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Toronto: Toronto Operetta Theatre presents G&S's “The Gondoliers” online March 19-April 5

Friday, March 5, 2021
Toronto: Toronto Operetta Theatre presents G&S's “The Gondoliers” online March 19-April 5

The Toronto Operetta Theatre embarks on a new era and joins the virtual revolution in the world of music theatre.  On Friday 19 March 2021,Gilbert and Sullivan’s THE GONDOLIERS debuts on a computer screen near you.  The Savoy masters’ last great hit has been captured live on video from the Edward Jackman Studios (TOT Cinema Central) and will be available...

Cambridge: Drayton Entertainment presents “Swinging Greats of the ’40, ’50s and ’60s” March 7

Friday, March 5, 2021
Cambridge: Drayton Entertainment presents “Swinging Greats of the ’40, ’50s and ’60s” March 7

Tune in on Sunday night at 7:00 p.m. for the first concert in the Livestream Cabaret Series co-hosted by Drayton Entertainment & Music Performance Trust Fund.
Michael VanhevelSwinging Greats of the '40s, '50s and '60s!Sunday, March 7 at 7:00 p.m. EST
Crooner Michael Vanhevel sings swinging hits from the ‘40s, ‘50s, and ‘60s including Bobby...

Toronto: Mezzo Joyce DiDonato and composer Ana Sokolović host upcoming University of Toronto events

Friday, March 5, 2021
Toronto: Mezzo Joyce DiDonato and composer Ana Sokolović host upcoming University of Toronto events

University of Toronto‘s music program is adding internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and composer Ana Sokolović to their March 2021 events line-up.
Serving on a three-day program as the Stratton Visitor for UofT’s Faculty of Music, DiDonato will be concentrating on contemporary songs and opera arias with students from the graduate...

Toronto: Against the Grain Theatre commissions “Identity, a Song Cycle” for baritone Elliot Madore

Thursday, March 4, 2021
Toronto: Against the Grain Theatre commissions “Identity, a Song Cycle” for baritone Elliot Madore

Premiering as a film in 2022, Against the Grain Theatre (AtG) has commissioned Identity: a Song Cycle for baritone Elliot Madore, by writer and poet Shauntay Grant and composer Dinuk Wijeratne. This song cycle will use original poetry and music to chart the protagonist's journey of self-discovery. Building on the successes of AtG’s digital projects...

Toronto: Nightwood Theatre and Native Earth present “Embodying Power and Place” March 27-April 11

Thursday, March 4, 2021
Toronto: Nightwood Theatre and Native Earth present “Embodying Power and Place” March 27-April 11

This spring Nightwood Theatre and Native Earth Performing Arts are honoured to present Embodying Power and Place, curated by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard and New Harlem Productions. In 2019, the federal commission on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls released their final report, Reclaiming Power and Place. In 2020 over a dozen artists...

Toronto: Dovercourt House Dance Hub is forced to close after 21 years

Thursday, March 4, 2021
Toronto: Dovercourt House Dance Hub is forced to close after 21 years

Dovercourt House, a hub for dance for over twenty years, is the City’s latest cultural casualty. Dovercourt House has been the full-time home of princess productions, CORPUS and Kaeja d’Dance for 21 years. These resident companies occupied Dovercourt’s ballrooms during daytime hours developing works that have toured the world. In the evenings and...

Collingwood: Watch “Girls Nite In” online March 6 from Theatre Collingwood

Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Collingwood: Watch “Girls Nite In” online March 6 from Theatre Collingwood

Are you aware that March 8th is International Women's Day?
At Theatre Collingwood we have a tradition of celebrating this occasion with the Girls Nite Out comedy troupe, starring Elvira Kurt. In 2020 it was the very last show we did before the world shut down and, as always, it was SOLD OUT!
We are not going to let a pandemic stop us from...

Ottawa: undercurrents is coming to the World Wide Web Match 10-20

Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Ottawa: undercurrents is coming to the World Wide Web Match 10-20

You heard that right. This year, undercurrents: theatre below the mainstream can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home! 
The 2021 festival features six locally produced shows, a mix of audio plays, live-streams, and interactive app experiences.
THE LINEUP
Checkout the full festival lineup below, and get your tickets and schedule...

Ottawa: Ottawa festivals and arts organizations receive $1 million from province

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Ottawa: Ottawa festivals and arts organizations receive $1 million from province

More than a dozen Ottawa festivals and arts organizations were delighted to find out Tuesday that they will be getting a total of $1 million in extra provincial funding to help get through the pandemic. 
While the money had been allocated in last fall’s budget, the exact amounts came as a happy surprise for some, including the Ottawa Jazz Festival...

Stratford: Stratford Festival to receive nearly $2 million from province

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Stratford: Stratford Festival to receive nearly $2 million from province

The Stratford Festival will receive more than $1.8 million as the provincial government pledged to help artists and arts organizations survive the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lisa MacLeod, Ontario’s minister of heritage, sport, tourism and culture, announced Tuesday that $24 million will be provided to 140 arts organizations across the province, including...

Toronto: The Chekhov Collective is offering a new Zoom play “From A Distance” now available for viewing

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Toronto: The Chekhov Collective is offering a new Zoom play “From A Distance” now available for viewing

As our theatres remain closed and we're not able to offer a production this year, we thought it would be fun to create a small project for you to view at home. 
From A Distance is 10 brief scenes exploring a marriage, and how a couple grapples with different ways of responding to the pandemic. 
We kept it simple. We recorded it on Zoom,...

Toronto: Herbie Barnes named as next Artistic Director of Young People’s Theatre

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Toronto: Herbie Barnes named as next Artistic Director of Young People’s Theatre

Jenine Krause and David Scandiffio, Co-Chairs of the Young People’s Theatre (YPT) Board of Directors, today announced the appointment of Herbie Barnes as the next Artistic Director of YPT. Mr. Barnes is an accomplished playwright, performer, director and arts educator whose 30-year-career spans stages across North America. He was among the generation...

Toronto: ARC welcomes a new leadership team

Monday, March 1, 2021
Toronto: ARC welcomes a new leadership team

ARC is thrilled to announce the appointment of Rob Kempson as the new Co-Artistic Producer of the company. Rob joins Deborah Drakeford, who was announced as Co-Artistic Producer last summer, as well as Managing Producer Tamara Vuckovic, as the final member of the new leadership team. Rob is taking on the role after a search that began in the fall...

Barrie: Talk Is Free Theatre presents “She Stoops to Conquer” online on April 9

Monday, March 1, 2021
Barrie: Talk Is Free Theatre presents “She Stoops to Conquer” online on April 9

Today, Talk Is Free Theatre announced that internationally renowned comedian Colin Mochrie will star in an exclusive online event with acclaimed artists as part of Dinner à la Art. Directed by Richard Ouzounian, the uproarious comedy She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith will be streamed for one night only on April 9, 2021 at 7pm.
Colin Mochrie is...

