Ten Workshops From Across Canada Conclude As Part of CANCOM Comedy Symposium

The CANCOM Comedy Symposium began in October 2022 and continued monthly until its conclusion in March 2023.

CASEY AND DIANA to Begin Performances Next Week at the Stratford Festival

The Foundation for Canadian Comedy (CANCOM) announced the closing events for The CANCOM Comedy Symposium, a series of free hybrid and online events featuring professional development workshops for Canadian live comedy performance workers. The CANCOM Comedy Symposium began in October 2022 and continued monthly until its conclusion in March 2023. Industry peers attended in-person and online, participating in a one-of-a-kind event hosted by some of Canada's top industry leaders in comedy.

There will have been six 90-minute hybrid workshops livestreamed from comedy stages in Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, and Halifax. Each event featured diverse comedians, in-theatre and on-screen, facilitating discussions and workshops with comedy professionals both up and coming and with international recognition. The comedians were joined by industry guests on a wide range of topics, and each workshop offered interactive moments and downloadable resources for all who attended. There were four additional online follow-up workshops to review content for anyone unable to attend the hybrid livestreams.

Workshop topics were comedian-inspired, and included Pay Culture, IP & Branding, the Star System, Touring and Showcasing, Pro-Health, Anti-Oppression & Anti-Competition, and Investment and Funding. For the first time ever, federal funding has gone toward a national comedy program designed, managed, and delivered by comedy artists, for comedy artists via the Canada Performing Arts Workers Resilience Fund. The success of the CANCOM Comedy Symposium is vital to establishing ongoing funding support for comedy artists for their future content creation and career advancement.

The goal of CANCOM Comedy Symposium is to provide long-term career networks and improve skills for comedians and comedy tech workers. These workshops will help them create content, find employment, and access the support necessary while pursuing comedy success domestically and on the global market. The programming will be made accessible to live comedy performance workers in all geographical regions and equity-deserving populations.

Sunday March 26th, 2023
1PM PT/ 2PM MT / CT / 4PM ET / 5PM AT / 5:30 NFLD
Watch Interactively: https://comedysymposium.virtualvenue.ca/
Comedy Bar Danforth, 2800 Danforth Avenue
Attend in-person in Toronto: RSVP to info@cancomedy.ca

Friday March 31st, 2023
5PM PT/ 6PM MT / CT / 8PM ET / 9PM AT / 9:30 NFLD
Watch and Ask Questions: https://streamyard.com/watch/6i5DWq8nzmd5


The Foundation for Canadian Comedy (CANCOM) stimulates the production of exceptional Canadian comedy IP by comedians, making Canada competitive when responding to market-driven and regulatory demands for such content. As a federally registered, not-for-profit incorporation, CANCOM creates new models of collaboration that benefit relevant Canadian comedy stakeholder organizations and government departments in the evolving digital media ecosystem.

About The Canada Performing Arts Workers Resilience Fund (CPAWRF)

The purpose and objective of the temporary funding program, CPAWRF, is to retain Canadian skilled workers through a temporary program that invests in sector-led and delivered initiatives, which improve the economic, career, and personal circumstances of independent and self-employed workers in the live performance sector.



Interview: Director Kimberley Rampersad talks KING LEAR at the Stratford Festival

Opening Night of the 2023 season of the Stratford Festival is almost upon us, and for the first time in nine years, the Festival is staging a production of KING LEAR. A few weeks ago, BroadwayWorld had the opportunity to chat with the production’s director, Kimberley Rampersad about her vision for this production, what it means to be doing this show now, the complexity of the piece, the stellar company she is working with, and why Lear is a favourite of many a Shakespeare fan.

Diamond Heart Productions to Present Immersive THE WILL OF A WOMAN at Toronto Fringe

Diamond Heart Productions, led by BIPOC Artistic Director Shan Fernando, will present The Will Of A Woman as part of the 2023 Toronto Fringe Festival at the Spadina Museum (285 Spadina Road). Performances are July 5-16, 2023.

FINNEGANS WAKE Theater-Film Project Launches Bloomsday Festival June 16

One Little Goat, the acclaimed Toronto-based theatre company, is tackling its most ambitious project to date… a sprawling 17-episode reading of one of the most mesmerizingly elusive novels of the 20th century, James Joyce’s “Finnegans Wake.” The filmed readings of the book star Irish-Canadian actor Richard Harte, who reads each chapter in front of audiences of varying sizes, in unique locations in multiple cities. 

The Stratford Festival Celebrates Pride This June

2SLGBTQ+ stories take centre stage at the Stratford Festival for Pride Month and throughout the 2023 season. The month begins with the world première of Casey and Diana by Nick Green and directed by Andrew Kushnir, as well as the openings of Rent, directed by Thom Allison, and Richard II, adapted by Brad Fraser, and conceived and directed by Jillian Keiley.


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Red Sandcastle Theatre (5/25-6/04)
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Lester B. Pearson Theatre (6/23-6/25)
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Lester B. Pearson Memorial Theatre (6/23-6/25)
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Studio Space @ Alumnae Theatre (5/25-6/01)
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Wychwood Theatre (7/28-8/06)
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Drayton Festival Theatre (7/13-7/29)
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Huron Country Playhouse South Huron Stage (8/03-8/20)
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Huron Country Playhouse South Huron Stage (6/07-6/25)
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King's Wharf Theatre (6/15-7/01)
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St Jacobs Country Playhouse (7/12-8/05)

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