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RISING STARS

COMEDY+ VARIETY TALENT COMPETITION

Season 1: Summer–Fall 2022

Toronto's newest talent competition takes place on Sundays, July through September. Finals take place on October 23rd.

ACT YOUR STAGE Talent Competition takes place all Summer long, on Sundays. We're spotlighting Toronto's rising stars of Comedy+ Variety Entertainment. This Summer, we bring you a star-studded cast of microphone maestros including industry mentors, top talent, headliners and feature acts!

Are you fresh? Are you fabulous? Do you have mad stage skills?

Meet the maestros, face the mentors, and up your entertainer game.

Grab a spot. Grab the mic. Let's do this! Invite your supporters to come cheer and persuade your newest fans and peers to vote for you! Receive personal feedback from a guest judge and take your act to the next level.


Are you a fan and supporter of live comedy, music, cabaret, magic and the performing arts community?

Join us for some friendly Summer competition action. Audience Voting! Great Food! Fab Prizes! Fun Times!f

Revenge Round: October 9, 4pm (Free/PWYC)
Competition for All VARIETY+ Acts!

ACT YOUR STAGE's Rising Stars Comedy+Variety Talent Competition is a Summer-long series of intimate, live rounds of auditions in a fight for a spot in the finals and ultimately, the grand prize. We're spotlighting Toronto's rising stars of Comedy & Variety Entertainment! This Summer and Fall, we bring you a star-studded cast of microphone maestros, including industry mentors, top Toronto talent, headliners and feature acts!

Comedy! Music! Magic! Audience Voting! Audience Sing-Along!

This Sunday we're at MANDY'S BISTRO (123 Danforth Ave, at Broadview) come hang out and enjoy a full roster of up close and interactive entertainment with some of Toronto's funniest & fabbest!

We have mind-bending and tongue-twisting, magically and lyrically gifted guests who will make your jaws drop in awe. Plus, this round of competition is full of hilarious comedy plus a dash of heartwarming music. You help pick who goes to the Finals. That's right! One Voting Audience ticket guarantees a seat and a vote for your favourite act. Judge's scores and Audience's combined votes will be weighed and considered to determine the finalist who will return to compete on the theatre stage later this Fall for the Final Show-Off!, the final round of competition.

Guest Judge/Headliner: Comedian, Producer Rush Kazi

Rush is a Montreal-born, Toronto-based comic, non-binary, bipedal, carbon-based stand-up, sketch, and musical comic. Second City trained, Rush has been featured in JFL42, Toronto Fringe Festival, both Toronto and Montreal SketchFests, Gardencity Festival, Toronto's SheDot Festival, Leelfest, just to name a few. Rush produces the always sold out hit shows Asian Comedy All-Stars, MuJew (A Muslim and Jewish comedy showcase), Gaysian Comedy All-Stars (the world’s FIRST all-Queer, all-Asian comedy showcase), Comedy Mixtape (Toronto’s longest running musical comedy show), and since 2012, has run the open mic, Laughter Luau in Toronto and many more events. Rush’s debut comedy album, About Time, released in April 2022, saw Rush proclaimed as a “Queer first generation Canadian Disruptor” and “a rare talent” by Parton and Pearl, while CBC Arts called Rush “your new favourite non-binary, pansexual, South Asian, Muslim comedian” (even if you don't know any others)! That same month Rush’s half hour comedy special debuted on OutTV and is currently available for streaming on Amazon Prime. Follow them on IG @rush.zilla More at: rushkazi.com

Guest Host: Comedian, Writer, Host Kari Johnson

Guest Host: Hip-Hop Artist & Poet: Nikane


Nikane is one of Toronto's most talented tongue-twistingly twisted, fresh freestyling lyrical wizards. This Rap/Hip-Hop Artist, Poet performs all over the city. Catch him on stages, sidewalks, rooftops, what-not. Follow on IG: @effloisnikane More: https://linktr.ee/Efflo


Feature Act: Comedic Magician, Variety Event Producer Ken Pham

Ken is a Toronto based comedic magician who blew up on TikTok and has made the quantum leap to the live stage! Check out his hilarious magical stunts, mixed with mind bending mentalism. Follow him on TikTok: @kensington_ken and IG: @torontomagician637

Revenge Round: September 25, 5pm (Free/PWYC)
Competition for All VARIETY+ Acts!

