Past Festivals

Since our first festival in 2003, Magnetic North has traveled across the country with the goal of presenting Canada’s best contemporary theatre. We’ve introduced audiences to over one hundred pieces of original Canadian theatre, and helped to launch touring opportunities for dozens of Canadian artists and companies. Check out the past festivals below to see which of your favourite pieces of Canadian theatre have featured at Magnetic North.    

Old Trout Puppet Workshop, 2003
Ottawa 2003
‘At long last, we have a national festival devoted to Canada’s very own theatrical voices.’
- Mary Vingoe, Former Artistic Director of Magnetic North

To The Wall ·
Andy Jones Productions (St. John’s, NL)
Burning Vision · Rumble Productions and Urban Ink (Vancouver, BC)
Chekhov longs…In the Ravine · Theatre Smith-Gilmour (Toronto, ON)
The Unlikely Birth of Istvan · The Old Trout Puppet Workshop (Calgary, AB)
Citizen Pochsy: Head Movements of a Long-Haired Girl · Pochsy Productions (Toronto, ON)
Metis Mutt · One Little Indian (Edmonton, AB)
Thunderstruck: Song of the Say-Sayer Le Chant du Dire-Dire · One Yellow Rabbit (Calgary, AB)
Featuring Loretta · Theatre Riffraff (Edmonton, AB)
Jest Try Not to Laugh · Jest in Time (Halifax, NS)
Morgan’s Journey · Roseneath Theatre (Toronto, ON)

Tempting Providence, 2004
Edmonton 2004
‘How wonderful to be able to celebrate this young, dynamic, national festival in 2004 in Edmonton.’
- Marti Maraden, Former Artistic Director of English Theatre, NAC

The Danish Play ·
Nightwood Theatre (Toronto, ON)
Earshot · The Playhouse (Vancouver, BC)
The Adventures of Ali & Ali and the Axes of Evil · Neworld Theatre (Vancouver, BC) & Cahoots Theatre Projects (Toronto, ON)
Lauchie, Liza & Rory · Mulgrave Road Theatre (Guysborough, NS)
Ernestine Shuswap Gets Her Trout · Western Canada Theatre (Kamloops, BC)
Brilliant! The Blinding Enlightenment of Nikola Tesla · Electric Company (Vancouver, BC)
I, Claudia · Tarragon Theatre (Toronto, ON)
Tempting Providence · Theatre Newfoundland Labrador (Corner Brook, NL)
Through the Eyes · Factory Theatre (Toronto, ON)
Dear Fizzy/La Félicité · Théâtre de l’OEil (Montreal, QC)
Cirkus Inferno · Daredevil Opera Company (Scotland, ON)

Ghost River Theatre, 2005
Ottawa 2005
‘If, as some believe, we go to theatre to celebrate our common humanity, then there is certainly no shortage of opportunities to do just that at this year’s festival.’
- Mary Vingoe

Half Life ·
Necessary Angel Theatre Company (Toronto, ON)
The Blue Orphan · Catalyst Theatre (Edmonton, AB)
King O’ Fun · Andy Jones Productions (St. John’s, NL)
Banana Boys · fu-GEN Asian-Canadian Company (Toronto, ON)
3…2…1 · Azimuth Theatre (Edmonton, AB)
Mesa · Ghost River Theatre (Calgary, AB)
Élisa’s Skin · Pi Theatre (Vancouver, BC)
Pinocchio · The Old Trout Puppet Workshop (Calgary, AB)
Cul-de-sac · da da Kamera (Toronto, ON)
Russell’s World · Manitoba Theatre for Young People (Winnipeg, MB)

St. John's, 2006
St. John’s 2006
‘I think it’s helping bring the theatre community of Canada really close together. I’m hoping that’s how Magnetic North will continue.’
- Jillian Keiley, Artistic Director of English Theatre, NAC

Bigger Than Jesus ·
WYRD Productions and Necessary Angel Theatre Company (Toronto, ON)
The Black Rider: The Casting of the Magic Bullets · November Theatre (Edmonton/Vancouver)
The Satchmo’ Suite · Eastern Front Theatre (Dartmouth, NS)
Adrift on the Nile · Neworld Theatre (Vancouver, BC)
Portrait of an Unidentified Man · Sleeping Dog Theatre & National Arts Centre (Ottawa, ON)
How It Works · Mulgrave Road Theatre in partnership with da da kamera (Guysborough, NS)
Out of the Bog · Jonathan Harris (St. John’s, NL)
Mary Magdalene and Adventures in Sobriety · Berni Stapleton (St. John’s, NL)
Nightengale · Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland (St. John’s, NL)
Goodies, Beasties and Sweethearts · Le Théâtre des Confettis (Québec City, QC)

Ottawa, 2007
Ottawa 2007
‘It’s amazing to think that what began as a dream under 10 years ago is now entering its fifth year of presenting the best independent contemporary Canadian theatre.’
- Peter Hinton, Former Artistic Director of English Theatre, NAC

