We have exciting news! HAPPENING Multicultural Festival is coming up and we would love you to be part of it.

HAPPENING Multicultural Festival is the first and only Toronto festival created by community artists, giving center-stage to the talent and skills of immigrant, newcomer, and refugee artists. This multi-arts platform includes music, dance, visual arts, community-engaged arts, storytelling, spoken word, and poetry. HAPPENING gives space to embrace the cultural richness of our city, while creating professional development opportunities for artists, as well as offering a platform for organizations to connect, and form meaningful collaborations. 

For our 7th edition this year, we are adapting a hybrid format with both online and in-person events throughout the month of May. 

All our in-person programming will take place at MUSE Arts Creative Lab at 1369B St. Clair Ave West  (Caledonia and St Clair Av West ) at  Earlscourt Park in Toronto.

*HAPPENING Multicultural Festival is produced by MUSE Arts. 


Knowledge Sharing

A series of art-based workshops for artists and community members.


HAPPENING Poetry Nights

A space to celebrate poets who, among other things, identify as newcomers, refugees, or  immigrants.  Every Thursday in May (5th, 12th, 19th, 26th), poetry night will feature three poetry readings and an interview.


Community Activations

A space where visual artists and community members will create, paint, and decorate 9 large-scale wooden pieces. These will later be on display at HAPPENING Multicultural Festival and fill our MUSE Arts Creative Lab with colour and life. 


Professional Development

Our spaces for professional development provide community-engaged artists, educators, facilitators, and students with the necessary tools to expand their knowledge in the arts, pedagogy, and human rights, while connecting with and forming meaningful collaborations in the Toronto artistic scene.


Happening Festival