Category Archives: performance

New Show Announced: Pop-up Comedy!

 

IG MszMacK Comedy PopUp Poster

THURSDAY MAY 24TH
8:00 PM
$10 AT THE DOOR!

MSZMACK COMEDY POPUP!

JUNCTION CITY MUSIC HALL 
2907 Dundas Street West, Toronto

LINE UP FEATURING:
Marito Lopez @nochampagnepapi
Nour Hadidi @nourhadidi
Kat Leonard @katleonard (Hey, that’s me!)
Hisham Kelati @hishamkelati
Stefan Korica @stefankorica

Hosted by There is Two of Me @thereistwoofme

And Special Guest Performance by Makatiii @makatiii


HUG YOU THERE!

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The Responsible Casualty!

Last month I performed in a speaking competition with Speaker Slam
organized by  Dan Shaikh and Rina-Lee Rovinelli

The THEME was Body Beautiful, which is right up my alley with all the work I do with body image and self-esteem in Myselfie. The CATCH was that I had to prepare a 4-6 minute piece! What the wha?!?!? For anyone who’s ever tried to make a long story short, you’ll understand how incredibly challenging this was! I chose one story from Myselfie, the one about my heart murmur that leads up to my hit song My Innards. The HITCH was that I realized I like to cap off a story with my music. What do you mean I gotta end on the un-accompanied word? But when will I dance?!?!

4-6 minute piece just talking. Okay. I put myself on a mission to hone it in. That is something I’m often told to do in commercial auditions too: “Kat, can ya please hoooone it in?! Take it down a notch! Be more regular everyday.” But THIS IS my regular everyday! These facial expressions ARE subdued! And if less truly is more, then just imagine how much more more is! Maybe casting directors used to say that to Will Ferrell too.

So I crafted a story for Speaker Slam called The Responsible Casualty— which is really kinda what the story became, a  casualty of the process. I didn’t craft a story. I hacked away at an existing story in order to hone it in and take it down a notch and fit into a 4-6 minute piece for a Speaker Slam competition. My modus operandi was to keep it under 6 minutes. I lost sight of what “it” should be and focussed with the piercing eye of a hearty maritime fog. If I had it to do over again, I would honour the challenge and theme of Body Beautiful to create something brand new and with respectful intention for this event specifically.

I had so much fun at the event and I shared the stage with some pretty powerful speakers that I now consider friends. I was disqualified from the competition because I went over time. I know you’re shocked. You can watch my 6:15 minute long The Responsible Casualty video here!

 

And here are my new friends!

 

Me! That’s me in the front!


What will you do this month to challenge yourself?

 

New show announced: Toronto Songwriting Guild!

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After my Speaker Slam competition I’ll be running here to hear some tunes and play some tunes! It’s a great musical crowd! Come if you can! I’ll be there around 10:00pm.

 

Toronto Songwriting Guild

Around for nearly a decade, the Toronto Songwriting Guild (TSG) is a vibrant collective of professional musicians and friends who meet regularly to write and perform original songs, and give feedback and support. Its members vary in musical styles and goals, but are well matched in terms of musical skill and commitment to their craft.

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www.meghanmorrisonmusic.com

www.alecsteinwall.com

www.mattgerbermusic.com

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New Show Announced: Body Beautiful!

“Embrace and Love Your Body, it’s the most AMAZING thing you will ever own.”-Speaker Slam’s tagline for this event shares my sentiment and reason I wrote and perform my show Myselfie. Myselfie complete consists of about 3 hours of stories, music and dancing that I pare down to 60-90 minute shows at a time along with a companion workshop. What’s my Speaker Slam challenge? To show appreciation for my Body Beautiful in 4-6 minutes for my Speaker Slam performance! Whoa!!! And the stakes are high because this is a competition and I could win big! BIG! 😉

It goes without typing that I would love to have you come out and support all of us aiming to inspire with love for our own body beautiful. More information on the event below! Love you! 🙂

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Body Beautiful- a Speaker Slam even
Tuesday March 27th 6pm-10pm
Lula Lounge
1585 Dundas Street West
TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

Our Body Beautiful event celebrates the imperfect perfection of our bodies.
Get prepared for a tribute to self love and self acceptance and an evening of vulnerable and inspirational story telling. Whether you are at the beginning or the end of your journey towards self acceptance – join us on March 27th at the Lula Lounge,
and be inspired by our 10 powerful speakers.

The Speaker Slam website: www.SpeakerSlam.ca

FACEBOOK EVENT

New Show Announced: Love Is Everywhere

I am pleased as punch– for whatever punch has to be pleased about since it’s likely about to be gulped– to be part of this show! Please join us if you can!

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Sunday March 18th 8-9:30pm
Comedy Bar Toronto
945 Bloor Street West Toronto

Love is Everywhere is back and scientifically sappier than ever!
March is a hard month for many of us (http://www.bbc.com/news/health-13546925) but do not fear! This month we will be giving happiness homework to all of our performers to show you how positive thinking can change your day/life!

This month we have stand up from:
Human Hug, Ryan Dillon!
Best part of everyone’s day, Brian Ward!
And unstoppable comedy badass Nour Hadidi!

AND music from our special guest who is as covered in glitter on the inside as she is on the outside, Kat Leonard!

Tickets at http://comedybar.ca/show.php?Event_ID=9413

FACEBOOK EVENT

New Show Announced: Wonder Women!

 

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Let’s Make Good Productions presents !WONDER WOMEN
As always, we are spreading EMPOWERMENT through a night of music and visual art!
$10 cover / $8 artists
Hosted by me! Kat Leonard
Featuring live music by: RoveenaArlene Music, and Emily Rockarts
Visual art and live painting by: Carla Casanova

Link to FACEBOOK event here!

 

Friday February 9, 2018
7:00pm-9:30pm
The Painted Lady
218 Ossington Avenue, Toronto

New Show Announced: VoicED!

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February 6, 2018 7:30pm at Transac Club Toronto!

Join us for an evening of performance and art exhibition at the Tranzac club for Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Featuring visual art, music, dance, comedy, and spoken word performances by those whose lives have been affected by eating disorders.

VoicED is an annual fundraiser hosted by NEDIC – National Eating Disorder Information Centre in order to raise money and awareness around eating disorders.

I’ll be doing a wee bit from MySelfie!


19+ event
Learn more about NEDIC in these interviews I did with them and about them on The Curve! 

 

New Show Announced: Wonder Women Winter Wonder

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New Show Announced: Toronto Songwriting Guild!

An opportunity to celebrate Santa’s Sack!

TSG

 

Toronto Songwriting Guild Holiday Song Circle!
Sunday December 10 from 7:30-10:30pm!

Amsterdam Bicycle Club
54 The Esplanade, Toronto

 

 

 

New Show Announced: Beauties, Beats & Eats!

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There is always amazing fun and food to be had at 120 Diner and August 22, 2017 from 8:30-11:00 will be a spectacle of friends in harmony! Get it? Join us if you can!

Pay What You can!
120 Church Street, Toronto Ontario
8:30-11:30pm

Check us and follow if you wanna, yo!

Carla Cassanova: @caralovesart
Heather Christine: @HeatherChristineMusic www.HeatherChristine.ca
Arlene Paculan: @Arlene_Paculan www.ArlenePaculan.com

And me!
Kat Leonard: @katbandoo www.Katleonard.com (This link will touch itself! 😉

Happy happy summer, everybuddy! Let’s celebrate together!

xoxox
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