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UPDATED (again): Gracing the Internet!

February 20th, 2009 Steve 1 comment

Edit: Update 259 is still to come; these launch shows took a LOT out of me, though I couldn’t be happier with what happened on-stage, both nights (a more detailed description, and an incredible array of photos of the events, will be posted very soon). Hopefully, the update will be up by Sunday evening, but if not, this Sunday, you should consider attending the closing of the Rhubarb Festival, the Rural Alberta Advantage headlining Wavelength, or the Bruce Penisula CD release. – Steve

So, I haven’t exactly been keeping a strict schedule of daily posts this past week. The truth is, I’ve still been “internet-ing” plenty – but mostly for other people; answering interview questions, sending on hi-res photos, etc., etc.

Melissa D'Agostino and her character Lupe (who's on the bill for Saturday's Comedy Bar show) were interviewed in Torontoist this week.

Melissa D'Agostino and her character Lupe (who's on the bill for Saturday's Comedy Bar show) were interviewed in Torontoist this week.

And it sure has paid off; Gracing the Stage (and this weekend’s launch parties) has been extensively profiled by Torontoist’s theatre writer, Johnnie Walker, and Historyjen, a blogger affiliated with the Toronto Music Blog Collective, over the past two days.

When two of the city’s most authoritative bloggers, representing both the theatre community and the music community (Jen is, to my knowledge, the only music blogger ever given her own profile on Blog T.O.), are willing to devote so much text to these launch shows, you gotta figure they’re truly going to be something special.

Johnnie’s article, focusing on Convergence Theatre’s spearheading of the movement to amend the CAEA Agreement for Indie Theatre, and Melissa D’Agostino, who was named a “Hero of 2008″ by Torontoist, can be found here:

http://torontoist.com/2009/02/drama_club_inequity.php

Friday’s (and Saturday’s, really) show is the top pick on Torontoist’s Urban Planner, too!

http://torontoist.com/2009/02/urban_planner_february_20_2009.php

Jen’s post, with information about ALL the music acts performing this weekend, videos of The Williamson Playboys and The Sweatshop Hop, and MP3s from Entire Cities, Gravity Wave, Peter Katz, and Jehan Khoorshed, can be found here:

http://torontomusicblogcollective.blogspot.com/2009/02/gracing-stage.html

Or here…

http://historyjen.blogspot.com/2009/02/gracing-stage.html

The audience at Woodhands' Over the Top 2008 showcase. In this photo are Gracing the Stage editor Steve Fisher, local man about town Chris De Castro, comedian Marjorie Malpass, music blogger Jennifer Polk, and photographer and Sweatshop Hop performer Corbin Smith (Corbin is unfortunately on the bench for the Saturday's performance at Comedy Bar, due to a foot injury).

The audience at Woodhands' Over the Top 2008 showcase. In this photo are Gracing the Stage editor Steve Fisher, local man about town Chris De Castro, comedian Marjorie Malpass, music blogger Jennifer Polk, and photographer and Sweatshop Hop performer Corbin Smith (Corbin is unfortunately on the bench for this Saturday's performance at Comedy Bar, due to a foot injury). Photo by Garry Tsaconas.

I’ll be editing this post with more links to articles about Gracing the Stage and this weekend’s shows as they turn up online (at least two other publications have something in the works). And tomorrow’s update is still scheduled to go out on time, before I head off to Bread and Circus to prep for the evening’s extravaganza!

(I’m going to crash SO hard on Sunday…)

Wombats in Love / Wavelength

February 12th, 2009 Steve No comments

(Note: I’m mentioning last night’s Wombat Wednesdays Valentine’s special after the fact, because a) February curator Magali Meagher has several more Wombat Wednesdays scheduled this month, and b) several performers have upcoming shows, including Gentleman Reg’s in-store and CD release, and Levi Macdougall & Katie Crown at Laugh Sabbath and, well, my shows. The Wombats in Love show was slated for a profile yesterday on the site, but I’ve been a busy fella, and I fell behind; mea culpa. If it’s any consolation, I missed seeing last night’s show, including the rare appearance by Mary Margaret O’Hara, as well. If you’ve been reading the weekly updates or calendar event listings, you’d have known in advance last night was gonna be special – though that’s still no excuse for my tardiness. – Steve )

Duos included husband and wife Bob Wiseman & curator Magali Meagher, friends Reg Vermue & Jim Guthrie, and Mary Margaret O'Hara and some lucky sod (seriously, the lady's a legend).

