THE RECENT PAST LIVES AGAIN AS MORE THAN 60 ARTISTS BREATHE NEW LIFE INTO ONTARIO PLACE

ontarioplace1<ONTARIO PLACE, May 5/1971, a few weeks before it opened.  PHOTO – Graham Bezant, Toronto Star Archive>

ontarioplace7There were a lot of sad faces in 2011 when the province decided to shut down TORONTO’s waterfront theme park and tourist attraction. Ontario Place wasn’t generating enough revenue to offset the funds needed to keep it alive.ontarioplace8The government had plans to re-open the site eventually, but artists, dancers and musicians from around the world have jumped the gun this September. They’re showing the potential of the 14-acre island site – IMAX films made in the 1970’s screened at Cinesphere, 45 musical and stage performances, outdoor sculptures, photography and paintings in the silos.

ontarioplace5The goal of the In/Future Festival is to give local artists and arts organizations a platform to showcase their talents on a much bigger stage.

ontarioplace4Festival founder and co-curator LAYNE HINTON: “This is a temporary transformation of the area, but I hope it’ll reflect what could happen in the future at the site.”  The Festival continues until September 26.

ontarioplace9See what Ontario Place looks like right now at http://www.blogto.com/arts/2016/09/this_is_what_ontario_place_looks_like_right_now/

ontarioplace10<Summer at Ontario Place before the 2011 shut down>

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