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Canoe Musical Theatre is a website created by CMTWC members Colleen Dauncey and Akiva Romer-Segal, as well as Gabi Epstein. It is dedicated to curating a cutting­ edge collection of Canadian songs perfect for any concert, cabaret, voice lesson, or audition. This website makes it easy to search, discover, and acquire Canadian sheet music.

Tom Hendry Awards
Playwrights Guild of Canada has announced the short lists for the 2016 Tom Hendry Awards. This year's nominees for the Stage West Pechet Family Musical Award––an annual award given for a new musical work which has not yet had a premiere production––include CMTWC members Steven Gallagher for Pollyanna, Brian Hill & Neil Bartram for You Are Here, and Colleen DaunceyAkiva Romer-Segal for Prom Queen. Read the full press release.


Musical Chairs

Musical Chairs (Toronto) is always looking for submissions for our monthly reading series. We are a platform for the development of new Canadian musical theatre in all its forms. We offer a venue for creators to present between 30 and 60 minutes of material with a moderated audience feedback session following. We want to be the step between having the idea and having a complete show; perfect for "problem" shows, revisions-in-progress, and "does this even work as a concept" shows. Our season runs from September to June and is always on the second Sunday of the month.

For consideration, send an email with information on your work to at any time. 

Forte Musical Theatre Guild

“Naughty but Nice” is an 80-minute musical revue that explores Christmas from a decidedly adult perspective and we’re looking for funny and tuneful songs in which the four-member cast (2M, 2F) will play a variety of characters impacted for better and for worse by the holidays. 

Forte Musical Theatre will pay each successful composing team $100 per song as a royalty. Composers and lyricists are invited to submit as many songs as they like, but Forte will only pay for songs actually chosen to be in the show. You retain ownership of your song and we are only paying to use it in our show.

Click here for the full call for submissions. Please submit your materials by Friday, October 7th,  2016.

Seeking Collaborators
CMTWC member Robin Preboy is seeking a story/script writer to collaborate on a musical based on the songs of Kathryn Rose, a Canadian musician. Preboy says Rose's "songs deserve to be out there, to be seen and heard and immortalized, for as you'll hear, they have timeless, universal appeal." Click here for Robin Preboy's full request and send an email if you wish to pursue this collaboration.
New Canadian musical "Come From Away," written by CMTWC members Irene Sankoff and David Hein, began a pre-Broadway engagement at Washington, DC’s Ford’s Theatre on September 2nd and moves to Toronto on November 15th. Visit the official website or read Playbill's article.
The world premiere of "Prom Queen," with music by Colleen Dauncey and lyrics by Akiva Romer-Segal, runs from October 27 to November 20 at the Segal Centre for the Performing Arts. Visit the Segal Centre's website for tickets and more information.

"Missed Connections: A Craigslist Musical" is based on real ads posted on Craigslist. The award-winning Canadian show is written by Bill Richardson, Veda Hille and Amiel Gladstone, with music by Hille and direction by Phillip George. It debuted Off-Broadway September 10 and ran to September 25 at The New Ohio Theatre. Visit the official website for more information.

Workshops & Readings

Canadian Music Theatre Project
Sheridan College's Canadian Music Theatre Project (CMTP) launched their fifth season this September. The season workshopped three new musicals: "Small Wonder," book and lyrics by Morris Panych and music by CMTWC members Anika & Britta Johnson; "Rumspringa Break! An Am-ish Musical," with book by Matt Murray, music by Colleen Dauncey, and lyrics by Akiva Romer-Segal, all members of CMTWC; and "The Journey that Saved Curious George," book by Jen Shuber, music and lyrics by Nicky Phillips, both CMTWC members. 

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