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Niagara-on-the-Lake: Shaw epic comedy “Man and Superman” begins previews August 17

Friday, August 16, 2019

Man and Superman with Don Juan in Hell begins its limited 17 performance run at The Shaw’s Festival Theatre beginning August 17. Directed by the Festival’s Intern Artistic Director Kimberley Rampersad, The Shaw’s production presents all four stimulating, life-affirming acts – including Don Juan in Hell, the often separately staged dream-act. Part...

Toronto: The Guild Festival Theatre announces its new co-artistic directors

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Guild Festival Theatre (GFT) is delighted to announce the appointment of Helen Juvonen and Tyler J. Seguin as Co-Artistic Directors of the company. The announcement was made on Saturday night prior to the closing night performance of the GFT’s eighth season.

Juvonen and Seguin have a long history with the Guild Festival Theatre. Seguin...

Stratford: Stratford Festival’s “Coriolanus” and “The Tempest” to air on CBC

Thursday, August 15, 2019

The Stratford Festival’s newest films are coming to CBC and CBC Gem. Shakespeare’s Coriolanus will air on August 25 and The Tempest on September 15, at which time they will also be available on the free CBC Gem streaming series. 

These are the latest offerings from Stratford Festival on Film, an initiative launched by Artistic Director...

Toronto: Cirque du Soleil and The Shoebox Project for Women join forces for special performance of “Alegría”

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Cirque du Soleil is pleased to be joining forces with The Shoebox Project for Women for the Toronto Media Premiere of Alegría, its most iconic production. On September 19th, the two organisations will team-up for a spectacular night of entertainment under the Big Top with the aim of raising both awareness and funds for women impacted by homelessness...

Stratford: Stratford goes to the dogs

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

A photo that appears to show the Stratford Festival going to the dogs is winning hearts online.

The picture shows a group of pooches ranging from poodles to golden retrievers sitting patiently in their cushy seats, taking in a production of Billy Elliot at the Stratford Festival last week.

But while the photo may be fun, it turns...

Stratford: The Stratford Festival announces its 2020 season

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Colm Feore will utter the first words on the Stratford Festival’s newest stage, an echo of the inaugural performance in 1953, when Alec Guinness’s opening speech in Richard III anticipated the “glorious summer” that was to come for Stratford. Feore, an internationally acclaimed stage and screen actor, is just one of a diverse company of accomplished...

St. Catharines: Third annual Celebration of Nations returns to downtown St. Catharines

Thursday, August 8, 2019

The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre and Kakekalanicks Indigenous Arts present Celebration of Nations, a gathering of Indigenous arts, culture, and tradition in downtown St. Catharines from 6–8 September 2019.  More than 40 events will take place in downtown St. Catharines, within the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre’s four venues, as well as...

Toronto: Hart House Theatre presents “Encounters at the ‘Edge of the Woods’” September 6-8

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Opening on September 6, 2019 for a limited run of three performances, Hart House Theatre presents an original, devised work that is Curated and Directed by Indigenous educator and artist, Jill Carter. Through their engagement with  Encounters at the "Edge of the Woods", a committed team of emerging Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists have developed...

Niagara-on-the-Lake: The Shaw Festival announces its 2020 season playbill

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Artistic Director Tim Carroll and the Shaw Festival proudly announce the 2020 season.“This is a season of classics across the board: classic musicals, classic comedies, classic dramas,” says Artistic Director Tim Carroll. “Every single one features the brilliant writing which has always been at the centre of our mission, and for which we have assembled...

Toronto: SummerWorks announces free late-night programming

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Following the June announcement of the 2019 program and with the Festival kicking-off later this week,  SummerWorks Performance Festival is thrilled to share details today regarding adventurous LATE NIGHT programming for 2019 - including Opening and Closing Night parties - to keep the Festival going past your bedtime!

Throughout the Festival,...

Toronto: Fly on the Wall Theatre presents “The Good Thief” October 19-29

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Fly on the Wall Theatre continues its celebration of the works of acclaimed Irish playwright, Conor McPherson, with the revival of The Good Thief, October 19-29, 2019, at Toronto’s Dora Keogh Irish Pub, 141 Danforth Avenue.

When a seemingly routine job goes terribly wrong, a small-time thug finds himself on a desperate run across Ireland,...

Stratford: The Stratford Festival introduces an new award for theatre-makers at SummerWorks

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

As the Stratford Festival expands the activities of its Laboratory for the exploration of new work and theatre craft, it is excited to introduce an award for theatre-makers at this year’s SummerWorks Performance Festival, one of Canada’s most important platforms for launching new works.

The Stratford Festival Lab Award for Research & Development...

New York: “Come From Away” celebrates 1000 performances on Broadway

Friday, August 2, 2019

The Broadway production of the international hit musical Come From Away will celebrate its 1,000th performance at the August 3 matinee at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street). 

The musical, which tells the true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them in the immediate aftermath...

Blyth: The world premiere of “In the Wake of Wettlaufer” runs August 7 to September 6

Friday, August 2, 2019

Writers Kelly McIntosh and Gil Garratt tell a poignant story of four siblings’ decision to place their aging father in long-term care only to find it is the same home where serial killer nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer has been killing residents, in the world premiere In the Wake of Wettlaufer, running until Aug. 7 to Sept. 6 at Blyth Festival.

Stratford: “The Crucible” is now on stage at the Stratford Festival

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Previews begin today for The Crucible, Arthur Miller’s haunting dramatization of the Salem witch trials. Directed by Festival veteran Jonathan Goad, the production opens on Friday, August 16, at the Avon Theatre, marking the 12th and final production in the Festival’s 67th season, which runs until November 10.

Written in 1953, this American...

Toronto: Arts and culture on the Bloor Street Culture Corridor in August

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Soak in the rest of your summer season by spending some time on the Bloor St. Culture Corridor! It's only one more month until the kids go back to school, so take advantage with multiple events, including a look at the sneakers of the world champion Toronto Raptors, an exhibition dedicated to the Chinese Canadian journey from immigration to enterprise,...

Toronto: Mirvish Productions will dim marquee lights in honor of Hal Prince on July 31

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Mirvish Productions is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of director and producer Harold Prince, who died at the age of 91 on Wednesday July 31, 2019. 

In the tradition of Broadway, the Princess of Wales Theatre, Ed Mirvish Theatre, CAA Theatre and Elgin Theatre will dim their marquee lights this evening  - Wednesday, July 31, 2019...

Toronto: Shakespeare in the Ruff presents “The Winter’s Tale” August 14-September 2

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Shakespeare in the Ruff brings one of Shakespeare’s most transformative plays, The Winter’s Tale, to Withrow Park. Part dark fairy-tale, part comedy, The Winter’s Tale explores the relationship between repentance and forgiveness in a way that echoes loudly in our modern times. Bring a picnic, meet a neighbour, and experience a summer’s night between...

Toronto: Tom Hearn’s solo show “SLANG” runs August 1 and 8 at the Bad Dog Theatre

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

‘S L A N G : A Solo Sketch Comedy Show’ is a sketch comedy show from the mind of Canadian Comedy Award Winning Comedian Tom Hearn. The show features: Original Characters, Parody Songs, at least TWO Impressions, Dancing, Singing, A Live Band, Drag, Satire and TOM HEARN DOING THE MOST! 

S L A N G : A Solo Sketch Comedy Show  

Toronto: Coal Mine Theatre announces its 2019/20 season

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

The Coal Mine Theatre has announced its 2019/20 season:


by David Harrower

Preview Sunday, September 22 and Tuesday September 24, 2019 at 7:30pmOpening Night Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 7:30pmClosing Day Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 2pm

Tuesday to Saturday at 7:30pm (Mondays Dark)Matinees...

Stratford: The English-language premiere of “Birds of a Kind” by Wajdi Mouawad opens August 14

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Birds of a Kind, Wajdi Mouawad’s award-winning play about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, is now in previews before its official English-language première on Wednesday, August 14, at the Festival’s Studio Theatre. This gripping production is directed by Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino who brought the book that inspired the play to Mouawad.

St. Catharines: “Beside Myself”, a new musical, opens at the Foster Festival August 2

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

What would you do if you could hit the re-set button on a stale marriage?  Paula and Sam have finally decided to pack it in as a couple. As they divvy up their household goods they wonder what would have happened if they’d never met. Would their dreams and young ambitions have come true? The discovery of a long-forgotten wedding gift sets off a chain...

Stratford: “The Front Page” begins previews at the Stratford Festival July 30

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

The Front Page, one of the great satires about the world of journalism, hits the stage in Stratford today, under the direction of Festival veteran Graham Abbey. Written by former Chicago reporters Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, and newly adapted by Canadian playwright Michael Healey, this comedy-drama is now in previews at the Festival Theatre and...

Toronto: Stellar lineup of singers for the Neil Crory Tribute Concert October 11, 2019

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

JUST ANNOUNCED: an unprecedented lineup of stellar Canadian singers will take part in the Neil Crory Tribute Concert, an extraordinary celebration of music and the human voice in honour of the legendary CBC Music producer, mentor, impresario, colleague, and friend who died on January 10 at the age of 68. Prominent singers whose careers Crory nurtured,...

Toronto: Outside the March and Crow’s Theatre announce casting for Annie Baker’s “The Flick”

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Following the spring announcement that Outside the March (OtM) and Crow’s Theatre will come together for an immersive production of Annie Baker’s THE FLICK this October, the companies are thrilled to announce casting for the highly anticipated fall production, and to debut a set of cinema inspired posters.

The production, for which the...

Toronto: The AGO exhibit “Illusions: The Art of Magic” of posters from the Golden Age of Magic opens February 2020

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Step right up and prepare to be amazed! Illusions: The Art of Magic comes to the AGO this February, and invites visitors to step back in time to the Golden Age of Magic when magicians travelled the world, promoting their acts with eye catching posters. Illustrating the daring escapes, death defying tricks and colourful personas that made performers...

Niagara-on-the-Lake: Casting for the Shaw Festival’s two holiday shows announced

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Before long Niagara-on-the-Lake will be dressed in holiday style and the Shaw Festival’s stages will be filled with holiday cheer. The sell-out hit of the last two seasons, A Christmas Carol, returns to the Royal George Theatre with Michael Therriault as Scrooge. Adding to the festive magic, Kyle Blair, Kyle Golemba, Kristi Frank and Kimberley Rampersad...

Niagara-on-the-Lake: “Cyrano de Bergerac” begins previews at the Shaw Festival

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Chris Abraham directs a new adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, Edmond Rostand’s romantic tale of unrequited and selfless love. Translated from French to English, Associate Artistic Director Kate Hennig’s version is presented in prose, yet it thrillingly preserves the poetic beauty of Rostand’s original verse. Cyrano de Bergerac begins previews Saturday,...

Toronto: Cahoots Theatre appoints Tanisha Taitt as Artistic Director

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Cahoots Theatre proudly announces the appointment of Tanisha Taitt as Artistic Director of Cahoots Theatre. A notable theatre and anti-oppression educator with a deep and uncompromising commitment to racial justice and the empowerment of people of colour, Taitt is a natural choice as the artistic leader of the first professional company in Canada...

Toronto: Dauntless City Theatre presents Shakespeare’s “All’s Well That Ends Well” August 2-25

Thursday, July 25, 2019

After last summer’s Much Ado About Nothing, Dauntless City Theatre returns to Berczy Park to delight city audiences with All’s Well That Ends Well, starring Chanakya Mukherjee (The Men in White, Much Ado About Nothing) and Liz Der (Crave) as the unlikely lovers Bertram and Helena.

Ranging over walks, hills, gardens, and the famous dog fountain,...

Toronto: Don’t Look Down presents Morris Panych’s “The Ends of the Earth” August 23-September 1

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

The Ends of the Earth is produced by Toronto based Don't Look Down Theatre Company. This is our first production of 2019, following three productions throughout 2018 at Theatre Passe Muraille. We're dedicated to creating great quality, meaningful Canadian theatre on a consistent basis in Toronto.

A bit about the play: 


Toronto: The COC’s Alexander Neef appointed next General Director of Opéra national de Paris

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Today, Canadian Opera Company General Director Alexander Neef was named the next General Director of Opéra national de Paris. The official announcement was made in Paris at a meeting of the French Cabinet. Neef’s term will begin in the 2021/2022 season, succeeding Stéphane Lissner as current head of Opéra national de Paris; until then, the COC General...

Toronto: “Mandy Patinkin in Concert: DIARIES” plays Toronto November 12 and 14 – tickets on sale July 29

Monday, July 22, 2019

Broadway’s master songman, Mandy Patinkin, accompanied by Adam Ben-David on piano, will bring his newest theatre concert Mandy Patinkin in Concert: DIARIES, to the Ed Mirvish Theatre for two performances only - Tuesday November 12 and Thursday November 14 at 8PM.   

Tickets go on sale Monday July 29.  

To purchase tickets online...

Toronto: “Piaf/Dietrich, A Legendary Affair” runs September 17-December 8, 2019 – tickets on sale July 29

Monday, July 22, 2019

Edith Piaf and Marlene Dietrich were two of the greatest names in international show business during much of the 20th century. At a time when popular culture was still defined by a small handful of artists, these were two of the biggest. Piaf enchanted the world with her singing, her moving life story, and unostentatious appearance; while Dietrich’s...

Toronto: True crime parody podcast from Baram & Snieckus launches August 5

Monday, July 22, 2019

Someone Stole Something is a six part serialized mocu-mystery podcast that parodies the fertile “True Crime” genre.The story follows fictional married couple Ira and Julia Leiser, (Matt Baram and Naomi Snieckus) residents of a sleepy cottage town, who embark on an investigative journalism quest to uncover the truth about what happened to three of...

Collingwood: Norm Foster’s “Beside Myself” comes to Theatre Collingwood August 20-24

Saturday, July 20, 2019

What would you do if you could hit the reset button on a stale marriage? Paula and Sam have finally decided to pack it in as a couple. As they divvy up their household goods they wonder what would have happened if they’d never met. Would their dreams and young ambitions have come true? The discovery of a long-forgotten wedding gift sets off a chain...

Toronto: Standing room added for final performances of “Dear Evan Hansen”

Thursday, July 18, 2019

It’s the final week of performances for the Toronto company of DEAR EVAN HANSEN at the Royal Alexandra Theatre. Every seat is sold yet there are many people who still haven’t had a chance to get to see the show. 

 To accommodate these people,16 standing room locations per performance will be added as of tonight, Thursday July 18, 2019....

Newmarket: Newmarket’s National 10-Minute Play Festival runs July 22-28

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Newmarket’s National 10 Minute Play Festival (NNPF) presented by BMW Newmarket is back for a third consecutive year, now spanning seven days, Monday, July 22 to Sunday, July 28. All performances take place at Newmarket’s beloved cultural landmark, The Old Town Hall, located at 360 Botsford Street in the historic downtown core.

“The Town...

Toronto: Troy Crossfield’s “A Little Black Lie” plays Toronto July 24-28

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Fresh off the DC Black Theatre Festival, the award-winning production A Little Black Lie is back for a Toronto encore performance. A Little Black Lie is like having front row seats to your favorite soap opera, but live! You’ll laugh, cry, and feel every emotion alongside the actors. Follow a young couple as they iron out the kinks in their relationship...

Orangeville: Shows revealed for North (519) Best of Fringe in Orangeville

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Tickets for NORTH (519) are $15 each, or both shows for $25! NOTE: Orangeville Curling Club is open to ages 14+ and is also a licensed venue, Revival 1863 must be 19+

An Atlas, A Necktie & Other Concerns

Friday July 19 at 9pm at Orangeville Curling Club Saturday July 20 at 7pm & 11pm at Revival 1863“Life is a bitchload of contradictions."......

Toronto: SummerWorks presents a 10th anniversary reading of Nicolas Billon’s “Greenland” August 10

Monday, July 15, 2019

SummerWorks Performance Festival, in partnership with Why Not Theatre and in association with Environmental Defence, is pleased to present a special 10th anniversary reading of Nicolas Billon’s 2009 SummerWorks Audience Choice Award winner Greenland as part of Fundraiser for Our Future– a fundraising event on Saturday August 10, 2019 at The Theatre...

Toronto: 2019 Toronto Fringe Festival smashes all records

Monday, July 15, 2019

The 2019 Toronto Fringe Festival wrapped up yesterday after 12 successful days of live theatre, dance, comedy, musicals and increased free programming at Fringe’s patio, POSTSCRIPT. Toronto Fringe is pleased to report that ticket sales for the 2019 Fringe Festival were $40,000 ahead of the incredibly successful 2018 Fringe Festival – making it the...

Toronto: Patron’s Picks and Best of Fringe on sale now

Saturday, July 13, 2019

The winners of these awards were announced yesterday at the Fringe Awards Ceremony.

More info on all our awards can be found here.

Tickets to Patron’s Pick shows are now on sale via the Toronto Fringe website and box office. Purchase tickets online by clicking the show links below or buy over the phone at 416-966-1062.

Toronto: Casting update for “Julius Caesar” by Groundling Theatre and Crow’s Theatre

Friday, July 12, 2019

Crow’s Theatre is delighted to announce that Andre Sills has joined the cast of Julius Caesar! He’ll share the stage with Canada’s most acclaimed classical actors  for three weeks only at Streetcar Crowsnest.Due to the unprecedented number of new subscribers this season, only a few premium seats are left for Friday and Saturday nights. 


Niagara-on-the-Lake: Howard Barker’s “Victory” begins previews July 14

Friday, July 12, 2019

An extreme exploration of the power of words, Howard Barker’s Victory is not for the squeamish. A tale of survival set against the violent aftermath of the English civil war, Victory uses language as a weapon, challenging a modern audience’s expectations of what theatre should be. Directed by Artistic Director Tim Carroll, Victory features an all-star...

Toronto: Angelwalk Theatre announces its fall 2019 shows

Friday, July 12, 2019

Today Angelwalk Theatre anounced its 2019 Fall Line-Up which includes two fantastic shows!

On Monday, September 23, 2019, Angelwalk Theatre will be holding a gala, fundraiser, and concert - ANGELWALK AT 10 - in the George Weston Recital Hall at the Toronto Centre for the Arts (soon to be Meridian Arts Centre).

Celebrating 10...

Toronto: The Theatre Centre announces its 2019/20 programming

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Artistic Director Aislinn Rose announced The Theatre Centre’s 2019/20 programming today at one of the company’s signature (and delicious) community meals. The focus of the year ahead is on the idea of “reckless generosity”.

“A couple of years ago, UK artist Dawn Walton introduced us to the words ‘reckless generosity’,” explained The Theatre...

Toronto: Against the Grain Theatre announces its 10th anniversary season

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Against the Grain Theatre (AtG) celebrates its 10th anniversary season on the heels of receiving two Dora Mavor Moore awards for their production of Canadian composer Claude Vivier’s only opera Kopernikus. This pivotal tenth season will see a cross-Canada tour of our beloved production of La Bohème, the revival of Figaro’s Wedding, a debut at Koerner...

Toronto: Ticket availability dates announced for “The Met: Live in HD” 2019/20 season

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Cineplex Events is pleased to announce that tickets will go on sale for the 2019-20 season of The Met: Live in HD next Wednesday, July 17, 2019. Launching in theatres across Canada on October 12, 2019 for the 14th consecutive year, opera-lovers will be able to experience 10 brilliant Live in HD transmissions starring some of the world’s leading artists...

Kingston: Line-up announced for the Kick & Push Festival July 18 to August 11

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The Kick & Push Festival will return to Kingston this July in its fifth year of operation with a lineup showcasing innovative and boundary-breaking experiential theatre. The festival will take place throughout Kingston at various venues from July 18th to August 11th. 

Artistic Producer Liam Karry says, “At the heart of this festivalis the...

New York: Opera Atelier and Stratford star Laird Mackintosh is Henry Higgins in the North American tour of “My Fair Lady”

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Casting has just been announced for the upcoming North American touring production of My Fair Lady. 

The 2018 Lincoln Center Theater revival of My Fair Lady closed on Broadway July 7, but the Barlett Sher–helmed production launches a tour in Syracuse, New York, before officially opening December 19 at the Opera House at the Kennedy Center...

Toronto: Driftwood Theatre presents “A (musical) Midsummer Night’s Dream” throughout Southern Ontario

Monday, July 8, 2019

Driftwood Theatre presents their 25th annual Bard's Bus Tour with A (musical) Midsummer Night’s Dream, an a cappella slant on William Shakespeare’s most popular comedy. Driftwood Theatre brings accessible, live, outdoor theatre across Ontario with contemporary Canadian takes on Shakespeare. A (musical) Midsummer Night’s Dream will run from July 19...

Niagara-on-the-Lake: Shaw Festival receives support from Celebrate Ontario

Saturday, July 6, 2019

During tonight’s dinner celebrating The Shaw’s production of The Ladykillers, Executive Director Tim Jennings announced the Festival has received a funding boost from the Ontario Government’s Celebrate Ontario program.

Already one of the province’s strongest arts and culture economic generators, the Shaw Festival delivers more than $200...

Collingwood: Theatre Collingwood presents “Summer of ’69” July 9-13

Friday, July 5, 2019

The Summer of '69 is almost here AGAIN! It has been 50 years since that iconic year and we are bringing to you a wonderful celebration of the fantastic music and pop culture, July 9th - 13th at The Blue Mountain Inn - Weider Room. Come on out to Blue Mountain and back to the year 1969!

In this production you will enjoy 5 amazing singers/actors...

Toronto: The 12th annual Toronto Burlesque Festival runs July 18 to 21

Friday, July 5, 2019

One of the world’s most esteemed events of its kind, the Toronto Burlesque Festival returns for its 12thanniversary running July 18 to 21 at Revival Bar and MOD Club Theatre.  

 With a focus on diversity, body-positivity, and an inclusive definition of beauty, the festival is pleased to present a line-up of performers from across the globe...

Toronto: “Come From Away” returns to the Royal Alexandra Theatre on December 13, 2019

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

After playing for 10 months at the Elgin Theatre, Toronto’s longest-running Canadian musical will return to its original home, the Royal Alexandra Theatre. COME FROM AWAY will conclude its engagement at the Elgin Theatre on December 1, 2019. It will then take a very short hiatus while the set is transported a few blocks west, and will reopen at the...

Toronto: Win one of four trips for two to Newfoundland at “Come From Away” July 5-7

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

All patrons attending the four performances of COME FROM AWAY at Toronto's Elgin Theatre from Friday July 5 to Sunday July 7, 2019 will automatically be entered to win one of four trips for two to Newfoundland and Labrador. There are four performances this weekend — Friday July 5, 8 pm; Saturday July 6, 2 PM & 8 PM; Sunday July 7, 2 PM. There will...

Toronto: Shakespeare in Action brings free performances of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to Weston

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Shakespeare in Action continues its inaugural season as Weston’s resident theatre company with Shakespeare in the Shell! This season the hilariously beautiful A Midsummer Night’s Dream will take place under the open sky and play July 16-28 in Little Avenue Memorial Park in Weston. All performances are FREE, thereby fulfilling S.I.A.’s longtime wish...

Melbourne: The Australian premiere of “Come From Away” starts previews July 3

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

The Australian premiere of Come From Away, which tells the true story of 7,000 airline passengers stranded in Newfoundland in the wake of September 11, begins performances at Melbourne's Comedy Theatre July 3 prior to an official opening July 20.

The company is led by Nicholas Brown (STC’s The Long Forgotten Dream) as Kevin J and others,...

Ottawa: Applications for “undercurrents 2020” close July 7

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Showcasing the best independent theatre from Ottawa and across the country, undercurrents invites submissions from Ottawa-based and national companies. The festival will consider applications from established and emerging artists who are working in new play creation, as well as from those touring previously produced original work. We encourage submissions...

Toronto: Play for children, “Jillian Jiggs”, opens at Solar Stage on July 6

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Jillian Jiggs, a play based on the classic children’s stories by Phoebe Gilman for ages 4 and up ,opens at Solar Stage at Artscape Wychwood Barns, on July 6, 2019!

The Jillian Jiggs stories by Phoebe Gilman are rhyming, action-filled adventure stories of Jillian, her sister Rebecca, and their friends Rachel and Peter as they create, explore,...

Toronto: Arts and culture on the Bloor Street Culture Corridor July 2019

Monday, July 1, 2019

School is out, the sun is shining, and arts and culture are active on the Bloor St. Culture Corridor! Spend your long weekend at our museums, art exhibitions, or see a film screening. There are also free events at our organizations and classes where you can enjoy learning a new language or arts skill. This month's highlights from our organizations...

Ottawa: Several associated with performing arts among new appointments to the Order of Canada

Monday, July 1, 2019

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, today announced 83 new appointments to the Order of Canada. The new member list includes 5 Companions (C.C.), 21 Officers (O.C.), including 1 Honorary Officer, and 57 Members (C.M.). Recipients will be invited to accept their insignia at a ceremony to be held at a later...

Stratford: SpringWorks PuppetWorks mini-fest runs July 12-14

Saturday, June 29, 2019

SpringWorks PuppetWorks mini-fest runs July 12-14. Performances include:

Family Puppet Shows in Stratford City Hall Auditorium:PlastiquePuzzle Theatre's plastic bag creatures are born and transform, funny and colorful, primitive, naive and they resemble us a little bit... maybe.... 

40 minutes, Ages 5 and up

Sat 11:30...

