Equity Showcase: New Vision

Kevin McCormick, Siavash Kazemian, past president Michael James, and the Board of Directors of Equity Showcase are very pleased to announce a new vision for this historic organization: Investing in the Artistic and Cultural wealth of our city, embracing all artists. As one of Canada’s oldest not-for-profit charitable organizations, we will lead by developing, uniting, advocating, and empowering the arts community.

Events and Announcements

Artists United for United Way Toronto and York Region

Equity Showcase is pleased to announce the success of Songs Of The City. As part of our mandate to unite artists and contribute to our city, Equity Showcase partnered with Artists United for United Way in this annual celebration. Directed and created by Kevin McCormick and musical director/composer David Warrack, these events have featured true stories shared by past United Way service recipients. Each story was interpreted by an established Canadian song writer to create a new work of art which was performed for the first time by a leading Canadian singer. Cast of the performances presented before full houses at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts and Winter Garden Theater included Jackie Richardson, Cynthia Dale, Molly Johnson, Lorraine Segato, Peter McGillivray, Steven MacKinnon, Dean Burry and Marek NormanThom AllisonCounter MeasureShakura S’Aida, Moonlight Flood, Louise Pitre, Aaron Wilkinson, Joe Sealy, Leslie Arden, Jean Stilwell, Amanda Martinez, John McDermott, and Murray McLauchlan. See pictures of the past celebrations: 2017, 2016, 2015.

Toronto Mayor John Tory attending Songs of the City 2017.

"That was a fantastic event last night, very moving and very meaningful. Thank you for creating this opportunity for donors to get such a connection to the personal impact United Way agencies’ support can bring." From an audience member

Equity Showcase Mentorship Program: The Mavericks

The objective of this new program is to further position and empower new, talented artists and companies for success. The nature of Equity Showcase’s involvement, lead by Artistic Director Kevin McCormick, is to offer mentoring in visioning, strategic planning, infrastructure and fundraising. We’re pleased to announce that 2017/2018 Maverick artist in residence is Jeremy Hutton. Jeremy was the founding artistic director of the Toronto Youth Theatre and the artistic director of Hart House Theatre. He is a director, actor, composer, lyricist, fight-director and sound designer based in Toronto. Recent directing credits include, Peter and the Starcatcher, Cabaret, and Spamalot (Lower Ossington Theatre), and Into the Woods, The Tempest, Night of the Iguana, Macbeth and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Hart House Theatre). Recent acting credits include Pontius Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar (Hart House Theatre), Claudius in Hamlet and Feste in Twelfth Night (Classical Theatre Project) and Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing (SBTS Halifax). Jeremy has written four musicals with Kieren MacMillan including the 2010 best of fringe hit Fairytale Ending. Others include Tobor the Robot, and the ever-popular Robin Hood the Legendary Musical Comedy. He has written several others without Kieren including The Fourth Princess (Lower Ossington Theatre), Alice in wonderland (SBTS Halifax) and Snow White for which he won two Theatre Nova Scotia Merritt awards for original composition and musical direction.

Jeremy Hutton 2017-2018 Maverick Artist in Residence

Equity Showcase wishes our first Maverick (2014-2016), Storefront Arts Initiative continued success. Please visit their website here.

Coming soon: The 2018 Mavericks Awards

The objective of these awards are to advance the indie theatre movement in Toronto. Check back soon for details.

Cayle Chernin Award

Equity Showcase launched the Cayle Chernin Award with Cayle’s husband Dwight Mcfee in 2010 and administers and oversees the fund and its activities. The award encourages and supports emerging and transitioning female artists in the creation, development, or production of a new work. This year’s recipients of the award are Annie Bradley for Media Production, Jillian Rees-Brown for Media Development, Ruth Goodwin for Theatre Production, and Ronit Rubinstein for Threatre Development. This year’s award ceremony was held on May 19th, 2017 at a gala event at the Heliconian Hall in Yorkville. Last year’s recipients were Jani Lauzon for media and Andrea Scott for theatre. To donate to Cayle Fund, click here.

Equity Showcase launches Thank an Artist Campaign #ARTISTSEMPOWER

Artists empower, inspire, transform and help us see and understand not only each other, but also the world around us. We can’t imagine a world without them and we don’t want to! We want to thank them. All of them. You can help!

It’s easy. Tweet a link, a story, a photo, a song, anything artistic and thank that artist by name.

See what others have shared here.

Canadian Conservatory for the Development of Artists

The one month full-time Actors Training Conservatory will begin in August 2018.

The one year full-time Actors Training Conservatory will begin in October 2018. Look for information for these exciting conservatory programs coming soon.

Donate to our initiatives

Equity Showcase is a non-profit arts organization, and is very grateful for any donations. Charitable tax-receipts are issued for donations of $20 or more.