Posted in Art, Family
Contributed by Christopher Jones
02/17 2015

Winter Stations Warm Up The Beach

It was mighty cold on Ashbridges Bay yesterday but the sun was out and so were lots of families, enjoying Family Day and inspecting the Winter Stations public art installations constructed around existing lifeguard stands.

Loosely modelled on Winnipeg’s Warming Huts competition, Winter Stations is the brainchild of local architects Ted Merrick (Ferris + Associates),  Roland Rom Colthoff (RAW Design) and Justin Ridgeway (Curio).

“We got more than 200 submissions from all over the world,” says Merrick. “They were very well conceived and considered proposals. It was most impressive, although maybe not so easy for the people on the jury.”

Ward 32 Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon was one of the jurors and chief organizers: “My fellow jurors were calling me Gandhi because I was approving and kind about all the entries,” she joked. “We were supposed to divide the submissions into likes and dislikes and my likes pile was way too high!”


Posted in Comedy
Contributed by Christopher Jones
02/11 2015

Bad Dog’s Anti-Valentine

Inspired by Valentine’s Day, Bad Dog Theatre is laying its comic reputation on the line Fridays in February with a show called Hookup, “sort of the opposite of romance” confirms director Paul Bates, above, far right.

I spoke to Bates backstage last week while thunderous cheers and laughter rang out from the backroom theatre space as the weekly Globehead comedy contest was playing out ahead of Hookup‘s 9:30 pm start. For $12 plus the cost of a drink, it was a great night out.

The six-member cast, plus Bates, chooses two singles from the audience and grills them for details about their lives, then uses the backstory to improvise a careening, side-splitting show that can literally go anywhere.


Posted in Dance
Contributed by Christopher Jones
02/5 2015

Queens of Black History Month

Black History Month kicks up its heels at Harbourfront Centre Theatre this weekend with Queens Calling, “a celebration of sisterhood from eight diverse female choreographers.”

Jasmyn Fyffe, pictured (photo by Christopher Cushman), is bringing an excerpt of Pulse, a show she debuted last month at the Next Stage Theatre Festival. Fyffe’s piece is a soulful, contemporary montage danced to music sung by Sam Cooke and Gladys Knight after some reworking by the choreographer’s musical collaborator, Toronto’s Robert Kingsbury.

Fyffe is delighted to be on the program: “A lot of choreographers are male so the fact that we’re eight Black, female choreographers makes the show unique right off the bat. I think it will be a terrific showcase.”


Posted in Art
Contributed by Christopher Jones
02/4 2015

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 10 for 10th

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche
may be months and months away but the planning is already in overdrive. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Toronto’s all-night contemporary art extravaganza, producers have recruited photographer/arts leader Che Kothari (above) to curate a special program called 10 for 10th, a partnership with 10 of the city’s leading arts institutions (logos pictured). Submissions for this exciting addition to Scotiabank Nuit Blanche close February 17 so think fast and apply now!

Kothari’s theme for the exhibition is Memory Lane, a direction that extends to the vast number of independent projects that will dot the city on the night of October 3, 2015. Watch this video outlining Kothari’s curatorial vision.