MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11th at 7 pm.
At The Historic Gayety Theatre
The LOVE Cabaret
Love is Back in Town! Reserve your seats for February 11th!
There’s no need to drive to Toronto this winter because we’re bringing the stars to Collingwood! Join us for an evening of outstanding entertainment featuring some of Canada’s top theatre performers (scroll down for artist bios) in our LOVE Cabaret. And stay tuned as we add more names to the list of our incredible talent!
It’s the 5th Anniversary of this popular fundraiser that sells out each year. So, gather your friends and join our RED CARPET VIP guests who will not only see the show but will also celebrate with the performers at our after-party at Collingwood’s hottest new restaurant, PRIME SEVEN NINE!
Regular Tickets – $60 Available online
RED CARPET VIP – $100 Includes reception with hors d’oeuvres and a beverage ticket. A portion of your VIP ticket is a charitable donation to Theatre Collingwood and you will receive a $20 Tax Receipt. VIP tickets are available by phone 705-445-2200 or at our Box Office.
All Ticket prices include HST & service charge.
Produced by Erica Angus and Theatre Collingwood.
Music Director, Chris Tsujiuchi
Sponsored by Monaco Condominiums Collingwood
Chris Tsujiuchi – Musical Director
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).
Leah Canali – singer
Leah Allyce Canali is a Boston born, Toronto based vocalist with a BA in theatre performance from Northeastern University. Most recently Leah was a featured vocalist in A Very Christerical Christmas Cabaret at, you guessed it, Theatre Collingwood!! She is thrilled to be back for this show! Leah has performed internationally for such companies as Celebrity Cruise Lines, Spirit Entertainment and Pure Energy Entertainment. She has sung for both the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots and was a featured singer at the Official Inaugural Ball (Boston) of President Obama. Leah has a successful YouTube channel, that has been featured on NewNowNext, Gay Star News, and the Wow Report. She has performed on the main stage of Pride Toronto with Toronto Drag Legend, Tynomi Banks, opening up for such acts as RuPaul and Brandi! In addition to Toronto Pride, some of Leah’s most notable performances have been at Digital Pride, Mirvish Productions, “Bombshell” and “Limitless” shows, choreographed by Scott Fordham (Nelly Furtado, Deborah Cox), and as a featured vocalist at “Posers” in Los Angeles. Leah also has a bi-weekly residency at Statlers in Toronto’s LGBTQ Village. She is currently the lead vocalist for Toronto based soul band, The St. Royals.
Alexis Gordon – singer
Alexis hails from London, Ontario. Selected theatre credits include four seasons at The Stratford Festival: Virgilia in Coriolanus, The Fantasticks, The Tempest, Sarah Brown in Guys & Dolls, Anne in A Little Night Music, Julie in Carousel, Clara in Passion, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, The Sound of Music. Mom/Steph/Heather in Hook Up (Tapestry Opera/Theatre Passe Muraille), Belle in A Christmas Carol (Grand Theatre), Sunday in the Park With George (TIFT), The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble (Factory/Obsidian); Ob
Andrew Prashad – dancer, singer
Andrew is a solidly trained and versatile dancer as well as a musician, singer and actor. He is quickly becoming one of the leading tap dance artists in Canada, teaching and choreographing across North and South America. Andrew is an award-winning actor, composer and writer, having recently had his self-produced short film officially selected in 12 festivals around the world and winning 4 awards including BEST SHORT FILM. Andrew was a featured singer and dancer on the 20th Anniversary World Tour of RIVERDANCE after which he performed in ANYTHING GOES with Drayton Entertainment, the record-breaking world premier of MONSOON WEDDING, played Cogsworth in Young People’s Theatre production of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Boutons in CINDERELLA at Neptune Theatre, and will be in Mirvish’s production of JUKEBOX HERO THE MUSICAL in February 2019. We are delighted to present his one man show “One Step At A Time” at The Simcoe Street Theatre April 4th & 5th.
