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Toronto: Workman Arts presents Rendezvous with Madness 2021 October 28-November 7

Thursday, October 7, 2021
Toronto: Workman Arts presents Rendezvous with Madness 2021 October 28-November 7

As the world continues to reel from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic that has brought the importance of mental health awareness into stark relief, Workman Arts is today announcing the full line-up for their 29th edition of the Rendezvous With Madness Festival – the largest and longest-running arts festival in the world dedicated to the intersection...

Barrie: Talk Is Free Theatre announces it fall programming

Thursday, October 7, 2021
Barrie: Talk Is Free Theatre announces it fall programming

Today, TIFT Artistic Producer Arkady Spivak announced details of the company’s Fall Season that will see a return to indoor venues. TIFT’s fall programming boasts a wide-variety of in-person productions that utilize a myriad of performance styles to make bold statements and initiate impactful conversations about how we communicate. Running from October...

Niagara-on-the-Lake: Shaw Festival announces its 2022 season

Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Niagara-on-the-Lake: Shaw Festival announces its 2022 season

Artistic Director Tim Carroll and the Shaw Festival proudly announce the 60th anniversary season.

“We have a lot to celebrate as we look forward to our diamond anniversary season. In what might be our most ambitious programme ever, we intend to show off the range of experiences available at The Shaw,” revealed Artistic Director Tim Carroll....

Port Dover: The Lighthouse Festival Theatre announces two shows for the fall season

Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Port Dover: The Lighthouse Festival Theatre announces two shows for the fall season

Following the success of the summer productions outdoors under a tent, Lighthouse Festival will be moving indoors, reopening the theatre for the first time in nineteen months for two productions in the late fall. Performances will begin in November and run to the first week in December with 78 patrons for each performance all seated socially distanced....

Toronto: the Theatre Centre is back with free in-person and online shows

Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Toronto: the Theatre Centre is back with free in-person and online shows

After being closed to the public for 19 long months, we're back with a year of genre-defying new work featuring free online and in-person performances from award-winning artists and a highly anticipated international tour.

We can’t wait to welcome you back for the first time since March 2020 for Comedy is Art—part live comedy festival,...

Port Colborne: The Showboat Festival Theatre announces two shows for the fall season

Monday, October 4, 2021
Port Colborne: The Showboat Festival Theatre announces two shows for the fall season

Showboat Festival Theatre has announced that they are reopening the theatre for the first time in 19 months for two productions in the late fall. Performances will begin in November and run to the first week in December, with 72 patrons for each performance all seated socially distanced.
“We have been waiting to welcome our patrons back into...

Toronto: Immersive adventure “The Ruins of Zindor” premieres at the Luminato Festival

Friday, October 1, 2021
Toronto: Immersive adventure “The Ruins of Zindor” premieres at the Luminato Festival

Luminato Festival Toronto – the city’s international festival of arts and ideas – is teaming up with immersive event innovator Planet Fabulon to stage a playful, in-person experience from October 13th to 17th.
 
From the whimsical minds of Planet Fabulon, The Ruins of Zindor is a larger-than-life adventure which will transport small audiences...

Toronto: Art and culture on the Bloor St. Culture Corridor in October 2021

Friday, October 1, 2021
Toronto: Art and culture on the Bloor St. Culture Corridor in October 2021

Partners along the Bloor St. Culture Corridor continue to re-open their doors, announce their seasons, and welcome the back the public! At the same time, there are a host of digital events you can enjoy from the comfort of your home. Whether you're interested in learning new languages, seeing concerts and talks, or learning new skills, the Bloor St....

Orangeville: Theatre Orangeville announces its 2021/22 season

Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Orangeville: Theatre Orangeville announces its 2021/22 season

We are back in your theatre with a spectacular season: six sensational shows celebrating Canadian talent and stories.

Live, in-person, and following strict safety protocols (more on that below), we can't wait for you to join us again.

Seating is extremely limited, so be sure to get your tickets before they are gone.

Ottawa: The Great Canadian Theatre Company announces its 2021/22 season

Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Ottawa: The Great Canadian Theatre Company announces its 2021/22 season

In March 2020, Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) opened the Canadian premiere of Sean Devine’s Daisy, only to close it the very next day due to the pandemic. This December, the play will triumphantly return to the stage as the first show of GCTC’s much anticipated 2021-22 season, and marks the theatre’s return to in-person theatre after a 20-month...

Niagara-on-the-Lake: Casts and creatives announced for fall and holidays shows

Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Niagara-on-the-Lake: Casts and creatives announced for fall and holidays shows

The Shaw Festival’s 2021 season continues into fall and winter with the American classic Desire Under the Elms, the beloved Irving Berlin musical Holiday Inn and perennial Yuletide favourite A Christmas Carol.
 
“Over the past few months, we’ve had the privilege to create and share theatre with our audiences live and in-person,” said Artistic...

Toronto: Sky Gilbert debuts a new play and launches a new book in October

Monday, September 27, 2021
Toronto: Sky Gilbert debuts a new play and launches a new book in October

THE LITTLE SHOW by playwright Sky Gilbert starring Keith Cole, Veronika Hurnik and Shaun McComb will have its World Premiere at Chez BonBon, at 234 Queen Street East (near Sherbourne), in Toronto, Ontario, from October 21 to October 31, 2021.Before the Sunday, October 24, 2021 evening performance of THE LITTLE SHOW Chez BonBon will also host the official...

Toronto: Playwrights Guild of Canada reveals the 2021 Tom Hendry Award nominees

Monday, September 27, 2021
Toronto: Playwrights Guild of Canada reveals the 2021 Tom Hendry Award nominees

Playwrights Guild of Canada (PGC) proudly announces the shortlisted nominees for its 2021 Tom Hendry Awards. The Tom Hendry Awards program was founded to highlight the wealth and breath of new play creation across the country.  Peer juries read blind submissions of new plays, culminating in two celebrations to honour the outstanding submissions selected...

Toronto: Toronto Fringe announces new digital festival and details for 2022 Next Stage Festival

Monday, September 20, 2021
Toronto: Toronto Fringe announces new digital festival and details for 2022 Next Stage Festival

Toronto Fringe is excited to announce a full slate of digital and in-person programming for the 2021/2022 season. The organization has been busy over the last 18 months, redefining its place and purpose in the community. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Toronto Fringe has offered three digital festivals: The 2020 Fringe Collective, the 2021 Next...

Toronto: The Canadian Opera Company announces three in-person productions for the 2021/22 season

Friday, September 17, 2021
Toronto: The Canadian Opera Company announces three in-person productions for the 2021/22 season

The Canadian Opera Company is inviting audiences to three new mainstage productions at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, as part of its 2021/2022 season offerings: Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini, La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi, and The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

“Through our digital fall, it’s been wonderful...

Toronto: “Covers From Away” features songs from “Come From Away” sung by Newfoundland and Labrador artists

Friday, September 17, 2021
Toronto: “Covers From Away” features songs from “Come From Away” sung by Newfoundland and Labrador artists

Today Craft Recordings and Concord Theatricals announce the release of Covers From Away, a new folk album featuring songs from the hit Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical Come From Away by Irene Sankoff & David Hein, reinterpreted by the Newfoundland and Labrador bands and artists who originally inspired the sound of the musical.

Click...

St. Catharines: Kaha:wi Dance Theatre presents its large scale outdoor production “SkéN:NEN” October 1-3

Thursday, September 16, 2021
St. Catharines: Kaha:wi Dance Theatre presents its large scale outdoor production “SkéN:NEN” October 1-3

The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre is proud to announce an ambitious collaboration that will bring the world premiere of SKéN:NEN to St. Catharines’ Burgoyne Woods. Tickets are on sale now for this site-specific multimedia performance, produced by the internationally renowned Kaha:wi Dance Theatre from 1-3 October 2021.

SKéN:NEN is...

New York: Bruce Dow, known from 12 sessions at Stratford, will be Diana’s butler in “Diana: The Musical”

Wednesday, September 15, 2021
New York: Bruce Dow, known from 12 sessions at Stratford, will be Diana’s butler in “Diana: The Musical”

Producers Grove Entertainment (Beth Williams), Frank Marshall and The Araca Group announced that Diana: The Musical is coming back to Broadway this Fall. Pending Broadway's anticipated return with government approval, and following health and safety guidelines, previews are scheduled to resume at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street) on Tuesday,...

Toronto: The Ontario Trillium Foundation helped support the Guild Festival Theatre’s 2021 season

Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Toronto: The Ontario Trillium Foundation helped support the Guild Festival Theatre’s 2021 season

In late 2020, the Guild Festival Theatre (GFT) received the good news that it was going to receive a $58,800 Resilient Communities Fund grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation(OTF) to help it continue to create theatre in Guild Park during one of the most difficult eras in Canadian theatre history. The Resilient Communities Fund grant program was...

Stratford: “Divine Interventions” by Anika Johnson plays Gallery Stratford September 18

Monday, September 13, 2021
Stratford: “Divine Interventions” by Anika Johnson plays Gallery Stratford September 18

Anika Johnson went through a unique process as she attempted to come up with a suite of songs to carry Divine Interventions, an outdoor musical coming to her hometown this weekend at Gallery Stratford.
“That was a weird challenge to find sounds that would communicate emotion and intent, but not words we recognize,” she said. “It was a lot of...

St. Catharines: Celebration of Nations 2021 announces Outstanding Achievement Awards

Friday, September 10, 2021
St. Catharines: Celebration of Nations 2021 announces Outstanding Achievement Awards

The 5th annual Celebration of Nations opened on Friday 10 September and the gathering showcased its third annual Celebration of Nations Outstanding Achievement Awards. These awards were designed to reflect the artistic and intellectual programming that has come to define and distinguish this innovative Indigenous expressive culture event.
Recipients...

Toronto: Listen to the “Christie Pits Riot” podcast starring Measha Brueggergosman starting September 30

Thursday, September 9, 2021
Toronto: Listen to the “Christie Pits Riot” podcast starring Measha Brueggergosman starting September 30

The Hogtown Collective, a Toronto-based immersive theatre company, is proud to launch The Christie Pits Riot audio walking tour on September 30, 2021. Created by Sam Rosenthal and Drew Carnwath, with music by international award-winning soprano Measha Brueggergosman, The Christie Pits Riot is an original radio drama podcast based on the infamous riot...

Banff: Joel Ivany, Artistic Director of Against the Grain Theatre, is renewed as Artistic Director of Banff Centre Opera

Thursday, September 9, 2021
Banff: Joel Ivany, Artistic Director of Against the Grain Theatre, is renewed as Artistic Director of Banff Centre Opera

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is delighted to announce that Joel Ivany will continue for three more years as Artistic Director leading Banff Centre’s Opera. At the end of this new term, Ivany will have been Artistic Director for Opera for 10 years, marking 75+ years of opera programming at Banff Centre.

"Banff Centre is thrilled...

Toronto: Studio 180 presents its “180 READS” programme

Thursday, September 9, 2021
Toronto: Studio 180 presents its “180 READS” programme

Studio 180 Theatre announces the exciting first half of its 2021/22 season: three 180 READS presentations of critically acclaimed, Canadian premieres, all reflecting themes of memory, generational divides and how we see ourselves, our identities and our history.                        
“The past year, and then some, has been a time for looking...

Toronto: Nightwood Theatre presents “Good Things To Do” September 27-October 2

Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Toronto: Nightwood Theatre presents “Good Things To Do” September 27-October 2

Nightwood is thrilled to launch our 2021-22 season with Rumble Theatre’s imaginative and interactive production Good Things To Do. Blending an ethereal sonic landscape, solitary physical environment, and an unexpected use of technology, Good Things To Do invites participants to place themselves within a dreamscape in which they possess extraordinary...

Toronto: Mezzo-soprano Marion Newman is the new host of “Saturday Afternoon at the Opera”

Tuesday, September 7, 2021
Toronto: Mezzo-soprano Marion Newman is the new host of “Saturday Afternoon at the Opera”

CBC Music has announced an exciting new line-up of hosts, programming and podcasts coming to the airwaves this fall. Marion Newman, critically acclaimed Kwagiulth and Stó:lō First Nations mezzo-soprano, has been named the new host of Canada’s premiere opera broadcast, CBC’s Saturday Afternoon at the Opera. Starting Sept 11th, Newman is taking the...

Toronto: Buddies in Bad Times presents ARTATTACK! 2021 on September 23

Thursday, September 2, 2021
Toronto: Buddies in Bad Times presents ARTATTACK! 2021 on September 23

Mark your calendar for the 2021 edition of ARTATTACK!, the annual art auction and fundraiser for Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, taking place on Thursday, September 23, at Buddies. Doors open at 7pm with a show and live auction starting at 8pm. 

ARTATTACK! is one of Toronto’s best-loved and most outrageous art auctions. The night offers art...

Toronto: The Musical Stage Company presents “UNCOVERED 2021: The Music of Dolly Parton”

Thursday, September 2, 2021
Toronto: The Musical Stage Company presents “UNCOVERED 2021: The Music of Dolly Parton”

As they wind down an extraordinary summer of outdoor performances and inventive musical programming that brought live musical experiences back to over 6000 Torontonians, The Musical Stage Company today announces a venue and format change for their annual signature fall UNCOVERED concert series. In addition, the company unveils another stunning line-up...

Toronto: Soundstream’s “Garden of Vanished Pleasures” runs online September 23-October 10

Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Toronto: Soundstream’s “Garden of Vanished Pleasures” runs online September 23-October 10

Lawrence Cherney, Founding Artistic Director, Soundstreams, today announced additional details about the company’s 2021/22 season premiere, Garden of Vanished Pleasures, produced as part of Soundstreams’ 2021 Digital Residency at Crow’s Theatre.

If modern gardening has a patron saint, it must be English artist, filmmaker, and queer rights...

New York: Newfoundland and Labrador artists cover songs from “Come From Away” on forthcoming album

Wednesday, September 1, 2021
New York: Newfoundland and Labrador artists cover songs from “Come From Away” on forthcoming album

The musical Come From Away will honor the 20th anniversary of 9/11 with several events throughout September, including the release of a cover album, an appearance on Good Morning America, and participation in 9/11 Day of Service, in addition to the previously announced concert at the Lincoln Memorial and the debut of the filmed version on Apple TV+, 

Toronto: Against the Grain Theatre partners with Opera InReach

Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Toronto: Against the Grain Theatre partners with Opera InReach

Against the Grain Theatre (AtG) announces a partnership with nationwide opera outreach collective Opera InReach (OIR) to develop educational programming around AtG productions throughout the 2021/22 season. This partnership was born out of an alignment of equity-seeking values between both organizations, as well as a desire to see more knowledge-sharing...

Stratford: Stratford Festival’s 2021 productions become available online while live performances continue

Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Stratford: Stratford Festival’s 2021 productions become available online while live performances continue

Productions from the Stratford Festival’s 2021 season begin streaming this Thursday, September 2, with a ticketed viewing party of selections from Why We Tell the Story: A Celebration of Black Musical Theatre on Stratfest@Home, the Festival’s streaming platform. It will feature a live chat for all those virtually attending at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday.

Toronto: Crow’s Theatre announces its 2021/22 season

Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Toronto: Crow’s Theatre announces its 2021/22 season

Today, Crow’s Theatre Artistic Director Chris Abraham and Executive Director Sherrie Johnson unveil a season welcoming audiences back to Streetcar Crowsnest with an invitation to rediscover the power of live theatre.

Beginning in September with Cliff Cardinal’s radical retelling of William Shakespeare’s AS YOU LIKE IT, the Crow’s Theatre...

New York: Laird Mackintosh, known from Opera Atelier and Stratford, will be Higgins in “My Fair Lady” tour

Tuesday, August 31, 2021
New York: Laird Mackintosh, known from Opera Atelier and Stratford, will be Higgins in “My Fair Lady” tour

Casting is complete for the relaunch of the North American tour of Lincoln Center Theater’s production of My Fair Lady, which begins September 14 at The Hobby Center in Houston, Texas. Tony winner Bartlett Sher directs. 
Returning to the cast of the staging, which opened in December 2019 at The Kennedy Center, are Shereen Ahmed as Eliza Doolittle,...

Toronto: Tarragon Theatre is staging a sale of props, set pieces and more September 2-3

Thursday, August 26, 2021
Toronto: Tarragon Theatre is staging a sale of props, set pieces and more September 2-3

Props, furniture, and other theatre miscellany from our archive will be for sale on Thursday September 2nd and Friday September 3rd.
As Tarragon continues to cultivate new works, we must make space – quite literally - for future growth and so… (almost) everything must go!
We’re hoping to avoid the landfill and find new homes for the many...

Washington, DC: Cast set for “Come From Away: In Concert at the Lincoln Memorial” on September 10

Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Washington, DC: Cast set for “Come From Away: In Concert at the Lincoln Memorial” on September 10

The cast is set for Come From Away: In Concert at the Lincoln Memorial September 10 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. As previously announced, the presentation is free to all with no tickets required and offered in honor of the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
The Ford’s Theatre concert presentation will feature performers...

Stratford: See Chilina Kennedy and Eric Holmes’s “Call It Love” September 3-12

Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Stratford: See Chilina Kennedy and Eric Holmes’s “Call It Love” September 3-12

After four years in development in New York, actor Chilina Kennedy and television writer Eric Holmes are set to present their new musical, Call It Love, in concert on the Stratford Perth Museum’s Players’ Backstage starting next week.
Set to run from Sept. 3 to Sept. 12 with both afternoon and evening performances, Call It Love follows Olivia...

Toronto: The Digital Fringe showcase Toronto to the world

Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Toronto: The Digital Fringe showcase Toronto to the world

The Digital Toronto Fringe Festival was an 11-day online festival that featured four series: Fringe On-Demand, KidsFest On-Demand, Fringe Primetime, and POSTSCRIPT Live(stream). It ran July 21 – 31, 2021 on fringetoronto.com. After the festival closed, Fringe On-Demand and KidsFest On-Demand were extended until August 22, 2021, to give audiences a...

Kingston: Theatre Kingston announces its 30th season

Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Kingston: Theatre Kingston announces its 30th season

2021/2022 is Theatre Kingston's 30th Season and so we would like to celebrate by inviting you back to the Theatre with a full season of LIVE! IN PERSON! SHOWS! 3 main stage shows, 2 Tett specials and next years Fringe! That's what theatre is all about.
WE SPEAK features the works of 21 Kingston playwrights. These intertwining voices will shock...

Orangeville: Theatre Orangeville presents the new Canadian play “Josiah” September 8-19

Monday, August 23, 2021
Orangeville: Theatre Orangeville presents the new Canadian play “Josiah” September 8-19

Theatre Orangeville has been telling Canadian stories for 27 years. In that time, our community, our country, and our world has grown and changed. We find ourselves continually faced with new opportunities to share and learn from each other. We are committed to telling the stories of all people; to working with diverse artists and creators to bring...

Toronto: David Mirvish reopens his Toronto theatres with 11 productions

Monday, August 23, 2021
Toronto: David Mirvish reopens his Toronto theatres with 11 productions

David Mirvish is excited to welcome back audiences to all four Mirvish theatres after a closure of 18 months.
 
The return season includes a seven-show Main Season Subscription, a three-show Off-Mirvish Subscription, and the return of two immensely popular hits, Come From Away and Hamilton.
 
“It’s been a long time since our stages...

Toronto: Buddies in Bad Times Theatre announces its 2021/22 season

Thursday, August 19, 2021
Toronto: Buddies in Bad Times Theatre announces its 2021/22 season

Buddies in Bad Times theatre, the world’s largest and longest-running queer theatre, announces a season of programming that brings together opportunities for new creation, artistic development, and community conversations, alongside the return of mainstage programming. The fall months will offer both dedicated development time for artists in various...

Ottawa: The National Arts Centre welcomes audiences back to live performances in 2021/22

Thursday, August 19, 2021
Ottawa: The National Arts Centre welcomes audiences back to live performances in 2021/22

The National Arts Centre today launches the 2021-2022 season and announces ticket sales for in-person programming this fall. The excitement will begin on September 10 with a concert by Alexander Shelley and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Southam Hall, followed by the Zones Théâtrales festival on September 13.For the last year and a half, the NAC...

Toronto: Eddie Izzard returns to the CAA Theatre for performances on August 28 and 29

Thursday, August 19, 2021
Toronto: Eddie Izzard returns to the CAA Theatre for performances on August 28 and 29

After a very successful weekend of shows earlier this month, the actor and comedian will once again be at the CAA Theatre for a return engagement. Charles Dickens' Great Expectations and Eddie Izzard The Remix: 1988-2018 will play Saturday August 28 and Sunday August 29, 2021.
Tickets are now on sale at www.mirvish.com.
Izzard is in Toronto...

London, UK: Canadians Neil Bartram and Brian Hill revise “Bedknobs and Broomsticks” musical for UK tour

Wednesday, August 18, 2021
London, UK: Canadians Neil Bartram and Brian Hill revise “Bedknobs and Broomsticks” musical for UK tour

The stage adaptation of Disney’s 1971 live action-animated hybrid musical Bedknobs and Broomsticks makes its world premiere August 18 at Newcastle Theatre Royale, prior to a U.K. tour through May 2022 that includes a five-week holiday season at the Leeds Grand Theatre.
Angela Lansbury starred as Miss Eglantine Price in the family-friendly adventure...

Toronto: Driftwood Theatre hits the road for the first R&R RALLY

Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Toronto: Driftwood Theatre hits the road for the first R&R RALLY

In lieu of their 2021 Bard’s Bus Tour, Driftwood Theatre will present Motorcycle Monologues, an eight-part travel documentary series airing on YouTube every Friday from August 13 - October 1, 2021. The Motorcycle Monologues will spotlight communities in Ontario that their popular Bard’s Bus Tour would normally visit including Pickering, Whitby, Bowmanville,...

Toronto: Opera Atelier receives Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant to support online youth education

Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Toronto: Opera Atelier receives Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant to support online youth education

In late 2020, Opera Atelier learned that it was the recipient of an $83,000 Resilient Communities Fund grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), an agency of the Government of Ontario, to provide greater accessibility to the company’s free online Making of an Opera (MOAO) education program for Ontario youth. The Resilient Communities Fund...

Toronto: The Canadian Opera Company announces its digital fall season

Monday, August 16, 2021
Toronto: The Canadian Opera Company announces its digital fall season

The Canadian Opera Company is reuniting artists and audiences with an exciting, performance-packed fall for 2021/2022: A Season Like No Other. Regular monthly offerings combine opera classics, renowned and emerging voices, as well as new commissions and innovative community collaborations that will be available for six months from the date of each...

Peterborough: R. Murray Schafer, musical experimenter and composer of opera, has died at age 88

Sunday, August 15, 2021
Peterborough: R. Murray Schafer, musical experimenter and composer of opera, has died at age 88

R. Murray Schafer, the eminent Canadian composer, writer and acoustic ecologist who popularized the term "soundscape," died on Aug. 14 following a struggle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 88. The news was confirmed in an email to friends and colleagues from Schafer's wife, Eleanor James.

"The loss of Schafer represents the loss of our...

Toronto: d’bi.young anitafrika wins the Rosemary Sadlier Freedom Fighter Award

Friday, August 13, 2021
Toronto: d’bi.young anitafrika wins the Rosemary Sadlier Freedom Fighter Award

This year's recipient of the Rosemary Sadlier Freedom Fighter Award is African-Jamaican-Tkarontonian, London-based dub poet, theatre interventionist and decolonial scholar d'bi.young anitafrika. This annual award recognizes individuals whose work and passion contributed to the advancement of equality and expression in the community.
In her acceptance...

Port Hope: Capitol Theatre appoints Rob Kempson as new Artistic Director

Thursday, August 12, 2021
Port Hope: Capitol Theatre appoints Rob Kempson as new Artistic Director

The Capitol Theatre today announced the appointment of theatre artist Rob Kempson to the role of Artistic Producer. Kempson joins the Capitol full-time in October, working alongside with Managing Director Erin Peirce and Artistic Director Susan Ferley, who will conclude her tenure at the end of 2021.
Kempson is a director, writer, and educator...

Cambridge: Drayton Entertainment announces its new Youth Academy

Wednesday, August 11, 2021
Cambridge: Drayton Entertainment announces its new Youth Academy

Exciting news! We are looking to the future and moving ahead with long-standing plans to open a new Youth Academy space that will serve as a hub for our expanding arts education initiatives. 
While our organization has been devastated by the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has effectively shuttered all seven of our stages across...

Toronto: “Blindness” returns to the Princess of Wales Theatre by popular demand September 24-October 24

Wednesday, August 11, 2021
Toronto: “Blindness” returns to the Princess of Wales Theatre by popular demand September 24-October 24

On Thursday August 5, the Donmar Warehouse production of Blindness officially opened on the stage of the Princess of Wales Theatre for a limited August run – the first indoor theatre presentation in Toronto since the pandemic shut down all theatres.
Rave reviews from critics and audiences immediately followed. (The Globe & Mail critic even wrote:...

Toronto: Théâtre français de Toronto and Jamii present “La Bulle” August 31-September 5

Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Toronto: Théâtre français de Toronto and Jamii present “La Bulle” August 31-September 5

This summer, CORPUS, Théâtre français de Toronto (TfT) & Jamii are teaming up to present La Bulle, a visually stunning and poetic solo performance from the minds of David Danzon and Carolin Lindner. Presented from August 31 to September 5, 2021, at the Berkeley Castle Courtyard, this silent outdoor event marks the first scheduled theatrical presentation...