Toronto: Toronto Fringe prioritizes accessibility in 2019

Friday, June 28, 2019

Ontario’s largest theatre festival is entering its 31st season this year and is making the festival more accessible than ever for its 90,000+ patrons. With increased box office accessibility, website tools, comprehensive venue accessibility information, a communications overhaul, and changes to staffing and hiring practices, Fringe’s goal is to better...

Cambridge: “Grease” has already sold 90% of its run in Cambridge

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Don't wait! Grease is 90% sold out at the Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge. If you haven't purchased your tickets yet, we encourage you to buy as soon as possible as this production will likely sell out before the show even opens.


Grease is the word as the hit Broadway phenomenon that inspired one of the most...

Toronto: “BRAVE: Secret Lives, Second Chances” festival runs at Harbourfront July 11-21

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Harbourfront Centre brings celebrated musicians, artists, chefs, writers and actors to Toronto for a fresh and daring examination on what it means to be ‘brave’ and to push boundaries with the second annual multidisciplinary arts festival, BRAVE. This year’s iteration will uncover the hidden potential and concealed elements of human existence in BRAVE:...

Barrie: Talk Is Free Theatre announces its expanded 2019/20 season

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Today Artistic Producer Arkady Spivak announced TIFT’s expanded 2019-2020 Season. It includes Tower of Babylon, a globe spanning development project; mini-festival of unique works created by an all-female collective; a five-play subscription season in Barrie, touring activities, another season of Illuminating Coversations and the two-city International...

Toronto: Harbourfront Centre international dance series TORQUE returns in 2019/20

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Harbourfront Centre announces the return of TORQUE, an international contemporary dance series showcasing some of the most exciting emerging and established choreographers today. Following a successful first year, TORQUE’s second installment features six world, Canadian and Toronto premiere performances. With the 2019/20 season, Harbourfront Centre...

Toronto: Native Earth Performing Arts announces its 2019/20 season

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Native Earth Performing Arts is proud to announce its 37th season, featuring a dynamic line-up of some of the most remarkable Indigenous voices working in theatre and dance today. Exploring stories of resilience, reclamation, and triumph, Native Earth’s season is a riveting showcase of successive generations of contemporary Indigenous artists. The...

Toronto: Summer Opera Lyric Theatre runs July 26-August 4

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Summer Opera Lyric Theatre continues its tradition as the only performance haven for Toronto’s opera lovers in late summer.  Since 1986, Guillermo Silva Marin has led aspiring young artists through an intensive 8-week course of study concentrating on character development in opera through text and music.  These weeks culminate in a series of performances...

Toronto: List of winners at the 2019 Dora Mavor Moore Awards

Tuesday, June 25, 2019




Outstanding Production

General Theatre

School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play

Obsidian Theatre in association with Nightwood Theatre


Toronto: The Dora Mavor Moore Awards take place tonight at 7:30

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Toronto's Dora Mavor Moore Awards take place tonight -  Tuesday June 25 - in the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts starting at 7:30pm, followed by a fab After-Party in and around the venue. The ceremony is hosted by the award-winning, multi-talented Rick Miller (Boom X, MacHomer, Bigger Than Jesus), who performs at the After-Party as well with his...

Kingston: Tickets are now available for the 2019 Theatre Kingston Storefront Fringe

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Tickets are now available for the Theatre Kingston Storefront Fringe! Kingston is the place to be this summer, so why not make a Stay-cation out of it?

This year we have set up the Fringe schedule so you can see all 18 shows (or 19 with the bonus show) in 2 days!

We call it the DASH!

And "DOING THE DASH" has it's privileges....

Blyth: The comedy “Cakewalk” begins previews June 26

Monday, June 24, 2019

Back by popular demand- Cakewalk, one of our sweetest and most delicious comedies from when the Blyth Festival began, is coming back to the stage in celebration of the Festival 45th Anniversary Season. The revival runs June 26 to Aug. 10.

Cakewalk, written by playwright Colleen Curran, centres around a Canada Day celebration, when a small...

Niagara-on-the-Lake: “Sex”, a play by Mae West, begins previews at the Shaw Festival June 21

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Just shy of a century after her sold out Broadway run was branded an "obscene, indecent, immoral and impure drama" by a New York grand jury, Mae West’s Sex gets a rousing production at the Shaw Festival. Directed by Peter Hinton-Davis, this powerful melodrama begins in Montreal’s red light district of the 1920s, then shifts locations to Trinidad and...

Toronto: Factory Theatre announces its 2019/20 season

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Next season is all about honouring and celebrating Factory's remarkable past as we step into the future. Each of this season's plays represents a connection to all that Factory has accomplished under past Artistic Directors, and the lasting impact we have had on Canadian theatre.

Our 50th Season will celebrate Factory's illustrious and...

Toronto: TO LIVE announces its 2019/20 season

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

TO Live announces 2019–2020 season programming, delivering on its promise to connect audiences and communities reflective of Toronto’s population. Amongst its varied programming, TO Live announces the Toronto premiere of the exhibition Mandela: Struggle for Freedom, a rich sensory experience of imagery, soundscape, digital media and objects direct...

Toronto: SummerWorks Performance Festival announces its 2019 programme

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Just one year away from celebrating 30 years as one of Canada’s most vital launch pads for new performance work SummerWorks Performance Festival, today unveiled the full programming lineup for its 29th edition, kicking off August 8 and showcasing boundary-pushing, adventurous work at multiple venues in Toronto for 11 days through to August 18, 2019....

Toronto: Soup Can Theatre celebrates its 10th anniversary with “A Night of Music and Mirth” July 18

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Soup Can Theatre is turning 10 and Toronto is invited to celebrate with us! We are marking the occasion with a performance-laden bash at the Monarch Tavern featuring in-concert highlights from our smash-hit shows, Love is a Poverty You Can Sell I & II, performed by original cast and orchestra members - as well as dancing, raffle prizes, silent auction,...

Toronto: Marshall Pynkoski and Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg collaborate to stage Grétry’s “Richard Coeur-de-Lion” at Versailles

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Opera Atelier is honoured to announce Founding Co-Artistic Directors Marshall Pynkoski C.M. and Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg C.M. will stage and choreograph Grétry’s opera Richard Coeur-de-lion, celebrating the 250th anniversary of the Royal Opera House at Versailles from October 10 to 13, 2019 at Château de Versailles. This extraordinary event marks...

Collingwood: Theatre Collingwood presents Louise Pitre June 19-22

Monday, June 17, 2019

This week (June 19th-22nd) we have the privilege of presenting Louise Pitre for 5 performances at First Presbyterian Church in Collingwood. Louise received a Tony nomination for her Broadway debut in the smash hit Mamma Mia! and is truly Canada’s first lady of musical theatre, with a career that has spanned theatre, television and concert stages across...

Markham: fu-GEN Theatre Company brings an immersive performance work to the streets of downtown Markham

Monday, June 17, 2019

FEARLESS is an experiment in theatrical spectatorship and itsintersection with new technology. By using the FEARLESS app, audiences will get in their cars and trackdown our performers in downtown Markham to experience this intimate and interactive newperformance work. In these one-to-one micro-performances, the driver is the only audience, eachperformance...

Toronto: Fall for Dance North 2019 unveils its fifth anniversary line-up

Monday, June 17, 2019

Toronto’s premier international dance festival Fall for Dance North (FFDN) is thrilled to announce the momentous fifth anniversary edition, October 2–6, 2019, at co-presenter TO Live’s MERIDIAN HALL (formerly the Sony Centre), Ryerson Theatre in partnership with the Ryerson School of Performance, and Union Station. FFDN will present a striking line-up...

Niagara Falls: “Mystify”, a new close-up magic show, opens at the Radisson Hotel June 27

Monday, June 17, 2019

Ken McCreedy is hoping he’ll see smiling faces when he and fellow magician George Marchionda of Niagara Falls join guitarist Terry Wash of St. Catharines at a new magic show series they’re launching at the Radisson Hotel and Suites in Niagara Falls on June 27.

He’ll certainly be close enough to see the audience’s pearly whites: McCreedy...

Toronto: The Musical Stage Company and Yonge Street Theatricals present three musicals inspired by The Globe and Mail archives

Monday, June 17, 2019

The Musical Stage Company and Yonge Street Theatricals, in association with The Globe and Mail, are pleased to announce complete details, casting, and run dates for REPRINT, the inaugural production of three original musicals generated in LAUNCH PAD.  First announced in November 2018, LAUNCH PAD is a ground-breaking musical development residency developed...

Toronto: “Come From Away” cancels previously announced screech-in and offers trips to the Rock instead

Friday, June 14, 2019

We wanted to celebrate COME FROM AWAY in Toronto and the unique culture of Newfoundland. We thought a big group screech-in at the Elgin Theatre in Toronto would do just that. In our enthusiasm we took a misstep and we apologize.

Rightly, many people in Newfoundland took exception to a screech-in happening outside of the actual province...

Toronto: Cahoots Theatre announces its 2019/20 season

Friday, June 14, 2019

Cahoots Theatre announced its 33rd season today, including one world premiere and the return of an audience favourite. Programmed by Outgoing Artistic Director Marjorie Chan, the season explores the transcendent power of love through generational struggles, trauma, and even time and space. With productions featuring South East Asian artists, Cahoots...

Toronto: Monkey Toast brings back The Panel Show on June 22 with Andrew Coyne and Robert Benzie

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Monkey Toast is proud to bring back, The Panel Show. Each month two improvisers will appear in character to discuss real topics and issues with two real journalists.  This month’s journalists are, Andrew Coyne (National Post & CBC’s At Issue) and Robert Benzie (The Toronto Star’s Queens Park Bureau Chief). The Improvisers are, Aurora Browne appearing...

Toronto: Performances of “The Lion King” begin tonight

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Performances for the return engagement of Disney’s THE LION KING begin tonight at Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre.  The 8-week engagement will play from Thursday June 13 through Sunday August 4, 2019.

Tickets are available at and through TicketKing at 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333. Orders for groups of ten (10) or more...

Cambridge: Vera Causa Opera presents its second annual Canadian Opera Fest June 14-16

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Vera Causa Opera's final production of the 2018/2019 season is our second annual Canadian Opera Fest, featuring brand new opera creations from local composers, librettists, and innovators.

Canadian Opera Fest 2019 features five brand new short operas written by local students and composers. Each opera is poignant and unique, tackling important...

Toronto: Theatre and dance at the Tirgan Festival July 25-28

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Tirgan Festival is excited to announce the arrival of its much anticipated biennial event, July 25-28, 2019 in Toronto, Canada, presented by TD Bank.

What is Tirgan?Tirgan refers to an ancient Persian/Iranian festival traditionally held in the month of July, also known as Jashn-e Tirgan (The feast of Tire-gan). It coincides with other midsummer...

Toronto: Experience “Comedy on the Water” June 27, July 18 and August 15

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Aboard an intimate pirate ship of 35 audience members some of Toronto’s funniest comics take the mic and keep everyone laughing. Feel the summer breeze flow through your hair, hear the sound of your laugh get carried by the wind over the water and toward the Toronto skyline as you enjoy the ride aboard a 50ft wooden ‘pirate ship’ in Toronto’s harbor.

Toronto: “Come From Away” to attempt world’s largest screech-in on July 6

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

To celebrate COME FROM AWAY’s monumental run in Toronto, we’re having the World's Largest Screech-In— 1,000 people, all together at one time.

This will take place following the evening performance of COME FROM AWAY on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at Toronto's Elgin Theatre, and will involve the entire audience at the show that night.

Toronto: Nightwood’s 10th annual Lawyer Show raises record-breaking funds

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

We are still basking in the glow after witnessing over 40 lawyers give it their all and blow the roof off of the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts in Nightwood's fundraiser production of MAMMA MIA! this weekend. It's a good thing lawyers are notoriously high-achievers, because they poured their hearts and souls into perfecting their harmonies, memorizing...

Stratford: The Stratford Festival receives a National Historical Plaque

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Canada’s most esteemed theatre festival was honoured as a national historic event during a ceremony today in Stratford, Ontario.

Dr. Richard Alway, O.C, O.Ont., and Chair of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada (HSMBC), commemorated the national historic significance of the Stratford Festival with a special ceremony to unveil...

Toronto: The Royal Conservatory announces its 2019/20 season with much of interest for opera-lovers

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The Royal Conservatory of Music has announced its 2019/20 season with much of interest for opera-lovers. In addition, we are excited to bring you more than 90 captivating classical, jazz, roots, and world music performances! Subscriptions to 2019.20 concert season concerts and series go on sale this Friday. This is your chance to get the best available...

Niagara-on-the-Lake: Previews for “The Ladykillers”, making its North American premiere at the Shaw Festival, begins June 11

Monday, June 10, 2019

After taking London’s West End by storm, comedy thriller The Ladykillers makes its North American premiere under the direction of Artistic Director Tim Carroll. The Shaw Festival’s production of Graham Linehan’s stage adaptation – based on one of the best-loved British films of all time – begins previews tomorrow at the Festival Theatre.

Ottawa: NAC 50th anniversary Golden Gala to feature music, dance, theatre and Sarah McLachlan

Monday, June 10, 2019

The 23rd annual NAC fundraising Gala marking the National Arts Centre’s 50th Anniversary will take place on Saturday, October 5th, 2019. The gala-concert showcases artists from Dance, Theatre and Music and includes a performance by Grammy and Juno award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan with the NAC Orchestra. Tickets go on sale to...

Blyth: Sean Dixon’s play “Jumbo” opens the Blyth Festival on June 14

Monday, June 10, 2019

The world premiere of one of the biggest stories in the history of South Western Ontario, the story of Jumbo the elephant’s fateful final performance, opens the Blyth Festival’s 45th Season. In Jumbo, playwright Sean Dixon, who brought Blyth Festival audiences plays steeped in local lore like The Wilberforce Hotel, Lost Heir, and The Outdoor Donnellys,...

Stratford: Kelly and Michael Meighen give $5 million towards the new Tom Patterson Theatre

Monday, June 10, 2019

The Stratford Festival is celebrating a major milestone in its Spirit of the Tent Campaign for the new Tom Patterson Theatre Centre with a remarkable $5-million gift from Kelly and Michael Meighen and the T.R. Meighen Family Foundation. In recognition of this gift, the Stratford Festival Forum, which will have a dedicated space in the new theatre...

Toronto: Musical theatre stars perform in support of young talent in the “Dream Big Cabaret” June 24

Sunday, June 9, 2019

You have seen them in huge current musical shows like Come From Away and Dear Evan Hansen or in the past in shows like Kinky Boots and Jersey Boys. Now you have an opportunity to see some of the city’s biggest musical theatre stars perform in the intimate setting of the Lula Lounge (Dundas Street W.), one night only, on Monday June 24. As Jeff Madden...

St. Jacobs: “You’ll Get Used To It! ... The War Show” is now on stage at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse

Friday, June 7, 2019

Yesterday we celebrated and commemorated the 75th Anniversary of D-Day with the launch of a special production. You'll Get Used To It! ... The War Show follows the journey of six Canadian infantrymen during World War II bringing history alive with treasured songs of the era including "The White Cliffs of Dover," "We'll Meet Again," "A Nightingale...

Toronto: Robert Markus of Toronto’s “Dear Evan Hanson” releases a new video of “Waving Through a Window”

Friday, June 7, 2019

Robert Markus, who stars in the title role of the Toronto production of the Tony-winning Dear Evan Hansen, covers the musical's breakout hit “Waving Through a Window,” in a new video.

Dillon Kondor penned the new arrangement of the song from Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s Tony-winning score.

As previously reported, the Toronto...

Niagara-on-the-Lake: Hannah Moscovitch’s “The Russian Play” begins previews June 8

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Diana Donnelly directs this season’s Lunchtime One-Act, The Russian Play – a tale that pays homage to the bleak realism and humour of the great Russian playwrights. Written by award-winning Canadian playwright Hannah Moscovitch, this satirical Siberian love story begins previews Saturday at The Shaw’s Royal George Theatre.Sonya (Gabriella Sundar Singh),...

Toronto: Toronto Fringe Festival tickets are now on sale

Thursday, June 6, 2019

2019 Fringe Festival Tickets are Now on SaleThe 2019 Toronto Fringe Festival runs July 3 - 14 at venues across Toronto.Toronto Fringe Tickets:$11 (ticket) + $2 (service charge) 

Available online and by phone (416-966-1062) Subject to a $3 per order fee.Visa, Mastercard, UnionPay. 

Available in person as of July 3, 2019 at noon.Festival...

Barrie: Talk Is Free Theatre launches an Action Research Project for mid-career artists

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Talk Is Free Theatre announced an Action Research Project to examine issues faced by mid-career theatre professionals when they choose to become parents. As part of the project, the company will test a number of solutions to ensure that mid-career artists and other workers remain in the profession for as long as possible while being able to enjoy...

Drayton: The musical “Annie” is now on stage at the Drayton Festival Theatre

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Leapin lizards! Annie, Sandy, and a gaggle of adorable orphans have taken over Drayton! Don't miss the world's favourite family musical on stage at the Drayton Festival Theatrefrom now through June 30 only.

Inspired by the famous 1920’s comic strip Little Orphan Annie, the Broadway musical Annieis a rags-to-riches story about a determined...

St. Catharines: The In The Soil Arts Festival is this weekend

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Now celebrating its 11th year, In the Soil Arts Festival (ITS) has grown into a distinctive, and highly anticipated multi-arts festival!

ITS takes over downtown St. Catharines for a jam-packed program of over 100 things to see and do including live music, theatre, dance, film, streetscape installation art and more.

The FirstOntario...

Toronto: “The Book of Mormon” announces a lottery ticket policy – performances begin June 11

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Back by popular demand, THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, is pleased to announce a lottery ticket policy for the Toronto engagement of the National Tour, which begins June 11 at Toronto’s Ed Mirvish Theatre and plays a limited 2 week engagement through June 23, 2019. 

THE BOOK OF MORMON returns for its...

Toronto: Canada’s largest festival of musical comedians is coming to the Comedy Bar June 14-15

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Canada’s funniest comedians don’t just have jokes. Some of them can siiiing. June 14 and 15, NOTORIOUS is taking over Canada’s comedy headquarters Comedy Bar for a two-day jam-packed musical comedy festival. Featuring Rapp Battlez, Tita Collective, Catch 23, Weird Al Karaoke, NOTORIOUS and more, this unique festival will delight your eyes and ears....

Toronto: Beyond Mental Borders will perform weekly at The Rec starting June 16

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

A Toronto-based mentalism duo called Beyond Mental Borders, recently named one of the top mentalism acts in the city, along with being called “the hottest act out there” and “a must see show” by our peers in the magic community, officially announced a featured monthly residency on Sundays at The Rec Room. This promises to be a new staple in the city,...

Toronto: Toronto Dance Theatre announces its 2019/20 season and Christopher House’s stepping down as A.D.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

With the 2018.2019 season now concluded with the remount of Christopher House and Jordan Tannahill’s acclaimed Marienbad, it is with a mixture of great enthusiasm, appreciation, and sadness that Toronto Dance Theatre (TDT) today unveils programming for the 2019.2020 season while announcing that after 25 incredible years, 2019.2020 will be Christopher...

Ottawa: The National Arts Centre celebrated its 50th anniversary with an open house

Monday, June 3, 2019

On Sunday, June 2, 2019 the National Arts Centre celebrated its 50th Anniversary by welcoming thousands of Canadians to its free 50th Anniversary open house. This momentous occasion provided a rare look at the magic of the backstage, lively workshops in theatre and dance, free performances by Canadian artists, and family activities throughout the...

Toronto: Cirque du Soleil extends the Toronto run of “Alegría” to December 1, 2019

Monday, June 3, 2019

With over 160,000 tickets already sold for the Montreal leg of the tour, which runs until July 21, Cirque du Soleil is delighted to add one month of performances, from November 5 – December 1, to the upcoming Toronto engagement of Alegría, its most iconic production. The show, which is now being presented from September 12 – December 1 under the Big...

Toronto: New music for opera “Louis Riel” co-commissioned by the COC and the NAC

Monday, June 3, 2019

The Canadian Opera Company is proud to partner with the National Arts Centre in co-commissioning new work to replace the music from the Kuyas aria that opens the third act of Louis Riel by composer Harry Somers and librettist Mavor Moore. Composer Ian Cusson, of Métis and French-Canadian descent, has been commissioned to create this new work for the...

Toronto: “A Sketch Comedy Extravaganza Eleganza” runs June 6, 8 and 13

Sunday, June 2, 2019

‘A Sketch Comedy Extravaganza Eleganza’ is a queer-forward original sketch comedy revue written and performed by the best queer sketch comedians in Toronto. After being named one of the top five comedy shows of 2018 and multiple sold out performances at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and Crow’s Theatre, we are proud to present this sketch revue one...

Toronto: Shotgun Juliet presents Daniel MacIvor’s “A Beautiful View” June 11-22

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Following last year’s Jewel by Joan MacLeod, and GTA tour of TheForest For the Trees with Arts in the Park, Shotgun Juliet returnswith Daniel MacIvor’s A Beautiful View June 11-22 at the alumnaeAlumnae Theatre as a Pride Toronto Community event.

A Beautiful View is the story of a serendipitous relationshipbetween two women. After a series...

Toronto: Arts and culture on the Bloor Street Culture Corridor June 2019

Saturday, June 1, 2019

June is National Indigenous History Month, Italian Heritage Month, and Pride Month - we encourage everyone to attend arts events that bring us together. Any time of year you can enjoy a walk along the Bloor St. Culture Corridor to experience the most diverse arts and culture district in Toronto! Music, museums, visual arts, and films are taking place...

Toronto: Buddies in Bad Times Theatre announces its 2019/20 season

Friday, May 31, 2019

Artistic Director Evalyn Parry announced the line-up for Buddies in Bad Times Theatre’s 2019/20 season today. After a blowout 40th anniversary season, the theatre company focuses on its role as an incubator for new queer works, with a mainstage production of one of its residency projects, an expanded showcase for its resident artists, and a new curation...

Stratford: The “topping off” ceremony for the new Tom Patterson Theatre occurred today

Thursday, May 30, 2019

The Stratford Festival celebrated a crowning moment at the new Tom Patterson Theatre Centre on Wednesday. Major donors, Board members and government officials gathered together for the first time in the new facility for a “topping off ceremony” – the placement of the final beam that will support the roof over the new auditorium.

“With the...

Toronto: Jacquie P.A. Thomas honoured with George Luscombe Award

Thursday, May 30, 2019

On Tuesday May 28, 2019 during the 40th Dora Nominee Press Conference at the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres, Jacquie P. A. Thomas was honoured with the George Luscombe Award for Mentorship in Professional Theatre. The George Luscombe Mentorship Award was inaugurated in 1999. Revolutionary theatre founder and artistic director George Luscombe founded...

Toronto: Soulpepper releases cast recording of “Rose: A New Musical”

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Soulpepper Theatre Company today announced the world-wide digital release of the Original Cast Recording of its first-ever original musical, Rose, following a record 11 Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations. The Original Cast Recording will be available on Spotify, iTunes, and Apple Music on Friday, May 31. The company proudly acknowledges their 27 Dora...

Toronto: Famed designer Martha Mann has died

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

MARTHA MANN SOUTHGATE July 4, 1938 - May 27, 2019 The curtain has come down. A very big show has closed. Martha Mann, award-winning designer of theatre, opera, television and film died Monday. She is mourned by Rex, Rebecca and Barnaby; her sister, Judith; brother, Malcolm; their families; and extended family, and will be remembered by many in the...

Toronto: Tenor Isaiah Bell’s “The Book of My Shames” plays June 6-8

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

In the premiere of his new solo show – part confessional comedy, part opera séance, part love letter to lost innocence – Canadian tenor, writer, and composer Isaiah Bell (Antinous in the world premiere of Rufus Wainwright and Daniel MacIvor’s Hadrian) traces the roots and ramifications of the war inside. The Book of My Shames takes a unique perspective...

Toronto: 2019 Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations announced

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

At a press conference held May 28 in the Davies Takacs Lobby of the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre, the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) announced 282 nominations for the 40th Anniversary Dora Mavor Moore Awards, which recognize excellence in professional theatre, dance and opera in Toronto. On Tuesday, June 25 at the Sony Centre...

Stratford: Stratford Festival Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino to receive Peter Herrndorf Arts Leadership Award

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Business / Arts, a national charity that shows the power in partnership between business and arts to strengthen Canada’s arts sector, is thrilled to announce Antoni Cimolino C.M. as this year’s recipient of the Peter Herrndorf Arts Leadership Award.

Selected by a jury of peers, this award is given to an arts leader who has spent a lifetime...

Toronto: Shakespeare in High Park runs July 4-September 1 with “Much Ado about Nothing” and “Measure for Measure”

Monday, May 27, 2019

Canadian Stage’s Shakespeare in High Park, one of Toronto’s favourite summer traditions, returns for its 37th season to the High Park Amphitheatre, July 4-September 1. Audiences will enjoy a magical evening of theatre in the great outdoors with two adaptations of Shakespeare’s most popular and enduring works — the comedic tale of love and desire,...

Toronto: Aislinn Rose appointed General and Artistic Director of The Theatre Centre

Monday, May 27, 2019

The Board of Directors of The Theatre Centre is pleased to announce the appointment of Aislinn Rose as General and Artistic Director following an extensive search which attracted a number of talented candidates from a variety of backgrounds. Rose will assume the role on May 27, 2019.