Duos included husband and wife Bob Wiseman & curator Magali Meagher, friends Reg Vermue & Jim Guthrie, and Mary Margaret O'Hara and some lucky sod (seriously, the lady's a legend).

There’s been a few editions of (un)likely duos shows around town the past few years, mostly comedy related, and certainly, this month’s curator of Wombat Wednesday, and her husband, Bob Wiseman, have their fingers in the pie that is Toronto comedy. But this special edition of The Tranzac Club series was very much a music affair, and there were some terrific musicians lined up.

Human Highway – Moody Motorcycle

Gentleman Reg – You Can’t Get It back

Participants included Casey Mejica (of Ohbijou) and Samir Khan; Jim Guthrie (of Human Highway) and (Gentleman) Reg Vermue; David Dineen Porter (PDF Format); and comics Levi MacDougall and Katie Crown (Crown has played bass in the past with Meagher’s band The Phonemes). But the brightest star of the night was announced just a few days ago (I added it to the weekly update and event listing immediately, of course), when Mary Margaret O’Hara joined the bill. The reclusive Toronto musician, whose 1988 album (and only full LP to date) “Miss America” has been called one of the best records of the 20th century by rock critics from Mojo Magazine and elsewhere, was a late addition to the fundraiser for cancer research, adding star power to a show that already had plenty.

So, for a music fan, how do you top a show like that happening mid-week? Why, with the Wavelength anniversary celebrations, of course. The venerable alternative music series, well profiled this week in Eye Weekly by veteran writer and Two Koreas singer Stuart Berman, is celebrating its 450th edition (which officially happens on Sunday at Sneaky Dee’s with Foxfire headlining) with shows from Thursday to Sunday at 5 different venues, with a wildly varied slate of over 20 different bands, local and otherwise.

(More choice mp3s and info about the Wavelength celebrations after the “more”). Read more…

Weekly Update 258

February 7th, 2009 Steve 2 comments

dont-you-forget-cast2This week, there’s editions of the politically inflammatory theatre night The Wrecking Ball, and of the always popular odd lecture series Trampoline Hall; Magali Meagher curates a special Valentine’s inspired Wombat Wednesday event, featuring celebrity couples and odd pairs; Sean Cullen and Nick Flanagan bring their comedy shows (“The Sean Schau” and “Joke Club“, respectively) back to life at Comedy Bar; The overlooked indie gem “Wendy and Lucy” opens, as does the must-be-seen-in-3D adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s “Coraline“; and Wavelength celebrates its 450th edition with four nights of music at five different venues from Thursday to Sunday, featuring hot acts like Slim Twig, Timbre Timbre, and The Diableros.

More about the week’s top draws in theatre, comedy, film and music, after the jump.

(Top to bottom, left to right – Kris Siddiqi, Lisa Brooke, Alistaire Forbes, Kurt Smeaton, and Sarah Hillier debut “Don’t You Forget About John Hughes” at Comedy Bar this Saturday night). Read more…

Update 256

January 25th, 2009 Steve No comments

This week’s update includes three new theatre premieres (“Lady in the Red Dress“, “Ubuntu“, and “Stranger“), A Sketchersons radio taping, a burlesque carnival, Chris Gibb’s “The Power of Ignorance“, and FREE or cheap shows by Oh No Forest Fires, The Schomberg Fair, Sebastien Grainger & The Mountains, and Hooded Fang.

Click the “more” tab to read the full week’s picks for theatre, comedy, film, and music! Read more…