Creatures of myth & memory in the playful, pointed, evocative Cryptids: Prose-Poetry from Creatures of Memory

Cover art from Cryptids: Prose-Poetry from Creatures of Memory by Dee Sparling      Dee Sparling is a local Toronto poet/spoken word artist and singer. We’ve been friends for about 16 years, and folks who frequented Lizzie Violet’s Cabaret Noir, either at Q Space or The Central, will recognize Sparling, who performed poetry and a cappella songsContinue reading “Creatures of myth & memory in the playful, pointed, evocative Cryptids: Prose-Poetry from Creatures of Memory”

Stand-up & sing – inspired by Tracey Erin Smith’s The Burning Bush

As some of you know, I started doing stand-up comedy this past spring, starting with Dawn Whitwell’s Comedy Girl class at Comedy Bar. Since performing in our class show on June 18, I’ve been back on stage a few times, including open mic at Lizzie Violet’s Cabaret Noir, a guest spot on Whitwell’s weekly showContinue reading “Stand-up & sing – inspired by Tracey Erin Smith’s The Burning Bush”

Smokin’ hot & rockin’ out @ The Central – Jessica Speziale CMW2014 gig

Last weekend was about theatre, this weekend is about music. It’s Canadian Music Week, and I was out at The Central to see Jessica Speziale play with her band last night. Speziale is a sultry-voiced, rockin’ music force, performing with heart, soul and drive. If you haven’t had a chance to see her play live,Continue reading “Smokin’ hot & rockin’ out @ The Central – Jessica Speziale CMW2014 gig”

Interview with writer/poet/cabaret mistress Lizzie Violet

Lizzie Violet is a Toronto-based writer, editor, poet, blogger, cabaret organizer/host and horror aficionado. She is a huge fan of zombies. She’s also an awesome person and a great friend. Lizzie hosts Lizzie Violet’s Cabaret Noir (LVCN), which features music, poetry/spoken word, vaudeville and burlesque performers, as well as open mic artists, at The Central.Continue reading “Interview with writer/poet/cabaret mistress Lizzie Violet”

Happy holidays!

Hi all – It’s full-on holiday hustle and bustle, with gatherings and errands galore! Wanted to send out a quick note to say that I’m still here, I just needed to take care of a few things, which left me no time to post over the past little while. Hope you’ve been enjoying the rebloggingContinue reading “Happy holidays!”

Coming up Oct 5: Brooklyn Doran Played At Your Fundraiser – Fundraiser

So, we’re well into the fall season now, kids – and, as usual, there’s so much to see. And this Saturday, October 5 is especially full of arts and culture goodness. For instance, Brooklyn Doran Played At Your Fundraiser – Fundraiser. Join Brooklyn Doran and guest performers Rebecca Perry, Domanique Grant, Jeff Insell and ElliotContinue reading “Coming up Oct 5: Brooklyn Doran Played At Your Fundraiser – Fundraiser”

Upcoming music, theatre & spoken word awesomeness

It was some big fun, not to mention a great pleasure, as I worked the door at Lizzie Violet’s Cabaret Noir (LVCN) last night, with feature artists Andrea Thompson, Frenchie Fatale and Hugh Wilson. It was LVCN’s first night at its new home at The Central – and the place was packed, with an incrediblyContinue reading “Upcoming music, theatre & spoken word awesomeness”

Big Name Actors rock OHC benefit in advance of “Part Time Friends” EP launch

Got out to Lee’s Palace last night for an Ontario Health Coalition (OHC) benefit, featuring bands Newark Minute, Big Name Actors , I Hate Todd  and Trevor James & The Perfect Gentlemen. Big Name Actors is releasing their Part Time Friends EP tomorrow (Saturday, June 8) and I’m not able to be there, so IContinue reading “Big Name Actors rock OHC benefit in advance of “Part Time Friends” EP launch”

An eclectic, trippy journey through sound on Robert Graham’s “Storm in a Teacup” CD

When I dropped by Red Sandcastle Theatre for the In Loo Of fundraiser a few weeks ago, owner/manager/AD Rosemary Doyle introduced me to Robert Graham, who was there to accompany singers on piano for the four-day open mic event. While chatting with Graham, I learned that he’s also a singer/songwriter – and I headed homeContinue reading “An eclectic, trippy journey through sound on Robert Graham’s “Storm in a Teacup” CD”

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”