Monthly Archives: January 2016

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Visiting the annual PPPC promotions tradeshow in Toronto.

Thanks to the generosity of the promo experts at Universal Links Inc.  http://universallinksinc.com/  I was able to attend the PPPC National Convention 2016 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre yesterday, accompanied by my trusty side-kick and photographer, Gabriella Luchetta. PromoCan/PPPC presented their annual tradeshow featuring the newest trends in the promotions and corporate incentives business (like these wacky pens above), and I wanted to share the sights and sounds with my readers…so come walk the aisles with Gabriella and me on this virtual tour.DSC08039Everything and anything you can stick a corporate logo on is featured here. Coffee mugs, coasters, stickers, pens, apparel, frisbees, decals…all shapes and sizes are available. Companies like Universal Links source merchandise like these then offer to their clients (known as end-users) who distribute to their customers as give-aways or special promotions and corporate gifts. Gabs and I saw so many cool things we’d like to be given as “gifts”…..DSC08062 DSC08064 DSC08066We had a lot of fun with the folks in the Soft Stuff Creations booth hugging teddy bears, I even tried to hug the hunky “booth babe” manning the display but I just made him laugh…LOL!20160129_130558 DSC08073 DSC08074Of course, we went straight to all the chocolate promotions like the Taylor-Grant booth below where Gabs chowed down on samples and I made do with just looking at the yummy catalogue (I really MUST lose some lbs).DSC08080There’s always lots of fun squishy stress relievers…here are some of our favourites:DSC08093 DSC08177 DSC08180Gabriella found this cute froggy (below) which she promptly pulled apart… it’s actually a memory stick/USB as are those other cute characters behind.File 2016-01-29, 4 57 23 PMGreat to meet Karen (below) from Martini Promotions who showed us some funky sparkly apparel and reversible totes.File 2016-01-29, 4 58 24 PMDSC08148Suddenly, Gabriella and I were stopped in our tracks when we spied this stunning grey wrap jacket. Are you kiddin’ me? This is a promo item? So stylish and feels like a baby cashmere goat….wow, who made it?DSC08111DSC08109Founder and President of Redwood Classics, Kathy Cheng (below) came over and introduced herself…and then told us the story of her family business that makes high-quality apparel here in Canada. DSC08119DSC08122Kathy showed us one of the unique items that are made from re-purposed overstock like this 3M umbrella – its materials have been made into this cute cushion (below), creating a stylish functional and fashion-fwd promo gift for the company. This saves unused products going into landfill and allows companies to “re-gift”. Brilliant!DSC08115We were so engaged and inspired by her family’s story that I promised Kathy I would do a special feature blog on Redwood Classics later and interview her once she has recovered from the long hours of the tradeshow so stay tuned.

Lots more groovy products like these watches, custom labelled bottles of wine…wow!DSC08147 DSC08099 DSC08163For fans of “Caddyshack” the movie, you can even find sassy gopher golfclub covers….LOLDSC08135And here’s one of my favourite booths showcasing sparkly, glowing lights on all their products.

Thanks again to Universal Links Inc and the folks at PromoCan/PPPC who hosted the show. Bravo all of you!

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COME STROLL THRU TORONTO’S “INTERIOR DESIGN SHOW” WITH ME

Now in its 18th year, IDS brings together the newest & most innovative of international and Canadian design to the Metropolitan Toronto Convention Centre (Jan.22-24). With three full days of inspirational exhibits, influential speakers & leading products, IDS is not just a fair — it’s a total design experience.  http://www.interiordesignshow.com/

