The Postman an Appledore Production

$21,975 of $25k goal

Raised by 227 people in 30 months
Dean Ifill  Toronto, ON


Check us out at the postman walks The Postman is a multi-disciplinary, site-specific, promenade-style work that explores the life and times of Albert Jackson, Toronto’s first African-American postman, through theatre and music. The play will take place in short sections along a route that echoes Mr. Jackson’s original delivery route in the lower Annex neighbourhood (Brunswick Ave, Harbord St, Bloor St. and Palmerston Ave). The plot will follow 12 stages of Mr. Jackson’s life from porch to porch– concentrating on his journey from slavery with his family along the Underground Railroad to his appointment in the postal service and the many challenges he faced as an African-Canadian in his professional and personal life.

Mr. Albert Jackson (1856-1918) was born in Miliford, Delaware to John and Anne Maria Jackson, a couple who worked on a large plantation. The youngest of nine children, Albert was barely three years old when his two eldest siblings were sold to another master in 1858. Shortly after, John Jackson dies – presumably of a broken heart. Left to fend for herself and her family alone, Anne Maria decides to escape the plantation and make the treacherous trip to freedom. A difficult journey at the best of times, Anne Maria along with her remaining seven children, faces the prospect of capture, separation, starvation and death. Despite the odds being firmly against her, Anne Maria collects her brood and heads North. Albert is still a toddler and his eldest sibling is about 16. Miraculously managing to avoid the slave catchers, Anne Maria reaches Pennsylvania with her family through the help of some agents of the Underground Railroad. The Jackson’s continued their journey Railroad by travelling the nearly 400 kilometre journey all the way to St. Catherine’s, Ontario and freedom.

Your support will go towards production costs including paying actors, costumes and logistical costs such as permits,   We thank you in advance for your support, please share this campaign with your friends and family!  

Help us make the story of Albert Jackson and our theatre piece called The Postman, a piece that will be around for generations to come.

Check us out at: thepostmanwalks.wordpress.com
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Update 18
Posted by Dean Ifill
21 months ago
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We did it and we couldn't have done it without you!

With your help, #ThePostman was able to walk the streets of Harbord Village during PanAm2015. Commissioned by PANAMANIA presented by CIBC, and produced by Appledore Productions, The Postman told the story of Canada’s first Black Postman, Albert Jackson.

Thanks to #GoFundme for helping to make it possible and most importantly thanks to all of you for your donations!
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Update 17
Posted by Dean Ifill
22 months ago
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Two weeks of rehearsals are at 21K. This is really happening: The Postman is walking! We are look forward to opening July 14, and telling Albert Jackson’s story from the very streets that he walked.

Just 14 days to go and we are doing one last push to raise the final $4,000, which will help us pay our artists and the behind the scenes contributors who are walking with us.

Please share our story with your friends and social network, and help us reach this milestone. Five, ten, twenty, fifty dollars helps us mount all the porches on our route.

Follow us @ThePostmanWalks, www.facebook.com/thepostmanwalks, or www.thepostmanwalks.com. #SharingIsCaring #DonatingIsDivine
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Update 16
Posted by Dean Ifill
22 months ago
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Thank you all for helping the Postman walk! Thanks to the most recent contribution of Platinum Donor @BrianTomlinson we have reached our initial goal of 20K. HURRAY!

We are so grateful for, and by humbled by, your support, which has helped us demonstrate that people are keenly interested in the amazing story of Albert Jackson, Canada’s first Black postman. Even though these wonderful things have occurred, we still need more funds to support our production. This GoFundMe campaign satisfies only a small portion of our overall budget. Any additional money that we raise will insure that we can pay our artists and put on a spectacular show.

#SharingIsCaring and #DonatingIsDivine, so please continue to support us by spreading the word about our campaign.

Every dollar counts! And don’t forget to follows us @ThePostmanWalks or www.thepostmanwalks.com.
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Update 15
Posted by Dean Ifill
22 months ago
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Here we are on the 2nd day of rehearsal and we still need your help.

We've just passed the 18k mark and with only a little bit to go we hope to surpass our goal. We can only do that with your help! Share our campaign with your friends! Donations of as low as $7 can help us reach and surpass our goal. Anything more you can give is also graciously accepted.

Once you get to our campaign page just click the donate button and you can donate whatever you'd like.

Remember that #sharingcaring and #donatingisdivine. If you can't give right now please share our campaign with your friends.
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$21,975 of $25k goal

Raised by 227 people in 30 months
Created October 21, 2014
$2,500
Titainium Level
4 of 4 left
Donate this amount and your name/business will have exclusive title to 1 porch, noted as a sponsor on all online & print AND 1 private song performance by cast.
$2,000
Platnium Level
2 of 3 left
Donate this amount and receive a private performance of The Postman original songs by the entire cast with musicians. Ideal for groups of 20-50!
$1,500
Gold Level
16 of 16 left
Donate this amount and your name or business will have shared titled sponsorship of 1 porch and noted as a sponsor in all print and online material.
$1,200
Silver Level
0 of 1 left
Donate this amount and you will receive a private 2 hr. performance by The Blackburn Brother Trio for 10-20 people.
$1,000
Bronze Level
0 of 1 left
Donate this amount and you will receive a private performance by ???? for 10-20 people.
$700
Flax Linen Level
30 of 30 left
Donate this amount and have your name or business advertised 3 times/week on The Postman App for the world to see during the 2015 PanAm and ParaPanAmGames!
$250
Silk Level
7 of 16 left
Donate this amount and have your name or business advertised 2 times/week on The Postman App for the world to see during the 2015 PanAm and ParaPanAmGames!
$200
Cotton
Donate this amount and have your business advertised 1 times/week on The Postman App for the world to see during the 2015 PanAm and ParaPanAmGames!
$175
Moonshine
Donate this amount and enjoy front of line seating during the show that you choose to attend!
$150
Horse & Cart
Donate this amount and have the opportunity to test The Postman App during Beta Testing and receive the app for free!
$100
Juke Joint VIP
Due to the fact there are no more Juke Joint rewards, donate this amount and get a shout out via social media as an avid supporter of the arts!!
$75
VIP Level
Due to the fact there are no more VIP rewards, donate this amount and get a shout out via social media as an avid supporter of the arts!!
$25
Community Level
Donate this amount and have your name listed as a Community Supporter in our e-program
$10
Social Level
Donate this amount and get shout outs via social media @thepostmanwalks on Twitter to hear about how awesome you are!
$7
Love Level
105 of 106 left
Donate this amount and have your name posted on our blog as a Love Sponsor. We'll share via social media saying how awesome you are, maybe all at once..
$50
Andrew Sliwa
21 months ago

What a great play being performed, among others, on our porch. I watched it ones and feel guilty, because I did not purchase the ticket. So, I hope this donation will make for it. Also, I run a small prototype shop where we make quite a bit of movie props. If your theatre company misses something in the prop department please drop me a line we will be happy to help.

DB
$25
Deborah Black
21 months ago
GA
$25
Gord & Helen Armstrong
21 months ago
LC
$25
Luigi Carrubba
21 months ago
DD
$25
Dan Duford
21 months ago
AM
$50
Antoinette Myers
21 months ago
JG
$50
janet goodfellow
21 months ago
LH
$45
Leila Hebden
21 months ago

Can't wait to see Saturdays performance!

SW
$200
Stephen and Lorna Waddell
21 months ago
HB
$100
Heather Brooks-Hill
21 months ago

Stunningly moving production of a story that needs to reach a wide and broad audience! Thank-you for visioning and bringing to life a production that meets the most important values of theatre. Heather Brooks-Hill

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