News & Updates

Thursday November 21 session of claude wittmann’s work fully booked

Although claude wittmann’s project drop in and i will pay you $15/hour: we will build bicycle wheels together to fundraise money for a lawyer is generally operating on a drop-in basis, claude has advised that due to the presence of ASL interpreters and confirmed participants, the workroom will be fully booked and unable to accommodate additional visitors. Regular drop-in hours will resume for November 22 and 23. Continue reading

claude wittmann drop-in (Wednesday, November 20) cancelled

Please note that the day of silent rest on site, open to visits offered as part of claude wittmann’s drop in and i will pay you $15/hour: we will build bicycle wheels together to fundraise money for a lawyer, scheduled for Wednesday, November 20, will not be taking place. claude notes that this day of rest will happen “at home although it was announced as on site (sorry, i need alone rest).”

The project will continue as scheduled for Thursday through Saturday. Continue reading

Jessica Thompson DoubleBind walk/talk postponed

With the turn of the weather, we have decided to postpone the Jessica Thompson DoubleBind walk/talk originally scheduled for November 17. Watch for this even in the spring. Continue reading

Public version of Barak adé Soleil’s we. cancelled

We regret to announce that the public version of Barak adé Soleil’s we. scheduled for Sunday, November 10 at Wychwood Theatre has been cancelled, because we are unable to provide the live captioning originally promised. Continue reading

Call for Participants – Barak adé Soleil’s we.

Between October 28 and November 13, Barak adé Soleil will be in Toronto as part of KinesTHESES, offering a series of communal movement gatherings titled we.

This is a call to gather for those who may want to take part in intimate non-public gatherings, as hosts or participants. As well this is a call to gather for those who may be interested in exploring we. within random public spaces.

Please feel free to email Barak at if you are interested or want to know more about what it may mean to be part of we.

For more info, visit Barak’s 7a*11d artist page. Continue reading

Additional dates added for Jessica Thompson’s DoubleBind

Jessica Thompson’s networked hoodie project, DoubleBind, presented as part of the ongoing KinesTHESES series, has been extended to Saturday, October 12 at InterAccess.

Additional dates/times are as follows:
Tuesday October 8 noon – 5:45 pm
Wednesday October 9 noon – 7:45 pm
Thursday October 10 to Saturday October 12 noon – 5:45 pm Inter/Access
950 Dupont Street, Unit 1


Visit Jessica Thompson’s artist page on our website for more details about the project. Continue reading

Location updates for waters/edge

We ring the bells because they must be rung. Robin Poitras’s KinesTHESES residency continues with three scheduled public bell ringings at the water’s edge over two weekends. waters/edge invites participants to engage in group walks that result in making ensemble sound / bell songs, near various sites where the water’s edge meets the land. All are welcome to come and listen/observe, but for those wishing to participate as bell ringers, Robin will offer several prelude rehearsal sessions. Through a series of somatic based workshops with Robin Poitras, guest artists, and somatic practitioners, participants/public will be introduced to a walking, sitting, and bell ringing journey near the water’s edge. Those attending one or more of the prelude sessions are expected to commit to participating in at least one of the scheduled walks. If you cannot attend a prelude session but still wish to participate in the ringing, email here to make arrangements with the artist. Continue reading


From August 25 – 31, KinesTHESES artist Fiona Griffiths will be presenting a series of participatory walks under the title body wilderness. Advance registration is required; maximum 10 participants per walk. Follow this link to book your spot via Calendly.
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NEW EVENT: Stephanie Marshall and Sakiko Yamaoka

Step 2
Wednesday August 14 noon – 3 pm
Kensington Market

Come find KinesTHESES artists in residence Stephanie Marshall and Sakiko Yamaoka as they engage in a kinesthetic dialogue together. In lieu of an artist talk, the two will communicate with each other and a local public of passersby through a series of spontaneous street actions. Continue reading

NEW EVENT: Sakiko Yamaoka in residence

Body Maintenance
Sunday August 11 2 pm
John Innes Community Recreation Centre
150 Sherbourne Street
Time to hit the gym! Join Japanese artist Sakiko Yamaoka for the first event in our new performance series, KinesTHESES. In this performance, Yamaoka starts with a simple material proposition: her body, a basketball, a gymnasium, and a visiting audience. Continue reading

