January 12th, 2016


You’ve heard of Christmas in July? Well, last week I got a little June flashback in my January.

As a part of developing this blog, the QDF team attends media calls, rehearsals, opening nights, as well as, reaching out to individual artists in our community. Our aim is to keep you abreast of happenings and artists that make up the rich tapestry that is English-language theatre in Quebec, and to encourage discussion and exchange. As such, it was my pleasure to be included in Centaur Theatre’s media call for the Wildside Festival.

Some of you may recall that I got Fringebuzzed last summer. What a pleasure it was to see some of my favorites come before us again. Just as then, I was again struck by depth of talent and breath of creative vision that inhabits our community.

In bringing such diverse storytelling under one umbrella, curators Roy Surette and Johanna Nutter, offer us a gift; the ability to explore in and out of our comfort zones, and to discover visiting artist we may not have found on our own.

Artists such as Tony Adams and Cory Thibert in HappinessTM, who have the power to make you smile until your face hurts – eh, literally!

When it comes to dance, I am more of a whine -it-down than stretch it out kind of gal. Yet pair wonderful storytelling with movement that is a testament to the lyrical abilities of the human body, and I am left gobsmacked. Such is the offering of visiting artists Pepper Fajans and David Vaughan, with their production Co. Venture.

Our hometown is also well represented. Blasting out the gate, with infectious energy is Trevor Barrette and his wonderfully diverse ensemble in Captain Aurora: A Super Hero Musical.

All of the above productions get me excited to get a ticket, settle into the dark and rediscover work that engaged me. Three productions however, ring my bell as an artist, making me want to get out of the audience and back into the creative process.

Visiting artist TJ Dave’s Variety Pack offers us a window into the self that beckons us to explore as well. Hometown up and comers, Michaela Di Cesare’s In Search of Mrs. Pirandello renders headlines from footnotes, and Elena Belyea empowers us to laugh at life’s absurdity, but beseeches us do something, as Miss Katelyn’s Grade Threes Prepare for the Inevitable.

Been there, seen that you say? The artists I spoke to say, don’t be so sure. Their work has continued to develop since the Fringe, and as such, there are more layers to unpack and new perspectives to be discovered.

The 19th Annual Wildside Festival is on until January 17, 2016. Get your tickets by phone 514-288-3161 or in person at the Centaur Theatre Box Office. Superpasses are also available, 4 shows for $50.00 (reg) $40.00 (students, seniors and subscribers under 30).

At Centaur Theatre

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