WHO: The Town of York Historical Society
WHAT: “Soldiers of Song,” a tribute to The Dumbells (purchase tickets here)
WHERE: St. Lawrence Hall, 157 King Street East, Toronto
WHEN: March 6th, 2014, 7:30 p.m. (doors at 7:00)
WHY: To support Toronto’s First Post Office, a museum and National Historic Site
From Historical Society:
On March 6, at magnificent St. Lawrence Hall, the Town of York Historical Society will present “Soldiers of Song,” a tribute to the sketch comedy/musical troupe The Dumbells.
Monty Python, Wayne and Shuster, SCTV and Saturday Night Live owe a lot to The Dumbells, who are considered the pioneers of sketch comedy. Formed by members of the Canadian army’s Third Division—and named for the red dumbbell in the Division’s emblem—The Dumbells bolstered troop morale during the First World War with live “concert parties” featuring irreverent humour that often skewered senior officers and the military system itself.
The Dumbells’ popularity was not limited to troop shows along the trenches. These Canadian soldier-entertainers also managed a run in London’s West End, and became the first-ever Canadian production to score a hit on Broadway. Touring the nation for some twelve years after the war, The Dumbells became a household name in Canada.
The Dumbells’ journey from Vimy to Vaudeville is celebrated in this new musical play by award-winning author and two-time Juno-Award-nominee Jason Wilson. In this highly entertaining show, Wilson is joined by Canadian storyteller Lorne Brown, actors Jim Armstrong and Andrew Knowlton, and Wilson’s own era-appropriate band.
Since 2005, the Town of York Historical Society has been observing Toronto’s birthday on March 6th with a show that both celebrates the history of this great city and raises funds for Toronto’s First Post Office, a museum and National Historic Site. This year’s choice of “Soldiers of Song” is in recognition of the 100th anniversary of World War One.
Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased online at http:/www.cabinmedia.ca/tickets/tickets/22, or in person at Toronto’s First Post Office, 260 Adelaide Street East, 416-865-1833,