RISING STARS COMEDY + VARIETY TALENT COMPETITION
This Summer 2022, Act Your Stage event series was ignited by a Pre-Launch Variety Showcase for RISING STARS, Toronto's freshest talent competition.
All Summer long, our guest judges and audience of friends and peers had the delight of spending many Sunday afternoons and evenings at the Patio Auditions at The Opera House on Queen East, catching patio vibes and soaking up some sun while enjoying live and up-close, sidewalk-friendly comedy and variety entertainment, and selecting their favourite acts to compete as Finalists and Runners-Up for The Final Show-Off competition finals round and a star-studded variety showcase (indoor theatre show at The Don on Danforth, Oct 23, Tickets available soon!)
For the Fall season, we've brought our redemption rounds indoors. We've also added an Online Audition round. First, we were welcomed by The Free Time Cafe on College Street, for Return of the Runners-Up Revenge Round, where we selected even more Finalists! Then, we partied like it Back Street never left and it was 1997 at Mandy's Bistro on The Danforth for the All-In-To-Win Revenge Round where all those who signed up to compete in the Patio Auditions were invited to return to vie for a Wildcard spot in the FINALS round.
On SUNDAY OCTOBER 23, 2022, at 6pm, our Finalists bring all the energy and momentum we've built up all Summer long and release it all on the stunning theatre stage at The Don on Danforth, at Danforth/Main.
AND THEN, the TOP THREE ACTS from the FINALS round will each perform a 5 minute set in the Starlit Variety Showcase on the stage, only the stage lights will sparkle a little more, and the audience lights will dim a little more.
Following the competition and showcase, TO END THE NIGHT, rather than move venues to some exclusive secret after-party loft party or something tedious like that, we decided to let the audience in on the spotlight and share our very same stage in an audience karaoke challenge! Sign-up online when purchasing your ticket. Spots are limited.
COMPETITION DATES: SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
RISING STARS Summer/Fall 2022
~AUDITION ROUNDS: OUTDOOR PATIO~ PATIO AUDITIONS
Patio Auditions take place on Sundays all Summer
3pm (Judge: Al Val, Host: Big Norm Alconcel)
3pm (Judge: Vong Show, Host: Danny Lwin)
6pm (Judge: Vong Show, Host: Linda Camacho)
3pm (Judge: Daphney Jo, Host: Linda Camacho)
3pm (Judge: Courtney Gilmour, Host: Kali Williams)
6pm (Judge: Kenny Robinson, Host: Linda Camacho)
6pm (Judge: Keesha Brownie, Host: Anto Chan)
6pm (Judge: Clif Knight. Host: Kari Johnson)
4pm (Judge: Leonard Chan, Host: Jay Rainville)
~AUDITION ROUNDS: ONLINE SUBMISSIONS~
Online AuditionsAll new Variety Acts, as well as past competitors from Previous in-person rounds are invited to compete for ONE LAST CHANCE at the FINALS.
It's redemption time!
Oct 19 (Wed) Deadline to Submit! - (Online Submissions) Follow the Form Link
~REVENGE ROUNDS: SMALL STAGE~
Return of the Runners-UpAll Runners-Up from Patio Auditions are Invited Back for ONE LAST CHANCE to make the FINALS.
Sep 25 - (Indoors) Free Times Cafe (320 College St, near Spadina)
5pm (Judge: Mysterion, Host: Nikane, Feature: Frank Li)
All-In-To-WinAll Competitors from Previous Patio Auditions are Invited Back for ONE LAST IN-PERSON CHANCE to make the FINALS.
It's redemption time!
Oct 9 - (Indoors) Mandy's Bistro (123 Danforth Ave, near Broadview)
4pm (Judge: Rush Kazi, Host: Nikane, Feature: Ken Pham)
~FINAL ROUND: THEATRE STAGE~
Starlit Variety Showcase / The Final Show-Off
(THE FINALS++ OF THE TALENT COMPETITION)
2. Star-Studded Variety Showcase, featuring Top 3 acts from Finals.
3. Audience members sing along for fun & or go solo to win!
Oct 23 - THE DON ON DANFORTH (15 Chisholm Ave, near Main St)
5:00pm Doors & Talent Check-In
6:00pm PART 1 ~The Final Show-Off! Rising Stars Talent Competition Finals~
8:15pm PART 2 ~Starlit Variety Showcase & Awards with Guest Performer & Presenter~
10:15pm PART 3 ~Audience Karaoke Challenge~
*Events schedules are subject to change as such as rain, illness and other circumstances arise. As such, throughout the Summer, we have been offering as many opportunities to join and rejoin the competition as feasible.