In addition to providing hundreds of contemporary visual artists and makers a space to showcase their works and wares, TOAF also presents free site-specific dance pieces (or appropriated existing performances) for the cascading stage at Nathan Phillips Square. By offering these performances and tapping into the dance community, TOAF audiences are able to expand their experiences of contemporary art.

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By Anandam Dance Theatre; Choreography by Brandy Leary

Creating a human glacier in the urban landscape, Glaciology evokes the permanent effects of human and ecological conflicts through the past centuries in the wake of colonization, unstable governments, wars, and unsustainable economies by overlapping and contrasting these images and ideas with the indelible power of glacial movements across landscapes.  

ĀNANDAṀ creates and presents dance shaped by values of presence and collective inquiry; inclusive of diverse bodies and movement practices; and receptive to a multitude of viewpoints on the dancing body.

Composition: James Bunton
Performers: Denise Solleza, Brandy Leary, Hans Wolfgramm, Robert Kingsbury, LoBil, Lara Ebata, Mary-Margaret Scrimger, Jessica, Karuhanga, Greg Wong, Atri Nundy, Rachana Joshi, Tanveer Alam

StreetARToronto Live Painting

A joint project of StreetARToronto (StART), Artusiasm, Civic Hall Toronto and TOAF

Toronto is home to some of the best mural, street and graffiti artists and art in the world. These artists and artworks have transformed Toronto’s public streets, laneways and parks into a city-wide art gallery! In this special presentation, visitors enjoyed an action-packed live painting performance by some of Toronto’s beloved graffiti artists courtesy of our friends at StreetARToronto (StART). Read about the incredible artists who were painting on-site throughout the weekend.

Musical Performance by Pantayo

Pantayo is an all-women lo-fi R&B gong punk queer collective based in Toronto. They combine percussive metallophones and drums from kulintang traditions of Southern Philippines and synth-based electro grooves. Past notable projects include performances at Vancouver New Music, Halifax Jazz Festival, Nuit Blanche Toronto, Canada150, X Avant Festival, Wavelength Festival; kulintang gong/percussion workshops with Girls Rock Camp Toronto in partnership with Toronto Public Library and at Tone Deaf Festival Kingston. Pantayo has been featured in Noisey (2016), CBC Music for International Women’s Day 2017, a cover story in Musicworks Magazine in Summer/Fall 2017, Now Magazine's Toronto musicians to watch in 2018: Indie Edition, and Vancouver's The Georgia Straight in 2019.



Conceived and Choreographed by Karen Kaeja of Kaeja d’Dance

The human desire to be close asks us how much can we give until we are stretched to the max? How do we negotiate calibrated tension in order to feel connected? In Calibrate the dancers, Mateo Galindo Torres and Caryn Chappel, consult, arbitrate and compromise themselves and the architecture with the effort to merge. 

Elements of Calibrate are inspired by Karen’s early dancing years living in New York City and working under the table as a seamstress in a curtain factory, as well as through Kaeja d’Dance’s XTOD: Solo Dance Xchange of Karen's solo inspired by Nova Bhattacharya. Learn more at

Special Performance by Bangerz Brass

Toronto's ONLY hip-hop brass band, busting out your favourite trap hits and classic boom-bap knockers with epic horn solos and live freestyles from 3 of Toronto's best MCs.


Special Performance by Batucada Carioca

Batucada Carioca is a Toronto-based samba bateria that has authentically represented the rhythms of Rio de Janeiro’s samba schools and Carnaval for over 10 years. Founded and led by carioca (Rio-born) Maninho Costa.

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Choreographed by Meagan O’Shea

Uplifting, energetic and totally out of the ordinary contemporary dance performance by Meagan O'Shea, inspired by mobile clubbing, shared experience and recontextualizing via remixing. Canadian contemporary dance-theatre artist, Meagan O’Shea, creates and performs “Uplifting, energetic and totally out of the ordinary” solo, ensemble, participatory and site-specific work. Her dance like no one is watching improv project animates/disrupts public space and has reached over 30,000 passers-by and included 200 dancers (2007-11).


If I Should Stumble II

Choreographed by Jenn Goodwin

“Sometimes when things fall apart, they are actually falling into place” - Unknown. Performer Anita Nittoly uses stairs as both her stage and her nemesis in this movement installation. Nittoly shines and stumbles as she personifies the concept of falling from grace, while actually falling (gracefully and otherwise) while other aspects of herself take alternative approaches. In this performance, Goodwin is particularly interested in personal power, the cracks in one’s confidence, the spectacle of a persona, the faux pas’, missteps, mistakes, and the challenges and resilience in day-to-day life. “Vertigo is the conflict between the fear of falling and the desire to fall” – Salman Rushdie.

Created by Jenn Goodwin, in collaboration with and performed by Anita Nittoly and Sarah Doucet, Zoja Smutny, Brandy Leary, Kaja Irwin, Jasmyn Fyffe, Lua Shayenne, Nicola Pantin, Caroline-Niklas Gordon.

Song: Uja – Tanya Tagaq, remixed by Tino Zolfo
Costume design: Sarah Doucet

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Special Performance by Arashido Taiko

Arashido Taiko is a Toronto based Taiko group with 10 core members. Arashido means "The Way of the Storm" and it springs from the energy and passion that the performers put into not only performances but practices as well. Our founder has over 10 years Taiko experience both in Canada and Japan. He has played in countless festivals including ones with attendance levels of over one million people! Arashido Taiko is available for lessons, team building events, corporate events, commercials, and live shows.