Toronto Theatre Features

A Retrospective Look at 360 Screenings

360 Screenings returns with their upcoming and highly anticipated Halloween event

It’s a night at the movies cranked up to a higher level – where the silver screen blends, blurs and extends, absorbs you in and now you’re part of the adventure. It’s an experience you’re likely not to have had before.

And you won’t know what it is until you get there.

Robert Gontier and Ned Loach, the founding duo behind 360 Screenings, have been keeping audiences entranced and guessing for over a year with their innovative movie screening and theatrical performance in one. With a rapidly growing fan base increasing solely through word of mouth and the power of social media, their screenings have become one of the go to events to look out for in the city.

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Theatre Passe Murialle’s Student Creation Week

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Toronto’s Theatre Passe Muraille’s annual Student Creation Week opened their doors to four GTA high schools offering workshops and intensives to help students hone their creative theatrical talents

Last Friday night, I had the pleasure of attending Theatre Passe Muraille’s Student Creation Week performance. It was an honour to be invited to this very special event. For those who have not heard of the Student Creation Week program, I encourage you to check out the page on the TPM website.

Theatre Passe Muraille hosts the Student Creation Week annually. It is an inspiring way for this theatre to kick-off its season. Theatre Passe Murialle has been dedicated to producing new original works—particularly collective creations such as this—since its founding 46 years ago. Continue reading Theatre Passe Murialle’s Student Creation Week

The Performance Bar Presents Henri Faberge’s Art Court – SummerWorks 2013

The Performance Bar at this year’s SummerWorks festival features performance artist Henri Faberge as he undergoes art court. During each performance throughout SummerWorks, the downstairs stage at the Lower Ossington Theatre is transformed into court where local SummerWorks artists and beyond are placed on trial to determine whether what they offer can really be considered “art”. Continue reading The Performance Bar Presents Henri Faberge’s Art Court – SummerWorks 2013

A Look at Visual Fringe 2013

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Tucked away in an alley behind Toronto Landmark, Honest Ed’s, there’s a celebration of art and life going on. Now in its third year, Visual Fringe is a collection of 16 art vendors and exhibitors that showcase the non-theatrical creativity of Toronto Fringe.

With subject matter dealing from more traditional paintings to hand-crafted jewelry as well as one vendor that retails one-of-a-kind lapel pins modeled after caricatured human faces -it’s the perfect place to enjoy visual masterpieces and shop for truly unique pieces of art. Many vendors are also donating a portion of their proceeds back to the festival.

Everything is based around the concept of pop-up-shops, so vendors and exhibitors alternate the time and dates they’ll be occupying the Fringe Club. For a full listing of times and dates, check out this PDF.

Here’s a quick rundown of what you can expect to see at Visual Fringe this year: Continue reading A Look at Visual Fringe 2013

What is a Fringe Festival Anyway?

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A primer on fringe festivals and why they’re so important to Canadian theatre

It’s that wonderful time of year again; the Fringe Festival season is upon us and once again Mooney on Theatre will exclusively dedicate the first two weeks of July to coverage of the Toronto Fringe Festival.

The Fringe is really our flagship event of the year, we pull out all the stops and put in many sleepless nights to provide you with the most comprehensive coverage of the Festival. Those of you who are new to Mooney on Theatre, or to the Fringe Festival may wonder why we dedicate so much of our blood, sweat and tears to covering the Fringe.

What is a fringe festival anyway, and why do we think it’s so important? Continue reading What is a Fringe Festival Anyway?