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Queer Stage Mothers: Thom Fitzgerald & Brad Hennig

posted Thursday, August 29, 2019

by: in Celebrity, Clubs, Comedy, Drag, Events, Featured Events, Music, New York City, Pride, Queer, Toronto

For the upcoming issue of AutumnPlay, I spoke with Thom Fitzgerald who was in LA working on his upcoming film, Stage Mother, which stars Jacki Weaver, Lucy Liu, and Adrian Grenier among others. The plot follows a conservative church choir director who inherits a drag club in San Francisco started by her deceased son, from whom she was estranged after he came out as gay. “Even […]

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SLANG: Tom Hearn’s solo sketch show – August 8, 2019 (Toronto)

posted Tuesday, August 6, 2019

by: in Celebrity, Clubs, Comedy, Drag, Events, Featured Events, Music, New York City, Pride, Queer, Toronto

If you took all the best of the We’re Funny That Way Festival, you’d wind up with something very close to Tom Hearn’s latest offering, SLANG, a queer solo sketch comedy tour. Original over-the-top stand-up monologues, hyperbolic sketches, and satirical parodies all written by Tom Hearn, whose character impersonations are as funny as they are […]

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TriAdventure: A Canadian Legacy of Love 

posted Friday, November 2, 2018

by: in Celebrity, Clubs, Comedy, Drag, Events, Featured Events, Music, New York City, Pride, Queer, Toronto

In the summer of 2019,  TriAdventure will celebrate its final year. The swim, run, paddle, and cycle raises money to support Nikibasika, a Ugandan school for children who were caught between the civil war and the raging HIV epidemic. At the time Nikibaska opened its doors, an entire generation of Ugandans had been wiped out, leaving kids […]

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Gertrude & Alice Returns to Buddies – Sept 15 to Oct 7, 2017 (Toronto)

posted Wednesday, September 19, 2018

by: in Celebrity, Clubs, Comedy, Drag, Events, Featured Events, Music, New York City, Pride, Queer, Toronto

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre kicks of its 40th anniversary season this September with the return of an audience favourite, Gertrude and Alice, originally co-produced by Buddies and the Independent Aunties in 2016. Critically-acclaimed, nominated for three Dora Mavor Moore Awards (outstanding new play, performance – ensemble, and costume design), and recently published by Playwrights […]

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Councillor Wong-Tam: Improving Toronto Streets For All Users

posted Thursday, July 26, 2018

by: in Events, Toronto

Vision Zero: Toronto Road Safety Plan is a road safety action plan focused on reducing traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries on Toronto’s streets. The intent is to prioritize the safety of our most vulnerable road users, and seek to redesign our roads to program out unsafe behaviour, and end traffic deaths by 2021. Approved by […]

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OASIS LOVE comes to QueerPride!

posted Wednesday, May 23, 2018

by: in Celebrity, Clubs, Comedy, Drag, Events, Featured Events, Music, New York City, Pride, Queer, Toronto

Just in time for Pride, Oasis Love returns to Toronto as part of Buddies In Bad Times Theatre’s QueerPride line-up! After a relationship gone bad, writer and performer Johnny Salib (Calpurnia, RAID: Operation SOAP) has teamed up with director/dramaturge extraordinaire Franny McCabe-Bennett (SMASHES! at We’re Funny That Way Comedy Festival in Toronto and the International […]

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Review: “Alone Together” – on now until April 14, 2018 (Toronto)

posted Thursday, April 12, 2018

by: in Celebrity, Clubs, Comedy, Drag, Events, Featured Events, Music, New York City, Pride, Queer, Toronto

Alone Together is a double bill consisting of There she was and Taking Breath which use dance in an examination of human connection. Constructed as a reality that is both chaotic and calming, Alone Together merges two performances that are similar in structure yet different in every other way. Taking A Breath is a comment on communication barriers […]

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REVIEW: “I Cook, He Does The Dishes” (While The Audience Sorts The Laundry)

posted Saturday, March 24, 2018

by: in Celebrity, Clubs, Comedy, Drag, Events, Featured Events, Music, New York City, Pride, Queer, Toronto

Written and directed by Sky Gilbert, I Cook, He Does The Dishes is as much about the value of relationship as it is a questioning of how we relate to being in, out of, or enmeshed in it. The play is a modern take on the real-life love affair between John Cage and Merce Cunningham who were […]

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Queer Portraits: Sarah Hunter

posted Thursday, January 25, 2018

by: in Celebrity, Clubs, Comedy, Drag, Events, Featured Events, Music, New York City, Pride, Queer, Toronto

As the administer for the K.M. Hunter Foundation, Sarah Hunter is well known in the charitable community for her support of arts, culture, the environment and HIV/AIDS. In Sarah’s off hours she is a dedicated full-time artist whose work is as beautiful as it is provocative. In 2008 she began what was to become her […]

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“Queens On King” presents an early evening of drag and burlesque cabaret

posted Friday, January 19, 2018

by: in Celebrity, Clubs, Comedy, Drag, Events, Featured Events, Music, New York City, Pride, Queer, Toronto

The Church/Wellesley Village was once the crowning jewel of gay Toronto, but in recent years our venues have moved out to other areas of the city. Some argue that as we lose the close concertation of LGBT spaces we forgo a certain amount of power and safety as a community, but the flip side is […]

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