Sexual Practices of the Japanese ·
Theatre Replacement (Vancouver, BC)
Copper Thunderbird · National Arts Centre & Urban Ink (Vancouver/Ottawa)
Famous Puppet Death Scenes · The Old Trout Puppet Workshop (Calgary, AB)
Cranked · Green Thumb Theatre (Vancouver, BC)
The Russian Play · Company Theatre Crisis and Absit Omen Theatre (Toronto, ON)
The One That Got Away · Electric Company (Vancouver, BC)
Bear With Me · Nightwood Theatre (Toronto, ON)
God’s Middle Name · In Good Company (Halifax, NS)
Diplomatic Immunities: The End · Mammalian Diving Reflex (Toronto, ON)

Vancouver, 2008
Vancouver 2008
‘Vancouver has challenged us to explore theatre from the edges: the edges of the country, the edges of artistic practice, and the edges of what theatre is itself.’
- Ken Cameron & Ann Brophy, Former Artistic Director & Managing Director of Magnetic North

Blood.Claat ·
Theatre Passe Muraille (Toronto, ON)
Boxhead · Crow’s Theatre and Mammalian Diving Reflex (Toronto, ON)
Hive2· Boca del Lupa, Electric Company, Felix Culpa, Leaky Heaven Circus, Neworld Theatre, The Only Animal, Radix, Rumble Productions, Theatre Replacement, Theatre Conspiracy (Vancouver, BC) & Victoria’s Theatre Skam
An Evening With Uncle Val · Andy Jones Productions (St. John’s, NL)
Loft · The 7 Fingers/Les Doigts de la Main (Montréal, QC)
April 14, 1912 · Theatre Rusticle (Toronto, ON)
Goodness · Volcano Theatre (Toronto, ON)
So Many Doors · Sour Brides Theatre (Whitehorse, YT)
Where the Blood Mixes · Playhouse Theatre Company and The Savage Society (Vancouver, BC)
Townsville · The Chop Theatre and Studio 58/Langara College (Vancouver, BC)

Ottawa, 2009
Ottawa 2009
‘It is also one of the many things that makes the cultural life of Ottawa so unique and distinct.’
- Peter Hinton

Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe · Catalyst Theatre (Edmonton, AB)
Skydive · Realwheels (Vancouver, BC)
The Erotic Anguish of Don Juan · The Old Trout Puppet Workshop (Calgary, AB)
Rideau Project Rideau · Théâtre La Catapulte (Ottawa, ON)
Jake’s Gift · Juno Productions (Vancouver, BC)
Letters to My Grandma and Pyaasa · Theatre Jones Roy (Toronto, ON)
Trudeau Stories · Theatre Passe Muraille (Toronto, ON)
Eternal Hydra · Crow’s Theatre (Toronto, ON)
Fear of Flight · Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland (St. John’s, NL)
Don’t Blame the Bedouins · A Student Production by the Department of Theatre, University of Ottawa (Ottawa, ON)

Kitchener-Waterloo, 2010
Kitchener-Waterloo 2010
‘Our fabulous team has once again assembled a program of exciting and provocative theatre from across the country.’
- Dale Turri, Former Board Chair, Magnetic North

Mump & Smoot: Cracked ·
Mump & Smoot (Edmonton/Manitoulin Island)
Norman: A Tribute to Norman McLaren · Lemieux Pilon 4D Art (Montreal, QC)
Homage · 2b Theatre Company (Halifax, NS)
The Last 15 Seconds · The MT Space (Kitchener, ON)
Elephant Wake · Globe Theatre (Regina, SK)
The Greatest Cities in the World · Theatre Replacement (Vancouver, BC)
Monster Makers · Mammilian Diving Reflex (Toronto, ON)
Children’s Choice Awards · Mammalian Diving Reflex (Toronto, ON)
Nightengale · Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland (St. John’s, NL)
Dedicated to the Revolutions - Small Wooden Shoe (Toronto, ON)
Goodies, Beasties and Sweethearts · Le Théâtre des Confettis (Québec City, QC)

Ottawa, 2011
Ottawa 2011
‘A forum of creativity, Magnetic North helps the theatre community share its work and connect with people from across the country.’
- Martha Durdin, Former Chair, Ontario Arts Council

Yichud (Seclusion) ·
Theatre Passe Muraille and Covergence Theatre (Toronto, ON)
Five Easy Steps (To the End of the World) · Zuppa Theatre Co. (Halifax, NS)
This Is What Happens Next · Necessary Angel (Toronto, ON)
Kawasaki Exit · One Yellow Rabbit (Calgary, AB)
The Silicone Diaries · Buddies in Bas Times Theatre (Toronto, ON)
Kismet One to One Hundred · The Chop Theatre (Vancouver, BC)

Calgary, 2012
Calgary 2012
‘What makes this Calgary festival stand out is that it celebrates the rich cultural diversity of Canada.’
- Brenda Leadlay, Artistic Executive Director, Magnetic North

