Heads Up for the week of June 28-July 4, 2021.

by Lynn on June 28, 2021

in The Passionate Playgoer

Monday, June 28-July 11, 2021.


By Ismaila Alfa

A love letter from a father to his daughters. Ismaila Alfa has recently moved from Winnipeg to Toronto to become the host of the CBC radio’s morning show, “Metro Morning.” He was not able to bring his daughters at this time. The show is a mix of poetry, spoken word, hip-hop, musings, music, and brilliance and he passes on the good advice he got from his father, now to his daughters. Beautifully done.  

Streaming on the Prairie Theatre Exchange website until July 11. https://www.pte.mb.ca

Wed. June 30, 2021. 7:00 pm


A concert + conversation about Dixon Road, an upcoming musical by Somali-Canadian playwright Fatuma Adar.


Dixon Road tells the story of a Somali family who immigrate to Canada in 1991 as the civil war begins to tear their homeland apart. They settle in Dixon Road, in a neighbourhood near Pearson airport that is still the heart of Toronto’s Somali community today.

Somali-Canadian playwright Fatuma Adar brings the history of Dixon Road to life with this new musical.

Join us to take in some performances from the upcoming musical, as well as a conversation between Fatuma Adar and Director Kimberly Colburn about Dixon Road and the inspirations behind the pieces as well as the play.

Dixon Road is A Musical Stage Company & Obsidian Theatre Company Co-Production. Originally developed as part of Obsidian Theatre’s Playwrights Unit and commissioned by The Musical Stage Company with funding from The Aubrey & Marla Dan Foundation’s Aubrey & Marla Dan Fund for new musicals.

Musical arrangements: Adam Sakiyama


JULY 3- 25, 2021.

There’s a Canary in the Coal Mine!


The Coal Mine, Toronto’s Off-Off Broadview Theatre, is all aflutter to officially announce the opening of The Canary Pop-Up Shop in support of local theatre artists, located at the Coal Mine Theatre, July 3-25, 2021.

Showcasing the off-stage talents of Toronto theatre makers, The Canary Pop-Up Shop offers a curated collected of unique handcrafted goods. Shop a collection of handmade jewelry; upcycled clothing and accessories; home décor and original art; natural skincare and wellness products; macramé, embroidery and quilts; kids stuff, pet beds, stationary, and a variety of delicious nosh.

The Canary will feature the creative side gigs of more than 30 Toronto theatre artists including actors and designers Kevin BundyDiana CoatsworthDeanna ChoiOliver DennisSharon DiGenovaKen MacDonaldMichelle MontiethRena PolleyAnna Treusch, and stage manager and star baker Arwen MacDonell who will be creating an exclusive Canary Cookie available for three weeks only at The Canary Pop-Up Shop!

The Canary will adhere strictly to all COVID-19 public health protocols and workplace safety measures while welcoming visitors. The community’s health and well-being is the Coal Mine’s number one priority.

“The Canary is about reopening our doors to the east end community that we’ve so sorely missed, and simultaneously celebrating the resilience and creativity of theatre artists in this city.” – Diana Bentley Co Chief Engineer 

The Canary’s eclectic selection offers a friendly meeting place in the community, contributes to the livelihood of local artists anxiously awaiting their return to the theatre, and promotes the production of sustainable and beautiful local goods.


In Support of Local Theatre Artists

Coal Mine Theatre, 1454 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON


July 3 – 25, 2021

Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 3pm


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