Throughout the month of October, The Bentway will be launching its inaugural Community Incubation Program with the goal of strengthening ties to community and giving a platform to social organizations.

Groups have been announced with events that are free and accessible to everyone.

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Central Talks: Social Justice in Toronto

Tuesday, October 2 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

What If Public Consultation Was Always Meaningful? With Nicole Swerhun, Principle Swerhun Facilitation

Central is Toronto’s urban issues conference series. Central will present a series of talks at The Bentway, delving into past, present, and future urban issues. Topics are meant to be evocative, exploring alternate histories, potential futures, and fanciful ideas like “what If Toronto continued affordable housing trends from the 1970s?”

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This is Our Place by I/O Movement

Saturday, October 6 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

I/O Movement is a contemporary dance project specializing in site-specific performance. Over a five-day public residency, five emerging dance artists, including Crystal Finn-Dunn, Jane Gotch, Nyda Kwasowsky, Anna Senognoeva, and Michaëla St-Pierre to create a site-responsive performance, each to a particular portion of The Bentway. The culminating performance will be an immersive and participatory event.

The Bentway Variety Show by Michelle Creates and Manic Media

Sunday, October 7 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Using the transformative power of laughter, Michelle Creates and Manic Media tackle the social stigma of mental health and wellness issues through stand-up comedy, improv, sketch, buskers, and musical performances.

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Bent Shadows by Caterwaul Theatre

October 22 to 31 @ Sunset

Caterwaul Theatre produces innovative and immersive storytelling in puppetry, analog projection and stop-motion film. Bent Shadows is a shadow puppet narrative that responds to the history of Fort York and The Bentway. Through “bent vignettes” the evolution of Toronto and the relationship of its natural history to Toronto’s man-made industry is depicted.