Welcome to in/future:
A transformative
art experience

A Festival of Art &
Music at Ontario Place

Sept 15 – 25
Ontario Place
West Island, Toronto

What is in/future?

in/future: a transformative art experience is a multidisciplinary arts and music festival presented by Art Spin in partnership with Small World Music.

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Tickets

Welcome to the in/future ticket hub. We have many ticketing options for you, your friends and family to attend. We currently offer single day tickets so you can choose based on programming for that day, or get yourself a festival pass for full access to all 11 days at a very reasonable price!

*Additional ticket options and add-ons for special events may be available closer to the festival.

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Artists

Acapulco Collective

a Quebec City based collective of artists Pierre Brassard, Vincent Hinse, and Marie-Pier Lebeau will be exhibiting a project, presented by CAFKA, that will provide a stark look at the fleeting notion of monumentality through objects that have transitioned from reverence to dilapidation.

Bear Witness

member of A Tribe Called Red, in partnership with Pleasure Dome and Trinity Square Video, will present a new work on the large screen of the iconic Cinesphere in response to original IMAX films from the Ontario Place archive, which will also be screened as part of the festival.

Carsten Nicolai

an internationally renowned musician and visual artist, will be presenting a collection of three short films from his mesmerizing series, Future Past Perfect, on the six story screen of the Cinesphere.

Dave Dyment

Timeline is an epic video work that presents a history of the world, both past and future, from compiled captioned establishing sequences taken from film and television that are arranged chronologically from 17,000 BC and into the future until the year 5145 AD.

Ed Pien

Known internationally for his drawings and papercuts, will treat viewers to a spectacular play of light and shadow with an immersive installation.

Faye Mullen

and four other performance artists will engage in a highly synchronized and rather ritualized durational exercise of flying kites along the breaker wall that juts out from the West Island’s north-west most point.

Gareth Lichty

A Kitchener/Buffalo-based artist inspired by the unique architectural features of the site's silos, will unveil a new kinetic installation to a dizzying effect.

Greg Staats

A Toronto-based Mohawk artist who draws on a traditional Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) restorative aesthetic in his work, will be presenting a project in partnership with the Tom Thomson Art Gallery.

Heather Nicol

An interdisciplinary artist and independent curator, will be creating a new site-specific sculpture that haunts viewers with its beautifully eerie soundtrack.

Jolene Bailie

a Winnipeg based choreographer, will present a dynamic piece of contemporary dance for three performers that explores ideas dealing with disembodied consciousness, creativity, robotics, artificial intelligence, surveillance and unknown life forms.

Labspace Studio

John Loerchner and Laura Mendes continue their practice of sustainable art-making by repurposing old canoes through a unique installation on the silos that were first built to house an ‘Ontario North’ exhibit.

Lyla Rye

An installation based artist with a background in architecture will be creating a new site specific video work specially conceived for one of the unique silos.

Max Dean

a Governor General Award winning artist, will be presenting an exciting new photography and installation based project in response to Ontario Place’s old Wilderness Adventure Ride. This is an exciting co-presentation by both Art Spin and Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

Michael Trommer

presented by InterAccess and Subtle Technologies, will create a sound installation that transplants field recordings of children frolicking in the waters of Georgian Bay onto the southern shores of Ontario Place highlighting our conflicted relationship to Lake Ontario.

Mitchell Akiyama

will literally animate the historic Temple Bell using abstracted recordings of his grandmother’s voice, who happened to be at the Bell’s inaugural ceremony in 1977, to a haunting and resonating effect.

New Adventures in Sound Art

One of our creative partner organizations, will be presenting a series of immersive sonic works, recorded on site and presented in the round, which respond to the incredible acoustic possibilities of an Ontario Place Pavilion.

Peggy Baker Dance Projects

Will mount a re-imagined performance of The Perfect Word, a thoughtful investigation of language and the fragility of communication.

Philippe Blanchard

New Troglodytes 2, will invite you to discover a unique artificial cave environment, once part of an amusement park ride, that will be animated through a creative combination of sculpture, printmaking and light.

Onsite Gallery

from OCAD University will be presenting a four part speaker series, Lectures at the End of the Worlds, that forces us to consider what is worth discussing, sharing, and exploring in a post-apocalyptic state?

Simone Jones & Laura Millard

will take their inspirational lead from the “Ice Silo”, what was once part of an educational display dedicated to the elements, in an exciting two-part performance and installation that will transform both this silo and the scenic lookout on the south-west point.

Studio F Minus

will be unveiling a whimsical, large scale, kinetic fountain/musical apparatus assembled out of garden hoses, sprinklers and toy instruments gracing the inner harbour of Ontario Place’s beautiful water system.

