Hey, Toronto! Say Wha?! is back!

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Vancouver’s favourite literary/ comedy show comes to Toronto, again!

Say Wha?! is an alternative comedy show where performers put their comedic spin on some of the worst writing ever published. 

Have you ever read a poorly written novel and thought to yourself, who publishes this crap? Or come across a hilariously out of date self-help book in a thrift store? Perhaps you flipped through Tyra Banks’ young adult novel and lol’ed at her attempt at plot and dialogue. Well, that’s what Say Wha?! is all about.

Four years ago Sara Bynoe, “One of Vancouver’s most hilarious people” (WestEnder), created Say Wha?! Readings of Deliciously Rotten Writing in Vancouver, BC. Since then Say Wha?! has been featured in the Vancouver Comedy Festival, The Vancouver International Poetry Festival, The Olio Festival and was last in Toronto at Comedy Bar in September 2013 with a packed house. 

Previous shows have featured comedic readings of: Fifty Shades of Grey, How To Pick Up Topless Dancers, The Art of Talking to Anyone, Soulacoaster: Diary of Me by R. Kelly, and a book that won the Governor General Award for Literature about a woman that has sex with a bear.  

Sunday, June 15

Comedy Bar – 945 Bloor Street West

7:00-8:30pm

$10 available at http://www.comedybar.ca/

Readers include: Craig Anderson, Amanda Brooke Perrin, Kyle Bottom, Teddy Kellogg, and Chris Wilson

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Reviews

“I like it when the definition of ‘theatre’ gets stretched. That’s what Sara Bynoe’s doing. … I gut laughed the whole evening. So did the rest of the audience. It was a full house. It always is.” – TJ Dawe, The Charlebois Post

“The Say Wha?! series offers an important and perfectly Canadian contribution to the (Vancouver literary) scene: ‘Quit taking yourselves so seriously.’”- Sean Cranbury, Granville Mag

The Last Dance

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Globe and Mail photo for Dance Dance Party Party Vancouver, 2010

Globe and Mail photo for Dance Dance Party Party Vancouver, 2008

One day in early 2008 I came across a blog post of a New York based comedian about an event her friends ran. It was called Dance Dance Party Party and from what I understood it was a ‘class’ just for women to dance to guilty-pleasure tunes without a dress code or having to pay an expensive cover charge. There already were a few other chapters in other American cities and I immediately knew that I must bring this to Vancouver.

Because of my theatre training I was aware of dance classes like Five Rhythms and Ecstatic Dance but, for me, they were too ‘movement’ based. I’d gone to them before and felt out of place because I didn’t have much modern dance training and I wasn’t a hippie. Dance Dance Party Party focused on fun rather than ‘using the space,’ ‘expressing through your elbows’ or ‘breathing into your back ribs.’ After years of hardcore theatre training it was just what I needed.

I started the Vancouver chapter of DDPP in Spring of 2008 at the Mt Pleasant Community Centre’s old location at 16th Ave and Ontario because it was only 3 blocks from my home. It ran for a few months on Sunday afternoons. I adored it. But in August of that year I moved to the UK to do a MA degree. I tried to pass the torch to another woman to continue the event but no one wanted to take it.

When I came back to Vancouver in the spring of 2010 I decided to pick up where I left off. It’s been four years and over that time I’ve facilitated many hours of fun at Dance Dance Party Party Vancouver. I like to think I’ve inspired a few women to enjoy their bodies, dance and the magic of Ke$ha (Yes, I know she dropped the dollar sign but I’ll never let it go).

There have been many nights when I arrived sick, tired, and worn down and left DDPP revitalized. For me it’s been in spiritual practice, a ritual, and a blessing. I should admit that I have run run DDPP VanCity for a very selfish reason – I get so much joy out of it. Yet, at the end of May I’m leaving my post as Den Mama of Dance Dance Party Party Vancouver.

I’ve put a lot of thought into this. Those that follow my work or know me personally know that I do a lot of different jobs, performances and producing. It’s time to spring clean and make room for new projects and events to enter my life. This expands beyond DDPP VanCity; I’m going to Toronto for the summer to take a break from all that I do here, to see friends, and to test out that community. For over a decade people have told me that I would do well in Toronto. It’s about time I found out.

