Fort York Visitor Centre

Grand Opening Celebrations
& On Common Ground Festival

September 20 & 21, 2014
12 to 7 p.m.
FREE

Step through our new front door for On Common Ground, a fabulous festival of culture and community energizing the Visitor Centre and grounds of Fort York with culturally diverse music, dance, theatre, craft-making, kidzone, community village and local food.

Click on the tabs below for a schedule of events, performances and activities taking place in and around the new Visitor Centre, as well as inside the grounds of Fort York. Admission is FREE all weekend.

SATURDAY: In and around the Visitor Centre...

12:00 - 7:00 PM

Inaugural Exhibitions & Art Installations

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Autorickshaw

(Jazz, funk & folk meets Indian classical & popular music)

1:30 - 2:30 PM

Cris Derksen

(Genre-defying music from the concert hall to the dance floor)

1:30 - 3:30 PM

Toronto's Great War Attic

(Documenting stories & keepsakes of the First World War – Community Room)

2:30 - 3:00 PM

Kaeja d'Dance

(Sensual site-specific dance & participatory performance)

3:00 - 4:00 PM

Jaffa Road

(Enrapturing, innovative inter-cultural music)

4:00 - 4:30 PM

Kaeja d'Dance

(Sensual site-specific dance & participatory performance)

4:30 - 5:30 PM

Toronto Mass Choir

(Soul shaking gospel music)

SATURDAY: Inside Fort York...

12:00 – 5:00 PM

City of Toronto Museums Showcase

(Activities, Games, Storytelling – Blue Barracks)

12:30 – 5:30 PM

Red Pepper Spectacle Arts

(Collaborative public art, puppetry & craft making for all ages)

12:30 – 6:00 PM

Community Village

(Food, Crafts, Community Partners)

12:30 – 1:30 PM

Bluestone Cloud Drum & Mississaugas of the New Credit Dancers

(Traditional Anishinabe music & dance)

 1:30 – 2:30 PM

Dhol Circle

(Traditional Bhangra rhythm mixed with world beats)

 2:30 – 3:30 PM

Tio Chorinho

(Captivating Brazilian Choro music)

 3:30 – 4:30 PM

DRUMHAND

(New Orleans inspired street party music with a global groove)

 4:30 – 5:30 PM

Maracatu Mar Aberto

(Afro-Brazilian percussion & song troupe)

 5:30 – 6:45 PM

Dusk Dances

(Magical outdoor dance)

Click on the tabs below for a schedule of events, performances and activities taking place in and around the new Visitor Centre, as well as inside the grounds of Fort York. Admission is FREE all weekend.

SUNDAY: In and around the Visitor Centre...

12:00 – 7:00 PM

Inaugural Exhibitions & Art Installations

 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan

(Traditional & contemporary Indonesian music)

 1:30 – 2:30 PM

Jorge Miguel Flamenco Ensemble

(Fiery Flamenco music & dance)

1:30 - 3:30 PM

Toronto's Great War Attic

(Documenting stories & keepsakes of the First World War – Community Room)

 2:30 – 3:00 PM

Kaeja d'Dance

(Sensual site-specific dance & participatory performance)

 3:00 – 4:00 PM

Miranda Mulholland

(The sweet secret weapon of Canadian roots music)

 4:00 – 4:30 PM

Kaeja d'Dance

(Sensual site-specific dance & participatory performance)

 4:30 – 5:30 PM

Mahmood Schricker

(Mixing urban/electronic soundscapes with classical Persian music)

SUNDAY: Inside Fort York...

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Peace the 21st

(Flag Ceremony as part of International Peace Day – Blue Barracks)

12:00 – 5:00 PM

City of Toronto Museums Showcase

(Activities, Games, Storytelling – Blue Barracks)

12:30 – 5:30 PM

Red Pepper Spectacle Arts

(Collaborative public art, puppetry & craft making for all ages)

12:30 – 6:00 PM

Community Village

(Food, Crafts, Community Partners)

12:30 – 1:15 PM

Kooshin with Tichaona Maredza

(Masterful Somalian oud and Zimbabwean percussion) 

1:15 – 2:00 PM

Lisa Odjig

(World Champion Ojibwe Hoop Dancer)

 2:00 – 3:00 PM

Iya Ire Afro-Cuban Ensemble

(Vibrant Afro-Cuban folkloric music & dance)

 3:30 – 4:30 PM

Ensemble Jeng Yi

(Innovative Korean performing arts)

 4:30 – 5:30 PM

The Shuffle Demons

(Electrifying streetnik jazz / funk music)

 5:30 – 6:45 PM

Dusk Dances

(Magical outdoor dance)