By Sam Mooney
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.
Continue reading LuminaTO 2009 – 5 O'Clock Bells
By Kathy Morgan
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.
Continue reading LuminaTO 2009 – New Waves Festival
From the press release:
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?
Continue reading Coming Soon: Bent – Theatre Engine (June 25 – 30, 2009)
By Dana Lacey
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
by Megan Mooney
Here it comes! The 2009 Toronto Fringe Festival is just around the corner. Well, three and a half weeks away, but who’s counting.
The festival runs from July 1 – July 12, 2009. That’s right, it kicks off on Canada Day, and I can’t think of a better way to spend a statutory holiday than fringing.
Continue reading Toronto Fringe Festival 2009 – Programs available
From the press release:
Toronto, ON (June 5, 2009) – The Canadian Stage Company’s Festival of Ideas and Creation ramps up Monday, June 8 and continues to Saturday, June 27 at the Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley Street.
Continue reading 2009 FESTIVAL OF IDEAS AND CREATION: Explore new plays and live theatre behind-the-scene
by Sam Mooney
And the winners are…
Canadian poet A. F. Moritz and American poet C. D. Wright.
Read more about the poets at the Griffin Trust site.
(maybe one of the criteria was that the winners had no names, just initials)
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.
Continue reading Frustrated with Fringe
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.
Continue reading Dora Nominations Announced
Just in case you`re the kind of person who likes to get into the nitty gritty of a topic, below is the complete list of the 176 nominees. Luke warm off the presses, directly copied and pasted from the release. For those of you who just want the highlights, there’s a press release for that too! It’s in the post above.
Continue reading The Exhaustive List of Dora Nominees in 2009