David Ball – singer
SHAW 2018: Appeared in and assistant choreographer for Grand Hotel, appeared in Oh What a Lovely War; 6th season. David will be returning to Shaw Festival in 2019 to perform in Brigadoon and The Horse And His Boy.
(Selected Credits) FOR THE SHAW: 1837: The Farmer’s Revolt, Me and My Girl, Sweeney Todd, Our Town, The Next Whisky Bar, Pygmalion, Sweet Charity, Juno and the Paycock, Cabaret, Major Barbara, Guys and Dolls.
ELSEWHERE: choreographer for Candide, appeared in Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Inspector General, Bye Bye Birdie, Talk Is Free Theatre; Cinderella, Snow White, Ross Petty Productions; Ren in Footloose, Rainbow Stage; Queen for a Day: The Musical, April 30th Productions; Rent, Oklahoma!, Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Drowsy Chaperone, Theatre Sheridan; Anne of Green Gables: The Musical, The Full Monty, Charlottetown Festival; Sleeping Beauty, Theatre by the Bay.
AWARDS: Brian Linehan Triple Threat award (3-time winner).
TRAINING: Sheridan College – Music Theatre Performance.
Scott Hurst – host
Scott is happy to return for his third helping of Collingwood LOVE!, and he sends a big sloppy thank you to Erica Angus for including him again this year. In April patrons will hear him, if not see him, in Andrew Prashad’s ONE STEP AT A TIME at the Simcoe Street Theatre, and in May Scott heads to Regina to appear in the Globe Theatre’s production of Beauty and The Beast.
Colin Asuncion – singer
Colin Asuncion is a Toronto based performer and marketing professional. He has performed in musicals, plays, concerts, cabarets, and even a handful of television appearances. He most recently performed in Chris Tsujiuchi’s Very Chris-terical Christmas Cabaret at the Historic Gayety Theatre. He has also produced a number of solo cabarets and was a 2018 BroadwayWorld Toronto nominee for Best Cabaret Performance. By day, he is the Marketing Communications Manager for myBlueprint, a tech company that develops career/life planning software for Canadian students.
Natasha Buckeridge – singer
Originally from Wales, Natasha has spent her adult life performing in live bands and various musical outfits across the UK, as well as in theatre, film and television.
Now living in Canada, she is happy to be able to continue the trend!
Jennifer Walls – singer
Jennifer Walls is a Toronto theatre performer, impressionist, producer and voice over actor. As a performer, she has earned critical acclaim for her portrayal of Liza Minnelli in her solo show Liza Live! as well as for her autobiographical rock cabaret Jagged Little Me. She has also enjoyed five seasons at the Victoria Playhouse in Petrolia and most recently spent the summer with Drayton Entertainment in Canada 151 Better Late Than Sorry. She has performed in and presented a number of hit shows at the Toronto Fringe Festival and was featured on the cover of Toronto’s NOW Magazine for her efforts at the festival and around the city. As an impressionist, Jennifer has toured across Canada and the United States, performing as a number of celebrity characters including Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera and Lady Gaga. She is the host and producer of Singular Sensation, Toronto’s premier musical theatre open stage as well as a curator and mentor for a prestigious Cabaret Series at the 120 Diner in Toronto. As a voice actor, Jennifer is the voice of the Family Jr. network and can also be heard on a number of animated series including PBS’ Peg + Cat and Amazon’s Creative Galaxy. This fall, Jennifer made her directorial debut at Hart House Theatre directing Heathers The Musical. Follow her adventures on Instagram at @jeniwallsto
Shealyn Angus – singer & stage manager
Shealyn Angus is a powerhouse singer who spends her days working in the business of LOVE, which makes it only fitting she play a part in this LOVE cabaret. She owns Shealyn Angus Weddings & Events and has been featured in such respected magazines as WedLuxe, Wedding Bells, and The Toronto Globe & Mail newspaper. She is a graduate of the Creative Ensemble program at York University, and has sang at the Toronto Raptors, Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Marlies games, The Women of Influence Awards at The Royal York, and in many cabarets and nightspots. Shealyn may have been the reason for the LOVE Cabaret taking the year off in 2018, as she was giving birth at the time to Executive Director Erica Angus’ first grandchild! She is thrilled to be back for this very special event.
