Selwyn House is well represented in the lineup of talent recruited for Geordie@40: Party Playlist, a fundraising celebration of four decades of the Geordie Theatre company, which presents plays for more than 40,000 students each year in schools all over Quebec, Ontario and the Maritimes. In its 40 years of existence, Geordie has staged productions for 2.5 million students and their families.
On Saturday, Nov. 21, from 11 a.m. till 3 p.m., Geordie will be presenting an online telethon featuring a variety of entertainers, including some well-known members of the Selwyn House community. The show will be streamed live from Geordie’s new Espace Geordie in Little Italy.
Selwyn House Old Boy Jonathan Emile 2003 will headline the show. A recording artist, producer and activist, Jon has worked with some of the top artists in hip-hop and reggae. In his most recent album, Spaces-in-Between, Jon revisits his Jamaican roots to great effect and universal praise.
Israel “Izzy” Tamale 2017 a.k.a. T-Money from The 5, has been polishing his hip-hop skills since he attended Selwyn House, and will be bringing his talents to the Geordie audience. His music also has an activist bent, as he “strives not only to make songs that people would like to listen to, but also music that is meaningful and will encourage people to think about what is going on in the world around them.”
Izzy has composed a rap song specifically about Geordie Theatre, to be performed as a highlight of the show.
Selwyn House Grade 10 student and DJ Thomas Backman will be spinning tunes during intermissions between a lineup of performers that also includes musicians, singers, a magician and various dignitaries.
Selwyn House Elementary School teacher Ryan Kennedy, who once acted with Geordie’s 2Play(School) Tour, will be interviewed about his experiences with the troupe. Selwyn House Admissions Director Nathalie Gervais and Communications Director Richard Wills will also be performing as a musical duo.
Selwyn House Librarian Carol-Ann Hoyte serves on the board of Geordie Theatre as vice-president and head of the board's fundraising committee. She has served on the board since 2015.