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2021 THEATRE COLLINGWOOD PORCHSIDE FESTIVAL

Thursday, July 8th at 7pm

Friday, July 9th at 2pm and 7pm

Location: 263 Beech Street (back porch)

The Cure for Everything

Written and performed by Maja Ardal

Stage Direction by Jeff Braunstein

We are thrilled to have the very talented Maja Ardal joining our festival. She is an Iceland-born Canadian and was schooled in Scotland. Maja is an accomplished playwright, performer, theatre instructor, director, and the former artistic director of Young People’s Theatre. In her one-woman show she plays Elsa, a typical fifteen-year-old growing up in the early 1960s. Her world revolves around independence, boys, and being popular at school, despite growing concerns surrounding the Cuban missile crisis. In fact, this is Elsa’s opportunity to let loose before the world blows up!
Porch Generously Sponsored by Collingwood Toyota & Lockhart’s Collingwood Nissan

BIO

THE CURE FOR EVERYTHING MAJA ARDAL

Maja Ardal is a multiple award-winning playwright, actor, director, teacher and producer. She began her career in 1970 as a company member of Toronto Workshop Productions. She has acted and directed in theatres across Canada, and was Artistic Director of Young People’s Theatre in the 1990s.

Maja has toured Canada and abroad with her two solo shows, You Fancy Yourself and The Cure for Everything, (both published by Playwrights Canada Press). She created the show One Thing Leads to Another (Theatre for Babies), based on her research into the “Neuropsychology of Infant Learning”, which was produced by Young People’s Theatre & toured Canada in 2019. The sequel, You and I, premiered in 2020.

Maja’s musical play, The Hero of Hunter Street, premiered at 4thLIne Theatre 2016 and her play Wishful Seeing is to be produced by 4thLine Theatre when Pandemic restrictions are lifted. For Talk is Free Theatre (TIFT), Maja translated and adapted a solo show inspired by Friedrich Durrenmatt’s The Visit (Der Besuch der Alten Dame). Also for Talk is Free Theatre, she performed in Adam Meisner’s For Resting and Breeding, which toured to Australia in 2020. In the fall of 2020 she curated and performed in TIFT’s popular theatre festival The Plural of She.

From the 1970s to the present, Maja Ardal has performed in major regional theatres across Canada and continues to direct and teach in colleges and universities. In her home community she runs a creative writing program, Unheard Voices of Muskoka Women, resulting in a published book of their writings, and in 2002 Maja received the George Luscombe Award for Mentorship in the Theatre.

Special thanks to Jeff Braunstein, Stage Manager for The Cure For Everything.

Saturday, July 10th at 7pm

Sunday, July 11th at 2pm and 7pm

Location: 57 St. Lawrence Street, Collingwood

MY LIFE IN SONG – ACT 2

Jeff Madden is a leading member of the Canadian Theatre industry. Before the pandemic struck, Jeff was performing in the hit Mirvish musical COME FROM AWAY as ‘Kevin T’. He is best known, however, for his Award-winning work, starring as ‘Frankie Valli’ in the hit musical JERSEY BOYS which he performed a total of 705 times, six nights a week, to over 1-Million people.

Jeff’s new show, MY LIFE IN SONG – ACT 2, picks up post-Jersey Boys, taking listeners on a light-hearted journey of resilience through the ups and downs of being an entertainer in Canada, married life, being a Dad to two teenage girls … and how a strong sense of self and a passion for music helped Jeff manage ‘mid-life’ through a global pandemic. Crowd-pleasing songs include Come Fly With Me, Happy Days Are Here Again, Love’s In Need of Love Today, Keeping The Faith, I Can See Clearly Now, Working My Way Back to You, and even some special medleys from Come From Away.

Joining Jeff on this journey is the accomplished accompanist Peter Kadar

Porch Generously Sponsored by Mr. Kerry Mader & Dr. Brian McCrindle

BIO

MY LIFE IN SONG – ACT 2 – JEFF MADDEN

Jeff is thrilled to be appearing for Theatre Collingwood audiences with his new Cabaret Concert show, MY LIFE IN SONG – ACT 2. Jeff was last seen making Canadian Musical Theatre history in Come From Away as cast member ‘Kevin T/Garth & Others’.