ACT YOUR STAGE's Rising Stars Comedy+Variety Talent Competition is a Summer-long series of intimate, live rounds of auditions in a fight for a spot in the finals and ultimately, the grand prize. We're spotlighting Toronto's rising stars of Comedy & Variety Entertainment! This Summer and Fall, we bring you a star-studded cast of microphone maestros, including industry mentors, top Toronto talent, headliners and feature acts!

This Sunday at The Free Times Cafe (320 College St, near Spadina) come hang out and enjoy a full roster of up close and interactive entertainment, including Toronto's own world-class entertainer, the Mentalist, Mysterion the Mind Reader. Join us for some late afternoon magic & mind reading, comedy & music, brunch & drinks. Audience votes. Audience sings. Fab prizes to be won!

Guest Judge/Headliner: Mentalist Mysterion the Mind Reader

Mysterion is seen on Discovery Channel & MTV, and was a quarter finalist on America's Got Talent. He's one half of mindreading duo The Sentimentalists (with Steffi Kay) who fooled Penn & Teller. Award winning interactive virtual mind reading Mysterion is one of the world's most renowned mentalists. Mysterion has adopted his famous live show into an exciting experience that is more like interactive TV than a sit back and watch magic show. Mind bending mentalism that fully involves your guests, with suitable content for all audiences. Follow on IG: @doctormysterion More: https://mysterionthemindreader.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qirQzYD_T10

Guest Host: Freestyle/Hip-Hop Emcee: Nikane Efflo Tu

Follow on IG: @nikaneisefflo More: https://linktr.ee/Efflo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvVvzYJP8ds&feature=youtu.be


Guest Feature: Magician/Musician, Frank Li

Follow on IG: @the_frank_lee

COMPETITION SCHEDULE:

Patio Audition Sessions take place on Sunday Afternoons & Evenings. All Summer!* (Rain checks may be moved, rescheduled or cancelled.)

~COMEDY~ Audition Round


July 17

3pm (Judge: Al Val, Host: Big Norm Alconcel)

July 24

3pm (Judge: Vong Show, Host: Danny Lwin)

6pm (Judge: Vong Show, Host: Linda Camacho)

July 31

3pm (Judge: Daphney Jo, Host: Linda Camacho)

Aug 7

3pm (Judge: Courtney Gilmour, Host: Kali Williams)

6pm (Judge: Kenny Robinson, Host: Linda Camacho)


~VARIETY~ Audition Round
(Includes COMEDY, MUSIC, CABARET, MAGIC, DANCE, MC, POETRY, PUPPETRY, MIME and more!)


Aug 28

6pm (Judge: Keesha Brownie, Host: Anto Chan)

Sep 11

6pm (Judge: Clif Knight. Host: Kari Johnson)

Sep 18

4pm (Judge: Leonard Chan, Host: Jay Rainville)


~REVENGE~ Runners-Up Return Round
All Runners-Up from Patio Auditions are Invited Back for ONE LAST CHANCE at the FINALS


Sep 25 - (Indoors) Free Times Cafe (320 College St, near Spadina)

5pm (Judge: Mysterion, Host: Nikane, Feature: Frank Li)


~REVENGE~ All Competitors Revenge Round
All Competitors from Previous Patio Auditions are Invited Back for ONE LAST CHANCE at the FINALS


Oct 9 - (Indoors) Mandy's Bistro (123 Danforth Ave, near Broadview)

4pm (Judge: Rush Kazi, Host: Nikane, Feature: Ken Pham)



FINALS EVENT:


Oct 23 - (Indoors) THE DON ON DANFORTH (15 Chisholm Ave, near Main St)

6pm (Judge: Rush Kazi, Host: Nikane, Feature: Ken Pham)


6pm ~Final Round of Competition~

8:15 ~Winners Showcase & Awards~
Indoor concert theatre showcase & awards


10:15pm ~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.

