LuminaTO 2009 – 5 O'Clock Bells

By Sam Mooney

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Go see 5 O’Clock Bells!

Tonight I saw the Toronto Premiere of 5 O’Clock Bells, a one-man, eight (or 9, maybe even 10 – I lost count) character play written and performed by Pierre Brault about the life of jazz guitarist Lenny Breau.

I loved it. I was literally buzzing when I left the theatre – still am. Best 75 minutes I’ve spent in a while.

Before tonight I knew nothing about Lenny Breau. His name was familiar but I couldn’t remember where I knew it from. My son-in-law reminded me that Randy Bachman refers to him often – “the great Lenny Breau” – on Vinyl Tap. It didn’t matter than I knew nothing about Breau’s life or music, 5 O’Clock Bells stands on it’s own.

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LuminaTO 2009 – New Waves Festival

By Kathy Morgan

 Kate Alton and Waleed Abdulhamid

From the moment we walked into the lobby and were awash with the music of a fantastic Klezmer band, I had a feeling it would be a fun and quirky night. I absolutely wasn’t disappointed. The New Waves Festival, a free Luminato event running at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, features hundreds of artists in dozens of events going on in all of the nooks and crannies of the building.

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Coming Soon: Bent – Theatre Engine (June 25 – 30, 2009)

From the press release:

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I SAID “I’M NOT QUEER, GIVE ME A YELLOW STAR,” AND THEY SAID, “SURE MAKE HIM A JEW, HE’S NOT BENT.” AND THEY LAUGHED.

BUT I GOT MY STAR.

When one finds their life in immediate peril – the survival instinct kicks in. People can uproot their lives, give up relationships, make unimaginable sacrifices just to live another day. But what happens when the very thing threatening one’s life is their life itself? How much can one deny their own identity for survival – and how long can that denial last?

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Inspirato Festival- Lorraine Kisma Theatre for Young People

By Dana Lacey

Say No more

If you don’t like the first ten minutes of the Inspirato Festival, it doesn’t matter: you’ll get nine more 10-minute plays to compete for your love and affection. The festival of short plays at the Lorraine Kisma Theatre for Young People tackles Big Pharma, death, love and jelly bean morality. In other words: there’s something for everyone. Continue reading Inspirato Festival- Lorraine Kisma Theatre for Young People

Frustrated with Fringe

By Megan Mooney

I know as well as anyone how hard it is to pull stuff together.  And to pull something together on the scale of the Toronto Fringe Festival, well, I can’t even imagine the amount of work that would take. 

I appreciate that, I do.

*UPDATE and clarification* Apparently what I was saying here was misinterpreted.  My apologies for that.  Fringe folks thought I was implying that they were working on things other than Fringe.  I just want to clarify, that’s not the case at all.  I know they’re all working their asses off, one individual doing the work 10 and so on.  My issue was only with the wording on one page of the website.  I just didn’t like feeling like I was being chastised for looking at their website.

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Dora Nominations Announced

From the press release (Complete list of nominees in the previous post):

Toronto, June 3, 2009 – At a press conference held today at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) announced 176 nominations from 218 eligible productions that opened between June 1, 2008 and May 31, 2009 for the 30th annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards which honour excellence in the performing arts in Toronto.

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