Stratford: Stratford Festival plans a smaller 2021 season outdoors and under tents

Friday, February 26, 2021
Stratford: Stratford Festival plans a smaller 2021 season outdoors and under tents

Without a clear picture of what pandemic restrictions will look like in the coming months, Stratford Festival officials are planning a season of theatre that can be quickly adapted to whatever COVID-19 scenario they face.
Much like the Festival’s early seasons, this year’s productions – six plays and five cabarets – will be performed on two outdoor...

Barrie: Talk Is Free Theatre presents “Riot” by Andrew Moodie on April 8

Friday, February 26, 2021
Barrie: Talk Is Free Theatre presents “Riot” by Andrew Moodie on April 8

Talk Is Free Theatre released the title and cast of acclaimed artists for one more reading as part of Dinner à la Art. Riot was written in 1995 by Andrew Moodie and will be streaming for one night only on April 8, 2021. Directing this Chalmers Canadian Play Award winner is actor, playwright, and co-founder of Blue Bird Theatre Collective, Tawiah M’Carthy. 

Toronto: Soulpepper announces an eight-week tour of the global theatrical canon starting April 21

Friday, February 26, 2021
Toronto: Soulpepper announces an eight-week tour of the global theatrical canon starting April 21

Soulpepper Theatre Company is incredibly pleased to announce the release of a new collection of artistic programming: Around the World in 80 Plays, an eight-week global adventure of audio dramas, in-depth documentaries from CBC Ideas, and cultural celebrations. Audiences across the country, and around the world, are invited on a rich theatrical global...

Toronto: The Luminato Festival will go digital this year

Thursday, February 25, 2021
Toronto: The Luminato Festival will go digital this year

Luminato Festival Toronto – the city’s international festival of art and ideas – confirmed today that the 2021 festival will be held this June through a series of video and digital experiences all across the Greater Toronto Area.
“Everyone can look forward to a dynamic and inspirational Luminato Festival,” says Luminato Festival Toronto CEO Celia...

Toronto: The Actors’ Fund of Canada musters an all-star cast for the farce “Wil” running March 12-17

Thursday, February 25, 2021
Toronto: The Actors’ Fund of Canada musters an all-star cast for the farce “Wil” running March 12-17

In 1590, 26-year-old Wil Shakespeare is a promising, but floundering playwright with a wife, three children, a ballooning mortgage and a brand new play that just closed on its first night at the Stratford Upon Avon Supper Theater.  Things are looking bleak for the young playwright when his trusted agent, Bernie Shylock, lands Wil his first professional...

Toronto: Puppetmongers reveals its plans for spring 2021

Thursday, February 25, 2021
Toronto: Puppetmongers reveals its plans for spring 2021

Ann Powell and David Powell, national treasures and Co-Artistic Directors of Puppetmongers Theatre since 1974, showcase continued resilience in the face of shutdowns, burglaries and more, thanks to a $13,900 Capital grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) in 2019, and to the ongoing generosity of their supporters.
“I am very pleased...

Peterborough: Public Energy Performing Arts presents “Alone, with you” set in 2023 livestreaming March 6

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Peterborough: Public Energy Performing Arts presents “Alone, with you” set in 2023 livestreaming March 6

The effects of COVID-19 linger in 2023, when a new virus is suddenly discovered in North America. Fearing the worst, a young woman named Emelie immediately isolates herself in her 500 square foot Toronto apartment. In the months that follow, the psychological toll of paranoia, anxiety, and digital surveillance fuels a reconnection with a familiar...

Toronto: The City of Toronto cancels all city-led and city-permitted outdoor events through Canada Day

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Toronto: The City of Toronto cancels all city-led and city-permitted outdoor events through Canada Day

To slow the spread of COVID-19, the City of Toronto is extending the cancellation of in-person City-led and City-permitted major outdoor events to July 1, including Canada Day parades, festivals and fireworks.
Today’s announcement includes festivals and other large, in-person gatherings held at outdoor sites managed by the City or other public...

Toronto: The Digital Toronto Fringe Festival will run July 21-31

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Toronto: The Digital Toronto Fringe Festival will run July 21-31

The 33rd annual Toronto Fringe Festival will once again be a platform for independent artists to showcase their work, earn some money, and move forward through this difficult year in community solidarity. Like a typical Fringe Festival, artists will have a chance to create any work they desire with complete artistic freedom and be supported by the...

Cambridge: Drayton Entertainment presents a free livestream cabaret concert series starting March 7

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Cambridge: Drayton Entertainment presents a free livestream cabaret concert series starting March 7

Join us for six live music concerts on select Sundays in March and April for FREE! From crooner classics and jazz standards to Broadway sensations, popular songs, and more, this Livestreamed Cabaret Concert Series features talented artists performing a variety of memorable hits and unknown gems ... and it’s all live to air! Each performance is presented...

Barrie: Eric McCormack and Chilina Kennedy star in “The Great Gatsby” for Talk Is Free Theatre

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Barrie: Eric McCormack and Chilina Kennedy star in “The Great Gatsby” for Talk Is Free Theatre

Talk Is Free Theatre announced today the title and star-studded cast of one more reading as part of Dinner à la Art. Streaming for one night on April 11, 2021 at 7pm is a new adaptation of the seminal novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The classic novel was adapted for online audiences by Richard Ouzounian, who also directs.
Playing...

Orangeville: Theatre Orangeville presents lockdown love-story “Laneway Café” February 26-March 11

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Orangeville: Theatre Orangeville presents lockdown love-story “Laneway Café” February 26-March 11

Join us for this exclusive opportunity to be a part of a reading of an original work created just for you through our New Play Development process. Be among the very first to experience this incredible new work, read for the first time and see the process of how it is brought to your stage
The Featured Play: Laneway Café by Marni Walsh
Dating...

Toronto: CBC Arts presents “Seeding the Future” – 21 Black theatre students respond to “21 Black Futures”

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Toronto: CBC Arts presents “Seeding the Future” – 21 Black theatre students respond to “21 Black Futures”

To complement Obsidian Theatre’s 21 BLACK FUTURES — a collection of 21 filmed monodramas streaming on CBC Gem answering the question, “What is the future of Blackness?” — 21 Black theatre students, who are the future of Black theatre in Canada, are adding their voices to the project’s already historic group of creators. This initiative, entitled “Seeding...

Niagara-on-the-Lake: The Shaw Festival cancels 2021 production of “Gypsy”

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Niagara-on-the-Lake: The Shaw Festival cancels 2021 production of “Gypsy”

New COVID-19 restrictions, along with the recent decision to continue the Niagara Region’s placement in the Grey-Lockdown Zone, has made it clear the Shaw Festival is unable to produce Gypsy: A Musical Fable in 2021. The restrictive measures placed on the rehearsal and performance of brass/wind instruments and singing severely impacts director/choreographer...