Oil and Water ·
Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland (St. John’s, NL)
Ignorance · The Old Trout Puppet Workshop (Calgary, AB)
Bluebox · Nightswimming and Neworld Theatre (Toronto/Vancouver)
One/Un · Orange Noyée with Théâtre La Chapelle and Théâtre du Grand Jour  (Montreal, QC)
White Rabbit, Red Rabbit · Volcano Theatre, Necessary Angel, and Aurora Nova Productions (Toronto/Berlin)
Night · Human Cargo (Toronto, ON)
Hamlet (Solo) · Hope and Hell Theatre Company (Toronto, ON)
Paper Series · Cahoots Theatre Company (Toronto, ON)

Ottawa, 2013
Ottawa 2013
‘It is an opportunity for Canadians to see what amazing things Canadians can do.’
- Al Cushing, Former Board Chair, Magnetic North

The War of 1812 · VideoCabaret (Toronto, ON)
For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again · Western Canada Theatre (Kamloops, BC)
A Brimful of Asha · Why Not Theatre (Toronto, ON)
The God That Comes · 2b Theatre (Halifax, NS)
Peter and Valerie · Peter and Valerie Productions (Ottawa, ON)
Winners and Losers · Theatre Replacement and Neworld Theatre with Crow’s Theatre (Vancouver/Toronto)
Subdevision ·  Cathy Gordon, Counterpoint Players, Deluxe Hot Sauce, FIXT Point/Suitcase in Point, Gruppo Rubato, May Can Theatre, Ottawa Stilt Union, Skeleton Key Theatre, STO Union, U.N.I.T. Productions (Ottawa/Toronto, ON)

Halifax, 2014
Halifax 2014
‘Bringing these two festivals together provides a snap shot of what’s happening in Canadian theatre right now.’
- Brenda Leadlay & Charlie Rhindress, Former Artistic Director of Eastern Front Theatre

wag ·
One Yellow Rabbit (Calgary, AB)
Broken Sex Doll · The Virtual Stage (Vancouver, BC)
LEAR · Philip McKee (Toronto, ON)
When It Rains · 2b Theatre (Halifax, NS)
Huff · Cardinal/Kantor Productions (Toronto, ON)
Pop-Up Love Party · Zuppa Theatre Co. (Halifax, NS)
Iceland · Why Not Thetare (Toronto, ON)
Who Killed Spalding Gray? · Re:Work with Factory Theatre and Necessary Angel (Toronto, ON)
Dance Marathon · blumouth inc. (Toronto, ON)
The Tale of a Town Nova Scotia · FIXT Point (Toronto, ON)
The National Elevator Project · Theatre Yes (Edmonton, AB)
Stella, Queen of the Snow · Mermaid Theatre (Windsor, NS)
Two in the Coop · Halifax Theatre For Young People (Halifax, NS)

Ottawa, 2015
Ottawa 2015
‘For thirteen years, Magnetic North has been showcasing the best contemporary theatre Canada has to offer, and it’s a mandate we’re proud to continue.’
- Don Anderson, Board Chair, Magnetic North

The Global Savages · Debajehmujig Storytellers (Manitoulin Island, ON)
Fiamma! An Operascpe · Mercury Opera (Edmonton, AB)
Needles and Opium · Ex Machina (Quebec, QC)
Young Drunk Punk · Bruce McCulloch (Toronto, ON)
Re:Union · Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Theatre (Ottawa/Vancouver)
What Happened to the Seeker · STO Union (Wakefield/Ottawa)
Through the Gaze of a Navel · The Chop Theatre (Vancouver, BC)
Up to Low · Easy Street Productions and The Ottawa Children’s Theatre (Ottawa, ON)
Small Stage Canada · MovEnt (Vancouver, BC)
The Public Servant · Great Canadian Theatre Company with Theatre Columbus (Ottawa,ON)

Yukon 2016
‘This year’s lineup sees innovative artists from across the country joining the Whitehorse theatre community in presenting ten days of exciting works’
- Hon. Elaine Taylor, Minister of Tourism and Culture

- Legend Has it · Spontaneous Theatre (Toronto/Calgary)
Pop-Up Love Party · Zuppa Theatre Co. (Halifax)
We Are Not Alone · 2b theatre company (Halifax)
Theatre in the Bush · Ramshackle Theatre (Whitehorse)
LANDLINE · xosecret (Secret Theatre, Halifax)
Concord Floral · Suburban Beast (Toronto)
Prophecy Fog · Paper Canoe Projects (Toronto)
Town Criers · Theatre Replacement (Vancouver)
My Brain Is Plastic · Whitehorse Independent Theatre (Whitehorse, YT)
Dogtown: the Musical · Nakai Theatre and Yukon Circus Society (Whitehorse, YT)

Map of the Land, Map of the Stars · Gwaandak Theatre (Whitehorse, YT)

Tomboy Survival Guide · Ivan Coyote (Whitehorse, YT)