About The Cave


The Cave is a new cabaret event by renowned Canadian artists John Millard (composer) and Tomson Highway (lyricist). It is their distinctive and imaginative response to our planet’s precarious survival.

A group of animals hide in a cave while a forest fire rages around them. They sing about their memories, their growing anxiety, and their condemnation of the human race for evicting them from their homes. Awareness of their impending doom intensifies.

The Cave will be as entertaining as its themes are timely. The style takes its cues from Cabaret. The space will evoke both a cave and nightclub. The audience will sit at tables and be served drinks by costumed servers. Stories will be told in between songs.

The Toronto production will be streamed live to major cities, towns, small communities and northern communities. A live event that is simultaneously watched by many people all over Canada and the world inspires and defines the spirit of the project. Soulpepper’s Tank House Theatre in downtown Toronto will become a national/international space playing in school auditoriums, community centres, theatres, wherever there is high speed internet access.


John Millard – Composer
Tomson Highway – Lyrics
Martha Ross – Dramaturge

Creative Team

Adam Paolozza – Director
Greg Oh – Music Director
Gregory Sinclair – Digital Producer
Victor Pokinko – Producer
Lisa Marie DiLiberto – Webcast Producer
Robert Metcalfe – Streaming Consultant


Alex Samaras
Neema Bickersteath
Derek Kwan
Andrea Koziol


Rob Clutton – Bass
Germain Liu – Percussion
Karen Ng – Reeds
Matti Pulkki – Accordion
Greg Oh – Keyboards/Conductor
John Millard – Banjo


Christopher Ross-Ewart – Sound Design
Trevor Schwelnuss – Set Design
André Du Toit – Lighting Design
Allie Marshall – Costume Design
Yesim Tosuner – Graphic Design & Website

Production Team

Courtney Pike – Technical Director
Wes Babcock – Associate PM/TD
Amy Hunter – Associate Producer (Soulpepper)
Alex Rand – Associate Producer (Luminato)
Tamara Protic – Stage Manager