June 14, 2013
Toronto Fringe Kitchen Party last night, and the back room of CSI Annex got all spiffed up and so did we. Amazing food by Fidel Gastro, adorable entertainment by Liza Live! super cool auction items and 70+ guests. Fantastically fun evening congrats to the Fringe on having something that was just the right amount of elegant, and just the right amount of Fringe.
Very pleased to be working with Canadian Rep Theatre now, we’re doing a little online presence, a little social media, so take a wander over to their Facebook page and give us a like so we can start sharing a little content with you.
Last weekend to catch the adventures of Abby is Cahoots’ production of Sister Mary’s a Dyke?! over at the Aki Studios. Off you go!
Wandering around Facebook the other day (like you do) and a friend had posted this amazing article – Creative People Say No. Love this:
Time is the raw material of creation. Wipe away the magic and myth of creating and all that remains is work: the work of becoming expert through study and practice, the work of finding solutions to problems and problems with those solutions, the work of trial and error, the work of thinking and perfecting, the work of creating. Creating consumes. It is all day, every day. It knows neither weekends nor vacations. It is not when we feel like it. It is habit, compulsion, obsession, vocation. The common thread that links creators is how they spend their time. No matter what you read, no matter what they claim, nearly all creators spend nearly all their time on the work of creation. There are few overnight successes and many up-all-night successes.
I’m out of the office next week so rather than leave you blog-post-less, I’ve combed the archives for useful posts people really liked at the time and those will be going up instead – enjoy!
May 3, 2013
The annual Fringe Fundraiser is upon us! Announcing the FRINGE KITCHEN PARTY!
June 13th at 6:00pm at the Centre for Social Innovation (720 Bathurst St.).
Hosted by MATT BASILE, popular FIDEL GASTRO chef and star of television’s Rebel without a Kitchen, the evening will feature a specially designed four-course meal created, shared and explained by Basile. It’s dinner – with a touch of theatre, and plenty of drinks!
At 9pm the after party begins! Bid on silent auction items, enjoy entertainment and DJ RICKY BIONIX and after dinner, hit the dance floor!
Fringe Kitchen Party: Dinner (6:00pm) (including four-course meal and drinks): $95*
Matt Basile will present each course while sharing insight about building a successful career in the food industry coming from the fringe; from his food truck to his new restaurant that recently opened on Queen St. W.
Fringe Kitchen Party: After-Hours Tickets (from 9 p.m., two drink tickets, dancing): $25
to purchase single tickets, visit
To book a table, please contact Kelly Straughan at 416.966.1062 ext 10 or email@example.com
May 2, 2013
before we go any further
And also Dora Awards set date, hosts, new categories
Spent yesterday at HotDocs chaperoning a class from Sir Oliver Mowat – this is the third time I’ve gotten to spend time with these kids and I like them more and more – smart, curious, askers of good questions. Congrats again Mrs. Morton on these fine folks.
We saw Pussy Riot: a punk prayer and Crash Reel – highly recommend both of them.
Pussy Riot was more than I expected, a great deal of balance on documenting both sides of the story, particularly why the church they protesting in was so important to the community. Balance may seem to be an odd word when referring to an Orthodox priest saying that the definition of pussy is “deranged uterus”, but there you go.
I hadn’t heard of Crash Reel, it’s the story of Kevin Pearce, the snowboarder who suffered a severe brain trauma and the story of his recovery. Worth seeing.
Also worth mentioning is the overall awesomeness of the volunteers we encountered yesterday, so I hopped up to their headquarters yesterday to tell them so. Congrats HotDocs, you’ve got great people herding hundreds of students in an orderly fashion.
Into the day. I’m off to be the voice at the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards tonight, and a reminder that it’s the 9th anniversary show and sale for The Mad Craft Shoppe this weekend.
January 3, 2013
The Next Stage Festival opened last night to great fanfare with sold out shows, old and new friends and in true Fringe tradition, a packed beer tent. Extremely pleased and proud to be part of this organization and kudos to the Festival staff and volunteers.
Expect Theatre‘s AWAKE opens today. I worked on this show in its Fringe incarnation in 2011, and I’m so very very happy to be working on its new life at Next Stage. Things have been re-staged, things have been re-written and it’s even better than it was before. Expect Theatre (or as I know them Chris-and-Laura) do remarkable work, and this show is no exception – great article in the Star linked here for your perusal. Final paragraph strikes me:
“The church setting is important,” insists Mullin. “The death of every young person in gang violence is a loss of life, opportunity and hope. We know that the life can’t be brought back, but we want our audiences to leave feeling that the hope and opportunity can be restored.
“That’s the message we feel that our play leaves them with.”
