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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Shab-e She't (Poetry Night) December 17

Shab-e She'r (Poetry Night) LXXX

Toronto's most diverse & brave poetry reading and open mic series

Featured poets: A. F. Moritz & Janice Jo Lee

Hosts: Bänoo Zan & Terese Pierre

Time: Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2M7

Main Hall

Doors open               6:15 p.m.
Open-mic sign-up     6:30 p.m.
Show                         7-10 p.m.

Admission:                $7-10


A. F. Moritz  Poet Laureate of Toronto, author of 20 books of poetry, winner of many national and international honours, Professor of Arts & Society at Victoria University in the University of Toronto

Janice Jo Lee Korean-Canadian artist, folk singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, spoken word poet, playwright-actor & educator, upcoming albums & musical satire about climate apocalypse

Tranzac Club is an accessible venue with no stairs (aside from the stage) and they have two accessible gender neutral washrooms. Please refrain from wearing perfume.

This event is partially supported by the League of Canadian Poets and the Toronto Arts Council.

Twitter: @BanooZan & @ShabeSherTO

Instagram: @banoo.zan  


Bänoo Zan

Founder of Shab-e She'r (Poetry Night)
Toronto's most diverse poetry and open mic series 
Twitter: @BanooZan & @ShabeSherTO
Instagram: @banoo.zan

SALA 2019 woke up the sleeping giant…

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SALA 2019 woke up the sleeping giant…
From October 6 to 13, 2019, Montalvo Arts Center and Art Forum SF in collaboration with UC Berkeley Institute of South Asian Studies presented the first ever and one of the largest South Asian Literature & Art Festival (SALA) in the US. It was truly a special event, with over a thousand enthusiastic audience.
The Opening Gala on Oct 4th was exclusive and attracted about 150 crème de la crème from the Bay Area, who schmoozed with the International Emmy Award nominees Vikramaditya Motwane and Varun Grover, alongside with Rekha Rodwittiya, a contemporary and eminent artist, Priyanka Mathew from Sunderlande New York, Raghu Karnad, the Yale Wyndham Campbell award recipient, to name a few. The opening gala included Dipti Mathur renown art collector and a philanthropist from South Bay in conversation with Prof Sugata Ray from UC Berkeley.
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The Tides of their Poems with Athena Kashyap and Tanuja Wakefiled made a wonderful add from the Diaspora artists. Another interestingly engaging panel on There are No Margins – with Minal Hajratwala and Siddharth Dube, made its mark for the quality literary arts curation.

As a grand finale for the literary panels, Professor Harsha Ram from UC Berkeley got into an elaborate encounter with a legendary actor, painter, and poet, Deepti Naval. At this intimate evening, Ms. Naval revealed her life journey as an artist by exhibiting digital images of her paintings and read select poems from her books.

"Our presenting partner Art Forum SF displayed incredible vision and expertise in curating phenomenal artists, panels, and presentations," announced Angela McConnell, Executive Director, Montalvo Arts Center.

Tipu Purkayastha at the fireside chat format, with Varun Grover, Vikramaditya Motwane and Vikram Chandra (via skype) explored the process of adapting Vikram's 2006 book 'Sacred Games' to the TV screen as a Netflix Original, the first Indian web-series to be nominated for the International Emmy Awards 2019. 

"Jo Bhavuk hai, wohi to paagal hai"
It's the mad ones who carry the passion.
– Varun Grover

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South Asian Literature and Art Festival celebrated contemporary reflections of literature and arts from South Asia. The event featured books and readings, hands-on art activities, writing programs, art exhibitors, folk artists, Bollywood pop-up dancers, bhangra rhythms, henna, a live Rangoli demonstration, and impromptu dance interludes — all interspersed with delicious food stations representing the flavors of the entire subcontinent.

KitaabWorld curated the emerging genre of "Children's & Young Adult Writers" and Delhi based textile artist Shelly Jyoti showcased her work: Revisiting Gandhi celebrating 150th Birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on Oct 11th, followed by a conversation with Rahul and Sandhya Gajjar on the Romance of Champaner (UNESCO heritage site).

On October 13th, SALA Festival had a film segment as the closing event showcasing a short documentary GuruCool by an Indo-Canadian filmmaker Sangita Iyer looking at the Indian Educators in the 21st Century Education System. Followed by Kaifinama, an award-winning feature documentary on the life of legendary and progressive Urdu poet, Kaifi Azmi, directed by Sumantra Ghosal, with famous Indian Actress Ashvini Bhave as the guest of honor. 