Now you know what the show is about, let me be your virtual tour guide – I spent a few hours strolling through the aisles today courtesy of Mark Gleberzon of MJG Gallery, viewing the latest styles of interior designs, furnishings, home accessories…and really cool stuff I wish I could afford! Let’s get started….20160122_120010Arriving at the top of the escalators, we’re all presented with totes, magazines and the official show program. I always like to start at the east end of the giant showroom, then work my way towards the far west end. Thank goodness for comfortable sneakers and Dr. Scholl’s arch supports. LOL !20160122_120034My first stop was to say hi to Joe & Charles at the ART2LIGHTS booth (below) showcasing groovy light fixtures incorporating fab art with the form & function. Check out their cool lights…  http://art2lights.com/DSC07961 DSC07964 20160122_120517DSC07965Just a few aisles away and tucked around the back, I discovered the beautiful display from Kitigan.com, an organization that cultivates Aboriginal arts. On display were various artists’ works including beadwork, carvings, jewellery, home decor, moccasins…. DSC07976 DSC07979 20160122_121442The Weavers Art exhibit (below) offered stunning floor coverings in all manner of texture, design and colour. I ran my hands over all the rugs and carpeting, feeling the sculpting and woven images. Lush, luxurious and so beautiful. www.weaversart.com 

DSC07995 Here are a few more booths ….was lovin’ all the wooden chairs and mid-century modern & shaker influences.20160122_122023 20160122_121214 20160122_121237DSC07990Every year, the folks at Urban Barn put on a fabulous show and again, their room vignettes stopped me in my tracks!  www.urbanbarn.com   Just look at all the great accessories and furnishings…don’t ya just love the wee piggies and that sexy little mermaid?DSC07999DSC07996DSC08001DSC0800220160122_122733Farrow & Ball originates from the county of Dorset, in England. They are craftsmen in paint and paper, and they certainly have a great sense of whimsy as you can see by the herd of beasties populating their booth below. Check out their fashionable colour range at www.farrow-ball.com (their Toronto showroom is at 1054 Yonge).20160122_125014 20160122_125056 20160122_125106Flamingos! Is this Miami? The ladies of Digital Print Specialties & South Hill Interiors blew my mind with this super fab booth showcasing their large print format designs and stunning furnishings and accessories. Check ’em out yourselves online at www.digitalprintspecialties.com  and www.southhillinteriors.com DSC08003 20160122_123056Found him! Meet Mark Gleberzon of MJG Gallery – he kindly provided the guest passes for my photographer Gabriella and me. Mark was not only showcasing his own artwork but also other artists he represents like Ian Busher whose giant moose is featured behind Mark (I have one of Ian’s smaller works hanging on my wall at home that I purchased from Mark last year).DSC08014 DSC08020Sharing Mark’s space was Zenporium.com custom design furniture using “guilt-free” wood that is reclaimed, salvaged or responsibly harvested (below).20160122_123839 20160122_123856Texas-born sculptor/now furniture designer Peter Glassford welcomed Gabriella and me into his booth where I just had to try his unique “Laredo Chair” (pictured below). Surprisingly, it was one of the most comfortable chairs my bottom had test-driven all day! Peter has partnered with a Guadalajara-based firm to hand-craft his unique sculptural pieces. Check more of Peter’s designs and his story here: www.peterglassford.comDSC08030 20160122_135042I wanna know who that lady in a lab coat is and what she’s doing here….any suggestions?20160122_122124The Caviar20 exhibition was intriguing and artfull; the multi-coloured acrylic sculpture looked gorgeous in the bright lights. I just loved this wooden bench carved to look like tufted upholstery. Thanks, Gabs, for all the photo snapping.  www.caviar20.comDSC08034 20160122_135557 20160122_135431So much to see at IDS but oh my feet were aching…..time to head home but not before a few more random shots:20160122_121905 20160122_121938 20160122_124442Don’t forget, the show runs only this weekend (Jan 23 & 24) at the MTCC in Toronto so come on down…. www.interiordesignshow.com 20160122_124438

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Meet MARK GLEBERZON of MJG GALLERY- he’s exhibiting @ this weekend’S INTERIOR DESIGN SHOW in TORONTO

What a fabulous morning I had, schlepping around the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, strolling down the most fashionable interior designer aisles of this year’s INTERIOR DESIGN SHOW. Thanks to artist and artist’s representative MARK J. GLEBERZON of MJG Gallery, now an online gallery showcasing the works of  exciting local artists, my photographer Gabriella and I were given carte blanche to play among the chi-chi furniture and decorating & design booths on the main floor of the Metro Toronto Convention Ctr. (I’ll be posting a full show blog later) and I videotaped this quick interview with Mark from his booth at IDS …..

