INTERNATIONAL CANADIAN STARS LEAD NEW PROJECT TO SUPPORT LOCAL ECONOMIC RECOVERY

Dinner à la Art is a brand-new community partnership project, that will bring a curated selection of exclusive, online readings with iconic Canadian and international artists to homes around the world from April 7 to 11, 2021.

The first reading is Heartbreak House by George Bernard Shaw and directed by Richard Ouzounian to be streamed on April 7, 2021 at 7pm. This one-time event will star Tony Award winner Len Cariou, best known for his portrayal of ‘Sweeney Todd’ in the original cast of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Film, Television and Stage icon Ed Asner. TIFT alumni and star of Royal Canadian Air Farce Craig Lauzon, Stratford and Shaw Festivals leading actor Alexis Gordon and star of TIFT’s internationally acclaimed The Curious Voyage Michael Torontow. The cast also includes Cynthia Dale, best known for her role as lawyer Olivia Monk in Street Legal and multiple seasons at the Stratford Festival. Joining the cast is Dora Award-winning actor and co-founder of Outside The March Amy Keating, and Nicole Joy-Fraser, who has performed across North America, the UK, and debuted her one-person production as part of TIFT’s Plural of She festival last summer.

Please click HERE for more information about Heartbreak House.

Riot was written in 1995 by Andrew Moodie and will be streaming for one night only on April 8, 2021. Directing this Chalmers Canadian Play Award winner is actor, playwright, and co-founder of Blue Bird Theatre Collective, Tawiah M’Carthy.  

Starring in Riot is Dora Award-winning actor Daren A. Herbert, who is best known for his roles in television series Kim’s Convenience, Falling Skies, and several productions with Soulpepper. Fellow Dora Award winner Vanessa Sears who has performed across Canada for such companies as the Shaw Festival and Mirvish Productions is also cast in a major role. The cast also includes Cameron Grant, who has performed with the Shaw Festival and InspiraTO festival; Giovanni Spina who is an acting company member of Shakespeare in the Ruff and TIFT, and Jahlen Barnes, who has performed in featured roles with such companies as the Shaw Festival, Neptune Theatre, and TIFT.

Audience Advisory
Coarse language and adult content

Please click HERE for more information about Riot.

Directed by Richard Ouzounian, the uproarious comedy She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith will be streamed for one night only on April 9, 2021 at 7pm.

Colin Mochrie is best known for his work on Whose Line Is It Anyway?, and his featured roles in The Red Green Show, Murdoch Mysteries, and many more. The cast also includes Gavin Crawford, whose television credits include This Hour Has 22 Minutes, and his own Gemini-Award-winning series, The Gavin Crawford Show. Multi-award-winning TIFT alumni and Stratford leading actor Gabi Epstein will be playing a featured role along with local professional Jason Allin, whose one-person production Chaplin: About Face was commissioned by TIFT. Playing a featured role is renowned actor Glynis Ranney, who has performed across Canada and Internationally with such companies as the Shaw Festival, the Stratford Festival, and TIFT. Joining the cast are Dora Award-winning performer Malindi Ayienga, who debuted her one-person production last summer as part of TIFT’s Plural of She festival, Brendan Chandler, the current star of TIFT’s indefinitely touring production of Tales of an Urban Indian, and Noah Beemer who has performed with such companies as Young People’s Theatre and TIFT to name a few.

Please click HERE for more information about She Stoops To Conquer.

Streaming for one night on April 11, 2021 at 7pm is a new adaptation of the seminal novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The classic novel was adapted for online audiences by Richard Ouzounian, who also directs.

Playing the role of the enigmatic Jay Gatsby is international star of Broadway, Film, and Television, and best known for his role as Will Truman on NBC’s smash hit sitcom Will & Grace, Eric McCormack. Star of Broadway’s Beautiful: The Carole King MusicalChilina Kennedy will be playing debutante ‘Daisy Buchanan’. The cast also includes TIFT co-founder and Stratford leading actor Mike Nadajewski, Kimberly-Ann Truong, best known for her featured role in the Stratford Festival’s The Rocky Horror Show, Autumn-Joy Dames, who has been featured in Legally Blonde, and Sister Act; Griffin Hewitt from TIFT’s production of Into the Woods; the Stratford Festival’s Aidan deSalaiz, and Montreal based Gabe Maharjan, who has performed with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.

Please click HERE for more information about The Great Gatsby.

Play readings for Dinner à la Art were selected and curated byRichard Ouzounian.

An important component of this project is to stimulate the economic recovery of the region’s hardest-hit, privately owned restaurants, and retailers. Admission to any of the Dinner à la Art readings will be with the purchase of a meal or a gift card, with a $30 CAD minimum,  from one of the many participating fine restaurants or retailers. Purchased meals and gift cards can also be donated to a stranger by each participating restaurant. Meals and gift cards can be purchased or redeemed for an access code any time prior to the performance dates.

This project was conceived to bring Simcoe County’s best elements of entertainment, fine dining, and local merchandise together for a unique, community-inspired event.

How it works

With the purchase of $30 CAD or more to any of the participating businesses, an access code will be provided by the chosen outlet to receive a complimentary link from TIFT.

