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There is No Word for Wilderness | Theatrical Nature Walk

Kids Nature & outdoors Performance Theatre
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Earl Bales Park

Toronto, ON

Directions: This performance will take place along a path at Earl Bales park. We will gather at Picnic Area #5, by the South Parking lot. Traveling by car? Use the park's Bathurst Street entrance (marked by a large, electronic information sign). The road into the park is called Raoul Wallenberg Rd. You will see our Arts in the Parks banners and other signage! Taking transit? Choose the route that takes you to the Raoul Wallenberg Road. If you are unsure about where to meet us, email [email protected] .



Offered in English.

Has gender-neutral washrooms.

Visit for information about ASL translation, our audio described performance, and the accessibility of the path along which the performance takes place.


There is No Word for Wilderness is an immersive, site-specific theatrical nature walk that asks us to reconsider our relationship to the environment through humour, play, and a little bit of magic. The world of the play unfolds around the audience as they follow a young woman along a park path. Over the course of the play the animals of the forest visit her, each with an important lesson to impart. Following every performance, the audience is invited to join Anishinaabe-Kwe Shelba Deer for an Anishinaabe ceremony and teaching at one of the park’s fire pits.

Originally developed on Manitoulin Island as part of the 4elements Festival, and subsequently performed at Evergreen Brick Works and Morningside Park (with Toronto & Region Conservation Authority), Animacy Theatre Collective is pleased to present a new production at Earl Bales in collaboration with Arts in the Parks this September.

There is No Word for Wilderness is brought to life with mask and puppetry, as well as live music, spoken word poetry, and choral singing. This production is family-friendly, and will also follow Relaxed Performance protocols; making the production more welcoming to audience members who will benefit from a more relaxed sensory experience and casual environment, including (but not limited to) those on the Autistic spectrum. For more information, please email [email protected] .



Animacy Theatre Collective & Arts in the Parks

ANIMACY THEATRE COLLECTIVE is a female-led collective that was formed through a shared belief in the necessity of bringing research into conversation with communities. We do this by sharing stories that are funny, physical and imaginative. By collaborating with communities and grassroots movements, we work to converge the artistic, social and environmental spheres, and challenge interlocking structures of oppression in order to work towards social and environmental justice.

The ARTS IN THE PARKS program encourages community building and enjoyment of local parks by bringing free, family-friendly arts events and activities to parks across the GTA. Events take place in parks throughout Toronto, from Etobicoke to Scarborough and North York to the downtown core. Arts in the Parks is a new initiative of the Toronto Arts Foundation, being presented in partnership with Toronto Arts Council, the City of Toronto and Park People.