Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

101 Queen St N, Kitchener, ON, Canada

Event: The Brain is wider than the Sky

Avon Theatre

99 Downie Street, Stratford, ON, Canada

Event: The Rocky Horror Show

Royal Ontario Museum

100 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C6, Canada

Event: ASL Interpreted Museum Tours

Tangled Art + Disability

S-122, 401 Richmond St. W, Toronto, Ontario

Event: Flourishing: Somehow We Stay Attuned

Aki Studio

585 Dundas Street East, Toronto, ON, Canada

Event: I Call myself Princess

Cahoots Studio Theatre

Unit 1, 388 Queen St E, Toronto, ON

Event: May I Take Your Arm?

Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

101 Queen Street North, Kitchener, ON, Canada

Event: Access and the Arts

Main Library

810 5 Ave S, Lethbridge, AB, Canada

Event: The Word on the Street Lethbridge

Fountain Hall

1593 Argyle St, Halifax, NS, Canada

Event: Shakespeare In Love

Studio Theatre

34 George Street East, Stratford, ON, Canada

Event: Paradise Lost

Harbourfront Centre

235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Event: The Word on the Street Toronto

Small World Music Centre

Studio 101, 180 Shaw Street, Toronto, ON

Event: Polyphonic Ground Concert: Ariko / Gaelynn Lea Album Release

Max Bell Theatre

240 9th Avenue Southeast, Calgary, AB, Canada

Event: Honour Beat

Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage

2750 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Event: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Multiple Venues

Saskatchewan, Canada

Event: Raine Hamilton String Trio Saskatchewan Tour

Festival Theatre

10 Queen's Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, Canada

Event: The Magician’s Nephew

Vertigo Studio Theatre

115 9 Avenue Southeast, Calgary, AB, Canada

Event: Junie B Jones

Montréal, arts interculturels (MAI)

3680 Rue Jeanne-Mance, Montréal, QC, Canada

Event: Sound of the Beast

Belfry Theatre

1291 Gladstone Avenue, Victoria, BC, Canada

Event: A Doll’s House, Part 2

Granville Island Stage

1585 Johnston Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Event: Mustard

Berkeley Street Theatre

26 Berkeley Street, Toronto, ON, Canada

Event: Life After

Manitoba Theatre for Young People

2 Forks Market Road, Winnipeg, MB, Canada

Event: Comet in Moominland

Surrey Arts Centre Main Stage

13750 88 Avenue, Surrey, BC, Canada

Event: The Piano Teacher

Ottawa Art Gallery

50 Mackenzie King Bridge, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Event: Picture This

Beddington Theatre Arts Centre

375 Bermuda Drive Northwest, Calgary, AB, Canada

Event: Goosebumps the Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium

Max Bell Theatre

240 9th Avenue Southeast, Calgary, AB, Canada

Event: Mary and Max

Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage

2750 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Event: Sweat

Vertigo Studio Theatre

115 9 Avenue Southeast, Calgary, AB, Canada

Event: The Boy’s Own Jedi Handbook

Granville Island Stage

1585 Johnston Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Event: Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

Max Bell Theatre

240 9th Avenue Southeast, Calgary, AB, Canada

Event: A Christmas Carol

Beddington Theatre Arts Centre

375 Bermuda Drive Northwest, Calgary, AB, Canada

Event: Joseph & the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat

Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage

2750 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Event: Beauty and the Beast

Vertigo Studio Theatre

115 9 Avenue Southeast, Calgary, AB, Canada

Event: Twas the Night Before Christmas

Surrey Arts Centre Main Stage

13750 88 Ave, Surrey, BC, Canada

Event: Hansel, Gretel and the Strolling Players

Fountain Hall

1593 Argyle St, Halifax, NS, Canada

Event: Cinderella

Max Bell Theatre

240 9th Avenue Southeast, Calgary, AB, Canada

Event: BOOM X

Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage

2750 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Event: The Matchmaker

Granville Island Stage

1585 Johnston Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Event: The Shoplifters

Beddington Theatre Arts Centre

375 Bermuda Drive Northwest, Calgary, AB, Canada

Event: The Giver

Fountain Hall

1593 Argyle St, Halifax, NS, Canada

Event: Noises Off

Max Bell Theatre

240 9th Avenue Southeast, Calgary, AB, Canada

Event: The Scarlet Letter

Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage

2750 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Event: The Orchard (After Chekhov)

