BWW Interviews: MAKING LOVE IN A CANOE with Kyle Golemba and Adam White

BWW Interviews: MAKING LOVE IN A CANOE with Kyle Golemba and Adam White

Making Love in a Canoe is a uniquely Canadian event happening this Monday night at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. It's the brainchild of Kyle Golemba and Adam White, and its goal is to celebrate all the great musical theatre genius we have here in Canada.

The show originally started as a cabaret and has evolved into a quirky and Canadian album which has its official release party this Monday night. Kyle and Adam have amassed an impressive list of Canadian stars to showcase the music from the CD and celebrate all things Canadian.

The CD features the work of 15 Canadian writers including Jonathan Monro, Nancy White and Leslie Arden. Joining Kyle and Adam on stage are Thom Allison, Nathan Carroll, Trevor Patt and emerging artists Camila Diaz-Varela and Joanna Fraser. Copies of the CD will be available for $10 on this night only.

To learn more about the album and about the importance of showcasing Canadian musical work, BWW sat down with Kyle and Adam to talk about the inspiration behind the project and what people can expect on Monday night. Get out your parkas, grab a cold beer and get ready to eat some Timbits while you experience Making Love in a Canoe!

Ok, let's talk Making Love in a Canoe. Tell us what it's all about... Will there be lovemaking in canoes?

KG: Well, it's an all-ages event so there will only be figurative lovemaking...! Making Love in a Canoe originally started as a cabaret, then had a theatrical run, and now it's an album. We released it this summer and thought there was no better way to celebrate than to put together a show with a bunch of talented friends and sing some great Canadian tunes!

What was the inspiration behind this project?

KG: Julain Molnar!

AW: Charlotte Moore!

KG: Are we about to have a showdown over Canadian divas?

AW: Just answer the question.

KG: Right. I was in the Charlottetown Young Company a few years ago and Julain Molnar taught a class that introduced me to all of this great music that didn't have cast recordings. That definitely planted a seed for what eventually became Canoe. Your turn.

A: Charlotte Moore's album Friends of Mine, a collection of all-Canadian material, was my introduction to Canadian musical theatre writers, and sparked my interest. Our show and album are our contribution to the proliferation of this material; which we happen to also really like.

What is it about Canadian music that resonates with both of you? Do you find after working on this project for so long that we have a unique flair or identity present only in homegrown music?

KG: The humour really grabs me. Canadians are really funny people, which I think maybe comes from having to deal with such a harsh climate for so much of the year. Making light of life is a necessity.

AW: I'm always drawn by the intimacy and immediacy in the lyrics of Canadian writers. Be it Joni Mitchell or Leslie Arden, we're good storytellers.

KG: There's something about the songs that draws you in too. It's like "Come on, let's share this story together" rather than "Sit right there because I'm going to belt at you".

Do you think that our work gets recognized outside of Canada as much as it should? Or perhaps more importantly, do you think locally we recognize it as much as we should?

KG: I don't! Canadians often wait for the U.S. to like what we do before we can like it...and we might just be left waiting. I think we would be wise to invest more in our own artists telling our own stories.

AW: I think Canadians aren't very good at trumpeting their own successes. Name three Gemini award winners. Or three Canadian Olympians outside of snowboarding. We're not very brash and bold about ourselves.

KG: I'm having a hard time talking for this long about our own show.

AW: Sorry. Next question?

Who do you have participating on Monday night?

KG: We've got some great guests lined up for the evening. Our good pal and superstar Thom Allison is joining us. The first time I worked with him was on The Drowsy Chaperone and I really wanted to hear him sing "Aldolpho" again.

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Kelly Cameron Kelly Cameron's love affair with the theatre began when she was just five years old, on an outing to see the Original Canadian Cast of Les Miserables at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto. She instantly fell in love, and is honoured to be representing the Toronto contingent of BroadwayWorld as Senior Editor overseeing the GTA region.

Her writing career started almost by accident, though it has always been in her blood as her Mom was an English teacher who firmly believed in the importance of being able to turn a phrase. She also loved sharing her love of theatre with her students (and her children), and was a staunch supporter of the arts in Toronto.

When not at the theatre, you can usually find Kelly with a Starbucks in one hand and her BlackBerry in the other, tweeting, reading or doing something quirky and clumsy for the sake of getting that next big story.

She's incredibly grateful to the amazing Toronto theatre community who have embraced her with open arms, giving her the greatest gift a little redheaded theatre geek could ever ask for - getting to be a part of this vibrant arts and culture scene. She may have never had the skills to be on the stage, but is thankful every day she gets to write about the inspiring people who do.

Headshot photo by Racheal McCaig

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