Category: Events

Other Side of the Game at Aki Studio

Amanda Parris, Photo Credit: Dalia Katz

Where:  Aki Studio, Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas Street East
When:  October 14 – November 5, 2017.  ** There will be an ASL interpreted performance on Friday, October 20 at 8pm**
Cost:  Tickets $37;  Previews $20; Arts Worker & Students  $25 and includes all taxes and ticket fees.
To purchase tickets www.nativeearth.ca/otherside or call 416.531.1402

Details: Set before the rise of Black Lives Matter, Other Side of the Game is a time-spanning work that tells the story of silenced Black women who organize communities, protect loved ones, battle institutions, and live each day by a ride-or-die philosophy. This first-time partnership between Cahoots and Obsidian also marks the professional playwriting debut for Amanda Parris.

Inspired by interviews conducted with individuals in Toronto and Halifax, the production gives voice to Black women who support their men, their families and communities, even in the face of dire consequences. Set in Toronto, straddling modern day and the 1970s Black civil rights movement, the play is evocative and lyrical in its presentation of a population under siege.

Playwright Amanda Parris was born in London, England, descending from Grenadian and Venezuelan ancestry, and was raised on the south side of Jane Street in Toronto. The host of CBC TV’s Exhibitionists and CBC Radio 2’s Marvin’s Room, Amanda is the co-founder of the alternative education organization Lost Lyrics and founder of the critically acclaimed artistic collective T-Dot Renaissance. In 2014, Amanda joined Cahoots’ Hot House Creators Unit and was their 2016 Playwright-in-Residence.

Director Nigel Shawn Williams is a four-time Dora Mavor Moore Award-winner as both actor and director. His theatre credits include The Merchant of Venice for Bard on the Beach this past summer, five seasons at Stratford Festival, four seasons at Shaw Festival, as well as performances in Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver. Nigel is also heavily involved in new play development and mentoring young and emerging artists through the difficult transition from training schools to professional life.

The talented cast of Black Canadian artists includes Virgilia Griffith (The Wedding Party/Crow’s Theatre, Dora Award for Honesty/Suburban Beast), Shakura Dickson (Women, Everyone Loves Sealand/Toronto Fringe Festival), Ryan Rosery (Judas Noir/BDB Productions), Peter Bailey (Enchanted Loom/Cahoots Theatre, Romeo & Juliet/Dream in High Park), and Ordena Stephens-Thompson (How Black Mothers Say I Love You/Trey Anthony Productions, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf/Soulpepper).

A meeting place between the urgent activism of the 1970s and today’s unapologetic Hip Hop generation, Other Side of the Game is a deft illumination of resilience and struggle amidst the simmering tensions in Black and other marginalized communities.

Deaf Community Consultant – Symara Bonner
Deaf
Interpreters – Samreen Aziz, Charlene Malcolm
ASL/English Interpreters – Tara Lee Everett, Erin Fremlin

More Info: www.cahoots.ca  www.obsidiantheatre.com @CahootsTheatre  @obsidiantheatre
  #osotgTO

The 6th Annual Big City Improv Festival

Not-Oasis-Katherine-Fogler-Photography

Where: Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor St. West; Bad Dog Theatre, 875 Bloor St. West; John Candy Box Theatre, 99 Blue Jays Way, 3rd Floor; The Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth Ave.; Siberia Vintage (formerly Storefront Theatre), 955 Bloor St. West
When: October 13 – 21, 2017
Cost: Single tickets: $12 – $20 and Festival Pass: $75. Can be purchased online at www.bigcityimprovfestival.com

Details: Big City Improv Festival, Canada’s largest improv showcase, will present the best improvisers from across North America at five venues in Toronto.

The 6th Annual Big City Improv Festival will feature the best improvisers in Toronto including: K$M, with Kirsten Rasmussen and Matt Folliott; Squad Goals Birthday Party, established at BCIF 2016 by Sarah Hillier, Paloma Nuñez, Kayla Lorette, Ashley Botting, Jess Bryson, Liz Johnston and Ann Pornel; Death Ray Cabaret, fresh from a successful run at Edinburgh Fringe; Coko and Daphney, with Coko Galore and Daphney Joseph; Kinsey Fail, Toronto’s popular LGBTQ improv troupe; Clotheswap, with Dale Boyer and Amanda Barker; Not Oasis, Patron Pick at Toronto Fringe 2017; The Yes Men, with Pat McKenna, Kevin Frank and Neil Crone; The Sketchersons Experiment, Toronto’s longest running weekly scripted comedy show goes . . . unscripted!; and the return of Ashley Comeau and Connor Thompson’s Lusty Mannequins, with new members Karen Parker and Alastair Forbes!

Big City Improv Festival will also include the premiere of A Very Specific Place, an experimental site-specific show by Jan Caruana and Rob Baker at Siberia Vintage. The audience will experience an improv show inspired by the space they’re in, with characters exclusive to that environment – an everyday setting transformed.