Granville Island Stage

1585 Johnston Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Event: Bed & Breakfast

Beddington Theatre Arts Centre

375 Bermuda Drive Northwest, Calgary, AB, Canada

Event: Crossing Swords

Vertigo Studio Theatre

115 9 Avenue Southeast, Calgary, AB, Canada

Event: Return to Treasure Island

Max Bell Theatre

240 9th Avenue Southeast, Calgary, AB, Canada

Event: Billy Elliot

Fountain Hall

1593 Argyle St, Halifax, NS, Canada

Event: The Color Purple

Beddington Theatre Arts Centre

375 Bermuda Drive Northwest, Calgary, AB, Canada

Event: Sister Act the Musical

Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage

2750 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Event: Matilda the Musical

Vertigo Studio Theatre

115 9 Avenue Southeast, Calgary, AB, Canada

Event: Where Words Once Were

Accessing the Arts

Welcome! Accessing the Arts is a pilot initiative that is working towards becoming your go-to source for information about accessible arts and culture. Our goal is to promote accessibility in the arts and showcase how communities are reshaping the arts sector. We believe that art is for everyone!

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Note: We acknowledge that inclusion in the arts relies upon listening, communication, and being responsive. We also acknowledge that lived experiences of exclusion, discrimination and oppression are real and unique to each individual. For these reasons, and because we do not organize the events we list, we cannot guarantee the accuracy of information provided, nor can we guarantee the quality of accessibility at events. Our goal is to make accessibility in the arts easy to find, and to provide you with as much information as possible, so that you, the user, can make informed choices based on your needs. Our hope is that, in doing this, we can put inclusion at the forefront of Canada’s arts sector.

Upcoming

July 18 - September 23 The Brain is wider than the Sky

Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

Tara Cooper, Hyang Cho, Meg Harder, Žana Kozomora, Amanda Rhodenizer, Aislinn Thomas. Curated by Crystal Mowry. The lives of artists – whether they be poets or painters – often make… Read More

July 20 - October 20 The Rocky Horror Show

Stratford Festival

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It’s the most fun you can have in fishnets! Come see this smash-hit musical extravaganza. Invite your friends and party to the irresistible rock-and-roll score. Drinks before, during and after… Read More

August 2 - December 6 ASL Interpreted Museum Tours

Royal Ontario Museum

On the first Thursday of each month, ASL interpretation is provided for the Museum Highlights Tour. ASL-Interpreted Tours at the ROM offer a learning experience for the whole family, and… Read More

September 7 - October 19 Flourishing: Somehow We Stay Attuned

Tangled Art + Disability

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FLOURISHING: SOMEHOW WE STAY ATTUNED Peter Owusu-Ansah, Sarah Ferguson, and Salima Punjani FLOURISHING: SOMEHOW WE STAY ATTUNED is the first of four exhibitions that make up the series, FLOURISHING. Featuring… Read More

September 21 - September 27 I Call myself Princess

Native Earth Performing Arts

A Paper Canoe Projects and Cahoots Theatre production in association with Native Earth. When William, a modern-day Métis music student, is handed a 1918 opera about Creek/Cherokee Mezzo Soprano Tsianina… Read More

September 21 - September 23 May I Take Your Arm?

Red Dress Productions

A multidisciplinary sound piece integrating walking art, storytelling, and tactile installation co-created by Alex Bulmer, Anna Camilleri, and Tristan R Whiston. Presented by Red Dress Productions. In a downtown Toronto… Read More

September 22 Access and the Arts

Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

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A presentation and discussion led by artist Aislinn Thomas about access in art spaces. So often we use the word “accessible” as a shorthand for wheelchair accessibility, which doesn’t affirm… Read More

September 22 The Word on the Street Lethbridge

The Word on the Street

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Lethbridge Herald Author Stage Live captioning and ASL interpretation 11:15 AM: Giselle Courteau – The Duchess Bakeshop Cookbook 12:00 PM: Pauline Dakin – Run, Hide, Repeat 1:00 PM: Joy Fielding… Read More

