The 15th Annual In the Soil Arts Festival
June 9-16, 2023

The 2023 In the Soil Arts Festival will showcase new work from local and visiting artists in theatre, music, comedy and site-specific installations. This year In the Soil Arts Festival will offer one-week of incredible new works from local and visiting artists, as well as a showcase of Suitcase in Point’s Arts Mentorship Program participants (The Nest Residency and In the Scene Youth Theatre Intensive). 

We’ll be sharing a mix of curated work and work selected through a call for submissions around the theme of change. We are also excited to announce that we will be bringing our flagship site-specific event, RHIZOMES back into the festival fold this year.


In June 2022, Suitcase in Point launched the 14th annual In the Soil Arts Festival. In the spirit of planning for the unknown, Suitcase in Point designed a festival program that was delivered throughout the entire summer and began with a robust launch weekend in downtown St. Catharines.

From an unstoppable program of live music featuring Great Lake Swimmers, Radio Radio, Witch Prophet, Strong Water Singers, The Ferns and more, to an eclectic variety of site-specific experiences like Trophy’s immersive listening party Remixed, APED Studio’s Immanuel, an enveloping post-human VR experience, and Sean Aileen and Iain Lidstone’s Soft Animals sonic duet in the courtyard of the Old Courthouse that weaved together stunning vocals, guitar and the poetry of Mary Oliver. For those lucky enough to catch Hercinia Arts Collective’s Peep Box, a marvellous program of performances were eaten up  from within the confines of an 8’x8’ box. 

Our festival launch weekend was nothing short of bombastic and kicked us off into a summer series of new theatre, including Roselyn Kelada Sedra’s Sister Warriors at Oddfellows Hall, Re:Current Theatre’s New Societies at Robertson Theatre and Red Betty Theatre’s Blackberry at Merritt Island park in Welland. The series also included a photography exhibit by Julianna D’Intino (Connecting Rods at an empty building on James Street) and a special live-streamed performance by JFM (River Rider, streamed from the banks of the Welland River). 

A huge thank you to the fantastic roster of volunteers who came out to help us deliver our ambitious festival. Thank you to Patty Krawec for your thoughtful sensitivity training and to our amazing Sponsors: Ontario Power Generation, Brock University’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre and Call Karl at Remax. 

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