Botanicus Art Ensemble produces theatrical celebrations and festivals throughout the year to mark the passing of the seasons, Winter Solstice, Planting, Harvest and Water Festivals as well as special occasions such as Canada Day. 

Festa Botanica! October 2016

Bumble-Bee Flash Mob! at the BIG On Bloor Festival 2016

 All the bumblebees made in art workshops in the MacGregor Teaching Gardens turned out for a "Bumblebee Flash Mob" hosted by Polly and the Pollinators: Director Kit Tough with special guest performance Aline Morales.

Canada Day

Throughout the spring, we hold music, theatre, and storytelling workshops alongside weekly drop-in gardening sessions. Community members help develop characters, songs, and costume designs that blossom into a magical theatrical performance in the park on Canada Day. 

Water Festivals

Harvest Festival 2015

We had a lot to celebrate in 2015.  The MacGregor Park teaching Gardens was designed, constructed, and is now flourishing.

To commemorate the passing of such an abundant year, Kristen and Kit worked together with Lorraine, Ruth, and a whole host of volunteers to create the Harvest Festival Parade - a wild, interactive processional event that brought out the whole community in collaborative celebration.

Lorraine and Ruth Maltese wrapped the actors in fantastical costumes made of leaves, buds, flowers, twigs and multicoloured fabrics. And Kristen Fahrig, our brave organizer, wove the participants and audience together into a fuzzy electric blanket that kept us all warm. Lucky for us, Katie Nicholson was around to capture the whole thing on film.

Kit Tough, leading the processional as her true winged self – Monarchia –penned an immersive storyline that incorporated characters made up by the participants.