A Blow in the Face at The Theatre Centre


(l-r) Lisa Ryder and Monica Dottor. Photo by Brooke Wedlock

The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen Street West
When: March 26 – April 14, 2019
Cost: Tickets $20-$35 and are available in person at The Theatre Centre box office, 416-534-9261, or at www.theatrecentre.org.

Details: Alice’s life is perfect. She has a wonderful husband and a gorgeous new baby. The only thing is – her husband has left on a work trip and the baby is colicky. Alice cannot sleep. Into her chaotic world arrive two fantastical creatures who take an unnatural interest in her child. In a play described as Rosemary’s Baby meets Fight Club, playwright Lisa Ryder explores the taboo subject of postpartum depression and the extreme places the mind can go. A Blow in the Face is a searing and irreverent take on a subject to which every parent will relate.

Produced by Bald Ego Theatre in association with Nightwood Theatre and written by Lisa Ryder. Directed and choreographed by Monica Dottor. Featuring Tess Degenstein, Jordan Pettle, Selina Martin and Lisa Ryder.

“A Blow in the Face is a play I have been birthing for a long time – 13 years in fact,” explains playwright Lisa Ryder. “I had just finished five years as an action hero on a sci-fi show. Within a year and a half I got married, moved to the suburbs of Vancouver, and had a baby. Within three days of the baby’s birth, my then husband left town for work. I was alone; in a house with a leaky roof; with a brand new baby. It rained a lot. The baby cried a lot. I entered a period I  now refer to as The Cave. I now know that many women experience The Cave, but very few talk about it. I think it’s time we talked about it.”

“It’s funny, it’s incisive, it’s smart as hell. It’s also utterly original and thoroughly theatrical.” – Michael Healey

More Info: www.nightwoodtheatre.net #BlowInTheFace

2019 Encore! Dance Hall of Fame

Karen Kain. Photo by Karolina Kuras

The Globe and Mail Centre, 351 King Street East Old Toronto
When: March 24, 2019
Cost: Tickets cost $175 each and can be purchased online at www.encoredancehalloffame.com 

Details: The 2019 Encore! Dance Hall of Fame, presented by Dance Collection Danse, will be an unforgettable event that honours and celebrates dynamic lifelong contributions to dance in Canada by a group of remarkable individuals. The annual fundraising event unites the dance community from coast to coast to celebrate honourees for their lifelong contributions to dance in Canada.

Last year’s launch was a testament to the importance of recognizing Canada’s remarkable dance artistry. This year, the list of inductees is just as impressive – from Kathak and ballet to Indigenous and modern dance. The inductees include Karen Kain, C.C; Menaka Thakkar; Lois Brown; Len Gibson; Patricia Beatty, C.M.; David Earle, C.M.; Peter Randazzo; Françoise Sullivan, O.C., C.Q.; Louise Lecavalier, O.C.; Chief Kenneth Harris and Elder Margaret Harris; Community Builders Ivan Fecan and Sandra Faire and Michael Crabb who will be honoured with the Dance Luminary award – supported by William J.S. Boyle. The induction ceremony will be hosted by singer/songwriter Micah Barnes and will feature live performances from today’s dance makers.

Highlights will include:
-Live ceremony featuring inductees and celebrity presenters hosted by singer/songwriter Micah Barnes
-Silent Auction with an incredible array of must-have products and services
-Sumptuous food stations and cocktail reception
-Fabulous live performances by the current generation of elite dancers

More Info: www.encoredancehalloffame.com

Kariderm – Daily Skincare Products made with Organic Shea Butter

What: Kariderm is a Canadian fair trade accredited beauty brand that uses raw organic unrefined shea butter from Western Africa; the lineup includes products for the face, hair and body. Every Kariderm product sold helps to finance an exclusive healthcare program for women producers of shea butter in rural Burkina Faso.

