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Meet Our “Lear”

27 Apr

Our crowd-funding campaign with the Kingdom Collective for Edward Bond’s LEAR is off to a great start! Within the first week, we received support from 16 backers and have raised almost $1,200! Our $100 and $150 donation levels each have only one spot left! We still have a long way to go, but we are thrilled by the response and support we have received thus far. Thank you to all our donors!

As this campaign continues, every week we will be releasing a new behind-the-scenes video from the artists involved, info on the production and our community partners, and more. Here is our first video in this series: actor Thomas Gough (who played Creon in our 2012 production of ANTIGONE) who will be playing Lear. Check out the video and donate today!

Shot by LD Photo & Video.

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Our Biggest Fundraiser for Our Biggest Project to Date!

19 Apr

We are working with the Kingdom Collective, a new independent theatre collective in Toronto, to produce Edward Bond‘s LEAR: a bold and epic re-imagining of Shakespeare’s King Lear that, in our current social climate, is more relevant now than ever. Over the next three months, our goal will be to raise $15,000 so we can put this production on its feet in the way it deserves to be done. The scale of our vision matches the epic nature of this piece.

Lear Vertical ImageAlready on board is a cast of highly talented and respected established and emerging actors in the independent theatre community – including Thomas Gough (Soup Can, Single Thread, Storefront, safeword, Theatre By The Bay), Dora Award-winner Heather Marie Annis (Morro and Jasp), Kwaku Okyere (Canadian Rep Theatre, Hart House), Eve Wylden (Pandemic Theatre, The Red Light District, 4th Line Theatre), and Kate Wernerburg (Elizabeth-Darcy, Shakespeare BASH’D, Theatre New Brunswick) – and a production team of celebrated indie artists – including our own Sarah Thorpe (Heretic) and Justin Haigh (Love is a Poverty You Can Sell), Melanie Hrymak (Headstrong Collective, Licking Knives), Claire Hill (safeword, Single Thread, Theatre Brouhaha), Monty Martin (Elephants Collective, Digital Media Lab), Katherine Belyea (MYOpera, COC, Angelwalk Theatre), and Randy Lee (Fly By Night Theatre, Soup Can).

We have some fantastic perks lined up for donors to this fundraiser, including free tickets to such Toronto theatre companies as Theatre Passe MurailleCahoots Theatre CompanyNightwood TheatreBuddies in Bad Times Theatre, and the Tarragon Theatrean opportunity for you to be featured in the video projections shot for and used in the show, opportunities to support theatre students and youth interested in the arts, and much more!

Please take a moment to visit our fundraising page and promotional video below for all the details on the show and our team, and connect with us on social media with the hashtag #LearTO.

We look forward to having your support!

Promotional Video by LD Photo and Video


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The Threepenny Opera In Concert!

30 Aug

We’re kicking off the month of Halloween with the perfect piece and our favourite musical, the inspiration for our Love is a Poverty You Can Sell cabarets, an in-concert version of The Threepenny Opera: full of crime, greed, lust, dark humour, and biting social commentary against the backdrop of 19th century London’s seedy underworld, with a haunting score in this, Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s most famous collaboration!

But wait… there’s more!

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Scott Garland (2016 Dora Award Nominee for Three Men in a Boat), Christian Jeffries (from our Love is a Poverty You Can Sell cabarets), and Sarah Thorpe (Soup Can co-founder, MyTheatre’s 2015 Fan Favourite Award winner for Heretic), under the baton of our musical director Pratik Gandhi (resident conductor at Toy Piano Composers), who helmed the music on our productions of Circle Jerk, A Hand of Bridge, Marat/Sade, and Love is a Poverty You Can Sell I and II.

One Day Only! But there will be 3 performances!
Sunday October 2nd
4pm, 6:30pm, and 9pm
at the Monarch Tavern – 12 Clinton St

Tickets are only $13, available to buy in advance or cash only at the door. This concert is part of our 2016 fundraising initiatives. Thank you in advance for supporting indie theatre!”

Stay tuned to our website and social media for updates, and see you on October 2nd!

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Spring Break Cabaret and Fundraiser!

16 Feb


Tired of those grey skies and it getting dark by five o’clock? Shake off the winter blahs with our Spring Break Cabaret and Fundraiser!

On March 10, join us at The Steady Cafe & Bar for a rocking night of music, comedy, burlesque, and side show feats! Take home some freebies! Make bids on some sweet swag in our silent auction! Soak up some sun and have beach-themed fun!

Featuring the epic talents of:

What do you get for just showing up? A gift bag of goodies including:

  • a Ticket to #Hashtag‘s March 16 show!
  • a $10 Voucher from Paintlounge!
  • a Coupon from Panago Pizza!
  • A Promo Code for a Discount off your FIRST Uber ride! (If you’ve used Uber before, give it to a friend who hasn’t!)

