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Toronto: Essential Opera presents “Mirror, Mirror” on YouTube October 28

Sunday, October 25, 2020
Toronto: Essential Opera presents “Mirror, Mirror” on YouTube October 28

Mirror, Mirror is a mini-opera based on the Grimm fairy tale Snow White. This story uses the Snow White/Evil Stepmother template to look at how women and their relationships with one another are affected by external pressure to be forever young and beautiful. In the piece, the loving Mother Queen is transformed into the Evil Queen, triggered in part...

Toronto: VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert has posted scenes from “The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny”

Saturday, October 24, 2020
Toronto: VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert has posted scenes from “The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny”

During difficult times, friends stay connected...and what better way to connect than with the gift of music.  Enjoy our VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert musical adventure with great Canadian artists right in your home.  
Picture it: A crew of ne'er-do-wells sets off to found a city where everyone is free to do as they please. Vice and iniquity rule...

Stratford: CBC Gem airs the Stratford Festival’s “Othello” beginning October 25

Friday, October 23, 2020
Stratford: CBC Gem airs the Stratford Festival’s “Othello” beginning October 25

In Shakespeare’s famed psychological drama, Othello and Desdemona defy racial prejudice to be united in marriage. But deadly malice lurks where the newlyweds least expect it, as Othello’s trusted comrade and confidant, Iago, resolves to destroy their happiness at any cost. In a calculated, drawn-out mind game, Iago begins planting in Othello’s mind...

Toronto: IRCPA presents Tomson Highway in Zoom conversation on November 6

Thursday, October 22, 2020
Toronto: IRCPA presents Tomson Highway in Zoom conversation on November 6

Internationally celebrated Canadian playwright Tomson Highway, also a gifted pianist, songwriter and novelist, is the next guest in a series of pandemic Zoom chats presented by the International Resource Centre for Performing Artists.
Highway converses with IRCPA host Debra Chandler, Friday, November 6 at 12:30 p.m.   He describes how his talents...

Toronto: Cahoots Theatre accepting submissions from ENBY artists from across Canada

Thursday, October 22, 2020
Toronto: Cahoots Theatre accepting submissions from ENBY artists from across Canada

Guided by dynamic artistic facilitators Ximena Huizi and Jay Northcott, six non-binary theatre artists will come together for ten weeks in a veritable explosion of collaborative creative expression. A virtual performance will be presented in Spring 2021, presented by Cahoots Theatre.
We are accepting submissions from all ENBY artists from across...

Toronto: Eldritch Theatre presents “The Deadly Doom of the Dungeons of Duodenum” starting November 25

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Toronto: Eldritch Theatre presents “The Deadly Doom of the Dungeons of Duodenum” starting November 25

Step into the world of Eldritch Theatre horrors with an online interactive theatrical fantastical, where the theatre is inside your computer and you roll the dice to stay alive!
Eldritch Theatre intended November 2020 to be the premiere of the second part of the Apocalypse Trilogy, begun with Space Opera Zero! But, as COVID19 has made this impossible,...

London: Grand Theatre announces its virtual Un-Opening Night for October 22

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
London: Grand Theatre announces its virtual Un-Opening Night for October 22

On the eve of what would have been the Opening of the Grand’s 50th season as a professional theatre company, today the Grand announced some of the talented artists that will be featured as part of its virtual Un-Opening Night Celebration. This one-hour event will be streamed live from 7-8 PM on Thursday, October 22 and is offered at no cost to all...

Kingston: The first-ever Shortwave Theatre Festival, November 1-7, features original radio plays and more

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Kingston: The first-ever Shortwave Theatre Festival, November 1-7, features original radio plays and more

Shortwave Theatre Festival
(www.shortwavetheatre.com) features a series of original shows from a company of Kingston-affiliated playwrights,  directors, sound designers, and actors. 
Sound Castle by Sarah EmtageIf a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it where does the sound go? In the Sound Castle every unheard sound is stored away...

Stratford: Stratford Festival launches Stratfest@Home, a new digital subscription series

Monday, October 19, 2020
Stratford: Stratford Festival launches Stratfest@Home, a new digital subscription series

The Stratford Festival is following up on the success of its recent Shakespeare Film Festival with a $10-a-month digital content subscription, Stratfest@Home, offering more Shakespeare and more films, along with new commissions, music, conversation, cooking and comedy. A free film festival, with a theme of Hope Without Hope, will once again be offered...

Niagara-on-the-Lake: Shaw Festival announces November dates of its concert series

Monday, October 19, 2020
Niagara-on-the-Lake: Shaw Festival announces November dates of its concert series

As of October 28, the Shaw Festival’s concert series will move indoors to the Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre (10 Queen’s Parade) with a limit of 50 guests and safety protocols in place. Featuring the music of Duke Ellington, Dorothy Fields and Cole Porter, the socially distanced free indoor performances run Wednesdays to Fridays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays...

Toronto: Factory Theatre presents “acts of faith” by David Yee live-streamed November 19-28

Monday, October 19, 2020
Toronto: Factory Theatre presents “acts of faith” by David Yee live-streamed November 19-28

To kick off its groundbreaking 2020/21 season, Factory presents the world premiere of acts of faith, by multi-award winning Asian Canadian playwright David Yee, directed by Nina Lee Aquino, and starring Natasha Mumba. Written specifically to be performed for a digital platform, acts of faith will stream live to audiences at home for six performances,...

Kingston: Kingston announces the reopening of the Baby Grand Theatre

Friday, October 16, 2020
Kingston: Kingston announces the reopening of the Baby Grand Theatre

The Baby Grand theatre is reopening, the city announced Friday.
The Baby Grand — the smaller space located upstairs from the 750-seat Regina Rosen auditorium, which will remain closed — can be rented by the community starting Oct. 26 at a discounted rate until the end of the year.
With physical distancing required because of COVID-19, the...

Ottawa: The Great Canadian Theatre Company has partnered with Tarragon Acoustic to bring plays to GCTC patrons

Friday, October 16, 2020
Ottawa: The Great Canadian Theatre Company has partnered with Tarragon Acoustic to bring plays to GCTC patrons

The GCTC has partnered with Tarragon Theatre to give GCTC patrons access to Tarragon Acoustic, a series of audio versions of iconic Canadian plays, written, directed and performed by some of the best artists working in Canada today. The first play is Léo by Rosa Labordé.LÉOby Rosa Labordé
directed by Carlos Diaz
Oct 15 – Oct 25, 2020 on...

Toronto: Opera Atelier’s “Something Rich and Strange” has been postponed

Friday, October 16, 2020
Toronto: Opera Atelier’s “Something Rich and Strange” has been postponed

The important new health directives regarding COVID-19 have necessitated reimagining our New and Reimagined Fall Season - but this challenge has once again proven itself to be a creative catalyst for Opera Atelier’s exceptional team. 
Opera Atelier’s LIVE/livestream of Something Rich & Strange will now be pre-recorded over the next two weeks,...

New York: Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” musical receives 15 Tony Award nominations

Thursday, October 15, 2020
New York: Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” musical receives 15 Tony Award nominations

The nominations for the 2020 Tony Awards were revealed October 15. Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart (Aladdin) hosted the announcement.
The Alanis Morissette musical Jagged Little Pill led the pack with 15 nominations, earning at least one nomination in every eligible category (including six for the show's principal performers). Moulin Rouge! was...

Ottawa: The 2020 Siminovitch Prize shortlist is announced

Thursday, October 15, 2020
Ottawa: The 2020 Siminovitch Prize shortlist is announced

The Siminovitch Prize Foundation today announced the shortlist for this year’s Siminovitch Prize, the most prestigious theatre award in Canada. The jury has selected five outstanding playwrights as finalists for the esteemed theatre prize, now celebrating its 20th year of honouring excellence and innovation in Canadian theatre.
The Siminovitch...

Toronto: Opera Canada reveals its 2020 Ruby Award honourees

Thursday, October 15, 2020
Toronto: Opera Canada reveals its 2020 Ruby Award honourees

Opera Canada is proud to announce the four distinguished honourees who will receive Opera Canada Awards–The Rubies 2020 for their exemplary contributions to the industry:
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor; Music Director, Metropolitan Opera
Barbara Hannigan, soprano & conductor
Michael Schade, tenor
Edward Johnson, tenor; former...

Toronto: Obsidian Theatre announces “21 BLACK FUTURES” coming in February 2021

Thursday, October 15, 2020
Toronto: Obsidian Theatre announces “21 BLACK FUTURES” coming in February 2021

In the wake of a historic 2019-2020 season which saw the company produce three acclaimed productions, win the Jon Kaplan Audience Choice Award(Passover), two Dora Awards (Caroline, Or Change) and four Toronto Theatre Critics Awards (Caroline, Or Change and Pass Over), as well as saying goodbye to long-time Artistic Director Philip Akin and welcoming...

Niagara-on-the-Lake: The Shaw Festival announces its 2021 season

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Niagara-on-the-Lake: The Shaw Festival announces its 2021 season

The Shaw Festival plans to return to the stage in May with a reduced 2021 season. Many of the anticipated productions originally scheduled for 2020 will now appear as part of the 2021 playbill.
“This is an expression of faith. Of course, it is impossible to know what the situation will be next year. We may have to change our plans again; we will...

Toronto: Tapestry Opera announces an innovative Fall 2020 programme

Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Toronto: Tapestry Opera announces an innovative Fall 2020 programme

Following 74 live performances across the GTA this summer with Box Concerts, Tapestry Opera’s Fall 2020 program pioneers to push the boundary of the genre. Comprising live, livestreamed, and digital collaborations, Tapestry is building new platforms for artists to enrich the diversity of Canada’s artistic landscape against the destabilizing effects...

Toronto: Shakespeare in the Ruff is looking for new artistic leadership

Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Toronto: Shakespeare in the Ruff is looking for new artistic leadership

Shakespeare in the Ruff is looking for highly creative and ambitious leadership to run the company and serve the community.To download a PDF of this Job Description, click here.
Inclusivity Mandate:
Shakespeare in the Ruff is on the traditional lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishnaabe and the Wendat....

Cambridge: Vera Causa Opera announces its 2020/21 season

Saturday, October 10, 2020
Cambridge: Vera Causa Opera announces its 2020/21 season

We are so excited to have the 2020-2021 Season underway at VCO. It's a big year for us. We've launched a number of new programs, and changed how we carry out some old ones.
The ProgramsEducator SuiteNew this year, the Educator Suite provides fun and educational opera videos to Secondary School teachers across the country. The Suite is designed...

Orangeville: Theatre Orangeville presents “Phantoms of the Opera House” online October 30-November 13

Saturday, October 10, 2020
Orangeville: Theatre Orangeville presents “Phantoms of the Opera House” online October 30-November 13

Join us … if you dare … for Phantoms of the Opera House, our wickedly wonderful Halloween show! 
Your online theatre will be haunted by the ghoulish Rod Beattie, the witchy Mag Ruffman, the unearthly Dan Needles, the boo-tiful Leisa Way, the undead Wayne Townsend, the devilish Kristen Da Silva and the fang-tastic Stephen Sparks! 
Live,...

Stratford: The Stratford Festival commits to a 2021 season no matter what form it might take

Friday, October 9, 2020
Stratford: The Stratford Festival commits to a 2021 season no matter what form it might take

There is no doubt the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to impact the Stratford Festival next year and for many years to come, regardless of whether the pandemic ends tomorrow or two years from now.
But in the minds of Stratford Festival executive director Anita Gaffney and artistic director Antoni Cimolino, there will be a Festival season next...

Toronto: Acclaimed Canadian soprano Erin Wall has died at age 44

Friday, October 9, 2020
Toronto: Acclaimed Canadian soprano Erin Wall has died at age 44

Renowned Canadian singer Erin Marie Wall, 44, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 8th from complications caused by metastatic breast cancer. 
Wall, who was born in Calgary and grew up in Vancouver, is survived by her husband, Roberto Mauro, children Michael and Julia Mauro and parents Michael and Suzanne Wall, as well as many family and friends. 

Ottawa: The Great Canadian Theatre Company will not present a subscription season in 2020/21

Friday, October 9, 2020
Ottawa: The Great Canadian Theatre Company will not present a subscription season in 2020/21

Hope is an interesting thing. It exists only as a quality of our inner lives, sometimes expressed outwardly with great fervor, but often held close, as a private antidote to fear and its pernicious cousin, worry. The subtle differences between the two latter sensations interest me a great deal, and I like taking time to itemize the ways in which fear...

Toronto: Torrent Productions will postpone its 2020 panto “Sleeping Beauty” until 2021

Friday, October 9, 2020
Toronto: Torrent Productions will postpone its 2020 panto “Sleeping Beauty” until 2021

We sincerely hope all of you are staying healthy and safe during this unprecedented time. We have had to make the heartbreaking decision to postpone “Sleeping Beauty-A Merry Magical Pantomime” for this holiday season. The safety of everyone involved in our production, onstage and off and you, our audience, is of the utmost importance to us. 
The...

Toronto: Angelwalk Theatre presents online series “Backstage Tea” October 20-December 15

Friday, October 9, 2020
Toronto: Angelwalk Theatre presents online series “Backstage Tea” October 20-December 15

Angelwalk Theatre is delighted to bring some musical theatre fun to the fall lineup with its brand-new online series Backstage Tea, airing every Tuesday at 5:30 pm (EST) starting October 20th and available until 11:59 pm (EST) the following Monday. The series will run for a total of 9 episodes, with the final episode airing on December 15th.
Backstage...

Blyth: The Blyth community holds an online auction fundraiser for the Blyth Festival

Thursday, October 8, 2020
Blyth: The Blyth community holds an online auction fundraiser for the Blyth Festival

Long-time Blyth Festival supporter Cindy Fisher, along with local artists as committee members, has developed a special fund-raiser to assist the Blyth Festival theatre organization, as it weathers the challenges that the Covid-19 pandemic has created. 
Regional artists have committed to submit their original one-of-a-kind artworks including...

Toronto: Young People’s Theatre announces a virtual 2020/21 season

Thursday, October 8, 2020
Toronto: Young People’s Theatre announces a virtual 2020/21 season

Young People’s Theatre (YPT) today announced the fall line-up for its 2020.21 season, the 55th for Canada’s oldest and largest theatre for young people. Exclusively online, the fall will feature drama programs designed to connect with young audiences virtually everywhere. 
With fresh initiatives and brand new live-stream facilities, YPT will...

Toronto: David Mirvish will present the Canadian premiere of “BLINDNESS” beginning November 17

Thursday, October 8, 2020
Toronto: David Mirvish will present the Canadian premiere of “BLINDNESS” beginning November 17

David Mirvish is pleased to present the international premiere of the Donmar Warehouse production of BLINDNESS, a socially distanced sound installation.  
BLINDNESS will be presented on stage at the Princess of Wales Theatre beginning November 17, 2020 and will be the first indoor theatre presentation in Toronto since the pandemic shut down all...

Ottawa: The National Creation Fund is pleased to announce eight new investments in ambitious arts projects

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Ottawa: The National Creation Fund is pleased to announce eight new investments in ambitious arts projects

Le Fonds national création du @CNAduCanada est ravi d’annoncer huit nouveaux investissements dans des projets ambitieux portés par une série d’artistes primés. À ce jour, le Fonds a investi 6,7 M$ dans 43 projets menés par des artistes d’un océan à l’autre.
Backstage at Carnegie Hall - Bradyworks and Black Theatre Workshop
Do you mind if...

Toronto: Rendezvous with Madness Festival cancels all in-person screenings and exhibit tours

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Toronto: Rendezvous with Madness Festival cancels all in-person screenings and exhibit tours

From Workman Arts Executive and Artistic Director Kelly Straughan:"Since announcing the Rendezvous with Madness Festival line-up a little less than a month ago we have seen a steady increase in Covid19 numbers. This past week all levels of government urged extra caution and Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, Eileen de Villa, recommended that individuals...

Toronto: All the nominations are in for the 2020 Tom Hendry Awards to be celebrated October 25-30

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Toronto: All the nominations are in for the 2020 Tom Hendry Awards to be celebrated October 25-30

Playwrights Guild of Canada (PGC) proudly announces the short lists for its 2020 Tom Hendry Awards. The short lists for the Robert Beardsley Award, the RBC Emerging Playwright Award, the Sharon Enkin Plays For Young People Award, as well as the Playwrights Guild Comedy and Musical Awards, and the Carol Bolt Award have been released by their respective...

Toronto: The Canadian Opera Company cancels the remainder of its 2020/21 season

Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Toronto: The Canadian Opera Company cancels the remainder of its 2020/21 season

Given ongoing uncertainty around large-scale and indoor gatherings due to COVID-19, the Canadian Opera Company will be cancelling the rest of its originally planned 2020/2021 season programming.
Affected programming includes:
— Bizet’s Carmen, Janáček’s Katya Kabanová, Verdi’s La Traviata, and Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice
— The world premiere...

Toronto: Western University graduate and “Kim’s Convenience” actor Simu Liu becomes a UNICEF Canada ambassador

Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Toronto: Western University graduate and “Kim’s Convenience” actor Simu Liu becomes a UNICEF Canada ambassador

Canadian Screen Award-nominated actor and upcoming star of Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Simu Liu announced today that he is taking on a new, exciting role – the role of UNICEF Canada Ambassador. 
“UNICEF Canada is unparalleled when it comes to impacting global change and helping the most vulnerable children in the hardest...

Toronto: Le Théâtre français de Toronto is looking for a new Artistic Director

Monday, October 5, 2020
Toronto: Le Théâtre français de Toronto is looking for a new Artistic Director

La nouvelle direction artistique est un ou une artiste qui a aussi bien des talents de créateur que de gestionnaire, une bonne compréhension des budgets tout en sachant animer une communauté artistique à même ses programmations. Elle possède les capacités nécessaires afin de concevoir et rédiger des demandes de subventions, tout en travaillant en...

New York: Alanis Morissette and the “Jagged Little Pill” cast have virtual fundraiser for Biden-Harris October 13

Friday, October 2, 2020
New York: Alanis Morissette and the “Jagged Little Pill” cast have virtual fundraiser for Biden-Harris October 13

The Broadway cast of Jagged Little Pill is joining forces with Alanis Morissette to host a virtual event featuring performances, conversations, and more. The fundraiser takes place October 13 at 8 PM ET to benefit the Biden Victory Fund, the official campaign to elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in the upcoming presidential election. 
“I couldn’t...

St. Catharines: The Foster Festival plans 12 readings of Foster’s “The Christmas Tree” starting December 4

Friday, October 2, 2020
St. Catharines: The Foster Festival plans 12 readings of Foster’s “The Christmas Tree” starting December 4

We just can't keep the good news to ourselves anymore! 
All of us here at The Foster Festival want to end this year on a high note - full of joy and laughter as we celebrate our favourite playwright and some very talented Niagara artists.
12 artist couples, performing a single reading each of Norm Foster's one-act play, The Christmas Tree. With...

Stratford: Spontaneous Theatre reveals its productions for the fall

Friday, October 2, 2020
Stratford: Spontaneous Theatre reveals its productions for the fall

Though the summer weather may be gone, live theatre will carry on into the fall thanks to two productions by the group that performed outdoor shows in Stratford in the midst of a global pandemic earlier this year.
Spontaneous Theatre, the group of actors, improv comedians, musicians and storytellers behind this summer’s Sidewalk Scenes and Parkade...

Norrköping, SWE: “Come From Away” opens in Sweden

Thursday, October 1, 2020
Norrköping, SWE: “Come From Away” opens in Sweden

"Välkommen till oss," as they say in Stockholm (or "Welcome to the rock"). A new production of Come From Awayis currently playing at Östgötateatern in Norrköping, Sweden. Check out the trailer below. 
Directed by Markus Virta, the new staging stars Tobias Almborg, Sven Angleflod, Hani Arrabi, Jesper Barkselius, John Alexander Eriksson, Karolin...

Toronto: Soulpepper is commissioning six new works from six female playwrights

Thursday, October 1, 2020
Toronto: Soulpepper is commissioning six new works from six female playwrights

Soulpepper Theatre Company today announced the launch of Six Women Writing, an exciting commissioning project engaging a diverse assembly of six of Canadas top voices, Trey Anthony, Sandra Caldwell, Falen Johnson, Hannah Moscovitch, Kat Sandler, and Erin Shields. Together, Soulpepper Artistic Director Weyni Mengesha and Executive Director Emma Stenning are...

Toronto: Cahoots Theatre announces its 2020/21 season

Thursday, October 1, 2020
Toronto: Cahoots Theatre announces its 2020/21 season

Greetings to YOU, our beloved village of artists, audiences, and supporters of all stripes. What. a. year. It seems that these days, there is as staunch a desire to liberate those in the margins as there is to keep them there.
I often ask myself how I can love more deeply amidst chaos. There is no singular answer, of course.  It is so many things.The...

Peterborough: The Pivot Series of outdoor performances begins this weekend

Thursday, October 1, 2020
Peterborough: The Pivot Series of outdoor performances begins this weekend

An outdoor fall performance series to be presented between October 2-18 2020 in Peterborough/Nogojiwanong. The Pivot Series is intended for socially distanced outdoor audiences in response to COVID-19 measures. Public Energy Performing Arts has partnered with the Peterborough ReFrame Film Festival to create a short documentary about the Pivot Series...

Toronto: Relive the creative energy of NYC’s iconic Studio 54 at the AGO December 26, 2020-April 5, 2021

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Toronto: Relive the creative energy of NYC’s iconic Studio 54 at the AGO December 26, 2020-April 5, 2021

How does a nightclub, open for less than three years, become the global epicentre of music, fashion and design? Opening December 26, 2020, at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), Studio 54: Night Magic transports visitors back in time to 1977 to explore the revolutionary creativity, expressive freedom and sexual liberation that transformed a New York...

Toronto: GhostLight’s Online Youth Academy starts November 8

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Toronto: GhostLight’s Online Youth Academy starts November 8

Complimenting our online Professional Training Series, GhostLight’s Youth Programming offers teens the opportunity to train and have fun with some of Canada’s premiere theatre artists. 
This high quality programming is designed for teens seeking to hone their performing arts skills in theatre and find mentorship from professional actors and youth...

Toronto: Crow's Theatre presents “Ghost Quartet: In Concert” online October 27-31

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Toronto: Crow's Theatre presents “Ghost Quartet: In Concert” online October 27-31

We’re reuniting the cast members of last year’s Dora Award-winning production of Ghost Quartet for a brand new, filmed concert version of Dave Malloy’s hauntingly beautiful chamber musical.Ghost Quartet is the perfect piece of theatre for Halloween week – and the newly filmed concert version has been designed for home viewing in mind. Sit back, support...

Toronto: The Royal Conservatory presents “The Resounding Concert”, an online gala with international superstars

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Toronto: The Royal Conservatory presents “The Resounding Concert”, an online gala with international superstars

Over the last 11 years, The Royal Conservatory’s season gala concerts have featured some of the biggest names in music and entertainment. Yo-Yo Ma, Bill Murray, Lang Lang, Meryl Streep, Audra McDonald, and Wynton Marsalis are just some of the artists who have enchanted and delighted us on the Koerner Hall stage.
Restrictions on public performances...

Niagara-on-the-Lake: The Shaw Festival cancels the remainder of its 2020 season

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Niagara-on-the-Lake: The Shaw Festival cancels the remainder of its 2020 season

As the number of active COVID-19 cases in Ontario increases, the Shaw Festival is forced to cancel its annual presentation of A Christmas Carol at the Royal George Theatre.
“We held off making this decision for as long as we possibly could because we had set our hearts on getting back into one of our theatres this year. But it was not to be:...

Toronto: Théâtre français de Toronto announces its online 2020/21 season

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Toronto: Théâtre français de Toronto announces its online 2020/21 season

Last March, as Canada went into self-isolation in response to the health crisis, Théâtre français de Toronto (TfT) switched to online programming to provide support and entertainment to its community and audiences. 
This fall, the Theatre of Infinite Possibilities continues to offer online activities through its social networks as well as pursue...

Barrie: Talk Is Free Theatre announces the Artist Basic Income Guarantee Pilot Project

Monday, September 28, 2020
Barrie: Talk Is Free Theatre announces the Artist Basic Income Guarantee Pilot Project

The TIFT Artist BIG Project is a pilot project designed to offer a number of Artists (approximately 20) a minimum annual income guarantee each year, for a three-year period. The income would be earned through the Artist being engaged on various and separate projects with TIFT throughout the year, as determined by TIFT’s Artistic Producer (“AP”) and...

Toronto: The Musical Stage Company announces its 2020/21 RBC Apprentice Artists

Monday, September 28, 2020
Toronto: The Musical Stage Company announces its 2020/21 RBC Apprentice Artists

This week, we’re thrilled to announce the artists who will be taking part in the RBC Apprentice Program for 2020-21. The RBC Apprentice Program offers eight post-secondary artists one year of mentorship with The Musical Stage Company, learning from our local and visiting artists and receiving substantial showcase opportunities to help build the foundation...

Cambridge: A recording of “Earth” from Vera Causa Opera’s Community Opera Fest is now available

Sunday, September 27, 2020
Cambridge: A recording of “Earth” from Vera Causa Opera’s Community Opera Fest is now available

A collaboration between creative minds in the community, Earth was performed and recorded live by Vera Causa Opera orchestra and performers during physically-distanced sessions in August/September 2020. 
The audio recording is now available to enjoy!
Earth tells the tale of a planet in pain, and brings up topics surrounding climate change...

New York: The Metropolitan Opera will present “Hamlet” with a libretto by Matthew Jocelyn in its 2021/22 season

Thursday, September 24, 2020
New York: The Metropolitan Opera will present “Hamlet” with a libretto by Matthew Jocelyn in its 2021/22 season

The Metropolitan Opera has announced that its 2021/22 season will include the North American premiere of Hamlet by Austalian composer Brett Dean with a libretto by Canadian Matthew Jocelyn, former Artistic and General Director of Canadian Stage from 2009-18. Jocelyn’s English libretto uses as little as 20 per cent of the play's text and also takes...

Toronto: The Assembly Theatre presents The Window of Opportunity Festival October 7-31

Thursday, September 24, 2020
Toronto: The Assembly Theatre presents The Window of Opportunity Festival October 7-31

Following their Covid-19 mandated shut down back in March of 2020, The Assembly Theatre is proud to announce its first live performance event in 6 months  THE WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY FESIVAL running from October 7 – October 31 2020.
THE WOO FEST brings together 9 artists groups over 17 days throughout October to present a range of art forms in...

Toronto: Nightwood Theatre announces its 2020/21 season

Thursday, September 24, 2020
Toronto: Nightwood Theatre announces its 2020/21 season

Nightwood Theatre is proud to announce our 2020/21 season. As theatres, artists and citizens around the globe contend with the pandemic, Nightwood invites theatregoers to a season that promises to ignite conversation, spark creativity and celebrate community in our most intimate season to date.
This fall our Groundswell Festival goes digital,...

Toronto: Luminato welcomes Dian Marie Bridge as its new Associate Artistic Director

Thursday, September 24, 2020
Toronto: Luminato welcomes Dian Marie Bridge as its new Associate Artistic Director

Luminato Festival Toronto is pleased to announce the appointment of Dian Marie Bridge as its new Associate Artistic Director. Dian will work alongside Naomi Campbell, Luminato’s Artistic Director, and the rest of the programming team to shape the festival, and ensure its positive contribution to the artistic community, locally, nationally and internationally....

London: Grand Theatre announces fall “Intermission” programming

Thursday, September 24, 2020
London: Grand Theatre announces fall “Intermission” programming

An hour  long, Season ‘Un-Opening’ virtual celebration scheduled  for October 22 at 7 PM anchors a series of Fall events during the GRAND Intermission period of shutdown,
“We gave some thought about this concept of a GRAND Intermission. When you are in the theatre, you use the intermission to grab a drink, chat about Act I, scour the material...

Toronto: “Monkey Toast: The Improvised Talk Show” will book guests from across North America

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Toronto: “Monkey Toast: The Improvised Talk Show” will book guests from across North America

Like all other live entertainment, six-time Canadian Comedy Award winner, Monkey Toast: The Improvised Talk Show, had to cancel all their upcoming shows once the country went into lockdown. After testing an online version of the show in May, to see if the show would work with the performers all being at home and improvising with each other via Zoom,...

Niagara-on-the-Lake: Shaw Festival announces fall concert series

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Niagara-on-the-Lake: Shaw Festival announces fall concert series

The Shaw Festival is set to animate Niagara-on-the-Lake with live music and song throughout September and October with approximately 40 bespoke concerts. The Festival will visit several Niagara-on-the-Lake outdoor stages and venues with a line-up of three concert revues featuring the music of early 20th century artists Duke Ellington, Dorothy Fields...

Toronto: Against the Grain offers an Opera Pub September 24 and a chat with actor/director Fiona Shaw October 1

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Toronto: Against the Grain offers an Opera Pub September 24 and a chat with actor/director Fiona Shaw October 1

TOMORROW: Join AtG for Opera Pub: Medicine for the Heart tomorrow Thursday, September 24th, at 8pm ET. Featuring Matt Dalen and Holly Kroeker in recital, and hosted by the one and only David Eliakis!Note from the artists: "We have curated an evening of songs and arias that fill our hearts with joy. In isolation, it is more important than ever to nourish...

