Love FREE art workshops? Looking for amazing volunteer opportunities? Programmed for youth, by youth – Tuesdays are the new Fridays!

YAM is a weekly drop-in program designed for youth and led by professional artists. Take part in the Leadership Committee from 3:30 – 6:00 pm to improve your leadership skills, gain volunteer hours, and be involved in the planning of fundraising initiatives and future workshops! Workshops run from 4:00-6:00 PM, and focus on a variety of different artistic disciplines.

Past projects included: Street Art, Perspective and Line Drawing, Printmaking, Music Production, Theatre & Improvisation, Digital Painting & Filmmaking.

2019/2020 Year Schedule

Fall Semester 2019: September 24th to November 26th
Winter Semester 2020: January 14th to March 31st (excluding March Break – 17th)
Spring Semester 2020: April 7th to June 9th


To start the 2019/2020 YAM season, our fall session will explore the creative freedom to improve!

Introduction to Improvised Theatre… and Then Some

September 24 – November 26, 2019

YES, AND… this is the golden rule of improvisation. Improviser, sketch-comedian, actor, writer, basketball lover, 6th member of Fake Cops Comedy Troupe, and teaching faculty at The Second City Toronto, Simon McCamus will join YAM this Fall 2019 for a 10-week Introduction to Improvised Theater workshop. Participants will be guided through different Improv games and exercises that focus on creating safe space for play, listening, YES AND, storytelling and how to be a respectful team player. They will also get to explore miming, character development and how to convey emotion and engage with their environment. Wallflowers beware, you may just find that your hidden comic wants to come out and play!

Participants will also have the opportunity to explore different forms of artistic improvisation throughout the ten weeks of workshops. Jennifer Laiwint will be leading a workshop that will focus on the creation of improvised visual art, Indrit Kasapi will be leading a discovery into improvised movement and dance, and Paulina O’Kieffe takes a dive into improvised spoken word and beat poetry. It’s time to say ‘YES’ to improvised theatre… and then some.

Stay tuned for the winter and spring announcements.


Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Advance registration is strongly encouraged to secure your spot. Workshops limited to 20 participants.

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LOCATION:  Lakeshore Arts
DATES:   Every Tuesday | 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm (some exceptions, please read workshop dates/times/locations carefully)
AGES:   12-16 years old
COST:   Free (+ TTC fare and snacks)
CONTACT: communityprograms@lakeshorearts.ca
REGISTER HERE: YAM REGISTRATION FORM

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