Rose has been working at The Theatre Centre since May...

Toronto: Necessary Angel announces its new Artistic Director

Monday, May 27, 2019

Necessary Angel Theatre Company is pleased to announce the appointment of Alan Dilworth, award-winning director, dramaturge and teacher as the company’s new Artistic Director. 

In making the announcement, Nalini Stewart, Board Chair commented on what made Alan the ideal candidate in a field of forty-two applicants:

“Alan is an...

Niagara-on-the-Lake: Shaw Festival’s Emerging Artists Program receives multi-year commitment of support

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Earlier this evening at the opening celebration of Brigadoon, Shaw Festival Executive Director Tim Jennings announced a three-year commitment from the RBC Foundation for the ongoing support of the Shaw Festival’s Emerging Artists Program. Supporting the Festival since 1972, the RBC Foundation continues their long-time partnership with The Shaw with...

Stratford: “Nathan the Wise” begins previews the Stratford Festival

Friday, May 24, 2019

Nathan the Wise, the rarely seen masterpiece of the eighteenth-century German Enlightenment, hits the stage in Stratford this weekend. Directed by Birgit Schreyer Duarte, and starring Diane Flacks in the title role, the production begins previews on Saturday, May 25, at the Studio Theatre, followed by its official opening performance on June 15.

Toronto: “Dear Evan Hansen” to close July 21, 2019

Thursday, May 23, 2019

The Toronto production of Dear Evan Hansen, which had recently extended its booking period to September 29, will now play its final performance July 21 at the Royal Alexandra Theatre.

The production of the Tony-winning musical officially opened March 28 following previews that began March 5.

Robert Markus, who takes on the title...

St. Jacobs: Celebrating the 75th anniversary of D-Day “You’ll Get Used To It!... The War Show” plays June 5-22

Thursday, May 23, 2019

In celebration of the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, the nostalgic musical You’ll Get Used To It! … The War Show is on stage at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse for three weeks only from June 5 to June 22. Audiences are advised to buy tickets as soon as possible as the highly-anticipated production is already over 70% sold out.

With a mixture...

Stratford: Stratford Festival’s 67th season officially opens on Monday

Thursday, May 23, 2019

The Stratford Festival kicks off its 67th season on Monday with the gala opening of Shakespeare’s Othello, followed by five more openings as the week unfolds: Billy Elliot the Musical, Henry VIII, Private Lives, Little Shop of Horrors and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino planned the 2019 season around the theme Breaking...

Toronto: “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” will have its Canadian premiere in autumn 2020

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Originating producers Sonia Friedman, Colin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions with Canadian producer David Mirvish will bring the record-breaking, multiple-award-winning production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to Canada. This Canadian premiere will begin performances autumn 2020 exclusively at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto.

Toronto: Jully Black headlines “Caroline, Or Change” January 31-February 16, 2020

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Following the thrilling announcement of a new annual residency at the historic Winter Garden Theatre – the only remaining double-decker theatre in the world and possibly the most magical theatrical venue in the country - The Musical Stage Company is pleased to reveal that the inaugural production of their residency will be a reimagined and expanded...

Toronto: The Toronto Theatre Critics Association votes on the best of 2018/19 season

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Two plays about Black lives, and musicals about a refugee couple and a socially awkward teen are among the big winners at the Toronto Theatre Critics Association Awards.

Jocelyn Bioh's School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Playtakes the award for best production of a play, in a co-production by Obsidian Theatre and Nightwood. The play's...

Toronto: Monkey Toast welcomes Stella Walker and Carolyn Taylor from CBC’s “Baroness von Sketch”

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Six-time Canadian Comedy Award winner, Monkey Toast: The Improvised Talk Show is back!  For our June show, host David Shore welcomes special guests, multidisciplinary artist, Stella Walker and from CBC’s Baroness Von Sketch Show, Carolyn Taylor!!  It all happens this coming Saturday, June 1st at The Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth Ave. (second...

Toronto: Nightwood Theatre announces its new Write from the Hip Program Director

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Artistic Director Andrea Donaldson and Managing Director Beth Brown are delighted to announce the newest member of Nightwood Theatre’s creative team, Donna-Michelle St. Bernard, who’s been selected as the new Write from the Hip Program Director for our 2019/20 season.

St.Bernard (aka Belladonna the Blest) is an emcee, playwright, dramaturge...

Stratford: Kate Hennig’s “Mother’s Daughter” is now on stage at Stratford

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Mother’s Daughter, the highly anticipated final instalment of Kate Hennig’s Queenmaker Trilogy, is now on stage at the Studio Theatre. The production officially opens on Friday, June 14.

Following the wild success of The Last Wife and The Virgin Trial, Hennig has created another master work exploring women, power and the nature of leadership....

Niagara-on-the-Lake: “The Glass Mengerie” begins its run in the Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Hungarian director László Bérczes tackles one of the great American classics The Glass Menagerie. Resonating with love, loss, bitterness and heartache, Tennessee Williams’s renowned tragedy begins previews tomorrow at The Shaw’s Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre.

Narrator and aspiring poet Tom Wingfield (André Sills) recalls growing up in a...

Toronto: Hart House Theatre announces its 100th anniversary season

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Hart House Theatre, the University of Toronto's Performing Arts Leader Since 1919, is proud to announce its 2019/2020 100th Anniversary Season. This season's line-up is a diverse mix of the classic and contemporary, the political and poignant, the fun and frivolous as Hart House Theatre continues its tradition of producing affordable, accessible,...

Toronto: “Remembering the Winnipeg General” runs June 26-July 6

Monday, May 20, 2019

On May 15th, 1919, over half of Winnipeg’s workers walked off the job. What began as a dispute between construction workers and their bosses bloomed into a full scale insurrection. For six weeks the workers of the city fought for better conditions, better wages, and better lives. Worried that a revolutionary spirit might catch fire, the government...

Cambridge: 12-year-old Riley DeLuca will play the title role in “Annie”

Friday, May 17, 2019

Leapin' lizards! The sun’ll come out tomorrow for Riley DeLuca! After an exhaustive search, the 12-year-old young performer from Kilworth, Ontario has been chosen to play everyone's beloved red-headed orphan in our production of Annie, which is on stage at two venues this season.

Check out the adorable video below of Riley finding out that...

Stratford: “The Neverending Story” now on stage at the Stratford Festival

Thursday, May 16, 2019

The beloved adventure tale The Neverending Story comes to life in Jillian Keiley’s eye-popping production filled with spectacle and wondrous other-worldly creatures. Previews are underway at the Avon Theatre and the production officially opens on Saturday, June 15.

Keiley, Artistic Director of English Theatre at Canada’s National Arts Centre,...

Ottawa: NAC French Theatre presents “Pinocchio” by Joël Pommerat May 29-June 1

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

This version of Pinocchio traces a vile, ungrateful puppet’s journey toward becoming human. Stripping the familiar story of its marvellous bestiary, the play exposes the harsh reality at its core, in all its troubling strangeness. An extraordinary piece of theatre, the kind only Joël Pommerat can carve.


May 29 to 31...

Toronto: Luminato announces additional programming

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

With just 23 days until Luminato 2019 takes over the city of Toronto, the festival is thrilled to announce additional details of it’s free programming, specialized performances, free community projects and moderators and panelists for the Illuminating Ideas program.Now in its thirteenth year, Luminato brings the most engaging and ambitious theatre,...

Toronto: The Paprika Festival runs May 20-26 at the Aki Studio

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

For the fourth year running, we're delighted to partner with Paprika Festival for their 18th annual youth-led performing arts festival happening on May 20-26 at Aki Studio. For the full line-up of the festival, click here.

This year's Indigenous Arts Program Showcase is a full day of art, community, and conversation featuring three new...

Barrie: Talk Is Free Theatre closes its globe-trotting 17th season

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Talk Is Free Theatre (TIFT) closes the defining 17th season this week, with the Australian tour of Tales of an Urban Indian by Darrell Dennis. The production, staged on a moving city bus, recently celebrated its 500th performance in Brisbane and drew rave reviews from the critics.

Not only is TIFT ending the season on the other side of...

Ottawa: Opera Atelier’s Co-Artistic Directors invested into the Order of Canada

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Last week Co-Artistic Directors Marshall and Jeannette travelled to Rideau Hall in Ottawa for the Order of Canada Investiture, where Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada officially invested them as members.

The Order of Canada is one of the country’s highest civilian honours, and recognizes Marshall...

Toronto: Monkey Toast’s The Arkin and Friends welcomes Ted Morris May 26

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Six-time Canadian Comedy Award winner, Monkey Toast, presents The Arkin and Friends. It all takes place on Sunday, May 26th  at The Crow’s Theatre, 345 Carlaw Ave, Toronto, M4M 2T1. Doors: 7:15pm / Show 7:30pm. Tickets are $10 in advance or at the door. /

This show is made possible with support...

Toronto: Theatre/film hybrid “The Full Light of Day” opens Luminato June 7

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Canadian Stage’s 18.19 season closes with the highly anticipated Toronto premiere of the provocative film theatre hybrid The Full Light of Day, co-presented with Luminato. Written by playwright/director Daniel Brooks and directed by Electric Company Theatre founding artist Kim Collier – both recipients of the prestigious Siminovitch prize among many...

Stratford: Shakespeare’s comedy “The Merry Wives of Windsor” is now on stage in Stratford

Monday, May 13, 2019

Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino brings Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor close to home with a joyous production set in a small town not unlike Stratford, Ontario, in 1953, the year the Festival began.

This delightful romp features Geraint Wyn Davies as Falstaff, a portly knight, who pursues two married women at the same time –...

Toronto: Outside the March reveals dates for its escape room experience “The Tape Escape”

Monday, May 13, 2019

Following the recent announcement of their 10th anniversary season programming last month - THE POPCORN DOUBLE FEATURE - Outside the March is pleased to announce dates and additional details for the innovative immersive escape room experience THE TAPE ESCAPE.  This new theatre/game hybrid experience will open its doors to the public July 4th, 2019....

Toronto: Theatre Smith-Gilmour presents “Stories from Ovid’s Metamorphoses” May 24-June 1

Friday, May 10, 2019

“Metamorphoses” is movement and mime! Stills in motion! Actors transform, characters metamorphose and stories resonate.

“Metamorphoses” is survival. To be alive is to change, to transform. Human beings have many identities. Everything changes. Nothing dies. The soul wanders here and there. It inhabits whatever body it pleases. What just...

Niagara-on-the-Lake: George Bernard Shaw’s comedy “Getting Married” begins previews May 10

Friday, May 10, 2019

Getting Married, Shaw’s satire scrutinizing the institution of marriage and various other “social norms”, begins previews May 10 at the Shaw Festival’s Royal George Theatre. Director Tanja Jacobs transfers Shaw’s timeless and witty comedy to the 1950s – a decade of simmering societal change and where the age-old question “is getting marriage really...

Toronto: Tarragon Theatre announces its fall casting

Friday, May 10, 2019

Richard Rose, Artistic Director of Tarragon Theatre and Managing Director Andrea Vagianos are pleased to announce the casting for the first four productions - all world premieres - in Tarragon’s 2019/2020 season. These productions will feature many familiar faces as well as several Tarragon debuts and legendary Canadian talent.

We kick...

Toronto: Chilina Kennedy and Sasson Gabay to star in “The Band’s Visit” national tour in Toronto

Friday, May 10, 2019

The Tony® Award-winning producers of THE BAND’S VISIT announced today the leads of the North American touring production of their multi-award-winning musical. Reprising the role of “Tewfiq”, which he originated in the 2007 film the musical is based on and then played again in the musical on Broadway, will be award-winning Israeli film actor Sasson...

Toronto: Cahoots Theatre announces its “LIFT OFF!” Festival for June 2-4

Friday, May 10, 2019

Cahoots Theatre has announced the line-up for their annual LIFT OFF Festival, taking place June 2-4, 2019. Inspired by this year’s theme, “Staging Protest” Cahoots will make a scene at Toronto’s City Hall with two works-in-protest addressing political action through artistic expression.

Kicking off the festival is the first ever public...

Ottawa: The NAC Annual Report details a year of renewal at the National Arts Centre

Friday, May 10, 2019

The National Arts Centre’s 2017–2018 annual report, entitled The New NAC, was tabled in Parliament last week. The report documents an extraordinary year of renewal, not only of the NAC building, but also the entire institution.

In addition, for the first time in its history, the NAC Annual Report was released in a digital, interactive format...

Toronto: The Stepanova Ballet Academy presents “The Fairy Doll” May 25

Thursday, May 9, 2019

The Fairy Doll was premiered at the Vienna Court Opera on the 4th October 1888. Composed by the Austrian Josef Bayer the score has a regimental music flavour and was the greatest ballet success for the Vienna Court Opera ever; still being performed to this day. The story is about a toy store that has a collection of beautiful lifelike dolls. Favourite...

Toronto: Puppetmongers Theatre presents “Fresh Ideas in Puppetry Day” May 26

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Puppetmongers Theatre proudly presents

Fresh Ideas in Puppetry Day

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Ryerson School of Performance (345 Yonge Street)

 An annual day-long mini-conference and festival showcasing artists taking new and groundbreaking directions in the art of puppetry. 

 Fresh Ideas is a day of...

Toronto: Applications for the 2020 Next Stage Theatre Festival are now open

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Applications to the 2020 Next Stage Theatre Festival are now open.In 2020 we will be returning to the Factory Theatre from January 8-19th and we are looking for submissions to the Main Stage Series and the Studio Stage Series. The distinction between these two spaces has already been organically happening at Next Stage over the last few years, and...

Toronto: Finalists announced for the Louder Than a Bomb poetry slam

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

After weeks of work and competition, our finalists have been announced and ready to compete in the LTAB finals this Saturday, May 11 at Trinity-St Pauls! Youth violence prevention organization LOVE (Leave Out Violence) brings back the globally recognized Youth Poetry Slam Festival for the third year - 'Louder Than A Bomb’ (LTAB). This highly anticipated...

Stratford: Shakespeare’s “Henry VIII” has begun previews at the Stratford Festival

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Henry VIII, Shakespeare’s thrilling drama about a pivotal moment in history, is now in previews at the Studio Theatre. The production officially opens on Wednesday, May 29, and early demand for tickets has led to an extended run until October 20.

Church and state collide when England’s king defies papal authority by seeking to divorce his...

Toronto: Canadian Stage presents the theatre experience “By Heart” May 30-June 2

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Internationally celebrated Portuguese theatre artist and writer, Tiago Rodrigues brings the critically acclaimed By Heart to Canadian Stage’s Berkeley Street Upstairs Theatre for 5 shows only, May 30-June 2, 2019. An antidote for collective amnesia, this gentle experience provides

Putting the strength of our memory to work, in By Heart,...

Toronto: LOVE2 Theatre Co. presents a site-specific production of “Danny and the Deep Blue Sea” May 30-June 8

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The LOVE2 THEATRE COMPANY presents its inaugural production of “Danny and the Deep Blue Sea,” written by Oscar, Tony, and Pulitizer prize winning American playwright John Patrick Shanley (Doubt; Savage in Limbo; Defiance).

They meet in a bar. ‘How bout a pretzel?’ Thus starts the violent dance between Danny and Roberta. Two lost souls....

Toronto: Starvox Entertainment presents the North American premiere of the musical “Bend It Like Beckham” December 7-24

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Leading live-entertainment company Starvox Entertainment, Bend it Films and Kintop Pictures in association with To Live, are thrilled to announce that they are bringing the acclaimed musical based on the international smash-hit movie BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM to Toronto for its North American premiere.  The musical will arrive in time for the holiday season...

St. Catharines: FirstOntario Place presents the world premiere of a new holiday play by Norm Foster

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (PAC) is thrilled to announce the world premiere of a new holiday play by Canada’s most beloved playwright Norm Foster as a part of the PAC’s 19/20 HOT TICKET season.

Aunt Agnes for Christmas will play for 15 performances in The Recital Hall from 11 – 22 December 2019.

The idea for Aunt...

Toronto: Mirvish Productions seeks a young female child actor to play “Lulu” in “Waitress”

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

WAITRESS is the Tony nominated musical having its Canadian premiere at the Ed Mirvish Theatre for a limited engagement, July 9 - August 18, 2019. The production is seeking two local young girls to share the role of “Lulu”, the 4 year old daughter of the musical’s lead character.

WAITRESS tells the story of “Jenna”, an expert pie baker working...

Toronto: dance: made in canada Festival runs August 14-18

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

dance: made in canada / fait au canada Festival (d:mic/fac) proudly unveils a diverse program featuring the country’s most sought-after dancers and choreographers for its milestone fifth biennial edition on stage from August 14–18, 2019, at the Betty Oliphant Theatre. Living legend and 2019 Dance Hall of Fame inductee Louise Lecavalier will open this...

Toronto: Bad Dog Theatre presents the COMBUSTIONfestival May 27-June 1

Monday, May 6, 2019

The Bad Dog Theatre Company is thrilled to present the return of COMBUSTIONfestival, Toronto’s premiere celebration of improvised theatre, unscripted experiments and comedic mischief.Launched in 2008, this week-long comedy party will bring together the most exciting, talented, boundary-pushing, genre-bending, industry-leading improvisers from across...

Toronto: High Society Cabaret remounts “Silent Goodbye” May 23-25

Monday, May 6, 2019

High Society Cabaret will heat up Canadian spring weather when it remounts its previously Sold Out original production of The Silent Goodbye, at The Commons, 587A College Street, Toronto, for three performances only, May 23 - 25, 2019. Tickets are on sale now at

Inspired by the film noir genre, The Silent Goodbye follows...

Toronto: Indigenous artists prepare for world premiere of opera “Shanawdithit” on May 16

Monday, May 6, 2019

Tapestry Opera, Opera on the Avalon and Indigenous artists from Nations across the country are preparing for the premiere of a new opera that challenges the one-sided historical perspective on the Beothuk Nation. Premiering May 16, Shanawdithit sheds light on the misrepresented history of the real-life story of the title character Shanawdithit (1801-1829)...

Stratford: Chilina Kennedy stars in a concert performance of “The House of Martin Guerre” November 4

Monday, May 6, 2019

The Stratford Festival is delighted to announce that Chilina Kennedy will headline a musical Forum Showcase on November 4 at Stratford’s Avon Theatre. Tickets are now on sale for Chilina Kennedy in The House of Martin Guerre in Concert. 

With music and lyrics by Leslie Arden and book by Leslie Arden and Anna T. Cascio, The House of Martin...

Toronto: Theaturtle presents “Charlotte: A Tri-Coloured Play with Music” June 1 before its international tour

Friday, May 3, 2019

After a premiere season in 2017 at the Luminato Festival and World Stage Design "Scenofest" in Taipei, Taiwan, Theaturtle's acclaimed Charlotte: A Tri-Coloured Play with Music will tour to Jaffa Fest in Tel Aviv, Israel, Theatre on Podol in Kiev, Ukraine, The National Theatre of the Czech Republic in Prague, and other significant European venues.

Stratford: “Othello” begins previews at the Stratford Festival

Friday, May 3, 2019

Director Nigel Shawn Williams brings Shakespeare’s Othello firmly into the here and now with a gripping contemporary production that will officially open the Stratford Festival’s 2019 season on Monday, May 27. Previews begin today at the Festival Theatre.

“We live in a world where truth has little value and must battle through the mire...

New York: Alanis Morisette’s musical “Jagged Little Pill” announces its Broadway dates

Friday, May 3, 2019

Wake up—the catalog of Alanis Morissette is heading to Broadway's Broadhurst Theatre.

The new musical Jagged Little Pill, which premiered at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts last year, will officially begin Broadway performances November 3, prior to a December 5 opening. Tickets go on sale to the generalpublic...

Toronto: Vancouver’s Guilty by Association presents its new show “1991” May 22-June 1

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Critically acclaimed theatre company, Guilty by Association, presents its haunting new piece 1991. A live film/theatre experiment, 1991 is the coming-of-age story of a young drifter lost in the back seat of shit cars deep in the savage South. Written by Guilty by Association Artistic Director, Cole Lewis (these violent delights/GBA, Antigonick/GBA),...

Toronto: Players present “Ghostbusters Nine-Nine” June 13-22

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Players is excited to announce its 17th full-scale production: Ghostbusters Nine-Nine opening on June 13thand running until June 22th at the Tranzac Theatre. A a volunteer theatre company, Players has been donating its season’s proceeds to charities since its inception. For this season, Players is pleased to announce that its charitable partners are...

Toronto: Nightwood Theatre presents its annual Lawyer Show – “Mamma Mia!” – June 6-8

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Nightwood Theatre is proud to present the tenth annual Lawyer Show. Directed by Nightwood’s Artistic Associate Sadie Epstein-Fine and supported by a team of professional coaches, designers, and crew, this unique event sees a cast of over 40 lawyers take the stage to perform MAMMA MIA! This is all to raise vital funds that go directly toward Nightwood’s...

Niagara-on-the-Lake: Lerner and Loewe's musical “Brigadoon” begins previews May 5

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Tartan, kilts and braw melodies from the beloved romantic classic Lerner and Loewe’s Brigadoon brings a wee bit of Scottish delight to The Shaw’s Festival Theatre beginning May 5. The season’s main stage musical, directed by Glynis Leyshon, with a revised book by Brian Hill; brilliantly brings the windswept wonder and ethereal charm of this enduring...

Toronto: Anesti Daniels’s “Six Frets Under” plays at the Toronto Fringe July 3-14

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Fresh off a Canadian Comedy Award nomination for Best Variety Act, Musical Comedian on the rise, Anesti Danelis, returns to the Toronto Fringe with Six Frets Under premiering at The Tranzac Club Tiki Room for 10 performances July 3 - 14, 2019. 

Having been surrounded by loss this past year, Anesti Danelis took refuge in his guitar and created...

Ottawa: The Gladstone Theatre announces its 2019/20 programming

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Today The Gladstone Theatre announces an 8-show resident company season presented by Plosive Productions, Bear & Co., SevenThirty Productions, Theatre Kraken, Three Sisters, and Black Sheep Theatre:

• The Ugly Oneby Marius von Mayenburgdirected by Peter James HaworthSeptember 26 – October 5 at 7:30pmMatinees September 28, 29 & October 5...

Toronto: May on the Bloor Street Culture Corridor

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

This month we're welcoming spring and two new Bloor St. Culture Corridor organizations! The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library and Women's Art Association of Canada (WAAC) are joining Toronto's most diverse arts and culture district. We're now proudly 22 organizations strong, with more exhibitions and arts events for you to enjoy. Also check out Doors...

Toronto: Buddies in Bad Times Theatre announces the line-up for Queer Pride 2019

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre is pleased to announce the line-up for Queer Pride 2019 – a festival of queer theatre, comedy, cabaret, art, music, and parties that showcases our community's unstoppable spirit. For three weeks, Buddies hosts a stellar line-up of Toronto’s most exciting queer entertainers.

Marking the end of Buddies’ 40th anniversary...

Toronto: “Ill Met by Moonlight”, a burlesque take on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, runs May 14-19

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Ill Met by Moonlight is a new adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This piece combines burlesque, bouffon, theatre and music to create a thoroughly unique, intensely magical and truly queer version of Shakespeare's comedy. Adapted by: Stella Kulagowski and Steph CrothersDirected by: Rouvan SilogixProduction design by: Sly FeiticeiraStarring:Axel...

Ottawa: The National Arts Centre unveils its inaugural season of Indigenous Theatre

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Canada’s National Arts Centre today unveiled details of the inaugural season of the first national Indigenous Theatre department in the world. The season will celebrate Indigenous women’s resilience, strength and beauty, with 9 productions out of 11 written and created by women. In addition to English and French, more than 10 Indigenous languages...

Ottawa: Applications now open for “undercurrents 2020”

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Showcasing the best independent theatre from Ottawa and across the country, undercurrents invites submissions from Ottawa-based and national companies. The festival will consider applications from established and emerging artists who are working in new play creation, as well as from those touring previously produced original work. We encourage submissions...

Toronto: The Streetcar Crowsnest will be a Fringe Festival venue this year

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Toronto Fringe is pleased to announce that, for the first time ever, the Festival will officially extend across the Don Valley Parkway and present Main Festival Venues in East Toronto. Fringe’s newest theatres will be the two state-of-the-art venues run by Crow’s Theatre at Streetcar Crowsnest (345 Carlaw Avenue) in the heart of Leslieville. Fringe...

Kingston: Theatre Kingston brings two great shows to The Tett this spring

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Theatre Kingston is proud to present two special theatrical events this Spring.

The Knitting Pilgrim, Show and/or WorkshoppeDate(s) Friday, May 17th 1-4pm | 8pm Location Rehearsal Hall

PresenterTheatre Kingston & Kirk Dunn

Kingston - Born knitter Kirk Dunn leads and afternoon workshop creating the Loyalist Township-inspired...

Stratford: “Little Shop of Horrors” is now on stage at the Stratford Festival

Monday, April 29, 2019

From the creative team that made history with Stratford’s longest-running production, The Rocky Horror Show, comes another cult rock musical, Little Shop of Horrors. Previews begin today at the Avon Theatre and the production opens on Friday, May 31.

Canada’s top Director-Choreographer, Donna Feore, and her creative team – Music Director Laura...

