Category: Entertainment

Coding Chaos

 at The Tell


Where:
The Tell, 401 Richmond Street West
When: May 2, 2019. Pre-concert chat @ 7:30pm, concert @ 8pm.
Cost: Advance Tickets: $25 adults; $15 students. At the door: $30 adults, $20 students. Visit www.spectrummusic.ca

Details: Jazz and artificial intelligence combine to take centre stage when Spectrum Music presents their latest work, Coding Chaos. A TD Discovery Series Special Projects, Coding Chaos features six new works by emerging composers born out of the jazz scene each exploring new technological advances through cross-genre composition. The featured Spectrum composers on the program include Mason Victoria, Chelsea McBride, Jackson Welchner, Suzy Wilde and guest composers Nebyu Yohannes and Harrison Argatoff.

Pushing the boundaries of the digital experience in music, Coding Chaos combines live performance with artificial performance, featuring the electric trio of Bruce Cassidy (EVI), Larnell Lewis (electric drums) and Chris Pruden (keys). Treated as another musician in the ensemble, the artificial intelligence unit will not only react to the music through sound as its own jazz improviser, it will also produce a visual element that will be projected on screens surrounding the audience as it responds to the music.

A preconcert chat with software artist, Ryan Kelln will discuss AI’s role in our society presently and going forward. In a digital world where technology constantly blurs the lines between fact and fabrication, the Spectrum composers ask: will we lose our sense of identity and grasp on reality – or will technology give us room to grow?

Spectrum Music is a collective of new-generation of Canadian composers and music curators who create and present genre-defying new music that fuses many genres. Rooted in jazz and creative music, the core of their philosophy has grown from the idea that the future of jazz music lies in its synthesis with other genres.

More Info: www.spectrummusic.ca @401Richmond @SpectrumMusicTO

Hand To God at Coal Mine Theatre

 

Frank Cox-O’Connell and Tyrone. Photo credit: Kristina Ruddick

Where: Coal Mine Theatre, 1454 Danforth Avenue
When: April 21 – May 12, 2019
Cost: All Tickets $42.50 + hst (previews $25 +hst)
To purchase and for more information please visit www.coalminetheatre.com

Details: All hell is breaking loose at Coal Mine Theatre for the Toronto premiere of Hand to God, a blasphemous puppet show written by Robert Askins, directed by Mitchell Cushman and starring Frank Cox-O’Connell, Ted Dykstra, Amy Keating, Francis Melling and Nicole Underhay.

In a quiet Texas town, recently widowed Margery runs the church puppet club. Her grieving teenage son finds solace in his homemade sock puppet, Tyrone. That is until Tyrone goes rogue and hijacks control of Jason. He shocks the congregation with his foul-mouthed insinuations and wild accusations. And by spinning his head around Exorcist-style! A hilarious lesson in humanity, Hand to God tackles all the big themes including life, death…and crafting.

Produced on Broadway in 2015 and nominated for five Tony Awards, including for Best New Play, Hand to God was the most produced play in the 2016/17 American theatre season with 13 productions staged across the country. For its Toronto premiere, Mitchell Cushman returns to the Coal Mine to revisit this twisted play about a satanic sock puppet, which he first directed at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre in 2017.

More Info:  www.coalminetheatre.com  Facebook, Twitter & Instagram use @coalminetheatre & YouTube 
#HandToGodCM

Seven Deadly Sins at The Great Hall

Aviva Chernick @AvivaChernick


Where:
The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St West
When: April 9-11, 2019
Cost: Tickets from $22 and available online at www.soundstreams.ca or call 416.408.0208

Details: “Beware of monotony; it’s the mother of all deadly sins.” – Edith Wharton

Seven Deadly Sins, an evening of music theatre, will feature original, sinful songs served up naughty but nice by an eclectic group of songwriters, composers and performers, each with their own errant point of view on these timeless transgressions.

Join singer-songwriter, performers Chloe Charles, Elizabeth Shepherd, Aviva Chernick and Robin Dann, and composers Christopher Mayo, Analia Llugdar, and John Kameel Farah as they take a sly and sometimes irreverent look at these taboos across a spectrum of styles, genres and cultures. It would be a sin to miss this!

