CHASING SHADOWS PRODUCTIONS
is delighted to present:
"MINE! True Stories and Legends of the Porcupine Gold Rush"
a historical Folk musical
written & performed by Will Gillespie
featuring backdrop paintings by Susan Robinson
and historical photos from the collection
at the Timmins Museum National Exhibition Centre.
Created thanks to the support of the
Ontario Arts Council.
"MINE!" is a musical journey back in time to a world of prospectors, pioneers, bootlegger-bandits, dog-sledders, high-graders and moonshiners.
There are many famous stories about the Klondike Gold Rush in the Yukon and the California Gold Rush of 1849. Another major gold rush happened right here in Ontario, in 1909, up North in the Porcupine Camp.
Award-winning Singer-Songwriter, Actor and Playwright Will Gillespie shares harrowing tales of adventure and perseverance from this unsung chapter of Canadian history through new, original Folk songs.
Come spend an hour at the turn of the twentieth century!
The original 12-song, 60-minute version of MINE! debuted at the Westdale Theatre as part of the Hamilton Fringe Festival (July 20-31, 2022) and the Guelph Civic Museum
as part of the Guelph Fringe Festival (August 4-7, 2022) then the Capitol Centre for the On the Edge Fringe Festival
in North Bay, (August 9-13, 2022) and, finally at the Timmins Museum National Exhibition Centre (August 17 & 18, 2022).
Originally slated for one performance at the Timmins Museum, it quickly sold out. Due to popular demand, a second show was added.
Now, writer-performer Will Gillespie has written more stories from the early days of the Porcupine Camp to expand MINE! into a two-act, feature-length production featuring two other acoustic Folk musicians on stage in time to do a second run of performances in May 2023.