Toronto: Fall For Dance North debuts live and digital experiences starting September 29

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Toronto: Fall For Dance North debuts live and digital experiences starting September 29

Fall for Dance North (FFDN) proudly presents the 6th edition of its esteemed international dance festival, The Flip Side, from Sept. 29–Oct. 18, 2020. Featuring a new, Netflix-style digital platform, an enhanced line-up of free programming, and a ticketed signature livestream presentation featuring six world premieres by Canadian dancemakers, FFDN...

Toronto: Opera Atelier launches 35th season with new livestreamed creation

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Toronto: Opera Atelier launches 35th season with new livestreamed creation

Opera Atelier proudly announces the launch of its 35th Anniversary with a groundbreaking new creation, Something Rich & Strange, based on the famous quote from Shakespeare’s The Tempest and featuring some of Canada's finest artists, October 28, 2020 at 7pm. The fully-staged production will be livestreamed from Koerner Hall at the TELUS Centre for...

New York: “Come From Away” national tour launches “Conversations From Away” video series

Monday, September 21, 2020
New York: “Come From Away” national tour launches “Conversations From Away” video series

Cast members from the North American tour of Come From Away have launched a new video series, Conversations From Away, in which they virtually join each other to explore important topics. Aaron Michael Ray, Christine Toy Johnson, Nick Duckart, Brandon Springman, and Danielle K. Thomas talk Black Lives Matter, the coronavirus, systemic racism, and...

Toronto: Crow’s Theatre invites submissions for the RBC Rising Star Emerging Director Prize

Monday, September 21, 2020
Toronto: Crow’s Theatre invites submissions for the RBC Rising Star Emerging Director Prize

Crow’s is proud to invite submissions for the sixth annual RBC Rising Star Emerging Director Prize. This prize is designed to encourage and celebrate our most outstanding early-career directors, give them the opportunity to work with Crow’s Theatre, and receive ongoing mentorship.
The prize is made possible by the RBC Emerging Artists Project...

Toronto: Toronto’s performing arts companies launch weeklong campaign to celebrate live theatre

Monday, September 21, 2020
Toronto: Toronto’s performing arts companies launch weeklong campaign to celebrate live theatre

• While many parts of our economy cautiously begin to reopen, the performing arts remain largely dark - amongst the first to close and will be the last to re-open.
• The impact to date in Toronto is 25,000 cancelled or postponed public performances; $500 million lost ticket sales; 20 million lost audience members. 
• I Miss Live Theatre...

London: Grand Theatre to participate in “Light Up Live”

Monday, September 21, 2020
London: Grand Theatre to participate in “Light Up Live”

Following the theatre’s traditional ‘dark’ day on Monday, the Grand will be joining with partners locally and across the country in lighting up the theatre red on Tuesday, September 22 at 8:30 PM. The Light Up Live initiative is a grassroots labour of love and passion started by Live Event Community co-founders and industry veterans Morgan Myler and...

Toronto: Laurie Anderson, Neil Gaiman, Chilly Gonzales, Tatiana Maslany to serve on Glenn Gould Prize Jury

Thursday, September 17, 2020
Toronto: Laurie Anderson, Neil Gaiman, Chilly Gonzales, Tatiana Maslany to serve on Glenn Gould Prize Jury

Pioneering artist, musician, composer, film director and Grammy Award-winner Laurie Anderson (United States) will chair the international jury panel for the thirteenth Glenn Gould Prize.  
The jury includes renowned pianist and music educator Dr. Surojeet Chatterji(India); writer, photographer, art historian and winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award...

Barrie: Talk Is Free Theatre presents new funding opportunities for theatre artists

Thursday, September 17, 2020
Barrie: Talk Is Free Theatre presents new funding opportunities for theatre artists

“We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art, and very often in our art, the art of words.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin
Introduction
2020 has been a year of unpredictability. COVID-19, the tragedy of...

Toronto: Factory Theatre presents a free, entirely digital 2020/21 season

Thursday, September 17, 2020
Toronto: Factory Theatre presents a free, entirely digital 2020/21 season

FACTORY THEATRE, Toronto’s vibrant centre of cutting-edge Canadian theatre, has just announced its 2020-2021 Season, THE SATELLITE SEASON: CANADIAN STORIES IN ORBIT. 
Proudly presented by Artistic Director Nina Lee Aquino and Managing Director Jonathan Heppner, FACTORY will have a full season of new and reimagined works that will continue to...

Toronto: Soulpepper Academy relaunches in January 2021

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Toronto: Soulpepper Academy relaunches in January 2021

Soulpepper Theatre Company is pleased to announce the relaunch of the Soulpepper Academy. Following a program review, and as a response to current health guidelines, the Soulpepper Academy will be a two term, five-month paid professional training program with a focus on future readiness and ensemble theatre making with an inclusive lens. A national...

Toronto: Théâtre français de Toronto hosts Les Feuilles Vives Festival September 21 to November 8

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Toronto: Théâtre français de Toronto hosts Les Feuilles Vives Festival September 21 to November 8

Don't miss Les Feuilles Vives, the biennial festival that honours contemporary Franco-Ontarian works.
In total, seven original works will be presented successively from September 21 to November 8, 2020 in the form of audio recordings or video excerpts. This year, Théâtre français de Toronto is proud to oversee the development of two of these...

Toronto: The Art of Time Ensemble announces its virtual 2020/21 season

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Toronto: The Art of Time Ensemble announces its virtual 2020/21 season

We would first and foremost like to take a moment to thank you for your unwavering support as we have adjusted to these changing times. Your kind words and donations have been a testament to just how special the Art of Time Ensemble family is.As it has become clear due to the current Covid-19 situation that we will be unable to share our art with...

Toronto: The Second City presents a new, live virtual show “Happy Hour” on Thursdays

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Toronto: The Second City presents a new, live virtual show “Happy Hour” on Thursdays

The Second City’s Happy Hour features our stellar talent of today shaken up with Second City's fabulously funny alumni--streaming weekly laughs right into your own personal quarantainment zone!
Happy HourThursdays starting this week, September 175PM PT ♦ 7PM CT ♦  8PM ET$15 USD per household
Working from home? Homeschooling the kids? Living...

Toronto: Studio 180’s first event of the season is Mike Bartlett’s “Contractions” on October 23

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Toronto: Studio 180’s first event of the season is Mike Bartlett’s “Contractions” on October 23

Mike Bartlett, the provocateur behind past Studio 180 productions Cock and King Charles III serves up a scathing, satirical take on privacy, fear and manipulation in the corporate workplace. Presented as a series of intimate online meetings, Contractions embraces the virtual world we find ourselves immersed in to create an experience both theatrical...

Toronto: The Canadian Opera Company unveils a reimagined fall season with “Opera Everywhere”

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Toronto: The Canadian Opera Company unveils a reimagined fall season with “Opera Everywhere”

The Canadian Opera Company is gearing up for a reimagined fall season of physically distanced programming, called Opera Everywhere. This new slate of digital and in-person events includes live concerts, interactive learning opportunities, and deep dives into opera’s past and future, all designed with community-building in mind.  
“As we look...

Toronto: Canadian Stage presents Dance in High Park September 26 to October 11

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Toronto: Canadian Stage presents Dance in High Park September 26 to October 11

Canadian Stage is thrilled to return to High Park for LIVE, in-personperformances. Over three weekends, the High Park Amphitheatre comes to life with dance as some ofToronto’s most gifted and imaginative dancers take the stage in one of the city’s most majestic parks.These one-act, family-friendly, physically distanced performances will adhere to...

Toronto: Rendezvous with Madness Festival announces its 2020 lineup

Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Toronto: Rendezvous with Madness Festival announces its 2020 lineup

At a time when mental health issues are at the forefront as the world faces unprecedented anxiety and isolation, today Workman Arts announced the full programming line-up and schedule for the 28th edition of the RENDEZVOUS WITH MADNESS FESTIVAL the largest and longest running arts festival in the world dedicated to the intersection of mental health...

Toronto: The Theatre Centre announces ambitious plans for 2020/21

Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Toronto: The Theatre Centre announces ambitious plans for 2020/21

This year, The Theatre Centre is embarking on what may be the most ambitious year of creation in its history. They will be supporting an unprecedented 16 projects led by 20 artists; creating two new development streams; welcoming new Creative Producers in Training and a new Associate Artistic Director; and inventing the role of Reckless Generosity...

Toronto: The Royal Conservatory of Music outlines safety protocols for its indoor concerts

Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Toronto: The Royal Conservatory of Music outlines safety protocols for its indoor concerts

Yes, the concert season has begun and we are presenting livein-person concerts! We are so excited to welcome people back to enjoy live music in our beautiful venues.Of course, we are adhering to all health and safety regulations and recommendations. Therefore, we currently have a 50-person capacity for our concerts, until government regulations allow...

Toronto: “Ghosts of the Royal Alex” concludes today

Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Toronto: “Ghosts of the Royal Alex” concludes today

The sixth and final instalment of Ghosts of the Royal Alex, the online series of story and song, is published today online at www.mirvish.com and on then usual purveyors of podcasts.
The Story
After a harried journey through the backstage world of 1959 Toronto, Herbie McGill, the beleaguered manager of the Royal Alex, discovers the truth...

Toronto: Crow’s Theatre announces a nationwide multi-platform open call for submissions

Monday, September 14, 2020
Toronto: Crow’s Theatre announces a nationwide multi-platform open call for submissions

Crow’s Theatre is delighted to announce an open call for submission to storytellers with interests in dramatic storytelling across a wider array of platforms – film, television, documentary, limited series, podcasts, audio-plays, or stage. Our first Nationwide Multi-Platform Open Call For Submissions will be open to Canadian artists nationwide. The...

Toronto: Crow’s Theatre and Mongrel Media announce partnership for stage-to-screen writers

Monday, September 14, 2020
Toronto: Crow’s Theatre and Mongrel Media announce partnership for stage-to-screen writers

In a year that has closed doors to playwrights and theatre-makers around the world, Crow’s Theatre is launching two initiatives aimed at expanding opportunities for creators in theatre, film, television and other media, as well as augmenting the company’s own producing vision. The first is the Crow’s Theatre/Mongrel Media Loughborough Lake Writer’s...

Burlington: The Burlington Performing Arts Centre returns to live performances

Monday, September 14, 2020
Burlington: The Burlington Performing Arts Centre returns to live performances

In response to public health’s allowance of up to 50 patrons indoors, The Burlington Performing Arts Centre (BPAC) is thrilled to announce a Fall line-up for their STUDIO 50/4 SEASON, with incredible live entertainment options to lift the community’s spirits in these unprecedented times. As a facility, BPAC is perfectly positioned to welcome back...

Toronto: The Royal Alex will dim its marquee lights to honour Salome Bey on September 15

Monday, September 14, 2020
Toronto: The Royal Alex will dim its marquee lights to honour Salome Bey on September 15

“Canada’s first lady of the blues,” which Salome Bey was often called, was also an award-winning theatre artist — actress, director and playwright — who played twice on the stage of the Royal Alexandra Theatre.  In 1973, she starred in the Broadway touring production of Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope, a show that also featured such luminaries as Nell...

Toronto: Theatre Passe Muraille’s 2020/21 season begins February 2021

Friday, September 11, 2020
Toronto: Theatre Passe Muraille’s 2020/21 season begins February 2021

The 20.21 Season is the first season programmed by Artistic Director Marjorie Chan and will feature a diverse range of form and artists, encompassing Theatre Passe Muraille’s spirit of supporting artists with unique visions. Interdisciplinary and intersectional, the programming is intentionally eclectic and drawn from a broad range of theatrical disciplines,...

Kingston: Theatre Kingston presents “The Meeting” with limited capacity and physical distancing

Thursday, September 10, 2020
Kingston: Theatre Kingston presents “The Meeting” with limited capacity and physical distancing

On the top floor of a Harlem hotel, Malcolm X and his bodyguard, Rashad, rest before Malcolm’s fateful appearance at the Audubon Ballroom. Malcolm has requested a secret meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm’s Chicago home had been fire bombed that morning, and so Dr. King has responded with kindness by trudging up the back stairs to meet...

Toronto: ARC welcomes Deborah Drakeford as new Co-Artistic Producer

Thursday, September 10, 2020
Toronto: ARC welcomes Deborah Drakeford as new Co-Artistic Producer

ARC is pleased to announce that Resident Artist Deborah Drakeford, a vital member of the company for more than 15 years, is now taking on the role of co-Artistic Producer of the company. Deborah has been a Toronto based actor for over 30 years, and an educator for almost 20 years. With one-half of our dynamic leadership team in place, we are also...

Toronto: Fall for Dance North unveils its live and digital festival September 29-October 18, 2020

Thursday, September 10, 2020
Toronto: Fall for Dance North unveils its live and digital festival September 29-October 18, 2020

Fall for Dance North (FFDN) invites arts enthusiasts to immerse themselves in a newly envisioned, interactive celebration of its sixth anniversary edition: The Flip Side, from Sept. 29–Oct.18, 2020. FFDN will reinvent how audiences engage with dance, delivering a more personal view of the art form through unique performances and experiences. A new,...

Toronto: Outside the March announces its 2020/21 season-in-progress

Thursday, September 10, 2020
Toronto: Outside the March announces its 2020/21 season-in-progress

Outside the March announces its “Season-in-Process,” a range of pandemic-responsive new works marking the first full season of original programming in the immersive company’s 10-year history. Building off the memorable five-month run of the internationally-acclaimed The Ministry of Mundane Mysteries, these projects will empower an expansive collection...

Toronto: Obsidian Theatre and Luke Reece announce the Black Shoulders Legacy Fund

Thursday, September 10, 2020
Toronto: Obsidian Theatre and Luke Reece announce the Black Shoulders Legacy Fund

On the heels of the formal retirement of founding artistic director Philip Akin from Canada’s leading Black theatre company,  Obsidian Theatre Companyalongside former company Producer Luke Reece announce a legacy fund titled The Philip Akin - Black Shoulders Legacy Award. $150,000 has been raised in support of this groundbreaking award, with an additional...

Toronto: Toronto Operetta Theatre posts video excerpts from the zarzuela “Los Gavilanes”

Thursday, September 10, 2020
Toronto: Toronto Operetta Theatre posts video excerpts from the zarzuela “Los Gavilanes”

A Zarzuela from Spain, LOS GAVILANES (The Sparrow Hawks) tells the story of Juan, who returns to his native village in Spain from Peru as a wealthy man, at last worthy of marriage to his childhood sweetheart Adriana.  Separated for over twenty years, Adriana is unforgiving. In his absence, Adriana had married and is now a widow with a daughter, Rosaura....

Toronto: Opera Makers, the COC’s digital series for kids, expands across Toronto

Thursday, September 10, 2020
Toronto: Opera Makers, the COC’s digital series for kids, expands across Toronto

The Canadian Opera Company’s interactive digital program for young people, Opera Makers, is evolving to help spark a love of opera in even more children across Toronto. Through a series of community partnerships, Opera Makers will connect COC teaching artists with local organizations to incorporate opera creation and education into new and existing...

Stratford: The Stratford Perth Museum brings back Performances from the Porch this weekend

Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Stratford: The Stratford Perth Museum brings back Performances from the Porch this weekend

Following the successful launch of Blank Stage: Performances from the Porch earlier this year, the Stratford Perth Museum is hosting an eclectic group of musicians, actors, poets and storytellers this weekend for the front-porch concert series’ second iteration.
Organized this time under the theme of “transition,” organizers of the museum’s COVID-friendly...

Toronto: Musical Stage Company’s “UNCOVERED” goes digital starting November 11

Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Toronto: Musical Stage Company’s “UNCOVERED” goes digital starting November 11

Following the sold-out run of their innovative and inspiring summer concert series Porchside Songs – which brought leading musical theatre performers to porches and front lawns across Toronto  - The Musical Stage Company is thrilled to announce the dates and line-up of performers for the first-ever digital edition of their annual signature concert...

Ottawa: The National Arts Centre announces a gradual return to live performances

Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Ottawa: The National Arts Centre announces a gradual return to live performances

The National Arts Centre (NAC) today unveiled details of its exciting September artistic lineup, which includes a gradual return to live performances in front of small audiences at the NAC and across Canada, as well as new online offerings.
 Live shows get underway Friday September 11 at the NAC. They will take place in front of small, invited...

Toronto: Crow’s Theatre announces Marie Farsi and Rouvan Silogix as its new Associate Artistic Directors

Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Toronto: Crow’s Theatre announces Marie Farsi and Rouvan Silogix as its new Associate Artistic Directors

We are thrilled to announce that two accomplished theatre creators and emerging arts leaders will be joining Crow's Theatre's team this fall. Marie Farsi will be returning to Crow's to take on the new role of Associate Artistic Director - Artistic Programs. Rouvan Silogix, will be joining in the role of Associate Artistic Director - New Play, Media...

Toronto: Tickets to Opera Atelier’s livestreamed productions are now on sale

Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Toronto: Tickets to Opera Atelier’s livestreamed productions are now on sale

Tickets for our 35th Anniversary Season of Visions and Dreams are on sale now! We are thrilled to be returning to the rehearsal hall and the theatre to bring you our brand-new, fully staged livestreamed productions of Something Rich and Strange and Handel's The Resurrection.
Something Rich and Strange (7:00PM ET Oct 28, 2020) - Our brand-new...

Toronto: The Royal Conservatory of Music concerts feature reduced capacity and physical distancing

Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Toronto: The Royal Conservatory of Music concerts feature reduced capacity and physical distancing

Our society is gradually reopening and there are encouraging signs from performing arts organizations around the world as they are adapting: some concert halls are reconfiguring seats to ensure safe physical distancing, like the Berliner Ensemble in Germany, while the Prague National Theatre has already opened to full capacity, with audience members...

Toronto: Monkey Toast with a live streaming show and Fred Penner on September 16

Monday, September 7, 2020
Toronto: Monkey Toast with a live streaming show and Fred Penner on September 16

Six-time Canadian Comedy Award winner, Monkey Toast: The Improvised Talk Show is now streaming its shows live online.  For our September show, host David Shore welcomes special guest, children’s entertainer and the star of CBC’s, Fred Penner’s Place, Fred Penner! It all happens on Saturday, September 19th. You can watch the live stream on our YouTube...

Toronto; Studio 180 Theatre announces a 2020/21 season of eight online readings

Thursday, September 3, 2020
Toronto; Studio 180 Theatre announces a 2020/21 season of eight online readings

Studio 180 Theatre, “one of the most reliably interesting and challenging theatre companies in town” (Toronto Star) announces its 2020/21 season: five premieresof new Canadian works-in-progress as part of IN DEVELOPMENT and three readings of critically acclaimed, international plays in 180 READS, all of which engage with our mission to produce socially...

Toronto: Canadian Stage announces cancellations and a fully reimagined fall season

Thursday, September 3, 2020
Toronto: Canadian Stage announces cancellations and a fully reimagined fall season

Canadian Stage is pleased to announce details of its plan to safeguard the vitality of the performing arts during this challenging time. The plan includes Canadian Stage’s Fall Program of works by local, national, and international artists, significant financial investments that will go directly into the hands of artists to foster artistic innovation,...

Toronto: The Second City reopens tonight with “Safer, Shorter, & Still So Funny”

Thursday, September 3, 2020
Toronto: The Second City reopens tonight with “Safer, Shorter, & Still So Funny”

Remember that thing called “joy”? Come hell or high water or whatever other disaster is on your 2020 bingo card, The Second City Toronto is back, live and in-person! Take the night off from non-stop doomscrolling and join our cast of comedians for this all-improvised, laugh-packed escape. From improv games to brand-new characters, it’s never the same...

Stratford: Stratford Festival lighting designers and technical staff will create the Lights on Stratford Festival this year

Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Stratford: Stratford Festival lighting designers and technical staff will create the Lights on Stratford Festival this year

Members of the task force driving Stratford’s pandemic recovery efforts have come up with a bright idea they believe will catch the eyes of both residents and tourists this winter, and it’ll begin by shining a spotlight on some of the creative minds in the city’s theatre community.
Lights On Stratford, a brand new arts and culture festival being...

Toronto: University of Toronto Opera announces its 2020/21 season

Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Toronto: University of Toronto Opera announces its 2020/21 season

Today UofT Opera is thrilled to share our 2020 - 2021 season with you!!
We will begin with UofT Opera: Spotlight on our Singers, a video introduction to our Student Artists on November 5, part of the Faculty’s Thursday Noon series.
Next up will be A Little Night Music, an operatic concert with repertoire ranging from Mozart to Sondheim to...

Toronto: The National Ballet of Canada cancels its fall season and “The Nutcracker”

Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Toronto: The National Ballet of Canada cancels its fall season and “The Nutcracker”

It is with deep regret we announce that due to continued uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic we have made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 Fall Season and The Nutcracker. At the beginning of the lockdown in March, the fall seemed a long way off and we were confident we would be back on stage in November. Now, however, the safe return...

Niagara-on-the-Lake: Government funding for Shaw Festival to help boost surrounding community

Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Niagara-on-the-Lake: Government funding for Shaw Festival to help boost surrounding community

Music can bring people together, and maybe support an entire community.
That’s the hope as the Shaw Festival prepares for outdoor performances with the $400,000 funding the theatre company received last week from the Canadian government through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario).
Also, a part of...

Toronto: What’s happening on the Bloor Street Culture Corridor in September

Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Toronto: What’s happening on the Bloor Street Culture Corridor in September

What's happening in September along the Bloor St. Culture Corridor?
The Royal Conservatory begins its concert season
Three new exhibitions at the ROM, including Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic
Working on your comedic chops at the Miles Nadal JCC 
Photo exhibitions and art webinars at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura
In-person...

Gatineau: La Salle Odyssée est de retour avec les mesures sanitaires

Thursday, August 27, 2020
Gatineau: La Salle Odyssée est de retour avec les mesures sanitaires

Toute l’équipe de la salle Odyssée est impatiente de vous retrouver et de vous faire vivre de belles découvertes en toute sécurité. Nous sommes heureux de vous annoncer que nous avons soigneusement préparé ce retour afin qu’il respecte les mesures sanitaires mises en place par la Santé publique et la CNESST ainsi qu’en tenant compte de vos recommandations...

Toronto: SummerWorks wraps up an historic summer season

Thursday, August 27, 2020
Toronto: SummerWorks wraps up an historic summer season

As this unprecedented summer begins to wane, SummerWorks prepares to conclude this unique summer season of free programming. Summer 2020 will end as it began, with a celebration of art, possibility, and perseverance in the End of Summer Mix.A curated collection of video, music, text and visual offerings, End of Summer Mix is everything you need for...

Toronto: Luminato Festival Toronto launches a year-round programme, Creative Current

Thursday, August 27, 2020
Toronto: Luminato Festival Toronto launches a year-round programme, Creative Current

Luminato Festival Toronto is pleased to announce the launch of Creative Current, a year-round programme of intimate performances in unusual places, designed for culturally curious millennials. Creative Current will deliver the same wonder and excitement Toronto audiences expect and enjoy every June during the Luminato festival. These unique experiences...

Niagara-on-the-Lake: Shaw Festival cancels remaining performances of “Flush” and “Charlie’s Aunt”

Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Niagara-on-the-Lake: Shaw Festival cancels remaining performances of “Flush” and “Charlie’s Aunt”

As the country and world continue to deal with the impact of the pandemic, the Shaw Festival is unable to realize performances in fall 2020. As a result, the Festival has cancelled the remaining performances of Charley’s Aunt and Flush.
Performances of A Christmas Carol have not yet been cancelled in the hopes that The Shaw can welcome reduced-capacity...

Toronto: COC’s Alexander Neef to begin appointment as head of Opéra national de Paris in September

Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Toronto: COC’s Alexander Neef to begin appointment as head of Opéra national de Paris in September

The Canadian Opera Company announced today that General Director Alexander Neef will begin his new role as head of Opéra national de Paris, effective September 2020, while maintaining his responsibilities as COC General Director until a new COC leader is named and transitions into the role.
Earlier this summer, it was announced that Stéphane...

New York: Memorial for Hamilton-born actor Nick Cordero to stream September 6

Tuesday, August 25, 2020
New York: Memorial for Hamilton-born actor Nick Cordero to stream September 6

Broadway on Demand will stream a memorial tribute to Nick Cordero, the Tony-nominated actor who created leading roles in the Broadway musicals Bullets Over Broadway, Waitress, and A Bronx Tale, September 6. Mr. Cordero passed away July 5 at age 41 following a lengthy battle with the coronavirus.
Family and friends will unite to celebrate the...

Toronto: Ed Mirvish Theatre celebrates 100 years

Monday, August 24, 2020
Toronto: Ed Mirvish Theatre celebrates 100 years

On Friday August 28, 2020, the Ed Mirvish Theatre will celebrate its 100th year. 
This storied venue opened exactly a century ago as the Pantages Theatre. 
Over the years, it has lived an exciting and colourful life, having adjusted to more dramatic twists and turns than most theatres present on their stages, never mind backstage. 
To...

Toronto: Luminato Festival Toronto launches year-round Artists in Residence Programme

Thursday, August 20, 2020
Toronto: Luminato Festival Toronto launches year-round Artists in Residence Programme

Luminato Festival Toronto’s Artists in Residence (AIR), an exciting new year-round Program aimed at establishing and supporting new relationships with Toronto artists, was launched in July. The program includes three 7-week residencies with weekly workshops, check-ins and sharings, which support and enhance participants’ work on individual projects....

Toronto: Cineplex Events’ Stage Series returns to cinemas this fall

Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Toronto: Cineplex Events’ Stage Series returns to cinemas this fall

Cineplex Events’ opens the curtain on their popular Stage Series, offering theatre-lovers the chance to experience the beauty of the stage. With live performances on pause during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Stage Series provides an opportunity to revisit some of the best theatrical productions of the year on over 60 Cineplex screens across Canada. 

Toronto: Encore presentation of the Fringe Collective starts Wednesday

Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Toronto: Encore presentation of the Fringe Collective starts Wednesday

One last chance to feel those Fringey vibes before the summer is (sigh) over...From tomorrow (Wednesday, August 19 at noon) until Sunday, August 23 at midnight we will be re-releasing all 4 Acts of the Fringe Collective's content. 
How it will work:The content will not live behind a paywall, as it did in July, but instead will be public to everyone...

Toronto: Chapter Four of “Ghosts of the Royal Alex” is out plus other Mirvish news

Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Toronto: Chapter Four of “Ghosts of the Royal Alex” is out plus other Mirvish news

Ghosts of the Royal Alex continues
In chapter four, Herbie finally catches up with Jack, the missing stage door employee who abandoned his shift and left Herbie to look after the haunted theatre overnight. Jack has some revelations that make Herbie all the more determined to solve the mystery of the real identity and life story of Yvette Lafayette.

New York: Chilina Kennedy joins “Soldiergirls” virtual benefit concert on August 31

Monday, August 17, 2020
New York: Chilina Kennedy joins “Soldiergirls” virtual benefit concert on August 31

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater will present a free benefit concert of the new musical SOLDIERGIRLS August 31 at 7 PM ET to benefit SPART*A (Service Members, Partners, Allies for Respect and Tolerance for All).
The evening will feature Tony nominee  Jenn Colella (Come From Away), Tony nominee Lilli Cooper (Tootsie), Chilina Kennedy (Beautiful:...

Toronto: Royal Alexandra Theatre to dim its marquee lights in honour of lighting designer Howell Binkley

Monday, August 17, 2020
Toronto: Royal Alexandra Theatre to dim its marquee lights in honour of lighting designer Howell Binkley

Mirvish Productions mourns the death of Howell Binkley, one of the premier lighting designers in the world. He died August 14, 2020 in North Carolina, his wife, Joyce, told the Winston-Salem Journal. He was 64 and had lung cancer.In honour of Howell Binkley, the lights of the Royal Alexandra and Princess of Wales Theatre will be dimmed on Tuesday,...

Millbrook: 4th Line Theatre presents “Bedtime Stories and Other Horrifying Tales” October 20-30

Sunday, August 16, 2020
Millbrook: 4th Line Theatre presents “Bedtime Stories and Other Horrifying Tales” October 20-30

4th Line Theatre cannot wait to welcome audiences back to the historic Winslow farm to take part in their world premiere Halloween production, Bedtime Stories and Other Horrifying Tales, co-written by Kim Blackwell and Lindy Finlan. This creepy production is inspired by the images and creatures that fill children’s nightmares, alongside a story of...

Orillia: The Orillia Opera House reopens with live performances

Friday, August 14, 2020
Orillia: The Orillia Opera House reopens with live performances

With new protocols in place, the Orillia Opera House will welcome back live theatre next week; It's important to 'make space' for laughter, mayor says.
While city officials continue to urge residents and visitors alike to be vigilant about public health guidelines during the pandemic, the curtain is being raised on a new normal in Orillia.

Toronto: Confluence announces an online 2020/21 season of words and music

Friday, August 14, 2020
Toronto: Confluence announces an online 2020/21 season of words and music

It gives us great pleasure to announce our 2020-21 season: seven online events curated by our artistic team.
In true Confluence style we anticipate this season with enthusiasm and curiosity, digging deeply into the lives and music of a broad range of composers, and examining important and intriguing issues. From jazz to traditional South Asian...

