|June 5, 2019||Filled under Events||
Where: Bad Dog Theatre, 875 Bloor Street West
When: June 12 and 16, 2019 at 9:30pm
Cost: Tickets are $15, or $10 for arts workers. Can be purchased at www.baddogtheatre.com/calendar/
Details: Award winning comedian Ian McIntyre will present his new comedy revue The Rise and Fall of Dataman; a darkly whimsical journey into his quirky world of solo sketch comedy.
Inspired by his experience surviving a brutal corporate takeover – and his decision to leave office life behind him – this tall, thin, and cerebral comedian transforms into many colourful and seamless characters. Directed by Kirsten Rasmussen, the production explores the boundaries of silliness and showcases the sadness behind the clown.
Ian is a prolific sketch and improv comedian known for his distinctive characters and off the wall scenes. Ian brings to mind that well intentioned but misguided nephew who should spend more time playing sports instead of memorising the Dungeons and Dragons player’s handbook.
Heavily influenced by British comedy, Ian takes his cues from Monty Python, Rowan Atkinson, and A Bit of Fry & Laurie. He is a graduate of The Second City Conservatory Program, and was selected to perform at the Just for Laughs Character Showcase at TOsketchfest19. Ian won Best Newcomer at the inaugural Sketch to the Death competition in Toronto, and won a number of short video contests for his sketches while in school. He also produces The Variety Show, a monthly comedy showcase at The Social Capital Theatre.
More Info: @BadDogTheatre
|May 28, 2019||Filled under Events||
Where: Riverside neighbourhood
When: June 1, 2019 @1pm to 6pm
Cost: Live music and many activities at the festival are free and you do not need to bring your ticket to partake! Food, products, and goods within the festival are generally not free: Riverside eateries will be having special promos and outdoor food tasters, and shops will be having sidewalk sales, at special prices.
Details: Taste the Eats and feel the Beats in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood! Riverside’s Annual Streetfest spans ten vibrant blocks along Queen Street East between the Don Valley Parkway to just past world-famous De Grassi Street. For street closures visit www.riverside-to.com
It’s all happening just across the bridge from Toronto’s Downtown Core. The festival takes place alongside the Riverdale ArtWalk (Jimmie Simpson Park).
The event will showcase 50+ local eateries and shops along Queen Street East serving food specials, sidewalk sales and live entertainment. At Broadview Avenue and Queen Street visit the Beer Garden from Eastbound Brewing Co, three Food demos from Toronto Food Tours and five bands playing from 1pm ’til 9pm, including a DJ Battle. And much more at four other locations!
|May 10, 2019||Filled under Events||
Where: Tarragon’s Extraspace, 30 Bridgman Ave
When: May 16-June 1, 2019
Cost: Regular Previews $20, All Other Shows $37. Under 30/Senior/Arts Worker Previews $20, All Other Shows $25. PWYC available Tuesdays & Sunday Matinees. To purchase tickets visit www.belladonnaTO.com **Wheelchair accessible venue.
Details: Bella Donna flips the script on passion, poison, and dirty politics in this award-winning dark comedy by David Copelin. Ten years after Bella Donna won Best New Play and Patron’s Pick at the Toronto Fringe Festival, a female-led collective of intergenerational and multidisciplinary artists come together to re-vision the story of scandalized historical figure Lucrezia Borgia for audiences in 2019.
Recent recipient of the Gina Wilkinson Prize for Emerging Female Director Anita La Selva envisions the production with Dora Award nominated Costume and Set Designer Jan Venus, joined by Lighting Director Waleed Ansari and celebrated Fight Choreographer Daniel Levinson, founder of Canada’s oldest stage combat school Rapier Wit.
Sex, secrets, and power plays abound with Françoise Balthazar as Lucrezia Borgia, who faces excommunication alongside her egoistic husband and partner-in-crime Duke Alfonso D’Este of Ferrara, played by Paul Hopkins. Their ward, Angela Di Ghilini, Chelsea Russell has her sights on the Borgia throne, but her attention is diverted when Giovanni, played by Dewey Stewart, enters the picture. Giovanni may have evidence of a guilty secret even more devastating to Lucrezia than excommunication, and she gets her confidante Sister Bibiana, Martha Chaves caught in the crossfire trying to protect it.
