Toronto Festival of Clowns
May 28-June 1
Don't miss this epic five day celebration of clown, bouffon, cabaret, puppetry and all things hysterical. Famed acts and friends of Newborn in the lineup include Adam Lazarus, Guillermo Verdecchia, Step Taylor, Butt Kapinski, 2 Man No-Show, Adventure Time, Joshua Stodart, John Lalchlan Stewart, Ben Wheelwright and so many more!
Inspirato Ten-Minute Play Festival
May 29-June 7
Looking for just the right dose of a story? Check out these ten minute plays written by a wide variety of writers from across the world. This is one of our favourite festivals because it introduces a ton of new playwrights into the scene. The festival takes place in the historic Aumnae Theatre and, last I remember, it gets pretty packed and fun in there. 25 10-minute plays, including site-specific, it's a grab bag, it's a party, it's a really strange and wonderful festival.
East End Performance Crawl
May 21-June 1
We've been gushing about this event all week. Crow's Theatre has taken over the studios and stages of Toronto's East End and brought us a stunning variety of performances. Don't miss some of our recent favourites including Vanessa Smythe, Kanika Ambrose, Meagan O'shea and many more. Get on over there, crawl around and enjoy the array of delicious displays of bravery.
May 22-June 2
Once again, Montreal is being bombarded with artistic brilliance. We love this festival because it is dedicated to celebrating new works in contemporary dance and theatre from across the globe and often the acts combine both of those things. This year's selection is particularly innovative featuring some of our favourite beauty-builders including Matija Ferlin, Marlene Monteiro and Nicolas Cantin. If you feel like getting a taste of everything, pick any event in this festival. You will be blown away.
Vocal Arts Festival
May 10-June 29
Have you been waiting for non stop opera to arrive and stay? Good news! We found a whole festival that is dedicated to that exact effort. We're pumped to have stumbled upon Opera Nuova's Vocal Arts Festival. There's a lot about opera that blows us away but one bit after another? That'll be a rush. The festival celebrates written classics and new professional performers. Check it out!
Tales in Crux
We love it when young writers get together and write! Tales in Crux is celebrating that exact initiative as storyteller/MCs from Quimera Theatre Collective guide you through a weave of stories that they've enmeshed into an exciting night of theatre. We're mostly excited to learn about Quimera and their dedication to new works by young writers. As our missions are much alike, we're considering this a spirit-sister-festival to our annual Odds and Ends. Go check it out and support new young writers as they enchant you with their youth and artistry.