MON SEPT 4
9PM : THERE’S SOMETHING FUNNY GOING ON BLUE DOG AJAR MIC
The long running weekly stand up show “There’s Something Funny Going on at Blue Dog” is joining forces with Ladyfest to combine local lady power with fresh faces on the same stage. Limited spots available for new comics to schmooze, laugh, and test their grits with the funniest females in town. One love, no jerks! Newcomers: **THIS AJAR MIC IS FULL!** Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign-up for future opportunities to try stand-up with the Ladyfest gang!
Featuring: Shirley Whalen (MTL), Erica Taddeo (MTL), Kirsten Finch (MTL), Sara Quinn (MTL), Dawn Ford (MTL), Laura Buchanan (MTL), Rena Taylor (MT), Lauren DeRoller (MTL), Emma Overton (MTL), Tina Mintz (MTL) & Sehar Manji (MTL)
Hosted by Emma Wilkie
This show is PWYC
TUES SEPT 5
STUDIO BÉLUGA E(É)S VISUAL ART EXPOSITION VERNISSAGE @ THÉÂTRE SAINTE-CATHERINE CAFÉ-BAR.
A dozen young women from Montreal’s visual arts community – all from various fields : tattooing, street art, embroidery, etc. – gather together to offer the fruit of their creativity.
The mandate of E(É)S was to have women react visually to original poetic texts. They were given complete freedom of interpretation. Each illustrator was first called upon to represent a text personally attributed to them. They then interpreted a second and common text, depicting the various perspectives possible from a same and single point of departure.
Wishing to generate a dialogue between writing and drawing, the É(E)S project aims to pay tribute to the power of creative feminine association as well as to the potential of genre hybridization.
LA BELLE IMPROV LADYFEST EDITION @ COMEDYWORKS
For it’s 1-year anniversary edition, La Belle Improv joins Ladyfest!
La Belle Improv is a bi-weekly improv show happening every other Tuesday at the Comedyworks. It presents a brand new line up of troupes performing various forms of improv every other week to showcase Montreal’s diverse improv talent.
~JOHNNY WILKINSON~ (Kate Bradley, Kyla Margaret)
~LADYFEST IMPROV ENSEMBLE~
(Ashley Araneta, Laura Buchanan, Anna Bunce, Kadi Diop, Nicky Fournier, Carmen Rose, Monika Schneider)
~DIAMOND PIÑATA~ (Ottawa)
Chelsea Fahey, Val Perelshtein
(Dominique Blain, Britt Dash, Ariel De Roo, Inga Knoth, Mariana Vial)
(Sandi Armstrong, Heidi Lynn Weeks)
Hosted by: Martha Graham
STAND BACK @ NOTRE-DAME-DES-QUILLES
STAND BACK is a brand new, monthly, witchy feminist/LGBTQ+ comedy show! It was created to showcase the brightest, funniest performers in the city in an hour-long show that is designed to be joyful and fun for EVERYONE!
Travis Cannon (Montreal), D.J. Mausner (Montreal), Amanda McQueen (Montreal), Tatyana Olal (Montreal), Nancy Webb (Montreal)
Co-hosted by Rachel Gendron (Montreal) & Tranna Wintour (Montreal)
MONTRÉAL SKETCHFEST DOES LADYFEST @ THEATRE SAINTE-CATHERINE
Montreal & Toronto’s finest sketch troupes presenting a soirée of characters, beat-poetry and lots of other weird stuff! Sketch comedy at it’s finest. Hosted by Narnie the Narwhal!
LADYFEST STANDUP SHOWCASE
One of the flagship shows of Ladyfest, the Stand-Up Showcase is a spotlight on the most hilarious jokes coming from female and female-enthusiastic voices in Montreal, with a exciting out-of-town guest or two. From undiscovered rarities to acts with country-wide recognition, this showcase is a powerhouse of top-notch silliness guaranteed to have you flapping your fins and crying those good old laughter tears. Special appearance by Narnie the Narwhal!
Featuring: Just for Laugh’s Homegrown 2017 Winner D.J. Mausner (MTL), Nancy Webb (MTL), Karen Joy (OTT), Ashley Krawchenko (OTT), Heather Hurst (OTT), Rachel Gendron (MTL), Aliya Kanani (TOR) & Travis Cannon (MTL)
Hosted by Amanda McQueen (MTL)
VENDREDI LE 8 SEPTEMBRE
8PM LADYFEST PRÉSENTE: DROÊLLES
AYOYE on est tu chanceuses d’avoir des êtres humains aussi drôles dans la vie? Ladyfest Montreal est fière de mettre sur pied son premier spectacle de stand-up entièrement franco! DRÔELLES compte 8 humoristes et au moins neuf cent mille rires.
Si t’as une job ben LÂCHE-LA! Ta nouvelle carrière c’est être au Theatre Sainte Catherine Café-Bar vendredi le 8 septembre 2017 à 20h pour appuyer ces femmes hilarantes! Aimons de plein coeur et rions de pleine face.
