The We’re Funny That Way Festival Shows

One big gala variety show, followed by three nights of comedy, music,  drag, and improv.  For full schedule and show descriptions click HERE.
We’re Funny That Way is Presented by Sokoloff Lawyers.

The Gayla GalaWed. June 12, Doors 6:30pm

Well we’re back! And back with a vengeance committed to raising funds for small queer charities across Canada.

The festival kicks off with it’s big ticket gala at the Tarragon Theatre on Wednesday June 12 at 7:30 pm. This year’s “Gayla Gala” is a 90 minute fast-paced variety show featuring festival talent and loads of Canada’s favourite personalities. We’re celebrating performance of all kind so, as is the case with all of our galas, you never know what you might get (but if you're in the front row you might get wet).

The Gayla GalaWed. June 12, Doors 6:30pm

Well we’re back! And back with a vengeance committed to raising funds for small queer charities across Canada.

The festival kicks off with it’s big ticket gala at the Tarragon Theatre on Wednesday June 12 at 7:30 pm. This year’s “Gayla Gala” is a 90 minute fast-paced variety show featuring festival talent and loads of Canada’s favourite personalities. We’re celebrating performance of all kind so, as is the case with all of our galas, you never know what you might get (but if you're in the front row you might get wet).

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Billy Newton-Davis"The Songs of My Life"

Singer/Songwriter/Recording Artist, Billy Newton-Davis, is a four-time Juno Award winner making his festival debut! His show features the songs he channelled through Garland, Streisand, Sammy Davis, Jr. and his other idols while he sat in his room by himself as an only child,  to pieces he performed on Broadway, Billy and his trio bring it all to the festival for the first time!

For more info and how to get tickets please go to the Schedule page!

Billy Newton-Davis"The Songs of My Life"

Singer/Songwriter/Recording Artist, Billy Newton-Davis, is a four-time Juno Award winner making his festival debut! His show features the songs he channelled through Garland, Streisand, Sammy Davis, Jr. and his other idols while he sat in his room by himself as an only child,  to pieces he performed on Broadway, Billy and his trio bring it all to the festival for the first time!

For more info and how to get tickets please go to the Schedule page!

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Karen Williams Alive!Thurs. June 13, 9pm

Festival favourite, pioneering comic Karen Williams holds the distinction of being the first out black lesbian comedian when she stood up and out back in the early 90's. ONE SHOW ONLY!!

For more info go to the schedule page!

Karen Williams Alive!Thurs. June 13, 9pm

Festival favourite, pioneering comic Karen Williams holds the distinction of being the first out black lesbian comedian when she stood up and out back in the early 90's. ONE SHOW ONLY!!

For more info go to the schedule page!

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Randy Roberts LiveThurs. June 13, 9:30pm

Randy Roberts has been entertaining audiences, for over 30 years (since elementary school ;-))

This year he makes his We’re Funny That Way Festival debut with The Randy Roberts Show - an all live, multi-media tribute to some of the world’s most loved performers. Randy’s uncanny impersonations of Cher and Bette Midler have kept him in the spotlight for the past thirty years.

For more info go to the Schedule page!

Randy Roberts LiveThurs. June 13, 9:30pm

Randy Roberts has been entertaining audiences, for over 30 years (since elementary school ;-))

This year he makes his We’re Funny That Way Festival debut with The Randy Roberts Show - an all live, multi-media tribute to some of the world’s most loved performers. Randy’s uncanny impersonations of Cher and Bette Midler have kept him in the spotlight for the past thirty years.

For more info go to the Schedule page!

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Katie Ford:Fri. June 14, 7pm

“Telling Stories About the Stories I’ve Told”. As a writer and story teller it was the real people behind the stories Katie found most fascinating. And yes, there are stories about the crazy actress who played one of the ‘real’ people.

For more info and ticket link please visit the schedule page.

Katie Ford:Fri. June 14, 7pm

“Telling Stories About the Stories I’ve Told”. As a writer and story teller it was the real people behind the stories Katie found most fascinating. And yes, there are stories about the crazy actress who played one of the ‘real’ people.

For more info and ticket link please visit the schedule page.

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The El-SalomonsFri. June 14, 7:30pm

The El-Salomons take the motto 'make love not war' very personally. Jess Salomon (hilarious comic) and Eman El-Husseini (also hilarious comic) met and fell in love at a comedy club in Montreal nearly a decade ago when a friend of theirs suggested, “You two broads should kiss”.

For more info, go to the Schedule page!

The El-SalomonsFri. June 14, 7:30pm

The El-Salomons take the motto 'make love not war' very personally. Jess Salomon (hilarious comic) and Eman El-Husseini (also hilarious comic) met and fell in love at a comedy club in Montreal nearly a decade ago when a friend of theirs suggested, “You two broads should kiss”.

For more info, go to the Schedule page!

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In Other News... with Maggie CassellaFri. June 14 - 9pm

When the 24 hour news channel is 23:56  hours too long...
When everyone is talking about the same four things...
When you’re bored...
When you’re sad...
When you’re at work and watching a news channel with the sound off...
When the news of the day has gotten you to the point that you think there’s a nuclear missile with Kim Dong Ding-Dong Effing Koo-Koo Bing Bong’s face on it coming right for you...
It’s time for In Other News with Maggie Cassella.  

