Two pretty spectacular entities that have gained considerable traction here on UrbanToronto are joining forces to support the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. The Ed Mirvish Theatre (formerly Canon Theatre) on Yonge Street will be staging Andrew Lloyd Webber's production of The Wizard of Oz, a live musical adaptation of the hugely popular 1939 film. Mirvish has teamed up with the SickKids Foundation to raise much-needed funds to support Canada's preeminent paediatric hospital and research facility.

Mirvish will be "building" a yellow brick road inside the Yonge Street entrance to the theatre, coinciding with the premiere of the Wizard of Oz on December 20. The brick laying can be seen as quite the analogy for both Mirvish and SickKids; Mirvish's King West development — designed by famed architect Frank Gehry — is all the talk these days, while Sick Kids is in the process of completing their brand new Research and Learning Centre, designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects. We've had the chance to tour the building fairly extensively, and are more than impressed with the contribution the unique façade has made on this stretch of Bay Street.

Facade of SickKids Research and Learning Tower, image by Jack Landau

To donate a brick to the yellow brick road head over here; donation values vary, with a suggested donation of $20 requested. All proceeds will go to support SickKids.

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