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Location: Beer Garden

The cascading stage at Nathan Phillips Square is jam-packed with live music, thought-provoking contemporary dance, and the awesome vibes of TOAF’s unique Beer Garden in partnership with Henderson Brewing Co.  

Our new programming partners at Small World Music have curated an electric selection of bands and musicians to get you moving for the three days of the Fair. 

Jenn Goodwin’s If I Should Stumble movement installation (TOAF Stage) will engulf our audiences in awe. CHALKING by ĀNANDAṀ Dancetheatre invites you for a moment of quiet and reflection with a contemplative new dance work.


Dance          Music          Live Painting 




Friday, July 15 at 7:00 PM  
Saturday, July 16 at 7:00 PM 
Sunday, July 17 at 5:00 PM 
Presented by ĀNANDAṀ Dancetheatre
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"What does it mean to align oneself in space and time?

CHALKING deconstructs a body’s rotational possibilities - turning, spinning - into a vocabulary of tension and resistance, inscribing absence at the very heart of the body’s presence with others [...] Five performers build and unbuild an idea of circularity.

A specific language that is at once unfamiliar yet somehow inclusive of the multiple aesthetics that the dancers represent is articulated. A language that in one way has the precision of an ancient form but one that is rooted in functionality rather than the decorative/narrative.” - Padmini Chettur

ĀNANDAṀ creates and presents performances shaped by aesthetics and ethics nurtured through curiosity, intimacy, and responsiveness, values of presence and collective inquiry, inclusive of diverse bodies and movement practices and receptive to a multitude of viewpoints on the dancing body. 

Choreography: Padmini Chettur
Composition: Maarten Visser
Dance Artists: Nithya Garg, Tanveer Alam, Brandy Leary, Robert Kingsbury, Atri Nundy
Rehearsal Direction: Harikishan S Nair
ĀNANDAṀ Artistic Producer: Briana Brown
Supported by ArtworxTO: Toronto's Year of Public Art

If I Should Stumble

Saturday, July 16 at 12:00 PM & 2:30 PM
Sunday, July 17 at 12:00 PM & 2:30 PM

"Vertigo is the conflict between the fear of falling and the desire to fall" - Salman Rushdie

This movement installation uses stairs as stage, nemesis, obstacle and accomplishment and in its expression of falling as dancers unpack the resiliency and challenges of women in day-to-day life. Goodwin interprets themes of personal power, female camaraderie, and spectacle in her choreography and vision.

Choreography: Jenn Goodwin
Song Credit: "Uja" from Tanya Tagaq's album Animism 
Creative Production by Briana Brown
Costume Design: Sarah Doucet
Dancers: Anastasia DeLyon, Sarah Doucet, Aria Evans, Kristi (Kiki) Kennedy, Kate Nankervis, Anita Nittoly, Nicola Pantin, Danah Rosales, Irma Villafuerte, Jenn Goodwin



Big Smoke Brass Band

Friday, July 15 at 5:00 PM & 6:00 PM

Kick-off the Fair with high-energy sound as Big Smoke Brass Band, a leading voice in the Canadian Brass Scene, erupts in joyful celebration. 

Maria and The Band

Saturday, July 16 at 1:00 PM
Sunday, July 17 at 4:00 PM

Revel in vibrant music from the Canadian and Brazilian group rooted in traditional forró "pé de serra" music and shaped by influences ranging from blues to arabesque. Follow them on Instagram: @mariabandca



Saturday, July 16 at 4:00 PM
Sunday, July 17 at 1:00 PM

Move to Ammoye's future-forward reggae sounds that pull from dancehall to R&B influences as her infectious voice invites you to reflect on justice and empowerment.

DJ Sawtay

Friday, July 15 at 7:00 PM
Saturday, July 16 at 5:00 PM

Revel and groove to DJ Sawtay's skilled spinning of Hip Hop, Funk, and Soul.


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