If you've never been to Ontario place now is the time to go! Until now, the West island area of Ontario place has been closed since 2012 but has reopened from Sept. 15-25 for the immersive art extravaganza known as the in/future festival.

in/future:a tranformative experience is an art and music festival brought to you by Layne Hinton and Rui Pimenta of Art Spin. The project takes over the overgrown and dilapidated 14 acres of the West Island at Ontario Place and repurposes it in a cool, creative way for one of the most exciting and diverse festivals to take us out of the summer and into the fall. 

Over 100 multi disciplinary artists will bring the island to life, taking over everything from the silos to the swan boats. in/future has also partnered up with the Small World Music Festival for musical performances and the iconic Cinesphere will be in action again hosting films, performances and screenings of original IMAX films from the 70’s and 80s. No need to worry if you're hungry on your trip, food and drink by local food vendors will be available around the entire island, and it's is licensed so you'll be able to enjoy the festival with a drink in hand.

Out of the lot we wanted to highlight our Queer identifying artists friends (with some queer interest picks too) who are participating and provide some info with the help of in/future.

Here are YOHOMO’s in/future QUEER highlights:

1. A PLACE TO STAND - Wrik Mead

This film shows the state of LGBTQ rights around the world in two eras: 1971 (the year that Ontario Place opened) and current day 2016.  Using anti-gay protest footage captured and posted on the internet, Mead’s protagonist witnesses the shifts, improvements and resistances that have brought us to this time in LGBTQ history. 

Wrik Mead has more than forty animated miniature narratives which include queer fantasies, dreams and documentaries. He currently lives in Toronto and teaches at OCAD University.

Showtimes:  SEPT. 18 2:00 PM and SEPT. 21 7:00PM at the Cinesphere.

DING DONG (...s to the ball) - Hazel Meyer

Hazel Meyer is an interdisciplinary artist who works with installation, performance, and textiles to investigate the relationships between sport, sexuality, feminism, and material culture. Her work aims to recover the queer aesthetics, politics, and bodies often effaced within histories of sports and recreation.

Recent projects include a solo exhibition at MacLaren Art Centre (Barrie) and a public art commission for Cambridge Gallery’s Idea Exchange. As part of her ongoing collaboration with Cait McKinney on the history of tools within queer social movements, she is developing Tape Condition: degraded, an exhibition and series of public programs at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (2016, Toronto). 



In Leisure Palace, an installation that shifts between dance party and dream, collaborators Amanda Acorn, Ann Trépanier and dj Põ NY, play with the act of spectatorship. Developed in residence at the Stoneboat Farm Artist Retreat and Videofag, and presented at in/future by Dancemakers, the project questions the emotional and environmental effects of spaces built with a desired outcome in mind. 

Amanda Acorn is an award winning dance artist based in Toronto. As a dancer she collaborated as a company artist with Dancemakers from 2011-2015. Her own works are intimate encounters for both the stage and unconventional spaces. She is the emerging artist in residence at Dancemakers 2016 - 2018.

Showtime: Leisure Palace shows on SEPT 17 at 9:15 PM at the Atom Blaster.


UNSETTLED -  Gwen MacGregor & Lourdes Duniam

This film suggests a different point of view on the colonial histories of Lake Ontario, collaborators Gwen MacGregor and Lourdes combine footage of tall ships and tidal waves in Unsettled Waters. Throughout the film, the lake pushes back against the ships’ intrusions, and overturns the romantic narratives of exploration we are used to hearing.

Gwen MacGregor is a Toronto artist with an extensive body of work in installation, video, photography and drawing. 

Lourdes Duniam is an artist, community organizer, and student. Their work as an artist explores themes of coloniality and the decolonial option, with a focus on their experiences as a gender non-conforming, queer person of colour with Afrolatinx and Indigenous roots. 

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(ph: Henry Chan)

PULSE - Mary Coble

Mary Coble (presented by FADO Performance Art Centre.) climbs the Cinesphere each day in order to repurpose it as a beacon of protest. A series of Morse Code messages are transmitted from the structure to receivers and relayers positioned throughout Ontario Place island and there will be booklets available to decode these messages from the ground. This performance merges activist and nautical language as a collective call for action.

Mary Coble has worked with performance art for over 15 years. Recurrent themes in Coble’s work revolve around queer politics evolve around the intersection of queer politics and activism.


