Event Category: Performance

The Drawer Boy

The words The Drawer Boy written across a pink paint stroke

Miles, an aspiring actor from Toronto, has relocated to rural Ontario. The actor’s theatre company is there to research country life with the hopes of developing a play. During an extended visit with two farmers Miles discovers the challenges of manual labor and inadvertently stumbles upon a secret that has been held for decades. Taking on Michael Healey’s iconic script is director Nina Lee Aquino. The Drawer Boy is a show about the stories we tell ourselves and how they shape the world around us.


Produced by Theatre Passe Muraille.

Written by: Michael Healey
Directed by: Nina Lee Aquino

Acha Bacha

The words Acha Bacha written across a pink paint stroke

For years Zaya has balanced his relationships with his religion and his queer identity. But as secrets from the past reveal themselves, and crisis strikes his family, he is torn between loyalties, culture, and time. Written by Bilal Baig, and directed by Brendan Healy, Acha Bacha boldly explores the intersections between queerness, gender identity and Islamic culture in the Pakistani diaspora. It is a show about the way we love, the way we are loved, and how sometimes love is not enough.


Co-Produced by Theatre Passe Muraille and Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.

Written by: Bilal Baig
Directed by: Brendan Healy

Acha Bacha is being produced in partnership with Buddies in Bad Times as part of a new initiative between our two companies to share resources and introduce our audiences to the work being done on other stages in Toronto. This show is paired with Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools, a new play by Evalyn Parry and Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory mapping the connections between the Canadian North and South, which will premiere on Buddies stage in October 2017.

The Tale of a Town – Canada

The words Tale of a Town-Canada written across a pink paint stroke.

Follow the storymobile (a.k.a. recording studio on wheels) on its journey to every province and territory in Canada gathering the almost lost tales of our beloved main streets. Created by Charles Ketchabaw and Lisa Marie DiLiberto, The Tale of a Town – Canada features some of the thousands of voices recorded on their three year trek across the country. This multimedia performance is presented alongside personal anecdotes from this epic family adventure peppered with humour, nostalgia and moments of madness. The Tale of a Town – Canada has been developed in collaboration with artists from across the country. This show features the Jumblies Ground Floor Choir, a live band, and surprise appearances from notables in the community.


Produced by FIXT POINT with the support of Theatre Passe Muraille.

Created, Directed, and Performed by: Lisa Marie DiLiberto and Charles Ketchabaw


The word cake spelled across a pink paint stroke.

“A man earns. However little, however nefariously, he earns.”

Oba is holding on to the last threads of his old life and is determined to maintain what he can by any means necessary. Cake is a story about the things we use, how we are used, and what happens when we are all used up. Written by Governor General’s Award nominee DM St. Bernard the play is a stark and poetic musing on the nature of survival. Cake is a part of the 54ology: St. Bernard’s commitment to create one performance work drawn from each country in Africa. The show is written in reference to Niger’s uranium mining.

Post National

A woman of color facing the camera.

“There is no core identity, no mainstream in Canada. There are shared values — openness, respect, compassion, willingness to work hard, to be there for each other, to search for equality and justice. Those qualities are what make us the first post-national state.” —Justin Trudeau

Inspired by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s comment that Canada is “the first post-national state,” Post National is a innovative exploration of Canadian identity in an increasingly populist world. A two part show, it is devised by the fourth year students under the guidance and mentorship of director Ross Manson, writer/dramaturg Deborah Pearson and choreographer Kate Alton — three artists from Volcano, Toronto’s world renown boundary pushing theatre company.

One act is an autobiographical piece performed by the fourth year actors and the other is a message-in-a-bottle from York Theatre students to another group of students, who could be anywhere in the world. This act will be performed by 12 unsuspecting performers who have had no rehearsal. They will respond to questions and instructions live in front of the audience.

Performance Schedule:

7:30 p.m. on November 19-24
1:00 p.m. on November 22 & 24
2 p.m. on November 25

November 22 7:30 pm is an ASL interpreted performance.

November 23 7:30 pm is a relaxed performance.

Box Office Information: Tickets are available online or over the phone 416-736-5888

Previews: $7.00 November 19 & 20

ASL Interpreted Performance: $5.00
Wednesday November 22 7:30pm

Relaxed Performance: $5.00
Thursday November 23 7:30pm

All Other Performances:

Tickets: $20.00
Student/Senior $12.00
Groups of 10 or more : $10.00
(Group price applies when all group tickets are purchased at once for a single performance. Not available online, please phone or visit the box office)
Sold-out Show Advisory: Cash only Rush Seats are usually available at the door for sold out shows. If the show is sold out, please check back as seats may become available. There is NO GUARANTEE that seats will come available and the timing of seats coming available varies. We recommend booking early & coming early!

Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools

Two faces side by side facing camera

A concert and a conversation, Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools is the meeting place of two people, and the North and South of our country. Inuk artist Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory and queer theatre-maker Evalyn Parry met on an Arctic expedition from Iqaluit to Greenland. Now sharing a stage, these two powerful storytellers map new territory together in a work that gives voice and body to the histories, culture, and climate we’ve inherited, and asks how we reckon with these sharp tools.

Don’t miss Eggrolls with Andy:
Eggrolls with Andy is a before show chat where TPM Artistic Director Andy McKim talks about the larger of themes of a play with a community expert. On November 1st Eggrolls with Andy will be happening at 7:15 before the 8pm performance of Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools. Andy from TPM & Mel from Buddies will be speaking with Katherine Minich, who is Faculty at the McMaster Indigenous Studies Program.

*Eggrolls will be happening at 12 ALEXANDER STREET.


Co-produced by Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and Theatre Passe Muraille.

directed by ERIN BRUBACHER
live video by ELYSHA POIRIER
lighting design by REBECCA PICHERACK
set design by KAITLIN HICKEY
stage manager CHRISTINA CICKO
sound design ALEDA DEROCHE

Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools is being produced in partnership with Buddies in Bad Times as part of a new initiative between our two companies to share resources and introduce our audiences to the work being done on other stages in Toronto. This show is paired with Acha Bacha, a new play by Bilal Baig about the intersection of queerness, gender identity, and Islam, which will premiere on Theatre Passe Muraille’s stage in January 2018.

Seasons by the L’Arche Toronto Sol Express ensemble

An illustration of a calm lake with figures lining the horizon with a man hovering over the lake under a sheer fabric and another man sitting on his shoulder with an umbrella. The word Seasons is printed across the bottom in script lettering.

SEASONS, an inter-arts collaboration, weaves the external and internal cycles we confront in our lives, flavoured with humour, loss and new beginnings. The L’Arche Toronto Sol Express ensemble, together with four local artists and a musician, create a landscape of seasons over time.

The play will be presented at the Al Green Theatre at the Miles Nadal Jewish Cultural Centre, 750 Spadina Avenue (at Bloor). The play is one hour in length.

At two of our performances, on July 11th at 1:00 pm & July 13th at 7:30 pm, we will have live, open audio description. This is an exploration for us, and so we will be open to any feedback about how you experienced the audio description.
We will have a Touch Tour table in the lobby of the JCC one hour before the performance. At the table, we will have various items that we will be using for the performance, like a chiffon cloth, a mask, paper leaves, etc. 

Sol Express is rooted in the mission of L’Arche, which celebrates diversity and provides a welcoming space for people of many different backgrounds and abilities. From the start of Sol Express in 2007, we have been working with professional artists who train and collaborate with us, to create several original works that have been performed to smaller audiences. These works have been developed with the objective of making art in an inclusive way. 

This year, with the support of the Ontario Arts Council and the welcoming spirit of the Toronto Fringe Festival organizers, we will celebrate our 10th Anniversary in the heart of the city among many artists. 

If you are interested in attending these two performances, you can click on the link below and it will take you straight to the Sol Express Page on the FRINGE website, where you can purchase tickets. You can also get tickets BY PHONE at 416 -955–1062, or IN PERSON at the Fringe Box Office at the Fringe Club at Scadding Court, 707 Dundas Street West. The box office will be open July 5th to 16th from noon until 9:00 pm. You can also purchase tickets at the door, one hour before the show starts.

Sol Express, L’Arche Toronto
Tel: 416-406-2869 ext. 25
186 Floyd Avenue, Toronto, ON, M4J 2J1 

Cripping the Arts: A Disability Arts Cabaret

Cripping the Stage promo poster

****UPDATE – 10 tech released tickets are now available. Please call the Harbourfront centre at 416 973 4000 option 1 or visit their website. ****

Presented by the British Council Canada, Tangled Art + Disability, Invisible Flash and Harbourfront Centre, Cripping the Stage is a disability arts cabaret featuring cutting-edge disabled artists from Canada and the United Kingdom. The show will take place in the Brigantine Room at Harbourfront Centre on the evening of April 30, 2016.

Co-hosted by Alex Bulmer (Invisible Flash, Winston Churchill Fellow) and Mat Fraser (American Horror Story), this event puts disabled performers centre stage to celebrate Cripping the Arts Symposium presented by Tangled Art + Disability, a symposium exploring disability arts, access, aesthetics, and justice. The three-day event seeks to advance Deaf and Disability Arts in Canada, and enliven the vibrancy of Canadian culture.

