When it launched in the spring of 2014 She Dot Festival broke entirely new ground on the Canadian standup scene. The brainchild of four Toronto based comedians turned producers, the festival was first conceived (so the story goes) over an annual summer weekend at comedian Martha O’Neil’s cottage. The idea? To present an all-female lineup featuring comedians from across Canada and beyond. Beginning with a run of shows at Toronto’s famous Comedy Bar the festival became a huge hit. Not only adding to the annual array of comedy festivals here in the city, but providing a stage for acts we might not have seen or heard of yet, to an audience that came out in droves. The festival expanded into other venues around the city and soon drew in submissions from performers across North America. By the time iconic comedian (and undeniable trailblazer) Margaret Cho performed a festival closing gala at the Danforth Music hall, the She Dot Festival was a bonafide hit and a newly minted brand in Canadian comedy.
Returning this spring, She Dot Festival features some of our favourite comedians from around Canada and highlights some of the upcoming standup talent from stages coast to coast. And it wasn’t just local audiences who were watching. The festival expanded, adding industry workshops and keynotes from some of the who’s-who in comedy, and shining the spotlight on the seemingly endless wealth of independent production and content creation that’s changing our landscape in Canadian content and comedy. Last year, over a full day recording episodes of festival regular Amanda Day‘s hit #DateFail podcast we were introduced to some brilliantly funny female performers from comedy hubs across the map. Montreal, Philadelphia, New York, L.A, Louisville – all descending on Toronto to hit the festival stage.
This year, they’re taking it one step further. Teaming up with the producers and hosts of ‘Canada Laughs‘ on Sirius XM, She Dot Festival presents “She Did!” A lineup featuring some of the festival’s favourite alums and past performers, LIVE to tape, for an exclusive series of sets that will air on Sirius XM and be available on an upcoming comedy album
This Saturday Jan 7 at Comedy Bar, “She Did” presents special guest MC Adrienne Fish. A regular performer on the Yuk Yuks stage and a featured act on festivals across Canada. Along with Toronto’s own Precious Chong (of the Canadian Comedy Award nominated web series and podcast spinoff ‘Sex and the Single Parent‘) and Ottawa comic turned Toronto mainstay Rebecca Reeds. And headlining this album taping, the aforementioned Amanda Day. A Toronto based comedian, host and producer Amanda Day has appeared on the She Dot Festival along with festival stages across North America. She’s been featured on Boston’s ‘Women in Comedy’ festival and last year made her way down to L.A for the Laugh Riot Grrrl Festival. When she’s not on stage, on camera, or in studio recording new Date Fail episodes, Amanda is also the resident MC and producer of the long running cult comedy showcase ‘StonedUp Comedy‘ happening every Thursday at the Hotbox Cafe in Toronto’s Kensington Market.