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The Toronto District School Board and The Toronto Arts Council are pleased to present the 2017-18 tdsbCREATES Arts Festival

tdsbCREATES is a system-wide, grades 1 to 12 celebration of dance, drama, media arts and visual arts culminating in a festival which takes place in April and May 2018 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


  • School-based and Learning Network-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 art works in a variety of media that expresses something powerful about issues that are important to them. The art work 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 who will select pieces for the final showcase at the Toronto Centre for the Arts
  • Across Experiences Arts Co-op: dance and theatre performances and films created by secondary students that will be presented to Grade 7/8 classes across the TDSB

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

Please join our Grade 7-12 students as they share their original dance, spoken word, visual art and film works. Through support from the Toronto Arts Council, students have been working for months alongside professional artists and their classroom teachers in response to the theme Narratives of NOW. Their exemplary work based on themes and issues that matter to them culminates in two outstanding showcases!

Art and Film Exhibition: Opening Reception
Tuesday, April 17th, 6:30 - 8:00 PM (remarks @7:00)
Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street

Dance and Spoken Word Showcase
Thursday, May 3, 7:30
George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge Street

To inquire about tickets email  

All schools are encouraged to participate in tdsbCREATES! How will you inspire creativity in your school? Get involved by asking your students, “Why do you create?” and send it to to be posted on the Arts Department website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For more suggestions, click here.

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

To view full information about TDSB Creates, please visit: tdsbCreates

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