I recently asked Mark to share his thoughts about being a working artist in Toronto and the move from a storefront gallery location in Leslieville to a virtual environment (his proposed rent increase was just too outrageous). Here’s what he said…..

Mark, after moving your bricks’n’mortar MJG Gallery in Toronto to an online gallery, have you found you’re reaching a wider audience for your art and the artists you represent?
I haven’t yet found an increase per-se in inquiries or sales since I closed my gallery (see below) but I’ve always tried to make my presence known online, one way or another. Many people thought when I closed my gallery that was that. I always tried to explain I will always continue offering my own work – which I’d been doing for nearly twenty-five years – as well as promoting other artists I’ve worked with over the past four years and do so using the internet more and more. I would like to think doing shows like IDS as well as continued participation in other gallery and trade shows, including possibly doing the Affordable Art Fair in New York City in a few months, will continue getting me and the MJG identity noticed by a broader audience. Also, making sure to continually update my Facebook page, release periodic newsletters, Twitter feeds and Instagram posts are important to let people know what I’m up to, what’s new and reach out to new contacts.20140927_13435720130919_192411What was the best (or most interesting) experience you encountered as a gallery owner?
I can’t think of a specific event but I suppose being told mine or another artist’s painting was a client’s first art purchase ever is always a nice thing to hear….popping their art cherry, if you will !

What was the downside to running a storefront gallery in Toronto?
First and foremost, the actual costs of maintaining a gallery are always the bane of any retailer. On top of rent (or mortgage if you own the space), there’s electricity, heat, internet, phone and many other expenses. In my case, there were also my art supplies which were rather costly. There’s certainly the ebb and flow of sales that occur in the gallery but any ‘free’ money is almost always rolled back into the business. Plus, being in the physical space, somewhat isolated (as was my case, where I didn’t have an assistant) one can be feel locked away from what’s happening outside the gallery. I found trying to visit other gallery openings and art-related events and sometimes just plain socializing was extremely difficult when you’re beholden to your business and trying to be there as much as possible. Retail in general is not for the faint of heart. You really have to be dedicated to what you do and feel confident in for what you’re selling.20150515_154635You’re exhibiting at this year’s Interior Design Show, a very prestigious expo where you’ll meet many interior designers & decorators – do you anticipate making new connections and expanding your art business?
As I often say, it’s making ONE new important contact that’s always key with any of these shows. Yes, I always enjoy working with clients looking for one painting just as much as with those looking for a larger purchase, but it’s always important to continue reaching out to more and more people. IDS (see Mark with a new client in his IDS booth today, below) is a show that can potentially introduce me to those in the interior and design industries as well as architects, film industry folk and others. In a recent home show, I met someone who was the building manager for two downtown condos. Eventually, she and the Condo Board oversaw the purchase of nearly two dozen works from several artists including those represented by my gallery. With the closing of the physical gallery, I hope to be able to direct people to myself, the artists I work with and the services I provide, including art consultancy via shows like IDS. My hope is to match clients and designers with artists and their work as well as coordinating personalized commissions. I always make it a point that when I meet someone at a show like IDS, I follow up with them immediately. They may not need me right away but at least the connection was made. 20160122_12392012508773_1093056450726160_7721469165704664034_nAs a working artist, what inspires you and how do you separate your own work from the business side of representing other artists who entrust their work to your online gallery?
It’s always a fine balance when you’re both a working artist and representing other artists as well. I always did my best to bring as much attention to my gallery and the roster of artists I represented as to my own work. That’s why I tried to balance my participation in self-representing shows (incl. the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, the Artist Project and RAW to name a few) along with gallery-exclusive or home decor shows (incl. IDS, Love Art) as much as possible. A gallery owner needs to assure a relationship of trust between them and the artists they work with and it’s easy to break that trust if an artist feels you’re compromising them or their work. Luckily, it seems all of the artists I worked with in my gallery space, are just as happy to continue working with me as I shift online. Now as far as my own work is concerned, I’ve developed several series of art – both painting and photography (see below) – and I’ve decided to make 2016 the year I explore others genres. I may find inspiration from what’s going around me or simply (and usually) thru sheer desperation to try to develop my own voice in the visual world. 20150515_153659 20150515_154848 20150515_153630Any advice for emerging Canadian artists?
I think in this day of insta-everything, an artist needs to make their presence known by making the Internet their friend. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube and other services are terrific and often free ways to get work noticed. If you’re working with a gallery, make sure that gallery’s hanging and consignment arrangements are as fair with ‘newbies’ as with the more established artists in the same space. NEVER sign an exclusivity clause unless one really feels secure the gallery owner will direct a lot of attention to your work. It’s easy to get trapped thinking – or being convinced – that getting ones work hung ‘anywhere’ will lead to good exposure or sales. Try to be as strategic as possible and feel secure that “Yes, this is somewhere I’m proud my work is being shown”. And don’t always be willing to do things for free. Many people feel they have the upper-hand offering exhibition opportunities to new artists, offering little compensation. That’s not fair…it’s taking advantage of people.

