Monthly Archives: August 2012

The Fringe Issue – August 2012



Have you ever read a book, watched a movie, listened to a CD or a live band and upon realizing it was almost done, tried to will it to go on just a little bit longer?  That is exactly how I felt after listening to a compilation of Melting Pot’s music and even more so each time I see them play live.  With their cool, vibrant, slick addictive sounds, wicked guitar riffs and clever lyrics, Melting Pot is a hot Toronto commodity.

Their bio only touches on what this bands sound is, “On a good day Melting Pot tries their best to blend Otis Redding & Booker T & The MG’s with Led Zeppelin…in the process taking a little bit of country, pop, rock, soul, blues, r&b and then throwing it all at the wall to see what sticks.” Melting Pot is more than that, and the name of the band captions exactly what their sound is, a very large melting pot of all the best parts of each type of music genre.  It’s almost as if one morning Nelson Sobral woke up and realized what the world needed was a style of music that had a touch of Pollack. Many artists would have failed at the attempt to blend these many styles together, Melting Pot succeeds with a powerful sound that reverbs loudly why are they are such a popular band.

Songs to check out from Melting Pot, Slippin’, Love You Loving Me, It’ll Be Alright, Jebediah, What You Need, The Light and Somewhere In This Debris.  Their catalogue is a fair size.  These are a fine sampling of the amazing music this band has to offer and can be purchased on iTUNES ( ). You can find out more about Melting Pot by checking out their website or better yet, join their Facebook page

THE FRINGE EDITION by Cate McKim (click title links for full article)

Rowdy rollicking good times & a pint – The Taming of the Shrew

There’s nothing like having a pint with your Shakespeare – and the Victory Café was a great venue for the Shakespeare BASH’d production of The Taming of the Shrew. I caught the closing night of their Fringe run last night – and it was some big loud raucous fun.

A magical, joyful celebration of souls – Soulo

Back at Toronto Fringe early last night to catch the closing performance of Soulo at the Robert Gill Theatre.

Conceived and directed by Tracey Erin Smith (doing double duty this Fringe with her own show Snug Harbor), and inspired by Dan Savage’s “It Gets Better” campaign, Soulo features three solo performances – all developed at Smith’s SoulOTheatre workshops, where participants learn to mine their own lives to create a theatre piece.

It’s not easy being a smart comedy fan – Fake News Fangirl

When I went to see the late-show performance of Fake News Fangirl at the Theatre Passe Muraille (TPM) Backspace last night, I was expecting to see a dark comedy about a fictitious crazed fan. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Well, not about the comedy part at least.

Not your childhood princess story – The Princess of Porn

So I don’t normally need to do these here at life with more cowbell, but…

WARNING: This post contains adult language and content.

Okay, so now that you’ve been warned, here goes.

Vikki Velenosi’s play The Princess of Porn: The Musical, directed by Chelsea Ferrando, with “bow-chicka-wow-wow” (music?) by Adam Sakiyama and playing at the Randolph Theatre, is a tale of post-happily ever after, where some very recognizable princesses are finding themselves extremely disappointed and wondering what the heck they’re doing with their lives. All told in a decidedly sexy, adult content way. With song and dance numbers.

Dark comic hilarity as sibs plot to kill granny – Ways to Kill Ethyl

First trip out to Factory Theatre this Fringe for my visit to the mainspace last night for Grayson Moore’s Ways to Kill Ethyl. And what a trip it was!

Mind-bending the bad things – Help Yourself

Everybody lies and everybody cheats. Some of these actions are along the more benign points on the scale of good and bad as many of us understand it – and some of us use sliding scales to separate the white lies from the bold-faced ones, the minor incidents of cheating versus the criminal. Sorting out good from bad in a very grey area.

Flawed relationships & breast cancer in funny sweet romcom – Mum & the Big C

Tonight’s Fringe adventure took Lizzie and I to the Randolph Theatre, where we bumped into Philip and Darren from The Judy Monologues – like us, there to see Lynne Kamm’s Mum and the Big C.

Sweet & hilarious romcom-flavoured journey – One Night

Fringe adventures began this afternoon at the George Ignatieff Theatre (GIT) when I met up with pals Kat, Lizzie, Janis, Laurie and playwright Brandon Pitts to see One Night  – co-written by Pitts and actor Angela Brown.

Big mind-bending absurd fun – Then He Wakes Up

Did some late night Fringing this evening and caught Twisted Chaos Productions’ performance of Then He Wakes Up at the Theatre Passe Muraille (TPM) Mainspace.

A brave & beautiful hero’s journey – snug harbor

I fell in love with Tracey Erin Smith’s work when I saw her one-woman show The Burning Bush, and the sequel Two in the Bush, at Toronto Fringe several years ago, and had the pleasure of participating in one of her weekend-long solo show workshop intensives. So it was very exciting to see that she had a one-woman show at the Fringe this year: snug harbor, directed by Anita La Selva and running at site-specific venue The Centre (316 Dupont St.). And she performed to a sold-out house tonight.

Charming & poignant musical – Life in the Raw

While working with her at Alumnae Theatre, I remember Barbara Larose talking about family stories and memories, passed along via word-of-mouth by aunts and her mother, and how it would make a great play.

The Judy Monologues – simply fabulous!

While Judy Garland was not my first love at the movies (that distinction goes to Ms. Julie Andrews), she certainly figured prominently in my love of movies and music. The Wizard of Oz and Meet Me in St. Louis were early favourites – then A Star Is Born. From “Over the Rainbow” to “The Man That Got Away.” And I have “Judy at Carnegie Hall” in my CD collection.

Art & inspiration in Piecing Together Pauline

For my first show at this year’s Toronto Fringe, I had the pleasure of seeing the opening night of Piecing Together Pauline at the Tarragon Theatre Mainspace with my good friend Lizzie Violet. The play is a historical drama about the life of 19th century opera singer Pauline Garcia Viardot, who was the younger sister of opera star Maria Malibran and the muse of novelist Ivan Turgenev. The writing team and cast feature well-known Fringe vets: co-writers Chris Coccoluzzi (who also directed) and Roxanne Deans, and a fine ensemble of actors, including Bil Antoniou, Tara Baxendale, Rob Candy, Stephen Flett, Damien Gulde, Elva Mai Hoover, Chris Irving, Alex Karolyi, Scott McCulloch, Shannon Shura, Brenda Somers, Steve Switzman, Blake Thorne and Kristen Zaza.