Kevin Wong – singer
Kevin Wong is a composer-lyricist, singer/musician, dramaturg. Past works include: Recurring John: A Song Cycle, STAR!(ving): A Collection of Songs; Misprint (with bookwriter Lauren Toffan, Women of Musical Theatre Festival 2016); Drama 101 (with bookwriter & co-lyricist Steven Gallagher, Bravo Academy 2017 / Etobicoke School of the Arts 2018 / Stage Door Academy 2018); and Reframed (Musical Stage Company / Art Gallery of Ontario, Dora Nomination – Best New Musical/Opera). Currently in Development: The Preposterous Predicament of Polly Peel (Act One) (with bookwriter Julie Tepperman, most recently a sold-out hit at the 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival and winner of the 2018 Playwrights Guild of Canada Stage West New Musical Award), and In Real Life (working title) (with bookwriter & co-lyricist Nick Green, most recently presented in reading at the 2018 Canadian Music Theatre Project’s Festival of New Musicals at Sheridan College). Kevin was the Musical Stage Company’s Associate Artistic Director from 2016-2018. He is a member of the vocal group Asian Riffing Trio (with Chris Tsujiuchi and Colin Asuncion).
Kyle Golemba – singer
Robin Claxton – drummer
Robin is a freelance drummer based out of Toronto. He graduated from the University of Toronto, with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance where he studied with legendary Canadian jazz drummer Terry Clarke. Through his studies and performances with a wide variety of ensembles, Robin has become an extremely versatile musician, with tremendous fluidity in all genres of music. Robin has been performing since he was a child and has since shared the stage with iconic music figures such as Dame Cleo Laine, the late Sir John Dankworth, Louise Pitre, Nia Vardalos Matt Dusk, Guido Basso, Lorne Lofsky, the late Peter Appleyard, Maria Schneider, and Jackie Richardson. Robin has recorded on numerous albums and most recently, is the drummer for Canadian blues icon vocalist; Shakura S’Aida. www.robinclaxton.com
Mike Meusel – bass
Born in Stratford, Ontario, at the age of four Michael began lessons on the violin. After years of lessons, the violin was set aside in favour of the clarinet. The clarinet was soon replaced by the saxophone and after playing the saxophone for only one year, Michael auditioned and was cast for a part in Meredith Wilson’s “The Music Man” at The Festival Theatre when he was only thirteen years old.
During high school Michael learned the trumpet as well as the bass guitar. At seventeen he became the bassist/saxophonist and singer of the ska band “Running On Empty” and recorded 2 albums. He attended the Kincardine Jazz Festival in 2001 and 2002, including clinics and master classes, which greatly influenced his decision to attend Humber College to study music and purchase his first upright bass.
After graduating Mike performed internationally and with a multitude of bands and performers. He is a freelance musician in Toronto and can be seen performing with such groups as Parkside Drive (Top 40), Carlo Beradinucci, La-nai Gabriel and the Free People (Reggae/Hip Hop), and Pure Finesse (Funk-Art Rock).
Scott Neary – guitar
Scott Neary is an international touring musician and award winning guitarist/composer/arranger. He is a graduate of the University of North Texas Master’s of Music program, where he was a member of the Grammy Nominated One O’Clock Lab Band, and can be heard on their recording Lab 2013.
From Wabush, Labrador, Scott now lives in Toronto as a freelance guitarist/pianist/vocalist, songwriter, arranger, producer, and music director.
You can hear him on Ilios Steryannis’s The Bethany Project (2018), and Leslie Huyler’s Thank You (2017), and as a member of The Hit Pickers.
The Asian Riffing Trio
Separately, they are 3 prominent powers.
Together, they unite to form 1 Superpower; Asian Riffing Trio
Colin Asuncion, Chris Tsujiuchi, Kevin Wong