June 17, 2021

Osler Runs 10K in 10 Days


Since 2007, the Canadian law firm Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP has sponsored 10 of our most outstanding productions. Now, Osler is stepping up to support Centaur’s return to live theatre by sponsoring a 10K in 10 Days fundraising campaign.

Osler will match every donation made between June 18 and 27, up to a maximum of $10,000. And every dollar donated during the month of June qualifies Centaur for a chance to win $20,000 from CanadaHelps during its annual Great Canadian Giving Challenge.

Osler’s first association with Centaur was an obvious choice: Joanna McClelland Glass’s Trying, about the Nuremberg trial judge and US Attorney General, Francis Biddle. (Banner image credits: Trying by Joanna McClelland Glass. Stéphanie Breton and Frank Moore. Photo Yannick MacDonald).

Since then, Osler has supported some of Centaur’s most outstanding productions and it sure has a knack for backing winners!

From the frolicking fun of Rick Blue and George Bowser’s Last Night at the Gayety and Patrick Barlow’s adaptation of The 39 Steps to the lyrical beauty and poignancy of The Syringa Tree, the international South African hit by Pamela Gien that we presented, Osler’s 150-year history of striving to make a difference in the community aligns perfectly with Centaur’s aspirations. 

At a glance, it’s easy to see why Osler and Centaur are a “swipe right” match. Both institutions were started by individuals with a dream and the high standards and ideals that guide each are reflected in the impressive work they do.

Henry VIII and Katharine Parr in modern costume stand over unfurled map.
Antoine Yared, Robert Persichini and Diana Donnelly in The Last Wife by Kate Hennig. Photo Andrée Lanthier, 2019.

Case in point: way ahead of the curve in the women’s movement in 1968, Osler was the first large Canadian corporate law firm to admit a woman as a partner. Is it any wonder that Kate Hennig’s The Last Wife, a chronicle of Catherine Parr’s empowering influence on the female Tudor line, was their sponsorship choice in our celebratory golden anniversary season? 

Osler also stands proudly beside Centaur to champion prominent Canadian playwrights such as Daniel MacIvor (A Beautiful View, 2011) and Morris Panych (In Absentia, 2012) as well as many of the Québécois playwrights that Centaur has introduced to its English audiences.

As partners, we’ve cheered on such gifted talents as Michel Marc Bouchard (The Madonna Painter, 2010), Francois Archambault, (You Will Remember Me, 2017), and most recently, Catherine-Anne Toupin’s chilling MOB.

a man and a woman with a bottle of alcohol sit on a bench talking
Matthew Kabwe and Adrianne Richards in MOB by Catherine-Anne Toupin. Photo Andrée Lanthier, 2020.

We are very fortunate to have Osler as a prominent member of our team and look forward to many more years of bringing high quality, relevant, and engaging theatre to the stage with Osler’s unwavering belief in our vision.

To contribute to Osler’s 10k in 10 Days campaign, head this way!

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