Over 100 Artists Expected to Perform at Lab Cab Festival in Parkdale!

July 22, 2013

The Lab Cab Festival moves to Parkdale!!! 

After six years at the Factory Theatre, the Lab Cab Festival is spreading its wings and flying into Parkdale! Short works of music, dance, theatre, film, poetry, kids stuff, clown, visual art and comedy will be showcased in the restaurants, hair salons, clothing stores, cafes, bars, flower shops, parks, antique stores, community centres, laundromats and parking lots of the historic and diverse neighbourhood of Parkdale. All for free! “We wanted to grow Lab Cab in order to curate more artists and engage more audiences. Parkdale’ s cultural and financial diversity inspires us. Bringing Lab Cab into the stores, businesses and community centres in the area unifies the neighbourhood and gives more people access to art and creation.”

-Aviva Armour-Ostroff, Artistic Director

Beginning at noon on Queen St. West near Roncesvalles Ave. and moving east toward Dufferin St. throughout the day, over one hundred performance groups from various artistic disciplines present work between 5 and 30 minutes. Choose between a ten minute dance piece in West End Comics, twenty minutes of live music in the Sun Fa restaurant or a fifteen minute stand up routine in Shawn Skeir Gallery…there is something for everyone and at least five performances to choose from at one time. Performers range from age sixteen to seventy, from the newly emerged to the well established. Lab Cab starts each day with a FREE PANCAKE BREAKFAST from 12 – 12:30 outside Hideaway Antiques. There are performances and activities for kids of all ages. Nannies on Call partner with Lab Cab to provide FREE CHILD CARE for parents seeking a more mature artistic experience. As Lab Cab promotes community building as well as arts awareness, businesses along Queen Street West in Parkdale will be having sidewalk sales and selling food outside their businesses. Support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation has allowed for a new initiative of free artist led workshops. People can sign up on the day to make puppets (Dutch Uncle Puppetry), create a clown character (Helen Donnelly), learn the Singkill fan dance (Catherine Hernandez), make jewellery (Michelene Sutherland) and kids can create a piece of visual art (Shirin Divanbegi). All are welcome to contribute to the mural being created by graffiti artist Gloria “Fiya” Monreal. Please refer to our website for a full schedule and program. www.labcab.ca Lab Cab Festival: Parkdale is a multi-disciplinary event, engaging over one hundred artists from seven artistic genres. Participants include: THEATRE: Shadowland, Christian Lloyd, Natalie Kulesza, Raoul Bhaneja, Brooke Banning, Clinton Walker, FIXT POINT, Katherine Lanteigne, Making Room & Farah Merani, Michael Rubenfeld & Sarah Garton Stanley, Amy Lee Lavoie, Camille Stubel, Jessica Moss, Laura Nanni, Marilo Nunez, Michelle Polak, Morgan Norwich & Johnnie Walker, Severn Thompson, Sashoya and Derek Kwan
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LITERARY: Daniela Saioni, Maria Meindl, Verne Good, Andrea Villanueva, Lisa Young, Jeremy Hanson-Finger, Jenna Turk, Nicholas Sgouros, Shari Kasman and Sarah Sheard & David Bolt DANCE: Caroline Niklas-Gordon, Daniella Beltrami, Barb Lindenberg, Dark Dance, Gadfly, Kristy Kennedy, Meagan O'Shea, Triana Project Cuadro Flamenco, Lee Pham and Toni Ellwand FILM: Arturo Perez Torres & Saylor Perez Haynes, Azza El Siddique, Bruce Hunter, Joe Pingue, Melissa D'Agostino & Matt Campagna, Teresa Pavlinek & Shoshana Sperling, Tricia Collins and Rob King VISUAL ART: Shawn Skeir, Edie Inksetter, Allegra Fulton, Re-Imagining Dementia Through the Arts, Julie Campagna, Johnny Spiff, Corinna Schnitt, Tyde and PARC knits. COMEDY/CLOWN: Mackenzie Muldoon, Annie Bradley, Asiansploitation, Greg Thomas, Carolyn Bennett, Joanne O'Sullivan & Christy Bruce, Kevin Dowse, Lindy Zucker and Amy Matisyo & Dina Pino. MUSIC: Andrea Hatala, Bob Wiseman, Danny Simmons, Diem Lafortune, Emma Phillips, Heniz Klien, Jayli Wolf, John and Wally, Kaïa Kater, Karrnnel Sawitsky, Kim Jarrett, Kristin Cavoukian, Local 164, Patrick Brealey, Steven McCarthy & Jason O’Brien, The Gypsy Rebels, Treva, Urvah Khan, Kim Lee, Beams, Kalsang Doma, Domanique Grant and Victoria Carr STUFF FOR KIDS: Heather Mazhar (music), Yolanda Yott (puppets), Stevie Jay (clown), Andrew Larsen (reading), Leah Salomaa Family Music (music), Winston Spear (dance), Space Chums (music), Laylah Jane (kids dance party) and Sing Along Tim and the Pacifiers (music)

Lab Cab Festival: Parkdale

Saturday, July 27th  and Sunday July 28th, 2013


Admission: FREE!

Beginning in venues closest to Roncesvalles Ave, moving east on Queen St. and ending at Dufferin St. by 6pm 

Full schedule and program available online and onsite.


Media Contact: Aviva Armour-Ostroff aviva@labcab.ca 416-629-8609 The Lab Cab Festival is supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Toronto Arts Council, Canadian Heritage and the Parkdale Village BIA.