Feminist Porn Awards
Unlike the trio of Canadian porn providers recently chastised by the CRTC for failing to provide the required amount of Canadian content on their specialty channels, the Feminist Porn Awards have for the past nine years been recognizing cream-of-the-crop productions filmed right here in this country with a special made-in-Canada category.
The Feminist Porn Awards, hosted by Good For Her, showcase films and websites that were directed, produced, or conceived by women or traditionally marginalized people; feature the “genuine pleasure, agency and desire for all performers, especially women and traditionally marginalized people”; and incorporate the principles of intersectionality.
Local stand-up Alex Nussbaum has given more thought to technology than many of his counterparts, writing a Fringe Festival show about our connection to our personal devices, and getting considerable airplay on SiriusXM for his first album Absolutely Free!* (Not Actually Free). Nussbaum is recording material for his follow-up album, A Number of Bits, which is partly based on how his career has changed since SoundExchange began collecting royalties. He’ll headline four shows at Yuk Yuk’s over two days, which will double as tapings.
Conte d’amour: Toronto’s Most Controversial Love Story
Over a year ago, the Globe and Mail‘s theatre critic J. Kelly Nestruck wrote about the death of the standing ovation in Canada. “The gesture is no longer exceptional,” he argued, explaining it’s become an obligatory nicety in theatres across the country. Well, he wasn’t wrong. And while it’s not entirely a terrible trend, it’s downright depressing to think that audiences are simply trying to convince themselves they’ve had a good time no matter what’s happened onstage.
But this past Tuesday night, at the curtain call for World Stage’s current offering (which has only two shows remaining, on Friday and Saturday nights), Conte d’amour, there was no obligatory Standing O. Though a good portion of the audience did leap to their feet—a few even yelling, “Bravo!”—many others remained seated. Some clapped; some didn’t. There were even two boos, which came from Nestruck himself. By now, this is common knowledge to anyone following the debate surrounding the most controversial and talked-about show to hit Toronto for some time.
Kelly McMichael and The Gloss
After a long winter out of town, Kelly McMichael and The Gloss are back for a brief Ontario tour, ending here in the band’s nominal hometown, with a video release show for Out of the Match. Also on the bill: Geordie Gordon of the Magic, Liza Bozikovic, and DJ Don’t Even spinning between sets.