Any other comments you’d like to share?  MJG is poised for a fresh, new start in 2016. Although the format of the gallery has changed, I’m looking forward to new opportunities that already seem to be coming my way.IMG_2468Mark can be reached via MJG Gallery’s website http://mjggallery.com/  and you can follow him on Facebook (MJG Gallery); Instragram (#mjggallery), and Twitter (@mjggallery)

 

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BURMAN BOOKS HOSTS GUEST SPEAKER VIVIAN RISI @ “MAKING IT IN HIGH HEELS” NETWORKING EVENT

Last night, my assistant Gabriella Luchetta and I attended the “Making it in High Heels” mixer and schmooze-fest, hosted by Sanjay Burman of Burman Books, a successful Toronto-based publisher specializing in motivational and transformational books.          http://www.burmanbooksmediacorp.com/20160119_192814The venue, Toronto’s Hard Rock Cafe, was soon filled to capacity with young women, many  of whom were emerging entrepreneurs, as well as established business leaders and women of influence.  Sanjay presents these networking events throughout the year and has established “Making it in High Heels” as one of the most popular mixer events in the city. His authors deal with all manner of inspirational and business-focused how-to’s and autobiographical subjects, and many were in attendance last night.20160119_194755DSC00317 DSC00313 DSC00323I ran into a number of fabulous ladies, including Raj Girn (below), founder of Anokhi Media and host of her own web-TV show  http://www.openchest.com/DSC00302I really liked Raj’s groovy “boot muffs”…DSC00308Sanjay (below) also welcomed this hard-working media maven and leading light in the South Asian community…20160119_194228Gabriella was kept busy, snapping away throughout the crowded Hard Rock Cafe …everywhere you looked, there were cool ladies and we were all excited to meet the special guest Sanjay had lined up to inspire us.20160119_19443620160119_19463820160119_194518Greetings and introductions were made, then Sanjay invited his guest speaker to the stage….IMG_2387Please meet Vivian Risi…DSC00351Vivian took the stage then captivated us with her tales of making it on her own, in her own way! The entire room was hushed as she regaled us with funny, scary, emotional and inspiring stories of climbing the success ladder one hard-fought rung at a time, starting in the 70’s when the male-dominated real estate sector made it almost impossible for young women to rise above anything other than a secretary.IMG_2391Vivian’s real estate career began in 1974. When she discovered that the company she worked for had been sold, and she was faced with a very uncertain future, Vivian risked everything in order to create my own destiny. With little business experience or money, she bought the company!  In just 15 years, she turned a sales office of 18 people into Your Community Realty, with 12 offices and over 1,000 realtors, and has become the top broker and #1 independently owned franchise for Royal LePage in Canada. For 10 consecutive years, her company owned the number one market share in their local market. Vivian told us that one of her greatest gifts has been her ability now to contribute to more than 30 charities each year. “It’s not always about money, it’s about time,” says Risi. “Donating your time is a great way to give back.”

