Tuesday, May 15, 2012

News Roundup, May 15, 2012

Ex Machina's La Caserne (photo:
Isabelle-Ann Charlebois)
Toronto: Leonard Cohen has accepted the Glenn Gould Prize but has ceded its $50,000 purse to the Canada Council, CP reported. The award, says the Glenn Gould Foundation who attributes it, is "a world symbol of excellence that elevates the work and disciplines of the creative individuals to whom it is awarded."

Boston: Ex Machina's Andersen Project has received two nominations for the Elliot Norton (Theatre) Awards - outstanding solo performance for Yves Jacques, and outstanding design (large theatre). The Awards will be handed out May 21. (Source)

Montreal: Performances by French comic Dieudonné, which were to be presented at the Corona Theatre this week, have been cancelled due to, says the theatre, "contractual conflicts". The comic has been the centre of many controversies (in his act he is a Holocaust denier and praises Hitler), and his shows have been picketed several times. CBC reports that the cancellation followed complaints by Jewish groups expressing concern about the material to Evenko, the show's booker.

Toronto: The Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT) has named Centaur Theatre general manager Chuck Childs winner of the Mallory Gilbert Leadership Award. The prize comes with a $5000 purse of which $1000 is allotted to a protégé chosen by the winner, in this case Adèle Benoit, general manager at Black Theatre Workshop.

Ottawa: The Gladstone Theatre has announced its 2012-13 lineup made up of productions from SevenThirty, Plosive and Bear and Co. Among the shows are Stones in His Pockets, November, Dr. Horrible, Billy Bishop Goes to War, Absurd Person Singular and The Taming of the Shrew. (Website)

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