Arts and Culture for Early Years       May 4 – 24, 2020        

Free Festival Events

wf2016-posterWonder Garden

Interactive Installation | Theatre Centre Wonder Garden
Wednesday May 18 at 2:30 until Sunday, May 22 at 2:30
A playful interactive installation open for young children and their parents throughout the festival. Designed by Andy Miller and inspired by the WeeFestival artwork created by Kinnon Elliot, the Garden will offer a range of multi-disciplinary programming for little ones including music and storytelling performances.

longstoryshortsLong Story Shorts

Story & Song | Theatre Centre Wonder Garden
Sunday May 22 1:30 – 2:15 
Spoken word poet for children, Tom Carson presents words spoken, sung and seen.  Fun, quirky, imaginative and strange poems from the iBook, “Long Story Shorts” (Dog Whistle Publishing, 2015) are accompanied by images from west coast Canadian artist Noah Carson and music by Tom Carson and Rosalind Mills.

Screen Shot 2016-03-31 at 2.03.44 PMThe Best of All Worlds – Le Meilleur Monde Imaginable

Storytelling | Theatre Centre Wonder Garden
Saturday May 21 & Sunday May 22
at 12 noon
7 artists under the guidance of Christina Serra bring to life the stories of The Best of All Worlds is a book of 7 original stories written by different Canadian authors in their heritage language (Japanese, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Arabic, Italian, and Farsi). Each story is translated into English and French, and is beautifully illustrated. The book is a celebration of Canada’s diversity.

Click here to learn more about The Best of All Worlds.


ID007018-cosima-grunsky-performerphotoCozy Concerts

Music | Theatre Centre Wonder Garden
Some of Toronto’s best musicians perform at naptime and bedtime throughout the festival.

Wednesday, May 18th, 11am |Tim Machin and the Pacifiers |Folk Rock
Wednesday, May 18th, 6:30pm |Autorickshaw |World Music
Thursday, May 19th, 11am |John Campbell |Soul
Thursday, May 19th, 6:30pm |Cosima Grunsky |Folk
Friday, May 20th, 6:30pm | WeeFestival Family Jam
Saturday, May 21st, 11am | Cathy Nosaty | Various Genres
Saturday, May 21st, 6:30pm | Roula Said | World Music
Sunday, May 22nd, 11am | David Macmichael | Indie
Sunday, May 22nd, 5pm | Samba Kidz | Outdoor Concert-Lisgar Park

Click here to learn more about Cozy Concert artists and details.

Photo: Cosima Grunsky

charter of childrens rightsCharter of Children’s Rights to Arts and Culture

 Exhibition | Theatre Centre Wonder Garden
An exhibition of the Charter of Children’s Rights to Arts and Culture from La Baracca-Testoni Ragazzi will be displayed in the interactive installation, The Wonder Garden, throughout the week of the festival.

Walk, Stop & Wonder

Theatre Centre Gallery | Photography Project
In partnership with the Koffler Centre of the Arts, the WeeFestival presents Walk, Stop, and Wonder, a photography project that celebrates the little things that capture the attention of children.
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htpblogpostSmart Start™ Workshops

Various Locations
Thursday May 19
at 11am, Friday May 20 at 11am, Saturday May 21 at 11am & 3:30pm
WeeFestival is pleased to have the participation of The Royal Conservatory of Music with Smart Start™ workshops throughout the week for parents and children.

These classes are the best of the best for the early years — an experience any child will truly love. Taught by leading experts in advanced early childhood music methodologies such as Orff, Kodály, and Dalcroze, these classes provide children with proven methods of music learning designed with the latest research in early childhood development in mind. Set the stage for increased confidence, creativity, and self-expression, while giving a child a head start academically.

Find out more about Smart Start Workshops here.


Samba KidsSamba Kidz

Outdoor Concert | Lisgar Park (Across from The Theatre Centre)
Sunday, May 22, 5pm
The Samba Kidz have wowed audiences at high profile events such as The Beaches Jazz Festival,Kensington Festival of Lights, Meagan’s Walk, the Easter Seals Telethon on CBC TV, onstage at Dundas Square with Brazilian megastar Carlinhos Brown, and at the Rogers Centre for We Day!

WeeFestival Family Day

Monday May 23rd
9:30 -2:30pm
Artscape Wychwood Barns

The closing day of the 2016 WeeFestival is a celebration of creativity, community, family and friendship! Admission by Donation. 


Family Day9:30 am Opening Dance:
UBUNTU/ All Together

Be part of the boundless energy and joy of African Dance, with artist Lua Shayenne and drummer Walter McLean


terra and sophia friendly11 am & 1pm Musical Merry Making
with Sophia Perlman and Terra Dawn Hazelton



Onion Puppet11am & 1pm Puppetry
Table Top Tales
by SNAFU and the Snack Music Collective
for ages 3 & up
Tickets Required


lesmoutons12 noon Les Moutons, Corpus Dance 
A visit from some very silly sheep and their shepherd.



dance-ceremony2pm Indigenous Traditional Dance Closing:
Leslie McCue from Curve Lake First Nation and Lindy Kinoshameg from Wikwemikong First Nation will be coming to the WeeFestival to share their Indigenous dance styles and songs!



Visit Anytime

DSC_0911Arts and Crafts
by ArtBarn School
Unique arts activities for the very young and their grownups.



The Little Paper Fishing Pond

Try your luck at The Little Paper‘s famous fishing pond- WEE prizes for little festival goers and great resources for parents from Toronto’s best guide for young families.


The Children’s Story Garden
Featured Story Readers and Storytellers in the Wonder Garden installation, designed by Andy Miller and inspried by the WeeFestival artwork by Kinnon Elliott.


Plant Sprouting

Pollinator Planting!
Plant seeds of change for our feathered and fluttering friends.



Throughout the day….

enjoy Nibbles and Nosh from a host of great food vendors including Organics Live