Festival and Hurly Burly



Hurly Burly #2 Saturday August 26th, 2017

It’s STREETFAIR DAY!! Peruse the artisan stalls, sip a patio beer, move your hips to the neighbourhood’s musical beats, dive into the Hurly Burly and celebrate the history of theatre, cinema and city life in Bloorcourt. Catch live performances by artists from The Storefront Theatre and The Comedy Bar and experience Lost Time Media’s interactive storytelling of the World in Ten Blocks- the Bloorcourt based documentary- in any of our neighbourhood venues. At the Bloor Gladstone Library, participate in round table talk of past/present Toronto movie theatres.

The Hurly Burly is supported by the Ontario 150 Community Celebrations programme and is made possible through the generous support of The Paradise, Working Women Community Centre, Main and Main Developments, and Bloorcourt BIA (Business Improvement Area).












The Sentimentalists
World reknown mentalist Mysterion teams with female mentalist Steffi Kay creating a two person mind reading experience that is truly breathtaking. Steffi brings back classic style mentalism. With her vintage look you will feel transported to the golden age of magic. Mysterion has appeared on stages around the globe and with hundreds of television and media appearances.
Venue: Ink Art Collective 823A Bloor St W (west of Shaw St)
Runtime: 30mins
Show times: 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm
Courtney Gilmour & Friends - Clean Stand-up Comedy
Courtney Gilmour is a stand-up comedian from Toronto and has become one of the city's fastest rising up and comers. She has been performing for five years and has made appearances at the All Jane Comedy Festival in Portland, NXNE, and SiriusXM's Top Comic.
Venue: The Bloor Bar Cafe 1050 Bloor St W
Runtime: 25mins
Show times: 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
The Shoddy Magician
A Shoddy Magician has been called a "one-trick pony", but who says bad can't be good? Maybe A.K.A. Steve Boleantu.
Venue: Lalibela 867 Bloor St W (west of Ossington Ave)
Runtime: 15 mins
Start times: 1:45pm, 2:45pm, 3:45pm
The Sufferettes
The Sufferettes are an improv duo from Toronto. The Sufferettes are Kayla Lorette and Becky Johnson. The Sufferettes are maybe theatre and maybe comedy. Life is suffering.
Venue: The Black Horse 928 Bloor St W (west of Concord Ave)
Runtime: 20mins
Show times: 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
The Illusionoid Podcast
A bi-weekly improvised comedy podcast in the style of old-time radio shows like Inner Sanctum,
X Minus One, Illusionoid is performed by Paul Bates (CTV’s Dan For Mayor, Second City), Lee Smart (Comedy Network’s 5th Quadrant, Second City) and Nug Nahrgang (Dark Rising: Summer Strikes Back, SyFy’s Scare Tactics).
Venue: Bassline 865 Bloor St W (west of Ossington Ave)
Runtime 40 mins
Show time: 1:30pm




The Last Days of Brockton
"In 1884, the fledgling village of Brockton was in dire financial distress, which resulted in it becoming one of the first communities annexed by the City of Toronto. This scandalous short explores the imagined pre-annex confrontation within Brockton's council, following the true and ridiculous actions of their Reeve John McConnell."
Written by: Steve Hobbs
Directed by: Cass Van Wyck
Brie Watson as RUTH MALLON
Venue: Dooney’s 866 Bloor St W (east of Ossington Ave)
Runtime: 15 minutes
Showtimes: 1:15pm, 1:45pm, 2:15pm, 2:45pm, 3:15pm, 3:45pm
A  NEW  SECRET Red One Theatre Collective SHOW
A whimsical "whodunnit" exploring the intricate beauty of what makes us different and the powerful rhythms that make us all the same.
Directed by Benjamin Blais with Members of the Red One Theatre Collective
Venue: Christie Pits Pub 814 Bloor St W
Runtime: 15mins
Showtimes: 1pm, 1:30pm, 2:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:00pm, 3:30pm 
Basket Day
“Janet and the Marias get called in to their children’s school on the eve of Basket Day. This annual event is one of the highlights of the school year. Students bring in empty baskets and bushels which then get sold back to farmers as a fundraiser for the school. Some of the children have started an interesting side industry around it, a decidedly illegal industry. Two mothers and a grandmother sort through the information and figure out if maybe their children’s actions aren’t so bad.”
Written by Marcia Johnson
Directed by Susan Lock
Aida Jordao
Roxanne Joseph
Esther Thibault
Venue: Central Church 986 Bloor St W
Runtime: 20 mins
Showtimes: 1:15pm, 2:00pm, 2:45pm, 3:30pm
The Costellas
Modern-day adaptation of 3 Abbott & Costello pieces.
Written & Directed by: Gabriel Hamilton
Vanessa Trenton
Lesley Robertson
Venue: The Piston 937 Bloor St W
Runtime: 15 mins.
Showtimes: 1:00pm, 1:30pm, 2:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:00pm, 3:30pm

INTERACTIVE MEDIA programmed by Lost Time Media


The World In Ten Blocks- Film

With half its population born outside of Canada, Toronto is probably the world's most diverse city. The World in Ten Blocks is set in Bloorcourt, a stretch of Bloor Street in downtown Toronto where immigrant-owned small businesses are the heart and soul of the neighbourhood. At the core of this documentary are a dozen immigrant small business owners, whose stories reveal both the challenges and rewards of immigration and entrepreneurship. This 34 minute documentary will be screening in a number of neighbourhood bars and restaurants.

Venues showing World in Ten Blocks

African Palace - 977 Bloor St W Habesha Sports Bar - 842 Bloor St W
Atlantis Restaurant - 1005 Bloor St W Homestand Sports Bar- 834 Bloor S W
Black Briik - 1077 Bloor St W Hurricane’s - 963 Bloor St W
Bloor Gladstone Library - 1101 Bloor St W Idle on Bloor - 1063 Bloor St W
Central Church - 986 Bloor St W Laundro World - 1020 Bloor St W
Dooney’s -  866 Bloor St W Menalon - 841 Bloor St W
Empire - 1018 Bloor St W Roma 1090 - 1090 Bloor St W
  Wenona Craft Beer Lodge - 1069 Bloor St   

Runtime: 34 minutes
Showtimes: Throughout the day
The World in Ten Blocks- Interactive Experience
The World in Ten Blocks Interactive is a dynamic self-guided walking tour of Bloorcourt where you can enter ten small business and “meet” the participants through rich multimedia narratives that weave together videos, photos, audio, and text. Numerous “hotspots” await discovery throughout your journey, allowing you to dive into the history of immigration in Bloorcourt going back a century.
Venues: La Bella Managua 872 Bloor St W & Pero’s Lounge 812 Bloor St W
Runtime: You choose
Showtimes: Anytime 1:00-4:00pm
Curated Gallery Exhibitions
  • Photos of the Doric, Kenwood and Paradise
Venue: Bloor Bar Cafe 1050 Bloor St West
  • Bloorcourt Marathons of the ‘30s & ‘40s
Venue: United Athletics 1034 Bloor St West
  • The Vaudevillians
Venue: The Central Church 896 Bloor St West
  • Permits, stories and photos
            In the windows Bloor shops from Dufferin Street to Christie Pits




The Bloorcourt Hurly Burly is made possible through the generous sponsorship of Ontario 150, Working Women Community Centre, Main and Main, United Way, Bloorcourt BIA and the Paradise.

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