What is Dark Nights? 


Dark Nights is a salon-style conversation series  where local creators are invited to share  their philosophies on life in the arts. Each month, Dark Nights invites a young creative voice to stimulate a conversation with everyone in attendance. With an emphasis on demystifying the creative life, this series challenges our success driven culture head on by establishing space for real conversations. 

Drawing inspiration from Dylan Thomas’ Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Calvin Tomkins’ Lives of the Artists, James Lipton’s Inside the Actors Studio and a pinch of Fight Club thrown in for good measure,  Dark Nights has been referred to as "Vanity Fair meets a kitchen party". A place for frank discussion and large questions, Dark Nights is most interested in the development of young creators and their skills as facilitators of social change.

Developed in association with Theatre Ontario’s Youth Advisory Committee and The Theatre Centre,  Dark Nights first manifested through co-creators Luke Reece and Wayne Burns’ common interests in leadership, community engagement, insatiable curiosity surrounding the intersectionality of mediums and the deconstruction of creative hierarchy. Since the inaugural launch at  The Gladstone Hotel in November 2015, Dark Nights has interviewed and archived over 20 diverse creators, ranging from award-winning filmmakers  to internationally lauded fashion designers, and continue to bring attention to young people on the rise.

Heading into their highly anticipated second season with an expanded core featuring the talents of Annie MacKay and Jocelyn MacNeil (both Theatre Ontario YAC Alumni) and returning to their roots with a year long residency at The Gladstone Hotel,  the Dark Nights team cannot think of a better place to be; heralding in a new year of crucial conversations with innovative contemporaries.

When? Once a month on a Wednesday.

Where? The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Find us in room #207).

How much? We don't charge for this experience, but do encourage Pay What You Feel donations following each exchange.