Toronto: Fall for Dance North presents largest line-up to date September 11-October 29

Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Toronto: Fall for Dance North presents largest line-up to date September 11-October 29

Toronto’s premier international dance festival Fall for Dance North (FFDN) is thrilled to announce its seventh edition from Sept. 11-Oct. 29, 2021. FFDN will present its largest festival line-up to date, showcasing a hybrid mix of electrifying in-person performances and original digital content for its local and global audience, including the world...

Toronto: The Howland Company and Native Earth present “The Home Project” September 21-October 3

Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Toronto: The Howland Company and Native Earth present “The Home Project” September 21-October 3

The Howland Company and Native Earth Performing Arts are thrilled to present The Home Project, co-created and performed by Akosua Amo-Adem, Qasim Khan, and Cheyenne Scott. Presented in partnership by Soulpepper, The Home Project will be performed in-person this Fall from September 21st to October 3rd, 2021 in the open air of the Courtyard at the Young...

Niagara-on-the-Lake: Shaw Festival cancels “Assassins” when Stephen Sondhein forbids change in lyrics

Monday, August 9, 2021
Niagara-on-the-Lake: Shaw Festival cancels “Assassins” when Stephen Sondhein forbids change in lyrics

In response to customer enquiries that we have received, we wanted to address the cancellation of our concert performances of Assassins.
Without going into the whole backstory, we feel it is important for you to know the basics of what brought us here.
One of the songs in Assassins contains a racial slur. The offensive word is sung by Lincoln'...

Stratford: Several festivals in Stratford and surrounding area receive $605,000 in provincial funding

Monday, August 9, 2021
Stratford: Several festivals in Stratford and surrounding area receive $605,000 in provincial funding

The Stratford Festival and several other Stratford-area theatre, music and arts festivals are set to receive a combined $605,000 through Ontario’s Reconnect Festivals and Events Program, Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece announced Monday.
The $50-million funding program offers support to tourism and cultural organizations across the province,...

Petrolia: The Victoria Playhouse Petrolia will present its first live show of 2021 this September

Thursday, August 5, 2021
Petrolia: The Victoria Playhouse Petrolia will present its first live show of 2021 this September

Victoria Playhouse Petrolia is set to open its doors in September for the theatre’s first live show since the pandemic began.
Tickets are on sale for Songs We Love, a show featuring songs from past and upcoming playhouse shows, which is set to run from Sept. 7 to Oct. 3 before socially distanced audiences in the Victoria Hall theatre.
They...

Toronto: National Ballet of Canada announces outdoor residency at Harbourfront Centre

Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Toronto: National Ballet of Canada announces outdoor residency at Harbourfront Centre

Barry Hughson, Executive Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced the free programming that will be offered during Sharing the Stage, a residency at Harbourfront Centre, August 9 – 29, 2021. Opening the 2021/22 season, the outdoor residency will feature live performances by the National Ballet, presentations of works-in-process from...

New York: Filmed “Come From Away” will premiere on Apple TV+ on September 10

Wednesday, August 4, 2021
New York: Filmed “Come From Away” will premiere on Apple TV+ on September 10

It’s time for a “Screech In.” The film capture of Come From Away will be released on Apple TV+ September 10. As anticipated, several original Broadway cast members reprised their roles for the presentation. Check out a teaser trailer above. 
Original company members returning are Tony nominee Jenn Colella as Beverley/Annette, Petrina Bromley...

Toronto: Jordan Tannahill’s “Is My Microphone On?” plays the High Park Amphitheatre September 2-19

Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Toronto: Jordan Tannahill’s “Is My Microphone On?” plays the High Park Amphitheatre September 2-19

This September, Canadian Stage’s 2021 Dream in High Park programming continues with an innovative and insistent new work from the company’s long-time collaborator and Governor General’s Award-winner Jordan Tannahill, Is My Microphone On? 

On stage in the High Park Amphitheatre September 2 – 19, Tannahill’s newest play takes the form of...

St. Catharines: The Foster Festival presents “The Ladies Foursome” in person at select local golf courses

Tuesday, August 3, 2021
St. Catharines: The Foster Festival presents “The Ladies Foursome” in person at select local golf courses

We are excited to be returning to an IN-PERSON production in our new Outdoor Theatre Experience!
Instead of building a set to look like a golf course, we’ve decided to bring you, the audience, to the golf course to create a unique outdoor theatre experience.
The Ladies Foursome by Norm Fster
FOUR! During a round of golf, four friends...

Stratford: Here For Now Theatre adds more performances of Steve Ross’s “goldfish” in September

Tuesday, August 3, 2021
Stratford: Here For Now Theatre adds more performances of Steve Ross’s “goldfish” in September

We are delighted to inform you that there has been an extension of 4 performances of goldfish added in September! We would be happy to exchange tickets purchased from the cancelled Saturday July 24th performance and have you attend one of these 4 performances. To rebook tickets, please call the box office at 519-272-4368 Tuesday- Saturday 10:00am-...

Brampton: Nautanki Creations presents “Smitten and Starstruck” featuring 22 artists from Canada and India

Monday, August 2, 2021
Brampton: Nautanki Creations presents “Smitten and Starstruck” featuring 22 artists from Canada and India

Brampton based Nautanki Creations is thrilled to present SMITTEN AND STARSTRUCK – a cross-cultural, cross-disciplinary, one day virtual festival featuring artists from Canada and India on Sunday, August 08 at 10am EST. The festival will also be available for viewing online one week after the premiere.

Smitten and Starstruck is a culmination...

Toronto: Award winners of the 2021 Digital Toronto Fringe Festival

Sunday, August 1, 2021
Toronto: Award winners of the 2021 Digital Toronto Fringe Festival

Last night was closing night of the 2021 Digital Toronto Fringe Festival. Over the past 11 days, we have welcomed international artists and audiences, we have danced in virtual reality on our gather.town patio, we have been amazed by the elevated digital storytelling of the 2021 festival artists, and we have felt the Fringe Movement alive and well....

Toronto: TOT restreams “The Csárdás Princess” and “The Gondoliers” by popular demand

Saturday, July 31, 2021
Toronto: TOT restreams “The Csárdás Princess” and “The Gondoliers” by popular demand

Great news!  Thanks to our TOT Patrons and friends as well as the recent rave review from the Opera Canada Magazine, The Gondoliers returns for a limited time and now is double featured with the extended current performances of TOT’s The Csardas Princess by the Silver Age of Operetta’s Hungarian master, Imre Kalman.

An online presentation...

Toronto: Eddie Izzard re-opens the CAA Theatre with four performances of two shows

Friday, July 30, 2021
Toronto: Eddie Izzard re-opens the CAA Theatre with four performances of two shows

The Actor and comedian will perform: Eddie Izzard The Remix: 1988-2018; and Charles Dickens' Great Expectations at the CAA Theatre on Saturday August 7 and Sunday August 8, 2021.

Tickets will go on sale Saturday July 31 at 10AM via www.mirvish.com

All profits made by Eddie, will be donated to Indspire, a national Indigenous registered...

Seattle: The Stratford Festival’s Donna Feore will direct the world premiere of “Bruce” at Seattle Rep

Thursday, July 29, 2021
Seattle: The Stratford Festival’s Donna Feore will direct the world premiere of “Bruce” at Seattle Rep

Bruce, the new musical based on Carl Gottlieb’s novel The Jaws Log—a behind-the-scenes look at the summer blockbuster film Jaws—will make its world premiere at Seattle Rep’s Bagley Wright Theater next year.

Directed and choreographed by the Stratford Festival's Donna Feore, previews will begin May 27, 2022, prior to an official opening...

Toronto: Nightwood Theatre announces incoming 2021/22 Write From The Hip Playwrights

Thursday, July 29, 2021
Toronto: Nightwood Theatre announces incoming 2021/22 Write From The Hip Playwrights

Nightwood is delighted to share the exciting new cohort of playwrights that we will be welcoming to our Write From The Hip program this upcoming season! Please join us in congratulating Omolola Ajao, Stephanie Fung, Juliet Jones-Rodney, Merlin Simard and Jillian Welsh

Supported by RBC's Emerging Artist Project, Write From The Hip is a year-long...

Montreal: Cirque du Soleil’s “’Twas The Night Before ....” heads to Chicago and New York this year

Thursday, July 29, 2021
Montreal: Cirque du Soleil’s “’Twas The Night Before ....” heads to Chicago and New York this year

Cirque du Soleil will get into the Christmas spirit this holiday season with the return of ’Twas The Night Before…in Chicago and New York City. The acrobatic theatrical production will run at The Chicago Theatre November 26–December 5 and at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden December 9–December 27.
’Twas the Night Before… is inspired...

Port Stanley: The Port Stanley Theatre Festival announces its 2021 season

Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Port Stanley: The Port Stanley Theatre Festival announces its 2021 season

“At long last the Port Stanley Festival Theatre can announce that without a doubt we will be open for business for a limited season of programming. It is anticipated that a season will commence mid-August and extend well into October, to be followed by an expanded Playwright’s Festival. Details should be forthcoming shortly as we put the last pieces...

Toronto: Ray Hogg will become the new Artistic Director of The Musical Stage Company

Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Toronto: Ray Hogg will become the new Artistic Director of The Musical Stage Company

Over the course of the last year, The Musical Stage Company has been developing an ambitious vision for the future of the organization that reimagines the role that arts organizations and artists can play in a post-COVID world, while making The Musical Stage Company an artistic pillar of the new Toronto cultural landscape. These plans expand upon...

Kitchener: Green Light Arts presents “WE COULD BE” August 16-25

Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Kitchener: Green Light Arts presents “WE COULD BE” August 16-25

A group tries to save a beached whale… a climber wants to end the world… a woman swallows a microphone… a preacher struggles under the weight of it all… a man hopes to make you laugh… a woman celebrates...

Tied together by themes of hope and resilience, WE COULD BE is a cluster of playlets created specifically for this moment; a recognition...

Stratford: SpringWorks announces a PuppetWorks Mini-Fest running August 19-22

Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Stratford: SpringWorks announces a PuppetWorks Mini-Fest running August 19-22

After this long period of dreaming, it's thrilling for us to be hosting artists from France, Quebec, Ontario, and Nova Scotia. With programming for puppet lovers of all ages, in both French and English, we invite you to explore some of the styles and gifts of this ancient and wildly diverse art form.

Here's what PuppetWorks! 2021 MiniFest...

Kingston: Theatre Kingston’s Storefront Fringe Festival opens August 2

Monday, July 26, 2021
Kingston: Theatre Kingston’s Storefront Fringe Festival opens August 2

The Storefront Fringe Festival is made up of local or returning Kingston Artists, and this year the Community Foundation of Kingston and Area has generously supported and we are so pleased to actually get back to doing what we do best - giving you a show! With all this local support we confidently add UNSTOPPABLE to our motto. #thanksCFKAThis year,...

Toronto: The Red Sandcastle Theatre is under new management by Eldritch Theatre

Monday, July 26, 2021
Toronto: The Red Sandcastle Theatre is under new management by Eldritch Theatre

The Red Sandcastle Theatre, owned and operated by Rosemary Doyle since 2011, is celebrating its 10th Anniversary with a new look and new management. Long time renter with Red Sandcastle Theatre, Eldritch Theatre’s production and artistic team Eric Woolfe and Adrianna Prosser join the Red Sandcastle team as Managing Director and General Manager. Woolfe...

Toronto: Factory Theatre announces its 2021/22 season

Thursday, July 22, 2021
Toronto: Factory Theatre announces its 2021/22 season

FACTORY THEATRE, Toronto’s vibrant centre of cutting-edge Canadian theatre, announces its 2021-2022 Season, SHIFT. Proudly presented by Artistic Director Nina Lee Aquino, in her final season, and Interim Managing Director Mark Aikman, FACTORY will have a full season, presented both digitally and in person, that will continue to push the boundaries...

London, UK: “Come From Away” reopens at the Phoenix Theatre on July 22, 2021

Thursday, July 22, 2021
London, UK: “Come From Away” reopens at the Phoenix Theatre on July 22, 2021

The London production of the international hit musical Come From Away welcomes audiences back to the Phoenix Theatre beginning July 22.
Performances resume with two new cast members: Gemma Knight Jones (Falsettos, Sister Act U.K. tour) steps into the role of Hannah and others, while Sam Oladeinde (Hamilton, The Book of Mormon) plays Bob and others.

Ottawa: Jillian Keiley to complete her tenure as NAC English Theatre Artistic Director on August 31, 2022

Thursday, July 22, 2021
Ottawa: Jillian Keiley to complete her tenure as NAC English Theatre Artistic Director on August 31, 2022

The National Arts Centre (NAC) today announced that Jillian Keiley will complete her tenure as Artistic Director of the NAC English Theatre on August 31, 2022. Ms. Keiley will program works for the 2022–2023 season, which will be presented after her departure.
“MY GREATEST PRIVILEGE” 
Since she began her tenure in 2012, Ms. Keiley brought...

New York: “Come From Away” concert will be performed in front of Lincoln Memorial in DC

Wednesday, July 21, 2021
New York: “Come From Away” concert will be performed in front of Lincoln Memorial in DC

A concert staging of Come From Away will be performed at the National Mall in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., September 10 at 6 PM. The presentation is free to all with no tickets required and offered in honor of the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. 
The sung-through musical will be performed in its entirety, directed...

Toronto: The 2021 Digital Toronto Fringe Festival opens today

Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Toronto: The 2021 Digital Toronto Fringe Festival opens today

The Toronto Fringe Festival opens today this week with the Digital Toronto Fringe Festival running to July 31, 2021. Taking place completely online, Toronto Fringe 2021 will present over 65 shows in four virtual series including the Fringe On-Demand series, KidsFest On-Demand series, Fringe Primetime series, and POSTSCRIPT Live(stream) events.

Toronto: The 2021 Toronto International Film Festival will open with film of “Dear Evan Hansen”

Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Toronto: The 2021 Toronto International Film Festival will open with film of “Dear Evan Hansen”

Dear Evan Hansen, the forthcoming film based on the Tony-winning musical of the same name, will make its premiere September 9 when it opens the Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall.

The annual festival, according to Deadline, will welcome back in-person audiences; the 10-day event continues through September 18.

Waterloo: IMPACT 21 programming announced

Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Waterloo: IMPACT 21 programming announced

This year IMPACT 21 runs from September 28th to October 9th with productions from Chile, India, Tunisia, Australia, Tiohtià:ke (Montréal), Tkaronto (Toronto), Vancouver, and Waterloo Region.


IMPACT 21 Shows:

A Seat At The Table
by Esie Mensah

Asphalt Jungle Shorts
by Flush Ink Productions

Toronto: Opera Atelier announces its 2021/22 season

Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Toronto: Opera Atelier announces its 2021/22 season

Opera Atelier is delighted to announce a thrilling 2021 Fall Season with the film premiere of Angel - fully-staged and filmed at St. Lawrence Hall, in strict compliance with provincial health and safety regulations - streaming Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 7pm ET (available until November 12, 2021). Angel marks the culmination of composer Edwin Huizinga’s commission...

Toronto: Theaturtle’s production of “Alphonse” will tour Ontario this summer

Friday, July 16, 2021
Toronto: Theaturtle’s production of “Alphonse” will tour Ontario this summer

Alphonse, a one-person show by Canada’s most acclaimed contemporary playwright Wajdi Mouawad, will be returning to Toronto and other venues across Ontario this summer, including Barrie’s Talk is Free Theatre, Huntsville
Festival of the Arts, and Brampton’s Rose Theatre. It will be performed by Gabe
Maharajan (they/them) and artistic directed...

Stratford: Player’s Backstage at the Stratford Perth Museum opens with three concerts

Thursday, July 15, 2021
Stratford: Player’s Backstage at the Stratford Perth Museum opens with three concerts

Stratford Perth Museum presenting three days of music and talent in new venue later this month

The newly-minted Player’s Backstage, located directly behind the Stratford Perth Museum, will be the venue for the museum’s first Canada Arts Music Festival.

Beginning July 30 the museum is presenting three days of music performed by...

Toronto: SummerWorks announces free public-facing activity throughout August

Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Toronto: SummerWorks announces free public-facing activity throughout August

With great enthusiasm and optimism about the possibilities of a post-pandemic future, SummerWorks is pleased to today announce the 2021 Festival programming line-up, again re-imagining what a Festival can be in response to a year of disruption and prioritizing the needs of artists and audiences.
SummerWorks Festival 2021 will get underway on...

Port Dover: The Lighthouse Festival Theatre announces its summer 2021 productions

Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Port Dover: The Lighthouse Festival Theatre announces its summer 2021 productions

As the province moves into Phase 3 of re-opening, Lighthouse Festival announces the return of live theatre to Port Dover. Audiences will be treated to two world premiere productions this summer. The shows are two new one act plays; a one-man comedy from Mark Crawford and a Lighthouse commissioned play from Kristin Da Silva. 
With regulations...

St. Catharines: FirstOntario PAC presents #EmancipationDaySTC July 29-August 1

Wednesday, July 14, 2021
St. Catharines: FirstOntario PAC presents #EmancipationDaySTC July 29-August 1

Matter of Black (MOB) and BlackOwned905 proudly present a virtual edition of #EmancipationDaySTC, an annual celebration set to reawaken old traditions and foster greater solidarity and pride among the Black Canadian community in memory of its remarkable achievements and in face of persistent racism. Free events that feature speakers, conversations,...

Toronto: Opera in Concert gives an encore presentation of “Adriana Lecouvreur” July 12-25

Tuesday, July 13, 2021
Toronto: Opera in Concert gives an encore presentation of “Adriana Lecouvreur” July 12-25

People are telling us that some of our OIC fans missed the original launch of Adriana Lecouvreur. So…while our plans for the coming season of public performances are materializing, we want to make our Adriana available to everyone who wants to see it and to those looking to revisit this unique and seldom performed operatic jewel.
"This is unquestionably...

Toronto: Jamie Allan’s “Illusionarium” will now open on July 29

Tuesday, July 13, 2021
Toronto: Jamie Allan’s “Illusionarium” will now open on July 29

After months of lockdown in Toronto, the innovators behind the World Premiere exhibit IMMERSIVE VAN GOGH, are thrilled to confirm that their ground-breaking World Premiere Immersive magic experience will finally open its doors on July 29th. 
Lighthouse Immersive and renowned illusionist Jamie Allan invite you into a world of intrigue, mystery,...

Ottawa: Black Theatre Workshop extended as co-curating company for NAC English Theatre

Tuesday, July 13, 2021
Ottawa: Black Theatre Workshop extended as co-curating company for NAC English Theatre

This past December, National Arts Centre English Theatre, in partnership with Black Theatre Workshop (BTW), announced an unprecedented, shared curation model for the national stage. NAC English Theatre committed to the annual appointment of a Co-Curating Company in Residence, and as the inaugural company, BTW, the oldest Black theatre company in Canada,...

Barrie: Talk Is Free Theatre’s “Into the Woods” will be staged in the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres in October

Monday, July 12, 2021
Barrie: Talk Is Free Theatre’s “Into the Woods” will be staged in the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres in October

TIFT Artistic Producer Arkady Spivak announced today that, by popular demand, the company’s revival of Into the Woods (In Concert) will be transferred to Toronto this October for, quite literally, a moving experience. Following two sold-out runs, including the production’s outdoor run next month in Springwater Provincial Park in Barrie, this uniquely...

Stratford: The Stratford Festival opens its 2021 season with a cabaret celebrating Black musical theatre

Friday, July 9, 2021
Stratford: The Stratford Festival opens its 2021 season with a cabaret celebrating Black musical theatre

In some ways, the Stratford Festival will be returning to its roots next week when this year’s season opens under a canopy reminiscent of the tent that sheltered the company’s first production in 1953.
A big Shakespearean production will not launch the Festival in 2021. Instead, a celebration of Black musical theatre directed and curated by singer...

Toronto: The first broadcast of programsound.fm, internet radio for storytellers, is July 25

Friday, July 9, 2021
Toronto: The first broadcast of programsound.fm, internet radio for storytellers, is July 25

on july 25 2021 listeners around the world can tune into a free, one-day only event - a full day pilot broadcast of programsound.fm: a new internet radio station dedicated to storytellers, hosted by bahia watson.
instead of an analog frequency dial, the stream of sound comes through an audio player on a website and, in our case, the sounds you...

Stratford: The Stratford Festival officially opens on July 13

Thursday, July 8, 2021
Stratford: The Stratford Festival officially opens on July 13

The Stratford Festival will mark the start of the 2021 season on July 13, the 68th anniversary of the very first performance held under a tent back in 1953, and the official opening of the year’s first show, Why We Tell the Story: A Celebration of Black Musical Theatre. 
This year’s season echoes the momentous day, July 13, 1953, when the Stratford...

Toronto: Contemporary dance takes the stage in July and August at the Dream in High Park

Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Toronto: Contemporary dance takes the stage in July and August at the Dream in High Park

This summer, the joy of live contemporary dance takes the stage in Canadian Stage’s Dream in High Park, with two distinct programs to inspire, to thrill, and to connect. As the world begins to move forward into a post-pandemic future, while processing the challenges and isolation of the recent past, these two dance works offer reflection and healing,...

Barrie: Due to high demand, new dates and waiting lists available for The Bees in the Bush Festival

Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Barrie: Due to high demand, new dates and waiting lists available for The Bees in the Bush Festival

Today, TIFT Artistic Producer Arkady Spivak announced that over half of all performances of The Bees in the Bush Festival are full and waiting lists have been created. Staged in multiple outdoor locations across Barrie and surrounding area, the festival boasts a line-up of twelve unique experiences that have drawn major attention. Paired with the...

Toronto: Toronto Fringe reveals listings for Digital Toronto Fringe Festival

Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Toronto: Toronto Fringe reveals listings for Digital Toronto Fringe Festival

The Toronto Fringe Festival is proud to announce the programming and listings for the Digital Toronto Fringe Festival July 21 - 31, 2021. Taking place completely online, Toronto Fringe 2021 will present over 65 shows in four virtual series including the Fringe On-Demand series, KidsFest On-Demand series, Fringe Primetime series, and POSTSCRIPT Live(stream)...

Toronto: Hope Muir appointed new Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Canada

Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Toronto: Hope Muir appointed new Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Canada

An acclaimed dancer, teacher and director, Hope Muir’s 33-year career spans both the classical and contemporary worlds and two continents. Born in Toronto, her family relocated to the United Kingdom when she was 15. She studied ballet in London, England at Peter Schaufuss’ newly formed London Festival Ballet School (now English National Ballet School)....

Toronto: Studio 180 Theatre announces the recipients of its Ontario Arts Council Recommender Grants

Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Toronto: Studio 180 Theatre announces the recipients of its Ontario Arts Council Recommender Grants

Studio 180 Theatre was proud to act as a recommender for the Ontario Arts Council Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators program for the twelfth year! 
For many of the creators whose projects earned our recommendation, the first half of 2021 has been a busy period of development. 
We are delighted to introduce these artists and their provocative...

Toronto: Tapestry Opera to present highlights from “Rocking Horse Winner” in High Park

Friday, July 2, 2021
Toronto: Tapestry Opera to present highlights from “Rocking Horse Winner” in High Park

Tapestry Opera are bringing songs from their much-loved, multi-award winning opera Rocking Horse Winner to life this summer in a special open-air concert performed at Canadian Stage’s High Park Amphitheatre. 
Tapestry Opera’s Artistic & General Director Michael Hidetoshi Mori said:“Opera and theatre lovers in Toronto will be delighted to see...

Wellington: Festival Players announces more shows, more seats and live streaming

Friday, July 2, 2021
Wellington: Festival Players announces more shows, more seats and live streaming

Due to popular demand and many sold-out shows, we’ve just added additional tickets, more seating and digital options – more chances for you to come back to the theatre in your own way!
Festival Players is pleased to announce that with Ontario’s move forward into Phase 2 of Ontario’s re-opening, we’re able to add more seats to every performance...

Toronto Events along the Bloor Street culture Corridor in July

Thursday, July 1, 2021
Toronto Events along the Bloor Street culture Corridor in July

Arts and culture can be a lifeline of positivity, inspiration, and connection. Our incredible Bloor St Culture Corridor organizations are working to bring more joy and creativity into your home in imaginative new ways with these activities and events.
Royal Ontario Museum
Tune in to the ROM’s popular Curator Conversations series this month....

Toronto: The Sonar Network presents the comedy podcast “Evil Men”

Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Toronto: The Sonar Network presents the comedy podcast “Evil Men”

THE SONAR NETWORK presents EVIL MEN, a podcast about bad guys, rude dudes, and sometimes murderers! A brand new project by Canada's favourite alt-comedians, CHRIS LOCKE, JAMES HARTNETT, and MICHAEL BALAZO, the hosts of Sonar's HAPPY GOOD WITH CHRIS LOCKE and THE LANDLORD AND TENANT PODMESS.
ABOUT EVIL MEN
EVIL MEN is a comedic true crime...

Toronto: The Guild Festival Theatre announces its 10th anniversary season

Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Toronto: The Guild Festival Theatre announces its 10th anniversary season

Guild Festival Theatre is returning for our tenth summer in the park!
GFT will present two beautiful mainstage productions and two special events, with in-person performances held outdoors at Guild Festival Theatre’s home in Guild Park and Gardens, and select programming streamed online. 
GFT's tenth anniversary season will be our biggest...

Stratford: Stratford Festival set to begin performances on July 10

Monday, June 28, 2021
Stratford: Stratford Festival set to begin performances on July 10

The Ontario government has issued its guidance for attendance at outdoor performing arts events, paving the way for the opening of the Stratford Festival’s 2021 season.
According to these guidelines, the Stratford Festival will be able to accommodate 100 people (or 25% capacity) in each of its new outdoor canopies, where shows will run three...

