Sunday, 31 December 2017

Goodbye 2017

Goodbye 2017
December 30, 2017
Well here we are.  The last day of 2017. While your bubbly chills (or, in some cases, your sparkling water), I invite you sit and reflect on your year.

After all, you could treat this like any other day. You could let it pass and forget about your reflection.

But I think you deserve more than that! Start the new year with a clear sense of yourself and all that you've done.

For me, I like to treat the last day of the year as a time to reflect on all the ways I've grown, changed, and the beautiful parts of my life that have flourished.

How about you?

Well if you're keen, I invite you to think about the following questions that switch the focus from goal-setting to gratitude.

Here we go:

1) What was one thing you did this year that you never thought possible?  How did you feel once you did it?

2) What was a really rough moment you went through that made you realize how strong you were?

3) What was one book you read that made you think about life, yourself, or made you enjoy your day?

4) What was the highlight meal of your year?

5) What was your favourite t.v show? Why?

6) Did you have a moment of jealousy or sadness that sparked you to change something in your life?

7)  Who did you get close to this year? 

8) What was the best surprise of 2017?

9) Who are you most grateful for?

10) What would you like more of in 2018?

11) What would you like to let go of?

12) What is one new thing that you are committing to trying in 2018?

There she is. Short and sweet. You don't need more on your to-do list today. If you're anything like me, you need some time for a pat on the back. A warm and cozy blanket. And some time to thank yourself for doing your best. You really are magnificent.

Tomorrow is another day to make your life great. 

And what a gift that is!

Enjoy the last hours of 2017. You deserve it.



Tuesday, 27 June 2017

6 Toronto Fringe Shows You Don't Want To Miss.

Alright Toronto, it's that time of year where you need to start planning your fringe shows and I've compiled a small list of shows that you NEED to check out! Of course, there are plenty of amazing shows out there that I haven't included so check out the Fringe website here for a list of all available shows.

Here are the top 6 shows I'm looking forward to seeing!

1. Shirley Gnome: Taking it up a notch

I saw this show when I was performing at the Adelaide Fringe Festival this past March and I may have peed my pants with laughter. I also may have laugh-spit on the stranger in front of me and blamed it on my friend...anyway.  If you enjoy the idea of a hilarious woman singing explicit and incredibly accurate songs about life, sex, and whatever else with a voice so stunning that it makes angels cry with joy then this show needs to be on your list.

This internationally acclaimed multi-award winner delivers smart, explicit, dark, uninhibited and silly songs about sex and human nature. Heralded as the 'queen troubadour of intelligent black comic sex balladry" (Edmonton Journal), this is her Toronto Fringe debut. She was recently signed to 604 Records, Canada's largest independent record label. You may have heard her on Dan Savage's wildly popular podcast The Savage Lovecast. See for yourself why she's sold out shows across North America, Australia, and the UK. Not for the prudish or faint of heart. Fans of Garfunkel and Oats and Tenacious D, get ready to be taken to the next level.★★★★★ 'The Voice of a Goddess' - Three Weeks, Edinburgh Fringe ★★★★ 'Hilarious' -CBC, Winnipeg Fringe★★★★★ 'One of the best musical comedians I've seen" - The Australia Times, Melbourne Int'l Comedy Festival

The Factory Theatre 

For dates and show times check out:

2. Butt Kapinsky By Deanna Fleyshe

I had the pleasure of seeing the show Butt Kapinsky in Adelaide and I was blown away. The incredibly talented Deanna Fleyshe leads audiences on an epic tale through the character of private eye Butt Kapinsky. I thought about giving some hints about what happened in this show but decided against it. It also changes every night. You'll have to read the description below or better yet, join me in seeing the show.

Think it's a solo show? Think again. A new kind of comedy when you think you've seen it all. Private eye Butt Kapinski invites you to co-star in a murder mystery, and it's a worldwide sensation! BEST COMEDY, Perth Fringeworld 2017. Comedy and Innovation Awards, Adelaide Fringe 2016 and 2017. BEST OF FEST: Edmonton, Calgary, Orlando, Hollywood. "★★★★ An absolute joy for the already perverted." "★★★★★ The kind of make-believe joy rarely encountered since childhood." "★★★★★ Calling this a one-woman show is like calling Wayne Gretsky a hockey player." ADULTS ONLY.