Toronto: Tapestry Opera announces its 2019/20 season

Monday, April 29, 2019

Toronto has something that not every world class city can boast: a professional opera company dedicated exclusively to creating and producing new works. Tapestry Opera is a rare gem in Canada’s cultural landscape, and after four decades of boundary-breaking opera, the company enters its ruby anniversary in a stronger position than ever before and...

Wellington: Graham Abbey and Johannes Debus announce their festival line-ups for Prince Edward County

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Graham Abbey today announced Festival Players’ lineup for the 2019 theatre season presented by Huff Estates, that will run from July 9th-September 1st in Wellington, Ontario. Included in the fold this year is Wellington Water Week – the newly minted music and arts festival programmed by Music Director Johannes Debus and assistant Music Director Elissa...

Stratford: Stratford Festival launches free multimedia study tool for “Romeo and Juliet”

Friday, April 26, 2019

The Stratford Festival is expanding its educational offerings with the release of a unique study tool based on the film of its acclaimed 2017 production of Romeo and Juliet.

PerformancePlus, a groundbreaking digital resource launched by the Festival in 2016, allows for dynamic engagement with Shakespeare’s works by pairing a world-class...

Toronto: New Sketch Comedy Album “Less Is More” from Shortweird Radio Launches June 14

Friday, April 26, 2019

Shortweird Radio relaunches acclaimed out-of-print sketch comedy classics with brand new album "Less Is More"ITUNES PRESALE MAY 31st – WORLDWIDE LAUNCH JUNE 14th

These days Marcel St. Pierre is an established improvisor and writer, an alum of The Second City and former artistic director of The Bad Dog Theatre Company. But one of his first...

Ottawa: The NAC to hold an open house with special free activities June 2 to celebrate its 50th anniversary

Friday, April 26, 2019

On Sunday, June 2, 2019 – the day of the National ArtsCentre’s 50th anniversary – the NAC is inviting Canadians to a free Open House that will featurethe largest public access to the NAC’s backstage in 25 years, music, theatre and danceworkshops, and surprise performances by Canadian artists. This unique event is in partnershipwith Doors Open Ottawa....

Toronto: Cast illness postpones first previews of “Next to Normal” to April 30

Friday, April 26, 2019

A cast member of NEXT TO NORMAL — a brand new Musical Stage Company production of the Tony and Pulitzer award-winning musical presented by David Mirvish as part of the Off-Mirvish season —  has suddenly taken ill forcing the cancellation of the first three scheduled performances on Friday April 26, 8 PM, Saturday April 27, 8 PM and Sunday April 28, 2...

Toronto: “The Rag Bag Cabaret Spring Fling” takes place May 25

Friday, April 26, 2019

Toronto's longest running variety show RAG BAG CABARET is back!Our Spring Fling Cabaret takes place on Saturday May 25th at the Village Players Theatre.


• The gorgeous harmonies of Marla & David Celia• Illusionist extraordinaire Chris Mayhew• Masters of mirth Rob Ross & Danish Anwar• Bombshell burlesque Zyra Lee Vanity•...

Toronto: We Are Here Productions presents “Urinetown The Musical” to benefit WaterAid Canada

Thursday, April 25, 2019

We Are Here Productions announces the Tony Award winning musical Urinetown The Musical to benefit WaterAid Canada.  Generously supported by Solar Stage, Canadian Actor’s Equity Association, and MTI Licensing, We Are Here aims to raise $10,000 in support of WaterAid Canada’s services over three shows. With staging, choreography, a full band and a cast...

Ottawa: The National Arts Centre announces its 2019/20 children’s and youth French programming

Thursday, April 25, 2019

The Children and Youth Programming, conceived by Mélanie Dumont, beautifully enriches the 2019-2020 season of the French Theatre with six fantastically inventive and crazy propositions. Yours to discover on-line already!

The stage will renew itself into a thousand and one shapes, as a huge playing ground to explore. Now a gigantic forest,...

Toronto: Nightwood Theatre announces its 2019/20 season

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Artistic Director Kelly Thornton and Managing Director Beth Brown are proud to announce Nightwood Theatre’s 2019/20 season. Marking our 40th year as Toronto’s preeminent feminist theatre company, we have curated an electric lineup of productions that bravely and playfully examine politics, privilege, power, and progress. Offering up three world premieres...

Toronto: Stage Centre Productions presents “To Kill a Mockingbird” May 16-25

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The fifth play of our season is Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning masterwork of honour and injustice in the deep south and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred. It’s 1935 and racial tensions are high in Maycomb, Alabama. Nonetheless, young Jean Louise Finch or “Scout” as she is fondly called, manages to live a rather carefree...

Stratford: Noël Coward's “Private Lives” now on stage at the Stratford Festival

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The wit of Noël Coward is at its cheekiest in his exquisite romantic comedy, Private Lives, now on stage at the Avon Theatre. The production opens on Thursday, May 30.

Set in a sophisticated world of cocktails, glamour and sparkling repartee, Private Lives follows Amanda and Elyot, a divorced couple who are reunited by chance – while honeymooning...

Toronto: Canadian Stage presents Njo Kong Kie’s “I Swallowed a Moon Made of Iron” May 16-26

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Former long-serving musical director of La La La Human Steps, composer and creator of music-theatreworks Picnic in the Cemetery and Mr. Shi and His Lover (voted Best New Musical by the Toronto Theatre Critics Association), Njo Kong Kie, returns to Canadian Stage with a spellbinding solo performance that sets to music the haunting work of factory worker...

Toronto: Witchboy Theatre and Blood Pact Theatre present “The Doll Play” May 21-June 8

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The Doll Play: A Miniature Revolution tells the story of a dysfunctional community of dolls who live in the waiting room of a child psychologist’s office. Having suffered years of mistreatment and abuse at the hands of the psychologist’s young patients, the dolls are galvanized to a new vengeful purpose by the sudden appearance of Anne and Andy, two...

Toronto: inDANCE and Vancouver’s Co.ERASGA present “Undivided Colours” My 29-June 1

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Respected Canadian-Asian dance artists Peter Chin, Hari Krishnan, William Lau and Alvin Tolentino present the world premiere of "Undivided Colours"- a mixed bill of four striking solos inspired by the artists lived experiences from Canada, China, Cambodia, India, Singapore and the Philippines.

The spirit of Dance, Diversity, and Gender...

Toronto: Theatre Passe Muraille announces Majorie Chan as its new Artistic Director

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The board of directors of Theatre Passe Muraille (TPM) are proud to announce the appointment of Marjorie Chan as Artistic Director.

Chan has an established and rewarding relationship with Passe Muraille. She was the director of Adam Pottle’s play Ultrasound, a show exploring deaf culture, which was co-produced with Passe Muraille in 2016....

Cambridge: “Glory” about women’s hockey in Preston runs May 15-June 8 at the Hamilton Family Theatre

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

A local legacy comes to life on stage as the new Canadian play GLORY chronicles the impressive rise of Cambridge's Preston Rivulettes women’s hockey team. Drayton Entertainment is proud to present the Western Canada Theatre production of GLORY on stage at the Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge from May 15 to June 8.

This exciting stage production...

Collingwood: Venues announces for Theatre Collingwood shows

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

I'm absolutely delighted (and a little relieved) to share with you all the details about our 2019 Summer Theatre Festival.

By now, you well know that our non-profit organization was put in a regrettable position where we were forced to take our productions from the Gayety Theatre due to unrealistic increases in our rental rates that would...

New York: The “Hugh Jackman The Show” world tour plays Toronto June 25, 2019

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Peter Allen. Curly McLain. Jean Valjean. Gaston. PT Barnum. Soon to be The Music Man. Hugh Jackman has immortalized icons of musical theatre on stage and screen for decades. Oozing charm, Jackman can sing, dance, act, host the Tony Awards, and lift cars (remember, he is also Wolverine). The consummate showman of our generation, there’s seemingly nothing...

Toronto: Kyanite Theatre presents George F. Walker’s “And So It Goes” May 8-26

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Prominent Canadian playwright George F. Walker (Order of Canada, Governor General's Lifetime Achievement Award, five-time Dora Award winner) brings his many years of experience to Toronto's indie theatre scene to direct his acclaimed 2010 dark comedy And So It Goes for fledgling Kyanite Theatre.And So It Goes revolves around the stigma of mental illness...

Toronto: Factory Theatre concludes its season with Erin Shields’s “Beautiful Man” May 4-26

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Factory’s 49th season concludes with the Toronto premiere of BEAUTIFUL MAN, a searing satire written by Erin Shields, directed by Andrea Donaldson and featuring Ashley Botting, Mayko Nguyen, Sofía Rodrígues, and Jesse LaVercombe, May 4-26, 2019.

BEAUTIFUL MAN turns the tables on gender and power with the simple question, “What if men were...

Toronto: Citadel + Compagnie remounts James Kudelka’s “Against Nature” May 22-June 1

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Citadel + Compagnie proudly presents the hotly anticipated return of Against Nature, May 22–25and May 29–June 1, 2019 at the Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance. Choreographed and directed by Citadel + Compagnie’s Resident Choreographer James Kudelka, this multi-disciplinary work is a unique dance-opera-theatre hybrid that adapts French-Dutch author Joris-Karl...

Toronto: Driftwood Theatre tours “A (musical) Midsummer Night’s Dream” July 19-August 18 across Ontario

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Driftwood Theatre presents their 25th annual Bard's Bus Tour with A (musical) Midsummer Night’s Dream, an a cappella slant on William Shakespeare’s most popular comedy. Driftwood Theatre brings accessible, live, outdoor theatre across Ontario with contemporary Canadian takes on Shakespeare. A (musical) Midsummer Night’s Dream will run from July 19...

Toronto: KAIROS Theatre brings its fringe hit “The Bathtub Girls” to Toronto May 21-June 1

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Following a critically acclaimed Canadian and USA tour, KAIROS Theatre is thrilled to premiere The Bathtub Girls in their home town, Toronto. In its various iterations over the past three years of development, The Bathtub Girls has been produced at Hamilton Fringe (Critics’ Choice Award, 2016); Tapestry Opera Space, as part of Then They Fight's Then...

Barrie: “Tales of an Urban Indian” will receive its 500th performance while on tour in Australia

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Talk Is Free Theatre (TIFT) will perform its hit production of Tales of an Urban Indian for the 500th time during the upcoming Australian tour.

Tales of an Urban Indian is the story of Simon Douglas, a contemporary Indigenous man, who grows up on both the reserve in British Columbia and in Vancouver. The play conjures up many characters...

Kitchener: “Outside Mulligar” running May 1-4 will be Lost & Found Theatre’s last ever fully-staged production

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Outside Mullingar will wrap 15 years of fully staged productions

Over the last few years, Lost & Found Theatre has experienced attrition in the company because of life changes each of us has going on, including demanding jobs (the kind that pay the bills!), little children, and aging family members to name a few. It has become all too clear...

Stratford: “Tainted Cabaret” comes to Stratford April 26

Monday, April 22, 2019

Prepare to check your inhibitions at the door.

This Friday, burlesque fans are in for a treat as three stars of the underground theatre scenes in New York, Toronto, and Vancouver bring their “sinfully funny mix of song and irreverent neo-burlesque,” Tainted Cabaret, to Molly Bloom’s Irish Pub in Stratford.

“Our inspirations are...

New York: Stratford alumnus Paul Alexander Nolan will perform his solo show at Feinstein’s 54 Below May 3, 4 and 7

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Lauded by The New York Times as having an “expressive voice and wide acting range,” Paul now brings his long-awaited cabaret solo debut to Feinstein’s/54 Below! 

Performances are Fri, May 3, 2019: 5:00 pm / 7:00 pm, Sat, May 4, 2019: 5:00 pm / 7:00 pm and Tue, May 7, 2019: 5:00 pm / 7:00 pm.

This musical road trip will feature...

St. Catharines: Garden City Comedy Festival Gala Night is May 4

Saturday, April 20, 2019

The Garden City Comedy Festival Gala Night returns to theFirstOntario Performing Arts Centre for an evening of world class laughs.

Headlining this year’s Gala will be award winning entertainer DeAnne Smith.   DEANNE SMITH: A Canadian Comedy Award winner, DeAnne has performed at Just for Laughs, JFL42, the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, Melbourne...

Toronto: After a highly successful first-run in Vancouver “I Am Not a Girl” plays the Tarragon Theatre June 5-9

Friday, April 19, 2019

After a highly successful first-run in Vancouver – Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard Productions Society will bring I Am Not a Girl to the stage at Tarragon’s EXTRASPACE, Toronto, June (5th - 9th) 2019. The production stems from a true story that was generously given to Executive Producer William Grant Hubbard with the request that the subject of the story...

Niagara-on-the-Lake: Shaw Festival mourns veteran actor Jennifer Phipps

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Flags at the Shaw Festival will be at half mast all weekend as the company pays tribute to veteran actress Jennifer Phipps, who died Wednesday night.

The London-born performer joined the company in 1967 and appeared in more than 50 productions over 30 seasons. Her final performance was under heavy make-up as the Cheshire Cat in the 2016...

Toronto: Samson Bonkeabantu Brown’s play “11:11” has its world premiere May 26-June 1

Thursday, April 18, 2019

The A.V.O. Collective in association with Triangle Pi Productions, is thrilled to announce the World Premiere of Samson Bonkeabantu Brown’s powerful play, 11:11. Samson Brown takes the stage at the Theatre Centre with an exclusive run from May 27 to June 1, 2019 with a preview performance on May 26th at 7pm.

Where the spirit world and the...

Toronto: Greg Campbell's solo show “OUT” plays Buddies in Bad Times Theatre April 24-May 5

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Buddies In Bad Times Theatre & Big Bappis Productions bring back 2016 Best of Fringe Hit OUT.

OUT is a one-man play set in Montreal in 1977, at the height of the disco era. Glen is 17 years-old and decides to kick open the closet door. While keeping it secret from his parents, he celebrates his new gay identity by going to discos, joining...

Toronto: Monkey Toast welcomes Dr. Eva Chan and former Toronto mayor David Miller May 4

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Six-time Canadian Comedy Award winner, Monkey Toast: The Improvised Talk Show is back!  For our May show, host David Shore welcomes special guests, chiropractor, Dr. Eva Chan, , former Toronto Mayor and current Director of C40 Cities, David Miller!  It all happens this coming Saturday, May 4th at The Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth Ave. (second...

Toronto: Crow’s Theatre announces its 2019/20 season

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Following the announcement in January that long-time creative producer and senior arts leader Sherrie Johnson would be joining Artistic Director Chris Abraham to lead Crow’s Theatre as Executive Director, the company today unveiled a dynamic and adventurous 2019/2020 season, straddling the worlds of contemporary theatre, Shakespeare, musical theatre,...

Toronto: PlayME podcast launches Cliff Cardinal’s “Huff” April 23

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Expect Theatre’s PlayME - the podcast that transforms Canadian plays into audio dramas - and Canada's #1 podcaster, CBC Podcasts, announced that Huff, from Dora Award-winning playwright and performer Cliff Cardinal, is available now as an audio drama in three bingeable chapters. An additional episode featuring an interview with the playwright will...

Stratford: The Stratford Festival mourns the loss of esteemed text coach Ian Watson

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

It was with great sadness that the Stratford Festival learned of the death of Ian Watson yesterday, of cancer. An expert in Shakespearean text, Mr. Watson was a key member of the Festival’s coaching staff.

“Our Festival Company has lost a loved mentor, a great ally and a kind friend,” said Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino. “Ian was one...

Toronto: Monkey Toast brings back The Panel Show with Andrew Coyne, Mary Wiens, fake Mork from Ork and fake Bradley Cooper

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Monkey Toast is proud to bring back, The Panel Show. Each month two improvisers will appear in character to discuss real topics and issues with two real journalists.  This month’s journalists are, Andrew Coyne (National Post & CBC’s At Issue) and Mary Wiens (CBC Radio’s Metro Morning). The Improvisers are, Paul Constable appearing as Mork from Ork...

Toronto: Théâtre français de Toronto presents “Écoutez nos défaites: END” May 1-4

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Assem (Gabriel Arcand) is responsible for finding a former member of the elite American commando unit (Thibault Vinçon) which eliminated bin Laden in the Abbotabad raid. He tracks his target relentlessly using elaborate communication and surveillance equipment. But his adversary has no intention of being caught: rather, he seeks to force Assem to...

Toronto: Mirvish opens new bus routes to bring theatre-lovers to its shows in Toronto

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Launched in July 2018, the Mirvish Express was an experiment in offering bus transportation to theatre-lovers from the London-Milton corridor to Toronto. The service has been so successful that two new routes will be added as of June 2019: From the east, Peterborough-Lindsay-Clarington-Ajax; From the golden horseshoe, Niagara Falls-St. Catharines-Grimsby-Burlington-Oakville....

Toronto: Studio 180 announces its spring In Development readings

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Studio 180's play development series returns with FREE readings of three compelling works-in-progress. RSVP early as space is limited.The Election by Yolanda Bonnell and Natasha GreenblattFriday, May 10 at 7:00 p.m.Studio 180 is delighted to partner with Common Boots Theatre for the next phase of development on The Election, a comedy about politics...

Toronto: WeeFestival of Arts and Culture returns May 11-20

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

After three successful editions as a biennial event, the WeeFestival returns from May 11-20, 2019 marking its shift to an annual event! Launched in 2014, Toronto’s only international contemporary arts festival dedicated to early childhood, this year’s WeeFestival boasts a fully Canadian lineup from acclaimed theatres dedicated to young audiences.

Toronto: Ergo Arts presents “The Knitting Pilgrim” at the Aga Khan Museum before it tours Ontario

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Directed by Jennifer Tarver and performed by actor, writer and knitter Kirk Dunn, The Knitting Pilgrim is a multidisciplinary one-person theatrical experience that uses storytelling, image projection and a one-of-a-kind textile installation called Stitched Glass. The show, which premieres at the Aga Khan Museum’s Auditorium for 3 performances May...

Stratford: The musical “Billy Elliot” begins previews at the Stratford Festival today

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Donna Feore’s gritty new take on Billy Elliot the Musical, the Tony Award-winning blockbuster musical from Lee Hall and Elton John, kicks off the Festival’s 67th season with its first preview today. The production officially opens on Tuesday, May 28, at the Festival Theatre.

Billy Elliot is the most contemporary musical ever presented on...

Toronto: Outside the March will present “The Tape Escape” in July and “The Flick” in October

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Beginning this summer, Outside the March is inviting you to put your life on pause with a series of proudly analog movie-loving experiences harkening back to yesteryear—or at least to the days before Netflix and Amazon Prime. THE POPCORN DOUBLE FEATURE will see OtM take over the Annex’s historic Queen Video and open up its own VHS rental store (with...

Toronto: Buddies in Bad Times presents Michel Marc Bouchard’s “Lilies” May 4-26

Monday, April 15, 2019

As Buddies 40th anniversary celebrations come to a close, the world’s largest and longest-running queer theatre company delves into the queer Canadian theatrical canon with an exciting and timely production of Lilies; Or, the Revival of a Romantic Drama. Prolific indie company lemonTree creations (Body Politic, Rope Running Out) leads this revival...

Toronto: Toronto Dance Theatre presents “Marienbad” by Christopher House and Jordan Tannahill May 23-June 1

Monday, April 15, 2019

Toronto Dance Theatre (TDT) is thrilled to close their 2018/19 season with the critically acclaimed duet Marienbad, created and performed by TDT Artistic Director Christopher House and writer/theatre-maker/multimedia artist Jordan Tannahill.  Three years after its world premiere, Marienbad returns to the Winchester Street Theatre May 23 to June 1.

Barrie: Talk Is Free Theatre presents “Newfie Electra” and “The Changing Voice” April 26-May 4

Monday, April 15, 2019

Talk Is Free Theatre (TIFT) offers an evening of two world premiere productions, written by and starring two fiercely talented female talents. One short piece is a modern re-imagining of a classic text and the other a personal account of trauma and the tools to survive - but both are triumphant feats of talent, passion, and genuine honesty.  

Toronto: The Toronto Fringe Festival announces the winner of the 24-Hour Playwriting Contest

Monday, April 15, 2019

For the first time ever, we are able to announce the winner of the 24 Hour Playwriting Contest before the festival.

After a frantic and caffeine-fueled 24 hours, 83 writers submitted plays to our jury on March 24 at 5pm. After weeks of careful deliberation, during which the identity of the playwrights were hidden, the jury has landed on...

Hamilton: Tickets to “Motown Soul” playing at Theatre Aquarius on June 7 only are now on sale

Monday, April 15, 2019

On Friday, June 7 for ONE NIGHT ONLY, Theatre Aquarius welcomes Motown Soul to our stage, a showstopping celebration of the very best classic R&B hits that will have you dancing in the aisles!

Motown Soul is a live concert experience celebrating some of the biggest names in music such as Diana Ross and The Supremes, The Temptations, Jackie...

London: The Grand Theatre presents “Mamma Mia!” April 26-May 18

Monday, April 15, 2019

The Grand Theatre is pleased to bring, in co-production with the Charlottetown Festival, MAMMA MIA! to the Spriet Stage to close our 2018/19 season. A widely popular musical, this production brings audiences together to celebrate love, life, and music through the sounds of ABBA. MAMMA MIA! takes the Spriet Stage from April 26 to May 18. The Title...

Toronto: Tapestry Opera presents “Shanawdithit” about the last Beothuk May 16-25

Sunday, April 14, 2019

At a time when truth and reconciliation is top of mind in Canada, Tapestry Opera and Opera on the Avalon present the landmark world premiere of Shanawdithit, an opera that retraces a lost people and sheds light on a story misrepresented by history. The real life story of the title character Shanawdithit (1801-1829) who is thought to be the last known...

Blyth: The Blyth Festival holds the CD launch of “The Pigeon King” April 18

Friday, April 12, 2019

The artists behind the Blyth Festival hit The Pigeon King are putting on a slightly different kind of show on Thursday, April 18, launching the production’s album at Memorial Hall with a special interactive concert event.

Earlier this year, Blyth Festival Artistic Director Gil Garratt and his fellow creators of the show were in Holmesville...

Toronto: RARE Theatre and Soulpepper present “Welcome to My Underworld” May 9-25

Friday, April 12, 2019

In Soulpepper’s fifth partnership with RARE Theatre Company, Canadian theatre pioneer and two-time Governor General award-winner Judith Thompson directs and dramaturges the World Premiere of Welcome to my Underworld, taking the Tank House theatre stage by storm from May 9th to May 25th, 2019 with a preview performance at 8pm on May 8th.


Toronto: Theatre Passe Muraille and Dancemakers present “The Things I Carry” April 23-28

Friday, April 12, 2019

Developed as a part of the Migrant Bodies Project – an E.U. sponsored choreographic program aimed at opening civic and artistic reflections on migration – The Things I Carry is a performance/storytelling hybrid about what happens as people spread across our planet, both voluntarily and involuntarily. Part ceremony. Part conference. Part confessional.

Toronto: Factory Theatre presents “Beautiful Man” by Erin Shields May 4-26

Friday, April 12, 2019

Factory’s 49th season concludes with the Toronto premiere of BEAUTIFUL MAN, a searing satire written by Erin Shields, directed by Andrea Donaldson and featuring Ashley Botting, Mayko Nguyen, Sofía Rodrígues, and Jesse LaVercombe, May 4-26, 2019.

BEAUTIFUL MAN turns the tables on gender and power with the simple question, “What if men were...

Hamilton: Theatre Aquarius presents the musical “Freaky Friday” April 24-May 19

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Theatre Aquarius is thrilled to present Freaky Friday, a hilarious and heartwarming new Disney musical, sure to delight the whole family.

When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again before mom’s big wedding. Freaky Friday, a new musical based on the celebrated...

Toronto: Philip Akin will step down as Artistic Director of Obsidian Theatre

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Philip Akin has announced that he will be stepping down after 14 seasons as the Artistic Director of Obsidian Theatre, Canada’s leading culturally specific theatre company. Though he will remain in his position until 2020, the search for new artistic leadership begins now.

In 2000, Philip along with 12 other prominent Black artists came...

Ottawa: The NAC presents Claude Guilmain’s complete trilogy “” April 24-27

Thursday, April 11, 2019

A suspenseful, tender and comical tale where past and present collide. A family saga that reveals a quest for happiness thwarted by the vicissitudes of life. A road trip both personal and universal that questions our fascination with the American dream.

Part comedy of manners, part historical saga, Claude Guilmain’s ambitious trilogy

Muskoka: Dot The T Productions tours “The Ladies Foursome” to country clubs in and around Muskoka

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Dot The T Productions, Muskoka’s Theatre Company, is excited to announce its spring production, Norm Foster’s hilarious comedy, “The Ladies Foursome”. And true to Dot The T’s innovative mandate – to bring theatre to the people – they have teamed up with 10 golf and country clubs in and around Muskoka with a Golf-Dine-Theatre event. For golfers, there...

Niagara-on-the-Lake: Previews of the crime drama “Rope” begin April 12

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Rope, a masterfully written psychological crime drama, by Patrick Hamilton begins previews April 12 at the Shaw Festival’s Royal George Theatre. Jani Lauzon directs this riveting “can-they-get-away-with-it” that’s loosely based on the infamous Leopold and Loeb 1924 murder case. Inspired by debates surrounding amorality with former teacher Rupert Cadell...

