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Weekly Update 296 (Apr. 23rd – Apr. 30th, 2010)



The creators of "Gravy Train", Tim Doiron & April Mullen, pose on the red carpet at the premiere of their movie in Toronto.

The creators of “Rock Paper Scissors: The Way of the Tosser”, Tim Doiron & April Mullen, are back with a cop comedy entitled “Gravy Train” (you can check out the trailer here). Based on the popularity of their first film, they were able to land quite a few celebrities for their 2nd feature, including Tim Meadows, Colin Mochrie, and Jennifer Dale. The movie gets a red carpet premiere this Friday night at the AMC Yonge and Dundas, followed by a Q & A (which the filmmaking pair will do for most evening screenings this week – they’ve posted a schedule here). If you want to see it cheaply (sans Q & A), remember that the AMC has half price matinee tickets for screenings before noon on weekends…

In advance of the Hot Docs festival (which starts next Saturday), there’s a screening of one of the most popular recent Canadian documentaries on Tuesday at the Revue Cinema. Peter Lynch will be taking questions after the screening of his doc “Project Grizzly“, about Troy Hurtubise, a man obsessed with building a bear-proof protection suit, to the point of throwing himself off of cliffs, and having people drive cars into him to test it. The film will also be screening with Lynch’s short “Nails“.

Still in cinemas, I’ve seen “Kick Ass” twice now, and will probably go a third time; it’s funny, profane, violent, and the most enjoyable treatment you’re ever likely to see of just how ridiculous it would be for someone to dress up as a superhero and fight crime. I’m also going to try to make time to see “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo“, which is still getting great word of mouth.


Veteran local rockers Run With The Kittens, who have a penchant for the absurd, have enlisted an unorthodox representative to help publicize their upcoming CD release next Friday at the Great Hall.
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"If We Were Birds": Tereus (Geoffrey Pounsett) is given Procne's (Phillippa Domville) hand in marriage by her father, the king of Athens (David Fox), while Procne's sister Philomena (Tara Rosling) looks anxiously on. Philomena is right to be concerned; first, Tereus will take her sister away; then, when he comes to take Philomena to visit her sister, his unwelcome attention will fall on her. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.




The Room's "Red Machine" series gets a workshop this weekend at Harbourfront Centre as part of the HATCH series.

There’s two shows of note running this weekend only. The HATCH series down at Harbourfront plays host to The Room’s latest iteration of their functions of the brain inspired series, “Red Machine: Under the Knife“, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon down by the waterfront. Also Saturday night (and Friday), there’s a special presentation of a new work by “The Vagina Monologues” playwright Eve Ensler, entitled “The Good Body” (being performed with special permission in Toronto only), with a cast of a dozen plus female actors from around Toronto, at the Annex Theatre.

In festivals, The Banana Festival, a collection of new sci-fi inspired one act plays, wraps up this Saturday night with both a 8pm early show and 10:30 show at the Imperial Pub (which actually has a decent sized performance space in the back room, similar to The Rivoli). Continuing festivals include The Crosscurrent Festival at Factory Theatre, which features staged readings and interviews with Daniel MacIvor, Anusree Roy, and more; The Buzz Festival at Theatre Passe Muraille, which will feature new work all week from Puppetmongers Theatre and Why Not Theatre, playwrights Natasha Greenblatt, Noa May Dorn, and more;  and The AMY Project, which runs next weekend at Factory, showcasing work done by young women in collaboration with theatrical mentors like Tara Beagan, Rosa Laborde, and Hannah Moscovitch.

Opening shows this week include the return of Soulpepper’s production of David Mamet’s “Glengarry Glen Ross“, and a new dance work at the Winchester Theatre from the Love You Long Time Collective. There’s also a trio of continuing shows, all excellent plays written by local authors, including new work from Erin Shields (“If We Were Birds” at Tarragon Theatre) and Daniel MacIvor (“This Is What Happens Next” at Canstage Berkeley Theatre), and a remount at Bread and Circus of Claudia Dey’s off kilter comedy “Trout Stanley“.




