Starring the wild animals who prowl Toronto’s backyards, ravines and city streets, COMMON BOOTS THEATRE (formerly Theatre Columbus) presents TAILS FROM THE CITY, a new play by award-winning playwright Marjorie Chan with the company, directed by Jennifer Brewin, outdoors at Toronto’s historic Evergreen Brick Works.

Six-year-old Billie (played by eight year old Eponine Lee) is having a lousy Christmas eve–until she spies an unruly family of raccoons racing through her backyard. In following them, Billie unleashes a magical winter night adventure with raccoons riding bikes, squirrels throwing snowballs, and someone resembling . . . or is it really . . . Santa Claus.

TAILS FROM THE CITY, Common Boots’ 5th consecutive outdoor winter theatre experience presented on the natural setting of the Evergreen Brick Works, features 10 local choirs; City Choir, Eastminster United Church Choir, Echo Women’s Choir, The Queensmen, Singing Through Life, St. Simon’s Choir, We Are A ChoirWorld Songs, Toronto Song Lovers, VOCA, and stars Lucy Hill, Derek Kwan, Michael Rinaldi, Courtenay Stevens and Eponine Lee as Billie.

Winter theatre is a combination of cross-country skiing, tobogganing and a pick-up hockey game. It is about moving and being together; marching into the darkness and generating light. Since 2011, these winter shows during the December holidays have explored the role of myths and fables in modern life; revisiting old traditions and creating news ones inspired by contemporary life.  The show runs one hour and the audience travels with the cast approximately 1km across uneven terrain with bon fires along the way. Thick socks, a good hat and waterproof boots are key for the best experience. Hot chocolate will be available! 


Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Avenue, Toronto

Free shuttle bus from Broadview Subway Station 

On Now Until December 30, 2015

7:30pm • No shows December 13, 20, 24, 25, 26 

Matinees December 19, 21, 23 @ 4:30pm 

In the event of rain, the show will be performed indoors. 

All Regular Tickets $30 • Arts Workers & Seniors $22 • Youth 25 & under $12  

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