In Other News is a brand new show developed by Katie Ford and Maggie Cassella.  A hybrid comedy, talk, variety show, In Other News shines a light on the stuff people aren't talking about, aren't talking enough about, or haven't talked about at all - but should be. And of course we'll be the judge of that.

In Other News features live interviews, video, and a live musical or comedic guest. Special guests to be announced.  

For more infö go to the schedule page!

In Other News... with Maggie CassellaFri. June 14 - 9pm

When the 24 hour news channel is 23:56  hours too long...
When everyone is talking about the same four things...
When you’re bored...
When you’re sad...
When you’re at work and watching a news channel with the sound off...
When the news of the day has gotten you to the point that you think there’s a nuclear missile with Kim Dong Ding-Dong Effing Koo-Koo Bing Bong’s face on it coming right for you...
It’s time for In Other News with Maggie Cassella.  

In Other News is a brand new show developed by Katie Ford and Maggie Cassella.  A hybrid comedy, talk, variety show, In Other News shines a light on the stuff people aren't talking about, aren't talking enough about, or haven't talked about at all - but should be. And of course we'll be the judge of that.

In Other News features live interviews, video, and a live musical or comedic guest. Special guests to be announced.  

For more infö go to the schedule page!

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The Ethnic Rainbow ShowFriday, June 14, 9:30pm

We’re Funny That Way favourite Brandon Ash Mohammed hosts a special edition of Ethnic Rainbow show for the fest!

Canada’s FIRST & ONLY comedy show showcasing LGBTQ2S+ comedians of colour makes its festival debut starring:

Monica Garrido
Daphney Jo
Ben Sosa Wright
Ajahnis Charley
Brendan D’Souza
Jade Niles Craig
And Special Guest: Martha Chaves

For more info visit the Schedule page!

The Ethnic Rainbow ShowFriday, June 14, 9:30pm

We’re Funny That Way favourite Brandon Ash Mohammed hosts a special edition of Ethnic Rainbow show for the fest!

Canada’s FIRST & ONLY comedy show showcasing LGBTQ2S+ comedians of colour makes its festival debut starring:

Monica Garrido
Daphney Jo
Ben Sosa Wright
Ajahnis Charley
Brendan D’Souza
Jade Niles Craig
And Special Guest: Martha Chaves

For more info visit the Schedule page!

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Kilt: A Staged ReadingSaturday, June 15, 7pm

Award-winning playwright Jonathan Wilson brings a staged reading of his award-winning play on its twentieth anniversary!

For more info please visit the Schedule page!

Kilt: A Staged ReadingSaturday, June 15, 7pm

Award-winning playwright Jonathan Wilson brings a staged reading of his award-winning play on its twentieth anniversary!

For more info please visit the Schedule page!

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Ian HarvieSaturday, June 15, 7:30pm

Pioneering trans comic Ian Harvie returns to the fest!
Ian Harvie is a known for being unafraid to joke about subjects no other comedian has touched. He pokes fun at topics from his own surgery, to fears of public restrooms, to his active sex life. Harvie’s unique act queers the traditionally macho, sex-obsessed world of stand up in ways you won’t believe, proving that laughter cuts across all gender identities and ultimately unites us all.

For more info please visit the Schedule page.

Ian HarvieSaturday, June 15, 7:30pm

Pioneering trans comic Ian Harvie returns to the fest!
Ian Harvie is a known for being unafraid to joke about subjects no other comedian has touched. He pokes fun at topics from his own surgery, to fears of public restrooms, to his active sex life. Harvie’s unique act queers the traditionally macho, sex-obsessed world of stand up in ways you won’t believe, proving that laughter cuts across all gender identities and ultimately unites us all.

For more info please visit the Schedule page.

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Selena Vyle: Broken-Hearted GirlSaturday, June 15, 9pm

Toronto's saddest comedic drag queen, explores heartbreak in this one hour, completely improvised musical cabaret. Selena tells tales of her own romantic foibles and making up songs with musical director Scott Christian so flawlessly, they'll leave you wondering if they're pre-written (they're not).

Selena Vyle: Broken-Hearted GirlSaturday, June 15, 9pm

Toronto's saddest comedic drag queen, explores heartbreak in this one hour, completely improvised musical cabaret. Selena tells tales of her own romantic foibles and making up songs with musical director Scott Christian so flawlessly, they'll leave you wondering if they're pre-written (they're not).

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Shawnee in ConcertSaturday, June 15 - 9:30pm

Singer and songwriter Shawnee is a Two Spirit music artist making music as medicine.

Billboard names her as an "Artist You Should Know" while MTV calls her their "Top Gender Bending Artist"

As Shawnee uses music to empower and strengthen the same way it did for her as a young person struggling with depression. She carries her stories through her music and her fight to self empower through song and her voice.  Don't miss this amazing performer in concert!

For tix and more info on the show please visit the Schedule page.

Shawnee in ConcertSaturday, June 15 - 9:30pm

Singer and songwriter Shawnee is a Two Spirit music artist making music as medicine.

Billboard names her as an "Artist You Should Know" while MTV calls her their "Top Gender Bending Artist"

As Shawnee uses music to empower and strengthen the same way it did for her as a young person struggling with depression. She carries her stories through her music and her fight to self empower through song and her voice.  Don't miss this amazing performer in concert!

For tix and more info on the show please visit the Schedule page.

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