September 23 Shakespeare In Love

Neptune Theatre

Relaxed performance. Playwright Will Shakespeare struggles to write his next play against a fast approaching deadline. He finds his muse and inspiration in Viola – a beautiful young woman who… Read More

September 23 Paradise Lost

Stratford Festival

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Inspired by John Milton’s epic poem of the cosmic battle between good and evil, Satan’s revenge and the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, this ultra-contemporary… Read More

September 23 The Word on the Street Toronto

The Word on the Street

Hundreds of author readings and activities at Canada’s largest free book and magazine festival! The events listed below are all ASL interpreted. More information about The Word on the Street… Read More

September 26 Honour Beat

Theatre Calgary

Two grown sisters face off over their mother’s death-bed. Together they confront one another, their own identities, and what will remain when their mom leaves this world. A contemporary look… Read More

September 30 - October 5 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Arts Club

15-year-old Christopher Boone has a unique perspective. He is incredibly talented at math, but never ventures beyond his street and strongly distrusts strangers. When his neighbour’s dog is killed, Christopher… Read More

October 1 - October 6 Raine Hamilton String Trio Saskatchewan Tour

Raine Hamilton

This October, the Raine Hamilton String Trio heads out on their first tour with American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation. Raine started presenting concerts with ASL interpretation in 2017, in consultation… Read More

October 6 Junie B Jones

StoryBook Theatre

Relaxed performance. Featuring the outspoken, curious and lovable Junie B. This delightful adaptation of Barbara Park’s best-selling books brings to life a tremendously lovable individual in a genuinely comical musical.… Read More

October 6 Sound of the Beast

Black Theatre Workshop / MAI

Relaxed performance. This one-woman show speaks truth to power using spoken word, storytelling and hip-hop. Written and performed by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard. Co-presented by Black Theatre Workshop and MAI (Montréal,… Read More

October 7 A Doll’s House, Part 2

Belfry Theatre

In 1879, when Nora left her husband and children at the end of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, her door slam reverberated around the world, creating a storm of controversy; much… Read More

October 9 Mustard

Arts Club

Mustard has outstayed his welcome. After all, Thai is now 16 years old and no longer needs an imaginary friend living under her bed. To make matters worse, Mustard is… Read More

October 14 Life After

Canadian Stage

Relaxed performance. Sixteen-year old Alice is left to navigate life after her father, a superstar self-help guru, dies in a car accident. We plunge into Alice’s overactive inner world as… Read More

October 19 Comet in Moominland

Manitoba Theatre for Young People

Relaxed performance. Beneath a canopied dome, a miniature universe of mysterious forests, magical caves and sailing seas fill the theatre. Tove Jansson’s story of trust, bravery and ingenuity has delighted… Read More

October 20 The Piano Teacher

Arts Club on Tour

Erin, a concert pianist, hasn’t touched a piano since her husband died. As Elaine, a piano teacher, gently reacquaints Erin with her instrument, other life changes follow. A simple update… Read More

October 25 - October 26 Picture This

Propeller Dance

Propeller Dance and the Ottawa Art Gallery co-present an integrated dance performance with live music by Jesse Stewart. The performance will include Spasticus, a work of the Propeller Dance company,… Read More

November 7 Mary and Max

Theatre Calgary

Based on an Australian claymation film about two unlikely pen pals, which screened in 2009 at the Calgary International Film Festival, Mary and Max is a hilarious and heartening tale… Read More

November 11 - November 16 Sweat

Arts Club

For a group of lifelong friends, a night at the local bar is the balm against a hard day on the factory lines. When tensions rise at work and picket… Read More

November 22 The Boy’s Own Jedi Handbook

StoryBook Theatre

Relaxed performance. The year is 1977 and The Kid, a ten-year-old Star Wars fan is trying to make sense of a new town and school. He soon discovers that Star… Read More

December 4 - December 14 Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

Arts Club

A holiday confection filled with classic Jane Austen charm, Miss Bennet is a modern sequel about the bookish middle child of the Bennets. While Mary starts to dream of a… Read More

December 6 A Christmas Carol

Theatre Calgary

Celebrating 32 years of spirited tradition! Join the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future as they take Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey through time from darkness to light. This… Read More

