Category: Events

It’s Baaaaack! The Return of the We’re Funny That Way Festival!

Lea DeLaria

Where: Acqua Dolce Resto Venue, 50 Prince Edward Island Crescent
Alumnae Theatre Company, 70 Berkeley Street
When:  May 3 – 6, 2017
Cost:  Gayla Gala: $300 (tax receipts available). Festival Tickets: $50, $20, $10 at or at the door.

Details: After a 5-year hiatus, the We’re Funny That Way Festival returns by popular demand! The legendary LGBTQ+ comedy festival and fundraiser will make its triumphant return with a variety of comedy, music, and burlesque performances to benefit  the We’re Funny That Way Foundation.

The festival kicks off with the “Gayla Gala” on May 3, 2017 at Acqua Dolce Resto, with a signature, big ticket variety show featuring fabulous performers who will appear at the Festival throughout the week including Lea DeLaria and Maggie Cassella, David Benjamin Tomlinson, Gavin Crawford, Alec Mapa, Kate Rigg and Lyris Hung. On auction at the gala will be a 30-minute Skype session with musician, producer and actor Debbie Gibson, a longtime supporter of the LGBTQ community.

Highlights include: the Toronto premiere of Stephen Wallem’s cabaret show A Burly Night Music; a “signature train wreck variety show” with Lea DeLaria and Maggie Cassella; a “director’s cut” of Gavin Crawford’s “Friend” “Like” #Me; a stand up set from Alec Mapa; a burlesque and drag show of big bodies and even bigger personalities featuring Belle Jumelles,  Fay Slift,  Kaleb Robertson  and  Ivory;  tales of divas and disasters from the red carpet in David Benjamin Tomlinson’s StarF*ckery; the Happy Lucky Golden Tofu Panda Good Time Fun Fun Show by Slanty Eyed Mama; and much, much more!

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Therapeutic Touch Awareness Week in Ontario

The Therapeutic Touch Network of Ontario (TTNO) presents CARE 150, a province-wide initiative in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday to promote Therapeutic Touch, an accepted non-invasive energy healing technique which can reduce anxiety and stress. The inaugural Therapeutic Touch Awareness Week runs from May 1-7, 2017 and features more than 50 events throughout Ontario and additional events across the country in association with Therapeutic Touch Networks of Canada (TTNC).

Therapeutic Touch Awareness Week Ontario events will be held in such centres as Barrie, Belleville, Bracebridge, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Chatham, Fergus, Etobicoke, Guelph, Haliburton, Huntsville, Kingston, Oakville, Ottawa, Mississauga, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Wellington, Whitby, and Windsor.

Key GTA Events During Therapeutic Awareness Week
1. Therapeutic Touch at the May Day! Caring for the Caregiver Health & Wellness Fair. Experience healing sessions including Therapeutic Touch, Reiki, Light Hand and Foot Massage with Aromatherapy. May 1, 4 – 8pm at Bramalea Retirement Residence, 30 Peel Centre Dr, Brampton. Registration – Julia von Flotow, CPC, RT, 416-686-6463 [email protected] Cost is FREE.
2. Therapeutic Touch for Caregivers and Family members of Dementia and Alzheimer’s patients. May 3, 5:30 – 7pm at Toronto Alzheimer Society, 20 Eglinton Ave W #1600, Toronto. Registration – Paula Neilson, RT, 416-447-1600 [email protected] Cost is FREE.
3. Therapeutic Touch for Dancers/Performers at Student Theatre. May 7, 1 – 3pm at Burlington Student Theatre, 2131 Prospect St, Burlington. Registration – Lynda Hill, RP, 905-681-2575 [email protected] Cost is $10.

Diverse research has been conducted on the efficacy of Therapeutic Touch in various clinical settings and has shown Therapeutic Touch is effective in: promoting relaxation; reducing anxiety and stress; managing pain; improving sleep; facilitating the body’s natural healing process and fostering a sense of well-being. In addition, once a person is trained in the technique, Therapeutic Touch can be used effectively for self-care.

Each Therapeutic Touch session is tailored to the individual’s needs and usually does not exceed 40 minutes including the rest period. The client remains fully clothed. Depending on their preference, Therapeutic Touch can be done with no physical touching, or with light touch on the shoulders, arms, legs, and feet.  

The session can be administered while the client is sitting or lying down. First, the practitioner quiets their mind, becoming calm and present in the moment. Then, as they move their hands from the head to the feet, two to four inches from the body, they note any differences in the quality of the energy flow. Following this, using the energy centres of the hands, the practitioner appropriately modulates energy with specific intention and clear visualization to redistribute and rebalance the client’s energy field. The session ends with a rest period of 20 minutes or more, during which time the body’s natural healing mechanisms respond to the client’s altered and rebalanced energy flow, and the client’s own healing momentum continues.

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Illusions at Crows Theatre

Where: Crows Theatre, 345 Carlaw Avenue
When: April 21 – May 7, 2017, Previews April 19 & 20 at 8:30pm
Cost: $35 (student and seniors $25) and can be purchased in person at Crows Theatre Box Office, by calling 647-341-7390 ext. 1010 or online at

Details: Award-winning Canadian theatre company, SideMart Theatrical Grocery is proud to present the English language Canadian premiere of Illusions by one of Russia’s foremost playwrights, Ivan Viripaev.