FRI SEPT 8
8:30PM COLOUR OUTSIDE THE LINES @ MONTREAL IMPROV
An exciting new addition to Ladyfest, Colour Outside the Lines features an ensemble of improvisers from diverse backgrounds to create an incredible night of comedy! This month showcases a phenomenal female cast, with special guest performers from Montreal and Toronto! Come on out for an improv show inspired by stories of family, moving to new places, and blending traditions!
Hosted by Aliya Kanani (TO)
10PM THE CRIMSON WAVE @ THEATRE SAINTE-CATHERINE
SATURDAY SEPT 9
8PM JOKETOWN @ THEATRE SAINTE-CATHERINE
For the two years Joketown has run amok, most mayors using the town hall as if it had a revolving door and never staying longer than two terms in a row! Our current Queen, Deirdre Trudeau, has been good and benevolent (and most of all, very very funny). But her rule has been called into question- for it is too good to be true! The citizens of Joketown have begged- and we have listened. It is time to elect a new MATRIARCH. And what better candidates than our former mayor-ladies!
This Ladyfest some of the greatest artist-comedian-actors of Montreal have gathered to build the cast of Joketown, a short comedy show wherein these Pun Politicians™ will write, produce, and perform FIVE BRAND NEW COMEDIES in LESS THAN A WEEK to stake their claims for Queen of Joketown. Come exercise your democratic right to vote- the winner IS brought into power by audience applause after all
Featuring: Deirdre Trudeau, Tatyana Olal, Kelly Kay, Tracy Hurren, Sehar Manji, Lar Simms, Sandi Armstrong, Alex Brown, Martha Graham, Nicky Fournier, Alison Naturale, Erin Hall, Dana El-saleh, Laura Buchanan & Kate Lindner
10PM THE DOWNSTAIRS MIXUP @ THEATRE SAINT-CATHERINE
Do ya love me? Weirdness abounds, absurdity thrives, and audiences roar in this monthly show that is teaming up with Ladyfest to close down Saturday night with a bang.
The Downstairs Mix-Up is a show where comedians, improvisors, story-tellers and beyond are invited to share their talents in ways that they came up with maybe in a dream and that break down barriers of what can make people laugh! This is a full-on OPEN-CONCEPT comedy show. Poems? Short plays? Characters? Straight up absurdity? As long as it counts as funny, we are your (wo)man(s)!
SUN SEPT 10
2016 FESTIVAL LINE UP ::
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 12th, 9PM:
THERE’S SOMETHING FUNNY GOING ON AT BLUE DOG – LADYFEST takeover! hosted by Emma Wilkie!
Amanda McQueen (MTL)
Gina Granter (MTL)
Natalie Willett (MTL)
Erica Tadeo (MTL)
Melina Trimarchi (MTL)
Mariam Khan (MTL)
Jess Soloman (New York)
Karl Knox (MTL)
Eman (New York)
Produced by Emma Wilkie & Natalie Willett
Blue Dog Motel, 3958 Boul. St Laurent
PAY WHAT YOU CAN
Twitter – @TSFGO
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 14th, 8pm:
YARN; STORYTELLING FOR HUMANS – LADYFEST takeover!
True and fictional stories told live by some of the city’s brightest tale-slingers.
Produced by Britt Dash
Featuring stories from:
Le Cagibi, 5490 Boul. St Laurent
Tickets $8 at the door
MAIN EVENTS AT THEATRE SAINTE-CATHERINE
264 Sainte Catherine Street East
Liar Liar Show is a live storytelling game show where the audience votes to see which contestant’s fallacious yarn is most deceptive. Contestants are challenged to tell one story each round for a total of three rounds. Only one of the three contestants will be fibbing in every round. Using ballots, it’s up to the audience to discern who’s speaking from the heart and who’s full of it. The contestant who is most able to deceive the audience goes home with a prestigious prize such as hair wax or boxed macaroni & cheese.
Hosted by Sandi Armstrong
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 15th, 8PM:
LET’S GET SKETCHY!
Hosted by Narnie the Narwhal (AKA Lise Vigneault)!
Glorious Sketch Comedy.
Pickle Party (Montreal)
The O.C. (Toronto)
Dominant Wolf (Montreal/Toronto)
Amanda Xeller (New York)
Sucre à la Crème (MTL)
Lulu les Belles Mirettes (MTL)
Bibi Lolo Bang Bang (MTL)
Elle Diablo (MTL)
Penny Romanoff (MTL)
Honeysuckle Pussywillow (MTL)
Safron St. James (Ottawa)
The Pretty Feminist Comedy Show: a place for pretty feminist comedy; a place for pretty feminists – now with 18% more feminism!
Nour Hadidi (Toronto)
Courtney Gilmore (Toronto)
Ify Chiwetelu (Toronto)
Four short comedies, all written & performed in less than a week!
Producers D.J. Mausner and Alain Mercieca
Jokemaster: Amanda Xeller
Featuring comedic plays by:
A Stand-up comedy party hosted by Nour Hadidi (Toronto) and Rachel Gendron (Montreal).
Natalie Norman (Toronto)
Oh Ma Gawd! And because it’s Ladyfest, our official house band Hot Milk will be covering songs of strong female vocalists!
A showcase of the best improvisers in the city in the tradition of Theatre Sainte-Catherine’s weekly Sunday Night Improv!
Heidi Lynne Weeks