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UPDATED: Gracing the Stage Launch Party Weekend!

February 5th, 2009 Steve Leave a comment Go to comments

It is with great pride and pleasure that I announce a weekend of top notch music, comedy, and theatre, to officially launch this website. Yes, we’ve been posting daily (or just about) since January 4th, but on February 20th and 21st, gracingthestage.ca will be announcing its presence in the real world in a BIG way, with two nights showcasing some of Toronto’s best music, comedy, and theatre artists, at two of the newest and most exciting performance spaces in the city.

JUST ANNOUNCED: two  new acts have been added to the bills, one per night! Friday, the music line-up will be bolstered by the addition of Tonka and Puma, AKA April and Dan from Hooded Fang! Saturday, the evening will continue well past midnight with performances from The Bob Kerr Singers, led by stand-up extraordinaire Bob Kerr. Bob, who will be celebrating his birthday that night, is well under way to meeting a New Years resolution to perform more than 100 stand up shows in 2009; the Bob Kerr Singers are, well, whoever BOB invites to share the stage with him!

Maylee Todd leads members of Toronto's indie rock community in a late night, drunken aerobicise rountine at the second ever Sweatshop Hop. In this picture are members of Entire Cities, Gravity Wave, Woodhands, Henri Faberge & The Adorables, the Bicycles, sketch troupe Bull Hooey, and more, including yours truly (photo by Joseph Fuda).

Maylee Todd leads members of Toronto's indie rock community in a late night, drunken aerobicise routine at the second ever Sweatshop Hop. In this picture are members of Entire Cities, Gravity Wave, Woodhands, Henri Faberge & The Adorables, the Bicycles, sketch troupe Bull Hooey, and more, including yours truly (photo by Joseph Fuda).

Here are the straight facts:

gracingthestage.ca Launch Party Night 1, w/ Entire Cities, The Williamson Playboys, Gravity Wave, Levi MacDougall, Maylee Todd, 10,000 to Flight, Convergence Theatre, Tonka and Puma, and Carnegie Hall, with hosts Iron Cobra, Friday Feb. 20th @ Bread & Circus (299 Augusta Ave), 8pm doors, 9pm showtime.

AND

gracingthestage.ca Launch Party Night 2, w/ Peter Katz, The Remainders, Maylee & Slippers’ Sweatshop Hop, Pat Thornton, Melissa D’Agostino, Makesi Arthur, Jehan Khoorshed, The Bob Kerr Singers, and Kathleen Phillips, with hosts The Flirts, Saturday Feb. 21st @ Comedy Bar (945 Bloor St. W.), 8pm doors, 9pm showtime.

Tickets for both nights are $12 in advance @ their respective venues and at record store Soundscapes (572 College St.), and $15 @ the door.

The venues (Bread and Circus, and Comedy Bar) were chosen for the fact that they are both artist-owned and operated; neither space is particularly large, and tickets will go FAST. Don’t wait long to pick yours up!

(Edit: the following tune is not produced by anyone affliated with Maylee & Slippers’ Sweatshop Hop, but it comes Maylee-approved – have a listen to get in the mood!)

Neon Neon (feat. Fat Lip and Yo Majesty!) – Sweatshop


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  1. February 5th, 2009 at 13:02 | #1

    Almost forgot! I do strongly urge you to pick up your tickets in person at the venues. Bread and Circus has regular Tuesday and Wednesday PWYC shows, and are open most Thursdays – Saturdays with special events (check their calendar at http://www.breadandcircus.ca). And Comedy Bar is open from 5pm onwards every night, with great comedy, ranging from PWYC to $10 (check their calendar at http://www.comedybar.ca).

    But, should you be unable to visit Comedy Bar in advance, you can book tickets for the 21st via the website:

    email gary@comedybar.ca

  2. February 11th, 2009 at 20:10 | #2

    Reservation of advance tickets is now available for the 20th at Bread and Circus via jackie@breadandcircus.ca!

  3. February 20th, 2009 at 15:23 | #3

    Eight of Toronto’s best theatre, comedy, and music acts wasn’t enough! I’m pleased to announce a 9th act has been added to each bill!

    Friday, the music part of the line-up has been bolstered by the addition of Tonka and Puma, AKA Dan and April from Hooded Fang!

    http://www.myspace.com/tonkapuma

    Saturday, the show will continue well past midnight with performances from The Bob Kerr Singers! Bob Kerr, a comedian with writing credits for “This Hour Has 22 Minutes”, has a terrific New Year’s resolution of doing more than 100 stand up sets in 2009. The Bob Kerr Singers are, well, anyone Bob invites to share the stage with him!

    Also, there’s a new post up on gracingthestage.ca with info about press the shows and the website have received so far:

    http://www.gracingthestage.ca/?p=1134

    If you don’t have your tickets yet, there are still some available at Soundscapes, right up until the show starts . Tickets are $12 in advance, or $15 at the door, until we reach “let’s hope no-one calls the fire department” capacity (which is a very real possibility). Don’t miss out!

    See you tonight,

    Steve

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