field notes.03 // Claire Armstrong

field notes.
episode 03 // Claire Armstrong
a conversation about The Crackwalker

April 1st, 2015
R2 Espresso


After a few missed meet ups due to sinus colds and flus, Andrew and Claire finally hit a Queen West café and share delicious baked goods as they talk about Claire’s experience with the latest staging of The Crackwalker. SPOILER ALERT: We kind of gush about Judith Thompson a bit. Be warned.


Waawaate Fobister, painting by Randi Helmers, picture by Joseph Michael Photography

The Crackwalker runs until April 10th @ Factory Theatre, as the last play in their NAKED SEASON.

Produced by ::: a field of crowns :::
Andrew Gaboury, interviewer


Call for Performers

Seasonal Activities, v. V


Seasonal Activities is a series of live performance. It strives to bring artists and audiences of disparate backgrounds together to the same space, opening conversations between participants of the often-individual Toronto arts disciplines.

I am looking for new or pre-existing pieces, running 5 – 20 minutes in length.
Projects can be of any live performance style.
They should be able to work in an intimate setting with low tech.
Pieces should be willing to acknowledge the audience and interrupt their experience beyond traditional staging. Interpret this how you like.

Volume V will take place Saturday, April 30th @ hub14 (14 Markham Street, Toronto, ON)

Tickets will be $15 @ the door / $10 in advance

Seasonal Activities will provide:

  • Company Artist fees will come as a profit-share of ticket sales
  • Basic tech (simple lighting / the ability to rig a couple specials / audio support) & stage management
  • One performance and tech time (times TBD during the evening of April 26th)
  • Audience feedback if desired

To submit, please send:

  1. A short description of your piece (100 words max.)
  2. Technical needs, including length of performance and number of performers
  3. Artist bios
  4. Support material (if submitting links, include it in the package with sufficient headings or short descriptions of what lies beyond. Links will be clicked, but please don’t send me to pages I’d rather not open)
    • videos can be submitted via links to online postings (I probably won’t watch more than 5 minutes of any given thing… but who knows?)
    • photos can be submitted the same way (links to online albums), or as attachments (5 photos max.)
    • music can be attached as .mp3s or links to streaming content
    • websites (I will browse webpages, but specific links with reasons are most welcome)
    • script samples (send it all – a 20 minute performance can’t be that wordy, right?)

All material can be sent as .pdf or .jpeg where applicable and sent to by

Friday, April 8th @ 11:59pm, 2016


field notes.02 // [elephants] collective


field notes.
episode 02 // [elephants] collective
a conversation about A Kitchen Sink Drama
with Ximena Huizi, Thomas McKechnie, Krystina Bojanowski and Michael Reinhart

Feb. 11th, 2016
Merchants of Green Coffee

What was originally planned as a meeting with Thomas became, as schedules go, an invitation to watch a rehearsal. It was great to peek in on an [elephants] rehearsal from the outside and see an entirely different process than the one I experienced during A Wake for Lost Time. These cats really love questioning theatre’s role in today’s society.

elephants warmup

A Kitchen Sink Drama plays during Week One (Feb. 17th – 20th) of the 37th Rhubarb Festival @ buddies in bad times. Click the banner below to take you to Rhubarb’s site.

a kitchen sink drama

field notes.01 // A Man Walks Into a Bar

Happy New Year!

I look back on 2015 fondly; it was a formative year for a field of crowns. Seasonal Activities completed it’s first full-year of exploring intimate, multi-disciplinary performance. On&On&On was revived in a variety of incarnations, partnering with both TOES for Dance and the Night\Shift Placehacking Festival in Kitchener. An idea I was toying with found a home at the Etobicoke Lakeshore Culture Days under the name Myths of My Town, and I refined and retooled my performance of Under Hill & Harbour.

I look forward to 2016 with excitement; not only will Seasonal Activities be coming back for another full season, I’m rethinking myths while working on a few others too early to really talk about in any definition.

Oh, wait, I can talk about this one.

A couple years ago I had every intention of beginning a podcast. Listening to podcasts was part of my daily routine and I wanted to bring my enthusiasm for them to the Toronto live performance scene. I even bought a really good microphone. And played with it. A bit. And got scared by it. A lot. And, really, put it away. My enthusiasm, at that point, was then applied to a different, non-podcast, project: my dossier series of blog posts. I am proud of the dossiers, but at heart, I always wanted them to be podcasts.


Here we are. A couple years later and I am excited to announce the launch of


field notes.
episode 01 // A Man Walks Into a Bar
a conversation with Blue Bigwood-Mallin

Dec. 28th, 2015
Pauper’s Pub

Blue messaged me early in December, asking if I would interview him for the Next Stage production of Rachel Blair’s A Man Walks Into a Bar. I helped promote the show in the summer for Fringe, so the idea of continuing a relationship with this show was appealing. I had a day and an afternoon in Toronto between Christmas celebrations in Oshawa and leaving for Pennsylvania to spend New Years at Polymath Park. Luckily, our schedules matched.

Blue Bigwood-Mallin & myself

A Man Walks Into a Bar opens January 6th @ 7:45pm and runs until January 17th.
Click the banner below for all the show information you’ll need.

nstf poster

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