St. Vladimir Theatre

For dates and show times check out:

3. Nasty 

This show has too many incredible artists not to be one to watch. And let's be honest, who can say no to some sweet feminist theatre? Not me! That's for sure! I can't wait to check out the reimagining of these badass women!

Bitch. Slut. Cock-tease. Skank. Dragon Lady. Cougar. Ball Buster. Chick. Shrew. Ice Queen. Nag. Hag. Jailbait. Whore. Harlot. Cunt. Tart. Gold Digger. Pussy. Bombshell. Diva. Man Hater. Bossy. Witch. Twat. Battleaxe. Nasty. Nasty. Nasty. 

Thirteen performers take on some of history’s most diabolical women. Sugar and spice, but not always nice, Nasty unleashes the vengeance, wrath, lust, power, violence, sex, and desire which has been bridled or condemned through the ages. 

Through sinuous choreographies and lush pastiches of voice and text, this chorus of devisers explores what lies at the core of these abominable women of history, myth, and legend. Their facts and fictions emerge to confront the lies and speak the truths denied to them by the men who wrote their stories. 

These women’s words will be raised by an ensemble of cantankerous hellraisers. Nasty is an immolation. A celebration. A declaration. An incantation. An instruction. A call to action. We are anonymous no longer. We are silent, obedient, ornamented, idolized, infantilized, used and abused no more. We. Are. Nasty. Are you? 

director: Rosanna Saracino
created by + starring: Uche Ama, Kit Boulter, Joella Crichton, Nickeshia Garrick, Annelise Hawrylak, Maighdlin Mahoney, Tea Nguyen, Nikolas Nikita, Denise Norman, Jordi O’Dael, Sofia Rodriguez, Heath V. Salazar, Shai Tannyan

Annex Theatre

For dates and show times check out:

4.  Hands Down By Warren P. Sonoda

Now I don't know much about this show to be honest. But I do know the incredible Lauren Vanderbrook (as well as I recognize many of the other names in this show) so obviously, Hands Down makes my list. Check out more details below!

HANDS DOWN - TORONTO FRINGE FESTIVAL 2017! - From the director of Trailer Park Boys, This Hour has 22 Minutes & Odd Squad comes a new, twisted comedy about ambition, endurance and finding out what really matters... after holding onto a car for 100 hours.

Xaxier deGUZMAN
Matthew Isen
Jane Luk
Colin Petierre
Jen Pogue
Christian Potenza
Lauren Vanderbrook

Factory Theatre-MainSpace

5. Weak Sauce By Sam Mullins

The first time I saw Sam Mullins perform was at The Next Stage Festival  a couple years ago with his show "The Untitled Sam Mullins Project" and I was so impressed by how heartfelt, talented, and sweet he was as a performer.  This man has a gift for captivating audiences with his incredible storytelling skills. Therefore, Mr. Mullins made my top 6!

After an unfortunate (some would say ‘cursed’) run at the Toronto Fringe in 2013 that included not being in the program (due to being a late addition), and losing a performance (due to the great flood of 2013), Sam Mullins (This American Life, The Moth) is THRILLED to be finally bringing back his Canadian-Comedy-Award-Winning show “Weaksauce” for another kick at the Toronto Fringe can.

Weaksauce is the story of the summer Sam turned 16 — and it was a real summer of firsts: First time away from home, first summer job, first love, first love triangle, first sexual experience, first fist fight with a primate... y’know. Regular becoming-a-man type stuff.

Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse

For dates and show times check out:

6. Recall By Eliza Clark

Last but not least, I'm excited for Recall. This production has a killer team both on and off-stage and I, for one, can't wait to check it out. Check it out below!

Recall takes us to a grim, sci-fi world in which crimes might be prevented before they occur. Lucy makes people uncomfortable. There's something about her eyes. There's something about the way her mother's boyfriends keep disappearing. And there's something about the government agents on her trail. Radically imaginative and achingly plain, this contemporary thriller explores our need to feel connected, understood, and loved. No matter the damage, no matter the cost.

For dates and show times check out:

That's all from me, folks! HAPPY FRINGING!!!!

Be sure to never miss a blog post by subscribing to Laurel Brady's blog here

Want to see more of my work, check out my short film "Billable Hours" Here!
Tickets here:
Tip Jar: Support this artist