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COVID-19 Updates

Canadian Stage’s Safety Precautions for In-person Outdoor Events

The health and safety of our staff, artists, patrons, and community is of the utmost importance to us at Canadian Stage.  We have put a great deal of care into our planning and are thrilled to be able to welcome guests to the High Park Amphitheatre for Dance in High Park, but we do so with an abundance of caution.
Adhering to all Provincial and City public health guidelines, we are committed to:

  • limiting audience sizes to meet gathering by-law restrictions;
  • maintaining physical distancing through clearly marked and measured audience areas;
  • collecting audience registration information for contact tracing;
  • providing access to hand sanitizers and disposable facemasks, as needed; and
  • requiring, as able, the use of masks or face coverings for all staff and audience members throughout the duration of the event.
Staff, artists, and guests of in-person events are asked to stay home if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and to follow all safety guidelines set out by government health officials.


(updated September 22, 2020)

As we respond to the continued efforts to fight the spread of the pandemic, and to ensure the safety of our artists, audiences and employees, Canadian Stage regrettably announces the suspension of the following winter and spring productions. These are: Public Enemy by Olivier Choinière (a Canadian Stage production in association with L’Activité), Miigis by Red Sky Performance (a Red Sky Performance production presented by Canadian Stage), Crazy Camel by Akaji Maro and Dairakudakan (a Dairakudakan production co-presented by Canadian Stage and TO Live), Revisor by Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young (a Kidd Pivot production co-presented by Canadian Stage and TO Live), and Paradise Lost by Erin Shields (a Canadian Stage production). These suspensions are in addition to the previously announced suspension of Canadian Stage’s originally planned fall productions.

We are pleased to announce details of our plan to safeguard the vitality of the performing arts during this challenging time. The plan includes Canadian Stage’s Fall Program of works by local, national, and international artists, significant financial investments that will go directly into the hands of artists to foster artistic innovation, increased support of community-focused initiatives, an extensive process to address institutionalized racism and colonialism inside the organization, and the launch of a novel subscription program.
(updated September 3, 2020)

The fight to contain the spread of COVID-19 has created an unprecedented challenge to the performing arts. It is with regret that Canadian Stage announces the suspension of its Fall 2020 productions of Fairview by Jackie Sibblies Drury (a Canadian Stage and Obsidian Theatre co-production), A Thousand Splendid Suns by Ursula Rani Sarma, based on the book by Khaled Hosseini (a Canadian Stage production in association with The Citadel Theatre), Little Dickens by Ronnie Burkett, and the CS Platform series. We wish to thank our artists, partners, and audiences for their understanding, and we look forward to the moment when we can bring these shows back to our stages.

In mid-August we will release the details of our alternative season programming which will uphold our mission of developing and presenting local, national, and international contemporary performance, but in formats that do not compromise the health and safety of our artists, patrons, and staff. Furthermore, we will be announcing additional programs that are responsive to the current pandemic and the social, economic, and political changes that it is precipitating. In advance of this announcement, Artistic Director, Brendan Healy, shared the organizational guiding principles that are shaping how Canadian Stage is prioritizing its use of resources in the coming months.
  (updated July 22, 2020)

Like all of you, we at Canadian Stage have been following very closely the developments related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The health and safety of our staff, patrons, artists, volunteers, and guests is of the utmost importance to us and we have been diligent in enacting all recommendations from health authorities. As we have had no performances onstage in recent weeks, we have been able to take the time to fully assess our upcoming programming and ensure we are making the most responsible decisions for our company and our community. To that end, we have had to make the heartbreaking decision to cancel the following productions:
  • Always Still the Dawn – April 7 – 26, 2020
  • Crypto – April 22 – 26, 2020
  • Kelly v. Kelly – May 15 – June 7, 2020
  • Shakespeare in High Park – July 4 – September 6, 2020
  • Art Explored: Shakespeare Family Feast – July 18, 2020
We have not come to this decision lightly, but in this time of uncertainty, we feel it is necessary to ensure the health of our community and the stability of Canadian Stage well into the future. We ask for your patience in the coming days as we work to balance the needs of our staff, artists, and community in what is a stressful time, both emotionally and financially.

(updated March 17, 2020)