Joshua Chong


Joshua Chong is a freelance performing arts critic and journalist based in Toronto. In 2020, he completed the one year Emerging Arts Critics programme, a mentorship initiative for young arts writers run by the National Ballet of Canada in partnership with The Dance Current, Intermission Magazine, The Whole Note and Opera Canada. He is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto studying English. Chong served as the associate features editor of The Varsity, U of T’s student publication, and won a John H. McDonald Award for Excellence in Student Journalism for his investigative journalism. Prior to university, he was the editor-in-chief of his high school’s newspaper, Graffiti, and led the publication to 16 Toronto Star High School Journalism Awards. 

Joshua Chong's Work


Opera Atelier’s Angel Certainly Flies - But Where Does It Land?

The baroque opera company’s multidisciplinary storytelling event marks the culmination of a four-year project by composer Edwin Huizinga By Joshua Chong

Opera Atelier’s production of Angel premiered at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto on Oct. 28 and is streaming online until Nov. 12.


Stories of Struggle and Triumph Underscore GRIT: Short Dances

Five emerging artists showcase the diversity of Asian cultures and identities By Joshua Chong

GRIT: Short Dances is an online showcase of five dancefilms streaming on YouTube from May 14 to 21. Together, they form a kaleidoscopic tapestry that offers a glimpse into the breadth of Asian perspectives that are woven into the fabric of our country.


The Dance Centre’s Latest Show in the Discover Dance! Series Is a Flamenco Smorgasbord

Kasandra “La China” offers a cursory introduction to the flamenco art form that leaves you wanting more By Joshua Chong

There’s much to admire in this short half-hour performance. Kasandra “La China”’s love for the art form shines through clearly, and her captivating performance pulls off what every showcase should do: it leaves you wanting more.


Orange Is a Mesmerizing Duet on Human Connection

Deanna Peters/Mutable Subject and Less San Miguel/LessIZM’s experimental creation melds two bodies into one By Joshua Chong

Joshua Chong reviews Plastic Orchid Factory’s production of Orange, an aching but welcome antidote in this era of physical distancing.

Emerging Arts Critics Programme

When Stars Collide

By Joshua Chong

A homecoming, a tantalizing taster and a farewell celebration highlighted The National Ballet of Canada’s triple bill, which opened at the Four Seasons Centre on February 29.