Toronto: Why Not Theatre announces Miriam Fernades as it new Co-Artistic Director

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Toronto: Why Not Theatre announces Miriam Fernades as it new Co-Artistic Director

On behalf of the Board, Leadership, and entire team at Why Not Theatre we are excited to announce the appointment of Miriam Fernandes as Co-Artistic Director. Miriam joins the leadership team alongside Ravi Jain, Co-Artistic Director and Founder, and Kelly Read, Executive Director.
This change is reflective of our new organizational structure...

Toronto: An update about the rezoning of the Dominion Foundry

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Toronto: An update about the rezoning of the Dominion Foundry

Here is some news about the coming court date, February 26.
As agreed by all parties — the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association (SLNA), the City, and the Province — the hearing has been adjourned (postponed) to give all parties more time to come to some kind of resolution.
If they can’t reach a resolution, another court date will be set...

Toronto: The Black Pledge Collective issues The Black Pledge to producers of live performing arts in Canada

Monday, February 22, 2021
Toronto: The Black Pledge Collective issues The Black Pledge to producers of live performing arts in Canada

Is Canada ready for change? The Black Pledge aims to help dismantle anti-Black racism and oppression, to create true equity and inclusion at a structural level within live arts spaces. It is time to establish a new structure, one that respects all marginalized communities and invites them to collaborate as equals. This Pledge primarily addresses predominately...

Toronto: University of Toronto Opera’s made-for-the-internet opera “Escape Room” premieres February 28

Monday, February 22, 2021
Toronto: University of Toronto Opera’s made-for-the-internet opera “Escape Room” premieres February 28

UofT Opera has taken adapting to online streaming to a whole new level with their ground-breaking production Escape Room, the first opera fully composed for the internet.
Teaming up with award-winning production company Riddle Films, the UofT Opera Student Composers Collective has created an all Canadian production made by students, for students.

Barrie: Talk Is Free Theatre presents a reading of Shaw’s “Heartbreak House” with Len Cariou and Ed Asner

Monday, February 22, 2021
Barrie: Talk Is Free Theatre presents a reading of Shaw’s “Heartbreak House” with Len Cariou and Ed Asner

Today, Artistic Producer Arkady Spivak announced Dinner à la Art, a brand-new community partnership project, that will bring five exclusive, online readings with iconic Canadian and international artists to homes around the world from April 7 to 11, 2021.
The first reading is Heartbreak House by George Bernard Shaw and directed by Richard Ouzounian to...

Stratford: Stratford Festival presents “Up Close and Personal: Reflections from Black Artists”

Saturday, February 20, 2021
Stratford: Stratford Festival presents “Up Close and Personal: Reflections from Black Artists”

Black artists from the Up Close and Musical concert series sit down for an intimate chat about the experience of sharing personal stories through the self-revealing medium of cabaret. An inspiring discussion of hope, change and celebration, featuring four of the Festival's favourite musical performers: Robert Ball, Alexis Gordon, Marcus Nance and...

London: The Grand Theatre commits to ongoing anti-oppressive work

Friday, February 19, 2021
London: The Grand Theatre commits to ongoing anti-oppressive work

In this final week of Black History Month, the Grand Theatre is publicly acknowledging the need within the theatre community to dismantle the systemic racism and oppressive history of which they have been a part. Acknowledging their participation in this history required reflection, research, and a plan to move forward. Today, the Grand announced...

London: Walter Borden will play little-known London-born Broadway star in new audio play

Thursday, February 18, 2021
London: Walter Borden will play little-known London-born Broadway star in new audio play

Richard Berry Harrison is not a name many can easily place.
But it’s a name and a face that once graced the cover of Time magazine, the marquee of a Broadway theatre and to this day remains the namesake of a library and auditorium in Raleigh, N.C., a high school in Blytheville, Ark., and a gymnasium in Selma, N.C.
There’s even a park on...

Toronto: New funding will go toward boosting recording and broadcast capabilities at the Four Seasons Centre

Thursday, February 18, 2021
Toronto: New funding will go toward boosting recording and broadcast capabilities at the Four Seasons Centre

Performing artists and arts presenters play a vital role in our communities and economies. They need support to get through this difficult time during the pandemic when they are unable to perform in front of live audiences.
The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, accompanied by Marci Ien, Member of Parliament (Toronto...

Toronto: b current performing arts welcomes new Artistic Director Sadie Berlin

Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Toronto: b current performing arts welcomes new Artistic Director Sadie Berlin

Continuing its thirty year commitment and focus on creating a home for BIPOC artists, b current performing arts and its Board of Directors wishes to thank its former Artistic Director, Catherine Hernandez, for her years of dedication, service, advocacy and particularly for her many contributions in ushering in the organization's 30th anniversary....

Toronto: Factory Theatre presents a new collection of audio dramas March 5 to April 22

Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Toronto: Factory Theatre presents a new collection of audio dramas March 5 to April 22

Factory continues its innovative 20/21 season, with the world premiere of YOU CAN’T GET THERE FROM HERE, a brand new collection of audio theatrical dramas all set in and around Toronto’s many neighbourhoods and familiar landmarks. This extraordinary series features five commissioned works by Canadian Playwrights Anusree Roy, Matthew MacKenzie, Yvette...

Niagara-on-the-Lake: Watch Shaw Festival Artistic Director Tim Carroll in conversation with Stephen Fry

Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Niagara-on-the-Lake: Watch Shaw Festival Artistic Director Tim Carroll in conversation with Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry has returned (digitally, of course) to charm our Shaw Festival community! ✨
Join us over on our YouTube channel on February 18 at 7:00 p.m. ET for "The Value of Storytelling with Stephen Fry and Tim Carroll". 
"And you turn to that person next to you ... and you catch their eye and you go, 'Wasn't that wonderful?'"
Tune...

Ottawa: NAC annual report details an unprecedented 2019/20 season

Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Ottawa: NAC annual report details an unprecedented 2019/20 season

The National Arts Centre’s Annual Report entitled Embracing Change, which was tabled in Parliament earlier this month,  documents the NAC’s extraordinary 2019–2020 season. It included the landmark launch of Indigenous Theatre; digital initiatives to support artists and connect with audiences nationwide during the pandemic; the launch of the NAC’s...

St. Catharines: FirstOntario PAC hosts “Theatre in the Era of Climate Crisis” February 12-14

Friday, February 12, 2021
St. Catharines: FirstOntario PAC hosts “Theatre in the Era of Climate Crisis” February 12-14

The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (PAC) and Brock University’s Department of Dramatic Arts (DART) are continuing their partnership in 2021, offering online performances and virtual discussions exploring the intersection of performing arts and climate change in the Walker Cultural Leaders Series between Friday 12 - Sunday 14 February 2021.

Toronto: Big Girl & Friends presents “Episode #6: Queer Consciousness” beginning February 15

Friday, February 12, 2021
Toronto: Big Girl & Friends presents “Episode #6: Queer Consciousness” beginning February 15

Toronto Musical Concerts Artistic Producer, Christopher Wilson and Associate Director, Ryan Kelly continue their daily YouTube Live stream, BIG GIRL & Friends (the SECOND wave) supporting The AFC (Actors’ Fund of Canada).
Episode #6: QUEER CONSCIOUS featuring Bruce Dow, Ryan Kelly, Mateo Lewis, Sarah Strange and Joseph Zita. The show begins February...

