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.
If you would like to be a volunteer for Botanicus Art Ensemble events, festivals or workshops we would love to hear from you!
If you have a passion for live entertainment, performance, costume making, sewing, storytelling, stage design, arts administration, social media, poster and banner design, dance, circus arts, acrobatics, singing, storytelling and last but not least giant bubble making we have many volunteer positions available for Summer /Fall 2018.
We are busily preparing for our upcoming season.
Send your resume and cover letter to Artistic directors Kit Tough and Lorraine Maltese
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.
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.
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.