Other selected Toronto credits: Forever Plaid (Starvox/Mirvish), Echoes (Andrew Seok/Fringe), ‘Frankie Valli’ in Dancap’s Jersey Boys (Dora Award for Outstanding Performance), and Angelwalk’s I Love You Because (Dora Nomination for Outstanding Performance).

Elsewhere: 8 seasons at the Shaw Festival, including Frank in Wonderful Town, Spinell in Tristan, Wee Farley in Belle Moral, Baby Face in Happy End, Homer in Floyd Collins, Man and Superman, Three Sisters, Caesar and Cleopatra.

Also: Danny in Grease (Stage West Calgary), Teddy in Emily (Charlottetown), Jack in Lady, Be Good (MTC).

Film and Television: The Parker Andersons (Marble Media), Mayday (Discovery), Murdoch Mysteries (Shaftsbury/CBC). Jeff holds a BSc in Human Biology and a Masters of Education from U of T, and is a proud faculty member at Sheridan College’s Musical Theatre Performance Program.

Thanks to my agent Bruce Dean at Talent House. Love and hugs to Christine and our girls Sydney and Emily. Come From Kindness. Peace.

July 12th at 7pm
July 13th at 2pm & 7pm
Location: 87 Third Street

Love, Lust & Longing
a la Cole Porter

Featuring Dean Hollin with accompanist David Fries

No one in the Great American Songbook wrote of love, longing, sex and desire like Cole Porter did.

Sought-after entertainer Dean Hollin’s vocal talents are second to none and in high demand, especially when he shares his incredible knowledge of the Great American Songbook.

Although the Great American Songbook contains the most important and influential American popular songs and jazz standards from the early 20th century, it has had a profound and enduring effect on Canadian and worldwide music lovers and composers.

Put these three facts together and you have a show with talent, history, love, and fantastic music!  Join us as we celebrate one of Collingwood’s great talents as he sings all that is Cole Porter!

Porch Generously Sponsored by Collingwood Celebrancy

BIO

LOVE, LUST & LONGING…A LA COLE PORTER! – DEAN HOLLIN

Dean is a native of Hamilton, Ontario. It was while living in that city when, in his mid-twenties, he found himself in a show called “Anything Goes” and promptly fell head-over-heels in love with the music of Cole Porter. While that encounter also led to affections for many other composers and lyricists of “The Great American Songbook” – something that has become a specialty in Dean’s life – the music of Porter remains his ultimate go-to!

A professional entertainer for nearing three decades now, he came to Collingwood in 2003 to assume the role of Artistic & Managing Director of The Gayety Theatre, which at that time began presenting live entertainment. His professional credits include television, film and radio, as well as scores of roles in theatres throughout Ontario, North American and beyond. For years now in the South Georgian Bay area, Dean has operated musical theatre camps and classes for youth. He has done so much of this aided and abetted by the greatest love of his life – wife, Gayle, with whom he has four fascinating and beautiful children.

Currently, Dean hosts a weekly radio show, “Radio Limelite – All Things Great American Songbook” as well as a podcast “This Here Wow!” (available on all major podcast platforms) which highlights exceptional people, places and things found in South Georgian Bay. For more information on all of Dean’s professional endeavors go to: deanhollin.com

Wednesday, July 14th at 7pm

Thursday, July 15th at 2pm and 7pm

Location: 443 Ste. Marie St., Collingwood

Beau Dixon MOTOWN AND BEYOND

Join Beau Dixon, a multi award winning instrumentalist, playwright and songwriter as he shares an hour of entertaining and introspective music that celebrates the legacy of African American artists such as Sam Cooke, Harry Belafonte, Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and many more!…

Porch generously sponsored by Heather Stitt – RE/MAX at Blue Realty Inc.

BIO

MOTOWN & BEYOND – BEAU DIXON

Beau Dixon is a multi-award winning playwright, actor, composer and sound designer. He is also founding artistic director for Firebrand Theatre based in Peterborough, Ont.