TENOHIRA registration now closed

All of the available appointments for Cindy Mochizuki’s performance have now been booked. Continue reading

7a*11d artists Ayumi Goto and Peter Morin featured in Canadian Art

We are pleased to note that artists Ayumi Goto and Peter Morin’s recent exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery, how do you carry the land?, is reviewed by Michael Turner in the latest issue of Canadian Art. Goto and Morin will present a new work, Roaming, at the upcoming 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art on Saturday, October 6 at the Theatre Centre. Continue reading

Blackflash features 7a*md8 curators Golboo Amani and Francisco-Fernando Granados in conversation

In a special “Brut Neuve” issue of Blackflash (Vol. 35.2, May – September 2018), Victoria-based cultural geographer and guest editor Rhiannon Herbert assembles a number of articles that “look forward (and below, and sideways) to where [time and lens-based] creative content […] is going” (6). Among the features is a “Between Two Curators” dialogue between Golboo Amani and Francisco-Fernando Granados entitled “On-Line On-Screen Live Stream: Curating Performance in Cyberspace,” where the two reflect on their experiences as the curators of 7a*md8. The article offers a “text-based conversation about different contextual aspects of the [7a*md8] curatorial platform ranging from the intuitions that initiated the project and themes that emerged in the works throughout the different programs, to the broader political and ethical implications of online curation” (35). Here’s a few excerpts to whet your interest:

Though many of the artists were already professional social media producers, they expressed anxieties around developing social media content as commissioned art works. These reservations reflect the barriers often experienced by marginalized voices when attempting to establish cultural legitimacy. Virtual space becomes the site of visibility for the many practices left out of the institutional framework. —GA (38).

In terms of identity, I think it’s also important to think about how the broader politics of these platforms place marginalized identities into a double bind. What kind of agency do artists have as image-makers in relationship to the broader currents of power that shape the flow of information within the platform? […] Are there limits or caveats to the practices of self-fashioning that have been enabled? Is there room for moments of abstraction or refusal within bodily action?—FF (39).

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7a*11d alumni in Visual AIDS show

From May 31–June 16, 2018, Visual AIDS will present Cell Count at La MaMa Galleria in NYC. The show, curated by Kyle Croft and Asher Mones, will feature works by two 7a*11d alumni, including the late Frank Green, who presented an early version of his performance installation Anonymous Test Site at the very first 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art back in 1997. The show will also feature a performance on Wednesday June 6 by Jordan Arseneault with Mikiki, whose performance NSA was part of our 2016 festival. Continue reading

7a*md8 Live Stream archived compilation

We are pleased to announce that an archived compilation of the 7a*md8 Live Stream event can be viewed on our site. Captures of individual performances can also be found on each featured artist’s page. Continue reading

Ali Asgar on Akimbo Hit LIst

7a*md8 Live Stream artist Ali Asgar is the featured contributor to Akimbo’s December 13 Hit List. Follow the link to read their “top five”. Continue reading

7a*md8 On Line artist interviews

As part of our On Line social media residency project, each of the artists who participated were asked to provide answers to a series of interview questions:

1. Tell us about your practice in general and how it intersects with social media.
2. How did you come to use social media as a platform for artistic production?
3. How do you think the idea of performance gets activated by online interaction and social media?
How are you performing when you use the medium in your practice?
4. Who do you see as your audience when you create using online social platforms? Are there
particular interactions that are memorable or that have had a significant impact in your practice? Continue reading


Please be advised Regina José Galindo’s performance Movilización (carguen con sus muertos)/ Mobilization (carry your own dead) co-presented by Sur Gallery and the Toronto Performance Art Collective has been cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control. The performance was scheduled to take place Thursday, November 16 2017 at 7:30pm at Sur Gallery.

