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Between Breaths at Factory Theatre

Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst Street (at Adelaide)
When: November 20 – December 8, 2019, Opening Night is November 21
Cost: Ticket prices range in price and can be purchased online at or calling 416.504.9971

Details: Factory’s second CrossCurrents Canada presentation of the 2019-20 Season is the Toronto premiere of Between Breaths, an Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland production. Written by Robert Chafe and directed by Jillian Keiley, with an evocative live score by Juno Nominated The Once.

Inspired by the extraordinary life of Jon Lien, known as the Whale Man, the production sails through Lien’s inspiring career and the dangerous, death-defying work of saving whales trapped in fishing nets off Newfoundland’s coast. Saving over 500 whales in his long career, Lien worked tirelessly to earn the trust of the injured giants and the island’s fishermen, but his biggest fight came at the end of his life as dementia progressively conquered his body and mind.

Between Breaths travels through time, from the final moments of Lien’s life – brain damaged and confined to a wheelchair – to his very first whale rescue. Featuring an evocative live score by Newfoundland’s Juno-nominated The Once, this is a beautiful and poignant play about the parts of ourselves we hold on to after everything else is gone.

The fantastic Canadian cast includes Steve O’Connell (The Colony of Unrequited Dreams / Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland, Macbeth / Perchance Theatre, The Drawer Boy / Sweetline Theatre Company) as Jon Lien; and Bernadine Stapleton,a well-known playwright and performer, whose recent play The Pope and Princess Di was just listed on the Playwrights Guild of Canada Sure Fire List of top 23 plays from female playwrights in Canada as Jon’s wife, Judy Lien; and Darryl Hopkins (The Colony of Unrequited Dreams / Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland, The Merry Wives of Windsor / Perchance Theatre, Tempting Providence / Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador as Jon’s friend and colleague, Wayne.

The Once is a folk trio based in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, and have composed and arranged original music for the show. The featured musicians include Steve Maloney, Brianna Gosse, and Kevin Woolridge.

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Graham Chittenden Joins The Debaters LIVE On Tour!

Across Canada Tour
When: November 18 – December 13, 2019
Cost: Ticket are available at

Details: Award winning stand up comedian  Graham Chittenden  joins The Debaters LIVE On Tour across Canada. Fresh off the success of his latest comedy album, Defeated, Chittenden will tickle every funny bone from British Columbia to Ontario.

The Debaters LIVE On Tour sees comics go toe to toe in a battle of laughs and logic, leaving it up to the live audience to pick a winner of that night’s debate. The show features host Steve Patterson pitting comedians against each other with two hilarious debates, as well as a stand up set from each of the comics. Made popular by the multiple award-winning nationally broadcast CBC radio program The Debaters, Chittenden will go head-to-head with the hilarious DeAnne Smith.

Originally from Brantford, Ontario Graham Chittenden is an award winning writer and comedian. He is a long time regular at Just For Laughs and is a fan favourite on The Debaters. His latest comedy special Reluctant Adult streams exclusively on CraveTV. He has written for CBC’s Mr D, and is part of the writing team on CBC’s Still Standing, who have won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Writing in a Factual Program or Series for the last three years.

The Debaters LIVE On Tour with Graham Chittenden:
-November 18 @ 7:30pm – The Port Theatre, Nanaimo, BC
-November 19 @ 7:30pm – Royal Theatre, Victoria, BC
-November 22 @ 7:30pm – Abbotsford Arts Centre, Abbotsford, BC
-November 23 @ 7:30pm – Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre, Vernon, BC
-November 25 @ 7:30pm – Winspear Centre, Edmonton, AB
-November 27 @ 7:30pm – Centre in the Square, Kitchener, ON
-November 29 @ 7:30pm – Centennial Hall, London, ON
-November 30 @ 7:30pm – FirstOntario Concert Hall, Hamilton, ON
-December 1 @ 7:30pm – Grand Theatre, Kingston, ON
-December 7 @ 4pm & 7:30pm – National Arts Centre, Ottawa, ON
-December 13 @ 8pm – Living Arts Centre – Hammerson Hall, Mississauga, ON

More Info:  @grahamchit   @grahamchit

Bloodsuckers: Legends to Leeches at ROM


Vampire bat illustration. Courtesy of Royal Ontario Museum

Where: Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), 100 Queen’s Park
When: November 16, 2019 – March 22, 2020
Cost: Bloodsuckers: Legends to Leeches is a separately ticketed exhibition. Ticket prices for ROM + Bloodsuckers are Adult $33, Child $19, Senior $26, Student $26, Youth $26. Can be purchased online at

Details: Discover the fascinating science lurking beneath the surface of history’s most enduring legends at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) this fall with Bloodsuckers: Legends to Leeches. Vampire bats and birds, live leeches and lampreys, and more of nature’s most bloodthirsty animals star in this ROM-original exhibition.

