Boosting innovation at Oakville's Sheridan College

Come From Away Poster
Originally released by M.P. John Oliver, Oakville published in InsideHalton

There has been tremendous excitement and celebration recently over the fact that Come From Away, the Broadway musical originally developed and produced by Sheridan College, has received seven Tony Award nominations.

The Tony Awards recognize excellence in live theatrical productions that are staged on Broadway in New York City.

Sheridan College has likely made history by being the first post-secondary institution in Canada to receive a Best Musical nomination for a Tony Award. What an incredible honour for our hometown college.

Some people may be unaware that Come From Away was produced through an innovative program at Sheridan called the Canadian Music Theatre Project (CMTP). This program launched in 2011 and is the largest incubator for musical theatre in Canada. Come From Away was one of the first projects workshopped through CMTP, while more than a dozen other musicals are being developed through the program. The CMTP gives writers the opportunity to develop and refine their material, with the help of fourth-year students in Sheridan’s Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance program. The success of Come From Away, which opened on Broadway in March, surely attests to the effectiveness of the CMTP in producing musical theatre of the highest caliber.

I would like to congratulate everyone at Sheridan College, who contributed to the professional success of Come From Away. The CMTP is just one example of the innovative programs being run at Sheridan. The Centre for Mobile Innovation (CMI) is another Sheridan program that is doing tremendous work. On May 5, I was proud to announce that CMI will receive $2.3 million from the federal government to help local businesses engage with the faculty to develop solutions to mobile computing challenges. In addition, Sheridan College will receive $1 million to operate and maintain mobile technology. It is very gratifying to see the success and innovation of Sheridan’s programs recognized and supported in these ways.

On June 11, be sure to tune in to the Tony Awards and cheer for Come From Away. I look forward to applauding the success of other productions developed at CMTP.

— John Oliver represent the riding of Oakville as its Member of Parliament. Contact John through his office (301 Robinson Street), phone (905-338-2008), email ( or visit his website (

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