2004- He was commissioned by Arbor Theatre (Peterborough) to write a one act play for Black History Month entitled ‘From Here to Africville’.

2005- Beau was then commissioned by Heritage Pavilion Stage (Peterborough) to write a touring play entitled ‘Once A Flame’. This one act play was translated into French and toured throughout the Ontario and Quebec provinces in both languages.

2007- Both ‘Once a Flame’ and ‘From Here to Africville’ were produced by C Theatre Works at Factory Theatre (2008). ‘Other People’s Heaven’, has been produced and toured by Firebrand Theatre throughout Ontario and Nova Scotia. Over five thousand students have seen Beau Dixon’s plays.

Beau has also co-written ‘Freedom Bells’ for the Chatham district school board, which celebrates the accomplishments of William King, the British abolitionist who came to Canada in 1849 to help build the first black settlement located near Chatham Ontario.

2010- Beau co-created, produced and wrote: ‘The In-Sessions’, a ‘mock radio’ show for first year students attending Trent University. His full length play, ‘The Lunch Club’ was commissioned by Prince of Wales Public School in Peterborough, Ontario which focuses on the importance of food and how it affects today’s youth. Beau was also commissioned to write a theme song for Parks Canada and the Trent Severn Waterway.

2011- Beau finished his position as apprentice music director at Shaw Festival, Acting Up Stage and Obsidian Theatre. He was assistant music director for Caroline, Or Change, Ragtime and Trouble In Tahiti. That same year, Beau was inducted into Peterborough’s Pathway Of Fame for his leadership in the dramatic arts.

2014- Beau was nominated a Dora Mavor Moore award for his work as composer and sound designer in Praxis Theatre’s production of ‘Rifles’.

2015- His one man musical drama entitled ‘Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story’ won him two Dora awards ( Best New Play and Best Performance/ TYA Division), Calgary Critics Award (Best Individual Performance), Calgary Critics nomination (Best Touring Play), and a Betty Mitchell nomination (Best Male Performance).

Beau has composed music for television, radio and theatre, and has toured extensively throughout Canada, the U.S. and Europe as a musician and performer. He has recorded and produced over forty albums for professional Canadian recording artists. He performed at the Stratford Festival performing as Big Jule in Guys and Dolls and Bob Beckett in HMS Pinafore. Beau is also a KM Hunter Award finalist.

Saturday, July 17th at 7pm

Sunday, July 18th at 2pm and 7pm

Location: 231 Ontario Street, Collingwood

Laughton Common

Written and performed by Scott Hurst

When Scott was told he looked a lot like British stage and film actor Charles Laughton he set out to find out if that was true. What he found was that they not only looked alike but they also had a lot-in-common! Scott is an accomplished actor, singer, director and educator and he will be presenting his one-man play that is sure to entertain and enlighten.

Porch Generously Sponsored by Collingwood Hyundai

BIO

LAUGHTON COMMON – SCOTT HURST

In addition to being one of the finest actors of his generation, Charles Laughton was also a much loved story-teller; so much so, that the double LP recording of his “reading tour” earned him the first ever Grammy Award for Spoken Word in 1962. “Laughton Common” blends elements of Charles’ reading tour material, excerpts from some of his better known films and anecdotes from his strangely enduring marriage to actress, Elsa Lanchester. Scott brings Charles to life in a manner that reveals we all have a “lot in common”!

Scott Hurst is an actor and director with over 40 years of professional experience in Canadian theatre. During his seasons at the Stratford Festival his one man show, Laughton Common, received its first public workshops and earned him two Guthrie bursaries for travel and research. The one act version of the show received its first productions at Barrie’s Talk is Free Theatre and Hamilton’s Theatre Aquarius as part of a Double Bill with Jason Allin’s Chaplin: About Face. Performing as part of Theatre Collingwood’s PorchSide Festival marks the first time that Laughton Common will be seen as a solo piece. Collingwood audiences may remember Scott as a performer in several of the Love Cabarets, as well as the director and stage manager for Andrew Prashad’s One Step at a Time which played at the Simcoe Street Theatre in 2019, and will be performed in the new Tom Patterson Theatre in Stratford this summer!

