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Is My Microphone On?

A Canadian Stage Production

A powerful invitation to experience the world together anew.

How do we move forward from here? Young people will no longer be able to avoid the consequences of climate change. They speak to the adults in the audience, holding them to account, questioning the choices that have not been made, the ones that children will be forced to make, and what kind of future they stand to inherit.

In this Canadian premiere of Governor General Award-winner Jordan Tannahill’s newest play in the form of a protest song, the creative team led by director Erin Brubacher supports a chorus of kids ages 12-17 in turning the theatre into a site of intergenerational reckoning. Urgent, moving, and confrontational, Is My Microphone On? is both a declaration of war and a declaration of love.

The Dream in High Park outdoor experience has been designed with the safety and comfort of patrons, artists, and staff as the top priority.  Canadian Stage will continue to monitor and respond to governmental policy changes and advice from health authorities to ensure we are always up-to-date and offering the safest experience possible.

Things to know.
  • Face Coverings: Patrons and staff will be required to wear masks at all times.
  • Health Screening: All patrons must complete a self-assessment health questionnaire which will be sent via email prior to the performance. A staff member will be able to administer the questionnaire onsite for patrons who are unable to complete it prior to arrival.
  • Reduced Contact: As much as possible, interactions between Dream in High Park staff and patrons will be contactless. This includes ticket scanning, box office transactions, and health screenings. Staff will be equipped with masks to keep all guests safe.
  • Physical Distancing: Staff, stanchions, barriers, and signage will be in place throughout the Dream in High Park site to ensure physical distancing is maintained for patrons.
  • Pod Seating: Audience members will be seated in designated marked areas, or Pods, that can accommodate up to 4 people from the same household. Pods will be physically distanced across the seating area.
  • Sanitation: Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the Dream in High Park site. All high-touch surfaces will be sanitized both prior to and following each performance.

Please do not attend if you have a fever or are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, have tested positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of attending, or if you have had close contact with anyone suspected or confirmed of having COVID-19.

All residents and visitors of Toronto must follow the City of Toronto's current Public Health regulations. Click here to view the current Public Health Regulations for the City of Toronto.

Liability Waiver

While we have put measures in place to enhance safety and help reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission from person to person, an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in public places where people gather. By attending Dream in High Park, you voluntarily assume all risks related to possible exposure of COVID-19. Failure to follow these guidelines will result in removal from the venue.

Canadian Stage has been awarded the Safe Travels Stamp from the World Travel and Tourism Council.  This international symbol is designed to allow travellers to recognize companies around the world which have adopted health and hygiene safety measures that ensure customers experiences are safe.

High Park is a unique and sacred ecosystem. We can all do our part to keep it vibrant for generations to come. Here are some guidelines on how to enjoy the park responsibly: 

  1. Stay on paths. They were created to allow you to enjoy nature without affecting it. Stepping off a marked path may seem innocent, but it can result in damage to animal habitats and nests and can cause harm to native plants vital to maintaining balance in the ecosystem.
  2. Don’t disturb plants and animals by moving their things around. This is their home. That branch might have a specific purpose. Best to leave everything as is. They will appreciate it.
  3. Leave no trace. Anything you bring on your visit including wrappers, snacks and masks, should exit the park when you do.
  4. Open your heart. The beauty of High Park is to be experienced with your heart. Be present, listen to the sounds, enjoy the views and smells, feel the freshness of the air, and your spirit will swell.

By following these responsible practices, we can minimize our impact on the natural environment in High Park. Enjoy your visit!

Please note that vehicular access to the park is very limited. Please be prepared to walk to the Amphitheatre from one of the numerous points of entry to High Park.

Ticket prices will vary based on production and performance.  For many performances, some advance tickets will be available for purchase at set prices however the majority of tickets will continue to be offered on a Pay-What-You-Wish basis. At noon, two days prior to each performance, at least 50% of ticket capacity will become available at PWYW and a limited number of those tickets will be available in-person starting 45 minutes prior to the performance to accommodate cash sales. Advertised ticket prices include applicable fees and HST.