Toronto: “Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story” opens at the Tarragon Theatre April 24

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Artistic Director Richard Rose is excited to announce the opening of Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story at Tarragon Theatre. Written by Governor General’s Award and Yale University Windham-Campbell Prize-winner Hannah Moscovitch, with music by Ben Caplan and Christian Barry*, Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story, a 2b Theatre production, comes to Toronto...

Blyth: Canadian author Lawrence Hill highlights Blyth Festival events to celebrate 45th season

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Canadian author Lawrence Hill will highlight a unique series of events at Blyth Festival to celebrate 45 seasons of developing and producing plays that give a rich voice to both rural South Western Ontario and the entire country.   The award-winning author of The Book of Negroes and The Illegal will speak from the theatre’s main stage about his passionate...

Toronto: Philip Akin named 2018 Artist Award laureate for the Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

The laureates of the 2018 Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts have been announced. The awards recognize Ontario's professional artists and arts organizations for extraordinary achievements that strengthen Ontario's vibrant culture sector.

Philip Akin has been chosen as 2018 Artist Award laureate. Philip Akin has been acting and...

Toronto: The NAGs Players present “Office Hours” by Norm Foster May 2-11

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

The NAGs Players are pleased to present their production of Norm Foster’s Office Hours.

It’s 1998. Jean Chrétien is Canada’s Prime Minister and Alannis Morissette is still in the top 10 on the music charts. People are watching “Friends” on television, while Titanic and Shakespeare in Love reign at the box office. And in a big Canadian...

Toronto: Rare Day Projects presents “Lies and Consequences” April 30-May 4

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

LIES AND CONSEQUENCES, by Carol Libman, directed by Jeanette Dagger, will be presented by Rare Day Projects, at the Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen Street east, from April 30 to May 5, 2019.

What happens when a long - held family secret is secret no longer?

Martha is a successful writer and university professor. The action...

Toronto: Paradigm Productions and Luminato premeiere “Four Sisters” by Susanna Fournier June 11-15

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

PARADIGM productions and Luminato premiere Four Sisters, by award-winning playwright Susanna Fournier (Stencilboy and Other Portraits, LULU v. 7// aspects of a femme fatale, Patrick Conner Award Winner 2018). Time erodes as a family of women struggle to survive plague, a shifting political landscape and ideas of ‘sisterhood’ in this experimental independent...

Toronto: “Eraser” will be presented as part of Why Not Theatre’s RISER Project May 7-14

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

From the cafeteria to the playground, six performers guide the audience through their memories and fantasies of grade six as they navigate who they are in this world. ERASER, directed and choreographed by Bilal Baig and Sadie Epstein-Fine, and created by the Company, runs May 7-14, 2019 at The TheatreCentre.

A student arrives in Canada...

Toronto: FAWN Chamber Creative presents a new opera/ballet “Pandora” May 23-25

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Known for their creative curiosity with productions that draw inspiration from the city’s underground art and music scenes, FAWN Chamber Creative’s penchant for exploration finds its newest expression in an opera-ballet, Pandora, which will be presented at 8pm on May 23, 24 and 25, 2019 at Geary Lane in Toronto.

Pandora was written by librettist...

Toronto: VideoCabaret presents “Too Good to Be True” by Cliff Cardinal April 27-May 19

Monday, April 8, 2019

VIDEOCABARET presents the World Premiere of Cliff Cardinal's dark comedy, TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, at a brand new theatrical home in downtown Toronto. Playwright and performer Cliff Cardinal was recently honoured by double-Doras, and an Edinburgh Festival Award, for the script and performance of his incendiary solo play Huff in 2018. TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE...

Toronto: “Dear Evan Hansen” extends to September 29, 2019 – tickets on sale now

Monday, April 8, 2019

Dear Evan Hansen will now call Toronto home through September 29, 2019, it was announced today. The Tony Award-winning musical, which opened at the historic Royal Alexandra Theatre on March 28, 2019 and was originally on sale through June 30, has been extended due to popular demand.  A new block of 119,424 tickets, July 2 – September 29, are now on...

Toronto: Nightwood Theatre and Native Earth Performing Arts present “Inner Elder” May 8-12

Monday, April 8, 2019

Premiering at One Yellow Rabbit's High Performance Rodeo in 2018, Inner Elder took Calgary by storm and is coming to Toronto for six performances only!

Inner Elder takes the audience on a journey of transformation through laughter and real-life memories of Gemini Award-winning Cree artist Michelle Thrush (from APTN’s Blackstone, CBC’s North...

Toronto: Théâtre français de Toronto announces its 52nd season

Monday, April 8, 2019

In 2017-2018, for its 50th anniversary, TfT offered a series of "Éclats manifestes" (We are outbursts!) to its audiences, celebrating the city of Toronto, a major inspiration for creators and a growingly important hub for francophone artists. The 2018-2019 season was conceived around a series of "Paroles manifestes” (We are speaking out!) and celebrated...

Ottawa: The Siminovitch Prize and the NAC announce a call for nominations in directing

Monday, April 8, 2019

The Siminovitch Prize and the National Arts Centre today announced a call for nominations for Canada’s most prestigious award in theatre. The Siminovitch Prize was launched in 2000 to honour the values and achievements of the renowned scientist Dr. Lou Siminovitch and the late Elinore Siminovitch, a pioneering playwright.

The Siminovitch...

Cambridge: Drayton Entertainment announces casting for “The Miracle Worker” running April 24-May 12

Friday, April 5, 2019

Based on the extraordinary true story of Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan, the inspiring Tony Award©-winning play The Miracle Worker is on stageat the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse for three weeks only from April 24 to May 12. Audiences are advised to buy tickets as soon as possible as the production is already 70% sold.

The Miracle...

Stratford: “The Tempest” starring Martha Henry as Prospero screens at Cineplex theatres on April 13

Thursday, April 4, 2019

The Stratford Festival’s latest film, The Tempest, directed for the stage by Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino and for the screen by Barry Avrich, premières at Cineplex theatres across Canada on April 13.

The stage production was a truly historic event, featuring theatre legend Martha Henry as Prospero, more than five decades after she...

Niagara-on-the-Lake: Previews of “The Horse and His Boy” at the Shaw Festival begin April 6

Thursday, April 4, 2019

The Shaw Festival returns to the wondrous world of Narnia for a second time with a new adaptation of C.S. Lewis’s The Horse and His Boy. Directed by Christine Brubaker and adapted by Governor General's Award-nominee and playwright Anna Chatterton, this world premiere opens the Shaw Festival’s 2019 season on April 6 at the Festival Theatre.

Toronto: Theatre Passe Muraille presents “Environmental Racism”, a panel discussion on issues raised by “The Chemical Valley Project” on April 15

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Why don't the First Nations of this land have clean drinking water? Why are many First Nations reserves adjacent to some of Canada’s most toxic sites? Join us on Monday April 15th to hear our expert panel discuss their perspectives on environmental (in)justice and reconciliation. Panelists include:

• Andrea Bastien, Indigenous Climate Action

Blyth: Blyth Festival announces “Cakewalk” and a bake-off

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Are your cakes airy and light? Your icing smooth and buttery? The combined taste something that’s truly blissful?

Then the Blyth Festival challenges you to prove it. It is throwing down the gauntlet in its quest for the best cake in all the land. If you want to pick up what they’re throwing down, then get ready to enter the Blyth Festival...

Blyth: Dan Needles presents his new play “True Confessions from the Ninth Concession” May 23-25

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Nationally decorated playwright Dan Needles is coming back to Blyth. Winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, member of the Order of Canada, Needles' hilarious observations of rural life have become an indelible fixture of Canadian culture. Past hits like The Perils of Persephone, which premiered at Blyth in 1989, have now had dozens and dozens...

Toronto: Théâtre français de Toronto presents “Écoutez nos défaites: END” May 1-4

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Théâtre français de Toronto is pleased to present Écoutez nos défaites END (Listen to our Defeats), the spy thriller by celebrated writer Laurent Gaudé, adapted for the stage by Agathe Bioulès and meticulously directed by Roland Auzet. Co-created by Le Groupe de la Veillée (Montreal) and ACT Opus (France) and starring the outstanding Gabriel Arcand...

Toronto: Eifman Ballet presents “Tchaikovsky. PRO et CONTRA” May 9-11

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Show One Productions and TO Live proudly present Russia’s premier contemporary ballet company Eifman Ballet in Tchaikovsky. PRO et CONTRA, on stage for three performances only, May 9–11, 2019, at The Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. This heart-rending choreographic love letter to the illustrious Russian composer implements Artistic Director Boris...

Toronto: Leroy Street Theatre presents the Toronto premiere of “C’mon Angie!” April 12-27

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Following its critically acclaimed world premiere in Vancouver, C'mon, Angie! by Amy Lee Lavoie will receive its first Toronto production at The Assembly Theatre April 12th - April 27th.

Presented in collaboration with the Spadina Avenue Gang, Leroy Street Theatre's new production of the exciting new Canadian drama will bring together artists...

Toronto: Art of Time Ensemble presents “Best of Words and Music” with Paul Gross and Martha Burns May 9-11

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

We're delighted to announce that Martha Burns and Paul Gross will perform together in Best of Words and Music, a program of our best pairings of theatre, poetry, music, and more. They'll be reading selections from Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing May 9 - 11, at Harbourfront Centre Theatre.Theatre, poetry, and lyric are the focus of this assemblage...

London: The Grand Theatre presents an immersive version of “Cabaret” April 9-May 11

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

The Grand Theatre is pleased to bring to the McManus Stage a daring and immersive experience, CABARET. Considered one of the greatest musicals of all time, the Grand Theatre’s Artistic Director and Director of CABARET Dennis Garnhum gives this production a whole new life in 2019. CABARET will draw audiences in with its gritty, stripped-down, intimate...

Toronto: “The SpongeBob Musical” arrives in Toronto December 17-22 – tickets on sale April 8

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

The critically acclaimed, award-winning THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL, declared “BRILLIANT!” by The New York Times, will play Toronto’s Meridian Hall for the 2019 holiday season.  Performances begin December 17 at Meridian Hall (formerly the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts) for eight performances only until December 22, 2019.

Presented by TO...

Toronto: Music, theatre, dance and visual art combine in “Din of Shadows” on May 3

Monday, April 1, 2019

In the final Emergents event of the season, experimental music theatre group Din of Shadows presents their newest project, Material Mythology, which speculates about the hidden meanings and mythologies behind everyday actions, objects, and spaces. Assembling a team of performers, composers, dancers, and visual artists, Din of Shadows uses the idea...

Toronto: hub 14 announces its 2018/19 residency artists

Monday, April 1, 2019

With a new team, the big news, the big move, our new home, and all the growing pains that have ensued...well! We're not quite out of the woods yet and some of our best laid plans have not quite come to fruition. Did we mention this is a volunteer-run organization?! It's been real, friends, really friggin' real.

Because of this, we've been...

Toronto: Bella Donna Artists Collective presents David Copelin’s “Bella Donna” May 17-June 1

Monday, April 1, 2019

Bella Donna Artists Collective presents Bella Donna by David Copelin (Playwrights Centre MN, Oregon Shakespeare Festival) a dark comedy that rips through history with passion, poison, and dirty politics in a contemporized production from May 17 to June 1. Ten years after Bella Donna won Best New Play and Patron’s Pick at the Toronto Fringe Festival,...

Toronto: Robert Lepage’s “887” returns to Canadian Stage by popular demand May 3-12

Monday, April 1, 2019

After wowing audiences around the world following its premiere at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, the must-see critically-acclaimed masterpiece 887, returns to Canadian Stage. Mesmerizing, spectacular and deeply moving, 887 is on stage at the Bluma Appel Theatre, May 3-12, 2019.

Created and performed by internationally celebrated director,...

Toronto: April arts and culture on the Bloor Street Culture Corridor

Monday, April 1, 2019

This April marks the 5th anniversary of the Bloor St. Culture Corridor! Please join us at concerts, festivals, films, exhibitions, and arts events. We have 20 extraordinary organizations bringing you more than 200 arts events every month, on the most diverse arts and culture district in Toronto (possibly the world). There are always news way to learn...

Toronto: “1991” by Guilty by Association appears as part of Why Not Theatre’s RISER Project May 22-June 1, 2019

Monday, April 1, 2019

Coming Soon: Critically acclaimed theatre company, Guilty by Association, presents its haunting new piece 1991. A live film/theatre experiment, 1991 is the coming-of-age story of a young drifter lost in the backseat of shit cars deep in the savage South. Written by Guilty by Association Artistic Director, Cole Lewis (these violent delights/GBA,Antigonick/GBA),...

Stratford: Stratford Festival celebrates record-setting season and announces a surplus of $1.9 million

Saturday, March 30, 2019

The Stratford Festival celebrated the artistic and financial successes of the 2018 season – its longest on record – at the Annual General Meeting today in Stratford. Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino and Executive Director Anita Gaffney announced a $1.9-million surplus, with a 10% increase in attendance to 502,605.

Total revenue for the...

Stratford: Stratford Festival Board extends Antoni Cimolino’s term through 2024

Saturday, March 30, 2019

The Stratford Festival’s Board of Governors is pleased to announce that Antoni Cimolino has agreed to a two-year extension to his term as Artistic Director, taking him through the 2024 season.

“In the past six seasons, Antoni has opened up new avenues of achievement for the Festival, from the Forum to our film series, to the construction...

Toronto: Glass Hammer Productions presents Andrew Batten’s “The Sad Blisters” April 12-27

Friday, March 29, 2019

Serial monogamist Joanne is getting married - AGAIN.

AND she wants her sisters to wear their bridesmaid dresses from her previous weddings.

AND Aunt Sara's been getting free samples from the bar. What could possibly go wrong?

The Sad Blisters is loosely based on the family dynamic of the playwright’s wife, Debbie Batten,...

Mississauga: Hindi play “Gardish Mein Taare” presented at the Living Arts Centre on April 26

Friday, March 29, 2019

On April 26, 2019, The Living Arts Centre in partnership with ARRA Arts presents GARDISH MEIN TAARE in Hammerson Hall. Tickets start at $30. Group discounts for 10 or more are available by calling the Box Office.

GARDISH MEIN TAARE (English Translation: ‘Stars in the Sky’) is directed by Saif Hyder Hassan and performed in Hindi with English...

New York: Ted Dykstra’s musical “Evangeline” is showcased in New York

Friday, March 29, 2019

Coal Mine Theatre's latest venture is in New York City! Chief Engineers Ted Dykstra and Diana Bentley decided to take Ted's epic musical Evangeline down to New York City for a showcase. With the help of Chilina Kennedy and her Toronto based company Eclipse Theatre Company, and producer Alan Kliffer, The Coal Mine Theatre hosted a five day workshop...

Toronto: Toronto Operetta Theatre presents Franz Lehár’s “The Merry Widow” April 24-28

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Franz Lehár’s most popular operetta, THE MERRY WIDOW, makes a highly anticipated return to the Toronto Operetta Theatre stage as the finale to the current season. Lehár’s Viennese masterpiece from the Silver Age premiered to rapturous acclaim in the Austrian capital and has since been heard around the world for over 100 years.  TOT’s new production...

Toronto: The 40th Anniversary Dora Mavor Moore Awards will take place June 15

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) announced the date, host, creative team and a new venue for the 40th Anniversary Dora Mavor Moore Awards, the awards show and party that celebrates extraordinary Toronto talent in the performing arts.

Dora Awards Producer and TAPA Executive Director Jacoba Knaapen announced that the multi-talented...

Toronto: b current presents “Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little Brothers” April 11-18

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

One day you're gonna be the one driving and a police officer is gonna pull you over. Cause they can. So they will. When that happens, what are you gonna do?

February 26, 2012, Florida. A 17-year-old Black boy wearing a hoodie leaves a 7/11carrying a bag of Skittles and an iced tea. He never makes it home. Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little...

Toronto: First international production of “Dear Evan Hansen” opens tomorrow

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Produced in Toronto by Stacey Mindich and David Mirvish, the first international production of the multi-Tony Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen began performances at the Royal Alexandra Theatre on March 5, 2019 and is now on stage through June 30, 2019. The show officially opens in Toronto on Thursday March 28, 2019.  

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London: The Grand Theatre announces its 2019/20 season

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The Grand Theatre, a leading cultural hub in London, Ontario, is thrilled to announce its 2019-20 season. Featuring 11 productions across two stages, including two world premieres, a North American premiere, and new works by exciting Canadian visionaries, the Grand’s incredible 2019-20 lineup continues to bring the world to London, and London to the...

Toronto: Alumnae Theatre stages the Canadian premiere of “Impressionism” by Michael Jacob April 12-27

Monday, March 25, 2019

The Alumnae Theatre Company is proud to present the Toronto premiere of the Broadway play Impressionism.

Directed by Nicole Arends and produced by Mary Barnes Amoroso, Arlene Stanley and Kristine Greenaway, Michael Jacob’s story surrounds the audience with Impressionist works of art as friends and gallery coworkers Katherine and Thomas...

Collingwood: Theatre Collingwood parts ways with the Gayety Theatre

Monday, March 25, 2019

You may already be aware that Theatre Collingwood has had to part ways with the Gayety Theatre and we want to provide you with some additional details to assure you that our season will continue as planned - albeit at new locations.

The Gayety Theatre has been home to our productions for the past 15 years. Up until last year the rental...

Toronto: Tarragon Theatre announces its 2019/20 season

Monday, March 25, 2019

Artistic Director Richard Rose and Managing Director Andrea Vagianos today announced Tarragon Theatre’s 2019-20 season: a jam packed nine-month calendar with nine World Premiere performances, with shows that offer hilarious and biting satire, compelling and heartbreaking drama, and cutting-edge social commentary from the finest award-winning Canadian...

Mississauga: Sandra Shamas’s “The Big ‘What Now?’” plays the Living Arts Centre April 2-14

Friday, March 22, 2019

The Living Arts Centre is proud to present Sandra Shamas in her latest show, THE BIG ‘WHAT NOW?’ from April 2-6 and 12-14, 2019 in RBC Theatre. Tickets start at $40.

Sandra Shamas, writer and performer, is marking her 30th anniversary with her seventh show in the series of her life, THE BIG ‘WHAT NOW?’ Looking at life on the other side...

Toronto: VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert presents “Viva Verdi” on April 3

Friday, March 22, 2019

On Wednesday, April 3rd, VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert would love to see you at Gallery 345 for a celebration of Italy's Giant of the Operatic Stage, Giuseppe Verdi!

Music from Oberto, I Lombardi, Macbeth, La Traviata, Rigoletto and more.

In this informal setting, we introduce some amazing new artists and there will be a wine and...

Toronto: The emerging artsists for Tapestry’s “Songbook IX” running March 29-30 have been announced

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Meet the performers for Songbook IX! The 13 future Canadian opera stars are Elisabeth Boudreault, Lindsay Connolly, Brianna DeSantis, Ryan Downey, Gabrielle French, Rebecca Gray, Lauren Halasz, Rachel Krehm, Brittany Rae, Anne-Marie Ramos, Jennifer Routhier (seen above from left to right). Our emerging pianists are Ryoko Hou and Qiao YiMiao Mu.

Toronto: Carol Zoccoli’s “How To Beat Up Any Man” runs April 5 to May 5

Thursday, March 21, 2019

From April 5th to May 5th at JCB Theatre - Second City, award-winning comedian Carol Zoccoli will be telling how it was growing up as a woman in Brazil and having to learn to fight men to survive in an one-person show called How To Beat Up Any Man. 

The show is about a woman who defined for herself what it means to be a woman, in spite...

Toronto: Orpheus Productions presents a new chamber opera “Shakespeare’s Criminal” April 26-28

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Orpheus Productions will present three performances of a workshop presentation of Shakespeare’s Criminal, a new chamber opera with music by Dustin Peters and libretto by Sky Gilbert, starring Marion Newman, Dion Mazerolle and Nathaniel Bacon, April 26-28, 2019 at Factory.

Shakespeare’s Criminal is an opera in one act about an older male...

Toronto: Monkey Toast welcomes special guests Leah-Simone Bowen and Andrew Coyne on April 6

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Six-time Canadian Comedy Award winner, Monkey Toast: The Improvised Talk Show is back!  For our April show, host David Shore returns, and he’ll be joined by special guests, from the hit CBC podcast, The Secret Life of Canada, Leah-Simone Bowen, and from The National Post and CBC’s At Issue, journalist, Andrew Coyne.  It all happens this coming Saturday,...

Toronto: Coal Mine Theatre presents the Toronto premiere of “Hand to God” April 21-May 12

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

All hell is breaking loose at Coal Mine Theatre for the Toronto premiere of HAND TO GOD, a blasphemous puppet show written by Robert Askins, directed by Mitchell Cushman and starring Frank Cox-O’Connell, Ted Dykstra, Amy Keating, Francis Melling, and Nicole Underhay, April 21 – May 12, 2019.

In a quiet Texas town, recently widowed Margery...

Toronto: Summer Opera Lyric Theatre announces its line-up for 2019

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Summer Opera Lyric Theatre continues its tradition as the only performance haven for Toronto’s opera lovers in late summer.  Since 1986, Guillermo Silva Marin has led aspiring young artists through an intensive 8-week course of study concentrating on character development in opera through text and music.  These weeks culminate in a series of performances...

Toronto: Theatre Passe Muraille and Broadleaf Theatre present “The Chemical Valley Project” April 4-20

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Located in Sarnia, Ontario, the Aamjiwnaang First Nations reserve and its nine hundred residents are smothered by one of Canada’s largest petrochemical corridors: the Chemical Valley. Siblings Vanessa Gray and Lindsay Beze Gray dedicate their lives to fighting the pollution that threatens their community’s health, safety, and future. In The Chemical...

Toronto: Canadian Stage announces its 2019/20 season

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Canadian Stage, one of the country's leading not-for-profit contemporary performing arts organizations, today announced its 19.20 season, the first under Artistic Director Brendan Healy and Executive Director Monica Esteves. Featuring 14 thrilling works from 5 continents, including 6 world premieres, the 19.20 season honours Canadian Stage’s legacy...

St. Catharines: “Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure” comes to St. Catharines March 23

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The Australian creators of Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live want to take your family on an all new adventure – this time to the bottom of the ocean!

Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure is an immersive experience that invites all ages to jump in and explore unknown ocean depths where prehistoric marine reptiles lived eons ago - and maybe live...

Toronto: Chilina Kennedy returns to star in “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical” April 9-May 5, 2019

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Producers Paul Blake and Sony/ATV Music Publishing announced today that Toronto’s Chilina Kennedy will return to her hometown, recreating her Broadway role in the Tony & Grammy Award-winning Broadway hit BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL.  Kennedy, will join the first national tour in this exclusive encore engagement for Toronto –April 9 – May 5,...

Toronto: Shakesbeers Showdown #Revengeofthe5th takes place May 5

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The hops are strong in this one.

#ShakesbeersShowdown is where Toronto’s hottest indie Shakespeare companies face-off in a battle of winner-takes-all, loser-drinks-most, as contestants cold read scenes from Shakespeare’s notoriously-hard-to-read First Folio. The winner is crowned the revered Shakesbeers Showdown Heavyweight Champion (complete...

Grand Bend: Cindy Williams will appear in “Thoroughly Modern Millie” at the Huron Country Playhouse June 5-22

Monday, March 18, 2019

The bustling beach town of Grand Bend will be even busier this June as a beloved Hollywood star arrives in town. Iconic television actor Cindy Williams, best known for her role as Shirley Feeney on the classic sitcom Laverne & Shirley will play the role of Mrs. Meers in Drayton Entertainment's production of the hit Broadway musical comedy, Thoroughly...

Toronto: Why Not Theatre presents four world premieres at the RISER Project 2019 May 6-June 1

Monday, March 18, 2019

Why Not Theatre presents RISER Project 2019, a collaborative producing model for independent theatre artists. This sixth edition proudly premieres work from Amanda Cordner and David di Giovanni, Bilal Baig and Sadie Epstein-Fine, Samson Bonkeabantu Brown and d’bi.young anitafrika, and Cole Lewis.

The heart of RISER Project, whose participants...

Toronto: “Come From Away” extends to September 29, 2019 – new block of tickets on sale March 18

Monday, March 18, 2019

The Canadian production of COME FROM AWAY, a “Best Musical” Award winner across North America, and now on stage at its new home, the Elgin Theatre, continues to play to sold out houses and thrill Toronto audiences, demanding yet another extension. Twelve more weeks of performances  - 99,000 tickets, will be added from July 2 through September 29,...

Toronto: The second annual Ergo Pink Fest runs March 28-31

Monday, March 18, 2019

Ergo Pink Fest is a 4-day theatre festival in Toronto (March 28-31, 2019), conceived and hosted by Ergo Arts Theatre (EAT) that gives voice to female and non-binary identified playwrights, providing them a unique platform to develop and showcase their work. The festival, being held at the Small World Music Centre, 180 Shaw Street, brings together...

Ottawa: NAC English Theatre announces its 2019/20 season

Saturday, March 16, 2019

For 2019-2020, NAC English Theatre Artistic Director Jillian Keiley has programmed a season that celebrates the ingenuity, imagination and insight it takes to make sense of Canada's place in a rapidly evolving world. From the provocative to the fantastical, the extraordinary artists in this season offer a veritable feast of world class theatre.  

Toronto: Poculi Ludique Societas presents John Martson’s “The Dutch Courtesan” March 21-24

Thursday, March 14, 2019

The urban landscape of the play presents London as a city that simultaneously applauds itself for being a multicultural cosmopolitan metropolis and feels deeply anxious about the place of strangers within its urban landscape. The main plot deals with the treatment of a foreign sex worker whose otherness is partly established through her accent; the...