Tuesday, July 20th at 7pm

Wednesday, July 21st at 2pm and 7pm

Location: The VanderMarck Hotel – 64 Third Street, Collingwood

The Soul of Summer

A multi genre outdoor cabaret featuring Collingwood faves Chris Tsujiuchi and Leah Allyce Canali accompanied by Mike Meusel. This show mixes soul, R&B, jazz and Broadway classic standards and modern faves with soulful vocals and signature arrangements. Guaranteed to have you dancing in your lawn chairs!

Porch generously sponsored by The VanderMarck Boutique Hotel

BIOS

Leah Allyce Canali is a multi-genre vocalist who has traveled the world performing soul R&B, jazz and Broadway. She has sung for such incredible companies as Celebrity Cruise Lines, Mirvish Productions, Classic Albums Live & St. Royal Entertainment. Her signature sound has been featured on VH1, Entertainment Weekly, Entertainment Tonight Canada, Logo TV’s NewNowNext & The Wow Report. In addition to live performance, Leah is a songwriter and session vocalist with a special concentration in Drag music and has become a go-to songwriter for the Drag Race franchise. She’s a favorite of the World’s Most Famous Drag Queen, RuPaul, who has shared Leah’s original music and covers across all of their platforms. Leah is very excited to return to Collingwood for this summer season after performing here in the winter of 2018 with a Very Christerical Christmas Cabaret!

Mike Meusel is a graduate of the Humber School of Jazz with a concentration in performance, specifically electric and upright bass. Following Humber he has gone on to work exclusively as a musician both locally and abroad. He has toured Canada, the US and Europe with bands such as Bywater, a southern blues and gospel inspired band currently nominated for an Independent Blues Award in the Best New Artist category. He has worked for Celebrity Cruise Lines, Parkside Drive and in the best Phish tribute band in the North East, The Lizards. He got his start in music and theatre early playing for the Stratford festival before he even hit high school. When he’s not playing he has a flourishing traditional bow making business, Black Creek Archery, and he handcrafts pieces for archers across North America. His work has been featured on fashion runways and in this coming season of See starring Jason Mamoa.

Chris Tsujiuchi

Chris is no stranger to Theatre Collingwood! In fact, we adore this talented man! He is a graduate of Sheridan College’s Musical Theatre Performance program. Performance credits include Fulgens and Lucres (PLS), Recurring John, Paradises Lost (SummerWorks Festival), and Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors (Lower Ossington Theatre and T3 productions). Musical Direction credits include A Misfortune (Next Stage Festival), HAIR (FirstAct Productions), One Song Glory ’10 ’11 & ’12 (ActingUp Stage), A Joyful Noise (co-composer/lyricist, Smile Theatre), Mickey & Judy (Toronto Fringe), and bare: the Canadian Premiere (WatersEdge Productions). Chris has also worked as an accompanist and teacher at Sheridan College, Randolph Academy and George Brown College. He has toured extensively with the Nathaniel Dett Chorale as a singer and with Sharron Matthews as an accompanist/arranger (Sharron’s Big Broadway Show, Jesus Thinks I’m Funny, GOLD, Full Dark). He can also be seen in his biannual “Chris-terical” series of cabarets at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.

Friday, July 23rd at 7pm

Saturday, July 24th at 2pm and 7pm

Location: 80 Sandford Fleming Dr, Collingwood (indoors)

TWIN FLAMES

Multi-award winning, chart-topping Indigenous artists Twin Flames build bridges across cultures, continents, and styles. The husband and wife duo of Chelsey June, métis (Algonquin Cree) from Ottawa, and Jaaji, Inuk and Mohawk from Nunavik, are long celebrated for honouring their ancestors through song in English, Inuttitut and French. Two-time Canadian Folk Music Award recipients for Aboriginal Songwriters of the year and three-time Native American Music Award winners, this powerhouse couple have 24 music award nominations. They have played more than 1000+ shows throughout Canada, Greenland, the US, Australia and France and are well on their way to becoming a Canadian household name.


Porch Generously Sponsored by Hearn Beaumont Group – Royal LePage Locations North

BIO

TWIN FLAMES

Multi-award winning, chart-topping Indigenous artists Twin Flames build bridges across cultures, continents, and styles.