Toronto: “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” will open in Toronto in May 2022

Monday, June 28, 2021
Toronto: “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” will open in Toronto in May 2022

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the world’s most award-winning play, will return to North America as a newly staged, one show magical experience. Performances of this world premiere theatrical event begin at Broadway’s Lyric Theatre in New York on November 16, 2021, and at the Curran in San Francisco on January 11, 2022. The Canadian premiere in...

Blyth: The Blyth Festival announces its 2021 season

Monday, June 28, 2021
Blyth: The Blyth Festival announces its 2021 season

Five Canadian productions. Each featuring a lone storyteller.  All performed under the wide open Huron County sky, on the newly built Blyth Festival Harvest Stage, at the Blyth Fairgrounds.
Occupying roughly a five acre natural amphitheatre at the North/West corner of the Blyth Fairgrounds, and backing right onto the Goderich to Guelph rail trail,...

St. Catharines: Former Foster Frestival AD Patricia Vanstone to direct “We Have To Hurry” for Broadway on demand

Monday, June 28, 2021
St. Catharines: Former Foster Frestival AD Patricia Vanstone to direct “We Have To Hurry” for Broadway on demand

Oscar, Emmy  and  Golden Globe nominated actress JoBeth Williams and Award winning Broadway, film and television actor Harris Yulin are set to star in the next monthly digital presentation of the new play We Have To Hurry, streaming live via Broadway on Demand for two performances only, Saturday, July 10th at 8pm and Sunday, July 11th at 3pm. The...

Toronto: Ash Knight is Pleiades Theatre’s new Associate Artistic Producer

Sunday, June 27, 2021
Toronto: Ash Knight is Pleiades Theatre’s new Associate Artistic Producer

Artistic Producer Andrey Tarasiuk is pleased to announce Ash Knight as Pleiades Theatre’s new Associate Artistic Producer, starting in July 2021. He is the third person to share creative leadership since 1997 when Pleiades Theatre began. “Ash’s experiences as an actor, director, educator and playwright, plus the recognition and respect others hold...

Toronto: Tickets for Canadian Stage’s Dream in High Park 2021 are now on sale

Friday, June 25, 2021
Toronto: Tickets for Canadian Stage’s Dream in High Park 2021 are now on sale

For the first full summer of live performance in the park since the pandemic began, Canadian Stage plans to present a diverse menu of core programming produced by the company, complemented by a robust line-up of partner presentations offering everything from theatre and dance to contemporary and classical music, comedy, family programming and more....

Stratford: The Stratford Festival presents “A Festival Queerstory” online tonight free for 36 hours

Thursday, June 24, 2021
Stratford: The Stratford Festival presents “A Festival Queerstory” online tonight free for 36 hours

A Festival Queerstory digs deep into the dark and mysterious past – 1965 – to bring you the story of the Stratford Festival’s workshop of the then-unknown play Fortune and Men’s Eyes, by John Herbert.
Then, host André Morin walks down the sometimes invisible paths of Queer Queerstory in Queernadian Theatqueer, talking with El Chenier, history...

Niagara-on-the-Lake: The Shaw Festival presents Outdoors@The Shaw beginning July 10

Thursday, June 24, 2021
Niagara-on-the-Lake: The Shaw Festival presents Outdoors@The Shaw beginning July 10

Artistic Director Tim Carroll and the Shaw Festival proudly announce Outdoors @ The Shaw, a series of concerts and events scheduled to take place from July 10 to October 9, 2021 on the grounds of the Festival Theatre and Royal George Theatre in Niagara-on-the-Lake. 
A nod to Shaw Fair and Fête festivities of the past, Outdoors @ The Shaw is part...

Toronto: The Musical Stage Co. announces four months of outdoor programming

Thursday, June 24, 2021
Toronto: The Musical Stage Co. announces four months of outdoor programming

On the heels of beginning their sold-out summer concert series - PORCHSIDE SONGS - The Musical Stage Company is thrilled to make a series of announcements today regarding their remarkable summer programming line-up and a fresh new take on their annual fall concert series. Unveiling a cast of luminaries to light up the previously announced new Canadian...

London: Deb Harvey announces her final year as Executive Director at the Grand Theatre

Thursday, June 24, 2021
London: Deb Harvey announces her final year as Executive Director at the Grand Theatre

Anita Shah, the President of the Board of Directors of the Grand Theatre, announced today that Deb Harvey, will be stepping down as Executive Director of the theatre following the end of the 2021/22 Season.
Arriving 22 years ago from Nova Scotia on a six-month contract, when the Grand was at risk of closing its doors due to financial debt, Deb...

Stratford: SpringWorks presents “Fire... Stones... & Stories” puppet show July 5-11

Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Stratford: SpringWorks presents “Fire... Stones... & Stories” puppet show July 5-11

After a long pause, we are thrilled to announce that our first 2021 programming is right around the corner!
SpringWorks Festival ~ PuppetWorks! presents…
Le Théâtre des Petites Âmes’ 
A family puppet show designed for children ages 3-8
Outdoor COVID-Safe Entertainment
July 5, 6 - 9, 10, 11 ~ PWYC
“Every gathering will...

Toronto: The Howland Company welcomes its inaugural Board of Directors

Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Toronto: The Howland Company welcomes its inaugural Board of Directors

The Howland Company is thrilled to announce the appointment of the company’s first Board of Directors. The collective artistic leadership of the company are honoured to be working with board members Benjamin Dermer, Rona Ghanbari, Susannah Gouinlock, Michael Joseph, Stephen Sager, and Tamara Thomas. These six theatre-loving and civic-minded board...

St. Catharines: Celebration of Nations Indigenous Arts Gathering announces theme for fifth marquee year

Tuesday, June 22, 2021
St. Catharines: Celebration of Nations Indigenous Arts Gathering announces theme for fifth marquee year

Celebration of Nations, the Niagara region’s highly regarded gathering of Indigenous Arts, Culture and Tradition prepares for a milestone year five with a special hybrid edition of in-person activities at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre as well as virtual offerings from 10 – 12 September 2021. 
This year, the theme of On Seeking Wisdom...

Toronto: Tafelmusik mourns the loss of Jeanne Lamon

Sunday, June 20, 2021
Toronto: Tafelmusik mourns the loss of Jeanne Lamon

With profound sadness, Tafelmusik joins the music world in mourning the loss of its Music Director Emerita Jeanne Lamon, C.M. O.Ont., who passed away in Victoria, British Columbia, on Sunday June 20, 2021 at age 71.
It is no exaggeration to say that Tafelmusik would not be the organization it is today without her passionate dedication during...

Ottawa: The NAC presents “Indigenous Cities: Ottawa” online

Friday, June 18, 2021
Ottawa: The NAC presents “Indigenous Cities: Ottawa” online

Experience stories from the cities you thought you knew.
Indigenous Cities presents memories from Indigenous community members based in cities across Canada; memories that have been interpreted by Indigenous artists to create a unique audio storytelling experience.
We invite you to explore our virtual maps, watch video of the locations where...

Orangeville: “Max the Magnificent” is streaming through June 20

Friday, June 18, 2021
Orangeville: “Max the Magnificent” is streaming through June 20

Max the Magnifcent is streaming now until June 20!
Max is a kid who marches to the beat of his own drum. Taylor is Max’s new step-brother, and a bully. Max is feeling alone. How does he get Taylor to stop bullying him? How does Max reach out and make friends when no-one seems to understand him? When Xam appears out of Max's video game, Max's...

Madrid: Rufus Wainwright’s opera “Hadrian” receives its European premiere at the Teatro Real in 2022

Thursday, June 17, 2021
Madrid: Rufus Wainwright’s opera “Hadrian” receives its European premiere at the Teatro Real in 2022

Rufus Wainwright’s opera Hadrian receives its European premeire in a semi-staged performance at the Teatro Real de Madrid.
The emperor Hadrian is devastated by the death of his young lover Antinous who drowned in strange circumstances in the Nile River. The affairs of state interfere with his grieving and his ministers clamour for war. However...

Prescott: The St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival cancels its 2021 season

Thursday, June 17, 2021
Prescott: The St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival cancels its 2021 season

We have been hopeful all year for a St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival 2021 season. From the day we were forced to cancel our 2020 season, we have looked forward to this year.
We managed to steer our way through 2020 thanks to tremendous support from the Town of Prescott, the Ontario Arts Council, and especially you, our loyal supporters. In 2020...

Toronto: TAPA announces 2021 Dora Ancillary Awards in virtual broadcast

Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Toronto: TAPA announces 2021 Dora Ancillary Awards in virtual broadcast

The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 Dora Ancillary Awards which were presented in a virtual broadcast in Toronto this morning, June 16, streamed on TAPA’s YouTube channel.
The Dora Mavor Moore Awards, produced by TAPA, celebrate excellence in Toronto theatre, dance and opera. The...

Millbrook: 4th Line Theatre presents The Verandah Society this August

Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Millbrook: 4th Line Theatre presents The Verandah Society this August

After fifteen months of making, revising and pitching plans to host a show following the theatre’s normal format, management at the Winslow farm have decided to proceed with a slightly different format.  While the two plays originally scheduled for the 2021 season have been postponed until 2022, the theatre will open its doors to the public on August...

Toronto: Boca Del Lupo and Factory Theatre present the Plays2Perform@Home Ontario Box Set

Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Toronto: Boca Del Lupo and Factory Theatre present the Plays2Perform@Home Ontario Box Set

Following Boca Del Lupo’s success of their 2020 Western Canada Box set of “home delivery theatre”, Factory Theatre is proud to be a partner of their new Ontario Box Set featuring 4 brand new commissioned works from playwrights Jeff Ho, Aaron Jan, Marina Moreira, and Rachel Mutombo!
The Ontario Box joins 3 other new play boxes being developed...

Orangeville: Theatre Orangeville announces two live productions for its 2021 summer season

Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Orangeville: Theatre Orangeville announces two live productions for its 2021 summer season

Theatre Orangeville is thrilled to bring you the Summer Series! Welcome back to live theatre. 
We have two outstanding plays for you: Chase the Ace, from Aug. 11-22, and Josiah, from Sep. 8-19. Live, in-person, and following strict COVID-19 protocols.Stay tuned for more information on venue and safety protocols! Coming soon! 
 
CHASE...

Toronto: Toronto Operetta Theatre presents Kálmán’s “The Csárdás Princess” online July 9-23, 2021

Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Toronto: Toronto Operetta Theatre presents Kálmán’s “The Csárdás Princess” online July 9-23, 2021

Toronto Operetta Theatre presents Imre Kálmán’s greatest hit, The Csárdás Princess in a virtual production streamed online from July 9th to 23rd,  “Music theatre – whether you call it operetta, comic opera, zarzuela, opera bouffe or Broadway Musical - is fun for the whole family” says TOT”s Guillermo Silva-Marin, “and I’m so pleased that we can bring...

Port Perry: Theatre on the Ridge announces its 2021 season

Monday, June 14, 2021
Port Perry: Theatre on the Ridge announces its 2021 season

We are pleased to announce that we’ll be back this July and August for our second Covid summer of theatre in Port Perry. If you joined us last year, you’ll remember how satisfying, and safe it felt to experience live theatre with others in the open air. Once again we’ll be outdoors and observing all mandated physical distancing and gathering protocols....

Stratford: Stratford Festival unveils the new Tom Patterson Theatre in a series of mini-documentaries

Monday, June 14, 2021
Stratford: Stratford Festival unveils the new Tom Patterson Theatre in a series of mini-documentaries

The Stratford Festival offered a first look inside its new Tom Patterson Theatre last week with a series of short documentaries that premièred at its Thursday night viewing party, already attracting more than 30,000 views over just three days. The event served as a virtual unveiling of the magnificent facility, designed by world-renowned architect...

Niagara-on-the-Lake: Shaw Festival announces casting and creatives for 2021 main season productions

Thursday, June 10, 2021
Niagara-on-the-Lake: Shaw Festival announces casting and creatives for 2021 main season productions

Artistic Director Tim Carroll announces casting for the Shaw Festival’s upcoming productions of Charley’s Aunt, Flush, The Devil’s Disciple, Sherlock Holmes and the Raven’s Curse, A Short History of Niagara and Trouble in Mind.
“As we prepare to come together and begin in-person theatre performances again, I'm thrilled to be able to reveal the...

Kitchener: Green Light Arts will be the creative successor to Lost & Found Theatre

Thursday, June 10, 2021
Kitchener: Green Light Arts will be the creative successor to Lost & Found Theatre

How do you move on from almost 30 years of creating theatre as a small ensemble company?  When six of us moved on from Theatre&Company, we realized we were not finished creating together and in 2004 we formed Lost & Found Theatre.  And now, 72 productions later, including 6 premieres of plays by regional playwrights developed by the company, the time...

Toronto & Barrie: Katherine Cullen’s “Stupidhead!” to play live and on digital radio July 7-August 29

Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Toronto & Barrie: Katherine Cullen’s “Stupidhead!” to play live and on digital radio July 7-August 29

Announcing the return of audience favourite Stupidhead! - reimagined by creator/performers Katherine Cullen and Britta Johnson for our evolving moment. Gather your household ‘round the wifi router for a limited number of live “radio” broadcasts. Or you can book your very own intimate IRL serenade for you and your family and friends to enjoy on a porch...

Ottawa: NAC English Theatre presents Grand Acts of Great Hope from across Canada June-September 2021

Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Ottawa: NAC English Theatre presents Grand Acts of Great Hope from across Canada June-September 2021

As we edge closer to a new normal, a powerful sense of hope is surging. To celebrate each step we take, NAC English Theatre is bringing together some of the country’s most inventive artists to create and perform innovative new works with Grand Acts of Great Hope. These acts will inspire and embolden audiences for the brave new world facing us post-pandemic. 

Toronto: The Toronto Fringe announces the New Young Reviewers Program

Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Toronto: The Toronto Fringe announces the New Young Reviewers Program

The Toronto Fringe is pleased to announce that one of its most cherished and innovative youth programs, the Teenjur Young Critics Program, is deepening its scope and sustainability this year thanks to a generous investment from the Jon Kaplan Legacy Fund. The program has been renamed as the New Young Reviewers Program and is currently recruiting applicants...

Paris: Opéra national de Paris’s 2021/22 season is filled with Canadians

Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Paris: Opéra national de Paris’s 2021/22 season is filled with Canadians

Opéra national de Paris has unveiled a 2021/22 season intriguing in its variety, and peppered with Canada’s top talent. Solid Canadian representation on the Parisian stage will, hopefully continue and expand with Alexander Neef at the helm; his move to Paris came in September 2020, after 12 years as General Director of the Canadian Opera Company.

Toronto: Drake partners with Live Nation to open a new music venue in Toronto

Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Toronto: Drake partners with Live Nation to open a new music venue in Toronto

Toronto will see a new music venue open its doors before the end of the year.
On Tuesday, Live Nation announced that they have partnered with Canadian rapper and songwriter Drake to open a new venue, called History Toronto, at 1663 Queen Street East in Toronto’s Beaches neighbourhood.
Live Nation says History Toronto has been in development...

Toronto: The COC plans to returns to live opera in three distinct phases for Fall, Winter and Spring

Monday, June 7, 2021
Toronto: The COC plans to returns to live opera in three distinct phases for Fall, Winter and Spring

Join us for A Season Like No Other as we reconnect you with your favourite artists and the extraordinary experience of live opera over the course of three distinct stages of programming: Fall Stage, Winter Stage, and Spring Stage.
We are thrilled to be engaging more than 100 mainstage artists, craftspeople, choristers, and backstage crew members,...

New York: Canadians Chilina Kennedy and Kevin Dennis in “Paradise Square” premiering on Broadway March 20, 2022

Monday, June 7, 2021
New York: Canadians Chilina Kennedy and Kevin Dennis in “Paradise Square” premiering on Broadway March 20, 2022

Following a previously announced engagement in Chicago, the new musical Paradise Square will open at Broadway’s Ethel Barrymore Theatre March 20, 2022. Previews will begin February 22.
Set in Manhattan’s Five Points neighborhood during the Civil War, the musical follows the inhabitants of a local saloon—including the Black woman who owns it,...

Toronto: The Toronto Symphony Orchestra recording of Massenet’s opera “Thaïs” wins the Juno Award for Best Classical Album

Sunday, June 6, 2021
Toronto: The Toronto Symphony Orchestra recording of Massenet’s opera “Thaïs” wins the Juno Award for Best Classical Album

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra's recording of Massenet’s opera Thaïs is Juno Award winner for Best Classical Album: Vocal or Choral category. Alongside Canadian baritone Joshua Hopkins, this live performance marks the final recording by Erin Wall, who is much missed, and thrilling as Thaïs.
Following acclaimed performances at the Edinburgh Festival...

Wellington: Festival Players of PEC partners with Eclipse Theatre to develop the musical “Evangeline”

Saturday, June 5, 2021
Wellington: Festival Players of PEC partners with Eclipse Theatre to develop the musical “Evangeline”

Festival Players is excited to partner with Eclipse Theatre Company, in what we hope is the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship between our two companies. 
Actors will work on a new adaptation of Ted Dykstra’s musical Evangeline, based on the famous Longfellow poem, by Chilina Kennedy. 
Starring as the star crossed lovers Evangeline...

New York: Canadian duo Neil Bartram and Brian Hill to adapt Disney’s “Bedknobs and Broomsticks”

Friday, June 4, 2021
New York: Canadian duo Neil Bartram and Brian Hill to adapt Disney’s “Bedknobs and Broomsticks”

A stage adaptation of Disney’s 1971 live action-animated hybrid musical Bedknobs and Broomsticks will make its world premiere August 14, 2021, at Newcastle Theatre Royale, prior to a U.K. tour that includes a five-week holiday season at the Leeds Grand Theatre.
Angela Lansbury starred in the family-friendly adventure film, which features a score...

Stratford: Stratford Festival offers a digital tour of the new Tom Patterson Theatre on June 10

Friday, June 4, 2021
Stratford: Stratford Festival offers a digital tour of the new Tom Patterson Theatre on June 10

The Stratford Festival will offer a first look inside its new Tom Patterson Theatre with a four-part documentary series premièring Thursday, June 10, at 7 p.m. ET at a live viewing party on its YouTube channel. 
This series of digital tours and interviews reveals the exceptional architecture, the inspiration behind it and the technology that...

Kingston: Hamilton’s Jennifer Walton wins First Prize at Herman Voaden National Playwriting Competition

Friday, June 4, 2021
Kingston: Hamilton’s Jennifer Walton wins First Prize at Herman Voaden National Playwriting Competition

The DAN School of Drama and Music at Queen’s University in partnership with Kingston WritersFest is proud to announce the winners of the 2021 Competition for the Herman Voaden National Playwrighting Prize.
  
The winners of the 2021 Voaden Prize Competition are:
First Prize, $10,000 – Jennifer Walton for Gunplay (After the Gun Goes...

Toronto: Against the Grain presents its film of Gustav Holst’s opera “Sāvitri” starting June 23, 2021

Thursday, June 3, 2021
Toronto: Against the Grain presents its film of Gustav Holst’s opera “Sāvitri” starting June 23, 2021

Arriving with summer, Sāvitri chronicles the face-off between a powerful Indian princess who confronts the God of Death to save her husband. Audiences across Canada and around the world can experience this inspiring story of a woman’s strength, love and devotion, with on-demand-viewing starting June 23.
The multi-award-winning innovative team...

Toronto: All five episodes of “You Can’t Get There From Here” are now available until September 25

Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Toronto: All five episodes of “You Can’t Get There From Here” are now available until September 25

All 5 episodes in our You Can’t Get There From Here audio series are available to listen to wherever you get your podcasts until September! 
You Can’t Get There From Here is a brand new collection of audio dramas from Toronto’s Factory Theatre. A limited series featuring five commissioned audio theatrical works from some of our country’s most...

Toronto Events along the Bloor Street culture Corridor in June

Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Toronto Events along the Bloor Street culture Corridor in June

Arts and culture can be a lifeline of positivity, inspiration, and connection. Our incredible Bloor St Culture Corridor organizations are working to bring more joy and creativity into your home in imaginative new ways with these activities and events.
Textile dye and production in South Asia at the Royal Ontario Museum
Summer camp registration...

Toronto: David Mirvish presents the Canadian premiere of “Blindness” beginning August 4, 2021

Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Toronto: David Mirvish presents the Canadian premiere of “Blindness” beginning August 4, 2021

David Mirvish is pleased to present the Canadian premiere of the Donmar Warehouse production of Blindness, a socially distanced sound installation. 
Blindness will be presented on the stage of the Princess of Wales Theatre beginning August 4, 2021 and will be the first indoor theatre presentation in Toronto since the pandemic shut down all theatres....

Toronto: Ontario’s performing arts and live music industries band together for #FairnessForArtsON

Monday, May 31, 2021
Toronto: Ontario’s performing arts and live music industries band together for #FairnessForArtsON

A coalition of close to 100 Ontario-based performing arts and live music organizations and associations represented by a steering committee including Canadian Stage Company, The Musical Stage Company, Shaw Festival, Stratford Festival, and Thousand Islands Playhouse, have today launch a public awareness campaign as part of efforts to appeal to the...

Toronto: Shakespeare in the Ruff announces the members of its incoming leadership

Monday, May 31, 2021
Toronto: Shakespeare in the Ruff announces the members of its incoming leadership

On behalf of the Board of Directors, it is my pleasure to announce the incoming leadership of Shakespeare in the Ruff: Patricia Allison, Christine Horne, Kwaku Okyere, PJ Prudat, and Jeff Yung. These incredible leaders have experience on stage, behind the scenes, and in the audience of Shakespeare in the Ruff. Their creativity, community-mindedness,...

Barrie: Talk Is Free Theatre hosts live theatre at The Bees in the Bush Festival August 3-October 2, 2021

Monday, May 31, 2021
Barrie: Talk Is Free Theatre hosts live theatre at The Bees in the Bush Festival August 3-October 2, 2021

TIFT Artistic Producer Arkady Spivak announced today the programming of The Bees in the Bush Festival, featuring twelve eclectic in-person productions. Running from August 3 to October 3, 2021, all programming will be performed at outdoor locations – using parks, conservation areas, residential backyards and more, for a reduced in-person audience...

Collingwood: Theatre Collingwood hosts live theatre at its Porchside Festival July 5-26, 2021

Sunday, May 30, 2021
Collingwood: Theatre Collingwood hosts live theatre at its Porchside Festival July 5-26, 2021

For Summer 2021 we present THE THEATRE COLLINGWOOD PORCHSIDE FESTIVAL, a totally inclusive & accessible series of short plays or concerts highlighting the beautiful historic porches of Collingwood and our diverse and extremely talented tapestry of Canadian artists. Each performance will have 25 socially distanced audience members on their own lawn...

Toronto: Mirvish Productions to dim Royal Alex marquee lights to honour Paul Soles

Sunday, May 30, 2021
Toronto: Mirvish Productions to dim Royal Alex marquee lights to honour Paul Soles

Paul Soles, a legendary and pioneering actor whose long and multi-faceted career including two starring roles for Mirvish Productions, died at the age of 90 on May 26th, 2021.As is the custom, the marquee lights of the Royal Alexandra Theatre will be dimmed at the traditional showtime, 8 PM, on Tuesday, June 1st.Soles starred as Nat in Herb Gardner's...

Ottawa: Odyssey Theatre cancels its 2021 Theatre Under the Stars but has many online projects coming

Friday, May 28, 2021
Ottawa: Odyssey Theatre cancels its 2021 Theatre Under the Stars but has many online projects coming

We are sorry to have to let you know, there will be no Theatre Under the Stars in Strathcona Park this summer.   
We cannot risk the health of our audience, artists, volunteers, students and staff.   We have come a long way together, and while the end is in sight, it is critical we follow Ontario’s staged re-opening plan and wait before gathering...

Toronto: fu-GEN Theatre presents “MH370” – an interactive audio installation inspired by the lost Malaysian Airline flight

Friday, May 28, 2021
Toronto: fu-GEN Theatre presents “MH370” – an interactive audio installation inspired by the lost Malaysian Airline flight

Coordinating remotely with over 40 outstanding artists during the pandemic, fu-GEN Theatre is proud to present the durational, immersive and interactive audio installation MH370. Comprising over 1100 intricately connected pieces, this audio installation is unlike anything fu-GEN has attempted before. The 7 hour and 40 minute project runs around the...

Toronto: VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert presents “Adriana Lecouvreur” online June 18-July 2

Friday, May 28, 2021
Toronto: VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert presents “Adriana Lecouvreur” online June 18-July 2

VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert’s current season comes to its finale with streamed performances of Francesco Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur from June 18 to July 2. “Building on the online success of our The Human Voice double bill we are delighted to present this remarkable work in a digital format to our patrons and all friends of the lyric arts,” commented...

Sarnia: Sarnia’s Imperial Theatre sells seats to fund renovations

Thursday, May 27, 2021
Sarnia: Sarnia’s Imperial Theatre sells seats to fund renovations

Patrons who have enjoyed the time they’ve spent sitting in seats at Sarnia’s Imperial Theatre can now buy two to take home and help raise funds for the downtown venue’s ongoing renovations.
The 600 seats at the theatre have been removed to make way for their replacements, so several old pairs of seats are available for $150, which includes a...