Toronto: Nightwood Theatre appoints Sedina Fiati its Artist-Activist in Residence

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Toronto: Nightwood Theatre appoints Sedina Fiati its Artist-Activist in Residence

Nightwood is delighted to announce the newest member of our small and mighty team - Sedina Fiati, who will be joining us as the inaugural Artist-Activist in Residence.
Sedina is a Toronto based performer, producer, director, creator and activist for stage and screen. Proudly Black and queer, Sedina is deeply invested in artistic work that explores...

Toronto: Confluence presents “The John Beckwith Songbook” on March 7

Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Toronto: Confluence presents “The John Beckwith Songbook” on March 7

Our next concert, premiering March 7th, celebrates the "dean of Canadian composers" on the occasion of his 94th birthday. John Beckwith has had a foundational impact on Canadian music for over 70 years, and he is still very much a driving force.
I will host three back-to-back concerts, joined by my daughter (and John's granddaughter) actor Alison...

Niagara-on-the-Lake: The Shaw Festival premieres “The Great Shaw Quiz” tonight on YouTube

Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Niagara-on-the-Lake: The Shaw Festival premieres “The Great Shaw Quiz” tonight on YouTube

Introducing...(Drum roll please) 🥁
The Great Shaw Quiz!  🎉
Our host, Neil Barclay, brings you all the laughter and suspense of a classic gameshow, featuring your favourite Shaw Festival faces.
Join us for the series premiere, tonight at 6:00 p.m. ET on our YouTube channel:
www.youtube.com
Be there or be square. 📺
⬇️

Toronto: Soulpepper announces appointments for Associate Artistic Director and Baillie Artistic Fellow

Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Toronto: Soulpepper announces appointments for Associate Artistic Director and Baillie Artistic Fellow

Soulpepper Theatre Company is thrilled to share that two tremendous artists will be joining the Company’s Artistic team. Working with Artistic Director Weyni Mengesha, and Executive Director Emma Stenning, will be Luke Reece, appointed as Soulpepper’s Associate Artistic Director, and Matthew MacKenzie joining as the Baillie Artistic Fellow. Within...

Houston, TX: “Songs for Murdered Sisters” by Margaret Atwood and Jake Heggie premieres February 19

Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Houston, TX: “Songs for Murdered Sisters” by Margaret Atwood and Jake Heggie premieres February 19

On the morning of September 22, 2015, in Renfrew County, Ontario, a single man went on a killing spree, brutally murdering three ex-partners in their separate homes. They were victims in a crime now recognized as one of the worst cases of domestic violence in Canadian history. The murders devastated the rural Ottawa Valley community where baritone Joshua...

Paris, FRA: COC General Director Alexander Neef pushes for diversity as head of the Paris Opera

Monday, February 8, 2021
Paris, FRA: COC General Director Alexander Neef pushes for diversity as head of the Paris Opera

The Paris Opera has vowed to overhaul its recruiting practices as it launched a drive towards greater diversity in the heart of its elite ballet company, orchestra and dance school.
The issue has already sparked fierce debate in France, with rightwingers accusing the Opera’s new director general, Alexander Neef, of introducing American-style...

Toronto: Free digital programs at the COC – “Gender & Opera” and “March Break: Exploring New Opera”

Monday, February 8, 2021
Toronto: Free digital programs at the COC – “Gender & Opera” and “March Break: Exploring New Opera”

FREE DIGITAL PROGRAM: GENDER & OPERA
The Canadian Opera Company expands on its popular Women in Opera event with this interactive discussion exploring how gender constructs affect opera professionals, the art form itself, and beyond. The virtual event takes place on March 5, 2021 at 7 p.m. EST and is moderated by Aria Umezawa, Canadian stage...

Stratford: The Stratford Festival mourns the loss of Christopher Plummer

Friday, February 5, 2021
Stratford: The Stratford Festival mourns the loss of Christopher Plummer

The Stratford Festival was shocked and deeply saddened by the news of Christopher Plummer’s death. The theatrical pioneer was a member of the Stratford acting company for 11 seasons between 1956 and 2012.
“Christopher Plummer was our North Star,” said Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino. “His talent, wit and verve set the highest standards for...

Toronto: The marquee lights of the Royal Alexandra Theatre will be dimmed February 6 for Christopher Plummer

Friday, February 5, 2021
Toronto: The marquee lights of the Royal Alexandra Theatre will be dimmed February 6 for Christopher Plummer

Christopher Plummer, one of the greatest actors of the 20th and 21st centuries, died today at the age of 91. In the great tradition of the theatre, to honour his extraordinary body of work the marquee lights of the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto will be dimmed at the traditional curtain-up time, 8 pm, on Saturday, February 6th.
Born in Montreal,...

Weston, CT: Actor Christopher Plummer has died at age 91

Friday, February 5, 2021
Weston, CT: Actor Christopher Plummer has died at age 91

Christopher Plummer, who was among the greatest Canadian actors ever to grace stage and screen, has died.
Plummer died Friday morning at his home in Connecticut with his wife, Elaine Taylor, by his side, said Lou Pitt, his longtime friend and manager.
"Chris was an extraordinary man who deeply loved and respected his profession with great...

Toronto: Opera Atelier short film “The Eye and Eye’s Delight” has been accepted by the Experimental Dance & Music Film Festival

Friday, February 5, 2021
Toronto: Opera Atelier short film “The Eye and Eye’s Delight” has been accepted by the Experimental Dance & Music Film Festival

Opera Atelier’s production of Something Rich & Strange (OA’s first livestream production) continues to generate a great deal of interest. In fact, the opening black and white segment, The Eye and Eye’s Delight, featuring Soprano Measha Brueggergosman, the Artists of Atelier Ballet, and Tafelmusik, has been accepted by the Experimental Dance & Music...

Barrie: Talk Is Free Theatre presents the Canadian premiere of “Manimals” March 5-14

Thursday, February 4, 2021
Barrie: Talk Is Free Theatre presents the Canadian premiere of “Manimals” March 5-14

TIFT is thrilled to present the Canadian premiere of Manimals, the first solo immersive exploration performance piece by critically acclaimed game producer Michelle Hudson. Manimals is a live, immersive experience driven by audience interaction and performed over Zoom.
Manimals follows the exploits of Michelle, a successful game designer who...

Toronto: Next Stage Community Booster wraps up

Thursday, February 4, 2021
Toronto: Next Stage Community Booster wraps up

The Next Stage Community Booster, which replaced the 14th annual Next Stage Theatre Festival, wrapped up last weekend. This four-day event was a boost of energy, ideas, creativity, and friendship for those enduring an isolated pandemic winter.The event featured digital performances from acclaimed indie artists, a half-day conference for the indie...

