Equity Showcase: New Vision

Kevin McCormick, 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.


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.

Equity Showcase launches its inaugural 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 Storefront Arts Initiatives Inc. as our first Maverick. Please visit Storefront Arts Initiative’s website here.
Check out Storefront Arts Initiative’s great mandate and exciting upcoming curated fall season here. To support Equity Showcase’s fundraising campaign for Storefront Arts Initiative click here. Looking for great studio and performance space to rent? Click here.

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 United Way for this special event. Directed and created by Kevin McCormick and musical director/composer David Warrack, the evening 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 performance presented before a full house at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts included Jackie Richardson, Cynthia Dale, Molly Johnson, Lorraine Segato, Peter McGillivray, Steven MacKinnon, Dean Burry and Marek Norman. See pictures of the event here. Plans for Songs Of The City 2016 will be announced soon.

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 were Melissa D’Agostina for media and Audrey Dwyer for theatre. The award ceremony was held on May 13th at a gala event at the Heliconian Hall in Yorkville. To donate to Cayle Fund, click here.


Breath is Alive

The artistic team of LJ Nelles and Laurel Paetz announce the creation of a new documentary celebrating the legendary David Smukler. Equity Showcase is proud to support this initiative. Learn more and support this project.

David Smukler

Empowerment through Voice

Equity Showcase is pleased to announce a variety of programs and initiatives that celebrate the human voice, its development, power, presence and potential. Returning this fall, Canada’s legendary David Smukler presents Voice Training: Introductory Session and Voice Training: Ongoing Discovery.

The Artists Forum: Inspiring forums for artists enrichment

Actors Audition Forum with director Kevin McCormick will start on October 13th. For application forms and more information, please click here. Coming in November, are two new forums presented by Equity Showcase called The Rise of the Indie Theatre Movement and The Artist as Entrepreneur. More information to come.

Special Events

Unearthing the Human Condition of a Scene with Kevin McCormick. Please click here for registration and details.

The Classical Theatre Lab

Equity Showcase is proud to continue its partnership with Peter Van Wart, Artistic Director of the Classical Theatre Lab. For upcoming fall 2015 lab, click here.

Canadian Conservatory for the Development of Artists

The one month full-time Actors Training Conservatory will begin in November 2015.

The one year full-time Actors Training Conservatory will begin in February 2016. 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.