Daily Archives: May 14, 2009

Event: Become A Diva For A Day Contest, Canadian Opera Company

The Canadian Opera Company’s popular Diva for a Day contest gives one lucky winner the opportunity to be wined, dined and pampered – Japanese style – with a grand prize package valued at $4,000.

The COC’s interactive contest, which closes at midnight on May 25, invites users to take a cyber journey to the new, eye-catching Madama Butterfly Historical Journey. Visitors travel behind-the-scenes through the COC archives and discover the making of this production of Madama Butterfly.  Once the journey is complete, contestants must correctly answer five COC-related questions to be randomly selected to win one of 12 diva-worthy prize packs.

One Grand Prize Package includes:

  • Grand Ring level seats with on-air personality Alexa Petrenko to the opening night performance of Madama Butterfly
  • An invitation to the Madama Butterfly opening night cast party
  • Accommodations, dinner and breakfast for two at Hilton Toronto
  • A complimentary limousine return trip courtesy of Rosedale Livery
  • Dinner for two at Yuzu Sushi and Sake Bar
  • A LI’TYA Kodo body massage treatment at Elmwood Spa
  • And much more…

One Second Prize Package:

  • A CD/DVD gift package valued at $500 courtesy of Decca

Ten Third Prize Packages:

  • A 15-disc compilation Puccini: The Great Opera Collection, courtesy of Decca

Presented in partnership with Classical 96.3 FM, the contest closes at midnight on May 25, 2009.  For contest details and entry visit coc.ca.


Workshop: ANIMOTION 2009, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, one of Canada’s most respected puppetry arts producers, will once again offer a unique training program. Under the auspices of Mermaid’s Institute of Puppetry Arts, the four-week puppetry intensive for performers will run from August 3rd – 28th, 2009.  A limited number of participants will explore a range of puppetry styles, broadening their frame of reference and skill set. Faculty will include an outstanding roster of Atlantic Canada’s leading professionals.

ANIMOTION 2009 will take place at Mermaid’s headquarters in Windsor, NS, which is a 35-minute trip from Halifax.  Cost is $1130 (HST included). 10% discount for ACTRA and CAEA members. For more information or a brochure please contact Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s Institute of Puppetry Arts – 902-798-5841 ext. 7, animotion@mermaidtheatre.ns.ca, or visit our website www.mermaidtheatre.ns.ca.

Volunteer: Canadian Stage TD Dream In High Park, Canadian Stage Company

Toronto’s longest-running outdoor summer theatre event is looking for volunteers. The Canadian Stage Company invites individuals 15 years and older to be a part of the 27th Annual Canadian Stage TD Dream in High Park and spend several evenings under the stars volunteering at this year’s production of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, June 26 to September 6, 2009.

The Canadian Stage Company is seeking individuals who enjoy theatre, meeting new people and looking for relevant experience to join our diverse team of volunteers. The Company is looking for greeters as well as donation, gate and hill attendants to work five shifts of their choosing, from 5:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., at the Dream site in High Park. Full training is provided.

Volunteers are rewarded with tickets to the Canadian Stage Company’s upcoming season, an Appreciation BBQ, a TD Dream in High Park volunteer t-shirt, games and prizes. Volunteering at the Dream is of special appeal to high school students as The Canadian Stage Company is able to offer the opportunity to meet required community service hours.

For more information or to sign up, please visit our website at canstage.com/dream, email bobmccarthy@canstage.com or call 416.367.8243 x 252. http://www.canstage.com/dream

Nationally and internationally acclaimed, The Canadian Stage Company is Canada’s leading not-for-profit contemporary theatre company. Founded in 1987 with the merger of CentreStage and Toronto Free Theatre, the Company is dedicated to programming international contemporary theatre and to developing and producing landmark Canadian works which have been awarded some of the country’s most prestigious literary and performing arts honours, including the Governor General’s, Chalmers and Dora Mavor Moore Awards. The Company presents the richest variety of Canadian and international plays and musicals – from edgy and provocative works at the Berkeley Street Theatre to productions with universal appeal at the Bluma Appel Theatre and a summer of Shakespeare at the Canadian Stage TD Dream in High Park. With a long-standing commitment to education and enhancement programs for the public, nurturing theatre professionals, and developing new Canadian plays, Canadian Stage plays an essential role in bringing thought-provoking theatre and high quality entertainment into the lives of millions in Toronto, one of North America’s largest theatre centres.

Event: Take Part in the Creation of The Children’s Crusade, Soundstreams and Luminato

This June, Soundstreams and Luminato present, The Children’s Crusade, a new opera by R. Murray Schafer.

Legendary director Tim Albery (Canadian Opera Company’s Peter Grimes, Gotterdammerung, War and Peace) needs your help staging this show!

Join us on Saturday, May 16th for a FREE tour of the unique manufacturing warehouse in the heart of Parkdale where the show will take place. You will have the chance to be directed by Tim Albery, helping him to determine how a live audience will animate the space and become a part of the journey.

Space is limited. To register for the tour, please visit: