Category: Entertainment

The Second City Toronto – Everything is Great Again

 

Back LR - Colin Munch, Brandon Hackett Front LR - Lindsay Mullan,Paloma Nuñez, Ann Pornel, Devon Hyland. Photo by Paul Aihoshi

Where: 51 Mercer Street (at Blue Jays Way)
When: Performances begin February 28, 2017 with Media Night on March 14, 2017
Cost: Tickets starting at $26 and are available at www.secondcity.com or The Second City box office at 416-343-0011

Details: 79th Mainstage Revue, Everything is Great Again, will be running for an extended engagement! The production examines a world where Prime Ministers keep “sunny ways” and Presidents can’t keep their cool. It depicts journalists on location at the end of the world, millennials live tweeting drama and trauma, and the quirks of love, life and relationships set to a jaunty tune or two.

Created and performed by The Second City Toronto Mainstage cast featuring new cast members Paloma Nuñez (Baroness Von Sketch Show), Devon Hyland (Get Sick Die Trying) and Colin Munch (Uncalled For), who will join returning Mainstage cast members Ann Pornel (The Flirty Boys), Brandon Hackett (This Hour Has 22 Minutes), Lindsay Mullan (Loose Moose Theatre Company). This cast of improv aces will perform deliriously funny scenes to help distract from the outside world…for a couple hours, at least.

Directed by The Second City alumnus Kerry Griffin, and assistant to the director Joel Buxton. Meg Maguire and Lee Cohen return as stage manager and music director respectively. Camellia Koo returns as set designer, and Melanie McNeill is the stylist.

More Info: www.secondcity.com  @SecondCityTO  facebook.com/SecondCityTO

Whiskey Jack Presents Stories and Songs Of Stompin’ Tom

Where: Ontario Venues
When: October  – November, 2016
Cost: Tickets range from $30 to $40 depending upon venue.

Details: Whiskey Jack is a Toronto-based band that has been performing country, roots and bluegrass music across North America since 1977. As a regular backing band for Stompin’ Tom Connors from 1993 to his death, they are now touring with their new show, Whiskey Jack Presents Stories & Songs of Stompin’ Tom featuring highlights from years of touring together and the stories that were born on those tours. Current Ontario tour dates include Timmins, Oshawa, Alliston, Sutton, Maryhill and Toronto.

Canadian Country Music Award nominees, Whiskey Jack have appeared at festivals and in concert from coast-to-coast; starred on The Tommy Hunter Show for five years in the 1980s; recorded with the likes of Nashville legend Mac Wiseman and world-famous fiddle player Graham Townsend; then hooked-up with Stompin’ Tom Connors in 1993 to record Dr. Stompin’ Tom . . .Eh?  Their collaboration took them on a national tour culminating in a sold-out show at Massey Hall, an unprecedented performance on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and a 20-year relationship.

On Wednesday, October 19 at Lula Lounge, the Toronto premiere of Whiskey Jack Presents Stories & Songs of Stompin’ Tom will also mark the re-release of Dr. Stompin’ Tom . . .Eh? on the Universal Music label.  The show includes performances of “Margo’s Cargo,” “Gumboot Cloggeroo,” “Bud The Spud,” and more! As a matter of fact, one of Stompin’ Tom’s more unusual contract clauses stated that the band had to perform some of Tom’s age-old songs at every one of their shows. Whiskey Jack’s contemporary take on Stompin’ Tom’s classics turn each song into a highly polished and honest Canadian story for modern audiences.

Whiskey Jack is Duncan Fremlin (Banjo), Bob McNiven (Guitar), Eric Jackson (Double Bass), Howard Willett, (Vocalist, Harmonica), Randy Morrison (Fiddle), Jen Cook (Vocalist), and Al Cross (Drums).

More Info: www.whiskeyjackmusic.com    @banjodunc   www.stompintom.com

Celebrate 40th Birthday of The Cabbagetown Festival 2016!

Where: Parliament Street from Wellesley south to Gerrard, and Carlton Street from Berkeley to Parliament
When: September 10-11, 2016
Cost: Free Admission

Details: The Cabbagetown Festival returns once again, this year celebrating its historic 40th Birthday showcasing the very best of what the community has to offer. Pedestrians will enjoy delicious food from local restaurants, one-of-a-kind artisan vendors, a Children’s Fun Zone, a free morning of Pancakes, Classic Car Show and more! Festivities begin Saturday at 11am and continue until 10pm. The fun returns Sunday at 11am, winding down at 7pm.

Opening Ceremonies begin on Sept 10 at 11:30am at the corner of Carlton and Parliament. Hear the music, share the excitement and taste a special macaron presented by Daniel et Daniel with Fair Trade Jewellery. One lucky macaron holds the key to a limited edition 40th anniversary cabbage pendant from Fair Trade Jewellery.