The husband and wife duo of Chelsey June, métis (Algonquin Cree) from Ottawa, and Jaaji, Inuk and Mohawk from Nunavik, are long celebrated for their sonic landscapes spanning Canada and the Arctic, and honouring their ancestors through song in English, Inuttitut and French. They are 2x Canadian Folk Music Award recipients for Aboriginal Songwriters of the year and 3x Native American Music Award winners, and most recently 3X Winners for the Inaugural Summer Solstice Indigenous Music Awards. They have 28 Music award Nominations and have played more than 1000+ shows throughout Canada, Greenland, the United States, Australia and France.

Chelsey June has been capturing the hearts of audiences with her soulful voice and unique song writing skills. Chelsey grew up in Ottawa/Gatineau with her mother who was from Maniwaki. She spent her childhood surrounded by music and it was this early introduction to a wide variety of songs that helped shape her unique sound and style. She is a proud métis woman and is an advocate for mental health, healthy relationships, and sober living. Chelsey June released her first album, Seize the Day, in 2013. Her EP Finding Me (nominated Best Folk Album at the 2015 Indigenous Music Awards) and the debut album Jaaji & Chelsey June Twin Flames in 2015.

Jaaji grew up in a little community called Quaqtaq in Northern Nunavik where he was raised by his Grandparents with the Traditional ways of the Inuit. Many of his influence in song writing depict life on the land. Jaaji spent his summers as a child with his biological father in Kahnawake, a reserve of the traditionally Iroquoian-speaking Mohawk nation on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River. He was raised in two different worlds and cultures. He is an advocate for language revitalization and preservation, passionate about including the Inuttitut language in his songs. A former police officer in Canada’s Arctic it was only in 2014 that Jaaji decided to commit to music full time and see where it would take him. With his first album Nunaga, he won Indigenous Album of the year at the 2015 Indigenous Music Awards. Jaaji is the lead male voice and songwriter for the multi-award winning, chart-topping, Indigenous folk artists band Twin Flames.

Sunday, July 25th at 7pm

Monday, July 26th at 2pm and 7pm

Location: 423 Minnesota Street, Collingwood

Love Letters

Written by A.R. Gurney
Featuring Jake McArthur and Leslie Worts
Directed by Erica Angus

This wonderful play is a collection of letters written between two friends throughout their lives. Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner were both born to wealth and position and their lifelong correspondence documents life’s ups and downs and just how very much they meant, and gave, to each other.

Porch Generously Sponsored by Heather Stitt – RE/MAX at Blue Realty Inc.

BIOS

LOVE LETTERS

jake McArthur

jake McArthur moved to Collingwood in 2014. He has been a poet for most of his life. He has written and had two short plays performed by Gaslight Theatre and has been acting in Gaslight productions for most of his time in Collingwood. He has also performed with Quarter Century Theatre. This is his first performance with Theatre Collingwood, and we love the spirit he has given to Andrew Makepeace Ladd lll’s beautiful letters.

You can also find jake in his role as founder and principal at Collingwood Celebrancy.

Leslie Worts

Leslie has worn many different hats for Theatre Collingwood over the years, from guild member, supporter, audience member, to actor. We are delighted to have Leslie back on the stage in a role that could not be more perfect for her. A citizen of Collingwood and a talented actor who we have missed on the stage, Leslie’s kindness shines and has given her the ability to lift “Melissa” from the pages of the letters.

Special thanks to the very talented Anne Raciunas, Stage Manager for Love Letters.

Saturday, August 7th at 7pm

Sunday, August 8th at 7pm

Location: 84 Lockhart Road, Collingwood

AN EVENING WITH SHANE CLOUTIER

Canadian alt-folk singer-songwriter Shane Cloutier has released three acoustic albums. Shane’s solo career was sparked after facing tragedy and he turned to music as a way to heal. His three albums have been an introspective of facing adversity, while heavily focused on perseverance and reflection. Shane’s most recent album release, Lie to Me ’til It’s Over, breaks new ground with his acoustic sound mixed with cello and programmed beats, showing a new side of Shane. He has collaborated with multiple time Maple Blues Award winner Tom Bona, legendary guitar player Frank Marino of Mahogany Rush, and Grammy-nominated cellist Michael Olsen. His unique sound and guitar abilities have caught the attention of notable endorsement companies.

