90th commemoration

The Hogtown Production

Meet Sam and Drew and learn about the origins of the production, the creative process, and why theatre is the perfect medium for learning about history!

In May and June 2023, students from Toronto and area schools participated in a live, interactive, theatrical production depicting the Christie Pits Riot for Jewish and Italian Heritage Months. They learned about this historic episode in Toronto’s history and how the lessons from this dark period apply to combating manifestations of racism and hate today.

The Riot at Christie Pits was presented by The Hogtown Collective, created by Sam Rosenthal and Drew Carnwath, music by Measha Brueggergosman, and produced by Hogtown Productions. It was based upon their original audio walking tour Christie Pits Riots.

The Riots at Christie Pits offered an experiential learning opportunity for students in grades 8 and 10 to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the largest race riot in Canadian history. The characters featured in the production and on this website, while fictional, are based upon real life events and individuals.

The Riot at Christie Pits was presented in partnership by the Ontario Jewish Archives, Toronto District School Board Jewish and Italian Heritage Committees, and the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs.

Additional support was provided by the Toronto Holocaust Museum and Villa Charities.

Funding was provided by the Province of Ontario, the Kultura Collective, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, the Diamond family, the Lou & Wendy Myles Endowment Fund, and Lenny Lombardi and CHIN Radio.