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Multi-talented and multi-hilarious Edmontonian actor/playwright/singer/director/improviser/producer Jocelyn Ahlf sets her four year old daughter’s tantrum to music and gives it the operatic relish it deserves on The Irrelevant Show! Listen here! The Irrelevant Show is in its fourth season on CBC Radio One and every week core performers Mark Meer, Donovan Workun, Jana O’Connor, Marianne Copithorne, Neil Grahn (head writer) and Leona Brausen bring hysterical sketches and songs to the nation’s airwaves and a live studio audience in Edmonton. Musical guests include Jocelyn Ahlf and Jan Randall and Sheldon Elter and Ryan Parker. Writers for the show include the gifted cast members as well as Chris Craddock and Dana Andersen. For more information, check this website out, and tune in weekly to The Irrelevant Show!

Dags and Laz

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How do you sum up in a neat little package the combined wealth of creative prowess, comedy and theatricality of Adam Lazarus and Melissa D’Agostino? They act, they direct, they do clown and bouffon and on Saturday Evening in Toronto they are the hosts of Springtime For Dags and Laz, featuring a little music, comedy and debauchery. The lineup includes: Comedy and Mayhem with Sandra Battaglini, Beautiful absurdity with Phil Luzi, a new theatrical piece by Sean Dixon, another new piece by Elena Belyea, Sweet sweet music from Scott Maynard, Music extraordinaire from Waylen Miki and Ethel Rosenbaum and Deena Lieberman. The evening also includes 40 shots (40 of Toronto’s most fascinating  performers get one minute to perform something rad before the lights cut out on them). Check out this link for more info! PWYC. 8:30pm. Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement. (6 Noble Street, Toronto).


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For four Sundays in April Toronto is being treated to two of my favourite things simultaneously: Cabaret and Brunch! The Jazz Bistro (251 Victoria Street) presents Divos and Divas with Marcus Nance. Offering a mixture of jazz, musical theatre, opera and cabaret Nance will be joined by a wide array of guests each week including many of the best singers from both Toronto and New York and accompanied by the incomparable Michael Barber on piano. April 7th musical guests include Jeremy Kushnier, Melissa O’Neil, Jenny Lee Stern and Gavin Tessier. Marcus has recently returned to Toronto from New York where he played Caiaphas in the Stratford/La Jolla/Broadway production of Jesus Christ Superstar and hosted the Cabaret Marcus Nance and Friends at the Metropolitan Room. Other credits include La Boheme (Broadway), Kismet, Of Thee I Sing (New York City Centre Encores!) Four Saints in Three Acts (Chicago Opera Theatre), Porgy and Bess (Toronto Symphony) and Cinderella (New York City Opera). Check out this link for more info. Doors open at 11:30am, show begins at 12:00pm. $15. The Jazz Bistro. Toronto.


Rapid Fire Theatre, Edmonton’s Longest Running Improv Theatre, brings audiences Bonfire: a Festival celebrating Long Form Improv at the Citadel Theatre (9828 101A Avenue, Edmonton) April 9- 14! According to Artistic Director Amy Shostak, “A bonfire is a place where we share stories with loved ones, and the 2nd annual BONFIRE Festival will continue this nocturnal tradition, bringing people together to share ideas and laughs.” Rapid Fire Theatre is dedicated to innovation and collaboration in Improv and here are some of the great features of the 2013 Bonfire lineup: IMPROVISED VINYL CAFÉ: Stuart McLean’s Canadiana like you’ve never seen it before, The Underground Tap & Grill presents: RFT News and Slippery Sounds, ELECTRO ACOUSTIC SET: an avant garde collaboration with local musicians, LONG DISTANCE RELATIONSHIP: an improv show over Skype, featuring Outside Joke from Winnipeg and The Mercer Tavern presents: An Epic Quest and Trubodour. Festival passes are only $30 and are available at Tix on the Square. For more information, visit this swanky site!

Toronto’s own funky soul disco pop princess Maylee Todd has dropped her second record, Escapology, which is available on ITunes, on CD AND ON VINYL. Check out her music video for the album’s first track “Baby’s Got It,” which is a beautiful mixture of the joyful, the beautiful, the absurd and the weird.

Season Two of Space Janitors premiered on April 2nd! “Space Janitors is a comedy/sci-fi web series created by Davin Lengyel and Geoff Lapaire. It chronicles the lives of two janitors, Mike Chet (Pat Thornton) and Darby Richards (Brendan Halloran) who serve aboard an evil iconic Space Station.” It also features the talents of Evany Rosen, Tess Degenstein and Scott Yamamura. Check it out!   

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