Event Category: Performance

Brownton Abbey

Rachael Young performs in costume on stage in costume, under purple spotlights. Rachael has one hand on hip and the other bent at the elbow and extended in the air

Celestial beings from queer dimensions transform Harbourfront Centre into a kaleidoscopic off-world temple as Brownton Abbey, the UK based Afro-Futurist performance party with a Space Church theme, hits Toronto.

Created by and centering on queer people of colour, especially those with d/Disabilities (s/Super Powers), Brownton Abbey features an international collective of UK and Toronto based artists. The genre defying event fuses a hyped party, performance art and the personal/political, as a catalyst to celebrate intersectional identities.

Take up space, drench yourself in contemporary ritual, and get transcendental on the dance floor. If you would like to dress up, then please feel free to interpret the theme of Intergalactic techno church realness.

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Doors open at 7:30 PM. Recommended for ages 16+. No strobe or flashing lights will be used for this event. Haze and smoke will be used.

Featuring Rachael Young, Lasana Shabazz, Ebony Rose Dark, Syrus Marcus Ware, Yousef Kadoura and DJ sets from LAL (Rosina Kazi / Nicholas Murray). View the artist bios on the Harbourfront Centre website.

Brownton Abbey is creatively co-produced by Tarik Elmoutawakil and Rob Jones.

Crip Shorts

Brian Solomon in mid-performance, at the microphone on a stage with a black backdrop, lit by a spotlight

Six extraordinary disabled performers from Canada and the UK bring their distinct creativity to this one-night celebration. Five short acts, each responding and redefining the experience of disability through performance, feature the UK “stumppeteer” Jackie Hagan, Canadian interdisciplinary creator Jessica Watkin, aerialist Erin Ball, poet Tamyka Bullen and theatrical dancers Justin Many Fingers and Brian Solomon. View the artist bios on the Harbourfront Centre website.

Performing Warnings: Strong Language. Recommended for ages 16+.

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Theatresports: SOUND OFF Edition

Three chimpanzees on three coloured panels (orange, blue and green). The first chimp is covering its eyes, the second chimp is plugging its ears, and the third chimp is holding a finger up to its lips. "Theatresports: SOUND OFF Edition" appears in black text along the top

SOUND OFF and Rapid Fire Theatre return for the third year running to bring you more of our special brand of hilarity! In a new twist this year, “Team Deaf” and “Team Hearing” have been thrown together, with each side now featuring an equal number of Deaf and hearing. As always, language is forbidden! Each team cannot use signs or speech and must boldly act out your suggestions with the physical limits of their bodies alone.

Featuring the extraordinary improvisors from Edmonton’s Rapid Fire Theatre along with fired up performers selected from SOUND OFF’s shows, this improv event is sure to leave you SPEECHLESS with laughter!

One show only!

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Apple Time

An illustration of a blue hand with thumb, index and pinky fingers extended and middle and ring fingers folded. There is a sailboat on the folded fingers, and the hand has a cream cuff that reads "Adventure on the Deaf High Seas." There are three red apples on the bright yellow background, and "Apple Time" appears in red on a mint green scroll at the top.

From the creators of the smash hit Deaf Crows comes a brand new show, Apple Time!

The play is a bridge to all realms: a magical, liminal ‘third’ space, in which Deaf, Hard of Hearing, locals, newcomers, oral and signing come together to create entire new worlds. Blending puppetry and ASL poetry with traditional Deaf storytelling and ensemble theatre, Apple Time invites you on a mythical journey of immigration and migration on the Deaf high seas. This event is accessible to all audience members regardless of language spoken.

Presented by Deaf Crows Collective.

** Stay after the 6:45 PM performance on February 17 for a talk-back with the artists!

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Temple of the Divine Queer

Four performers, all wearing bright blue wigs, appearing through holes torn in a large sheet of white paper.

Imagine a world in the future where Queerness has become the dominant religion in the world; where Gay Icons have become stained glass windows and the altars are covered in glitter. Imagine a future faith that isn’t just making room for you, but where your joys are the very lisping Word of God.

Join us on the sacred dance floor of our Sangat Prima: The Patrician Tabernacle, Tallulah’s Cabaret, to raise up a joyful noise that infuses divinity into every drop of sweat. Let’s have a religious experience together.

Charismatic Leader: Adam Barrett. Graven Images: Trixie & Beever. Ecstatic Movement: Matthew Eger. Joyful Noise: Michael Robert-Broder. The Word: Kaleb Robertson. High Priestess: Aimée Carbonneau.

