Press Releases

All press releases are available in PDF format.

October 8, 2014: Gift A Major Milestone for Theatre Museum Canada. Will Celebrates Actor Ron Braden's Life in Theatre.

July 11, 2013: Theatre Museum Presents The Toronto Theatre Database Project. Trying to remember who was in that show you loved? This new website is for you.

October 30, 2012: King Blue sets the stage for Theatre Museum Canada

August 27, 2012: Exhibit Celebrates Trailblazing Canadian Playwright. David French: Writing Home Comes to Tarragon Theatre

November 1, 2011: Theatre Museum Canada presents a new exhibition from Dance Collection Danse. Renegade Bodies: Canadian Dance in the 1970s at the Macdonald Heaslip Walkway of Theatre History, Hart House Theatre

October 6, 2011: A Special Celebratory Exhibit at the National Arts Centre. David French: Writing Home

June 20, 2011: O.D. On Paradise Returns to Queen Street West. Theatre Museum & Friends Plan 1980s overdose! (Free Reading)

August 30, 2010: Stage Set for Canadian Theatre Museum. David Mirvish announces permanent home

June 24, 2009: Marlene Smith is new Chair of Theatre Museum Board. Theatre Museum Canada is delighted to announce that veteran theatre producer Marlene Smith is the new Chair of its Board.

December 15, 2008: Theatre Museum Canada Expands its online Legend Library: Adds new interviews with Paul Thompson, Jean-Louis Roux, William Needles, Desmond Heeley, Michael Whitfield and Susan Benson.

October 27, 2008: Grand Opening of Theatre Museum Canada's Macdonald Heaslip Walkway of Theatre History

September 11, 2006: Death of an Icon: Herbert Whittaker Leaves Lasting Legacy.

March 13, 2006: Theatre Museum Canada Explores The Lives of Theatre Critics

October 25, 2002: Robert Lepage Receives Drama Bench Award

November 15, 2001: Brent Carver Receives Drama Bench Award


Current News and Events

Gift A Major Milestone
For Theatre Museum Canada

With profound gratitude Theatre Museum Canada thanks actor Ron Braden (1931-2012) for the charitable gift of $548,000 made in his Will.  The largest donation ever made to Theatre Museum Canada, it creates The Gertrude Isobelle Braden Fund, named after his mother, and will help the organization preserve Canadian theatre heritage for future generations.

“Ron was very clear that the work of the museum was important to him.” Says singer and actor Tania Parrish, a neighbour and close friend.  “He was a volunteer and helped organize material donated to the museum by his good friends Jean Roberts and Marigold Charlesworth.”

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King Blue Sets The Stage
For Theatre Museum Canada

When King Blue Condominiums takes its place in the Toronto skyline at the corner of King Street West and Blue Jays Way (one block west of the TIFF Bell Lighbox, two blocks west of the proposed Mirvish+Gehry towers), it will house a unique component to which no other condominium development in the country can lay claim — it will be home to Theatre Museum Canada.

Stage Set For Canadian Theatre Museum

David Mirvish announces a permanent home.

Theatre Impressario David Mirvish, announced that Theatre Museum Canada will have a permanent home in a new development to be built at 355 King Street West. Located in the heart of Toronto 's theatre district, the museum will be a vital addition to Canada 's rich theatrical heritage.

Planning is underway for an exciting museum that will be an integral part of Canada 's theatre, past, present & future. Its 900 square metres (about 9600 square feet) will include space for dynamic exhibits, presentations and educational programming “How thrilled I am to hear about our new home,” says Theatre Museum honorary patron Christopher Plummer. “God bless David Mirvish, everyone responsible and ‘all who sail in her,’ for magically evoking this major miracle,” enthused Plummer, adding “Bravo! Merci et bon voyage!”

Past News & Events

Monday Night Live
A Cabaret Evening
Supporting Theatre Museum Canada

Monday December 1, 2014
6:00pm to 9:00pm
The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre,
189 Yonge Street

Featuring performances by

Jackie Richardson
Michael Therriault
Sheila McCarthy
David Rogers
Ma-Anne Dionisio
Raoul Bhaneja
and the list is growing

David Warrack
on piano

Sheila McCarthy
Your emcee

Proceeds support Theatre Museum Canada
and its work to preserve and celebrate
Canada's theatre heritage.

