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.


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

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

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
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 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!


(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.

Do You See What I Mean?

I am working for the PuSh Festival and really wish I could volunteer for this show. Since I cannot, you should! There is an info session tonight at the Roundhouse. Do it!
The PuSh Festival is looking for volunteers to help mount an incredible show by Lyon-based directors/choreographers Martin Chaput and Martial Chazallon (Projet in situ) called Do You See What I Mean? to be presented as part of the 2013 Festival, January 25, 26, 27 and February 1, 2, 3. This show takes audience members on a 2.5 hour blindfolded tour of the city.  
They are looking for two types of volunteers:
1. VOLUNTEER GUIDES who would like to escort blindfolded audience members during the show
2. YALETOWN RESIDENTS who are willing to open their homes as a “stop” on the tour
Would you like to discover Vancouver in a different way? Become a guide for a unique walk!
Offer your arm to a blindfolded audience member and guide them on a tour of downtown Vancouver.
In January, you will take part in two workshops with French choreographers Martin Chaput and Martial Chazallon of Projet in situ to be introduced to guiding techniques and to (re-)discover downtown Vancouver.
During the PuSh Festival, you will be a guide for three afternoons (approx. 3 hrs each afternoon).
You may choose any three dates between January 25, 26, 27 and February 1, 2, 3.
This project is open to all adults on a volunteer basis. No prior artistic experience is needed.
We will hold regular information sessions to learn more about what your guiding experience will be. Attendance at a session is mandatory to be able register to volunteer for the project.
Info session dates & times:
Mondays, November 5, 19, December 3, 10 & 17 
6:30-8:00pm, at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews).
Following the info session, people who are chosen to be Volunteer Guides will participate in two guiding preparation workshops:
1) ONE 4.5 hour Guide Workshop (1 out of 4 shifts listed below)
Saturday, January 5, 9am – 1:30pm
Saturday, January 5, 2pm – 6:30pm
Sunday, January 6, 9am – 1:30pm
Sunday, January 6,  2pm – 6:30
2) ONE  Site Exploration (1 out of 2 shifts listed below, lunch is provided)
Saturday, January 12, 10:45am – 3pm (lunch provided at 2pm)
Sunday, January 13, 10:45am – 3pm (lunch provided at 2pm)
Participate in the creation of Do You See What I Mean?
Contact Donna Soares or Ruthie Tabata
Do you live in Yaletown? Welcome the PuSh Festival into your home!
Introduce an audience member to your environment and your interests and share a moment of your daily life.
French choreographers Martin Chaput and Martial Chazallon of Projet in situ invite you to take part in a unique meeting with a curious audience member who is (re-)discovering Vancouver blindfolded.
In January, you will meet with the artists to create your personalized visit.
During the PuSh Festival, audience members will be guided individually through downtown Vancouver and will visit you during three afternoons.
You may choose any three dates between January 25, 26, 27 and February 1, 2, 3.
This project is open to all adults on a volunteer basis. No prior artistic experience is needed.
Yaletown resident volunteers who are chosen to have their homes become a “stop” on the Do You See What I Mean?blindfolded tour, will have two preparation meetings with the artists of Projet in situ
1) Approximately 45 mins, at date & time of your convenience between December 28-30, 2012 or January 2-4, 2013
2) Approximately 1 hr, January 7-11, 2013, at your convenience– 
Click here to visit the website for Projet in situ, the creators of in Do You See What I Mean?, watch a video about the project (in the “Creations” section)
Scroll to the end of this page to watch a video about Montreal guides talking about what their experience is like.
Do You See What I Mean? was presented at the FTA Festival in Montreal, in 2010. Click here to read about it.
Ruthie Tabata or Donna Soares
January 25 – 27, February 1 – 3, 2013


Two Years of Say Wha?!

 On Thursday, June 7, 2012

 I will be celebrating two whole years of Say Wha?! at the Cottage Bistro. Please join me and some funny readers as we celebrate the worst in publishing and over 24 shows full of terrible books.

Still don’t know what this show is about? Seriously?! 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 read ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ and were more hilariously appalled by Anastaisa Steele graduating university without owning a computer than any of the adventures from the Red Room of Pain. Well, that’s what Say Wha?! is all about.

At Say Wha?! comedic performers put their spin on some of the most cringe-worthy, embarrassing and painfully earnest writing in print.

Readings by:

Sara Bynoe (as always)
Rachel Burns
Leigh Eldridge
Devon Lougheed
Stu Popp
Steve Rondeau
Dylan Rhymer (just added!!!)

$5-10 (sliding scale) at the door. Cash Only. 


RSVP on Facebook HERE

Say Wha?! in New Westminster


I’m super excited to be doing a show in New West’s wonderful River Market. I’ve brought along three of Say Wha?!’s all-star readers who will be sharing two books each for this very fun and packed show. I hope you can join us. If you live outside of Vancouver I’m so glad to finally be coming to you. If you’re in Vancouver, it’s actually really easy to get to. Just hop on the Skytrain and get off on the main New Westminster stop and walk 4 minutes towards the river.

May 2, 2012
River Market

River Market
810 Quayside Drive
New Westminster, BC V3M 6B9

Note: This is a ticketed event. Purchase your tickets online.