Cripping the Stage will showcase music, performance and stand-up comedy by Alex Bulmer (CA/GB), Liz Carr (GB), Laurence Clark (GB), Mat Fraser (GB), masti khor (CA), The Mighty Rhino (CA), jes sachse (CA), Lynx Sainte-Marie (CA) and Syrus Marcus Ware (CA).

Save the date: April 30, 2016 from 8-11pm!

We are proud to present an entirely accessible event for all audiences.

We offer ASL interpretation, full live audio-description, and attendant care for the entire Relaxed performance event. Additionally, guide dogs are welcome and there will be accessible seating. We request that you assist us in making this a scent-free space. If you would like more information regarding the accessibility features at this venue, please contact the Harbourfront box office at 416-973-4000 option 1.


Cripping the Stage welcomes its audience to a relaxed environment. Relaxed Performances are specifically designed to welcome people who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including people with an Autism Spectrum Condition, sensory and communication disorders, or a learning disability. We offer a relaxed attitude toward noise or movement throughout the performance.


Address: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West

Cripping the Stage will be held at the Brigantine Room inside the main building at Harbourfront Centre.

The wheelchair accessible main lobby entrance to the main building is located about 50 feet from Queens Quay West street, past Harbourfront Centre Shop.

The accessible 510 Spadina Streetcar Southbound from the Spadina Station and get off at Queens Quay W at Harbourfront Centre.

The accessible 510 Spadina Streetcar Northbound from Union Station and get off at Queens Quay W at Harbourfront Centre.

Once you arrive in the main lobby, an ATM machine can be found to your left. The box office for the Brigantine room is a few steps away.

For more information, visit our website: http://bit.ly/1UOVnpb
Présenté par le British Council Canada, Tangled Art + Disability, Invisible Flash et Harbourfont Centre, Cripping the Stage est une soirée-cabaret qui aura lieu dans la salle Brigantine du Harbourfront Centre le 30 avril 2016. Cet événement sera la soirée de clôture de Cripping the Arts Symposium presented by Tangled Art + Disability, dont l’objectif est de faire progresser les pratiques d’artistes sourds ou handicapés.

Monomyths Stage 11 / 2894 Refusal of Monomyths / claude wittmann

Cover of Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report

FADO Performance Art Centre presents
In Association with The Theatre Centre

Stage 11: Refusal of the Return
2894: Refusal of MONOMYTHs by claude wittmann

Tickets: $10 donation (available at door only)
Audience is welcome to come and go throughout the performance
The theatre is wheelchair accessible.
***This event will be ASL interpreted.***

claude wittmann’s on-going project entitled “2894” asks participants to read outloud from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report (TRC report, 2015.) Each participant reads the report to a live streaming radio station with the aid of a cell phone and streaming software provided by the artist. Readers start where the last one left and read as much as they want. Sometimes the readings take place in a specific location, but mostly, participants may read anywhere they choose–in their homes, or in public. Participants read as much or as little as they can. Listeners can similarly be anywhere, listening on any device at any time. The connection of the radio provides a special kind of intimacy between readers and listeners. This project started in April 2016. It is on-going, until the entire report (all 2894 pages) has been read or until the project transforms into something more relevant to social change. 2894 is not a Truth and Reconciliation project. It is a Truth project. It is currently co-managed by claude wittmann and Adam Herst.

In this iteration for MONOMYTHS, entitled “2894: Refusal of MONOMYTHs”, claude and Adam facilitate a 3-hour reading session at The Theatre Centre. Audience is invited to attend to listen to readings of the report. Audience is invited to become readers should they wish to. Readers read as much or as little as they choose, to the assembled audience of witnesses.

“It is when I perceive myself as completely separate from others, incapable of knowing them, that I feel their and my human vulnerability and mortality and our equality. However much empathy I am able of, there is always something that my bodymind can’t receive or face of or with the other. There is always separation. A cold air of death. A beautiful hair of death. Death. Safe death. Even if I deny it. Even if I start to invent my own narrative. Even if I believe in this narrative. Even if this narrative is useful for my own therapy. Even when it apparently naturally shape-shifts into a “hero’s journey”. Especially when I start to believe that I can “help”. Especially, when I start to feel justified tocolonize
and erase the other.”
~claude wittmann

To read more about the work:

ABOUT claude wittmann
claude wittmann was born in Switzerland where he worked as a molecular biologist and now lives in Toronto; works as a bicycle mechanic and in performance art. his most recent projects include Radio-Equals (one-on-one egalitarian conversations about equality, broadcast on FM radio and/or internet radio) and 2894 (participative reading on an internet radio of the Truth and Reconciliation’s Commission report). claude is concerned by the (in)ability of art in triggering social change.

