SummerWorks is Canada’s largest juried and curated performance festival. Under artistic producer Michael Rubenfeld, the festival has a mandate of showcasing intriguing and exciting performances from Canadian companies in the areas of theatre, dance, music and art.

The celebration for its 25th year (SummerWorks 25) began with Propaganda, the launch party held at the Gardiner Museum and was attended by over 300 guests.

It was a busy night with mini performances from SummerWorks artists, wines from Southbrook Vineyards and craft beers by Double Trouble Brewing Co.

Every space of the Gardiner Museum had another performance piece to discover.

The Seams Collective had the character of Frosya busy sewing and chatting with guests.
Play With Clay gave everyone the chance to create unique pieces from clay.
Castor and Sylvie centred on the relationship between the legendary writer Simone de Beauvoir and her protege Sylvie le Bon, who had their first meeting at a French cafe.
Mexe was an energetic dance piece with an Afro-Brazilian flavour.
Scientists for Love featured two scientists who were challenging people to determine what senses do we use the most when finding romance.
Guests were then given a chance to match up with other compatible guests.
The Templeton Philharmonic involved two offbeat sisters playing a game of badminton.
The group Bad New Days performed music from Melancholiac: The Music of Scott Walker.
SummerWorks runs from Aug 6- 16 this year. For tickets and more information, please visit: www.summerworks.ca

(photos by Sari)