s mandate is championing the creation of new artistic works while providing a platform for innovation, creation and excellence.

Some of these programmes include Visual Arts open call for professional artists’ submission for exhibitions in York Quay Gallery and the Craft & Design Studio’s Artists-in-Residence Program.

Many of the fantastic works are brought through Harbourfront Centre due to our invaluable relationships with community partners. Partnerships give community organizations the opportunity to showcase the artistic excellence found within their communities and collaborate with an international, professional and arts-based organization.


Harbourfront Centre’s Cultural Engagement (CE) Department produces over a dozen multi-disciplinary contemporary arts festivals throughout the summer season, as well as many off-summer events at various Harbourfront Centre venues.

Partnerships give organizations the opportunity to showcase the artistic excellence of their community to a large and diverse audience, and collaborate and benefit from the expertise of the Harbourfront Centre team.

Email us for more information.

Performing Arts Residency Program 2019/20

The goal of the Harbourfront Centre Performing Arts Residency Program is to support the development of artistic creations within the genres of dance, theatre, circus and inter-disciplinary work, with the intent to potentially present final works once they are fully realized.

The residencies are technical/production residencies. They provide production support in a theatre venue at a stage of development of a project when working in such a venue is beneficial to the process. It is intended as support for projects that have already gone through at least a first phase of development and are on their way to production. Typically residencies will be one week long, though consideration will be given to longer requests based on the needs of the project.

All residencies will receive the venue at no charge. Some residencies will receive further financial support – please see program details document for more information.

If you have a project that you would like to submit for consideration to the residency program, download the information and application packages and submit the requested documentation by email. 

Program Details  /  Application Form (PDF)  /  Application Form (WORD)

Please submit completed applications and supporting documents to

Deadline: December 21, 2018 at 4pm EST.

OAC Recommender Grant for Theatre Creators 2018/19

Harbourfront Centre is proud to serve for a third year in the Ontario Arts Council’s Recommender Grant for Theatre Creators program (formerly Theatre Creators’ Reserve).

We are seeking proposals by artists creating contemporary and interdisciplinary work with a bold, strong voice that pushes creative innovation.

Applicants should submit a one-page letter that outlines their project, its current status and how support from the OAC Recommender Grant for Theatre Creators program will help them achieve their goals. The letter should also position their project within the applicant’s body of work or broader artistic interests. Harbourfront Centre particularly welcomes proposals from artists who identity as First Nations, Inuit or Métis; artists with disabilities; francophone and new generation artists; and those who overcome systemic inequalities in their lives and work.

More information and full program guidelines are available on the OAC website.

Applications are to be submitted via the OAC NOVA portal.

Deadline: December 15, 2018 at 4pm EST.

Ontario Arts Council


If you would like to be considered for our festivals or events, please send your full contact information and links to promotional materials to: Interested in performing as part of Summer Music in the Garden? Contact for more info. Please DO NOT send attachments.

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