Toronto, London, New York: Theatre to stream for free for the weekend of August 14

Friday, August 14, 2020
Toronto, London, New York: Theatre to stream for free for the weekend of August 14

FROM CANADA:
Toronto: 
The Water Gun Song (children) by Idris Goodwin
with Kevin Hanchard and Myles Hanchard
directed by Natasha Mumba
streaming from August 14 onwards
in Young People’s Theatre YouTube channel

Die Fledermaus (operetta, excerpts) by Johann Strauss, Jr.
with Adam Fisher and Lara Ciekiewicz

Stratford: Two new outdoor theatre shows on offer in Stratford August 15

Friday, August 14, 2020
Stratford: Two new outdoor theatre shows on offer in Stratford August 15

As Stratford’s arts and culture scene continues to find creative ways to keep audiences safely entertained during the pandemic, a former Stratford Festival actor who’s recently re-joined the local theatre community will be chipping in this weekend.
Stratford Festival fans might remember John Beale’s performance opposite actor/playwright Daniel...

St. Catharines: The Norm Foster Theatre Festival reports a surplus for 2019

Thursday, August 13, 2020
St. Catharines: The Norm Foster Theatre Festival reports a surplus for 2019

The Norm Foster Theatre Festival held its Annual General Meeting last night reporting to its supporters on the Festival’s 4th season.  Those in attendance (virtually) accepted the audited financial statements presented for the 2019 fiscal year, documenting a small surplus.
The Board of Directors also welcomed six new Board Members to the Festival's...

Toronto: Luminato announces Celia Smith as new CEO

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Toronto: Luminato announces Celia Smith as new CEO

Luminato Festival Toronto (“Luminato”) announces its Board of Directors has appointed Celia Smith as its new CEO, effective immediately. 
Ms. Smith has more than two decades in leadership roles across the Toronto arts and culture sector, including President of Artscape, General Manager of The Canadian Stage Company and interim roles at the Canadian...

St. Catharines: FirstOntario PAC announces the 4th Annual Celebration of Nations

Tuesday, August 11, 2020
St. Catharines: FirstOntario PAC announces the 4th Annual Celebration of Nations

On Friday 11 September, Celebration of Nations will begin virtually with a profound short film entitled Starborn that captures the essence of our current existence. Delivered in the form of an Elder's observation with a gentle but firm admonition, this remarkable short film by ally Olivia Mater will provide a compelling start to this year’s gathering...

Toronto: The Guild Theatre Festival presents “Back on the Stage” August 21 and 22

Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Toronto: The Guild Theatre Festival presents “Back on the Stage” August 21 and 22

Guild Festival Theatre (GFT) is returning to the Greek Theatre at Guild Park & Gardens on August 21 & 22. 
After the success of our Beyond the Stage programming, GFT is welcoming the community back to the Greek Theatre. A cabaret-style performance featuring song, dance and puppetry inspired by "Alice in Wonderland" and "Salt-Water Moon", Back...

Toronto: Salome Bey, Canada’s First Lady of the Blues, has died

Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Toronto: Salome Bey, Canada’s First Lady of the Blues, has died

Salome Bey, the singer-songwriter, composer, and actor who was known as Canada’s First Lady of the Blues, died August 8 at the age of 86. 
Born October 10, 1933, in Newark, New Jersey, the Obie-winning artist performed with brother Andy Bey and sister Geraldine Bey (de Haas) as Andy & the Bey Sisters across the U.S., Europe, and Canada before...

Muskoka: Dot the T Productions presents 21 days of live theatre and music staring August 10

Sunday, August 9, 2020
Muskoka: Dot the T Productions presents 21 days of live theatre and music staring August 10

This season, we at Dot the T Productions had to put our collective thinking caps on and get creative. We wanted the show to go on. As artists, we NEED the show to go on. And so this is how we will make it work during this time. We present: 
21 days of live theatre & music events in 1 location at 2371 LIMBERLOST ROAD, LAKE OF BAYS. All events...

London: Western University’s “Pandemic Julius Caesar” will be released August 20

Saturday, August 8, 2020
London: Western University’s “Pandemic Julius Caesar” will be released August 20

Western University’s Department of English and Writing Studies presentsPANDEMIC JULIUS CAESARAdapted from the William Shakespeare play by Jeff CulbertTo be released Thursday August 20th 2020 at 8 pm.
Here is a link to our trailer: www.youtube.com
The show will be posted on Western University’s Arts and Humanities Youtube channel: www.youtube.com

Toronto: Crow’s Theatre cancels its entire 2020/21 season

Friday, August 7, 2020
Toronto: Crow’s Theatre cancels its entire 2020/21 season

The staff, board and leadership of Crow’s Theatre wish to extend our heartfelt thanks for the generosity of spirit and patience shown to us by our audiences and supporters since the beginning of the pandemic. We would like to provide a personal update on plans for our previously announced season.
In March, when faced with the reality of social...

Toronto, London, New York: Theatre to stream for free for the weekend of August 7

Friday, August 7, 2020
Toronto, London, New York: Theatre to stream for free for the weekend of August 7

FROM CANADA:
Toronto: 
Die Fledermaus (operetta, excerpts) by Johann Strauss, Jr.
with Adam Fisher and Lara Ciekiewicz
directed by Guillermo Silva-Marin
streaming from  July 31 onwards
 on YouTube

Unholy (play) by Diane Flacks
with Banereh Yaraghi and Niki Landau
directed by Kelly Thornton
streaming...

Toronto: Mirvish Productions to dim marquee lights for Brent Carver

Friday, August 7, 2020
Toronto: Mirvish Productions to dim marquee lights for Brent Carver

With a heavy heart Mirvish Productions will mark the life of Brent Carver, one of Canada’s most acclaimed actors, by dimming the marquee lights of two theatres on Friday August 7 at 8PM  — the Royal Alexandra, in which he performed his solo show of stories and songs in 1995; and the Princess of Wales, in which he starred as Gandalf in the world premiere...

Stratford: The Stratford Festival mourns the death of Brent Carver

Thursday, August 6, 2020
Stratford: The Stratford Festival mourns the death of Brent Carver

The Stratford Festival is devastated to learn of the death of Brent Carver, an actor of incomparable talent, winner of a Tony Award for his starring role in Kiss of the Spider Woman, and a long-time Stratford Festival company member.
News of Brent’s death came from his family in Cranbrook, B.C., where he died on August 4, at the age of 68.

Kimberley, BC: Acclaimed Canadian stage actor Brent Carver has passed away at the age of 68

Thursday, August 6, 2020
Kimberley, BC: Acclaimed Canadian stage actor Brent Carver has passed away at the age of 68

Cranbrook’s Brent Carver, one of Canada’s greatest stage actors, has passed away.
Carver’s family shared the news on Thursday, August 6, that he had passed away at home.
“Our family is sharing news of Brent Carver’s passing at home in Cranbrook, B.C., his birthplace and favourite place on Earth,” the family wrote in a release.
“Blessed...

Toronto: Volcano presents the audio drama “Metamorphosis: a Viral Trilogy” August 17, 24 and 31

Thursday, August 6, 2020
Toronto: Volcano presents the audio drama “Metamorphosis: a Viral Trilogy” August 17, 24 and 31

Internationally acclaimed, multiple award-winning Toronto novelist André Alexis has teamed up with local experimental theatre company Volcano to create a new audio drama Metamorphosis: a Viral Trilogy. Launching on August 17 with new episodes added on August 24 and 31, the series is a co-presentation between TO Live, SummerWorks and CanadianStage.

Stratford: Stratford Perth Museum stages porch performances to celebrate diversity

Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Stratford: Stratford Perth Museum stages porch performances to celebrate diversity

Even before COVID-19, Peg Dunnem wanted to use the Stratford Perth Museum’s elevated wraparound porch as a stage.
The museum’s education and programs manager figured it was the perfect place for performances and would harken back to the days when porches were often a gathering spot for friends and family, and maybe a little gossip.
Now,...

Toronto: Against the Grain Theatre's Joel Ivany chats with renowned director Peter Sellars August 6

Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Toronto: Against the Grain Theatre's Joel Ivany chats with renowned director Peter Sellars August 6

Join AtG Artistic Director Joel Ivany in Conversation with Peter Sellars on Thursday, August 6th at 8pm ET. Director Peter Sellars is renowned for his visionary interpretation of classic and contemporary opera. Peter and Joel worked together on the Canadian Opera Company's production of Hercules in 2014. Peter's interpretations of Mozart's three Da...

Toronto: Opera Atelier announces reimagined 2020/21 season

Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Toronto: Opera Atelier announces reimagined 2020/21 season

Opera Atelier proudly announces its new, reimagined 35th Anniversary Season with two fully-staged and livestreamed productions at Koerner Hall at the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning. In the event that theatres are permitted to open to a live, socially distanced audience, Opera Atelier subscribers will be given first opportunity to attend....

Cambridge: Drayton Entertainment cancels the remainder of its 2020 season

Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Cambridge: Drayton Entertainment cancels the remainder of its 2020 season

Drayton Entertainment has cancelled all remaining productions in its 2020 Season due to the ongoing impact of coronavirus (COVID‐19). The final cancellations include We’ll Meet Again (St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre), Return To Grace (Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge), Evita (St. Jacobs Country Playhouse), The Sound of Music (Hamilton Family Theatre...

Toronto: SummerWorks and Canadian Stage announce details of “We Were, We Are, We Will Be”

Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Toronto: SummerWorks and Canadian Stage announce details of “We Were, We Are, We Will Be”

Following an earlier announcement that SummerWorks and Canadian Stage would partner again this summer on the the multi-artist anthology We Were, We Are, We Will Be - co-curated by Daniele Bartolini and Luke Reece (Mixtape Curations) and conceived by Bartolini - the companies are pleased to share full details of the projects and artists in the anthology...

Barrie: Talk Is Free Theatre announces programming for this September

Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Barrie: Talk Is Free Theatre announces programming for this September

Today Artistic Producer Arkady Spivak announced that Talk Is Free Theatre (TIFT) will present a lineup of intimate live performances this September that exemplify the resilience, fortitude, and determination of the human spirit during these times.
Staged outdoors, in private backyards around the Barrie area, this collection of captivating works...

Toronto: “Ghosts of the Royal Alex” continues with a new chapter and a new song

Monday, August 3, 2020
Toronto: “Ghosts of the Royal Alex” continues with a new chapter and a new song

The six-part serialized story (available in a podcast) and song cycle (released as a music video) called Ghosts of the Royal Alex continues today with a new chapter and new song release. 
The Story
In the previous two chapters, Herbie McGill, the seemingly unflappable general manager of the Royal Alex, is fighting for his beloved theatre’s...

New York: Metropolitan Opera nightly opera streams for the week of August 3

Monday, August 3, 2020
New York: Metropolitan Opera nightly opera streams for the week of August 3

This week features the very first Live in HD transmission, of the family-friendly English-language version of The Magic Flute from 2006, and the most recent, of Handel’s scintillating satire Agrippina from this past February—as well as three other highlights from the cinema series and two classic telecasts. 
Monday, August 3Mozart’s The Magic...

Toronto: SideHustle, an online marketplace featuring goods and services by arts workers, has launched

Sunday, August 2, 2020
Toronto: SideHustle, an online marketplace featuring goods and services by arts workers, has launched

SideHustle is a new multi-vendor marketplace featuring products and services sold by people in the arts community. SideHustle is an online store catering to consumers wanting to support local and independent artists facing the effects that COVID-19 is having on the arts & entertainment industry.
“We hope to bring the community together through...

Toronto: What’s happening on the Bloor Street Culture Corridor in August

Saturday, August 1, 2020
Toronto: What’s happening on the Bloor Street Culture Corridor in August

August is here! Although the effects of COVID-19 continue to be felt, our wonderful partner organizations have found ways to bring their art and culture to the public. Hot Docs at Home, TPL Live & Online, and a host of online options continue to be available. And in a sign of things to come, limited building openings to the public are now happening,...

Toronto, London, New York: Theatre to stream for free for the weekend of July 31

Friday, July 31, 2020
Toronto, London, New York: Theatre to stream for free for the weekend of July 31

FROM CANADA:
Toronto: 
Hadrian (opera from 2018) by Rufus Wainwright and Daniel MacIvor
with Thomas Hampson and Isaiah Bell
directed by Peter Hinton
streaming August 1 only
on the Canadian Opera Company website

Free Up (celebration) by Ngozi Paul
celebration of Emancipation Day
streaming August 1...

Toronto: Due to popular demand Fringe Collective content will be re-released online

Friday, July 31, 2020
Toronto: Due to popular demand Fringe Collective content will be re-released online

From Wednesday, August 19 - Sunday, August 23 we will be re-releasing all 4 Acts of the Fringe Collective's content for 5 days only. This will be your chance to experience the pieces that you missed, and to tip the artists if you did not have a chance to do so. It will be our little end-of-summer gift to you, to help celebrate the approaching end...

Toronto: CBC Arts’s Emancipation Day programming includes Ngozi Paul’s “Free Up!”

Friday, July 31, 2020
Toronto: CBC Arts’s Emancipation Day programming includes Ngozi Paul’s “Free Up!”

This Saturday August 1st is Emancipation Day - a day when we celebrate the abolishment of the enslavement of African peoples in all British colonies worldwide.
CBC Arts has partnered with Ngozi Paul’s Emancipation Arts to broadcast this annual Youth Led celebration online, featuring music, theatre, dance and spoken word. Crow’s Theatre was one...

New York: Metropolitan Opera nightly opera streams for the week of July 27

Monday, July 27, 2020
New York: Metropolitan Opera nightly opera streams for the week of July 27

It’s a week of classic operatic tragedies, as well as one epic installment of Wagner’s monumental Ring cycle.
Monday, July 27Donizetti’s Lucia di LammermoorStarring Natalie Dessay, Joseph Calleja, Ludovic Tézier, and Kwangchul Youn, conducted by Patrick Summers. From March 19, 2011.
Tuesday, July 28Puccini’s ToscaStarring Karita Mattila,...

Stratford: Sidewalk Scenes’ production of “Romeo and Juliet” is held over to August 30

Sunday, July 26, 2020
Stratford: Sidewalk Scenes’ production of “Romeo and Juliet” is held over to August 30

An ingenious 75 minute adaptation of Romeo & Juliet, playing Thursday nights in the covered parking garage at The Bruce Hotel in Stratford is completely sold out until August 20th.
The Artistic Team of Sidewalk Scenes, in consultation with The Bruce Hotel have decided to HOLD OVER this wildly successful production by adding SIX MORE PERFORMANCES...

Stratford: The Stratford Festival’s “The Tempest” and “Caesar and Cleopatra” return to Cineplex theatres

Friday, July 24, 2020
Stratford: The Stratford Festival’s “The Tempest” and “Caesar and Cleopatra” return to Cineplex theatres

Revisit some of the greatest performances by the incomparable Christopher Plummer in Cineplex theatres this summer.The Tempest returns to selected Cineplex locations on July 31. Described by the Toronto Star as “the show that most of us have been waiting to see at the Stratford Festival for many years,” this 2010 production features Christopher Plummeras...

Toronto: Nightwood Theatre annouces the winner of the inaugural Louise Garfield Award

Friday, July 24, 2020
Toronto: Nightwood Theatre annouces the winner of the inaugural Louise Garfield Award

Nightwood Theatre is thrilled to announce the winner of inaugural Louise Garfield Award - multidisciplinary artist, Shahrzad Arshadi. This annual cash prize is presented to an artist who has completed one of Nightwood's new play development programs as a 'later in life' emerging creator. The recipient connects deeply to the company's feminist mission...

Toronto, London, New York: Theatre to stream for free for the weekend of July 24

Friday, July 24, 2020
Toronto, London, New York: Theatre to stream for free for the weekend of July 24

FROM CANADA:
Toronto: 
What Happens to You, Happens to Me (play) by Susanna Fournier
with Kristen Thomson
directed by ted witzel
streaming through August 1
on Canadian Stage Grid


Unholy (play) by Diane Flacks
with Banereh Yaraghi and Niki Landau
directd by Kelly Thornton
streaming from...

New York: Live recording of the late Nick Cordero’s solo show to be released

Wednesday, July 22, 2020
New York: Live recording of the late Nick Cordero’s solo show to be released

Broadway Records will release a live album of Nick Cordero's 2019 Feinstein's/54 Below show September 17, Cordero's birthday. Originally in the beginning stages of being prepared for release when the A Bronx Tale star became sick with COVID-19, the album will now benefit the late actor's wife, Amanda Kloots, and their young son Elvis.
Live Your...

Toronto: Opera Atelier presents “Together/Apart Part II” on July 28

Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Toronto: Opera Atelier presents “Together/Apart Part II” on July 28

On Tuesday, July 28th at 8pm ET Opera Atelier is thrilled to present Together/Apart Part II - a 20-minute virtual showcase celebrating Opera Atelier’s Resident photographer Bruce Zinger and his iconic images for OA that have won the company worldwide recognition.
Together/Apart Part II will showcase images that served as an inspiration for OA’s...

Niagara-on-the Lake: The Shaw Festival extends its cancellation of shows through September 15

Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Niagara-on-the Lake: The Shaw Festival extends its cancellation of shows through September 15

Based on the Province of Ontario’s framework for reopening businesses and the further extension of the State of Emergency, it is clear that the Shaw Festival is not able to proceed with the season as scheduled. As a result, The Shaw must cancel all performances and public events through September 15. The further delay has forced the Festival to cancel...

Toronto: Canadian Stage announces programming cancellations

Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Toronto: Canadian Stage announces programming cancellations

The fight to contain the spread of COVID-19 has created an unprecedented challenge to the performing arts. It is with regret that Canadian Stage announces the suspension of its Fall 2020 productions of Fairview by Jackie Sibblies Drury (a Canadian Stage and Obsidian Theatre co-production), A Thousand Splendid Suns by Ursula Rani Sarma, based on the...

Toronto: Mixed Company presents the interactive Zoom-play “To Work or Not To Work” on July 23

Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Toronto: Mixed Company presents the interactive Zoom-play “To Work or Not To Work” on July 23

All of us at Mixed Company Theatre have spent the last few months exploring how we can take our beloved Forum Theatre to you online. And after some very successful pilot presentations on Zoom - we are proud to present our next online production - TO WORK OR NOT TO WORK!
As restrictions lift, will we still be allowed to keep working from home?...

Toronto: Beginning July 21 “Ghosts of the Royal Alex” – a new online six-part biweekly series

Monday, July 20, 2020
Toronto: Beginning July 21 “Ghosts of the Royal Alex” – a new online six-part biweekly series

Toronto's Royal Alexandra Theatre is the most famous haunted theatre in Canada. Don’t worry, the ghosts are all gentle souls, mostly performers who loved the theatre so much that they decided to make it their spiritual home.
That is, if you believe in ghosts. You do, don’t you?
Or maybe you are skeptical, like the protagonist of the story...

New York: Metropolitan Opera nightly opera streams for the week of July 20

Monday, July 20, 2020
New York: Metropolitan Opera nightly opera streams for the week of July 20

Get ready for another week of outstanding performances from the Met’s catalogue of Live in HD transmissions and classic telecasts, featuring the greatest voices of today and past eras.
Monday, July 20Rossini’s Il Barbiere di SivigliaStarring Isabel Leonard, Lawrence Brownlee, Christopher Maltman, and Maurizio Muraro, conducted by Michele Mariotti....

Toronto: Memorial website launched to honour opera expert Father Owen Lee

Sunday, July 19, 2020
Toronto: Memorial website launched to honour opera expert Father Owen Lee

He was revered by hundreds as a Catholic Basilian priest, esteemed by thousands as a Professor of Classics, and treasured by millions around the world for his three decades of brilliant radio broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera.
Father M. Owen Lee (1930-2019)
To mark the first anniversary of his death (25th July, next Saturday) I am today...

Muskoka: Dot the T Productions present live theatre in Muskoka this August

Sunday, July 19, 2020
Muskoka: Dot the T Productions present live theatre in Muskoka this August

Dot The T Productions is proud to present its third season of original theatre and live concerts in a unique outdoor setting. Running from August 10 to August 30, they will present four plays, two of which are world premieres, as well as two music concerts - all featuring professional Muskoka artists. Bring your own lawn chair, your own refreshments...

Toronto: The Guild Festival Theatre announces live and online programming

Sunday, July 19, 2020
Toronto: The Guild Festival Theatre announces live and online programming

Guild Festival Theatre (GFT) is delighted to announce Beyond The Stage, a summer of live and online programming that brings theatre to the neighbourhood at a time when the neighbourhood can't come to the theatre. 
Given the ongoing impact of COVID-19, Guild Festival Theatre is bringing joy, fun, and a sense of community to Guildwood with free...

Toronto: SummerWorks announces July/August programming

Friday, July 17, 2020
Toronto: SummerWorks announces July/August programming

As the summer of COVID-19 continues to signal new realities, and the ways in which arts organizations and artists can continue to make work and meet audiences are exposed, SummerWorks is pleased to announce programming and development plans for July through mid-August, as part of their expanded season of activity in 2020.  Mid-to-late summer programming...

Toronto: The Canadian Opera Company streams Rufus Wainwright’s opera “Hadrian” free on August 10

Friday, July 17, 2020
Toronto: The Canadian Opera Company streams Rufus Wainwright’s opera “Hadrian” free on August 10

For the first time ever, audiences around the world will have a special opportunity to watch the Canadian Opera Company’s 2018 world premiere production of Hadrian, in full, online. On Monday, August 10 at 6:30 p.m. ET, in partnership with Montréal Pride Festival, the COC is hosting a free, one-night-only digital stream of the modern grand opera....

Toronto, London, New York: Theatre to stream for free for the weekend of July 17

Friday, July 17, 2020
Toronto, London, New York: Theatre to stream for free for the weekend of July 17

FROM CANADA:
Toronto: 
Unholy (play) by Diane Flacks
with Banereh Yaraghi and Niki Landau
directd by Kelly Thornton
streaming from July 4 on
on unholyshow.com


Stratford: 

Antony and Cleopatra (play) by William Shakespeare
with Evan Buliung and Yanna McIntosh
directed by Gary Griffin

Toronto: Necessary Angel Theatre Company releases more videos of “The Resilience Project”

Thursday, July 16, 2020
Toronto: Necessary Angel Theatre Company releases more videos of “The Resilience Project”

Necessary Angel Theatre Company this evening released a series of original artistic commissions in the form of video shorts, as part of The Resilience Project by Necessary Angel. The Resilience Project as a whole encompasses several new artistic and creative offerings, using art to address a shared sense of grief in honest, funny, and cathartic ways.“Theatre...

Toronto: Outside the March and Theatre Direct present kids experience “Mundance Mysteries Playdate” August 10-September 4

Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Toronto: Outside the March and Theatre Direct present kids experience “Mundance Mysteries Playdate” August 10-September 4

Leading Immersive Company Outside the March has partnered with Theatre Direct and TO Live, two of Toronto’s most exciting voices in Family Programming, to create Mundane Mysteries: PLAYDATE Edition—a week-long, personalized detective experience designed to offer kids and families a memorable, connected experience this August. This new initiative is...

Sydney, AUS: The new opening date for “Come From Away” in Sydney is June 3, 2021

Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Sydney, AUS: The new opening date for “Come From Away” in Sydney is June 3, 2021

New dates have been set for the Australian production of Come From Away, with the hit musical playing at Sydney's Capitol Theatre June 3, 2021. In addition, producers will stage a 2021 limited return engagement at Melbourne's Comedy Theatre, where the musical made its Australian premiere in 2019. Additional scheduling details will be released at a...

Stratford: The Stratford Festival holds a viewing party for “The Taming of the Shrew” on July 16

Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Stratford: The Stratford Festival holds a viewing party for “The Taming of the Shrew” on July 16

From the world-renowned Stratford Festival, this scintillating production of Shakespeare’s boisterous comedy The Taming of the Shrew will stir your emotions as you follow Katherina and Petruchio, the feisty lovers at the centre of Shakespeare’s most pointed social commentary. Deborah Hay gives a “performance for the ages” (Toronto Star) as Katherina:...

Toronto: Acclaimed Canadian playwright Daniel David Moses has died

Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Toronto: Acclaimed Canadian playwright Daniel David Moses has died

Daniel David Moses sadly passed, Daniel David was a gifted playwright, poet, and teacher, he contributed a lot to his community and society and will be forever remembered for the great soul he always was.
We are never ready to say goodbye forever even though we know it is a part of life. This day our hearts are heavy for losing someone so special,...

Toronto: Tapestry Opera with support from Soulpepper will perform free “Box Concerts” July 1-October 1

Monday, July 13, 2020
Toronto: Tapestry Opera with support from Soulpepper will perform free “Box Concerts” July 1-October 1

Tapestry Opera is driving live music to Toronto’s neighbourhoods this summer with an innovative curbside delivery program, Box Concerts (#BoxConcerts), a core initiative of Tapestry’s “Immune to Cancellation” Season.
In collaboration, Distillery District neighbours Soulpepper Theatre Company  and Tapestry Opera have built a compact travelling...

Toronto: Toronto Fringe will return just over $27,000 to the companies of the Fringe Collective

Monday, July 13, 2020
Toronto: Toronto Fringe will return just over $27,000 to the companies of the Fringe Collective

The Toronto Fringe’s first ever digital festival, the Fringe Collective, wrapped up yesterday after offering 12 days of digital programming to Fringe lovers across Toronto and the world, with over 42% of viewers being non-local. The festival featured pre-recorded video, audio, and written content from 52 companies that were slated to be part of the...

Toronto: TO Live supports 100 independent local artists in its :living Rooms program

Monday, July 13, 2020
Toronto: TO Live supports 100 independent local artists in its :living Rooms program

When TO Live’s performances were suspended in March at the start of the pandemic, the organization immediately focussed on finding ways to support local artists and created the digital series called Living Rooms as one way to achieve this goal. Living Rooms is a multi-disciplinary series that provides a platform for local Toronto artists performing...

New York: Metropolitan Opera nightly opera streams for the week of July 13

Monday, July 13, 2020
New York: Metropolitan Opera nightly opera streams for the week of July 13

Two charming comedies by Rossini and Mozart, four classic tragedies by Verdi and Puccini, and Berg’s harrowing 20th-century masterpiece Wozzeck—it’s a lineup that runs the operatic gamut.
Monday, July 13Puccini’s Manon LescautStarring Kristine Opolais, Roberto Alagna, Massimo Cavalletti, and Brindley Sherratt, conducted by Fabio Luisi. From March...

Toronto, London, New York: Theatre to stream for free for the weekend of July 10

Friday, July 10, 2020
Toronto, London, New York: Theatre to stream for free for the weekend of July 10

FROM CANADA:
Toronto: 
Toronto Fringe Festival
Act 4 collection
streaming July 10 to July 12
on the Toronto Fringe Festival website

Unholy (play) by Diane Flacks
with Banereh Yaraghi and Niki Landau
directd byKelly Thornton
streaming from July 4
on unholyshow.com
 
Twenty Thousand Leagues...

Stratford: Here For Now presents a six-production open-air theatre festival starting July 17

Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Stratford: Here For Now presents a six-production open-air theatre festival starting July 17

Independent Stratford-based theatre company Here For Now is thrilled to announce their 2020 Open-Air Theatre Festival in the backyard lawns of The Bruce Hotel. Local artists are coming together to create a season that will include six shows with small audiences, adhering to the latest public health regulations.
The Canadian premiere of A Hundred...

Toronto: A pandemic-inspired audio play commissioned by Canadian Stage runs July 20 to August 1

Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Toronto: A pandemic-inspired audio play commissioned by Canadian Stage runs July 20 to August 1

Inspired by the current pandemic, award-winning playwright Susanna Fournier creates the new play What Happens to You, Happens to Me, a unique participatory storytelling experience that capturesresponses to how people are feeling after months of isolation.
This meditative audio experience is a letter, a questionnaire, a thought-experiment, a mindfulness...

Toronto: What’s happening (virtually) on the Bloor Street Culture Corridor in July

Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Toronto: What’s happening (virtually) on the Bloor Street Culture Corridor in July

Happy Summer! Enjoy these wonderful arts and culture offerings from the comfort of your home.
The Music Gallery
At a time we can't get together in person, here is a chance for everyone to relive events which brought people together in unique and unusual ways. The Music Gallery is very happy to announce they will now bring you a re-watch...

Niagara-on-the-Lake: The Shaw Festival cancels all August events and performances

Monday, July 6, 2020
Niagara-on-the-Lake: The Shaw Festival cancels all August events and performances

The Shaw Festival is forced to cancel all public events and performances scheduled in August due to the extension of the Province of Ontario’s Emergency Orders and the continuation of the State of Emergency in the Province and Niagara. In discussion with and under the guidance of The Shaw’s insurer, it has become clear that scheduled performances...

New York: Metropolitan Opera nightly opera streams for the week of July 6

Monday, July 6, 2020
New York: Metropolitan Opera nightly opera streams for the week of July 6

From Wagnerian grandeur to two of Puccini’s touchstone tragedies, this week’s lineup includes several peaks of the operatic repertoire. Explore the articles and resources below to expand your knowledge and enhance your experience as you enjoy the free streams.
Monday, July 6Puccini’s La BohèmeStarring Sonya Yoncheva, Susanna Phillips, Michael...

Los Angeles: Hamilton-born actor Nick Cordero dies of Covid-19 at age 41

Sunday, July 5, 2020
Los Angeles: Hamilton-born actor Nick Cordero dies of Covid-19 at age 41

Tony Award-nominated actor Nick Cordero, who specialized in playing tough guys on Broadway in such shows as Waitress, A Bronx Tale and Bullets Over Broadway, has died in Los Angeles after suffering severe medical complications after contracting the coronavirus. He was 41.
He was born and raised in Hamilton's west end and attended Ryerson University...

