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Category: Praxis Theatre party

June 30, 2012, by

A couple of guests who passed out early - Image by Aislinn Rose

Recently we held a fundraiser at the home of one of our generous donors, Irfhan Rawji, and we’d like to take a moment to offer thanks. We had an amazing line-up of artists and performers from our community, and want to thank everyone who attended, volunteered, created art, played music, or sent us good tidings.

When we began planning our fundraiser, we also set up an IndieGoGo page for people who wished to contribute but couldn’t attend. That campaign ends at 11:59pm on Tuesday, July 3rd.


We are currently preparing for a national tour of the award-winning You Should Have Stayed Home, but we’re also looking for help from our readers with our less obvious activities: with your assistance, Praxis Theatre will be able to continue the work we do with, as well as our performative experiments with social media and live audiences.

These projects take time and resources, your donation will allow us to have the tools and the time we need to continue with this experimentation.

Fundraiser gallery images by Dennis Hanagan unless credited otherwise.

June 8, 2012, by


The hands of live artists Lorena Torres during Aluna Theatre's critically acclaimed Nohayquiensepa

Video artist Lorena Torres will be creating live projected imagery throughout the evening.


As guests arrive they’ll be greeted by the steel-string folk & blues stylings of Praxis friend Ian Rennie. Later in the evening, Local 164, made up of Gordan Bolan, Jenny Young, Jason O’Brien and Dave Chan, will play from their set of Americana/Roots songs. You can also check them out at the Evergreen Brickworks on the June 16th.


Tommy Taylor - You Should Have Stayed Home

Tommy Taylor will be on hand to perform a short piece from our award-winning SummerWorks hit, You Should Have Stayed Home, co-produced by The Original Norwegian.


This is just a selection of some of the gourmet morsels we’ll be serving


Salmon tartar

with dill, lemon zest, and chives, garnished with yoghurt cream and served on a beet root chip.


with red chili, shallots, mango, cilantro, and citrus juice, served on a plantain chip.

Watermelon, feta, and mint bite

Watermelon cubes stuffed with fresh mint and feta salad.

Wine provided by Reif Estate Winery

Zucchini Latkes

Garnished with yoghurt cream and fresh peas

Praxis Gourmet Sliders

1. Fresh all beef patty with roasted tomato jam, homemade garlic pickles, radicchio

2 Fresh pork sausage patty with orange marmalade mustard and grape salsa

3. Mushroom, sweet onion aioli, aged cheddar

Coconut lime ice cream


Mini meringue cups filled with orange and rhubarb compote garnished with whipped cream and toasted almonds

Assorted ice cream and sorbets

1. Coconut lime ice cream garnished with toasted coconut

2. Strawberry ice cream with graham cracker and pecan streusel

We hope you can make the party. If you are unavailable to attend, donations of any size will be gratefully accepted at:


When: Monday, June 11th – 6:30pm
Where: 358 Wellesley St. East
How much: $75 (but ask us about our artist rate)
How to reserve:

Hope You Can Make It

May 24, 2012, by

Tantalize your taste buds with the seasonal flavours of June

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Praxis hors d’oeuvre including spring leeks, fiddle-heads, squa­­­sh blossoms, wild arugula, cherries, peaches and more!

You are invited to celebrate with an evening of cuisine and art at the Praxis Summer Party on Monday June 11th at 6:30pm.

Hosted by donors Christine Armstrong and Irfhan Rawji at 358 Wellesley St. East, your ticket includes an open bar stocked with local wines and beer, a seasonal menu of locally created cuisine, Praxis performers, live art, music and more. Tickets are $75 and all food and drinks are included.

Tania McCartney prepares the open bar

We appreciate your already generous support of Praxis Theatre. The past year has been an important period in our development. Jesus Chrysler at Theatre Passe Muraille was our first production in association with an established theatre venue and the first time we have engaged all of our artists under the Canadian Theatre Agreement.

Our award-winning production of You Should Have Stayed Home at the SummerWorks Festival generated significant interest from a number of theatre companies and organizations and has already been invited to be presented as far away as the Yukon. The process of building a national tour of Tommy’s G20 story is well underway.

We will also continue with the development of our Dungeons & Dragons experiment, which launched at the Toronto Fringe Festival and combined interactive performance, twitter, and live drawing and live sound and video design by some of Toronto’s most established theatre artists.

In 2011, there was hardly a theatre company more vocal, inventive, and relevant than Praxis. From discussions about the new Culture Plan, to funding cuts, to the arts under the Ford administration, to the federal funding issues with the 2011 SummerWorks Festival, Praxis’s online presence made sure that the word was spread … as quickly and thoroughly as possible. Not to mention the fact that their shows… demonstrated creativity and political awareness that few others matched.”

