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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Loacker’s Chocolate Torte Recipe

Did you know that 72% of Canadians selected chocolate as their favourite sweet flavour according to a recent survey conducted by Loacker, the Italian heritage brand specializing in premium wafer biscuits. To celebrate Canada’s love for chocolate, Loacker is sharing an impressive, yet simple Chocolate Torte recipe. Made with fewer than 10 ingredients, layers on layers of chocolate and garnished with course sea salt, this recipe is sure to have you drooling!

Loacker Chocolate Torte

– 1 package Loacker Dark Chocolate Quadratini, crushed
– 6 TBSP unsalted butter, melted
– 3 ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
– ½ cup heavy cream
·-1 cup 35% whipping cream
– Coarse sea salt, to garnish

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine crushed Quadratini and butter in a medium bowl until incorporated and press firmly into a 9-inch pie plate, in the bottom and up the sides. Bake for 5 minutes and let cool completely in the pan. Place 3 cups of chocolate chips into a large heat-safe bowl. In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup whipping cream just barely to a simmer and pour into the bowl of chocolate chips. Cover bowl immediately with plastic wrap. Let chocolate mixture sit for 5 minutes and then stir with a spatula until smooth and glossy. Pour into cooled crust and let stand until cooled. In a medium glass bowl pour hot heavy cream over remaining chocolate chips, whisking until smooth and pour over cooled torte. Garnish with sea salt.

Loacker can be found at major retailers and in select specialty food store across Canada including Loblaws, Fortinos, Sobeys and Walmart. Products retail approximately for $1.99 CAD to $4.99 CAD. Be sure to try Loacker’s newest wafer flavours being launched this summer – Double Chocolate and Matcha Green Tea. For more info visit   @loackercanada

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

It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Art Collection at ROM

Kirk Hammett. Photo by Ross Halfin

Where: Royal Ontario Museum
When: July 13, 2019 – January 5, 2020
Cost: It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection is a separately ticketed exhibition. For ticket info visit

Details: On July 13, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) unveils the Canadian-exclusive presentation of  It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection, with presenting sponsor Cosmo Music. This otherworldly exhibition features a trove of rare artwork and collectible objects amassed over decades by consummate collector Kirk Hammett, lead guitarist of Metallica. Exploring the interplay of creativity, emotion, and popular culture, the exhibition includes more than 100 pieces from 20th century cinema, ranging from The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1921) to Alien (1979).

The exhibition features rare cinema posters from the 1920s to1980—including the only surviving copy of the original 1931 Frankenstein poster—as well as one-of-a-kind electric guitars from Kirk Hammett’s personal collection and authentic movie costumes with life-size mannequins. The exhibition traces how, decade by decade, horror and sci-fi cinema responded to a number of broad cultural events and developments. Each section of the exhibition uses poster art to convey underlying anxieties of particular eras, including the fear of mortality around the Great Depression of the1930s; scientific progress in the mid-20th century; the fear of invasion and espionage post-1945; and the rise of feminism in the 1960s.

It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection will next travel to Columbia Museum of Art, where it will be presented from February 13, 2020–May 17, 2020.

More Info:  @ROMtoronto @ROMtoronto @KirkHammett

Mariposa Folk Festival 2019

Jeremy Fisher – July 6, Ruth Stage @3pm & July 7, Sunshine Folkplay Stage @2:45pm

Where: Tudhope Park, Orillia
When: July 5-7, 2019
Cost: Weekend Pass (25+) $160, Weekend Pass (19-24) $79, Weekend Pass (13-18) $26, Friday Evening Pass $105, Flex Pass (Valid Saturday or Sunday) $125 and Camping Passes are available at **Tickets prices will increase on July 1.**

Details: More than 60 Artists, 11 Stages, 100+ Performances, 3 Glorious Days!
One of the longest running folk festivals in North America, the Mariposa Folk Festival is beginning its 59th year building on an amazing legacy. Mariposa is renowned for its wide range of folk/roots artists, with 150+ performances of every kind that showcase music, dance and spoken word – but there’s lots more going on than that at the Mariposa Folk Festival! Much of the folk music events and programming invites audience participation of all ages exposing, engaging and educating patrons in folk culture.

Some of the highlights this year include Tom Cochrane and Red Rider, Stars, First Aid Kit, Jason Isbell, Birds of Chicago, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Carole Pope, Jennifer Castle and many more. So come out and enjoy!

More Info:  @MariposaFolk  @MariposaFolk

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