More Info: www.soundstreams.ca   www.facebook.com/Soundstreams/  www.thegreathall.ca

A Blow in the Face at The Theatre Centre

 

(l-r) Lisa Ryder and Monica Dottor. Photo by Brooke Wedlock


Where:
The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen Street West
When: March 26 – April 14, 2019
Cost: Tickets $20-$35 and are available in person at The Theatre Centre box office, 416-534-9261, or at www.theatrecentre.org.

Details: Alice’s life is perfect. She has a wonderful husband and a gorgeous new baby. The only thing is – her husband has left on a work trip and the baby is colicky. Alice cannot sleep. Into her chaotic world arrive two fantastical creatures who take an unnatural interest in her child. In a play described as Rosemary’s Baby meets Fight Club, playwright Lisa Ryder explores the taboo subject of postpartum depression and the extreme places the mind can go. A Blow in the Face is a searing and irreverent take on a subject to which every parent will relate.

Produced by Bald Ego Theatre in association with Nightwood Theatre and written by Lisa Ryder. Directed and choreographed by Monica Dottor. Featuring Tess Degenstein, Jordan Pettle, Selina Martin and Lisa Ryder.

“A Blow in the Face is a play I have been birthing for a long time – 13 years in fact,” explains playwright Lisa Ryder. “I had just finished five years as an action hero on a sci-fi show. Within a year and a half I got married, moved to the suburbs of Vancouver, and had a baby. Within three days of the baby’s birth, my then husband left town for work. I was alone; in a house with a leaky roof; with a brand new baby. It rained a lot. The baby cried a lot. I entered a period I  now refer to as The Cave. I now know that many women experience The Cave, but very few talk about it. I think it’s time we talked about it.”

“It’s funny, it’s incisive, it’s smart as hell. It’s also utterly original and thoroughly theatrical.” – Michael Healey

More Info: www.nightwoodtheatre.net #BlowInTheFace

The 14th Annual Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival


K.Trevor Wilson will be performing at The Great Hall on March 13

Where: Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor Street West; The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West; Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Avenue; The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen Street West
When: March 6-17, 2019
Cost: Tickets and Passes are on sale now at www.torontosketchfest.com

Details: The 14th Annual Festival, TOsketchfest, will welcome over 75 sketch comedy acts from cities across North America and beyond.

On March 8, Adam Ruins Everything Live at Longboat Hall will be an evening of stand-up with Adam Conover, the creator and star of TruTV’s hit Adam Ruins Everything. Adam returns to TOsketchfest for the first time since 2006, when his sketch comedy troupe Olde English performed at the Festival.

K.Trevor Wilson will be at The Great Hall on March 13. He first performed at TOsketchfest in 2007 with his sketch troupe Smells Like the 80s, and has since went on to great success on stage and screen with Letterkenny, Netflix’s Comedians of the World, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Roast Battles and much more.

Two shows by sketch and stand-up comedy trio The Grawlix will be at The Great Hall on March 15 & 16. The Grawlix are a comedy supergroup comprised of Adam Cayton-Holland, Ben Roy and Andrew Orvedahl, creators of TruTV’s Those Who Can’t. Their live show combines stand-up with live sketches and video components. On March 16, Adam Cayton-Holland will also perform his stand-up set at The Great Hall.

Previously announced headliners include Sasheer Zamata (Saturday Night Live), Scott Thompson (The Kids in the Hall, Hannibal) in The Buddy Cole Monologues, and APTN’s The Laughing Drum Live at The Great Hall, and four marquee shows at The Streetcar Crowsnest with Flo & Joan, The Lusty Mannequins, Generally Hospital and A Sketch Comedy Extravaganza Eleganza.

Highlights include: full length revues from comedy duo Soul Decision featuring Christian Smith (The Second City TourCo) and Kevin Vidal (Come From Away), Middle Raged! By Geri Hall (This Hour has 22 Minutes) and Gary Pearson (MadTV); and Diamond Heist by Sex T-Rex; a live recording of the hilarious podcast My Gorgeous Son by Mark Little and Andy Bush (Cavendish); the return of The Flirty Boys with Ann Pornel (She the People), Alessandra Vite (CBC Comedy), Allison Hogg (This Hour Has 22 Minutes) and Ali Wylie (The Sketchersons); and The Tita Collective, an all Filipina comedy collective from Toronto.

More Info:  www.torontosketchfest.com facebook.com/TOsketchfest 

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