Garden Variety Show

Date and Time: 
Saturday January 30 - 8:00pm
Event Type: 
Event Location: 
Emmanuel Howard Park United Church (240 Roncesvalles Avenue)
Emmanuel Howard Park United Church (240 Roncesvalles Avenue)

 Garden Variety Show on January 30th at 8pm

The 2nd Annual Garden Variety Show is this Saturday January 30.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online via PayPal:

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Doors open at 7:30, show time is 8pm.
This is a licensed, adult-only event which takes place in the gymnasium at the Emmanuel Howard Park United Church at 240 Roncesvalles Ave. Hors d’oeuvres will be served.


Master illusionist:

Ben Train

Sublime tunesmith:

Bryce Kulak

Comedy acrobats:

Philip & Lucinda

Stunt juggler

Ben Burland

Canadian comedy award winner:

Laurie Elliott

Your host, the mellifluous:

Rachelle Elie

After a hugely successful launch last year, the Garden Variety Show is back with a fantastic show for 2016. This is Garden Avenue’s annual fundraising cabaret featuring the city’s finest music, comedy, circus acts, magic and more, hosted once again by the hysterical and captivating Rachelle Elie.

We’ve got Philip and Lucinda, the world’s greatest acrobatic-comedy-kazoo duo. There’s master illusionist Ben Train whose sleight of hand and mind tricks will leave your jaw on the floor. Cabaret tunesmith Bryce Kulak has the stage presence and songwriting prowess of Burt Bacharach and Rufus Wainwright’s secret lovechild. The insanely funny Laurie Elliott won best female stand-up at the Canadian Comedy Awards in 2006 and has appeared on The Red Green Show and Video On Trial. Ben Burland took our breath away last year with his puppetry and balancing act (as seen on the poster), we have no clue what he has in store for us this time around, but you can bet it’s going to be great. Last but not least, Rachelle Elie returns to host the event. A veteran on both Canada’s comedy and fringe scenes (outstanding comedy award - Ottawa Fringe Festival), Rachelle will have you in stitches with her quick wit and quirky worldview.

We’re very happy to welcome back our beer sponsor Mill St. Brewery. Superchef Garden Dad Jonathan Spence will be in the kitchen crafting hors d’oeuvres.

Once again the Garden Variety show is produced by Luke Jackson and Eli Klein, with the inestimable help of Natasha Teoli, Heather Johnston and Madeleine Cruickshank.

Please consider buying your tickets BEFORE the event so you can not only have time to find a babysitter, but it's also helpful for the organizers to estimate attendance. Judging from last year's attendance - and the phenomenal feedback we received - it might be a sellout! We are also looking for volunteers for the night of the show. If you are interested in helping out with setup, serving, teardown, or in any other capacity, please contact Heather or Natasha at

Download the poster (JPG, 2.2 MB)