I doubt it’s news to anybody that there’s a ton of condos being built all over town. That’s why I was so happy to hear that Crow’s Theatre was bucking the condo trend by creating a new space in Leslieville, slated to open in 2016. As a hello to the neighbourhood, they’re running a theatre festival called the East End Performance Crawl.
It’s a series of shows taking place in found spaces (that is, not inside theatres) while they’re waiting for their new home to open. They’ve got a lot of cool shows participating in the festival. Some of them are listed below, but there’s a lot more on their website. Some shows are free, some are only $15 – they even have a 5 shows for $50 offer! So come out to support the East End Performance Crawl, and see some Cheap Theatre!
The Art Of Traditional Head-Tying by Kanika Ambrose (East End Performance Crawl). A woman returns to Dominica 20 years after immigrating to Canada in this solo show. Opens May 23 and runs to May 29, see website for schedule. $15.Ralph Thornton Centre, 765 Queen E. crowstheatre.com.
The Ballad Of The Young Offender by Patrick John Constello (East End Performance Crawl). This solo show looks at the xenophobia, racism and fear-mongering that followed the birth of rock and roll. Opens May 23 and runs to Jun 1, see website for schedule. $15. Sidemart Theatrical Grocery, 1362 Queen E. crowstheatre.com.
Face Value: Leslieville by Tracey Hoyt (East End Performance Crawl). Improv artist Hoyt explores a selection of unforgettable Leslieville characters. Opens May 22 and runs to Jun 1, see website for schedule. $15. Pentimento Fine Art Gallery, 1164 Queen E. crowstheatre.com.
TEASE by Amy Keating, Julie Tepperman and others (East End Performance Crawl). Viewer and performer share an intimate encounter in this site-specific show limited to five people per performance. Opens May 23 and runs to May 31, Wed-Sun 11:25 am, noon and 1 pm. $15. Jilly’s, meet at 696 Queen E. crowstheatre.com.
Through The Gaze Of A Navel by Emelia Symington Fedy (East End Performance Crawl). A self-proclaimed self-help expert takes the audience on a journey in this part theatre event, part yoga class. Opens May 24 and runs to Jun 1, see website for schedule. $15. Yogathletix, 911 Queen E. crowstheatre.com.