The Ward Cabaret
'The Ward,' is an historic Toronto neighbourhood that teems with newcomers, activism, culture, exotic food and entrepreneurial energy. From the 1840s until the Second World War, 'The Ward' was a place where Jewish, Chinese, African-American and Italian immigrants, among others, lived and struggled, the seeding ground for this city's cultural diversity. The Ward Cabaret reimagines the powerful music and stories of this vibrant community that was the first home for many Canadians. Under the artistic direction of David Buchbinder, The Ward Cabaret's creative team includes Leah Cherniak (co-director) and Theatre Passe Muraille's Artistic Director Marjorie Chan (writer). 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, this is an important and timely story. Featured are actor/singers Aviva Chernick, Cara Krisman, Derek Kwan, Kaisha Lee, Mitch Smolkin and Jeremiah Sparks joined onstage by musicians David Buchbinder, Jacob Gorzhaltsan, Michael Occhipinti, Zi Wen Qin (Cynthia) & Louis Simão. Plays December 12 - 22, 2019 at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre, 231 Queens Quay W. For tickets, call 416-973-4000 or visit the website at Wardcabaret.com.