As the creepy scenes of Halloween begin to appear throughout the city, costumes are collected and late night tricks and treats determined, Rob Gontier and Ned Loach are in the midst of creating the spectacle known as 360 Screenings. Part theatre experience, part cinematic viewing party, 360 Screenings will present […]

360 Screenings Halloween Spectacle (October 25-26, Toronto)

The artist known as Britta “Britta B” Badour is wise beyond her years. Relatively new to the spoken word poetry world, she’s already made a name for herself as perhaps one of the more dynamic slam poets on the North American arts scene. Her deeply personal and moving writing sparkles […]

URBAN/Intersection: Spoken Word Poet “Britta B”

Along with the typical antiquated ideas associated with opera – wigs, heavy makeup, viking horns, audiences dressed in formal wear and monocles – is another equally out-of-date perception of how operas are created. Though the opera world has its icons, not all productions are helmed by one creative genius alone. […]

Artistic Fusion: Michael Mori and Tapestry Briefs’ New Opera

Whether it is acting, writing or producing, Sarah Michelle Brown handles it all with equal parts inspiration, dedication, and perseverance. Brown is an artistic dynamo, brimming with boundless positive energy and determination to see her play First Hand Woman — a sparking five woman show that delves into the stages […]

Urban/Intersection: Sarah Michelle Brown’s First Hand Woman

The classic writing tip for the ages is “Write what you know.” For Australian multimedia artist Sunny Drake, his approach is more like “Animate, joke about, and make puppets do what you know.” His unique style of performance blending hand puppetry, stop animation, and humorous monologues from a wide variety […]

Artistic Fusion: Sunny Drake Combines Puppets and Animation in X ...

What began in 1991 as an idea for a fringe-style run of under-represented theatre, SummerWorks Performance Festival has now become the largest juried festival in Canada presenting theatre, music, and dance performances that reflect the diversity of the country. Heidi Strauss’ work, for me?, opened over the weekend and is […]

for me? at Summerworks Performance Festival

Artistic Fusion is a Canada Arts Connect Magazine original column that looks at Canadian arts companies who are blending genres, styles and media in their work and exploring what is unleashed when those artistic boundaries are broken. In this installment, we talked to actor, writer, and painter Bruce Horak, who […]

Artistic Fusion: Bruce Horak and Assassinating Thomson

Stepping inside a studio at Dovercourt House mid-dance workshop feels like that moment when you abruptly wake from a vivid dream. You try to make sense of things, piece together what you saw and heard, establish a narrative and search out the meaning of it all. It’s a collision between […]

Fighting Monkeys and a Toronto Love-In

A Thursday night on Queen West brought a mix of party fun, impromptu performance and hopeful fundraising. A Date With Dance highlighted Toronto’s well-respected Dance Works current season and Nova Bhattacharya‘s east-meets-west choreographic work. The event scene was rather simple — the small gallery space on the second floor of the […]

A Date With Dance at The Gladstone Hotel

Catherine Romano’s monthly column examines the rich underground dance scenes in Toronto. Covering performances, events and parties, Stage RIGHT offers a peek into dynamic subcultures through engaging interviews, observations and photographs.  what Gaga Workshop, Luminato Festival 2012 where Toronto Public Library: Parkdale when June 16, 2012   I don’t think […]

Stage RIGHT: Going Gaga

As I approached Studio A inside the Winchester Street Theatre, I could hear a man’s voice, “Arms 1,  knees 2…” I wasn’t quite sure I was in the right place but knocked on the door anyway. I was greeted by a group of 25 people, wearing number tags, bare foot […]

Got What It Takes? How About A Dance Marathon!

Catherine Romano’s monthly column examines the rich underground dance scenes in Toronto. Covering performances, events and parties, Stage RIGHT offers a peek into dynamic subcultures through engaging interviews, observations and photographs. what: Technical rehearsal for Dance Weekend 2012 where: Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto when: Thursday, January 19, 2012 […]

Stage RIGHT: Dance Weekend 2012

Looking for a way to add some exciting entertainment into your life? Sceneopolis is a new subscription service for 20- and 30-somethings in Toronto that offers discounts, exclusive offers and intimate opportunities at some of the cities hottest arts and culture events. To find out more, Co-founder Lisa Cousins answered a few […]

Sceneopolis: Sparking Your Arts & Culture Social Calendar (While Saving ...

  Some say that the performing arts inspire and transform the mundane to the exceptional. For me, the performing arts do all that – and more. You see, dance seems to always take me back to a specific time and place in my life. The music, movement, and narrative that […]

Harbourfront Centre’s NextSteps

The diversity of Canada is often proudly displayed in varying contexts, including the arts. Theatre.IV.Mimmo is a new theatre company that hopes to expand that to include the Italian-Canadian Experience. Created by Rose Napoli and named for her late father, Domenico “Mimmo” Napoli, Theatre.IV.Mimmo “celebrates contemporary theatre within the traditions of the Italian culture. […]

Theatre.IV.Mimmo Presents The DO-IT-YOURSELF Artists Cabaret and Arthur Miller’s A ...

Comedy is difficult. Not only is it up to the comedian to put themselves onstage, bare their soul and struggle to make an audience laugh, but what one person finds funny may fall flat with another. Watching comedians as they hone their craft and their act can be exciting for […]

Watch Them Sweat – Comedians Hone their Skills at a ...

Nestled in a corner of Dufferin Grove Park is a workshop hidden in plain sight. Welcome to Clay & Paper Theatre, a group of arts activists making theatre both accessible and educational in the heart of Toronto’s west end. Their current project is The Pedaler’s Wager, a tongue-in-cheek take on […]

The Pedaler’s Wager

A vamp, a coquette, a clown. A corset, a boa, and a little glitter.  Just a few of the elements necessary to create a spectacular burlesque number. Perhaps you read my recent article, Skin & Spectacle: T.O. Burlesque Festival Coming to Town?  The piece focuses on the upcoming Festival and […]

No Books, Just Boas: Burlesque University

While living in New York City, I went to see a show at The Slipper Room.  I was told that the show was a performance with a “few dancing girls”.  I assumed dancing girls meant ballerinas, and the name Slipper Room referred to ballet slippers.  Instead, what I saw was […]

Skin & Spectacle: T.O. Burlesque Festival Coming to Town