"We are thrilled with the response we got in hosting the first-ever South Asian Literature and Art Festival in the Bay Area! Its success has warmed our hearts – we heard rave reviews from not only the audience but also from the artists, themselves," reports Ambika Sahay, Executive Director, Art Forum SF.

"My observation of SALA 2019 is that Art Forum SF has woken up the sleeping giant," exclaimed Tushar Unadkat, Media and PR Director, Art Forum SF. 

Art Forum SF is thankful to the generous sponsors and volunteers, without whom this event could not have happened. Please click the link to view high-resolution photos from SALA Festival. Photo by Hetal Soni. For more updates, please visit: www.artforumsf.org

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Fwd: Stratford Festival: Casting for 2020 season




Stratford Festival announces casting for 2020 season

Tickets on sale to Members beginning November 10

Box office opens to the public on January 3


October 17, 2019… With the new Tom Patterson Theatre taking shape on the banks of the Avon River, the Stratford Festival is thrilled to announce key casting as it builds the acting company for its monumental 2020 season.


"We are excited to welcome an outstanding company of actors for this historic season," says Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino. "These diverse, talented performers possess an enormous range of skills and experiences. Together we have the joyous opportunity to breathe vibrant life into a brand new theatre, a bespoke space unique in the world. With four venues in full splendour, our season will allow all of our artists to stretch their creative muscles with everything from newly imagined classics – both Shakespearean and musical – to fascinating new plays, movement pieces, a brand new musical – even iambic pentameter improv. Join us in 2020 as the Stratford Festival steps into its future!"


Tickets for the 2020 season, which features 15 productions and more than 300 events at the Meighen Forum, will go on sale to Members of the Stratford Festival beginning November 10, 2019, and to the general public beginning January 3, 2020.



Corporate Sponsor of the 2020 season of the Tom Patterson Theatre is BMO Financial Group,


Colm Feore leads all-star cast for Richard III

Richard III | By William Shakespeare

Directed by Antoni Cimolino

May 6 to October 23 | Opens May 30

Production support is generously provided by Jane Petersen Burfield & family, by Dr. M. Lee Myers, by Martie & Bob Sachs, by The Westaway Charitable Foundation and by Catherine & David Wilkes.


Colm Feore will return to the Festival for the first time in five years to play the psychopathic title role in Richard III, directed by Antoni Cimolino. This play holds great historical significance for the Festival as the first play ever performed under the tent back in 1953. Similarly, it will open the new Tom Patterson Theatre in 2020. Feore was last seen at Stratford in 2014, playing the title role in Cimolino's production of King Lear, one of the top-selling Shakespeare productions in the theatre's history. 


Feore will lead a powerhouse cast featuring Michael Blake as the Duke of Clarence, Ben Carlson as Lord Hastings, David Collins as Stanley, Martha Henry as the Duchess of York, Jessica B. Hill as Lady Anne, Seana McKenna as Queen Margaret, Lucy Peacock as Queen Elizabeth, Tom Rooney as Buckingham and Mike Shara as Catesby.


Also in the cast are: Marion Adler, Wayne Best, Jacklyn Francis, Andrew Iles, Ron Kennell, Qasim Khan, Alexandra Lainfiesta, Roy Lewis, Jamie Mac, Gordon Patrick White, Brigit Wilson and Mamie Zwettler


All's Well That Ends Well features Jessica B. Hill and Seana McKenna

All's Well That Ends Well | By William Shakespeare

Directed by Scott Wentworth

May 15 to October 24 | Opens June 11

Production support is generously provided by M. Fainer, by John & Barbara Schubert, by Alice & Tim Thornton and by the Tremain family.

Like Richard III, All's Well That Ends Well also holds historical significance. It was the second play presented in the Festival's inaugural season, and has been specially programmed to celebrate the opening of the Tom Patterson Theatre. Helmed by Scott Wentworth, Shakespeare's comedy of heartbreak and deception will feature Jessica B. Hill as Helena and Seana McKenna as the Countess of Rossillion.


Hill, a graduate of the Festival's Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre, has recently played such leading roles as Emily in Brontë: The World Without and Antipholus of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors. McKenna, a beloved Stratford veteran of 27 seasons, was last seen in 2018 playing the title role in Julius Caesar and Mary Tyrone in Long Day's Journey Into Night.


