Category: Entertainment

From the Water at Tarragon Theatre

From the Water: Shawn Lall as Doctor/1277X. Photo by Will King.

Where: Tarragon Extraspace, 30 Bridgman Avenue
When: December 12 – 16, 2018
Cost:  $22 Student/Artsworker, $32 general admission. Preview tickets (Dec 12) are $17 Student/Artsworker, $27 general admission. Purchase tickets at

Details: From the Water is a domestic drama in a supernatural crisis. Millions of people are disappearing, civilization is moving underground, and the downfalls keep coming. Alex wants to stay, Peter wants to fight, Ava wants closure, and the Numbers are preparing for extinction. This grounded science fiction thriller uses creatures and clones to define what it means to be human, and explores the strength it takes to fight against an unstoppable force.

Seven Siblings Theatre has been successfully producing work by established playwrights for over four years. The company is excited to be producing its first original script by Artistic Director, Will King. Having been in various forms of development for over a year, From the Water has been a collaborative process in the rehearsal room, with the actors and director probing deeper into the motivations, themes and discoveries of this story. What has emerged is an engaging play about love, loyalty, defining identity and what it truly means to be “home”.

Features Anna Silvija Broks as Alex, Will King as Peter, Shawn Lall as Doctor/1277X and Hilary Wirachowsky as Ava. Directed by Erik Helle. Written by Will King.

SHOW WARNINGS: Violence, strong language, gunshots, haze, and e-cigarettes

More Info: twitter @SevenSiblingsCo @SevenSiblingsTheatre

Holiday Encounters: Yuletide Remix at The Gladstone Hotel

The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West
When: December 9, 2018 at 6:30pm – 7:30pm, Doors at 6pm
Cost: Free Admission (or PWYC reserved seating)

Details: How do holiday traditions resonate today? Join us for “Holiday Encounters – Yuletide Remix,” as SlowPitchSound remixes your favourite seasonal music. Bring your treasured yuletide vinyl and hear it spun into exciting new sounds right before your ears. We’re re-imagining the traditional, Bing Crosby will never sound the same again!

Fresh off Electric Messiah’s three-night run, SlowPitchSound, will be ready to unwind and turn your favourite holiday vinyl into holiday magic.

 Cheldon Paterson aka SlowPitchSound is a full time artist who is known for experimenting with music, visuals and live performance. He is the 2018 TD SoundMakers Composer in Residence and co-winner of the 2018 CMC Toronto Emerging Composer Award.

More Info:
@GladstoneHotel @SlowPitchSound

The Wizard of Oz – A Toto-ly Twistered Family Musical!!

The Wizard of Oz cast. Photo by Bruce Zinger

Where: Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge Street
When: November 30, 2018 – January 5, 2019
Cost: Ticket prices range from $27-$99 Adults; $27-$69 Children under 12; $256 Family 4-Pack and can be be purchased at, by phone at 1.855.599.9090 or in person at the Elgin Theatre Box Office. For group discounts call THE Group Tix Company at 647.438.5559 or Toll Free at 1.866.447.7849

Details: Dog-walker Dorothy, Camille Eanga Selenge, finds herself in OZ and as the enemy of the Wicked Witch of the West, Sara-Jeanne Hosie, after she accidentally squishes the Wicked Witch of the East (blame global warming).
With hilarious help from Sugarbum, the Good Witch of the North, Michael De Rose – who comes from a long line of Bums including the legendary Plumbum; and the funniest trio with more courage (Daniel Williston), heart (Eric Craig) and brains (Matt Nethersole) since The Three Stooges; plus the cheers and boos from the audience, Dorothy might make it back home to her hacky sack playing friends and the Ossington Summer Street Festival with some newfound confidence and a future full of promise!

Directed and choreographed by Tracey Flye, 
music directed by Joseph Tritt and written by Matt Murray

Follow the Yellow Brick Road back to the Elgin Theatre this holiday season, because “there’s no place like home!”

More Info: For a complete performance schedule visit  @rosspettypro@rosspettypro #wizardofozTO

Dividing Lines at The Theatre Centre


The Theatre Centre, Franco Boni Theatre, 1115 Queen St. West
When: November 18 – December 2, 2018. Previews on November 18, 20 & 21. Opening night is November 22
Cost: Tickets ($15 – $25) now on sale via The Theatre Centre box office or, 416.538.0988

Details: They say blood is thicker than water. 
I say, love is thicker than blood.

How do you want your life to end? In Dividing Lines, Beatriz Pizano places individual choice in the context of the history of a continent. Moving from personal to political to spiritual,  this daring, live photo-essay offers no easy answers.

We can talk about dying.
“For me, Dividing Lines is a meditation on how I want to live,” says writer/performer Beatriz Pizano. “We don’t talk about dying. In fact, as children we are mostly taught to fear death. While losing someone you love is the deepest pain, and that pain never goes away, it was through my personal experience that I also learned that it takes real love to let someone who is suffering go. Through this piece, I wanted to open up the possibility for conversations around death to take place.

Created by Aluna Theatre’s Beatriz Pizano and Trevor Schwellnus with Brandon Valdivia, Dividing Lines exemplifies Aluna’s continuing commitment to risk and experimentation. Following several years of development in Toronto, and through the Banff Playwrights Lab, Dividing Lines sees its Toronto premiere at The Theatre Centre this November.

More Info: #DividingLinesTO

The 7th Annual Big City Improv Festival


The Black Version

Where: Comedy Bar (Mainstage and Cabaret Stage), 945 Bloor Street West; Bad Dog Theatre, 875 Bloor Street West
When: November 16 – 24, 2018
Cost: Single tickets: $12 – $25; Festival Pass: $65 and can be purchased at

Details: The Big City Improv Festival (BCIF), Canada’s largest improv showcase, will present the best improvisers from across North America on three stages in Toronto.

Features over 300 performers from across North America. Highlights include The Black Version, an all African American improv team featuring comedy veterans Jordan Black, Cedric Yarbrough, Gary Anthony Williams, Daniele Gaither, Phil Lamar, and Nyima Funk; Joe Bill, a legendary improviser from Chicago; The Sufferettes, with Kayla Lorette and Becky Johnson; Tim Baltz, as seen on Drunk History and Shrink; Amy and Tom, repping Vancouver’s Blind Tiger comedy venue; Match Game with Mark Little; and Toronto favourites such as Catch 23, TallBoyz II Men, Illusionoid, Kinsey Fail, The Lusty Mannequins and more!

The full schedule for BCIF, including shows, panel discussions with industry leaders, community builders, teachers, and performers, is now online at

The Big City Improv Festival, created by executive director Adrianne Gagnon in 2011, is Canada’s largest gathering of improvisers with marquee headliners, local showcases, public workshops and industry panels. Alumni includes Scott Adsit, Phil LaMarr, Colin Mochrie, Maribeth Monroe, Lauren Ash, National Theatre of the World, and more.

More Info: @bigcityimprovto  @Bigcityimprovfest

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