Toronto: Shelley M. Hobbs is the 2021 winner of the Louise Garfield Award

Thursday, May 27, 2021
Toronto: Shelley M. Hobbs is the 2021 winner of the Louise Garfield Award

Nightwood Theatre is thrilled to announce the winner of this year’s Louise Garfield Award – playwright Shelley M. Hobbs. This annual cash prize is presented to an artist who has completed one of Nightwood’s new play development programs as a ‘later in life’ emerging creator. The recipient connects deeply to the company’s feminist mission and will...

Toronto: Nightwood Theatre’s 12th annual Lawyer Show begins June 12

Thursday, May 27, 2021
Toronto: Nightwood Theatre’s 12th annual Lawyer Show begins June 12

Nightwood Theatre’s twelfth annual Lawyer Show is keeping the tradition going while socially-distancing with the first-ever digital, audio performance of a brand new musical. Directed by Nightwood’s Artistic Director Andrea Donaldson, Musical Directed by Paul Moody and supported by a team of professional designers, and crew, this unique event sees...

Toronto: Nina Lee Aquino to step down as Artistic Director of Factory Theatre

Thursday, May 27, 2021
Toronto: Nina Lee Aquino to step down as Artistic Director of Factory Theatre

The Factory Theatre Board of Directors wishes to express its deep appreciation to Nina Lee Aquino for her passion and leadership during 10 transformative seasons pushing the boundaries of Canadian theatre as Factory’s Artistic Director. Nina has been a guiding force for the company for a decade during which she has mentored emerging talent, created...

London: The Grand Theatre plans to return to live performances in October 2021

Thursday, May 27, 2021
London: The Grand Theatre plans to return to live performances in October 2021

The Grand Theatre is thrilled to announce plans to return to live performance for its 2021/22 Season – a joyous celebration of new spaces and new voices.
With a 10 month, $9 million renovation project drawing nearing completion, and COVID restrictions slowly lifting, Artistic Director, Dennis Garnhum and Deb Harvey, Executive Director are readying...

New York: Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” leads in Tony Award nominations

Wednesday, May 26, 2021
New York: Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” leads in Tony Award nominations

The nominations for the 2020 Tony Awards were revealed October 15. Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart (Aladdin) hosted the announcement.
The Alanis Morissette musical Jagged Little Pill led the pack with 15 nominations, earning at least one nomination in every eligible category (including six for the show's principal performers). Moulin Rouge! was...

Toronto: Audrey Dwyer’s “Come Home – The Legend of Daddy Hall” begins streaming on May 30

Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Toronto: Audrey Dwyer’s “Come Home – The Legend of Daddy Hall” begins streaming on May 30

Come Home - The Legend of Daddy Hall written and directed by Audrey Dwyer, starts streaming in Tarragon Acoustic starting May 30! Please let us know if you're interested in interviews or reviews for this production. Come Home - The Legend of Daddy Hall is the final production from Tarragon's Acoustic 2020-21 season. 
Come Home - The Legend of...

Toronto: COC Ensemble graduate Emily D’Angelo has signed an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon

Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Toronto: COC Ensemble graduate Emily D’Angelo has signed an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon

Announced today, Canadian Mezzo-soprano Emily D’Angelo has signed an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon (DG).
The news comes a week after the 26-year-old Italian-Canadian made her Covent Garden debut as Sesto in a new production of Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito.
Toronto-born D’Angelo made history by winning all four top...

Toronto: Tapestry Opera announces plans for live opera productions in 2022

Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Toronto: Tapestry Opera announces plans for live opera productions in 2022

The 2022 bill includes a site-specific robot opera and a tribute to Glenn Gould’s journey to perfection, featuring singers suspended from the Royal Conservatory of Music’s atrium  
Tapestry Opera announces plans for live performances in 2022 and 2023, with a program of deeply experiential, socially relevant and artistically expansive works. Tapestry,...

Barrie: Talk Is Free Theatre Artistic Producer Arkady Spivak unveils Canadian Musical Theatre Database

Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Barrie: Talk Is Free Theatre Artistic Producer Arkady Spivak unveils Canadian Musical Theatre Database

Today, TIFT Artistic Producer Arkady Spivak announced the new project, the Canadian Musical Theatre Database (CMTDB). This inclusive online resource will advocate for greater access, leading to increased production of Canadian musicals by professional, community and youth theatre companies, as well as by student productions within the education sector....

Chicago: Canadians feature prominently in the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 2021/22 season

Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Chicago: Canadians feature prominently in the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 2021/22 season

Lyric Opera of Chicago has announced their 21/22 season featuring 7 new opera productions, several of which feature some of Canada’s greatest opera stars.
Aiming to return to the theatre, live performances for their 67th season are set to start on September 17, 2021.
“As we boldly move forward from this uniquely challenging year, we find...

Gananoque: Thousand Islands Playhouse postpones opening of “Miss Caledonia” to November 2021

Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Gananoque: Thousand Islands Playhouse postpones opening of “Miss Caledonia” to November 2021

In response to the Ontario government's new reopening plan, the Playhouse has made the decision to move Miss Caledonia to November 4-28, 2021. Our 2021 season will now begin August 5 with Sexy Laundry. 
If you have a ticket to Miss Caledonia, your booking has been transferred to a mirrored date in November. You will receive an email confirmation...

Kingston: Virtual book launch May 25 of “When Words Sing: Seven Canadian Opera Libretti”

Monday, May 24, 2021
Kingston: Virtual book launch May 25 of “When Words Sing: Seven Canadian Opera Libretti”

Meet the creators behind the words of Canadian opera in this exciting new collection of contemporary libretti. Featuring Ours by Robert Chafe, Rocking Horse Winner by Anna Chatterton, Beatrice Chancy by George Elliott Clarke, Missing by Marie Clements, Nigredo Hotel by Ann-Marie MacDonald, Shelter by Julie Salverson, and Dog Days by Royce Vavrek,...

Hamilton: Red Betty’s “Decolonise Your Ears New Play Festival” runs online June 24-26

Saturday, May 22, 2021
Hamilton: Red Betty’s “Decolonise Your Ears New Play Festival” runs online June 24-26

Red Betty Theatre is celebrating ten vibrant years as Hamilton’s Indigenous, Black, People of Colour (IBPOC) feminist theatre company. The Inaugural Decolonise Your Ears New Play Festival is a three day virtual festival running from June 24 to 26, 2021.
Decolonising theatre doesn’t mean tossing out the likes of Tennessee Williams, Joe Orton or...

Stratford: The Stratford Festival delays the opening of its 2021 season

Friday, May 21, 2021
Stratford: The Stratford Festival delays the opening of its 2021 season

The Stratford Festival’s shortened 2021 season won’t start on time, but its executive director is optimistic after the province released part of its summer pandemic reopening plan.
Anita Gaffney said Friday details still need to be discussed with government officials, but the Festival’s targeted June 22 opening will be pushed to early July at...

Toronto: See Louise Pitre’s solo show “On the Rocks...Stirred Not Shaken” online May 27-31

Friday, May 21, 2021
Toronto: See Louise Pitre’s solo show “On the Rocks...Stirred Not Shaken” online May 27-31

Join Louise in her critically acclaimed show "On the Rocks" filmed live.
A journey through Louise's life and career, On the Rocks is an intimate and revealing look at one of Canada's most recognizable performers. Featuring original songs by Louise Pitre and W.J. Matheson, this critically acclaimed show is beautifully captured pre-COVID in a live...

Toronto: Buddies in Bad Times announces its Queer Pride programming June 15-27

Thursday, May 20, 2021
Toronto: Buddies in Bad Times announces its Queer Pride programming June 15-27

Buddies’ annual Queer Pride Festival celebrates our community’s unstoppable spirit, with free digital and in-person (at a distance) offerings in performance, music, dance, and installation. And of course, a few parties for good measure. For the second year, the festival expands its footprint beyond the theatre’s home in the heart of The Village with...

Wellington: Festival Players of Prince Edward County announce 2021 season

Thursday, May 20, 2021
Wellington: Festival Players of Prince Edward County announce 2021 season

Join Festival Players as we present performances at the beautiful Eddie Hotel & Farm. Savour a glass of wine, sit back and enjoy a socially distanced evening with some of Canada’s most extraordinary artists. 
Performed outdoors, following COVID safety guidelines, The Six Feet Festival will give County audiences an opportunity to come together...

St. Catharines: Norm Foster’s new play “1812” receives its world premiere reading online on June 6

Thursday, May 20, 2021
St. Catharines: Norm Foster’s new play “1812” receives its world premiere reading online on June 6

Premiering on Sunday, June 6th at 6:30PM (ET), a live streamed reading of Norm Foster's new play 1812. This event is being presented as a Reading Only.
We are so pleased to welcome back Jim Mezon to direct the live reading of Norm Foster's new play, 1812. He has previously directed Wrong For Each Other and Hilda's Yard for The Foster Festival.

Toronto: The 2021 Dora Awards are cancelled except for the Ancillary Awards to be given in June

Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Toronto: The 2021 Dora Awards are cancelled except for the Ancillary Awards to be given in June

The annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards, produced by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA), celebrate excellence in the city’s professional performing arts sector for theatre, dance and opera. Due to COVID-19 health restrictions, no live performances were permitted for the 2020-21 season and therefore the Dora Awards will not be presented...

Millbrook: 4th Line Theatre postpones the world premiere of Maja Ardal’s “Wishful Seeing” to 2022

Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Millbrook: 4th Line Theatre postpones the world premiere of Maja Ardal’s “Wishful Seeing” to 2022

Dear Friends of 4th Line, 
I hope you are continuing to take care of yourselves in these uncertain times. I wish I was writing today with better news.  
I am sorry to have to announce that we have made the difficult decision to postpone the world premiere of Maja Ardal’s Wishful Seeing until the summer of 2022.  This decision is based on...

London, UK: “Come From Away” returns to the Phoenix Theatre starting July 22, 2021

Wednesday, May 19, 2021
London, UK: “Come From Away” returns to the Phoenix Theatre starting July 22, 2021

Come From Away will reopen its doors to Newfoundland this summer, as a returning date has been confirmed. Come From Away performances will return from 22 Jul. 2021 at the Phoenix Theatre.
Based on the stories of 7,000 air passengers diverted to Gander in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, Come From Away tells of a new resilient, international community...

Barrie: Talk Is Free Theatre Artistic Producer Arkady Spivak announces details of translation glasses

Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Barrie: Talk Is Free Theatre Artistic Producer Arkady Spivak announces details of translation glasses

Today, TIFT Artistic Producer Arkady Spivak announced details of ARIA: Augmented Reality for Immersive Accessibility, providing new access to audiences and artists to immersive art.
Led by Project Manager Joe Pagnan, ARIA is developing prototype wearable glasses that transcribe and translate over 96 dialects and languages simultaneously in real-time....

Chicago: Garth Drabinsky returns with the musical “Paradise Square” beginning November 2, 2021

Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Chicago: Garth Drabinsky returns with the musical “Paradise Square” beginning November 2, 2021

Paradise Square, the original musical from a creative team that includes Moisés Kaufman, Bill T. Jones, Craig Lucas and Black 47 singer Larry Kirwan, will begin a limited, month-long pre-Broadway engagement in Chicago on Nov. 2.
Casting and details about a Broadway engagement will be announced shortly.
The musical, set in the notorious Civil...

Toronto: Tarragon Theatre plans to return to live in-person shows in 2022

Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Toronto: Tarragon Theatre plans to return to live in-person shows in 2022

From the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve balanced our desire to return to the theatre with our prioritization of the safety, health and well-being of the entire Tarragon community. Over a year ago, we pondered the uncertainty of when we’d gather together again. Then, we were excited to share Tarragon Acoustic, a way to enjoy theatre together,...

Toronto: Sunny Drake’s web series “CHILD-ish” launches June 22

Monday, May 17, 2021
Toronto: Sunny Drake’s web series “CHILD-ish” launches June 22

Sunny Drake’s CHILD-ish: the Web Series launches with free virtual event  June 22nd, 2021 at 2pm, 7pm and 10pm EDT
Co-presented by Sunny Drake, Soulpepper and Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts
What would the world be like if we let ourselves be a bit more childish? In CHILD-ish, a dynamite cast of adult actors speak children’s exact...

Toronto: Paprika Festival announces new General Manager, new Artistic Producer and general Festival news

Monday, May 17, 2021
Toronto: Paprika Festival announces new General Manager, new Artistic Producer and general Festival news

The Paprika Theatre Festival Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Julia Dickson as Paprika’s new General Manager effective immediately, and Keshia Palm as Paprika’s incoming Artistic Producer effective June 14. Reporting to the Board, Dickson and Palm will work jointly to lead a staff of emerging arts leaders to facilitate...

Stratford: New appointments in the Stratford Festival’s Director’s Office will broaden the range of artistic voices

Monday, May 17, 2021
Stratford: New appointments in the Stratford Festival’s Director’s Office will broaden the range of artistic voices

Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino is pleased to announce some changes in the Stratford Festival’s Directors’ Office, which will open the Festival to a broader range of artistic voices and influences as it prepares to mark its 70th season in 2022.
Cimolino is introducing a number of roles advising on key aspects of new play development, casting,...

Kingston: Theatre Kingston presents the Storefront Fringe July 8-31 – passes now available

Monday, May 17, 2021
Kingston: Theatre Kingston presents the Storefront Fringe July 8-31 – passes now available

We've missed you! And, while no-one is more excited for the return to the theatre than us, we thought it best to ease our way back. What better way to do so than with a slow rollout of the shows in this year's Fringe? 
Instead of the typically frantic 10 day schedule, we have extended the Fringe Schedule over the entire month of July! It's going...

Ottawa: The GCTC Lawyer Play 2021 will be a double bill of two old-time radio detective dramas

Monday, May 17, 2021
Ottawa: The GCTC Lawyer Play 2021 will be a double bill of two old-time radio detective dramas

Video may have killed the radio star, but these detectives are going to make darn sure it doesn’t get away with it in this fundraiser radio play. 
Kate Smith (Skeleton Key Theatre) returns to direct your favourite multi-talented lawyers who are taking to the airwaves for two old-timey radio plays: Agatha Christie’s The Case of the Careless Client,...

Toronto: “All the Rage: A Partial Memoir in Two Acts and a Prologue” by Brad Fraser to be released May 18

Friday, May 14, 2021
Toronto: “All the Rage: A Partial Memoir in Two Acts and a Prologue” by Brad Fraser to be released May 18

All the Rage: A Partial Memoir in Two Acts and a Prologue, Random House of Canada.This title will be released on May 18, 2021.
A Canadian playwright's rise to fame amid the terrors of the AIDS era.Brad Fraser suffered an impoverished and abusive childhood, living with his teenage parents in motel rooms and shacks on the side of the highway in...

Toronto: Tapestry Opera announces Box Concerts for summer 2021

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Toronto: Tapestry Opera announces Box Concerts for summer 2021

Tapestry Opera announces the second year of Box Concerts, the joyful curbside concert program. The pop-up stage will tour hospitals, care homes and private residences across the GTA for 100 performances over summer and fall. 
Box Concerts returns to premiere a new one-person-show created just for this summer, featuring opera, musical theatre...

Toronto: Joel Ivany interviews soprano Adrianne Pieczonka on #AtGTV on May 18

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Toronto: Joel Ivany interviews soprano Adrianne Pieczonka on #AtGTV on May 18

Tune in on Tuesday, May 18th at 8pm ET to watch Adrianne Pieczonka and AtG Artistic Director Joel Ivany LIVE on #AtGTV! Adrianne and Joel will be talking all things opera and performing arts in Canada.
Internationally celebrated for her interpretations of Wagner, Strauss, Verdi and Puccini, Canadian soprano Adrianne Pieczonka has brought to life...

Toronto: Paprika Festival and Denise Bolduc among recipients of 2021 Toronto Arts Awards

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Toronto: Paprika Festival and Denise Bolduc among recipients of 2021 Toronto Arts Awards

Mayor Tory joined municipal, provincial and federal elected leaders to celebrate the achievements of Toronto artists at the Mayor’s Arts Lunch (at home), hosted by Toronto Arts Foundation, on May 11, 2020. A total of $72,000 was distributed in awards to recipients and finalists.
"We would not have made it through the pandemic if it wasn’t for...

Barrie: Programming announced for Talk Is Free Theatre’s “The Eternal Ego Festival”

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Barrie: Programming announced for Talk Is Free Theatre’s “The Eternal Ego Festival”

Today Artistic Producer Arkady Spivak announced The Eternal Ego Festival. The new programming venture will showcase nine conceptual adaptations of multi-character works, in which all roles will be played by a single actor, and in two cases by two actors, using in-person, virtual or hybrid platforms. Works will premiere gradually over the next two...

New York: Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” to reopen on Broadway on October 21

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
New York: Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” to reopen on Broadway on October 21

The Alanis Morissette jukebox musical Jagged Little Pill will return October 21 to the Broadhurst Theatre on Broadway. Tickets are now on sale. 
“Jagged Little Pill is about the complicated and harrowing effects of what it means to be disconnected from one another—and the beautiful, exhilarating healing that can happen when we rally together...

New York: “Come From Away” to reopen on Broadway on September 21

Monday, May 10, 2021
New York: “Come From Away” to reopen on Broadway on September 21

Welcome back to the Rock. The musical Come From Away will return to Broadway’s Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre this fall, with performances beginning September 21. Tickets are now on sale.
The new date is the latest in a string of notices after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his expectation for productions to resume at full capacity in September....

Toronto: Ming Wong is the 2021 recipient of the Virgina and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design

Saturday, May 8, 2021
Toronto: Ming Wong is the 2021 recipient of the Virgina and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design

Toronto-based costume designer Ming Wong is the 2021 recipient of the $25,000 Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design.  The award is given annually to a professional costume designer in Ontario in mid-career to further enrich their career.About Ming Wong
Ming is a Toronto costume designer and has worked on a variety of projects in...

Toronto: Bad Hats’ production of “Alice in Wonderland” is available on demand starting May 7

Friday, May 7, 2021
Toronto: Bad Hats’ production of “Alice in Wonderland” is available on demand starting May 7

ALICE IN WONDERLAND
WATCH ON DEMAND NOW!
Curiouser and curiouser.
From the creators of the smash-hit family musical Peter Pan comes a new adventure for all ages. Bad Hats Theatre’s contemporary spin on Wonderland takes us down the rabbit hole with Alice, a girl with a lot of questions. Get ‘curiouser and curiouser’ this spring with...

Toronto: Confluence Concerts will hold a May Festival of its past concerts re-broadcast May 10-20

Friday, May 7, 2021
Toronto: Confluence Concerts will hold a May Festival of its past concerts re-broadcast May 10-20

Confluence Concerts will be re-broadcasting most of the events from their Online 2020-2021 Season in a May Festival, beginning Monday, May 10 and concluding Thursday, May 20.
All concerts are free of charge, "premiere" at 7:00 pm on the Confluence YouTube Channel and will remain available for viewing for 48 hours
Monday, May 10 - WALTER...

Toronto: Nightwood presents UnSpun Theatre’s live encounter “Lost Together” May 25-June 5

Friday, May 7, 2021
Toronto: Nightwood presents UnSpun Theatre’s live encounter “Lost Together” May 25-June 5

Nightwood is pleased to present UnSpun Theatre’s Lost Together, conceived by Shira Leuchter and created and realized by Shira Leuchter and Michaela Washburn, from May 25th to June 5th, 2021. In this micro-multi-disciplinary art piece, audience members enter a digital space one at a time to share a story about something they’ve lost. Once shared, Michaela...

New York: Ghostlight Records is releasing “Ride the Cyclone: World Premiere Cast Recording” on May 7

Thursday, May 6, 2021
New York: Ghostlight Records is releasing “Ride the Cyclone: World Premiere Cast Recording” on May 7

Strap in and hang on. Ghostlight Records is releasing Ride the Cyclone: World Premiere Cast Recording on digital and streaming platforms May 7, and we've got an exclusive first listen to one of the tracks.
In the musical, with a book, music, and lyrics by Jacob Richmond and Brooke Maxwell, the Saint Cassian High School Chamber Choir boards a...

Toronto: Buddies in Bad Times presents the Push.Pull cabaret “Topped” on May 14

Thursday, May 6, 2021
Toronto: Buddies in Bad Times presents the Push.Pull cabaret “Topped” on May 14

PUSH.PULL presents TOPPED
Friday May 14 2021
We will open the Zoom Room at 8:30pm for a pre-show social
The show will start at 9pm
TOPPED: Cautions, titillates and teases. The cabaret is a feminized, glamorous and glittered, a holy and sacred place. Moving and living through expressions of sexuality in its full scope of dominance...

Toronto: Three theatre companies announce joint Creative Catalysts for Indigenous and Black Artists

Thursday, May 6, 2021
Toronto: Three theatre companies announce joint Creative Catalysts for Indigenous and Black Artists

Black Theatre Workshop (BTW), Native Earth Performing Arts (NEPA), and the Thousand Islands Playhouse (TIP) announce the Creative Catalysts, a pioneering partnership and vital program designed to support works of emerging Indigenous and Black creators.
“BTW is thrilled to partner with NEPA and TIP to launch this new program, aimed at developing...

Toronto: Canadian Stage’s Dream in High Park 2021 will include a wide range of in-person live performances

Thursday, May 6, 2021
Toronto: Canadian Stage’s Dream in High Park 2021 will include a wide range of in-person live performances

With great hope for a return to live performance as vaccinations continue around the world and we contemplate slow, cautious steps towards a new normal, Canadian Stage is pleased to today unveil the details of a bold and inclusive approach to programming the High Park Amphitheatre for summer 2021, designed to build, strengthen, and restore community...

Toronto: Jamie Allan’s “Illusionarium” offers a free virtual magic show for Mother’s Day weekend

Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Toronto: Jamie Allan’s “Illusionarium” offers a free virtual magic show for Mother’s Day weekend

While the team at Jamie Allan’s ILLUSIONARIUM can’t entertain audiences in person just yet, they wanted to do something special to celebrate the most magical people of all – MOMS – and so they’ve conjured up a free virtual magic show for this coming Mother’s Day weekend.  Enjoy the show with Mom or give her some time to herself while the kids are...

Toronto: Fall For Dance North and Harbourfront announce the June 1st premiere of the digital film “TESSEL”

Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Toronto: Fall For Dance North and Harbourfront announce the June 1st premiere of the digital film “TESSEL”

Fall for Dance North (FFDN) and Harbourfront Centre proudly announce the world premiere of their co-commissioned digital short film TESSEL on June 1, 2021. A national initiative conceptualized by Dora-nominated choreographer and dancemaker Esie Mensah (Shades, A Revolution of Love), the film brings 14 Black dancemakers together in a vital conversation...

Ottawa: Finalists announced for the 2020 Governor General’s Literary Award for drama

Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Ottawa: Finalists announced for the 2020 Governor General’s Literary Award for drama

The Governor General's Literary Awards are one of Canada's oldest and most prestigious literary prizes. 
The awards, administered by the Canada Council for the Arts, are given in seven English-language categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, young people's literature — text, young people's literature — illustration, drama and translation. Seven...

Ottawa: The NAC announces Germaine Chazou-Essindi as its first Director of Diversity and Inclusion

Monday, May 3, 2021
Ottawa: The NAC announces Germaine Chazou-Essindi as its first Director of Diversity and Inclusion

Christopher Deacon, president and CEO of Canada’s National Arts Centre (NAC), announced today that Germaine Chazou-Essindi will take on the new position of Director of Diversity and Inclusion, effective immediately.
Prior to joining the National Arts Centre, Germaine Chazou-Essindi was the Director of National Policy, Programs and Partnerships...

Barrie: Talk Is Free Theatre announces new program initiatives

Saturday, May 1, 2021
Barrie: Talk Is Free Theatre announces new program initiatives

From this July to September, new in-person theatrical experiences will be presented in innovative settings around Barrie as part of The Bees in the Bush Festival. 
Featuring classics alongside new pieces, experiences will be staged in private backyards, neighborhood streets and other imaginative places. Will you come dressed as an insect to receive...

New York: Apple secures live capture of “Come From Away” to be filmed in May

Friday, April 30, 2021
New York: Apple secures live capture of “Come From Away” to be filmed in May

Apple Original Films has boarded the previously announced filmed capture of Come From Away. As reported in February, members of the Broadway company (an exact cast to be confirmed) will reunite at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre in May to film the musical.
A premiere date and additional release details will be announced later. At the time of the...

Toronto: Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts runs online all month long

Friday, April 30, 2021
Toronto: Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts runs online all month long

Welcome to the 36th Mayworks Festival of Working People and The Arts. This year we offer a virtual festival with a series of free online events for you to experience from May 1st to May 31st.
Founded by the Toronto and York Region Labour Council, the MAYWORKS FESTIVAL OF WORKING PEOPLE & THE ARTS is a community-based festival which annually presents...

Stratford: Live viewing party tonight for “Viral Transmissions” – five experimental plays

Thursday, April 29, 2021
Stratford: Live viewing party tonight for “Viral Transmissions” – five experimental plays

Viral Transmissions is a project of the Laboratory, the Stratford Festival’s R&D arm. The shuttering of theatres forced artists to rethink how they tell stories and create art. In response to that shift, the Festival commissioned five brand-new short works, conceived and created for the digital platforms that stand in for our theatres. We selected...