Stratford: Stratford Festival actors present Parkade Plays at The Bruce Hotel starting July 9

Friday, July 3, 2020
Stratford: Stratford Festival actors present Parkade Plays at The Bruce Hotel starting July 9

The improv comedy troupe that reintroduced live theatre to Stratford’s residential streets will soon be bringing Romeo and Juliet – reimagined for the pandemic era and set in Stratford – to The Bruce Hotel parkade.
In the midst of its success with an ongoing series of street performances, Sidewalk Scenes – actors, musicians and improv comedians...

Toronto, London, New York: Theatre to stream for free for the weekend of July 3

Friday, July 3, 2020
Toronto, London, New York: Theatre to stream for free for the weekend of July 3

FROM CANADA:
Toronto: 
Ministry Of Mundane Mysteries (phone-play) by Outside the March
directed by Mitchell Cushman and Griffin McInnes
streaming until July 4
on the SummerWorks website
 
Toronto Fringe Festival
Act 2 collection
streaming July 4 to July 6
on the Toronto Fringe Festival website

Calgary: Broadway stars share what they love most about Canada in video from Theatre Calgary

Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Calgary: Broadway stars share what they love most about Canada in video from Theatre Calgary

Tony winners Stephanie J. Block and Kelli O'Hara—plus a host of additional Broadway stars—honored Canada Day in a video from Theatre Calgary July 1, celebrating all of the things they love about the nation and its people.
Joining the pair in the video above are Elizabeth Stanley, George Takei, Ann Harada, Telly Leung, Jere Shea, and Paul Alexander...

Stratford: The Stratford Festival holds a viewing party for “Antony and Cleopatra” on July 2

Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Stratford: The Stratford Festival holds a viewing party for “Antony and Cleopatra” on July 2

The steamy story of a midlife affair that rocked the ancient world comes to vivid life in this “admirable production” (The Record). Geraint Wyn Davies and Yanna McIntosh “are magnificent together in the title roles” (Sun Media), portraying powerful rulers whose insatiable love leads to warfare and tragedy. Director Gary Griffin paints an unforgettable...

Toronto: The winners of the 2020 Dora Mavor Moore Awards

Monday, June 29, 2020
Toronto: The winners of the 2020 Dora Mavor Moore Awards

This is the list of the winners of the 2020 Dora Mavor Moore Awards:
GENERAL THEATRE DIVISION
2020 DORA MAVOR MOORE AWARD
Outstanding Production
General Theatre DivisionThe Brothers Size
Soulpepper Theatre Company
2020 DORA MAVOR MOORE AWARD
Outstanding New Play
General Theatre Division
Anosh IraniBuffoon

Toronto, London, New York: Theatre to stream for free for the weekend of June 26

Friday, June 26, 2020
Toronto, London, New York: Theatre to stream for free for the weekend of June 26

FROM CANADA:
Toronto: 
Ministry Of Mundane Mysteries (phone-play) by Outside the March
directed by Mitchell Cushman and Griffin McInnes
streaming until June 29
on the SummerWorks website

June 25 onwards:
Exit-less (play) inspired by Jean-Paul Sartre
with Mélie R. Rondeau and Simran Thind
directed...

Toronto: Tarragon Theatre announces retirement of Artistic Director Richard Rose

Friday, June 26, 2020
Toronto: Tarragon Theatre announces retirement of Artistic Director Richard Rose

Tarragon Theatre announces that longstanding Artistic Director, Richard Rose, will retire at the conclusion of the 2020/21 season, after 20 years at the helm of the theatre.
Richard’s guidance and unwavering support of artists have been hallmarks of his time at Tarragon – a commitment he maintains during this period as he works with the Tarragon...

Ottawa: The Governor General discusses “How do we get back to the stage?” with Patrick Huard and Colm Feore on June 29

Thursday, June 25, 2020
Ottawa: The Governor General discusses “How do we get back to the stage?” with Patrick Huard and Colm Feore on June 29

On behalf of Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, we are pleased to invite you to join us for two virtual conversations between the Governor General and actors Patrick Huard and Colm Feore. The conversations will focus on the particular impacts the pandemic has had on the entertainment industry and those who...

Toronto: The Musical Stage Company announces its summer/fall 2020 programming, development and education plans

Thursday, June 25, 2020
Toronto: The Musical Stage Company announces its summer/fall 2020 programming, development and education plans

On the heels of the recent announcement that their co-production (with Obsidian Theatre) of CAROLINE, OR CHANGE received 9 Dora nominations and won 2 Toronto Theatre Critics’  Awards (Best Performance in a Musical, Jully Black; Best Supporting Performance in a Musical, Vanessa Sears) The Musical Stage Company is pleased today to unveil their 2020...

Toronto: Music video from the Canadian musical “The Louder We Get” released for Pride Month

Thursday, June 25, 2020
Toronto: Music video from the Canadian musical “The Louder We Get” released for Pride Month

On the heels of receiving Calgary Theatre Critics Award nominations for Best Leading Performance (Evan Kinnane) and Best Production of a Musical, the producers and creative team behind the hit musical THE LOUDER WE GET are thrilled to release a new video of the song THIS DANCE IS FOR YOU. The video, shot and produced remotely, is being released in...

Stratford: The Stratford Festival holds a viewing party for “Pericles” on June 25

Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Stratford: The Stratford Festival holds a viewing party for “Pericles” on June 25

Filled with music and brilliant spectacle, this epic story follows a fairy-tale hero on a miraculous journey to one of literature’s most poignant reunions. Evan Buliung gives a sweeping performance, portraying the dashing young prince with verve and swagger, and taking him into his elder years with sorrowful tenderness. “Moving and fun from beginning...

New York: New York: Metropolitan Opera nightly opera streams for the week of June 22

Tuesday, June 23, 2020
New York: New York: Metropolitan Opera nightly opera streams for the week of June 22

This week of free streams serves up an operatic sampler, with classics from the German, French, and Italian repertoire as well as John Adams’s contemporary take on the Manhattan Project, Doctor Atomic. Explore the articles and resources below to expand your knowledge and enhance your experience as you enjoy the performances. A full schedule for the...

Toronto: The Canadian Opera Company cancels all in-person programming for fall 2020

Monday, June 22, 2020
Toronto: The Canadian Opera Company cancels all in-person programming for fall 2020

Given continued restrictions on large public gatherings in Toronto due to ongoing precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Canadian Opera Company will be cancelling all in-person performances, programming, and events through the fall of its 2020/2021 season.
“Since the cancellation of our spring season back in March, we have been actively...

Toronto: The Théâtre français de Toronto’s 2020/21 season will be the last for Joël Beddows as Artistic Director

Monday, June 22, 2020
Toronto: The Théâtre français de Toronto’s 2020/21 season will be the last for Joël Beddows as Artistic Director

Théâtre français de Toronto's 2020/2021 season will begin with a virtual programming, the content of which will be announced at the end of August. Adhering to the official security guidelines, a theatrical programming will then be announced in October and officially kick-off in January. This will be Joël Beddows’s last season. He will officially leave...

Toronto: Tarragon Theatre presents Tarragon Acoustic – audio readings from Tarragon's 50-year history

Monday, June 22, 2020
Toronto: Tarragon Theatre presents Tarragon Acoustic – audio readings from Tarragon's 50-year history

Tarragon is excited to announce Tarragon Acoustic, an online celebration of Tarragon’s history and future. Tarragon will produce a series of audio readings from Tarragon’s 50 yearhistory, along with select new works highlighting Tarragon’s direction for the future.
“The 20-21 season was to be one of the largest seasons in Tarragon’s history with...

Barrie: Talk Is Free Theatre presents theatre classes for all ages starting July 1

Thursday, June 18, 2020
Barrie: Talk Is Free Theatre presents theatre classes for all ages starting July 1

CON-ACT is a brand-new online program that brings people of all ages together and connects friends and families through arts-based classes. This new endeavour offers an eclectic variety of classes taught by some of Canada’s premiere theatre artists.
We are thrilled to have such talented instructors as Jake Epstein (Degrassi: The Next Generation, Broadway’s Spider-Man:...

Toronto: Updated programming for Queer Pride at Buddies in Bad Times

Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Toronto: Updated programming for Queer Pride at Buddies in Bad Times

Buddies’ annual Queer Pride Festival celebrates our community’s unstoppable spirit, with digital and in-person (at a distance) offerings in performance, music, dance, and installation. And of course, a party, for good measure. With physical distancing measures still in place across the province, this year’s festival expands its footprint beyond the...

Toronto: Presenters and special guests announced for the 2020 Virtual Dora Awards

Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Toronto: Presenters and special guests announced for the 2020 Virtual Dora Awards

The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) today announced the VIP presenters, special guests and theme for the 41st annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards which, for the very first time due to the restrictions in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic, are being held virtually. On Monday, June 29, the show begins at 7:30pm on the Dora Awards YouTube...

Toronto: Drop in revenue leads to major layoffs at TO Live

Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Toronto: Drop in revenue leads to major layoffs at TO Live

The uncertainty caused by COVID-19 and an 85% drop in revenue has led TO Live to make the regrettable decision to layoff an additional 32 people bringing the total to 115 full time staff being laid off. This is in addition to the 480 unionized, part-time and casual staff who were already laid off or placed on Emergency Temporary Leave.
TO Live...

Toronto: Toronto Fringe reveals listings of digital festival running July 1-12

Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Toronto: Toronto Fringe reveals listings of digital festival running July 1-12

More details about the Fringe Collective are available hereFringe lovers, in Toronto and around the world, can now browse listings from the 50+ companies in The Fringe Collective. Today, all listings and details about The Fringe Collective’s video, audio, and written content are being made available for the first time.
Browse all listings in...

Vancouver: New research shows an overwhelming need to establish national networks of legal clinics to support the arts sector

Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Vancouver: New research shows an overwhelming need to establish national networks of legal clinics to support the arts sector

The National Network of Legal Clinics for the Arts, a group comprised of members of existing Canadian pro-bono legal clinics, announces the release of a pressing report housing significant new research on the multitude of legal challenges facing individuals working in the Canadian arts sector - accelerated to critical levels due to the devastating...

London, ON: The Grand Theatre postpones its 2020/21 season

Wednesday, June 17, 2020
London, ON: The Grand Theatre postpones its 2020/21 season

Today, the Grand Theatre announced that the season scheduled to commence in October 2020 will be postponed until the fall of 2021. This announcement impacts not only the Grand’s programmed season of theatre on its two stages, but also the popular Jeans ‘n Classics concert series as well as the numerous community partners who use the Grand stages throughout...

Stratford: The Stratford Festival holds a viewing party for “King John” on June 18

Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Stratford: The Stratford Festival holds a viewing party for “King John” on June 18

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see Shakespeare’s King John. Hailed by critics as “riveting” (Toronto Star), “sublime” (Chicago Tribune) and “deliciously contemporary” (Globe and Mail), it features Tom McCamus giving “a daring performance” in the title role (National Post). This often-overlooked gem explores an eternal question: where do we draw...

Toronto: On June 19 GhostLight presents “This Little Light” illuminating Black artists and creators

Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Toronto: On June 19 GhostLight presents “This Little Light” illuminating Black artists and creators

GhostLight presents, in association with The Old Heads Podcast, Friday Night at the GhostLight: This Little Light - a meeting of creative Black minds: thinkers, makers, and luminaries on June 19th at 8 PM (EDT) on YouTube LIVE stream. 
A night of music, illumination, and thoughtful discussion on the state of the Canadian theatre industry. Co-hosted...

Toronto: The Toronto Fringe cancels the 2021 Next Stage Theatre Festival

Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Toronto: The Toronto Fringe cancels the 2021  Next Stage Theatre Festival

It is with great sadness that we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 Next Stage Theatre Festival.
After talking through the various scenarios of what we could offer to our artists, we felt that so much information was still unknown about public heath directives on public events in the new year that it was irresponsible for us...

New York: Metropolitan Opera nightly opera streams for the week of June 15

Monday, June 15, 2020
New York: Metropolitan Opera nightly opera streams for the week of June 15

The Met has announced Weeks 14 schedule for its Nightly Met Opera Streams, which features a repeat viewing of the company's At-Home Gala, originally seen live on April 25, and viewed by more than 750,000 people. The gala will be available for a 48-hour period on Friday and Saturday, June 12 and 13. The following weekend will feature the Met's acclaimed...

Toronto: The Art of Time Ensemble’s Andrew Burashko holds a conversation with theatre director Daniel Brooks

Monday, June 15, 2020
Toronto: The Art of Time Ensemble’s Andrew Burashko holds a conversation with theatre director Daniel Brooks

Our next conversation with Daniel Brooks happened shortly before recent events in the United States rightfully overwhelmed our collective consciousness and some of my long held personal beliefs – particularly regarding the place of politics in art. Daniel is a dear friend, Art of Time collaborator and one of the greatest theatre artists that Canada...

Toronto: COC General Director responds to media reports of an early departure for Paris

Friday, June 12, 2020
Toronto: COC General Director responds to media reports of an early departure for Paris

In response to recent media speculation out of France that COC General Director Alexander Neef plans on exiting his role with the Canadian Opera Company ahead of July 2021, Neef confirms that no decision has been made on accelerating a departure date.
In July 2019, Neef was appointed the next General Director of Opéra national de Paris, with...

St. Catharines: The Foster Festival introduces a new series – NORMFLIX

Thursday, June 11, 2020
St. Catharines: The Foster Festival introduces a new series – NORMFLIX

We are pleased to announce The Foster Festival’s new NORMFLIX series. A three-part, online series that is sure to tickle your funny bone and will continue to deliver our trademark Humour with Heart that you have grown to love.
It is our great pleasure to present you with the first instalment of NORMFLIX - ASK A LEGEND!
Have you ever wanted...

Toronto: The International Resource Centre for Performing Artist presents an interview with Sondra Radvanovsky on June 17

Thursday, June 11, 2020
Toronto: The International Resource Centre for Performing Artist presents an interview with Sondra Radvanovsky on June 17

The International Resource Centre for Performing Artists (ircpa.net) presents another inspiring and informative Zoom event for singers, other musicians and music lovers.  
The IRCPA’s Debra Chandler hosts a
CONVERSATION WITH SONDRA RADVANOVSKYWednesday,  June 17, 1-2 pm EDTAmerican-Canadian soprano specializing in 19th-century Italian opera,...

Stratford: The Stratford Festival holds a viewing party for “Hamlet” on June 11

Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Stratford: The Stratford Festival holds a viewing party for “Hamlet” on June 11

Hamlet has been called the greatest play in the English language – and this 2015 production was hailed by the Toronto Star as “the most complete, most fulfilling, most satisfying in decades of theatregoing.” 
Watch HERE.
LIVE EVENTSPRESHOW WITH JONATHAN GOAD & AMAKA UMEHThursday, June 11, at 6:30 pm EDTArtistic Director Antoni Cimolino interviews...

Toronto: Sondheim’s “Follies” in concert is the season gala of the RCM's 2020/21 concert season

Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Toronto: Sondheim’s “Follies” in concert is the season gala of the RCM's 2020/21 concert season

Dr. Peter Simon, Michael and Sonja Koerner President & CEO of The Royal Conservatory of Music, MervonMehta, Executive Director of Performing Arts, and James Anagnoson, Dean of The Glenn Gould School, todayrevealed details of the diverse concerts that will make up the 12th concert season at The Royal Conservatory ofMusic.
“Music has been uniting...

Toronto: on July 9 the COC young artists share their songs of hope

Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Toronto: on July 9 the COC young artists share their songs of hope

Drawing on a long-standing musical tradition, the COC Ensemble Studio has creatively reimagined the salon-style home concert into a relaxed virtual experience. On July 9 at 7:30 p.m. ET, the Canadian Opera Company will stream Songs of Hope: From Our Homes to Yours, a showcase featuring intimate performances of personal favourites, carefully curated...

Toronto: Guild Festival Theatre postpones its 2020 season

Monday, June 8, 2020
Toronto: Guild Festival Theatre postpones its 2020 season

This announcement probably doesn't come as much of a surprise, but Guild Festival Theatre has made the heartbreaking decision to postpone our planned 2020 season until next year.
We know how much our audience enjoys GFT’s performances on the Greek Stage, and we waited as long as we could to come to this decision. Due to the lack of clear timelines...

Toronto: Dora Award nominations announced

Monday, June 8, 2020
Toronto: Dora Award nominations announced

At an online media announcement - pre-taped in front of Meridian Hall with physically distanced protocols in place - streamed June 8 on the Dora Awards YouTube channel, the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) announced 243 nominations for the 41st annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards which recognize excellence in professional theatre, dance...

New York: Metropolitan Opera nightly opera streams for the week of June 8

Monday, June 8, 2020
New York: Metropolitan Opera nightly opera streams for the week of June 8

This week, the Met’s acclaimed At-Home Gala returns for a two-day encore screening period, alongside masterpieces by Tchaikovsky, Mozart, and more. Explore the articles and resources below to expand your knowledge and enhance your experience as you enjoy the streams.
Monday, June 8Mozart’s La Clemenza di TitoStarring Lucy Crowe, Barbara Frittoli,...

Toronto, London, New York: Theatre to stream for free for the week of June 8

Monday, June 8, 2020
Toronto, London, New York: Theatre to stream for free for the week of June 8

directed by RHere is a list of shows to stream for free this week from Canada, the UK and the US:
FROM CANADA:
Toronto: 
June 8 onwards:
Ministry Of Mundane Mysteries (phone-play) by Outside the March
directed by Mitchell Cushman and Griffin McInnes
streaming until June 29
on the SummerWorks website

June...

Gananoque: Thousand Islands Playhouse cancels its entire 2020 season

Friday, June 5, 2020
Gananoque: Thousand Islands Playhouse cancels its entire 2020 season

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the suspension of our 2020 season, including all 8 mainstage productions, the Studio ‘S’ series, our Young Company tour, and our annual fundraiser A Moonlit Night. The Thousand Islands Playhouse remains committed to the safety and well-being of our audiences, artists, employees, and volunteers, and due to...

New York: Online stream of “The Wiz” starring Queen Latifah to raise money for NAACP

Friday, June 5, 2020
New York: Online stream of “The Wiz” starring Queen Latifah to raise money for NAACP

On Friday 12th June, The Wiz Live will be available to stream online as part of The Show Must Go On series. Viewers will also have the opportunity to donate to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), raising money towards the political, educational, social, and economic equality of all persons.
Based on The Wizard...

Stratford: The Stratford Festival’s Black artists present a special live stream this Saturday

Thursday, June 4, 2020
Stratford: The Stratford Festival’s Black artists present a special live stream this Saturday

The Stratford Festival has postponed by one week the release of its online programming out of respect for the victims of anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism and those peacefully protesting for change. Today through June 7, the Festival has given free rein over its social media platforms to its Black artists.
This includes a special live stream...

Niagara Falls: “Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show” announces it is closing permanently

Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Niagara Falls: “Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show” announces it is closing permanently

Canadiana Productions Inc., producers of the award winning Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show, are sad to announce that due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, they are closing operations after 26 years.
On March 14th, a final musical performance was enjoyed by an enthusiastic crowd and then the doors were closed due to the pandemic. At the...

Stratford: The Stratford Festival changes viewing dates for streamable plays

Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Stratford: The Stratford Festival changes viewing dates for streamable plays

Heartbroken by the anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism we are seeing across Canada and the U.S., and out of respect for the victims and those peacefully protesting for change, we are postponing this week’s online programming. In its place, we are offering our artists and staff of colour an opportunity to share posts of their choosing and important...

Toronto: The Toronto Theatre Critics Association has announced its winners for the 2019/20 season

Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Toronto: The Toronto Theatre Critics Association has announced its winners for the 2019/20 season

Undaunted by the COVID-19 pandemic and a shortened season, the Toronto Theatre Critics’ Awards have returned to honour excellence—and this year, resourcefulness as well—in the city’s professional theatre. The 10th annual TTCAs boast 30 winners in 14 categories spanning the 2019-2020 season, including a special citation for creativity in the face of...

New York: Metropolitan Opera nightly opera streams for the week of June 1

Monday, June 1, 2020
New York: Metropolitan Opera nightly opera streams for the week of June 1

This week’s Nightly Opera Streams span a variety of musical styles and more than 250 years of operatic history. Explore the articles and resources below to expand your knowledge and enhance your experience as you enjoy the streams. A full schedule for the week is available at the bottom of this page.
Monday, June 1Bellini’s I PuritaniStarring...

St. Catharines: The Foster Festival welcomes the return of Emily Oriold as Artistic Producer

Monday, June 1, 2020
St. Catharines: The Foster Festival welcomes the return of Emily Oriold as Artistic Producer

The Board of Directors of The Norm Foster Theatre Festival is pleased to welcome incoming Artistic Producer Emily Oriold to assist the organization during the effects of COVID-19.  Oriold brings a wealth of experience to both the festival and the City of St. Catharines where in 2015 she founded the organization holding the title of Founding Executive...

Toronto: What’s happening (virtually) on the Bloor Street Culture Corridor in June

Monday, June 1, 2020
Toronto: What’s happening (virtually) on the Bloor Street Culture Corridor in June

Enjoy these wonderful arts and culture offerings from the comfort of your home.
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre
June brings Pride month and more to the Miles Nadal JCC! On June 1 LGBTQ artists Cee Lavery and Saul Feedman-Lawson will be featured in our Virtual Gallery. On June 2 they co-present Israeli documentary Transkids with Toronto...

New York: On June 1 the Red Bull Theatre livestreams a reading of the Jacobean masterpiece “The Revenger’s Tragedy”

Sunday, May 31, 2020
New York: On June 1 the Red Bull Theatre livestreams a reading of the Jacobean masterpiece “The Revenger’s Tragedy”

TOMORROW at 7:30 PM EDT, Red Bull Theater LIVE, a series of informal FREE readings continues with the Jacobean masterpiece THE REVENGER'S TRAGEDY that Red Bull Theater produced Off-Broadway in 2005, adapted and directed by JESSE BERGER.
THE REVENGER'S TRAGEDY was Red Bull Theater's second Off-Broadway production, The New York Times deemed it...

Toronto: Submissions are now open for the 2020 Tom Hendry Awards

Saturday, May 30, 2020
Toronto: Submissions are now open for the 2020 Tom Hendry Awards

Each year we host an annual awards competition honouring 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...

Toronto: Deadline for the 2020/21 Syd & Shirley Banks Prize for Emerging Musical Theatre Artists is June 4

Saturday, May 30, 2020
Toronto: Deadline for the 2020/21 Syd & Shirley Banks Prize for Emerging Musical Theatre Artists is June 4

The 2020-21 Syd & Shirley Banks Prize for Emerging Musical Theatre Artists submission deadline is Thursday, June 4th at 5:00 PM! This prize provides two artists with financial assistance, mentorship, and increased exposure
The Syd and Shirley Banks Prize for Emerging Musical Theatre Artists generously provides two musicaltheatre artists the opportunity...

Toronto: Soundstreams cancels its 2020/21 season

Friday, May 29, 2020
Toronto: Soundstreams cancels its 2020/21 season

While we all continue to adapt to the shifting world around us, we’d like to take a moment to thank our amazing Soundstreams family for your patience. Whether you’ve donated, engaged with our social media composer content, or simply left us kind words of support, the entire staff is truly appreciative.
Before COVID-19 made its presence known,...

Niagara-on-the-Lake: Shaw Festival cancels all July events and performances

Friday, May 29, 2020
Niagara-on-the-Lake: Shaw Festival cancels all July events and performances

In keeping with the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s municipal order limiting organized mass gatherings, the Shaw Festival is now forced to cancel all public events and performances throughout July. The Festival will continue to follow the guidance and directives of Canadian public health agencies, all levels of government and the organization’s insurer...

New York: Danielle Wade, Dorothy in the Mirvish “Wizard of Oz”, stops by “R&H Goes Live!”

Thursday, May 28, 2020
New York: Danielle Wade, Dorothy in the Mirvish “Wizard of Oz”, stops by “R&H Goes Live!”

Mean Girls national tour star Danielle Wade stops by R&H Goes Live! May 27 to perform a contemporary take on “In My Own Little Corner” from Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella. Catch the live stream, hosted  by Laura Osnes, at www.youtube.com.
Wade made her Broadway debut in Mean Girls as a standby for Cady Heron and Janis Sarkisian before landing...

New York: The Metropolitan Opera launches a free online summer camp for students worldwide

Thursday, May 28, 2020
New York: The Metropolitan Opera launches a free online summer camp for students worldwide

This summer, the Metropolitan Opera will launch a virtual summer camp for students around the world. The free educational initiative will run June 15 through August 7. 
The program will run five days a week. Every Monday, students will be introduced to a featured opera from the Met’s digital library. One of the Met’s online teaching artists will...

New York: American Actors’ Equity Association issues new guidelines for producing theatre

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
New York: American Actors’ Equity Association issues new guidelines for producing theatre

As the COVID-19 public health crisis continues, Actors’ Equity Association has released new guidelines for producing theatre in the future. The four core principals were created in collaboration with Dr. David Michaels, former head of Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
The guidelines are:
• The epidemic must be under control,...

Toronto: Nightwood Theatre replaces “The Lawyer Show” with a virtual “Lawyer Cabaret” June 6

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Toronto: Nightwood Theatre replaces “The Lawyer Show” with a virtual “Lawyer Cabaret” June 6

For the first time in eleven years, Nightwood Theatre was saddened to announce the official cancellation of our annual Lawyer Show production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat due to the global health crisis. However, until we can gather again and welcome our cast back to the stage, we are so excited to keep the spirit of the event alive...

Toronto: Tarragon Theatre presents “Possibility From the Future” again on May 30 and 31

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Toronto: Tarragon Theatre presents “Possibility From the Future” again on May 30 and 31

Tarragon Theatre is excited to announce Possibility From the Future - Tarragon’s UnGala an online event in lieu of our traditional gala. When it became clear the season could not move forward in light of world events, Artistic Director Richard Rose put out a call for ‘playlets’ about possibility and hope from Tarragon’s extended group of playwright-in-residence,...

Toronto: Why Not Theatre announces the launch of the ThisGen 2020 Fellowship

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Toronto: Why Not Theatre announces the launch of the ThisGen 2020 Fellowship

Though the theatres are closed right now, we haven’t stopped working on supporting artists and strengthening our community. This spring, Why Not is thrilled to launch our national leadership program, the ThisGen 2020 Fellowship.
ThisGen 2020 Fellowship supports exceptional artists to get to the next level of their career by pairing each participant...

Toronto: Luminato Festival Toronto announces its virtual lineup for June 11-13

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Toronto: Luminato Festival Toronto announces its virtual lineup for June 11-13

Luminato Festival Toronto, Toronto’s international arts festival dedicated to performance, media and visual arts, and programming that cuts across traditional artform boundaries, is thrilled to announced the lineup of its first ever virtual festival which will run from 7 p.m. (EDT) Thursday, June 11 until 12 midnight (EDT) Saturday, June 13 and includes...

Stratford: Rent or buy Stratford’s 2019 production of “The Merry Wives of Windsor” starting today

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Stratford: Rent or buy Stratford’s 2019 production of “The Merry Wives of Windsor” starting today

Cineplex thought you all deserved a little more Shakespeare, so they’re premièring a brand new title in our Stratford Festival On Film series: The Merry Wives of Windsor! We captured this delightful romp just last fall, so you’ll be the very first to see it on film from the comfort of your couch.
From Canada’s renowned Stratford Festival comes...

Stratford: The Stratford Festival holds a viewing party of “Love’s Labours Lost” on May 28

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Stratford: The Stratford Festival holds a viewing party of “Love’s Labours Lost” on May 28

Shakespeare’s most poetic love story comes to vivid life in this Stratford Festival production, directed by Tony and Olivier award winner John Caird. A coming-of-age story unlike any other, Love’s Labour’s Lost dwells sweetly on the naiveté of youth while leading its protagonists to understand the true meaning – and cost – of love. This “sublime”...

New York: Metropolitan Opera nightly opera streams for the week of May 25

Monday, May 25, 2020
New York: Metropolitan Opera nightly opera streams for the week of May 25

This week’s Nightly Opera Streams offer high drama in a variety of forms—and one sparkling comedy. Explore the articles and resources below to expand your knowledge and enhance your experience as you enjoy the streams. 
Monday, May 25Berlioz’s La Damnation de FaustStarring Susan Graham, Marcello Giordani, and John Relyea, conducted by James Levine....

Toronto: New musical “Super School” gets a virtual premiere May 29

Monday, May 25, 2020
Toronto: New musical “Super School” gets a virtual premiere May 29

After the global pandemic dashed dreams of an opening night, the writers and teenage cast of the original teen musical Super School, under the leadership of Bravo Academy Artistic Director Melissa Bencic, decided the show must go on – online. 
“We wanted to continue developing this fantastic show to give both students and artists a continued...

Stratford: The Stratford Festival celebrates its first season with “The Stratford Adventure” on May 25

Sunday, May 24, 2020
Stratford: The Stratford Festival celebrates its first season with “The Stratford Adventure” on May 25

Tomorrow, Monday, May 25, would have been the gala opening night of our 2020 season. To mark the occasion, we will hold a special online celebration that includes a showing of the 1954 Oscar-nominated short documentary The Stratford Adventure.
Our Monday evening will begin at 8 p.m. with remarks from Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino. Then, immediately...