Bella Donna Artists Collective rewrites the rules on female empowerment, centering on sex-positive feminism with this irreverent and provocative take on the “modern-day” Borgias at Tarragon Theatre’s Extraspace.
More Info: www.belladonnaTO.com
|May 7, 2019||Filled under Events||
Where: Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen Street East
When: May 14-25, 2019
Cost: Tickets are $25 (advance) and $30 (cash at door). To purchase visit www.cementfactorytheatre.ca or www.brownpapertickets.com
Details: Cement Factory and NightShift Theatre assemble a dynamite ensemble to bring Risk Everything to the east end’s Red Sandcastle theatre. Written by acclaimed Toronto playwright George F. Walker and directed by award-winning performer and designer Allan Michael Brunet, this dark comedy about family ties and personal values comes to Leslieville for a limited run.
Risk Everything is the last instalment in George F. Walker’s Suburban Motel series, which explores the darker side of our capitalist society from the underdog’s perspective. This fast-paced comedy follows Denise as she tries to free herself from a troubled past and become a respectable member of society. When her grifter mother shows up with a dangerous scheme and starts recruiting her TV addicted ex-con husband as an accomplice, it will take all of Denise’s resources and determination to keep from lapsing into her old ways. Throw an angry mob boss and a porn director neighbour into the mix and the family may have to risk everything to avoid losing it all.
For this production, Allan Michael Brunet will transform the Red Sandcastle theatre on Queen Street East into a seedy east end motel room. “I found a house that was about to be torn down. It looked like it had been decorated in the ‘70s. I stripped it of its fake wood panelling and floor to ceiling drapes. Perfect decors for a cheap ‘90s motel room.” Building a set from recycled materials found on Kijiji also makes sense for an environmentally conscious company with a limited budget.
As a special bonus, Cement Factory is reviving the tradition of presenting a short story before the feature event by inviting some of its friends to perform a 10-minute play before each show.
More Info: www.cementfactorytheatre.ca
|May 2, 2019||Filled under Events||
Where: Tankhouse Theatre, Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House Lane
When: May 8-25, 2019
Cost: Ticket prices range from $25-$40 for performances. Student, Arts Worker, and ODSP Card Holder prices also available. To purchase tickets online, visit www.soulpepper.ca or call phone 416.866.8666, or in person at the box office at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts.
Details: In Soulpepper’s fifth partnership with RARE Theatre Company, Canadian theatre pioneer and two-time Governor General award-winner Judith Thompson directs and dramaturges the World Premiere of Welcome to my Underworld, taking the Tank House theatre stage by storm.
The production is a beautiful odyssey that erupts with heightened, illusory and playful language, as it follows Willow, a 10-year-old girl, as she gracefully weaves from one unique story to the next in search of her truest self.
Nine blazing hot works written and performed by new Canadian dramatists have been woven into one spectacular play. Each playwright brings their own gate-crashing ideas and compelling characters who have never been seen on our stages until now.
Join the riveting performers Bilal Baig, Nikoletta Erdelyi, Radha S. Menon, Grace Thompson, Maddie Bautista, Samson Brown and Carolyn Hetherington as they dive fearlessly into their particular Underworld. What each piece has is the joyous discovery of a unique self, whether it be gender fluid, queer, proudly disabled and Roma, non-human, wounded, or an elder; in the face of social oppression they are unafraid to roar: This is Me. I am Here. Deal with It.
Accompanying director Judith Thompson on this journey is Irish and Anishinaabe from Nipissing First Nation composer, Olivia Shortt, award-winning choreographer, Monica Dotter and set designer, Brett Haynes. RARE Theatre is thrilled to welcome emerging lighting designer, Sharmylae Taffe-Fletcher to the RARE family.
With humour, honesty, rich writing and dynamic performances by an all-star cast of emerging and seasoned Canadian artists, Welcome to my Underworld is a theatrical experience that will thrill and entertain.
Live ASL interpreted performance on Saturday, May 25 @8pm
Live Audio Description performance on Saturday, May 18 @2pm