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”

Toronto Fringe: The stages of grief & struggle for recovery injected with humour in the moving To Jane with Love

Promise Productions explores addiction and grief in their production of Deon Denton’s To Jane with Love, directed by Denton and running at the Al Green Theatre during Toronto Fringe. The show will also be featured in the Midtown International Theater Festival in New York later this month. Scenes of the evolution of Henry (Geoff Mays)Continue reading “Toronto Fringe: The stages of grief & struggle for recovery injected with humour in the moving To Jane with Love”

Shimmering trees dancing in Philip Cairns’ Colours of the City exhibit

Was very happy to be able to make it out to the final day of Philip Cairns’ Colours of the City exhibit at Arcadia Gallery on Sunday – and it was a great afternoon of art and chatting with Cairns, surrounded by colour and warmth on a chilly grey day. An exhibit of mostly paintingsContinue reading “Shimmering trees dancing in Philip Cairns’ Colours of the City exhibit”

Drama, pathos & hilarity – now with more lesbians @ Gay Play Day

The second annual Gay Play Day LGBTTQ Theatre Festival of short plays ran Friday through Saturday in the Alumnae Theatre studio space, featuring works with all the drama, pathos and hilarity I remember from its inaugural fest last year. Now with more lesbians. A.D./playwright/director Darren Stewart-Jones, wearing several other hats as producer, box office/reservations contactContinue reading “Drama, pathos & hilarity – now with more lesbians @ Gay Play Day”

More theatre in T.O. – on right now & upcoming

So much out there to see and still no clones on hand to help me make it out to everything. Here are some shows that are continuing and upcoming: The Village Players’ production of Les Liasons Dangereuses, by Christopher Hampton, directed by Anne Harper – running now until October 5 at the Village Playhouse. NextContinue reading “More theatre in T.O. – on right now & upcoming”

Lizzie Violet’s Cabaret Noir launch @ Q Space – fun, sexy & smart

Writer/poet/horror aficionado/editor Lizzie Violet launched her brand new monthly cabaret – Lizzie Violet’s Cabaret Noir – at Q Space last night. And what a fun, sexy and thought-provoking night it was. The cabaret premiere included feature performers Mullet the Clown, David Bateman and Kat Leonard, as well as a very talented line-up of open micContinue reading “Lizzie Violet’s Cabaret Noir launch @ Q Space – fun, sexy & smart”

Valentine’s Day goes Femme Fatale @ The Beautiful & the Damned

Passion, poetry, music – and fun, sexy and moving times – at Glad Day Bookshop last night during The Beautiful and The Damned Femme Fatale Valentine’s Day edition, hosted by the lovely and talented Lizzie Violet, who also acted as quiz mistress on this month’s dead celeb Gloria Grahame trivia questions. I had a blast,Continue reading “Valentine’s Day goes Femme Fatale @ The Beautiful & the Damned”

Upcoming awesomeness: music, poetry & theatre

Happy New Year, all! Here are a bunch of upcoming events/performances/productions to watch out for – and there’s a little somethin’ for everyone here: Tin Star Orphans open for The Strumbellas at The Dakota Tavern on Tues, Jan 8. The next edition of The Beautiful & the Damned poetry cabaret, hosted by Philip Cairns andContinue reading “Upcoming awesomeness: music, poetry & theatre”

Poets & songwriters & a holiday love-in

Last night was a double pleasure – for the art and for the company. First up was The Beautiful & The Damned (TB&TD) at Glad Day Bookshop, where a gang of my best pals (Liz, Lizzie, Kat, Janis and Kira) and I gathered to catch the first set before continuing our evening’s cultural festivities. TheContinue reading “Poets & songwriters & a holiday love-in”

The Beautiful & the Damned – the Day of the Dead edition

Last night’s edition of The Beautiful and the Damned was dedicated to the Day of the Dead, with featured dead celeb Frida Kahlo – hosted by the lovely and talented Lizzie Violet, who introduced the evening’s features and open mic artists, as well as exercising our minds with trivia about Kahlo. The Art Gallery ofContinue reading “The Beautiful & the Damned – the Day of the Dead edition”