This outstanding Ontarian has been the recipient of the Shelter Foundation’s Philanthropist of the Year Award, the YMCA Peace Medallion, Richmond Hill’s Mayor’s Award for Business Excellence, the York Region Business Excellence award, and the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce’s Philanthropic Business Person of the Year award for her charitable efforts.  www.yourcommunityrealty.com

Vivian took our collective breath away! And the minute she left the stage, she was surrounded by congratulatory crowds of women wanting to share their own stories with her, seeking snippets of advice and her encouragement.IMG_2397 20160119_205942…and I was thrilled to see Gabriella spend some time with Vivian who was so kind and patient with all her fans.20160119_211527What a great night! Sometimes you go to these things not expecting much or maybe thinking you’ll leave after an hour or so, but Sanjay always delivers and this was definitely one of his best events to date. Even his adorable mum, Mini Burman, came out to support the night (below).20160119_210357I definitely recommend attending the next “Making it in High Heels” which is scheduled for sometime in October (the book launch for Vivian’s new book) – you just never know who you’ll meet and what opportunities will present themselves.DSC00372 DSC00375IMG_2396IMG_2395

 

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URBAN GALLERY hosts new show ‘HUMANIMAL” featuring soft sculptures & paintings by ZOE CHANGEUN SON

I’d like to intro you to exciting Korean-Canadian artist ZOE CHANGEUN SON (below), whose show of mythical beasts portrayed in soft sculptures as well as paintings, is now on exhibition at URBAN GALLERY, 400 Queen St East, Toronto, running until Feb 13/16.20160116_142609(0)HUMANIMAL showcases the wee creatures that are 3D portraits of the beasts in her imagination. Scary, weird, humourous and bizarre, the felt and cloth critters are displayed flying across the gallery wall and some mini beasties are on a central table – I just had to say hello (bottom picture).20160116_144929 20160116_144939

20160116_142155 20160116_142404Nancy from Snapd Newspaper dropped in to cover the artist’s reception and was busy snapping away (below)20160116_142030 20160116_142313Zoe’s paintings show the same imaginative spirit, featuring all manner of whimsical humans with “special” powers and appearances. I was intrigued by the snowy bunny-like androgynous being below, titled “Someone’s Portrait #1″….IMG_7210…as well as “Someone’s Portrait #2″, featuring this moose/boy belowIMG_7211Also shown are a series of mandalas and imaginary beasts, painted in acrylics on canvas or wood. Aren’t these extraordinary?20160116_142011 20160116_142451 20160116_14245720160116_145004The fabulous Kaspara Albertsen (below, right) ably assisted with gallery hospitality – a photographic artist herself, she knows how to motivate the staff as well as her fellow artists.20160116_142821The rest of the gallery staff and management were in attendance and joined Zoe for photo opps, below. L-R: Calvin Hambrook (gallery director), Kaspara, Zoe & Allen Sugar (curator)20160116_142946I encourage you all to go see where the wild things are over the next 4 weeks…check out the gallery’s website for hours and directions:  www.urbangallery.ca

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MEET ANDREW CHAPMAN, star of “DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN” opening Feb 11th in Toronto

In less than a month, one of the funniest Broadway plays ever to grace the stage will open at Toronto’s Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkley St) starring a very funny young comedian who will entertain, inspire and provoke audiences with this “battle of the sexes/he said-she said” tour de force. DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN star ANDREW CHAPMAN sat down with me and shared a few insights on his approach to the role and offered some background to his own burgeoning career in stand-up comedy, TV and film acting. Be sure to check out www.thecaveman.ca for dates & tickets to the show…you shouldn’t miss it or this terrific young talent.