December 6 - December 22 Joseph & the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat

StoryBook Theatre

Relaxed performance. One of the most enduring shows of all time, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, eleven… Read More

December 9 - December 12 Beauty and the Beast

Arts Club

“Tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme.” Can Belle teach the Beast to love, before it is too late? Discover the magic behind the castle walls in… Read More

December 15 Twas the Night Before Christmas

StoryBook Theatre

Relaxed performance. This new, one-act musical tells the story of a family trapped in a cabin by a snowstorm on Christmas Eve. They’re away from home, have no power, no… Read More

December 27 Hansel, Gretel and the Strolling Players

Royal Canadian Theatre Company

The Royal Canadian Theatre Company is pleased to present a relaxed performance of Ellie King’s Hansel, Gretel and the Strolling Players. The apple crop has failed for the past five… Read More

January 2 Cinderella

Neptune Theatre

Relaxed performance. Jeremy Webb brings the hilarious tradition of the Great British Holiday Extravaganza to Neptune’s Fountain Hall stage in the ultimate family show for the holidays. The age-old tale… Read More

February 6 BOOM X

Theatre Calgary

Rick Miller returns to Theatre Calgary after his sold out run of BOOM in 2016 with the world premiere of BOOM X! Picking up where BOOM left off at Woodstock… Read More

February 17 - February 22 The Matchmaker

Arts Club

Horace Vandergelder seeks a wife and matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi doesn’t need to look very far to find her! With forbidden young love and mistaken identities afoot, more than one… Read More

February 26 - March 8 The Shoplifters

Meet Alma, a career shoplifter who prefers the “five-finger discount” over any senior citizen’s deal. When a grocery store theft goes awry, her elaborate life of petty crime is halted… Read More

March 16 The Giver

StoryBook Theatre

Relaxed performance. Twelve year old Jonas lives in a perfect world, free of poverty, crime, war, and strife. When the Elders of the Community choose him to be the Receiver… Read More

March 17 Noises Off

Neptune Theatre

Relaxed performance. Called “the funniest farce ever written,” Noises Off presents a manic menagerie of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing’s On. Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and… Read More

March 20 The Scarlet Letter

Theatre Calgary

It is 1642 and Hester Prynne has been branded an adulterer by her Puritan village and forced to wear the titular scarlet letter as repentance. However, in this modern adaptation,… Read More

April 14 - April 19 The Orchard (After Chekhov)

Arts Club

It’s Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, but told through the lens of a Punjabi-Sikh family in the Okanagan Valley. With the bank calling and money low, will the Basrans be able… Read More

April 23 - May 3 Bed & Breakfast

Arts Club

When Brett inherits a family estate, he and his partner, Drew, move to a quiet little tourist town to set up a B&B. But will these big city boys face… Read More

May 2 Crossing Swords

StoryBook Theatre

Relaxed performance. When the boys from St. Mark’s join the girls from St. Anne’s to present “Cyrano de Bergerac”, three friends get more of an education than they bargained for.… Read More

May 2 Return to Treasure Island

StoryBook Theatre

Relaxed performance. It’s the story of two brothers who discover their family legacy as they are transported to a mysterious island full of pirates, castaways and singing insects! Will they… Read More

May 8 Billy Elliot

Theatre Calgary

This Tony Award-winning musical is an inspiring and moving tale about the importance of following your heart. Set in working-class England, young Billy dreams of trading in his boxing gloves… Read More

May 19 The Color Purple

Neptune Theatre

Relaxed performance. An inspiring family saga telling the story of a woman who, through love, finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discover her unique voice in the world.… Read More

June 6 Sister Act the Musical

StoryBook Theatre

Relaxed performance. When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be a found:… Read More

June 9 - June 14 Matilda the Musical

Arts Club

Sometimes you have to be a little bit naughty to find your happy ending! Armed with an outsize wit and a vivid imagination, precocious Matilda takes a stand to change… Read More

June 20 Where Words Once Were

StoryBook Theatre

Relaxed performance. Young Orhan lives in a world where words are both very precious and very dangerous. Only 1,000 of them can exist: new ones are forbidden, and anything newly… Read More