GET THE FAQs:

What is Act Your Stage Talent Competition?
All-Summer Talent Acoustic Competition Series featuring Toronto's Rising Stars of The Stage: in Comedy & Variety+

Who is the competition open to?

Audition tickets are open to all talented sidewalk and stage Comedians and Variety Performing Artists in the Toronto area!

Audience tickets are open to all fans of live entertainment. Help vote for Toronto's next top entertainers!

What kind of acts can be included in each category?

COMEDY! Category includes stand-up, prop comedy, sketch comedy, improv and more!

*VARIETY+ Category includes cabaret acts, magic, music, theatre, drag, poetry, dance, magic, puppetry, and more!

Where does the competition take place?
Auditions Outdoor: The Opera House, Patio & Grill (Rain check venues/dates will be rescheduled & announced as details are available)

Competition Finals & Winners Fest Showcase Indoor: A Fabulous Theatre Stage (We're moving to a new venue - more info TBA!)

When do the auditions take place?

On SUNDAY Afternoons, Evenings, JULY through SEPTEMBER, 2022

What Prize am I competing for?


ULTIMATE PRIZES:


The Grand Prize: 1st Place Winner of The Final Show-Off round will be awarded $250 cash, as well as a coveted spot on a Variety Showcase with an All-Star line-up, a professional quality recording of their set, an album recording opportunity, and a special mentorship opportunity.


The Sweet Prize: 2nd Place Winner of The Final Show-Off round will be awarded a coveted spot on a Variety Showcase with an All-Star line-up, a professional quality recording of their set, and a special mentorship opportunity.


The Cool Prize: 3rd Place Winner of The Final Show-Off round will be awarded a coveted spot on a Variety Showcase with an All-Star line-up with a professional quality recording of their set.

How are Competition Finalists and Showcase Winners determined?

Voting:

Each Sunday, guest judges and audience members vote to determine at least ONE FINALIST (to compete in Finals) and ONE RUNNER UP (to compete in Revenge Rounds) from each Audition session.

Guest judges’ votes and live audience votes are weighed and combined to determine who makes the cut to the Final Show-Off from each audition session & revenge round.

Guest judges’ votes and live audience votes are weighed and combined to determine who wins the ultimate GRAND PRIZE!

How do I sign up to enter the competition as a performer?

Click a Ticket Link above for the event you want to attend. Sign up with a FREE/PWYC AUDITION TICKET.

Audition Tickets: One Audition Ticket guarantees one ticket holder one spot in the line-up for one date and time slot. Seating is not guaranteed. Auditioners are requested to come with their best 5 minutes of material. Competitors are welcome to sign up for multiple audition sessions. Cost and accessibility should not be barrier to entry. The PATIO VARIETY Auditions are FREE/PWYC. Anybody who is unable to acquire a free ticket is asked to send us a message through one of our social media accounts, or send email and we will be happy to assist you in obtaining your spot.

How do I attend the competition as voting audience member?

Click a Ticket Link above for the event you want to attend and register for PWYC AUDIENCE TICKETS

Audience Tickets: One Audience Ticket guarantees a tabled seat and a vote for their favourite act! Judge's scores and Audience's combined votes will be weighed and considered to determine the finalists who will return to compete on the theatre stage for the Final Show-Off and the runners-up who will return in September to compete for a spot in the Final Show-Off. The PATIO Variety Auditions are PWYC to attend.

Why should I enter or support the competition?

Experience live entertainment, watch maestros and rookies battle it out this Summer for the top spot in their craft!

Opportunities for all ticket holders, including Competitors and Audience Members, to win a variety of prizes at each stage of the competition.

Opportunities to gain invaluable personalized instructive and constructive feedback from some of your favourite performance artists and mentors of your chosen craft.

CATEGORY GRAND PRIZE PACKAGE will be awarded to: ONE FINAL WINNER from EACH CATEGORY.

Are there any age or content requirements and restrictions? What does "sidewalk-friendly" mean?

This competition is recommended for performance artists 16+ years of age and up, as some of the themes presented are for mature audiences, but otherwise, there are no official age restrictions. All ages are welcome.


