Free arts event – Weston: Then & Now (Mar 25-27)

Image: Poster for Shakespeare in Action’s upcoming event Weston: Then & Now, featuring a photograph of Central United Church (1 King St., York, ON). Graphic design by Lizzie Moffatt. Shakespeare in Action (SIA) has an upcoming free arts event—Weston: Then & Now! at Central United Church. Here are the details… Weston’s very own Central UnitedContinue reading “Free arts event – Weston: Then & Now (Mar 25-27)”

Call for submissions: Nightwood Theatre’s Fempocalypse 2022

Image: Fempocalypse 2022 Neo-Stalgia logo, featuring the title “Fempocalypse 2022” in neon pixelated font and the word “Neo-Stalgia” in script font, with a linear globe image to the left of it and a cursor arrow to the right. Graphic design by Natércia Napoleão. Hey, all—Nightwood Theatre has a call for submissions for this year’s Fempocalypse.Continue reading “Call for submissions: Nightwood Theatre’s Fempocalypse 2022”

Call for artist submissions: Jan 12 deadline

The word “ART”, spelled out vertically in well-loved wooden alphabet blocks. Photo by the blogger. Hi all, just received this alert from the folks at Shakespeare in Action: CALLING ALL ARTISTS! Shakespeare in Action, Central United Church & The Weston Historical Society invite artists to submit works or proposals for a three-day public art event, Weston:Continue reading “Call for artist submissions: Jan 12 deadline”

SummerWorks: Revolution, gratitude & being with a roar in The AMY Project’s brave, bold Lion Womxn

The AMY Project returns to SummerWorks with the brave, bold and deeply personal multimedia, multidisciplinary ensemble-generated Lion Womxn. Directed by Julia Hune-Brown and Nikki Shaffeeullah, assisted by Jules Vodarek Hunter and Bessie Cheng, Lion Womxn ran for three performances at the Theatre Centre—I caught their closing night show in the Incubator last night. Created andContinue reading “SummerWorks: Revolution, gratitude & being with a roar in The AMY Project’s brave, bold Lion Womxn”

Power, connection & identity in the potent, magical, eye-opening Watah Theatre Double Bill

“A world without fairy tales and myths would be as drab as life without music.”—The Watah Theatre The Watah Theatre presents a Double Bill of biomythographies, including an excerpt reading of d’bi.young anitafrika’s Once Upon A Black Boy and the world premiere of Najla Nubyanluv’s I Cannot Lose My Mind, running in the Studio at Streetcar Crowsnest.Continue reading “Power, connection & identity in the potent, magical, eye-opening Watah Theatre Double Bill”

The impact of image on memory, identity & social change in the remarkable, moving, visually epic Reflector

Abraham Asto, Louisa Zhu, Michelle Polak & Michael Spence. Lighting & projection design by Laird MacDonald. Set design by Michael Spence & Laird MacDonald. Costume design by Melanie McNeill. Photo by Michael Cooper Theatre Gargantua celebrates its 25th birthday with the world premiere of Reflector, conceived and directed by Jacquie PA Thomas, and written byContinue reading “The impact of image on memory, identity & social change in the remarkable, moving, visually epic Reflector”

Reclamation & salvation—stories of Black women’s lives told with candor, sass & humour in powerful, theatrical for colored girls

Karen Glave, d’bi.young anitafrika, Ordena Stephens-Thompson, Akosua Amo-Adem, Evangelia Kambites, Tamara Brown & SATE in for colored girls—photo by Cylla von Tiedemann   Soulpepper opened its production of Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls who have committed suicide / when the rainbow is enuf, directed by Djanet Sears with assistance from Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu, to aContinue reading “Reclamation & salvation—stories of Black women’s lives told with candor, sass & humour in powerful, theatrical for colored girls”

Speaking truth to power in raw, real, fierce & funny Sound of the Beast

Tamyka Bullen (onscreen) & Donna-Michelle St. Bernard in Sound of the Beast—photo by Michael Cooper Hear ye, hear ye let it be known, No one on my block walks alone. Theatre Passe Muraille (TPM) closes its 2016-17 season with Donna-Michelle St. Bernard’s (aka Belladonna the Blest) Sound of the Beast, co-directed by Andy McKim andContinue reading “Speaking truth to power in raw, real, fierce & funny Sound of the Beast”

Heart vibrations as the dead weave tales reminding us to live in the inspirational, uplifting Spoon River

Spoon River ensemble—photo by Cylla von Tiedemann   Is your soul alive? As we make our way into the theatre, we find ourselves entering the funeral of Bertie Hume; filing past old family portraits and rows of headstones as we make our way out of the funeral parlor and into the cemetery. We are greetedContinue reading “Heart vibrations as the dead weave tales reminding us to live in the inspirational, uplifting Spoon River”

Interview: Lizzie Violet

Lizzie Violet—photo by Anna Lozyk Romeo Happy International Women’s Day! Today’s post is an interview with an incredibly talented, hard-working, gutsy and generous woman in the Toronto arts scene. Lizzie Violet is a writer, spoken word artist and horror aficionado—that “dark little girl with the crooked grin” who took her finely tuned, quirky sense ofContinue reading “Interview: Lizzie Violet”