MONOMYTHS invites a diverse collection of artists, scholars, and activists to revise Joseph Campbell’s conception of the hero’s journey through performance art, lectures, workshops, and other offerings. This new assemblage of non-linear un-narratives proposes a cultural, political and social feminist re-visioning of the world. The MONOMYTHS perception of the universal journey dispels the notion of the lone patriarchal figure on a conquest to vanquish his demons–both inner and outer–in consideration of community, collectivity, and collaboration.

Joseph Campbell’s influential book, The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949) prescribes a common pattern to all of the world’s mythic narratives. According to this fundamental structure, the archetypal hero is challenged to embark on a monumental quest. Over the course of the hero’s journey, trials and obstacles must be overcome until a victory is won and the hero returns home with new knowledge about himself and the world. Campbell’s concept of the monomyth (‘one myth’) is a recognizable motif in both ancient mythology and contemporary culture, including film, music, literature, sports, and advertising. A current trend in popular visual culture replaces the male character with a female one, in spite of the fact that our heroine–from the get-go–would make different choices if the conditions, and conditioning, allowed. While each MONOMYTHS stage stands alone, the work of each presenting artist is interdependent and connected. These independent visions, when stitched together through the audience’s collective presence, form an exquisite corpse of a larger experimental narrative.

The year-long MONOMYTHS project is presented in three sections starting in February 2016 and concluding in February 2017. The series is conceived and curated Jess Dobkin and Shannon Cochrane.

Part 1 (February 3–7, 2016)
Stage 1: The Ordinary World/Call to Adventure
Stage 2: Refusal of the Call
Stage 3: Meeting of the Mentor
Stage 4: Crossing the Threshold
Stage 5: Belly of the Whale

Part 2 (May 2016–January 2017)
Stage 6: Tests, Allies, Enemies
Stage 7: Ordeals
Stage 8: Atonement with the Father/State
Stage 9: Apotheosis/Journey to the Inmost Cave

Part 3 (February 15–19, 2017)
Stage 10: The Road Back
Stage 11: Refusal of the Return
Stage 12: Mistress of Two Worlds
Stage 13: Freedom to Live
Stage 14: The Return Home

Black Boys

Black Boys promo poster

Black Boys is created from the lives of three Black men seeking a deeper understanding of themselves, of each other, and of how they encounter the world. As they explore their unique identities on stage, they subvert the ways in which gender, sexuality, and race are performed. Theatrical and intimate, Black Boys weaves together the ensemble’s own personal stories in search of an integrated self and a radical imagination.

At the heart of Black Boys is Saga Collectif, an impressive ensemble of skilled young artists. The three performers – Stephen Jackman-Torkoff, Tawiah Ben M’Carthy, and Thomas Olajide – have been seen on the stages of the Shaw Festival, the National Arts Centre, Canadian Stage, and the Stratford Festival, where Thomas received the Peter Donaldson Award. Stephen recently appeared in the Dora Award-winning double bill Botticelli in the Fire & Sunday in Sodom (Canadian Stage) and Buddies audiences will remember Tawiah from his Dora Award-winning show Obaaberima. Director Jonathan Seinen has been the creative force behind such innovative indie productions as Unknown Soldier (lemonTree creations) and Like There’s No Tomorrow (Architect Theatre), while Dora Award-nominee Virgilia Griffith choreographs after establishing herself as a formidable performer in her own right, most recently in Obsidian Theatre’s production of Up the Garden Path.

Black Boys was developed in Buddies Residency Program, sponsored by BMO Financial


Buddies and Saga Collectif will be offering ASL-interpreted and audio-described performances of Black Boys.


The ASL-interpreted performance is Sunday, December 4. Pay-what-you-can tickets will be available at the door. Check out the ASL vlog for more information.


The audio-described performance is Tuesday, December 6. Pay-what-you-can tickets will be available at the door for patrons wishing to access audio description. Audio-description is transmitted over earphones, which will only be given out to patrons requiring them. Due to a limited number of headsets, we ask that you please call ahead to book your spot: 416-975-8555, or e-mail barry@buddiesinbadtimes.com.

A PDF copy of the show program is available here.

Directions to Buddies in Bad Times Theatre available here.

Audio description is provided by Live Describe (Rebecca Singh & Kat Germain), in consultation with Blind Community Consultant Jess Watkin and Accessibility consultant Rose Jacobson.