It really does. The cast are without a doubt some of the most talented folks I’ve worked with, and they bring me joy every time I walk into the rehearsal hall. It feels like coming home. We’ve had fun with marketing stuff again as you’ll see at the Festival, and the give and take again has been more give than take and I thank them for that.
Come watch this show. Come see these joyful people. Let them break your heart and then make it whole again.
To read a headline is one thing, to be given hope is another. We’ll see you at the tent.
December 19, 2012
I like trailers for plays – I love trailers for plays that tell me the story behind it. Like video director’s notes. Here’s the one for Awake. The show’s tagline is this is real. It is. Watch the trailer to find out just how real it is.
and in the category of very cool…
Call for Submissions: Original Work for 4.48 Pyschosis, Necessary Angel Theatre one of Canada’s most acclaimed independent producers of original and provocative theatre, is seeking proposals for original work in support of its upcoming production of 4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane. Deadline: January 11, 2013. Necessary Angel will curate a series of original, multi-disciplinary works reflecting on the artist’s relationship with depression. We are seeking work that excavates depression from the perspectives of contemporaries, outsiders and insiders alike. We welcome and are encouraging proposal submissions from visual, literary, dance and spoken word artists. Read more
and finally today…
Remnants of an old brick-firing kiln that remains buried under the parking lot of Evergreen Brick Works will finally get the recognition it deserves, thanks to the StreetARToronto (StART) program. Artists Dan Bergeron and Paul Aloisi created the work—Underground Kiln—to highlight the site’s historic industrial role in city building. Read more
December 18, 2012
For such an amazing position:
The Fringe is currently looking to hire the next TD Bank Young Producer:
Through the generous assistance of TD Bank, the Toronto Fringe is seeking a bright, energetic, ambitious, young producer-in-training to become part of the Fringe team from mid-February to the end of July 2013 (total 24 weeks). The TD Young Producer will work directly with the Executive Director and Managing Director on all aspects of festival preparation. The position is a full-time, paid internship and is available to candidates 26 years old and younger.
At the Fringe, we believe that the best way to learn is “on the job” and the TD Young Producer will manage their own projects with careful supervision and guidance from senior staff. Read more
A reminder that Next Stage tickets are on sale, in singles or passes, so get on that – you can order online right now and have your holiday shopping done without leaving the house. Or office. Or looking up from your phone as you walk down the street which I will forgive in this instance.
It’s really winding down, isn’t it? I managed to completed my 2013 marketing, operations and financial forecasts yesterday afternoon with only a couple of interruptions. And I’ve started bookmarking articles for the week-in-between, for I am determined that I will make Gmail and Google calendar run at maximum efficiency in 2013. I also noticed that “the lists” are starting to show up and I can’t wait to see the best ofs, top tens etc. Because I love lists, and I am looking forward to looking and my own stats for the year as well.
December 2, 2012
Am pleased to report I have finally kicked this horrifying cold, and am about to begin work with two new clients: The Quickening Theatre and a co-production with Harold Green Jewish Theatre and Obsidian Theatre Company. Delighted about both.
Fringe Lottery tonight! – so it was, and a great time was had by all with celebrity drawers, 25th anniversary announcements and a birthday!
Fringe Lottery Results and a New Poet Laureate – there they are!
OAC Podcasts, The Arsonists and Cahoots – really hoping the OAC continues with their podcasts. I think it’s a great idea.
It’s a Wonderful Toronto – NTOW am really looking forward to National Theatre of The World’s holiday show
Since it’s been so busy lately, I haven’t mentioned reading and good books as much. Here’s what I’ m currently reading: Let’s Pretend this Never Happened, Jenny Lawson ~ Alligator, Lisa Moore ~ The Cocktail Waitress, James Cain ~ The News From Spain, Joan Wickersham ~ It Must’ve Been Something I Ate, James Steingarten.(Last one overdue at the library. Eep.)
And this is Slate’s list of Best Books of 2012. I’ve read three of them, and looked at one yesterday in the bookstore.
Also, saw this on The Charlebois Post‘s Facebook page yesterday: From December 22-28 we will be presenting the best photos of the year at CharPo-Toronto, CharPo-Montreal and CharPo-Canada (different photos on each site so check them all out). On December 29 we will announce the finalists for the first CharPR Prize (for best PR) including best photographers. On December 30, 2 runner-up photos will be presented on each site (separate from finalists). On December 31 the best photo of the year for each site will be presented. On January 1 the single Photo of The Year will be announced. Finally, on January 2, the CharPR winners will be announced including best photographer, best PR (small, medium, large and indy).
I’m going to go and look at the photos. And tham do some book balancing. Happy wet Sunday!