2016 Haroldees (some of them)


Monday, June 6th, 2016 8:00pm (doors open at 7:00pm)

Cadillac Lounge: 1296 Queen St W, Toronto
Tickets: (click link below for advanced tickets)
$10 in advance /$15 at the door

Once a year indie theatre gets it shit together and gives out some goddamn awards.

Like the Dora Awards, you also have to buy a ticket. This is a one-night-only show where we come together to honour and heckle the misfits of Toronto’s independent theatre community.

Harold Awards are passed down year-to-year like a hand me down used blanket. There is no higher honour than to become a Haroldee. Along with the everlasting glory and a cash prize of $0.00, each winner is conveniently tricked into organizing the next year’s awards.

Each Haroldee passes on their award to another member of our fractured, beautiful and generally complicated and inspiring industry. To be Harolded is to know you have made a unique contribution to our f’d up art-form.

Born on May 30, 1906, Harold Kandel achieved notoriety in Toronto’s theatre community with his tireless commitment and frequent heckling. Knowledge of Harold’s presence in an audience would elicit a double-edged response of dread and pride in the heart of a performer. If Harold was in the house – it meant you had arrived. If Harold was in the house – it meant it was going to be a long night. After Harold’s death in 1994 a group of 13 theatre artists assembled to create this now-legendary annual event in celebration of the spirit of dedication, commitment and passion of Toronto’s vibrant theatre community.

Established in 1995 by Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, Platform 9 and Theatre Passe Muraille, the annual Ken McDougall Award serves to acknowledge a promising emerging director. Previous recipients have been: Franco Boni, Cathy Gordon, Chris Abraham, Simon Heath, Patrick Conner, Ellen Ray Hennessey, Nina Aquino, Brendan Healy, Bea Pizano, Leora Morris, Mitchelll Cushman, Matthew Thomas Walker and Jacob Zimmer.


Established in 2012 by the 2012 Harold Award Planning Committee, the annual Barbara Fingerote Volunteer Award acknowledges the dedication and commitment of the volunteers in the performing arts in Toronto who help the artists and administrators make the show go on.

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Some of the 2015 Haroldees turned 2016 Organizers


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