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SIDEWALK SIDESHOWS 2021 - Call for Proposals Now Open
The future is now!
Tell us your tales of the new future

Sidewalk Sideshows are back!

Last summer we had such a blast sharing outdoor, safely-distanced puppet jams in Toronto’s parks and alleys, we’re doing it again! Would you like to join us? The bicycle puppet stage will be rolling through town, a platform for telling tales from the multiverse and exploring the new futures we are embarking on.

We are looking for short acts or slam-style puppet and object-based entertainment to join the show on a drop-in basis. The show centers around the bicycle-pulled puppet stage, but it doesn’t stop there. We’re open to hearing what you have to offer. Concrete Cabaret has always celebrated the weird, wonky, and wonderful. 

Sidewalk Sideshows will pop-up sporadically in west-end Toronto parks and neighbourhoods between July 30 - August 15th. Mostly weekends with some weeknights. The programming is designed to be flexible so we can accommodate scheduling conflicts, if your act is accepted. A modest honorarium per show is available.

Shows must be 6-10 minutes or less, self-contained, and have no external tech requirements. Dates are pending Ontario’s reopening progress. All provincial and federal COVID safety guidelines will be followed and enforced.

Deadline to apply: July 2nd
Any questions, please email us at:
To apply, fill out the google form: 

What we’re looking for (when there isn't a pandemic happening):

If you are a creator/performer/artist working in the medium of puppetry and performing objects—someone who does things with stuff on stage—and are looking for a place to informally present your works-in-progress or experimental projects in Toronto, consider applying to one of our seasonal cabarets. Online or in person, we aim to showcase experimental puppetry and performing objects in a radically inclusive environment!


We prioritize performances and acts that challenge theatrical norms and our understanding of objects and inanimacy, as well as projects and people telling stories pertinent to, and underrepresented in, today’s political and social climate. Low-tech and short-form pieces fit our cabaret best—performances ranging from 5-15 minutes with minimal setup and tech are preferred. All performers are paid out of ticket sales and provided with a free meal before or during the performance. We look forward to hearing from you!


If you’d like to be part of our fabulous volunteer team to help on the night of the show, please let us know!

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