Sunday, December 4, 2011

Cigarettes For Christmas



Here is a music video I made last December; it's been wandering around online since the spring but this is the first time I've put it on my website and YouTube channel.

Trixie Dixon is the main character from my musical 'Daughter of the Dust' and here is one of her holiday hits, just in time for Christmas. If you haven't seen it yet, take a drag.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Trixie Dixon to sing at Steers & Queers


There's a great event held at the Dakota Tavern called Steers & Queers, which is a gay country and western themed party. I was invited to perform a few songs this month as Trixie Dixon, my character from the musical Daughter of the Dust.

It's happening this Thursday, November 10th (all the info is here). it should be a lot of fun; local theatre scene darlings Johnnie Walker and Morgan Norwich are hosting as rival Reba McEntire impersonators just to give you an idea about the type of night it's going to be. Grab some western gear and come on down.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

'Daughter' Review and Post-Show Breakdown

Thank you to everyone who came out to our musical 'Daughter of the Dust' at the end of August in Toronto. It couldn't have gone any better as far as I'm concerned; half of our performances were sold out and we played to enthusiastic audiences each night.

Keep in mind we organized a short run because it was a workshop production of the show, the team and I will be remounting it in 2012 and we'll try to make it even bigger and better.

We were reviewed by Mooney on Theatre, a respected and prolific theatre blog in Toronto, who called our show a "country music masterpiece" and said that "it deserves to be seen by a lot of people". You can check out the entire in depth write-up here.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Daughter Poster

Take a look, you may see it around town...

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Daughter of the Dust - Coming Soon

So...First off I want to thank everyone who came out to support 'The Bright Idea' at the 2011 Fringe festival, it was a great success and it's all due to your patronage and good word of mouth.

Next up...there's a stage musical I've been working on for a while (I'm writing and appearing in it), and our first production of it is in rehearsals right now. It's called 'Daughter of the Dust', it's a drag/country musical, and yes, that's me in the photo.

It goes up in Toronto from August 24th to 29th at the Bread & Circus (in Kensington Market.) Check out the facebook page for more information...I'll post some more content from the show here soon.

Friday, June 17, 2011

The Bright Idea 2011 Poster

;-)

Monday, June 6, 2011

The Bright Idea - FringeKids 2011

I'm directing a kids play called The Bright Idea for the 2011 Fringe Festival in Toronto, the first one since the Blue Velvet Shadowcast in 2009 (which was not for children so much.)

The story is about two sisters, one young and one a bit older, who are visited by a shadowman one night when they are making shadow puppets on the wall. His name is Sean and he wants to go back to Shadowland; the two girls are tasked with helping him get home. There's definitely a touch of The Wizard Of Oz running through the production.

The witty script is by Jillian Larkin (who is also in the cast.) We also have Aidan Black-Allen as the the older sister (from Lick Her), Kelly Preeper as the younger sister (children's theatre veteran and comedienne) and Kris Kadas as the shadow (from the Blue Velvet and Jurassic Park Shadowcast.)

Our facebook event page is online, and I'm posting some behind the scenes shots here from one of our recent rehearsals in a park (without costumes or make-up.)

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids.

Showtimes:
Thurs. July 7th @ 5:45pm
Fri. July 8th @ 8pm
Sat. July 9th @ 2:30pm
Mon. July 11th @ 1:15pm
Wed. July 13th @ 6:15pm
Thurs. July 14th @ 4pm
Sat. July 16th @ 1pm
Sun. July 17th @ 7pm


Monday, March 28, 2011

Toronto Underground Cinema 'Hootenanny' Photos

I was asked to photograph a variety show event at the TUC this past Saturday, organized by my friend and 'Blue Velvet' collaborator Kris Kadas. Twas happening.

Nathan Jesionka, lead vocalist of The Commandeers.

Singer from Hollow Grams.

Friday, March 18, 2011

New Photo: Christie Pits, edge of Spring

I was in Christie Pits with my pal Helen Kotsonis earlier in the week...it's nearly Spring, they tell me.

The photo looks a bit like it was taken on a fall day in the country, but it was noon and under the melted snow bit of Autumn colour was left behind.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

My father, then & NOW

My father on the cover of Now magazine, October 1981. Sitting in the seats of the Bloor Cinema balcony, hilariously enough.

I wonder if my keychain commercial was playing there that day...?

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Commercial Appeal

This is a commercial I made for the Bloor Cinema in the summer. As of January 2011 the cinema has been presenting it before regular screenings, to sell a unique keychain the owner of the theatre invented.

It's exciting that it's playing every night to new diverse crowds, and my spies in the theatre tell me that it's been getting a good reception there. For the curious the keychains cost two dollars (Canadian) at the Bloor and yes, they're quite useful. I've had one for years.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Years 2011

Here's to a new, exciting year of our lives

All my love
RRRobin