What exactly is this program?

Beats + Intentions is in its fourth years as a part of Expect Theatre’s Emerging Inter-Arts Ensemble. 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.

The program itself involves auditions in June, and two weeks of intensive training in September. The program will run weekdays September 7-28th 2018, culminating in a final performance September 29th at Artscape Youngplace as a part of Nuit Blanche.

Where are you getting the participants?

The ensemble is open to diverse emerging artists 18-25 years of age from the Greater Toronto Area, particularly from the priority neighbourhoods of Regent Park, Jane & Finch, Rexdale/Jamestown and Kingston Galloway/Orton Park.

What do I have to do to be a part of it?

For starters – You have to be 25 or younger at the time of the program. You have to be from the Greater Toronto Area.  And you have to audition, and before that, register for an audition by contacting Pippa at pippa@expect.org. 

What do I need to prepare for the audition?

This year we’re looking for dancers and singers. We will have one group dance audition at the Cabbagetown location, though dancers are welcome at any of the three audition days. All dancers should prepare a 1-minute solo to the music of your choice. Singers will need to prepare 3-minutes of your best material.

Where are the auditions?

All over the city.  You can register to audition at any of the locations, no matter where you live, but you can only audition once. We want everyone to apply, and we encourage artists in the following communities to apply: Regent Park, Jane & Finch, Rexdale/Jamestown and Kingston Galloway/Orton Park.

We’re auditioning:

June 20, 3-7pm @ East Scarborough Storefront (Scarborough)
June 21, 12-3pm @ Albion Library (Rexdale)
June 22, 12-4pm @ Citadel + Compagnie (Cabbagetown)
What happens after the audition?

Successful candidates will be notified by email before August 25th. Decisions are final and only those who are selected will be notified.

How long is the program?

2018 Schedule:

September 7-26th, 2018 @ Artists Play – Weekdays from 9:30-4:30

September 27th – 29th @ Artscape Youngplace –  schedule varies


Attendance is 100% mandatory. We know it’s a commitment. We think it’s worth it, especially when you see the benefits below.
How much does it cost?

Nothing. It’s free. Thanks to The Trillium Foundation, The Ontario Arts Council and The Canada Council for the Arts, all the costs are covered. And it gets better. You’ll receive a $500 honorarium upon successful completion of the program. There’s also a chance for continued mentorship after the program ends.

How much?

Seriously. It’s free. You finish the program successfully, you get paid $500. No kidding, no catch.

Who’s Instructing for the program?

You’re not just getting artistic training. Though participants receive mentorship to build their artistic skills, you’re also getting the chance to learn about the business side of the arts from industry experts.


Facilitators include:

Chris Tolley & Laura Mullin
Nicola Pantin – Dance
Barbara Johnson – Music