The non-profit Theatre Network promotes challenging and, at times, controversial Canadian artists, earning myriad awards throughout its three-and-a-half decade history. Daniel MacIvor's Communion explores the lives of three women: a mother, her estranged daughter, and a therapist, each grappling with the weighty issues of mortality and spiritualism. Performances are held at the historic Roxy Theatre, originally established as a movie house in 1938 and later retrofitted to accommodate the medium of the future: theatre.
Written and performed by Daniel Arnold and Medina Hahn of DualMinds, the same forces behind the internationally acclaimed Tuesdays & Sundays, Any Night unweaves a tale that tests the thin line between trust and fear. A young woman plagued with night terrors and sleepwalking begins a romance with the man living above her, who, for unknown reasons, appears to know the woman abnormally well. Elements of romance, terror, and intrigue contribute to the overall theme of the story, creating a compound that is both compelling and capable of beating up a vampire. Any Night has received critical acclaim in Toronto and Vancouver and is now in development as a feature film.
The Spiral Dive Trilogy follows the exploits of WWII Canadian fighter pilot Jack Harding through his vexing journey of spitfire instruction and deadly aerial dogfights, all the while pursuing a proscribed romance. A three-part play written and directed by Kenneth Brown, Spiral Dive: Episode One flies on stage at the Workshop West Theatre, a company with more than 30 years of history in Canadian theatre. This is a general admission ticket, so seating is first come, first served.
For their first Canadian tour in more than 20 years, Roxette explodes on the stage like a shaken soda, saturating their fans with decades of pop classics. Playful, zesty, and brimming with infectious hooks, the gregarious Swedish duo first made an international stir with haymakers such as “The Look,” “Joyride,” and “It Must Have Been Love,” featured in the film Pretty Woman. With 70 million records sold throughout its career and a fanbase that could take down ABBA's army, the band keeps moving in support of its latest album Travelling. Assembled from songs spawned in soundchecks, concerts, and hotel rooms, Travelling captures Roxette’s live spirit with tracks such as "Easy Way Out." Joining Roxette’s quest to transform dance floors into trampolines, Grammy-winning Canadian pop-rockers Glass Tiger spout out hits such as “Don’t Forget Me When I’m Gone” other pop classics from their album Thin Red Line.
The Comedy Factory’s gallery of local comics mines for laughs during standup routines that touch upon adult topics with calculated irreverence. Counted among the venue’s stable of regular performers are comedians with credits on the CBC and late night television, as well as a gaggle of improv troupes. Besides traditional comedy, the stage regularly hosts performances by magicians, ventriloquists, and confused snake charmers attempting to tame the microphone cable.