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The Toronto District School Board and The Toronto Arts Council are pleased to present the 2018-19  tdsbCREATES Arts Festival

tdsbCREATES is a system-wide, grades 1 to 12 celebration of dance, drama, media arts and visual arts festival which takes place between January to April 2019 in schools, communities, galleries, and performing arts venues around the city of Toronto .

tdsbCREATES is a Celebration of Student Voice, Creative Ideas, and Arts for All. Students will work alongside professional artists and their classroom teachers to create original work based on issues that matter to them in response to the theme TRUTH .

Please see the tdsbCREATES web site for a full description of the tdsbCREATES system wide festival.


  • School-based arts celebrations
  • Artist residencies in dance, drama, and visual arts in up to 60 elementary schools for grades 1 – 6
  • Subsidized performances by professional companies in approximately 20 schools
  • tdsbCREATES Art & Film: students in grades 7-12 will create original art works in a variety of media that will be curated by professional artists and exhibited at Artscape Youngplace.
  • tdsbCREATES Dance & Spoken Word: students in grades 7-12 will create original dance works and spoken word performances that will be juried by professional artists for the final showcase at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.
  • Across Experiences Arts Co-op: secondary students create dance, theatre, and films that tour to Grade 7/8 classes across the TDSB and are presented in a final public performance in June. 

Art and Film Exhibition April 5-16
Reception: Tuesday, April 9, 6:00 - 8:00pm
Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street

Dance and Spoken Word Showcase
Thursday, April 25, 7:30pm
George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge Street
Ticket information TBA  

Across Experiences Arts Co-op
School tour May/June
Final performance (TBA)  

Toronto Arts Facts:

  • Toronto Arts Council: Toronto is home to 93% more artists than any other Canadian city. Arts and culture contribute $11.3 billion annually to Toronto’s GDP. 81% of Ontario residents believe that government should invest in the arts. Toronto Arts Facts is a compilation of the most recent available data on Toronto’s arts and economy, quality of life, tourism and community.
  • 10 Lessons the Arts Teach

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For further information contact, Program Coordinator, The Arts

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