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Starting at 8pm, there are shows happening in both spaces at Buddies (the Cabaret and the Chamber), so when you arrive at the theatre pick the show you want to see first, and 30 minutes later when it’s done you can either stay where you are or move to the other space for your next performance. There is a different set of shows each week – so keep coming back. There are also exhibitions in the building that you can only see before the shows start, so be sure to show up early.

And remember, shows at Rhubarb are not individually ticketed. So that show you want to see at 9:30? If you just show up at 9 you will probably be out of luck and all the tickets were sold to people who came for the whole evening.

Tickets: Wednesday-Saturday – $20. Your ticket grants you access to all of the performances on a given day. Call the box office at 416-975-8555 or http://buddiesinbadtimes.com/rhubarb.

The BiG SiSSY Show: The Message

One person in the foreground and two more people behind and to either side. The person in the middle is smiling and has bright green hair; the person on the left is wearing a black hat and looking at the camera, and the person on the right is looking up and out of the frame.

This afro-futurist, queer rock opera charts alien witch BiG SiSSY’s journey from Black Starr Planet to Earth to liberate us from our oppressive systems.

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More information on the Buddies in Bad Times website

Starting at 8pm, there are shows happening in both spaces at Buddies (the Cabaret and the Chamber), so when you arrive at the theatre pick the show you want to see first, and 30 minutes later when it’s done you can either stay where you are or move to the other space for your next performance. There is a different set of shows each week – so keep coming back. There are also exhibitions in the building that you can only see before the shows start, so be sure to show up early.

And remember, shows at Rhubarb are not individually ticketed. So that show you want to see at 9:30? If you just show up at 9 you will probably be out of luck and all the tickets were sold to people who came for the whole evening.

Tickets: Wednesday-Saturday – $20. Your ticket grants you access to all of the performances on a given day. Call the box office at 416-975-8555 or http://buddiesinbadtimes.com/rhubarb.

How was your day, honey?

A baby touching the buttons on a TV on a wooden stand. Elisabeth Moss in the Handmaid's Tale is on the screen.

A new parent attempts to recreate the emptiness of the year she spent alone at home with her baby. Performer + creator: Katie Swift. Director: Rose Plotek. Composer and musician: Holger Schoorl. Movement director: Amy Nostbakken.

How was your day, honey? on Facebook
More information on the Buddies in Bad Times website

Starting at 8pm, there are shows happening in both spaces at Buddies (the Cabaret and the Chamber), so when you arrive at the theatre pick the show you want to see first, and 30 minutes later when it’s done you can either stay where you are or move to the other space for your next performance. There is a different set of shows each week – so keep coming back. There are also exhibitions in the building that you can only see before the shows start, so be sure to show up early.

And remember, shows at Rhubarb are not individually ticketed. So that show you want to see at 9:30? If you just show up at 9 you will probably be out of luck and all the tickets were sold to people who came for the whole evening.

Tickets: Wednesday-Saturday – $20. Your ticket grants you access to all of the performances on a given day. Call the box office at 416-975-8555 or http://buddiesinbadtimes.com/rhubarb.

Deafies’ Unique Time

Three rows of photos featuring the same three people. In the first third rows they are smiling and signing ASL against a bright yellow background. In the second row, the photo is black and white and they are posing with hands on the shoulder of the person beside them. Deafies' Unique Time appears in white outlined letters at the bottom of the photo.

Three BIPOC Deaf artists weave together their diverse backgrounds into a theatrical experience you won’t want to miss. Performed in ASL with English interpretation. Created and performed by Thurga Kanagasekarampillai, Ralitsa Rodriguez and Ali Saeedi. Deaf consultant: Elizabeth Morris.

Deafies’ Unique Time on Facebook
More information on the Buddies in Bad Times website

Starting at 8pm, there are shows happening in both spaces at Buddies (the Cabaret and the Chamber), so when you arrive at the theatre pick the show you want to see first, and 30 minutes later when it’s done you can either stay where you are or move to the other space for your next performance. There is a different set of shows each week – so keep coming back. There are also exhibitions in the building that you can only see before the shows start, so be sure to show up early.

And remember, shows at Rhubarb are not individually ticketed. So that show you want to see at 9:30? If you just show up at 9 you will probably be out of luck and all the tickets were sold to people who came for the whole evening.

Tickets: Wednesday-Saturday – $20. Your ticket grants you access to all of the performances on a given day. Call the box office at 416-975-8555 or http://buddiesinbadtimes.com/rhubarb.