Toronto: Monkey Toast’s “The Arkin and Friends” welcomes comedian Pat Thornton March 31

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Six-time Canadian Comedy Award winner, Monkey Toast, hopes that you’ll join them for The Arkin and Friends. It all takes place on Sunday, March 31st at The Crow’s Theatre, 345 Carlaw Ave, Toronto, M4M 2T1. Doors: 7:15pm / Show 7:30pm. Tickets are $10 in advance or at the door. /

This show is made...

Toronto: Jacqueline Woodley returns to headline Tapestry opera’s “Songbook IX” March 29-30

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Soprano Jacqueline Woodley, (Dahlia, M’dea Undone 2015; Nataliya, Oksana G. 2017; Tapestry Briefs: Winter Shorts, 2017), returns to perform excerpts from Tapestry’s 39 year catalogue of new opera with pianist Andrea Grant. Woodley lends her thrilling voice to emerging artists as the vocal master clinician for New Opera 101, a 3-day intensive whose...

Toronto: RARE Theatre Company and Soulpepper present “Welcome to my Underworld” May 9-25

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

In Soulpepper’s fifth partnership with RARE Theatre Company, Canadian theatre pioneer and two-time Governor General award-winner Judith Thompson directs and dramaturges the World Premiere of Welcome to my Underworld, taking the Tank House theatre stage by storm from May 9th to May 25th, 2019 with a preview performance at 8pm on May 8th.


Toronto: Luminato announces its 2019 programming

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

From a larger-than-life mirrored maze and provocative new work by one of Canada’s most renowned puppet masters, to a massive choral event along Toronto’s waterfront and the North American premiere of a reimagined dance classic, the 13th annual Luminato festival lights up the city of Toronto with bold, high-energy, ambitious work from Canada and around...

Toronto: Grand Canyon, a new multi-disciplinary performing arts venue, has its opening celebration April 6

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Poised to join the ranks of Toronto’s favourite indie theatre spots, Blood Pact Theatre, in association with The Storefront Arts Initiative, announces the Grand Opening of a brand-new venue: GRAND CANYON. Located in the lively Junction neighbourhood, GRAND CANYON will serve as a new vibrant hub for multidisciplinary artists to play, explore and share.

Toronto: David Mirvish presents Lucas Hnath’s “A Doll's House, Part 2” March 23-April 14

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

David Mirvish in a co-production with the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre presents A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2 by Lucas Hnath. Starring four outstanding Canadian actors and directed by Krista Jackson, this brilliant and audacious play is performed March 23 to April 14, 2019 at Toronto’s CAA Theatre as part of the Off-Mirvish Season. 

In the final...

Toronto: PlayME Podcast launches Anita Majumdar’s “The Fish Eyes Trilogy”

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Expect Theatre'sPlayME - the podcast that transforms Canadian plays into audio dramas - and Canada's #1 podcaster, CBC Podcasts, announced today that The Fish Eyes Trilogy from Canada's Governor General's Protégé Prize and Dora Award-winning playwright, Anita Majumdar, is available now as an audio drama in three bingeable chapters. An additional episode...

Toronto: Factory Theatre and Obsidian Theatre present “Angélique” April 3-21

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Factory and Obsidian Theatre are excited to announce the Toronto premiere of ANGÉLIQUE by award-winning Canadian playwright Lorena Gale, directed by Mike Payette with a thrilling live score performed by SIXTRUMPercussion Ensemble, at Factory April 3-21, 2019.

In 1734, Marie Joseph Angélique, an enslaved Black woman known for her outspoken...

Blyth: Dan Needles’ “True Confessions of the Ninth Concession” plays Blyth May 23-25

Monday, March 11, 2019

Nationally decorated playwright Dan Needles is coming back to Blyth. 

Winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, member of the Order of Canada, Needles' hilarious observations of rural life have become an indelible fixture of Canadian culture. Past hits like The Perils of Persephone, which premiered at Blyth in 1989, have now had dozens...

Toronto: Alyson Renaldo remounts her acclaimed solo show “Virgin” April 9-14

Monday, March 11, 2019

Back by Popular Demand! TACHE DE NAISSANCE Inc. (Tache Productions) is proud to announce the encore presentation of Virgin, a one-woman show written and performed by Canadian artist Alyson Renaldo. at the Aki Studio Theatre from Tuesday, April 9th through Sunday, April 14th, 2019. Tickets are now on sale.

Virgin. chronicle’s a woman’s abrupt...

Hamilton: Theatre Aquarius announces its 2019/20 season

Monday, March 11, 2019

Theatre Aquarius has announced its 2019/20 season. The six show will be:

★ Renovations for Six ★by Norm FosterSeptember 18th – October 5th, 2019Shayna and Grant are new in town and decide to host a dinner party. The guest list includes Billie and Wing who abandoned show biz to raise their daughter, haughty psychiatrist Veronica and her...

Toronto: The Musical Stage Company presents “Next to Normal” April 26-May 19

Monday, March 11, 2019

Winner of three Tony Awards and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, in short order NEXT TO NORMAL has become recognized as a milestone in musical theatre history.  It now receives a major new production.  David Mirvish presents The Musical Stage Company production of NEXT TO NORMAL, playing from April 26 to May 19, 2019 at the CAA Theatre. Media night...

Toronto: Anita La Selva awarded 2019 Gina’s Prize for Emerging Female Directors

Sunday, March 10, 2019

The Gina Wilkinson Prize Committee is pleased to announce that Anita La Selva of Toronto, Ontario is the recipient of the eighth annual Gina Wilkinson Prize for an Emerging Female Director.  This annual prize of $ 5,000 honours female theatre artists transitioning to directing.

About Anita La SelvaAnita La Selva is a director, dramaturg,...

Toronto: Tarragon Theatre presents the world premiere of “Guarded Girls” March 26-May 6

Friday, March 8, 2019

Tarragon Theatre is excited to announce the World Premiere of Guarded Girls, a new work by Governor General’s Literary Award nominee Charlotte Corbeil-Coleman. Guarded Girls runs in Tarragon’s Mainspace March 26 - May 6, 2019 (opening April 3).

The psychological destruction brought on by solitary confinement is at the heart of this wrenching...

Toronto: The third annual Tirgan Nowruz Festival takes place this weekend

Friday, March 8, 2019

The 3rd annual Tirgan Nowruz Festival takes place this weekend Friday March 8th to Sunday March 10th at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.

The weekend long Nowruz Festival is packed with over 30 free and ticketed events, 14 retail shops, two restaurants, and one traditional tea house.  The programs range from theatrical performances, concerts,...

London: The Grand Theatre presents “Fences” by August Wilson March 19-April 6

Friday, March 8, 2019

The Grand Theatre is pleased to bring to the Spriet Stage a contemporary classic, AUGUST WILSON’S FENCES. One of the most honoured plays in American theatre, winning the Pulitzer Prize along with Tony and Drama Desk awards for best new play, AUGUST WILSON’S FENCES will take the Spriet Stage from March 19 to April 6. The Title Sponsor is Tricar.

Toronto: Paul Watson Productions presents “MASHUP” at Theatre Passe Muraille on March 28

Thursday, March 7, 2019

after the success of their previous collaboration pomme is french for apple, which sold out houses and toured internationally, bahia watson and liza paul are excited to join forces again. following up on a sold out run at the Feminist Fuck It Festival (Storefront Theatre, April 2018), and performance for TedXToronto (Brickworks, October 2018) that...

Toronto: The silent comedy “Bigre” has its North American premiere April 11-28

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Canadian Stage and Théâtre français de Toronto are thrilled present the North American premiere of the laugh-out-loud silent comedy Bigre, on stage at the Berkeley Street Theatre, April 11-28, are thrilled present the North American 2019.

Inspired by comedic greats such as Jacques Tati, Charlie Chaplin and Mr. Bean, this endearing, laugh-inducing,...

Toronto: North Toronto Player’s presents Gilbert & Sullivan's “The Gondoliers” March 15-24

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

North Toronto Players turns its attention to Gilbert and Sullivan’s last major operetta hit, The Gondoliers. The group that gave Toronto the original Gilbert and Sullivan inspired operettas Lear Incorporated and Chelsea Moore Castle as well as adapted and modernized G&S Classics to create The Starship Pinafore, The Western Mikado and The Biker Pirates...

Toronto: Young People’s Theatre presents the world premiere of Jeff Ho’s “Antigone: 方” April 29-May 16

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Young People’s Theatre (YPT) is thrilled to present Antigone: 方 by Jeff Ho. An urgently contemporary adaptation of the classic Greek story, inspired by the 2014 Umbrella Movement student protests in Hong Kong and the 1989 uprising in Tiananmen Square, Antigone: 方 will be presented ‘in the round’ on YPT’s Mainstage April 29 to May 16.


Toronto: VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert presents Kurt Weill’s “The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny” March 30 and 31

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert concludes the current season with Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s RISE AND FALL OF THE CITY OF MAHAGONNY, an unblinking look at social tensions in Weimar Germany. The work premiered at the Neues Theater in Leipzig in 1930.  Weill and his collaborator Bertolt Brecht had been hailed for their ground-breaking satire THE THREEPENNY...

Chicago: Margaret Trudeau to premiere autobiographical solo show at Second City May 9-12

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Margaret Trudeau, mother of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, will premiere her autobiographical solo play Certain Woman of an Age at the UP Comedy Club at The Second City in Chicago in May. The intimate performance will run during Mother's Day weekend May 9–12. 

Co-written by Trudeau and playwright Alix Sobler, with direction by...

Toronto: Citadel + Compagnie presents James Kudelka’s “Four Old Legs” with Evelyn Hart April 12-20

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Citadel + Compagnie proudly presents the world premiere of Canadian dance luminary James Kudelka’s Four Old Legs, on stage April 12–13 & 17–20, 2019 at 8pm and April 14 at 4pm at the Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance. Citadel + Compagnie’s resident choreographer and Order of Canada appointee Kudelka has created this poignant performance piece celebrating...

St. Jacobs: Casting announced for “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” running March 13-April 7

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Get your glitter on and take the ride of your life across the fabulous Australian outback with the hilarious and heartwarming Tony Award-winning musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Based on the Academy Award-winning film of the same name, this sparkling stage adaptation launches the 2019 Season in style at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse from...

Barrie: Talk Is Free Theatre presents Nikolai Gogol’s “The Gamblers” March 28-April 6

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Talk Is Free Theatre (TIFT) continues to push boundaries and explore neglected classics with a re-imagining of Nikolai Gogol’s The Gamblers as an homage to the classic film The Sting.

Tackling this rare classic is Director Esther Jun, the Co-Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Director’s Lab North, former Assistant Artistic Director at...

Toronto: Starvox Entertainemnt presents the Ramones play “Four Chords and a Gun” April 2-28

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Leading live-entertainment company Starvox Entertainment is thrilled to announce the Canadian premiere of FOUR CHORDS AND A GUN, an acerbically comic and explosive new play about the infamous punk band the Ramones written by John Ross Bowie (actor from “The Big Bang Theory”, “Speechless”).  The Canadian premiere will be directed by long-time Toronto...

Toronto: Daniel Stolfi presents “Cancer Can't Dance Like This – 10 Years Later” on May 30

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Award winning Canadian actor and writer Daniel Stolfi is proud to present Cancer Can’t Dance Like This – 10 Years Later on May 30, 2019 at The Great Hall. Cancer Can’t Dance Like This – 10 Years Later will use a mix of storytelling, stand-up, and physical comedy to explore the mind of a cancer survivor and how he fits into this crazy, weird world. 

Ottawa: The North American debut of “The Big Bang Festival” was a rousing success

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

By all accounts the North American debut of Europe’s BIG BANG Festival was a rousing success! On February 17 and 18 the NAC opened its doors to 8000 participants who enjoyed adventures in sound, dozens of shows, performances and sound installations dreamed up by artists from here and abroad in celebration of the joy of creativity.

The BIG...

Toronto: The Canadian Opera Company presents Verdi’s “Otello” April 27-May 21

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

The Canadian Opera Company closes its 2018/2019 season with Otello, Verdi’s blistering adaptation of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy. Otello seemingly has it all: an impressive military track record, an adoring wife, and a courageous reputation. But when he looks over his trusted advisor Iago for promotion, he becomes the target of swift retaliation....

Toronto: The Canadian Opera Company presents Puccini’s “La Bohème” April 17-May 22

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Puccini’s La Bohème, one of opera’s best-known love stories, is returning to the stage at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Art, life, love and loss collide for a charismatic group of struggling young artists in 19th-century Paris. Set to some of the most moving music ever composed, the story has captured the hearts of generations of...

Blyth: Author Lawrence Hill highlights Blyth Festival events to celebrate its 45th season

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Canadian author Lawrence Hill will highlight a unique series of events at Blyth Festival to celebrate 45 seasons of developing and producing plays that give a rich voice to both rural South Western Ontario and the entire country.   

The award-winning author of The Book of Negroes and The Illegal will speak from the theatre’s main stage...

Toronto: Oakham Community Theatre presents the “COLLAPSE” play festival March 6-9

Monday, March 4, 2019

COLLAPSE shows you a glimpse of five pivotal moments – an estrangement, a loss, an act of violence, an unexpected triumph, a sudden impulse.

Five short plays will take you beyond the ordinary, to the moment before it all comes down.

COLLAPSE: WARMTH: Written and directed by Michael Maksimenko;  JAIDEN: Written by Tyler McLaurin,...

Toronto: “Shove It Down My Throat” premieres at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre March 30–April 14

Monday, March 4, 2019

Buddies in Bad Times’ 40th anniversary season continues next month with the world premiere of a new play by Johnnie Walker, Shove It Down My Throat, a co-production with Toronto indie company Pandemic Theatre (Daughter, Take d Milk, Nah?, The Only Good Indian). A fierce and freewheeling exploration of a powerful true story, Shove It Down My Throat...

Collingwood: Theatre Collingwood presents “One Step at a Time” April 4 & 5

Monday, March 4, 2019

ONE STEP AT A TIME is a theatrical testimony to the power of faith, love and teamwork, in which a stay at home father learns to balance a successful career in the performing arts while raising two daughters, and anticipating the arrival of a son diagnosed with spina bifida and hydrocephalus. Using monologues, original songs, and improvisational tap...

Toronto: “The Shimmering Verge”, a solo show in poems , runs April 4-13

Monday, March 4, 2019

Art Thing in association with Prairie Fire, Please and in celebration of National Poetry Month present a new production of Canadian poet and author Molly Peacock’s solo show in poems, The Shimmering Verge, starring Madeleine Brown and directed by Karthy Chin from April 4-13 at Théâtre français de Toronto's Studio 21.

The Shimmering Verge...

Mississauga: See The World Famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater March 13

Monday, March 4, 2019

The World Famous Popovich is a fifth-generation Russian circus performer who learned early on how to develop strong bonds with animals. POPOVICH COMEDY PET THEATER has been voted "Best family show in Las Vegas" and were finalists on AMERICA'S GOT TALENT. Comedy Pet Theater features an amazing cast of housecats, dogs, parrots even geese and mice! Critics...

Toronto: “A Most Humorous and Tragic Tale of William Shakespeare's Shakespeare” runs April 1-6

Monday, March 4, 2019

Now I am Dead Production’s “The Most Humorous and Tragic Tale of William Shakespeare’s Shakespeare” invites you to share in the Metabiographical chaos, love, humanity and life of the Bard April 1 to 6.

The debut production of “Now I am Dead Productions,” this play is the first of a trilogy of Meta biographical productions. These productions...

Toronto: “The Woods are Dark and Deep” plays the Factory Theatre March 21-27

Sunday, March 3, 2019

The Woods are Dark and Deep is a new, original historical drama, based on a little known historical fact that during World War I, immigrants who were living in Canada, but who came from countries that Canada was in war with, ended up interned. This included Germans, Italians, Ukrainians, Croats, Serbs, Austrians, Hungarians, Turks.... More than 8500...

New York: Dion Johnstone will play the Duke of Albany in Glenda Jacksons “King Lear” on Broadway

Saturday, March 2, 2019

This season's new Broadway production of William Shakespeare's King Lear, starring two-time Academy Award winner, two-time Emmy Award winner, and 2018 Tony Award winner Glenda Jackson and directed by Tony Award winner Sam Gold, will begin previews today, February 28, 2019 and will open Thursday, April 4, 2019 at the Cort Theatre. The production will...

Toronto: Puzzle Piece presents “The Little Prince: Reimagined” March 22-April 13

Friday, March 1, 2019

Puzzle Piece presents The Little Prince: Reimagined - a fresh, high-energy, modern adaptation of the classic novel by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. It’s the familiar tale of a pilot who encounters a mysterious boy after he crashes his plane in the desert, told anew through object puppetry. You’ll never look at a paper plane the same way again.

Toronto: Stage Centre Productions presents “Blue Stockings” March 21-30

Friday, March 1, 2019

Stage Centre Productions' fourth play of the 42nd season at the Fairview Library Theatre, Blue Stockings opens on March 21, 2019 and runs until Saturday, March 30, 2019. Please call the Box Office at 416-299-5557 to reserve tickets or book on line through

The fourth play of our season is Jessica Swale’s  Blue...

Niagara-on-the-Lake: Shaw Festival announces 2018 financial surplus

Friday, March 1, 2019

Earlier today the Shaw Festival welcomed donors, patrons and members of the Niagara-on-the-Lake community to the Annual General Meeting where Executive Director Tim Jennings announced a healthy surplus while celebrating the artistry of the 2018 season.

The 57th Shaw Festival season welcomed 251,321 patrons to 755 performances, while also...

Toronto: “Hot Brown Honey” is coming to Toronto April 5-7

Friday, March 1, 2019

Hot Brown Honey turns up the heat, delivering lashings of sass and a hot pinch of empowerment in the smash-hit that has taken the world by storm.  Part hip hop concert and part pep rally, Hot Brown Honeyplays at the Bluma Appel Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, April 5 - 7, 2019.

 Tickets for Hot Brown Honey are now on sale and...

Toronto: Arts and Culture for March 2019 on the Bloor Street Cultural Corridor

Friday, March 1, 2019

This month, take time with family or friends to visit the arts and culture destinations along Bloor St. West! There are March Break camps at the Royal Ontario Museum, Miles Nadal JCC, Bata Shoe Museum, and others. Explore the sights and sounds of Bathurst St. revisionist history: 918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media + Education, The Music...

Kitchener: In March Lost & Found Theatre celebrates both women and Irish culture

Friday, March 1, 2019

Lost & Found Theatre is celebrating women, great writing, and Irish arts and culture.


Celebrate International Women's Day a day early with Lost & Found, the Registry and WordsWorth Books.  Come hear excerpts from regional writers: Pamela Mulloy, Amanda Jernigan, Carrie Snyder, Susan Fish, Pamela Mordecai, Heather...

Toronto: Marjorie Chan to step down as Artistic Director of Cahoots Theatre

Thursday, February 28, 2019

After six successful seasons with Cahoots Theatre, Artistic Director Marjorie Chan will step down, effective June 30th, 2019.

Appointed Artistic Director in 2013, Marjorie’s extensive association with Cahoots dates back to 1998 when she debuted in the Dora-nominated NORAN BANG: THE YELLOW ROOM. From 2006 to 2010, as Associate Artistic Director,...

Toronto: “SIGMA” combining juggling and clasical Indian dance come to Toronto March 16-17

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Fun for everyone aged 9-99, SIGMA is a spectacular new cross art-form production from the world-renowned Gandini Juggling in collaboration with dazzling Bharatanatyam dancer and choreographer Seeta Patel. Showcasing exuberant rhythms, patterns, and colours, SIGMA celebrates the dialogue between the worlds of juggling, music, and classical Indian dance.

Toronto: Young People’s Theatre presents the world premiere of “Under the Stairs” April 1-16

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Young People’s Theatre (YPT) is thrilled to present the World Premiere of Under the Stairs by acclaimed British playwright Kevin Dyer on the Mainstage, April 1 to 16, 2019.

In this innovative musical play, the cupboard under the stairs is a portal to a magical place that provides young Tim with refuge from Mom and Dad’s bickering. One day,...

Toronto: The Canadian Opera Company announces programming for its new Opera for Toronto initiative

Thursday, February 28, 2019

The Canadian Opera Company is bringing opera to new places and spaces with Opera for Toronto. The free programming initiative aims to introduce new audiences to the art form, with a special focus on opening up the COC’s operations and rehearsal space, the Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre at 227 Front Street E., to neighbouring communities. 

Mississauga: Jim Mezon directs “Three Sisters” at Theatre Erindale March 14-24

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Theatre Erindale’s Transformative season continues with the final MainStage show Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters, directed by Jim Mezon.

Mezon says “The play Three Sisters, is recognized as one of the great pieces in theatre. It's challenges are enormous; and for that reason it is rarely done. To have the opportunity to work on the piece...

Toronto: Franco Boni, Artistic Director of The Theatre Centre, named Artistic and Executive Director of PuSH Festival

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Following an extensive national search, PuSh International Performing Arts Festival’s (PuSh) Board of Directors announce the appointment of Franco Boni as Artistic and Executive Director. Boni will assume the role on June 1, 2019.

Boni is a recognized cultural innovator, facilitator, and community builder with a demonstrated track record...

Toronto: Measha Bruggergosman returns in Mozart's “Idomeneo” April 4-13

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Opera Atelier is delighted to present their award-winning production of Mozart’s Idomeneo fromApril 4–13, 2019 at the Ed Mirvish Theatre starring Canadian soprano superstar Measha Brueggergosman, who returns to the Toronto opera stage after an absence of 10 years, in her internationally acclaimed performance as Elettra. Brueggergosman is joined by...

Toronto: Monkey Toast on March 2 will feature Dani Stover and Anne T. Donahue

Monday, February 25, 2019

Six-time Canadian Comedy Award winner, Monkey Toast: The Improvised Talk Show is back! This weekend’s the show will be hosted by guest host, film critic and host of CTV’s Pop Life, Richard Crouse! Richard will be joined by special guests, BlogTO’s, Dani Stover and author Anne T. Donahue.  It all happens this coming Saturday, March 2nd at The Social...

Toronto: Clayton Lee to lead Buddies in Bad Times’ Rhubarb Festival

Monday, February 25, 2019

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre has announced Toronto-based performance artist, curator, and producer Clayton Lee as the company’s next Rhubarb Festival Director.

Clayton is no stranger to Rhubarb, having presented his solo performance Chew, Chew, Swallow, Spit at the 2016 Festival. His performance work has also been featured locally at SummerWorks...

Toronto: “Isitwendam (An Understanding)” by Meegwun Fairbrother plays at the Aki Studio March 17-31

Monday, February 25, 2019

“Does healing really have an expiry date?” Native Earth Performing Arts is proud to present the worldpremiere of Bound to Create (B2C) Theatre’s production of Isitwendam (An Understanding) written and performed by Meegwun Fairbrother, and co-created and directed by B2C Theatre Co-Artistic Director JackGrinhaus, from March 17-31, 2019 at Aki Studio.

Hamilton: Theatre Aquarius presents the world premiere of George F. Walker’s “Steel City Gangster” March 13-30

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Theatre Aquarius is thrilled to present the World Premiere of Steel City Gangster, a new telling of the legendary criminal career of Rocco Perri, Canada’s “King of the Bootleggers” and larger-than life organized crime boss, and the woman behind his throne, Bessie Starkman.

Hamilton audiences are equally excited by the chance to experience...

Toronto: “Death and the Maiden” plays at the Red Sandcastle Theatre February 27-March 3

Thursday, February 21, 2019

First performed on stage in 1991, Ariel Dorfman’s political thriller Death and The Maiden is the dramatic exploration of a country’s uneasy transition from dictatorship to democracy.  

 One dark night, the husband’s car breaks down and he is given a lift home by a friendly stranger.  His wife believes she recognizes the stranger‘s voice—...

Toronto: Sook-Yin Lee’s “UNSAFE: An Investigation into the Censorship of Art and the Art of Censorship in Canada” runs March 12-31

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Sook-Yin Lee is a trailblazer; a fearless actor, filmmaker, musician, artist, activist, and journalist. In Unsafe: An Investigation into the Censorship of Art and the Art of Censorship in Canada, Lee has created a hybrid documentary-performance that unravels the anxieties and taboos that make some art acceptable and some art not, on stage March 12-31...

Stratford: Stratford Festival’s “Coriolanus” to screen in Cineplex theatres on March 23

Thursday, February 21, 2019

The Stratford Festival production of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus is coming to Cineplex theatres across the country on March 23. Directed by genre-defying theatre artist Robert Lepage, the production was included in the “Best Theatre of 2018” lists in The Washington Post, the Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail and NOW. The New York Times called it “riveting”...

Orangeville: Theatre Orangeville presents The Dream at Island Lake August 22-25

Thursday, February 21, 2019

In music it’s a call and response song. The singer leads with a musical line, the audience sings it back. The singer adds another line, the audience responds, and so the story builds and all have a role in telling it. Call and response is participatory, inclusive, and uplifting; like us, here at Theatre Orangeville. Sometimes we are the singer leading...

Hamilton: See “Letter from Wingfield Farm” at Theatre Aquarius February 22 and 23

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Walt Wingfield is back, and so is the entire gang from Persephone Township in the show that launched the legendary series: Letter From Wingfield Farm!