TH&B Collective

A creative partnership of Simon Frank, Dave Hind, Ivan Jurakic and Tor Lukasik-Foss, a group of visual artists working out of the Hamilton area will present a durational performance and installation on the West Island beach.

Small World Music

Small World Music is Canada’s premier independent global music presenter with 19 years of experience in the industry. Celebrating cultural diversity through music, the registered charitable organization presents over 50 events annually. Its vision is based on sharing cultural experience and ultimately, building bridges between cultures. It is about discovery and ‘opening ears’.

Musical Acts

Alysha Brilla

Alysha Brilla’s route to success took her from Brampton to Los Angeles to the Junos. Funky and uplifting, her sound brings a unique perspective — she sings in singing in Swahili at times — that reflects the diversity of her upbringing.

Asiko Afrobeat Ensemble

Led by Foly Kolade, who honed his musical skills in Ogidi Nigeria, Asiko’s live show is a high-energy spectacle featuring 10+ performers that incorporates Nigerian dance, percussion and costume. Dancing is inevitable!

Baba Zula

Istanbul's legendary alternative band, Baba Zula has been creating their one-of-a-kind sound psychedelic dub for over 20 years. With a wide variety of influences and a range of instruments, they've won a devoted global following.

Briga

Compelling Balkan rhythms and soaring, wailing fiddle bring the crowd to their feet, playing music clearly rooted in tradition but with an international feel and flair stamped 'Montreal'. - fRoots Magazine

Dhol Foundation

Making their Canadian debut, this London-based 12-piece rhythm monster takes Punjabi bhangra drumming into the 21st Century.

DOOMSQUAD

Toronto's psychedelic electronic indie-rock dance siblings have been creating some serious buzz recently.

Fresh Snow

Fresh Snow is not easy to pigeonhole, with a sound that can shift from Godspeed to Kraftwerk to Mogwai within the same song. Dissonant and melodic, robotic and danceable, violent and beautiful: Fresh Snow is all these things.

Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra

This 14-piece Montreal band mashes Balkan brass with Latin funk and dynamic choreography to create a one-of-a-kind spectacle.

Kinnie Starr

One of Canada’s most critically acclaimed underground musicians. An artist with an original, authentic voice, Relying on 'raw feral talent' (Globe and Mail) and a solid groove, Kinnie has been blazing trails for 20 years with her beat slamming recordings and outspoken race and gender politics.

Los Poetas

From Toronto and Vancouver by way of Chile, El Salvador and Argentina, this dynamic collective comes together to bring the Latino experience raised in Hip Hop culture. Speaking on the struggles and injustices that exist in their homeland, they preserve their Latin roots through beats and rhymes.

Luisa Maita

A subtle swirl of samba and dance-hall rhythms with lacings of electronica, with Maita's vocal hook sealing the deal. It feels familiar, even classic, right from the first listen. What makes it great, and quintessentially Brazilian, is her sensuous, velvet voice. - NPR Music

Mariachi Flor

A unique feminist take on traditional Mexican Mariachi music, this New York group have been attracting attention wherever they go.

Maracatu Mar Aberto

Brazilian drumming stalwarts will animate the Island with tropical beats.

MAKU Soundsystem

MAKU Soundsystem is an immigrant band from New York City. With most of its members hailing from Colombia, M.A.K.U embodies an active quest for identity through sound and bodies in motion, and puts on a party for everyday people. They have won fans across North America with their fiery grooves.

Nano Stern

Folk legend Joan Baez remarked, “[Nano] may be the best Chilean songwriter of his generation. With his lyrics, melodies, message, delivery, humour and heart, he gets my vote”. A superb guitarist and staggering vocalist, Nano’s extraordinary musicianship and a wide-open heart win over any crowd.

Soul Jazz Orchestra

Ottawa's afro-funk big band has laid waste to dance floors across the country and is now building their name in Europe.

The Human Rights

One of Canada's top reggae bands, specializing in original high-energy, modern roots reggae with a mix of jazz, funk and R&B influences, 'The Rights' feature a blazing 3-piece horn section, two stellar guitar players, and a rock steady diddim section, on the one drop!

Vox Sambou

Vox Sambou is the real deal: A sharp-witted lyricist and classy showman who is charismatic, passionate and compassionate. The Montreal-based MC has been called a 'Haitian hip hop ambassador' whose boundless energy on stage with his six-piece band gets audiences on their feet.

Wally Badarou

Legendary keyboardist and funk pioneer, Wally is perhaps best known for the time spent with Talking Heads & Tom Tom Club.

...and many more to come

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