Andrew, what first attracted you to the play?
I’d heard about Caveman through the theatre and comedy community for a number of years and knew that people related to it a lot. Also, it has a strong stand-up comedy aspect to it which is something I do as well, so it seemed like a good fit.12115946_533852020095819_1423922453001874820_nWhat do you hope the audiences get from the show?
A damned good laugh! And a glimpse of themselves and their own relationships, and I’ve seen a lot of elbowing and rib-poking “yeah, that’s you..” with couples during my past performances.12144710_533852033429151_98043124632265989_nYou’re quite a young man – how do you build your character when the subject is all about relationships, the battle of the sexes, men are from Mars/women are from Venus kinda thing when your own life experience is relatively short to date?
Mighty nice of you to say….I draw from people I know who’ve been married for years or been in long term relationships. Luckily the material is something that relates to those kinds of relationships. I’ve been in a few long term relationships and lived with a girlfriend (scandalous!) so I have some familiarity with it, for instance, I’ve been asked “You’re not going to wear THAT shirt, are you?” LOL

I understand there are interactive elements where you bring couples up on stage so how has your stand-up or TV hosting work helped you with this theatrical role?
It’s basically a 2 hour stand-up set, really. And yeah, in stand-up you don’t want hecklers or people talking, but in this show – I HIGHLY encourage it! It adds a new element to the show and makes each show “one of a kind”. So, hosting and doing stand-up comedy, you talk WITH the audience (in a way) and bring them into your world, and the same is with Caveman.IMG_6683Have you had any formal theatrical training and if so, where and under whose tutelage?
When you see the show, you’ll clearly realize that I have not had any formal acting training..haa haa. But working in comedy clubs and on busy TV or film sets can be the best training, esp. when you need to be able to improv a situation with “civilians” participating on stage.

What other projects have you been working on where we can see you?
I’ve been lucky enough to work on a variety of different projects recently. I just wrapped a film in Cancun that will be out in the Fall, called “The Duchess Of Cancun” (below shows Andrew working very hard on the beach in Cancun!) 10603475_1034453386622264_990104589620432725_nI’m currently appearing in the web-series “V Morgan Is Dead” for VerveGirlTV/Youtube (see sexy screen-cap below) and right before Caveman opens Feb 11th, I’ll have just wrapped the film “Spy House” as well as a 3 week stand-up tour of Ottawa/Kingston/Toronto clubs. FYI: during the run of “Defending the Caveman”, a show I hosted called “Made Up” will be airing on DisneyXD in the US.IMG_6567

DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN

Feb. 11 to 26th @ Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkley St, Toronto

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CHASE AWAY THE WINTER BLUES WITH FINE BELGIAN CHOCOLATE!

Dropped in to my fave chocolate shop today, De Meersman Belgian Chocolates, in the Holt Renfrew lower concourse mall at 60 Bloor St West, Toronto and I have to admit, I kinda indulged my sweet-tooth with some fine hand-made Belgian chockies. Yummmmmm!20160112_120647Owners Guido De Meersman and his lovely wife Kay have been fattening me up for years now – in fact, I’m sure all the money I’ve spent in the store must have paid out their home mortgage by now…LOL. Their retail space is bright and welcoming and showcases a number of specialty brands like Neuhaus and Maxim’s de Paris, as well as their own line of fine handcrafted truffles and bonbons. As Guido says…”In Belgium, chocolate is a staple, not a luxury” and I’ve made a point to adopt that philosophy here in Toronto.20160112_120537 20160112_120619I ran into Al Matanovic of Jelly Studio who designed all their posters and signage. Here’s Al doing his best Vanna White impression showing me the new Uddenberg Premium Hot Chocolate also available at De Meersman’s.20160112_120518Al introduced me to the exclusive line of Christmas chocolates he helped create for Liona Boyd, Canada’s pre-eminent award-winning classical guitarist (see below). There are still a few gift boxes available so hurry on down and grab a couple – they truly are “party in your mouth” delicious!!20160112_120637Ladies, tell your sweethearts to pick up one of these girlie-girlie gift packages for Valentine’s that are cuter than the usual red heart-shaped boxes (which they also carry for the V-day traditionalists).20160112_120452 20160112_120456De Meersman can ship direct to you, too, if you’re outside of the Yonge/Bloor neighbourhood (details on their website). So don’t take my word for it, drop in and see/taste why I consider De Meersman Belgian Chocolates the “Disneyland” for chocolate lovers and sweet gourmands. Located in Holt Renfrew concourse shops at the far western end of the mall. Say hi to Kay who is nearly always behind the counter (see, I caught her thru the window – below). 20160112_120746

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DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN

