Ayumi Goto

2019 Program Artist

Ayumi Goto (born in Surrey, BC, Canada; lives in Toronto, ON, Canada) is a performance apprentice, based in Toronto, traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, Huron-Wendat, Anishinaabe, and Mississaugas of the Credit First Nations. As diasporic-Japanese, she at times draws upon her cultural heritage and language to creatively reconsider sentiments surrounding national culturalism, migrations, activist strategies, and land-human relations. Ayumi has made performative interventions in London, Berlin, Kyoto, and across this land presently called Canada. Her practice is deeply influenced by Shirley Bear, Roy Miki, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Adrian Stimson, and Peter Morin.

Learn more about Ayumi Goto’s practice by listening to episode 4 of the Toronto Biennial of Art Podcast “Short Format”, available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify.


Short Format Podcast Series

Short Format is a podcast series created by Aliya Pabani and Angela Shackel for the Toronto Biennial of Art. In expanding dialogues around the inaugural Toronto Biennial of Art, selected artists discussed their practice and processes in a series of short format podcasts and audiograms. Participating artists and collectives included Adrian Blackwell, Ayumi Goto, Caroline […]

date and time

September 21 – December 1

12:00am – 11:59pm


single use salmon plogging

Ayumi Goto runs the Toronto Waterfront Marathon as the half-human/half-salmon geisha gyrl in a performance addressing labour, responsibility, and the impact of environmental disaster. The work is dedicated to the late Anishinaabe grandmother and Water Walker Josephine Mandamin, who circumnavigated the Great Lakes to raise awareness about water pollution, and David S. Buckel, a lawyer, […]

Donors & Supporters

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FADO Performance Art Centre


Aki Onda, Ayumi Goto, and Peter Morin

In this double bill, Aki Onda will perform the multi-media Reflections and Repercussions, followed by …Crow meets Salmon, a collaborative performance by Ayumi Goto and Peter Morin.  Reflections and Repercussions explores the interplay among luminosity, acoustic, and architectural relationships within the space. Performing with various types of lightning equipment such as theatre lights, flashlights, bare light bulb, […]


Ayumi Goto and Peter Morin

…Crow meets Salmon, a performance by Ayumi Goto and Peter Morin, moves together and apart with respect to all that has accumulated in specific sites, locations, histories. Crow-Salmon-Human relations reflect on the interconnections between sky, water, and land, and the mutability of forms to make a joyous sound for creating joyful kinships. Event note: Tea […]


Haruko Okano: Six Chairs in a Circle

In Six Chairs in a Circle, artist Haruko Okano invites Ayumi Goto, Cheryl Trudeau, Elwood Jimmy, and Peter Morin to explore ideas of collectivity based on desire, love, relation-building, empathy, collaboration, and generosity. Learning from human and non-human living networks and systems, each practitioner shares knowledge, experience, and methods of gathering through differences and conflicted narratives deriving from the complexities of sharing an intercultural landscape. By […]