The current  Big City Improv Festival line-up includes:
 A Very Specific Place, Abra Cadaver, America’s Next Top Blank, Bird Love, Blast From The Past, The Bloody Marys, The Business Meeting, Calm Springs, Chakra Khan, Chunky, Clarke Pengu, Classic Humans, Clotheswap, The Coincidence Men, Coko and Daphney, Coming Soon, Common Folk, Corey Matthews, Cynthia, DaFlo, Darcy & Bingley, Dead Detectives, Death Ray Cabaret, Fake Cops, Fanny Pack, Gentleman Frog, Greasy Pizza Kisses, Grim Diesel, Halal Rainbow, Hot Barley, Improv The Board Game, Jibber Jabbar, K$M, Kinsey Fail, Living Bloodsticks, Lusty Mannequins, Mantown, Murder Bail, Nicky’s Solo Improvised Musical, Not Oasis, NOTORIOUS, Orson Whales, Pantsuit, Pepperoni Pizza Cats, Riverdale: Improvised, S&P, Seven Ages, Sex Machina, Shots and High Fives, The Sketchersons Experiment, Smashing Peaches, SODA School Of Dramatic Acting, Songbuster – An Improvised Musical, Soul Decision, SPF 3, Squad Goals Birthday Party, The Raccoons, That Moment When, Tribiya, Truman Chipotle, TwoSon, Varsity Blues Clues, We’re Trying, What If? Improvising Your Alternate Universe, and The Yes Men.
  
The Big City Improv Festival, created by artistic director Adrianne Gagnon in 2011, is Canada’s largest gathering of improvisers with marquee headliners, local showcases, public workshops and industry panels. Alumni includes Scott Adsit, Phil LaMarr, Colin Mochrie, Maribeth Monroe, Lauren Ash, National Theatre of the World, and more.

More Info: www.bigcityimprovfestival.com@bigcityimprovto #BCIF2017

The Adventures of Tom Shadow at Factory Theatre

Where:  Factory, Studio Theatre, 125 Bathurst Street
When: October 11–22, 2017
Cost: In the spirit of accessible theatre, Theatre Lab will be offering tickets at three price-points to allow patrons to pick the price that fits their budget: $23, $33, $43 + HST. Patrons are encouraged to pay what they can afford. All tickets are General Admission and can be purchased online at www.FactoryTheatre.ca/tomshadow by phone at 416.504.9971  or in-person at 125 Bathurst Street (at Adelaide)

Details: This Autumn, for two weeks only, audiences can catch Toronto’s comedy elite together on-stage as they revision and remount The Adventures of Tom Shadow. Written and performed by Toronto’s top comedians, the production is a hysterically-funny yet heart-wrenching musical that follows … well … the adventures of Tom Shadow, as he travels through the mystical and magical Cloud Kingdom!This irreverent tale, though full of magic and whimsy, is definitely not for kids. Think Peter Pan meets anyone messing with Liam Neeson’s kids.

The cast is a proverbial super-group of stand-up, sketch and improv comedians: Lisa Gilroy (YTV’s The Zone, The Beaverton), Mark Little (Mr. D., CONAN), Natalie Metcalfe (The Sketchersons, O Dat Dum), Christian Smith (The Second City HouseCo, Soul Decision), and Kevin Vidal (Workin’ Moms, Come From Away 2018).

Created by the company, The Adventures of Tom Shadow will be directed by Peter Stevens of award-winning sketch troupe Elephant Empire, with sound design and stage management by Seann Murray of Just For Laughs Best Comedy Award-winners Sex T-Rex, lighting design by Meg Maguire and musical direction and accompaniment by 2016 Dora nominee Jordan Armstrong of comedy duo Death Ray Cabaret.

This October, Torontonians will have recuperating after TIFF, buying pumpkins, and The Adventures of Tom Shadow, to look forward to! Performed to sold-out audiences in June 2017 at the Bad Dog Theatre, The Adventures of Tom Shadow is back due to high demand with this remount by Theatre Lab.


More Info: www.FactoryTheatre.ca/tomshadow @TheaterLab 
 #TomShadow

NoshFest 2017

Where: Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street
When: October 9, 2017 @ 10:30am to 4:30pm
Cost: General admission is $10. Kids under 12 are Free. Tickets can be purchased online at www.noshfest.ca/tickets. Advance ticket holders get priority entrance.

Details: NoshFest, Toronto’s Jewish food festival, will bring together the best of the city’s longstanding Jewish eateries with modern Jewish-inspired fare for a day-long celebration of food and culture. Hosting its second annual event, NoshFest will welcome acclaimed food and drink vendors from across the city including Caplansky’s Deli, Marty’s Pickles, Pancer’s Original Deli, Oakwood Hardware, Fruit of the Land and many more.

While noshing and schmoozing, guest will enjoy the tune of the klezmer band, Rock the Shtetl featuring Jonno Lightstone, while the kids will dance along the Mystic Drumz. The Leo Baeck Day School will host a fun and interactive kids zone with food and cultural crafts and activities to keep the little ones entertained.