Toronto: The Assembly Theatre’s “Operation 24: Isolation Edition” continues today

Sunday, May 24, 2020
Toronto: The Assembly Theatre’s “Operation 24: Isolation Edition” continues today

OPERATION 24: ISOLATION EDITION is a two day live online performance event you won't want to miss!For years, OPERATION 24 has assembled 6 writers, 6 director and a gaggle of actors to create BRAND NEW 10-minute theatre pieces that our written,  rehearsed and performed all within 24 hrs.
Each show is DWYC (Donate-What-You-Can) with all proceeds...

Toronto: Monket Toast: The Improvised Talk Show live streams with Fred penner on June 6

Saturday, May 23, 2020
Toronto: Monket Toast: The Improvised Talk Show live streams with Fred penner on June 6

Six-time Canadian Comedy Award winner, Monkey Toast: The Improvised Talk Show is now streaming its shows live online.  For our June show, host David Shore welcomes special guest, children’s entertainer and the star of CBC’s, Fred Penner’s Place, Fred Penner! It all happens on Saturday, June 6th. You can watch the live stream on our YouTube channel,...

Toronto: Tapestry Opera presents “TAP:IN Rocking Horse Winner Artists in Conversation” on June 2

Saturday, May 23, 2020
Toronto: Tapestry Opera presents “TAP:IN Rocking Horse Winner Artists in Conversation” on June 2

Join us to check in with artists and peek behind the scenes into our digital rehearsals for Rocking Horse Winner. Book your “seat” for a special discussion with Tapestry General Director Michael Mori, Music Director Kamna Gupta, and members of the cast and creative team of our award-winning production.
Despite having to cancel the live performance...

New York: Irish Repertory Theatre announces first-ever all-online season

Friday, May 22, 2020
New York: Irish Repertory Theatre announces first-ever all-online season

New York’s Irish Repertory Theatre has announced an upcoming online run of four plays, becoming what could be Off Broadway’s first summer season created specifically for virtual viewing. Included in the line-up is the world premiere of Darren Murphy’s short playThe Gifts You Gave to the Dark, with characters affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Like...

New York: Playbill recommends shows to stream this weekend

Friday, May 22, 2020
New York: Playbill recommends shows to stream this weekend

While Memorial Day typically yields an influx of tourists at the Broadway box office, the coronavirus keeps theatres around the country shuttered. Still, several theatre companies and artists have found ways to keep the curtains raised online, with classes, productions, concerts, and more available to stream.
Here are some of the offerings presented...

Toronto: The Canadian Opera Company presents archival opera productions in “From the Vault” starting May 27

Friday, May 22, 2020
Toronto: The Canadian Opera Company presents archival opera productions in “From the Vault” starting May 27

For the first time ever, the Canadian Opera Company is inviting audiences to view some of its most beloved productions through a new, limited-time series, From the Vault. Every Thursday through the spring and summer, the company is releasing one full-length archival recording of a COC performance, beginning with its 2017 staging of R. Strauss’ Arabella....

Cambridge: Vera Causa Opera announces its 2020/21 season

Friday, May 22, 2020
Cambridge: Vera Causa Opera announces its 2020/21 season

Vera Causa Opera is very excited to announce that admission to all our shows next season will be pay-as-you-go: Reserve for free today, and donate at the conclusion of the show. What are you waiting for? RSVP for free today.
 
Hansel and Gretel
Saturday, November 14th, 2020, 2:00pm and 7:00pm
Waterloo Collegiate Institute
300...

Stratford: Stratford Festival requests $8 million in funding from federal government

Thursday, May 21, 2020
Stratford: Stratford Festival requests $8 million in funding from federal government

The Stratford Festival appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance today to present its case for recovery funding as a result of the cancellation of its 2020 season.
Carol Stephenson O.C., Chair of the Board of Governors, made the opening remarks and was joined by Executive Director Anita Gaffney for the question period....

London, UK: All 37 plays of the BBC Television Shakespeare Collection available for streaming May 26

Thursday, May 21, 2020
London, UK: All 37 plays of the BBC Television Shakespeare Collection available for streaming May 26

Britbox will add the complete BBC Television Shakespeare Collection to its subscription streaming platform May 26. The expansive collection, never before made available for streaming in its entirety on one platform, includes films of nearly all 39 of Shakespeare's canonical dramatic works, performed by such actors as Helen Mirren, Robert Lindsay,...

Montreal: CirqueConnect goes behind the scenes of “Kurios” and begins the web series “Going Full Cirque”

Thursday, May 21, 2020
Montreal: CirqueConnect goes behind the scenes of “Kurios” and begins the web series “Going Full Cirque”

This Friday, May 22nd at 3 p.m. Eastern Time, we're inviting you for a brand new special, Cirque du Soleil Presents: Behind the Curtain of KURIOS - Cabinet of Curiosities!
Follow the cast and crew of KURIOS on tour and explore their universe through the eyes of an insider. Go behind the scenes and discover how unique their on tour lifestyle is!

Toronto: “The Ministry of Mundane Mysteries” continues June 8-July 4

Thursday, May 21, 2020
Toronto: “The Ministry of Mundane Mysteries” continues June 8-July 4

Following the announcement last month that SummerWorks will offer a summer season of remotely presented work from May through September, they are pleased today to announce their focal presentation for the month of June. Beginning June 8 through July 4 SummerWorks will present The Ministry of Mundane Mysteries: Summer Passport - a Remote Immersive...

Toronto: Against the Grain Theatre brings back its Opera Pub on June 4

Thursday, May 21, 2020
Toronto: Against the Grain Theatre brings back its Opera Pub on June 4

AtG is bringing back the event we all know and love, but now you can experience the magic from your couch! On the first Thursday in June, join your Opera Pub host David Eliakis and musicians Phillip Addis and Emily Hamper for a night full of opera and entertainment. You may remember Phil from his role as Alberto in our production of Figaro's Wedding...

London, UK: May schedule announced for BBC’s short play showcase “Unprecedented”

Thursday, May 21, 2020
London, UK: May schedule announced for BBC’s short play showcase “Unprecedented”

Dozens of U.K. stage, film, and television stars will appear in the short digital play series Unprecedented, airing May 26–28 at 10 PM BST on BBC Four and the BBC iPlayer. The full schedule (below) includes two-time Olivier Award winner Gough (Angels in America), Broadway alum Arthur Darvill (Once), Olivier winner Monica Dolan (All About Eve), Jodie...

New York: The complete “24 Hour Plays: Viral Monologues: Director’s Cut” now available

Thursday, May 21, 2020
New York: The complete “24 Hour Plays: Viral Monologues: Director’s Cut” now available

Over a dozen theatre favorites took part in a special edition of The 24 Hour Plays: Viral Monologues: Director's Cut May 19, including Tony winner Cynthia Nixon, Michael Urie, Mauricio Martinez, Maddie Corman, and Cobie Smulders. Director's Cut is a special collaboration with director Leigh Silverman (Grand Horizons), the 2016 recipient of The 24...

New York: Pride Plays announce the four works streaming in June

Thursday, May 21, 2020
New York: Pride Plays announce the four works streaming in June

In celebration of Pride, Playbill and Pride Plays will present four live streamed readings of plays by and about the LGBTQIA+ community every Friday in June in support of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. 
Produced by Doug Nevin and Michael Urie with festival direction by Nick Mayo, Pride Plays is also presented in partnership with Rattlestick...

Toronto: TAPA announces that the 2020 Doras will be presented virtually on June 29

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Toronto: TAPA announces that the 2020 Doras will be presented virtually on June 29

The annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards, produced by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA), celebrate excellence in the city's professional performing arts sector for theatre, dance and opera.
TAPA Executive Director and Dora Awards Producer Jacoba Knaapen today announced that, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 41st annual Dora...

Toronto: Royal Alex to dim its marquee lights in honour of producer S. Roger Horchow

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Toronto: Royal Alex to dim its marquee lights in honour of producer S. Roger Horchow

To honour the life of Broadway producer S. Roger Horchow, the marquee lights of the Royal Alexander Theatre will be dimmed on Thursday, May 21 at 8 PM. 
Mr. Horchow, who died on May 2 at his home in Dallas, TX, at age 91, co-produced with David and Ed Mirvish the Canadian premiere production of Crazy For You, which played from 1993 to 1995 at...

Toronto: Tarragon Theatre holds “UnGala 2020: Possibility From the Future” on May 23 and 24

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Toronto: Tarragon Theatre holds “UnGala 2020: Possibility From the Future” on May 23 and 24

Tarragon Theatre is excited to announce Possibility From the Future - Tarragon’s UnGala an online event in lieu of our traditional gala. When it became clear the season could not move forward in light of world events, Artistic Director Richard Rose put out a call for ‘playlets’ about possibility and hope from Tarragon’s extended group of playwright-in-residence,...

Stratford: The Stratford Festival holds a viewing party of “Timon of Athens” on May 21

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Stratford: The Stratford Festival holds a viewing party of “Timon of Athens” on May 21

Timon, a tremendously generous nobleman, lavishes gifts upon his friends and entertains in high style. He’s the most popular man in Athens – until his money runs out. Unable to find a friend in his hour of need, Timon takes to the wilderness, embittered by ingratitude. Joseph Ziegler, “a superb, nuanced actor … amazes” in the title role (The Buffalo...

New York: Off-Broadway Harry Potter-inspired hit “Puffs” will stream on Playbill starting May 22

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
New York: Off-Broadway Harry Potter-inspired hit “Puffs” will stream on Playbill starting May 22

Theatre lovers can travel to a Certain School of Magic and Magic when Playbill streams Puffs beginning May 22 at 12 PM ET as part of Playbill's Playback series. In addition to the full-length Off-Broadway production, the recording includes exclusive new interviews with the cast and creative team, hosted by Felicia Fitzpatrick. 
The stream is...

Toronto: The Toronto Fringe goes digital this year July 1-12

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Toronto: The Toronto Fringe goes digital this year July 1-12

The Fringe movement has always championed risk and innovation, which is why the Toronto Fringe is pleased to announce that the Fringe spirit will live on(line) this summer. Since the cancellation of the festival for the first time in its 32-year history, the organization has been assessing how it can best serve the community during these unprecedented...

New York: David Hyde Pierce, Jamie Barton and Anthony Roth Costanzo headline “Opera Jukebox” benefit

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
New York: David Hyde Pierce, Jamie Barton and Anthony Roth Costanzo headline “Opera Jukebox” benefit

"The great mezzo-soprano Frederica Von Stade once observed that music is 'the art form closest to prayer,'” said Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor David Hyde Pierce. “Our world could use some good prayers right now and the Artist Relief Tree is helping ensure that those prayers keep getting sung.” On Saturday, May 30, Pierce will emcee an Artist Relief...

Toronto: Check In From Away interviews three former Toronto Matildas

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Toronto: Check In From Away interviews three former Toronto Matildas

Steffi and Lisa (we think we should call them S’n’L from now on) check in with the three young actresses who shared the title role in Matilda The Musical in 2016. They were children four years ago; now they are teenagers. So S’n’L explore the theme, “Revolting Children — Teenagers in Isolation”.
Watch HERE.
Four years ago, three local young...

Toronto: IRCPA hosts a Zoom conversation with the COC’s Alexander Neef on May 21

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Toronto: IRCPA hosts a Zoom conversation with the COC’s Alexander Neef on May 21

IRCPA, the International Resource Centre for Performing Arts, is hosting a ZOOM conversation with Alexander Neef,  General Director, Canadian Opera Company,  MAY 21, 2020, 3 – 4 P.M. EDT.
Mr. Neef has graciously accepted our invitation for a Zoom conversation and interview with opera journalist Joseph So, hosted by the IRCPA’s Debra Chandler,...

Toronto: Factory Theatre presents a new 15-minute play by Kat Sandler on line

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Toronto: Factory Theatre presents a new 15-minute play by Kat Sandler on line

Grab a drink & kick off your weekend with a new short work from Kat Sandler! Join us on Friday May 22 @ 5:30pm for a free virtual presentation of THE COALITION, a new short work written for an online platform. 
Approx. Running Time: 15mins
ABOUT THE COALITION:
The world is being threatened by a deadly Mist - or is it a Fog? - that causes...

Toronto: The COC introduces “Opera Makers: Activities for Young Creatives”

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Toronto: The COC introduces “Opera Makers: Activities for Young Creatives”

The Canadian Opera Company is launching a new eight-week video series, created specifically with young people ages 7 to 12 in mind. Opera Makers: Activities for Young Creatives dives into the various art forms that make up an opera. Each week, Canada’s top teaching artists will cover a range of topics, from singing and composing to movement and set...

Toronto: Canadian Stage, SummerWorks and Club Quarantine unite to present live-streaming party “ESSENTIAL PLAY”

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Toronto: Canadian Stage, SummerWorks and Club Quarantine unite to present live-streaming party “ESSENTIAL PLAY”

Canadian Stage, SummerWorks and Club Quarantine unite to present ESSENTIAL PLAY, a nation-wide virtual/live streaming party. This FREE online club experience invites artists and art-lovers, from coast to coast, to come together for an unapologetic, unpredictable, imaginative, weird and wonderful night that celebrates the strength and resilience of...

Toronto: CBC Arts announces its virtual arts listings for the week of May 18

Monday, May 18, 2020
Toronto: CBC Arts announces its virtual arts listings for the week of May 18

The widespread isolation and social distancing of COVID-19 has hit Canada's arts communities as hard as any other. World premieres were cancelled, juggernaut Broadway imports were brought to heel, gallery shows big and small were shuttered and promising new works missed their first shot at finding an audience.
But Canadian artists are a resilient...

Kingston: Theatre Kingston cancels the Storefront Fringe but announces a monologue writing festival

Monday, May 18, 2020
Kingston: Theatre Kingston cancels the Storefront Fringe but announces a monologue writing festival

Storefront Fringe postponed until 2021:
It is with great sadness that we announce the cancellation of the 2020 Theatre Kingston Storefront Fringe Festival due to the ongoing uncertainty created by COVID-19. 
The health and community impacts of the virus continue to evolve rapidly. In these circumstances, we are unable to provide a safe festival...

New York: Red Bull Theatre LIVE features Dion Johnstone as Coriolanus tonight

Monday, May 18, 2020
New York: Red Bull Theatre LIVE features Dion Johnstone as Coriolanus tonight

TONIGHT at 7:30 PM EDT, Red Bull Theater LIVE, our series of informal FREE readings continues with Shakespeare's CORIOLANUS that Red Bull Theater produced Off-Broadway in 2016, directed by Michael Sexton. The event will feature Broadway luminary and Tony Award-nominee Patrick Page, Royal Shakespeare Company veteran Lisa Harrow (Wit, The Omen), two-time...

Toronto: Studio 180 AT HOME holds two events in May

Monday, May 18, 2020
Toronto: Studio 180 AT HOME holds two events in May

If you haven't yet, make sure to sign up for our final two May events as we have limited capacity and spots go quickly. Keep reading for all the information!
A Deep Dive Into Indecentand God of Vengeance
Do you love discussing theatre and social issues? Do you consider yourself a theatre nerd? If so, join this conversation and share your...

New York: Metropolitan Opera nightly opera streams for the week of May 18

Monday, May 18, 2020
New York: Metropolitan Opera nightly opera streams for the week of May 18

This week’s lineup of Nightly Opera Streams offers a cross-section of the core repertory, with two Mozart classics, operas by Verdi, Wagner, and Puccini, and two French masterpieces. Explore the articles and resources below to expand your knowledge and enhance your experience as you enjoy the streams. A full schedule for the week is available at the...

Stratford: SpringWorks cancels its 2020 festival

Friday, May 15, 2020
Stratford: SpringWorks cancels its 2020 festival

Hermione Presents and SpringWorks Festivals join the many artistic organizations, large and small around the world, as we announce our 2020 season programming will be moving to 2021. 
SpringWorks Festivals are about gathering. Artist creators come to share their works directly and in close connection with the audience. Our participatory events...

Cambridge: Drayton Entertainment cancels all programming through September 5

Friday, May 15, 2020
Cambridge: Drayton Entertainment cancels all programming through September 5

Amidst continued concerns regarding the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and in keeping with physical distancing recommendations, Drayton Entertainment has cancelled additional productions at its seven stages across the province. The wellness of patrons, staff, artists, volunteers, and the community continues to be of paramount importance for the...

Ottawa: Beau Dixon presents “Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story” online on May 16

Friday, May 15, 2020
Ottawa: Beau Dixon presents “Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story” online on May 16

Beau Dixon will present his "Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story” online on May 16. The two-time Dora Award winning one-man-show was created and performed by Beau Dixon. The play is based on the true story of Maurice Ruddick, a coal miner who saved the lives of six other miners trapped two miles below the Cumberland Mine in Springhill, Nova...

Toronto: Theatre Smith-Gilmour streams its hit “As I Lay Dying” starting today

Friday, May 15, 2020
Toronto: Theatre Smith-Gilmour streams its hit “As I Lay Dying” starting today

As COVID19 continues to keep us in isolation, we've been searching for ways to keep the company moving forward and metamorphosing with the times. Over the past couple of months our team has been working very hard, and we're so excited to announce the launch of our new and improved TSG website.
In another effort to go virtual, we are also thrilled...

Toronto: JUNIOR, the international children’s festival, goes virtual

Thursday, May 14, 2020
Toronto: JUNIOR, the international children’s festival, goes virtual

Introducing Virtually JUNIOR, Harbourfront Centre's online edition of JUNIOR, Toronto’s international international children’s festival, launching during the Victoria Day long weekend from Saturday, May 16 to Monday, May 18.
Get ready to join us for exciting new ways to enjoy some of JUNIOR’s talented artists – virtually. We’ll be bringing you...

Toronto: Canadian Stage launches CS CLASSROOM – free online masterclasses by Canadian theatre greats

Thursday, May 14, 2020
Toronto: Canadian Stage launches CS CLASSROOM – free online masterclasses by Canadian theatre greats

Class is back in session as Canadian Stage invites theatre artists to attend CS CLASSROOM, a live interactive 5-week online series of FREE masterclasses, seminars, and discussions. Lead by twenty exceptional Canadianartists, these highly acclaimed theatre, dance, and live performance makers will directly address the artisticneeds of theatre creators...

Stratford: The Stratford Festival holds a viewing party of “The Tempest” on May 14

Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Stratford: The Stratford Festival holds a viewing party of “The Tempest” on May 14

“Magic is in the air” in this glorious production of Shakespeare’s final masterpiece (BroadwayWorld). But as magical as the story is, “the real magic and grandeur come from Martha Henry as Prospero” (The New York Times). She is “one of the true greats,” says the Chicago Tribune, giving a performance full of “passion and power” (The Globe and Mail)....

New York: Lincoln Center streams past “Live from Lincoln Center” broadcasts starting June 5

Tuesday, May 12, 2020
New York: Lincoln Center streams past “Live from Lincoln Center” broadcasts starting June 5

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts will launch its new series Broadway Fridays, featuring free digital streams of past Live From Lincoln Center broadcasts June 5 at 8 PM. Up first: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel.
The performance with the New York Philharmonic features Tony winner Kelli O'Hara, Nathan Gunn, Stephanie Blythe, Tony winner...

Toronto: Against the Grain Theatre launches AtG TV with interviews and opera excerpts

Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Toronto: Against the Grain Theatre launches AtG TV with interviews and opera excerpts

Until we can meet together again in person safely, we’ve decided to move some of our creative efforts to an online platform to connect with our community in new ways (we’ve also always wanted to have a TV channel).
As we roll out new content, we know it can’t replace the in-person intimacy that we excel at, but hope that it may brighten your...

New York: “Hamilton” film with original Broadway cast will stream beginning July 3

Tuesday, May 12, 2020
New York: “Hamilton” film with original Broadway cast will stream beginning July 3

Theatrelovers received a blast of unexpected good news May 12, when Walt Disney Studios announced via Twitter that the Hamilton film, which captured the original Broadway production, will stream on Disney+ beginning July 3.
Initially announced for a theatrical release in October 2021, the release of the filmed presentation of the Tony-, Pulitzer-,...

New York: Playwrights Horizons’ Soundstage continues with Qui Nguyen’s “Outtakes”

Monday, May 11, 2020
New York: Playwrights Horizons’ Soundstage continues with Qui Nguyen’s “Outtakes”

Playwrights Horizons’ Soundstage “theatre for the ears” continues with “Outtakes” by Qui Nguyen.
A son keeps trying to get his charming (if frustrating) immigrant parents to tell him a true war story from their lives in Vietnam to help him write a new play. Imagined as edited found interview tapes, OUTTAKES is both funny and heartfelt, drawn...

Toronto: Théâtre français de Toronto offers artistic activities and events in French

Monday, May 11, 2020
Toronto: Théâtre français de Toronto offers artistic activities and events in French

TfT is pleased to offer you new artistic activities and events in French each week, free and accessible through its social networks and video broadcasting platforms (Youtube and Facebook). Please note: the content made available online is in French only. Facebook Lives do not feature subtitles. Other broadcasts may feature subtitles in French only. 

New York: Metropolitan Opera nightly opera streams May 11 to May 17

Monday, May 11, 2020
New York: Metropolitan Opera nightly opera streams May 11 to May 17

This week’s schedule of Nightly Opera Streams runs the gamut, from a 1982 telecast of Lucia di Lammermoor starring the stupendous Joan Sutherland to the Met premiere of Thomas Adès’s 21st-century masterpiece The Tempest. Explore the articles and resources below to expand your knowledge and enhance your experience as you enjoy the streams.
Monday,...

Toronto: CBC Arts announces its virtual arts listings for the week of May 11

Monday, May 11, 2020
Toronto: CBC Arts announces its virtual arts listings for the week of May 11

The widespread isolation and social distancing of COVID-19 has hit Canada's arts communities as hard as any other. World premieres were cancelled, juggernaut Broadway imports were brought to heel, gallery shows big and small were shuttered and promising new works missed their first shot at finding an audience.
But Canadian artists are a resilient...

Toronto: Tarragon Theatre presents an online reading of David Young’s “Inexpressible Island” May 11-13

Friday, May 8, 2020
Toronto: Tarragon Theatre presents an online reading of David Young’s “Inexpressible Island” May 11-13

The Tarragon Theatre will present an online reading of David Young’s Inexpressible Island from May 11 to May 13. 
INEXPRESSIBLE ISLANDA play by David YoungDirected by Richard RoseSound design by Verne GoodStage Directions by Briony GlasscoIn 1912 three  Royal Navy officers and three ordinary seamen were stranded  in Antarctica with no winter...

Toronto: Mirvish expects “Hamilton” to return to Toronto

Thursday, May 7, 2020
Toronto: Mirvish expects “Hamilton” to return to Toronto

Mirvish Productions says it expects "Hamilton" will return to Toronto after the much-hyped musical's Canadian run was cut short because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The theatre company sent an email to ticket-holders who requested refunds for cancelled performances Thursday asking them to reconsider, offering priority access to seats should the...

Toronto: Musical Theatre Radio provides listeners with their music theatre fix

Thursday, May 7, 2020
Toronto: Musical Theatre Radio provides listeners with their music theatre fix

Theatres are closed around the world with no real timeline for re opening in sight. So how does one get their Musical Theatre fix? That is where Musical Theatre Radio comes to the rescue.
Launched online in Toronto in 2019, MTR plays showtunes from around the world, new and old, popular and rare with a mandate to promote new and lesser known...

Montreal: Cirque du Soleil presents “Behind the Curtain of LUZIA” on May 8

Thursday, May 7, 2020
Montreal: Cirque du Soleil presents “Behind the Curtain of LUZIA” on May 8

We are excited to announce that we are expanding our programming with the addition of two new content formats: “Cirque du Soleil Presents: The Best Of” highlighting your favourite acrobatic disciplines and “Behind the Curtain” which takes you behind-the-scenes of creating our shows. 
For this week’s CirqueConnect special, follow the international...

Kitchener: Lost & Found Theatre’s SIP Sessions go live

Thursday, May 7, 2020
Kitchener: Lost & Found Theatre’s SIP Sessions go live

SIP (Shelter-In-Place) Sessions are theatrical interludes you can enjoy from the comfort of your couch, with your beverage of choice handy to sip! Actors you have seen in Lost & Found shows are preparing short monologue videos which we will release over the next few weeks.  And we have a few other ideas up our sleeves. 
The first installment...

London, UK: Four plays added to the National Theatre at Home series

Thursday, May 7, 2020
London, UK: Four plays added to the National Theatre at Home series

Four new titles to be streamed live as part of the National Theatre at Home series have been announced. The upcoming shows include National Theatre productions in recent years, as well as filmed performances from partner theatres that were screened in cinemas as part of National Theatre Live.
As well as the performances, supplementary content...

Toronto: Tapestry Opera announces an all-digital 2020/21 season

Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Toronto: Tapestry Opera announces an all-digital 2020/21 season

Facing the ongoing crisis of COVID-19 with a spirit of innovation and flexibility, Tapestry Opera announces a 2020/2021 season of creative opera and music “immune to cancellation”, designed to withstand the uncertainty of the times ahead. 
The season will premiere new digital commissions, feature monthly live-streamed performances, invest in...

Stratford: The Stratford Festival holds a viewing party of its “Macbeth” on May 7

Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Stratford: The Stratford Festival holds a viewing party of its “Macbeth” on May 7

This week we present the third title under our “Social Order and Leadership” theme: Macbeth. Directed by Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino, this chilling production takes you back to the stark reality of the 11th century, when a murderous king clawed his way to power. It has been praised as “a thrilling terror” (Globe and Mail), “a bold and brutal...

London, UK: A selection of British theatre to stream

Wednesday, May 6, 2020
London, UK: A selection of British theatre to stream

It’s been a long time since we’ve felt the excitement of spending a night at the theatre. From the orchestra tuning their instruments, stars singing in the spotlight and the final curtain call, there’s nothing quite like watching a mesmerising performance on stage. But, even with theatres shut for the foreseeable future, there’s still plenty of opportunity...

Toronto: Sing along with the Canadian Opera Company's virtual choir

Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Toronto: Sing along with the Canadian Opera Company's virtual choir

The Canadian Opera Company invites singers of all ages and abilities to join together in a powerful display of the connecting power of music: the Virtual Choir. Price Family Chorus Master Sandra Horst has led the COC Chorus to critical acclaim on the company’s mainstage. Now, she is guiding opera fans and singing enthusiasts through a rousing rendition...

Toronto: The Luminato Festival Toronto goes virtual June 11-13, 2020

Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Toronto: The Luminato Festival Toronto goes virtual June 11-13, 2020

Today Luminato Festival Toronto announced that it will return from June 11 to 13, 2020 with 3 days of virtual programming, bringing artists and thinkers together with audiences from across Canada and around the world. Streaming on Luminato’s website and social media channels, the weekend will feature live and pre-recorded performances, conversations,...

Toronto: Mirvish introduces the video chat show “Check In From Away” this week

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

This week we're thrilled to introduce an exciting new feature brought to you by two members of the company of Come From Away — actor Steffi DiDomenicantonio (known to friends as Steffi D; she plays Janice, the young Rogers TV reporter, and other roles) and stage manager Lisa Humber. 
Steffi and Lisa are your affable hosts for Check In From Away,...

Toronto: Opera Atelier presents “Together/Apart”, a virtual showcase of music and dance

Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Toronto: Opera Atelier presents “Together/Apart”, a virtual showcase of music and dance

Opera Atelier is thrilled to announce Together/Apart - a one-hour virtual showcase of music and dance to connect, uplift, and inspire - featuring an all-star line-up of Opera Atelier’s longstanding and audience-favourite artists from around the globe, Wednesday, May 20 at 8pm EST, streaming at OperaAtelier.com. All 14 artists on the program have personally...

Washington, DC: IN Series announces its fully digital 2020/21 season

Monday, May 4, 2020
Washington, DC: IN Series announces its fully digital 2020/21 season

As performing arts organizations worldwide struggle to schedule live performance seasons in the midst of a global pandemic, IN Series leads the charge onto the digital stage by programming an entirely virtual season of opera-theater, designed to be experienced from the comfort and safety of home. Announcing this dramatic innovation on the date originally...

New York: Red Bull Theatre LIVE streams a reading of “The Witch of Edmondton” tonight at 7:30pm

Monday, May 4, 2020
New York: Red Bull Theatre LIVE streams a reading of “The Witch of Edmondton” tonight at 7:30pm

TONIGHT at 7:30 PM EDT, Red Bull Theater LIVE, our series of informal FREE readings designed to continue to serve Red Bull Theater’s mission to revitalize the classics for today’s audience during the coronavirus pandemic, continues with THE WITCH OF EDMONTON (1621) by William Rowley, Thomas Dekker and John Ford that Red Bull Theater produced Off-Broadway...

London, UK: Famed producer Cameron Mackintosh says West End and Broadway will stay closed until 2021

Monday, May 4, 2020
London, UK: Famed producer Cameron Mackintosh says West End and Broadway will stay closed until 2021

Theatre producer Sir Cameron Mackintosh has said the lockdown measures imposed because of the Covid-19 outbreak mean West End theatres are unlikely to be able to reopen until 2021.
Mackintosh, who is one of the most successful musical producers ever with shows including Cats and Les Misérables, said that planning to reopen theatres can’t start...

Ottawa: Odyssey Theatre holds a free online reading of Sheridan’s “The School for Scandal” on May 7

Monday, May 4, 2020
Ottawa: Odyssey Theatre holds a free online reading of Sheridan’s “The School for Scandal” on May 7

What’s the harm in a little gossip every now and then?
Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s The School for Scandal is one of the most brilliant English comedies of all time – riddled with gossip, mistaken identity, money and backstabbing. This whimsical satire explores the pernicious effects of gossip, slander and an obsessive devotion to scandal. Sheridan’s...

