June 25, 2022
Desirée Walsh & Kelly Zemnickis Live Album Recording
On June 25th, you have TWO CHANCES to watch this incredible show!
Kelly & Desirée began working together when they discovered a mutual love of zoom comedy (something not every comedian embraced with open arms). Zoom made it so that Desirée, who uses a wheelchair, could do multiple shows a night on any night of the week- something she doesn't have access to in Toronto.
After many talks about accessibility (and the lack thereof) in Toronto venues, the two have become vocal advocates for more accessibility in the comedy scene.
We are so proud to host this event at the wonderful Riverdale Hub, read below for details!
June 25th at 7pm and 9pm
Meet your Acts!
Host Janice Israeloff regularly performs at Comedy Bar, Yuk Yuks, Levity, Absolute Comedy and is a staple in the Toronto comedy scene performing in bars, restaurants local clubs and at corporate events.
She is a winner of the Harvey Atkins Comedy Competition and has also been featured in the Web series Not Working, as well as numerous commercials and independent films. Janice has written and performed 6 one person shows including her hit "One Flew Over the Cubicle" which she toured across the Canadian Fringe Festival circuit to rave reviews.
Headliner Desiree Walsh Is a comedian with cerebral palsy. A former competitive swimmer, she traded in early morning swim workouts for the late nights of stand-up comedy. She has been featured on Breakfast Television, The Reel Abilities Film Festival Comedy Night, ALTdot comedy Lounge and the now defunct show Nighttime TV on Rogers cable Mississauga.
Headliner Kelly Zemnickis is a Toronto-based comedian who got her start in stand-up at the tender age of 37. She has graced stages from Toronto to LA, Montreal to NYC and all points in between. Kelly has been featured at the Boston Comedy Festival (2020), Burbank Comedy Festival (2020- Best of the Fest selection & 2021), Laugh Riot Grrrl Festival (2021) and is soon to make her North Carolina debut at the 2022 North Carolina Comedy Festival.
She is also a freelance writer, whose work has been published in Chatelaine, Hello Giggles, Metro UK & Future Female Magazine. On her YouTube channel is where you can find her baking series It'll Be Fine: A Baking Show which brings together her love of food and talking to friends while making a delicious dish. Kelly is also a documentary filmmaker, who's feature documentary debut No Responders Left Behind was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award (2022) and is currently streaming on Discovery+
About The Venue The Riverdale Hub in the east end of Toronto houses the Social Gardener Café, Riverdale Gallery, unique Event and Workspaces, Community Gardens and Work-based Training Programs. Their innovative space has been developed to inspire social entrepreneurship, drive innovation and build marginalized communities. All efforts taken at the Riverdale Hub support programming for Immigrant, Refugee, Newcomer, and Marginalized Women and Youth.
- The entrance is ground level
- The show will be on the 3rd floor which is accessible by an elevator close to the entrance.
- We will have signage on the day.
- There are two wheelchair-accessible washrooms in the space, one has bars to hold onto and one does not.
If ticket price is a barrier, please contact Melanie at firstname.lastname@example.org for a promo code.