Hand To God at Coal Mine Theatre


Frank Cox-O’Connell and Tyrone. Photo credit: Kristina Ruddick

Where: Coal Mine Theatre, 1454 Danforth Avenue
When: April 21 – May 12, 2019
Cost: All Tickets $42.50 + hst (previews $25 +hst)
To purchase and for more information please visit www.coalminetheatre.com

Details: All hell is breaking loose at Coal Mine Theatre for the Toronto premiere of Hand to God, a blasphemous puppet show written by Robert Askins, directed by Mitchell Cushman and starring Frank Cox-O’Connell, Ted Dykstra, Amy Keating, Francis Melling and Nicole Underhay.

In a quiet Texas town, recently widowed Margery runs the church puppet club. Her grieving teenage son finds solace in his homemade sock puppet, Tyrone. That is until Tyrone goes rogue and hijacks control of Jason. He shocks the congregation with his foul-mouthed insinuations and wild accusations. And by spinning his head around Exorcist-style! A hilarious lesson in humanity, Hand to God tackles all the big themes including life, death…and crafting.

Produced on Broadway in 2015 and nominated for five Tony Awards, including for Best New Play, Hand to God was the most produced play in the 2016/17 American theatre season with 13 productions staged across the country. For its Toronto premiere, Mitchell Cushman returns to the Coal Mine to revisit this twisted play about a satanic sock puppet, which he first directed at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre in 2017.

More Info:  www.coalminetheatre.com  Facebook, Twitter & Instagram use @coalminetheatre & YouTube 

Made with Love Toronto 2019 Regional Finals Crowns Best Barchefs in Town

For its 10th edition in Toronto, Made With Love highlighted the talent of the region’s best bartenders! This Monday, 16 audacious barchefs competed to offer the ultimate creation that would amaze the epicurean crowd. These regional finalists, who had been selected in the qualification round held in February, competed for the titles of Public’s Choice and Judge’s Choice in a truly festive and dynamic atmosphere.

Who were crowned the winners? For this very special edition in Toronto, Made With Love is proud to announce that Kyle Ferreira, representing Bar Sazerac won the Judge’s Choice award with his Flor de Caña-based cocktail, while Derick Dubblestyne, representing Antler, won the Public’s Choice award with his Woodford Reserve-based cocktail.
 This well-deserved victory will bring these two barchefs to compete against the best Canadian mixologists at the Made With Love finale in May 2019, where both finalists will try to bring home the title of Canada’s best barchef!

Official Competition Results
Judges’ Choice: 1. Kyle Ferreira – Bar Sazerac
; 2. Tyler Congdon – Bar Sazerac
; 3. Alex Lakusta – Miss Thing’s

Public’s Choice: 1. Derick Dubblestyne – Antler
; 2. Adam Karpowicz – The Broadview Hotel
; 3. John Y Ko –  Marché Mövenpick Canada

Kyle Ferreira’s winning recipe:

Flambeaux at Midnight

Flor de Caña Gran Reserva

Mauby Syrup

Habanero-Pineapple cider

Citritc Acid

Strip Lime zest

Roasted cashew Bitters

Rum Spray

Food pairing: Doubles – Bara, Chickpea Curry, Quick-pickled Cucumber relish, Tamarind sauce, Habanero-Lime Hot sauce

Derick Dubblestyne’s winning recipe:

Rafuse point

Woodford Reserve Bourbon

Egg white

Fresh lemon juice

Rhubarb & Chaga shrub

Wild blueberry syrup

Pure birch syrup

Cherry bark vanilla bitters

Garnish: Cedar, Wild blueberry & Chaga dust

Food Pairing: Waterfowl terrine, Confit duck legs, Duck Foie Gras, Pickled rhubarb on crostini

For more info visit www.facebook.com/enjoymadewithlove/ @madewithlove_ @_MadeWithLove_

Seven Deadly Sins at The Great Hall

Aviva Chernick @AvivaChernick

The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St West
When: April 9-11, 2019
Cost: Tickets from $22 and available online at www.soundstreams.ca or call 416.408.0208

Details: “Beware of monotony; it’s the mother of all deadly sins.” – Edith Wharton

Seven Deadly Sins, an evening of music theatre, will feature original, sinful songs served up naughty but nice by an eclectic group of songwriters, composers and performers, each with their own errant point of view on these timeless transgressions.

Join singer-songwriter, performers Chloe Charles, Elizabeth Shepherd, Aviva Chernick and Robin Dann, and composers Christopher Mayo, Analia Llugdar, and John Kameel Farah as they take a sly and sometimes irreverent look at these taboos across a spectrum of styles, genres and cultures. It would be a sin to miss this!

More Info: www.soundstreams.ca   www.facebook.com/Soundstreams/  www.thegreathall.ca

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 mwl.enjoymadewithlove.com/en/. 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: www.facebook.com/enjoymadewithlove/ @madewithlove_ @_MadeWithLove_

Angélique at Factory Mainspace

Where: Factory Mainspace, 125 Bathurst Street
When: April 3 – 21, 2019
Cost: Ticket prices range from $40-$50 for regular performances. Student and Senior prices also available. To purchase online visit www.factorytheatre.ca

Details: Factory and Obsidian Theatre are excited to announce the Toronto premiere of Angélique by award-winning Canadian playwright Lorena Gale, directed by Mike Payette with a thrilling live score performed by SIXTRUM Percussion Ensemble. The cast, arriving in Toronto following an engagement at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, features Jenny Brizard as Angélique, Chip Chuipka as Ignace, Karl Graboshas as François, Olivier Lamarche as Claude, Omari Newton as César, PJ Prudat as Manon, France Rolland as Thérèse.

In 1734, Marie Joseph Angélique, an enslaved Black woman known for her outspoken disdain towards servitude and her masters, set fire to Montréal, completely destroying a hospital and dozens of houses including her owner’s residence…or so the story goes. Despite there being very little evidence against her, Angélique was convicted, tortured and publically hanged for her “actions”.

Informed by historical transcripts from the infamous trial and set against the backdrop of Nouvelle-France, Lorena Gale’s award-winning musical play investigates Angélique’s life in the years leading up to the fire, seamlessly weaving between Canada’s oft-denied history of slavery to the timelessness of systemic racism in contemporary culture.

Born in Montreal, Lorena Gale was an award-winning actress, director and writer who worked extensively across Canada. In 1998, Angélique, which was her first play, won the du Maurier National Playwriting Competition and was nominated for Outstanding New Play at Calgary’s Betty Mitchell Awards. In 1999, it was published by Playwrights Canada Press and received an off-Broadway production. Lorena Gale passed away in 2009.

More Info: www.factorytheatre.ca   www.obsidiantheatre.com

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