Thursday, February 6, 2020

Simcoe Contemporary Dancers in the WOW Collection

For Immediate Release:

The WOW Collection Promises Two Months of Awe-Inspiring Experiential, Site-Specific and Immersive Productions to Enthral Audiences in Toronto and Barrie This Spring

Carly Manuel, Ulana Romanish, Casey-Lee Cooper, Jaqui Brown and Eligh Zimmerman of Simcoe Contemporary Dancers in In the time before the immediate present and the time immediately to follow facilitated by Sarah Lochhead / Video still from footage by Max Lupo.

What: The WOW Collection, a massive and awe-inspiring collection of artistic programming will bring curious audiences hundreds of extraordinary experiential, site-specific and immersive performances.

Who: Talk Is Free Theatre (TIFT), the acclaimed not-for-profit theatre company is best known for taking audiences across the ocean for an unprecedented world premiere of The Curious Voyage, introduces The WOW Collection.

TIFT will present two productions, alongside performances by lauded theatre, dance and immersive arts companies: Zuppa Theatre, Theatre Conspiracy, TranscenDance Project, Studio Matías Umpierrez, Simcoe Contemporary Dancers, DLT Experience and ThinkArts.
When: March 18 to May 17, 2020. Varying showtimes, for information on each show’s run, please visit

Where: A variety of non-traditional venues including a library, a public bus and the patron’s own hotel room during an overnight stay for The WOW Collection’s flagship production, The Curious Voyage.

Tickets: Tickets range from $15 - $180 per performance and are available at A limited number of VIP ‘Choose Your W(OWn) Adventure’ multi-ticket packs are available which include a hotel stay and your choice of three experiences, plus The Curious Voyage.

TORONTO — January 29, 2020:

Tickets to The WOW Collection, a massive and awe-inspiring collection of artistic programming, launch today at The unprecedented festival of immersive arts will bring curious audiences hundreds of extraordinary experiential, site-specific and immersive performances.

The WOW Collection will span across two cities — Toronto and Barrie — from March 18 until May 17, 2020 with 10 high calibre productions that blur the lines between stage and audience, and art and life, as the patron becomes the protagonist.

The productions are multidisciplinary, with the inclusion of theatre, dance, music and visual arts, and some performances will even transport audiences between the cities as part of the narrative.

The WOW Collection will host the Canadian premiere of the acclaimed The Museum of Fiction, starring Canada’s leading theatrical artist Robert Lepage and created and produced by his protégé Matías Umpierrez. Another boldface name involved in the collection is Evelyn Hart, legendary ballerina and Canadian Walk of Fame inductee, who will perform in the world premiere of TranscenDance Project’s A Grimm Night.

This ambitious project for all ages is generously supported by Ontario Trillium Foundation, Department of Canadian Heritage, Celebrate Ontario, RT07 and Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund. Partners include Barrie Film Festival and Tourism Barrie.

For more information, schedule and tickets, please visit

Social Media:
Instagram: @experiencetheWOWCollection
Facebook: /experiencetheWOWcollection
Twitter: @WOW_collection
YouTube: The WOW Collection

For Media Inquiries please contact: 
Duet Public Relations
Lara Watson - 416.454.1435

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

SCD Announces Change in Leadership


Wednesday November 13, 2019, Barrie ON

Subject: SCD Announces Change in Leadership

Now in its 10th year of operations, Simcoe Contemporary Dancers (SCD) announces a forthcoming change in artistic leadership. Effective January 2020, Founder/Artistic Director, Sarah Lochhead, will be stepping down as Artistic Director to pursue additional artistic interests and spend time with family.

During Lochhead’s tenure as Artistic Director, SCD incorporated as a not-for-profit entity, presented and commissioned a broad range of dance works, has provided countless educational and accessible performances in the community, and introduced Dusk Dances Barrie to the region’s circuit of arts festivals. SCD’s work has been acknowledged through the receipt of funding from the City of Barrie, the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Ontario Arts Council, the County of Simcoe, as well as receipt of the 2017 Barrie Arts Award for Contribution to the Community.

SCD’s current Associate Artistic Director, Shelby Thoms, will move into the role of Artistic Director. Thoms joined SCD in 2013 and is an invaluable company member dedicated to artistic excellence and community engagement.

"I fell in love with dance growing up in Simcoe County. Upon graduating from university, Sarah gave me the chance to perform and create close to home. I'm honoured to be chosen to help continue her legacy and give artists in this community the opportunities & support that SCD has gifted me,” said Thoms.

This change in Artistic Leadership is part of a planned multi-year organizational transition which began in 2017 with the mentorship of Chrissy King towards the role of Executive Director. King assumed the role of Executive Director in July 2018 and has led the organization to diversify revenue streams and promote sustainable growth to SCD’s ongoing activities through community partnerships. Lochhead will hold the title of Founder/Artistic Consultant and continue to mentor the organization's transition while staying engaged as a guest instructor and choreographer.

