Category: Past Programs

Scarborough Worldwide Film Festival

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26th January

Dubbed as the “most exciting film festival to come to Toronto in recent history,” the Scarborough Worldwide Film Festival showcases outstanding films and one-of-a-kind cinematic experiences in spectacular venues that only the region of Scarborough can offer.

Scarborough Arts was the lead presenter of the Scarborough Worldwide Film Festival in 2016 and 2017. 



Dates: June 6–11, 2017 
Locations: Albert Campbell Square, Fox Theatre, Scarborough Bluffer’s Park, Scarborough Arts, University of Toronto Scarborough

2017 Festival Highlights: 


Dates: June 2 to 11, 2016
Locations: Albert Campbell Square, Fox Theatre, Scarborough Bluffer’s Park, Scarborough Town Centre, Scarborough Arts, University of Toronto Scarborough

2016 Festival Highlights:


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24th January

SA Together was a year-long residency program that offered support to local arts and culture groups, social and educational collectives, and non-for-profit collectives and organizations working in or based out of Scarborough. The program offered capacity-enhancing tools while building stronger connections between collectives through resource-sharing and by working together. Participants of SA Together received free access to Scarborough Arts’ space, marketing and public relations support, professional development workshops and educational resources, and access to funding that went towards each of the participating group’s events or activities during the run of the program. 

SA Together ran from November 2016 to September 2017. 


MVDHOUSE offers music and film-making services to emerging artists in the Scarborough area completely free of charge. Their focus is on managing artists and organizing events. 

With the help of Scarborough Arts, MVDHOUSE gained the knowledge, skills, and support that they needed to help promote more artists throughout the city, and providing them … Read More »


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10th February

About EAST
EAST is a collaborative program for Scarborough youth between the ages of 16 and 24 who work under the guidance of professional artists, event planners, communications professionals, local social service providers, youth outreach workers, and peer mentors. EAST uses the universal medium of arts and creativity to encourage healthy, innovative forms of self expression; foster a sustainable, enriching relationship with the arts; teach broadly based transferable life skills; provide new and engaging social experiences; help identify future post-secondary and employment directions; and provide direct employment preparation training. EAST is delivered in partnership with the community.

Media Coverage

–> Toronto Observer February 2013
–> Toronto Observer December 2012


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30th October

Are you 55 years or older and have a story to tell?
We want to hear from you!

 Phase Two of the program begins January 2014 – click here for more information.

Registration for 2014 is now closed.

Program Updates

SSW is now well underway! Click here to read all about how the program’s been going so far.

The Toronto Observer profiles SSW! Click here to read the article: “Seniors Put It Into Words“

Phase Two of the program begins January 2014. More information here.

SSW’s fall 2013 wrap-up!

January 2014: Term two begins.

That’s a wrap! Our writers finish the recording process.

SSW got featured on Rogers TV’s Scarborough Now. Click here to watch the segment.


Come tell your story and explore…
– creative writing and storytelling workshops
– story sharing and recording activities
– digital media learning opportunities
– get your work recorded and published!

Late September 2013 – March 2014
Toronto Public Library – Kennedy/Eglinton Branch
Liberty Square Plaza 2380 … Read More »


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27th May

About Kaleidoscope 
Kaleidoscope is an inter-cultural five-year program providing arts education to under-served school communities across Scarborough. The program was initiated and developed by Scarborough Arts after a year-long needs and capacity-building study which found that, despite the fact that Scarborough contains some of the most diverse neighbourhoods and schools in Canada, arts and cultural programs are limited particularly for newcomers, youth, and culturally-diverse communities. In response, Kaleidoscope integrates arts disciplines, including performing arts, digital arts, and traditional and contemporary cultural arts, to expose children to different ways of life and creative expression.

Kaleidoscope works in five Scarborough schools, namely: Warden Avenue Public School, Silver Springs Public School, Military Trail Public School, St. Boniface Catholic School, and St. Dunstan Catholic School. Sessions are led by professional artists including Juno-nominated Canadian actor and playwright Marvin Ismael, dancer and choreographer Jason Yorke-Best, Canadian Spoken Word Champion … Read More »


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26th May


Inaugurated in 2010, The Bridging Festival is a community arts and culture festival which aims to bring communities together in this culturally vibrant neighbourhood while celebrating local leadership, creativity, and diversity. Legacies from the first two events are still evident in the colourful murals painted on the pillars supporting the bridge underneath, and on the long concrete walls along the walkway on top of the Lawrence Avenue East Bridge.

After taking a hiatus in 2015, the Bridging Festival comes back this year, bigger and better. We’ve partnered with Scarborough Worldwide Film Festival and we’re moving to the more centrally-located Albert Campbell Square. Read the announcement here.

For more information, call 416-698-7322 or email
Scarborough’s Bridging Festival links communities through the arts. (Jean Ko Din for Inside Toronto. 21 Aug 2014)
A Fine Day at the Bridging Festival. (Jumblies Theatre. 26 Aug … Read More »

creative challenge 4

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4th January

Body Art

People do some amazing things to their body.  Show us yours, or someone else’s who inspires you.

Visual Artist in Residence

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6th December

In 2012, Scarborough Arts embarked on a  project where SA members take up “residence” in the Bluffs Gallery for a series of afternoons.  The artists are encouraged to create works in their chosen mediums inspired by the view from our gallery window overlooking Harrison Estate Park and the Scarborough Bluffs.  Here is what some of the participating artists have to say about this program:

ARTIST Lori Kallay:

My experience as an artist in residence with Scarborough Arts was such a great time!  It was wonderful to have time uninterrupted to simply focus on the work. I made new friends and developed a better understanding of all that the hard-working staff at Scarborough Arts does for our arts community. The entire experience was relaxing and friendly, with lots of positive feed-back from visitors and staff. I received some great information on selling my work. … Read More »

Creative Challenge #3

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1st December

The Challenge: Send us a photo of food.


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17th September

It’s time to re-imagine our Scarborough flag!

Our official one is great. It was designed by the late, great, local Doris McCarthy, and adopted in 1969. More info on it can be found here:,_Ontario

A lot has changed since 1969. Let’s re-imagine our flag, for 2012 and beyond.
Send us your designs, and we’ll feature a selection of them online on our Creative Challenges page. Here are the rules:

The design must be created on a standard 8.5 x 11 inch sheet. You can create a hard copy of the design and mail it in, or you can send us a scan, a digital piece of artwork, you can use Photoshop or Illustrator or whatever!

Flex your Scarborough Artist muscles. Submissions from all ages and abilities welcome!

Send your submissions to:


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