Kelly Bedard

With 2020 in the rearview mirror and our annual Nominee Interview Series concluded, it’s time to announce the winners of this year’s Critics’ Pick Awards! Covid-19 restrictions put a major damper on our awards season this year, cutting our theatre division drastically and shutting down the cinema awards entirely. But television, boy, television was our […]

  Kelly Bedard

Sean Patrick Thomas is a millennial icon; there are basically no straight women my age who didn’t have his photo on their bedroom wall. But he’s also a classically trained working actor who, mid-pandemic, turned in one of the scariest, most memorable performances of the year.  Nearly 20 years to the day after the release […]

  Kelly Bedard

Imagine for a second that you’re the one person on earth who survived 2020 without a television. Congratulations, you’ve done the impossible, but I have terrible news for you- you really missed out. There was a lot of great TV in 2020- beautiful, fun, heartbreaking, sometimes life-saving TV. If you only watch 30 minutes of […]

Directed by ARC Artistic Producer Christopher Stanton, and Resident Artist Aviva Armour-Ostroff,…

  Kelly Bedard

I rewatched the final episode of Trying‘s glorious first season on Apple TV+ before my interview with its extremely endearing writer Andy Wolton. It really is one of the most perfectly pitched, utterly honest pieces of writing I’ve seen on television in a really long time. The whole season is special but that final episode […]

  Kelly Bedard

Our last night out reviewing theatre in 2020 was spent at Comedy Bar seeing six pieces at the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival. The best of them was the incredible first solo effort from Anders Yates. Over the years, we’ve seen Yates perform excellent team sketch and improv, traditional scripted work, and even some stand-up comedy. […]

  Kelly Bedard

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy nominee Kayla Cromer (who plays Matilda on Freeform’s Everything’s Gonna Be Okay) is the first autistic actor to star as a series regular on television. That’s an incredible fact, almost as incredible as Cromer’s thoughtful, vulnerable, hilarious performance on one of our favourite shows of 2020, creator Josh Thomas’ […]

  Kelly Bedard

Eclipse Theatre’s limited run of Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George at Toronto’s Jam Factory last March was one of the last pieces of theatre we got to see before the COVID-19 pandemic shut everything down. Thankfully, that excellent production gave us the memory of Tess Benger’s effervescent and thoughtful performance as Dot, which helped […]

  Kelly Bedard

Mae Martin’s autobiographical-adjacent Netflix series Feel Good was one of the great emotional experiences of our 2020 Year of Television. Playing an emotionally truthful/factually ambiguous version of “Mae” navigating love and addiction as a London stand-up, Martin’s easy charm and astounding vulnerability immediately captured our hearts, earning them a nomination for Outstanding Leading Performance in […]

  Kelly Bedard

We may not have been able to celebrate our Critics’ Pick Awards Season to the extent that we’d like this year because of the pandemic but that can’t stop us from hosting our favourite part of the awards, our annual Nominee Interview Series. The list is short this year because we had so few nominees […]

  MyEntWorld Staff

It’s time once again for our annual Critics’ Pick Award nominations! It’s an understatement to say that 2020’s been an unusual time. Covid-19 restrictions put a major damper on our awards season this year, cutting our theatre division drastically and shutting down the cinema awards entirely. But television, boy, television was our everything this year. […]

  MyEntWorld Staff

In mid-March, we lost the very thing that makes us who we are- the privilege of being part of an audience. When we couldn’t go to the theatre, we shut down. We dove into TV and informal online readings, and we just let there be a hole in our lives where live theatre was. We […]

  MyEntWorld Staff

We survived 2020! As the world heals itself from the single most insane year in memory, we’re choosing to look back with as much positivity as we can. The best way we can think to do that is to celebrate our annual Awards Season, even if there isn’t as much to celebrate as there usually […]

2020 has been a struggle with theatres shut down the world over and gatherings like our annual Critics’ Pick Awards party being cancelled in order to keep everyone safe in the time of Covid. We were supposed to announce our winners and celebrate together with the Toronto theatre community on April 6th but when the […]

2020 may be a struggle but 2019 was a great year in film and, even if we’re a bit Covid-delayed in finally wrapping up our annual awards season, it’s definitely worth looking back and celebrating the great art that got us here and will help us get through. Below are the winners of our 2019 […]

Before we announce the winners of the 2019 MyEntWorld Critics’ Pick Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. Nominated for her third Critics’ Pick Award, the versatile and engrossing Vivien Endicott-Douglas joins the Nominee Interview Series to discuss her multi-character Outstanding Leading Performance in a Play-nominated turn in Charlotte Corbeil-Coleman‘s stunning prison drama Guarded Girls, […]

  Duncan Derry

Before we announce the winners of the 2019 MyEntWorld Critics’ Pick Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. As set and lighting designer for immersive company Outside the March’s ambitious production of Annie Baker’s movie theatre-set The Flick, 5-time Outstanding Design nominee (and 2014 winner) Nick Blais problem solved and innovated on countless fronts […]

Before we announce the winners of the 2019 MyEntWorld Critics’ Pick Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. The daughter of an actor and a critic, playwright Charlotte Corbeil-Coleman burst onto the Canadian theatre scene at an impossibly young age with her critically beloved play Scratch. She won the Dora in 2019 for her […]

  Duncan Derry

Before we announce the winners of the 2019 MyEntWorld Critics’ Pick Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. Originally hailing from Edmonton, Amy Keating is a Toronto-based actor onstage (Mr Marmalade; Passion Play) and onscreen (Killjoys). A Dora award-winning co-founder of the Outside the March theatre company, she has appeared in many of their productions, […]

Before we announce the winners of the 2019 MyEntWorld Critics’ Pick Awards, we’re proud to present…

Before we announce the winners of the 2019 MyEntWorld Critics’ Pick Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. I’m not sure what there is to say about Kat Sandler that I haven’t said a hundred times before. She’s charming and witty and prolific and writes fast-paced, enjoyable plays that sneak up on you with […]

Before we announce the winners of the 2019 MyEntWorld Critics’ Pick Awards…

Before we announce the winners of the 2019 MyEntWorld Critics’ Pick Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. First Act Productions has a knack for assembling strong ensembles but Pasek & Paul’s early off-Broadway piece Dogfight might have been their strongest yet with rock solid leads (including Outstanding Performance in a Play nominee Taylor […]

Before we announce the winners of the 2019 MyEntWorld Critics’ Pick Awards, we’re proud to present our…

Before we announce the winners of the 2019 MyEntWorld Critics’ Pick Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. Michael Ross Albert is one of my favourite playwrights full stop; the fact that he’s local, indie, and extremely prolific is just a bonus. His Best New Work-nominated play The Huns, a blistering three-hander about a […]

Before we announce the winners of the 2019 MyEntWorld Critics’ Pick Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. Nicole Underhay has long been one of my favourite actresses in the country. In Coal Mine Theatre’s hilarious and brutal Hand to God, she weaponized her natural sunniness to deliver a brilliantly dark and perfectly pitched […]