What else do we have?

  • $1 Pizza Slices! Snacks!
  • Gift Bags of Candy!
  • Delicious Drinks from the Steady Bar!

And don’t miss out on our epic silent auction! You can take home some sweet prizes like:

Where & When & How Much

Thursday March 10
The Steady Cafe & Bar – 1051 Bloor St W
Doors 7:30pm, Show 8pm

Tickets are only $10 online (no service fees!) or $12 at the door (cash only). Order advance tickets here!


Share the event on social media with hashtag #SpringBreakCab
Twitter & Instagram: @soupcantheatre


Thank you to our sponsors!

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Congratulations to Sarah Thorpe!

2 Jan

HERETIC Stills by LD (5)We are thrilled to announce that Soup Can’s own Sarah Thorpe has been nominated for a My Entertainment World Award in the category of ‘Outstanding Solo Performance’ for her moving portrayal of Joan of Arc in this year’s production of Heretic! Congratulations to Sarah and all the other nominees!

Winners are partly determined based on feedback from the public, so if you saw the show and would like to put in a good word, please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section of the nominee page, or via My Entertainment World’s Facebook page or Twitter using the hashtag #MyTheatreAwards.

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More Eye-Catching Images of this “Winning” and “Powerful” Show

18 Nov

The only thing possibly better than the amazing reviews that keep pouring in for HERETIC, are these new production shots courtesy of LD Photo & Video. HERETIC only runs until Sunday November 22nd, so don’t miss out! Tickets are still available!

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More Stellar Reviews for ‘HERETIC’!

15 Nov

HERETIC Stills by LD (7)The Theatre Reader says: “Powerful  …  A winning one-woman show  …  Thorpe shine[s]. She brilliantly slips out of Joan’s skin and into a slew of others.  …  Thorpe’s talent extends beyond the stage and onto the page. Her exploration of Joan humanizes the saint as the audience feels her fear and fierceness throughout her quest to fulfill God’s word.” Read the full review here.

Life with More Cowbell says: “Poignant  …  Thorpe does a lovely job with the many facets of Joan, an earnest, driven young woman who dares to put on men’s clothes and throw herself into the fray – always with Joan’s humanity at the core of her performance.” Read the full review here.

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Mooney on Theatre and Barcza Blog Love ‘HERETIC’!

14 Nov

HERETIC Stills by LD (8)More praise from Toronto press!

Barcza Blog says: “Brilliant  …  Inspired  …  Thorpe has brought this story back from the dead  …  HERETIC tells a story I’ve known all my life, but in a genuinely new version.  …  If for no other reason than to struggle with the meaty ideas in this story, you owe it to yourself to see HERETIC.” Read the full review here.

Mooney on Theatre says: “A mesmerizing one-woman show  …  It’s a lot of fun to watch Thorpe throw so much of herself into her performance.  …  What stands out the most about the story of Joan of Arc is simply this young woman’s defiance and willingness to stand up for what she believed in during a time when that stood in direct opposition of the church. What Joan of Arc represented is timeless and Thorpe does fine work capturing this.  …  The use of sound and lighting made the small space come to life and I have to hand it to lighting designer Randy Lee and sound designers Wesley McKenzie and Jakob Ehman for giving life to the space.” Read the full review here.

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13 Nov

HERETIC Stills by LD (5)The always thoughtful and constructive Christopher Hoile of gives HERETIC  FOUR STARS (★★★★) and says this:

“Thorpe’s retelling of the story of Joan of Arc makes this iconic figure, already the subject of numerous plays and films, seem fresh and new.  One major reason is the absolute simplicity of the production.  Another is the winning naturalness of Thorpe’s acting.  …  Thorpe shows us Joan is a human being, capable of fear and doubt, but she also shows us Joan an is illuminated from within by her goal.  …  Thorpe gives an eloquent performance that rises to enacting energetic battles that range throughout the entire theatre to solemn reflection on whether she is really guilty of pride and why men should suddenly be so cruel.  It’s quite a journey for play only 70 minutes long, but you will leave feeling that you know this important figure better than you ever have before.  …  Lighting designer Randy Lee and sound designer Wesley McKenzie combine forces to create the magical effect of Joan’s first vision.  Lee makes imaginative use of warmth and coldness of light to reflect Joan’s mood and of squares of light diminishing in size and brightness to portray her inevitable defeat at her trial.”

Read the full review here!

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Stunning shots of a “Stunning Show”

12 Nov

Many thanks to Laura Dittmann of LD Photo & Video for these gorgeous production shots of HERETIC! Please take a moment to check out Laura’s other wonderful work!


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