JUNE 14 - JULY 13, 2022

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PORCHSIDE SONGS

The Musical Stage Company’s celebrated outdoor cabaret series returns summer 2022, bringing music into Toronto communities via street-facing front porches. Two dynamite musical duos will tour around the GTA, creating music in the streets and providing space for communities to gather safely.

Exploring The Musical Stage Company’s MARQUEE theme of ‘Turning Points’, each cabaret will feature personal stories of imagination, determination, and musical triumphs. Purchase an intimate concert for your friends and neighbours, and we’ll take care of the rest.

PORCHSIDE SONGS concerts are on sale now! Click here to purchase tickets to PORCHSIDE SONGS.

Credits

The Musical Stage Company presents PORCHSIDE SONGS

MIXED TAPE: THE MUSIC THAT CHANGED ME

Conceived and Performed by
Beau Dixon (he/him)

Conceived and Performed by
Kelly Holiff (she/her)

Cabaret Consultant
Thom Allison (he/they)

Raindate Performer
Haneul Yi (he/him)

BIG SONGS

Conceived and Performed by
Kevin Wong (he/him)

Performed by
Cailin Stadnyk (she/her)

Cabaret Consultant
Thom Allison (he/they)

Venue

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs

When do tickets go on sale? What is the cost of the concert?

Each concert is $425, with 100% of the concert fee going to the PORCHSIDE SONGS artists.

What is the schedule of the concert series?

Each PORCHSIDE SONGS concert has a unique schedule based on the availability of the performing artists. Please visit the calendar tab to see the performance dates available to book concerts.

What are the concert area zones?

Porchside Songs can be booked for Toronto residents only within the “M” postal code. Please see the map for reference.

Have a question about your venue location? Please email porchsidesongs@musicalstagecompany.com

What do I need to provide as a PORCHSIDE SONGS Host?
  • A 10 square feet space on private property for the performers, as outlined by Public Health.
  • One ground power source for The Musical Stage Company to plug a power cord into.

Our team will be in touch you directly, once a concert has been purchased, to outline your specific concert space.

What is the length of the concert?

Each concert is roughly 40 minutes in length, with no intermission.

Is the concert appropriate for children?

The concerts are recommended for all ages, parental guidance recommended. Select songs may include slight profanity and mature themes.

How is The Musical Stage Company ensuring the safety of the performers and audience ensuring the event adheres to social distancing protocol as outlined by Public Health?

The Musical Stage Company has been in touch directly with Toronto Public Health. We have established detailed plans to ensure the safety of performers and patrons.  Including but are not limited to:

  • A Stage Manager will be present at all concerts to ensure their smooth operation and for the safety of the artists and patrons.
  •  Strict safety guidelines will be established and maintained throughout all concerts.
  • A site visit will be arranged in advance of the concert to plan out a setup that maximizes social distancing. If the Stage Manager determines on the site visit that social distancing cannot be maintained between artists or between artists and audiences, the concert will be cancelled.
  • Patrons/Hosts will be contacted on the day of the concert to ensure no one in the host dwelling is feeling unwell. The concert will be postponed if anyone at the host dwelling is showing any symptoms of illness.
  • The Artists and Stage Manager will be contacted on the day of the concert to ensure no one is feeling unwell. The concert will be postponed if anyone is showing any symptoms of illness.
  • Physical distancing will be in full effect at all times. Audience distancing will be at minimum 6-feet squared from any singer.
  • The Stage Manager will be equipped with disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer at all times.

Have a question about our safety protocols? Please email porchsidesongs@musicalstagecompany.com.

What is the refund/cancellation policy?

All concert purchases are final. Concerts will be rescheduled to align to your schedule if you, or the performers, are feeling sick or unwell.

The Musical Stage Company will postpone a concert due to weather at 3 hours in advance of the concert. If the concert needs to be canceled for the selected date, The Musical Stage Company will contact the host 3 hours before the performance and provide alternative date options.

I have a question about PORCHSIDE SONGS or the performance schedule, who do I contact?

Show Calendar

TICKETS

PORCHSIDE SONGS concerts are on sale now! Click here to purchase tickets to PORCHSIDE SONGS.

CONCERT COST

  • Each concert is $425 (+ HST and ticketing fees)
  • 100% of the concert fee goes to the PORCHSIDE SONGS artists. 

CONCERT REQUIREMENTS

As a PORCHSIDE SONGS Host, you must provide 

  • A private property within the ‘M’ postal code
  • A ten (10) square foot space on your property for the performers (such as a front yard, driveway, backyard, or directly on your porch)
  • One (1) ground power source for The Musical Stage Company to plug a power cord into. 

We will conduct a site visit in advance of all concerts and can work with you to determine the best way to set up the concert for you & your guests.

Questions about tickets? Please contact Nick Fassbender (Events & Audiences Services Associate) at ticketing@musicalstagecompany.com.

MUSICAL CONCERTS

MIXED TAPE: THE MUSIC THAT CHANGED ME

What’s more nostalgic than a mixtape? Having graced stages and screens across Canada, Beau Dixon (Singer/Writer/Actor) and Kelly Holiff (Singer/Songwriter/Actor) take you on a journey through the musical songbook of their lives. They’ll whisk you away with stories about key moments that connect them deeply to a place, a song, or an artist. Full of musical quips and intimate stories, Kelly and Beau sing through the moments that changed and moved them. Kelly & Beau were last seen on stage together at The Musical Stage Company’s UnCovered: The Music of Dolly Parton.