Shane’s strong emotional voice and his work as a guitarist, combined with his heavy metal influences creates an uncommon sound for an alt-folk musician. Shane is originally from Orillia, ON but now resides near Collingwood, ON, and we are delighted to have him as an addition to our Theatre Collingwood PORCHSIDE FESTIVAL.

Sponsored by Kevin Hamlin and Michelle Fitzpatrick.

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24 Live Preformances, 8 Historic Porches, 1 Amazing Festival!

Join Theatre Collingwood as we celebrate & support community, Canadian talent, health, happiness, diversity, inclusion……and some beautiful porches!

This July in Downtown Collingwood.

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The Theatre Collingwood PORCHSIDE FESTIVAL began as just one concert that we were going to try to do in a backyard during September of 2020, simply as a way to gather people safely outside during the pandemic. Just before the concert preparation the protocols changed and, although we technically could have presented the show, we felt the public was nervous and the event could be poorly perceived. As a company we “pivoted” and instead presented 3 productions online before the end of the year.

The thought of presenting an outdoor, small audience, performance did not leave my mind. I had experienced a delightful small series of outdoor shows put on by Talk Is Free Theatre in Barrie, and I was inspired by the positive reception The Musical Stage Company received from its Porchside Songs concerts in 2020.

My vision has always been that this festival could be a wonderful way for people to dip their toes back into the live performance experience, in a safe manner, and then to continue to grow the festival year after year.

The pandemic has taken much, but it has given us time to further explore who we are as a company. Two years ago we made the decision to stop using a facility in town that was not accessible to all. We took a stand regarding accessibility. Now is the time to focus on the priorities of our company. Theatre Collingwood will move forward with a strong, caring phylosophy. We want to provide an accessible and inclusive environment where all of our audience members can see themselves reflected on our stages.

For Summer 2021, we present THE THEATRE COLLINGWOOD PORCHSIDE FESTIVAL, a totally inclusive & accessible series of short plays or concerts highlighting the beautiful historic porches of Collingwood and our diverse and extremely talented array of Canadian artists. Each performance will have 25 socially distanced audience members on their own lawn chairs, enjoying the performances from the lawns of home owners or local businesses. Each performance will have a TC “ambassador” in attendance to ensure that public health protocols are adheared to. This festival will be a litter free event and fulfill our intention to dip our toes into live performance and forge ahead with creative, appreciative and inclusive hearts.

Tickets are $25 (plus HST) each and go on sale Tuesday, June 1st, 2021.

Erica Angus
Executive Director

PLEASE NOTE: PERFORMANCES ARE APPROXIMATELY ONE HOUR LONG.  DUE TO THE NATURE OF THE LOCATIONS THERE ARE NO PUBLIC WASHROOMS AVAILABLE.  PLEASE COME PREPARED.  THESE ARE ALSO LITTER-FREE LOCATIONS SO PLEASE TAKE ANY AND ALL LITTER HOME WITH YOU.  THANK YOU.

THEATRE COLLINGWOOD SINCERELY THANKS ALL OUR PORCH OWNERS FOR THE USE OF THEIR LOVELY SPACES.

THEATRE COLLINGWOOD WISHES TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT OUR PERFORMANCES TAKE PLACE ON THE TERRITORY OF THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES OF TURTLE ISLAND, INCLUDING THE TRADITIONAL LANDS OF THE ANISHINAABEK, HAUDENOSAUNEE, AND OJIBWE PEOPLES, AND ON LANDS CONNECTED WITH THE LAKE SIMCOE-NOTTAWASAGA TREATY OF 1818.  WE RECOGNIZE THAT THIS IS THE HOME OF A DIVERSE RANGE OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES WHO ARE CONTEMPORARY STEWARDS OF THE LAND AND VITAL CONTRIBUTORS OF OUR SOCIETY.