There was a seismic shift within Canadian theatre on December 8, 1968. An invited audience secretly descended into the Rochdale College underground parking garage to see a clandestine production of Tom Paine.
That event heralded the beginning of a movement that would see Canadian theatre artists take control of the levers of storytelling power. First with Theatre Passe Muraille, but within a few years Tarragon, Factory and Toronto Free would start up. Those four theatres (along with Toronto Workshop Productions) constituted the burgeoning “alternative” theatre movement which proudly began creating a Canadian canon of work.
Join us this year as we celebrate not only our cherished history as the oldest theatre in Canada devoted to developing and producing new Canadian plays. But, also join us in celebrating the glorious accomplishments of Canadian theatre for the last 50 years.
Dec 10, 2018 @ 8pm
Join us to celebrate the end of our 50th Anniversary year! Free entry, cheap drinks, awesome DJ and more.
8pm – Doors
10pm- Cake & Dancing
FREE event (based on capacity)
Dec 12, 2018 @ 8pm
Pearle Harbour’s Agit-Pop!
It’s 2018, and masculine nasty woman Pearle Harbour is all shook up and needs to let off some steam. Join her for an evening of song, stories, and sociopolitical tirades in this one-night special of Pearle’s old favourites and new works. With live accompaniment by Pearle’s musical director and gal-Friday, Steven Conway.
So to review: Pearle sings! You clap! Everybody wins!
Dec 13, 2018 @ 7:30pm
Vocalist Sacha Williamson and her stellar ensemble tributes Jazz, Soul and the Great Aretha Franklin, for one night only, in celebration of life, music and Theatre Passe Muraille’s 50th Anniversary Season, as Caliban Arts Theatre embarks on it’s 25th Anniversary. Guaranteed to be a splendid concert!
Dec 14-16, 2018
Theatre Passe Muraille and Bad Girl Leila present A Very Leila Christmas Written and performed by Leila Directed by Leila’s Mother
As a newcomer to Canada, Leila commits herself to the highest level of customer service by taking a job in a Rogers Wireless call centre during the holiday season inspiring her to learn all about this “Christmas-thing Canadians seem to love so much”. Leila tries impressing a co-worker by promising to throw the ultimate Christmas party – without any idea of how to do it.
Original Incidental Music written and performed by: Raoul Bhaneja | Producer: Jivesh Parasram
Transcriptions by: Joseph Burdi, Collette Radau and Zack Lovetime
Armed with the same 5 questions, our Artistic Director, Andy McKim, chats with Passe Muraille personalities and draws out an anecdotal oral history of 50 years at TPM.
This collective history of groundbreaking Toronto theatre is a scrapbook of memories, mistakes, and milestones. Artists, creative teams, and theatre associates from throughout the theatre’s history have something juicy to share.
Scroll through to see photos from our 50th Anniversary Gala Performance at The Drawer Boy on March 8, 2018.
Photos by Michael Cooper & Jason Cipparoni