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is delighted to present:

"MINE! True Stories and Legends of the Porcupine Gold Rush"

a new solo 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 is researching more stories from the early days of the Porcupine Camp to expand MINE! into a two-act, feature-length production and record and produce a full-length LP of songs from the show in time to do a second run of performances in Summer 2023. 

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