Angela Saini brings her sweet, soulful sound to Hope on the Stereo celebration at Cameron House residency

I had the pleasure of attending the final performance of Angela Saini’s May residency at The Cameron House last night, which included a selection of tunes from across albums—with a special nod of celebration to her new record Hope on the Stereo—along with a few choice covers (I especially enjoyed Saini’s interpretation of Melissa Etheridge’s “ComeContinue reading “Angela Saini brings her sweet, soulful sound to Hope on the Stereo celebration at Cameron House residency”

Playfully whimsical, profoundly poignant & sharply candid ruminations in Dawna J. Wightman’s honey be

Dawna J. Wightman. Photo by Vince Lupo.   Montreal-born Dawna J. Wightman is an award-winning Toronto-based actor, playwright and writer. Toronto audiences will recognize Wightman from her solo show Life as a Pomegranate, as well as Yellow Birds (Alumnae Theatre’s FireWorks Festival, 2015) and A Mickey Full of Mouse (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 2016Continue reading “Playfully whimsical, profoundly poignant & sharply candid ruminations in Dawna J. Wightman’s honey be”

Sharply funny, moving, candid looks at LGBTQ lives in 7th annual Gay Play Day

Gay Play Day—an annual festival of short, new plays written by LGBTQ playwrights and their allies—returns to the Alumnae Theatre Studio for two days only. This is the 7th year of the fest for founding AD Darren Stewart-Jones and the GPD team, which this year includes technical director Johnny Salib and Henry Keeler on frontContinue reading “Sharply funny, moving, candid looks at LGBTQ lives in 7th annual Gay Play Day”

Identity, community & calling shenanigans on BS in the raw, real, nostalgic Situational Anarchy

 Graham Isador in Situational Anarchy   Pressgang Theatre joins forces with Pandemic Theatre to present Graham Isador’s one-man work of creative non-fiction Situational Anarchy, direction/dramaturgy by Tom Arthur Davis and Jivesh Parasram, and opening last night at Stop Drop N Roll. Autobiographical, with an altered timeline and an amalgamation of several bands that were seminalContinue reading “Identity, community & calling shenanigans on BS in the raw, real, nostalgic Situational Anarchy”

SummerWorks: A young woman’s journey through confusing, crazy times toward empowerment & love in The Emancipation of Ms. Lovely

“Today my heart broke,” said the seed, “it itched and ached, I was smashed to pieces.” “Ahh,” said the burning sun, “you were growing, to blossom you have to break.” – Ngozi Paul With today’s hand-held devices, and instant news and social media access, bad news travels even faster than before. The nature of theContinue reading “SummerWorks: A young woman’s journey through confusing, crazy times toward empowerment & love in The Emancipation of Ms. Lovely”