When a captain of industry trades his pinstripe suit for overalls and retreats to a hundred acre farm, the residents of Persephone Township raise their eyebrows. Weekend farmers are a common...

Toronto: Grammy winner Lisa Loeb to headline TO Live’s inaugural Uptown International Children’s Festival May 16-19

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

TO Live’s inaugural Uptown International Children’s Festival presents Grammy Award-winner Lisa Loeb, and internationally-acclaimed theatre shows A Fool’s Errand (Quebec), The Man Who Planted Trees from the Puppet State Theatre Company (UK) and

Is This a Dagger?  (UK) from one of Scotland’s finest storytellers Andy Cannon.  Plus free family...

Toronto: Soulpepper announces its 2019 summer-fall season

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Soulpepper Theatre Company today announced the Summer-Fall season, with new artistic programming from July to November 2019. The full line-up of the season, programmed under the leadership of former Acting Artistic Director Alan Dilworth, includes a collection of five exceptional plays about identity, friendship, love, and belonging, as well as two...

Toronto: The Theatre Centre presents L’orchestre d’hommes-orchestres in “Kitchen Chicken” February 27-March 2

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

L’orchestre d’hommes-orchestres, the virtuosic creators of LODHO Performs Tom Waits and Cabaret brise-jour, returns to The Theatre Centre with a freshly cooked up kitchen chronicle.

Spectacular and delightful, Kitchen Chicken flies by at an astonishingly fast pace—like recipes in a flipbook.The magnificent performers sing the songs of American...

Toronto: Citadel + Compagnie presents the world premiere of “Amorous Playlist” March 27-30

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Citadel + Compagnie proudly presents the world premiere of Amorous Playlist, March 27–March 30, 2019 at 8pm at the Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance. The third collaboration between two emerging Toronto-based artists, Social Growl Dance’s Artistic Director Riley Sims and solo singer Blunt Chunks, Amorous Playlist is a darkly romantic dance creation and...

New York: The Metropolitan Opera issues its 2019/2020 Live in HD broadcast schedule

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The Met: Live in HD, the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of live high-definition cinema simulcasts, will begin its 14th season on October 12, with the Met’s production of Puccini’s Turandot, starring Christine Goerke in the title role, led by the Met’s Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer Music Director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

The 2019–20...

Toronto: Koerner Hall concludes its 10th anniversary season April 30 with Thomas Hampson and Luca Pisaroni

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Season Finale Festival, which celebrates the 10th anniversary concert season at Koerner Hall, starts on April 30 with opera stars Luca Pisaroni and Thomas Hampson in a concert titled No Tenors Allowed. Italian bass-baritonePisaroni returns to Koerner Hall, this time joined by his father-in-law, famed American baritone Thomas Hampson(who appeared this...

Ottawa: David Abel named as new Managing Director of the NACs English Theatre

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The National Arts Centre today announced the appointment of arts manager David Abel as Managing Director of the National Arts Centre’s English Theatre. He will work alongside Artistic Director Jillian Keiley, whose term has been extended until 2022. As the NAC celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019, this dynamic team will ensure the continuation...

Toronto: “Keep Our Hands Burning Bright”, a fundraiser for Deaf musical “The Black Drum”, takes place February 24

Monday, February 18, 2019

On Sunday February 24th, 2019 from 1 – 4 p.m.,the DEAF CULTURE CENTRE will host Keep Our Hands Burning Bright, a fundraising event to produce an extraordinary signed music musical, The Black Drum at The Royal Theatre. Keep Our Hands Burning Bright will be a voice interpreted, family-friendly community event that will feature an impressive live performance...

Toronto: “Come From Away” celebrates the start of its third year on Broadway and its journey around the world

Monday, February 18, 2019


BROADWAY – February 18, 2017, COME FROM AWAY began performances on Broadway, and is beginning its 3rd year at Broadway’s Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre

TORONTO – February 18, 2018, COME FROM AWAY opened at Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre,...

Toronto: Tarragon Theatre announces the passing of former General Manager Mallory Gilbert

Saturday, February 16, 2019

It is with heavy hearts that Tarragon Theatre announces the passing of Mallory Gilbert.  

Mallory joined the staff at Tarragon Theatre in its second season and became an important member of its founding family. An American by birth, she came to Toronto in 1967 and began working at Alumnae Theatre as both a producer and a lighting technician....

Toronto: Canadian Stage hosts Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young’s “Revisor” March 7-16

Friday, February 15, 2019

Crystal Pite, one of the most celebrated choreographers working today and Kidd Pivot Artistic Director, reunites with acclaimed theatre artist and Electric Company Theatre Co-Founder Jonathan Young, to create Revisor, a wildly innovative dance/theatre hybrid that mixes classic farce, corruption, and the forces of radical change, on stage March 7-16,...

Orangeville: Theatre Orangeville presents “School for Superheroes” March 7-9

Friday, February 15, 2019

Theatre Orangeville presents School for Superheroes starring Creative Partners on Stage March 7-9. 

The world's Superheroes have lost their powers and a rag-tag group of students at the Royal Academy of Superheroes are launched into action! These crime fighters in training need to act quickly to save the world. If not, evil will prevail!

Toronto: Whiskey Ginger Collective presents “The New Works Festival” March 19-24

Friday, February 15, 2019

Whiskey Ginger Collective was founded in 2017 when playwrights and theatre creators Chloë Whitehorn (Divine Wrecks), Ciarán Myers (Touch), Rosemary Doyle (Artistic Producer at Theatre Kingston) and Adrianna Prosser (The Secret Life of a Schoolmistress) forged together a collective to create Celtic-Canadian theatre for today’s audience. The New Works...

New York: Ted Dykstra's musical “Evangeline” starring Chilina Kennedy will have an industry showcase in New York February 28

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Toronto’s Coal Mine Theatre, in association with Eclipse Theatre Company and KlifferEntertainment, have convened an all-star cast led by Chilina Kennedy for a four-day reading and invitation-only showcase for potential producers and presenters of Ted Dykstra’s epic musical EVANGELINE, February 28 at The Actors Temple in New York City. EVANGELINE is...

Cambridge: Vera Causa Opera presents Dylan Langan’s “Dracula” February 15-17

Thursday, February 14, 2019

The world premiere of Dylan Langan's haunting opera, Dracula, is playing very soon in a city near you! Based on the beloved 1931 Bela Lugosi film, Dracula tells the tale of the notorious blood-sucking fiend and his plot to spread his malice to the unsuspecting citizens of London.

The name, "Count Dracula" has a deep literary and cultural...

Toronto: Leroy Street Theatre presents the Toronto premiere of “C’mon Angie!” April 11-27

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Following its critically acclaimed world premiere at Vancouver’s Touchstone Theatre, the first Toronto production of the gripping new drama, C’mon Angie! by Amy Lee Lavoie will be presented by Leroy Street Theatre and The Spadina Avenue Gang.

In the pre-dawn hours following a one-night stand, Angie and Reed spend a fraught morning confronting...

Toronto: Modern Times Stage Company presents “The Cherry Orchard” March 26-April 13

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Modern Times Stage is thrilled to present one of the great classics of 20thcentury theatre, Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard.  Directed by Modern Times Theatre’s co-Artistic Director Soheil Parsa, The Cherry Orchard will be on stage at Streetcar Crowsnest March 26 – April 13, 2019. 

Modern Times’ production of this definitive play marks...

Toronto: Opera Atelier brings performances to the ROM February 18 and 21

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

February is a busy month for Opera Atelier as we bring two performances to the Royal Ontario Museum. We'd love for you to join us!

Dance Through Time

Discover historical dances with Opera Atelier at the Royal Ontario Museum! On Family Day (Monday, February 18th) students from the School of Atelier Ballet will present a program...

Toronto: Toronto Dance Theatre presents Christopher House’s “Persefony Songs” March 5-9

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

On the heels of the recent run of Jeanine Durning’s This Shape, We Are In presented alongside Marie Lambin-Gagnon’s Slow Dance, Toronto Dance Theatre (TDT) continues their 2018/2019 season and their exploration of Reimagining Repertoire with the World Premiere of a new work from Artistic Director Christopher House, Persefony Songs, on stage at the Fleck...

Mississauga: Theatre Erindale presents “In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)” February 14-March 3

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Theatre Erindale’s Transformative season continues with the 3rd MainStage show In The Next Room (or The Vibrator Play), directed by Samantha Wilson.

Mrs. Givings is left lost and alone when her scientist husband invents a device for what 19th-century psychiatry thought of as “hysteria,” yet denies her the very thing thing she craves. Add...

Toronto: National Ballet of Canada announces its 2019/2020 season

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Today the National Ballet of Canada announced its 2019/2020 season:


November 6-10, 2019

Created during the great Romantic era of ballet, Giselle premiered at Paris Opéra Ballet on June 28, 1841. A haunting tale of love, betrayal and forgiveness, that encapsulates the sensibility of Romanticism. Giselle is the...

St. Catharines: FirstOntario PAC announces Robertson’s Front Row Seats for Youth

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

You can now sit front row centre thanks to the Robertson family and legacy of our donors Joe and Anita Robertson.

Tickets are available now for all remaning 18/19 HOT TICKET performances in Partridge Hall(including previously SOLD OUT shows!) with a contribution of just $30 more.

The money raised from your purchase of any Robertson’s...

Toronto: March free concert series at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre

Monday, February 11, 2019

The Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre is a unique opportunity to experience diverse artistic programming in what has become one of Toronto’s most exciting cultural hubs. Six inspiring series offer concerts, dance performances and engaging presentations that feature both up-and-coming young artists and established international...

Toronto: Sting and the cast of “The Last Ship” to perform in solidarity with GM workers in Oshawa

Monday, February 11, 2019

Sting and the cast of his musical THE LAST SHIP will travel from Toronto, where the musical is currently playing at the Princess of Wales Theatre, to Oshawa to perform in solidarity with GM workers at the city’s Tributes Communities Centre on Thursday, February 14, 2019. The performance will include songs from THE LAST SHIP, which features music and...

Toronto: Cirque du Soleil's “Alegría” returns to Toronto on September 12, 2019 – tickets on sale February 22

Monday, February 11, 2019

Cirque du Soleil is delighted to announce the return of Alegría, one of its most iconic productions, in a renewed version. After engagements in Montreal and Gatineau, Alegría, in a new light, will be presented under the Big Top at Ontario Place in Toronto for a limited engagement starting on September 12, 2019. For more information, visit

St. Catharines: Ahuri Theatre presents “This is the Point” February 14-16

Saturday, February 9, 2019

This is the Point is a joyous and unflinching portrait of two real life couples whose lives have been shaped, in part, by cerebral palsy.  

The performance follows the story of Dan Watson (Tale of a Town, Ralph + Lina)and his wife Christina; two parents searching for the best way that their disabled son Bruno can share his voice. Audiences...

Richmond Hill: Electric Moon Theatre Company presents “Junie B. Jones The Musical” March 2-15

Friday, February 8, 2019

This March, Electric Moon Theatre Company presents JUNIE B. JONES THE MUSICAL. Adapted from the Junie. B. Jones book series by Barbara Park, this family musical will have audiences singing and dancing in their seats! Recommended for children ages 3 and up.

JUNIE B. JONES THE MUSICAL will capture audiences’ hearts just as the books captivated...

Stratford: Stratford company to make documentary about the impact of the Stratford Festival

Friday, February 8, 2019

A Stratford production company is setting out to retell the story of a man who not only helped to put Stratford on the theatrical map, but also held the city up as an example to groups in other towns and cities embarking on their own theatrical dreams.

Thanks to $50,000 in funding from Northern Ireland Screen and the Canada Media Fund,...

New York: “Come From Away” to release companion book with forward by Justin Trudeau

Friday, February 8, 2019

A companion book to the Broadway musical Come From Away is set to hit shelves August 13. The illustrated tome, from Hachette Books and Junkyard Dog Productions, will include the first printing of the complete book and lyrics to the show, as well as a foreword from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (a noted fan of the Canadian-born show).

Toronto: Pencil Kit Productions presents “CHICHO” by Augusto Bitter March 7-24

Thursday, February 7, 2019

CHICHO is a one man-boy show written and performed by rising star Augusto Bitter (Iphegenia And The Furies (On Taurian Land), The Monument, Rope Running Out, Our Town) and directed by award winning director Claren Grosz (Shadow Girls, Persephone, MACBETH). Augusto Bitter is a Venezuelan-born performer and theatre creator based in Toronto. He has been...

Toronto: Toronto Operetta Theatre presents the Canadian premiere of Ivor Novello’s “Perchance to Dream” on March 3

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Ivor Novello was one of the greatest tunesmiths of all time and his musical extravaganzas of the ’30s and ’40s were the biggest hits of the age.  Perchance to Dream premiered on 21 April 1945 at the Hippodrome Theatre in London and ran for more than an astonishing 1,000 performances.  He was known as the handsomest man in England and always wrote...

Niagara-on-the-Lake: George Krissa offers a musical showcase at Corks Winebar February 9

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

While eight years may seem like a somewhat meteoric rise for a budding actor to find his way to the Shaw Festival stage, for George Krissa, it seemed like anything but.

“When you’re in the middle of it, it feels like forever,” said the 30-year-old Toronto-based actor and singer who, this spring, will take to the Shaw Festival stage for...

Toronto: Tarragon Theatre presents the Toronto premiere of Daniel MacIvor's “New Magic Valley Fun Town” February 20-March 31

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Tarragon Theatre is excited to announce the Toronto Premiere of New Magic Valley Fun Town, the new work by Simonovitch Award-winning playwright, Daniel MacIvor. New Magic Valley Fun Town, which is co-produced by Prairie Theatre Exchange, runs in Tarragon’s Mainspace February 20 - March 31, 2019 (opening February 27). 

Cape Bretoner Dougie...

Toronto: David Mirvish announces the 2019/2020 Mirvish theatre season

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The Main Subscription features six blockbuster shows including the Broadway musical HAMILTON, which will have its Canadian Premiere at the Ed Mirvish Theatre from February to May 2020. The other Canadian Premieres are the 10-time Tony Award-winning THE BAND’S VISIT; GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY from writer/director Conor McPherson and songwriter Bob...

Toronto: By popular demand “Cottagers and Indians” returns to Tarragon Theatre February 5-24

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Richard Rose, Artistic Director of Tarragon Theatre, is excited to announce the return of Cottagers and Indians this February. The comedic, poignant play written by Drew Hayden Taylor runs in Tarragon Theatre’s Extraspace from February 5 - 24, 2019 (opening February 6).

Wild rice sparks a battle royal between a native farmer and a white...

London: The Grand Theatre announces the North American premiere of “Room” by Emma Donoghue

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The Grand Theatre is thrilled to announce the North American premiere of Room, based on the award-winning novel by Emma Donoghue, in a first-time collaboration with Mirvish Productions and the UK's Covent Garden Productions. Room premieres on the Spriet Stage from March 10 to 28, 2020, as part of the Grand's 2019/20 season and the COMPASS New Play...

Toronto: Against the Grain Theatre presents “Kopernikus” by Claude Vivier April 4-12

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

The turbulent life of Montréalais composer Claude Vivier (1948-1983) came to end at the age of 35 when he was murdered in his Parisian hotel room. Against the Grain's mission of pushing the boundaries of opera returns with Vivier’s Kopernikus: A Ritual Opera of Death, a culmination of the composer’s unconventional career and rejection of many traditional...

Toronto: Toronto Musical Concerts presents “Parade in Concert” March 21 and 22

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

In 1913 Atlanta, Georgia, a teenage factory employee is raped and murdered. Leo Frank, the Jewish manager of the factory, is charged with the crime. By manipulating witnesses and tampering with evidence, the prosecution convinces the jury that Frank is guilty. His only defenders are a Governor with a conscience and his loving Wife, who finds the courage...

Toronto: Jaberi Dance Theatre presents the Toronto premiere of “No Woman's Land” March 14-16

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Toronto's Jaberi Dance Theatre (JDT) proudly makes its DanceWorks Mainstagedebut with the Toronto premiere of No Woman's Land, an evocative new work based on real stories of women in refugee camps.

Choreographed and directed by JDT Artistic Director Roshanak Jaberi, and created with a powerhouse artistic team and an ensemble of six performers,...

Toronto: Canadian Opera Company announces its 2019/2020 season

Monday, February 4, 2019

The Canadian Opera Company offers three bold new productions in 2019/2020 that hone in on the stories and myths that shape our perceptions – and the ones that offer escape from all things ordinary. This 69th season features new productions of Puccini’s Turandot, Dvořák’s Rusalka, and Humperdinck’s Hansel & Gretel, as well as COC revivals of Rossini’s The...

Toronto: Four new artists to join the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio for the 2019/2020 season

Monday, February 4, 2019

The Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio, Canada’s premier training program for young opera professionals, welcomes four new artists for the 2019/2020 season: tenor Matthew Cairns, bass-baritone Vartan Gabrielian, mezzo-soprano Jamie Groote, and Alex Soloway as a pianist and intern coach. The four will join the Ensemble Studio in August 2019 and...

Toronto: Nightwood Theatre announces Andrea Donaldson as its new Artistic Director

Monday, February 4, 2019

Nightwood Theatre’s Board of Directors are thrilled to announce Andrea Donaldson as the new Artistic Director.With nearly 20 years of professional experience, Andrea has been a vibrant presence in Toronto’s theatre scene.She has worked as a playwright, actor, and producer but most significantly she has focused her career onDirecting and Artistic Direction...

Toronto: Mirvish announces $25 rush seats for “Come From Away” at the Elgin Theatre

Monday, February 4, 2019

The Canadian production of COME FROM AWAY, a “Best Musical” Award winner across North America, will transfer to the Elgin Theatre on Tuesday February 5, 2019.  Up to 18 orchestra and mezzanine seats will be available for every performance at $25 each.

Rush tickets will go on sale at 9AM for that day’s performance(s) through

Toronto: Pyretic Productions presents “Blood of Our Soil” by Lianna Makuch March 7-16

Monday, February 4, 2019

BLOOD OF OUR SOIL, nominated for four Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards, gives voice to the people whose lives have been affected by the frozen conflict in Eastern Ukraine, Europe’s current “forgotten war,” where current Russian aggression has killed more than 10,000 people, and displaced millions. The play is inspired by the experiences of the playwright’s...

Collingwood: Theatre Collingwood's “LOVE Cabaret” takes place February 11

Monday, February 4, 2019

Many patrons assume things slowdown in our Box Office this time of year, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. We have been busy selling subscriptions and a number of Groups have already booked their seats for our 35th Anniversary Season!

But you don’t have to wait ‘till the snow melts to enjoy great entertainment! Theatre Collingwood's LOVE...

Toronto: Trio Arabica joins Tafelmusik for “Tales of Two Cities: The Leipzig-Damascus Coffee House”

Monday, February 4, 2019

Tafelmusik’s groundbreaking multimedia fusion of Saxon and Arabic music, Tales of Two Cities: The Leipzig-Damascus Coffee House, returns to Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre under the direction of Elisa Citterio from February 21 to 24, 2019, before embarking on a six-city tour of the United States. 

Inspired by the opulent world of 18th-century...

St. Catharines: Two children’s plays plus much more on Family Day at the PAC

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Enjoy two family shows, visit with furry friends and enjoy FREE ACTIVITIES!

9:30AM – 10:30AM | 11:30AM – 12:30PM

Emily Brown and The Thing

Tall Stories of England (creators of the hugely popular Gruffalo stage show) are proud to present their critically acclaimed show, based on the much-loved book by Cressida...

Cambridge: Drayton Entertainment announces the casting for “Rocky: The Musical”

Friday, February 1, 2019

Drayton Entertainment is pleased to announce casting for Rocky: The Musical. This adrenaline-fueled musical based on Sylvester Stallone’s Academy© Award-winning film will launch the 2019 Season at the Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge. The production will run for four weeks from March 6 to March 31.

Up-and-coming Canadian performer Alex...

Toronto: Hart House Theatre presents “Retreat” by Kat Sandler March 1-9

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Opening on March 1 for a limited run, Hart House Theatre presents an early work by one of Canada's most dynamic and burgeoning playwriting talents, Kat Sandler. Originally staged in an intimate indie theatre, this new production of Retreat is directed by Toronto Theatre mover-and-shaker Claire Burns and takes full advantage of what Hart House Theatre...

Toronto: Opera Atelier announces its 2019/20 season

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Opera Atelier is thrilled to announce a dramatic 2019/20 season with two wildly varying masterworks in two distinctly different venues: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Don Giovanni from October 31–November 9, 2019, in the Ed Mirvish Theatre, and George Frideric Handel’s The Resurrection from April 11–19, 2020, at Koerner Hall. Both productions include the...

Toronto: Eclipse Theatre presents “Kiss of the Spider Woman” at the Don Jail March 6-10

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Toronto’s hottest new musical theatre company, ECLIPSE THEATRECOMPANY (ETC), created by Chilina Kennedy, Evan Tsitsias and Sara-Jeanne Hosie, proudly presents an innovative and site responsive performance of KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN, presented at the Don Jail in Toronto, March 6 - 10, 2019. The production will be directed by Evan Tsitsias, and star...

London, UK: “Come From Away” begins performances in London's West End January 30

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Come From Away, which tells the true story of 7,000 airline passengers stranded in Newfoundland in the wake of September 11, begins performances in London's West End January 30. The critically acclaimed musical, which recently concluded a limited engagement at Dublin's Abbey Theatre, will officially open at the Phoenix Theatre February 18.

Ottawa: The Narional Arts Centre celebrates its 50th anniversary throughout 2019

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The National Arts Centre is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019 with an array of special programming and activities that includes a public Open House on June 2, 2019 – exactly 50 years to the day that the NAC first opened its doors in 1969. That momentous occasion drew more than 40,000 people eager to explore the extraordinary, multi-disciplinary...

Mississauga: Theatre Erindale presents “We The People” February 7-10

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Theatre Erindale’s Transformative season continues with the second Studio Series show We The People, directed by Rachel Blair, a devised project by the 3rd year class.

A collectively created piece, this year’s devised project traces the rise and ripples of student protest throughout the 1960s. From Berkeley to Kent State, Civil Rights and...

Toronto: Collective of 7 presents Daniel Spragge's “CLINIC” March 27-31

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

The Collective of 7 is excited to present the premiere of the visceral new play CLINIC by Daniel Spragge for their inaugural production on March 27 - 31, 2019.

In an abortion clinic waiting room, a man with a broken jaw tries to make peace with his circumstances, when an off-kilter and eccentric young woman sits next to him and begins seeking...

Toronto: TO Live, Native Earth and the Theatre Centre present the Toronto debut of “Pour” by Daina Ashbee February 22-24

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

TO Live, in association with Native Earth Performing Arts and The Theatre Centre, presents the Toronto debut of Pour, from provocative, boundary-busting dancer-choreographer Daina Ashbee. Pour will be performed at the Theatre Centre (1115 Queen St. West) February 22–24, 2019.  Tickets are on sale and available online at, by calling...

Toronto: Bald Ego Theatre presents “A Blow in the Face” March 26 to April 14

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Alice’s life is perfect. She has a wonderful husband and a gorgeous new baby.  The only thing is: her husband has left on a work trip and the baby is colicky. Alice cannot sleep.  Into her chaotic world arrive two fantastical creatures who take an unnatural interest in her child. In a play described as Rosemary’s Baby meets Fight Club, playwright...

Cambridge: Drayton Entertainment presents “American Icons” at four of its theatre March 23 to April 10

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Relive the songs of some of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest performers with a concert guaranteed to have audiences dancing in the aisles. Drayton Entertainment is proud to present TVB Productions’ high-energy tribute concert American Icons at four venues this spring.

Backed by a stellar band, international award-winning Elvis tribute artist Steve...

Toronto: Canadian Stage raises $2.8 million to steer its future

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Canadian Stage, Canada’s leading not-for-profit contemporary performing arts company, is thrilled to announce that it has embarked on a strategic planning initiative to chart a bold and game-changing path for the organization’s future.

To support this work in the coming years, Canadian Stage has launched a Transformation Campaign and, in...

Toronto: Events of interest for opera-lovers in Koerner Hall’s 11th concert season

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

24 classical and 9 jazz concerts more than 100 planned concerts have been announced for the 11th concert season in Koerner Hall and two events.

Already there are at least two that will be of interest to opera-goers:

• On January 17, 2020, Philippe Sly and the Chimera Project present a staged version of Schubert’s Winterreise.

New York: Alanis Morisette’s musical “Jagged Little Pill” to transfer to Broadway

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

The catalog of Ottawa-born Alanis Morissette is heading to Broadway.

The new musical Jagged Little Pill, which premiered at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts last year, will open on Broadway in the fall. No word yet on a theatre or dates.

The musical, helmed by Tony-winning ART Artistic Director Diane...

Toronto: Crow’s Theatre announces Sherrie Johnson as new Executive Director

Monday, January 28, 2019

It is with tremendous excitement that Crow’s Theatre announces senior arts leader and long-time producer Sherrie Johnson, most recently of Canadian Stage, will be joining Artistic Director Chris Abraham at Crow’s Theatre as Executive Director, on February 11. 

“We are thrilled to welcome Sherrie to the Crow’s Theatre family, to join Chris...

