Category: Events

indiefilmTO Festival 2019


Where:
University of Toronto, Innis Town Hall Theatre, 2 Sussex Avenue
When: January 21, 2019 at 6:30pm
Cost: General Admission is $10 and can be purchased at www.eventbrite.ca

Details: The newest Toronto based festival that screens Toronto-based films. Come celebrate some of the best short films of the the local filmmaking community in this beautiful diverse city in the past year.

indiefilmTO Festival 2019 lineup includes:
-Accidence (10:03): A highly innovative and daring one take shot where every balcony tells a story. Needs to be seen on the big screen.
-Shiraz (12:40): A young Canadian travelling to Iran has a conversation with an older Persian man. While neither speak the other person’s language, over the course of an afternoon find ways to connect.
-The New Age Knight (4:50): Short documentary where a Canadian Olympian and an Olympic hopeful share what it takes to make it in the sport of fencing.
-Salaam B’y (20:29): Aatif Baskanderi grew up in a place where not many people looked like him or believed in the same things that he did. As a Muslim child of Pakistani immigrants, Newfoundland became home. In this documentary Aatif returns to Newfoundland to share his story of pluralism and tolerance.
-Wunderkammer (5:36): A hauntingly beautiful animated, silent short about the curious case of ominous objects in a cabinet.
-Preslee (10:49): A story about Jo, a young bisexual Asian woman who comes out to her family during a family karaoke gathering. She seeks consolation from her friend and goes to a costume party where she runs into her ex-girlfriend.
-Chesterfield (19:59): After his friend leaves him stranded with a couch he bought online, Lewis is forced to drag it home across the entire city.
– plus a surprise…

More Info: https://indiefilmto.com/fest www.townhall.innis.utoronto.ca #UofT @InnisTownHall

The First Annual Sketch to the Death! 
at The Social Capital Theatre


Where:
The Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth Avenue
When: January 6, 13 & 27, 2019.
Cost: Tickets: $5 per show, at the door or online at www.eventbrite.com

About: The first annual Sketch to the Death! sketch comedy tournament will feature a sample of sketch comedians from all experience levels, fighting to be crowned Toronto sketch champions! Will showcase 30 troupes, who will compete in five shows over three weeks. Guest judges and audiences will determine the winner.

There will be performances by Alex Brown, Beggar’s Canyon, Blitz, Cereal in a Mason Jar, Chad Anderson Reunion Tour, CL4SS Project, Dad Rock Comedy, Anesti Danelis, Daughters of the Silk Rose, Freak N’ Da Beats, Herbeaver, Hiss Bliss, Ian McIntyre, Chris Middleton, Mom & Dad, My Chemical Bromance, Out of Towners, Party of One, Carson Pinch, RUN V.A.G, (Sex) Cult, Tattooweenies, The Kittens in the Hall, Those Two Gals, Uber and Klonk, Whisky Kids, Cameron Wyllie, Vest of Friends and more!

Sketch to the Death! was created by Craig Scorgie, a sketch comedian, comedy producer and film editor based in Toronto. Craig has been writing and performing sketch comedy for over 12 years. His troupe Good Game were recently awarded Producer’s Pick at the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival and Best Touring Troupe at the Seattle Sketch Comedy Festival. Craig is also the creator and co-director of the all-star sketch comedy collective The Wow, the monthly show The Wonder Show,  and co-creator of the  Best of Toronto Sketch.

More Info: www.socap.ca/events @thesocialcapitaltheatre @TheSoCap  @CraigScorgie @CraigsBenny

Ga Ting 家庭 at Factory Theatre Studio

 

Where: Factory Theatre Studio, 125 Bathurst Street
When: January 9-20, 2019
Cost: Tickets $15 and can be purchased at fringetoronto.com

Details: “I loved him as much as I knew how.”  Matthew

After two sold-out runs in Vancouver, The Artillery Collective is beyond excited to be collaborating with the Next Stage Theatre Festival and the Ga Ting Company to bring Minh Ly’s unique bilingual tale to Toronto. Using both Cantonese and English dialogue with surtitles, this kitchen sink drama transforms into a surreal guilt-storm of epic proportions. The Toronto premiere is directed by the incomparable Aaron Jan.

Ga Ting, Cantonese for “family”, is a powerful and emotionally charged story about an immigrant Chinese couple (Richard Tse and Loretta Yu) coming to terms with the death of their son, Kevin. When Kevin’s Caucasian boyfriend Matthew (Anne with an E’s Stephen Tracey) is invited for dinner after the funeral, the evening devolves into a fiery cultural and generational clash, in which all must grapple with who Kevin was… and who they are.

The Artillery Collective is committed to producing thought provoking work that ignites a conversation with our audience that extends beyond the theatre walls. At our core, we value work that honours, respects and gives voice to Queer artists, People of Colour and Womxn. The AC is run by co-artistic producers Eric Morin, Kyle Travis Young and Ariana Marquis. The Ga Ting Company is producing partners Minh Ly and Neta J. Rose. The dynamic and diverse creative team consists of Steph Raposo, Logan Cracknell and Jung Hye Kim.

Minh Ly is a Canadian actor/writer based out of Toronto. He trained at the Studio 58 acting conservatory in Vancouver. Ga Ting is his first professionally produced full-length play. It premiered in 2014 in Richmond, BC, and had a second mounting in 2016, produced by frank Theatre, and presented by The Cultch in Vancouver, BC; both productions garnered sold-out houses. The seed of Ga Ting was Minh’s effort to help promote diverse representation onstage. He was intrigued by an imagined an image of a middle-aged Asian couple sitting with a Caucasian man. Why are these people together? The story of Ga Ting was his answer to that question.

“Homosexuality is totally taboo in many communities. It is not accepted, talked about, or even recognized to exist. Sexuality and cultural clash frame this piece, but the universal themes of communication, loss, regret, and acceptance connect with anyone”. Ga Ting playwright Minh Ly

More Info: www.theartillerycollective.com  fringetoronto.com
Instagram: @GatingThePlay @TheArtilleryCollective

Skate the 8 in the Six at The Bentway Skate Trail


Where:
The Bentway Skate Trail
When: Opens December 21, 2018
Cost: Open to the public – Free

Details: The countdown has begun to the opening of The Bentway Skate Trail on Friday, December 21, 2018, when Toronto can finally ‘Skate the 8 in the Six’ again.

The Bentway was created to bring residents and visitors together in a public space and to connect outdoors year-round. Last winter, The Bentway’s figure-eight skate trail officially opened on January 6, 2018, in record-breaking temperatures. Over the next seven weeks – one of the coldest winters ever – more than 50,000 visitors made The Bentway Skate Trail Toronto’s coolest ice!

Skate rentals and skating lessons will be offered again this year; there will be curated food and beverage options on select dates; and an expanded winter village full of snuggly blankets, warming lounges, and fire pits. More details and programming to come.

The wait to skate the 8 is almost over!
 Access to The Bentway is free and accessible
. Alto, enjoy free Wifi courtesy of Beanfield
.

More Info: www.TheBentway.ca @TheBentway #TOBentway #TOBentway #Skatethe8

A Christmas Carol at The Historic Campbell House Museum


Where:
The Campbell House Museum, 160 Queen St West (steps from Queen and University/Osgoode subway station).
When: December 12 – 22, 2018.
Cost: All tickets for the two preview performances on December 12 are $20. Tickets for all other performances are $20 for children/students, $25 for seniors/arts workers and $30 for adults. Tickets are available at www.ChristmasCarolTO.com.

Details: A perfect medley of mirth, music, and the macabre, A Christmas Carol promises to be a highlight of the holiday season!

The Three Ships Collective – with the support of Soup Can Theatre – presents a new and immersive adaptation of Dickens’ timeless holiday classic set in the historic Campbell House Museum! Audiences are invited to step into the world of Victorian London and follow flinty miser Ebenezer Scrooge on his ghostly journey of redemption.

With an original text by Justin Haigh and directed by Sarah Thorpe, this production of A Christmas Carol offers a fresh and meaningful take on the familiar tale, complemented by live musical elements courtesy of Musical Director Pratik Gandhi.

Bringing this work to life is a stellar cast featuring Thomas Gough as Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiffany Martin, Kholby Wardell, Jim Armstrong, Alex Dallas, Christopher Fowler, John Fray, Tamara Freeman, Mike Hogan, Christopher Lucas, Margo MacDonald, William Matthews, and Amy Marie Wallace, with Makenna Beatty and Chloe Bradt sharing the role of Tiny Tim.

Accessibility: Because of the historic nature of the Campbell House Museum, this production is, unfortunately, not accessible for persons in wheelchairs or similar mobility devices. Please contact us for any other questions or concerns regarding accessibility.

Run Time: Approximately 75 minutes. Please note that due to the immersive and mobile nature of this production, audience members will be required to stand for a significant portion of the performance. A very limited number of seats can be reserved for patrons unable to stand for extended periods of time. Please contact the Campbell House Museum at 416.597.0227 ext. 2, or [email protected], to confirm availability of these seats and to reserve in advance.

More Info: www.ChristmasCarolTO.com facebook.com/soupcantheatre

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