Food by 10tation event catering.

TOM HENDRY: Kickstarter of Canadian Theatre
Exhibit Opening

Monday November 10, 2014
5:00pm to 7:00pm
Macdonald Heaslip Walkway of Theatre History
Hart House Theatre, University of Toronto

A Day In The Life Of A Playwright
Theatre Museum Goes Backstage
Free Public Learning Event

Monday March 31, 2014
Hosted by Ryerson Theatre School

Join us to hear these wonderful playwrights discuss a day in the life of a writer.

Panelists included:
Morwyn Brebner
Lisa Codrington
Sheldon Rosen

This event was made possible by donations to Theatre Museum Canada made in memory of its Founding Chair, Herbert Whittaker.

Theatres of Old Toronto
(Heritage Toronto Walk)

Saturday September 6, 2014

Visit sites where theatres once stood, and learn about the buildings –old and new- that now house some of Toronto’s world-renowned performing arts groups.

Theatre Museum Canada at the CNE

Friday August 15
to Monday September 1, 2014.
The Arts, Crafts and Hobbies Pavillion from 10:00am to 10:00pm daily.

This project is made possible by support from the CNE Foundation and is produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.


The Great Escape: A Canadian + Theatre Story
Theatre Museum Goes Backstage
Free Public Learning Event

Tuesday December 10, 2013
The Arts & Letters Club of Toronto, 14 Elm Street

Author and broadcaster Ted Barris told stories he discovered while writing his latest book, "The Great Escape: A Canadian Story".

Ted was surprised to discover just how many of the escape's key players were Canadians.

He was also surprised to see the role that theatre played for the prisoners - and how it helped their plan to escape.

German prison officials supplied materials and tools so POWs could build a theatre and volunteer their theatrical talents - as writers, directors, actors, set designers, stage managers, costume and lighting specialists. The theatre had 350 chairs made from Canadian Red Cross parcel boxes!

Theatre Museum Canada Goes to the EX!

August 16 to September 2, 2013
Arts & Crafts Pavillion

Thanks to all those who joined us to see our display highlighting current theatre in Toronto, an exhibit celebrating our past - and free mask-making for kids and their families.

Special CATS: The Musical Event
an afternoon of feline frivolity

Sunday June 9, 2013

Funds raised support work to preserve and celebrate Canada's theatre heritage

Renegade Artists: Theatre and Dance in the 1970s
Theatre Museum Goes Backstage
Free Public Learning Event

May 23, 2012 The Arts & Letters Club of Toronto

Dance Historian Amy Bowring talks about this dynamic decade with dance and theatre artists.

Tuesday Night Live
Join us for a cabaret evening with food, drink and great entertainment.

Tuesday November 3, 2015
6:00pm to 9:00pm
The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto,
14 Elm Street

Featuring performances by

Thom Allison
Micah Barnes
Juan Chioran
Arlene Duncan
Charlotte Moore
Frank Moore
Whitney Ross-Barris
Jenny Weisz
Nancy White

David Warrack
on piano

R.H. Thomson
Your emcee

Proceeds support Theatre Museum Canada
and its work to preserve and celebrate
Canada's theatre heritage.


Theatre Museum Canada
Pop-Up Exhibit
Canadian National Exhibitio

Arts, Crafts & Hobbies Pavilion

Friday August 21 to Monday September 7
10:00am to 10:00pm

Explore Theatre Museum Canada’s Pop-Up Exhibit in the Arts Crafts & Hobbies Pavilion featuring costumes and masks from Toronto theatre companies.

Kids and families can create and colour their own costume and stage designs in the special hands-on craft area.

You can also discover Toronto’s upcoming theatre, dance and opera season thanks to information provided by member companies of the Toronto Alliance for The Performing Arts (TAPA).


This project has been made possible by financial assistance from the CNE Foundation.

Theatres in Old Toronto
Presented by Heritage Toronto in partnership with Doors Open Toronto

Saturday May 23 and Sunday May 24, 2015
10:00AM and 2:00PM

Visit sites where theatres once stood, and learn about the buildings –old and new- that now house some of Toronto’s world-renowned performing arts groups.

Location provided upon registration
Approximately 1 hour in length