All purchases must be made through the participating restaurant or retailer of choice. After the purchase is made, an access code will be provided by the restaurant and a link to the reading will be provided by Talk Is Free Theatre. An access code will be provided to anyone making a purchase between now and the performance dates.

Participating Businesses


Dietary restrictions legend:

Veg = Vegetarian Options GF = Gluten Free Options
V = Vegan Options

Barrie

Bacio Trattoria 

Authentic Homemade Italian/Roman Cuisine

Dine-in, Take-out, and Delivery Options Available.

Click HERE to view the menu.
Contact Bacio Trattoria at 705 252 3355

(Veg.)

Donaleigh’s Irish Public House

Barrie’s Authentic Irish Public House.

Dine-in, Take-out, and Delivery Options Available.

Click HERE to view the menu.
Contact Donaleigh’s Irish Public House at 705 252 7733

(Veg.)

Holly’s Sweets & Eats 

Family Owned & Operated. Holly’s Sweets & Eats is a renowned gathering place and food shop where you’ll find delicious breads, pastries, cookies and cakes baked fresh each day, fine foods, great lunches, and first-class catering.

Dine-in and Take-out Only.

Click HERE to view the menu.
Contact Holly’s Sweets & Eats at 705 735 3366

(Veg. GF. V.)

IL BUCO Ristorante

For twelve years IL BUCO Ristorante has captured the essence of Old World authenticity with a Nostalgica Italian cuisine in Downtown Barrie, Ontario. The authentically Italian dishes are made only with the freshest of ingredients and are created by a master chef whose influence is ever-present, whatever the inspired selection on the menu.

Dine-in and Take-out Only.

Click HERE to view the menu.
Contact IL BUCO Ristorante at 705 735 9595

(Veg. GF. V.)

Limoncello Bistro 

Experience the flavours of Italy.

Dine-in, Take-out, and Delivery Options Available.

Click HERE to view the menu.
Contact Limoncello Bistro at 249 880 4001

(Veg. GF.)

Michael & Marion’s 

Barrie’s preferred casual upscale dining establishment.

Dine-in and Take-out Only.

Click HERE to view the menu.
Contact Michael & Marion’s at 705 721 1188

(Veg. GF. V.)

North Country BBQ 

Barrie’s Authentic Barbecue restaurant located at the legendary 5 points in Barrie.

Dine-in, Take-out, and Delivery Options Available.

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Contact North Country BBQ at 705 252 1225

(Veg.)

Tara 

Authentic Indian Cuisine.

Dine-in, Take-out, and Delivery Options Available.

Click HERE to view the menu.
Contact Tara at 705 737 1821

(Veg. V.)

ZuZu Fashion Boutique

Our Mission is to inspire and support women in the discovery of their own personal style.

Click HERE to view the website.
Contact ZuZu Fashion Boutique at 705 481 1231

Barrie BIA Lifeline E-Gift Card

The Downtown Barrie Business Association (BIA) is facilitating online purchases on behalf of its members. E-Gift card purchases will be honoured by the Downtown Business you choose to support, upon presentation of the e-gift card issued through their system. Your financial support will go directly to the business you choose to support.

Click HERE to view the website.
Contact Downtown Barrie BIA at 705 734 1414

Orillia

The Common Stove 

Fire, Smoke & Good Folk. Fuelling Orillia from a wood-fired grill.

Dine-in, Take-out, and Delivery Options Available.

Click HERE to view their menu.
Contact The Common Stove at 705 330 0065

(Veg. V.)

Era 67

Conveniently located in downtown Orillia, we serve gourmet and casual cuisine inspired by our Canadian heritage. Our food is freshly prepared and made from locally sourced, organic and sustainable ingredients wherever possible. Enjoy our fine dining restaurant, casual lounge and summer patio.

Dine-in, Take-out, and Delivery Options Available.

Click HERE to view their menu.
Contact Era 67 at 705 259 1867

(Veg. GF. V.)

Collingwood

The Curly Willow Eatery

Attention to detail in both our Food Preparation and Service, make our Eatery a top local Lunch and Dinner destination. Supporting other local businesses and giving back to the community that has embraced our business is a commitment we continue to make.

Dine-in and Take-out Only.

Click HERE to view their menu.
Contact The Common Stove at 705 315 1662

(Veg. GF. V.)

MIDLAND & PENETANG

The Arch Steakhouse – Midland

The dividing line between dream and reality can sometimes be blurred to nothing with the right mix of talent and inventiveness. We have a passion for great, well-presented food and always make sure to provide a dish that makes our customers remember their dining experience for a long time.

Dine-in and Take-out Only.

Click HERE to view their menu.
Contact The Arch Steakhouse at 705 526 7313

(Veg.)

Phil’s Pub and Eatery – Midland

A unique fusion of pub eatery and bar club atmosphere.

Dine-in, Take-out, and Delivery Options Available.

Click HERE to view their menu.
Contact Phil’s Pub & Eatery at 705 526 3003

(Veg.)

Phil’s Casual Dining -Penetang

A unique fusion of Greek Medetirrean and European cuisine.

Dine-in and Take-out Only.

Click HERE to view their menu.
Contact Phil’s Pub & Eatery at 705-549-7858

(Veg.)

To make a donation to Talk Is Free Theatre,
please click HERE.

This project is made possible with the generous support of