New York: Stars in the House performance schedule May 4 to May includes Nia Vardalos’ “Tiny Beautiful Things”

Monday, May 4, 2020
New York: Stars in the House performance schedule May 4 to May includes Nia Vardalos’ “Tiny Beautiful Things”

Stars in the House: Music, community, and education to support The Actors Fund and its services.Live-streamed daily at 2 PM ET and 8 PM ETListen on SiriusXM VOLUME at 9AM ET, M-FView on YouTube at www.youtube.comPERFORMANCE SCHEDULEMonday, MAY 4
2pm ET:
City of Angels Cast reunion with Gregg Edelman, Randy Graff, Dee Hoty, Kay McClelland,...

New York: Metropolitan Opera nightly opera streams May 4 to May 10

Monday, May 4, 2020
New York: Metropolitan Opera nightly opera streams May 4 to May 10

This week’s schedule of Nightly Opera Streams features two legendary telecasts, the Met premiere of a modern masterpiece, two lesser-known gems, and the perennially popular double bill of Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci. Explore the articles and resources below to expand your knowledge and enhance your experience as you enjoy the streams.
Monday,...

Toronto: CBC Arts announces its virtual arts listings for the week of May 4

Monday, May 4, 2020
Toronto: CBC Arts announces its virtual arts listings for the week of May 4

The widespread isolation and social distancing of COVID-19 has hit Canada's arts communities as hard as any other. World premieres were cancelled, juggernaut Broadway imports were brought to heel, gallery shows big and small were shuttered and promising new works missed their first shot at finding an audience.
But Canadian artists are a resilient...

Toronto: Against the Grain Theatre holds a La Bohème watch party on May 5

Friday, May 1, 2020
Toronto: Against the Grain Theatre holds a La Bohème watch party on May 5

On Tuesday, May 5, 2020, at 8:00 PM, AtG is thrilled to join CBC Arts and Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity to bring you a La Bohème Watch Party! Our hallmark production of La Bohème is back, and we would love for you to tune in to review the experience!This production is a translated adaption ('transladaption') of the Puccini classic and is a...

Toronto: The Guild Theatre Festival cancels its 2020 season

Friday, May 1, 2020
Toronto: The Guild Theatre Festival cancels its 2020 season

We know many of you have questions about Guild Festival Theatre’s 2020 season, especially after so many other theatres have canceled their programs. We are also dealing with the disruption, anxiety, and uncertainty caused by this pandemic, yet we remain hopeful that we will be able to bring the Greek Theatre to life this summer. 
We would love...

Toronto: The Canadian Opera Company introduces a new digital content hub

Friday, May 1, 2020
Toronto: The Canadian Opera Company introduces a new digital content hub

As people around the world continue to find their lives, their routines, and their usual comforts disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian Opera Company is making it easier than ever to access the uplifting power of music through its newly created Digital Content Hub at www.coc.ca.
The online portal will host all of the COC’s upcoming...

Toronto: What’s happening (virtually) on the Bloor Street Culture Corridor in May

Friday, May 1, 2020
Toronto: What’s happening (virtually) on the Bloor Street Culture Corridor in May

Enjoy these wonderful arts and culture offerings from the comfort of your home.
Bata Shoe Museum
The Bata Shoe Museum is bringing you #BSMFromHome - new online content to experience everyday. Listen to Creative Director & Senior Curator, Elizabeth Semmelhack every Tuesday and Saturday with their #AskACurator IGTV series. Get creative with...

New York: Book about Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” album and musical to be published this fall

Thursday, April 30, 2020
New York: Book about Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” album and musical to be published this fall

Grand Central Publishing will release a book chronicling Jagged Little Pill—both the Grammy-winning 1995 Alanis Morissette album and the new Broadway musical it inspired—this fall. The title is expected to arrive September 29.
The tome will feature photos and interviews from Morissette, book writer Diablo Cody, creative team members, and cast...

Toronto: SummerWorks postpones its 30th anniversary festival

Thursday, April 30, 2020
Toronto: SummerWorks postpones its 30th anniversary festival

With current recommendations of continued social distancing until at least the end of June and uncertainty surrounding the resumption of gatherings, today SummerWorks is announcing the postponement of the 30th anniversary edition of their annual 11-day August Festival. Planning for the 30th anniversary Festival and celebrations will resume when artists...

Stratford: Stratford Festival holds a “Coriolanus” viewing party on April 30

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Stratford: Stratford Festival holds a “Coriolanus” viewing party on April 30

First, a thank-you to all of you who wrote with kind words and uplifting messages as we were forced to put our 2020 season on hold. It means the world to us to hear from you.
Soon we’ll be together in the theatre once more, but in the meantime, it’s been fun connecting with you virtually through our film series. So let’s get back to that, shall...

Montreal: The National Theatre School of Canada offers online classes and theatre productions

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Montreal: The National Theatre School of Canada offers online classes and theatre productions

After offering emergency financial support to emerging artists affected by the coronavirus crisis, the National Theatre School (NTS) is proud to announce the next phase of its Art Apart initiative. Online classes for theatre artists, an exhibition of set and costume design artworks will be presented online for the first time, as well as two performances...

Toronto: Against the Grain Theatre holds a “La Bohème” watch party on May 5

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Toronto: Against the Grain Theatre holds a “La Bohème” watch party on May 5

Remember that production of La Bohème that AtG has brought to you four times? The one that was the first opera to be live-streamed into the homes of Canadians by Canadians? Is it your favourite production of La Bohème? (It is for us!) If so, we have news for you!
On Tuesday, May 5, 2020, at 8:00 PM, AtG is thrilled to join CBC Arts and Banff...

Toronto: Factory Theatre presents an online version of Daniel MacIvor’s “House” on May 7

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Toronto: Factory Theatre presents an online version of Daniel MacIvor’s “House” on May 7

Daniel MacIvor's House was slated to be the final show of Factory's 50th Anniversary Season, and while we're sad we weren't able to stage this work in our Mainspace Theatre, we are very excited to have the opportunity to share this masterful work with our online audience! This version of House features some very special "isolation" edits made to the...

Toronto: DLT continues online theatre performances of Theatre On-Call into May

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Toronto: DLT continues online theatre performances of Theatre On-Call into May

Over the past 40 days, DLT has been running "Theatre On-Call", a festival of contemporary, interactive performances occurring over the phone and other digital platforms, a way of keeping connected during these uncertain times. The initiative allows audiences to still access live and intimate content from the comfort of their own homes. Due to the...

Philadelphia: Opera Philadelphia streams two world premiere operas with librettos by Canadian authors

Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Philadelphia: Opera Philadelphia streams two world premiere operas with librettos by Canadian authors

Though Opera Philadelphia’s 2019–2020 season has been cut short due to the continued bans on mass gatherings during the coronavirus shutdown, the company will present a festival of some of its previous productions online.
The majority of titles in the Digital Festival come from Opera Philadelphia’s “Festival O,” which takes place at the start...

Toronto: The David Seguin Memorial Award begins a Covid-19 special initiative

Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Toronto: The David Seguin Memorial Award begins a Covid-19 special initiative

I hope this email finds you well during these strange and stressful days. It's been a difficult time for everyone, and as part of our efforts to help people in need, my family decided to change how we distribute the David Seguin Memorial Award for Accessibility in the Arts. Instead of awarding a prize to an artist or production n the Toronto Fringe...

Ottawa: Odyssey Theatre cancels its Theatre Under The Stars this summer

Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Ottawa: Odyssey Theatre cancels its Theatre Under The Stars this summer

With deep regret, Odyssey Theatre has made the difficult decision to cancel our Theatre Under the Stars production this summer, due to the global health crisis. The health and safety of our audiences, artists and staff is our number one priority. We never want to disappoint our audiences and supporters, and this isn’t how we envisioned spending our...

Stratford: Stratford Festival puts entire 2020 season on hold

Monday, April 27, 2020
Stratford: Stratford Festival puts entire 2020 season on hold

After weeks of consultation and deliberation, Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino, Executive Director Anita Gaffney and Board Chair Carol Stephenson have come to the conclusion that the Stratford Festival’s entire 2020 season must be put on hold, with a plan to revisit programming as soon as it is safe to gather in theatres.
 While they anticipate...

Toronto: Mirvish Productions begins new subscription season in January 2021

Monday, April 27, 2020
Toronto: Mirvish Productions begins new subscription season in January 2021

With an abundance of caution, David Mirvish will begin the new subscription season in his Toronto theatres in January 2021.He said: “Theatre is a collaborative art form and one that cannot exist without an audience. For the health and safety of all the artists, crew and staff working in our theatres, and for that of our audience, I think it is best...

New York: Metropolitan Opera nightly opera stream April 27 to May 3

Monday, April 27, 2020
New York: Metropolitan Opera nightly opera stream April 27 to May 3

Our free Nightly Opera Streams continue with a week of screenings that features Donizetti’s bel canto Tudor trilogy, a thrilling contemporary opera, and our first Viewers’ Choice classic telecast—Aida, starring Leontyne Price. Explore the articles and resources below to expand your knowledge and enhance your experience as you enjoy the streams.

Toronto: CBC Arts announces its virtual arts listings for the week of April 27

Monday, April 27, 2020
Toronto: CBC Arts announces its virtual arts listings for the week of April 27

The widespread isolation and social distancing of COVID-19 has hit Canada's arts communities as hard as any other. World premieres were cancelled, juggernaut Broadway imports were brought to heel, gallery shows big and small were shuttered and promising new works missed their first shot at finding an audience.
But Canadian artists are a resilient...

Toronto: Sondra Radvanovsky and Keri Alkema interview COC General Director Alexander Neef on “Screaming Divas”

Friday, April 24, 2020
Toronto: Sondra Radvanovsky and Keri Alkema interview COC General Director Alexander Neef on “Screaming Divas”

Sopranos Sondra Radvanovsky and Keri Alkema have reunited off-stage and online for Screaming Divas, a new YouTube series on all things opera. 
Their very first guest is COC General Director Alexander Neef. 
Check out Part 1 HERE.
Photo: Keri Alkema and Sondra Radvanovsky in Anna Bolena. © 2018 Michael Cooper.

Cambridge: Drayton Entertainment cancels four additional shows of its 2020 season

Friday, April 24, 2020
Cambridge: Drayton Entertainment cancels four additional shows of its 2020 season

Due to ongoing concerns surrounding the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), and in keeping with federal and provincial physical distancing recommendations, Drayton Entertainment has cancelled four additional productions at its various venues across Ontario.
The health and safety of patrons, staff, artists, volunteers, and the general public continues...

Toronto: New theatrical mentorship website GhostLight launches on May 8

Friday, April 24, 2020
Toronto: New theatrical mentorship website GhostLight launches on May 8

GhostLight launches as an online theatrical mentorship platform with Canadian literary icon Margaret Atwood and renowned Canadian journalist and stateswoman, The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson on May 8th 8:00pm (EST) in a LIVE stream on our YouTube channel. They will be joined by celebrated improvisational comedian Colin Mochrie (Whose Line is...

New York: Cast of Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” to perform on GLAAD livestream gala

Thursday, April 23, 2020
New York: Cast of Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” to perform on GLAAD livestream gala

GLAAD will present a live stream event, Together in Pride: You Are Not Alone, April 26 at 8 PM ET on GLAAD’s YouTube channel and Facebook Live.
Billy Eichner and Lilly Singh will co-host the event, which will feature performances by Alex Newell (Once On This Island), the cast of Broadway’s Jagged Little Pill, Kesha, Melissa Etheridge, and Mj...

Port Colborne: The Showboat Festival Theatre cancels or postpones the shows of its 2020 season

Thursday, April 23, 2020
Port Colborne: The Showboat Festival Theatre cancels or postpones the shows of its 2020 season

Showboat Festival Theatre has been presenting professional theatre in southern Ontario for over 32 years. With a focus on Canadian content, we have been fortunate enough to present over 80 Canadian shows to an audience pushing one million patrons. It has been a wonderfully rewarding and joyous time.   
But now we are faced with the reality that...

Toronto: It’s Shakespeare’s birthday!

Thursday, April 23, 2020
Toronto: It’s Shakespeare’s birthday!

It’s William Shakespeare’s birthday today (born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564). 
To celebrate there are many options.
The Stratford Festival of Canada begins its online Shakespeare Festival of twelve plays tonight. Visit www.stratfordfestival.ca.
The Royal Shakespeare Company has a host of its Shakespeare productions to steam and many...

Prescott: The St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival cancels its 2020 season

Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Prescott: The St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival cancels its 2020 season

Following restrictions released by the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario and the Town of Prescott regarding the COVID-19 global pandemic, we at The St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival are heartbroken to announce the postponement of our 2020 season. 
A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Fantasticks were originally set to open on July...

Toronto: Soulpepper’s musical “Rose” receives the New York Festivals Radio Award’s Gold Medal

Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Toronto: Soulpepper’s musical “Rose” receives the New York Festivals Radio Award’s Gold Medal

Soulpepper Theatre Company is incredibly pleased to share that the Original Cast Recording of Soulpepper’s inspiring original musical Rose has received the New York Festivals Radio Awards Gold Medal for Best Children’s Audio Book. Rose, the uplifting musical about perseverance, identity, and adventure, was created by Soulpepper Academy graduates and...

New York: Sankoff and Hein share the true stories behind the score of “Come From Away”

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
New York: Sankoff and Hein share the true stories behind the score of “Come From Away”

After a successful national tour, Come From Away opened at Broadway's Schoenfeld Theatre March 12, 2017, and promptly settled in for a hit run (plus five more productions around the world and an upcoming film adaptation). Nominated for seven Tony Awards, it won Christopher Ashley Best Director of a Musical.
With all of Broadway currently on hold...

Toronto: Outside the March streams the film of Rosamund Small’s “Vitals” until May 5

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Toronto: Outside the March streams the film of Rosamund Small’s “Vitals” until May 5

For everyone missing live theatre, here's a freebie: we're releasing the film of our Dora-winning immersive 2014 production by Rosamund Small. Vitals brings audiences into the raw world of a Toronto paramedic.
View Vitals HERE.
Note from playwright Rosamund Small
"Working on this play in 2013, I was writing about paramedics between...

Ottawa: Call for nominations in playwriting for the Siminovitch Prize

Monday, April 20, 2020
Ottawa: Call for nominations in playwriting for the Siminovitch Prize

The Siminovitch Prize, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and the National Arts Centre have announced a call for nominations for the Siminovitch Prize, Canada’s most prestigious award in theatre. Despite these tumultuous times, both organizations are planning for the annual celebration of excellence and innovation in Canadian theatre...

Toronto: CBC Arts announces its virtual arts listings for the week of April 20

Sunday, April 19, 2020
Toronto: CBC Arts announces its virtual arts listings for the week of April 20

The widespread isolation and social distancing of COVID-19 has hit Canada's arts communities as hard as any other. World premieres were cancelled, juggernaut Broadway imports were brought to heel, gallery shows big and small were shuttered and promising new works missed their first shot at finding an audience.
But Canadian artists are a resilient...

New York: iHeartRadio Broadway launches Saturday matinee series with “Jagged Little Pill” on April 18

Friday, April 17, 2020
New York: iHeartRadio Broadway launches Saturday matinee series with “Jagged Little Pill” on April 18

iHeartRadio Broadway will launch its Saturday Matinee series April 18 at 2 PM ET, when it will play the entire Jagged Little Pill Original Broadway Cast Recording. The weekly program will feature the cast and creators providing additional commentary throughout.
Jagged Little Pill features lyrics by seven-time Grammy Award winner and Ottawa native...

Toronto: Against the Grain Theatre holds a virtual opera salon on April 24

Friday, April 17, 2020
Toronto: Against the Grain Theatre holds a virtual opera salon on April 24

On Friday, April 24, 2020 at 7:30 PM, Against the Grain Theatre is pleased to partner with Rue Pigalle to invite you to an inspiring virtual opera salon with tenor Matthew Dalen and pianist Holly Kroeker, who will be performing from their home. Matthew and Holly have chosen pieces, which they describe as “musical medicine for the heart.“We have curated...

Gananoque: The Thousand Islands Playhouse cancels “Back in ’59” and “The Music Man”

Friday, April 17, 2020
Gananoque: The Thousand Islands Playhouse cancels “Back in ’59” and “The Music Man”

In an effort to keep our community safe, and to help lessen the spread of COVID-19, the Thousand Islands Playhouse has made the difficult decision to postpone the first two productions of its 2020 season – Back in ’59 and The Music Man. The season will now open with Every Brilliant Thing on July 18 in the Firehall Theatre and Perfect Wedding on August...

Stratford: The Stratford Festival launches a free online Shakespeare film festival

Friday, April 17, 2020
Stratford: The Stratford Festival launches a free online Shakespeare film festival

The Stratford Festival is launching a film festival during this period of social isolation, offering free streaming of 12 Shakespeare productions captured as part of its Stratford Festival On Film series. This is the first time the full-length versions of these productions have been available for free.
It launches on Shakespeare’s birthday, April...

London, UK: The Phantom of the Opera starring Richmond Hill’s Ramin Karimloo begins streaming tonight

Friday, April 17, 2020
London, UK: The Phantom of the Opera starring Richmond Hill’s Ramin Karimloo begins streaming tonight

The YouTube channel The Shows Must Go On continues to air full-length recordings of Andrew Lloyd Webbermusicals for free, with The Phantom of the Opera at Royal Albert Hall, starring Sierra Boggess and Ramin Karimloo, up next. The video will go live April 17 at 2 PM ET and will be available for 48 hours. Viewer donations will go to The Actors Fund.

Toronto: Luminato Festival Toronto CEO Anthony Sargent to step down

Friday, April 17, 2020
Toronto: Luminato Festival Toronto CEO Anthony Sargent to step down

Today Luminato Festival Toronto and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Anthony Sargent announced his decision to step down at the end of his successful 5-year commitment with Luminato, effective May 31, 2020. 
“I moved to Canada to lead Luminato for five years and will leave Toronto very proud of Luminato’s achievements.  I have enjoyed every moment...

St. Catharines: FirstOntario PAC launches #NiagaraPerforms on April 19

Thursday, April 16, 2020
St. Catharines: FirstOntario PAC launches #NiagaraPerforms on April 19

The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre is set to launch a new online series to help further connect audiences and artists during this unprecedented time of physical separation. #NiagaraPerforms will provide a platform and professional artist fees for local artists to share performances with online audiences as a home-grown take on the National Arts...

New York: SCTV alumni reunite on “Stars in the House” livestream

Thursday, April 16, 2020
New York: SCTV alumni reunite on “Stars in the House” livestream

Stars in the House, the daily live streamed concert series created by Playbill correspondent and SiriusXM Broadway host Seth Rudetsky and producer James Wesley, welcomes cast members from the hit 1976-1981 Canadian TV series SCTV, including Schitt's Creek co-stars Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara and Tony winners Andrea Martin and Martin Short, April...

Toronto: Mirvish delays opening “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” to 2021

Thursday, April 16, 2020
Toronto: Mirvish delays opening “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” to 2021

The producers of the Canadian premiere of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child –David Mirvish, Sonia Friedman, Colin Callender & Harry Potter Theatrical Productions – have a commitment to the safety and peace of mind of all its audiences, cast and company, and theatre staff.  
We are closely monitoring the continuously evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19)...

Stratford: Stratford Festival actors illustrate the problem of “speaking moistly”

Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Stratford: Stratford Festival actors illustrate the problem of “speaking moistly”

With millions of Canadians stuck at home, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s nationally televised warning about “speaking moistly” was so likely to send a wave of memes crashing across social media, even Trudeau himself seemed to realize he was going to need a life jacket.
It was the perfect storm, really.
With millions of Canadians stuck at...

Toronto: Against the Grain Theatre’s new Chair of the Board introduces himself

Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Toronto: Against the Grain Theatre’s new Chair of the Board introduces himself

I’m Marc Chalifoux and I am the new Chair of the Board of Directors of Against the Grain Theatre. I am reaching out to introduce myself and ask for your help.
I became involved with the company by emailing them after seeing Orphée+ in April 2018. I had just moved back from New York City and was looking to get involved in the arts community. Something...

Toronto: Théâtre français de Toronto launches Acte II: Le «TfT Connecté»

Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Toronto: Théâtre français de Toronto launches Acte II: Le «TfT Connecté»

Théâtre français de Toronto (TfT) intends to stay "connected" to its community by offering an innovative and continuous online presence. For this “Act II” of its 2019/2020 season, TfT is changing the backdrop and as of today, will offer cultural activities and artistic events accessible to everyone online. This new programming is made available free...

St. Catharines: Essential Theatre Collective holds a live-streamed Quarantine Cabaret May 1

Tuesday, April 14, 2020
St. Catharines: Essential Theatre Collective holds a live-streamed Quarantine Cabaret May 1

Its season may be shuttered, but Essential Collective Theatre isn't dropping the curtain yet.
The St. Catharines theatre company hopes to keep the creative spirit alive during the COVID-19 pandemic by hosting an online Quarantine Cabaret on May 1. The livestreamed event will showcase the best artist video submissions gathered throughout April,...

London, UK: Canadian actor Ramin Karimloo hosts a new podcast “The Hang with Ramin Karimloo”

Monday, April 13, 2020
London, UK: Canadian actor Ramin Karimloo hosts a new podcast “The Hang with Ramin Karimloo”

The Broadway Podcast Network has announced the release of several new podcast episodes.
Since launching in October 2019, BPN has increased its audience by roughly 30 percent.
One new series, The Hang with Ramin Karimloo allows audiences to pull up a chair to the actor’s intimate conversations with his show biz pals. The most recent April...

New York: Metropolitan Opera streaming schedule for week of April 13

Monday, April 13, 2020
New York: Metropolitan Opera streaming schedule for week of April 13

The Metropolitan Opera continues its Nightly Met Opera Streams series, showcasing performances online in lieu of on stage during the coronavirus pandemic. 
Titles in the fifth week include the 2017 production of Der Rosenkavalier starring Renée Fleming and Elīna Garanča, marking their final performances in two signature roles: The Marschallin...

Toronto: First winners of Mirvish’s Keep Calm marquee slogan contest announced

Monday, April 13, 2020
Toronto: First winners of Mirvish’s Keep Calm marquee slogan contest announced

From more than 3,300 entries, the first two winners were chosen today:
• A GREAT ACT TWO DEPENDS ON YOU by Katrina Roberts
• OUR STAGE IS BARE BECAUSE WE CARE by Darlene Treen.
Katrina and Darlene, both of whom used simple rhymes to get their message across, have each won a $100 Mirvish Gift Card and their slogans and names are now...

Niagara-on-the-Lake: Shaw Festival staff makes masks and garments for front-line workers

Sunday, April 12, 2020
Niagara-on-the-Lake: Shaw Festival staff makes masks and garments for front-line workers

They may not have plays to work on, but the people in Shaw Festival's wardrobe department aren't sitting idle during the pandemic.
About 20 people with the Niagara-on-the-Lake theatre company are cutting and sewing and staying busy cranking out about 400 masks and garments per week for front-line workers.
Executive director Tim Jennings...

Toronto: CBC Arts announces its virtual arts listings for the week of April 13

Sunday, April 12, 2020
Toronto: CBC Arts announces its virtual arts listings for the week of April 13

The widespread isolation and social distancing of COVID-19 has hit Canada's arts communities as hard as any other. World premieres were cancelled, juggernaut Broadway imports were brought to heel, gallery shows big and small were shuttered and promising new works missed their first shot at finding an audience.
But Canadian artists are a resilient...

Toronto: The Royal Alexandra Theatre will dim its lights on April 14 in honour of Victor A. Young

Saturday, April 11, 2020
Toronto: The Royal Alexandra Theatre will dim its lights on April 14 in honour of Victor A. Young

Victor Alexander Young, a former president of Canadian Actors' Equity and an acclaimed actor with more than 45 years experience on stage, TV and film, died from cancer on the morning of April 8, 2020 peacefully at his home in Toronto. His death was reported by his wife, the actress Jayne Lewis.
Victor had performed in five major shows on Mirvish...

Ottawa: The NAC extends performance and event cancellations through June 30, 2020

Thursday, April 9, 2020
Ottawa: The NAC extends performance and event cancellations through June 30, 2020

The health and safety of our visitors, artists, and staff is of paramount importance. Due to the evolving situation of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the NAC will be extending performance and event cancellations and postponements until June 30. The NAC building, including the Box Office, remains closed until further notice.
This decision is the right...

Stratford: Stratford Pirate Transmission presents a virtual reading of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” April 10 onward

Thursday, April 9, 2020
Stratford: Stratford Pirate Transmission presents a virtual reading of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” April 10 onward

Stratford Pirate Transmission presents a play reading of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Performed by Michael Blake, Adam Campbell, Jakob Ehman, Danny Ghantous, Josue Laboucane, Alexandra Lainfiesta, Hilary McCormack, André Morin, Irene Poole, E.B. Smith, Michael Spencer-Davis and Amaka Umeh. 
Produced by Michael Blake

Toronto: Soulpepper cancels all performances through August 31, 2020

Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Toronto: Soulpepper cancels all performances through August 31, 2020

In response to recently announced government guidelines, Soulpepper has suspended the remainder of its announced season, including all upcoming productions, and events through to August, 2020. This has been an incredibly difficult and heartbreaking decision, but ultimately we feel the right one to ensure the safety of everyone in our community.

Toronto: The Canadian Opera Company helps out with free broadcasts and facemasks

Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Toronto: The Canadian Opera Company helps out with free broadcasts and facemasks

We hope you and your loved ones are keeping as well as can be as we navigate this uncharted territory together. Like you, we’re doing our part to help stop the spread of COVID-19, which includes the difficult decision to cancel the remainder of our 2019/2020 season for the health and safety of our staff and COC community.
But, just as music unites...

Toronto: Toronto Musical Concerts online continue with “BIG GIRL & Friends”

Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Toronto: Toronto Musical Concerts online continue with “BIG GIRL & Friends”

Toronto Musical Concerts Artistic Producer, Christopher Wilson and Associate Director, Ryan Kelly offer a daily YouTube Live stream, BIG GIRL & Friends supporting The AFC (Actors’ Fund of Canada).BIG GIRL & Friends features professional Canadian musical theatre artists sharing performances and conversations to promote awareness and support for The...

Toronto: The 2020 Toronto Fringe Festival has been cancelled

Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Toronto: The 2020 Toronto Fringe Festival has been cancelled

Ontario’s largest performing arts festival, which brings over 1,100 artists and 140 shows together with 68,000 tickets issued each July, will be cancelled for the first time in its 32-year history.
It is with a heavy heart that the staff and board of directors of the Toronto Fringe announce the cancellation of the 2020 Toronto Fringe Festival...

Toronto: Mirvish holds a contest for best inspiriation slogan

Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Toronto: Mirvish holds a contest for best inspiriation slogan

You may know the slogan used at the start of WWII in the UK to inspire citizens to stay safe. It began with Keep Calm. In the spirit of that slogan, Mirvish Productions is asking all Torontonians to create new slogans that are inspirational and instructional in these turbulent days.
Here are some examples: • Keep Calm and Stay Home; • Our Health...

Montreal: Winners of the Mécénat Musica Prix 3 Femmes announced

Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Montreal: Winners of the Mécénat Musica Prix 3 Femmes announced

The 2020-2021 winners for the second edition of the $50,000 Mécénat Musica Prix 3 Femmes announced today in Montreal will create three new original Canadian operas to be premiered 2021, in a staged co-production with Toronto’s award-winning independent opera company Opera 5, Montreal’s Opera McGill, Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ),...

Toronto: This week the Howland Company presents “Murder at the Winterhouse Theatre”

Monday, April 6, 2020
Toronto: This week the Howland Company presents “Murder at the Winterhouse Theatre”

The Mystery Starts TONIGHT!The year is 1927 and Vaudeville is on its way out, which will leave The Winterhouse Theatre (and its staff) penniless if they can’t find an act to turn things around. It looks as though they might be saved when twin singing sensations; The Lavender Ladies agree to perform, but things go awry when one half of the duo is brutally...

Niagara-on-the-Lake: The Shaw Festival and Why Not Theatre cancel “Mahabharata” for the 2020 season

Monday, April 6, 2020
Niagara-on-the-Lake: The Shaw Festival and Why Not Theatre cancel “Mahabharata” for the 2020 season

In light of the current recommendations and directives from the government and public health agencies, Why Not Theatre and the Shaw Festival regret to announce that the 2020 production of Mahabharata is impossible to realize in the current circumstances and must therefore be postponed. Why Not Theatre and The Shaw are committed to bringing Mahabharata to...

Niagara-on-the-Lake: The Shaw Festival extends the cancellation of performances through June 30

Monday, April 6, 2020
Niagara-on-the-Lake: The Shaw Festival extends the cancellation of performances through June 30

The Shaw Festival is extending the cancellation of all public events and performances through June 30. This decision has been made in response to the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s declaration of a state of emergency and cancellation of all in-person events, meetings and programming through to the same date.
“You wouldn't believe how much great...

Toronto: The Royal Alexandra Theatre will dim its lights on April 7 in honour of Shirley Douglas

Sunday, April 5, 2020
Toronto: The Royal Alexandra Theatre will dim its lights on April 7 in honour of Shirley Douglas

Shirley Douglas, one of the giants of Canadian theatre, TV and film died on April 5, 2020 from complications due to pneumonia (but not related to Covid-19). Her son, Kiefer Sutherland, announced her death on Twitter and explained: “My mother was an extraordinary woman who led an extraordinary life. Sadly she had been battling for her health for quite...

