CODE in the 6ix

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CODE in the 6ix: Building Community 

Saturday, October 20th, 2018, 9am - 6pm


1265 Military Trail, Toronto, Ontario, M1C 1A4

Toronto. The 6ix. A global community.

The urban centre of Toronto is unique-- housing the entire world while also maintaining a strong sense of community. In its beautiful cultural kaleidoscope, Toronto continues to be a place where music, food, theatre, and dance provide inspiration, education and appreciation for our incredible diversity.

CODE in the 6ix, an exciting one day drama and dance conference for artists and educators, will explore the role the arts plays in developing teachers’ and students’ understanding of diversity, as well as the steps that still need to be taken as we move forward in our global community.

In a thrilling day of keynote panel talks, workshops, performances, and networking, new teachers and arts veterans alike will develop tools to bring back to their students.  As we work with and learn from some of the GTA’s most exciting artists and educators, CODE in the 6ix will leave you inspired, motivated and wanting to learn more.

In this, our 48th conference year, CODE remains a place where teachers come to learn in a safe space that encourages creativity, questions, and collaboration. CODE in the 6ix will be an incredible day of not just professional development, but a ton of fun!

We look forward to welcoming you to the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus for the 48th annual CODE Conference.  It will be a day you won’t soon forget!


Conference Highlights

Opening Panel Discussion: This engaging and provocative panel of artists and educators will explore what is working and what barriers still exist in arts education and the artistic landscape in Toronto. What does accessibility to the arts mean? How do we engage our students and community through drama and dance?

Keynote Panelists include Dr. Barry Freeman, Program Director of Theatre and Performance Studies at UTSC, Kim Snider, Secondary Educator and CODE President, Dr. Seika Boye, Dance scholar, Artist and Advocate; Bilal Baig, Playwright and Actor, Devon Healey, PhD Candidate in Disability Studies, Social Justice Department, OISE/UT; and Mahlikah Aweri, Spoken Word Artist.

Dynamic Workshops: Sign up for the pathway that best suits your needs and you will get the chance to partake in three workshops that will leave you with material to bring back to your classroom. Our presenters represent diverse voices and come with a wealth of experience that will be inspiring to learn from and work with. For a breakdown of our workshops, check out the link below and scroll for presenters' workshop descriptions and biographies.

Track A - Arts Rookies Dance and Drama

Track B - Elementary Dance and Drama

Track C - Secondary Drama

Track D - Secondary Dance

Keynote Performance and Wine Social: Join us in UTSC’s Blackbox theatre to witness student performances from tdsbCREATES, a celebration of student voice, creative ideas, and arts for all. These students will leave you mesmerized and inspired. End the conference at the Wine Social to enjoy some refreshments and network with educators and artists from across the GTA. It will be a celebratory way to end a wonderful conference!



8:30 Registration Opens

9:00-9:15 Welcome from Local Indigenous Elder, followed by Dr. Barry Freeman (UTSC) and Kim Snider (CODE)

9:15-10:15 Opening Panel Discussion

10:15-10:30 Coffee Break

10:30-12:00 Workshop 1

12:00-1:00 Lunch (provided)

1:00-2:30 Workshop 2

2:30-2:45 Coffee Break

2:45-4:15 Workshop 3

4:30-4:50 Keynote Performance: tdsbCREATES Showcase

4:50-6:00 Wine Social (Cash Bar)


REGISTER for Workshop Pathways

Track A Arts Rookies (Dance and Drama, Grades 1-8) - REGISTER HERE

Track B Elementary Dance and Drama - REGISTER HERE

Track C Secondary Drama - REGISTER HERE

Track D Secondary Dance - REGISTER HERE


Conference Fees

Conference fees include admission to panel, workshops, and social events, as well as catered lunch, coffee break and social refreshments (cash bar).


CODE Members: $99

Please note that your CODE membership must be active at the time of the conference.

Non-Members: $129

Want to become a member to enjoy a discount? Register here!

Students/Retirees: $75

Students must be enrolled in full-time undergraduate/graduate studies programs.

Early Bird Promo: Register by August 1st, 2018 to be entered in a draw for a Promo (reduced price) Workshop with Alan Faigal!


Directions to University of Toronto Scarborough 

1265 Military Trail, Toronto, ON, M1C 1A4

From The East

Travel on the 401 West to Morningside Avenue.

Go South on Morningside until you reach Military Trail.

Turn Left on Military Trail and park in Parking Lots G or H

From the West

Travel on the 401 East to Morningside Avenue.

Go South on Morningside until you reach Military Trail.

Turn Left on Military Trail and park in Parking Lots G or H

From the North

Take the 427 or the 400 South to the 401.

Travel on the 401 East to Morningside Avenue.

Go South on Morningside until you reach Military Trail.

Turn Left on Military Trail and park in Parking Lots G or H