Hamilton: Brott Opera will stream its production of John Estacio’s “Filumena” through February 28

Thursday, February 4, 2021
Hamilton: Brott Opera will stream its production of John Estacio’s “Filumena” through February 28

BROTT TO YOU: Filumena
Performance Dates: 02/03/2021 - 02/28/2021 
A Livestream of the performance of John Estacio's Filumena recorded under strict Covid-19 safety protocols in November 2020. Available for viewing online on February 1, 2021. A link and passcode will be sent to ticket-holders via an electronic ticket.
$15 per Household

Toronto: Dominion Foundry demolition halted for one month – IRCPA shows possible plans for site

Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Toronto: Dominion Foundry demolition halted for one month – IRCPA shows possible plans for site

On Friday, January 29, Judge D.L. Corbett of the Ontario Divisional Court ordered a monthlong halt to the demolition by the province of the historic Dominion Foundry in Toronto’s West Don Lands. 
The joint steering committee of the International Resource Centre for Performing Artists (IRCPA, a service organization for Canada’s musicians) and...

Toronto: Crow’s Theatre presents the family theatre/game “New Societies” for March Break

Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Toronto: Crow’s Theatre presents the family theatre/game “New Societies” for March Break

Need a fun activity for March Break? Families, this is your chance to work together to create your ideal society in an interactive narrative strategy game. 
Join us for something a little bit different. New Societies is a game of collaboration, competition, and potential Utopia. Created by Re:Current Theatre, and presented in March by Crow's...

Toronto: Théâtre français de Toronto presents Horizons Francophones 2021

Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Toronto: Théâtre français de Toronto presents Horizons Francophones 2021

Black History Month offers the perfect opportunity to celebrate the considerable contributions from different black diasporas to world culture. Whether at the local, provincial, national or international level, artists from indigenous or Afro-descendant communities have created works that stand out for their finesse, strength and acuity.
This...

Stratford: Renovations to Gallery Stratford will include a new performance space opening this spring

Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Stratford: Renovations to Gallery Stratford will include a new performance space opening this spring

Stratford’s public art gallery will be opening a new indoor/outdoor studio and performance space behind its historically significant home on Romeo Street this spring, a major part of what’s shaping up to be a transformational year for the nearly 140-year-old structure.
At the moment, a stroll along the pathway behind Gallery Stratford takes people...

New York: Broadway cast of “Come From Away” to return for live capture of the musical

Tuesday, February 2, 2021
New York: Broadway cast of “Come From Away” to return for live capture of the musical

Though performances remain dark during the coronavirus shutdown, Come From Away will get the film treatment. Entertainment One will produce a live capture of the musical by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, reuniting cast members of the Broadway production.
The performance will be filmed in May at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, where the musical...

Ottawa: The results of the National Arts and Culture Impact survey are out

Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Ottawa: The results of the National Arts and Culture Impact survey are out

Most arts and culture organizations are holding on for now, but very high stress levels suggest that the impact of the pandemic aren’t just economic, according to the newly released results of the November 2020 National Arts and Culture Impact Survey (NACIS). 
The survey results painted an overall picture of short-term economic and psychological...

Toronto: Why Not Theatre launches ThisGen 2021 Fellowship

Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Toronto: Why Not Theatre launches ThisGen 2021 Fellowship

This February, innovative Canadian theatre company Why Not Theatre will launch ThisGen 2021 Fellowship, the second annual national initiative that supports BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) Female, Trans, and Non-Binary artists get to the next stage in their careers through training, mentorship, guided self-study, and peer-to-peer connection....

Huntsville: Dot the T Productions will premiere a new comedy live and outdoors this August

Saturday, January 30, 2021
Huntsville: Dot the T Productions will premiere a new comedy live and outdoors this August

PLEASE JOIN US IN JAN’S BACKYARD IN LAKE OF BAYSWe hope you will join us this August for our professional WORLD PREMIERE production of “FUNeral For A FriEND” and/or one of our 4 Sunday Live Music Events
Bring Your Own A.ppetizer B.everage C.hair 
DATES, TIMES, BANDS will be confirmed by the end of June.

FUNeral For A FriENDA comedy...

Toronto: Kuumba celebrates Black futures at Harbourfront Centre

Thursday, January 28, 2021
Toronto: Kuumba celebrates Black futures at Harbourfront Centre

Toronto’s longest running Black History Month festival, Kuumba, presented by the TD Ready Commitment, returns for its 26th edition to celebrate the Black community, forward-focused and now part of Black Futures Month.
“In 2021, we are taking a deeper look into what it actually means to be unapologetically Black, the courage it takes to stand...

Toronto: Cahoots Theatre announces the ENBY Ensemble Artsists

Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Toronto: Cahoots Theatre announces the ENBY Ensemble Artsists

We’re excited to announce the six artists of
Cahoots Theatre’s ENBY Ensemble.
Ken Caughey, Titus Androgynous, Dhanish Kumar Chinniah, NIUBOI, Robyn Kaur Sidhu, and Sansom Marchand, will be led by facilitators Ximena Huizi and Jay Northcott from February 18, 2021 - April 29, 2021.
We are excited to see what The ENBY Ensemble explores,...

Toronto: Amplified Opera is named Disruptor-in-Residence at the Canadian Opera Company

Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Toronto: Amplified Opera is named Disruptor-in-Residence at the Canadian Opera Company

The Canadian Opera Company welcomes Toronto-based Amplified Opera to the COC Academy as part of the company’s newly developed Disruptor-in-Residence program. The two-year residency will offer resources and support to the emerging opera company during the critical transition period from start-up to established organization, as well as share valuable...

Toronto: New national initiative, Digidance, presents Canadian film premiere of Crystal Pite’s “Body and Soul”

Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Toronto: New national initiative, Digidance, presents Canadian film premiere of Crystal Pite’s “Body and Soul”

Harbourfront Centre, in partnership with Digidance, announce the exclusive Canadian film premiere of Body and Soul, from internationally-lauded choreographer Crystal Pite and performed by Paris Opera Ballet - streaming online February 17-23, 2021. Filmed live during the November 2019 world premiere performance at Palais Garnier, Paris, the work marks...

Toronto: Juliane Gallant and Jennifer Tung named inaugural conductors by Women in Musical Leadership

Monday, January 25, 2021
Toronto: Juliane Gallant and Jennifer Tung named inaugural conductors by Women in Musical Leadership

Canadians Juliane Gallant and Jennifer Tung are named the inaugural Conductors in the landmark national conducting fellowship Women in Musical Leadership. 
Women in Musical Leadership is an innovative multi-year professional opportunity to advance music directors and conductors and richly expand the talent pool of musical leadership in Canada....

St. Catharines: Suitcase in Point streams “JimiBill and Me” by Genevieve Jones January 29

Monday, January 25, 2021
St. Catharines: Suitcase in Point streams “JimiBill and Me” by Genevieve Jones January 29

On Friday January 29th at 8pm, Suitcase in Point presents an online workshop sharing of JimiBill and Me, an original play written and performed by Genevieve Jones and musician Katey Gatta. This introductory sharing will be followed by a live Question & Answer session with the Director, Playwright/Actor, and Musician.
About: JimiBill and Me is...