DJ Darfunkle will become the new Den Mama in June. She’s been attending DDPP for over a year now and has DJ’ed multiple times. I’m excited to see where she takes it.

As this is my last month as the Den Mother of Dance Dance Party Party I’m Djing twice: May 6 and May 27. Yes, I’ve saved the last dance for me.

Please come and join in on the fun while I’m still at the helm.

Say Wha?! Show Tonight AND Announcement

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Tonight is another edition of Say Wha?! Readings of Deliciously Rotten Writing and it’s likely to be the second last Say Wha?! show for a while.

What’s that about? Well, I’ve been thinking about life and all the things I do and as much as I adore doing this show running a monthly show and all the other things I do is taking up a lot of creative space and personal time. I’m opening up my life for new opportunities and May 2014′s Say Wha?! show will be the last scheduled Say Wha?! event for at least a few months. I’m planning on taking a Vancouver sabbatical, I’ll share more about in a few days.

More importantly I’ve got a FANTASTIC line-up for tonight’s show:

Actor, improvisor, writer, director and Renaissance Woman Sarah Szloboda is back from her time in LA and I’m thrilled to have her back on the show.

Comedians Dylan Rhymer and Warren Bates are back on the show from their time creating laughs in East Vancouver.

Writer, publicist, and one of the funniest people I know, Cynara Geissler is making her debut.

If you haven’t heard by now Say Wha?! is a comedy show where funny people read from the worst books they can find.

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DETAILS

Cottage Bistro, 4468 Main Street MAP

8-10pm

$5-10 (sliding scale, suggested $10, minimum of $5 if you’re poor)

Can’t make it to this show? Put Wednesday, May 21, 2014 in your calendar now. I hope you can come to that.

It’ll be the show’s 4 year celebration and the last show for a few months.

 

 

 

Sing Wha?! Say Wha?! The Musical is TONIGHT!

Say Wha The Musical

 

You know Say Wha?! Readings of Deliciously Rotten Writing my monthly comedy show where funny people read from terrible books (happening this Wednesday at Cottage Bistro).

Well, there are a lot of terrible musical theatre songs out there in the world and we’re going to share those with you!

We’re diving deep into the musical theatre cannon and pulling out the worst, most offensive, and down right terrible songs we can find. It’s entertaining, hilarious, and catchy!

Say Wha?! The Musical Edition is co-hosted and co-produced by Sara Bynoe and Mike Mackenzie.

Featured singers: Cory Haas, Devon Busswood, Jill Raymond, Julie Casselman, and Erik Gow.

Little Mountain – 195 E 26 Ave, Vancouver MAP

Show: 8-10pm

Doors: 7:30pm

Pre-online sales CLOSED. $15 at the door

SPECIAL DEAL because you read my blog if you come to the door and say “JAZZ HANDS” you can get in for $10. 

Say Wha?! November EXPLOSION

Photo by Sean Cranbury

Photo by Sean Cranbury

This month I have three special Say Wha?! shows. Why? Because I felt like it!

Monday, November 18 – Say Wha?! The Musical Edition

Little Mountain, 195 E 26 Ave, Doors 7:30pm, Show 8-10pm, $10 in advance, possible door sales

We did this in the summer and it was SO MUCH FUN. Mike MacKenzie is a musical theatre queen, together we will go through the cannon and showcase the WORST songs ever sung on Broadway.

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Wednesday, November 20 – Say Wha?! Readings of Deliciously Rotten Writing

Cottage Bistro – 4468 Main Street, 8-10pm, $5-10 at the door

The classic edition. This month’s readers include: TJ Dawe, Eric Fell, Kyle Fines, Jim Miller, and Dylan Rhymer.

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Friday, November 29 – Fifty Shades of Say Wha?!

Hot Art Wet City – 2206 Main Street, $10 in advance, very limited seating.

Since Fifty Shades of Grey is going to film in Vancouver soon I figured it’s a perfect time to remind people just how AWFUL these books where. Select ‘sexy’ readings by special guest TBA.

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Don’t live in Vancouver? Well, you can always listen to the podcast and catch highlights of the Say Wha?! show.

Say Wha?! Toronto

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Do you live in Toronto? Do you know someone awesome that does?

