Small Wooden Shoe is named after the tools French workers would use to "clog" the machinery when on strike. Their “sabot” – small wooden shoes – gave English the word “sabotage.”

Like them, we want to disrupt the machinery of "business as usual" in hopes for a better world. more about what we do

A busy fall

I don’t really think in “seasons” - given that with Small Wooden Shoe, I prefer to do things a bit different. But we’ve got a lot planned for the rest of 2012, and I wanted to let you know about it.

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Perhaps in a Hundred Years in Montreal went super well. It was amazing to be a part of OFFTA in the midst of the FTA and the Cassarole. We met new friends and reconnected with old ones.Thanks to everyone who helped us get there. For those on Facebook - there's a great photo set here.

Perhaps in a Hundred Years - photo © Dimitrios Touloumis

I have starting writing more at our blog, Minor Expletives and this is only going to increase with Leora Morris joining me to write, curate and edit. We’ve got some plans. You can subscribe with the RSS feed or by email

In August Small Wooden Shoe will be at Summerworks Live Art Series with a first tasting of Sedition: the J.B. McLachlan Story or “Kindness makes me cry like nothing else” - a solo show written and performed by Jacob Zimmer (yikes) with the assistance of Small Wooden Shoe Regulars.

[I will work on it in July, by the fire at the Caravan Farm Theatre while assisting Artistic Director Courtenay Dobbie on Sean Dixon’s new play The Notorious Right Robert & His Robber Bride. There are horses and cars and actors. I’m very excited.]

Sedition

Upper Toronto wrapped up a month of scenario planning with an amazing group of people. We’ll be doing another in the fall. Look for events mid-to-late August.

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After a great success the first time,the second edition of Small Wooden Shoe Reads Difficult Plays and Sings Simple Songs will be August 20 - we’ll email a couple weeks before to make tickets available. Location, play and performers are secret and seating is limited - that’s how it goes. Difficult Plays is mostly curated by Leora with me helping out.

Small Wooden Shoe Reads Difficult Plays and Sings Simple Songs

Then I’m thrilled to be part of Koerner Hall’s program forNuit Blanche. We’ll be performing the third edition of Small Wooden Shoe Reads Difficult Plays and Sings Simple Songs. Koerner Hall is a dream space, and we’re looking forward to reading some Gertrude Stein and singing songs to be sung along with. We’ll be doing a few hours throughout the night. We’ll let you know when once we’re closer.

And the big news

On October 18 & 19 we present a full prototype production of Antigone Dead People, a ghost story by the Dora-nominated playwright and long time Small Wooden Shoe collaborator, Evan Webber. Webber takes on our times through Sophocles and Small Wooden Shoe once again brings together some of Toronto’s most exciting performers and artists to work on a project of international significance.

Antigone Dead People

Maev Beaty as Antigone, Philip Sheppard as Creon with Brendan Gall, Frank Cox-O’Connell, Liz Peterson, Antonio Cayonne, Lindsey Clark and Sky Gilbert. With sound design by Chris Willes, costumes by Vanessa Fischer and scenography by our favourite Trevor Schwellnus. Leora Morris will associate direct. It’s a staggering group of people and a great show.  We’re going to make it part of a great night at the Tranzac Club (like you’ve never seen it before), with concerts and conversations before and after the show. Save the date.

And to close the year, in the dark days between Christmas and New Years, the tradition continues as we return with the 4th 3 Penny Christmas Concert. Performed by our no-experience-required, all-fun choir led by the generous and talented Scott Maynard and joined by musician friends. Tickets, in fact, are three cents at the door (perfect for your soon-to-be-obsolete pennies.) As always we hope to fulfill the function of singing together, like in Elf, when it causes the “Spirit of Christmas” to fly Santa’s sled, with no need to sugar-coat, nor accept, the darkness of the songs. They are beautiful and horrible songs and so are perfect for singing together with friends and accomplices.

Small Wooden Shoe gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Toronto Arts Council and all of the people like you who support our work.

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