Founded in 1987, Canadian Stage provides arts education and audience development activities, and produces and presents contemporary performances that integrate theatre, dance, film, music, and multimedia, at three venues across Toronto: the Bluma Appel Theatre, the High Park Amphitheatre, and the Berkeley Street Theatre.
With the support of a Rick Hansen Foundation Barrier Buster grant, Canadian Stage will construct a barrier-free universal washroom on the main floor of its space at the iconic Berkeley Street Theatre Complex. The initiative also includes a series of automatic door openers for people with vision and mobility challenges, and hearing assistance devices for community members with hearing loss.
One of Toronto’s pre-eminent cultural venues and an artistic hub for the community, the Berkeley Street Theatre Complex contains a number of accessibility barriers that limit inclusion. Accessibility to the arts is paramount for such a culturally vibrant and diverse city such a Toronto, and so we have prioritized eliminating barriers that may prevent members from experiencing theatre, dance, and musical performances, and participating in high-impact
This project will allow the company to better serve Canadians with disabilities, including diverse audiences who come to our venue to experience productions, youth participating in educational programs, and artists creating, collaborating, rehearsing or performing their work.
Featured elements of the accessibility initiative, a washroom upgrade, automatic door openers, and hearing assistance devices, will remove barriers to participation for visitors with disabilities.
Being a Barrier Buster is a state of mind – a philosophy that no barrier should prevent any Canadian from getting involved in their community.