Toronto: Bygone Theatre presents the world premiere of a stage adaptation of “Rear Window” March 8-17

Monday, January 28, 2019

Bygone Theatre has partnered with the newly formed Rear Window Collective to support their upcoming production of the world premiere of The Rear Window, written and directed by Emily Dix. This Canadian Actor’s Equity Association production is being produced under the Artist’s Collective Policy, and runs March 8 – 17, 2019 at Theatre Passe Muraille, on...

Toronto: Native Earth Performing Arts presents "Isitwendam (An Understanding)" March 17-31

Monday, January 28, 2019

“Does healing really have an expiry date?” Native Earth Performing Arts is proud to present the world premiere of Bound to Create (B2C) Theatre’s production of Isitwendam (An Understanding) written and performed by Meegwun Fairbrother, and co-created and directed by B2C Theatre Co-Artistic Director Jack Grinhaus, from March 17-31, 2019 at Aki Studio.

Toronto: Peggy Baker dances to Arcade Fire in “Who We Are in the Dark” February 21-24

Monday, January 28, 2019

Peggy Baker, one of Canada’s most acclaimed contemporary dance artists, joins forces with members of Grammy Award-winning band Arcade Fire to create a daring fusion of dance, supercharged live indie rock music and cutting-edge visual art in the thrilling new dance creation, Who We Are in the Dark, on stage February 21-24, at the Bluma Appel Theatre. 

Stratford: Rebecca Northan hosts the inaugural Stratford Winter Improv Festival/Tournament

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Thanks to the efforts of a new Stratford resident, the world of professional improv is about to hit the city in a big way.

Having moved to Stratford from Toronto in August, Canadian Comedy Award winner, Second City alumna, and creator of the improvised stage show, Blind Date, Rebecca Northan is using her considerable talents and connections...

Toronto: Young People’s Theatre presents “The 26 Letter Dance” February 26 to March 16

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Young People’s Theatre (YPT) is pleased to welcome back Montreal’s Bouge de là and their inventive, interactive show, The 26 Letter Dance. Presented on the Mainstage, February 26 to March 16, this bold and playful work inspires kids to dance to the beat of their own drum – based on the alphabet!

Choreographer Hélène Langevin takes us on...

Toronto: “School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play” runs March 5-24

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Paulina, the reigning Queen Bee at Ghana’s most exclusive boarding school, has her sights set on the Miss Universe pageant. But the mid-year arrival of Ericka, a new student with undeniable talent and beauty, captures the attention of the pageant recruiter — and Paulina’s hive-minded friends. Jocelyn Bioh’s buoyant and biting comedy explores the universal...

Toronto: The Sufferettes and The Coincidence Men join for “The Stupid Good Comedy Show” February 9

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

ONE NIGHT ONLY! A night of great improv COMEDY with NOW Best of Toronto and Canadian Comedy Award-winning THE SUFFERETTES and Best of Fringe favourites THE COINCIDENCE MEN! 


Toronto: Opera Atelier presents “The Angel Speaks” February 21 only

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Opera Atelier is delighted to present The Angel Speaks, a groundbreaking one-hour concert that effortlessly blends masterpieces of the baroque repertoire with the Canadian premiere of Annunciation, a new commission by Toronto-based composer and violinist Edwin Huizinga for period instruments. This singular performance takes place in the Samuel Hall...

Toronto: ARC presents the North American premiere of “Human Animals” February 22-March 16

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Award-winning theatre company ARC is pleased to present the North American premiere of HUMAN ANIMALS, a timely and provocative play about humankind’s precarious place within the natural world, by one of the UK’s most exciting young female dramatists Stef Smith. Suspense-filled, enigmatic, and darkly comic, HUMAN ANIMALS will be performed in the newly...

Toronto: Factory Theatre presents the return of “BEARS” by Matthew MacKenzie February 28-March 17

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

After a highly-successful world premiere at The Theatre Centre last January, followed by a cross-country tour, BEARS, written and directed by Matthew MacKenzie and featuring Sheldon Elter in a tour de force performance, returns to Toronto for a CrossCurrents Canada presentation at Factory.

For its premiere, BEARS received eight Dora Award...

Toronto: Why Not Theatre reveals its programming for 2019

Monday, January 21, 2019

Why Not Theatre continues to change the game of theatre with their pioneering, thought-provoking, and award-winning theatre, created in Canada and around the world. Why Not Theatre’s 2018–19 programming has already seen its fair share of workshops, presentations and productions, but that was only the beginning.

The new year kicked off at...

Toronto: Monkey Toast welcomes special guests Gary Pearso and Elvira Kurt February 2

Monday, January 21, 2019

Six-time Canadian Comedy Award winner, Monkey Toast: The Improvised Talk Show is back! We hope that you’ll join us as we welcome special guests, awardwinning TV writer (Mad TV, Sunnyside) and author, Gary Pearson and comedian Elvira Kurt! It all happens on Saturday, February 2nd at The Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth Ave. (second floor), Toronto,...

Newmarket: Newmarket National 10 Minute Play Festival seeks playwrights, directors and actors

Monday, January 21, 2019

The Newmarket National 10 Minute Play Festival (NNPF) returns for a third consecutive year, celebrating our country’s diverse voices and regional perspectives. Submissions from playwrights residing in Canada or Canadians living abroad, and applications from directors and actors are now being accepted to participate in this national seven-day festival,...

Toronto: Meridian acquires naming rights for the Sony Centre and the Toronto Centre for the Arts

Monday, January 21, 2019

Civic Theatres Toronto announces a strategic partnership with Meridian, Ontario’s largest credit union and third largest in Canada, which includes the naming rights for two iconic Toronto cultural properties. Meridian is committing $30.75-million over 15 years to the partnership, one of the largest agreements of its kind in the arts and culture community...

Burlington: The Burlington PAC presents the Ontario premiere of “Hot Brown Honey” March 8‑9

Monday, January 21, 2019

The Burlington Performing Arts Centre is proud to present the Ontario premiere of Hot Brown Honey March 8 and 9, 2019 in the Main Theatre. Hot Brown Honey is an all female force of nature all the way from Australia, here to serve up an audacious platter of dance, poetry, comedy, circus, striptease and song. Hot Brown Honey is unapologetically fierce...

Toronto: Selina Thomson's “salt.” will run at the Progress Festival and at the Toronto Centre for the Arts

Monday, January 21, 2019

At the 2018 Progress Festival, The Theatre Centre presented the North American premiere of Selina Thompson’s performance installation Race Cards. The ideas and the questions that Selina posed in the work situated Toronto audiences in a global conversation about race. Building on the success of that relationship, The Theatre Centre, Why Not Theatre,...

Toronto: The “Cripping the Arts” festival runs January 24-26

Monday, January 21, 2019

Cripping the Arts 2019 is three days of programming - panel discussions, co-creative workshops, exhibitions and performances - animating how Deaf, Mad, and Disability arts and activism changes how we experience art and culture as well as the ways our sector contributes, and leads to, the achievements of disability rights and justice movements.

Toronto: Next Stage Festival has its second-best selling year ever

Monday, January 21, 2019

The twelve days of the annual Next Stage Theatre Festival created some of the best theatre buzz in the city. With many sold-out shows, increased revenue and attendance, and excellent reviews, the 2019 festival was the second best selling in its 12-year history.

 Produced and curated by the Toronto Fringe, this year’s festival included the...

Mississauga: Broadway star Ramin Karimloo performs his show “From Now On” February 14

Monday, January 21, 2019

One of the world's most accomplished stars of the West End, Broadway and International Stage. Ramin Karimloo will return to Mississauga to perform his exciting new show "From Now On" with his acclaimed Broadgrass Band.

Ramin's unique style of revisiting celebrated songs from musical theatre in a sublime folk style has won him an army of...

Toronto: Jennifer Tarver is stepping down as Artistic Director of Necessary Angel Theatre

Saturday, January 19, 2019

With great admiration and appreciation, the Board of Directors of Necessary Angel Theatre announces that after five years of artistic success and ground-breaking projects, Jennifer Tarver is stepping down from her position as Artistic Director.

Jennifer joined Necessary Angel in 2013. Under her leadership, the company became a home for...

Toronto: “Towards Youth: A Play On Radical Hope” runs February 25-March 16

Friday, January 18, 2019

Project: Humanity and Crow’s Theatre are thrilled to present the world premiere of a new documentary play from award-winning theatremaker Andrew Kushnir, Toward’s Youth: A Play On Radical Hope, on stage in the Guloien Theatre February 25 – March 16.

Towards Youth is directed by Crow’s Theatre Artistic Director Chris Abraham and Project:...

Ottawa: The National Ballet of Canada celebrates 50 years with the NAC January 31-February 2

Friday, January 18, 2019

On June 2, 1969, the National Arts Centre opened its door to the public for the first time, and The National Ballet of Canada (NBC) was the very first company to perform on Southam Hall stage with Roland Petit’s avant-garde production ofKraanerg. 50 years later, the NAC is truly honoured to host the NBC with a special program curated by former prima...

Montreal: TD and the National Theatre School sponsor Canada’s oldest national youth theatre festival

Thursday, January 17, 2019

The National Theatre School (NTS) is proud to announce a new partnership with TD Bank Group as the national presenting partner of the National Theatre School Festival. The agreement and sponsorship, which begins this year, will support thousands of high school students, in hundreds of communities across Canada, who will create and present shows in...

Mississauga: Mississauga Symphony Orchestra presents a fully-staged production of “La Bohème” February 7 & 9

Thursday, January 17, 2019

The Mississauga Symphony Orchestra took its first steps into the world of grand opera with a sold out, fully staged production of Carmen on April 29, 2017. The MSO returns to grand opera on February 7 and 9 with a fully staged production of La Bohème, Puccini’s passionate, timeless, indelible story of love among young artists in 19th century Paris....

Toronto: Against the Grain presents Poulenc’s monodrama “(La) voix humaine” February 16

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Against the Grain is hanging up on fachs with (La) voix humaine – a gender-bent re-imagining of Francis Poulenc’s one-woman show La voix humaine.

AtG asks: How does this system limit our ability to breathe new life into established pieces?

As the first project for our AtG Incubator initiative, (La) voix humaine explores the potential...

Toronto: Toronto celebrates Jessye Norman with a series of events starting February 11

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Toronto celebrates the life, art and works of Twelfth Glenn Gould Prize Laureate Jessye Norman, the iconic American opera star, humanitarian and civil rights activist, through a series of events starting Monday, February 11th, 2019.   Visit for details on all the events.

Divine: A Jessye Norman Tribute 


Toronto: Complete casting announced for the Canadian production of “Dear Evan Hansen”

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Dear Evan Hansen producers Stacey Mindich and David Mirvish are pleased to announce complete casting for the Canadian production of the multi Tony Award-winning musical. Performances begin March 5, 2019 at Toronto’s historic Royal Alexandra Theatre.

Jessica Sherman, seasoned Toronto actor and singer who has worked extensively in the U.K....

Toronto: Submissions now open for the 2019 Tom Hendry Awards

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Each year we host an annual awards competition honoring Canadian playwrights in a wide range of categories, including the RBC Emerging Playwright Award, Carol Bolt Award, TYA Award, Stage West Pechet Comedy and Musical Awards, Lifetime and Honorary Membership Awards, and the Bra D’Or Award. The awards are named after Tom Hendry, a founding member...

Toronto: “Christine & Tom Sing the Mildly Amusing Songs of Eli Pasic!” February 12

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Irritating audiences since 2012, Eli Pasic and his mildly amusing songs will make a one-night-only appearance at Jazz Bistro on Tuesday, February 12th (at 7PM) featuring stage performers Christine McKeon and Tom Finn!

CHRISTINE MCKEON is an established jazz vocalist and event entertainer throughout the GTA. Her theatre credits include the...

Toronto: “Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue” comes to Toronto November 23-December 1, 2019

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Civic Theatres Toronto presents the glitter and sparkle of Bollywood with the Canadian premiere of Taj Express, at Toronto’s St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts Theatre November 23 – December 1, 2019.  Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, January 18, 10AM and can be purchased online at, by phone, or in person at select Civic...

Toronto: PlayME Podcast’s new play is “What a Young Wife Ought to Know”

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Expect Theatre’s PlayME ( - the podcast that transforms Canadian plays into audio dramas - and Canada's #1 podcaster, CBC Podcasts ( ), announce that renowned playwright Hannah Moscovitch's What A Young Wife Ought To Know is available now as an audio drama in three binge-able chapters. An additional episode...

Kingston: Theatre Kingston presents “What a Young Wife Ought to Know” January 30-February 17

Monday, January 14, 2019

It's 1920s working-class Ottawa, and young wife and mother Sophie (Anna Sudac) is the host of the evening. We are immediately situated in her mysterious, somewhat supernatural world where Sophie speaks directly to the audience, desperate for answers about marriage and contraception: WHAT A YOUNG WIFE OUGHT TO KNOW.Moscovitch plants the play's ending...

Toronto: Native Earth presents a Raven Spirit Dance’s “Gathering Light” February 7-10

Monday, January 14, 2019

For this year’s Niimi’iwe: Indigenous Dance Showcase, Native Earth proudly presents Raven Spirit Dance’s production of GATHERING LIGHT, choreographed by the Artistic Director Michelle Olson for a Toronto Premiere on February 7 to 10, 2019 at Aki Studio.

A celebration of the natural world, GATHERING LIGHT follows the journey of seed to flower,...

New York: Carole King celebrates “Beautiful”’s 5th anniversary with Chilina Kennedy

Monday, January 14, 2019

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical celebrated five years on Broadway at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre January 12. To commemorate the occasion, the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter took the stage to perform the show’s final number and gave a special post-show performance with the show’s current star, Chilina Kennedy.

With a book by...

Toronto: Young People's Theatre presents “We Are All Treaty People” February 11-22

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Young People’s Theatre (YPT) is pleased to present We Are All Treaty People, created by the Artists of Making Treaty 7 and co-produced by Quest Theatre and Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society, on the Mainstage from February 11 to 22, 2019.

Two children – one Indigenous, one white – are told by the Trickster they cannot be friends due to the...

Toronto: Bad New Days presents “Paolozzapedia” February 16-March 2

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Bad New Days returns with another provocative genre bending piece, their newest full-scale production since 2017’s Dora award winning Flashing Lights. In Paolozzapedia Adam Paolozza and company blend Bad New Days’ signature potent theatricality, fusing together family stories from Italy with scraps of memory from Adam's youth in Oshawa, in a carnival...

Toronto: Coal Mine Theatre presents Florian Zeller’s “The Father” February 3-24

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Coal Mine Theatre presents the Toronto premiere of THE FATHER, written by Florian Zeller, translated by Christopher Hampton, directed by Coal Mine Co-Chief Engineer Ted Dykstra, and starring Nicholas Campbell in the pivotal role of a man losing himself to Alzheimer’s.

Florian Zeller, “one of the hottest literary talents in France” (Independent)...

Toronto: The Glenn Gould Prize Celebrates Jessye Norman takes place February 20

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Jessye Norman, winner of the Twelfth Glenn Gould Prize, has selected the gifted American jazz singer and composer, Cécile McLorin Salvant, as the recipient of The Glenn Gould Protégé Prize of $15,000 (CAD).  The Glenn Gould Protégé Prize is given to an outstanding young artist who shows the promise of an exceptional lifetime contribution to enriching...

Stratford: Stratford Festival’s work is being showcased far beyond Stratford

Thursday, January 10, 2019

People will have a number of opportunities to see the work of the Stratford Festival on stages in Toronto and Montreal, as well as on screens across Canada and internationally this year.

“Over the next several months a wide cross-section of the Festival’s work is being presented in the world beyond Stratford,” says Artistic Director Antoni...

Toronto: Monkey Toast’s “The Arkin and Friends” moves to Streetcar Crowsnest with Sandra Battaglini January 20

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Six-time Canadian Comedy Award winner, Monkey Toast, has an all new improv format, show and venue. We hope that you’ll join us for the first night of The Arkin and Friends. It all takes place on Sunday, January 20th at The Crow’s Theatre, 345 Carlaw Ave, Toronto, M4M 2T1. Doors: 7pm / Show 7:30pm. Tickets are $10 in advance or at the door.

Toronto: “Prince Hamlet” directed by Ravi Jain returns to Toronto February 6-24

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

One of the most thrilling and original adaptations of Shakespeare’s Hamlet ever performed returns to Toronto. Canadian Stage presents Ravi Jain’s critically acclaimed Prince Hamlet at the Berkeley Street Theatre, February 6-24, 2019.

Award-wining director, Ravi Jain's daring and diverse Prince Hamlet breaks through the old restrictions...

Toronto: Solo Productions presents “Mary's Wedding” January 31-February 16

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

A love story set against the backdrop of World War I, Mary's Wedding is an epic, unforgettable story of love, hope, and survival.

When Mary and Charlie unexpectedly find one another sheltering in a barn during a thunderstorm, a tentative love is born. But the year is 1914, and they must surrender their fates to the tumultuous times of the...

London: The Grand Theatre presents Margaret Atwood’s “The Penelopiad” January 22-February 9

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Canadian literary icon Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale, Alias Grace) brings her acerbic wit and inspired originality to the Spriet Stage this January with the Grand Theatre production of THE PENELOPIAD, her sly spin on Homer’s The Odyssey. This epic retelling of The Odyssey through Penelope’s eyes stars one of Canada’s finest classical actors,...

Toronto: Alumnae Theatre presents Caryl Churchill’s “Top Girls” January 18-February 2

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Women uplifting women through kinship, strength, and power. Not unlike the Alumnae Theatre Company over the past 101 years. Top Girls demonstrates the #MeToo movement through stories that are ever-present today.

Following Marlene, a career-driven woman fighting the glass ceiling through empowering women’s success in business at the Top...

Toronto: fu-GEN Theatre Company presents “Fine China” and “A Perfect Bowl of Pho” January 23-February 10

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Two college-aged sisters reunite in the wake of their father’s death, while a college student cum playwright cum narcissist decides to pen a genre-bending musical about everyone’s favourite Vietnamese noodle dish. These are the worlds of Fine China by Julie Phanand A Perfect Bowl of Pho by Nam Nguyen, an unlikely pair of comedies from former students...

Toronto: Haley McGee returns to Toronto with her smash hit show, “The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale” February 5-9

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Hot off the heels of a sold out premiere run in the UK, Haley McGee returns to Toronto for the Canadian premiere of The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale as part Progress, the international festival of ideas and performance, playing at the Theatre Centre from Feb 5-9.  UK press lauded the show as“deeply felt, consistently hilarious and hypnotically honest” (Exeunt),...

Toronto: The NAGs Players announce their 2019 panto – “Dick Whittington and His Cat”

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

The NAGs Players are pleased to present their production of Ben Crocker’s Dick Whittington and his Cat.

Join Dick and his cat Tommy (irritatingly supported by Fairy Bowbells) in 14thcentury England as they go on a magical and musical journey to London and then to the shores of Morocco and back. Along the way, Dick meets the evil King Rat...

Toronto: Boris Eifman's ballet “Tchaikovsky. PRO et CONTRA” runs May 9-11

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Show One Productions and Civic Theatres Toronto proudly present Russia’s premier contemporary ballet company Eifman Ballet in Tchaikovsky. PRO et CONTRA, on stage for three performances only, May 9–11, 2019, at The Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. This heart-rending choreographic love letter to the illustrious Russian composer implements Artistic...

Mississauga: Theatre Erindale presents “Blithe Spirit” January 24-February 3

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

“Blithe Spirit sparkles with out-of-this-world charm and spectral hijinks.” - Bag & Baggage

“[It is] the outrageous frivolity with which Coward treats mortality that makes the piece so bracing” - The Daily Telegraph

“It’s the gossamer-like nature of the piece, its sheer levity of spirit, that makes it such an enduring achievement"...

Toronto: Cahoots Theatre announce Franco Nguyen’s “Good Morning, Viet Mom” February 16-March 3

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Cahoots Theatre proudly announces the premiere of Good Morning, Viet Mom,written and performed by Franco Nguyen with direction by Byron Abalos, Aki Studio, February 16 – March 3, 2019.

Good Morning, Viet Mom is Nguyen’s hilarious and heartfelt story about a second-generation Canadian being raised in Toronto by his single mother. Nguyen...

Toronto: Bound to Create presents the world premiere of “Isitwendam (An Understanding)” March 20-31

Monday, January 7, 2019

Isitwendam (An Understanding): Ojibwe - A word that describes a feeling of sorrow andempathy. It suggests that no matter what hurt has been inflicted, there is anunderstanding of that wrong and the chance to be forgiven is present.

Does healing have an expiry date?

When Brendan White’s new job with Indian Affairs sends him out...

Toronto: Call for papers about John Marston’s “The Dutch Courtesan” extended to January 31

Monday, January 7, 2019

Conference: Strangers and Aliens in London and Toronto: Sex, Religion, and Xenophobia in Marston’s The Dutch CourtesanDates: 22-24 March 2019

Length of abstract: 250 words

Place: University of Toronto Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies

Final date for submitting abstracts: extended to 31 January 2019

Toronto: The Royal Alexandra Theatre will dim the marquee lights to mark the passing of the Lunds and Galt McDermot

Monday, January 7, 2019

Two theatre greats died in December 2018, both with history at the Royal Alexandra Theatre.  Dancer and teacher Blanche Lund died on December 1, 2018, and composer Galt McDermot died on December 17, 2018. Because of the holidays the theatre did not have a chance to properly mark the passing of these remarkable people. We will do so now.


Toronto: VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert presents the Canadian premiere of Franz Schubert’s “Fierabras”

Monday, January 7, 2019

On Sunday, February 3, 2019, Opera in Concert turns to the works of Franz Schubert, the legendary genius of the Romantic movement in music and his posthumously premiered final opera, FIERABRAS.    The single performance – a Canadian Premiere – takes place at the St. Lawrence Centre at 2:30 pm.   “Throughout his career, Schubert sought to make his...

Ottawa: Applications for the 2019 UPROAR arts festival are now open

Monday, January 7, 2019

UPROAR arts festival is a new multidisciplinary arts festival in Ottawa Ontario, that showcases work by female and genderqueer artists.

The festival will run from August 8th to 10th 2019 at Arts Court (2 Daly Avenue).

If you’re a female or genderqueer artist with a cool project, we want to hear from you!


Toronto: PARADIGM productions premieres “The Scavenger’s Daughter” January 15-27, 2019

Friday, January 4, 2019

PARADIGM productions premieres The Scavenger’s Daughter, a testosterone infused fugazi of a play. At the edge of an unknown Empire - blood, sweat and the stench of rot permeate citizens mired in a never ending imperial war. This large scale independent production is part of three plays that make up award-winning playwright Susanna Fournier’s (Stencilboy...

Toronto: Istituto Italiana hosts the North American premiere of “From Treblinka to Auschwitz” January 29

Friday, January 4, 2019

The Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto presents the North American premiere of From Treblinka to Auschwitz: a dialogue between witnesses on January 29 at 6:30 PM in honour of Holocaust Remembrance Day. This theatrical reading of excerpts from Auschwitz Testimonies by Primo Levi and Leonardo De Benedetti and The Hell of Treblinka by Russian writer...

Toronto: Buddies in Bad Times announces programming for the 40th Rhubarb Festival February 13-23

Friday, January 4, 2019

Canada’s longest-running new works festival returns for its 40th year this February! For two weeks, The Rhubarb Festival transforms Toronto’s Buddies in Bad Times Theatre into a hotbed of experimentation, exploring new possibilities in theatre, dance, comedy, music, installation, and performance art. Rhubarb is the place to experience the most adventurous...

Toronto: First Annual Sketch to the Death! takes place January 6, 13 and 27, 2019

Thursday, January 3, 2019

The first annual Sketch to the Death! sketch comedy tournament will take place three Sundays in January at The Social Capital Theatre. Sketch to the Death! will feature a sample of sketch comedians from all experience levels, fighting to be crowned Toronto sketch champions! The 2019 Sketch to the Death! will showcase 30 troupes, who will compete in...

Toronto: Dave Carley’s new play “Canadian Rajah” runs January 30-February 16, 2019

Thursday, January 3, 2019

CANADIAN RAJAH is a new play written by Governor General Award Nominated playwright, Dave Carley (Midnight Madness, Writing With Our Feet, The Edible Woman). It tells the true story of Esca Brooke – the firstborn son of one of the legendary “White Rajahs” of Sarawak.

Although Esca Brooke should have been first in line to be the Rajah of...

Toronto: January 2019 on the Bloor Street Culture Corridor

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Whether you call them resolutions or aspirations, most of us go into the new year intending to make this onebetter, do more of some things and less of others. We want to be inspired, reduce stress, learn something new, pursue our interests, meet people, and share more quality time with friends and family members. Did you know that there are more than...

Toronto: Monkey Toast welcomes special guests, Mary Wiens and comedian Seán Cullen January 12

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Six-time Canadian Comedy Award winner, Monkey Toast: The Improvised Talk Show is back! We hope that you’ll join us as we welcome special guests, award winning journalist/producer, from CBCRadio’s Metro Morning, Mary Wiens and award winning actor/author/comedian, Seán Cullen! It all happens on Saturday, January 12th at The Social Capital Theatre, 154...

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Monday, December 31, 2018

Beginning January 1, 2019, news items will be posted on this page. For complete listings of news from 2018 plus news highlights from 2012 to 2017 please open this post and then click here.  For selected news from 2010 to 2012 click here.

Thank you for your patience.

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