About the Journey
The Journey is a spirited musical based on the story of three young people living in the Regent Park neighbourhood. Be electrified and transformed by this unique performance presented at Daniels Spectrum in Regent Park.
Using a powerful combination of spoken word, dramatic scenes, music and dance, The Journey highlights moments in Regent Park’s nearly 70-year history through the eyes of local residents. Not only is the show inspired by the real-life stories of Regent Park residents, it also features award-winning Regent Park spoken word artists Trevlyn Kay and Britta B, with Regent Park School of Music graduate Stacy Darko and Dixon Hall Music School alumnus Thompson Egbo-Egbo.
Joining these local talents on-stage is the electrifying, award-winning, world-class performer Jackie Richardson (‘The Nina Project,’ ‘Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God’), in addition to vocalist, actor and musician Jeremiah Sparks (Mufasa in ‘The Lion King,’ and star of world renowned show ‘Drum’) and songstress/actress Alana Bridgewater (Dragon in the stage production of ‘Shrek’ and Motormouth in the Broadway hit ‘Hairspray’ at the Charlottetown Festival).
The Journey will tug at your heartstrings and leave you wanting more.
Details and Credits
Running time is 80 minutes, no intermission. Suitable for ages 13 and up.
Written by Mitchell Cohen.
Original Adaptation by Anne-Marie Woods.
Additional lyrics and script material contributed by Jackie Richardson, Jeremiah Sparks, Alana Bridgewater, Trevlyn K, Britta B, Steve Harmony, and the cast of 2016.
Creative Direction by Kate Fenton.
Music Direction and Arrangement by Henry Heillig.
Movement Direction and Choreography by Apolonia Velasquez and Ofilio Sinbadinho of Gadfly.
Daniels Spectrum & Community Engagement
Daniels Spectrum is a community cultural hub in Toronto’s Regent Park neighbourhood. It opened to the public in September 2012. “Rooted in Regent Park, Open to the World,” Daniels Spectrum is home to many outstanding arts-based and community-focused organizations. Its event, performance and exhibition spaces include Ada Slaight Hall, the Artscape Lounge on the main floor, a network of hallway galleries and the Courtyard. Each year, Daniels Spectrum hosts tens of thousands of visitors and hundreds of arts and cultural events. Daniels Spectrum is named in recognition of a generous lead gift from The Daniels Corporation and The John and Myrna Daniels Charitable Foundation. Learn more about Daniels Spectrum at their website.
The Journey increases programming and provides many opportunities to engage a broader and more diverse range of attendees, supporters and members of the community to the Daniels Spectrum. In addition, The Journey supports capital improvements, operations and youth arts programming at the Daniels Spectrum located in the heart of the Regent Park Community.
Sixty-five artists are involved in this ambitious musical production, with more than half from the Regent Park community. This event engages over 1350 Regent park community members, city-builders, artists, arts professionals, arts/non-profit organizations and members of the general public. It’s an exclusive experience where you can truly experience the vibrancy of the Regent Park community and unique cultural flare of the Daniels Spectrum.
The gala presentation of The Journey brings together great supporters of Daniels Spectrum and good friends of Artscape, Innocon and The Daniels Corporation to raise funds to support capital improvements, operations and youth arts programming at Daniels Spectrum. Featuring pre-show cocktail reception, catering from Paintbox Bistro, and a lively post-show reception, the gala event sees a cross-section of the development industry and notable city-builders demonstrate their support for Daniels Spectrum’s mission and programming.