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Media Release -On Common Ground festival at Fort York National Historic Site

September, 2013


On Saturday September 21 and Sunday September 22, Fort York National Historic Site will present On Common Ground. The festival of culture and community is free for all ages and runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.


This multifaceted festival will animate the grounds and buildings of Fort York with an awesome mix of mobile music, site specific dance, giant puppet theatre, multi-media installations, storytelling, crafts, a kidzone, a peacezone, a greenzone, a farmers’ market and local food.


This family-friendly festival will celebrate the transition from summer to fall, the harvest, and the global quest for peace through a creative exchange of contemporary and traditional arts and culture by a cross-section of Toronto’s diverse cultural community.


The Festival music will include performances by; Jane Bunnett & Carnivalissimo, The Lemon Bucket Orkestra, the Pan Fantasy Steelband, Escola de Samba, The Heavyweights Brass Band, Tian Guo Marching Band of Canada and Amadou Keinou’s West African Tiriba Drums & Dance. The bands will be accompanied by dancers and will perform on the ground and around the site creating a carnival feel and an intimate rapport between performer and audience.


Toronto’s popular annual Dusk Dances event will be remounting four of its most memorable works over the weekend. Those works will include; BoucharDanse with A Flock of Flyers: Remix, Bageshree Vaze with Twilight, Carmen Romero with May I Join You? and the Throwdown Collective with 1981 FM. Toronto’s acclaimed Clay & Paper Theatre will also be presenting its latest work Our Last Best Hope.


On Common Ground will also feature the sound installation Erratum Addendum by Gordon Monahan. This 8-channel sound installation for solo piano (with continuous playback) is based on Marcel Duchamp’s Erratum Musical, composed in 1913.


The weekend will also showcase the premiere performance work of DECLARATION by ARTICLE 11, recently founded by Tara Beagan and Andy Moro. DECLARATION celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ right to engage in the creation and development of arts and culture, as outlined in the 11th clause of the UN’s Declaration on Indigenous Rights.


Additional events will include Tecumseh Collective members Philip Cote and Rebecca Baird leading workshops designing gorgeous Aboriginal crafts. Philip Cote will also provide a contemporary telling of ancient Aboriginal stories.




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Artist Ann McDougall will lead an all-ages, family project called the Peace Tree; which asks participants to share their ideas on what “Peace Looks Like…” and what “Peace Sounds Like…”. The Maker Kids will lead funky hands-on workshops and there will be free kites for kids to fly. There will also be a free on-site bicycle valet by Cycle Toronto.


The public can call 416-392-6907 or visit for more information. Visitors are encouraged to take public transit as parking will be limited.


The public can also find, and interact with, Fort York at

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Media contact:

Shane Gerard, Communications Coordinator, 416-397-5711,