by Chris Lane
New project announcements: The Stratford Festival will be launching their new Forum series with a Shakespeare Slam in Toronto. The event will feature debates and entertainment from Adam Gopnik, Torquil Campbell and Rufus Wainwright, among others. City Opera Vancouver has announced that PuSh Fest co-founder Norman Armour will be directing their upcoming production of Pauline. This new opera is based on the life of poet Pauline Johnson and features a libretto by Margaret Atwood.
Lineup announcements: National Arts Centre in Ottawa will present the Northern Scene Festival next month. Calgary’s Alberta Theatre Projects announced their 2013-2014 season. Toronto’s Luminato Festival’s lineup this year will include a Premiere Series.
Another type of drama: Theatre executive Garth Drabinsky’s release from prison was tempered as he was stripped of the Order of Canada. He’s now going to court to get it back.
And on a more serious note: Jo-Anna Downey, who has been a prominent figure in the Toronto comedy scene, was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) last year. There is a foundation set up to support her battle.