They will be joined by Stratford veterans Ben Carlson, as the King of France, and Tom Rooney as Parolles.


Also in the cast are: Marion Adler, Wayne Best, Michael Blake, David Collins, Nicole Joy-Fraser, Qasim Khan, Ron Kennell, Alexandra Lainfiesta, Roy Lewis, Jamie Mac, Mike Shara and Gordon Patrick White.


Sean Arbuckle, Scott Beaudin, Dan Chameroy and Robert Markus to play the rock stars of Here's What It Takes

World Première | Stratford Festival Commission | Here's What It Takes

Music and Lyrics by Steven Page | Book by Daniel MacIvor 

Additional music and lyrics by Craig Northey

Directed and Choreographed by Donna Feore

June 5 to October 24 | Opens June 30

Support for the creation of Here's What It Takes was generously provided by The Foerster Bernstein New Play Development Program.


Canadian Music Hall of Famer Steven Page, Siminovitch Prize-winning playwright Daniel MacIvor and Canada's top director-choreographer Donna Feore will bring a brand new musical to the Tom Patterson stage, featuring the exceptional talents of Sean Arbuckle, Scott Beaudin, Dan Chameroy and Robert Markus. A roller-coaster ride of creative highs and living-the-life lows, the musical charts the journey of fictional rock duo Walker and Rhodes, played by Chameroy and Arbuckle, respectively, with Beaudin as Young Walker and Markus as Young George.


Arbuckle's musical highlights include the leading roles of Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls and Julian Marsh in 42nd Street. Beaudin made his Stratford debut as the Artful Dodger in 2006's Oliver! and returned 13 years later to play Billy's brother Tony in this season's Billy Elliot the Musical. Chameroy, doing double-duty this season in Billy Elliot and Little Shop of Horrors, is well-remembered as Frank N. Furter in 2018's history-making production of The Rocky Horror Show. Markus, who played Riff Raff in Rocky Horror and the title role in Tommy, returns hot off his critically acclaimed performance in Toronto's Dear Evan Hansen.


Robin Hutton will play Carla, the band's manager, and Vanessa Sears will play the band's drummer, Angela.


Also in the cast are: Eric Abel, Gabriel Antonacci, Henry Firmston, Bonnie Jordan, Heather Kosik, Jordan Mah, Amanda Mattar, Chad McFadden, Chelsea Preston, Jennifer Rider-Shaw and Genny Sermonia.


Jonathon Young makes Stratford debut as Doctor Frankenstein

World première | Frankenstein Revived | By Morris Panych | Music by David Coulter

Based on the novel by Mary Shelley

Directed by Morris Panych

Movement Choreographed by Wendy Gorling | Dance Choreographed by Stephen Cota

August 2 to October 22 | Opens August 20

Support for the creation of Frankenstein Revived was generously provided by The Foerster Bernstein New Play Development Program.


Vancouver-based stage and screen star Jonathon Young will make his Stratford debut as Doctor Frankenstein in Frankenstein Revived, the world première of Morris Panych's intimate, intense and passion-filled synthesis of theatre and dance. The pair recently collaborated on Panych's production of The Waiting Room at the Arts Club Theatre. Young's theatre credits also include several collaborative original productions at Vancouver's Electric Company Theatre, which he co-founded, including Betroffenheit, the boundary-stretching dance-theatre hybrid which won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production.


Mary Shelley, the writer of the celebrated horror story, will be played by Laura Condlln, with Marcus Nance as the Monster.


Also in the cast are: Devon Michael Brown, Sandra Caldwell, Caryn Chappell, Colton Curtis, Amanda De Freitas, Rodney Diverlus, Bethany Kovarik, Allison McCaughey, Lily McEvenue, Jason Sermonia and Mateo Galindo Torres.





Rebecca Northan leads brilliant team of improvisers in

An Undiscovered Shakespeare

An Undiscovered Shakespeare

A spontaneous theatre creation by Rebecca Northan, with Bruce Horak and Kevin Kruchkywich

Directed by Rebecca Northan

June 30 to September 18 | Opens July 13


In An Undiscovered Shakespeare, a spontaneous theatre creation by Rebecca Northan, with Bruce Horak and Kevin Kruchkywich, an audience member is invited to share their memory of first love. Then Northan and her brilliant team of improvisers – Ashley Botting, Ijeoma Emesowum, Bruce Horak, Kevin Kruchkywich and Lee Smart – turn that tale into a full-blown, five-act, faux-Shakespearean drama – created on the spot, in iambic pentameter, before your very eyes (and ears). Each performance is a unique, never-to-be-repeated feat of theatrical virtuosity.