For the sidewalk-facing outdoor auditions, performances should should be “sidewalk-friendly”, in that this is an afternoon and evening outside event with a variety of passers-by that may include families, and people with varied lived experiences. We ask that you keep that in mind and use your best discretion in such circumstances. The point is to meet your audience where they are, and adapt to your environment, in this case, out in public.


That said, the content does not have to be “Disney-clean”, “family friendly” or even friendly in tone.


The final competition and winners showcase will be held indoors and does not have to be sidewalk-friendly, as is the case with indoor shows or events in enclosed spaces.

More Announcements to Come!


PAST EVENTS:

Audition Session: September 18, 4pm (Free/PWYC)
Competition for All COMEDY Acts!

Guest Judge/Headliner: Comedian Leonard Chan

Leonard has his hand in all things comedy. Sirius/XM, CBC radio, Halifax Comedy Festival, Winnipeg Comedy Festival, Just For Laughs (Mtl). Opened for Ronny Chieng, Joel Kim Booster, K. Trevor Wilson, Rhea Butcher, Matt Braunger. He is everywhere, literarily. Writing credits include This Hour Has 22 Minutes, 16 Hudson, Hello (Again), Kim's Convenience, CBC Comedy, The Beaverton, "You Want It What Way: A Boy Band Tale." Follow him on IG @theleonardchan More at: theleonardchan.com

Guest Host: Comedian Jay Rainville

A seasoned professional musician, Jay is now making waves in the Toronto comedy scene. Past winner of the Comedy Nuggets: Bring It On Competition, Laugheteria Competition. Follow: @jayrainvillecomedy More at: jayrainville.com


Feature Act: Comedic Magician, Variety Event Producer Ken Pham

Ken is a Toronto based comedic magician who blew up on TikTok and has made the quantum leap to the live stage! Check out his hilarious magical stunts, mixed with mind bending mentalism. Follow him on TikTok: @kensington_ken and IG: @torontomagician637

On this day we're giving away a pair of tickets to The Vong Show: Toronto's Best Comedians! Special Opening Night Gala!*

*About The Vong Show: Shining a spotlight on Toronto’s standup comedy community by providing the stage and audiences worthy of the incredible talent in this city! Special to the September launch event, the lineup will feature a showcase of comedians who will headline the next year of ‘The Vong Show’ at Paradise Theatre including Elvira Kurt, Ron Josol, Rob Bebenek, Leonard Chan, Rob Pue, and Cassie Cao! We wanted to start out with a bang… and I honestly couldn’t imagine a better lineup to represent the best of what Toronto comedy has to offer!

Audition Session: September 11, 6pm (Free/PWYC)
Competition for All VARIETY+ Acts!

Guest Judge/Headliner: Comedian, Musician Clif Knight

Clif is a Guyanese born comedian based in Toronto. With a music teacher and voice coach for a mother, Clif has been performing since very little, his first big stage musical performance at 6 years old. After performing classical woodwind music for 10 years, Clif switched to being the bassist and backup vocals for the punk band ‘Keep Your Day Job!’ After moving to Canada he played drums and bass for various jazz and punk collectives until switching to more comedic performances in 2016. Since then he has performed across Ontario as both a standup comedian and one half of the musical rap sketch duo ‘GoodKnight’. He’s performed at the New York Comedy Club, The Comedy Studio in Boston and opened for Adam Newman at The Comedy Nest in Montreal. He participated in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and recently released a special on OUTtv through Amazon Prime. Follow him on IG & Everywhere: @cliffy_so_funny

Guest Host: Comedian, Writer, Host Kari Johnson

Kari is a stand-up comedian and writer currently based in Toronto but actually started comedy in Ireland. Soon after hitting the stage she appeared in multiple festivals across the country and was told early on she had “a very bright future in comedy” by comedy legend Karl Spain (RTE). Her imaginative observations center around her racial ambiguity, dealing with men, thongs and anything else that might justify her liberal arts degree. Follow: @karigejohnson