The production proudly boasts an all-star cast of two real life couples Brett Donahue, and Gemini Award-winner Laurence Dauphinais, as well as Marie-Ève Perron, and Andew Shaver. These actual relationships add a true-life dimension to the complex tale of four intertwining lovers.

Passion and death, loyalty and betrayal, truth and fiction, hope and despair, ILLUSIONS playfully unravels the paradoxical lives of two couples. A story of friendship, and crossed loves, this is the first English translation of the work of one of Russia’s foremost contemporary playwrights.

Ivan Viripaev (playwright) is a Russian playwright, director, screenwriter, film director, actor and art director of Praktika Theatre in Moscow. Artistic Director of SideMart Theatrical Grocery, Andrew Shaver (co-director/second man) is an Award-winning performer, producer and stage director. For thirteen years, Paul Flicker (co-director) served as the producer and then artistic producer of the Segal Centre for the Arts in Montreal, where he produced countless theatre, music and dance productions.

More Info:   @SideMart  #IllusionsTO #SIDEMART

Banana Boys Returns To Factory Theatre

Where: Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst
When:  April 18 – May 14, 2017
Cost: Ticket prices range from $25-$55 including Student, Arts Worker and Senior Prices. Purchase in person at Factory or visit or call 416.504.9971

Details: Written by Leon Aureus, Banana Boys makes a triumphant return to Factory Theatre. The production is adapted from Terry Woo’s game-changing novel by Leon Aureus, and is one of the hit shows from Factory’s Naked Season. Factory Artistic Director Nina Lee Aquino will close the current season with her highly inventive reimagining of the show, which she first directed in 2004 for fu-Gen Asian Canadian Theatre Company.

Five Asian-Canadian men must confront unrealized potential, devastating loss, and time travel . . . all while trying not to punch too many white boys in the face. “Yellow on the outside and white on the inside,” the production delves deeply into Asian-Canadian stereotypes while also dealing with death, rage, addiction, racism and familial expectations. Wickedly funny and incredibly fresh, the show is set for an extended run in celebration of Asian Heritage Month in May.

Returning cast members include Darrel Gamotin (Monday Nights/The Theatre Centre) as Sheldon Kwan, the man in search of love; Matthew Gin, (One Good Morning/Toronto Fringe) as reluctant  med student Mike Chao; and Oliver Koomsatira (Comfort/Red Snow Collective) as the frightening and violent Dave Lowe.
New cast members include Jonathan Kim (the CBC TV series 21 Thunder) in the pivotal role of Rick Wong; and actor and sound designer Miquelon Rodriguez (Cowboy Versus Samurai/Soulpepper) as Luke Yeung, the boy who won’t grow up.

The 2016/17 Factory season looks beyond Canadian borders to navigate new identities and redefine the meaning of home, as citizens, residents, and visitors, in six plays charting new Canadian experiences.

More Info: @FactoryToronto  #beyond1617  #FTBananaBoys

Prince Hamlet at The Theatre Centre


Christine Horne as Prince Hamlet. Photo by Dahlia Katz

Where: Franco Boni Theatre, The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen Street West
When: April 17-29, 2017
Cost:  All Tickets Pay-What-You-Can-AFFORD $5/$25/$50/$75. To purchase tickets call 416.538.0988 or

Details: Why Not Theatre marks their tenth anniversary in 2017 with a groundbreaking English and American Sign Language bilingual production of Prince Hamlet, adapted and directed by Why Not Artistic Director Ravi Jain. 
Ravi’s reordered, reconstructed and bilingual Prince Hamlet features a gender-bending, cross-cultural cast which illuminates the contemporary relevance of the 400-year-old play and asks the question “who gets to tell this story?”

Not yet two months after the death of his father the King, his mother has remarried and Prince Hamlet struggles to understand the world they live in. The ghost of his father directs Hamlet to avenge his murder, but is that the right thing to do? What is Hamlet’s responsibility? How does someone exist in a world that is not their truth?

In every way Ravi Jain makes theatre, he defies convention. The tenth anniversary of Why Not Theatre offers an opportunity for reflection and Jain is looking back to his first production of Prince Hamlet—Why Not’s inaugural production which The Globe and Mail called “an astonishingly absorbing piece of theatre for his first Toronto show”—to see what the future can offer.
This new production of Prince Hamlet stars the multi-award winning actress Christine Horne as Hamlet. Also starring Dawn Jani Birley, Miriam Fernandes, Jeff Ho, Christine Horne,
Hannah Miller,  Rick Roberts, Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah, Karen Robinson and Maria Vacratsis

Set and costume design by Lorenzo Savoini, lighting design by Andre du Toit and sound design by Thomas Ryder Payne.

In the pursuit of ticket price accessibility, Why Not is offering four different price points for the same general admission ticket, to be chosen based “pay-what-you-can-afford” for a night out.

More Info:  @theatrewhynot #PrinceHamlet

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