People of Toronto, get ready! The best summer festival is just around the corner waiting for you to be there, clapping your hands and enjoying plays and other performances. The SummerWorks fiesta will start on August 9th as early as 9:00 A.M. with the 40 Days and 40 Nights play. (change to the program – this play will run from 9pm- 5am). You know what’s the greatest thing about it? The opening performance is free — yes, absolutely free of charge!
I know many of you need to go to work and just a mention of some fun during your office hours makes you sigh. So what about taking two days off, Thursday and Friday? When was the last time the whole team or office went out together and had some fun? Team-building activities don’t need to happen at specifically scheduled times, do they? All I’m suggesting is two days out of the office spent in beautiful venues, having drinks, chatting, and watching plays. I guarantee that many of your clients will be there as well and there is no better time to make business than in a cozy, relaxing atmosphere over drinks or after a great play. Small talk after a performance can even bring you closer to your client or open a door that has until now been closed.
The opening party is what we need to get our spirits up. It starts at 8:00 pm and it will be so much fun! Opening parties are all about meeting and sharing. Local independent bands will be playing their big hits at unusual locations in the Great Hall. Art will meet performance, music, and the public. Brian Lobel, a UK-based artist, will teach you how to dance in Hora and ask you to appreciate his genitals in An Appreciation. Aman Sandhu and Swapnaa Tamhane will draw a drawing of each other. All this fun will be well supported by Tiny Tom Donuts, free of charge, and Catering by The Lakeview.
So, dear working, busy Torontonians, there is no excuse why you can’t enjoy a night out filled with jaw-dropping, amusing performances, super donuts, and your friends by your side. Cheers!
We Are Co-lab-oratory. We Play As We Please
Two Hidden Cameras concerts in SummerWorks 2010 inspired an idea to improve and enlarge this year’s Music Series. It will be the most ambitious to date featuring four collaborations that will bring established music artists together with performance artists. This might be the part that I look most forward to. Juno award winner Hawksley Workman and 2B theatre company director Christian Barry will perform The God That Comes. , an original one-man-band rock’n’roll cabaret. Their show will be a mixture of rock concert revelry and theatrical intimacy sharing a story about Bacchus, the God of Wine.
A Double Bill is Better Than A Single Bill
The music part of SummerWorks has more to show you than just collaborations. There will be two great double bill concerts as well! The first, Sandro Perri and Aline Morales, will start on Thursday, August 16th. Sandro Perri’s new album, Impossible Spaces, was highly appreciated by critics and said to be the best of his career. Aline Morales is a Brazilian-born singer who’s album, Flores, Tambores, was Juno-nominated this year for World Music Album of the Year.
The second double bill will come up two days later, on Saturday, August 18th. It will present former frontman of the Constantines, Bry Webb, accompanied by Toronto’s beloved Doug Paisley, whose work is praised by both The New Yorker and Rolling Stone.
There is more to SummerWorks than music. Musical Works in Concert is the go-to event! It is an initiative created to provide a platform for original Canadian works of musical theatre. The first of the two performances, Through the Gates , will be seen on August 13th. It’s a musical adaptation of the Buddhist legend of Siddhartha featuring music by Scott Christian and lyrics by Daniel Cummings. The second piece, Blood Ties , presented on August 14th, is surprisingly not a vampire story. It is rather a story of four friends cleaning up after a suicide. This darkly comic story will feature music and lyrics by Anika and Barbara Johnson.
See You at SummerWorks
What do you think, guys? Are you coming out? The lineup is fantastic this year and I really regret not being able to take those two weeks off and enjoy it to the maximum. This is the moment when I envy college and university students that have finished their internships already and can be there every single day. Still, I’ll try to see as many plays as possible and if you happen to be there as well, we;ll see each other, I hope!