Runs from Monday September 20 2021 to Monday November 22 2021

Approximate running time: 2 hours


Workman Arts/Online
1025 Queen Street West
Toronto ON M6J 1H4


× Instructor: Jim LeFrancios
Sep 20 - Nov 22
Mondays 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Bruised Years Choir: ON WITH THE SHOW. We may not have all fallen in love, but we"ve all had our heart broken. The Bruisers focus outward, on performance, working with Dora Award winning theatre artist Jim LeFrancois to fashion a stage show inspired by Amy Winehouse's Love is a Losing Game.

We will draw upon this universal theme to create HEARTBREAK CABARET, highlighting the diverse and wonderful talents of participating Members.

Monday sessions provide a positive start to the week, offering-up an excellent mix of fellowship, ensemble singing and skills development. A degree of individual and group practice, outside of classtime, will be required to support the creation and delivery of the show.

The choir will follow a hybrid model.

About the Instructors

Jim LeFrancois s an award-winning artist and producer, and has enjoyed a seventeen year association with Workman Arts since first producing a new play initiative with the membership in 2005.

Notable credits include a decade-long tenure with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (leaving the post of Artistic Producer in 2009) and a twenty-one year association with VideoCabaret. Jim's producing work made him the inaugural winner of the LMJH Award which recognizes a ten year contribution to the performing arts scene in Toronto.

Jim is a trained singer, performer and composer, and has worked collaboratively with longtime-time associate Rob Joy since the two met at Etobicoke School of the Arts as teenagers. Their most recent creation was Manitoba Music, which premiered at Workman Arts' Rendezvous with Madness Festival in 2018. His collaboration with David Oiye, ArtHouse Cabaret, earned him a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Musical.

Jim is currently creating two new performance pieces: On and Off Yonge Street (drawn from his late night walks during lockdown periods in Toronto) and The South (culled from journal entries and visual art created while he served fourty-two days in the South Mimico Dentention Centre).

Jim is the recipient of a Silver Medal from the Royal Conservatory of Music and a Harold Award. He sits on Workman Arts' Board of Directors and Artistic Advisory.

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