New this year, guests will be welcome to watch cooking demos from the local Toronto chefs, including Julian Pancer from the Chef Upstairs and Amanda Rose from 3 Sisters’ Kitchen.

NoshFest has partnered this year with Leket, Israel’s National Food Bank, which distributes food in​Israel to those in need. When purchasing ​advance​ ​tickets,​ ​attendees​ ​will​ ​have​ ​a​ ​chance​ ​to​ ​make​ ​a​ ​donation to Leket.​

More Info:  www.noshfest.ca  @NoshFestToronto

Adizokan at Roy Thomson Hall

Where:  Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street
When: October 7, 2017
Cost:  Tickets from $79 and can be purchased at www.tso.ca/concert/adizokan

Details: Sandra Laronde (Teme-Augama Anishinaabe), Founder and Artistic Director of Toronto’s Red Sky Performance, curates and directs Adizokan, a World Premiere/Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) Commission. Exploring Indigenous connections to ancestral origins, this new genre-defying creation features Indigenous vocals, electro-acoustic, orchestral music, dance and film.

With an original score of Adizokan by composer Eliot Britton (Métis), the evening also brings together outstanding performers such as throat-boxer Nelson Tagoona (Inuk), singer Fara Palmer (Saulteaux-Cree), singer Marie Gaudet (Anishinaabe), singer Gabriel Gaudet (Anishinaabe/Cree), and musician/dancer Michel Muniidobenese Bruyere (Anishinaabe), with the collaboration of Red Sky dancers, Filmmaker Andrew Moro (Euro-Cree) and Lighting Designer Michel Charbonneau (Anishinaabe). The TSO, under the direction of Gary Kulesha, also performs Blood Echo by Canadian composer Carmen Braden.

Red Sky Performance has also been invited to perform Adizokan with the Yucatán Symphony Orchestra as part of the 2017 International Mayan Culture Festival in Mérida, Mexico on October 24, 2017.

Red Sky Performance and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra have been collaborating since 2002 when they first co-presented Caribou Song, written by Tomson Highway. Sandra Laronde now curates Adizokan as part of Canada 150.

Internationally renowned, Red Sky Performance is Canada’s leading company of contemporary Indigenous performance in dance, theatre, music, and media. This multi-award-winning company founded in 2000 has significantly influenced the artistic evolution of contemporary Indigenous performing arts in Canada and around the world.

Touring since 2003, Red Sky Performance has delivered over 2,253 performances across Canada and international performances in 12 countries on four continents, including two Cultural Olympiads (Beijing and Vancouver), and opened for Canada at World Expo in Shanghai. They are the recipient of five Dora Mavor Moore awards and nominations, two Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, the Smithsonian Expressive Award, among other recognitions.

More Info:  www.redskyperformance.com    @redskyconnect


Where:  Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street
When: October 7, 2017
Cost:  Tickets from $79 and can be purchased at www.tso.ca/concert/adizokan

Details: Sandra Laronde (Teme-Augama Anishinaabe), Founder and Artistic Director of Toronto’s Red Sky Performance, curates and directs Adizokan, a World Premiere/Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) Commission. Exploring Indigenous connections to ancestral origins, this new genre-defying creation features Indigenous vocals, electro-acoustic, orchestral music, dance and film.

With an original score of Adizokan by composer Eliot Britton (Métis), the evening also brings together outstanding performers such as throat-boxer Nelson Tagoona (Inuk), singer Fara Palmer (Saulteaux-Cree), singer Marie Gaudet (Anishinaabe), singer Gabriel Gaudet (Anishinaabe/Cree), and musician/dancer Michel Muniidobenese Bruyere (Anishinaabe), with the collaboration of Red Sky dancers, Filmmaker Andrew Moro (Euro-Cree) and Lighting Designer Michel Charbonneau (Anishinaabe). The TSO, under the direction of Gary Kulesha, also performs Blood Echo by Canadian composer Carmen Braden.

Red Sky Performance has also been invited to perform Adizokan with the Yucatán Symphony Orchestra as part of the 2017 International Mayan Culture Festival in Mérida, Mexico on October 24, 2017.

Red Sky Performance and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra have been collaborating since 2002 when they first co-presented Caribou Song, written by Tomson Highway. Sandra Laronde now curates Adizokan as part of Canada 150.

Internationally renowned, Red Sky Performance is Canada’s leading company of contemporary Indigenous performance in dance, theatre, music, and media. This multi-award-winning company founded in 2000 has significantly influenced the artistic evolution of contemporary Indigenous performing arts in Canada and around the world.

Touring since 2003, Red Sky Performance has delivered over 2,253 performances across Canada and international performances in 12 countries on four continents, including two Cultural Olympiads (Beijing and Vancouver), and opened for Canada at World Expo in Shanghai. They are the recipient of five Dora Mavor Moore awards and nominations, two Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, the Smithsonian Expressive Award, among other recognitions.

More Info:  www.redskyperformance.com    @redskyconnect