Tag Archives: Toronto

Steffi DiDomenicantonio: Actress, singer

Steffi DiDomenicantonio is currently performing in the Toronto production of “Come From Away.”

At the age of 29 she’s achieved great things and I know her career is just beginning.

Although Steffi rose to national prominence as a finalist in the 2006 season of “Canadian Idol,” she’s been a musical theatre performer for most of her life.

In our conversation, Steffi explains the secret to her success and how a vision board helped her focus on a dream gig performing in the first Broadway national tour of “Spring Awakening.”

She has a great story about her “Come From Away” audition.

We also talk about her television work on “Crawford” with Mike Clattenburg, best known as a creator, writer and director of the comedy series “Trailer Park Boys.”

SHOW NOTES
Follow Steffi on Social Media
Instagram: @SteffiD5
Twitter: @SteffiD3
YouTube: YouTube.com/SteffiD5
Vimeo: Vimeo.com/SteffiD
Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/steffi-didomenicantonio

Watch Crawford season 1: http://www.cbc.ca/crawford/

Come From Away
Royal Alexandra Theatre
260 King Street West, Toronto
Toronto
Click for details and tickets
1-800-461-3333

David Merry: Magician, comedian, writer

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Are you a risk taker? Have you managed to find a balance between the creative process and earning a good living?

As a writer, David Merry has written jokes for legendary comedians including Joan Rivers and Rodney Dangerfield.

As a magician, he’s invented some spectacular tricks

And as a comedian, he’s one the most “in-demand” performers I’ve worked with doing hundreds of shows each year.

Through all of this David’s taken risks and he opens up about the ups and downs of his many ventures.

David’s a lifelong learner who’s in the process of meeting the requirements to become a member of the Director’s Guild of Canada, but most impressive is that through all the ups and downs and transitions in his entertainment career he’s been a great husband and father.

SHOW NOTES
David’s Website DavidMerry.com.
David Merry on YouTube .
David’s New Year’s Eve show in Ottawa with Ben Miner and Jessica Holmes. Info and tickets.

Brian D. Johnson, Filmmaker, critic

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Brian D. Johnson’s work as a journalist explores art with the insight of not only a passionate observer but also an accomplished artist with a fascination for the human condition.

For almost 30 years Johnson was the staff film critic and Arts writer for Macleans, Canada’s top current affairs magazine. He’s retired from Macleans but continues to submit stories while pursuing his own artistic endeavours.

Brian’s directorial debut, the documentary “Al Purdy Was Here,” is a beautiful piece of work on many levels, I think you’ll really enjoy our chat about the creative process behind it.

We discuss everything from Brian’s easy working relationship with Leonard Cohen to the inspiring story behind the creation of a film celebrating one of Canada’s most prolific poets: Al Purdy.

Incidentally, we recorded last year prior to Leonard Cohen’s passing.

Our conversation begins with the fact that more films than ever are being made in Canada but there are less “Canadian” films.

Show Notes
Al Purdy Was Here website
Al Purdy Was Here on iTunes
The Al Purdy A Frame Association website
Follow @briandjohnson on Twitter
Brian D. Johnson Films website
Words the Literary and Creative Arts Festival: WordsFest.ca