Live music will continue over the two days with an eclectic group of bands playing up and down Parliament. Acts include the St. Jamestown Youth Steel Orchestra, Vincent Soars, Zed Head with Neil Chapman, Project Phoenix, Jim Heinemann Trio, Turbo Street Funk and more. TDot Batu will be closing the festival – they are a tightly knit Afro-Brazilian percussion batucada inspired by the power and dedicated to the study of the rich rhythmic tradition born out of the fusion of samba and reggae from Salvador, Bahia.

The Kids Zone is located at a new  location this year – on Carlton, between Parliament and Berkeley. The Bouncy Castle, reptile show, arts and crafts table, balloon sculptor, face painting, a climbing wall and hopscotch will keep them active. Free popcorn will be provided both days of the festival.

More Info:  @Cabbagetown_BIA   www.cabbagetownTO.com

City Cinema – Where Comedy Reigns Supreme at YDS!


Where: Yonge-Dundas Square (YDS)
When: Continuing Every Tuesday Until August 30, 2016
Cost: Free

Details: YDS is known for bringing free movies and music to The Heart of the City in Toronto. Canada is known for overwhelming politeness and hilarious comedic actors. So it’s only natural to combine The Heart of the City and hilarious actors for City Cinema! Every Tuesday at sunset, Torontonians are invited to grab a chair at YDS and enjoy an evening of timeless comedies.

On Tuesday, August 2 YDS will present Stripes (1981) starring Bill Murray, John Candy and Harold Ramis in the story of a man who wanted to keep the world safe for democracy    . . . and meet girls.

On Tuesday, August 9 there will be a double feature of SNL alum with Wayne’s World (1992) starring Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Tia Carrere and Rob Lowe, and The Ladies Man (2000) starring Tim Meadows, Will Ferrell and Tiffani Thiessen.

On Tuesday, August 16 love will be in the hair when There’s Something About Mary (1998) starring Cameron Diaz, Ben Stiller, Matt Dillon and Chris Elliot plays at YDS.

On Tuesday, August 23 Torontonians will get their fill of a fat man in a little coat with Tommy Boy (1995) starring Chris Farley, David Spade and Dan Akroyd in the film that teaches audiences: if at first you don’t succeed, lower your standards.

On Tuesday, August 30 Leslie Nielsen will take over the Square with Airplane!, co-starring Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Lloyd Bridges (1980), and Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995) co-starring Mel Brooks and Peter MacNicol.

A short film programmed by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), Canada’s twelve-time Academy Award-winning public film and digital media producer and distributor, will precede each feature screening. Short films will include Christopher, Please Clean Up Your Room! (July 5); Congratulations, Mr. Levy and Monsieur Pug (July 12); The Apprentice and Village of Idiots (July 19); The Invasion of the Space Lobsters (July 26); The Big Snit (Aug 2); William Shatner Sings O Canada and Canadian Famous (Aug 9); The Cat Came Back (Aug 16); Bob’s Birthday (Aug 23); Runaway and Ashes of Doom (Aug 30).

Previously announced films scheduled this month include, Coming to America (July 5), For Your Consideration and Best in Show (July 12), Monty Python and the Holy Grail and The Jerk (July 19), and Spaceballs (July 26).

More Info: For the full schedule of free summer events at YDS, please visit www.YDSquare.ca.

Kick-Start the Weekend with Indie Fridays at YDS

Pierre Kwenders - August 26

Where: Yonge-Dundas Square (YDS)
When: Every Friday @ 8pm until September 2, 2016
Cost: Free

Details: Toronto knows good music, and how to have a good time. Indie Fridays, curated by the programming team at Massey Hall, have both those things in spades! From indie crooners to Latin world beats, the lineup for Indie Fridays is a trip around the world without leaving The Heart of the City. Indie Fridays, the free concert series every Friday at 8pm, continues until September 2, 2016.

On Friday, August 5, Ben Caplan will bring his huge beard and unruly mane, not to mention his poetic charisma to YDS; with special guest and fellow musically poetic mastermind, Taryn Kawaja.

On Friday, August 12, YDS will be filled with the sweet sounds of the New Orleans brass band tradition with The Heavyweights Brass Band; and Minotaurs, the self-described purveyors of funky-socio-politico-folk-dance-party music.

On Friday, August 19, the Massey Hall Band takes part in citywide celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ last Toronto visit. The Massey Hall Band will take on the Fab Four’s catalogue with special guests, Latin singer-songwriter, Amanda Martinez; world/fusion vocalist Suba Sankaran; members of modern Filipino tribal music crew DATU; and more.

On Friday August 26, Pierre Kwenders will share his rich cultural heritage with audiences at YDS through his music ripe with Congolese rumba and Afro-electro beats; with special guest, former front-woman of orchestral pop band Ohbijou, Casey Mecija who will fill the Square with her stirring sounds.

On Friday, September 2, YDS will welcome special guests in association with Ryerson University Orientation Week for a Caribbean celebration at Soca Fête!

Previously announced Indie Fridays performances scheduled this month include electro hip-hop band Radio Radio, and from Cali, Colombia, Herencia de Timbiquí (July 22); and JUNO-winner Boogat and hip-hop crew Los Poetas (July 29).

More Info: For the full schedule of summer events visit www.YDSquare.ca.

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