Support for the 2020 season of the Festival Theatre is generously provided by Daniel Bernstein & Claire Foerster.


Graham Abbey and Maev Beaty are Benedick and Beatrice

Much Ado About Nothing | By William Shakespeare

Directed by Chris Abraham

May 7 to October 23 | Opens May 25

Production support is generously provided by the Harkins & Manning families in memory of Jim & Susan Harkins and by Sylvia Soyka.


When it comes to trading witty insults, Beatrice and Benedick are foes worthy of each other's steel – and their friends think they'd make a great romantic match, too. This merrily warring duo will be played by Graham Abbey and Maev Beaty in Chris Abraham's production of Much Ado About Nothing, which will open the Festival's 2020 season. Abbey and Beaty previously teamed up with Abraham for 2017's Tartuffe, a production so popular that it moved on to Toronto after its Stratford run.


They will be joined by Kaleb Alexander as Claudio and Andrea Rankin as Hero.


Also in the cast are: Jakob Ehman, Bruce Horak, Kevin Kruchkywich, Josue Laboucane, André Sills, Michael Spencer-Davis and Norman Yeung.


Chelsea Preston, Jennifer Rider-Shaw and Dan Chameroy star in newly imagined Chicago

Chicago | Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse | Music by John Kander | Lyrics by Fred Ebb

Based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins | Script adaptation by David Thompson

Directed and choreographed by Donna Feore

April 11 to November 1 | Opens May 26

Production support is generously provided by Mary Ann & Robert Gorlin and by Riki Turofsky & Charles Petersen.

This production is co-sponsored by Enbridge Gas Inc. and RBC.


Donna Feore's reimagined production of Chicago – the first major production outside of New York and London in 30 years – will feature Dan Chameroy as shady lawyer Billy Flynn, with Chelsea Preston and Jennifer Rider-Shaw lighting up the stage as aspiring chorus girl Roxie Hart and vaudeville star Velma Kelly, respectively.


Preston, a Stratford newcomer, has most recently taken the lead at Drayton Entertainment, playing Sandy in Grease and the title role in Cinderella: The Panto. Returning for her 10th season, Rider-Shaw's leading roles include Janet in The Rocky Horror Show and Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street.


The cast also features Sandra Caldwell as matron Mama Morton and Steve Ross as Amos Hart, Roxie's faithful husband.


Also in the cast are: Robert Markus, Eric Abel, Gabriel Antonacci, Devon Michael Brown, Colton Curtis, Amanda De Freitas, Henry Firmston, Bonnie Jordan, Heather Kosik, Bethany Kovarik, Jordan Mah, Amanda Mattar, Allison McCaughey, Lily McEvenue, Chad McFadden, Genny Sermonia, and Jason Sermonia.


Amaka Umeh takes the title role in Hamlet

Hamlet | By William Shakespeare

Directed by Peter Pasyk

April 23 to October 25 | Opens May 28

Production support is generously provided by John & Therese Gardner.


Amaka Umeh will make her Stratford debut in the title role of Shakespeare's most famous play, Hamlet, directed by Peter Pasyk. Umeh joined the Festival this fall as a participant in the Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre. Her work on stages across Toronto, including Crow's Theatre, Shakespeare in High Park and Young People's Theatre has earned her great acclaim, including the 2019 Dora Award for Outstanding Performance in a Featured Role for The Wolves.


Umeh will be joined by Graham Abbey as Claudius, Kaleb Alexander as Laertes, Maev Beaty as Gertrude, Jakob Ehman as Horatio, Andrea Rankin as Ophelia and Michael Spencer-Davis as Polonius.


Also in the cast are: Ijeoma Emesowum, Bruce Horak, Kevin Kruchkywich, Josue Laboucane, André Sills and Norman Yeung.


Colm Feore returns for The Miser

The Miser | By Molière | In a new version by Ranjit Bolt

Directed by Antoni Cimolino

August 2 to October 24 | Opens August 19

Production support is generously provided by Sylvia D. Chrominska, by Dr. Desta Leavine, by Esther Sarick and by Dr. Robert & Roberta Sokol.


