Pictured above: Ballet BC’s tour includes three unique voices in contemporary dance. Among them is artistic director Emily Molnar’s 16 + a room. (Michael Slobodian)
May 10 – May 16
LAST NIGHT AT THE GAYETY Extends Through May 22 at Centaur Theatre
Bowser and Blue’s sizzling hot love letter to Montreal’s bygone days of bordellos, bad guys and booze is not an unrequited affair … critics and audiences alike are head over heels!
Theatre review: Segal Centre offers a choice – ferocious or frothy
If the title of Joshua Harmon’s phenomenally successful play Bad Jews makes you uncomfortable, what erupts out of its characters’ mouths throughout its 90 minutes is unlikely to put you at ease.
Le ministre des Affaires municipales et de l’Occupation du territoire, ministre de la Sécurité publique et ministre responsable de la région de Montréal, M. Martin Coiteux, et la ministre suppléante de la Culture et des Communications, responsable de la Protection et de la Promotion de la langue française et ministre de l’Enseignement supérieur, Mme Hélène David, sont heureux d’annoncer l’attribution d’une aide financière de 85 000 $ à La Cellule pour l’inclusion de la diversité artistique à Montréal (La Cellule iDAM), qui a été lancée le 11 mai dernier au Monument-National.
Quebeckers take pride in their culture, but don’t like to write cheques for it
Les Grands Ballets Canadiens director Alain Dancyger calls philanthropist Constance V. Pathy “a very discreet woman.” How discreet? In 2012, Pathy, who is also the LGB president, told me that her company had secured a $13-million lead gift for its new headquarters, now being built in and around the old Wilder Building in Montreal’s Quartier des Spectacles. Four years later, Pathy has finally acknowledged publicly that this donation is coming from her.
NAC, Siminovitch Prize join forces for theatre in Canada
The Siminovitch Prize and the NAC have announced a call for nominations for the prize, launched in 2000 in honour of the scientist Lou Siminovitch, who turns 96 on May 15, and his late wife Elinore. The Siminovitch Prize carries with it an annual award of $100,000. Over a three-year cycle, the prize will go to a director, playwright or designer. This year, the prize will be awarded to a director on Oct. 28 at the National Arts Centre.
Featured Playwright Q & A with Kevin Kerr
Ballet BC changes the conversation on gender imbalance in dance world
When Ballet BC announced that its first European tour this spring would feature an all-female program of choreographers, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to examine an industry problem. Dance is a field heavily populated by women, and yet, in 2016, the ratio of male-to-female choreographers at big companies is so imbalanced that, in terms of creative input, ballet looks a bit like mining or neurosurgery – a boy’s club with the odd, unexpected guest.
Shaw Fest’s Uncle Vanya balances original and modern
In her last season as artistic director at the Shaw Festival, Jackie Maxwell presents us with a 2012 adaptation of Uncle Vanya from American playwright Annie Baker, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of The Flick and arguably the country’s buzziest playwright of the moment.
A spring theatre production touring the province aims at showing Saskatchewan teenagers the consequences of irresponsible actions made while behind the wheel of a car.
Playwright’s prize-winning work takes stage in Theatre BSMT production
Chelsea Woolley is grateful for grapevines. The aspiring playwright was hard at study in Montreal at the National Theatre School when a friend in Calgary sent her word about Theatre BSMT’s 2015 playwriting competition.
Why it’s time for Canada to get on board with Eurovision
It’s one of the most successful live TV entertainment programs in the world, which this year will reach an estimated 200 million viewers. Europeans have been love-hating it for six decades, Australia’s got skin in the game and for the first time this year it’s being screened live in the U.S.A., featuring a live performance by Justin Timberlake.
Michelle DuBarry (also known as Russell Alldread) is an icon and activist in Toronto’s gay village and needs no title, though he has many, including the Empress of TICOT (Imperial Court of Toronto.) Still, he was surprised when his friends notified him that they’d secretly sent his info to the Guinness Book of World Records who presented him with their reply—the title of “World’s Oldest Performing Drag Queen.”