Beats + Intentions

Beats + Intentions is in its fourth year as a part of Expect Theatre’s Emerging Inter-Arts Ensemble. The ensemble is open to diverse emerging artists aged 18-25 from the Greater Toronto Area, particularly from the priority neighbourhoods of Regent Park, Parkdale, Rexdale/Jamestown and Kingston Galloway/Orton Park. The project is a pre-professional training and performance program that fosters young artists in a variety of disciplines, preparing them for a career in the performing arts.


Participants receive mentorship to build their artistic skills, and will also learn about the business side of the arts from industry experts. They will collaborate to create an original multi-disciplinary work that will be presented to the public at the end of the program. This project is unique in that it provides training in the arts, but will also offer capacity building within the arts sector by creating career development, networking opportunities and mentor-student relationships. This is a free program, participants are shortlisted through an audition process and they will also receive an honourarium upon successful completion of the program.


The 2018 program will begin this September with a new cast of artist. Beats+Intentions will be back at Nuit Blanche this September, performing an original and dynamic piece at Artscape Youngplace.


Funding provided by The Ontario Trillium Foundation, Canada Council for the Artsand The Ontario Arts Council.