Besieged by the ennui of pandemic life, Alanis Percocet and Merlola Bordeaux drown their sorrows in cursed VHS tapes from another place! What follows is an evening of music and magic, guaranteed to ease your worries and woes.
Featuring performances by Gaby Grice, James King, Terrastray, Christel Bartelse, Alanis Percocet , Merlola Bordeaux and SBSxTO
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SBSxTO is a Toronto-based alt/rock singer-songwriter with influences that range from Hole to Susheela Raman.
Terrastray is a Canadian alternative folk punk band formed in Toronto in 2017. The band consists of vocalists/guitarists Kalli Lang and Evan Churchill, violinist Momo Cummings, cellist Calum Csunyoscka and drummer T.j. Faulkner. The band’s sound is described as emotional punk, with influences from metal, played on all acoustic instruments. Their lyrics cover various subject matter, often dealing with mental illness or political injustice. The name “Terrastray” was created by the band as a way to describe the feeling of wanting to leave the Earth.
James King is a queer singer/songwriter, and rock vocalist originally from North Augusta, ON. He has performed his original music in venues across the province, and was a Featured Vocalist in the "Manhattan Concert Series" at Toronto's acclaimed Soulpepper Theatre, as well as performing his original songs with the company during their Off-Broadway residency in New York City. With his band, James King & The Midnight Hours, he serves as songwriter, frontman and lead vocalist. Regulars in the Toronto music scene, the band held a year long residency at the Amsterdam Bicycle Club before branching out to headline other venues across the city. In the spring of 2018 the group made the National Top 100 in CBC's Searchlight Competition out of 2,072 artists from across Canada. Recently, they have recorded their debut album with producer Alex Gamble at Union Sound.
Gaby Grice is a vocalist and piano player from Toronto, Ontario. She performs re-arranged covers and originals as a solo artist, as well as singing back-up vocals and playing keys for Toronto-based rock ’n’ roll band, James King & the Midnight Hours. You can find more info about Gaby, including her pandemic cover song series, #TheIsolationSessions, on Instagram. @gabygrice
Curtis is a writer and theatre artist who recently learned to draw on some eyeliner and sculpt some blush to try drag on for size. As a theatre artist he associate-produced one of the very last pieces of live theatre anyone in Toronto saw, Box 4901 by Brian Frances at Buddies In Bad Times. His plays Tire Swing (2016) and Imp (2017) were produced with Filament Incubator. His other work has included co-writing and directing two plays with Katherine Doering, Katherine Is Not A Communist (2018), and Colour Me Pablo (2019).
His podcast Lola and Lani is an audio cartoon treat for the ears that I create with his soulmate, Merlola Bordeaux, and you can hear it wherever you get podcasts!
This year he will be releasing online performances of my own creation as Alanis and as myself, so feel free to follow him on Instagram to stay tuned. xox
Zack Lovetime is a graduate of York University’s theatre program, specializing in Devised Theatre and Playwriting. In the past, he’s worked as Assistant Director for the original productions of I Cook, He Does The Dishes as well as Assistant Stage Manager and Writer’s Assistant for LACE Production's The Unbelievers. Over the past few years Zack has been developing his drag persona, Merlola, performing regularly at Toronto open stage events and in a one woman play titled The Last Communion of Saint Merlola. Since the pandemic, he and his partner in crime, Alanis Percocet, have turned their attention to the world of podcasting, creating the queer utopia of Cityville on their podcast Lola and Lani.
Actor, Writer, Producer, Clown, Teacher and Comedian, Christel got her start in comedy & clown with her work in the physical comedy duo, The Burnt Marshmallows in which she co-created and performed in over five feature length show including U-Haulywood and STUCK. She can be seen performing all over Toronto and was a regular feature at Lunacy Cabaret, and has participated in the Toronto Festival of Clowns, Clown Chowder, SheDot Festival, March of Dames, Cheap Queers, Buskerfest, Chika Boom, the Hysteria Festival and recently participated with Circus Sessions, under UK mentor and world renowned Juggler and Director, Sean Gandini. Christel is a graduate of the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, the Second City Conservatory and has studied clown and physical theatre extensively.
WUT? Theatre Productions A Toronto based independent theatre company, we aim to explore all the ways that art is dangerous, relevant and wonderful. Matthew McLaren (Artistic Director) Born and raised in Victoria, BC., Matthew McLaren is a Toronto based freelance director of theatre as well as a playwright, dramaturge, photographer and former Editor-in-Chief of The Marble Theatre Review/Showbill Canada.A graduate of UVic's Theatre and Writing programs, for over two decades, he's collaborated with companies such as Theatre Inconnu, Langham Court, Theatre Skam, Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre, Puente Theatre and Atomic Vaudeville.He made his professional directing debut in 2016 with a production of Mark Harmon's "Bad Jews" at Theatre Inconnu and has since returned to direct Ariel Bronz's "The Tenant Haymovitch" in 2018.Since moving to Ontario, Matt's had the pleasure of working with SummerWorks and The InspiraTo Festival staging new work. A regular in Toronto's Storytelling community, you can find him performing at Old Words, Confabulation, Dare and True Stories Toronto.