BIG SONGS

Kevin Wong (Singer/Songwriter) and Cailin Stadnyk (Singer/Actor) join forces to bring you a musical tour-de-force. They perform a diverse and dazzling array of original songs by Kevin, taken from his repertoire of existing and upcoming musicals, and classic songs that influenced them growing up. Cailin, last seen and lauded in Toronto’s beloved production of COME FROM AWAYand Kevin, a two-time Playwrights Guild of Canada recipient, come together to sing the non-existent roof off the street in a concert that spans the gamut of musical theatre, pop, jazz, rock, and even a little bit of country.

ARTIST BIOS

MIXED TAPE: THE MUSIC THAT CHANGED ME

BEAU DIXON (he/him)

Beau is a self-taught, multi award-winning Actor, Composer, Playwright, Sound Designer and Music Director.

Selected theatre credits: GUYS ‘N’ DOLLS, HMS PINAFORE (Stratford Festival); GHOST QUARTET (Crow’s Theatre); THE COLOR PURPLE (Neptune Theatre); MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM (Soulpepper Theatre); PASSING STRANGE (Obsidian/ Musical Stage Co.); PORCHSIDE SONGS (2020). Selected writing credits: BLOOM: A ROCK ‘N’ ROLL FABLE (4th Line Theatre); BENEATH SPRINGHILL (Arts Club/ Festival Players). Selected musical direction; PIPPIN (Sheridan College); FREEDOM CABARET (Stratford Festival). Nominations and awards: Two Dora Mavor Moore Awards, Two Toronto Critics Awards, Calgary Critics Award, Betty Mitchell and Dora Mavor Moore nomination.

His music is available on itunes | www.beaudixon.com

KELLY HOLIFF (she/her)

Kelly is thrilled to be back with her Musical Stage family, performing in Mixed Tape! Kelly is a theatre, cabaret and concert performer based in Toronto.

Selected performance highlights include: touring with Colm Wilkinson as his special guest, opening for President Bush and President Clinton; and being a voice for The Heart and Stroke Foundation. Selected theatre credits include: UNCOVERED – 10 seasons! (The Musical Stage Company); Brooke in NOISES OFF (Mayfield); Captain Hook in PETER PAN (Neptune Theatre); Aldonza/Dulcinea in MAN OF LA MANCHA (Drayton); Ursula in LITTLE MERMAID (Drayton); TAKING THE A TRAIN (Soulpepper); ANNE OF GREEN GABLES (Charlottetown); and KNISHES AND GRITS (Harold Green Jewish Theatre).

HANEUL YI (he/him)
RAIN DATE PERFORMER

Haneul is a multi-instrumentalist, actor-musician, and music director and a graduate of the Bachelor of Musical Theatre Performance program at Sheridan. Recent credits include the Charlottetown Festival Young Company, SPRING AWAKENING (Sheridan), and First Drafts (Sheridan). He is thrilled to be working alongside wonderful performers and fellow MDs.

BIG SONGS

CAILIN STADNYK (she/her)

Most recently seen in the hit musical COME FROM AWAY (Mirvish/Junkyard Dogs), Cailin is thrilled to team up with Kevin and make her Musical Stage Company debut with PORCHSIDE SONGS 2022.

For over two decades, she has worked for many of the country’s top theatres. A few notable roles include Donna in MAMMA MIA! (Theatre Aquarius/WCT); Mary Poppins in MARY POPPINS (WCT/Persephone); Fantine in LES MISERABLES (WCT); Grizabella in CATS (Theatre Calgary); Lina Lamont in SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (Arts Club); Audrey in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Persephone); Justine in THE LOVE LIST (Playhouse); Sally Bowles in CABARET (Showcase Festival); The Blondes in GUNMETAL BLUES (Globe); and Fanny Brice in FUNNY GIRL (Arts Club, Ovation Award winner).

Visit www.cailinstadnyk.com and Instagram @cailinstadnyk for more fun info!

KEVIN WONG (he/him)

Kevin Wong is a composer-lyricist, singer/musician, and dramaturg.

His musicals include: RECURRING JOHN A SONG CYCLE; STAR!(VING): A COLLECTION OF SONGS; POLLY PEEL (with Julie Tepperman); OUT OF STOCK; DRAMA 101 (with Steven Gallagher); and IN REAL LIFE (with Nick Green).

Kevin streams online concerts  three times a week on the streaming service Twitch (twitch.tv/kevinywong). He is a member of the vocal group Asian Riffing Trio (with Chris Tsujiuchi and Colin Asuncion), is currently part-time faculty at Sheridan College, and is a two-time Playwrights Guild of Canada Award recipient.

HEALTH & SAFETY

PORCHSIDE SONGS will follow Toronto Public Health Guidelines and will remain in accordance with Ontario Public Health Guidelines and Ontario’s Framework for COVID-19. 

  • All Musical Stage Company personnel and Artists will be masked at all times. Performing artists may remove their masks while singing. 
  • A Distance of 6ft will separate the audience members from the artists during the performance
  • Gathering sizes will be in accordance with current Public Health Guidelines 

Upon booking a concert, hosts will receive our COVID-19 Health & Safety Policy to review before our team conducts a site visit of your concert location.

Have a question about PORCHSIDE SONGS? Contact us at porchsidesongs@musicalstagecompany.com

 

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