Hamilton: Theatre Aquarius appoints Mary Francis Moore as its new Artistic Director

Thursday, April 29, 2021
Hamilton: Theatre Aquarius appoints Mary Francis Moore as its new Artistic Director

Theatre Aquarius is pleased to announce the appointment of Mary Francis Moore as Artistic Director.
Moore will join Theatre Aquarius in July 2021 following the retirement of Artist Director, Ron Ulrich. A multi-award winning actor, director, dramaturge and educator, Moore is currently Associate Artistic Director of The Charlottetown Festival...

Niagara-on-the-Lake: The Shaw Festival shifts the start of its 2021 season to July

Thursday, April 29, 2021
Niagara-on-the-Lake: The Shaw Festival shifts the start of its 2021 season to July

As Ontario remains under a provincewide emergency and stay-at-home order, the Shaw Festival is now forced to delay the start of the 2021 season to early July. In keeping with the commitment to presenting the current playbill in the safest way possible for both audience and company members, early performances of Charley's Aunt and the full run of The...

Toronto: Nolen Dubuc, the Stratford Festival’s Billy Elliot, is in the cast of Jason Robert Brown’s film of “13”

Thursday, April 29, 2021
Toronto: Nolen Dubuc, the Stratford Festival’s Billy Elliot, is in the cast of Jason Robert Brown’s film of “13”

Netflix has locked down the cast to its upcoming feature adaptation of Broadway’s 13: The Musical. 
The musical, which ran from October 2008 to January 2009 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre follows Evan Goldman (12) who following a move from NYC to small-town Indiana, grapples with his parents’ divorce, prepares for his impending Bar Mitzvah,...

Toronto: TO Live announces $60,000 to support Toronto artists

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Toronto: TO Live announces $60,000 to support Toronto artists

TO Live has announced a new initiative to support artists in their creative process. The "explorations" project will provide $5,000 funding to each of 12 artists, artist collectives or project-based organizations to research and develop an idea or technique that will push the boundaries of their practice.
"explorations" has been conceived in...

Toronto: The Toronto Fringe announces its play contest winners for 2021

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Toronto: The Toronto Fringe announces its play contest winners for 2021

We are so pleased to announce the winners of the Digital New Play Contest, the Digital Adams Prize for Musical Theatre, and the Digital 24 Hour Play Contest
Each of these winning plays listed below will be presented at the upcoming Digital Toronto Fringe Festival as part of our Fringe Primetime series. 
The dates of the festival are July...

Toronto: The Musical Stage Company announces another outdoor summer season of Porchside Songs

Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Toronto: The Musical Stage Company announces another outdoor summer season of Porchside Songs

After a year of successful digital projects and inventive programming, The Musical Stage Company has planned a breathtaking summer season of outdoor activities, today announcing the first two programs. Following the sold-out inaugural year of the PORCHSIDE SONGS summer concert series in 2020, the company is reviving the program for another summer...

Orangeville: Theatre Orangeville’s online production of “The Rules of Playing Risk” is held over to May 16

Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Orangeville: Theatre Orangeville’s online production of “The Rules of Playing Risk” is held over to May 16

After a series of amazing reviews and patron demand, we are happy to announce The Rules of Playing Risk is being held over by popular demand! Buy and watch anytime before May 16th. 
Unsociable retiree Garfield Lyons is eight weeks into recovery from an accident, aided by nurse Maggie who makes house calls at his secluded Parry Sound home, when...

Toronto: Luminato Festival Toronto postpones its festival to fall 2021

Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Toronto: Luminato Festival Toronto postpones its festival to fall 2021

Luminato Festival Toronto – the city’s international festival of artsand ideas – confirmed today that it is rescheduling the 2021 summer festival to October for the first time in its 15-year history. 
 “Luminato Festival, in collaboration with dozens of artists and a large community of funders and supporters, is committed to presenting a dynamic...

Toronto: Opera Atelier’s production of Handel’s “The Resurrection” begins streaming May 27

Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Toronto: Opera Atelier’s production of Handel’s “The Resurrection” begins streaming May 27

Opera Atelier announces the anticipated new date for the online presentation of Handel’s The Resurrection - fully-staged and filmed at St. Lawrence Hall, in strict compliance with provincial health and safety regulations - streaming May 27, 2021 at 7pm ET (Available until June 10, 2021). The Resurrection marks the Canadian premiere of Handel’s first...

Toronto: Kendra Jones’s Zoom production of “An Acorn” by Caridad Svich travels to the UK

Monday, April 26, 2021
Toronto: Kendra Jones’s Zoom production of “An Acorn” by Caridad Svich travels to the UK

impel Theatre and Oldham Coliseum Theatre proudly present a fresh collaboration of the acclaimed remote digital and interactive production of Caridad Svich’s An Acorn via Zoom. This production marks the first digital co-production for the two companies. The single performance will be live May 6th, and then available on demand through May 17th.

Stratford: Stratfest@Home offers a new panel discussion “Black Joy!!”

Monday, April 26, 2021
Stratford: Stratfest@Home offers a new panel discussion “Black Joy!!”

In light of recent events, we recognize how crucial it is to share Joy and amplify Black voices. BLACK JOY is a complex, individual, communal, healing and powerful form of resistance and resilience. 
Watch company members Ijeoma Emesowum, David Collins, Starr Domingue, Monice Peter and E.B. Smith reflect, share, commiserate and celebrate BLACK...

Stratford: Here For Now Theatre Company announces the playbill for its 2021 New Works Festival

Monday, April 26, 2021
Stratford: Here For Now Theatre Company announces the playbill for its 2021 New Works Festival

Here For Now Theatre Company is thrilled to announce their 2021 New Works Festival, which features eight world premiere one-act plays and a reading series, centred around the timely theme of connection and relationship.
The season will run from June 15th to Sept 5th with 150+ performances for intimate, socially distanced audiences. This will...

Barrie: Talk Is Free Theatre will rebroadcast the play readings of its highly successful “Dinner à la Art” project

Friday, April 23, 2021
Barrie: Talk Is Free Theatre will rebroadcast the play readings of its highly successful “Dinner à la Art” project

Building on the wildly successful Dinner à la Art project launched earlier this month, TIFT Artistic Producer Arkady Spivak announced today the exclusive online readings, starring iconic international artists including Eric McCormack, Len Cariou, Chilina Kennedy, Ed Asner, Colin Mochrie, Cynthia Dale, Gavin Crawford, Daren A. Herbert and more, will...

London: AlvegoRoot streams Ken Cameron’s comedy “Harvest” as an audio play until July 12

Friday, April 23, 2021
London: AlvegoRoot streams Ken Cameron’s comedy “Harvest” as an audio play until July 12

To city folk, the clues might be obvious, but a retiring farmer and his wife might not be so cynical about renting their farmhouse to someone named Razor who has no furniture.
That’s where the story begins in Ken Cameron’s play Harvest, which is being streamed on demand from AlvegoRoot Theatre until July 12.
The show is an audio play directed...

Prescott: The St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival is presenting “Strolling Player” free April 23-26

Friday, April 23, 2021
Prescott: The St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival is presenting “Strolling Player” free April 23-26

William Shakespeare is 457 years old today!!To celebrate, we are making STROLLING PLAYER -THE FILM available to watch for FREE online this weekend, 23rd - 26th April. 
STROLLING PLAYER - www.stlawrenceshakespeare.ca and also THE MAKING OF STROLLING PLAYER - www.stlawrenceshakespeare.ca.
The Show"Memory is a complicated thing. A relative...

Toronto: Mokt Theatre presents a table reading of “Paternostrum” by Michael S. Marshall on May 30

Thursday, April 22, 2021
Toronto: Mokt Theatre presents a table reading of “Paternostrum” by Michael S. Marshall on May 30

Faith, mechanism, desperation: ‘Paternostrum’ explores the fragility of stability and what we take for granted.
What does stability mean to you? A sound career plan? A hardworking, blindly accepting society? For three maintenance workers whose jobs are suddenly threatened, desperation and doubt forces them to scheme their way back to stability....

Toronto: Crow’s Theatre announces the Loughborough Lake Writer’s Retreat Artists and Projects

Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Toronto: Crow’s Theatre announces the Loughborough Lake Writer’s Retreat Artists and Projects

In the fall of 2020, Crow’s Theatre partnered with Toronto-based film distributor Mongrel Media to launch a stage-to-screen writer's retreat for theatre creators. After a nationwide call for submissions, we are thrilled to announce the projects and artists selected to attend our inaugural Loughborough Lake Writer’s Retreat.
The retreat will be...

Montreal: Cirque du Soleil prepares to relaunch in June 2021

Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Montreal: Cirque du Soleil prepares to relaunch in June 2021

Paralyzed for more than a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Cirque du Soleil will return to the stage at the end of June, allowing it to begin recalling some of its laid-off workers.
“When I spoke to all our employees, I have to say there was a lot of emotion in the air,” president Daniel Lamarre said during an interview on Wednesday. “It’s...

Stratford: Stratford Festival offers a free encore streaming of “King Lear” on April 22

Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Stratford: Stratford Festival offers a free encore streaming of “King Lear” on April 22

The Stratford Festival continues to expand its online offerings as it marks the first anniversary of its Thursday night viewing parties this week with an encore screening of King Lear, and with a specially curated selection of theatrical content newly added to Stratfest@Home, the Festival’s $10-a-month streaming service.
One year ago on Shakespeare’s...

Toronto: Philip Akin is Against the Grain Theatre’s newest Board Member

Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Toronto: Philip Akin is Against the Grain Theatre’s newest Board Member

AtG gives a warm welcome to its newest Board Member: Philip Akin.
Philip Akin was a founding member of Obsidian Theatre, Canada’s leading black theatre company, and served as its Artistic Director from 2006 to 2020. He has been acting and directing for over 40 years. In his role at Obsidian, he has worked tirelessly to provide opportunities and...

Ottawa: Prix Rideau Awards announces its nominations for the 2019/20 season

Saturday, April 17, 2021
Ottawa: Prix Rideau Awards announces its nominations for the 2019/20 season

Founded in 2006 to promote and celebrate professional theatre, and the artists who work on our stages, in the National Capital Region, the Prix Rideau Awards are proud to announce the finalists for the 2019-2020 season. This season brought us many challenges and was cut short due to the global pandemic.
Between July 1, 2019 and March 15, 2020,...

Kitchener: Midtown Radio Project presents “Hamburger” by Ciarán Meyers on April 18

Friday, April 16, 2021
Kitchener: Midtown Radio Project presents “Hamburger” by Ciarán Meyers on April 18

Midtown Radio Project presents an audio version of "Hamburger" by PGC Member Ciarán Myers on April 18th at 8pm ET. Tune in at: midtownradiokw.airtime.pro to have a listen!
HamburgerWritten by Ciarán Myers and directed by Sukhpreet Sangha.Written while attending the Stratford Festival Playwrights Retreat and developed by the Registry Theatres...

Sudbury: Laurentian University has decided to axe its Theatre Arts and Motion Picture Arts Programs

Thursday, April 15, 2021
Sudbury: Laurentian University has decided to axe its Theatre Arts and Motion Picture Arts Programs

The Laurentian University Faculty Association deeply regrets the decision of Thorneloe University, a federated university of Laurentian, to shut down two of its most popular programs: theatre arts and motion picture arts. The faculty association is calling upon Laurentian University to step in and save both programs.
“We are saddened and dismayed...

Toronto: Théâtre français de Toronto and TFO present “Contes à la belle étoile” for children

Thursday, April 15, 2021
Toronto: Théâtre français de Toronto and TFO present “Contes à la belle étoile” for children

Contes à la belle étoile – Stories Under the Stars
In partnership with TFO, TfT presents tales and legends from around the world filmed in a virtual studio. The 9 stories are listed on our website for easy access and feature French subtitles.
For parents looking to entertain their children during this challenging spring break, why not curl...

Toronto: Young People’s Theatre announces Room for Imagination — a $10.5 million expansion project

Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Toronto: Young People’s Theatre announces Room for Imagination — a $10.5 million expansion project

Celebrating its 55th anniversary, Young People’s Theatre (YPT) is proud to announce the launch of the Room for Imagination expansion project. With the purchase of a fully accessible, multi-use building at 161 Frederick Street, only steps away from its historic Front Street East theatre, YPT will expand its footprint with 12,000 additional square feet....

Ottawa: Eric Coates steps down as Artistic Director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company

Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Ottawa: Eric Coates steps down as Artistic Director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company

After nine seasons at Ottawa’s Great Canadian Theatre Company, artistic director Eric Coates will leave the position at the end of May. 
In a farewell video, he said he was wrapping up his career as an artistic director in order to pursue other interests. Exploring his connection to the Samish Nation of the West Coast will be one of those pursuits. 

London, UK: “Come From Away” reopens in the West End on July 22, 2021

Wednesday, April 14, 2021
London, UK: “Come From Away” reopens in the West End on July 22, 2021

The Olivier-winning musical Come From Away will return to the Phoenix Theatre in London’s West End July 22 after plans for a concert staging in February were dashed due to new COVID-19 regulations. This will be the second English-language production of the musical to reopen since the shutdown—it played Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre in January while a...

Toronto: Crow’s Theatre names a new theatre venue in honour of Nada Rostich

Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Toronto: Crow’s Theatre names a new theatre venue in honour of Nada Rostich

Tribute Co-Chairs Salah Bachir and Nancy Lockhart, Honorary Co-Chairs Eric Tripp and Maria Smith, Sandra and Jim Pitblado, and a distinguished Committee, announce the naming of Crow’s Theatre’s new studio, The Nada Ristich Studio-Gallery in her honour.
“Nada is beloved by her colleagues and friends,” says Co-Chair Nancy Lockhart. “I, along with...

Stratford: April 15 is the viewing party for “Dan Chameroy: Imperfect”

Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Stratford: April 15 is the viewing party for “Dan Chameroy: Imperfect”

You’ll expect that the soundtrack of Dan Chameroy’s life features standards from his decades as a musical-theatre and concert performer. You might be surprised to learn that it also encompasses the soundtrack of his Franco-Albertan childhood home. If you know Dan as The Rocky Horror Show’s Frank N. Furter or the many faces of the soap opera Leer Estates, Imperfect shows...

Toronto: Beatriz Pizano’s “La Maleta (The Suitcase)” is now available for streaming from Roseneath Theatre

Monday, April 12, 2021
Toronto: Beatriz Pizano’s “La Maleta (The Suitcase)” is now available for streaming from Roseneath Theatre

La Maleta (The Suitcase) by Beatriz Pizano is available for free streaming from April 12 to May 14.
La Maleta (The Suitcase) is the story of Roca, a ten-year-old refugee who escapes her native Colombia clutching her suitcase – inside which she believes her grandmother is hiding.
Struggling to adapt to a new city, a new school and a new way...

Toronto: U. of T. Opera presents a festival of one-act operas online April 22-25

Monday, April 12, 2021
Toronto: U. of T. Opera presents a festival of one-act operas online April 22-25

Following their groundbreaking production of their made-for-the-internet opera, Escape Room, University of Toronto Opera is set to present a digital series, titled Opera in Miniature: A Festival of One-Act Operas. From April 22-25, 2021, Opera in Miniature features the young talent of UofT Opera, in compact works that premiere online. The Festival...

Toronto: A bonus episode of the COC’s podcast Key Change features an extended conversation with Rebecca Caine

Saturday, April 10, 2021
Toronto: A bonus episode of the COC’s podcast Key Change features an extended conversation with Rebecca Caine

Key Change is the COC’s new podcast, co-hosted by classical singer and culture critic Robyn Grant-Moran, a member of the COC’s Circle of Artists, alongside stage director, dramaturg and COC Academy graduate Julie McIsaac. Our bi-weekly episodes explore the operagoing experience from a variety of perspectives, offering a fresh take on today's opera...

Toronto: Against the Grain’s “La Bohème” has been nominated for two Canadian Screen Awards

Friday, April 9, 2021
Toronto: Against the Grain’s “La Bohème” has been nominated for two Canadian Screen Awards

Exciting news! #LaBohème has been nominated for two Canadian Screen Awards – Best Performing Arts Program and Best Direction TV Movie. A huge congratulations to the entire cast and crew, and a special thank you to our incredible partners CBC Arts and Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. #LaBohème was Canada's first professional livestream of an opera,...

Toronto: Modern Times Stage Company announces the departure of its Co-Founder and Artistic Director Soheil Parsa

Friday, April 9, 2021
Toronto: Modern Times Stage Company announces the departure of its Co-Founder and Artistic Director Soheil Parsa

It is with sadness and deeply felt gratitude that Modern Times Stage Company’s Board of Directors is announcing today that company Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Soheil Parsa, has decided after a long period of personal reflection, to step down from his role with the company effective June 30, 202, concluding his 31 years of artistic leadership...

Cambridge: Remainder of live broadcast cabarets cancelled

Thursday, April 8, 2021
Cambridge: Remainder of live broadcast cabarets cancelled

As you have likely heard, the provincial government has imposed a Stay-At-Home Order for all of Ontario. Unfortunately, these restrictions prohibit streaming concerts. This means that we cannot proceed with our final two cabarets that were scheduled to be broadcast live from St. Jacobs Country Playhouse on Sunday, April 11 (Kelly Holiff) and Sunday,...

Toronto: Factory Theatre suspends performances of “Through the Eyes” until further notice

Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Toronto: Factory Theatre suspends performances of “Through the Eyes” until further notice

With the evolving COVID-19 situation and the Ontario government’s recently imposed 4 week shutdown of the entire province, Factory Theatre has had to suspend the start of virtual performances for Through the Eyes until further notice.
We will continue to monitor any updates and recommendations from the government and public health authorities...

Toronto: Opera 5 and Gazelle Automations release the first episode of web-series “Threepenny Submarine”

Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Toronto: Opera 5 and Gazelle Automations release the first episode of web-series “Threepenny Submarine”

Check out the first episode of our new series Threepenny Submarine which is online now! Created in isolation as a co-production between Opera 5 and Gazelle Automations, Threepenny Submarine combines practical puppetry, film, opera, and classical music, with a hint of nostalgia. Threepenny is meant to be enjoyed by kids, families, and the young at...

Stratford: Stratford Festival announces playbill and casting for outdoor summer season

Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Stratford: Stratford Festival announces playbill and casting for outdoor summer season

The Stratford Festival is transforming, for this summer, into an outdoor festival offering a season of six plays and five cabarets reflecting on the theme of Metamorphosis, with performances held under beautiful canopies that will hark back to the Festival’s founding under a tent in 1953.
“We are hopeful that the current Ontario lockdown and...

Stratford: April 8 is the viewing party for “Vanessa Sears: That’s How the Song Goes”

Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Stratford: April 8 is the viewing party for “Vanessa Sears: That’s How the Song Goes”

Vanessa Sears performs in Up Close and Musical this week. Imagine if life was music: all the rough edges are smoothed, all the clashing chords resolve sweetly. Vanessa Sears knows that allure. But she’s made the bolder choice: not to retreat into music but to use it as a battle cry. With a deeply personal, eclectic selection of show tunes and a brand-new...

Toronto: Concert venues dealt another blow as Ontario Covid rules prohibit live streams

Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Toronto: Concert venues dealt another blow as Ontario Covid rules prohibit live streams

Ontario concert venue owners are facing another setback after the provincial government outlawed live streaming shows for the second time this year under the latest COVID-19 restrictions.
Doug Ford’s “emergency brake” plan, introduced on Thursday, prohibits virtual shows in empty concert halls for the next four weeks, even as other industries...

Orangeville: Theatre Orangeville presents “The Rules of Playing Risk” online April 16-May 2

Monday, April 5, 2021
Orangeville: Theatre Orangeville presents “The Rules of Playing Risk” online April 16-May 2

Roll the dice to claim a world filled with great “Risk”, but even greater heart.
Unsociable retiree Garfield Lyons is eight weeks into recovery from an accident, aided by nurse Maggie who makes house calls at his secluded Parry Sound home, when a letter arrives informing him that his estranged fourteen-year-old grandson Brandon is in need of...

Toronto: Sondra Radvanovsky and Keri Alkema interview new COC General Director Perryn Leech

Friday, April 2, 2021
Toronto: Sondra Radvanovsky and Keri Alkema interview new COC General Director Perryn Leech

Join us as the Screaming Divas –  Sondra Radvanovsky and Keri Alkema – head to Houston, Texas to chat with the new General Director of the Canadian Opera Company, Perryn Leech, about his career path, his extraordinary past year, endless Zoom meetings (while walking), having MORE and EQUAL voices at the table as well as his badass kids.
The Screaming...

Stratford: Stratford police employ local actors for scenario-based training

Thursday, April 1, 2021
Stratford: Stratford police employ local actors for scenario-based training

An alcoholic whose elderly parents are dying from COVID-19 tries to kill himself by overdosing on pills.
A loving husband calls 911 for help when his wife falls into a schizophrenic episode after a change in medication.
A scared mother calls the police on a man she doesn’t know is autistic after she sees him playing with young kids in a...

Toronto: G&S’s “The Gondoliers” by Toronto Operetta Theatre has been held over online to April 9

Thursday, April 1, 2021
Toronto: G&S’s “The Gondoliers” by Toronto Operetta Theatre has been held over online to April 9

By popular demand, extended until April 9th, 2021. An online presentation of Gilbert and Sullivan's masterpiece!
About this EventCanada's only professional operetta company, Toronto Operetta Theatre brings Gilbert and Sullivan's masterpiece online!
The twelfth collaboration between composer Arthur Sullivan and librettist W.S. Gilbert, The...

Niagara-on-the-Lake: Shaw Festival postpones previews of “Charley’s Aunt” to May 16

Thursday, April 1, 2021
Niagara-on-the-Lake: Shaw Festival postpones previews of “Charley’s Aunt” to May 16

Due to the Ontario government’s recent decision to impose shutdown measures across the province for the coming four weeks, the Shaw Festival is forced to delay the start of preview performances for Charley’s Aunt until May 16. Directed by Artistic Director Tim Carroll, the classic farce’s opening performance is still scheduled for June 11 at the Royal...

Cambridge: Drayton Entertainment offers a Broadway Bootcamp with Jewelle Blackman and Paul Alexander Nolan

Thursday, April 1, 2021
Cambridge: Drayton Entertainment offers a Broadway Bootcamp with Jewelle Blackman and Paul Alexander Nolan

This is no joke! Our online Broadway Bootcamp for youth ages 9 to 19 is so popular that the first spring break session sold out in 48 hours. Due to high demand, we've added another two-day session during spring break on Wednesday, April 14 and Thursday, April 15. As the program is online, it is open to participants across Canada ... so tell your friends,...

Toronto: Factory Theatre presents a new production of “Through the Eyes” livestreamed April 29-May 8

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Toronto: Factory Theatre presents a new production of “Through the Eyes” livestreamed April 29-May 8

Factory ends its innovative 20/21 season with a reimagining of the Canadian classic, THROUGH THE EYES by acclaimed playwright Don Druick. This radical new interpretation will be directed by award winning artist ahdri zhina mandiela, and star Zorana Sadiq as the Courtier. THROUGH THE EYES will be streaming live from Factory Theatre’s studio theatre...

Stratford: April 1 is the viewing party for “Kimberly-Ann Truong: Can’t Remain Quiet”

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Stratford: April 1 is the viewing party for “Kimberly-Ann Truong: Can’t Remain Quiet”

As an emerging performer, Kimberly-Ann Truong discovered her voice – only to face the challenge of persuading others that she was the one they wanted. Successful leading roles on Broadway and in Stratford and Charlottetown sealed the deal. Now this selection of old favourites and hidden gems will reveal Kimberly-Ann as you’ve never heard her before.

Milbrook: 4th Line Theatre postpones the world premiere of “The Great Shadow” to 2022

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Milbrook: 4th Line Theatre postpones the world premiere of “The Great Shadow” to 2022

I hope you are surviving, this global pandemic which we find ourselves in. As the weeks have moved into months, and then into a full year, and now into year two, this event has stretched my ability to come up with words to describe these strange and unpredictable times.  Over the past 13 months, I have experienced the spectrum of emotions from incredible...

Toronto: Soundstreams makes its “Electric Messiah” available for Easter

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Toronto: Soundstreams makes its “Electric Messiah” available for Easter

Composer G.F. Handel originally conceived of his masterpiece Messiah as a performance to be done at Easter, not Christmas as has become the tradition. To celebrate, we’re delighted to open up our December 2020 Electric Messiah performance to you all! 
The music escapes the confines of in-person venues and transforms into a full-length music video,...

Stratford: Spontaneous Theatre is back with weekly shows at the Revival House starting April 1

Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Stratford: Spontaneous Theatre is back with weekly shows at the Revival House starting April 1

After a successful and pandemic-friendly run at the Revival House last fall, the Stratford improv-comedy group, Spontaneous Theatre, is back for a series of nine weekly shows at the Stratford restaurant beginning this Thursday.
Like their fall shows, improv comedians, actors, musicians artists and storytellers Ijeoma Emesowum, Bruce Horak, Rebecca...

Toronto: “The Making of ‘Messiah/Complex’” will be broadcast on April 1

Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Toronto: “The Making of ‘Messiah/Complex’” will be broadcast on April 1

Messiah/Complex returns for Easter! Filmed against iconic Canadian landscapes, this film features soloists and choirs from every province and territory across the country. Streaming free of charge from April 1-13, 2021.
Register for Free Now
In celebration of the film's (re)opening night, Co-Director Joel Ivanywill be hosting a live chat...

Toronto: Theatre Passe Muraille presents the world premiere of “Toka” by Indrit Kasapi April 28

Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Toronto: Theatre Passe Muraille presents the world premiere of “Toka” by Indrit Kasapi April 28

With the cast of six and a robust creative team, Toka is the largest production in Theatre Passe Muraille’s 20.21 season. The Dora-award winning lemonTree creations have been Theatre Passe Muraille’s company-in-residence since 2017. It is our pleasure to see the culmination of this collaboration with the World Premiere of the much-anticipated Toka...

