The benefits of exposure to arts and culture have long been recognized and documented, yet many Canadian kids, particularly those with socio-economic challenges, are excluded from community participation. CIBC Theatre for All will help Kids Up Front Foundation remove the financial and social barriers to give kids, who otherwise would not have the opportunity, the gift of experiencing a live arts production—theatre, dance, opera, symphony.


Kids Up Front believes that exposure to arts events can expand a child’s horizons and inspire dreams for their future. Through the CIBC Theatre for All program, theatre performances were provided to help develop young minds and nurture creativity. Teens were given the opportunity to attend performances that were as thought provoking as they were entertaining. Families were given opportunities to attend holiday performances during Christmas, giving many families, some new to Canada, an introduction to cultural traditions and family fun.


“Thank you for the tickets! My favorit part was that thay realy included the odience!” said a thank you card from Evan, who attended Seusicall the Musical.


Since 2008, over 12,000 theatre experiences have been provided for children and youth who would not otherwise have the opportunity.


Through expanding CIBC Theatre for All, CIBC becomes Kids Up Front Foundation’s primary corporate partner in providing access and promoting arts and culture. Together, CIBC, Kids Up Front Foundation and our community arts partners give our community’s most vulnerable young people exposure to new experiences and ignite the passion that can inspire a life-long connection with the arts.


Check out this DIY theatre workbook for kids!


Supporting the program is easy. Patrons and corporate sponsors are encouraged to donate any arts performance tickets you can’t use directly to Kids Up Front. Through collaboration with our dynamic network of education, health and child and family services, we’ll ensure your tickets are given to a young person who normally wouldn’t have the opportunity.