Stratford: Stratford Festival premiere “Up Close and Musical” on Stratfest@Home

Monday, January 25, 2021
Stratford: Stratford Festival premiere “Up Close and Musical” on Stratfest@Home

As winter descends and the pandemic continues, the Stratford Festival offers up some heartwarming new content to entertain and inspire as we await the days when we will be able to gather in theatres again.
Up Close and Musical, a series of nine intimate cabarets featuring some of the Festival’s greatest musical performers, takes you back inside...

Toronto: The Assembly Theatre announces its new chapter with a new look and new team

Friday, January 22, 2021
Toronto: The Assembly Theatre announces its new chapter with a new look and new team

Throughout the entirety of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Assembly Theatre has been busy making changes and updates to its brand identity and operations team.
Founded in 2017 by The Unit 102 Actors Co. & Leroy Street Theatre, the Assembly Theatre was home to these two founding companies for 3 years. Their hard work and dedication created an affordable...

Ottawa: The National Creation Fund announces 13 new projects

Friday, January 22, 2021
Ottawa: The National Creation Fund announces 13 new projects

Over the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic profoundly changed the way we live and work, and we have all been called to see and imagine the world in different ways. The performing arts sector was hit particularly hard, and with many artists facing an uncertain future, the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund has played a critical role in supporting...

Toronto: Big Girl & Friends presents “Episode #3: Fast & Furious” beginning January 25

Friday, January 22, 2021
Toronto: Big Girl & Friends presents “Episode #3: Fast & Furious” beginning January 25

Toronto Musical Concerts Artistic Producer, Christopher Wilson and Associate Director, Ryan Kelly continue their daily YouTube Live stream, BIG GIRL & Friends (the SECOND wave) supporting The AFC (Actors’ Fund of Canada).
EPISODE #3: FAST & FURIOUS featuring Adam Brazier, Alessandro Costantini, Lizzie Kurtz, Astrid Van Wieren and Christopher...

Toronto: Monkey Toast welcomes Lt.-Commander Paul Smith of the RCN on February 6

Friday, January 22, 2021
Toronto: Monkey Toast welcomes Lt.-Commander Paul Smith of the RCN on February 6

Six-time Canadian Comedy Award winner, Monkey Toast: The Improvised Talk Show is now streaming its shows live online.  For our February 6th show, host David Shore welcomes special guest, from The Royal Canadian Navy, Lt. Commander Paul Smith!  You can watch the live stream on our YouTube channel, on Facebook, or Twitter.  Viewing links are below. 

St. Catharines: FirstOntario PAC presents “Exploring the Digital Needs of Niagara’s Arts Community”

Thursday, January 21, 2021
St. Catharines: FirstOntario PAC presents “Exploring the Digital Needs of Niagara’s Arts Community”

EXPLORING THE DIGITAL NEEDS OF NIAGARA’S ARTS COMMUNITY will virtually convene arts organizations, local artists and changemakers to explore their needs in the digital future between Tues 26 Jan - Thurs 28 Jan + Thurs 4 Feb - Sat 6 Feb 2021. 
This past fall, the FirstOntario PAC engaged Senior Project Advisor Dr. Sara Diamond and Project Advisor...

Toronto: Karine Ricard named new Artistic Director of Théâtre français de Toronto

Thursday, January 21, 2021
Toronto: Karine Ricard named new Artistic Director of Théâtre français de Toronto

Alexandra Vandelle, chair of TfT’s Board of Directors and member of the selection committee, is pleased to announce the appointment of Karine Ricard as  Théâtre français de Toronto’s (TfT) new Artistic Director: “We are delighted to welcome Karine to the team. She is an accomplished artist who embodies Toronto’s diversity. We are confident that her...

Toronto: Halting the demolition of the Dominion Foundry complex becomes more urgent

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Toronto: Halting the demolition of the Dominion Foundry complex becomes more urgent

The demolition, by the province, of the Dominion Foundry complex (153 to 185 Eastern Avenue) in Toronto’s West Don Lands, endangers efforts by the International Resource Centre for Performing Artists  (IRCPA) and Corktown Residents and Business Association (CRBA) to create a hub for Canada’s musicians and for the area’s 25,000 residents in the Corktown...

Toronto: “Winner & Losers” is now available from CBC Podcasts

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Toronto: “Winner & Losers” is now available from CBC Podcasts

Theatre Replacement and Neworld Theatre in Association with Crow’s Theatre's 2013 production of Winners and Losers, directed by Chris Abraham, has recently been adapted into an audio drama by PlayME on CBC Podcasts. With the closure of theatres across the country, PlayME  transforms hit plays into bingeable audio dramas.
In Winners and Losers,...

Toronto: The COC’s free podcast Key Change returns this winter with Alexander Neef and Perryn Leech

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Toronto: The COC’s free podcast Key Change returns this winter with Alexander Neef and Perryn Leech

The Canadian Opera Company’s new podcast, Key Change, returns this winter with more fresh takes on all things opera. Co-hosted by classical singer and culture critic Robyn Grant-Moran (a member of the COC’s Indigenous Circle of Artists) alongside COC Lead Curator, Opera Everywhere Julie McIsaac, the second season examines opera through artistic and...

Toronto: Théâtre français de Toronto makes three of its finest productions available to stream

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Toronto: Théâtre français de Toronto makes three of its finest productions available to stream

To nurture your passion for theatre, TfT is happy to offer you shows available in streaming that you can watch directly from the safety of your living room. 
Online recordings are priced at $10 + HST. Videos are  available for 72 hours from Thursday to Sunday midnight, giving you the flexibility to watch it at your convenience. 
ENGLISH...

Stratford: Rebecca Northan’s troupe Spontaneous Theatre presents “Undiscovered Sonnets” online

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Stratford: Rebecca Northan’s troupe Spontaneous Theatre presents “Undiscovered Sonnets” online

The world premiere of her latest improvised theatre experience, An Undiscovered Shakespeare, was put on hold last year, but that doesn’t mean actor and director Rebecca Northan’s critically acclaimed spontaneity is getting rusty.
On the contrary, Northan and her collaborators at Spontaneous Theatre have been flexing their improv muscles by finding...

Ottawa: The NAC with Business / Arts and Nanos Research releases info about Canadians’ attitudes to returning to live arts

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Ottawa: The NAC with Business / Arts and Nanos Research releases info about Canadians’ attitudes to returning to live arts

The Arts Response Tracking Study is a regular monitor of the environment in the arts andculture sector.
The study focuses on culture-goers who have attended an indoor cultural gathering, an outdoor cultural gathering or a gallery or museum in the 12-month period prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This third report contains information on the...

