Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Montreal this week as they come to terms with the devastating trade of P.K. Subban to the Nashville Predators.
But as we process our grief, shock, and anger this July 1 weekend we must remember to also celebrate our country for all its good. Celebrate the fact that our Prime Minister has never even hinted at building a wall and, more importantly, that he is a real treat to look at. Celebrate the fact that Quebecers always voted no in referendums, celebrate the fact that we have poutine and sugar pie and Nanaimo bars, that we welcome, embrace, and celebrate all cultures, and, of course, that we are home to some fantastic theatre.
- In Montreal, because P.K. is true delight of a human being, he is honouring his commitment and will take the stage to host his very own Just for Laughs gala on August 1
- In Vancouver, movie-lovers are in for a treat with Vancouver TheatreSports League’s hilarious new improvised show The Big Picture: An Improvised Movie
- In Halifax, Unconscious at the Sistine Chapel uses technology a year and a half in the making to project Michelangelo’s masterpiece on the ceiling and walls
- In Iqaluit, the Alianait Arts Festival, Nunavut’s largest music and arts festival, returns for its twelfth season
- In Calgary, the Major Matt Mason Collective, together with Ghost River Theatre, workshop a new telling of the Red Riding Hood tale, one that explores rape culture and assault and opens up the conversation of consent
In other areas of the world…
- The New York Music Festival is back for its twelfth season, premiering and presenting dozens of new musicals, readings, and concerts. Zachary Stewart for TheatreMania chooses his top five songs from the 2016 musical lineup
- Iris Weiner writes a great piece for Playbill about domestic violence in Broadway productions, an issue that took centre stage in three of this past season’s biggest hits
- The Hollywood Fringe recently came to a close, but the flyers—art in themselves—can still be enjoyed. This Stage Magazine piece gives us some of the best
- The Donmar Warehouse in London announces its autumn lineup
 For you theatre geeks, this is a hockey reference.