February 24 – 26, 2017
Honest Ed’s | 581 Bloor St W, Toronto
Presented as part of An Honest Farewell: Purchase Tickets
To download Honesty: An Audio Performance – head to koffler.digital/honesty. DL the audio. Bring your headphones to Honest Ed’s. Press play. Get honest. :)
Honesty: An Audio Performance is produced by Angela Shackel of Accounts and Records. Directed by Mandy E. MacLean. Visuals by Braden Labonte.
Based on the hit performance intervention from 2012, Honesty is a downloadable audio walk that guides you through the narratives of seven Honest Ed’s employees. Developed using verbatim interviews with employees, each character is stunningly voiced by award-winning actor Virgilia Griffith. It is a modern, digital way to say a fond farewell to the people who made Honest Ed’s what it was. Look for the beacons around Honest Ed’s and access the audio data-free.
“Honesty is the story of a family, as one speaker puts it, and it’s exhilarating to see that story told in such warm and generous fashion.” – Jon Kaplan, NOW Magazine NNNN, October 22, 2012
Honesty is a digital performance intervention by Jordan Tannahill, starring Virgilia Griffith presented by the Koffler Centre of the Arts together with Toronto for Everyone, as part of An Honest Farewell
Jordan Tannahill, creator: Jordan Tannahill is a Canadian playwright and filmmaker. His work has been presented in theatres, festivals and galleries across Canada and internationally. Jordan’s plays have been honoured with various prizes, including the 2014 Governor General’s Award for Drama for his book Age of Minority: Three Solo Plays, the 2014 John Hirsch Prize for directing, and Dora Awards for ‘Outstanding New Play’ for rihannaboi95 in 2013 and Concord Floral in 2015. Concord Floral also received the 2015 Carol Bolt Award and was shortlisted for the 2016 Governor General’s Award for Drama. In 2016, Botticelli in the Fire & Sunday in Sodom won the Toronto Theatre Critics Award for ‘Best New Play’ and its production at Canadian Stage received the Dora Award for ‘Outstanding Production.’
Virgilia Griffith, performer: Virgilia Griffith is a Toronto based theatre artist. Winner of the Meta Emerging Artist Award for Gas Girls. She was also a Dora Mavor Moore nominee for Outstanding Female in an Independent Division for her performance of Honesty directed by Jordan Tannahill. Selected credits include: The Wedding Party (Crow’s Theatre), Da Kink In My Hair ( Theatre Caldary/ Nac), How We Are ( Mikaela Davies and Polly Phokeev Productions), Up The Garden Path ( Obsidian Theatre Company), Byhalia, Mississippi (Cue6), Gas Girls ( Black Theatre Workshop), The Power of Harriet T! (Carousel Players/ Black Theatre Workshop).
Mandy E. MacLean, director: Mandy is an artist from a military family on the east coast. Her works as a director includes assistant to Ted Witzel on the workshop and full production of Yukonstyle (Canadian Stage), Assistant Director on The Park under Diana Belshaw, Till Eulgespiegel under Varrick Grimes and previous incarnations of the Dora Nominated Honesty under Jordan Tanahill (Suburban Beast). She has recently performed with Trafalgar 24 (Driftwood Theatre), hiraeth (with Varrick Grimes), Young Innovators Lab for Nightwood Theatre, Experiencing Chekov with Brenda Bazinet, and #WeddingMusical. In the last few year she has trained in Composition and Speaking (SITI Company of New York), Suzuki with Kameron Steel (of SCOT) and Viewpoints with Thomas Morgan Jones (TNB). She hold degrees from the Humber Theatre (12) and the University of New Brunswick (09). Mandy has held the role of Artistic Intern at Canadian Stage. She learns the most from a five year old that calls her “Mando” and a fifteen month old that calls her “Manee”. Thank you for Jordan and Alex for their trust; and Virgilia for her ability to play.
About Toronto for Everyone
The Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) was founded in 2004 in Toronto and is one of the first co-working spaces in the world. We are a non-profit social enterprise that is home to over 1000 social mission organizations working across every sector to foster a world where we put people and planet first. We are absolutely thrilled to have this unique opportunity for city building to honour the legacy of Honest Ed’s and celebrate the future of Toronto by bringing together the best this city has to offer. Toronto for Everyone embodies our work fuelling a new economy that is inclusive, collaborative and solutions driven.
Toronto for Everyone (TO4E) is the city we want to co-create. A place where we all belong, where we can see ourselves–our cultures, our ideals, our history–in the very fabric of our city. We believe that Toronto can be the global model for inclusivity, community and social innovation. Honest Ed’s may be closing its doors, but Ed’s legacy is his unique ability to foster community can carry on. For years, Ed opened his doors to immigrant families, hosted street parties and gave away free turkeys. Now it’s time for us to carry the torch through all of our city and community building initiatives, starting with TO4E this February 23-26, 2017.