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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

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