TORONTO, ONTARIO – March 16, 2019:  MUSE ARTS seeks to engage local residents, communities and organizations with immigrant, newcomer and refugee artists to promote love for the arts, inclusion, solidarity and community-building.

HAPPENING Multicultural Festival 

May 29th to June 1st, 2019 at  918 Bathurst Centre for Culture Arts Media & Education

HAPPENING Multicultural Festival is a four-day multidisciplinary festival that will engage more than 60 artists/performers who have self-identified as people of diverse communities, immigrants, newcomers and refugees. The festival features traditional and contemporary music, dance, visual arts, story-telling, poetry, crafts and food. HAPPENING will take place at  918 Bathurst Centre for Culture Arts Media & Education in Toronto

At Muse Arts, we believe in the importance of fostering and building connections between artists, communities and organizations. We give the spotlight to immigrant, newcomer and refugee artists who come to Canada with a wealth of skills, knowledge and talents often undermined by general stereotypes or assumptions of “what they need”.

We are presenting to you: immigrant, refugee and newcomer artists who are also dreamers, creators and givers.  We invite everyone to challenge preconceived ideas by giving every individual an opportunity to show who they are, what they may need and also what they can contribute. Recognizing that each individual’s circumstances are different and therefore we all are at different places in our journeys.

HAPPENING is a multicultural celebration, a Festival created to promote inclusion, where the work of diverse, immigrant, newcomer and refugee communities takes centre stage and their contribution to the cultural and artistic fabric of Toronto is embraced and recognized.

In addition to the planned performances and exhibitions during HAPPENING Multicultural Festival, we are creating professional development opportunities for artists interested in working with communities, as well as for organizations engaging newcomer communities to network with artists and other organizations.

HAPPENING Multicultural Festival is the result of collaboration, unity and generosity.

Tickets to the performances and different activities are now available at eventbrite.com or

Muse Arts email: community@musearts.ca

Note to media: for additional comments,  tickets, photos and interviews with performers or Festival Director Paola Gomez, please contact: communications@musearts.ca

HAPPENING  2019                                

May 29th to June 1st, 2019 at  918 Bathurst Centre for Culture Arts Media & Education

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In 2016 we had our first large gathering. We called artists and communities to come together to support The Mexican Cultural House as its building suffered the impact of a fire. Our call was quickly answered and we were able to support our fellow artists in times of need.

In 2017  Happening : A Multicultural Evening in Support of Community Arts.  We gathered again to  support Muse Arts programming. The idea of HAPPENING Multicultural started with the need of having resources to do our work in Latin America and The Caribbean. Once again, our communities and the artists, particularly immigrant, newcomer and refugee artists responded to our call in numbers we were not expecting. We realized one night was short for the amount of talent deserving to be presented a this new space.


We decided to do it again! and  we noticed how  much we have grown, and the need to take this opportunity to share space and the platform with many other amazing works HAPPENING in the City.  We are a Multicultural space that celebrates Diversity and is very intentional about Inclusion.


We did it again! HAPPENING 2018 was a total success. We have more wonderful artists , many of whom were refugees and newcomers to Canada. We are very proud of opening space for the talents that are arriving , to engage them with the talents that are here or have been here longer  and to showcase the amazing work that is HAPPENING in our communities.

We then decided to go for a 4-day Festival!. 

We are aware of our responsibility in promoting reconciliation , acknowledging that the land we live on , is the traditional territory of many indigenous communities  living here since immemorial times.

We are grateful for all the support you all give us every single day. You all make us realize what Radical Generosity truly is , and how we all can live and coexist in a space and be the best of and to each other.  Our gratitude to vendors and sponsors for your unconditional support.

HAPPENING Multicultural Festival is the result of Collaboration, Unity and Generosity.

Check Previous Years’ photos. 

We are having fun, we hope you can join us soon.



Happening 2018


Julian Marz HAPPENING 2018


#Happening 2018


Happening 2018


Gallery at HAPPENING 2018. OUR WORLD OF A THOUSAND COLOURS. We presented the work of participants.





Aztec Dance


Carlos Delgado -Live Painting #Happening2017