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Submissions to Harbourfront Centre

As Harbourfront Centre continues to monitor the COVID-19 public health emergency, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 outdoor Summer Festival season, originally set to run from June 1 to September 7. While we work to support the Government of Ontario’s roadmap for reopening the province, we are exploring ways to safely bring you the stimulating arts programming you’ve come to expect during these challenging times.

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

Applications are currently closed for our Performing Arts Residency Program. Please check back for details on submissions for our 2020/21 season.

Summer Music in the Garden

Summer Music in the Garden presents classical music from the European tradition (ca. 50% of the season), along with traditional and classical “world” music. Occasionally we present children’s programming that has a strong musical component. A typical season will include music by Bach, string quartets by Beethoven, Haydn and others, baroque music on period instruments, South Asian ragas, Middle Eastern music, new music, and traditional music from Asia, Europe, and North America.

If you are a professional musician working in one of the above genres and are interested in performing in Summer Music in the Garden, please send a proposal to the artistic director, Tamara Bernstein.

Proposals that do not meet the following criteria may not receive a reply:

Jazz, pop and rock music are NOT part of Summer Music in the Garden; kindly do not submit proposals for these genres.

Due to the outdoor nature of the venue, pianos cannot be included in the programming.

Additionally, please note that we are a relatively low-tech venue, and cannot accommodate large ensembles.

Proposals are welcome at any time of the year, but booking for each summer is complete by early March. Musicians are encouraged to look over previous seasons’ programming before sending a query.

Other Music Submissions

If you would like to be considered for our festivals or events, please send your full contact information and links to promotional materials to:

For criteria and contact information for Summer Music in the Garden, click here.

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