What to Expect at… Dream in High Park 2023

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This week: Canadian Stage’s Dream in High Park

What kind of theatre do they produce?

Canadian Stage is a leader in contemporary performing arts in Canada. A collision of disciplines and cultures, Canadian Stage reflects the dynamism and complexity of Canada and is a vital artistic force locally, nationally, and internationally. 

For the past 40 years, Dream in High Park has been a staple of Canadian Stage’s summer Shakespeare programming. Since the pandemic, they have expanded their summer offerings in High Park to include not only the staple mainstage classical production, but also music, dance, contemporary plays, and more.

For more information about Canadian Stage’s 2023/24 season, or to learn more about their mandate and artistic vision, visit their website.


The High Park Amphitheatre is a beautiful outdoor space which seats over 1000 patrons. The stage is a permanent construction that transforms every summer to accommodate a variety of performances, including fully staged Shakespeare and huge new musicals. Patrons are welcome to bring their own blankets and cushions to sit on as the venue seating is made up of stone ledges. There are concessions and porta-potties on site as well. 

Dream in High Park is easily accessible by transit: the amphitheatre is a 20-minute walk from High Park Station on Line 2, and a short walk from the 501 Queen streetcar stop at Colborne Lodge Drive. If driving, patrons should note that vehicular access to High Park is limited on weekends and subject to seasonal change; however, there is paid metre parking available around the park.

High Park Amphitheatre is approximately a 15-minute walk from the park’s gates, so audiences should plan accordingly.

For more information about getting to High Park Amphitheatre, visit the Canadian Stage website.

An audience watches a show during the 2019 Dream in High Park (then called Shakespeare in High Park). Photo by Dahlia Katz.

COVID-19 Safety Information

Canadian Stage continues to monitor and respond to government policy changes to ensure the comfort and safety of their patrons, staff, and artists. Currently, proof of vaccination is not required at Canadian Stage productions, and masking is optional.

For more information on how Canadian Stage is working to keep their audiences safe, visit their website.


The pathway leading from the road/sidewalk to the amphitheatre seating is a natural, unpaved pathway: patrons may encounter tree roots, rocks, and sections of uneven ground. While the pathway within the amphitheatre grounds is lit after sunset, the portion of pathway between the amphitheatre grounds and the road/sidewalk is not.

For audience members with mobility requirements, there is accessible seating available in the top row of the amphitheatre. Patrons seeking accessible seating are invited to inform the box office representatives of their accessibility requirements when booking tickets. Additionally, at least one accessible portable washroom with roll-in, ground-level access; grab bars; and a self-closing, unmotorized door will be available at every Dream in High Park performances. 

Wheel-Trans vehicles are permitted to enter High Park on weekends, and can be booked on the Wheel-Trans website. Dream in High Park patrons should note that all High Park weekend Wheel Trans schedules are coordinated by the City of Toronto, who ensure the park gates are opened for vehicles. Canadian Stage does not have access to these gates. 

Accredited service animals are always welcome at the High Park Amphitheatre. Guide dogs or other service animals, including service animals in training, may accompany patrons on any Canadian Stage premises that are open to the public. Audience members who wish to bring a service animal to a performance are asked to advise the box office when purchasing tickets to ensure they may assign you an appropriate seat.

For more information on Canadian Stage’s accessibility measures, visit the Canadian Stage website. If you’d like answers to specific accessibility questions, please contact their box office by email or phone (416) 368-3110.

Ticket Prices

Dream in High Park tickets are $29 +HST, with all tickets being general admission. Rush pay-what-you-wish (PWYW) tickets become available at noon the day of the performance for purchase online or over the phone. Remaining rush PWYW tickets become available at the gate beginning two hours prior to each performance.

For more information on how to purchase tickets for Dream in High Park, visit Canadian Stage’s FAQs page.

The audience participates in the 2021 Dream in High Park world premiere of MUKUTHÔ, a dance piece by Casimiro Nhussi and Pulga Muchochoma. Photo by Dahlia Katz.

Artists you might recognize

  • Brendan Healy — Artistic Director
  • Karen Robinson — Actor
  • Diane D’Aquila — Actor
  • Philip Akin — Actor & Director
  • Jamie Robinson — Actor & Director
  • Ann-Marie MacDonald — Actor & Playwright
  • Peter Hinton — Director
  • Ryan G. Hinds — Actor
  • Clare Coulter — Actor
  • Paul Gross — Actor

Where to eat and drink

The High Park Amphitheatre has a concession stand offering drinks and snacks such as water, soda, Gatorade, chips, candy, cookies, and ice cream. These can be enjoyed before, during, or after the show. 

There are a number of restaurants along Bloor Street for any patrons looking for a meal prior to attending the show. Additionally, there is a designated picnic site in High Park a short walk from the amphitheatre.

For more information about eating, drinking, and connecting at the Ottawa Fringe Festival, visit their website.

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Jessica is a former associate editor at Intermission, as well as a writer, classically-trained actor, and plant enthusiast. Since graduating from LAMDA in the UK with her MA in acting, you can often find her writing screenplays and short plays in the park, writing extensive lists of plant care tips, or working on stage and screen (though she uses a stage name). Jessica freelances with various companies across Canada, but her passion lies in working with theatre artists and enthusiasts.