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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Griffin Poetry Prize Readings – poetry as theatre

by Sam Mooney

It’s been years since I went to a poetry reading.  Tonight I went to the Griffin Poetry Prize Readings. Elaine, who came with me, had never been to one.  

I can’t even remember where I read about the Griffin Prize or about the readings by the poets shortlisted for the awards but I remember thinking that it really wouldn’t be that different than a playwright reading a play. A performance.

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Nina Lee Aquino Named New Artistic Director of Cahoots Theatre Projects

Press Release from Cahoots Theatre Projects:

The Board of Directors of Cahoots Theatre Projects is pleased to announce that Nina Lee Aquino has been appointed as Artistic Director effective September 8, 2009. Board President Colette Johnson-Vosberg says, "We are ecstatic to have Nina take over the reins. She is someone who can build on Cahoots’ successes, and has the vision to take us to new and exciting places."

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