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Fresh Ground new works

Harbourfront Centre's national commissioning programme

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.

To date, a generous group of visionary donors have supported the creation of 23 new commissions. We would like to thank the following supporters of the Fresh Ground new works commissioning programme for their leadership and continued support of artists: Peter Allen, William J. S. Boyle, Lionel F. Conacher and Joan Dea, Margaret and Jim Fleck, Michael and Sonja Koerner, Judy and Wil Matthews, George E. Myhal, Sonja Smits and Seaton McLean; and grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the J.P. Bickell Foundation.

For information on how you can become a Fresh Ground new works supporter please contact Jeremy Smith, Chief Development Officer, at or 416-954-9912.
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