Ancillary Programming

Ancillary Programming 2018-02-06T22:01:14+00:00

This year’s ancillary programming makes connections and offers audiences new perspectives on the works being presented. SummerWorks has curated and presents these programs in collaboration with the Festival Curators and various community organizations.


Celebrate the Festival with us! Each evening will feature an exciting line-up of DJs, performers and special guests. Presented in collaboration with Toronto Dance Community Love-In.

Opening Night Party
Thur / Feb. 1 / 9:30pm
Featuring DJ sets by Regina Gently and MDLSX’s Silvia Calderoni, and a performance by ILL NANA/DiverseCity Dance Company. This is a FREE, ASL Interpreted event.

Progress Late Night
Sat / Feb. 17 / 11:00pm

Closing Celebration
Sun / Feb. 18 / 7:00pm


Long Table

Long Table with Lois Weaver
Fri / Feb. 9 / 7:00pm

The Long Table is an experiment in performance as a means of public engagement, and has been taken up by a vast array of of practitioners in a variety of disciplines as a way to encircle, question, and reflect in a performative, and communal way. The originator of The Long Table, Lois Weaver, hosts this special edition for Progress. Presented in collaboration with FADO Performance Art Centre and The Rhubarb Festival.

This is a free event, but advance registration is highly recommended as capacity is limited. Click here to register now.

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Community Meals

Come together for a bite and informal conversation about programming at our Community Meals. Presented in collaboration with Little Black Afro Theatre Company, The Theatre Centre and Volcano.

Community Meal hosted by SummerWorks
Sat / Feb. 3 / 6:00pm

Communtity Meal hosted by Little Black Afro Theatre Company
Wed / Feb. 7 / 1:00pm

Community meal hosted by Volcano
Sat / Feb. 17 / 8:30pm

The Theatre Centre Café

Installations & Events

Race Cards Video Installation
Feb. 1–18 (excluding Sundays)

A durational video installation to accompany Selina Thompson’s Race Cards installation will be on view daily. Presented in collaboration with Little Black Afro Theatre Company and The Theatre Centre.

Activist Portrait Series
Sat Feb. 3 / 2pm – 8pm

Syrus Marcus Ware has been creating large-scale portraits of activists/revolutionaries/community mobilizers as a way of celebrating activists culture and activists lives. These portraits are an act of reverence, a celebration of life and of choice and of action(s). This live drawing performance will follow Syrus as he brings an image of an activist to life.

The live drawing session on Sat Feb 3 is free and open to all. The completed work will be on view throughout the Festival.

Mix It Up Class
Feb 5-9 / 10am – noon
Dovercourt House
$16 online / $17 at the door / $75 for full week

Mix it up class draws from many styles of movement including house, waacking, kung fu, hip hop  and all the styles that influenced those movement practices. Register for a single day or the entire week. Presented by Toronto Dance Community Love-In in collaboration with Mix Mix Dance Collective.

Click here for more info & registration


Artists in Conversation – Toronto: Canada’s Deck of Race Cards
Sat Feb 10 / 4pm

Race Cards is an interactive installation, featuring 1,000 questions about race, written by Selina Thompson over a 24-hour durational performance in England (2015). With its North American debut, Race Cards raises new questions to those who live, work and create in Toronto. This conversation features panelists Dr. Seika Boye, Tanisha Taitt, Kevin A. Ormsby, and is moderated by emerging theatre producer and national slam poetry champion Luke Reece. The discussion will stem from panel and audience responses to Thompson’s work, while also speaking to the larger artistic landscape of Toronto. Everyone is welcome to participate in the conversation.

Presented in collaboration with The Theatre Centre and Little Black Afro Theatre Company.

Contemporaneity 2.0 – Q & As

Fri Feb. 16 & Sun Feb 18
Q&As with presenting artists will follow Anandam Dancetheatre’s Contemporaneity 2.0 presentations on Friday, February 16 and Sunday, February 18.