by Guillaume Côté and Thomas Payette

Now Open at 1 Yonge St

EXTENDED BY POPULAR DEMAND THROUGH JANUARY 2ND

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“Touch is the dance experience we need right now”

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The Experience

“Touch” is an unparalleled immersive experience created for the unique Lighthouse Immersive Gallery 2 performance space by Guillaume Côté, with the artists of Côté Danse and in collaboration with Thomas Payette of Hub Studio. 

Fusing powerful projections with superb live dance Touch is a highly interactive performance forging a dialogue between audience, performers, and multimedia within this 360-projection space. Touch explores the relationship between two people and their various states of interaction. We discover the lost meaning of touch by experiencing the visceral intimacy of physical contact through their longing, loving, confusion, frustration, pent-up rage, and the catharsis of expressing innermost feelings. 

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a 360-degree experience where stage and audience  are one

state-of-the-art

Immersive Technology

With the help of projection mapping technology Touch expands the emotions of our characters into this amazing space and creates an immersive world that not only parallels their inner states but also enhances the experience through stunning imagery and interaction.  

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THE CREATIVE TEAM

Guillaume Côté

A Canadian ballet dancer and choreographer. He has danced most of the major classical roles with The National Ballet of Canada and has been the leading male figure of the company. 

As a guest artist, Mr. Côté has danced with a number of the world’s most important companies including The Royal Ballet, Bolshoi Theatre, American Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet, Teatro alla Scala and others.

In 2011, Mr. Côté was awarded “La médaille de l’Assemblée Nationale du Québec” for his work in the arts. 

In June 2021, Guillaume Côté was made a knight of the National Order of Quebec, the most prestigious honor accorded by the Quebec government.

THE CREATIVE TEAM

Thomas Payette

A graduate of the production program at the National Theatre School of Canada, Thomas Payette has been collaborating with numerous creators as a multimedia designer and creative director for many years.

He has taken an active role in the creation of works by renowned companies and artists such as Ex Machina, the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, the National Ballet of Canada, Robert Lepage, Sylvain Émard, Guillaume Côté, Virginie Brunelle, Martin Messier and Caroline Laurin-Beaucage.

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Your immersive experience starts here.

NOW EXTENDED BY POPULAR DEMAND THROUGH JANUARY 2ND

In order to comply with the City of Toronto’s vaccine mandate, visitors at Touch will be required to present proof of vaccination in order to enter the venue and attend the exhibit.

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FAQ

Questions we always get asked

We recommend that ballet performances are suitable for children 10 years and older

A child must be able to sit quietly and not disrupt the performance and other patrons. Children that are unable to sit quietly, and the adult(s) accompanying them, will be asked by an usher to leave the space without a refund of the ticket purchase.

Babes in arms or children under 2 years of age will not be admitted to performances.

Access 2
Those with Access 2 cards can bring a support person or caretaker into the gallery without requiring them to have a ticket. Simply show the card at entry.

Parking
There is no on-site parking but paid lots are quite close. For those who struggle with mobility, there is a shoulder for drop-offs out front with ramp access to the sidewalk and ramp access to the building is nearby.

Exhibit
The entrance, lobby, and gallery are entirely wheelchair accessible.

Washrooms
There are no barriers to the gallery washrooms however the men’s washroom in the gallery does not have an accessible stall (the women’s washroom does). There are accessible stalls in both men’s and women’s exit-hallway washrooms. These can be used without having to exit the exhibit.

Sensory advisory 

This performance contains bright lights that may cause discomfort for people with photosensitive epilepsy. Viewer discretion is advised. Part of the immersive experience is the music which can at times be loud. This may cause discomfort for people with sensitive hearing. Earplugs are available upon request. If you need to leave the performance, you are welcome to re-enter if time and a break in the performance allow.

Mobility aids and Service Animals
Wheelchairs, walkers, and scooters are all permitted. We have one first-come, first-serve wheelchair on-site for those who need it. General seating is provided to all patrons. Service animals are permitted in the gallery.

We encourage you to leave valuables, large bags, and other personal belongings at home. For the safety of our visitors and the collection, all bags entering or leaving the exhibit, including purses, are subject to inspection.

Strollers are permitted in the exhibition area. Children’s wagons or buggies that are pulled behind the visitor are not permitted in gallery spaces.

Backpacks and duffle bags are not permitted in the exhibit. Patrons entering with such items will be required to check their bags at coat check for $2.75.