The conversation the following day will remain as scheduled and the artist will address the audience via Skype. Continue reading

Regina José Galindo performance November 16

Toronto Performance Art Collective is pleased to co-sponsor Sur Gallery’s presentation of a new performance by Regina José Galindo:

Movilización (carguen con sus muertos) / Mobilization (carry your own dead)
Sur Gallery, 100-39 Queens Quay East, Toronto (East of Yonge Street)
Thursday, November 16, 7:30-8:30 pm Continue reading

7a*md8 On-Screen program noted as “must-see” by Canadian Art

We are pleased to note that On-Screen was mentioned among Canadian Art‘s must-see shows for the week of August 24 – 30, 2017. Continue reading

RIP Ben Portis

We are sad to report the untimely death in a car accident of Ben Portis, freelance curator and writer, who reviewed several artists in the 2014 edition of 7a*11d for The Dance Current. He is fondly remembered by some of his friends and colleagues in this post from Canadian Art: Continue reading


Artist Margaret Dragu returns for a fifth season of Verb Frau; an ongoing experiment in broadcast that consolidates many of Dragu’s personae in Verb Frau TV as feature interviewer, performer, and personality, Verb Frau, investigating contemporary performance art practice through conversations with international artists, from the new and emerging to the senior and famous. Continue reading

7a*md8 Call for Submissions

DEADLINE: February 15, 2017

Toronto Performance Art Collective, presenter of the biennial 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art, is currently seeking proposals from Canadian and International artists for a series of events during our “off year” that examine contemporary developments in the relationship between performance art and new media. In 2017, we will present 7a*md8, a 3-part series that considers examines how new media impacts the direction of performance art activity. Our programming will feature performances for the camera, performances for new/social media platforms and a live streamed international performance event that can accommodate artists and audiences with limited mobility (e.g. those who find it difficult to travel because they are living in remote locations, living with disabilities, constrained by domestic obligations, etc.). Continue reading

Momus interviews Toronto Performance Art Collective members Johanna Householder and Francisco-Fernando Granados

Check out this recent wide-ranging interview with 7a*11d collective members Johanna Householder and Francisco-Fernando Granados by Fabien Maltais-Bayda in Momus: “Performance Art in a Precarious Time: A Conversation with Johanna Householder and Francisco-Fernando Granados”. Householder and Granados take the opportunity to talk about the current state of performance art, the challenges of creating and curating live work, and the ways performance intersects with various social, political and educational institutions.

I think caring for the field is also what binds us [7a*11d] together as a collective, because we are serious about it. We feel that performance has modalities of expression that are not available in any other art form, and that can address very deeply and sincerely the human condition. That’s what makes us want to keep working. —JH

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2016 “Wrap up” blog post

Just in time for the year-end, festival bloggers Jessica Karuhanga and Michelle Lacombe offer some final thoughts on the 2016 edition of 7a*11d. But before you get too wistful thinking how you’ll have to wait two years for the next one, we have good news. In 2017 we will inaugurate a new off0year program called 7a*md8 that explores the current intersection of performance art and new media technologies. Check out the call on our main page! Continue reading

Performance Art Daily 2016 now online

Since 2010, 7a*11d has hosted Performance Art Daily, a lunchtime artist “talk show” series during the festival featuring discussions with and among many our visiting artists and organizers. Videos of the 2016 Performance Art Daily talks have now been uploaded to our YouTube channel, and can be found along with the 2010 – 2014 installments at For a playlist of just the 2016 talks, select Continue reading

Hugs and kisses

And, that’s a wrap for the 11th 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art, folks!

Thanks again to all of our wonderful artists, our volunteers, our tech crew, our eyes and ears (watch for the remaining blog posts to go up over the next several days), our co-sponsors and you, our audiences, for making this an amazing, engaging event.

This may conclude our 2016 programming, but don’t go too far. Even though we are still maintaining our biennial format, we hope to be in a position to announce a whole new set of special initiatives for 2017. You may not have to wait two years for your next big dose of 7a… Continue reading

