I was introduced to Summerworks 2012 by a friend who was set designer for the play Violent be Violet. Summerworks is Fringe like, various locations around the downtown area etc. but differs from Fringe in that selections are juried.
The lead actor was also the playwright and she had a phenomenal supporting cast. Tanisha barely left the stage for the entire hour and you could not take your eyes off her. Here's a review that won't give away anything and although the play is truly an intense look at mental illness, it was brilliant. I can see some people in LO theatre world being interested in this play if it is available???
Big thumbs up for Summerworks, spend a few days in TO, enjoy the August weather, fine plays plus music events (Hawksley Workman, Buck 65), put it on your list.
Now I want to rave about Global Cabaret 2012. I once again only heard about it at the last minute and saw only one event. Put this on your calendar if you are looking for a weekend in the city in October. Held at the Yonge Centre for the Performing Arts in the Distillery District, this alone makes it worth checking out. Any theatre built with a bar at the back? Well, you know it's gotta be good. Awesome lobby with bar and food service, and tables if you arrive early and a fireplace! Lovely.
I would have gone to about 6 shows easily, no problem. If you want to spend a weekend listening to jazz, folk, showtunes, pop, gospel, classical in a fantastic setting for a great price, this is the ticket....$20 per or $108 for full festival pass.....(2 dozen events). Big bang for the buck. Check out some of the performers and you will understand why.