Thank you so much to everyone who helped make Geordie@40: Party Playlist a success! We are so grateful that even in the strangest of times, you were able to join us in a celebration that we will remember for years to come.
If you missed it, no worries! You can still watch it on our Facebook page by clicking the button below. We are also continuing to collect donations until December 31st.
Geordie Theatre turned 40 and that called for a big celebration! As the weather turned colder, Geordie prepared a cozy afternoon filled with a colorful mix of art, laughter and fond memories of 40 years of community impact, a long-overdue reunion on November 21, 2020:
Geordie@40: Party Playlist!
“A party to mark four decades of creating theatre for young people and their families”
– Carol Ann Hoyte – Vice President, Geordie Theatre
Geordie Theatre offered the public a special 4-hour event, celebrating 40 years of celebrating young people, their stories, and their communities. Hosted by Artistic Director Mike Payette, this event was streamed live from our new Espace Geordie, located in the historic Little Italy.
The event showcased many forms of storytelling such as dance, music, poetry and song. It featured a wide variety of local talent, messages from members of the Geordie Family and our stellar supporters, as well as interviews with exceptional guests, including our founder, Canadian theatre veteran, and Order of Canada laureate Elsa Bolam.
Thank you for celebrating our 40th with us!
Jonathan Emile is a Jamaican-Canadian singer-songwriter, composer, and cancer survivor. In 2011, he garnered attention with the release of his debut EP The Lover/Fighter Document. It was followed by the 2015 release of the LP version that featured artists Kendrick Lamar, Buckshot, and Murs. Emile has been featured in major online publications such as Pitchfork, Hip Hop DX, Billboard, Fader, and Complex. Additionally, he has shared the stage with rappers Coolio in San Francisco, Nelly in Las Vegas, and Naughty By Nature and Slick Rick in New York. He has also recently collaborated with Grammy-nominated reggae singer Etana and multi-platinum reggae-fusion legend Maxi Priest. Emile recently launched his debut reggae album Spaces-in-Between in Montreal, Toronto and NYC, through a partnership between his independent record label MindPeaceLove and Tuff Gong International, the legendary label once founded by music rating reggae, Bob Marley. Released in January 2020, the album received a warm critical reception and received over 4million views and streams. Several renowned media, from here and elsewhere, have mentioned the album or have reviewed its various singles, such as Sirius XM, CTV, CBC,BBC, Le Devoir, Reggaeville, LargeUp, Reggae.fr, Top Shelf Music, and more…
From November 14 to 21, we ran an online auction jam-packed with over 40 items including fashion apparel, jewellery, gift certificates and more!
Thank you to our generous supporters who donated auction items, and to everyone who bid on them and helped us raise funds to continue bringing enchanting and important stories to young audiences near and far!
We are so grateful for the generosity of our donors:
Elsa Bolam Podbrey
Gary Da Ponte
Fatma Sarah Elkashef
Julie Tamiko Manning
Neil D. Westoll
Geordie Theatre is located on the unceded Indigenous lands of the Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) nation of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Tiotià:ke (known as Montréal) has existed as a meeting place of many First Nation peoples, including but not limited to the Abenaki , Anishinaabeg (Algonquin), and the Huron-Wendat. We extend our deepest respect to the elders of these communities and to all Indigenous peoples who carry the history of this island’s land and waters – caring for it and calling it home. We are honoured and privileged to share stories on this land.
We wish to also acknowledge that we are grateful to those seeking sustainable solutions to our global climate crisis, so that we may continue to inspire and challenge our audiences near and far.