Category: Events

Cassie Cao is First Female Chinese Comic in Just For Laughs New Faces: Canada Showcase

Monument National, 1182, Boul. St-Laurent in Montreal
When: July 27, 2019 @ 7pm
Cost: Tickets are $31.79 and can be purchased at

Details: Just For Laughs recently announced the line-up for the 2019 New Faces: Canada showcase on July 26, 2019 in Montreal. Toronto-based comedian Cassie Cao has been selected to perform at New Faces: Canada, making her the first female Chinese  comic to perform at a JFL showcase spotlighting Canadian comedians.

Cassie Cao is a Chinese-Canadian standup comedian and actor, who grew up in  Shanghai, Quebec City, Moncton, and Ottawa. She is a 2019 Canadian Comedy Award winner, and was a recipient of the 2018 NBC Second City Diversity Fellowship. Cassie performs standup comedy across Canada in club and theatre venues, and has been featured on Sirius XM’s Top Comic, Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival, Big City Improv Festival, Camp Wavelength Festival, Toronto Fringe Festival, the Mirvish CAA Theatre, and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Her satirical writing can be seen on CBC Comedy.

Cassie was formerly an economist and has years of experience telling jokes about the interest rate to prominent Canadian policy makers.

Just For Laughs New Faces is a series conceived to launch the careers of tomorrow’s top comedic talent. New Faces: Canada, in partnership with Netflix, will spotlight the homegrown rising stars that audiences need to know now.

More Info: @thecassiecao  @thecassiecao

The Fourth Annual OssFest


Ossington Avenue (Between Dundas Street West and Queen Street West)
When: July 27, 2019 @ 8:45am – 1am
Cost: Free

Details: OssFest returns for the fourth annual pedestrian take over on the Ossington Avenue Strip between Dundas Street West and Queen Street West! OssFest will feature free, all day programming including a Live Music Stage, SuperKick’d Wrestling and much more!

The OssFest Outdoor Live Music Stage, curated by The Painted Lady, showcases an entertaining lineup high in caliber featuring: the Sinatra swing meets the Chet Baker cool of The Reposadists; Latin funk showmen The Saul Torres Band; the edgy Canadiana of Indigenous rocker Evan Redsky; award-winning, soulful folk singer Ariana Gillis; the foot stompin’ old school country of Geoff Marshall & The Mail Order Cowboys; jam funk fusion band Brainfudge; melodic art-rockers Brutus Begins; the compelling orchestral pop of Common Deer; and the big stage antics and glam-punk-pop anthems of Menage.

Superkick’d Wrestling, the popular Pro Wrestling Rock Show, will return to OssFest where attendees can cheer on their heroes, and boo the heels in round after round of pure entertainment.

Organized by the Ossington BIA and community partners, OssFest will begin with a yoga class in the morning, followed by artisans and local businesses showcasing their goods throughout the day. OssFest will have music and entertainment programming all day and into the evening with over 20 patios open until 1am. OssFest is family friendly, pet friendly, and is a fantastic way to celebrate the neighbourhood!

More Info: @ossingtonbia @ossingtonbia

JFL Hoop Dreams Charity Basketball Game

Where: Le Centre Sportif (UQAM), 1212, Rue Sanguinet, Montréal
When: July 24, 2019 @ 2pm
Cost: Suggested Donation is $10. Tickets can be purchases online at  All JFL Pass Holders have access to this event.

Details: Comedy Records presents JFL Hoop Dreams, a charity basketball game showcasing comedians and comedy industry professionals with proceeds benefiting AMI-Quebec. Hosted by K Trevor Wilson, JFL Hoop Dreams will take place at Le Centre Sportif in Montreal with Team World taking on Team Canada.

Team Canada will be lead by Nick Reynoldson, who will be joined by fellow comics Rodrigo Fernandez-Stoll (Kim’s Convenience), Adam Christie (This Hour Has 22 Minutes), Freddy Rivas (Rapp Battlez) Spencer Mackay, Chanty Marostica, Alo Azimov, Jarrett Campbell and Morgan O’Shea. From the industry side, Team Canada will include Monique Barbieri from Live Nation and Gary Rideout Jr from Comedy Bar.

Team World will feature captain Forrest Shaw with a roster including his Podcast co-host Jim Jefferies, and fellow comedians Brian Moses, Emma Willmann, Rafi Bastos, Andrew Schulz, Brad Williams and Guy Montgomery. Industry teammates will include Michael Cox (NBC’s Jimmy Fallon), Tiffany Schloesser (Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment),  Emilio Savone (New York Comedy Club) and former collegiate baller Katie Edwards (APA).

100% of proceeds from JFL Hoop Dreams will go to AMI-Quebec, a non-profit organisation that helps families manage the effects of mental illness through support, education, guidance and advocacy.

Comedy Records is Canada’s first record label dedicated to releasing stand up and sketch comedy albums. Established in Toronto in 2010, the label is distributed through Dine Alone Records and has produced several releases, which have reached the top of the iTunes Comedy and Google Play charts and been featured on Conan  and Jimmy Kimmel Live.

More Info:  @ComedyRecords  @ComedyRecords

Night Feed – Best of Fringe Toronto 2019

Ginette Mohr, Corinne Murray and Sarah Joy Bennet. Photo by Dahlia Katz

Where: Toronto Centre for the Arts Studio Theatre, 5040 Yonge Street
When: Two Shows: July 21 @12pm and July 27 @12pm, 2019
Cost: Standard Ticket is $21.75. Can be purchased online at and over the phone at 1.855.985.2787.

