By Marcus Youssef
Featuring music from Songs for Christmas and Silver & Gold  by Sufjan Stevens

November 21–December 22, 2019
Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre
Embracing the love and foibles of family

The holidays are all about loved ones. But what happens when your parents get divorced, your kid brother is best friends with a stick bug named Ralphie, and your grandma’s ghost starts appearing with advice—and her iPhone? OMG! It’s a Wonderful Life meets Modern Family in this new Canadian comedy about a family during a complicated season.

“It’s safe to say that during the holidays, it’s not really the halls we want to deck” —Esther in It’s a Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle

Presenting Sponsor Bank of Montreal


Artistic Team


  1. Ghazal Azarbad as Salena
  2. Glen Gordon as Simon
  3. Jennifer Lines as Miriam
  4. Nicola Lipman as Esther
  5. Matreya Scarrwener as Chloe
  6. Jovanni Sy as Steven

Creative Team

  1. Chelsea Haberlin Director
  2. Lauchlin Johnston Set Designer
  3. Jessica Oostergo Costume Designer
  4. Conor Moore Lighting Designer
  5. Candelario Andrade Video Designer
  6. Anton Lipovetsky Musical Director/Sound Designer
  7. Stephen Drover Dramaturg
  8. Emma Tibaldo Guest Dramaturg
  9. Christine Quintana Associate Dramaturg
  10. Mishelle Cuttler Musical Arrangement
  11. Caryn Fehr Stage Manager
  12. April Starr Land Assistant Stage Manager
  13. Olivier Lunardi Fight Director
  14. Alina Quarin Child Supervisor


In Praise of Sufjan Stevens! A Christmas Enthusiast! (or, Holy, Holy, etc.)

At its core, Christmas has a mysterious punchline: the incarnation of God as a Christ-child. This is weird. Consider the details: angel visitations, teenage pregnancy, shotgun wedding, the massacre of the innocents, the wise men…

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Marcus Youssef accepts the Siminovitch Prize

I am the child of an Egyptian father and Anglo-American mother. As a mixed-race writer who grew up in North America in the 1970’s and 80’s, before mixed-race was an official thing, I believe my…

Source: Siminovitch Prize
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