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Toronto: Ergo Arts presents “The Knitting Pilgrim” at the Aga Khan Museum before it tours Ontario

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Directed by Jennifer Tarver and performed by actor, writer and knitter Kirk Dunn, The Knitting Pilgrim is a multidisciplinary one-person theatrical experience that uses storytelling, image projection and a one-of-a-kind textile installation called Stitched Glass. The show, which premieres at the Aga Khan Museum’s Auditorium for 3 performances May 11 and 12, 2019, and then tours for 39 more shows around Ontario. 

Created by actor, writer and knitter Kirk Dunn, Stitched Glass is a triptych of large hand-knitted tapestries, designed in the style of stained-glass windows, which looks at the commonalities and conflicts amongst the Abrahamic faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Kirk and seasoned writer Claire Ross Dunn co-wrote The Knitting Pilgrim, which uses the Stitched Glass tapestries – over 90 pounds of knitting – as its set. The play recounts Kirk’s artistic and spiritual journey of hand-knitting the giant project, and his hope to contribute to the vital conversation about xenophobia, dealing with internal and external strife, and fear of the other.


When:   May 11 at 8pm at the Aga Khan Auditorium
Where:  77 Wynford Dr, Toronto, ON M3C 1K1 

The Knitting Pilgrim 2019 - May Tour Dates


  • Saturday, May 11 @ 3 pm and 8 pm: Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, ON

  • Sunday, May 12 @ 6 pm:  Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, ON

  • Friday, May 17 @ 8 pm: The Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning, Kingston, ON

  • Sunday, May 19 @ 2 pm: Amherst Island Public School, Amherst Island, ON (hosted by The Lodge)

  • Wednesday, May 22 @ 7:30 pm: St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Barrie, ON

  • Thursday, May 23 @ 7 pm: Trinity Presbyterian Church,  Kanata, ON

  • Saturday, May 25 @ 5:30: St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Picton, ON (in association with the PEC FibreFest)

  • Tuesday, May 28 @ 7 pm: Calvin Presbyterian Church, North Bay, ON

  • Saturday, June 1 @ 7 pm: Knox Presbyterian, Burlington, Ontario

  • Monday, June 3 @ 7:30 pm: Knox Presbyterian, Waterloo, Ontario

  • June 14-June 22: The Ottawa Fringe Festival, Knox Presbyterian, Ottawa, Ontario

  • Sunday, June 23 @ 2:30 pm: Knox Presbyterian, Ottawa, Ontario

  • July 3-July 13: Toronto Fringe Festival, Bloor Street United Church, Toronto, Ontario    

  • July 18-27: Hamilton Fringe Festival, St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, Hamilton, Ontario

  • Friday, Sept 20 @ 7 pm: First Presbyterian Church, Collingwood, Ontario

  • Saturday, Sept 21 @ 7:30 pm: St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Stratford, Ontario  (United Nation’s International Day of Peace)

  • Saturday, Nov 2 @ 8pm: Blyth Memorial Community Hall, Blyth, Ontario

Photo: Detail of Stitched Glass. © Kirk Dunn.