In addition to collaborating on Richard III, Colm Feore and Antoni Cimolino also come together for Molière's great comedy The Miser. The pair had a similar collaboration in 2014 with King Lear and The Beaux' Stratagem, both of which were huge hits that season.


Feore will play the title character, a paranoid old skinflint named Harper, with Jessica B. Hill as Marianne, the young woman he hopes to marry, Ron Kennell as Jack, Harper's chauffeur-cum-cook, Qasim Khan and Alexandra Lainfiesta as siblings Charlie and Eleanor, Jamie Mac as Victor, the butler, Steve Ross as the Detective and Brigit Wilson as matchmaker Fay.


Also in the cast are: Wayne Best, Michael Blake, David Collins and Roy Lewis,



Support for the 2020 season of the Avon Theatre is generously provided by the Birmingham family.


Cynthia Jimenez-Hicks and Jake Runeckles are Wendy and Peter Pan

Schulich Children's Plays Wendy & Peter Pan

Adapted by Ella Hickson | From the book by J.M. Barrie

Directed by Keira Loughran | Choreographed by Allen Kaeja

April 24 to November 1 | Opens May 27


Cynthia Jimenez-Hicks and Jake Runeckles will play the title roles in Wendy & Peter Pan, the 2020 Schulich Children's Play, directed by Keira Loughran  and choreographed by Allen Kaeja. The production will mark the North American première of this imaginative retelling of J.M. Barrie's classic family story.


Edmonton-born Jimenez-Hicks will make her Stratford debut in 2020. She is currently starring in the world première of This London Life at the Grand Theatre, and was recently seen in The Party at Citadel Theatre and Girls Like That at Tarragon Theatre. Runeckles returns after his debut this season in another beloved adventure tale, The Neverending Story, in which he played Bastian, a role he will revisit this January when the production transfers to Ottawa's National Arts Centre.


On their Neverland adventure, Wendy and Peter will encounter a wild cast of characters including Captain Hook, played by Laura Condlln, and Tiger Lily, played by Tara Sky.


Also in the cast are: Carla Bennett, Caryn Chappell, Aidan deSalaiz, Rodney Diverlus, Josh Doig, Camille Eanga-Selenge, Ryan Gifford, Eddie Glen, Josh Graetz, George Krissa, Heather McGuigan, André Morin, Marcus Nance, Trevor Patt and Mateo Galindo Torres.


Jonathan Goad to play King Arthur in Monty Python's Spamalot

Monty Python's Spamalot | Book and Lyrics by Eric Idle | Music by John Du Prez and Eric Idle

A new musical lovingly ripped off from the motion picture "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"

From the original screenplay by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin

Directed by Lezlie Wade | Choreographed by Jesse Robb

May 9 to October 25 | Opens May 29


After his searing portrayal of King Henry VIII in this season's sold out production of Henry VIII, Jonathan Goad will play a completely different monarch, King Arthur in Monty Python's Spamalot, a return to musical comedy having played Harold Hill in 2008's The Music Man.


This sublimely silly musical, directed by Lezlie Wade, will also feature Eddie Glen as Patsy, George Krissa as Sir Galahad, André Morin as Prince Herbert, Trevor Patt as Sir Robin and Mark Uhre as Sir Lancelot.


Also in the cast are: Carla Bennett, Aidan deSalaiz, Josh Doig, Camille Eanga-Selenge, Ryan Gifford, Josh Graetz and Heather McGuigan.


Wolf Hall features Geraint Wyn Davies as Thomas Cromwell

Wolf Hall | By Hilary Mantel | Adapted for the stage by Mike Poulton

Directed by ted witzel and Geraint Wyn Davies

July 28 to October 24 | Opens August 13

Production support is generously provided by Jody & Deborah Hamade and by Dr. Desta Leavine in memory of Pauline Leavine.


Geraint Wyn Davies will play key roles on both sides of the stage next season, starring as Thomas Cromwell in the award-winning Tudor tale Wolf Hall, which he is co-directing with ted witzel. This season, Wyn Davies played the beloved role of Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Elyot Chase in Private Lives.


In its Canadian première, the production will also feature Sarah Orenstein as Wolsey and André Sills as King Henry VIII.


Also in the cast are: Kaleb Alexander, Jakob Ehman, Josue Laboucane, Andrea Rankin, Jake Runeckles, Michael Spencer-Davis, Amaka Umeh and Norman Yeung.



