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The Bentway Animal Parade + Workshop

May 30, 2023

Join us for The Bentway Animal Parade, a community procession that honours the resilient urban animals who live in relation to our highway and downtown core.  There will be a very special guest at this parade who will be meeting these animals for the first time. Please join us in welcoming Little Amal, a 12-foot-tall puppet […]

Register for Summer Workshops

May 30, 2023

Registration is now open for The Bentway’s Summer 2023 workshops, which are designed to spark curiosity, cultivate creativity, and shift our focus towards the natural urban ecosystems that surround us.

Register for Summer Workshops

May 18, 2023

Registration is now open for The Bentway’s Summer 2023 workshops, which are designed to spark curiosity, cultivate creativity, and shift our focus towards the natural urban ecosystems that surround us.

This Summer, Dive ‘Beyond Concrete’ at The Bentway

April 18, 2023

As Toronto wrestles with important questions about the Expressway and its future, The Bentway invites the city to dive “beyond the concrete” and explore the nature of the Gardiner. Visitors will discover a thriving urban ecosystem beneath the highway, where human-made infrastructure intertwines with resilient wildlife, growing in spite of, and because of, the concrete.

Confluence: A new immersive installation under the Gardiner Expressway

September 15, 2022

The Bentway and Exhibition Place present Confluence, an immersive artwork by Striped Canary (opening October 1, 2022) Building on the success of their inaugural co-presentation in 2021, The Bentway and Exhibition Place team up again to welcome visitors to a rarely-seen space “behind the concrete” with a new large-scale art commission, set inside a massive […]

STREET: The Bentway’s 2022 Summer Season

July 27, 2022

Visit to see what’s on this season! Why explore the street this season? The street is not only a path from point A to point B, but also a destination in its own right. Streets are where the city converges through activities both spontaneous and planned. From parades to protests, block parties to blockades: […]

This Summer, The Bentway invites you see the STREET anew

April 21, 2022

Visit for the latest information and to register! April 20, 2022 [Toronto/Tkaronto, ON] – Today The Bentway released further details on its Summer 2022 season, STREET, which includes a series of public art installations, roving performances, workshops, conversations and celebrations that explore what urbanist Jane Jacobs called the city’s “most vital organs.” Running May 26 to […]

This Summer, The Bentway Takes on the 'Street'

March 22, 2022

Visit for the latest information and to register! Announcing a Summer 2022 season that invites audiences to see the street anew. March 22, 2022 [Toronto/Tkaronto, ON] – Today The Bentway announced its Summer 2022 season, STREET: a constellation of free art installations, roving performances, conversations and celebrations that play out on our shared roadways, sidewalks, parks, and public […]

The Bentway Announces Winners of Waterfront ReConnect National Design Competition: Boom Town and Pixel Story

March 3, 2022

Temporary design installations to transform intersections under the Gardiner Expressway as The Bentway continues to demonstrate new possibilities for Toronto’s shared infrastructure. Toronto – March 3, 2022. The Bentway, in partnership with the City of Toronto, Waterfront BIA, and Toronto Downtown West BIA, has announced the winners of the national Waterfront ReConnect design competition — […]

Play Provocations

February 15, 2022

A State of Play for the City As observers or participants, we often associate play with the wildness and abandon of children, perhaps evoking shrieking, swinging, climbing, sliding, jumping, chasing, hiding, or impromptu silliness. This beautiful pandemonium is incredibly effective for shaping life skills (for adults too). Play is self-directed learning in action—inspiring freedom and […]

Winter at The Bentway is back!

December 1, 2021

The Bentway welcomes back local neighbours and city-wide visitors for another winter of fun and skating! The Bentway Skate Trail’s 220-metre figure-eight loop will open for skating on December 22 with skate rentals, hot drinks, and special events. Alongside skating this year, The Bentway will also present a winter art exhibition by Inuvialuk artist Maureen […]

The Bentway Announces Six Shortlisted Teams for Waterfront ReConnect Design Competition

October 15, 2021

Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway cuts across the full length of the city, acting as both a physical and psychological barrier between the city’s core and its blossoming waterfront. A collaboration with the City of Toronto, the Waterfront Business Improvement Area, the Toronto Downtown West Business Improvement Area, and The Bentway, the Waterfront ReConnect Design Competition explores […]

The Bentway Announces a “Summer of Play”

June 17, 2021

Exploring how “play” can help drive our urban recovery, The Bentway presents a neighbourhood-wide program of playable installations, playful moments, talks, and audio experiences. The Bentway launches Playing in Public this summer, a collection of outdoor and online projects that invite you to rediscover “play” in the city. By the neighbourhood, for the neighbourhood, the […]

The Bentway Brings Waterfront Sites to Life with New Art Project

September 28, 2020

Erika DeFreitas, a composition for an elegy to what once was and all that remains; or, a score for the past, the present, the future tenses, video still, 2020. Image courtesy of the artist. The Bentway commissions three Toronto-based artists for The Essentials, a public art project that asks us to examine what is essential […]

A COVID-19 Responsive Public Art Project at the Scale of the City

May 25, 2020

Today The Bentway announces a new public art initiative inviting Torontonians to explore and capture their complex reactions to the COVID-19 crisis. It’s All Right Now will run beginning May 25 and into the summer. Local artists are each asked to respond to the question: “What words are you living by, right now?” From this […]

Call for Applications: 2020 Artist Residency at The Bentway (Closed)

November 12, 2019

(CALL FOR APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED) CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS RELEASED: November 12, 2019DEADLINE: January 24, 2020 (11:59PM)INFORMATION SESSION: November 30, 2019 (2-4PM)RESIDENCY DURATION: April – August, 2020 DOWNLOAD THE FULL CALL FOR APPLICATIONS >> The Bentway Conservancy is pleased to announce our second annual Artist Residency program. The 2020 artist residency will focus on The Bentway’s […]

Providing Space for Impromptu Artistic Collaborations

June 5, 2019

This summer, The Bentway is celebrating the spirit of community with a range of programs designed to bring people together. From our Communal Table series, which showcases a new cuisine each week, to free wellness & recreation classes like yoga and tai chi, to innovative artistic performances and presentations across the site, there’s a multitude […]

Reimagining Space for a Changing Toronto

May 16, 2019

On May 25 & 26, we’ll join over 150 other venues for Doors Open Toronto, a city-wide showcase of architecturally, historically, and culturally significant buildings and structures. Doors Open at The Bentway will feature an event on May 26 that brings together local city-builders to discuss how Toronto has refashioned itself through a number of […]

DEADLINE EXTENDED: The Bentway's 2019 Community Incubation Program

February 21, 2019

CALL FOR PROPOSALS RELEASED: February 21, 2019 INFORMATION SESSION: March 6, 2019, 6:00pm at the Fort York Visitor Centre, 250 Fort York Blvd. DEADLINE EXTENDED: April 5 Read the full call >> Download the application >> Apply online >> Read the information session presentation >> The Bentway is accepting proposals from emerging artists, designers, urbanists, […]

Creative Process Workshops with Noémie Lafrance at The Bentway

February 12, 2019

Register >> Read the FAQs >> Register for auditions >> ABOUT THE PROJECT This new work by Noémie Lafrance created specifically for The Bentway site explores how our navigation of architecture and urban infrastructures is “choreographed” and investigates the political, social and cultural influences those choreographies impart on the human body and the social body. […]

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