Toronto’s performing arts should be accessible to everyone - this is this premise on which citySPECIAL was created. In partnership with The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) and TD Bank Group, this program is targeted specifically to newcomers and at-risk youth and enables them to attend the performing arts at no cost.

This program is absolutely free. Participation is easy. This is a terrific opportunity to partake in an artistic and memorable experience that otherwise might be inaccessible.

If your community or social service agency would like to participate, contact Scott Dermody, TAPA’s Outreach Manager 416.536.6468 x 26.

TDbank_Shield_361citySPECIAL program is made possible through a generous sponsorship from TD Bank Group.





citySPECIAL Testimonials

“Honestly, we share our praises for this program all over the country when we present and speak about how we get gang involved youths to exit and leave gangs. Well this is one of the very needed and underrated resources…”
Gary Newman, CTI – Breaking the Cycle Rexdale

 “As part of my re-entry into the workplace in my chosen field, Workman Arts’ participation in citySPECIAL was crucial. The process of recovery needs rest and recreation as well as insight into the commonality of the human condition. The act of sharing a meaningful artistic experience cannot be underestimated in healing value. Hats off to all those who make the program possible thereby showing compassion and a desire to lighten the load of people so often disenfranchised by society.”
Miles Cohen – participant through Workman Arts

“It was lifegiving and an inspiration for my sister in a time of great unhappiness. These plays were culturally uplifting, thank you for providing the tickets.”
Ruth Anderson – participant through Community Resource Connection of Toronto

“Your program is great for morale, especially for those who are struggling to find employment and money is tight…”
Kerry Leah – The Career Foundation

“citySPECIAL allows youth program coordinators to ask ‘which one should we see?’ rather than ‘how?’ reConnexion thanks citySPECIAL for helping us get young bums in theatre seats!”
Jajube Mandiela – reConnexion Collective core member

“The citySPECIAL provides our clients with the opportunity to attend events they would not otherwise be able to afford. It is a social outing and is normalizing for our clients to attend such events.”
Julie Valenti – Community Resource Connections of Toronto

“Everyone enjoyed the performance. The students stated it was educational, informative, meaningful and a great show! Thank you very much. Our (ESL students and staff) appreciation for the tickets.”
Maria Guiao – CultureLink Settlement Services

“This program has been instrumental in providing under-resourced students with the opportunity to attend, engage, and for some, be exposed to the theatre. For many of our students, attending a real play is just not an option. It is our hope that this program continues to be supported, thereby opening new horizons and learning opportunities for students!”
Michelle Munroe – Inner City Model Schools, Toronto District School Board

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