Ottawa: Upcoming #canadaperforms livestreams announced

Sunday, April 5, 2020
Ottawa: Upcoming #canadaperforms livestreams announced

“Music, dance and theatre have an enduring power to comfort, to inspire, to lift our spirits. Equally, performers thrive on their relationship with audiences. In this challenging time, artists and audiences, indeed all of us, need each other more than ever.” NAC President and CEO Christopher DeaconWhat is #CanadaPerforms?#CanadaPerforms is a $600,000...

Toronto: CBC Arts announces its virtual arts listings for the week of April 6

Sunday, April 5, 2020
Toronto: CBC Arts announces its virtual arts listings for the week of April 6

The widespread isolation and social distancing of COVID-19 has hit Canada's arts communities as hard as any other. World premieres were cancelled, juggernaut Broadway imports were brought to heel, gallery shows big and small were shuttered and promising new works missed their first shot at finding an audience.
But Canadian artists are a resilient...

Toronto: Past performances from the COC’s Free Concert Series are now available online

Saturday, April 4, 2020
Toronto: Past performances from the COC’s Free Concert Series are now available online

I want to provide you with an update following last week’s announcement of the cancellation of the rest of the Canadian Opera Company’s 2019/2020 season, including 23 performances in the Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, presented by TD Bank. Like all of you, I was heartbroken by this difficult, but necessary, decision. These...

Toronto: Mirvish theatres will remain closed until June 30, 2020, at the earliest

Friday, April 3, 2020
Toronto: Mirvish theatres will remain closed until June 30, 2020, at the earliest

It is imperative that we all play our part in containing the spread of Covid-19. The priority of Mirvish Productions is the health and safety of audiences, artists and staff.David Mirvish announced today that the four Mirvish theatres in Toronto will remain closed for an additional 12 weeks, taking the closure date to June 30 at the very earliest....

Toronto: Factory Wired 20 presents a reading of David Yee’s “Among Men” April 8

Friday, April 3, 2020
Toronto: Factory Wired 20 presents a reading of David Yee’s “Among Men” April 8

Over the last couple of weeks we've been working on a number of exciting new projects to bring to our Factory community & today we are very excited to announce our first fiercely Canadian virtual work:
Join us next Wednesday April 8 @ 2:30pm for a FREE online reading of David Yee's latest play, Among Men. This reading will be held over Zoom,...

Toronto: JUNIOR, Toronto’s international children’s festival, is cancelled for 2020

Friday, April 3, 2020
Toronto: JUNIOR, Toronto’s international children’s festival, is cancelled for 2020

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is with a heavy heart that Harbourfront Centre announces the cancellation of JUNIOR, Toronto’s international children’s festival, scheduled for May 16–22, 2020. We look forward to the return of this fun, family-friendly, week-long festival in May 2021 next year.
“The safety and well-being of our staff and...

London, UK: Five theatre are streaming productions to watch free in April

Thursday, April 2, 2020
London, UK: Five theatre are streaming productions to watch free in April

Usually, at the beginning of each month, we enjoy bringing you ten theatre shows we’re most looking forward to opening in London over the next weeks. Unfortunately, with theatre doors closed for the foreseeable future, we’re having to adapt and make do with what we’ve got.
Just because theatres won’t be on stage doesn’t mean we shouldn’t make...

Toronto: Toronto Operetta Theatre postpones the premiere of “A Northern Lights Dream”

Thursday, April 2, 2020
Toronto: Toronto Operetta Theatre postpones the premiere of “A Northern Lights Dream”

We are in the midst of extraordinary times and we hope that you and all those close to you are safe and well.
It is with a great sense of disappointment that we have decided to postpone the World Premiere of Michael Rose’s A NORTHERN LIGHTS DREAM.  In light of recommendations by the Province and City of Toronto, we are exercising abundant caution...

Montreal: Cirque du Soleil launches a digital content hub – CirqueConnect

Thursday, April 2, 2020
Montreal: Cirque du Soleil launches a digital content hub – CirqueConnect

Last week, Cirque du Soleil launched a new digital content hub called CirqueConnect, available at cirquedusoleil.com.  Moved by a desire to stay connected to its fans, the Cirque du Soleil content hub provides a source of high-quality entertainment for fans to enjoy from the comfort of their homes, as current measures to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19)...

Toronto: Soundstreams announces its 2020/21 season

Thursday, April 2, 2020
Toronto: Soundstreams announces its 2020/21 season

“Next season is all about human connection through storytelling. As the world grapples with forced separations of all kinds, celebrating what brings us together matters more than ever.” – Lawrence Cherney
Now, more than ever, we need music to bring us together. Although it is difficult to think ahead to a time when our lives will be back to normal,...

Toronto: Buddies in Bad Times Theatre extends its closure to June 30, 2020

Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Toronto: Buddies in Bad Times Theatre extends its closure to June 30, 2020

We hope you are doing well, and are safe at home. The last few weeks have been full of change, adjustments, and challenges on both personal and structural levels. And things continue to shift. Yesterday, the City of Toronto decided to cancel all city-led mass gatherings up until the end of June—this includes Pride Toronto‘s weekend of programming...

Blyth: The Blyth Festival cancels its 2020 season

Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Blyth: The Blyth Festival cancels its 2020 season

Effective immediately, The Blyth Festival is suspending its 2020 season until further notice. This the first time in its 46-year history, that the Blyth Festival has had to take such a step.
In a statement, Blyth’s Artistic Director, Gil Garratt, said:
“As a community leader, the Festival owes a responsibility to help support and amplify...

Toronto: What’s happening on the Bloor Street Culture Corridor in April

Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Toronto: What’s happening on the Bloor Street Culture Corridor in April

This is a challenging time for arts and culture organizations and for many of us personally. The Bloor St. Culture Corridor has always been and will continue to be a caring and supportive community. We will focus on good health, proactive actions, and loving thoughts as the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve.
While our organizations are temporarily...

Toronto: fu-GEN Theatre presents Online: Joy Edit April 2-4

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Toronto: fu-GEN Theatre presents Online: Joy Edit April 2-4

online joy editA SERIES OF INTIMATE ONE-ON-ONE INTERACTIONS TAKING PLACE ONLINE OVER VARIOUS COMMUNICATIONS CHANNELS. 
EIGHT ASIAN CANADIAN ARTISTS GUIDE YOU THROUGH 15 MINUTE INTERACTIONS PROVOKED BY OUR CAPACITY AND FUNDAMENTAL NEED FOR THE ONE THING IN SHORT SUPPLY THESE DAYS: JOY.
THERE IS NO ADMISSION CHARGE, AS JOY SHOULD ALWAYS BE...

Toronto: Soulpepper presents “fresh ink online” April 3

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Toronto: Soulpepper presents “fresh ink online” April 3

Fresh Ink is an opportunity for artists and audiences to share new work, the life blood of the theatre. This series is a chance to discover what our theatre makers are up to, what they’re thinking and dreaming about. It’s a chance for adventurous audiences and artists to come together to share in the creative process.
“This event has been something...

Toronto: Le Théâtre français de Toronto cancels the remainder of its 2019/20 season

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Toronto: Le Théâtre français de Toronto cancels the remainder of its 2019/20 season

Coming together under one roof, gathering an audience to tell a story, sharing ideas and opinions! Since its creation in 1967, Théâtre français de Toronto (TfT) has never stopped believing in its mission: to bring people together. At this time however, it has become clear this imperative does not align with the well-being and health of society.

Orangeville: Theatre Orangeville postpones its coming shows

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Orangeville: Theatre Orangeville postpones its coming shows

All of us here at your theatre are blessed in the knowledge that you, our loyal patrons and supporters, care so passionately for Theatre Orangeville that together, we will do all that we can to ensure that our community remains the joyous, caring and courageous place that it has always been, and always will be. 
As you know, we at Theatre Orangeville...

Toronto: Help support Against the Grain artists impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic

Monday, March 30, 2020
Toronto: Help support Against the Grain artists impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic

For the last 10 seasons, Against the Grain Theatre has been known for presenting the most innovative opera productions in Canada. We couldn't have made it here without YOU! AtG has many exciting productions we want to share with you in the coming years. 
We know that the future for everyone is a little uncertain at the moment. We are all feeling...

London: The Grand Theatre regretfully cancels the 2020 High School Project

Monday, March 30, 2020
London: The Grand Theatre regretfully cancels the 2020 High School Project

As a result of COVID-19, the Grand Theatre made some dramatic programming announcements today.
The Grand was to have commenced an extensive renovation of its lobby spaces on May 3, following the closing performance of its last production of the current season GROW. Following consultation with architects, contractors and the Boards of Directors,...

Toronto: Nightwood Theatre announces a digital reading of Karen Hines’s “All the Little Animals I Have Eaten” April 3

Monday, March 30, 2020
Toronto: Nightwood Theatre announces a digital reading of Karen Hines’s “All the Little Animals I Have Eaten” April 3

Nightwood Theatre is pleased to announce that we’ll be presenting an online staged reading of Karen Hines' All the Little Animals I Have Eaten, in lieu of the live performance that was slated to open last week on March 26, but was cancelled due to COVID-19. For one night only on Friday, April 3rd, the cast will perform their roles from their individual...

Toronto: Vote for the Classical: NEXT Award for Against the Grain’s “La Bohème”

Monday, March 30, 2020
Toronto: Vote for the Classical: NEXT Award for Against the Grain’s “La Bohème”

Against the Grain Theatre has some exciting news to share! We are one of 10 international nominees to be on the shortlist for the Classical: NEXT 2020 Innovation Award for our touring production of La Bohème. Classical: NEXT is based out of Rotterdam, Netherlands. 
The final voting process comes from the people! THAT'S YOU! We need your help...

London. UK: Watch National Theatre shows at home for free

Monday, March 30, 2020
London. UK: Watch National Theatre shows at home for free

It's now been nearly a fortnight since we sadly closed the NT doors to the public. Following advice, we have now taken the difficult decision to cancel all performances and events until Tuesday 30 June. If you have tickets booked, you will be contacted by our Box Office. We're so grateful to everyone who has already donated tickets back to us and...

Stratford: Stratford Festival posts surplus for 2019

Saturday, March 28, 2020
Stratford: Stratford Festival posts surplus for 2019

At a time when arts organizations around the world are looking ahead to an unknown and disconcerting future, the Stratford Festival paused on Saturday to look back at the year that was. This year’s annual general meeting could not be held at the Festival Theatre as it has been for more than 60 years. Instead, as the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the...

New York: The Actors Fund launches weekly series hosted by Canadian Emily Hampshire

Friday, March 27, 2020
New York: The Actors Fund launches weekly series hosted by Canadian Emily Hampshire

The Actors Fund has tapped Emily Hampshire for a new weekly talk show, Humpday With Hampshire. The series will air on the organization’s YouTube channel on Wednesdays at 5 PM ET beginning April 1.
Hampshire currently plays Stevie Budd on the comedy Schitt’s Creek. The character ended up tackling the role of Sally Bowles in Moira Rose's production...

Niagara-on-the-Lake: The Shaw Festival extends its suspension of performances through May 25

Friday, March 27, 2020
Niagara-on-the-Lake: The Shaw Festival extends its suspension of performances through May 25

Based on the Public Health Agency of Canada’s statement regarding mass gatherings, the Shaw Festival has decided to cancel all public events and performances through May 25 (you may have just seen this on our social media accounts). We will continue to monitor the situation to see if additional cancellations are required based on the direction and...

Toronto: The Canadian Opera Company cancels the rest of the 2019/20 season

Friday, March 27, 2020
Toronto: The Canadian Opera Company cancels the rest of the 2019/20 season

Following the recent state of emergency declared in Ontario and the ongoing public closures due to precautions around the spread of COVID-19, the Canadian Opera Company is cancelling all upcoming performances and events for the remainder of the 2019/2020 season. 
Cancellations include the company’s mainstage productions of Aida and The Flying...

Toronto: 41st Annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards postponed

Thursday, March 26, 2020
Toronto: 41st Annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards postponed

The annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards, produced by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA), celebrate excellence in the city's performing arts sector for professional theatre, dance and opera. The Dora Awards show normally takes place at the end of June.
TAPA Executive Director and Dora Awards Producer Jacoba Knaapen announced today...

Toronto: Buddies in Bad Times Theatre presents telephone performances March 27-April 7

Thursday, March 26, 2020
Toronto: Buddies in Bad Times Theatre presents telephone performances March 27-April 7

QUEER, FAR, WHEREVER YOU AREMARCH - APRIL, 2020In many ways these are strange and difficult times, and while most of us are physically distancing, we’re also seeing our queer communities come together and support each other in exciting ways. From commnunity resources like free takeaway meals at the 519 and Glad Day‘s Emergency Fund for LGBTQ2S artists,...

Toronto: Luminato Festival cancels its 2020 festival

Thursday, March 26, 2020
Toronto: Luminato Festival cancels its 2020 festival

Today Luminato Festival Toronto has announced the immediate cancellation of the 2020 Festival due to the unprecedented Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The 2020 Festival, which was due to take place June 11 – 28, has been cancelled following government advice, and to protect the safety of our audiences, artists and all our staff and volunteers. 2020...

Toronto: Factory Theatre cancels the remainder of its 2019/20 season

Thursday, March 26, 2020
Toronto: Factory Theatre cancels the remainder of its 2019/20 season

Over the course of the last 2 weeks, we have been closely monitoring the evolution of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. For clear and up-to-date information about local risk we have been following the recommendations of public health authorities as well as our federal, provincial, and municipal governments. As a result of all the new recommendations...

Hamilton: Theatre Aquarius reschedules opening of “Ring of Fire” to August 2020

Thursday, March 26, 2020
Hamilton: Theatre Aquarius reschedules opening of “Ring of Fire” to August 2020

In a time when so many events and activities have been forced to cancel due to the current health emergency, Theatre Aquarius is pleased to be able to offer one piece of positive news to theatre-lovers and music fans throughout the region, with the release of rescheduled dates for the season-ending musical Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash, which...

Toronto: Soundstreams cancels the remainder of its 2019/20 season

Thursday, March 26, 2020
Toronto: Soundstreams cancels the remainder of its 2019/20 season

Soundstreams believes that music has the ability to bring people together, and break down barriers. It’s a mark of our collective humanity. The recent spread of COVID-19 in our society makes gathering difficult, but we continue to carry on to achieve this mission.Above everything, the health and safety of artists, the public, and the staff are paramount,...

Toronto: TO Live launches the new online series “Living Rooms” for local Toronto artists

Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Toronto: TO Live launches the new online series “Living Rooms” for local Toronto artists

While TO Live’s doors remain closed great art continues to stimulate, inspire,and build connections.
Clyde Wagner, President & CEO, TO Live, and newly appointed VP of Programming Josephine Ridge, today announced an online initiative from TO Live – Living Rooms.  Living Rooms provides a platform for Toronto local artists to celebrate the neighbourhood...

Toronto: Mirvish Productions shares what happened during the Spanish Flu of 1918/19

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Toronto: Mirvish Productions shares what happened during the Spanish Flu of 1918/19

As the saying goes, everything old is eventually new again. So it is with the COVID-19 pandemic, at least in terms of its effects on society at large. While there have been many pandemics in human history, the one that seems to have had as devastating an impact in modern times was the influenza of 1918/1919, usually known as the Spanish Flu (although...

Toronto: WeeFestival of Arts and Culture announces cancellation

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Toronto: WeeFestival of Arts and Culture announces cancellation

Out of consideration for the health and safety of their audiences, artists, and staff in the context of COVID-19 Pandemic and resulting local and Provincial states of Emergency; the WeeFestival has made the necessary, yet heartbreaking decision to cancel all events scheduled for May 4 -24, 2020. 
 The Festival hopes to reschedule selected performances...

Toronto: The Toronto engagement of “Miss Saigon” has been cancelled

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Toronto: The Toronto engagement of “Miss Saigon” has been cancelled

Producer Cameron Mackintosh has closed the North American touring production of MISS SAIGON due to the effects of COVID-19. The tour played its final performance on Sunday March 15, in Fort Myers, FL. MISS SAIGON’s Toronto engagement at the Princess of Wales Theatre is now cancelled. 
 For refunds or credits we recommend patrons visit mirvish.com...

Toronto: Outside the March offers “The Ministry of of Mundane Mysteries” over the telephone

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Toronto: Outside the March offers “The Ministry of of Mundane Mysteries” over the telephone

The Ministry of Mundane Mysteries welcomes you...Sparking Connections through Telephonic InvestigationFinding yourself with a little time on your hands?Missing the uplift of live arts and culture?Is there a friend, a relative or a kid in your life who could use a daily dose of adventure?The meticulous mavericks at The Ministry of Mundane Mysteries...

St. Catharines: The Foster Festival cancels its 2020 season

Monday, March 23, 2020
St. Catharines: The Foster Festival cancels its 2020 season

The Foster Festival is working to ensure our approach to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic and its resulting repercussions on our patrons, our team members and our local community is handled with care and consideration.
Based on the guidance of the provincial and federal governments, along with the Chief Medical Officer of Canada, The Foster...

Toronto: Remaining Off-Mirvish shows for the 2019/20 season cancelled

Monday, March 23, 2020
Toronto: Remaining Off-Mirvish shows for the 2019/20 season cancelled

ROOM and INDECENT, the two remaining shows in the 2019-20 Off-Mirvish Season, have been cancelled.  For refunds or credits we recommend patrons visit mirvish.com and submit the online form or call TicketKing at 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333.ROOM, a stage adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s best-selling novel and Oscar-winning film, is a coproduction with...

Toronto: The Assembly Theatre starts a GoFundMe campaign to stay open

Sunday, March 22, 2020
Toronto: The Assembly Theatre starts a GoFundMe campaign to stay open

Our team at The Assembly Theatre has been closely following the COVID-19 situation, and steps have been taken to comply with Toronto's public health recommendations. In order to ensure the health and safety of our patrons, artists, and staff, The Assembly Theatre will be temporarily closing their doors and suspending all public performances until...

Toronto: Tonight at 8 pm is Tapestry Opera’s first-ever livestream concert

Saturday, March 21, 2020
Toronto: Tonight at 8 pm is Tapestry Opera’s first-ever livestream concert

Tonight at 8PM, Krisztina Szabó and Chris Foley star in Songbook X, a reimagined concert and recital from Tapestry's 40 years of Canadian repertoire and beyond.
About the showHungarian-Canadian mezzo soprano Krisztina Szabó, and collaborative pianist and Songbook creator, Chris Foley, star in Tapestry’s first-ever livestream concert. Facing the...

New York: The Metropolitan Opera will offer free streams of its “Live from the Met in HD” catalog

Friday, March 20, 2020
New York: The Metropolitan Opera will offer free streams of its “Live from the Met in HD” catalog

Although the Metropolitan Opera has brought down the curtain at least through the end of the month over COVID-19 concerns, the New York City institution will offer another way for audiences to take in its performances.
Beginning March 16, the Met will stream a title from its Live in HD series each night through the duration of the closure. The...

Stratford: Stratford Festival closure continues through the end of May

Friday, March 20, 2020
Stratford: Stratford Festival closure continues through the end of May

Faced with the devastating impact of the global pandemic, Artistic DirectorAntoni Cimolino and Executive Director Anita Gaffney have made the decision to cancel performances through the end of May, and to suspend rehearsals and season preparations.
“Since its inception in 1953, the Festival has functioned much like a family – a dedicated, tight-knit...

Toronto: Opera Atelier cancels its production of Handel’s “La resurrezione” scheduled for April 11-19

Friday, March 20, 2020
Toronto: Opera Atelier cancels its production of Handel’s “La resurrezione” scheduled for April 11-19

It is heartbreaking for us to announce that following the Premier’s declaration of a state of emergency for Ontario, we believe the only responsible action for Opera Atelier is to cancel performances of Handel’s The Resurrection, scheduled for April 11 - 19 at Koerner Hall. We wish to extend our sincere thanks to all of our singers and dancers for...

New York: Actors from all five companies of “Come From Away” sing “Me and the Sky”

Thursday, March 19, 2020
New York: Actors from all five companies of “Come From Away” sing “Me and the Sky”

Come From Away, the international hit musical that tells the true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them in the immediate aftermath of September 11, has released a new video that celebrates kindness and togetherness.
In the video, actors who have played airline pilot Beverley (the role created...

Toronto: Native Earth Performing Arts cancels shows in April and May

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Toronto: Native Earth Performing Arts cancels shows in April and May

As a precautionary response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Native Earth and Aki Studio will be suspending the rest of our 2019/2020 season. This is not an easy decision to make, but we recognize it is vital to ensure the safety of our artists, staff, and audience members. Native Earth is taking direction from Public Health of Canada, Ontario Health, and...

Niagara-on-the-Lake: The Shaw Festival cancels public events and performances until May 1, 2020

Monday, March 16, 2020
Niagara-on-the-Lake: The Shaw Festival cancels public events and performances until May 1, 2020

“We have an incredible team here who have been cooking up some wonderful theatre. Of course it is frustrating to have to put that on hold, but if our aim is to create a more human, more connected theatre, then our first priority has to be keeping everyone safe. I know our amazing audience will understand and support us; and we send everyone our love...

Toronto: Mirvish suspends and cancels performances due to Covid-19

Saturday, March 14, 2020
Toronto: Mirvish suspends and cancels performances due to Covid-19

Dear PATRON, 
For the first time in my family's history in theatre, I have had to make the difficult decision to close our theatres. 
Out of an abundance of caution, and in an effort to help limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus, all Mirvish theatres will suspend performances, effective from the matinee today through Sunday, April 12.

Toronto: Tarragon Theatre temporarily suspends its 2019/20 season

Saturday, March 14, 2020
Toronto: Tarragon Theatre temporarily suspends its 2019/20 season

Tarragon Theatre is committed to the safety, health and well-being of everyone in the Tarragon community. Due to the unprecedented circumstances surrounding COVID-19, Tarragon Theatre has decided to temporarily suspend our 2019/20 season.In doing this we follow Toronto Public Health and Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines against public gatherings...

St. Catharines: Patricia Vanstone to step down as Artistic Director of the Foster Festival

Friday, March 13, 2020
St. Catharines: Patricia Vanstone to step down as Artistic Director of the Foster Festival

The Board of Directors of The Norm Foster Theatre Festival have special news to share with our dear friends and patrons. Patricia Vanstone, Artistic Director of The Foster Festival has decided to step down at the end of the 2020 summer season. 
As Founding Artistic Director, Patricia has worked tirelessly building upon a shared dream to celebrate...

Ottawa: NAC cancels all performances and events until April 5

Friday, March 13, 2020
Ottawa: NAC cancels all performances and events until April 5

Christopher Deacon, President and CEO of the National Arts Centre has issued the following statement:
The health and safety of our visitors, artists, and staff is of paramount importance. Due to the unprecedented pandemic of the COVID-19 coronavirus, we are cancelling all performances and events at the National Arts Centre until Sunday April...

Cambridge: Performance cancellations announced to mitigate spread of coronavirus

Thursday, March 12, 2020
Cambridge: Performance cancellations announced to mitigate spread of coronavirus

Drayton Entertainment is cancelling all remaining performances of A Few Good Men (St. Jacobs Country Playhouse) and Kinky Boots (Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge) as well as its upcoming production of Billy Bishop Goes to War (St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre) in an effort to mitigate the potential spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). This schedule change...

Toronto: All-Canadian cast assembled for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”

Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Toronto: All-Canadian cast assembled for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”

An assembly of Canadian performers will bring magic to the Ed Mirvish Theatre as Harry Potter and the Cursed Child readies for its Toronto bow. As previously reported, performances will begin October 23.
Trevor White (The Machine) will star in the title role, with Gregory Prest (a Soulpepper Theatre mainstay) as Ron Weasley and Sarah Afful (Soulpepper's...

London: The Grand Theatre announces its 2020/21 season

Monday, March 9, 2020
London: The Grand Theatre announces its 2020/21 season

The Grand Theatre is thrilled to announce its 2020/2021 Season. Running from September 2020 to May 2021, it is a season that includes a grand re-opening of refreshed and updated lobby spaces, performances in ten venues that span both our city and the country, partnerships with Neptune Theatre and Shaw Festival, and the return of a record-breaking,...

Niagara-on-the-Lake: Shaw Festival announces 2019 financial results

Friday, March 6, 2020
Niagara-on-the-Lake: Shaw Festival announces 2019 financial results

During the Annual General Meeting held earlier today, the Shaw Festival announced positive financial results for the 2019 season. Kevin Patterson, Treasurer of the Board of Directors, shared with an audience of patrons, donors and company members that both sales and fundraising revenues achieved all-time highs, resulting in a $519,000 season surplus.

Niagara-on-the-Lake: Venerated actor David Schurmann has died

Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Niagara-on-the-Lake: Venerated actor David Schurmann has died

For decades, whenever a Shaw Festival play needed someone with a distinguished English charm, David Schurmann answered the call.
The tall, gentlemanly actor appeared in more than 40 productions at the Niagara-on-the-Lake company, starting in 1981. His upper crust demeanour and unmistakable voice anchored productions of "Henry IV" and "This Happy...

Niagara-on-the-Lake: Beloved Shaw Festival actor Mary Haney has died

Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Niagara-on-the-Lake: Beloved Shaw Festival actor Mary Haney has died

It didn't matter the role. It didn't matter the show. Whenever Mary Haney walked onto a Shaw Festival stage, all attention shifted to her.
During her 30 seasons and more than 60 productions with the Niagara-on-the-Lake company, Haney's versatility landed her in raucous comedies and tragic tearjerkers alike. From the hijinks of "Harvey" (2010)...

Cambridge: Cast announced for “A Few Good Men” in St. Jacobs

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Cambridge: Cast announced for “A Few Good Men” in St. Jacobs

Can audiences 􏰁handle the truth?􏰃􏰄 That is the pivotal question at the centre of the famed legal drama A Few Good Men, which opens the highly-anticipated 2020 Season at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse. The hit play about military corruption and the quest for justice will be on stage for three weeks only from March 4 to March 22.
Before it became...

Cambridge: Casting announced for “Billy Bishop Goes to War” in St. Jacobs

Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Cambridge: Casting announced for “Billy Bishop Goes to War” in  St. Jacobs

Happy Birthday Billy Bishop! Canadian WWI flying ace William Avery Bishop was born 126 years ago today on February 8, 1894. His incredible life story comes alive on stage at the intimate St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre for three weeks only from April 8 to April 26. Although it is usually only open in the fall, this quaint 100-seat venue in the heart...

Toronto: The Canadian Opera Company announces its 2020/21 season

Monday, February 10, 2020
Toronto: The Canadian Opera Company announces its 2020/21 season

For the first time in decades, a fully staged production of Richard Wagner’s Parsifal will be presented in Canada, opening the Canadian Opera Company’s monumental 2020/2021 season with a company premiere at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Cast with more than 100 singers, an orchestra of 110 musicians, and a nearly six-hour run-time,...

Ottawa: National Arts Centre’s 2018/19 annual report details its 50th anniversary season

Saturday, February 8, 2020
Ottawa: National Arts Centre’s 2018/19 annual report details its 50th anniversary season

The National Arts Centre’s 2018–2019 Annual Report was tabledin Parliament last week. The NAC enjoyed an extraordinary season that included more than 1,450 showsand events, and attracted nearly one million patrons to performances, events and commercial activities.
The Annual Report, which includes a timeline of the NAC’s 50-year history, also...

Toronto: “All the Little Animals I Have Eaten” runs March 24-April 12

Saturday, February 8, 2020
Toronto: “All the Little Animals I Have Eaten” runs March 24-April 12

Nightwood Theatre is pleased to announce its production of All the Little Animals I Have Eaten by Karen Hines, running March 24-April 12, 2020.
Governor General Award-nominated, powerhouse playwright Karen Hines (The Pochsy Plays; Crawlspace) serves up a biting meditationon capitalism, consumption, precarity and hope in her latest dark comedy....

Toronto: Toronto Star cuts arts reporting to almost nothing

Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Toronto: Toronto Star cuts arts reporting to almost nothing

The Toronto Star has quietly shuttered the remnants of its once mightily entertainment section, leaving all but a handful of writers under a single editor.
Most writers of staff will be taking buyouts, leaving, or be reassigned to other areas.
Morgan Campbell, Toronto Star Sports Reporter — Departed Dec., 2019
Amy Pataki, Toronto Star...

Toronto: Marshall Pynkoski and Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg to become Officiers de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres

Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Toronto: Marshall Pynkoski and Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg to become Officiers de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres

Opera Atelier is proud to announce the company’s esteemed Co-Artistic Directors Marshall Pynkoski C.M. and Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg C.M. have been awarded the extraordinary recognition of Officers of the Order of Arts and Letters (Officiers de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) by the French Republic — the first time a Canadian couple has received...

Stratford: Stratford Festival’s Laboratory launches R&D residencies and script incubator

Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Stratford: Stratford Festival’s Laboratory launches R&D residencies and script incubator

The Stratford Festival’s Laboratory is a hive of activity at the moment, with a number of Canadian theatre artists coming to Stratford to develop their work. They responded to a call for submissions made this past summer and are bringing their in-development work to the Festival as part of a new R&D residency program in the Lab.
Founded by Artistic...

