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Dinner and a Show: Back to School Special

  • Co-commissioned with Project Humanity
  • Sep 24 - Sep 24, 2020
  • Meal Box: $150 (+HST) Livestream-only tickets (no dinner): $25 + HST (general admission) Livestream-only tickets (no dinner): $15 + HST (student, senior, arts & frontline workers)
  • 60 minute show *subject to change
  • Your home
  • Details

    "Ingeniously combining delivery dinner with a livestreamed performance." – NOW Magazine

    Crow’s Theatre and French brasserie Gare de l’Est have joined forces with Project: Humanity for the third edition in our hit Dinner and a Show series. 

    Join us September 24 for Dinner & a Show: Back to School Special, hosted by the Dora Award-winning stage and screen icon Ngozi Paul, star of Da Kink in My Hair and creator of The Emancipation of Ms. Lovely. Enjoy a gourmet meal and bottle of wine at home, before tuning in to the premiere screening of a new Canadian short documentary, and a lively discussion with some of Canada's top thinkers on education. 

    You won't want to miss the lunch-box inspired one-night-only Back to School Special menu created by Gare de l'Est Chef John Sinopoli, featuring homemade heirloom tomato soup and fresh elbow pasta with your choice of topping, ranging from truffles to lobster to duck confit.

    The last two editions sold out - reserve your box today!

    The Experience: 

    You’ll be delivered a fresh, ready-to-finish meal for two from our on-site French brasserie, Gare de l’Est. Including restaurant quality ingredients and paired wine selection, along with simple instructions for finishing and plating your dinners – delivered both on paper, as well as an instructional video from Gare de l’Est head chef John Sinopoli. 

    At 8pm, sit back, meet the community that has gathered for the night (courtesy of Zoom), and enjoy conversation, insight and a documentary premiere. 

    Date: September 24
    Time: 8PM (meal delivery beforehand)
    Boxes are $150 + HST (including delivery).
    Livestream-only tickets (no dinner): $25 + HST (general admission)
    Livestream-only tickets (no dinner): $15 + HST (student, senior, arts & frontline workers)
    Order deadline for meal box is 5PM September 20.

    ***Please note the restaurant’s delivery zones here. Pick-up can be arranged, please contact info@crowstheatre.com for more information. Delivery will be between 10am and 4pm on the day of the performance.

    The Show:

    In a school year like no other, this edition of Dinner & a Show is a dose of hope in hard times, honouring and championing young people who keep braving extraordinary circumstances. You'll learn about, and have the chance to support, an new amazing program that is changing the lives of young people across the city. 

    The evening kicks off with the premiere screening of the 22-minute documentary Finding Radical Hope, which focuses on Dr. Kathleen Gallagher’s (UofT) remarkable study on drama classrooms -- the inspiration behind Towards Youth, the Project: Humanity/Crow’s Theatre co-production from 2019. 

    The night will feature a number of special guests alongside Kathleen, including a group of TDSB students who resume their drama class this month, a youth culture researcher and author Dr. Jacqueline Kennelly (Carleton University) and Maureen Johns, Director of Education at Pasqua First Nations (Saskatchewan), who was recently profiled by CBC The National for her innovative approach to in-person learning this fall.

    Audiences will learn about Project: Humanity’s COVID-19 Artist Partnership Program (CAPP), which pairs youth in the shelter system with professional artists for 1:1 weekly online mentorship sessions in the art form of the youth’s choosing. With a roster of 160 artists across 30 artistic disciplines, CAPP is aiming to fund 62 mentorship pairings by June 2021. 



     Dinner and a Show is made possible with support from:


    The COVID-19 Artist Partnership Program is partly supported by the Government of Canada and United Way of Greater Toronto.


  • The Team


    • Ngozi Paul - Host
    • Andrew Kushnir - Playwright
    • Dr. Kathleen Gallagher - University of Toronto / OISE
    • Dr. Jackie Kenelly - Carleton University
    • Khadijah Salawu - Emancipation Arts
    • Mauren Johns - Director of Education, Pasqua First Nation