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Derailed: The History of Black Railway Porters in Canada

A theatrical experience which looks at the lives of pioneers who paved a new path for a more inclusive Canada.

Source: Library and Archives Canada/Daniel G. Hill fonds/PA-212572


From the late 1800s to mid 1900s, Canada’s Black Railway Porters were a group of workers who disrupted the system, becoming instrumental in leading the fight for fair employment practices and anti-discriminatory laws. Step back in time for this theatrical experience which looks at the lives of these pioneers whose tireless work, on and off the track, were instrumental in paving a new path for greater equality in Canada.

Creative Team

Meghan Swaby
Meghan is an actor and playwright born and raised in Toronto. Her play Venus’ Daughter was produced by Obsidian Theatre in 2016 and was recently included on The SureFire List (Playwrights Guild of Canada) as one of the top 23 recommended plays in Canada. She has participated in various playwrighting programs over the years, such as; Nightwood Theatre’s Write from the Hip, Diaspora Dialogues Playwright Residency and The Stratford Festivals’ Playwrights Retreat. In 2017, Meghan was one of 50 playwrights selected to have their work included in, 50in50: Writing Black Women Into Existence which was curated by Dominique Morisseau at the Billie Holiday Theatre in Brooklyn, New York. She is a past participant of Playwrights Workshop Montreal and The CEAD Writers’ residency in Gros Morne, Newfoundland. There she gazed lovely at mountains and worked away on her new play, Breadfruit.

Cecil Foster
Cecil Foster is a leading author, academic, journalist and public intellectual. His work speaks about the challenges that Black people have encountered historically in Canada in their efforts to achieve respect and recognition for their contribution to what is now a multicultural Canada. He highlights their fight for social justice and human dignity. In particular, Foster addresses the issues of immigration in his critical discussions on who is a Canadian in the ever-evolving social narrative toward a genuine multicultural Canada.

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Derailed: The History of Black Railway Porters in Canada

22 Apr 2020 –
26 Apr 2020

Toronto Railway Museum
255 Bremner Blvd
Toronto, ON

Opening Performance (wheelchair accessible)
Wednesday April 22, 2020
Followed by Opening Reception & Talkback with Playwright Meghan Swaby and Author/Historian Cecil Foster at Steam Whistle Pilsner Gallery

Thursday April 23, 2020
7pm Performance (limited capacity)

Friday April 24, 2020
7pm Performance (limited capacity)

Saturday April 25, 2020
12pm Performance (limited capacity)
3pm Performance (wheelchair accessible)

Sunday April 26, 2020
12pm Performance (limited capacity)
3pm Performance (wheelchair accessible)

Please Note:
– This venue is wheelchair accessible.
– If you require any additional assistance, or require additional accommodation(s), please email and we will do our best to accommodate.
– In case of any changes or cancellation we will notify you via email well in advance.
– Video and photography will be taken at this event.

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