Generation Gentrified

What responsibility do immigrants; first, second, and third-generationn artists have to ensure a diverse and sustainable community? What is our responsibility to community on stolen land? How do artist communities affect changing communities? What effects does sprawl have on young artists? What can an ideal community look like? And how can we still make that happen? Through dance and spoken word explore how young artists position themselves in relation to the rapidly evolving city landscape.

CONTENT AND SENSORY ADVISORIES: Flashing light, reflective light, loud sounds, themes of displacement, effects of colonial violence, racism, and environmental racism.

RUN TIME: Friday May 17 – 45 minutes, there will be a post-show talkback
Saturday May 18 – 90 minute Double-Bill, 15 minute intermission (Double-Billed with FAST.FASHION)


ACCESS NOTES: Printed scripts will be available to patrons upon request. Active Listener will be available in the Lobby during and directly following this community event.

Generation Gentrified

  • Producer, Sound Designer, Collaborative Choreographer: Keira Marie Forde
  • Stage Manager and Artistic Collaborator: Jenna Borsto
  • Lighting Designer Artistic Collaborator: Mikaela Cordero
  • Outside Eye and Artistic Collaborator: Zoe Kwan
  • Collaborative Choreographer: Emily Duckett


Part of the 2024 Festival

Keira would like to extend amassive thank you to Rodney Diverlus, Aria Evans, Sherisse Bailey-Howard And The NIA Center Staff, The TYT theatre staff and Bella Wolder. 

This production is made possible through support of Metcalf Foundation’s Booster Program.


Native Earth Performing Art’s Aki Studio

250-585 Dundas Street East
Toronto, ON M5A 2B7


Native Earth Performing Arts and Artscape strive to provide equal treatment to and equitable benefits of its services, programs and facilities in a manner that respects the dignity and independence of people with disabilities.

  • The Dundas Street entrance provides barrier-free access to the building
  • Two elevators are located in the South Lobby
  • All floors have accessible washrooms and stalls, as well as accessible drinking fountains
  • Signage throughout the building is written in Braille
  • A hearing enhancement system is available in Aki Studio and the Ada Slaight Hall


Keira Marie Forde

Keira Marie Forde (She/They) is a multidisciplinary performer and creator who has been working in culturally relevant pedagogy and arts for over seven years.
Keira’s artistic contribution has focused on amplifying stories for people under the youth category (under 30) in Toronto through various work as a performer, producer, sound artist, arts educator and coordinator.

Keira’s recent performance credits include the sold-out production Riot based on the Christie Pits Riot with Hogtown Collective, What’s So Funny with Carousel Players, and her original digital work titled No More News for Nancy with Alberta-based company Major Matt Mason Collective.
Keira, as an arts educator and coordinator, has worked with over eight different Theatre for Young audiences companies/festivals across Canada and was one of the artists selected to be a Peel region school board ambassador for Wellness Wednesday.

Keira is committed to her practice in culturally relevant arts and allows her intersectionality of being a Bi-racial artist with roots from Trinidad to inspire her work in movement, music and mask work. Keira is thankful for her mentors who inspired her to fulfill her passion for bringing personal arts into community spaces and especially thankful to David Norsworhty and the entire Toes for Dance team who allows her to work in her favourite discipline in the arts by being the Toes For Dance Outreach and volunteer coordinator.