Event Category: Performance

East Van Panto: Pinocchio

An actor wearing a long prosthetic nose with a surprised expression

Relaxed performance.

When a lonely old ice-cream seller named Gelato is given a puppet by the mysterious Beckwoman of Commercial Drive, his dreams of having a child suddenly come true. Join a locally famous cricket, an angry orca, and a dastardly fox as poor Pinocchio does his best to tell everyone the truth and become a real boy. Will there be a Cappuccino War between the Abruzzos and the Calabrias? And why are all those kids ditching class to go to Hastings Racecourse? Don’t worry, Pinocchio—just follow your nose!

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Secret/e

Illustration for "Secret/e" with a wooden gavel splashing in a puddle of blood

Billi and the Officer: Billi has been the victim of a domestic assault. She is being interviewed by an Officer about the events leading up to the attack. As the interview progresses, Billi begins to sense the Officer is looking to gather information about her past, which seems unrelated to the assault she has just endured. What is the Officer looking for?

Mature themes, coarse language.

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Poly Queer Love Ballad

One person against a white background, holding a guitar and biting the shoulder of a second person who is looking directly at the camera and holding an open notebook with a page of writing

Relaxed performance.

Nina is a polyamorous bisexual poet. Gabbie is a monogamous lesbian songwriter. When the two meet at an open mic night, they must reconcile their mutual attraction with their opposing perspectives on love.

Using a loop pedal and an array of instruments, Poly Queer Love Ballad is a non-traditional musical that blends slam poetry with catchy pop-folk tunes. The show challenges conceptions of queer romance and shows that intimacy isn’t confined by genre, medium, or societal obligations.

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Cinderella

Illustration of a sparkly purple glass slipper with "Cinderella" in ornate gold letters below

Relaxed performance.

This re-telling of the timeless fairy tale will delight audiences of all ages. After losing her mother at a young age, Cinderella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and jealous stepsisters. Burdened with endless chores, she longs to escape her weary life. When her stepmother prevents her from attending a royal ball, the spirit of her mother appears and with endless love, magic, and help from some animal friends, Cinderella just might find the courage to live her own adventure.

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Girl From The North Country

An actor spotlight on stage with silhouetted actors and the set in the background

Duluth, Minnesota. 1934. A community living on a knife-edge huddle together in the local guesthouse. The owner, Nick, owes more money than he can ever repay, his wife Elizabeth is losing her mind, and their daughter Marianne is carrying a child no-one will account for. When a preacher selling bibles and a boxer looking for a comeback show up in the middle of the night, things start to spiral beyond the point of no return…

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A Handmade Assembly

A pair of hands using scissors to cut out an images of scissors from a sheet of paper with multiple illustrations of scissors

A Handmade Assembly is a community event that brings together artists, curators, and others from the region and beyond to lead discussions, facilitate workshops, initiate projects, open exhibitions, and share in a common thread—the handmade. A Handmade Assembly is organized collaboratively by the Owens Art Gallery and Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre with the support of the Fine Arts Department at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick.

Now in its ninth year, the Assembly is a response to the significant number of artists who have in recent years been using materials and processes that are laborious, often intimate, and usually associated with traditional craft methods. In the process, Sackville has become a centre for the appreciation of the handmade in contemporary culture and a venue for artists to discuss their practices and make new and necessary networks.

The Assembly interprets the ‘handmade’ in the widest terms, embracing interdisciplinarity and wide-ranging critical inquiry. Artists as diverse as Karen Reimer, Jerry Ropson, Séripop, Ray Fenwick, Sandy Plotnikoff, Janet Morton, Yoko Homareda, Daniel Barrow, Graeme Patterson, and others have participated. Curators, academics, and writers including Mireille Eagan, John Murchie, Sarah Quinton, Jayne Wark, Janine Rogers and Danielle Hogan have also participated, offering their reflections on the handmade in contemporary practice at a wrap-up session on the last night of the proceedings. Another important component of the Assembly is the Heart & Pocket Revue, a crafters market supported by artists and crafters from Sackville and around the region.

We are excited to present A Handmade Assembly for the 9th time in Sackville, New Brunswick. We hope you can join us.

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Organizing Committee:
Colleen Coco Collins
Emily Falvey
Amanda Fauteux
Todd Fraser
Adriana Kuiper
Lucy MacDonald
Jerry Ropson
Rachel Thornton