She has dressed the likes of Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and Canada’s own Lilly Singh and her flagship store is located...ON QUEEN STREET?! Fashion darling Hayley Elsaesser opens up about how she built her colourful empire in just over 3 years and why she has chosen to remain in Canada even as the world is knocking at her door.
She writes for some of the most popular shows on Canadian television, has the support of Lena Dunham and published her first book less than 2 years ago. We’re honored to have Monica Heisey sit down with us and delve into what it means to be proclaimed the voice of a generation and what responsibility comes with great comedic power.
A veteran of the Queer Comedy scene and a featured act at some of Canada’s most prestigious comedy festivals, Chantel laces their high energy comedy with some serious activism. We’re thrilled to have Chantel join us for what we know will be a hilarious night, to talk about what it means to take up space as a non-binary comedian in a still predominantly cis-male scene, and where political correctness does or does not fit into all this.
With poetry as her sword, Britta B has been instrumental in the revitalization of Regent Park, and she continues to travel the world educating and empowering youth. We have invited her to speak with us about poetry as a gateway to self expression, especially for young minds, and how it has been a key to many doors in her own life.
A self proclaimed collector and curator of human stories, dancer, choreographer, and videographer Aria Evans uses multidisciplinary work to capture the lives of those around her. In our conversation we look to uncover the philosophy behind the mediums she chooses and where art lies in relation to questions of identity and unity.
You probably know her as a CBC personality and host of Arts’ Exhibitionists, but you may not know that Amanda Parris will also have her first play produced this year, by Toronto’s Obsidian and Cahoots theatres. We sit down with Amanda to talk about the road that has taken her from theatre to radio and back again, and what it means to build a creative life across mediums.
Justin did it. Beyonce did it. And now theatre creator and performance artist Haley McGee reveals her philosophy behind the decision to go solo. No stranger to Toronto’s largest stages, she will share her journey of self creation and speak to the value of a career that creates space for one’s own voice alongside so many other forms of collaboration.
In less than 5 years, he revived a company from his childhood to create the 2nd largest (stationary) outdoor Shakespeare experience in Toronto, all while keeping his involvement in countless other theatre projects across the country alive and thriving. Brendan McMurtry-Howlett speaks with us about the stamina it takes to forge a career in Canadian theatre and the role that patience and listening have played in his creative journey.
Our first conversation of Season 2 is with Tiffany Hsiung, who has spent the last 6 years documenting the lives of survivors of sexual slavery during WWII. We will be discussing her dedication to the preservation of the life, history and stories of the women who populate her critically acclaimed documentary film, The Apology, and what responsibility art has in the fight for justice and the preservation of the voices of past generations.
The Dark Nights Team would like to cordially invite you to our housewarming party in the Melody Bar of The Gladstone Hotel on Thursday, February 2nd, 2017. We will be celebrating with food and drinks from 8pm until Midnight.
We'd love for you to join us throughout the night as we discuss the past and future of Dark Nights, our exciting year long residency with The Gladstone Hotel and the announcement of our highly anticipated second season line up of guests creators.
With special appearances by our first season guests and DJ-ing by co-creator Wayne Burns, this will be an evening of great conversation, music and refreshments.
Where? The Melody Bar - The Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West, Toronto)
How Much? No cover.
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