Come celebrate 40 with us!

Common Boots is celebrating its 40th anniversary this season! We’re so excited to celebrate with you and we’re planning lots of fun ways to engage all season long. Rubies and nasturtiums are the traditional gifts for a 40th anniversary. We don’t expect you to give us any, but here are other awesome ways to celebrate with us:

  • Watch and laugh! We’re unleashing Bad Jokes told by Great People with our season long celebration: 40 Jokes for 40 Years
  • Reminisce! We’ll be sharing some of our favourite memories from the last 4 decades on social media, particularly in November, our birth month
  • Launder! (not money, clothes!) We’ve partnered with Tru Earth for a fundraiser- support us with clean clothes!
  • Follow us! Get our latest news on social media (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn), or our newsletter (sign up HERE)
  • Join us! We’ve got lots of fun events planned this year- live and in person, or digital!
  • Advocate! Talk to you local elected officials about the importance of the arts in your life and your community
  • Donate! Consider making a financial gift to our 40 for 40 Campaign . Donate HERE or see below for more information

40 for 40 Campaign

When we blow out the candles on our birthday cake (think of 40 bright candles all over a 3-tier cake of your favourite flavour!) we’ll of course be making a huge wish!

Our first wish is to raise $10,000 before the end of 2023 to allocate towards the development of new works.

Thanks to support from the Arts Councils, Corporate and community partners, many exciting projects and activities for this anniversary year are paid for, and our operational costs are covered. This campaign will help us accelerate the timeline on projects in development, and hiring more artists this year to ensure we have robust offerings for the next 40 years.

If you are in a position to donate, please consider a financial gift.

  • Is a one time gift of $40 manageable?
  • Are you in a position to offer a monthly gift of $10? $20? $40?
  • Do you have an employer that offers donation matching?

There are many ways to give:

  • Through our secure donation page HERE*
  • CanadaHelps: A secure online portal for one time gifts, monthly gifts*, securities** and even cryptocurrency (Bitcoin or Ether)!
  • Benevity is our connection to connect your employer and their matching programs. Does your employer use Workday? There are seamless integrations for pay cheque deductions and matching
  • We do accept cheques if that is what you prefer

* One time cash gifts receive tax receipts instantly, monthly gifts are receipted at the end of the calendar year.
** When you donate a gift of securities directly to a charity (like us) capital gains tax is eliminated, allowing you to donate more. The tax receipt is instant for the market value on the date the security is received by the broker.

40 Jokes for 40 Years

All season long we’ll be releasing Bad Jokes told by Great People into the ether. Past, present, and future collaborators and community members have been generous enough to gift us with some groan worthy gems, and we’ll be unleashing them once a week on social media (Instagram and Youtube). Follow us to get your fill of bad jokes. Who will be next?…

If you enjoy this free content, please consider donating to our 40 for 40 Campaign. Your tax-receiptable donation goes a long way to supporting the future of Canadian theatre, and ensuring 40 more years of Serious Comedy.

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