Toronto: Theatre of the Beat presents “UNMUTE: The Impact of a Pandemic on Gender-Based Violence” on April 3

Monday, March 29, 2021
Toronto: Theatre of the Beat presents “UNMUTE: The Impact of a Pandemic on Gender-Based Violence” on April 3

UNMUTE premiered in recognition of domestic violence awareness month in November 2020.  UNMUTE is a forum theatre piece that addresses the rise of domestic violence and gender-based assault during COVID-19. 
While a family’s life may seem normal from the other side of the screen, abuse is lurking behind closed doors. Immerse yourself in this...

Stratford: The Stratford Festival AGM reflects on 2020 while looking forward to 2021

Saturday, March 27, 2021
Stratford: The Stratford Festival AGM reflects on 2020 while looking forward to 2021

Exactly 11 months ago today, the Stratford Festival cancelled its entire 2020 season. It was to have been a massive celebration with 15 glorious productions and the grand opening of the stunning new Tom Patterson Theatre on the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Festival’s founder. 
Today the Festival held its Annual General Meeting virtually,...

Ottawa: GCTC announces new spring programming

Friday, March 26, 2021
Ottawa: GCTC announces new spring programming

Until the end of April, the Great Canadian Theatre Company will continue to address social issues and shine a spotlight on local artists by presenting eight live or recorded plays and concerts on its online GCTC TV channel.
Available until Saturday is a recording of the one-woman show The Elephant Girls, in which Ottawa’s Margo MacDonald dramatizes...

Toronto: Harbourfront Centre marks 20th anniversary of Red Sky Performance starting April 14

Friday, March 26, 2021
Toronto: Harbourfront Centre marks 20th anniversary of Red Sky Performance starting April 14

Harbourfront Centre, in partnership with Digidance, announces the Canadian digital broadcast of More Than Dance, We Are A Movement, streaming April 14-20, 2021. The film marks the 20th anniversary of Toronto’s own interdisciplinary innovators Red Sky Performance - showcasing excerpts of their award-winning work and the remarkable story of their rise...

Toronto: Apply to Soulpepper’s Queer Youth Cabaret, “QueerFutures 2099”, by April 4

Thursday, March 25, 2021
Toronto: Apply to Soulpepper’s Queer Youth Cabaret, “QueerFutures 2099”, by April 4

The 2nd Annual Soulpepper Queer Youth Cabaret is returning after a successful inaugural launch in 2020. Cultivated from “Queer Place, Queer Space”, QueerFutures 2099 sets its sights towards the future of queerness. How will queerness and queer art take form in 80 years? How do we, as queer and trans artists, connect with our communities through art,...

Toronto: Crow’s Theatre announces new multi-platform projects

Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Toronto: Crow’s Theatre announces new multi-platform projects

We hope the return of spring is inspiring you as much as it is us at Crow’s Theatre. We’re thrilled to share some exciting news about new projects on the horizon, and promise to keep you up to date with news of our re-opening as soon as we can.The Crow’s team is thrilled to announce a second wave of artistic projects and practices being supported...

Cambridge: Drayton Entertainment presents “All For Love!” starring Mark Cassius on March 28

Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Cambridge: Drayton Entertainment presents “All For Love!” starring Mark Cassius on March 28

Join us again this Sunday for a livestream concert featuring Mark Cassius and band! This one is an afternoon concert, so be sure to tune in at 2:00 p.m. instead of in the evening.Mark appeared in our productions of Damn Yankees, The Little Mermaid, Sweet Charity, Dance Legends and several others. Plus, he was a long-time member of the popular group...

Gananoque: 1000 Islands Playhouse announces its 2021 season

Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Gananoque: 1000 Islands Playhouse announces its 2021 season

Thousand Islands Playhouse has announced its 2021 Season running from July 8 to October 31. It will safely offers 4 full productions on the Firehall Theatre stage. An outdoor, open-air tent will be part of the experience and every production run will also include streamed performances.
The 2021 Season:
MISS CALEDONIA by Melody A. Johnson

Port Dover: Lighthouse Festival Theatre plans for the future

Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Port Dover: Lighthouse Festival Theatre plans for the future

It was a year ago that Lighthouse Festival Theatre closed to the public. A year later, the pandemic keeps the doors closed at Port Dover’s popular entertainment venue that draws more than 30,000 patrons each year.
On Friday the 13th in March 2020, responding to the increasingly urgent advice of government officials and the Haldimand Norfolk Health...

Toronto: Nordic Bridges is a year-long initiative to foster cultural exchange between the Nordic Region and Canada

Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Toronto: Nordic Bridges is a year-long initiative to foster cultural exchange between the Nordic Region and Canada

A year-long initiative led by Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre fostering cultural exchange between the Nordic Region and Canada. Working with partners across Canada, Nordic Bridges will present multidisciplinary contemporary art, culture, and ideas throughout 2022.Featured Programming Partners:Alianait Arts Festival / ᐊᓕᐊᓇᐃᑦ ᑕᐅᑐᕋᓐᓈᖅᑎᑦᓯᓂᖅIQALUIT, NU

Stratford: March 25 is the viewing party for “Chilina Kennedy: Home Again”

Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Stratford: March 25 is the viewing party for “Chilina Kennedy: Home Again”

Chilina Kennedy returns to the Festival stage, which she graced for three seasons on her way to becoming a Broadway star. She made her Festival debut in 2009 as Maria in West Side Story and Philia in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. In 2010, she took on the iconic title role of Evita and played Lois Lane in Kiss Me, Kate, followed by Mary...

St. Catharines: Norm Foster will lead two new playwriting workshops this spring

Tuesday, March 23, 2021
St. Catharines: Norm Foster will lead two new playwriting workshops this spring

They’re back Foster Fans! You asked for more workshops and we are happy to announce that we have new dates available.
Join Norm Foster – award-winning Canadian playwright and Order of Canada recipient – for an online, four-week playwriting workshop.
With only 10 participants per session, you will have the opportunity to work directly with...

Toronto: Ryerson Community Theatre presents a play festival “Zoomed Out” on April 1

Saturday, March 20, 2021
Toronto: Ryerson Community Theatre presents a play festival “Zoomed Out” on April 1

Zoomed Out is a play festival consisting of 7 short plays, all written, produced, and acted by members of our community. 
All of the plays are designed to be performed virtually. 
The livestream will begin at 6:45 and the show will being at 7pm.
“Zoomed Out” features seven original plays that will be performed virtually: 
Based...

Cambridge: Vera Causa Opera, now renamed Fuse, announces upcoming programming

Friday, March 19, 2021
Cambridge: Vera Causa Opera, now renamed Fuse, announces upcoming programming

We are proud to announce that Vera Causa Opera is now Fuse. 
Fuse is a new and improved non-profit dedicated to making the arts more accessible in both Waterloo Region and beyond. We collaborate with artists of all mediums to open doors to opportunity. We also champion diversity and innovation in the arts, addressing stigmas and actively educating...

Niagara-on-the-Lake: Acclaimed director Philip Akin joins the Shaw Festival Board of Governors

Friday, March 19, 2021
Niagara-on-the-Lake: Acclaimed director Philip Akin joins the Shaw Festival Board of Governors

During the Shaw Festival’s Annual General Meeting, Board Chair Peter E.S. Jewett welcomed new members Philip Akin, Dr. Glen Bandiera and Sylvia Bennett to the Board of Directors. The appointment of Elaine G. Triggs and Donald L. Triggs to the Festival’s Board of Governors was also announced.
In the course of his remarks, Mr. Jewett recognized...

Niagara-on-the-Lake: Shaw Festival posts a surplus for the cancelled 2020 season

Friday, March 19, 2021
Niagara-on-the-Lake: Shaw Festival posts a surplus for the cancelled 2020 season

At its first-ever virtual Annual General Meeting, the Shaw Festival announced the financial results for the 2020 season. Sharing the news with an online audience of patrons, donors and company members, Kevin Patterson, Treasurer of the Board of Directors, reported The Shaw attained gross revenues of just over $24.1 million, with an operating surplus...

Toronto: Against the Grain Theatre brings back “Messiah/Complex” for Easter

Friday, March 19, 2021
Toronto: Against the Grain Theatre brings back “Messiah/Complex” for Easter

Messiah/Complex is BACK! The outpouring of support from audiences across the globe has been so incredible, we've decided to bring this pan-Canadian film back for a limited time beginning April 1st, 2021.
Thank you to everyone who has made a donation - it's because of your generosity that we're able to offer Messiah/Complex to audiences for free...

Barrie: Talk Is Free Theatre presents Kat Sandler’s “Bright Lights” on April 10

Friday, March 19, 2021
Barrie: Talk Is Free Theatre presents Kat Sandler’s “Bright Lights” on April 10

Streaming online to screens around the globe for one-night-only on April 10, 2021 is the razor-sharp farce Bright Lights, written and directed by Dora Award winner Kat Sandler. Performed by celebrated Canadian artists, this exclusive reading is part of Dinner à la Art, a new project from TIFT to help support some of Simcoe County’s hardest-hit, privately-owned...

Toronto: Playwright Brad Fraser has published “All the Rage: A Partial Memoir in Two Acts and a Prologue”

Friday, March 19, 2021
Toronto: Playwright Brad Fraser has published “All the Rage: A Partial Memoir in Two Acts and a Prologue”

Brad Fraser suffered an impoverished and abusive childhood, living with his teenage parents in motel rooms and shacks on the side of the highway in Alberta and Northern British Columbia. He grew to be one of the most celebrated, and controversial, Canadian playwrights, his work produced to acclaim all over the world.
All the Rage chronicles Brad...

St. Catharines: Sheila McCarthy directs the world premiere reading of Norm Foster’s “My Hero”

Friday, March 19, 2021
St. Catharines: Sheila McCarthy directs the world premiere reading of Norm Foster’s “My Hero”

We are thrilled to announce that Sheila McCarthy will be directing the live reading of Norm Foster's new play, My Hero.
Join us on Saturday, April 24 for a LIVE streamed reading of Norm Foster’s new play, My Hero. And if you can't catch the reading live, don't worry, you will have access to the replay for 72 hours.
Jim Devine, a forty-year-old...

Orangeville: Theatre Orangeville announces three new online plays for spring

Friday, March 19, 2021
Orangeville: Theatre Orangeville announces three new online plays for spring

Theatre Orangeville Artistic Director David Nairn has announced three one-act plays coming up on Theatre Orangeville Presents…Online:
The Rules of Playing Risk by Kristen Da SilvaWorld Premiere
Unsociable retiree Garfield Lyons is eight weeks into recovery from an accident, aided by nurse Maggie who makes house calls at his secluded Parry...

London, UK: Richmond Hill’s Ramin Karimloo will star in the new Persian-inspired musical “Rumi”

Wednesday, March 17, 2021
London, UK: Richmond Hill’s Ramin Karimloo will star in the new Persian-inspired musical “Rumi”

A new musical inspired by 13th century Persian philosopher and poet is in the works, it has been announced. Eponymously titled Rumi: The Musical,the musical is created by Dana Al Fardan and Nadim Naaman, their latest work since Broken Wings at Theatre Royal Haymarket.
Rumi was a 13th-century Persian poet, whose influence has transformed the lives...

Toronto: Nightswimming has commissioned an epic new play, “The Generations”, from Audrey Dwyer

Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Toronto: Nightswimming has commissioned an epic new play, “The Generations”, from Audrey Dwyer

In June 2020 Nightswimming committed to creating a $20,000 commission for a new work of theatre, dance or music, and invited proposals from Black and Indigenous artists across Canada.
In March 2021 we shared the outcome of that process by announcing that Nightswimming has commissioned Audrey Dwyer to write The Generations and will collaborate...

Stratford: Tonight is the viewing party for Robert Ball’s cabaret “Bold, Bruised, Born to Be”

Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Stratford: Tonight is the viewing party for Robert Ball’s cabaret “Bold, Bruised, Born to Be”

With this concert, Robert Ball seizes opportunity with both hands: the opportunity to stand up for himself and others in his community; and the opportunity to present himself to Stratford audiences for the first time, with a suite of songs that includes a powerful number from Here’s What It Takes, his intended 2020 Stratford debut.
“I was to...

Toronto: Opera Atelier moves its production of “The Resurrection” from April 1 to May 27

Monday, March 15, 2021
Toronto: Opera Atelier moves its production of “The Resurrection” from April 1 to May 27

Reading Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, his opening sentence seems particularly prescient: 
“it was the best of times, it was the worst of times”as does his penultimate sentence:“it was the spring of hope” 
The COVID-19 pandemic has at times left us reeling but never bereft of hope or creative possibilities. Due to the most recent...

Los Angeles: Cast recording of Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” wins Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album

Monday, March 15, 2021
Los Angeles: Cast recording of Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” wins Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album

The 2021 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album went to the Broadway cast recording for Jagged Little Pill. The award was presented at the Grammys Premiere Ceremony March 14 prior to CBS’ primetime broadcast of the 63rd annual event.
Sharing the win for Jagged Little Pill were the album’s principal vocalists—Kathryn Gallagher, Celia Rose...

Toronto: Canadian Stage’s Festival of Ideas and Creation runs March 17-20 online

Sunday, March 14, 2021
Toronto: Canadian Stage’s Festival of Ideas and Creation runs March 17-20 online

The Festival of Ideas and Creation is a gathering of Artists, Arts Practitioners, Art Lovers and Thought Leaders from a variety of disciplines. The Festival is built to be a responsive space to consider creative practices. It is a space for artists and audiences to come together, to interrogate and investigate that which is pressing, new, or challenging...

Toronto: COC April Break programming for youth shines a light on career paths in the arts

Saturday, March 13, 2021
Toronto: COC April Break programming for youth shines a light on career paths in the arts

The Canadian Opera Company invites students, ages 12-18, to see what a career in the performing arts could look like, through a new digital program slated to run during Ontario’s April Break for schools. Spring Break at the COC: Exploring New Opera offers five days of live webinars from April 12 – April 16, with daily sessions taking place from 2...

Los Angeles: L.A. Opera will stream “Breaking the Waves” with libretto by Canadian Royce Vavrek March 19

Saturday, March 13, 2021
Los Angeles: L.A. Opera will stream “Breaking the Waves” with libretto by Canadian Royce Vavrek March 19

An iconic film. An unforgettable opera. Now to be streamed as a unique online experience.
Presented digitally through the LA Opera On Now initiative, this compelling adaptation of Lars Von Trierʼs 1996 cinematic masterpiece reaches audiences through an incredibly emotional filmed performance After a near-fatal accident leaves Bessʼs new husband,...

Toronto: Prime Mover Theatre Company announces a new guest speaker series to begin March 30

Thursday, March 11, 2021
Toronto: Prime Mover Theatre Company announces a new guest speaker series to begin March 30

Prime Mover Theatre Company announced today the launch of a guest speakerseries with a twist: Private Conversations/Public Spaces. Founding artistic director Ray Hogg hosts thisintimate conversation series which brings North America’s most intriguing artists into your living room.Guests include Alex Lacamoire of Hamilton fame, NAC- English Theatre...

Toronto: Tarragon Theatre names Mike Payette as incoming Artistic Director

Thursday, March 11, 2021
Toronto: Tarragon Theatre names Mike Payette as incoming Artistic Director

Tarragon Theatre is thrilled to announce award-winning theatre creator Mike Payette as its new Artistic Director. Making the move from Montreal to Toronto, Payette begins at Tarragon September 2021, working through the transition with Managing Director Andrea Vagianos and Artistic Director Richard Rose, who is set to retire at the end of this season. 

St. Catharines: The Foster Festival will not use the FirstOntario PAC for its 2021 season

Thursday, March 11, 2021
St. Catharines: The Foster Festival will not use the FirstOntario PAC for its 2021 season

On behalf of everyone at The Foster Festival, we wish to offer our most sincere appreciation to our ticket holders, our subscribers and everyone who has navigated these uncharted times with us. Thank you. 
Out of an abundance of caution and care for all of our patrons, we have made the difficult decision that we will not be returning to the FirstOntario...

Toronto: TO Live is providing direct support to hundreds of arts workers throughout the pandemic

Thursday, March 11, 2021
Toronto: TO Live is providing direct support to hundreds of arts workers throughout the pandemic

In the year since the first lockdown and suspension of performing arts shows, TO Live has remained focused on supporting artists and arts workers. Since last March, TO Live has created hundreds of short-term employment opportunities for writers, actors, directors, technical, production and operations staff.
The organization commissioned and produced...

London: Martha Henry and Rod Beattie join London Symphonia to celebrate Shakespeare

Thursday, March 11, 2021
London: Martha Henry and Rod Beattie join London Symphonia to celebrate Shakespeare

Two beloved Canadian actors will join London Symphonia for a live-streamed concert to celebrate the art of William Shakespeare.
By The Sweet Power of Music features Stratford Festival actor-director Martha Henry and her ex-husband actor Rod Beattie. The pair will share reminiscences and insights about several of Shakespeare’s plays “that will...

Cambridge: Drayton Entertainment presents “Jazz to Broadway and Pop to Country!” on March 14

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Cambridge: Drayton Entertainment presents “Jazz to Broadway and Pop to Country!” on March 14

Tune in on Sunday night at 7:00 p.m. for the second concert in the Livestream Cabaret Series co-hosted by Drayton Entertainment & Music Performance Trust Fund.
The Mantini SistersJazz to Broadway and Pop to Country!Sunday, March 14 at 7:00 p.m. EST
Popular vocal trio, The Mantini Sisters (Sandra, Barbara, and Ann), bring their unique vocal...

Toronto: Cahoots Theatre announces 10 winners of the Promising Pen Prize

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Toronto: Cahoots Theatre announces 10 winners of the Promising Pen Prize

Cahoots is pleased to announce the Promising Pen Prize. We are thrilled to support 10 creators whose works-in-progress have particularly inspired us with their originality and captured us with their imagination.
Promising Pen Prize Artists:Aria Evansthey/she/he 
Aria Evans is a queer, Tkaronto-based, award-winning interdisciplinary artist...

Peterborough: Beau Dixon will perform Iranian play “White Rabbit, Red Rabbit” on March 13

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Peterborough: Beau Dixon will perform Iranian play “White Rabbit, Red Rabbit” on March 13

Let There Be Theatre – A Call to Action on March 13!
Public Energy presents an Aurora Nova production as part of a global one-day theatre movement marking the one-year anniversary when theatres around the world went dark.
Theatres everywhere have the option of performing the play for in-theatre and/or online audiences on March 13 at 8pm....

Toronto: Richard Lee will perform Iranian play “White Rabbit, Red Rabbit” on March 13

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Toronto: Richard Lee will perform Iranian play “White Rabbit, Red Rabbit” on March 13

Let There Be Theatre: A Call To Action on March 13.
Will you participate? Will you be manipulated? Will you listen? Will you really listen?
With no rehearsals, no director, a different actor each night, and a script waiting in a sealed envelope on stage, internationally acclaimed White Rabbit Red Rabbit, by Iranian writer Nassim Soleimanpour,...

Toronto: Soulpepper presents “Alice in Wonderland” April 3 to 18 online

Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Toronto: Soulpepper presents “Alice in Wonderland” April 3 to 18 online

Soulpepper Theatre Company is thrilled to be releasing the World Premiere of Bad Hats Theatre’s new filmed family musical Alice in Wonderland. Curious audiences of all ages are invited to lean into the unknown and leap down the rabbit hole, April 3 to 18, 2021. For tickets and information Alice in Wonderland visit www.soulpepper.ca.
“Watching...

Toronto: The Toronto Fringe digital lottery will reserve 50% of festival slots for BIPOC artists

Monday, March 8, 2021
Toronto: The Toronto Fringe digital lottery will reserve 50% of festival slots for BIPOC artists

After considering an outdoor festival for Summer 2021, the Toronto Fringe recently announced it is moving forward with a digital festival to do its part to stop the spread of COVID-19. Now called The Digital Toronto Fringe Festival, companies will present pre-recorded video, audio, and written pieces for audiences to enjoy as part the Fringe On-Demand...

Toronto: impel Theatre presents a live digital performance of Caridad Svich’s “An Acorn” March 12-13

Saturday, March 6, 2021
Toronto: impel Theatre presents a live digital performance of Caridad Svich’s “An Acorn” March 12-13

impel theatre proudly presents a new remote digital and interactive production of Caridad Svich’s An Acorn via Zoom. This production marks their digital debut. Performances will be live March 12 and 13, and then available on demand through April 3.
Tickets are Pay-What-You-Can with a minimum donation of $15. Tickets can be purchased via impel...

Toronto: Toronto Operetta Theatre presents G&S’s “The Gondoliers” online March 19-April 5

Friday, March 5, 2021
Toronto: Toronto Operetta Theatre presents G&S’s “The Gondoliers” online March 19-April 5

The Toronto Operetta Theatre embarks on a new era and joins the virtual revolution in the world of music theatre.  On Friday 19 March 2021,Gilbert and Sullivan’s THE GONDOLIERS debuts on a computer screen near you.  The Savoy masters’ last great hit has been captured live on video from the Edward Jackman Studios (TOT Cinema Central) and will be available...

Cambridge: Drayton Entertainment presents “Swinging Greats of the ’40, ’50s and ’60s” March 7

Friday, March 5, 2021
Cambridge: Drayton Entertainment presents “Swinging Greats of the ’40, ’50s and ’60s” March 7

Tune in on Sunday night at 7:00 p.m. for the first concert in the Livestream Cabaret Series co-hosted by Drayton Entertainment & Music Performance Trust Fund.
Michael VanhevelSwinging Greats of the '40s, '50s and '60s!Sunday, March 7 at 7:00 p.m. EST
Crooner Michael Vanhevel sings swinging hits from the ‘40s, ‘50s, and ‘60s including Bobby...

Toronto: Mezzo Joyce DiDonato and composer Ana Sokolović host upcoming University of Toronto events

Friday, March 5, 2021
Toronto: Mezzo Joyce DiDonato and composer Ana Sokolović host upcoming University of Toronto events

University of Toronto‘s music program is adding internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and composer Ana Sokolović to their March 2021 events line-up.
Serving on a three-day program as the Stratton Visitor for UofT’s Faculty of Music, DiDonato will be concentrating on contemporary songs and opera arias with students from the graduate...

Toronto: Essential Opera releases mini-opera “Mirror, Mirror” on all streaming platforms

Friday, March 5, 2021
Toronto: Essential Opera releases mini-opera “Mirror, Mirror” on all streaming platforms

The mini-opera from @essential_opera - Mirror, Mirror is now available on all streaming platforms! Mirror, Mirror is a mini-opera based on the Grimm fairy tale Snow White.
MIRROR, MIRROREssential Opera presentsMirror, MirrorMusic and libretto by Anna Pidgorna
History of the work:
Mirror, Mirror is a mini-opera based on the Grimm fairy...

Toronto: Against the Grain Theatre commissions “Identity, a Song Cycle” for baritone Elliot Madore

Thursday, March 4, 2021
Toronto: Against the Grain Theatre commissions “Identity, a Song Cycle” for baritone Elliot Madore

Premiering as a film in 2022, Against the Grain Theatre (AtG) has commissioned Identity: a Song Cycle for baritone Elliot Madore, by writer and poet Shauntay Grant and composer Dinuk Wijeratne. This song cycle will use original poetry and music to chart the protagonist's journey of self-discovery. Building on the successes of AtG’s digital projects...

Toronto: Nightwood Theatre and Native Earth present “Embodying Power and Place” March 27-April 11

Thursday, March 4, 2021
Toronto: Nightwood Theatre and Native Earth present “Embodying Power and Place” March 27-April 11

This spring Nightwood Theatre and Native Earth Performing Arts are honoured to present Embodying Power and Place, curated by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard and New Harlem Productions. In 2019, the federal commission on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls released their final report, Reclaiming Power and Place. In 2020 over a dozen artists...

Toronto: Dovercourt House Dance Hub is forced to close after 21 years

Thursday, March 4, 2021
Toronto: Dovercourt House Dance Hub is forced to close after 21 years

Dovercourt House, a hub for dance for over twenty years, is the City’s latest cultural casualty. Dovercourt House has been the full-time home of princess productions, CORPUS and Kaeja d’Dance for 21 years. These resident companies occupied Dovercourt’s ballrooms during daytime hours developing works that have toured the world. In the evenings and...

Collingwood: Watch “Girls Nite In” online March 6 from Theatre Collingwood

Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Collingwood: Watch “Girls Nite In” online March 6 from Theatre Collingwood

Are you aware that March 8th is International Women's Day?
At Theatre Collingwood we have a tradition of celebrating this occasion with the Girls Nite Out comedy troupe, starring Elvira Kurt. In 2020 it was the very last show we did before the world shut down and, as always, it was SOLD OUT!
We are not going to let a pandemic stop us from...

Ottawa: undercurrents is coming to the World Wide Web March 10-20

Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Ottawa: undercurrents is coming to the World Wide Web March 10-20

You heard that right. This year, undercurrents: theatre below the mainstream can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home! 
The 2021 festival features six locally produced shows, a mix of audio plays, live-streams, and interactive app experiences.
THE LINEUP
Checkout the full festival lineup below, and get your tickets and schedule...

