THE NEW LOCAL is here!


Socially Distanced “Hello everyone”! Wishing you health and hopefully some joy during this trying time. And thank you for everyone who came out to see me at the Stratford Festival last year. I am truly grateful for your continued support.
With the state of our beloved industry in jeopardy, and with local establishments needing support I thought why not combine the 2 into one fabulous and safe evening.
Very excited about a new venture that my husband Jeremy and I have created. Performing and food are our two greatest loves so we are thrilled to share this with all of you. Please read the info below and I hope to see you at “The New Local”!

Team Lapepstein Presents:
THE NEW LOCAL: Dine In, Sing Out!

Do you miss live entertainment? Do you miss eating out at local restaurants and enjoying delicious food with friends and family? Look no further. “The New Local” in Toronto is the East End’s newest most exciting way to bring local entertainment and food straight to your home. In these unprecedented times some of the best local establishments are closed for dine-in experiences. Newlyweds and two of Toronto’s most sought after musical theatre performers Gabi Epstein (Stratford Festival/Mirvish/DORA Award) and Jeremy Lapalme (Stage West/Bain and Bernard Comedy/Rose Theatre) are teaming up with their favourite neighbourhood restaurants to bring you a series of live intimate virtual musical concerts that both entertain and celebrate local establishments.

Each monthly show will showcase a different local restaurant and feature a special menu designed for the show. One admission price gets you a dinner for either 2, 4, or 6 people delivered straight to your door and a private link to the one hour show. All you have to do is unpack your dinner, sit back, relax, and enjoy. And because this intimate event has limited admission you can share your experience with an invested active audience. You can even request songs in advance! After the show, let the “afterparty” begin! Gabi and Jeremy will join you for a virtual post-show “cheers” and answer any questions you may have.

Our first performance (Sunday, June 7th) will be a 6pm family show with a special menu from neighbourhood favourite the OAK PARK DELI! Toula and her team are very excited to be the first restaurant featured at The New Local.
“Seating” is limited so book your tickets early to ensure a spot!
Here are the details:

Oak Park Deli Dinner and Concert:
A: Two People (choose 1 menu item) $40 + HST
B: Four People (choose 2 menu items) $60 + HST
C: Six People (choose 3 menu items) $80 + HST

– 12” pizza (pepperoni/mushroom/green pepper OR spinach/feta/sliced tomato) + family size salad
– Lasagna Dinner (meat or veggie) + family size salad + cheese bread
– Chicken Souvlaki dinner (3 skewers) + family size salad

*All choices serve 2 people
No substitutions please except for allergies

(delivery zones are Pape to Victoria Park and O’Connor to Gerrard)

Please email BY THURSDAY JUNE 5TH with the following information:
Option A, B, or C, which menu items you choose, and your address.
Please use this format as an example:
“Hello! I would like to request tickets for “The New Local”’s first show. I would like combo B with Pizza and Lasagna My address is [insert address]”.
We will then email you back with your total and a secure link for where to send payment. A receipt will be issued upon confirmation.
Please email if you are outside of the delivery zone to arrange in-store pickup

And please use this email if you would like to request a song! Team Lapepstein has a great family show lined up but will try to accommodate any special requests.

Can’t wait to see you at The New Local!
Cheers and stay safe.

Born and raised in Toronto, Gabi Epstein is one of Canada’s leading stage and cabaret performers best known for playing Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors at The Stratford Festival in 2019. Prior to this, Gabi starred as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl both at the Segal Centre in Montreal and in concert with the Harold Green Jewish Theatre. Other favourite credits include Billy Elliot (Stratford Festival); Once (Mirvish Productions— DORA win for Best Ensemble and Production); Prom Queen (Segal Centre); Yitzhak in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Talk is Free Theatre); Killer Queen in We Will Rock You (Magnus Theatre); To Life (HG Jewish Theatre— DORA nomination, Outstanding Performance by a Female in a Musical), Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof (Stage West/Capitol Theatre); The Sound of Music, Blood Brothers, and Perfect Wedding (Drayton Entertainment); Edges (Musical Stage Co.), and various characters aboard Disney Cruise Lines including Belle, Ariel, and even Slinky Dog’s butt in Toy Story: The Musical! Gabi’s debut CD Show Off is available on Spotify and iTunes and her infamous “Gabarets” have been performed all over North America garnering her praise such as “Best Cabaret of the Year” by the Times Square Chronicles in NYC. Her show “Gabs Sings Babs: Gabi Epstein sings the music of Barbra Streisand” debuted at the Toronto Jazz Fest and has been performed all over Ontario and Quebec.
Instagram: @gabifayepstein

Over the past 12 years, Jeremy has made a reputation for himself as one of the cities top comedic performers appearing in plays and musicals across both the GTA and Canada. Pickering born and a graduate of both the performing arts program at Wexford School of the Arts and Sheridan College’s prestigious Musical Theatre Performance program, Jeremy has deep ties to the theatre community. He spent several years performing at the Rose Theatre in Brampton playing roles such as Seymour in ‘Little Shop of Horrors’, Charlie Brown in ‘You’re a good man, Charlie Brown’, Lysander in ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’ among others. He also has worked extensively with Stage West, first in Mississauga in “Fiddler on the Roof” followed by several productions at their theatre in Calgary including “80s Solid Gold”, “Spamalot”, “Young Frankenstein”, “Drinking Habits” and most recently “A Gentlemans Guide to Love and Murder”. Some other theatres Jeremy has worked with include: Orillia Opera House, Theatre Orangeville, Capitol Theatre, Magnus Theatre, and work at the Toronto Fringe Festival. As well as being a performer, Jeremy has been instrumental in the creation of new comedic works with his dear friends Bain and Bernard Comedy where they specialize in vaudeville, parody and general silliness. Some of their works include: The You’ve Never Seen Anything Like It Show!!, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet: Chainsaw Massacre (Best of Fringe pick).

Gabi and Jeremy couldn’t be happier to share an evening of songs, laughter, and food with you and your families while safely at home together.

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