A thoroughly contemporary company, Theatre Junction Grand provides a platform for eclectic performers and visionaries to converge and unleash their bold ideas and art forms. With L'Effet de Serge, Vivarium Studio's acclaimed Parisian play imparts the tale of Serge, an eccentric who stages weekly performances for his chums centred on homemade special effects. Lead by Gaetan Vourc'h as Serge, the remainder of the cast is rounded out by uncoached local actors to lend performances a sense of realism. Supported by the Consulate of France in Calgary and Institute Français, the show is further enriched by the whimsical stage design, providing audience members with a pleasurable visual experience. Seating is first come, first serve, so arrive early to avoid sitting chained to Jabba the Hut for the duration of the production.
The Laugh Shop's revolving door of mirth shuffles in a continually changing lineup of local, national, and internationally known chuckle makers. Each week, The Laugh Shop packs its immaculate and intimate comedy club with gut laughs drawn out by comedians well-trained in comedic crafts such as tall tales, one-liners, observations, and repairing clown cars. Upcoming visits from well-known jokesmiths include Louie Anderson, Debra DiGiovanni, and Tommy Chong with his wife, Shelby. Though food and drink are not included with this Groupon, patrons can pack their maws between jovial howls with feisty fare from a cafe-style menu boasting a full lineup of beer, wine, and cocktails that tell knock-knock jokes between sets.
The Sam Roberts Band rouses crowds with a freewheeling pop-rock sound influenced by traditional country and classic rock. Primary singer and songwriter Sam Roberts crafts his indie tunes by crooning to the pulse of his rhythmic guitar strumming, Josh Trager's drum fills, and the warning beeps of his reversing tour van. Each charisma-filled set delivers tracks from the band's 2011 release Collider, including the horn-filled opener The Last Crusade and the triumphant No Arrows, a ballad about a useless GPS. Opening the evening’s aural autobahn, Zeus—the original backing band for Broken Social Scene member Jason Collett—churns out tracks from its debut EP with fuzzy guitar tones, catchy choruses, and shredding triangle solos.
Since its Toronto location opened in 1976, Yuk Yuk's has been a collective launching pad for such comedy heavyweights as Jim Carrey, Rick Moranis, and Russell Peters. All of Yuk Yuk's laugh-establishments invite seasoned jokesters and up-and-coming comedians to their stages every weekend for up to three days of high hilarity and three nights of cozy lodging atop their cocktail tables. Many Yuk Yuk's locations offer drinks, dinner, or bar fare during the show, but those interested in dining should contact their club of choice to find out about reservations.
Despite their determinedly of-the-moment sound, Redfoo and Sky Blu are carrying on a long pop lineage: the former is Motown founder Berry Gordy's son, the latter his grandson. As red-hot electropop duo LMFAO, the uncle-nephew pairing electrifies dance floors with manic odes to party life. The 2012 Sorry for Party Rocking tour explodes with fan favorites such as "Party Rock Anthem" and newer hits such as "Sexy and I Know It," which has a bouncy swagger that dominated the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 28 weeks. Meanwhile, the band parades in neon animal prints amid backup dancers, bobbing beneath giant robot heads, tossing inflatables into the crowd, and creating a spectacle Metro Weekly calls "enormously entertaining."