Feature Act: Comedic Magician, Variety Event Producer Ken Pham

Ken is a Toronto based comedic magician who blew up on TikTok and has made the quantum leap to the live stage! Check out his hilarious magical stunts, mixed with mind bending mentalism. Follow him on TikTok: @kensington_ken and IG: @torontomagician637

We're giving away a pair of tickets to Sin City Illusions: The Return*

*About Sin City Illusions: Come join us for a hilariously amazing night of magic and illusions, featuring 3 of Toronto's finest magicians. This includes Penn and Teller's Matt Disero, Ken Margoe from Illusionarium, and Asian Tik Tok star Ken Pham. You'll be treated to laughs, magical trickery, amazing illusions, and mind blowing mentalism. Best of all, this is happening at the incredible Rec Room stage. With so much to do, there is something for everyone! This is guaranteed to be a fun and incredible evening for the whole family. See you there!

Audition Session: August 28, 6pm (Free/PWYC)
Competition for All VARIETY+ Acts!

Guest Judge/Headliner: Comedian, Actor, MC Keesha Brownie

Keesha is an energetic, multi-faceted performer. She crafts her comedic recipe with a background in theatre, sketch, and music. Making observations about her Jamaican roots and Canadian upbringing, she punctuates punchlines with act-outs, parody songs, and sometimes even backup dancers. Behind that dynamic stage presence lies a fierce work ethic and an entrepreneurial mind. Brownie is a Second City alumni, independent show producer, and she keeps her fingers on the pulse by frequenting open mics all over Toronto. Brownie earned a Canadian Comedy Award nomination for Best Female Stand-Up in 2015. From there, she has made a name for herself on a global scale. Brownie has graced the stage across Canada and the United States. She’s also performed in the Caribbean and the United Kingdom. Follow her on IG @keeshabrownie More at: gotbrownie.com

Guest Host: Comedian, Poet, Storyteller Anto Chan

Anto has travelled across North America & Asia, inspiring audiences through laughter. He strives to help people realize the potential within themselves through humourous personal stories. Anto performed on the independent Stand-up Comedy tours “the Sleeping in our Car Tour” & “The Sleeping in our Car 2er, travelling across Canada. He won Best Independent Venue (the Shanghai) @ Ottawa Comedy Awards in 2010, the 2012 I Heart Jokes award for “Open Mic Hero” and was a finalist in the Hong Kong International Comedy Festival 2014. He has made appearances on Omni News, CBC Radio, XM Radio, RTHK, TVB Pearl, Proper TV And his stand-up comedy video GOW was featured on the front page of Reddit. He was featured on Coming to the Stage season 4 in LA produced by Comedy Dynamics. ​He emcee'd Kollaboration Talent Showcase, Karaoke w/ China Doll at The Shanghai, youth events, variety shows and many more! He also competed at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word Poetry in 2013. He loves organizing and MCing English-Cantonese-French weddings customizing the experience for the couple's big day. Anto featured his solo shows Shed Talks & Love So Far in the Toronto Fringe Festival in 2016, and in Montreal Fringe Festival in 2019. He received praise from both Mooney on Theatre and Montreal Theatre hub for his aptitude in storytelling, poetry & comedy as well as his genuine connection to intimate audiences. Follow him on IG @antopunfu More at: antochan.com

Feature Act: Comedic Magician, Variety Event Producer Ken Pham

Ken is a Toronto based comedic magician who blew up on TikTok and has made the quantum leap to the live stage! Check out his hilarious magical stunts, mixed with mind bending mentalism. Follow him on TikTok: @kensington_ken and IG: @torontomagician637

We're giving away a pair of tickets to The Sassy Circus*

*About The Sassy Circus: Circus acts, burlesque dancers, and daredevils! A fun filled evening of chills, thrills, and skills featuring some incredible and hilarious circus acts. Not only that, we are featuring some of Toronto's best burlesque performers. Your headliner is the Tiro Golden Boys, an act that you will not want to miss! An incredible trio from Niagara Falls, this is an act you will not want to miss. Their act include 3 person juggling, an unbelievable hand balancing display, and a rolla rolla act that you need to see to believe! Best of all, it's at the Rec Room so not only can you enjoy the show on their state-of-the-art stage, you can come earlier and check out all the awesome arcades and games too.