Support for the 2020 season of the Studio Theatre is generously provided by Sandra & Jim Pitblado.


Martha Henry, Lucy Peacock and Mamie Zwettler star in Three Tall Women

Three Tall Women | By Edward Albee

Directed by Diana Leblanc

May 25 to September 27 | Opens June 12

Production support is generously provided by Jack Whiteside.


In Edward Albee's Three Tall Women, a wealthy old woman, by turns acerbic, haughty, self-pitying and anguished, reminisces to two younger companions, sharing her past experiences in sometimes shocking detail. The powerful trio of Martha Henry, Lucy Peacock and Mamie Zwettler will bring this great American classic to the stage, under the direction of Diana Leblanc. Like the women portrayed, these artists share a history that will enrich the experience for audiences. Long-time friends and colleagues, Leblanc and Henry have worked together on numerous occasions, including Long Day's Journey Into Night and A Delicate Balance. Henry and Peacock also have a long collaborative history, with Peacock starring in several productions directed by Henry, including All My Sons, Twelfth Night and Three Sisters. Zwettler, who came through the Festival's Birmingham Conservatory, made her impressive debut playing Miranda to Henry's Prospero in The Tempest in 2018.


They will be joined by Andrew Iles as The Boy.


Jani Lauzon leads the cast of The Rez Sisters

The Rez Sisters | By Tomson Highway

Directed by Jessica Carmichael

July 21 to September 26 | Opens August 14

Production support is generously provided by Karon Bales & Charles Beall.


In Tomson Highway's acclaimed drama The Rez Sisters, "the biggest bingo in the world" is coming to Toronto, and seven Indigenous women, all related by blood or marriage, are determined to win the jackpot. Jani Lauzon – last seen at Stratford in the 2017 world première of Colleen Murphy's The Breathing Hole – leads the extraordinary cast as Pelajia Patchnose.


She will be joined by Brefny Caribou as Zhaboonigan Peterson, Nicole Joy-Fraser as Veronique St. Pierre, Kathleen MacLean as Emily Dictionary, Cheri Maracle as Philomena Moosetail, Madison Walsh as Annie Cook and Michaela Washburn as Marie-Adele Starblanket.


The production, directed by Jessica Carmichael, will also include Justin Many Fingers as Nanabush.


Mike Shara takes the lead in world première of Hamlet-911

World Première | Stratford Festival Commission | Hamlet-911

By Ann-Marie MacDonald | Based on an idea by Alisa Palmer

Directed by Alisa Palmer

August 5 to September 26 | Opens August 19

Support for the creation of Hamlet-911 was generously provided by The Foerster Bernstein New Play Development Program.


In Hamlet-911, a new play by Ann-Marie MacDonald, Guinness Menzies has just landed his dream role: he's playing Hamlet at the Stratford Festival. But just before a matinée performance, he suddenly finds himself in the Underworld, a realm as frightening as it is hilarious, where time is seriously out of joint. Has he gone mad? Is he dreaming? Has he died? Mike Shara, a long-time leading player at Stratford, will take on the lead role of Menzies. Shara is currently playing Victor Prynne in Private Lives, Fenton in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Sheriff Hartman in The Front Page.


Directed by Alisa Palmer, the production also features Amelia Sargisson as Sue, Scott Wentworth as Rex and Gordon Patrick White as Yorick.


Also in the cast are: Marion Adler, Eva Foote, Jacklyn Francis, Andrew Iles and Wahsonti:io Kirby.


Casting continues for the 2020 season.


For more information, please visit stratfordfestival.ca.








Cutline information:


Colm Feore (Richard III)

Amaka Umeh (Hamlet)

Jennifer Rider-Shaw, Chelsea Preston (Chicago)

Laura Condlln (Wendy & Peter Pan)

Jonathan Goad (Monty Python's Spamalot)

Graham Abbey, Maev Beaty (Much Ado About Nothing)


Photo credit:

Creative direction by Punch & Judy Inc. Photography by David Cooper.



Manousha Inc. gets ready to fire up the oven in Mississauga

Manousha Inc. gets ready to fire up the oven this November

New restaurant specializes in Middle Eastern flatbreads

In only a couple of weeks, residents of the GTA will have a new Middle Eastern restaurant to add to the their list of favourite places to eat.

