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The Bentway’s inaugural Community Incubation Program Schedule of Performances

The Bentway’s inaugural Community Incubation Program, animates The Bentway’s grounds, strengthens neighbourhood ties, and increases visibility of community organizations and interests. Participating organizations have been announced and events started on September 18 with Central, Toronto’s urban issues conference series which addresses civic issues such as housing, transportation, policing and politics.

Central Talks: Social Justice in Toronto
What If Public Consultation Was Always Meaningful? 
With Nicole Swerhun, Principle Swerhun Facilitation
Tuesday, October 2 @ 6pm-8pm – Free and Accessible

I/O Movement is a contemporary dance project specializing in site-specific performance. This is Our Place is a call for artists to activate an urban core. Over a five-day public residency, five emerging dance artists – Crystal Finn-Dunn (flowHER House Collective), Jane GotchNyda Kwasowsky, Anna Senognoeva, and Michaëla St-Pierre – will create a site-responsive performance, each to a particular portion of The Bentway. The culminating performance will be an immersive and participatory event.
This is Our Place by I/O Movement
Saturday, October 6 @ 3pm-4:30pm – Free and Accessible

Using the transformative power of laughter, Michelle Creates and Manic Mediatackle the social stigma of mental health and wellness issues through stand-up comedy, improv, sketch, buskers, and musical performances!
The Bentway Variety Show by Michelle Creates and Manic Media
Sunday, October 7 @ 3:30pm-5pm – Free and Accessible

Caterwaul Theatre produces innovative and immersive storytelling in puppetry, analog projection and stop-motion film. Bent Shadows is a shadow puppet narrative that responds to the history of Fort York and The Bentway. Through “bent vignettes” the evolution of Toronto and the relationship of its natural history to Toronto’s man-made industry is depicted.
Bent Shadows by Caterwaul Theatre
October 22 – 31 @ Sunset – Free and Accessible

The Bentway Community Incubation Program was designed to assist emerging individuals and organizations to incubate, innovative, and engage with the community while contributing to the shaping and development of The Bentway’s personality for future generations to come.

Tuesday, October 2 @ 6pm-8pm
Central Talks: Social Justice in Toronto
Saturday, October 6 @ 3pm-4:30pm
This is Our Place by I/O Movement
Sunday, October 7 @ 3:30pm-5pm
The Bentway Variety Show by Michelle Creates and Manic Media
October 22 – 31 @ Sunset
Bent Shadows by Caterwaul Theatre
All Programs are Free and Accessible
Enjoy Free Wifi courtesy of Beanfield

For more information and a full performance schedule,
please visit
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The Bentway is supported by the City of Toronto and the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

Media Contact: FLIP PUBLICITY, 416.533.7710
Carrie Sager,
About The Bentway
The Bentway is a unique and innovative public space that transforms 1.75km underneath Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway into a new gathering place for our city’s growing population.

The Bentway knits together seven local neighbourhoods with over 70,000 residents, becoming a gateway to the waterfront, while providing access to important attractions and destinations – from Fort York National Historic Site, Ontario Place and Exhibition Place to Harbourfront Centre and the CN Tower. The Bentway offers year-round activities and events, including gardens, a skate trail, recreational amenities, public markets, public art, special exhibitions, festivals, theatre and musical performances, and more. The initial phase of The Bentway is open to the public. Stretching from Strachan Avenue in the west to just east of Bathurst Street underneath the Gardiner Expressway, this section of The Bentway is located on the lands of Fort York National Historic Site, recognized by the Government of Canada as a site of national significance.

The Bentway is maintained, operated, and programmed by The Bentway Conservancy. The project was made possible through the collaboration of a range of city-builders and experts, including the City of TorontoWaterfront Toronto, Judy and Wilmot Matthews, Ken Greenberg ConsultantsPUBLIC WORKFort York National Historic Site, and Artscape. The Bentway is a proud member of the High Line Network, an international network of projects that transform underutilized infrastructure into new urban landscapes.

The Bentway Skate Trail, the first part of Phase 1 of The Bentway construction, officially launched on Saturday, January 6, 2018.  The completion of Phase 1, featuring the opening of the grand Strachan Gate, will take place on Saturday, August 25, 2018.

About Fort York National Historic Site
Fort York National Historic Site is one of 10 Toronto History Museums operated by the City of Toronto. Since 1793, Fort York has been an important military location and is where Toronto was founded as an urban place. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, this 43-acre heritage conservation district is home to Canada’s largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings. Fort York offers permanent exhibits and immersive multimedia displays at the Visitor Centre, ongoing programming and events, site tours, military displays, historic cooking demonstrations, and the annual Indigenous Arts Festival. Fort York National Historic Site is also home to the first phase of The Bentway. For more information, visit

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