Simon, Michael and Aislinn

We hope you can make the party. If you are unavailable to attend, donations of any size will be gratefully accepted at:

Yours Sincerely,

Michael, Aislinn & Simon

November 2, 2011, by
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We are two days away from Praxis Theatre Occupies Bay Street, a fundraising party to support Jesus Chrysler, our new play by Native Earth Artistic Director Tara Beagan about two of Toronto’s original social justice arts activists.

Our 1930s-themed, open-bar, live art, performance and music soiree is shaping up to be the most memorable Praxis Party so far. Email to reserve your sliding scale $50-$75 ticket today while they are still available.

761 Bay Street on Friday November 4th from 6:30pm to 10pm.

Who wants to hit the open bar with Jim Watts? Photo by Will O'Hare

Artwork created on the spot to be auctioned off by:

Paul ‘SnowyOwl‘ Aloisi

Adrian ‘Sawtay‘ Hayles

Shira ‘Your Process is Showing‘ Leuchter

October 24, 2011, by
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Margaret Evans (r) Plays Jim Watts, Aviva Armour-Ostroff (l) plays Dorothy Livesay in Jesus Chrysler. Photo by Will O’Hare

On Friday November 4th, Praxis Theatre is throwing a 1930s-themed party on Bay Street in the lead up to our premiere of Jesus Chrysler by Tara Beagan at Theatre Passe Muraille. We may have booked the location long ago, but in the spirit of our play, and the recent emergence of The Occupy Movement we’re going with: Praxis Theatre Occupies Bay Street.

Our last party at the same location was a big hit.

This fundraising soirée, full of gourmet food and drink alongside art, performances, and 1930s inspired music by local artists will take place in a gorgeous reception room located at 761 Bay Street on Friday November 4th from 6:30pm to 10pm.

Tickets are available on a sliding scale of $50-$75 depending on what part of the 99% you are a part of. (Don’t worry, we welcome the 1% as well – and perhaps you’d like to donate to Occupy Toronto.) This is an all-inclusive ticket, and you’ll be provided with a charitable receipt for the price of your ticket minus the value of food and drink ($25). To reserve, please email us at

More information on the fundraiser and other options for making a donation to Jesus Chrysler can be found here on the facebook event, and information on Jesus Chrysler and purchasing tickets can be found here on the Theatre Passe Muraille website.

Click here to go straight to Theatre Passe Muraille’s Canada Helps page.

Hope to see you November 4th!

July 15, 2010, by

duke of york pics

Previous Praxis parties have been full of interesting people and occasionally Artistic Directors impersonating each other with unconvincing disguises. Doors at 6:30, first set by the band around 8, we’re there till midnight.

Everything you need to know is here

July 13, 2010, by

Freeman Dre and The Kitchen Party play Praxis @ Press Club this Thursday

July 7, 2010, by
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Live tunes, original artwork, sweet patio - good times await at The Press Club next Thursday  July 15

Live tunes, original artwork, sweet patio - good times await at The Press Club on Thursday July 15

Hey remember how much fun it is when Praxis throws a party? No? Refresh your memory with these pics here and here.

This year there are perfromances by Freeman Dre and The Kitchen Party, complete with work by visual artist Andrew Shay Hahn in an event called PRAXIS @ PRESS CLUB.

We’d love to see you there so open up your iCal, or get out your Daytimer, or whatever it is that you do when you decide to go to a place at a certain time – and write us in.  We’ll be there from right after work, till late in the night.

All proceeds go to the ongoing development of Section 98. Exciting new details to be released on this show soon!

Everything you need to know:

Date: Thursday, July 15, 2010 at 6:30pm to Midnight
Tickets: $10 @ door
Location: The Press Club. 850 Dundas Street West, Toronto.
Music by: Freeman Dre and The Kitchen Party MySpace Page
Visual Art by: Andrew Shay Hahn’s Website
Facebook: Event Page

July 22, 2009, by

Praxis Party

Our last such party packed the Duke of York. This time we're taking all of our non-acts to The Cobourg.

Praxis Theatre heads to The Cobourg for a night of good tunes, friendly company, access to reasonably priced alcohol, and celebration!

533 Parliament Street
8pm to 1am
$10 @ le door

No variety acts. No acts whatsoever!

Come have a drink with us and celebrate the ridiculous summer schedule that only Praxis would be brave/insane enough to take on.

2 new Canadian works, 2 casts, 2 directors, 2 stage managers, 2 design teams.


Our production of Tim Buck 2 @ Toronto Fringe was a huge success.

Our production of Underneath @ Summerworks is fast approaching.

All powered by local artists leveraging their labour to get new original works off the ground.

Stop by for a drink, or stay for the evening. We’d love to see you there!

February 15, 2008, by

Please join us for a
Praxis Theatre fundraising party

This Saturday, February 16.
At the Lower Ossington Theatre.
100A Ossington Ave. Toronto.

DJ. Silent auction. Raffle. Alcohol.
Surprises. $10 at the door. 9pm – 2am.
We are trying to raise money for our
upcoming production of Stranger.

We love you. Please come.

All are welcome.
Click here for directions.