Opening November 2019, Manousha Inc. will specialize in Mana'eesh, a speciality in Middle Eastern cuisine that is similar to flatbreads or pizza. Manousha Inc.'s menu will have 25 different kinds of Mana'eesh for diners to choose from.

"Our goal for Manousha Inc. is to introduce new Middle Eastern cuisine to diners in Mississauga and the GTA in a fun and accessible way," says Shakir Al-Qanbar, Founder at Manousha Inc. "We're including traditional Middle Eastern flavours for those who already know and love the cuisine and also adding familiar flavours for those who have never tried Mana'eesh before."

Manousha is an Arabic word meaning "flatbread", Mana'eesh is the plural, and it is a well-known dish to fans of Middle Eastern fare. The popular dish is a dough typically topped with thyme and cheese or ground meat. Manousha Inc. is putting their own twist on the dish and will have a variety of toppings for diners to try.

Diners will be able to choose from four categories of Mana'eesh – meats, sweets, dairy and vegan – which means there will be a type of flatbread to suit all tastes and dietary needs. The flatbreads are cooked in a dome pizza oven and each menu item is halal.

By focusing on one type of food, and by offering so many interesting varieties, Manousha Inc. is creating a space for friends and families to come together for any meal of the day and share their stories over delicious food.

Manousha Inc. will predominately serve as a take-out location and will be partnering with multiple delivery services, but there will be 12 seats available for those who want to dine in and experience the atmosphere of the restaurant.

The restaurant is a new concept from the team behind East Tea Can and will be the first Mana'eesh specialized restaurant in the GTA.

Whether you're a foodie or simply a connoisseur of all things delicious, Manousha Inc. offers a quick and easy taste of the Middle East for everyone.

To learn more about Manousha Inc., visit their website at www.manoushainc.ca. Stay connected by following Manousha Inc. on Instagram.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Fall Exhibitions Opening Reception, Thursday October 17th, 6pm


The Art Gallery of Mississauga is pleased to announce our Fall exhibitions and hope you will join us for the opening reception of Hearth: Keep the Home Fires Burning, curated by Meryam Ahsan, Husam Rabahia and Anran Guo and 8/05curated by Hamzah Amin, Qurat Dar and Howard Hamilton

The opening reception is October 17th from 6 - 9 pm. All are welcome. Refreshments provided. The AGM is a barrier-free space with an all-gender washroom.
Hearth: Keep the Home Fires Burning
October 12 - December 20, 2019 | Curated by Meryam Ahsan, Husam Rabahia and Anran Guo

Hearth: Keep the Home Fires Burningbrings together outstanding works from the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of Mississauga. Featuring Canadian landscapes and works by settler and immigrant artists that reflect their emotions, struggles, traditions, and transformations while establishing their homes.  

This exhibition cherishes the welcoming and diverse community that is now Canada, and also reminds us to treat the land with 15000 years of human activity, our home, with respect, appreciation and care.

Image above: Bobs Cogill Haworth, Briar Patch (Brambles), oil on canvas, 1975?. Part of the AGM permanent collection.
October 12 - December 20, 2019 

An exploration of freedom by emerging Mississauga artists Hamzah Amin, Qurat Dar and Howard Hamilton.
October 12 - December 20, 2019 | Curated by Sonja Hidas
Selections from the permanent art collection 
We see many people en route, all ages coming and going. Looking into the eyes of these portraits of missing children as they move through time, one can only wonder; who are they? These Children represent the fragility of youth as well as the strangers we encounter along the path of life.

Image Above: Sadko Hadzihasanovic Untitled from the Missing Children Series, 2002. 

The Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM) is a public, not-for-profit, art gallery located on the ground floor of the Mississauga Civic Centre, right on Celebration Square and across from Square One Shopping Centre. The AGM is proud to admit people free of charge, serve communities, and provide positive visual art experiences for all visitors. The Gallery is a barrier-free space with an all-gender washroom. 

The AGM provides platforms for exhibitions, collections and experimentation in contemporary culture with a recent focus on artists and cultural producers from Indigenous, newcomer and youth communities. Through a broad range of educational programs, artist projects and other forms of critical dialogue, the AGM seeks to transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries, foster community, and provide spaces where alternative modes of thought are supported and activated in tangible ways.

The AGM is generously supported by the City of Mississauga, the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, private donors and its members.

Directions to the AGM, as well as transit routes and other information, can be found 
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