Independent Creators Cooperative: The Best Things Come in Threes
What makes the already difficult task of starting an indie theatre company in Toronto seem even more intimidating, if not impossible, is the number of other indie artists and companies who have also decided to take on this difficult and seemingly impossible task. Though it’s encouraging to have a healthy wave of young artists practicing and producing their own work, the number of small companies in the city brings its own set of challenges: increased competition for audiences, resources, space, and time—so much so that last year the Toronto Fringe Festival held a tent talk entitled Please Don’t Start a Theatre Company.
The Theatre Centre has responded to these challenges with its BMO incubator space and the Independent Creators Cooperative, which provides three emerging companies with six weeks of development, as well as funding and administrative support from The Theatre Centre and two other established companies, Theatre Smith-Gilmour and Why Not Theatre. This spring, the result is an intriguing trio of approximately one-hour shows: Business as Usual, Ralph + Lina, and Death Married My Daughter. All three will be in rotation at The Theatre Centre until May 18, and all have been heavily influenced by physical theatre and the Jacques Lecoq School in Paris—but that said, they have very little else in common.
Learn about a little-known bit of Toronto’s history with a theatre installation on the very spot where it all began in 1804. The Speedy tells the story of HMS Speedy, its passengers, and its doomed trip across Lake Ontario. When a Chippewa man is murdered by a white fur trader, the justice system is slow to react. The victim’s impatient brother Ogetonicut exacts revenge, killing the fur trader. Justice moves more quickly this time, and 20 members of the court system board a ship that will take them to the trial in Newcastle—but it sinks en route, leaving the case forever unsettled.
Simply the Best Live Podcast
We here at Torontoist only want what’s best for you, and that’s why we suggest you attend Simply the Best Live Podcast. There you’ll see a first-rate collection of stand-up comedians, musicians, character actors, and more. It promises to be the best of times! Heidi Brander, Bob Kerr, Todd Graham, Kathleen Phillips-Locke, Suitcase Sam, Dan Bingham, and Christina Walkinshaw are just a few of the many featured acts.
CineMacabre: Wolf Creek 2
Just when you thought it was safe to go to the Outback, someone starts offing campers and hikers again. Rue Morgue goes back Down Under to get slashy with the amusingly psychopathic Mick Taylor (John Jarratt) at this month’s CineMacabre screening of Wolf Creek 2. This isn’t your typical night at the movies—there will be prizes, drinks (of the alcoholic variety), and gory goodies at the concession stand. Stick around afterwards for a special Skype interview with the filmmaker!