"It is with great joy that I have taken on the role of Executive Director for SCD. With support from our artistic team and Board of Directors, I endeavor to continue to grow SCD’s presence within Simcoe County and beyond,” said King, adding “During this time of transition, we are thankful for the past which has brought us here today and look to the future with excitement."

“At the heart of this company is a commitment to community, collaboration and creativity. It has been an honour to nurture and support the growth of this emergent idea into the arts organization it is today,” said Lochhead. “I have every confidence that together Shelby and Chrissy will lead SCD in exciting new directions for the community.”

Of the transition, Board Chair Wendy Hutchinson remarked, “The Board would like to thank Sarah for all that she has done in bringing her vision to life, as well as Chrissy and Shelby for their commitment to the company, and we look forward to working with them in ensuring the continued growth of SCD well into the future.”

As part of their 10th Anniversary season, Simcoe Contemporary Dancers are embarking on a Simcoe County Tour entitled Confluence – A mixed program which includes both premiers of new works, including a new work facilitated by Lochhead, and pieces from the company’s decade of cultivating professional contemporary dance in the region.

Confluence opens Nov. 23rd in Barrie at the Five Points Theatre before heading to regional venues from January through March.

Confluence Tour Dates:
Barrie: Sat. Nov. 23, 2019 - The Five Points Theatre
Collingwood: Sat. Jan. 4, 2020 - The Historic Gayety Theatre
Orillia: Fri. Jan. 17, 2020 - The Orillia Opera House
Alliston: Sat. Mar. 14, 2020 - The Gibson Centre

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Media Inquiries: Chrissy King – Executive Director
p. 647-618-3240

Monday, October 14, 2019

Confluence - A 10th Anniversary Tour

We are excited to share with you the dates for Confluence -  Our 10th Anniversary Production with dates in Barrie, Collingwood, Orillia and Alliston!

Confluence is defined as  "a coming or flowing together, meeting, or gathering at one point." We do this not only as a marker in time celebrating our 10th Anniversary but also as audiences and performers, flowing into the theatre, gathering to share an experience. The mixed program includes new contemporary dance works by Sarah Lochhead, Jaqui Brown, Jewell Cormier, and Nicole Becher along with repertoire from SCD's first ten years!

The tickets for the Barrie production are on sale now!

In addition to gearing up for the tour, we have our Flapjack Fundraiser coming up on Sunday, Oct. 20th and an ongoing Indiegogo campaign to support our season and commitment to providing access to contemporary dance in our region. 


Saturday, November 23, 2019

The Five Points Theatre
1 Dunlop Street West, Barrie ON

Saturday, January 4, 2020
The Historic Gayety Theatre
161 Hurontario Street, Collingwood ON

Buy Tickets Now!

Friday, January 17, 2020
The Orillia Opera House
20 Mississauga Street, Orillia ON

Buy Tickets Now!

Saturday, March 14, 2020
The Gibson Centre
63 Tupper Street West, Alliston ON

For more information: 647-618-3240 or

Please consider contributing to our 10th Anniversary Season Indiegogo Campaign! If you contribute just $100 you will receive a FREE ticket to our November 23 Confluence performance!

This project is made possible with the support of the County of Simcoe.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Join us for Dusk Dances Barrie 2019!

Thursday August 15th to Sunday August 18th
Lampman Lane Park
59 Lampman Lane, Barrie ON

6:00pm - 6:45pm: FREE dance workshop begins
Thursday - BellyDance with with Nicole Welsh of Cairo’s Jewels BellyDance
Friday - Movement Improvisation with Chrissy King of Simcoe Contemporary Dancers
Saturday - Bhangra with Karandeep Singh of Bhangra Crew Ontario
Sunday - Contemporary with Chrissy King of Simcoe Contemporary Dancers

7:00pm - Opening live music begins
Featuring steven vanderschee and the neighbourhood watch

7:30pm - Dance performances begin

$10.00 per person suggested

For more information: 647-618-3240  or

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Call for Volunteers! - Dusk Dances Barrie

Want to support our events from the "wings"? 
Looking for community volunteer hours?

Dusk Dances is an outdoor dance festival where a theatrical host leads an audience—which invariably includes children, dog walkers, and local residents—to eclectic dance pieces that unfold in different areas of a park.

We need YOU to help make the festival happen!

Production Volunteer

Work behind the scenes (set up and take down signage, the info table, the dressing room, and some set elements) and act as site security.

Front of House Volunteer
Usher: Direct the audience, answer questions, hand out programs and surveys, collect money. 

Information Table: Answer questions, sell merchandise, hand out programs and surveys.

Snack Person: Sell snacks!

For more information or to register as a volunteer,
visit or email

Dusk Dances Barrie is presented by Simcoe Contemporary Dancers as a licensee of Dusk Dances Inc.