The National Theatre of the World is partnering with the cast of “Crocsomia” late Friday night at Theatre Passe Muraille for something unexpected, before the UK based company packs up and leaves town (their show closes Saturday night). The N T of the W is also participating Sunday evening in “April Fools: A Comedy Cabaret“, joining a large and eclectic bill of fire performers, aerialists, burlesque dancers, and more.

Levi MacDougall, somewhat hairier than normal for his gig on "Important Things with Demetri Martin", guests (with fellow "Important Things" writer and castmate Nathan Fielder) on Laugh Sabbath's "Hour of Power" this Sunday.

Saturday night, Comedy Bar has a trio of intriguing shows; the final regular “Monkey Toast” before the improvised talk show’s finale next Saturday; “Gleeks“, a improvised musical tribute to the popular TV show (while advance tickets are apparently sold out, there will be some at the door for early birds – say, those who attend “Monkey Toast”?); and “NSFW“, a showcase of internet WTF clips curated by Jared Sales and Tal Zimmerman. A long running show at the Rivoli, this will be “NSFW”’s Comedy Bar debut; the show has a tradition of interesting guests popping up (like Jerry O’Connell).

Sunday night, Levi Macdougall and Nathan Fielder, previously Toronto-based comics who’ve made good in LA as writers and cast members on the hit Comedy Central show “Important Things With Demetri Martin”, return to the Rivoli for Laugh Sabbath’s “Talent Show“, a show both used to perform on regularly.

Monday, Comedy Bar is giving the stage up to a patron, Winnifred Brown, who’s shown no hesitation in the past at jumping up and participating in shows. The show, featuring comics like Matt Folliott and Gary Rideout Jr. who’ve enjoyed Winnie’s impromptu participation in the past, will be a fundraiser for care packages for Jamaica, with a 50/50 draw; they ask that you bring books and clothes for donation. Also that night, there’s an edition of “Pirate Video Cabaret” at Clinton’s, with curated comic-created videos mixing with live sets from comics such as Alana Johnston, Nile Seguin, and “NSFW” host Jared Sales.

Later in the week, Approximately 3 Peter’s hosts an evening of sketch on Thursday at Comedy Bar, including the return of Deadpan Powerpoint, a duo that wowed audiences with their dry multimedia humour at Toronto Sketchfest back in the fall.


Vancouver-based singer-songwriter Hannah Georgas opens for An Horse Monday night at The Garrison, and also has an in-store show of her own, Tuesday evening at Criminal Records.




MJ Cyr opens for Guelph's Canyon City at the Boat this Wednesday.

Jon Spencer’s OTHER band, Heavy Trash, play Friday night at Lee’s, then an in-store at Sonic Boom on Saturday afternoon. Saturday night, the Garrison has probably the strongest bill of the week, with two hot, capitalized bands (OPOPO and PARLOVR) opening for Montreal’s We Are Wolves.

Sunday evening’s pick is much quieter, comparatively; The Weather Station will anchor a night of acoustic music in the Tranzac Club’s Southern Cross Lounge, with headliner Lisa Conway, and the debut of a spoken word project from Entire Cities‘ Simon Borer, entitled Traplines.

Monday evening, acoustic super group Daniel (Attack in Black), Fred (Shotgun & Jaybird), and Julie (Doiron) play an in-store at Soundscapes. Vancouver’s Hannah Georges, in the opening slot for Aussies An Horse Monday night at The Garrison, has an in-store herself on Tuesday at Criminal Records.

Kathleen Edwards is prepping to release a new album this spring/summer, and is trying out her new tunes this Tuesday at the Drake Hotel Underground, as part of a three week residency.

Wednesday, San Diego’s The Album Leaf play Lee’s; there’s also a show at the Boat by Guelph’s Canyon City, who’re charging much less at the door (less gas money to pay for).

Friday, there’s an early all ages bill at the Kapisanan Cultural Centre, headlined by Donlands and Mortimer, and produced by Daps Duo, as part of their all ages showcase series. Later in the night, local mainstays Run With the Kittens have their latest CD release; while they aren’t playing their favourite haunt The Cameron House, you CAN pick up advance tickets behind the bar there for their show at the Great Hall.


Peter Lynch’s already classic documentary “Project: Grizzly” screens Tuesday evening at the Revue Cinema; Lynch will be on hand after the film for a Q & A.