Prohibited:

  • Backpacks and duffle bags
  • Paints and aerosols
  • Indelible markers
  • Weapons of any type
  • Outside food and beverages (including alcohol)
  • Food of any type is not permitted in the gallery
  • Any item deemed by exhibit security or venue management to be inappropriate
  • Bikes, helmets, skateboards, Heelys, rollerblades, and non-mobility aid scooters are not permitted
  • Camping chairs
  • Strollers, wagons and buggies

Permissible:

  • Walkers, mobility scooters, and other mobility aids
  • Service animals

The exhibition reserves the right to amend the above restrictions without notice. If you are unsure about an item you are bringing with you, please contact us at ticketing.touch@lighthouseimmersive.com

Touch is located at

1 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON, M5E 1W7
CANADA

By car: 
The exhibit does not have dedicated onsite parking but there are a number of public parking lots nearby.

The closest lots are across the street on Queens Quay and just North of 1 Yonge on Yonge St (pricing may vary). There is a shoulder outside the front entrance for drop-offs close to ramp access.

By public transit:
The closest subway station to 1 Yonge Street is Union Station (10 min walk) 
The closest streetcar stops to 1 Yonge Street are:

  • Queens Quay East at Yonge St
  • Yonge St At Queens Quay East North Side
  • Queens Quay West at Bay St East Side
  • Queens Quay East at Freeland St

As of September 22nd, we will be implementing a mandatory proof of vaccination policy for all patrons attending the Immersive Klimt exhibit in the City of Toronto. All patrons will be required to present proof of vaccination to our entrance greeter in order to enter the venue and attend the exhibit.

Valid Proof

Until such time as Ontario introduces its digital proof of vaccination platform, we will be accepting proof of vaccination by means of the vaccine receipt received after the final vaccination.

This can be shown to our attendants via phone, printout, etc. This receipt indicates whether it was a first or second dose, as well as the date on which it was administered.

Patrons will also have to provide a valid photo ID, to match the names on the vaccination receipt.

Exceptions

To accommodate patrons as we transition into full compliance, we will accept proof of a negative COVID-19 test from September 22nd to October 12th in lieu of proof of vaccination.

This negative test must have been done within 72 hours of attending the Immersive Klimt exhibit. Nucleic acid (including polymerase chain reaction (PCR)) tests are acceptable. Take-home tests will not be accepted. After October 12th, we will only accept proof of vaccination.

Please note, full vaccination is defined as having received two doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine and having run a full two-week course since receiving the second shot. The Johnson and Johnson vaccine only requires one shot.

Children under the age of 12 are exempt from the vaccine mandate.

Safety is our number one priority for all guests attending Immersive Van Gogh Toronto. With over 170,000 visitors in Toronto during COVID-19 last year, and zero reported cases associated with the exhibition since opening, we’re proud to be operating an experience where it is safe to GOGH.

To ensure your safety, and based on guidance from the Public Health Agency of Canada and other government agencies, our walk-in exhibition will operate with enhanced safety measures including:

• Reduced capacity in line with state guidelines, to ensure all guests have enough space to safely enjoy the experience
• COVID-19 screening questionnaire for all staff and guests
• Touchless hand sanitization stations placed throughout the venue
• Plexiglass barriers at all payment locations
• Contactless payment is encouraged throughout the venue
• Floor markings throughout the venue to assist in six-foot social distancing limit
• Social distancing circles projected throughout the entire exhibition gallery space
• Enhanced, regular cleaning throughout the day
• Contact tracing for all staff and guests

Fabric or disposable face masks that cover both, chin and nose are required for all staff and guests. Masks are mandatory for everyone except persons who are reasonably accommodated by not wearing one in accordance with Toronto By-Law 541-2020 and arranged in advance via ticketing@vangoghexhibit.ca.

Arrangements must be made prior to attending the exhibit! Please email us if you require additional accommodations not mentioned on this list.

We will continue to closely monitor the situation daily, and adjust our safety measures accordingly.

Thanks for your patience and understanding during these challenging times.

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Vaccine Mandate for Touch

As of September 22nd, we will be implementing a mandatory proof of vaccination policy for all patrons attending Touch in the City of Toronto.

From September 22nd, all patrons will be required to present proof of vaccination to our entrance greeter in order to enter the venue and attend the exhibit.

Valid proof: Until such time as Ontario introduces its digital proof of vaccination platform, we will be accepting proof of vaccination by means of the vaccine receipt received after the final vaccination.

This can be shown to our attendants via phone, printout, etc. This receipt indicates whether it was a first or second dose, as well as the date on which it was administered.

Patrons will also have to provide a valid photo ID, to match the names on the vaccination receipt.

Exception: To accommodate patrons as we transition into full compliance, we will accept proof of a negative COVID-19 test from September 22nd to October 12th in lieu of proof of vaccination. This negative test must have been done within 72 hours of attending Touch. Nucleic acid (including polymerase chain reaction (PCR)) tests are acceptable. Take-home tests will not be accepted. After October 12th, we will only accept proof of vaccination.

Please note:

Full vaccination is defined as having received two doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine and having run a full two-week course since receiving the second shot. The Johnson and Johnson vaccine only requires one shot.

Children under the age of 12 are exempt from the vaccine mandate.

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