Holiday Glad Tidings
December 3 - January 28, 2022
The Dundas & Carlaw Holiday Corner Window Display
THE TOY BOX;
Crowsnest Corner Holiday Concerts;
Alice in Winterland, A Virtual Family Musical; and
“There Will Be Drama” Holiday Gift Card
Crow’s Theatre and The Magenta Foundation present
The Dundas & Carlaw Holiday Corner Window Display
THE TOY BOX
Window Concepts and Design by The Office of Gilbert Li
Illustrations by Sara Wong / The Office of Gilbert Li
Printing by Proprint Services
Holiday Toy Drive in Benefit of WoodGreen Community Services
Crow’s Theatre and the Magenta Foundation are excited to unveil the second annual Dundas & Carlaw Holiday Corner Window Display, THE TOY BOX, created by The Office of Gilbert Li. Inspired by the Reliable Toy Company, located at 260 Carlaw Avenue almost 100 years ago, THE TOY BOX is an affectionate homage to the former east end resident and an invitation to support a neighbourhood toy drive.
Eleven of Streetcar Crowsnest’s eight-foot tall, street facing windows will feature nostalgic re-creations of some of Reliable’s most popular toys. Each window will house one giant toy suspended from the ceiling. THE TOY BOX will be on display from December 3 to Friday, January 28, 2022.
At its peak in 1940s and 50s, the Reliable Toy Company was producing half a million dolls a year, including the famous Barbara Ann Scott doll complete with skates. The company’s owners were renowned for the holiday celebrations they threw for their employees and the neighbouring community. This has inspired Crow’s Theatre to hold a holiday toy drive to support an important east end charity.
WoodGreen, one of the largest social service agencies in Toronto, provides programs that work to reduce poverty and improve community health. The toy drive will help families in need and give children a toy of their own for the holidays. A donation box will be located inside the lobby of Streetcar Crowsnest to accept new, unwrapped toys for kids of all ages.
THE TOY BOX can be enjoyed day and night, and toy donations can be made from 9am-5pm Monday and Tuesday, and from 9am-10pm Wednesday to Saturday, until Wednesday, December 15 only.
Crowsnest Corner is getting festive for the final weeks of the year. From December 8 to 18, Wednesday to Saturday, Crowsnest Corner will be featuring family friendly holiday concerts and cabarets, with earlier hours. Upcoming acts include The Sean Stanley Jazz Trio, Alana Bridgewater and Friends, The Sonny Balcones, and ‘Yuletide Cabaret’ with Charlotte Moore, Marion Abbott and Sara Stahmer. The Lobby Bar opens at 7pm with the first of two sets starting at 8pm. There is no cover. The bar will be serving special holiday treats and drinks.
The Dundas & Carlaw Holiday Corner, inaugurated last year, enlivens a previously unused wintertime space with art and live music, and welcomes public assembly that is accessible, safe and free for everyone to enjoy.
It’s officially the holidays when the zany cast of Ross Petty’s “Panto” takes the (virtual) stage. This year’s family musical is Alice in Winterland, a Choose Your Own Adventure virtual production. Streaming for 48 hours, December 18 & 19, choose the adventures of Alice, the Mad Hatter, and the ChesPfizer Cat for a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience. Tickets are $35 per household and can be purchased at rosspetty.com.
Still looking for the perfect holiday gift, check out the Crow’s Theatre “There Will Be Drama” Holiday Gift Card, a flexible four-ticket pass for just $150, including fees and hst. A limited number of passes are available, for a limited time only. For more information and to purchase, visit crowstheatre.com.
CROW’S THEATRE ignites passionate and enduring engagement between our audiences and artists by creating, producing, and promoting unforgettable theatre that examines and illuminates the pivotal narratives of our times. Founded in 1983, Crow’s Theatre has premiered over 50 new, daring, Canadian works, including the multiple-award-winning production of Brad Fraser’s Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love; John Mighton’s A Short History of Night, James O’Reilly’s Time After Time: The Chet Baker Project, Lee MacDougall’s High Life, Annabel Soutar’s The Watershed, Kristen Thomson’s The Wedding Party, Julius Caesar and Tartuffe with Groundling Theatre Company and Canadian Stage, The Flick with Outside the March, and Emil Sher’s adaptation of Ian Brown’s The Boy in the Moon.
THE MAGENTA FOUNDATION is a national art-community collaborator for the future of the arts in Canada. The Magenta Foundation is a trailblazing charitable organization that consistently showcases the work of artists on a global scale, drawing special attention to under-represented and emerging artists. Our unique arts programs for emerging and underserved artists allows us to foster the future talent in Canada coast to coast. Creating this empowerment allows young adults to elevate their talents and abilities for a future in the arts as cultural producers within and beyond their communities. By focusing on the early output of future practitioners, Magenta is committed to cultivating the next generation of artists and industry professionals through hands on leadership that will potentially inform a lifelong practice. Under the Magenta umbrella, there is something for everyone to enjoy and be inspired by.