SOUNDS OF SUMMER FEATURING KABABIA!!!

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Thank you again for your incredible support for our first few events here at “The New Local”. The blackout could have taken us down but as we say in this business we call “show”, THE SHOW MUST GO ON! Man, it feels good to say that after many months of not.

We are so thrilled to announce the restaurant partner for our August show… KABABIA!!!

After some HIGH praise from members of our community we couldn’t resist giving them a try. And boy did they ever deliver (no pun intended… in fact we did pick-up)! So, to toast these dog days of summer we decided to give you a perfect Wednesday night show suitable for all ages. Wednesday August 19th at 7pm it’s THE SOUNDS OF SUMMER!

HOW DOES IT WORK?

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.

“Seating” is limited so book your tickets early to ensure a spot!
Here are the details:

KABABIA “Sounds of Summer” Dinner and Concert:
A: Two People (choose 1 menu item) $50 + HST
B: Four People (choose 2 menu items) $80 + HST
C: Six People (choose 3 menu items) $110 + HST

“New Local” Dinner Specials (all meals serve 2 people):
#1) KABAB DINNER (Chicken or lamb or both) + mixed salad, rice, garlic potatoes, hummus, pita, tahini and hot sauce on the side)

#2) SHAWARMA DINNER (Chicken or Gyro or both) + mixed salad, rice, garlic potatoes, hummus, pita, tahini and hot sauce on the side)

#3) FALAFEL/VEGGIE DINNER (VEGETARIAN) (Falafel patties and grilled eggplant/cauliflower) + mixed salad, rice, garlic potatoes, hummus, pita, tahini and hot sauce on the side)

YUMMMM!

*No substitutions please

***DELIVERY/GRATUITY INCLUDED
(delivery zones are CARLAW TO MAIN + O’CONNOR TO DUNDAS)

Please email thenewlocalevents@gmail.com BY MONDAY AUGUST 17TH 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” show. I would like combo B with #1 and #2 meals. My address is [insert address]” and my phone number is [insert phone #].

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.
If you are outside of the delivery zone PICKUP IS AVAILABLE! Please email thenewlocalevents@gmail.com to arrange this.

And please use this email if you would like to request a song! Team Lapepstein has a great summer nights 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.♥️

SECOND “NEW LOCAL” SHOW ANNOUNCED feat. RELISH BAR AND GRILL!

New Local Relish MUCH BETTER VERSION

Thank you so much for your incredible support and participation for our first show at “The New Local”.

We are so thrilled to announce the restaurant partner for our July show… RELISH BAR AND GRILL!!!!!!

This OUTSTANDING resto used to be around the corner from us but got too darn popular and moved a little further west to the Danforth/Logan area. Specialising in small plates, great beer, and live music this is an obvious local favourite for us.

We are so excited to feature them for our next show. And this is a fun one. Put the babies to bed (if you wish) because on July 12th at 8pm it’s DATE NIGHT!

HOW DOES IT WORK?

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.

“Seating” is limited so book your tickets early to ensure a spot!
Here are the details:

RELISH BAR AND GRILL Dinner and Concert:
A: Two People (choose 1 menu item) $50 + HST
B: Four People (choose 2 menu items) $80 + HST
C: Six People (choose 3 menu items) $110 + HST

“New Local” Dinner Specials (all meals serve 2 people):
#1) “Greek Salad”
Romaine, tomato, Kalamata olive, cucumber, red onion, Feta, fresh herbs, oil & vinegar dressing
AND
“Pastitisio” (Greek lasagne)
Seasoned ground lamb, spinach, ricotta, tomato & bechamel sauce

#2) ((VEGAN) (GLUTEN FREE))
“Baby Spinach Salad”
Mandarin orange, walnuts, blueberry, vegan cheese, pomegranate vinaigrette
AND
“Buddha Bowl”
Mushroom, ginger tofu, baby bok choy, broccoli, sweet peas, tamarind, ginger, peanut sauce with scented Basmati rice

#3) (GLUTEN FREE)
“Taco Salad”
Corn tortilla cup filled with seasoned ground beef & black bean, cheddar, tomato, pickled pepper, avocado, sour cream, salsa, romaine, Smokey ancho dressing
AND
“Mexican Rice”
Chicken breast, black bean, corn, green onion, tomatillo, chipotle, rice, lime

*No substitutions please

**Please inquire re: alcohol add-ons

***DELIVERY/GRATUITY INCLUDED
(delivery zones are Broadview to Main and O’Connor to Queen)

Please email thenewlocalevents@gmail.com BY THURSDAY JULY 10TH 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” show. I would like combo B with #1 and #2 meals. 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.
If you are outside of the delivery zone PICKUP IS AVAILABLE! Please email thenewlocalevents@gmail.com to arrange this.

And please use this email if you would like to request a song! Team Lapepstein has a great date night 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.♥️

THE NEW LOCAL is here!

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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

OAK PARK DELI MENU OPTIONS at The New Local:
– 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/GRATUITY INCLUDED
(delivery zones are Pape to Victoria Park and O’Connor to Gerrard)

Please email thenewlocalevents@gmail.com 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 thenewlocalevents@gmail.com 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.

SUDDENLY STRATFORD!

Hello friends!
Boy, am I ever the worst at keeping this updated. I will be doing a major update to the website soon but for now I wanted to announce some very exciting news. I am thrilled to be making my Stratford debut next season in both Little Shop of Horrors and Billy Elliot. I will be in the ensemble of Billy and…wait for it… will be playing AUDREY in Little Shop! I could not be more excited about this news. I will post a ticket link as soon as they are available to the public and will continue to keep you updated here about other news.
Stay tuned and hope to see you in Stratford next year!
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NO TOWN LIKE HOGTOWN

Hello friends!
I know I know, I haven’t posted in a while… Apologies! This year/summer has been filled with many wild, wonderful, and wacky opportunities. The biggest “thing” to have happened this year is I was in a new immersive theatre production called “Hogtown” here in Toronto. What’s immersive theatre, one may ask? Think “Sleep No More”, think “Brantwood”. The audience walks around a venue and experiences all of the different scenes and storylines as they are happening. There are no guides, no rules, you could see one storyline one night and a completely different one the next night. This was Hogtown! Set on the night of the 1926 Toronto mayoral election, Hogtown explored the political scandals of the time as well as the issues pertaining to Prohibition. You had temperance women protesting an illegal speakeasy downstairs where yours truly was singing. But more than that, what we discover is that my character, Maddy Foster is the current mayor’s daughter and is singing at the speakeasy in secret, all while getting wrapped up with a local gangster who may or may not have gotten her pregnant… Oh the drama!!
It was an absolute blast and was actually the largest Equity collective in Canadian History… Not bad, eh? Over 30 people completed this cast including Canadian theatre stars David Keeley, Kelly Holiff, Dov Michaelson, Allan Price, Nora and David Rosser, Jorge Molina, Lori Nancy Kalamanski, and Drew Carnwath with an extra 20 or so on the creative team including the show’s director, co-producer and co-writer Sam Rosenthal.
We workshopped it in January and ran it to sold out houses this past July and August.
Stay tuned for a possible remount this coming January 2017. You don’t want to miss this one. It’s a truly unique theatre experience that you cannot get anywhere else. Visit www.thehogtownexperience.com to get on our mailing list and keep yourselves in the loop.
#NoTownLikeHogtown
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