Jiv wins the Ken McDougall Award

We're absolutely ecstatic to announce that our very own Jivesh Parasram is the recipient of the Ken McDougall Award at the 2017 Harold Awards.

Here's a bit about the award according to the Harolds' website:

"Established in 1995 by Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, Platform 9 and Theatre Passe Muraille, the annual Ken McDougall Award serves to acknowledge a promising emerging director. Previous recipients have been: Franco Boni, Cathy Gordon, Michael Waller, Chris Abraham, Simon Heath, Patrick Conner, Ellen Ray Hennessey, Rebecca Brown, Nina Aquino, Kimahli Powell, Brendan Healy, Bea Pizano and Jacob Zimmer."

THAT'S SOME GOOD COMPANY, JIV!

Jiv was actually awarded a Harold Award last year. So he's won a Harold in back-to-back years. He's the Tom Hanks of the Harolds!

Pandemic Takes SummerWorks by Storm

SummerWorks was freakin' awesome this year! We saw some killer shows (shout outs to our friends d'bi.young anitafrika, Thomas McKechnie, Shadi Shahkhalili, Keith Barker, Donna-Michelle St. Bernard, ted witzel, Falen Johnson, Adam Paolozza, and Gabriel Dharmoo on some spectacular theatre), and we had two, count'em, TWO productions in the festival this year. And not to brag, but we think they were kinda the shit!

And so did others! Situational Anarchy was shortlisted for the SummerWorks Prize for Production. And Daughter was shortlisted for the Spotlight Award for Performance. AND to top it off, both were selected as "Best of SummerWorks" by NOW Magazine.

Accolades aside, festivals are great because they bring the community together. After show talk-backs, the special presentations by PechaKucha, countless late-night drinks. These are the things we enjoyed most. These are the things that harboured the discussion after the house lights came up. These are the reasons to make art in the first place. 

Speaking of late-night drinks: here's Tom, Graham Isador, and Jiv at the SummerWorks closing night party. What a bunch of toooooooooools!

Pandemic at the Doras

We had a blast last night at the Dora Awards, as we got to cheer on Tara for her Outstanding Performance nomination for Mahmoud!

So much fun. So much wine. So much headache this morning.

Congrats to all the winners and nominees, especially our good friends Andy McKim, Marjorie Chan, and Ravi Jain. 

Awards are kinda dumb, we know. But they're a great excuse to bring the community together to celebrate us all being crazy enough to devote our lives to the performing arts.

Jiv Gets Harolded!

Artistic Producer, Jiv Parasram was honoured at this year's Harold Awards at the Cadillac Lounge in Parkdale, Toronto last night. A community based awards ceremony from the Toronto Independent theatre community, the Harolds celebrate and ridicule those fools of us who keep on making our scene a thing.

The awards were founded in 1994 to memorialize Harold Kandel - one of the most loyal theatre goers and avid hecklers in the history of Toronto theatre. 

After being inducted by Joseph Recinos, in proper form, as Jiv attempted to grasp at some form of make shift speech, he was aptly heckled by ahdri zhina mandiela who stated "anyone can get a Harold these days."  True enough! 

As a side note, despite the fact that Jiv is actually an award winning public speaker, improviser, and debater from his younger years, all he was actually able to put together on the spot was "uhhh....fuck all y'all!" - which was well received at this kind of event. Way to keep it classy, Parasram.


To read more on the awards and a full list of the inductees, check out Jon Kaplan's article from NOW Magazine by clicking here.