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This is Ahash reporting from the Mammalian Diving Reflex’s temporary office at the Gladstone. I’m here to tell you about some of the activities that are taking place at the office. So far, as part of the Producers of Parkdale program, we’ve been doing a lot of workshops with people like Julian Sleath and Harold Mah from the City of Toronto’s Culture department and Sarah Roboyo-Sheridan, curator of Nuit Blanche and Director of Mercer Union Gallery.
The workshops came in handy for our own event, DARE NITE LOCKDOWN, happening August 10-11, 2012, which we are organizing here at the Gladstone. The event is part of Summerworks 2012 program. As of now, the ideas and themes of our event DARE NITE LOCKDOWN are coming together into a wonderful yet a horribly creepy event to produce an event completely different from anything else in the Gladstone.
Here are some of the events we are planning for:
Pizza Dinner: Scary Pizza Dinner where the PIZZA EATS YOU!
Ghost Stories: Not your regular campfire ghost stories. Bleeding ones.
Double Dog Scary Dares: You know the drill. Pick a dare out of a bleeding hat and do it.. if you dare.
The Astral Project: A sleep-along-seminar that will teach you how to have an out-of-body experience. We will leave our bodies and, if all goes well, travel to North Korea and, if not, Rob Ford’s shower.
Mourning Weiner Feast: Just like it sounds.
Our team is made up of nine teenagers: Dana Liu, Ahash Jeeva, Tenzin Chozin, Sanjay Ratnan, Isabel Ahat, Virginia Antonipillai, Nerupa Somasale, Kathy Vuu, Ngawang, Kiam Lam-Bellissimo, Tenzin Chosang, and a few adults. But it is mostly us (teenagers) who are doing the work. Well, kind of.
Part of the SummerWorks Festival, The Torontonians Dare Night Lockdown performance art/sleepover event takes place Aug. 10 7:00pm – Aug. 11 10:00am in the Ballroom.
Everyone knows, the best way to beat morning hunger (or a hangover) is with a breakfast sandwich.One of the most satisfying, efficient, compact creations to ever grace the breakfast repertoire, the breakfast sandwich brings you all the best parts of a standard egg breakfast (ie. bacon) but in a portable, easy-to-eat sandwich form. Featured on our regular breakfast menu (weekdays 7am – 10:45am) and served with fries or salad ($10), this sandwich makes an over medium egg, grilled peameal bacon, cheddar, tomato and mayo ($10), pure breakfast bliss.
What makes me drool on my desk at 9am just thinking about this early morning sandwich–peameal bacon! Balancing the creaminess of the housemade mayo and smooth cheddar wile adding just the right amount of salt and texture to the egg, there’s no wrong in this English muffin masterpiece.
The only downside: knowing that the breakfast ends at 10:45 and I won’t be able to have one for lunch too.
Taking trivia know-how into the year 3000, the You Guessed It! You Can’t Unguess It! Futurama Trivia Night on Thursday July 31 in the Melody Bar was a real bender.
Check in soon for upcoming Futurama trivia dates or visit the Facebook group.
We are opening up the Gladstone August 19-31 to Volcano Theatre as they stage the moving opera, A Synonym for Love, that travels (with the audience) throughout the hotel!
A Synonym for Love is an innovative, site-specific opera experience making it’s Canadian premiere here at the Gladstone. With a modernized English libretto and a live Baroque orchestra playing period-specific instruments (like the harpsichord!), three singers will lead their audiences through the hallways, bedrooms, bathrooms and bars of the hotel exploring the inevitability – and the impossibility – of love.
In 1707, at age 21, a young genius named George Frideric Handel moved to Italy and composed a stunning cantata, experimenting with musical and dramatic forms titled Clori, Tirsi e Fileno. The cantata was never staged and, when the composer died, it was thought lost to history.
In 1960, a single complete copy was discovered in Germany. Now, in 2012, Volcano and Classical Music Consort are reimagining Handel’s love-triangle for Toronto audiences.
Volcano’s Version: Three guests are staying at the historic Gladstone Hotel in Toronto – one of the most beautiful boutique hotels in the city. A woman is at the bar ordering drinks. A man is waiting at a table for her to return. She looks at him, and sings of her love. Another woman – who has just checked in, and who also happens to be the first woman’s lover – enters. She sees the couple, and, enraged, storms out, and up to her room.
This is the beginning of our love triangle. In our version, the two sopranos remain women – one is gay, one is bisexual. The man is straight, and feeling threatened. Everyone is at the same hotel. They all sing like angels.
A Synonym for Love will be sung in a new English version by award-winning writer, and internationally recognized theatre maker Deborah Pearson. Arranged specifically for the Gladstone, every single ticket sold will be specific to one of the three main characters. Each audience member will follow that character for the entire performance, making, in effect, three audiences that weave through the hotel.
Audiences will meet whenever there are duets or trios, or whenever one character is eavesdropping on another with scenes happening in stairways, bedrooms, hallways and bathrooms, alleyways and bars and more.
Don’t forget to join us for a pre-opera dinner and take advantage of the special A Synonym for Love Prix Fixe menu (advanced tickets here). And stay tuned to the blog for a closer look at A Synonym for Love’s talented cast.