Category: Events

Monkey Toast: The Improvised Talk Show Welcomes Special Guests

Where: The Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth Ave. (second floor)
When: May 4, 2019. Doors open at 7:30pm, show begins at 8pm
Cost: $15 online or at the door. Purchase at

Details: Six-time Canadian Comedy Award winner, Monkey Toast: The Improvised Talk Show is back! For the May show, host David Shore welcomes special guests, chiropractor, Dr. Eva Chan, former Toronto Mayor and current Director of C40 Cities, David Miller. The Monkey Toast Players include Lisa Merchant, Jan Caruana, Herbie Barnes, Liz Johnston, Marty Adams and Kerry Griffin. Music by Ayaka Kinugawa and hosted by David Shore.

More Info: @mttoronto

Beautiful Man at Factory Mainspace

Where: Factory Mainspace, 125 Bathurst Street at Adelaide
When: May 4 – 26, 2019
Cost: Ticket prices range from $40-$50 for regular performances. Student and Senior prices also available. To purchase online, visit, phone 416.504.9971, or in person at the box office 125 Bathurst Street (at Adelaide).

Details: Factory’s 49th season concludes with the Toronto premiere of Beautiful Man, a searing satire written by Erin Shields, directed by Andrea Donaldson and featuring Ashley Botting, Mayko Nguyen, Sofía Rodrígues, and Jesse LaVercombe.

Beautiful Man turns the tables on gender and power with the simple question, “What if men were the victims of objectification and marginalization rather than women?”

A trio of women are talking about the latest binge-worthy TV show; a police drama with a grizzled female veteran cop, who is also watching a TV show, with an Amazon Queen, who is watching a play…all depicting gradually increasing levels of violence toward men. It is horrifying. And even more so because it is the kind of violence usually reserved for women, and presented as entertainment for men.

Appropriately unsettling, the production proffers a beautiful man, to be gazed upon throughout the duration of the show, while simultaneously calling out misogyny, sexism, and abuse of power. Beautiful Man, a dark, unapologetic, fiercely Feminist response to the systemic oppression and brutalization of women.

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Blood + Soil at Theatre Passe Muraille

Theatre Passe Muraille’s Backspace, 16 Ryerson Avenue
When: April 25 – May 5, 2019
Cost: Ticket prices range from $20 to $75 and can be purchased online at

Details: A Surrealist Parable —
A small town in Quebec secedes from Canada and the Commonwealth and create their own utopia, “Tanganyika”. Ideals slowly descend into chaos as it becomes the focal point of an attempted revolution amidst unconscious forces and helpless accomplices of the ‘demonic’ forces that take possession of the town. The ‘demons’ / ‘possession’ is an allegory of the potentially catastrophic consequences of the political and moral nihilism. I.e., our society today. ‘Lord of the Flies’ meets Ionesco in this piece inspired by “Demons” by Dostoevsky & “Animal Farm” by George Orwell.

Patron warnings: Loud noises, depictions of violence, strong language, sexual content, recommended for 14+

Production Stage Manager – Kristin Freeland
Art Design by Curtis te Brinke
Original Music Composition by Ivana Popovic
Produced by Saad Khan
Dramaturgy by Ahad Abraxas
Written & Directed by Rouvan Silogix

 Jerry Schaefer as Napoleon; Amaka Umeh as Snowball; 
Kayla Farris as Lilith; Sepehr Reybod as Maceath; 
Joella Crichton as Eurydice; Steph Crothers as Jimmy; Lauren Maykut as Martha; Adriana Moraes-Mendoza as Gracie; 
Alix Parra as Sasha; and Alexandra Watt Simpson & Morgan Johnson of Animacy Theatre Collective as The Gospels.

Theatre ARTaud is a surrealist theatre collective run entirely by artists-of-color.

More Info: @TheatreARTaud

World Premiere of Too Good To Be True 

VideoCabaret Too Good To Be True. (l-r) Ryan Cunningham, Patti Shaughnessy, Cheri Maracle. Photo Credit Michael Cooper

Where: 10 Busy Street – Queen Street East and Logan
When: April 24 – May 19, 2019
Cost: Performances priced variously from: $20 – $40. To purchase tickets, and for further information, please visit Brown Paper Tickets and The show runs 70 minutes with no intermission.

Details: VideoCabaret presents the World Premiere of Cliff Cardinal’s dark comedy, Too Good to be True, at a brand new theatrical home in downtown Toronto. Playwright and performer Cliff Cardinal was recently honoured by double-Doras, and an Edinburgh Festival Award, for the script and performance of his incendiary solo play Huff in 2018.

The superb cast is led by Cheri Maracle as Maria, a beautiful fabulist and dauntless mom on the lam with her teenage children, played by Patti Shaughnessy and Ryan Cunningham. As the police close in on the suspected vigilante, Maria borrows an empty house and holds a last supper with her budding son and pregnant daughter.

Sage Paul (Costume Design) is an urban  Denesuliné  tskwe based in Toronto and a member of English River First Nation. She is an award-winning artist & designer who has designed costumes for Kent Monkman, Darlene Naponse, Danis Goulet and others; and is the Artistic Director of  Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto.

More Info: @VideoCab @VideoCabaret

Made with Love – Toronto Regional Finals


Fermenting Cellar – Distillery District, 28 Distillery Lane
When: April 8, 2019, 6pm to 11pm
Cost: Early bird (Until March 25) – $55. General Admission – $65. Tickets are available at each participating venue and online at Tickets at the door – $75. One ticket for the event includes a complete tasting of all showcased cocktails, food-pairings as well as a right to vote for your favourite cocktail creation/favourite Barchef. **19+//Non-refundable**

Details: Made with Love is the annual event that allows you to discover what your city’s craft cocktail scene has to offer. The 10th edition of the Toronto Regional Finals will take place at the Fermenting Cellar in the Distillery District, and will undoubtedly impress cocktail lovers who are on the hunt for some out-of-this-world flavours.

Don’t miss the cocktail event of the year where the city’s most talented Barchefs gather to highlight Toronto’s cocktail culture. These regional finalists will present exclusive cocktail recipes to impress a panel of renowned judges and guests. Judges and attendees will face the challenging (and delicious!) task of tasting and evaluating their creations based on originality, creativity and flavour balance.

Tyler Congdon – Bar Sazerac
Axl Gonzalez – Los Colibris
Jordan Fricker-Vermeltfoort – The Mule
Alex Lakusta – Miss Thing’s
Adam Karpowicz – The Broadview Hotel
Kyle Rist – Mixologist Inc
Albert Chan – Victor Restaurant
Derick Dubblestyne – Antler
Jess Morton – Drinksmith
Mpilo Ferreira – Bar Sazerac
Julian Manley – Labora Restaurant & Bar
Natasha Rossi – Madrina Bar Y Tapas
Ana Marcelino – Independent
Blaise Couturier – Bar Sybanne
Nathanial Jai Smallwood-Wallace – Independent
Griffin Harbury – Mother Tongue
John Y Ko – Marché Mövenpick Canada

The two crowned winners of each category, Public’s Choice and Judges’ Choice, will represent Toronto at the National Finals taking place in the spring. The finalists will try to win the coveted title of best Barchef in the country, and have a chance to win one of 10 trips to one of the Made With Love affiliated distilleries: 2 trips to Italy with Campari; 2 trips to Nicaragua with Flor de Caña; 2 trips to New Orleans with Sazerac; 2 trips to Kentucky (USA) with Woodford Reserve; 2 trips with Made with Love.

More Info: @madewithlove_ @_MadeWithLove_

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