Blood is a vital life source for humans, and an abundant food source for an astounding 30,000 species across the globe, including birds, mammals, fish, insects, leeches, and flatworms. Bloodsuckers pulls visitors into this world, starting on a microscopic level with the biology behind blood. Live animals, larger-than-life displays, immersive installations, and touchable models delve into these diverse organisms and their feeding mechanisms in detail, showing visitors just how clever bloodfeeders are, and the intricate ways they have evolved to drain blood and thrive on it.

Bloodsucking animals have captured the human imagination for centuries, providing fodder for fear and fantasy. From the first publication of Bram Stoker’s Dracula in 1897 and his immortal incarnations on stage and screen, to the more recent urban legend of the coyote-like Chupacabra, stories of vampiric creatures persist across cultures and time, borne out of fear of the unknown. In the exhibition, immersive experiences bring myths and beliefs in the undead and bloodthirsty beasts to life, highlighting the history of vampire hunting and pop culture’s most famous monsters.

Bloodsuckers is full of juicy facts on the role that bloodfeeders have played in medicine for over 3,000 years, and how they spark scientific discoveries today. The exhibition explores the evolution of bloodletting, from hungry leeches feeding on patients in the name of health, to barbers and physicians tapping veins for vitality in medieval and Victorian times. Current research on bloodborne diseases around the world and how leech anticoagulants – the strongest in the world – enable advancements in medical care highlight the impact bloodfeeders continue to have on human health. The exhibition will also arm visitors with knowledge on how to identify, avoid, and heal bites from bloodfeeding organisms, and ultimately live in harmony with them.

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Portia’s Julius Caesar at Hart House Theatre

JD Leslie as the Soothsayer and Athena Kaitlin Trinh as Portia. Photo by Scott Gorman

Where: Hart House Theatre, 7 Hart House Circle
When: November 15-30, 2019
Cost: Adults $28; Seniors $20; Students $15. Every Wednesday night – $12 Student tickets. Tickets can be purchased at

Details: Hart House Theatre continues to mark its 100th Anniversary Season and presents one of Shakespeare’s most memorable political dramas…with a big twist. Named one of the top shows of 2018 by The Toronto Star after its summer premiere, Portia’s Julius Caesar is an unapologetically feminist take on Shakespeare’s classic account of political upheaval. Through the eyes of a Roman wife, Portia’s Julius Caesar uses a mix of new words and the rich poetry from over 20 of Shakespeare’s works to explore the role of women in classic story-telling, ancient Roman society and politics.

Written by Kaitlyn Riordan, directed by Eva Barrie, set design by Rachel Forbes, costume design by Julia Kim, lighting design by Chris Malkowski and sound design by Andy Trithardt.

Warning: Violent content

More Info: @hhtheatre @HHtheatre

Australia’s Renowned Bangarra Dance Theatre is Coming to Toronto!


Photo by Daniel Boud

Where: Bluma Appel Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front Street East
When: November 8 & 9, 2019
Cost: Tickets range from $49–$111 (additional fees may apply) and are available online at, by calling 416.366.7723 or 1.800.708.6754, or in person at the following TO Live box offices: Meridian Arts Centre Box Office and St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts Box Office

Details: Bangarra Dance Theatre, Australia’s leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance company is coming to Toronto as part of its first major national tour of Canada. The company is acclaimed worldwide for its moving performances, distinctive voice and authentic storytelling. In Toronto, Bangarra will stage Spirit – a presentation of the company’s best repertoire in a powerful celebration of culture drawing from its 30-year history.

Spirit is a collection of dance stories by Artistic Director Stephen Page. Set to a beautiful and haunting score composed by David Page and Steve Francis, Spirit invites audiences to connect with stories drawn from all over Australia, in a celebration of First Nations Peoples’ unbroken connection to the land. This is a true celebration of Australia’s rich culture and history, fused with outstanding dance technique.

Led by Artistic Director Stephen Page, Bangarra Dance Theatre is internationally acclaimed for combining more than 65,000 years of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture with powerful contemporary dance, immersive soundscapes, music and design.

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