About: Shea butter’s blend of fatty acids, sterols and vitamins A, D and E, improves skin’s health, minimizes wrinkles and improves elasticity. Because of the high content of this special ingredient, in addition to several natural actives and plant extracts, Kariderm products offer diverse solutions to numerous skin conditions.

Bonus: All ingredients used are a result of traditional methods of production – eliciting superior results. All raw materials are biodegradable, and all plastic, metallic or cellulosic waste can be recycled.

Where: Kariderm products are available at natural health food stores or online at www.kariderm.com

No Woman’s Land at Harbourfront Centre Theatre

Photo by Zahla Saleki

Where: Harbourfront Centre Theatre, 231 Queens Quay West
When: March 14 -16 @ 8pm
Cost: The earlier purchased, the more you save. Prior to the week of the show – $36; During the week of the show – $40; Day of Show – $42. Discounts: Seniors – $28, Arts Industry – 20% discount, Students – $15 and Groups of 10+ – $23. For tickets call 416.973.4000 or purchase online at danceworks.ca.

Details: Toronto’s Jaberi Dance Theatre (JDT) proudly makes its DanceWorks Mainstage debut with the Toronto premiere of No Woman’s Land, an evocative new work based on real stories of women in refugee camps. The production integrates responsive video design, original and verbatim text, live singing as well as original composition and sound design – taking audiences on a journey that reveals the plight and resistance of refugee women.

Choreographed and directed by JDT Artistic Director Roshanak Jaberi, and created with a powerhouse artistic team and an ensemble of six performers, this interdisciplinary and dynamic dance theatre work runs for 3 nights only at Harbourfront Centre Theatre, direct from its Public Energy world premiere at Peterborough’s historic Market Hall Performing Arts Centre (March 9-10).

All of the themes and stories in this work are based on true accounts, derived from interviews conducted with Syrian, Tamil and Somali refugees, among others.

 The world is experiencing the biggest mass displacement of people since WWII; No Woman’s Land is a timely and urgent work that is viscerally impacted by the realities of refugees.

Undergoing two years of passionate research and dancemaking, this visual and sonic feast is created with and performed by Victoria Mata, Irma Villafuerte, Nickeshia Garrick, Drew Berry, Denise Solleza and Ahmed Moneka.

More Info:  www.jaberidt.com  www.danceworks.ca @DanceWorksTO

Chocolate Expresso Martini with Green & Black’s

Photo Credit: Sabrina Stavenjord

From chocolate cocktails to decadent treats and DIY face masks, Green & Black’s has the ultimate collection of chocolate bars and themed recipes to help make your celebrations the sweetest!

We love this recipe by Sabrina Stavenjord featuring Green & Black’s chocolate. It is a perfect cocktail for any occasion or just to sip solo! Sabrina is a self-taught baker; her food and lifestyle blog, My Miaou is based in downtown Toronto.

Sabrina Stavenjord’s Chocolate Espresso Martini
Servings – 1 cocktail

Chocolate Sauce

-2 bars Green & Blacks Sea Salt Milk Chocolate

-3/4 cup whole milk

Espresso Martini

-1 oz Irish Cream Liqueur

-1 oz Coffee Liqeur

-1 oz Milk Chocolate Sauce 

-1 shot espresso

Chocolate Sauce
In a small saucepan, heat the milk on medium-high until warm (not boiling). Take off the heat. Break up the chocolate bars into the milk and let sit for 5 minutes. Whisk until all the chocolate bits have mixed into the milk. Let cool.

In a shaker filled with ice, add the Irish Cream, coffee liqueur, milk chocolate sauce and espresso. Put the lid on a shake for 5-10 seconds. Strain into a rimmed glass and enjoy!

Note: To make this cocktail fun and colourful, Sabrina rimmed the glasses with Valentines sprinkle’s.

More Info: www.greenandblacks.co.uk @greenandblacks  @greenandblacks @sabrinastav @sabrinastavenjord


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