Steve’s Weekly Picks for Apr. 23rd – Apr. 30th, 2010:



Limber burlesque performer Cherry Temple joins mentalist Mysterion the Mind Reader, rapper Wordburglar, improv troupe The National Theatre of the World, and many more exotic acts at this Sunday's "April Fools: A Comedy Cabaret".

FRIDAY Apr. 23rd: If We Were Birds“, w/ Tara Rosling, Geoffrey Pounsett, Phillipa Domville, more, @ Tarragon Theatre, 8pm, $33-39 ($10 rush tix avail. @ 6pm – line up early) /      Yukon Blonde, w/ Sports: The Band, Fox Jaws, @ The Garrison, 9pm, $8     /     “The National Theatre of the World and Little Bulb Theatre Collude!” , w/ Shamira Turner, Ron Pederson, Clare Beresford, more, @ Theatre Passe Muraille, 9pm, PWYC      /      Heavy Trash(11:45pm), w/ CATL (10:45pm), The Weirdies (9:45pm), @ The Horseshoe Tavern, $12.50

SATURDAY Apr. 24th Aft.: Heavy Trash in-store performance, @ Sonic Boom(downstairs), 2pm, FREE (bring a food donation)      / Giiwedin: a First Nation’s Opera“ closing day, w/ Ryan Allen, Nicole Joy-Fraser, Jesse Clark, more, @ Theatre Passe Muraille, 2:30pm, PWYC      /      “Kick Ass”, @ Rainbow Market Square Cinemas, 4pm (also 1pm), $6

SATURDAY Apr. 24th Eve:Gravy Train“, w/ post screening Q & A with dir. / writers April Mullen & Tim Doiron, @ AMC Yonge & Dundas, 7pm (& 10pm), $12 – $13      /     “Eve Underground“, w/ Emma MacKenzie Hillier, George Root, Alex Dallas, more, @ The Annex Theatre (730 Bathurst St.), 8pm, $18 – $23       /      We Are Wolves, w/ PARLOVR, OPOPO, @ The Garrison, 9:30pm, $12     / Banana Festival” closing night, w/ Tim Nussey, Merritt Crews, Jason Robinson, musical guest Chelsea Manders, more, @ The Imperial Pub (54 Dundas St. E.), 10:30pm (also 8pm early show), $10      /NSFW“, w/ hosts Tal Zimmerman & Jared Sales, special guests, more, @ Comedy Bar, 12am, FREE

SUNDAY Apr. 25th Aft.: Gravy Train“, @ AMC Yonge & Dundas Square, 10:45am, $6      /      Crosscurrents Festival: “Throat“, w/ Audrey Dyer, Noah Reid, Sharon Lewis, more, @ Factory Theatre, 2pm, FREE     / HATCH Series: “Red Machine: Under the Knife“, w/ Christopher Stanton, Paula Jean Prudat, James Cade, more, @ The Harbourfront Centre Studio Theatre (235 Queens Quay W.), 4pm, $12

SUNDAY Apr. 25th Eve: Crosscurrents Festival: Daniel MacIvor’s “Bingo ” reading, w/ pre-show Q & A w/ MacIvor, Anusree Roy, Bruce Barton, host Aynsley Moorhouse, more, @  Factory Theatre, symposium @ 6pm, reading @ 8pm, PWYC      / April Fools: A Comedy Cabaret“, w/ The National Theatre of the World, Mysterion the Mind Reader, Cherry Temple, musical guest Wordburglar, host The Canadian Wolfman, more, @ Revival Bar (783 College St.), 8pm, $20      / Laugh Sabbath Presents… The Hour of Power!”, w/ Levi Macdougall, Bull Hooey, Nathan Fielder, host Sara Hennessey, more, @ The Rivoli, 9pm, $5     /     Lisa Conway, w/ The Weather Station, Arkana Music, Traplines, more, @ The Tranzac Club (Southern Cross Lounge, 292 Brunswick Ave.), 10pm, PWYC

