Touching Ground is a multi-year, multi-faceted learning and creative process about the Indigenous and layered histories and contemporary landscapes of the place called Toronto – to gain a deeper understanding of where we are and how we got here.
Touching Ground grew out of Jumblies Scarborough residency and 2011 production of Like An Old Tale. It was not so much a project as an integral impulse or commitment that would through all that we did. When we moved to the The Ground Floor in 2014, in the new downtown development of CityPlace, this became the central thread of our work in our new neighbourhood, around the city and farther afield.
This process culminated in the Touching Ground Festival in Spring 2017: a suite of original multi/inter-disciplinary art works, unified by our themes. All the new works and events feature community members as art-makers, singers, dancers and performers, and many artists from Jumblies and our partners.
Funders: Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Metcalf Foundation, J.P. Bickell Foundation, Inspirit Foundation, Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Ontario 150, Toronto Foundation, Theatre Ontario.