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Toronto, ON – Toronto, ON – From the producers of Live from the Annex comes ‘FUTURE tense!’, a new speculative comedic cabaret series set in 2028. On Saturday, December 17, 2016, 8 – 10pm, Lee’s Palace, Upstairs Cave, 529 Bloor St. W., Toronto, the future will be imagined by some of Toronto’s best sketch artists, dancers, clowns, improvisers, storytellers, musicians and futurists. Advance tickets are $15 – 20 Bar 19+.

Dec 17: artists onstage!

  • The Harbingers (co-hosts)
  • Lisa Merchant & Friends (improv)
  • Rick Miller (theatre)
  • Steph Baptist (performance poetry)
  • Anna Chatterton (theatre)
  • Caitlin Thrasher (contemporary dance & burlesque)
  • Maggie Greyson (designer/futurist)
  • Ronley Teper’s Lipliners (7-member band)
  • Davide Di Saro (Animator)

‘FUTURE tense!’ Artistic Director Sasha Wentges is offering audiences an entertaining peek into the future: “With the onset of climate change, wars, and rapidly evolving technologies, our two shows feature a stellar line up of artists exploring with comedic stylings what our future may portend for us: Will it be dystopian or an utopia?” Wentges agrees with Marshall McLuhan when he states, “I think of art, at its most significant, as a DEW line, a Distant Early Warning system that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen to it.” She invites people to have some fun with their questions, hopes and fears about the future by sending them to The Harbingers via text to 647-599-0194.

The Harbingers (co-hosts Laurie Murphy and Sasha Wentges) and improv troupe Lisa Merchant & Friends (Jan Caruana, Marty Adams and Rob Baker) are joined by theatre artist Rick Miller, performance poet Stephanie Baptist, theatre artist Anna Chatterton, designer/futurist Maggie Greyson, and Ronley Teper’s Lipliners, a Toronto-based band hot off their European tour, playing live to their Jutra Award-nominated video animations by Davide Di Saro.

‘FUTURE tense!’s production manager is Heather Kilner, assisted by Andrew Kines and Marcella Tomas. Live from the Annex partners and sponsors are Analytical Engine Interactive, Westbank Corp (@Mirvish Village), Lee’s Palace, Smokes Poutine, Mea Culpa, MARRAM and Beaus Brewery.

For additional show info, to volunteer, or to support with a cash or in kind donation, visit the or send an email to

For PDF of the November 3, 2016 release about Live from the Annex’s ‘FUTURE tense!’ series (shows on Sat., Nov 19 & 17, 2016) at Toronto’s Lee’s Palace, see ae-news-release-from-the-producers-of-live-from-the-annex-future-tense-2016.

Dec 2016 Poster

Poster design by Michael Alstad

Poster design by Michael Alstad

Nov 2016 Poster


Poster design by Michael Alstad

You are invited to support this series by donating at Indiegogo: Thank you so much!