Dominoes

Dominoes brings together Torontonians in a joyful act of community-building, as 8,000 human-sized dominoes weave and fall along an epic 2.5km journey through downtown neighbourhoods. Join us for this communal celebration as we transform the urban environment for one exceptional day!

Co-presented in Toronto with Choice Properties. 

Dominoes brings together Torontonians in a joyful act of city-building through public art. Created by the world-renowned company Station House Opera, this larger-than-life, moving sculpture stretches across multiple downtown neighbourhoods and, over the course of a day-long epic event, unites neighbours in a common cause: setting up and setting off over 2.5 km of giant dominoes. 

Across streets, through parks and buildings, occasionally disappearing and then resurfacing, sometimes pausing for sculptural performances, the domino line threads its way through old and new parts of the city, linking its diverse communities in a symbolic as well as physical chain of cause and effect. At a time when 43% of Canadians report never seeing their neighbours, this event brings together over 250 local volunteers and thousands of audience members, connecting vital public spaces and the people who inhabit them, imagining an alternative vision of the city.  

Dominoes is a day-long experience where audiences are invited to come down and experience the building of the route across the city as well as the big set off or “fall” of the dominoes! The exact schedule and route will be announced soon. 

This is the project’s first time in North America, following successful events across Europe, Australia, and South Africa. It’s sure to be a memorable experience for all ages. Join us as we build, chase, cheer, and celebrate in the streets! 

get involved

We’re looking for 250 volunteers to help build Dominoes and bring this incredible public art project to life!  

What to expect:

  • Dominoes is a day-long experience where audiences are invited to come down and experience the building of the route across the city, meet people and organizations who live and work along the route, as well as the big set off or “fall” of the dominoes. Exact schedule of “build” and “fall” to be released soon.
  • The Dominoe line will weave in and out of public and private spaces – some will be fully accessible to the public while others will be viewed from afar – these will be indicated.

collaborators

presenting partner

Choice Properties

supporters

Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund 

Dream Community Foundation 

Waterfront BIA 

Hal Jackman Foundation  

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport

project team

Conceived and directed by Station House Opera 

Artistic director: Julian Maynard Smith 

Production manager: Dan Adams 

Producer: Ania Obolewicz for Artsadmin 

An Artsadmin project