Category: Events

The Second City Toronto – Party Today, Panic Tomorrow

(l-r) Brandon Hackett, Ann Pornel, Devon Hyland, Allana Reoch, Nadine Djoury & Colin Munch

Where: 51 Mercer Street (at Blue Jays Way)
When:  August 23, 2017 for an extended engagement
Cost: Tickets start at $26 and can be purchased onlkine at www.secondcity.com or The Second City box office at 416-343-0011

Details: The Second City is proud to present its 80th Mainstage Revue, Party Today, Panic Tomorrow which expresses the absurd dilemmas of life in 2017. This hilarious, all-new sketch revue reflects suffering from political exhaustion, screaming over board games, settling scores with dance-offs, and taking life advice from a giant banana. The Second City Mainstage cast will help audiences spin, sing and laugh their troubles away.

The production is created and performed by The Second City Toronto Mainstage cast, featuring new cast members Allana Reoch (Panacea!) and Nadine Djoury (Newborn Moms), who will join returning Mainstage cast members Ann Pornel (Baroness Von Sketch Show), Brandon Hackett (This Hour Has 22 Minutes), Colin Munch (Uncalled For), and Devon Hyland (Stay Out of the Desert).

Party Today, Panic Tomorrow is directed by The Second City alum Leslie Seiler, in her debut as a Mainstage director, and assistant to the director Karen Parker, making them The Second City’s first all-female directing team. Returning creatives include Musical Director Lee Cohen, Set Designer Camellia Koo, Stylist Melanie McNeill, and Lighting Designer Christina Cicko, while Georgia Priestley-Brown joins as Stage Manager.

More Info: www.secondcity.com  @SecondCityTO

ROM Serves up a Feast of Culinary Delights in Celebration of Canada 150

Chef Ned Bell. Photo courtesy Meighan Makarchuk

Where: Royal Ontario Museum
When:  August 15, 2017 from 7-10pm
Cost: $58 members; $65 General Admission. Tickets can be purchased online
***Ages 19+

Details: In celebration of Canada 150, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) presents an exclusive culinary event that toasts the regional diversity of our national cuisine. Taking place at the Museum on August 15, 2017, Canada’s Table features the country’s top chefs preparing delicious dishes that have shaped the culinary landscape of Canada. Accompanied by Canadian beverage options selected by the LCBO and Vintages, live entertainment and access to three of the Museum’s special exhibitions, this one-night-only event offers guests a feast for the senses.

Among the chefs serving up a delicious menu of tasting plates are executive chef Jamie Kennedy, Ocean Wise executive chef Ned Bell, Ted Corrado and Alexandra Feswick of The Drake, Johl Ringuette of NishDish, momofuko’s Paula Navarette, Joshna Maharaj, formerly of The Gladstone, Nick Liu of DaiLo, Guy Rawlings of Montgomery’s and others.

To complement this unique culinary experience, guests will be treated to the soulful tunes of vocalist Missy Knott, and an array of special exhibitions. Visitors are invited to experience a journey through the artistic evolution of one of the most populous and diverse Indigenous communities in North America in Anishinaabeg: Art & Power; to explore the relationship between photography and the idea of family in The Family Camera; and to meet Blue, Canada’s beloved Blue Whale, in the feature exhibition Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story.

A Kitchen Conversations event, Canada’s Table is presented in partnership with LCBO, Vintages and Ocean Wise.

More Info: www.rom.on.ca/en/canadastable  @ROMToronto

Broken Images at Red Sandcastle Theatre


Where:
Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen Street East
When: August 11 –20, 2017
Cost:  Ticket Prices: $20 and can be purchased online at www.brokenimages.eventbrite.com or at the door for $25

Details: Broken Images is a psychological thriller by acclaimed Indian contemporary playwright Girish Karnad. This is a one woman show starring Neeraja Ramjee, and directed by award-winning actor, director, and dramaturge Clinton Walker.

The production is a masterpiece of self-delusion and self-worth, taking a cutting look at the Indian literary establishment, the desire for fame, and the need to win at all costs. When Manjula, a mediocre Indian writer gets international fame for a book she wrote in English, and not her native tongue, she gets flak from her literary community, and is questioned without warning by her ‘Image’ to unearth the scandal behind her sudden rise to fame.

Girish Karnad is an acclaimed contemporary Indian playwright and a Rhodes Scholar. He is also an actor, director and screen writer. He was conferred the Padma Bhushan by the President of India, and has been honoured with the Bharatiya Jnanpith, India’s highest literary award.