Tickets will be delivered to you as a PDF attachment by email. You may either print your tickets and bring them with you to your performance, or you can display your ticket barcode(s) on your mobile device.  Please be sure to have your tickets ready upon arrival and, if you are using your mobile device, have the brightness turned all the way up.

To enable physical distancing between groups, seating in the High Park Amphitheatre will be set up in pods of one, two, or four seats for members of the same household. When purchasing tickets for your household, please select a pod that has the correct number of seats.  If you are not able to find a pod to accommodate your household, please call the box office at 416-368-3110 for assistance.  

The maximum number of patrons in a single pod is 4.  If your household is larger than 4, please purchase multiple pods.

We will not be able to combine pods.

The pathway leading from the road/sidewalk to the Amphitheatre seating is a natural, unpaved pathway and you may encounter tree roots, rocks, and sections of uneven ground.

Accessible seating is available in the top row of the Amphitheatre. Please inform our Box Office representatives if you require accessible seating when booking your tickets.

At least one accessible portable washroom will be available with roll in ground level access, grab bars, and a self-closing, unmotorized door.

While the pathway within the amphitheatre grounds is lit after sunset, the portion of pathway between the amphitheatre grounds and the road/sidewalk is not.

 

To facilitate physical distancing, we have indicated on your ticket a preferred time of arrival.  As you are able, we ask that you arrive within the designated timeframe.

If someone in your household is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, your household will be asked to not attend the performance. Our Audience Services team will assist in making arrangements to reschedule your tickets for another time.

Please do not attend if you have a fever or are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, have tested positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of attending, or if you have had close contact with anyone suspected or confirmed of having COVID-19.

Contact the box office at 416-368-3110 as soon as possible and our Audience Services team will be happy to discuss your ticket options.

The High Park Amphitheatre is an outdoor venue so we suggest you wear clothing appropriate to the weather conditions. You may also wish to bring sunscreen, bug spray, and a blanket or cushions on which to sit.

No, except for service animals, pets are not allowed in the High Park Amphitheatre.

The High Park Amphitheatre is situated in the heart of one of Toronto's most significant and iconic natural sites, High Park.

Please visit our High Park Venue and Directions page for detailed location maps and directions.

 

Yes, you can access the Visual Guide below. It will allow you to read and see pictures about the experience of attending Dream in High Park.

ACCESS VISUAL GUIDE

While there are several parking areas within High Park, please be sure to check the City of Toronto website to verify whether vehicular traffic is permitted in the park on the day of your performance.  

Please note that High Park will have Vehicle-Free Weekends throughout the spring and summer of 2021.

Portable washrooms, including an accessible portable washroom, are available on site for the use of ticketed patrons, and are regularly sanitized. All washrooms will be equipped with hand sanitizers. Please sanitize your hands before and after use.

No, food and beverages will not be allowed in the amphitheatre, except for water. Once seated, guests may remove masks briefly while taking a drink of water.

 

 


Directed By

Original Composition by

  • Veda Hille

Production Design by

  • Sherri Hay

Sound & Musical Design by

  • Debashis Sinha

Choreography by

  • Cara Spooner

Lighting Design by

  • Kaitlin Hickey

Stage Management by

  • Sandy Plunkett

Youth Mentorship by

  • Davinder Malhi and Sadie Laflamme Snow

Performed by

  • Remi Ajao-Russell, Hiyab Araya, Jack Bakshi, Chloe Cha, Felix Chew, Nia Downey, Sidonie Fleck, Oscar Gorbet, Saraphina Knights, Iris MacNada, Iylah Mohammed, Amaza Payne, Sanora Souphommanychanh, Alykhan Sunderji, Catherine Thorne, Sophia Wang, and Skyler Xiang

also playing at canadian stage

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