My Gay Toronto - MGT Stage

Singing Strong - Cabaret Confessions,
a Family Affair

Sep 3 @ 7:30pm
Buddies in Bad Times, 12 Alexander Street

An evening of musical performances with proceeds going to The 519 Church Street Community Centre's Queer Parenting Programs.

Bringing together both professional and amateur performers to the stage was always a dream of Lionel Tona, the shows' founder and director. "I was looking for a way to perform alongside my friends," says Tona, whose previous fifteen Singing Strong events collectively raised over $20,000 for various charities including the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, as well as Toronto-based Willow Breast Cancer Support Services, and Nikibasika, an orphanage in Uganda.

"After taking the 12-week Daddies & Papas 2B program last year, I thought it would make a worthy cause for our fundraisers - especially in these times of fiscal conservatism." says Tona. "The Queer Parenting Programs are designed to support community members as they make some of the biggest decisions of their lives, through group and panel discussions with guest speakers ranging from lawyers and adoption workers, to queer parents and their children. I feel extremely lucky to live in a place where such programs exist."
This special installment features a smaller cast of performers than usual, including musical director Aaron Eyre (The Last Five Years, Evil Dead - The Musical), Lionel Tona and Nicole Blain, alumni of the Toronto francophone chorus Les Voix Du Coeur and jazz ensemble C'est Si Bon, alongside community theatre veteran and chanteuse Diana Pugliese and professional oboist/singer Daniel Brielmaier. This good-humoured talent show will feature a mix of cabaret, jazz, pop songs and, of course, show tunes!

Tickets are $20 and can be reserved now by calling the Buddies in Bad Times Theatre Box Office at 416-975-8555. Tickets will also be available at the door.  

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From the award-winning team behind last season's acclaimed production of Blasted. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre presents

Sep 17 - Oct 9

By Jean Genet
Translated by Martin Crimp
Directed by Brendan Healy
Starring Diane DAquila, Ron Kennell and Maria Ricossa
Production Designer Julie Fox
Lighting Designer Kimberly Purtell
Music and Sound Design Richard Feren

1933. French police find Madame Lancelin and her daughter face down, in their living room, mutilated. Upstairs, two maids are found naked, huddled together in one of two single beds. Their motive: self-defense against an abusive mistress. This true story was the inspiration for queer iconoclast Jean Genet's masterpiece. A powerful statement against servitude, this psychosexual thriller is brought to you by the team behind last season's award-winning production of Sarah Kane's Blasted.

Limited seating.

September 17 - October 9, 2011 | Box Office 416-975-8555