VERB FRAU *dead* live streams

Did you miss an episode of the live-streamed VERB FRAU TV, Season 5? Can’t wait for the high-quality faster-paced, edited-for-prime-time version to be published? It’s OK, you’re in luck! Here is the link to those “dead” livestreams, like virtually being there all over again: (Ep. 1 w/Kate Barry; preroll ends approx. 23 minutes in) (Ep. 2 w/Bartolomé Ferrando; preroll ends approx. 17 minutes in) (Ep. 3 w/Golboo Amani; preroll ends approx. 26 minutes in) 4 w/Catherine Dong; preroll ends approx. 21 minutes in) (Ep. 5 w/Paul Couillard; preroll ends approx. 28 minutes in) Continue reading

jes sachse agrees to guest moderate Disabled bodies in performance panel

The Toronto Performance Art Collective is pleased to welcome jes sachse as the moderator for our Performance Art Daily panel on Disabled bodies in performance (with participating artists Cindy Baker and Vanessa Dion Fletcher). Please join us on Wednesday October 19 at 12:30 pm at the Theatre Centre. Note that this event will be ASL interpreted. Continue reading

1997 review

Updating our website has allowed us to publish a large volume of material from the early festivals that was never previously available in the archive section, but we are also adding material to the blog page where appropriate. Check out a short, unpublished review of the first festival written at the time by longtime collective member Paul Couillard: Continue reading

Route for Daylighting Walks

Festival artist Elizabeth Chitty has published the route for the Daylighting Walks she will be conducting on Thursday October 13 and Saturday October 15 at 6:30 pm, and also on Sunday October 16 at 4 pm, leaving from the main venue at Geary Lane (360 Geary Ave). Continue reading

Registration for SaltWalks

This year 7a*11d is pleased to present two guided performance walks by Vancouver artist Randy Lee Cutler as part of this year’s festival. The walks are free, but space is limited, so those wishing to participate must register online in advance. Sign up today to avoid disappointment! Follow the links below. Continue reading

Call for Volunteers

We’re looking for your help! The 11th 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art takes place from October 13–22, 2016 in Toronto. Organized by a non-profit collective of artists, 7a11d offers a professional venue for new and progressive performance art works. The artist organizers select emerging and established artists of the highest quality from around the world to showcase the breadth and depth of contemporary performance art. Continue reading

New Look

As we look forward to the 2016 edition of the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art, we have also been doing a bit of work refreshing and updating our website. Check out our exciting 2016 line-up, of course, but also have a look at our modified design. Special thanks to Mohammad Rezaei, who is responsible for the redesign. Continue reading

Call for submissions (Canadian artists) 2016

Deadline: February 15, 2016.

The 11th edition of the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art will take place in Toronto from October 13 to 22, 2016. Continue reading

7a*11d mention

Festival fans may be interested in article by Ben Portis recently published by The Dance Current that mentions several performances from the 2014 edition of the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art. Read “Dance and Objecthood”. Continue reading

Performance Art Daily 2014 now online

Since 2010, 7a*11d has hosted Performance Art Daily, a lunchtime artist “talk show” series during the festival featuring discussions with and among many our visiting artists and organizers. Videos of the 2014 festival talks have now been uploaded to our YouTube channel, and can be found along with the 2010 and 2012 installments at Continue reading

Coverage in MARPA’s Bloc-Notes

French-speaking followers of 7a*11d may want to check out the February and March 2015 editions of Bloc-Notes, the monthly publication of MARPA (Maison Arts Plastiques Rhône-Alpes), which features reviews by Sylvie Ferré of several performances that took place at our 2014 festival. Continue reading

Terrance Houle makes Canadian Art top 3

Terrance Houle’s 7a*11d performance is number 2 on Alison Cooley’s Top 3 picks for the year for Canadian Art. She writes “The performance was a demonstrative embodiment of trauma—not simply the kind inflicted upon Indigenous bodies in violent and visible ways, but the kind inflicted by complicity, by the academy and by arts institutions.” Continue reading

After the festival

Another successful edition of 7a*11d has wrapped up, but the impressions linger on. In addition to the insightful commentary by Alison Cooley and Jenn Snider and photos from Henry Chan on the festival blog you can read Michael Lyons‘ review of the festival in Kapsula Acting Out 2/3. Continue reading

Scheduling changes

For those consulting the printed schedule, please note the following changes. The starting time for Nathalie Mba Bikoro’s‘s performance on Saturday has been changed to 5 pm, running until 8 pm. Continue reading