August 28, 4-6pm (Free, non-competitive)
Chuckle Sandwich: Patio Comedy Hour
Pop-Up Mic

Join us Sunday, AUGUST 28, 4pm at The Opera House, 735 Queen St E, for an afternoon Patio Open Mic.

Bring your appetite and check out the delicious food and drink items from the The Opera House's famous grill & bar. Here's your chance to use your outside voice on a Sunday afternoon in Toronto's favourite strip of street known as Queen. Come preeech your hot goss spills!

Your Host: Author, Comedian Jill Edmondson

Follow: @edmjill. More at: jilledmondson.com | Author's Blog: http://jilledmondson.blogspot.com/

Spots will remain available until they are filled. Do you need an extra minute or two on the mic? Save yourself the trouble of being cut short later and buy up to 2 extra minutes now to add on to your Free 4 Minutes. $2 for each extra minute. Or, Feed the tip bucket before you go up, to get extra mic time.

This is a fun & free sidewalk-friendly comedy open mic. (Talent Competition audition session begins at 6pm. See below for more ticket links.)

RESERVE YOUR FREE SPOT BELOW.

August 21, 4-6pm (Free, non-competitive)
Chuckle Sandwich: Patio Comedy Hour
Pop-Up Mic

Join us Sunday, AUGUST 21, 4pm at The Opera House, 735 Queen St E, for an afternoon Patio Open Mic.

Bring your appetite and check out the delicious food and drink items from the The Opera House's famous grill & bar. Here's your chance to use your outside voice on a Sunday afternoon in Toronto's favourite strip of street known as Queen. Come preeech your hot goss spills!

Your Host: Comedian Abhi Pamnani

Abhi is one of Toronto’s freshest faces in Comedy. With his goofy and slightly sarcastic style Abhi is usually the crowd’s feel-good comic. When Abhi is not performing at venues like Rivoli, The Comedy Bar and Comedy Lab, he can be found sweating it out on a tennis court or binge-watching marvel movies with a bag of Tostitos. Follow Abhi on IG: @abhipamnani

Spots will remain available until they are filled. Do you need an extra minute or two on the mic? Save yourself the trouble of being cut short later and buy up to 2 extra minutes now to add on to your Free 4 Minutes. $2 for each extra minute. Or, Feed the tip bucket before you go up, to get extra mic time.

This is a fun & free sidewalk-friendly comedy open mic. (Talent Competition audition session begins at 6pm. See below for more ticket links.)

RESERVE YOUR FREE SPOT BELOW.

August 7, 6pm
Competition: Category is COMEDY!

Judge: Comedian, Actor, Superhost, The Fabulous KENNY ROBINSON
Host: Singer, Comedian LINDA CAMACHO

Kenny is a Canadian Superhost, Living Legend of the Stage. Winnipeg born, Chicago bred Gemini Awards host & nominee, creator, writer, producer, host, His irreverent, socially conscience, intelligent, opinionated and profane style of comedy has made him a fixture and favourite with comedy clubs, festivals, swingers conventions, radio, and television audiences for 3 decades. Many of the country's brightest young comics have claimed "The Fab" as a mentor and influence. More at kennyrobinson.com

August 7, 5pm
Chuckle Sandwich: Comedy Hour
Pop-Up Patio Open Mic

Sidewalk-Friendly Edition

Join us Sunday, AUGUST 7, 5pm at The Opera House, 735 Queen St E, for a late evening Patio Open Mic.

Bring your appetite and check out the delicious food and drink items from the The Opera House's famous grill & bar.

Your Host: Linda Camacho –Follow Linda on IG: @camachocomedygirl

Here's your chance to use your outside voice on a warm glowy Sunday evening in Toronto's favourite strip of street known as Queen!

RESERVE YOUR FREE 4-Minute SPOT BELOW. Spots will remain available until they are filled.

OKAY BUT, do you need an extra minute or two on the mic?

Save yourself the trouble of being cut short later and buy up to 2 extra minutes now to add on to your Free 4 Minutes. $2 for each extra minute. Or, Feed the tip bucket before you go up, and get an extra minute or two.