ALUMNAE THEATRE, 70 Berkeley Street, Toronto
Feb. 11-13, 18-20 & 25 -26, 2016
Show times: 8:00pm (doors open 7:30pm)
Ticket Prices: $16.51 to $37.71    Available online via: www.thecaveman.ca

Toronto-based theatrical promoter I Love It Productions brings DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN to Toronto’s historic ALUMNAE THEATRE for an initial run starting the Valentine’s weekend (Feb 11). Caveman is a worldwide theatre phenomenon that has won the hearts (and minds) of millions in over 45 countries and has been performed in more than 25 different languages. The 2001 winner of the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Entertainment is an “outrageously funny and surprisingly sweet exploration of the gender gap” (Chicago Sun Times) and has become “a comic phenomenon” (New York Times).
1012441_533852023429152_4774396142778391996_nDefending the Caveman is a hilariously insightful play about the ways men and women relate. It has both sexes roaring with laughter and recognition. Lots of affectionate nudging goes on during the performance as audience members recognize themselves in the stories being told on stage.  Since its debut on Broadway (1995), Defending the Caveman has sold over 2.5 million tickets and has played in over 100 cities in the US alone. Total ticket sales worldwide have exceeded 8 million!  Did you know: Defending the Caveman has also been recommended as a therapy session by marriage counselors?  “Absolutely brilliant! Caveman should be seen by anyone who wants to understand the opposite sex” – John Gray, PH.D. & author of “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus”.Andrew Chapman(2)Meet Our Caveman:  ANDREW CHAPMAN (above) is a Gemini and Canadian Screen Awards nominee, TV host and comedian.  His comedy has been heard on SiriusXM Radio and CBC’s Laugh Out Loud and has performed for the RCAF in Kuwait and Lithuania. Chapman has been seen as host of the Gemini Award nominated series Sci Q, as well as YTV’s Crunch and has been nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for his hosting duties on Extreme Babysitting.  Andrew currently hosts the traveling game show Cash Mob for CMT and soon will be seen hosting Made Up! on YTV and Disney XD. Currently he is featured in the web series V Morgan Is Dead on VerveGirlTV.com

Producer/Director: PAVLIK PRAVTCHEV, Founder of I Love It Productions, has extensive background in theatre production, TV and film industry. Graduated in 1989 in Sofia, Bulgaria, he created the first privately run theatre company in Sofia, amid all the State-owned companies. Pavlik has written 5 plays, directed over 15 plays as well as created, directed and produced four TV shows.  In this 2016 staging of Defending the Caveman, Pavlik incorporates two randomly chosen couples from the audience who join the Caveman on the stage and get involved in interactive role-playing, and spontaneous comedy ensues. The Caveman uses props, puppetry and imagination.12144710_533852033429151_98043124632265989_n

WHAT THE MEDIA HAS SAID ABOUT DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN….

“Outrageously funny! Caveman explores all of the things that make men and women fight, laugh and love. I could sense people falling and re-falling in love all around me.” ~ The Dallas Morning News

Defending The Caveman is so perceptive, so witty, so sweetly understanding, you can’t help feeling exhilarated!” ~ The Boston Globe

“The hilarity of Caveman – and it IS hilarious – comes from keenly observed detail, from truth. CAVEMAN makes us howl at ourselves, whether we’re male or female.”  ~ The Miami Herald

Caveman is a primal scream!” ~ The Toronto Star

Caveman ranges from howlingly funny to movingly tender.” ~ The Denver Post

Caveman is laugh-out-loud funny!” ~ The Sacramento Bee

Defending the Caveman goes straight to the funny bone. Its affection for women and its light-hearted defense of men makes Caveman a winner for both sexes.” ~ The Chicago Sun-Times

“Your face hurts from laughing so hard!” ~ The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Caveman is hysterically funny!” ~ Variety

DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN
ALUMNAE THEATRE, 70 Berkeley Street, Toronto
Feb. 11-13, 18-20 & 25 -26, 2016
Show times: 8:00pm (doors open 7:30pm)
Ticket Prices: $16.51 to $37.71  Available online via:  www.thecaveman.ca

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