Scheduling changes

For those consulting the printed schedule, please note the following changes. John Court‘s performance will begin at 4 pm rather than 2 pm on Thursday. Aidana María Rico Chávez, originally scheduled for Sunday afternoon’s program, will now be presented as part of the Saturday night program. Roberto de la Torre, originally scheduled for Saturday night, will now be part of the Sunday afternoon program. Continue reading

7a*11d rated a “must-see”

Canadian Art has included the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art as a “must-see” Toronto event for the coming week. Check out the listing here. Continue reading

Workshops with Eduardo Oramas

In conjunction with his visit to Toronto to take part in the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art, Colombian choreographer, contemporary dancer, performance artist, and university teacher Eduardo Oramas will present two workshops in Toronto, on Thursday October 23 and Saturday, October 25, 2014. Continue reading

7a*11d “acts out” in KAPSULA

The latest issue of the online magazine KAPSULA features a special section marking the tenth 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art. A photo essay of documentation by Henry Chan is coupled with a series of short performance art “manifestos” by several members of the Toronto Performance Art Collective. Check out “A Manifesto for Performance” at Continue reading

7a*11d Press Release

Toronto’s 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art is back with its 10th edition from October 29th – November 2nd 2014, showcasing the best of performance and action artists from around the world, jam-packed into 5 days. This edition features invited artists coming from diverse geographies, spanning different generations and offering a wide array of artistic points of view to help 7a*11d celebrate is 10th Festival. Continue reading

2014 Call for Volunteers

The 10th 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art takes place in Toronto from October 29 to November 2, 2014. We need volunteers for before, during, and after the festival to help us with a variety of tasks. Continue reading

2014 Call for Submissions from Canadian Artists

The 10th edition of the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art will take place in Toronto from October 29 to November 2, 2014. Curated and organized by a non-profit artist collective, the festival presents innovative and progressive contemporary performance art by local, national and international artists. This call for submissions is an invitation restricted to artists from Canada. Continue reading

And all good things must come to an end…

After a performance-, talk-, and event-filled five days, the packed schedule of performance-art-activity has come to a close. We want to thank all of our International, Canadian, and local artists for an amazing week of performances and dialogue. Thanks as well as for the presence and contributions from this year’s visiting curators and writers! Continue reading

The newest blog writing is now up, and even more photos of this week’s performances!

Please take some time to check out the Festival Blog New writings are being posted daily, and get a glimpse of the festival events and performances through the lens of our festival photographer, Henry Chan! Continue reading

Reminder that we’ve got off-site performances!

Saturday, October 27:
(4 pm) Denis Romanovski starts at Mercer Union
(6 pm) Christof Migone at OCADU, 100 McCaul St. / In the OCADU lobby.

Sunday, October 28:
(2:30 pm) Camille Turner: meet at Toronto Free Gallery Continue reading

After a Big Opening Day, New Blog Entries are now online in our Festival Blog section!

Remember to check out our Festival Blog to see critical writing and a peek at the day’s performances from this year’s team of blog writers and photos by Henry Chan. New entries by Christine Korte and Randy Gledhill are now up! Continue reading

Seeking participants for Interdependance: A Group Performance with Sylvie Cotton

Sylvie Cotton is looking for 15-25 people who are willing to participate in her group performance, Interdependance, which will be presented as part of the 2012 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art. Interdependance an experiment of mixing, trusting, abandonment and sociability based on the exchange of objects. Continue reading

2012 Festival Catalogues Available Now!

Pick them up at Mercer Union (1286 Bloor Street West), Toronto Free Gallery (1277 Bloor Street West), and FADO Performance Art Centre (401 Richmond Street West). Continue reading

We’re baa-aaack…..

7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art
October 24- 28, 2012

Toronto’s own 7a*11d International Performance Art Festival is back with the 9th edition, showcasing the best of performance and action artists from around the world, jam-packed into 5 days. As always, invited artists hail from a wide range of generations, geographies, and artistic points of view. Canadian and international artists electrify Mercer Union each night with provocative live performance, action art, sound and media. Join us also for daytime public interventions around the city. To add to the experience, every afternoon 7a*11d presents Performance Art Daily at Toronto Free Gallery, a talk-show inspired program of artist talks served up with free lunch! Continue reading