Neeraja Ramjee (Manjula, producer) is a New York trained actor, and studied acting at New York Film Academy, and the Acting Studio in New York and improvisation at the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB). Her recent credits include roles in theatre and film/TV, including Horrible Parent (June Havoc Theatre, NY), Bubbling (Beckman Theatre (ATA), NY), High Quality Friends (Arthur Seelen Theatre, NY), and Tremulous (Producer’s Club Theatre, NY).

More Info: @BrokenImages17    #BROKENIMAGESPLAY

Free Events at Shakespeare in High Park this August

Global Village – Blue Dot Band

Where: High Park Amphitheatre
When: Month of August
Cost: All events are free. Daytime events (Community Citizenship Ceremony and Global Village) do not require a ticket; entry to Territorial Tales pre-show performances is included with admission to Shakespeare in High Park. Each Shakespeare in High Park performance is pay-what-you can (suggested $20 contribution) and premium seats can be reserved by donation in advance for $25, online at canadianstage.com or by calling the Canadian Stage box office at 416.368.3110.

Details: In celebration of Shakespeare in High Park’s 35th anniversary season and Canada’s 150th, Canadian Stage is proud to announce a series of free events taking place at the High Park Amphitheatre throughout the month of August, including a showcase of new short plays by the participants of Territorial Tales, the company’s 2017 Youth Engagement Project; a Community Citizenship Ceremony, and a Global Village Family Festival.

In keeping with Shakespeare in High Park’s 35 year tradition of accessible outdoor theatre for all, this diverse slate of pre-show activities and daytime cultural events will offer audiences opportunities to immerse themselves in the personal stories and powerful experiences that make up our global landscape:

Territorial Tales – Engage in the premiere of three short plays based on themes of displacement, migration and the recapturing of spirit, penned by selected participants of Canadian Stage’s 2017 youth engagement program and performed before the start of King Lear and Twelfth Night by six youth actors. In partnership with the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, Sketch and Kids Up Front.

All Territorial Tales performances take place August 3-September 2 at 7:30pm at the High Park Amphitheatre (prior to performances of King Lear + Twelfth Night) and are included with entrance to Shakespeare in High Park.

Community Citizenship Ceremony  – This event will honour Canada’s newest citizens with an afternoon of roundtable discussions, short performances featuring ensemble members of Shakespeare in High Park and a keynote speech from Salah Bachir, Chancellor of OCAD University and President of Cineplex Media. Co-hosted with the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC) and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).Takes place August 3 at 2:30pm, no ticket required.

Global Village We Are Our Story – Kick off the August long weekend early with this free family festival devoted to the stories and experiences that make up our Global Village. A day-long celebration of the land we share with immersive activities including live musical performances, DIY workshops, delicious food tastings, storytelling and more. Featuring an opening performance from the Woodland Cultural Centre; the globe-trotting musical offerings of Amai Kuda & Y Josephine and the Blue Dot Band; food demos from Not Far From the Tree Cider and Sang Kim Kimchi; Ukranian craft workshops from Folk Camp, and more. Takes place August 4, 11am to 4pm, no ticket required.

More Info: @CanadianStage  www.canadianstage.com/online/Shakespeare

Sharron Matthew’s Girl Crush at High Park Amphitheatre


Where:
High Park Amphitheatre
When: July 24, 2017 @ 8pm
Cost: Tickets are $30 (Artsworker/Students: $20). Available at 416.368.3110, www.canadianstage.com or in person at the Canadian Stage box office. This is a General Admission event.

Details: Fresh off its highly acclaimed runs in New York City and Calgary, the Toronto premiere of Sharron Matthews’ dynamite cabaret Girl Crush will play for one night only at Toronto’s High Park Amphitheatre on July 24. 

Sharron has been lauded not only for her cabaret work (named “Best of the Fest” two years running by the Scotsman Newspaper at the Edinburgh Fringe) but also for her celebration of her own shape and form. She developed the ground-breaking body and life celebrating cabaret Girl Crush that premiered in April 2017 with a three-week run at Calgary’s Lunch Box Theatre.

The production weaves the re-imagined music of well-known artists including Kim Carnes, The Police, Blondie, Rick Springfield, Beyoncé and Cyndi Lauper into relatable tales of heartbreak, obsession, awe and love. This inspiring and hysterical musical journey is a moving cabaret tour de force.
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Running time: 60 minutes, no intermission
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More Info: @MusicalStageCo  @canadianstage 
#GirlCrushTO #MondayInTheParkWithSharron

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