Heart of the Park

Lilia Leon leads the PVD 2018 Flock Landing. Photo by Diana Renelli. Flock Landing was conceived by Karen Kaeja.



In Summer 2019, follow our journey through the parks of Toronto and become the beating Heart of the Park.


Witness the pulsing chambers of the Heart of the Park that will come to life with three magical dance performances amongst the trees, grass and foliage of beloved Toronto parks. Audiences will then be invited to join in a participatory Flock Landing finale, a gentle movement experience for all ages. We'll be landing in three different parks on each of five Saturdays for a total of FIFTEEN TORONTO PARKS!


Feeling active? Take the cycling challenge and hit up all three parks in one day on your bike! View our cycling map for each day here.


Heart of the Park is FREE!!


Saturday, June 29, 2019

12PM - Lee Lifeson Art Park | 3:30PM - Edgeley Park | 7PM - Panorama Park

Saturday, July 6, 2019

12PM - Beverly Glen Park | 3:30PM - Parkway Forest Park | 7PM - Flemingdon Park

Saturday, July 13, 2019

12PM - Bob Hunter Park | 3:30PM - Fred Johnson Park | 7PM - Alexmuir Park

Saturday, July 27, 2019

12PM - Maidavale Park | 3:30PM - Parma Park | 7PM - Prairie Drive Park

Saturday, August 3, 2019

12PM - Rustic Park | 3:30PM - Walter Saunders Memorial | 7PM - Memorial Park



Heart of the Park was conceived by Karen Kaeja and developed with Allen Kaeja.

Piece 1 - The Lonely Heart

Chor. by Karen & Allen Kaeja

Piece 2 - The Heart Consumed

Chor. by Karen Kaeja

Piece 3 - The Emblazoned Heart

Chor. by Allen Kaeja


Caryn Chappell

Mateo Galindo Torres

Mio Sakamoto

Production/Stage Manager & Park Guide

Malgorzata Nowacka-May



Heart of the Park was conceived by Karen Kaeja and developed with Allen Kaeja


Caryn Chappell is a contemporary dance artist, born in Montreal, raised in Ottawa, and now based in Toronto. Caryn graduated from Ryerson University’s BFA Performance Dance Program in 2014. Since then, she has worked with Toronto dance companies which include, ProArteDanza, Toronto Dance Theatre, Kaeja d’Dance, Human Body Expression, and Alysa Pires Dance Projects. She most recently traveled to Japan to perform Xtraordinary TO Dances with Kaeja d’Dance in Tokyo and Nishinomiya. Caryn was a part of Older & Reckless’ new mentorship program, working on “solo structures” under the guidance of Marie Josée Chartier.

Mateo Galindo Torres (GUETCHA GUARITCHA) is a Colombian born multidisciplinary dance artist based in Toronto. He started his dance training in Bogota at an early age, and deepened his studies in the USA, Cuba, and Canada. His work is highly influenced by his Latinx American background, often politically charged, and inspired by social subject matters. Mateo fuses his eclectic movement training within his choreography creating a distinct movement quality. He has performed professionally in Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Germany, Mexico, and Panama. 

Mio Sakamoto studied at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. She recently attended B12 Workshop Festival in Germany where she researched with many international artists including Shannon Gillen and Johannes Wieland who shared practices that she found personal connection with. In 2018, Sakamoto has also trained with Hofesh Shechter Company and L-E-V Dance  Company at Nuova Officinal Della Danza in Italy. She is currently working in a creation with Kaeja d’Dance in Canada. Sakamoto choreographed Oblivious or Naive in 2016, which was remounted in 2017 for a commission with an independent company in Toronto. Sakamoto’s new work  Systematic was performed at Staged in October, 2018. She is very excited to be performing in Heart of the Park with Kaeja d’Dance this summer.


Malgorzata Nowacka-May is a dancer, choreographer, producer and Artistic Director of The Chimera Project, a contemporary dance company founded in 1999. Her choreographic work was presented in some of Canada’s most prestigious contexts, including the Canada Dance Festival (Ottawa), DanceWorks Mainstage Series (Toronto), Dance Victoria (Victoria), Dancing on the Edge (Vancouver) and Tangente (Montreal). She has created for Canada’s Ballet Jorgen since 2015, and is currently developing new repertoire with First Nations Artistic Advisor Arik Pipestem, and researching work with dramaturge Karen Kaeja. Malgorzata is delighted to be involved with Kaeja d’Dance as a stage manager for Heart in the Park and is looking forward to bringing stunning dances to places that may not have seen them before.