This is a fun & free sidewalk-friendly STAND-UP COMEDY OPEN MIC. (*Not an audition date)

August 7, 3pm
Competition:
Category is COMEDY!

Judge: Serial Award Winning Comedian COURTNEY GILMOUR
Host: Comedian KALI WILLIAMS

Courtney is one of Canada's most unique voices and sought after comedy talents. Her warm, accessible, and intelligent brand of stand up has made her a hit with audiences nationwide. Canada’s Got Talent 2022 Finalist. Winner of Multiple prominent comedy awards. Regular appearances on national television networks & publications. NOW Magazine's top 10 stage artists to watch. More at courtneygilmour.com

FREE OPEN MIC COMEDY on Queen St,
Outdoor Patio, Sidewalk-Friendly Edition

Join us Sunday, JULY 31, 6pm at The Opera House, 735 Queen St E, for a late evening Patio Open Mic.

Bring your appetite and check out the delicious food and drink items from the The Opera House's famous grill & bar.

Your Host: Linda Camacho –Follow Linda on IG: @camachocomedygirl

Here's your chance to use your outside voice on a warm glowy Sunday evening in Toronto's favourite strip of street known as Queen!

RESERVE YOUR FREE 4-Minute SPOT BELOW. Spots will remain available until they are filled.

OKAY BUT, do you need an extra minute or two on the mic?

Save yourself the trouble of being cut short later and buy up to 2 extra minutes now to add on to your Free 4 Minutes. $2 for each extra minute. Or, Feed the tip bucket before you go up, and get an extra minute or two.

This is a fun & free sidewalk-friendly STAND-UP COMEDY OPEN MIC. (*Not an audition date)

Category is COMEDY! AUDITION SPOT
July 31, 3pm

Guest Judge: Hahalarious Comedian, Actor, Producer DAPHNEY JOSEPH

Daphney Jo is a bilingual actor and producer. The Second City Training Centre, Feature Players at Bad Dog Theatre. Improv duo Coko & Daphney (Harbourfront Center, SheDot Festival, BCIF, Montreal Improv Festival, Ottawa Improv Festival, Boston Comedy Art Festival, Del Close Marathon NYC, Philly Improv Festival, and many more). French improv troupe Les Improbables & Le Club des Marteaux, TFO FLIP.

Category is COMEDY! AUDITION SPOT, July 24, 6pm
Auditions take place at The Opera House Patio

Guest Judge: Comedian VONG SHOW! One of Canada's Hottest Comedy Acts & Producers, Official Spokesperson for gay, super cute Asians. vongshow.com

Category is COMEDY! AUDITION SPOT, July 24, 3pm
Auditions take place at The Opera House Patio

Guest Judge: Comedian VONG SHOW! One of Canada's Hottest Comedy Acts & Producers, Official Spokesperson for gay, super cute Asians. vongshow.com

FREE OPEN MIC COMEDY on Queen St,
Outdoor Patio, Family Friendly Edition

Join us Sunday, JULY 17, 6pm at The Opera House, 735 Queen St E, for a late evening Patio Open Mic. Bring your appetite and check out the delicious food and drink items from the The Opera House's famous grill & bar.

Your Host: Christopher Ray –Follow Christopher on IG: @RaySee8

Here's your chance to use your outside voice on a warm glowy Sunday evening in Toronto's favourite strip of street known as Queen!

RESERVE YOUR FREE 4-Minute SPOT BELOW. Spots will remain available until they are filled.

OKAY BUT, do you need an extra minute or two on the mic?

Save yourself the trouble of being cut short later and buy up to 2 extra minutes now to add on to your Free 4 Minutes. $2 for each extra minute. Or, Feed the tip bucket before you go up, and get an extra minute or two.

This is a fun & free sidewalk-friendly STAND-UP COMEDY OPEN MIC. (*Not an audition date)

Category is COMEDY! NOVICE AUDITION SPOT, July 17, 2pm
The Opera House: Patio
& Grill

Group 1 Auditions: Guest Judge: AL VAL! One of Canada's fastest rising stars, JFL, CBC. alvalcomedian.com

Open to NOVICE performers, those with 3 cumulative years experience OR LESS.

