In Speculation, Leslie Ting, a former optometrist and now a professional violinist, presents a re-imagining of this theatrical concert, taking the audience through witnessing her mother’s loss of vision, and eventual passing. Created through projections and music from both Beethoven & John Cage, this new online experience features experimental film and a collective performance of Cage’s 4’33”.

Poster of Speculation, Leslie holding a violin with her right arm with "Speculation" written in red font


Creator, performer, producer, artistic director, writer

Leslie Ting

Co-director, voice coach, access consultant

Alex Bulmer

Co-director, Dramaturge

Tristan Whiston

Lighting designer

Patrick Lavender

Projection designer

Amelia May Scott


Elinor Svoboda

Production manager, Associate Lighting Designer

James Kendal

Stage manager

Giuseppe Condello


Hye Won Cecilia Lee

Administrative assistance

Darren Creech


Show Runs

March 3 – 6, 2021



This is a digital presentation. A pre-show instruction email will be sent closer to the show date.


Pay What You Can Afford between three price points:

$5 | $25 | $50

Ticket information

Ticket prices | Pay-What-You-Can-Afford Price Points: $50, $25, $5 

Legend shows icons for Relaxed performance and ASL interpreted performance

If you would like information on the topics or themes in our productions, or to determine the suggested age for attending a performance, please reach out to our Box Office staff at 416.504.7529 or by email.

March 5 & 6th will be ASL interpreted by Deaf interpreter Thurga Kanagasekarampillai. For all other access inquiries, please contact our Box Office at 416.504.7529 or via email at info@passemuraille.on.ca

Click here for TPM’s Accessibility page

Toronto-based violinist and interdisciplinary artist Leslie Ting has been creating immersive, music-driven performances since 2012 with her definitive work, Speculation. Combining her specialized background as a classical musician and former practicing optometrist, her performances are described as a “whole atmosphere unlike anything I’ve experienced in the classical realm”. 

Nominated for the Waterloo Arts Award and Orford String Quartet Award for Speculation in 2014 at Kitchener-Waterloo’s Open Ears Festival, it has travelled to Open Senses (London, UK), Ottawa Chamberfest, The Music Gallery (Toronto), and the Stratford Summer Music Festival. Leslie’s newest creation, What Brings You In, is currently in development with the support of Theatre Passe Muraille’s Buzz Development program, the RISER Project, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Canadian Music Centre, Volcano Theatre and Chamber Factory.

Committed to inclusion and creative approaches to access, she has also worked with renowned blind theatre artist and disability arts advocate Alex Bulmer (Common Boots) and Deaf performer Thurga Kanagasekarampallai. Leslie is driven to make work with the intent and belief that live art can engage the imagination, empathy and compassion to spark advocacy and social change.

Alex Bulmer is the writer and narrator of the critically acclaimed acoustic installation LIFE UNSEEN. She is a New York Radio Award nominee, Society of Canadian Musicians award recipient, writer of the stage play SMUDGE (Time Out’s Critics Choice, UK).

Alex has written for The Royal Court, London 2012 Olympics and BBC radio and her adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame won an AMI Award. She is co-founder and Artistic Director of Invisible Flash UK , co-creator of The Canadian based Republic of Inclusion and Artistic Director of Cripping The Stage, in association with The British Council Toronto. In 2014 she was named as one of the UK’s most influential disabled artists by Power Magazine. 

Tristan R. Whiston is a multi-disciplinary artist who has worked in Toronto’s arts community for over 25 years as a director, dramaturge, writer, performer, and community artist. His work, Middle C, for the CBC, won the 2007 Premios Ondas Award for International Radio and the silver medal at the 2007 New York International Radio Programming and has been broadcast across the globe.

Tristan co-founded Del ARTiE Productions with whom he co-wrote and co-directed seven original musical comedies, and he was the founding director of Toronto’s renowned performance troupe The Boychoir of Lesbos.

As a community artist, Tristan was the artist-in-residence at Central Toronto Youth Services, and as artistic co-director of Red Dress Productions, has co-led over 20 large-scale community arts projects.

  • March 5 & 6th will be ASL interpreted by Deaf interpreter Thurga Kanagasekarampillai.
  • For all other access inquiries, please contact our Box Office at 416.504.7529 or via email at info@passemuraille.on.ca


The Prelude is a pre-show chat between Artisitic Director Marjorie Chan and a member of the community. Come join them as they discuss some of the themes highlighted in the show, bringing a broader understanding of the piece to you,  the audience. The details on our prelude is to be confirmed!

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To schedule an interview with the artist, or staff members at Theatre Passe Muraille regarding this production, please email Emily Jung at emilyj@passemuraille.on.ca. We will try out best to accommodate your media requests, however they are not guaranteed.

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From the artist Leslie Ting

The development of this work was supported through a partnership with Chamber Factory: Works for Small Ensembles and generous contributions from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Region of Waterloo Arts Council and many individual donors.

Thank you also to Matthew Fava and the Canadian Music Centre.

Brand and Concept Design: Louis Duarte | Photography (poster): Melissa Sung | Promo Photography: Peter Riddihough

If you are able to, please consider donating to Theatre Passe Muraille. Your support makes it possible for us to plan ahead with confidence and support the exciting artists and companies that are part of our season.

TPM’s 20.21 Season is sponsored by TD Ready Commitment. The season is also supported by Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts, Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Hal Jackman Foundation, The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation, Martin Atkinson Foundation at Toronto Foundation and Metcalfe Foundation. This show is supported by Seteinway Piano Gallery Toronto