Call for Submissions: The Lab Cab Festival: Parkdale, The Lab Cab Festival

Information on applying to The Lab Cab Festival: Parkdale

The Lab Cab Festival: Parkdale is an annual festival providing a home for artists of various disciplines to experiment and showcase their work. Pieces of music, dance, theatre, film, puppetry, comedy, clown, literary readings (and more) range from 2 to 30 minutes. Visual art installations are displayed for the duration of the festival. This wide variety of performances and art are presented in stores, business, parks, churches, businesses and community centres along Queen Street between Roncesvalles Ave and Dufferin St. The Lab Cab Festival offers free childcare, a free BBQ lunch and free artist led workshops. All the performances are free.

Saturday, July 26th and Sunday, July 27th 2014. 2pm-9pm. Same schedule both days.

Any style of art is welcome (music, dance, visual art, film, literary readings, fire eating, etc.) Artists from all levels of experience are welcome to apply. We pay artists a small fee for their participation in the event.

Lab Cab programs the festival by balancing a variety of factors: age, cultural background, artistic discipline and experience.

The Lab Cab Festival is committed to increasing arts awareness and support. We do so by providing the opportunity for artists to develop and showcase their work in an accessible and fun environment. We encourage new work development. (this does not limit existing creations) The Festival provides artists with a venue, technical support, volunteers, publicity and promotion with the intention of increasing Canadian artistic creations.

The festival takes place in over sixty different businesses in the Parkdale neighbourhood, so art designed for or inspired by specific venues is exciting to us (but not necessary). We invite applicants to familiarize themselves with the Parkdale neighbourhood and it’s variety of potential venues. Hair salons, flower shops, clothing boutiques, antique stores, restaurants, bars, parking lots, convenience stores, parks, community centres, churches and cafés will be used as performance venues. Lab Cab begins in the venues closest to Dufferin Ave and moves west along Queen St. throughout the day, ending in the venues closest to Roncesvalles.

For an application and more information, please visit our website:


Any questions can be directed to

IN ONE EMAIL, send your application page, one page proposal and support material (see website for details) to: by midnight MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3RD 2014.

We will contact you to let you know your submission has been received.

Thank you for taking the time to apply to The Lab Cab Festival: Parkdale.