Toronto: Obsidian Theatre and CBC announce directors and performers for “21 Black Futures”

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Toronto: Obsidian Theatre and CBC announce directors and performers for “21 Black Futures”

Obsidian Theatre and the CBC are unveiling the full line-up of directors and performers who have joined the first major project announced under Artistic Director Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu, 21 BLACK FUTURES. First announced this past fall, 21 BLACK FUTURES is an anthology of 21 filmed monodramas, commissioned from 21 multigenerational Black playwrights across...

Toronto: Expect Theatre announces a new season of PlayME podcasts

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Toronto: Expect Theatre announces a new season of PlayME podcasts

Nine months since theatres closed due to COVID-19, and the arts world went online - EXPECT THEATRE and CBC PODCASTS today announced a new season of PlayME, the podcast series that turns the hottest Canadian plays into audio fiction. PlayME kicks off its extraordinary new season today with a lineup of plays that speak to these uncertain times, exploring...

Toronto: Next Stage Community Booster starts January 21, 2021

Monday, January 18, 2021
Toronto: Next Stage Community Booster starts January 21, 2021

Next Stage Community Booster runs January 21 - 24, with online content available for viewing until January 31. 
We know this is a little different from how we regularly operate, so we wanted to send out a cheat-sheet of how to experience the Next Stage Community Booster. Here are some ways to get ready for all the amazing content we are going...

Toronto: Rick Roberts’s “Orestes” has its digital world premiere February 3

Monday, January 18, 2021
Toronto: Rick Roberts’s “Orestes” has its digital world premiere February 3

Tarragon Theatre is thrilled to announce the world premiere of the re-imagined, live online production of Orestes. The play, written by Rick Roberts, will livestream February 2 - 14, 2021 (opening February 3, 2021).Orestes (Cliff Cardinal) has been de-platformed! His unimaginable crime of matricide is stuck on autoplay and his banishment has driven...

Ottawa: The National Arts Centre’s Big Bang Festival goes online February 13-14

Monday, January 18, 2021
Ottawa: The National Arts Centre’s Big Bang Festival goes online February 13-14

This year, the BIG BANG is coming to you! Mini concerts, online radio, interactive parties, podcast, playlists… The programming of this special edition is entirely free and available online so everyone can join in! Cancelling our winter sonic boom was simply not an option, so we’re launching the musical adventure into the Webosphere, where you and...

Stratford: Stratford Festival watch parties resume this Thursday

Monday, January 18, 2021
Stratford: Stratford Festival watch parties resume this Thursday

The Stratford Festival’s popular Thursday night free viewing parties resume this week with an entertaining variety of offerings, including new and legacy films and all new original content safely created during the pandemic – adding to the rich mine of theatrical content available on Stratfest@Home, the Festival’s $10-a-month streaming service.

Toronto: Help save the Dominion Foundry Complex Heritage Site

Sunday, January 17, 2021
Toronto: Help save the Dominion Foundry Complex Heritage Site

The Dominion Foundry complex in Toronto’s West Don Lands, a listed heritage site recognized by the Smithsonian Institution, is in imminent danger of demolition by the Province of Ontario.  The International Resource Centre for Performing Artists (IRCPA) has been working together with the Corktown communities to regenerate the site into a thriving...

Picton: Chilina Kennedy in “Broadway and Beyond” rescheduled for March 20, 2021

Friday, January 15, 2021
Picton: Chilina Kennedy in “Broadway and Beyond” rescheduled for March 20, 2021

The Regent Theatre and Festival Players are bringing Broadway to you this winter!
Chilina Kennedy, star of Stratford and Broadway, is one of Canada’s leading musical theatre performers. Among many starring roles on both sides of the border, Ms. Kennedy appeared as singer-songwriter Carole King in Beautiful for three years on Broadway.
This...

Cambridge: Vera Causa Opera postpones its film of “The Gondoliers” to March 2022

Friday, January 15, 2021
Cambridge: Vera Causa Opera postpones its film of “The Gondoliers” to March 2022

In light of this week’s stay-at-home order and in the interest of participant well-being, we will be postponing our film adaptation of The Gondoliers to next winter.  
Our staff and participants have been hard at work over the past few months preparing for this production by rehearsing lines and music, recording at home or recording individually...

Kitchener: The Conrad Family Foundation donates the Conrad Centre to the City of Kitchener

Friday, January 15, 2021
Kitchener: The Conrad Family Foundation donates the Conrad Centre to the City of Kitchener

Earlier today, the City of Kitchener announced that the Manfred and Penny Conrad Family Foundation and Manfred and Penny Conrad have donated the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts facility to the City to support the performing arts in the community. This donation will allow the City to support and boost local artistic and creative talent and strengthen...

New York: It’s Andrea Martin’s birthday today

Friday, January 15, 2021
New York: It’s Andrea Martin’s birthday today

Two-time Tony winner Andrea Martin celebrates her birthday January 15. Honor the star's big day by taking a look back at some of her biggest highlights. 
Martin, born in Portland, Mainee in 1947, is best known for her work in the television series SCTV and Great News. She has appeared in films such as Black Christmas (1974), Wag the Dog (1997),...

Toronto: Toronto Musical Concerts’ Big Girl & Friends presents “Simply Sondheim” January 18

Friday, January 15, 2021
Toronto: Toronto Musical Concerts’ Big Girl & Friends presents “Simply Sondheim” January 18

BIG GIRL & Friends (the SECOND wave) is BACK in support of The AFC (Actors’ Fund of Canada), premiering Monday, January 11 for a LIMITED 8 episodes ONLY. 
BIG GIRL & Friends features professional Canadian musical theatre artists sharing performances and conversations to promote awareness and support for The AFC’s vital services for those most...

St. Catharines: The Foster Festival presents a live reading of Foster’s “Old Love” on February 14

Thursday, January 14, 2021
St. Catharines: The Foster Festival presents a live reading of Foster’s “Old Love” on February 14

The Foster Festival presents a live reading of Foster’s Old Love on February 14 starring Norm Foster himself. 
OLD LOVE by Norm Foster
Bud is recently divorced. Molly is newly-widowed.
At her husband’s funeral, Bud appears to offer his condolences...and more. Norm Foster’s Old Love is a story of courtship, rekindled romance and above...

Toronto: Buddies in Bad Times announces a new format for The Rhubarb Festival

Thursday, January 14, 2021
Toronto: Buddies in Bad Times announces a new format for The Rhubarb Festival

Amidst an absence of live performance on our stages (and across the city) this season, The Rhubarb Festival leans into its spirit of experimentation with a new incarnation as a performative publication. In an intentional turn away from the digital, this year’s Festival takes the form of a limited edition book that seeks to embody live performance...

Toronto: Crow’s Theatre announces new projects for 2021

Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Toronto: Crow’s Theatre announces new projects for 2021

Over the coming months, Crow’s will be announcing a new slate of original theatre, podcast, screen-based and multi-platform projects-in-development. Today, we’re thrilled to make the first in our series of announcements with four new projects and partnerships. 
Creation Residency: MIXTAPE by Zorana Sadiq
Last seen at Crow’s Theatre in our...