Ottawa: Ottawa festivals and arts organizations receive $1 million from province

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Ottawa: Ottawa festivals and arts organizations receive $1 million from province

More than a dozen Ottawa festivals and arts organizations were delighted to find out Tuesday that they will be getting a total of $1 million in extra provincial funding to help get through the pandemic. 
While the money had been allocated in last fall’s budget, the exact amounts came as a happy surprise for some, including the Ottawa Jazz Festival...

Stratford: Stratford Festival to receive nearly $2 million from province

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Stratford: Stratford Festival to receive nearly $2 million from province

The Stratford Festival will receive more than $1.8 million as the provincial government pledged to help artists and arts organizations survive the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lisa MacLeod, Ontario’s minister of heritage, sport, tourism and culture, announced Tuesday that $24 million will be provided to 140 arts organizations across the province, including...

Toronto: Why Not Theatre's RISER programme expands to Edmonton

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Toronto: Why Not Theatre's RISER programme expands to Edmonton

With generous support from the Government of Canada and the RBC Foundation, Why Not Theatre is embarking on a national expansion of RISER, starting in Edmonton in February 2022 and expanding into other Canadian cities in 2023.  
In partnership with Edmonton-based theatre company Common Ground Arts Society (CGAS), RISER Edmonton will support the...

Toronto: The Chekhov Collective is offering a new Zoom play “From A Distance” now available for viewing

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Toronto: The Chekhov Collective is offering a new Zoom play “From A Distance” now available for viewing

As our theatres remain closed and we're not able to offer a production this year, we thought it would be fun to create a small project for you to view at home. 
From A Distance is 10 brief scenes exploring a marriage, and how a couple grapples with different ways of responding to the pandemic. 
We kept it simple. We recorded it on Zoom,...

Toronto: Eric McCormack stars in an online reading of “Wil” to support The Actors’ Fund Canada

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Toronto: Eric McCormack stars in an online reading of “Wil” to support The Actors’ Fund Canada

A virtual reading of “Wil,” a new feature project written by Dan Rosen (writer of “The Last Supper” and writer/director of “Dead Man’s Curve,” both Sundance Festival films), and benefiting The Actors Fund and The AFC (The Actors Fund of Canada), will be presented March 19-23, 2021.  The reading of Rosen’s screenplay will be produced by Richard Middleton...

Toronto: Herbie Barnes named as next Artistic Director of Young People’s Theatre

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Toronto: Herbie Barnes named as next Artistic Director of Young People’s Theatre

Jenine Krause and David Scandiffio, Co-Chairs of the Young People’s Theatre (YPT) Board of Directors, today announced the appointment of Herbie Barnes as the next Artistic Director of YPT. Mr. Barnes is an accomplished playwright, performer, director and arts educator whose 30-year-career spans stages across North America. He was among the generation...

Toronto: ARC welcomes a new leadership team

Monday, March 1, 2021
Toronto: ARC welcomes a new leadership team

ARC is thrilled to announce the appointment of Rob Kempson as the new Co-Artistic Producer of the company. Rob joins Deborah Drakeford, who was announced as Co-Artistic Producer last summer, as well as Managing Producer Tamara Vuckovic, as the final member of the new leadership team. Rob is taking on the role after a search that began in the fall...

Barrie: Talk Is Free Theatre presents “She Stoops to Conquer” online on April 9

Monday, March 1, 2021
Barrie: Talk Is Free Theatre presents “She Stoops to Conquer” online on April 9

Today, Talk Is Free Theatre announced that internationally renowned comedian Colin Mochrie will star in an exclusive online event with acclaimed artists as part of Dinner à la Art. Directed by Richard Ouzounian, the uproarious comedy She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith will be streamed for one night only on April 9, 2021 at 7pm.
Colin Mochrie is...

Stratford: Stratford Festival plans a smaller 2021 season outdoors and under tents

Friday, February 26, 2021
Stratford: Stratford Festival plans a smaller 2021 season outdoors and under tents

Without a clear picture of what pandemic restrictions will look like in the coming months, Stratford Festival officials are planning a season of theatre that can be quickly adapted to whatever COVID-19 scenario they face.
Much like the Festival’s early seasons, this year’s productions – six plays and five cabarets – will be performed on two outdoor...

Barrie: Talk Is Free Theatre presents “Riot” by Andrew Moodie on April 8

Friday, February 26, 2021
Barrie: Talk Is Free Theatre presents “Riot” by Andrew Moodie on April 8

Talk Is Free Theatre released the title and cast of acclaimed artists for one more reading as part of Dinner à la Art. Riot was written in 1995 by Andrew Moodie and will be streaming for one night only on April 8, 2021. Directing this Chalmers Canadian Play Award winner is actor, playwright, and co-founder of Blue Bird Theatre Collective, Tawiah M’Carthy. 

Toronto: Soulpepper announces an eight-week tour of the global theatrical canon starting April 21

Friday, February 26, 2021
Toronto: Soulpepper announces an eight-week tour of the global theatrical canon starting April 21

Soulpepper Theatre Company is incredibly pleased to announce the release of a new collection of artistic programming: Around the World in 80 Plays, an eight-week global adventure of audio dramas, in-depth documentaries from CBC Ideas, and cultural celebrations. Audiences across the country, and around the world, are invited on a rich theatrical global...

Toronto: The Luminato Festival will go digital this year

Thursday, February 25, 2021
Toronto: The Luminato Festival will go digital this year

Luminato Festival Toronto – the city’s international festival of art and ideas – confirmed today that the 2021 festival will be held this June through a series of video and digital experiences all across the Greater Toronto Area.
“Everyone can look forward to a dynamic and inspirational Luminato Festival,” says Luminato Festival Toronto CEO Celia...

Toronto: Puppetmongers reveals its plans for spring 2021

Thursday, February 25, 2021
Toronto: Puppetmongers reveals its plans for spring 2021

Ann Powell and David Powell, national treasures and Co-Artistic Directors of Puppetmongers Theatre since 1974, showcase continued resilience in the face of shutdowns, burglaries and more, thanks to a $13,900 Capital grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) in 2019, and to the ongoing generosity of their supporters.
“I am very pleased...

Peterborough: Public Energy Performing Arts presents “Alone, with you” set in 2023 livestreaming March 6

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Peterborough: Public Energy Performing Arts presents “Alone, with you” set in 2023 livestreaming March 6

The effects of COVID-19 linger in 2023, when a new virus is suddenly discovered in North America. Fearing the worst, a young woman named Emelie immediately isolates herself in her 500 square foot Toronto apartment. In the months that follow, the psychological toll of paranoia, anxiety, and digital surveillance fuels a reconnection with a familiar...

Toronto: The City of Toronto cancels all city-led and city-permitted outdoor events through Canada Day

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Toronto: The City of Toronto cancels all city-led and city-permitted outdoor events through Canada Day

To slow the spread of COVID-19, the City of Toronto is extending the cancellation of in-person City-led and City-permitted major outdoor events to July 1, including Canada Day parades, festivals and fireworks.
Today’s announcement includes festivals and other large, in-person gatherings held at outdoor sites managed by the City or other public...

Toronto: The Digital Toronto Fringe Festival will run July 21-31

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Toronto: The Digital Toronto Fringe Festival will run July 21-31

The 33rd annual Toronto Fringe Festival will once again be a platform for independent artists to showcase their work, earn some money, and move forward through this difficult year in community solidarity. Like a typical Fringe Festival, artists will have a chance to create any work they desire with complete artistic freedom and be supported by the...

Cambridge: Drayton Entertainment presents a free livestream cabaret concert series starting March 7

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Cambridge: Drayton Entertainment presents a free livestream cabaret concert series starting March 7

Join us for six live music concerts on select Sundays in March and April for FREE! From crooner classics and jazz standards to Broadway sensations, popular songs, and more, this Livestreamed Cabaret Concert Series features talented artists performing a variety of memorable hits and unknown gems ... and it’s all live to air! Each performance is presented...

Barrie: Eric McCormack and Chilina Kennedy star in “The Great Gatsby” for Talk Is Free Theatre

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Barrie: Eric McCormack and Chilina Kennedy star in “The Great Gatsby” for Talk Is Free Theatre

Talk Is Free Theatre announced today the title and star-studded cast of one more reading as part of Dinner à la Art. Streaming for one night on April 11, 2021 at 7pm is a new adaptation of the seminal novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The classic novel was adapted for online audiences by Richard Ouzounian, who also directs.
Playing...

Orangeville: Theatre Orangeville presents lockdown love-story “Laneway Café” February 26-March 11

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Orangeville: Theatre Orangeville presents lockdown love-story “Laneway Café” February 26-March 11

Join us for this exclusive opportunity to be a part of a reading of an original work created just for you through our New Play Development process. Be among the very first to experience this incredible new work, read for the first time and see the process of how it is brought to your stage
The Featured Play: Laneway Café by Marni Walsh
Dating...

Toronto: CBC Arts presents “Seeding the Future” – 21 Black theatre students respond to “21 Black Futures”

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Toronto: CBC Arts presents “Seeding the Future” – 21 Black theatre students respond to “21 Black Futures”

To complement Obsidian Theatre’s 21 BLACK FUTURES — a collection of 21 filmed monodramas streaming on CBC Gem answering the question, “What is the future of Blackness?” — 21 Black theatre students, who are the future of Black theatre in Canada, are adding their voices to the project’s already historic group of creators. This initiative, entitled “Seeding...

Niagara-on-the-Lake: The Shaw Festival cancels 2021 production of “Gypsy”

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Niagara-on-the-Lake: The Shaw Festival cancels 2021 production of “Gypsy”

New COVID-19 restrictions, along with the recent decision to continue the Niagara Region’s placement in the Grey-Lockdown Zone, has made it clear the Shaw Festival is unable to produce Gypsy: A Musical Fable in 2021. The restrictive measures placed on the rehearsal and performance of brass/wind instruments and singing severely impacts director/choreographer...

Toronto: Why Not Theatre announces Miriam Fernades as it new Co-Artistic Director

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Toronto: Why Not Theatre announces Miriam Fernades as it new Co-Artistic Director

On behalf of the Board, Leadership, and entire team at Why Not Theatre we are excited to announce the appointment of Miriam Fernandes as Co-Artistic Director. Miriam joins the leadership team alongside Ravi Jain, Co-Artistic Director and Founder, and Kelly Read, Executive Director.
This change is reflective of our new organizational structure...

Toronto: An update about the rezoning of the Dominion Foundry

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Toronto: An update about the rezoning of the Dominion Foundry

Here is some news about the coming court date, February 26.
As agreed by all parties — the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association (SLNA), the City, and the Province — the hearing has been adjourned (postponed) to give all parties more time to come to some kind of resolution.
If they can’t reach a resolution, another court date will be set...

Toronto: The Black Pledge Collective issues The Black Pledge to producers of live performing arts in Canada

Monday, February 22, 2021
Toronto: The Black Pledge Collective issues The Black Pledge to producers of live performing arts in Canada

Is Canada ready for change? The Black Pledge aims to help dismantle anti-Black racism and oppression, to create true equity and inclusion at a structural level within live arts spaces. It is time to establish a new structure, one that respects all marginalized communities and invites them to collaborate as equals. This Pledge primarily addresses predominately...

Toronto: University of Toronto Opera’s made-for-the-internet opera “Escape Room” premieres February 28

Monday, February 22, 2021
Toronto: University of Toronto Opera’s made-for-the-internet opera “Escape Room” premieres February 28

UofT Opera has taken adapting to online streaming to a whole new level with their ground-breaking production Escape Room, the first opera fully composed for the internet.
Teaming up with award-winning production company Riddle Films, the UofT Opera Student Composers Collective has created an all Canadian production made by students, for students.

Barrie: Talk Is Free Theatre presents a reading of Shaw’s “Heartbreak House” with Len Cariou and Ed Asner

Monday, February 22, 2021
Barrie: Talk Is Free Theatre presents a reading of Shaw’s “Heartbreak House” with Len Cariou and Ed Asner

Today, Artistic Producer Arkady Spivak announced Dinner à la Art, a brand-new community partnership project, that will bring five exclusive, online readings with iconic Canadian and international artists to homes around the world from April 7 to 11, 2021.
The first reading is Heartbreak House by George Bernard Shaw and directed by Richard Ouzounian to...

Stratford: Stratford Festival presents “Up Close and Personal: Reflections from Black Artists”

Saturday, February 20, 2021
Stratford: Stratford Festival presents “Up Close and Personal: Reflections from Black Artists”

Black artists from the Up Close and Musical concert series sit down for an intimate chat about the experience of sharing personal stories through the self-revealing medium of cabaret. An inspiring discussion of hope, change and celebration, featuring four of the Festival's favourite musical performers: Robert Ball, Alexis Gordon, Marcus Nance and...

London: The Grand Theatre commits to ongoing anti-oppressive work

Friday, February 19, 2021
London: The Grand Theatre commits to ongoing anti-oppressive work

In this final week of Black History Month, the Grand Theatre is publicly acknowledging the need within the theatre community to dismantle the systemic racism and oppressive history of which they have been a part. Acknowledging their participation in this history required reflection, research, and a plan to move forward. Today, the Grand announced...

London: Walter Borden will play little-known London-born Broadway star in new audio play

Thursday, February 18, 2021
London: Walter Borden will play little-known London-born Broadway star in new audio play

Richard Berry Harrison is not a name many can easily place.
But it’s a name and a face that once graced the cover of Time magazine, the marquee of a Broadway theatre and to this day remains the namesake of a library and auditorium in Raleigh, N.C., a high school in Blytheville, Ark., and a gymnasium in Selma, N.C.
There’s even a park on...

Toronto: New funding will go toward boosting recording and broadcast capabilities at the Four Seasons Centre

Thursday, February 18, 2021
Toronto: New funding will go toward boosting recording and broadcast capabilities at the Four Seasons Centre

Performing artists and arts presenters play a vital role in our communities and economies. They need support to get through this difficult time during the pandemic when they are unable to perform in front of live audiences.
The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, accompanied by Marci Ien, Member of Parliament (Toronto...

Toronto: b current performing arts welcomes new Artistic Director Sadie Berlin

Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Toronto: b current performing arts welcomes new Artistic Director Sadie Berlin

Continuing its thirty year commitment and focus on creating a home for BIPOC artists, b current performing arts and its Board of Directors wishes to thank its former Artistic Director, Catherine Hernandez, for her years of dedication, service, advocacy and particularly for her many contributions in ushering in the organization's 30th anniversary....

Toronto: Factory Theatre presents a new collection of audio dramas March 5 to April 22

Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Toronto: Factory Theatre presents a new collection of audio dramas March 5 to April 22

Factory continues its innovative 20/21 season, with the world premiere of YOU CAN’T GET THERE FROM HERE, a brand new collection of audio theatrical dramas all set in and around Toronto’s many neighbourhoods and familiar landmarks. This extraordinary series features five commissioned works by Canadian Playwrights Anusree Roy, Matthew MacKenzie, Yvette...

Niagara-on-the-Lake: Watch Shaw Festival Artistic Director Tim Carroll in conversation with Stephen Fry

Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Niagara-on-the-Lake: Watch Shaw Festival Artistic Director Tim Carroll in conversation with Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry has returned (digitally, of course) to charm our Shaw Festival community! ✨
Join us over on our YouTube channel on February 18 at 7:00 p.m. ET for "The Value of Storytelling with Stephen Fry and Tim Carroll". 
"And you turn to that person next to you ... and you catch their eye and you go, 'Wasn't that wonderful?'"
Tune...

Ottawa: NAC annual report details an unprecedented 2019/20 season

Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Ottawa: NAC annual report details an unprecedented 2019/20 season

The National Arts Centre’s Annual Report entitled Embracing Change, which was tabled in Parliament earlier this month,  documents the NAC’s extraordinary 2019–2020 season. It included the landmark launch of Indigenous Theatre; digital initiatives to support artists and connect with audiences nationwide during the pandemic; the launch of the NAC’s...

St. Catharines: FirstOntario PAC hosts “Theatre in the Era of Climate Crisis” February 12-14

Friday, February 12, 2021
St. Catharines: FirstOntario PAC hosts “Theatre in the Era of Climate Crisis” February 12-14

The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (PAC) and Brock University’s Department of Dramatic Arts (DART) are continuing their partnership in 2021, offering online performances and virtual discussions exploring the intersection of performing arts and climate change in the Walker Cultural Leaders Series between Friday 12 - Sunday 14 February 2021.

Toronto: Big Girl & Friends presents “Episode #6: Queer Consciousness” beginning February 15

Friday, February 12, 2021
Toronto: Big Girl & Friends presents “Episode #6: Queer Consciousness” beginning February 15

Toronto Musical Concerts Artistic Producer, Christopher Wilson and Associate Director, Ryan Kelly continue their daily YouTube Live stream, BIG GIRL & Friends (the SECOND wave) supporting The AFC (Actors’ Fund of Canada).
Episode #6: QUEER CONSCIOUS featuring Bruce Dow, Ryan Kelly, Mateo Lewis, Sarah Strange and Joseph Zita. The show begins February...

Toronto: Nightwood Theatre appoints Sedina Fiati its Artist-Activist in Residence

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Toronto: Nightwood Theatre appoints Sedina Fiati its Artist-Activist in Residence

Nightwood is delighted to announce the newest member of our small and mighty team - Sedina Fiati, who will be joining us as the inaugural Artist-Activist in Residence.
Sedina is a Toronto based performer, producer, director, creator and activist for stage and screen. Proudly Black and queer, Sedina is deeply invested in artistic work that explores...

Toronto: Confluence presents “The John Beckwith Songbook” on March 7

Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Toronto: Confluence presents “The John Beckwith Songbook” on March 7

Our next concert, premiering March 7th, celebrates the "dean of Canadian composers" on the occasion of his 94th birthday. John Beckwith has had a foundational impact on Canadian music for over 70 years, and he is still very much a driving force.
I will host three back-to-back concerts, joined by my daughter (and John's granddaughter) actor Alison...

Niagara-on-the-Lake: The Shaw Festival premieres “The Great Shaw Quiz” tonight on YouTube

Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Niagara-on-the-Lake: The Shaw Festival premieres “The Great Shaw Quiz” tonight on YouTube

Introducing...(Drum roll please) 🥁
The Great Shaw Quiz!  🎉
Our host, Neil Barclay, brings you all the laughter and suspense of a classic gameshow, featuring your favourite Shaw Festival faces.
Join us for the series premiere, tonight at 6:00 p.m. ET on our YouTube channel:
www.youtube.com
Be there or be square. 📺
⬇️

Toronto: Soulpepper announces appointments for Associate Artistic Director and Baillie Artistic Fellow

Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Toronto: Soulpepper announces appointments for Associate Artistic Director and Baillie Artistic Fellow

Soulpepper Theatre Company is thrilled to share that two tremendous artists will be joining the Company’s Artistic team. Working with Artistic Director Weyni Mengesha, and Executive Director Emma Stenning, will be Luke Reece, appointed as Soulpepper’s Associate Artistic Director, and Matthew MacKenzie joining as the Baillie Artistic Fellow. Within...

Houston, TX: “Songs for Murdered Sisters” by Margaret Atwood and Jake Heggie premieres February 19

Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Houston, TX: “Songs for Murdered Sisters” by Margaret Atwood and Jake Heggie premieres February 19

On the morning of September 22, 2015, in Renfrew County, Ontario, a single man went on a killing spree, brutally murdering three ex-partners in their separate homes. They were victims in a crime now recognized as one of the worst cases of domestic violence in Canadian history. The murders devastated the rural Ottawa Valley community where baritone Joshua...

Paris, FRA: COC General Director Alexander Neef pushes for diversity as head of the Paris Opera

Monday, February 8, 2021
Paris, FRA: COC General Director Alexander Neef pushes for diversity as head of the Paris Opera

The Paris Opera has vowed to overhaul its recruiting practices as it launched a drive towards greater diversity in the heart of its elite ballet company, orchestra and dance school.
The issue has already sparked fierce debate in France, with rightwingers accusing the Opera’s new director general, Alexander Neef, of introducing American-style...

Toronto: Free digital programs at the COC – “Gender & Opera” and “March Break: Exploring New Opera”

Monday, February 8, 2021
Toronto: Free digital programs at the COC – “Gender & Opera” and “March Break: Exploring New Opera”

FREE DIGITAL PROGRAM: GENDER & OPERA
The Canadian Opera Company expands on its popular Women in Opera event with this interactive discussion exploring how gender constructs affect opera professionals, the art form itself, and beyond. The virtual event takes place on March 5, 2021 at 7 p.m. EST and is moderated by Aria Umezawa, Canadian stage...

Stratford: The Stratford Festival mourns the loss of Christopher Plummer

Friday, February 5, 2021
Stratford: The Stratford Festival mourns the loss of Christopher Plummer

The Stratford Festival was shocked and deeply saddened by the news of Christopher Plummer’s death. The theatrical pioneer was a member of the Stratford acting company for 11 seasons between 1956 and 2012.
“Christopher Plummer was our North Star,” said Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino. “His talent, wit and verve set the highest standards for...

Toronto: The marquee lights of the Royal Alexandra Theatre will be dimmed February 6 for Christopher Plummer

Friday, February 5, 2021
Toronto: The marquee lights of the Royal Alexandra Theatre will be dimmed February 6 for Christopher Plummer

Christopher Plummer, one of the greatest actors of the 20th and 21st centuries, died today at the age of 91. In the great tradition of the theatre, to honour his extraordinary body of work the marquee lights of the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto will be dimmed at the traditional curtain-up time, 8 pm, on Saturday, February 6th.
Born in Montreal,...

Weston, CT: Actor Christopher Plummer has died at age 91

Friday, February 5, 2021
Weston, CT: Actor Christopher Plummer has died at age 91

Christopher Plummer, who was among the greatest Canadian actors ever to grace stage and screen, has died.
Plummer died Friday morning at his home in Connecticut with his wife, Elaine Taylor, by his side, said Lou Pitt, his longtime friend and manager.
"Chris was an extraordinary man who deeply loved and respected his profession with great...

Toronto: Opera Atelier short film “The Eye and Eye’s Delight” has been accepted by the Experimental Dance & Music Film Festival

Friday, February 5, 2021
Toronto: Opera Atelier short film “The Eye and Eye’s Delight” has been accepted by the Experimental Dance & Music Film Festival

Opera Atelier’s production of Something Rich & Strange (OA’s first livestream production) continues to generate a great deal of interest. In fact, the opening black and white segment, The Eye and Eye’s Delight, featuring Soprano Measha Brueggergosman, the Artists of Atelier Ballet, and Tafelmusik, has been accepted by the Experimental Dance & Music...

Barrie: Talk Is Free Theatre presents the Canadian premiere of “Manimals” March 5-14

Thursday, February 4, 2021
Barrie: Talk Is Free Theatre presents the Canadian premiere of “Manimals” March 5-14

TIFT is thrilled to present the Canadian premiere of Manimals, the first solo immersive exploration performance piece by critically acclaimed game producer Michelle Hudson. Manimals is a live, immersive experience driven by audience interaction and performed over Zoom.
Manimals follows the exploits of Michelle, a successful game designer who...

Toronto: Next Stage Community Booster wraps up

Thursday, February 4, 2021
Toronto: Next Stage Community Booster wraps up

The Next Stage Community Booster, which replaced the 14th annual Next Stage Theatre Festival, wrapped up last weekend. This four-day event was a boost of energy, ideas, creativity, and friendship for those enduring an isolated pandemic winter.The event featured digital performances from acclaimed indie artists, a half-day conference for the indie...

Hamilton: Brott Opera will stream its production of John Estacio’s “Filumena” through February 28

Thursday, February 4, 2021
Hamilton: Brott Opera will stream its production of John Estacio’s “Filumena” through February 28

BROTT TO YOU: Filumena
Performance Dates: 02/03/2021 - 02/28/2021 
A Livestream of the performance of John Estacio's Filumena recorded under strict Covid-19 safety protocols in November 2020. Available for viewing online on February 1, 2021. A link and passcode will be sent to ticket-holders via an electronic ticket.
$15 per Household

Toronto: Dominion Foundry demolition halted for one month – IRCPA shows possible plans for site

Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Toronto: Dominion Foundry demolition halted for one month – IRCPA shows possible plans for site

On Friday, January 29, Judge D.L. Corbett of the Ontario Divisional Court ordered a monthlong halt to the demolition by the province of the historic Dominion Foundry in Toronto’s West Don Lands. 
The joint steering committee of the International Resource Centre for Performing Artists (IRCPA, a service organization for Canada’s musicians) and...

Toronto: Crow’s Theatre presents the family theatre/game “New Societies” for March Break

Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Toronto: Crow’s Theatre presents the family theatre/game “New Societies” for March Break

Need a fun activity for March Break? Families, this is your chance to work together to create your ideal society in an interactive narrative strategy game. 
Join us for something a little bit different. New Societies is a game of collaboration, competition, and potential Utopia. Created by Re:Current Theatre, and presented in March by Crow's...

Toronto: Théâtre français de Toronto presents Horizons Francophones 2021

Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Toronto: Théâtre français de Toronto presents Horizons Francophones 2021

Black History Month offers the perfect opportunity to celebrate the considerable contributions from different black diasporas to world culture. Whether at the local, provincial, national or international level, artists from indigenous or Afro-descendant communities have created works that stand out for their finesse, strength and acuity.
This...

Stratford: Renovations to Gallery Stratford will include a new performance space opening this spring

Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Stratford: Renovations to Gallery Stratford will include a new performance space opening this spring

Stratford’s public art gallery will be opening a new indoor/outdoor studio and performance space behind its historically significant home on Romeo Street this spring, a major part of what’s shaping up to be a transformational year for the nearly 140-year-old structure.
At the moment, a stroll along the pathway behind Gallery Stratford takes people...

