Announcement: Call for Submissions to Fresh Ground new works

From Press Release

Harbourfront Centre’s national commissioning prizes

Harbourfront Centre is pleased to issue the fifth Call for Submissions for Fresh Ground new works. Prize-winners will receive funding of up to $20,000 toward the creation and presentation of their projects during Harbourfront Centre’s 2013-2014 season.

A key facet of Harbourfront Centre’s mandate is championing the creation of new artistic works, providing a forum for originality, invention and inspiration. Recognizing that some of the most original and intriguing work being produced across the country today results from artists experimenting across genres and collaborating in untraditional ways, in 2004 Harbourfront Centre launched its national commissioning prize, Fresh Ground new works.

Through this legacy programme, Harbourfront Centre has awarded over $400,000 in prizes toward 19 new interdisciplinary Canadian works created by artists and companies from across the country.

In 2012, a maximum prize of $20,000 will be awarded to each of the winning projects which successfully fulfills the selection panel’s criteria for a new, collaborative artistic creation incorporating more than one discipline or field. As in previous years, the work must be original, never before presented or performed, and be ready for presentation or installation at Harbourfront Centre between September 2013 and June 2014.

Harbourfront Centre is the steward of an extraordinary 10-acre site at the centre ofToronto’s urban waterfront, and the 2013-2014 prize-winning projects will focus on the unique site, its relationship to the surrounding area, Harbourfront Centre’s history and environment and its role as a gateway to the city. Proposals should also demonstrate an understanding of and be complementary to Harbourfront Centre’s mission and vision available on our website. The projects will also engage the widest possible audience, through work that considers diversity (cultural, generational, lifestyle), immediacyspectacle and emotional resonance. More information on proposal criteria is available at

The Call for Submission deadline is Monday, January 30, 2012. Letters of Intent received after 5:00pm EST on January 30, 2012 will not be considered. 

For more information on Fresh Ground new works, the first 14 award-winning projects and the five projects being presented this season, as well as guidelines on applying for funding, please visit


Since its creation in 2004, Fresh Ground new works has become a catalyst for new Canadian artistic works incorporating more than one discipline or field. Through open national submission calls, Harbourfront Centre has awarded over $400,000 in prize money toward 19 new Canadian commissions. These awards add to Harbourfront Centre’s near-40-year history of commissioning new Canadian works in dance, theatre, music, visual arts and craft.

To date, a generous group of visionary donors have supported the creation of 19 new commissions. We would like to thank the following supporters of the Fresh Ground new works commissioning programme for their leadership and continued support of artists: Peter Allen, William J. S. Boyle, Lionel F. Conacher and Joan Dea, Margaret and Jim Fleck, Michael and Sonja Koerner, Judy and Wil Matthews, George E. Myhal, Sonja Smits and Seaton McLean; and grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the J.P. Bickell Foundation. 


Harbourfront Centre is a Canadian charity operating the 10 prime acres of Toronto’s central waterfront as a free and open public site. We celebrate the multiplicities of cultures that comprise Canada and enliven the city through the creative imaginations of artists from across the country and around the globe.