Archive | February, 2014

Preview: Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival

28 Feb

sketchcomedy09With Toronto, and Canada at large, being such fertile breeding grounds for talent and success stories in the realm of sketch comedy, it’s almost surprising that the city has only been celebrating the belly-busting art form in the guise of a festival for less than a decade. This year marks only the 9th anniversary of the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival, but in those short nine years the festival has grown by leaps and bounds. This year promises to be the most notable yet with a plethora of performances from some of North America’s best troupes and some serious industry programming. Some of the highlights include:

  • A live staged reading of the 1996 cult film Brain Candy by its creators, The Kids in the Hall, including the debut screening of the film’s original ending!
  • Impersonator extraordinaire and former This Hour Has 22 Minutes Star, Gavin Crawford’s one man show Sh**ting Rainbows.
  • The Toronto debut of CBC Radio’s hit sketch comedy show The Irrelevant Show.
  • Performances from sketch heavy-weights Last Call Cleveland, Peter ‘n Chris, The National Theatre of the World, FUCT, and many more!
  • A free panel focusing on the lasting impact that popular TV series Slings and Arrows has had on the comedy and theatre community with show creators Bob Martin, Mark McKinney, Susan Coyne and moderated by frequent guest star Don McKellar.
  • A sketch writing workshop with Kid in the Hall Kevin MacDonald.

The Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival runs from March 6th to 16th at various venues. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased here! Also, stay tuned for some mini-preview questionnaires from participating artists!

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Preview: Cabaret Brise-Jour

26 Feb

cabaret4The Theatre Centre (which, on Mar. 19, will make their big move into their new home at the picturesque Carnegie Library building) has some special guests dropping by next month. The much lauded theatro-musical ensemble L’Orchestre d’Hommes-Orchestres returns to Toronto to present their quirky homage to composer Kurt Weill, enigmatically titled Cabaret Brise-Jour. With LODHO specializing in a blend of Brechtian stagecraft and inventive musicality, their take on Weill classics promises to be a match made in performing arts heaven.

If that weren’t enough, LODHO will be receiving the prestigious Glenn Gould Protégé Prize during their stay in Toronto. The prize will be presented by renowned director Robert Lepage to LODHO at a special matinee performance on March 29th.

Cabaret Brise-Jour runs from March 25th to 29th. Tickets and details here. For a audio-visual sampling of Cabaret Brise-Jour, check out this nifty trailer: