The Canada Show opens in just over a week! Do you have your tickets yet?
The show’s been around since 2001 when Monster Theatre first premiered it at Shakespeare in the Park in Calgary, followed by a multi-Fringe Festival tour. Since then, The Canada Show has grown and changed, but at its heart, it’s still a hilarious take on our country’s history.
The Canada Show is about three singing historians who each are fighting to tell their own version of Canada’s history. Carly Pokoradi is the francophone character, always focusing on the ways in which French Canadians have been mistreated, Alex Gullason is fighting for representation of women throughout our past, and Frankie Cottrell is the Aboriginal representative struggling to get the story of Canada’s First People told as well as trying to keep the whole show together.
There are also tons of Canadian cultural references, including the story of Henry Hudson as an episode of Mr. Dressup, William Shatner performing the story of Étienne Brûlé, Leonard Cohen singing about obscure Canadian inventions, Bob and Doug MacKenzie illustrating the Cold War, and Justin “Beaver” acting out the Fur Trade from the Beaver’s perspective. Other scenes include the comedy team of Cabot and Costello, a puppet version of the Anishinaabe creation myth, a Spaghetti Western about the Red River Resistance, and the FLQ crisis as a hockey game between the Leafs and the Habs.
Check out this preview of the show, back in 2005 when co-writer and director Ryan Gladstone also starred in the show!
The Canada Show is on May 31 through June 2 at the Revue Stage on Granville Island. Get your tickets now!