Why do I ask? Because I’m doing this show next weekend and you should totally tell them about it. Not only will your friends be filled with laughter but you’ll score some cool points for knowing about this totally hip new comedy show.

DETAILS

Say Wha?!  Readings of Deliciously Rotten Writing
Sunday, September 15 at Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West) 7:00-8:30pm
Tickets are $10 and available online now. Buying online is recommended!
Show description: Funny people find the worst books they can find and share them in comedic book talks with readings directly from the book. It’s a literary/ comedy show for smart, sassy, fun people. If you love books or hate books – this show is for you.
Listen to previous readings at Say Wha?! The Podcast 

Teenage Wasteland August 7-10

Teenage Wasteland

This has been a dream of mine since 2000. An art show of embarrassing art by adults made when they were teenagers. Inspired by Teen Angst Night, the show highlights the stories behind the work & the angst that went into them.

Includes an audio tour with background interviews with the artists: Angela Fama, Drew Young, Sara Bynoe, Chris Bentzen, Erin Gibbs, Les Nyulak, ARGH!!, Asa Cederholm, Karin Vengshoel, Sheri Alexander, Kathryn Mussallem, Amanda McCuaig, and Jay Senetchko.

Hot Art Wet City

2206 Main Street (@ 6th), Vancouver

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Gallery open August 7-10, 2013 · noon-5pm

Wednesday, August 7 from 7-11pm OPENING RECEPTION

Thursday, August 8 from 8pm Teen Angst Night Adults read what they wrote when teens, $5-10 (sliding scale)

Friday, August 9 from 8pm-late Stories & Song Teen Wasteland-themed karaoke & storytelling, $5-10 (sliding scale)

Plus, Tuesday August 6 from 8-10pm is the bonus event Mighty Ugly, a crafting and creativity workshop with Kim Werker. Make ugly things to explore creativity from a fresh perspective. $15

http://hotartwetcity.com/teenage_wasteland/

Teen Angst Art Show

timthumbI am doing an art show with the wonderful Hot Art Wet City gallery. This is a show I’ve dreamed about doing for a decade and it’s finally happening!

Here are the show details and the call for submissions from H.A.W.C.

Teenage Wasteland
August 7-10, 2013
OPENING RECEPTION: Wednesday August 7 from 7-11pm
OTHER EVENTS TBA
2206 Main Street, Vancouver

Sara Bynoe hosts an art show of embarrassing art by adults made when they were teenagers. Inspired by Teen Angst Night and her book Teen Angst: A Celebration of Really Bad Poetry, this show features pieces of art (sketches, paintings, sculpture, etc) created between the ages of 10-18. The show highlights the stories behind the work and the angst that went into them. Teenage Wasteland includes an audio tour with background interviews with the artists and live performances related to the work throughout the week.

Call for Submissions
We want your angsty and embarrassing art for “Teenage Wasteland.” We’re not interested in your photo-realist painting of a swan, we’re looking for angsty and expressive teenage art.

  • The work must have been created by you when you were a teenager (aged 10-18) and you must be over 21 years old to submit
  • You should be embarrassed of the work now
  • You must be willing (and available) to talk about your piece in July for audio tour recording and potentially in front of a live audience at the show in August

Please email a JPG of your piece to teenagewasteland@hotartwetcity.com along with some background information about the piece: why do you still have it, how old were you when you created it, how do you feel about it now, what’s the story behind the work, etc. This is a juried show. Artists selected to participate will be notified after the deadline. Submission deadline: Wednesday July 4, 2013 at 12pm

New & Notable

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Look! That’s my podcast on the New and Notable page on iTunes, middle row, on the far left. At least it did in Canada. I’m not sure how iTunes works.

How did I find this out? A stranger on Twitter told me they heard my podcast and found me because of it. Neat!

That means random strangers are listening to and reading what I’ve put out into the Internet. I mean, I knew that was the point but now it’s confirmed. Amazing!

Are you a stranger? How did you find me? (This is where I invite you to leave a comment on this post)

Are you a friend of mine? Why don’t you download my podcast so you can honestly say you heard it first.

iTunes link

RSS link

Did ya do it? Really? Awh, shucks! Thanks so much!

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(Only said with a much less red face… Why is she burnt?)

PS – If anyone can help me fix my podcast feed so it no longer say “Unknown” under my podcast I’d be very appreciative.