Event Type: Performance

Livestream Performance of The Two Natashas

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Friday, April 10 at 8 PM – 9 PM

The year is now 2020. The last time we heard from The Two Natashas was back in 1978. The Two Natashas are now in their 70’s and are worried about the coronavirus pandemic. Thanks to videoconferencing technology, The Two Natashas are able to find a sense of comfort, humor, and friendship during troubling times.

During this 45-min performance, we get up, close and personal with The Two Natashas during three different video calls.

Join us in this livestream performance of The Two Natashas on April 10th from 8 pm – 8:45 pm.

This event is free for all. We will be accepting donations, link will be up soon. ASL Voice Interpretation provided.

The event is sponsored by #CanadaPerforms. Special thanks to Facebook, Slaight Music and the National Arts Centre in making this event happen.

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Xenia Livestream Concerts: Michael Bridge

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April 6th at 3:00pm EST

During these unprecedented times, music is more important than ever. Music can inspire us, lift our spirits, and keep us connected. This is why Xenia Concerts is going to keep bringing you music over the coming months by presenting livestream concerts!

The first concert will take place on April 6th at 3:00pm, and will feature accordionist extraordinaire Michael Bridge! You don’t want to miss this dynamic artist who has been called a “wizard” by the CBC.

In order to adhere to social distancing, these concerts will be performed by solo artists from their home, or artists who live in the same home collaborating together. No gatherings will happen.

The concerts will feature many of the same elements that are present at a typical live Xenia Concert, including stretch breaks, and a downloadable program with program checklist that you can use to follow along during the performance.

The concerts will be livestreamed on our Facebook page, so the first thing you can do is join our page. In the coming days, Xenia will send you detailed instructions about how to attend these concert.

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Last Sunday

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The Last Sunday will take place on Sunday March 29th at 7:30pm via Zoom. The event is capped at 100 participants, but it will be recorded and posted on the Sum Theatre Facebook page in the hours following.

This month’s edition features (from their own homes!):
Music by Ellen Froese
A new play by Cheryl Jack
A rant by Ed Mendez
And a hot seat interview with Tamara Hinz, child and adolescent psychiatrist, about preserving your mental health during a crisis.

The event is free and all are welcome.

#CanadaPerforms

Deadline: April 13, 2020

#CanadaPerforms is a $200,000 short-term relief fund that pays Canadian artists for their online performances. It was launched by Facebook Canada and the National Arts Centre to help ease the financial strain for Canadian artists impacted by the closure of performance venues across Canada related to COVID-19, and to lift the spirits of Canadians during the crisis. Artists who are selected will receive $1,000 and their online performance will be broadcast on the NAC’s Facebook page.

More information and how to apply

Queer, Far, Wherever You Are

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Queer, Far, Wherever You Are is a digital performance series that we’ve curated to help bring some quality queer content to the comfort of your homes (er, phones). Over the next couple of weeks, we’re passing the keys to our Buddies Instagram account to nine queer artists who will share intimate performances from their homes – from burlesque to readings, and DJ sets to makeup tutorials.

Tune in at 5PM and make it part of your evening “commute.” Have it on while cooking, or just relax and enjoy. Check out the lineup and schedule below, and head over to our Instagram account to join in live!

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Big Top Flop (POSTPONED)

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What happens when the acrobats, sideshow acts, and clowns start fighting for top billing and then the Ringmaster quits? Why, a big top flop of course! The shenanigans of this troupe will have you in stitches as they learn how to work together and become a true circus family. Starring the Creative Partners on Stage Dream Chasers.

Opening reception on May 28. There will be hors d’oeurves, snacks, coffee, pop and tea immediately after the performance in the Atrium. The cast will come down and join the party!

More information and tickets

There Goes the Neighbourhood (POSTPONED)

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The days are peaceful and predictable. The neighbourhood is ordinary, and just perfect, until someone new, and a little different, moves in! There Goes the Neighbourhood tells a story through music, jokes, dance and song about the people around us who are, perhaps, not so ordinary after all! Starring the Creative Partners on Stage.

Opening reception on April 2. There will be hors d’oeurves, snacks, coffee, pop and tea immediately after the performance in the Atrium. The cast will come down and join the party!

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Men Express Their Feelings

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A comedy about culture, hockey, relationships and sex. Two dads and their sons are sequestered to a hockey rink dressing room to sort out a misunderstanding. In 90 hilarious minutes, these guys get to know each other and themselves a whole lot better, while redefining what it means to WIN. For this performance, the show will take place off the stage and in an actual locker room. Experience the show on an entirely different level as you watch from locker room benches as the show takes place around you.

More information on the Downstage Theatre website

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Stir Crazy: A Mad/Disabled Comedy Show

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Save your spoons up to join us for a PWYC ($10-$20 suggested; no one turned away for lack of funds; a portion of ticket sales will be used to hire an ASL interpreter for the next show) and physically accessible evening of laughter. This show celebrates comics who are mad/psychiatrized/crazy and/or disabled!

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Host Bio
Amethyst Barron is a nervous wreck who sometimes thinks of something funny. Their unique and witty one-liners tackle big topics like trauma, family, queerness and feminism with a light and calming delivery.

Lineup
Jared Nathan
Vale
Rosani Christy
Tim Rose
Paula Razuri

Featured Headliner
Courtney Gilmour is one of Toronto’s most unique voices and sought after comedy talents, named by NOW Magazine as “one of the top 10 stage artists to watch”. She delivered a breakout performance at the 2017 Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal by winning the Homegrown Comics Competition and filming a set for Kevin Hart’s LOL Network. Courtney’s victory at the 2017 Just For Laughs Homegrown was the first by a female comic in the 19 year history of the event. In 2018 she topped it with televised performances at CBC’s Winnipeg and Halifax comedy festivals, as well as a triumphant return to Montreal to tape a set for The Comedy Network at Just for Laughs. She has made appearances on the CW Network, CBC’s Debaters, and can be seen touring with Yuk Yuk’s comedy clubs across Canada.