“The beautifully told story of a ‘hood many Torontonians are probably unaware of. Impressive!”
Errol Nazareth, CBC Big City Small World
The Ward Cabaret is an electrifying musical performance rooted in the stories of a historic Toronto neighbourhood that teemed with newcomers, culture, activism, music, exotic food and entrepreneurial energy. It is about the mythology of a city now known around the world for the success and richness of its ethno-cultural diversity. The story of The Ward is our story, and it is not over: we are living it.
After three years of development, The Ward Cabaret is about to receive its first full production this coming December, at the perfect moment to celebrate all that connects us, as Toronto’s newest Holiday show! You can help create this unique experience with a tax-deductible donation.
Conceived by David Buchbinder, a Grammy-nominated, Juno-award winning artistic director, musician and composer, The Ward Cabaret’s creative team includes jazz guitarist Michael Occhipinti, a nine-time Juno nominee; multiple Dora nominee Derek Kwan; award-winning director Leah Cherniak, as well as an inspiring team of musicians, actors, and playwrights.
The Ward’s history reveals how a city of newcomers can embrace the power and richness of cross-cultural connections. In a period of rising anti-immigrant hostility, we need these affirming stories now more than ever. This is an important and timely story for the artists to tell and for audiences to experience.
Co-produced by Buchbinder, architect Michael McClelland and journalist John Lorinc, The Ward Cabaret has been performed to approximately 2,000 people over three years, including an enthusiastic sold-out run at Luminato in 2018.
The Ward Cabaret was inspired by the award-winning bestselling anthology, “The Ward: The Life and Loss of Toronto’s First Immigrant Neighbourhood” (Coach House Books, 2015), co-edited by McClelland, Lorinc, historian Ellen Scheinberg and heritage writer/researcher Tatum Taylor.
This first full production will run at The Harbourfront Centre Theatre, December 12-22, 2019, with 12 performances. Make a donation today and tell be part of this great Toronto story!