MONDAY Apr. 26th: Daniel, Fred, & Julie (Doiron) in-store performance, @ Soundscapes, 7:30pm, FREE      / This Is What Happens Next“, w/ Daniel MacIvor, @ Canstage Berkeley St. Theatre, 8pm, $20-$35 (limited PWYC rush tix) /       “One Love, One Show – For the Love of Winnie!“, w/ Matt Folliot, Carly Heffernan, Gary Rideout Jr., host Winnifred Brown, more, @ Comedy Bar, 8pm, PWYC (please bring clothes and books for donation)      /      “Pirate Video Cabaret“, w/ Rhiannon Archer, Nile Seguin, Alana Johnston, host Simon Fraser, more, @ Clinton’s, 8:30pm, $5       /      An Horse, w/ Hannah Georgas, @ The Garrison, 9:30pm, $10

Kathleen Edwards plays her second of three weekly residency nights at the Drake Hotel Underground this Tuesday, previewing songs from her upcoming new album.

TUESDAY Apr. 27th: Hannah Georgas in-store performance, @ Criminal Records (493 Queen St. W.), 6pm, FREE      /       “Project Grizzly“, w/ post screening Q & A with director Peter Lynch, @ The Revue Cinema, 7pm, $8 – $10     /      A Night with Kathleen Edwards, @ The Drake Hotel Underground, 8:30pm, $20      /      White Rabbits (10:15pm), w/ The Rival Boys (9pm),  @ Lee’s Palace, $14.50 /      “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, @ Scotiabank Theatre Cinemas, 10:20pm (also 6:50pm), $6.47

WEDNESDAY Apr. 28th:Buzz Festival: Night 2“, w/ Puppetmongers Theatre, Noa May Dorn, Ravi Jain, musical guest Treassa Levasseur, more, @ Theatre Passe Muraille, 7:30pm, FREE       / Almost, Maine” preview night, w/ Kate Spurgeon, Brian Bisson, Shanda Bezic, more, @ Tarragon Theatre, 8pm, $21      / Canyon City, w/ MJ Cyr, @ The Boat (158 Augusta Ave.), 9pm, $5 /      The Album Leaf (10:15pm), w/ Seawolf (9pm), @ Lee’s Palace, $12.50

THURSDAY Apr. 29th: Trout Stanley“, w/ Jessica Huras, Katie Lawson, & Derek Moran, @ Bread and Circus, 7:30pm, $15 – $18      / Pet3rs Present… Your Parent’s Basement #5“, w/ Deadpan Powerpoint, The Chesterfields, Approximately 3 Peters, @ Comedy Bar, 8pm, $5      /      “No Guarantees, No Refunds“, w/ Tanya Crowder, Jolene Devoe, Allison Peacock, more, @ Winchester St. Theatre, 8pm, $14 – $18

FRIDAY Apr. 30th: Donlands & Mortimer (9:45pm), w/ Wax Manniquin (9pm), Blue Hawaii (8pm), Tonka & Puma (7:30pm), more, @ Kapisanan Cultural Centre (167 Augusta Ave.), 7pm, $8 (ALL AGES)      / The AMY Project Presents… Step Right Up!“, w/ Andrea Carter, Keian Johnson, Abhi Yogasergaran, more, @ Theatre Passe Muraille, 8pm, PWYC      /      Run With The Kittens CD Release, w/ Friendly Rich, BA Johnston, more, @ The Great Hall (1087 Queen St. W.), 8:30pm, $10


Donlands and Mortimer headline an early all ages show next Friday evening at the Kapisanan Cultural Centre, organized by Daps Duo (AKA Tonka & Puma, who open the evening). This Southern Souls video has them performing in a loading bay at a self storage facility; I’m pretty sure I’ve helped a friend move furniture out of there before!


Fine Print:

- All prices listed are advance ticket prices (where applicable). With many of these shows, especially music and theatre, if you show up at the door, you run the risk of being turned away due to a sell out.

- All times are start times, NOT door times. If you show up after the posted time, the show will likely already be underway.

- I typically cap the listed performers at three mentioned per show. The bill of bands / acts / performers is often much larger (particularly for comedy and theatre).

- Theatre and Comedy events are ALL AGES, unless otherwise noted. Music events are 19+, unless otherwise noted (FREE in-store and outdoor performances are ALL AGES, due to the lack of alcohol service).

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