Comedian Pat Thornton and his comedy pals are doubling down on the success of last year‘s 24 Hour Stand-Up Set, looking to raise over $48,000 for the Stephen Lewis Foundation. As of a week out, they were already at 15 per cent of their goal, thanks to grassroots campaigning with T-shirts and a dare chain of videos reaching out to celebs like Ellen DeGeneres and Daniel Negreanu. During the 24 hours, that number will climb as the stream-of-consciousness collective joke machine spills out via social media and the webcast—but the best way to experience it is live, as your in-person donation gets you an unlimited in-and-out pass for the full marathon.
Canadians aren’t just polite—we’re also dark and messed up when we want to be. The latter tendency is celebrated in the 2nd annual Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival, a showcase of the best in contemporary horror from across our fine nation. Three days of screenings will see the world premieres of a number of films, including Elliot Dawson-Clark’s Criminal and Lari Teräs’ Blood Riders: The Devil Rides With Us. Be sure to stretch your legs between viewings and check out the vendor village, which will feature nifty treats from GloomMatter, Rotten Rags, Fangoria Magazine, and more.
Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage is justifiably one of the most buzzworthy plays of the past decade, a status it attained partly as a result of an acclaimed production on Broadway starring James Gandolfini and Jeff Daniels—and the 2011 Roman Polanski film adaptation. But besides star power and Reza’s intricate writing, its popularity can also be attributed to an easy marketing sell: two couples meet to discuss a physical altercation between their two 11-year-old sons. Simply imagining the sparks to ensue practically causes ticket money to fly out of your hands.
Local cabaret favourite Ryan G. Hinds brings his semi-monthly variety show back to the Pubaret for Comedy, Coffee Talk, and Cabaret, this month with guests Michael Hughes (Mickey & Judy, guest performer on David Foster & Friends), Roxxie Terrain (musical theatre veteran Brad Cormier), and Rebecca Perry, whose one-woman show Confessions of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl will be heading to New York City in the new year.