New York: Broadway cast of “Come From Away” to return for live capture of the musical

Tuesday, February 2, 2021
New York: Broadway cast of “Come From Away” to return for live capture of the musical

Though performances remain dark during the coronavirus shutdown, Come From Away will get the film treatment. Entertainment One will produce a live capture of the musical by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, reuniting cast members of the Broadway production.
The performance will be filmed in May at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, where the musical...

Ottawa: The results of the National Arts and Culture Impact survey are out

Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Ottawa: The results of the National Arts and Culture Impact survey are out

Most arts and culture organizations are holding on for now, but very high stress levels suggest that the impact of the pandemic aren’t just economic, according to the newly released results of the November 2020 National Arts and Culture Impact Survey (NACIS). 
The survey results painted an overall picture of short-term economic and psychological...

Toronto: Why Not Theatre launches ThisGen 2021 Fellowship

Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Toronto: Why Not Theatre launches ThisGen 2021 Fellowship

This February, innovative Canadian theatre company Why Not Theatre will launch ThisGen 2021 Fellowship, the second annual national initiative that supports BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) Female, Trans, and Non-Binary artists get to the next stage in their careers through training, mentorship, guided self-study, and peer-to-peer connection....

Huntsville: Dot the T Productions will premiere a new comedy live and outdoors this August

Saturday, January 30, 2021
Huntsville: Dot the T Productions will premiere a new comedy live and outdoors this August

PLEASE JOIN US IN JAN’S BACKYARD IN LAKE OF BAYSWe hope you will join us this August for our professional WORLD PREMIERE production of “FUNeral For A FriEND” and/or one of our 4 Sunday Live Music Events
Bring Your Own A.ppetizer B.everage C.hair 
DATES, TIMES, BANDS will be confirmed by the end of June.

FUNeral For A FriENDA comedy...

Toronto: Kuumba celebrates Black futures at Harbourfront Centre

Thursday, January 28, 2021
Toronto: Kuumba celebrates Black futures at Harbourfront Centre

Toronto’s longest running Black History Month festival, Kuumba, presented by the TD Ready Commitment, returns for its 26th edition to celebrate the Black community, forward-focused and now part of Black Futures Month.
“In 2021, we are taking a deeper look into what it actually means to be unapologetically Black, the courage it takes to stand...

Toronto: Cahoots Theatre announces the ENBY Ensemble Artsists

Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Toronto: Cahoots Theatre announces the ENBY Ensemble Artsists

We’re excited to announce the six artists of
Cahoots Theatre’s ENBY Ensemble.
Ken Caughey, Titus Androgynous, Dhanish Kumar Chinniah, NIUBOI, Robyn Kaur Sidhu, and Sansom Marchand, will be led by facilitators Ximena Huizi and Jay Northcott from February 18, 2021 - April 29, 2021.
We are excited to see what The ENBY Ensemble explores,...

Toronto: Amplified Opera is named Disruptor-in-Residence at the Canadian Opera Company

Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Toronto: Amplified Opera is named Disruptor-in-Residence at the Canadian Opera Company

The Canadian Opera Company welcomes Toronto-based Amplified Opera to the COC Academy as part of the company’s newly developed Disruptor-in-Residence program. The two-year residency will offer resources and support to the emerging opera company during the critical transition period from start-up to established organization, as well as share valuable...

Toronto: New national initiative, Digidance, presents Canadian film premiere of Crystal Pite’s “Body and Soul”

Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Toronto: New national initiative, Digidance, presents Canadian film premiere of Crystal Pite’s “Body and Soul”

Harbourfront Centre, in partnership with Digidance, announce the exclusive Canadian film premiere of Body and Soul, from internationally-lauded choreographer Crystal Pite and performed by Paris Opera Ballet - streaming online February 17-23, 2021. Filmed live during the November 2019 world premiere performance at Palais Garnier, Paris, the work marks...

Toronto: Juliane Gallant and Jennifer Tung named inaugural conductors by Women in Musical Leadership

Monday, January 25, 2021
Toronto: Juliane Gallant and Jennifer Tung named inaugural conductors by Women in Musical Leadership

Canadians Juliane Gallant and Jennifer Tung are named the inaugural Conductors in the landmark national conducting fellowship Women in Musical Leadership. 
Women in Musical Leadership is an innovative multi-year professional opportunity to advance music directors and conductors and richly expand the talent pool of musical leadership in Canada....

St. Catharines: Suitcase in Point streams “JimiBill and Me” by Genevieve Jones January 29

Monday, January 25, 2021
St. Catharines: Suitcase in Point streams “JimiBill and Me” by Genevieve Jones January 29

On Friday January 29th at 8pm, Suitcase in Point presents an online workshop sharing of JimiBill and Me, an original play written and performed by Genevieve Jones and musician Katey Gatta. This introductory sharing will be followed by a live Question & Answer session with the Director, Playwright/Actor, and Musician.
About: JimiBill and Me is...

Stratford: Stratford Festival premiere “Up Close and Musical” on Stratfest@Home

Monday, January 25, 2021
Stratford: Stratford Festival premiere “Up Close and Musical” on Stratfest@Home

As winter descends and the pandemic continues, the Stratford Festival offers up some heartwarming new content to entertain and inspire as we await the days when we will be able to gather in theatres again.
Up Close and Musical, a series of nine intimate cabarets featuring some of the Festival’s greatest musical performers, takes you back inside...

Toronto: The Assembly Theatre announces its new chapter with a new look and new team

Friday, January 22, 2021
Toronto: The Assembly Theatre announces its new chapter with a new look and new team

Throughout the entirety of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Assembly Theatre has been busy making changes and updates to its brand identity and operations team.
Founded in 2017 by The Unit 102 Actors Co. & Leroy Street Theatre, the Assembly Theatre was home to these two founding companies for 3 years. Their hard work and dedication created an affordable...

Ottawa: The National Creation Fund announces 13 new projects

Friday, January 22, 2021
Ottawa: The National Creation Fund announces 13 new projects

Over the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic profoundly changed the way we live and work, and we have all been called to see and imagine the world in different ways. The performing arts sector was hit particularly hard, and with many artists facing an uncertain future, the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund has played a critical role in supporting...

Toronto: Big Girl & Friends presents “Episode #3: Fast & Furious” beginning January 25

Friday, January 22, 2021
Toronto: Big Girl & Friends presents “Episode #3: Fast & Furious” beginning January 25

Toronto Musical Concerts Artistic Producer, Christopher Wilson and Associate Director, Ryan Kelly continue their daily YouTube Live stream, BIG GIRL & Friends (the SECOND wave) supporting The AFC (Actors’ Fund of Canada).
EPISODE #3: FAST & FURIOUS featuring Adam Brazier, Alessandro Costantini, Lizzie Kurtz, Astrid Van Wieren and Christopher...

Toronto: Monkey Toast welcomes Lt.-Commander Paul Smith of the RCN on February 6

Friday, January 22, 2021
Toronto: Monkey Toast welcomes Lt.-Commander Paul Smith of the RCN on February 6

Six-time Canadian Comedy Award winner, Monkey Toast: The Improvised Talk Show is now streaming its shows live online.  For our February 6th show, host David Shore welcomes special guest, from The Royal Canadian Navy, Lt. Commander Paul Smith!  You can watch the live stream on our YouTube channel, on Facebook, or Twitter.  Viewing links are below. 

St. Catharines: FirstOntario PAC presents “Exploring the Digital Needs of Niagara’s Arts Community”

Thursday, January 21, 2021
St. Catharines: FirstOntario PAC presents “Exploring the Digital Needs of Niagara’s Arts Community”

EXPLORING THE DIGITAL NEEDS OF NIAGARA’S ARTS COMMUNITY will virtually convene arts organizations, local artists and changemakers to explore their needs in the digital future between Tues 26 Jan - Thurs 28 Jan + Thurs 4 Feb - Sat 6 Feb 2021. 
This past fall, the FirstOntario PAC engaged Senior Project Advisor Dr. Sara Diamond and Project Advisor...

Toronto: Karine Ricard named new Artistic Director of Théâtre français de Toronto

Thursday, January 21, 2021
Toronto: Karine Ricard named new Artistic Director of Théâtre français de Toronto

Alexandra Vandelle, chair of TfT’s Board of Directors and member of the selection committee, is pleased to announce the appointment of Karine Ricard as  Théâtre français de Toronto’s (TfT) new Artistic Director: “We are delighted to welcome Karine to the team. She is an accomplished artist who embodies Toronto’s diversity. We are confident that her...

Toronto: Halting the demolition of the Dominion Foundry complex becomes more urgent

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Toronto: Halting the demolition of the Dominion Foundry complex becomes more urgent

The demolition, by the province, of the Dominion Foundry complex (153 to 185 Eastern Avenue) in Toronto’s West Don Lands, endangers efforts by the International Resource Centre for Performing Artists  (IRCPA) and Corktown Residents and Business Association (CRBA) to create a hub for Canada’s musicians and for the area’s 25,000 residents in the Corktown...

Toronto: “Winner & Losers” is now available from CBC Podcasts

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Toronto: “Winner & Losers” is now available from CBC Podcasts

Theatre Replacement and Neworld Theatre in Association with Crow’s Theatre's 2013 production of Winners and Losers, directed by Chris Abraham, has recently been adapted into an audio drama by PlayME on CBC Podcasts. With the closure of theatres across the country, PlayME  transforms hit plays into bingeable audio dramas.
In Winners and Losers,...

Toronto: The COC’s free podcast Key Change returns this winter with Alexander Neef and Perryn Leech

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Toronto: The COC’s free podcast Key Change returns this winter with Alexander Neef and Perryn Leech

The Canadian Opera Company’s new podcast, Key Change, returns this winter with more fresh takes on all things opera. Co-hosted by classical singer and culture critic Robyn Grant-Moran (a member of the COC’s Indigenous Circle of Artists) alongside COC Lead Curator, Opera Everywhere Julie McIsaac, the second season examines opera through artistic and...

Toronto: Théâtre français de Toronto makes three of its finest productions available to stream

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Toronto: Théâtre français de Toronto makes three of its finest productions available to stream

To nurture your passion for theatre, TfT is happy to offer you shows available in streaming that you can watch directly from the safety of your living room. 
Online recordings are priced at $10 + HST. Videos are  available for 72 hours from Thursday to Sunday midnight, giving you the flexibility to watch it at your convenience. 
ENGLISH...

Stratford: Rebecca Northan’s troupe Spontaneous Theatre presents “Undiscovered Sonnets” online

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Stratford: Rebecca Northan’s troupe Spontaneous Theatre presents “Undiscovered Sonnets” online

The world premiere of her latest improvised theatre experience, An Undiscovered Shakespeare, was put on hold last year, but that doesn’t mean actor and director Rebecca Northan’s critically acclaimed spontaneity is getting rusty.
On the contrary, Northan and her collaborators at Spontaneous Theatre have been flexing their improv muscles by finding...

Ottawa: The NAC with Business / Arts and Nanos Research releases info about Canadians’ attitudes to returning to live arts

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Ottawa: The NAC with Business / Arts and Nanos Research releases info about Canadians’ attitudes to returning to live arts

The Arts Response Tracking Study is a regular monitor of the environment in the arts andculture sector.
The study focuses on culture-goers who have attended an indoor cultural gathering, an outdoor cultural gathering or a gallery or museum in the 12-month period prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This third report contains information on the...

Toronto: Obsidian Theatre and CBC announce directors and performers for “21 Black Futures”

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Toronto: Obsidian Theatre and CBC announce directors and performers for “21 Black Futures”

Obsidian Theatre and the CBC are unveiling the full line-up of directors and performers who have joined the first major project announced under Artistic Director Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu, 21 BLACK FUTURES. First announced this past fall, 21 BLACK FUTURES is an anthology of 21 filmed monodramas, commissioned from 21 multigenerational Black playwrights across...

Toronto: Expect Theatre announces a new season of PlayME podcasts

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Toronto: Expect Theatre announces a new season of PlayME podcasts

Nine months since theatres closed due to COVID-19, and the arts world went online - EXPECT THEATRE and CBC PODCASTS today announced a new season of PlayME, the podcast series that turns the hottest Canadian plays into audio fiction. PlayME kicks off its extraordinary new season today with a lineup of plays that speak to these uncertain times, exploring...

Toronto: Next Stage Community Booster starts January 21, 2021

Monday, January 18, 2021
Toronto: Next Stage Community Booster starts January 21, 2021

Next Stage Community Booster runs January 21 - 24, with online content available for viewing until January 31. 
We know this is a little different from how we regularly operate, so we wanted to send out a cheat-sheet of how to experience the Next Stage Community Booster. Here are some ways to get ready for all the amazing content we are going...

Toronto: Rick Roberts’s “Orestes” has its digital world premiere February 3

Monday, January 18, 2021
Toronto: Rick Roberts’s “Orestes” has its digital world premiere February 3

Tarragon Theatre is thrilled to announce the world premiere of the re-imagined, live online production of Orestes. The play, written by Rick Roberts, will livestream February 2 - 14, 2021 (opening February 3, 2021).Orestes (Cliff Cardinal) has been de-platformed! His unimaginable crime of matricide is stuck on autoplay and his banishment has driven...

Ottawa: The National Arts Centre’s Big Bang Festival goes online February 13-14

Monday, January 18, 2021
Ottawa: The National Arts Centre’s Big Bang Festival goes online February 13-14

This year, the BIG BANG is coming to you! Mini concerts, online radio, interactive parties, podcast, playlists… The programming of this special edition is entirely free and available online so everyone can join in! Cancelling our winter sonic boom was simply not an option, so we’re launching the musical adventure into the Webosphere, where you and...

Stratford: Stratford Festival watch parties resume this Thursday

Monday, January 18, 2021
Stratford: Stratford Festival watch parties resume this Thursday

The Stratford Festival’s popular Thursday night free viewing parties resume this week with an entertaining variety of offerings, including new and legacy films and all new original content safely created during the pandemic – adding to the rich mine of theatrical content available on Stratfest@Home, the Festival’s $10-a-month streaming service.

Toronto: Help save the Dominion Foundry Complex Heritage Site

Sunday, January 17, 2021
Toronto: Help save the Dominion Foundry Complex Heritage Site

The Dominion Foundry complex in Toronto’s West Don Lands, a listed heritage site recognized by the Smithsonian Institution, is in imminent danger of demolition by the Province of Ontario.  The International Resource Centre for Performing Artists (IRCPA) has been working together with the Corktown communities to regenerate the site into a thriving...

Picton: Chilina Kennedy in “Broadway and Beyond” rescheduled for March 20, 2021

Friday, January 15, 2021
Picton: Chilina Kennedy in “Broadway and Beyond” rescheduled for March 20, 2021

The Regent Theatre and Festival Players are bringing Broadway to you this winter!
Chilina Kennedy, star of Stratford and Broadway, is one of Canada’s leading musical theatre performers. Among many starring roles on both sides of the border, Ms. Kennedy appeared as singer-songwriter Carole King in Beautiful for three years on Broadway.
This...

Cambridge: Vera Causa Opera postpones its film of “The Gondoliers” to March 2022

Friday, January 15, 2021
Cambridge: Vera Causa Opera postpones its film of “The Gondoliers” to March 2022

In light of this week’s stay-at-home order and in the interest of participant well-being, we will be postponing our film adaptation of The Gondoliers to next winter.  
Our staff and participants have been hard at work over the past few months preparing for this production by rehearsing lines and music, recording at home or recording individually...

Kitchener: The Conrad Family Foundation donates the Conrad Centre to the City of Kitchener

Friday, January 15, 2021
Kitchener: The Conrad Family Foundation donates the Conrad Centre to the City of Kitchener

Earlier today, the City of Kitchener announced that the Manfred and Penny Conrad Family Foundation and Manfred and Penny Conrad have donated the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts facility to the City to support the performing arts in the community. This donation will allow the City to support and boost local artistic and creative talent and strengthen...

New York: It’s Andrea Martin’s birthday today

Friday, January 15, 2021
New York: It’s Andrea Martin’s birthday today

Two-time Tony winner Andrea Martin celebrates her birthday January 15. Honor the star's big day by taking a look back at some of her biggest highlights. 
Martin, born in Portland, Mainee in 1947, is best known for her work in the television series SCTV and Great News. She has appeared in films such as Black Christmas (1974), Wag the Dog (1997),...

Toronto: Toronto Musical Concerts’ Big Girl & Friends presents “Simply Sondheim” January 18

Friday, January 15, 2021
Toronto: Toronto Musical Concerts’ Big Girl & Friends presents “Simply Sondheim” January 18

BIG GIRL & Friends (the SECOND wave) is BACK in support of The AFC (Actors’ Fund of Canada), premiering Monday, January 11 for a LIMITED 8 episodes ONLY. 
BIG GIRL & Friends features professional Canadian musical theatre artists sharing performances and conversations to promote awareness and support for The AFC’s vital services for those most...

St. Catharines: The Foster Festival presents a live reading of Foster’s “Old Love” on February 14

Thursday, January 14, 2021
St. Catharines: The Foster Festival presents a live reading of Foster’s “Old Love” on February 14

The Foster Festival presents a live reading of Foster’s Old Love on February 14 starring Norm Foster himself. 
OLD LOVE by Norm Foster
Bud is recently divorced. Molly is newly-widowed.
At her husband’s funeral, Bud appears to offer his condolences...and more. Norm Foster’s Old Love is a story of courtship, rekindled romance and above...

Toronto: Buddies in Bad Times announces a new format for The Rhubarb Festival

Thursday, January 14, 2021
Toronto: Buddies in Bad Times announces a new format for The Rhubarb Festival

Amidst an absence of live performance on our stages (and across the city) this season, The Rhubarb Festival leans into its spirit of experimentation with a new incarnation as a performative publication. In an intentional turn away from the digital, this year’s Festival takes the form of a limited edition book that seeks to embody live performance...

Toronto: Crow’s Theatre announces new projects for 2021

Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Toronto: Crow’s Theatre announces new projects for 2021

Over the coming months, Crow’s will be announcing a new slate of original theatre, podcast, screen-based and multi-platform projects-in-development. Today, we’re thrilled to make the first in our series of announcements with four new projects and partnerships. 
Creation Residency: MIXTAPE by Zorana Sadiq
Last seen at Crow’s Theatre in our...

Toronto: The Music Gallery presents “TURNONANDBENOTALONE” February 3 & 4

Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Toronto: The Music Gallery presents “TURNONANDBENOTALONE” February 3 & 4

The Music Gallery is pleased to present TURNONANDBENOTALONE. A multi-channel audio and visual installation, activated by a series of four solo instrumental performances. The event will unfold over two nights via the interactive website turnonandbenotalone.com from Febraury 3-4 beginning at 8pm.
“Sitting at the intersection of multi-channel audio/video...

Toronto: Necessary Angel Theatre Company announces its inaugural Resident Artists

Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Toronto: Necessary Angel Theatre Company announces its inaugural Resident Artists

Alan Dilworth, Artistic Director, today announced the inaugural Necessary Angel Theatre Company Artistic Residency program, with Alana Bridgewater, Carlos Rivera, and Michaela Washburn as 2021 Resident Artists. The year-long Necessary Angel Artistic Residency was developed to support the voices of outstanding artists as they explore theatrical storytelling...

London: Theatre community suspends Brickenden Awards but music bash will go ahead

Monday, January 11, 2021
London: Theatre community suspends Brickenden Awards but music bash will go ahead

London’s music community will have an awards celebration this year, but theatre enthusiasts will have to wait.
There will be no Brickenden Awards to celebrate excellence in theatre, but Mario Circelli, chair of the Forest City London Music Awards, said a live, virtual or hybrid event will be held in late May or June.
“We’re already in the...

St. Catharines: Norm Foster offers playwriting workshops January 26-February 18

Saturday, January 9, 2021
St. Catharines: Norm Foster offers playwriting workshops January 26-February 18

Join Norm Foster – award winning Canadian playwright and Order of Canada recipient – for an online, four-week playwriting workshop.
With only 10 participants per session, you will have the opportunity to work directly with Canada’s most prolific playwright in an intimate setting. This is an opportunity to carve out real time for your writing...

Toronto: Against the Grain Theatre extends “Messiah/Complex” to January 31 by popular demand

Friday, January 8, 2021
Toronto: Against the Grain Theatre extends “Messiah/Complex” to January 31 by popular demand

We hear you loud and clear! Due to overwhelming popular demand, we have decided to make Messiah/Complex available until the end of January.
Hoorah! This means you can watch the film on-demand any time, and as many times, you'd like until January 31st.
Having trouble registering or watching Messiah/Complex? Click here for detailed instructions.

Toronto: Toronto Fringe announces Next Stage Community Booster listings

Friday, January 8, 2021
Toronto: Toronto Fringe announces Next Stage Community Booster listings

The Next Stage Community Booster replaces the 14th annual Next Stage Theatre Festival, which was cancelled due to COVID-19. This four-day event will be a boost of energy, ideas, creativity, and friendship for those enduring an isolated pandemic winter. The event will feature digital performances from acclaimed indie artists, a half-day conference...

Toronto: Crow’s Theatre and RBC announce the recepient of the RBC Rising Star Emerging Director Prize

Thursday, January 7, 2021
Toronto: Crow’s Theatre and RBC announce the recepient of the RBC Rising Star Emerging Director Prize

Crow’s Theatre and RBC are proud to announce Cherissa Richards as the recipient of the Crow’s Theatre RBC Rising Star Emerging Director Prize. Designed to encourage and celebrate Canada’s most outstanding early-career stage directors, the Prize provides a $5,000 award to emerging Canadian directors, as well as a residency at Crow’s Theatre.
Following...

Toronto: Studio 180 presents “DAD” by Ali Richardson on Januaary 13

Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Toronto: Studio 180 presents “DAD” by Ali Richardson on Januaary 13

Did you miss our Studio 180 IN DEVELOPMENT reading of DAD by Ali Joy Richardson? You're in luck!
We've partnered with Intermission Magazine to offer an encore presentation on January 13 at 8PM! No registration is necessary, just click the link.
DADBY ALI JOY RICHARDSONRoy, a revered theatre school teacher, falls from grace after his behaviour...

Toronto: Crow’s Theatre presents Fringe hit “Entrances & Exits” online February 12-14

Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Toronto: Crow’s Theatre presents Fringe hit “Entrances & Exits” online February 12-14

This winter, Crow’s Theatre and The Howland Company join forces again to bring you laughter and connection with a new live-streamed adaptation of the "Best of Toronto Fringe" winning hit, Entrances and Exits. Created by Ruth Goodwin (The Howland Company, Private Eyes) and Liz Johnston (The Second City, Bad Dog) and co-directed for the screen by Ruth...

Toronto: The Poculi Ludique Societas presents “The Mary Magdalene Project” January 9 and 10

Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Toronto: The Poculi Ludique Societas presents “The Mary Magdalene Project” January 9 and 10

Along with our co-sponsors and the project producers, we're delighted to offer our PLS friends free tickets to this weekend's live Zoom performances of director Jenna McKellips' Mary Magdalene Project. 
The Mary Magdalene Project is a modernized version of the Digby play of the same name. The production will take place this weekend with performances...

Stratford: Kiwanis Festival Stratford connects with emerging artists through new programming

Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Stratford: Kiwanis Festival Stratford connects with emerging artists through new programming

Most people are familiar with Kiwanis Festival Stratford’s spring showcase of emerging performers, but moving that annual event online isn’t the only way organizers are adapting to the pandemic-related obstacles they’re facing this year.
The local charity has recently launched an online experience for artists interested in the professional feedback...

Toronto: The Musical Stage Company announces the faculty of NoteWorthy 2021

Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Toronto: The Musical Stage Company announces the faculty of NoteWorthy 2021

The Musical Stage Company in association with Prime Mover Theatre Company is thrilled to announce the internationally renowned faculty for NoteWorthy 2020-21! Faculty include MICHAEL R. JACKSON, STEW, KIRSTEN CHILDS, STAFFORD ARIMA with program mentorship by RAY HOGG and KEVIN WONG.
In addition to providing immeasurable knowledge and support...

Toronto: Studio 180 presents a reading of “The Chinese Lady” by Lloyd Suh on January 22

Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Toronto: Studio 180 presents a reading of “The Chinese Lady” by Lloyd Suh on January 22

Afong Moy is fourteen years old when she’s brought to the United States from Guangzhou Province in 1834. Allegedly the first Chinese woman to set foot on U.S. soil, she has been put on display for the American public as “The Chinese Lady.” As the decades wear on, her celebrated sideshow comes to define and challenge her very sense of identity. Inspired...

Toronto: What’s happening on the Bloor Street Culture Corridor in January

Friday, January 1, 2021
Toronto: What’s happening on the Bloor Street Culture Corridor in January

What’s happening in January along the Bloor St. Culture Corridor?
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
Returning for a fifth year in a star-studded virtual experience, the Hot Docs Podcast Festival headlines the winter streaming slate on Hot Docs at Home from January 27-29. Curated for podcast lovers and makers alike, the signature audio celebration...

Stage Door News Archive

Friday, January 1, 2021
Stage Door News Archive

For complete listings of news from 2020 please open this post and then click here. For complete listings of news from 2019 click here. For complete listings of news from 2018 plus news highlights from 2012 to 2017 click here.  For selected news from 2010 to 2012 click here.
Thank you for your patience.
The Editor