Details: Canvas Sky Theatre’s Night Feed has been selected for a remount at the Toronto Centre For The Arts, July 21 and July 27 as part of TO Live’s annual Best Of Fringe presentation. These newly-announced performances will cap off a wildly successful inaugural production for Canvas Sky’s puppet comedy about motherhood, with Night Feed selling out it’s entire Toronto Fringe run at the Tarragon ExtraSpace, winning Patron’s Pick in the process, after already receiving Outstanding Overall Production at the 2019 Ottawa Fringe Festival in June.

Universally praised by theatre reviewers in Toronto, the production was featured on every critic’s picks list, including the Toronto Star, NOW Magazine, and Mooney On Theatre. Debbie Fein-Goldbach of NOW Magazine praised Night Feed as “deeply honest and compelling storytelling”, giving it a rare 5-N review.

Night Feed is the first play by creator Sarah Joy Bennett, whose own experience as a mother inspired the innovative piece, which combines physical theatre with different forms of puppetry. Created in collaboration with Ginette Mohr (Fish Face, Snack Music) and Shawna Reiter of CLUNK Puppet Lab (How I Became Invisible), the production is a hilarious examination at the darker sides of becoming a parent, a post-natal fever dream brought to life.

Night Feed is performed by Bennett, Mohr and actor Corinne Murray, whose performance as a new mother in the throes of sleep deprivation was commended by Carly Maga of The Toronto Star as “a believable mix of exhaustion, anxiety and patience”. In turn, Bennett & Mohr are described as “side-splittingly funny as they bring objects to life in a huge range of demeanours, voices, and accents” by Mooney On Theatre.

The piece also features guest puppetry direction by Mike Peterson (of Henson Company fame) and original music by David Atkinson (assoc. music director, Dear Evan Hansen).

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25th Annual Bard’s Bus Tour – A (musical) Midsummer Night’s Dream

Where: 27 performances in 22 cities and towns in Southern Ontario.
When: July 19–August 18, 2019. All performances begin at 7:30pm
Cost: All performances are FREE or PWYC admission. Suggested donation $20-$30/person. Patrons can now also reserve spaces and chairs  for each performance in advance online at

Details: Driftwood Theatre presents their 25th annual Bard’s Bus Tour with A (musical) Midsummer Night’s Dream, an a cappella slant on William Shakespeare’s most popular comedy. Driftwood Theatre brings accessible, live, outdoor theatre across Ontario with contemporary Canadian takes on Shakespeare.

Using Shakespeare’s text the production is a colourful, rocking, rolling, funktastic, jazz-infused musical celebration of theatrical proportions; with everything performed live and entirely A Cappella. Originally created by Driftwood in 2004 and performed again in 2012, the production reunites composers Kevin Fox and Tom Lillington with director Jeremy Smith.

For their 25th season, Driftwood will imagine A (musical) Midsummer Night’s Dream as an outdoor summer theatre experience for the entire family. Four lovers and one group of hapless tradespeople experience a chaos-filled night in the forest as they stumble across the mischievous Puck and the magical denizens of the faery kingdom. The ensemble includes Steven Burley, Nick Dolan, Nathaniel Hanula-James, Kelsi James, Ahmed Moneka, Marissa Orjalo, Siobhan Richardson and James Dallas Smith.

Friday, July 19 – PREVIEW – Burlington Performing Arts Centre Plaza
Saturday, July 20 – OPENING NIGHT – Parkwood Estate – Oshawa
Sunday, July 21 – Esplanade Park – Pickering
Tuesday, July 23 – Celebration Square – Whitby
Wednesday, July 24 – Riverwood Park – Mississauga
Thursday, July 25- Thorn Lodge Park – Mississauga
Friday, July 26 – Saturday, July 27 – Withrow Park – Toronto
Sunday, July 28 – TBD – Toronto
Tuesday, July 30 – Guild Park – Scarborough
Wednesday, July 31 – Dundas Driving Park – Hamilton
Thursday, August 1 – Civic Centre – Kitchener
Friday, August 2 – Kawartha Settlers Village – Bobcaygeon
Saturday, August 3 – Memorial Park – Marmora
Sunday, August 4 – Peterborough Museum – Peterborough
Tuesday, August 6 – Battery Park – Kingston
Wednesday, August 7 – Lennox & Addington Museum – Napanee
Thursday, August 8 – Trent Port Marina – Trenton
Friday, August 9 – Millpond Park – Bloomfield
Saturday, August 10 – Victoria Park – Cobourg
Sunday, August 11- Scugog Shores Historical Museum – Port Perry
Tuesday, August 13 – Leacock Museum and Historical Site – Orillia
Wednesday, August 14 – Visual Arts Centre of Clarington – Bowmanville
Thursday, August 15 – Daniels Spectrum Courtyard – Toronto
Friday, August 16 – Ingersoll Museum – Ingersoll
Saturday, August 17 – Silver Lake Park – Port Dover
Sunday, August 18 – Mann Raceway Plaza (First Ontario Performing Arts Centre) – St. Catharines

More Info: @DriftwoodTheatr @driftwoodtheatre

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