Toronto: The Music Gallery presents “TURNONANDBENOTALONE” February 3 & 4

Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Toronto: The Music Gallery presents “TURNONANDBENOTALONE” February 3 & 4

The Music Gallery is pleased to present TURNONANDBENOTALONE. A multi-channel audio and visual installation, activated by a series of four solo instrumental performances. The event will unfold over two nights via the interactive website turnonandbenotalone.com from Febraury 3-4 beginning at 8pm.
“Sitting at the intersection of multi-channel audio/video...

Toronto: Necessary Angel Theatre Company announces its inaugural Resident Artists

Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Toronto: Necessary Angel Theatre Company announces its inaugural Resident Artists

Alan Dilworth, Artistic Director, today announced the inaugural Necessary Angel Theatre Company Artistic Residency program, with Alana Bridgewater, Carlos Rivera, and Michaela Washburn as 2021 Resident Artists. The year-long Necessary Angel Artistic Residency was developed to support the voices of outstanding artists as they explore theatrical storytelling...

London: Theatre community suspends Brickenden Awards but music bash will go ahead

Monday, January 11, 2021
London: Theatre community suspends Brickenden Awards but music bash will go ahead

London’s music community will have an awards celebration this year, but theatre enthusiasts will have to wait.
There will be no Brickenden Awards to celebrate excellence in theatre, but Mario Circelli, chair of the Forest City London Music Awards, said a live, virtual or hybrid event will be held in late May or June.
“We’re already in the...

St. Catharines: Norm Foster offers playwriting workshops January 26-February 18

Saturday, January 9, 2021
St. Catharines: Norm Foster offers playwriting workshops January 26-February 18

Join Norm Foster – award winning Canadian playwright and Order of Canada recipient – for an online, four-week playwriting workshop.
With only 10 participants per session, you will have the opportunity to work directly with Canada’s most prolific playwright in an intimate setting. This is an opportunity to carve out real time for your writing...

Toronto: Against the Grain Theatre extends “Messiah/Complex” to January 31 by popular demand

Friday, January 8, 2021
Toronto: Against the Grain Theatre extends “Messiah/Complex” to January 31 by popular demand

We hear you loud and clear! Due to overwhelming popular demand, we have decided to make Messiah/Complex available until the end of January.
Hoorah! This means you can watch the film on-demand any time, and as many times, you'd like until January 31st.
Having trouble registering or watching Messiah/Complex? Click here for detailed instructions.

Toronto: Toronto Fringe announces Next Stage Community Booster listings

Friday, January 8, 2021
Toronto: Toronto Fringe announces Next Stage Community Booster listings

The Next Stage Community Booster replaces the 14th annual Next Stage Theatre Festival, which was cancelled due to COVID-19. This four-day event will be a boost of energy, ideas, creativity, and friendship for those enduring an isolated pandemic winter. The event will feature digital performances from acclaimed indie artists, a half-day conference...

Toronto: Crow’s Theatre and RBC announce the recepient of the RBC Rising Star Emerging Director Prize

Thursday, January 7, 2021
Toronto: Crow’s Theatre and RBC announce the recepient of the RBC Rising Star Emerging Director Prize

Crow’s Theatre and RBC are proud to announce Cherissa Richards as the recipient of the Crow’s Theatre RBC Rising Star Emerging Director Prize. Designed to encourage and celebrate Canada’s most outstanding early-career stage directors, the Prize provides a $5,000 award to emerging Canadian directors, as well as a residency at Crow’s Theatre.
Following...

Toronto: Studio 180 presents “DAD” by Ali Richardson on Januaary 13

Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Toronto: Studio 180 presents “DAD” by Ali Richardson on Januaary 13

Did you miss our Studio 180 IN DEVELOPMENT reading of DAD by Ali Joy Richardson? You're in luck!
We've partnered with Intermission Magazine to offer an encore presentation on January 13 at 8PM! No registration is necessary, just click the link.
DADBY ALI JOY RICHARDSONRoy, a revered theatre school teacher, falls from grace after his behaviour...

Toronto: Crow’s Theatre presents Fringe hit “Entrances & Exits” online February 12-14

Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Toronto: Crow’s Theatre presents Fringe hit “Entrances & Exits” online February 12-14

This winter, Crow’s Theatre and The Howland Company join forces again to bring you laughter and connection with a new live-streamed adaptation of the "Best of Toronto Fringe" winning hit, Entrances and Exits. Created by Ruth Goodwin (The Howland Company, Private Eyes) and Liz Johnston (The Second City, Bad Dog) and co-directed for the screen by Ruth...

Toronto: The Poculi Ludique Societas presents “The Mary Magdalene Project” January 9 and 10

Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Toronto: The Poculi Ludique Societas presents “The Mary Magdalene Project” January 9 and 10

Along with our co-sponsors and the project producers, we're delighted to offer our PLS friends free tickets to this weekend's live Zoom performances of director Jenna McKellips' Mary Magdalene Project. 
The Mary Magdalene Project is a modernized version of the Digby play of the same name. The production will take place this weekend with performances...

Stratford: Kiwanis Festival Stratford connects with emerging artists through new programming

Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Stratford: Kiwanis Festival Stratford connects with emerging artists through new programming

Most people are familiar with Kiwanis Festival Stratford’s spring showcase of emerging performers, but moving that annual event online isn’t the only way organizers are adapting to the pandemic-related obstacles they’re facing this year.
The local charity has recently launched an online experience for artists interested in the professional feedback...

Toronto: The Musical Stage Company announces the faculty of NoteWorthy 2021

Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Toronto: The Musical Stage Company announces the faculty of NoteWorthy 2021

The Musical Stage Company in association with Prime Mover Theatre Company is thrilled to announce the internationally renowned faculty for NoteWorthy 2020-21! Faculty include MICHAEL R. JACKSON, STEW, KIRSTEN CHILDS, STAFFORD ARIMA with program mentorship by RAY HOGG and KEVIN WONG.
In addition to providing immeasurable knowledge and support...

Toronto: Studio 180 presents a reading of “The Chinese Lady” by Lloyd Suh on January 22

Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Toronto: Studio 180 presents a reading of “The Chinese Lady” by Lloyd Suh on January 22

Afong Moy is fourteen years old when she’s brought to the United States from Guangzhou Province in 1834. Allegedly the first Chinese woman to set foot on U.S. soil, she has been put on display for the American public as “The Chinese Lady.” As the decades wear on, her celebrated sideshow comes to define and challenge her very sense of identity. Inspired...

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

Friday, January 1, 2021
Toronto: What’s happening on the Bloor Street Culture Corridor in January

What’s happening in January along the Bloor St. Culture Corridor?
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
Returning for a fifth year in a star-studded virtual experience, the Hot Docs Podcast Festival headlines the winter streaming slate on Hot Docs at Home from January 27-29. Curated for podcast lovers and makers alike, the signature audio celebration...

Stage Door News Archive

Friday, January 1, 2021
Stage Door News Archive

For complete listings of news from 2020 please open this post and then click here. For complete listings of news from 2019 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