The 1st annual META’s at the Rialto

This is Kate and Joan.

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Every month, they venture out to an event to cover and share their experience with y’all. Some call it dyke dates, others call it the chicks chilling. We call it classic mob coverage.


What an event! It definitely felt like an upscale, Oscar-like awards ceremony last night at the first annual META awards. We were all wowed by the opening musical performance by hosts Holly Gauthier-Frankel and Marcel Jeannin, such an awesome way to kick off the event! They garnered roaring applause for statements like “We’re not going to think about moving to Toronto tonight!” and “We love you Montreal!”. With an unmistakable collective positivity in the room, the “Long live Montreal Theatre!” essence definitely filled the Rialto until it was bursting at the seams!
meta2The impromptu Birthday Song to presenter Micheline Chevrier was particularly amusing. It was sparked by someone shouting out “Happy Birthday” to her from the audience, and it true theatrical fashion, she was serenaded by the entire room! It was a little bit bizarre that there was a 3 way tie for the Outstanding Actor (Professional) and 4 way tie for the Outstanding Actress (Independent). These are categories that should reaaaaallllllyyyyyyy have one winner. You could sort of feel the let down in the room, and the acceptance speeches were awkward (as you can imagine). The Outstanding Community Production Award was awarded to Hudson Music Club for “Oklahoma!” and the acceptance speech by Company President Gail Marchand was emotional and moving, “A dream come true.”



Yes that’s right Kate, it was a magical night full of surprises and fun. What surprises you ask? Well the two 3 way ties and the 4 way tie was a let down. I can’t imagine being nominated for something and everyone winning. A little disappointed you say? Yes, I would be but I guess that’s just how awesome the talent pool is here in our city.

From the time we got there, pretty gowns and handsome men swarmed the front of the prestigious Rialto Theatre. All dolled up, Kate and I hit  the event, ready to impress. I was pleased and amazed of the turnout and what a great community the English theatre has. The crowd was so warm and supporting, the nominees we’re honoured and everyone nominated and happy to be attending such an event.

Holly Gauthier-Frankel and Marcel Jeannin we’re fantastic hosts with songs, humour and beauty to keep you entertained all night.  As the night when on, I realized that I was attending an award show. A real good one. Lights, cameras and  action was everywhere! It was a busy room full downstairs and a balcony full of people, there to support the cause. Nick Carpenter ( Musical directional Piano), Shawn Campbell on the bass and Brett Watson on the drums, together they played the winners on and off and gave the night that extra feeling of an award show. The band would play the winners off because their speeches we’re too long too!  That was classic! 

Here is the complete list of winners of the 2013 META’s.

PROFESSIONAL Category Winners:

Outstanding Production:  Sherlock Holmes, produced by the Segal Centre for Performing Arts

Outstanding Direction:  Andrew Shaver for Sherlock Holmes (Segal Centre)

Outstanding Male Actor:  A three-way tie between Patrick Costello for Trad (Sidemart Theatrical Grocery and Centaur Theatre); Grahame Cuthbertson for August, An Afternoon in the Country (Centaur Theatre); and Joe de Paul  for  Head a Tête(Geordie Productions).

Outstanding Female Actor:  Lucinda Davis for Harlem Duet (Black Theatre Workshop).

Outstanding Supporting Male Actor:  James Loye for Robin Hood (Geordie Productions)

Outstanding Supporting Female Actor:  Catherine Lemieux for Good People (Centaur Theatre)

Outstanding Set Design:  Eo Sharp for Red (Segal Centre)

Outstanding Costume Design:  James Lavoie for Sherlock Holmes (Segal Centre)

Outstanding Lighting Design:  Luc Prairie for Sherlock Holmes (Segal Centre)

Outstanding Sound Design:  Jesse Ash for Sherlock Holmes (Segal Centre)

INDEPENDENT Category Winners:

Outstanding Production:  The Bacchae (Scapegoat Carnivale)

Outstanding Direction:  Paul Van Dyck for Oroonoko (Persephone Productions)

Outstanding Male Actor:  Alex McCooeye for The Bacchae (Scapegoat Carnivale)

Outstanding Female Actor:  A four-way tie between Rebecca Croll for Oroonoko (Persephone Productions);  Jennifer Morehouse for The Medea Effect (Talisman Theatre); Aiza Ntibarikure for Oroonoko (Persephone Productions); and Nadie Verrucci for Jacques Brel is a Alive and Well and Living in Pars (In Your Face Entertainment)

Outstanding Supporting Male Actor:  Greg Kramer for The Bacchae (Scapegoat Carnivale)

Outstanding Female Supporting Actor:  France Rolland for The Bacchae (Scapegoat Carnivale)

Outstanding Set Design:  Frances Farley for The Bacchae (Scapegoat Carnivale)

Outstanding Costume Design: Susan Vera for The Bacchae (Scapegoat Carnivale)

Outstanding  Lighting Design:  Erwann Bernard for The Bacchae (Scapegoat Carnivale)

Outstanding Sound Design: Peter Cerone and Brian Lipson for The Bacchae (Scapegoat Carnivale)

COMBINED Categories, including both Professional and Independent nominees:

Outstanding Ensemble:  A three-way tie between The Bacchae (Scapegoat Carnivale); The Hound of the Baskervilles (Theatre Lac Brome); and Innocence Lost: A Play About Steven Truscott (Centaur Theatre)

Outstanding New Text, Original or Adaptation:  Marcus Youssef for Jabber (Geordie Productions)

Outstanding New Translation:  Nadine Desrochers for The Medea Effect (Talisman Theatre)

COMMUNITY Theatre Category Winner:

Outstanding Community Theatre Production:  Oklahoma! (Hudson Music Club)


I have to say I was well impressed and pleased with the night. It’s nice to get dressed up and go to a distinguished event. For a first time, it was a great success. Congratulations to all who organized the night and support these great actors and actresses that this city holds. I saw History of the Devil this past summer and it totally revived my theatre roots from back in the day. (Yes small fact about Joan: She has been in 3 musical plays such as GreaseJoseph and his Technicolor Dreamcoat and Beauty and the Beast.) It made me want to tap into the scene more. This award show has opened my eyes at the work Mobtreal has to do to give this community the coverage and support it needs.  I look forward to meeting you all!

Until next year y’all,

Kate and Joan

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