ISLA SANTA MARIA 3D - Oliver Husain

Based on the myth of Isla Santa Maria, an island said to have formed from the wreckage of a replica of one of Christopher Columbus’ ships, Husain’s film draws together the violent colonialist legacy of Columbus with developments of perspectival drawing and stereoscopic image making as two histories that reordered the way we see the world. 

Oliver Husain is a filmmaker and artist based in Toronto.


KEYSTONING - Daniel Griffin Hunt

Scarborough-based artist Daniel Griffin Hunt explores the potential of minimal materials in Keystoning (A Foundation Laid). The sculpture brings thirteen foundation piers together in a circle, held together by their own structural integrity and a ratchet strap. 

Daniel Griffin Hunt is a Canadian artist who makes sculpture, performance and video work. Hunt is a co-founder of Y+ contemporary. a studio and storefront gallery in Scarborough, that provides space for emerging artists to develop, produce, engage, and experiment.

KUCKUCKSUHR -Jenni Suddick and Cole Swanson

Kuckucksuhr  transforms the watchtower of Ontario Place’s Wilderness Adventure log ride into a cuckoo clock. Using seeds and light to lure migratory birds and other small animals to the installation, Suddick and Swanson reimagine the passage of time in natural terms—rather than a traditional robotic cuckoo, the animals that move through and feed off the structure come to represent hourly cycles. Kuckucksuhr creates an opportunity for complex natural patterns of life to surface in an otherwise artificial environment. 

Jennie Suddick and Cole Swanson have established a creative partnership around explorations of nature and culture.

SHORLINE- Simone Jones

A video projection and performance designed for Ontario Place’s Lookout Point, Shoreline traces the interstitial zones of Ontario Place’s landscape. Created by Toronto-based, multi-disciplinary artist Simone Jones, the project occupies spaces between land, water, and sky. 

Simone Jones is a multidisciplinary artist who works with film, video, sculpture and electronics. 




An acclaimed multidisciplinary artist with more than two decades of experience in media arts, Herman Kolgen lives and works in Montreal. An audiocinetic sculptor, he draws his raw material from the relationship between sound and image. Kolgen creates pieces that take on the form of installations, video and film works, performances and sound sculptures. He works in a constant cycle of exploration to conjure up a new technical language and a singular aesthetic. 

Showtime: HERMAN KOLGEN plays Sept.16 at 845pm at the CINESPHERE.



After their video for SUNS instantly received tens of thousands of views online, the DATU track was listed on Wavelenth's 100 Essential Canadian Tracks of 2015. Already on The Fader's radar, DATU's upcoming EP High Blood features more culture jamming via the ancestral rhythms of tribal gongs, futuristic, Dilla-inspired loops and a twilight-filtered Toronto. 

From performing at the ROM and the AGO to making a splash on CBC and Buzzfeed - HATAW interprets traditional Filipino folkdance through the lens of the Filipino-Canadian experience, fusing diverse styles of contemporary dance.

Showtime:  DATU & HATAW perform Sep 20 09:45 PM at the Small World Music Stage


IMAX: Labrynth (IV) 1967 Directed by Roman Kroitor + Colin Low + Hugh O'Connor 

Built around the theme of “Man the Hero,” Labyrinth was one of the most ambitious and striking films presented at Expo 67, attracting over a million visitors during its run. Screened in a five-story building with three unique chambers, the multiscreen images in each theatre, when reconciled, present the viewer with a film that challenges us to examine the self, our beginnings, our families, our world, and our impending and inevitable passing. 

The first-ever IMAX film Tiger Child was created for Expo ‘70 in Osaka, Japan. It was following this success that Cinesphere was built - the world’s first permanent IMAX theatre. Designed by Eb Zeidler as part of the original features of Ontario Place, Cinesphere opened in 1971.

Showtimes : Sep 18 02:00 PM and Sep 21 07:00 PM at the Cinesphere



M.A.K.U is a powerhouse criss-crossing from Colombia to their adopted hometown of NYC to Chicago, Los Angeles, Toronto and around the globe to Roskilde Festival in Denmark to the Atlantic Music Expo in Cape Verde. NPR raved about the “driving and gritty energy…this raw-edged, punk-tinged band explodes with the propulsive force of traditional rhythms and urban restlessness.” 

M.A.K.U's immigrant experience is an opportunity to create, to find a voice that speaks loud and proud, to connect past and future. A chance to make history. Their fourth album, Mezcla(Glitterbeat) is in every way, a mix, an invitation to think and to dance.

Showtime: M.A.K.U performs Sep 25 07:00 PM at the Small World Music Stage.

Ticket and other schedule information can be found at in/future. Have fun out there!




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