FREE OPEN MIC COMEDY on Queen St,
Outdoor Patio, Family Friendly Edition

Join us Friday, JULY 15, 8pm at The Opera House for a late evening Patio Open Mic. Bring your appetite and check out the delicious food and drink items from the The Opera House's famous grill & bar.

Your Host: Brandon Zakkai –Follow Brandon on IG: @BrandonZakkai

Here's your chance to use your outside voice on a warm glowy Friday evening in Toronto's favourite strip of street known as Queen!

RESERVE YOUR FREE 4-Minute SPOT BELOW. Spots will remain available until they are filled.

OKAY BUT, do you need an extra minute or two on the mic?

Save yourself the trouble of being cut short later and buy up to 2 extra minutes now to add on to your Free 4 Minutes. $2 for each extra minute. Or, Feed the tip bucket before you go up, and get an extra minute.

This is a fun & free family-friendly STAND-UP COMEDY OPEN MIC. (*Not an audition date)

FREE OPEN MIC MUSIC on Queen St,
Outdoor Patio, Family Friendly Edition

Join us Friday, JULY 15, 6pm at The Opera House for a dinnertime Patio Open Mic. Bring your appetite and check out the delicious food and drink items from the The Opera House's famous grill & bar.

Your Host: Xentury Sam –Follow Sam on IG: @XenturySam

Here's your chance to use your outside voice on a warm glowy Friday evening in Toronto's favourite strip of street known as Queen!

RESERVE YOUR FREE 7-Minute SPOT BELOW. Spots will remain available until they are filled.

OKAY BUT, do you need extra minutes on the mic? Feed the tip bucket before you go up, and get an extra minute or two.

or, Save yourself the trouble of being cut short later and buy up to 3 extra minutes now to add on to your Free 7 Minutes. $2 for each extra minute.

This is a fun & free family-friendly ACOUSTIC MUSIC OPEN MIC. (*Not an audition date)

FREE PATIO OPEN MIC: COMEDY, MUSIC, VARIETY+ July 3, 8–10pm

Outdoor COMEDY, MUSIC, VARIETY, CABARET Open Mic!


Immediately after the Outdoor Comedy & Variety Showcase, Join us at Sunday, JULY 3, 8pm at The Opera House Patio for a FREE, Mixed Concept, Patio Open Mic!


Very few entertainers can easily follow The Fabulous Kenny Robinson, but you can say you literally did!

Host: JamEasy –Follow JamEasy on IG: @Jam_Easy

Here's your chance to use your outside voice on a warm glowy Sunday evening in Toronto's favourite strip of street known as Queen!


Click the pic or link below to reserve your FREE SPOT! Spots are limited. Tickets will remain on available until all spots are filled or until 8:30pm –whichever occurs first.

PAST EVENT Outdoor COMEDY+ SHOWCASE: PRELAUNCH for ACT YOUR STAGE 2022
July 3, 5–8pm
Pre-Launch Comedy, Music, Variety Showcase for Act Your Stage 2022 (NOT an audition date)

STAR-STUDDED COMEDY & VARIETY SHOWCASE OF TORONTO'S FUNNIEST & FABBEST ENTERTAINERS!


It's Sunday! Join us this day, JULY 3, 5pm at The Opera House Patio & Grill for the pre-launch showcase for ACT YOUR STAGE (AYS2022*). We bring you a star-studded line-up of some of your favourite headliners and feature acts.

Check out our dinner and drinks menu!


Headliner: Kenny Robinson

Featuring: Jen Sakato, Al Val, Rush Kazi, Robert Watson, Tamara Shevon, Aliya Kanani, Twy, Ken Pham, Danny Lwin

Hosts: Linda Camacho, Christopher Ray, Suzy Park

Got a party? Flying solo? Got a date? Perfect! Tickets are sold by tables of 1, 2, 4 & more.


Click the pic or link below to get your seat! Tickets will remain on available until all seats are filled or until 6:00pm –whichever occurs first.