Myseum Intersections 2020: Derailed (Accessible performance)

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Toronto Railway Museum

255 Bremner Boulevard

Toronto, ON M5V 3M9

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Accessible performance of, Derailed: The History of Black Railway Porters in Canada a theatrical experience written by Meghan Swaby.

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Derailed: The History of Black Railway Porters in Canada

From the late 1800s to mid 1900s, Canada’s Black Railway Porters were a group of workers who disrupted the system, becoming instrumental in leading the fight for fair employment practices and anti-discriminatory laws. Step back in time for this theatrical experience which looks at the lives of these pioneers whose tireless work, on and off the track, were instrumental in paving a new path for greater equality in Canada.

Derailed: The History of Black Railway Porters in Canada is a theatrical experience which looks at the lives of pioneers who paved a new path for a more inclusive Canada.

This theatrical experience is written by Meghan Swaby and inspired by the book, "They Call Me George: The Untold Story of the Black Train Porters" by Cecil Foster.

*Please note that these performances are open to the general public (those who do and do not have accessibility needs).

The approximate runtime is 40 minutes and requires prolonged standing. If you require further assistance please contact Myseum of Toronto at 416-583-2030 or by email at info@myseumoftoronto.com

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Meghan Swaby is an actor and playwright born and raised in Toronto. Her play Venus’ Daughter was produced by Obsidian Theatre in 2016 and was recently included on The SureFire List (Playwrights Guild of Canada) as one of the top 23 recommended plays in Canada. She has participated in various playwrighting programs over the years, such as; Nightwood Theatre’s Write from the Hip, Diaspora Dialogues Playwright Residency and The Stratford Festivals’ Playwrights Retreat. In 2017, Meghan was one of 50 playwrights selected to have their work included in, 50in50: Writing Black Women Into Existence which was curated by Dominique Morisseau at the Billie Holiday Theatre in Brooklyn, New York. She is a past participant of Playwrights Workshop Montreal and The CEAD Writers’ residency in Gros Morne, Newfoundland. There she gazed lovely at mountains and worked away on her new play, Breadfruit.

Cecil Foster is a leading author, academic, journalist and public intellectual. His work speaks about the challenges that Black people have encountered historically in Canada in their efforts to achieve respect and recognition for their contribution to what is now a multicultural Canada. He highlights their fight for social justice and human dignity. In particular, Foster addresses the issues of immigration in his critical discussions on who is a Canadian in the ever-evolving social narrative toward a genuine multicultural Canada.

About Myseum Intersections

This project is presented by Myseum Intersections; a city-wide festival of exhibits, events, and interactive community experiences covering a range of historic and contemporary issues. The festival aims to present a wide array of programming that create dialogue on civic issues and inspire a deeper appreciation for the richness of our city.

Click here to learn more about about this year's Myseum Intersections festival by clicking here.

About Myseum of Toronto

Myseum is your Toronto museum. Our engaging programs and experiences showcase the history, spaces, culture(s), architecture, and the people, that represent Toronto’s unique place in the world.

Please Note

  • Registration accessibility: Should you have any trouble registering/accessing this form please contact us at info@myseumoftoronto.com or 416.583.2030 for assistance.
  • Venue Accessibility: Barrier free venue, Guide Dog Allowed.
  • For accommodations such as ASL interpretation, please contact Festival Programming Coordinator, Sarah Tumaliuan by email saraht@myseumoftoronto.com or by phone 416-583-2030 by March 16th and we will do our best to meet all requests.
  • This is an outdoor performance, please dress weather appropriate.
  • Entry is on a first come first served basis.
  • The approximate runtime is 40 minutes and required prolonged standing.
  • As people are sensitive to scents, we try to provide a scent-free environment. We kindly ask that you please abstain from wearing any fragrances.
  • There will be photography taken during the event.
  • In case of any cancellation or changes, we will do our best to notify you in advance via email.
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