Toronto: Opera Atelier unveils its 35th season

Sunday, February 2, 2020
Toronto: Opera Atelier unveils its 35th season

Opera Atelier proudly announces its iconic 35th Anniversary Season with two groundbreaking works at the historic Elgin Theatre: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s The Magic Flute, considered the company’s most successful production in its history, on stage from October 22–November 1, 2020; and The Angel Speaks – a new Canadian commission – double-billed with...

Toronto: Christie Darville named Canadian Opera Company’s Deputy General Director

Friday, January 31, 2020
Toronto: Christie Darville named Canadian Opera Company’s Deputy General Director

COC General Director Alexander Neef announced this week that Christie Darville, the company’s current Executive Director, Philanthropy & Audiences, will act as the COC’s Deputy General Director, effective immediately, until the close of the 2020/2021 season.
“Christie’s insights and planning have been critically important to our strategic review...

Toronto: Digital lottery for “Hamilton” tickets in Toronto is announced

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Toronto: Digital lottery for “Hamilton” tickets in Toronto is announced

Producer Jeffery Seller and David Mirvish announced a digital lottery for HAMILTON tickets will begin in conjunction with the show’s first performance (February 11) in Toronto at the Ed Mirvish Theatre. Forty (40) tickets will be sold for every performance for $10 each. The digital lottery will open at 11:00 AM on February 9 for tickets tothe Tuesday,...

Toronto: Four emerging artists invited to join the COC Ensemble Studio for 2020/21

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Toronto: Four emerging artists invited to join the COC Ensemble Studio for 2020/21

The Canadian Opera Company welcomes four new opera artists to its Ensemble Studio training program for the 2020/2021 season: soprano Midori Marsh, baritone Jonah Spungin, bass-baritone Alex Halliday, and pianist/intern coach Frances Thielmann. In August 2020, the artists become part of a renowned program that has launched the careers of over 235 Canadian...

London: Grand Theatre’s “Cabaret” will go on tour

Tuesday, January 28, 2020
London: Grand Theatre’s “Cabaret” will go on tour

The Grand Theatre is thrilled to announce a cross-Canada tour of its production of Cabaret in 2020-21.
Cabaret was part of the Grand Theatre’s 2018-19 season and closed after a record-setting six week run that included three extensions, making it the longest running production on the McManus Stage in the history of the Grand.  In order to meet...

Toronto: Canadian Stage announces its 2020/21 season

Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Toronto: Canadian Stage announces its 2020/21 season

Canadian Stage today announced its 20.21 season. Featuring 13 works, nine Canadian productions, three international hits and a perennial outdoor summer favourite  ̶ from some of the most exciting Canadian and international artists working today, this season of breathtaking stories will entertain, move and surprise.
“Our upcoming season speaks...

Toronto: “Franz Ferdinand Must Die” by Adam Bailey runs March 18-29

Monday, January 27, 2020
Toronto: “Franz Ferdinand Must Die” by Adam Bailey runs March 18-29

Proclaimed a “Historical Tour-de-Force” by the Saskatoon Star Phoenix and Smart, Energetic and Fascinating by the CBC, Adam Bailey’s twisted, history-based solo performance tackles the improbable events that started a war while asking the question, “what leads young men to commit acts of political violence?”. Using the assassination of Franz Ferdinand...

Stratford: Stratford plays on stage in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver

Thursday, January 23, 2020
Stratford: Stratford plays on stage in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver

The Stratford Festival is thrilled to see a number of recent productions moving on to theatres across the country, where they are being received with great enthusiasm.
“It’s a pleasure to share the work of the Stratford Festival with sister theatres across Canada,” says Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino. “The Festival has become an important...

Toronto: Stage Door will be on hiatus from January 20 to March 17

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Toronto: Stage Door will be on hiatus from January 20 to March 17

After last year’s two-week-long tech-free holiday, the Editor of www.stage-door.com has now embarked on the greater challenge of a two-month-long tech-free holiday. This will last starting January 20 and ending on March 17, 2020. During that time there will be no new news items posted and no new reviews. 
Having planned this break long before...

Toronto: Next Stage saw its highest audience capacities ever

Monday, January 20, 2020
Toronto: Next Stage saw its highest audience capacities ever

The Toronto Fringe staff and board of directors congratulate the artists of the 13th annual Next Stage Theatre Festival for making the 2020 festival, which   wrapped up yesterday evening, a resounding success. Toronto Fringe’s goal with this edition of the festival was to make sure that the independent artists who power the festival could perform...

Toronto: A new production of Dave Carley’s “Taking Liberties” takes place at the Campbell House February 5-23

Monday, January 20, 2020
Toronto: A new production of Dave Carley’s “Taking Liberties” takes place at the Campbell House February 5-23

A new production of Taking Liberties by Dave Carley is opening in February at Toronto’s Campbell House Museum, for a three week run.  Carley’s drama looks at five decades in a city’s history when civil liberties came under threat, from issues of book censorship to the muzzling of academic debate.
This is the fifth production of Taking Liberties...

Toronto: LOVE2 Theatre Co. presents “Watching Glory Die” February 19-29

Monday, January 20, 2020
Toronto: LOVE2 Theatre Co. presents “Watching Glory Die” February 19-29

LOVE2 THEATRE COMPANY with impel theatre present their production of “Watching Glory Die,” written by celebrated Canadian playwright Judith Thompson (Crackwalker; Lion in the Streets; Perfect Pie).
A mother mourns. A guard struggles. A troubled young woman is alone with her thoughts.
Three women, inextricably tied to one another, wrestle...

Toronto: Factory Theatre presents Marjorie Chan’s “Lady Sunrise” February 15-March 8

Monday, January 20, 2020
Toronto: Factory Theatre presents Marjorie Chan’s “Lady Sunrise” February 15-March 8

FACTORY THEATRE is proud to announce the World Premiere of Marjorie Chan’s LADY SUNRISE, directed by Factory’s Artistic Director, Nina Lee Aquino. The play features a powerful ensemble of six Asian Canadian women, Belinda Corpuz, Ma-Anne Dionisio, Zoé Doyle, Rosie Simon, Lindsay Wu, and Louisa Zhu. Presented at FACTORY THEATRE, February 15 - March...

Toronto: Lucid Ludic with Why Not Theatre presents “Brain Storm” February 27-March 8

Monday, January 20, 2020
Toronto: Lucid Ludic with Why Not Theatre presents “Brain Storm” February 27-March 8

A poetic, visually arresting and comically haunting look at the ramifications of brain surgery and how one woman finds her way in a reality that is forever different. BRAIN STORM takes you into the operating theatre, to dissect the question; are our brains magic, machines – or both?
Writer/Director Taliesin McEnaney draws on the work of famous...

Toronto: Common Boots Theatre introduces the “Blind Imaginings” podcast

Friday, January 17, 2020
Toronto: Common Boots Theatre introduces the “Blind Imaginings” podcast

In April 2019, Alex Bulmer launched “Blind Imaginings”. This three-day workshop brought blind and sighted artists from diverse performance disciplines together to de-centre vision from theatre and imagine beyond seeing. Participants included playwrights Natasha Greenblatt and Yolanda Bonnell, who took their Blind Imagining skills straight to The Election....

Hamilton: Theatre Aquarius presents “Sweat” by Lynn Nottage January 29-February 15

Friday, January 17, 2020
Hamilton: Theatre Aquarius presents “Sweat” by Lynn Nottage January 29-February 15

Theatre Aquarius is proud to welcome to the stage Lynn Nottage’s brilliant, Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, SWEAT – a powerful story the New Yorker calls “a tough yet empathetic portrait of the America that came undone.”
It’s the year 2000 in Reading, Pennsylvania and a group of friends go to work at the steel mill and then decompress at the bar...

Cambridge: Drayton Entertainment holds a PD Day Workshop for High School Students January 31

Thursday, January 16, 2020
Cambridge: Drayton Entertainment holds a PD Day Workshop for High School Students January 31

The greatest thing you'll ever learn ... is waiting to be discovered at Drayton Entertainment's Musical Theatre PD Day Workshop for High School Students!
Join us for a full day of singing, dancing, and pizza on Friday, January 31! There will be improv, theatre games, a behind-the-scenes theatre tour, as well as music and choreography rehearsals...

London: Rebecca Northan stars in “Every Brilliant Thing” at the Grand Theatre January 21-February 8

Thursday, January 16, 2020
London: Rebecca Northan stars in “Every Brilliant Thing” at the Grand Theatre January 21-February 8

The Grand Theatre is excited to welcome back award-winning actor and improviser Rebecca Northan in the touching one-person play, EVERY BRILLIANT THING. Described as a heart-warming show that explores life’s simple joys, and conversely, the extreme hardships we face, this unique production is not only something to be seen, but something to be experienced....

Toronto: Kuumba25 runs at Harbourfront Centre February 1-29

Thursday, January 16, 2020
Toronto: Kuumba25 runs at Harbourfront Centre February 1-29

Toronto’s longest running Black History Month festival, Harbourfront Centre’s Kuumba, marks 25 years of celebrating the heritage, culture and traditions of Black Canadians with a series of talks, workshops, events and performances throughout February, presented by TD The Ready Commitment. The 2020 festival is curated by creative director and part-time...

Toronto: Danceworks presents Zata Omm’s “Eden Planted” February 5-8

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Toronto: Danceworks presents Zata Omm’s “Eden Planted” February 5-8

Reversing the fall of humanity and restoring the Garden of Eden in the technological age - DANCEWORKS presents the World Premiere of ZATA OMM’s EDEN PLANTED. This brilliant production is produced and performed by Toronto based dance company ZATA OMM, and led by the award-winning William Yong. Through the lens of technology and dance, this production...

Toronto: Mirvish presents The Second City’s all-female revue “She The People” February 4-9

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Toronto: Mirvish presents The Second City’s all-female revue “She The People” February 4-9

The future is here and it’s female! The ladies of The Second City return with SHE THE PEOPLE, the sketch show entirely created, designed, and performed by the fearlessly funny women of The Second City, for everyone to enjoy! This mimosa-and-madness-fueled foray roasts the patriarchy, taking on everything from having it all...to having that sick feeling...

Toronto: COC to host 2nd Digital Stage Symposium on Performing Arts and New Technologies

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Toronto: COC to host 2nd Digital Stage Symposium on Performing Arts and New Technologies

The Canadian Opera Company invites Canadian performing arts organizations to participate in the second Digital Stage symposium on technological advances and challenges for the sector, happening on February 20, 2020 at the Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre in Toronto.
Last fall, the COC launched the Digital Stage, in partnership with The National...

Toronto: Crow’s Theatre presents “Secret Life of a Mother” by Hannah Moscovitch February 6-23

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Toronto: Crow’s Theatre presents “Secret Life of a Mother” by Hannah Moscovitch February 6-23

This February Crow’s Theatre is thrilled to give audiences a second chance to experience one of Toronto theatre’s most memorable recent highlights - the acclaimed and sold-out co-production from SLOM Collective and The Theatre Centre, Secret Life of a Mother, on stage at Streetcar Crowsnest February 6 – 23, 2020 in the Guloien Theatre. 
Written...

Toronto: Cineplex Events announces its winter/spring stage series lineup

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Toronto: Cineplex Events announces its winter/spring stage series lineup

Cineplex Events today announced its 2020 winter/spring Stage series lineup, bringing acclaimed theatre productions from London and Paris to big screens across Canada. Captured live and broadcast to Cineplex theatres, the highly anticipated winter/spring lineup is made up of politically, comically and emotionally charged productions. Ranging from centuries-old...

Toronto: Alumnae Theatre stages “The Trip to Bountiful” January 17-February 1

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Toronto: Alumnae Theatre stages “The Trip to Bountiful” January 17-February 1

The award-winning play The Trip to Bountiful is returning to Toronto. The play opens January 17 at Alumnae Theatre and runs until February 1.
Horton Foote’s much-loved story focuses on persistent attempts by 80-year-old Carrie Watts to escape from her unhappy family home. Having spent her twilight years with her son and his abusive wife, Carrie...

Toronto: The 28th Annual U. of T. Drama Festival runs February 6-8

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Toronto: The 28th Annual U. of T. Drama Festival runs February 6-8

Hart House Theatre and the U of T Drama Coalition are proud to present the U of T Drama Festival: A Weekend of Competitive Theatre. The three nights of original one-act plays feature students from multiple colleges from the three U of T campuses and runs February 6-8, 2020.  Over 80 years since its inception in 1936, and since Trevor Rines resurrected...

Toronto: Free theatre at Soulpepper for people 25 and under launches today

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Toronto: Free theatre at Soulpepper for people 25 and under launches today

In celebration of the start of the inaugural season of artistic programming under the leadership of Artistic Director Weyni Mengesha and Executive Director Emma Stenning, Soulpepper Theatre Company’s previously announced Free 25 & Under program launches today with the first performance of the 2020 season. The Free 25 & Under program will offer patrons...

Toronto: Kelsey Grammer will star in “The Boy Friend” March 29-May 3

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Toronto: Kelsey Grammer will star in “The Boy Friend” March 29-May 3

THE BOY FRIEND by Sandy Wilson, the deliriously happy and joyful musical comedy about young love, middle-aged love and older love coming direct to Toronto from an acclaimed, sell-out season at the prolific Menier Chocolate Factory in London and prior to a West End transfer, will have a new star. The beloved stage and screen actor Kelsey Grammer will...

Toronto: The Musical Stage Company and Obsidian Theatre present “Caroline, or Change” January 30-February 15

Monday, January 13, 2020
Toronto: The Musical Stage Company and Obsidian Theatre present “Caroline, or Change” January 30-February 15

The Musical Stage Company and Obsidian Theatre will proudly lift the curtain on a special co-production of the multi-award winning musical CAROLINE, OR CHANGE, starring Canada’s beloved Queen of RNB, Jully Black and featuring international opera star Measha Brueggergosman on stage at the historic Winter Garden Theatre as part of official TD Black...

Toronto: Marie Chouinard returns to Toronto with “Radical Vitality, Solos and Duets” February 5-8

Monday, January 13, 2020
Toronto: Marie Chouinard returns to Toronto with “Radical Vitality, Solos and Duets” February 5-8

Mesmerizing. Shocking. Notorious. Sensual. Original. Legendary choreographer Marie Chouinard, one of Canada’s most creative and provocative dancers and choreographers, delves into her company’s vast repertoire to present RADICAL VITALITY, SOLOS AND DUETS, February 5-8 at Toronto’s Bluma Appel Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts.
A true...

Toronto: Dancemakers presents the première of “Eating bones and Licking bread” by Lara Kramer January 30-Februar 1

Monday, January 13, 2020
Toronto: Dancemakers presents the première of “Eating bones and Licking bread” by Lara Kramer January 30-Februar 1

Dancemakers is pleased to announce that Resident Artist Lara Kramer’s Eating bones and Licking bread will make its première at Dancemakers Centre for Creation from Thursday, January 30, 2020 to Saturday, February 1, 2020, at 8 pm each evening.
Now in her second year of a three-year Dancemakers residency, Lara’s solo work Eating bones and Licking...

Kingston: Theatre Kingston presents “Peggy’s Song” January 23-February 9

Sunday, January 12, 2020
Kingston: Theatre Kingston presents “Peggy’s Song” January 23-February 9

Theatre Kingston is thrilled to bring you PEGGY’s SONG, by celebrated Kingston Playwright Jim Garrard. Lisa Howard and Conrad Dunn are coming to Kingston from Los Angeles to present Jim Garrard’s gripping mystery. In Los Angeles they presented it to critical acclaim, and so are eager to revisit the script under Jacob James’ redirection and having...

Cambridge: See “The Freddy Fusion Science Magic Show” March 16 and 17

Friday, January 10, 2020
Cambridge: See “The Freddy Fusion Science Magic Show” March 16 and 17

March Break will be here before we know it!
The Freddy Fusion Science Magic Show has played to enthusiastic crowds throughout Canada, the United States, and 40 other countries internationally. It is one of the most popular shows at major holiday resorts, including the famous Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas.
Designed to educate and entertain, The...

Toronto: Panel discussion at The Music Gallery – “When Did Transparency Become So Opaque?” February 2

Friday, January 10, 2020
Toronto: Panel discussion at The Music Gallery – “When Did Transparency Become So Opaque?” February 2

The Music Gallery presents a panel on transparency in music and arts programming in Tkarón:to. There is a deep need in this city and beyond to speak honestly about programming, curation and producing in a way that organizations can both benefit and learn from the discussions. This panel will explore questions around what programmers and curators (ie....

Ottawa: NAC English Theatre presents “The Neverending Story” January 29-February 15

Friday, January 10, 2020
Ottawa: NAC English Theatre presents “The Neverending Story” January 29-February 15

After a successful run at the 2019 Stratford Festival, David S. Craig’s immensely popular stage adaption of The Neverending Story by Michael Ende brings its story of magical adventure to NAC audiences in early 2020.  Director Jillian Keiley and Designer Bretta Gerecke team up once again (A Christmas Carol and Alice Through the Looking Glass) and,...

Toronto: Tapestry Opera is looking for singers and pianists for New Opera 101

Thursday, January 9, 2020
Toronto: Tapestry Opera is looking for singers and pianists for New Opera 101

Tapestry Opera is looking for singers and collaborative pianists for its New Opera 101 masterclass.
New Opera 101 is a three-day masterclass intensive from March 17th to 19th, with public performances on March 20th and 21st, 2020. Emerging singers and collaborative pianists have the invaluable opportunity to workshop contemporary arias and scenes...

Toronto: “Box 4901” premieres as Buddies in Bad Times Theatre February 27-March 8

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Toronto: “Box 4901” premieres as Buddies in Bad Times Theatre February 27-March 8

timeshare performance has released new casting and productiondetails for the world premiere of Box 4901,written by and starring Brian Francis, and co-created and directedby Rob Kempson. Box 4901 will play in Toronto at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre from February 27 toMarch 8, with opening night on February 28. Tickets are on sale now at buddiesinbadtimes.com.

Toronto: VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert presents Charles W. Wilson’s “Kamouraska” February 16

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Toronto: VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert presents Charles W. Wilson’s “Kamouraska” February 16

Kamouraska – the novel and the opera - presents a classic and tumultuous love triangle played out near a village in Quebec, brought to life by the profound artistry of novelist Anne Hebert… resounding in its musical re-imagining for the lyric stage by the Charles Wilson. 
Charles, ‘Chuck’ to his friends, passed away on June 13, 2019, in Fergus...

Orangeville: Sharyn Ayliffe is Theatre Orangeville’s new General Manager

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Orangeville: Sharyn Ayliffe is Theatre Orangeville’s new General Manager

Theatre Orangeville Artistic Director David Nairn is delighted to announce the appointment of Sharyn Ayliffe as the company’s new General Manager effective March 2, 2020.
Sharyn has been with Theatre Orangeville in a variety of positions since 2011 and is currently Programs Manager, where she has creatively and ablely managed 14 separate programs,...

Mississauga: See “Humans” by Australia’s Circa at the Living arts Centre January 18

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Mississauga: See “Humans” by Australia’s Circa at the Living arts Centre January 18

On January 18, 2020, The Living Arts Centre is excited to present ‘Humans’ by Circa Entertainment, the most in-demand circus company across the world in Australia. Tickets start at $55
To date, Humans has had 151 performances to over 89,000 people. It premiered on the 13th January 2017 in Sydney, Australia at the Sydney Festival. Since then it...

Toronto: Théâtre français de Toronto presents “Exercise de l’oubli” February 5-9

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Toronto: Théâtre français de Toronto presents “Exercise de l’oubli” February 5-9

Théâtre français de Toronto (TfT) and Théâtre Populaire d'Acadie present the Toronto premiere of LESSON IN FORGETTING (Exercice de l’oubli). Written by Emma Haché (finalist for the 2017 Governor General's Award in theatre) and directed by TfT's own Joël Beddows, this poignant love story sensitively unveils the tensions that arise in a relationship...

Barrie: Talk Is Free Theatre presents a double-bill starring Mike Nadajewski January 23-February 1

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Barrie: Talk Is Free Theatre presents a double-bill starring Mike Nadajewski January 23-February 1

Talk Is Free Theatre (TIFT) begins the new decade with a wildly imaginative double-bill including an unearthed piece of neglected Canadian theatre history and a playfully penned adaptation from one of Russia’s most influential writers. Continuing this season’s theme of celebrating the beautiful and the brutal, Herringbone is a deeply layered exploration...

Toronto: Coal Mine Theatre presents Marjorie Prime starring Martha Henry January 26-February 23

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Toronto: Coal Mine Theatre presents Marjorie Prime starring Martha Henry January 26-February 23

At once conceptually and deeply moving, with a profound exploration of what makes us human, COAL MINE THEATREis proud to announce its upcoming presentation of Jordan Harrison's Pulitzer Prize-nominated MARJORIE PRIME, directed by Stewart Arnott. The play, making its long-awaited Toronto Premiere, features a remarkable performance by legendary stage...

London: The Grand Theatre presents “Fully Committed” starring Gavin Crawford January 14-26

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
London: The Grand Theatre presents “Fully Committed” starring Gavin Crawford January 14-26

This month, the Grand Theatre is excited to welcome Gavin Crawford, host of the popular CBC Radio weekly news quiz, Because News, in the hilarious comedy, FULLY COMMITTED. Described by director Steven Gallagher as “the perfect antidote to the cold weather and a rollicking start to 2020,” the one-person show follows struggling actor, Sam, throughout...

Toronto: Mirvish announces rush tickets to The Phantom of the Opera January 8-February 2

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Toronto: Mirvish announces rush tickets to The Phantom of the Opera January 8-February 2

Rush tickets will be available for Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at Toronto's Princess of Wales Theatre for a strictly limited engagement, January 8 - February 2, 2020.
Rush tickets will be $39 each, with a limit of two per customer.   They will be available at 9AM on each performance...

Toronto: “49th Day” runs at the Next Stage Theatre Festival January 8-19

Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Toronto: “49th Day” runs at the Next Stage Theatre Festival January 8-19

Theatre ARTaud presents a proudly immigrant story of love, war, and familial reconciliation: 49TH DAY at the 2020 Next Stage Theatre Festival.
49th Day, created by Dora-nominated performer athena kaitlin trinh (Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, Roseneath Theatre), takes us to a cemetery in ViệtNam where a young woman makes offerings and...

Hamilton: See Rod Beattie in “Wingfield’s Progress” this weekend at Theatre Aquarius

Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Hamilton: See Rod Beattie in “Wingfield’s Progress” this weekend at Theatre Aquarius

Welcome home to Persephone Township as a true Legend of Canadian Theatre returns to the stage at Theatre Aquarius!
Walt Wingfield is back, and so is the entire gang from Persephone Township with the second installment of the beloved Wingfield series.
In the second season of the farm Walt faces another challenge as the spectre of urban development...

Toronto: Tapestry Opera presents “Jacqueline”, the story of Jacqueline du Pré, February 19-23

Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Toronto: Tapestry Opera presents “Jacqueline”, the story of Jacqueline du Pré, February 19-23

Tapestry Opera presents the world premiere of Jacqueline, a story of the battle between a world-famous virtuoso cellist and the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) that took her body and talent, robbing her of her breathtaking musical gift, her identity, and ultimately her life. Jacqueline runs at the Betty Oliphant Theatre from February 19 - 23, 2020.
Considered...

Toronto: ARC presents the Canadian premiere of “Oil” by Ella Hickson February 29-March 21

Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Toronto: ARC presents the Canadian premiere of “Oil” by Ella Hickson February 29-March 21

ARC today announced that it will present the Canadian Premiere of Ella Hickson’s ambitious play OIL as part of the company’s 20th anniversary season. ARC is a Toronto-based artist-run theatre company committed to bringing top international contemporary plays to Canadian audiences. OIL will be directed by ARC Artistic Producer, Christopher Stanton,...

Toronto: Miriam Khalil performs “Ayre by Osvaldo Golijov January 11

Monday, January 6, 2020
Toronto: Miriam Khalil performs “Ayre by Osvaldo Golijov January 11

Lebanese-Canadian soprano and AtG Founding Member, Miriam Khalil takes the stage at the 21C Festival performing her Juno nominated signature piece, Ayre by Osvaldo Golijov.
A lush fusion of Arabic, Hebrew, Sardinian, and Sephardic folk melodies and texts, Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov’s Ayre is a thrill to experience and a brilliant example...

Cambridge: Vera Causa Opera presents “Dino Opera” and “Rapunzel” February 15-16

Monday, January 6, 2020
Cambridge: Vera Causa Opera presents “Dino Opera” and “Rapunzel” February 15-16

Coming this February is a double bill of two brand-new operas written by Vera Causa Opera General Director Dylan Langan. Rapunzel is an operatic re-telling of the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale of the same name, and The Dino Opera is a lighthearted story about dinosaurs searching for a safe haven in the prehistoric world. Stay tuned to our blog for...

London: Grand Theatre patrons raise $87,780 for the London Food Bank

Friday, January 3, 2020
London: Grand Theatre patrons raise $87,780 for the London Food Bank

The Grand Theatre is thrilled to announce that the third annual campaign in support of the London Food Bank has raised $87,780. Billed as SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALI-DONATE, in celebration of the holiday production of Disney and Cameron Macintosh’s Mary Poppins, this initiative partners the Grand Theatre with Business Cares and has resulted in a three-year...

San Diego: Britta Johnson’s musical “Life After” is nominated for six Craig Noel awards

Friday, January 3, 2020
San Diego: Britta Johnson’s musical “Life After” is nominated for six Craig Noel awards

The San Diego Theatre Critics Circle is pleased to announce the nominations for its 2019 Craig Noel Awards. Now in its 18th year, the Craig Noel Awards honor the achievements at professional theaters in San Diego County.
Times are changing, language is changing and culture is changing. The San Diego Theatre Critics Circle is stepping up to the...

New York: Schedule of upcoming live opera broadcasts

Friday, January 3, 2020
New York: Schedule of upcoming live opera broadcasts

The following is a list of live opera productions announced to be shown in movie theatres and on television.
MANON• Channel: PBS• U.S. Broadcast Date: January 5, 2020• Genre: Opera• Theatre: Metropolitan Opera House, New York• Director: Laurent Pelly• Composer: Jules Massenet• Cast: Lisette Oropesa, Michael Fabiano• A Great Performances at the...

Stratford: Tickets to the Stratford Festival’s 2020 season go on sale today

Friday, January 3, 2020
Stratford: Tickets to the Stratford Festival’s 2020 season go on sale today

After a Members advance sale so busy it prompted the early extension of two productions, tickets for the Stratford Festival’s groundbreaking new season go on sale to the public today. The 2020 season is one of the biggest ever and includes the much-anticipated opening of the new Tom Patterson Theatre. With the $100-million fundraising goal a hair’s...

New York: Rick Miller’s “BOOM” plays 59E59 January 9-February 23, 2020

Friday, January 3, 2020
New York: Rick Miller’s “BOOM” plays 59E59 January 9-February 23, 2020

Rick Miller’s “BOOM” will play 59E59 at 59 East 59th Street, New York, NY, January 9-February 23, 2020.
BOOM
Written, directed, and performed by Rick Miller
100 voices. 25 years. 1 man.
Produced by:Kidoons and WYRD ProductionsDates:January 09 - February 23, 2020Run Time:2 Hours, 0 MinuteTheater:Showing in Theater ATickets:$55-$70...

Ottawa: NAC Indigenous Theatre presents the world premiere of “Unikkaaqtuat” January 9-12, 2020

Thursday, January 2, 2020
Ottawa: NAC Indigenous Theatre presents the world premiere of “Unikkaaqtuat” January 9-12, 2020

NAC Indigenous Theatre’s landmark inaugural season continues in the new year with the world premiere of Unikkaaqtuat (January 9 to 12, 2020), a major multidisciplinary production that blends circus arts, music, theatre, and video projection. Created by the internationally renowned Inuit circus group Artcirq (Igloolik), the leading Quebec circus company...

Toronto: January events at the Bad Dog Comedy Theatre

Thursday, January 2, 2020
Toronto: January events at the Bad Dog Comedy Theatre

The Bad Dog Comedy Theatre has loads of events lined up for you in January 2020:
GLOBEHEAD 2020
18 teams of Toronto’s best improvisers compete: For honour. For glory. For a ridiculous trophy.
This hotly-contested Toronto comedy tradition will feature Andrew Phung, Christy Bruce, Lindsay Mullan and Gavin Williams defending their title...

Toronto: Linda McQuaig and Jennifer Whalen visit Monkey Toast January 11

Thursday, January 2, 2020
Toronto: Linda McQuaig and Jennifer Whalen visit Monkey Toast January 11

Six-time Canadian Comedy Award winner, Monkey Toast: The Improvised Talk Show is back!  For our January show, host David Shore welcomes special guests, co-creator/star of CBC’s Baroness Von Sketch Show, Jennifer Whalen, and journalist, columnist and best selling author, Linda McQuaig! It all happens on Saturday, January 11th at The Social Capital...

Toronto: What’s happening on the Bloor Street Culture Corridor in January

Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Toronto: What’s happening on the Bloor Street Culture Corridor in January

Welcome to 2020! It's new year's resolution time, and instead of subscribing to the newest fad, why not be kind to yourself and add some arts and culture into your life? The Bloor St. Culture Corridor is the perfect place to start, with offerings below that will delight all ages and tastes.
Bata Shoe MuseumIt's the start of a new year and the...

Stage Door News Archive

Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Stage Door News Archive

For complete listings of news from 2019 please open this post and then click here. For complete listings of news from 2018 plus news highlights from 2012 to 2017 click here.  For selected news from 2010 to 2012 click here.
Thank you for your patience.
The Editor