by Justin Haley

PRESS RELEASE: Nominations Announced for the 34th Annual


Buddies in Bad Times Theatre Leads in General Theatre Division with 15 Nods.
Modern Times Stage Company Leads in Independent Theatre Division with 8 Taps.
3 Shows Tie for Top Spot in Musical Theatre Division with 9 Hits each.
Canadian Opera Company Front-runner in Opera Division.
DanceWorks Flies High in Dance Division.
Roseneath Theatre Heads Theatre for Young Audiences Division.

Toronto, June 3, 2013 – At a press conference held June 3 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre), the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) announced 234 nominations for 235 eligible productions for the 34th annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards, which honour excellence in the performing arts in Toronto. 

For the 2012-2013 season, 102 producing companies registered eligible productions. A total of 48 Dora Awards, plus the Silver Ticket Award and the Audience Choice Award, will be given out in a glittering ceremony hosted by Matt Baram and Naomi Snieckus, founding Co-Artistic Directors of the three-time Canadian Comedy Award-winning The National Theatre of the World, on Monday, June 24 at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts in the Bluma Appel Theatre. 

In the General Theatre Division, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre leads with 15 nominations (8 for Arigato, Tokyo and 7 for Obaaberima), followed closely by Tarragon Theatre which nets 13 taps, 7 of which are for The Little Years.

In the Independent Theatre Division, Modern Times Stage Company takes the lead with 8 nominations for The Lesson, followed closely by 6 nods each for Outside the March’s Mr. Marmalade and Video Cabaret’s THE WAR OF 1812 The History of the Village of the Small Huts, 1812-15. 

In the Musical Theatre Division, three productions and their producers tie for the lead with 9 nods each: The Wizard of Oz (Ben Kenwright, The Really Useful Group, David Mirvish, Troika Entertainment, Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures); Bloodless: The Trial of Burke and Hare (Theatre 20) and Cinderella (Young People’s Theatre). 

In the Opera Division, Canadian Opera Company (COC) productions lead overall with a total of 16 nominations as well as another 9 in categories shared with the Musical Theatre Division, making for a total of 25 nods. COC’s Il Trovatore (the Opéra de Marseille production) and Dialogues des Carmélites (the Nederlandse Opera production) each earn 5 nods as does Good Hair Day Production’s Julie Sits Waiting. 

In the Dance Division, DanceWorks earns top spot with 8 nods in total for its presentations of Akshongay, Lab Rats and Road Trip. Kaha:wi Dance Theatre in association with Harbourfront Centre's Planet IndigenUS Festival and Peggy Baker Dance Projects follow with 5 taps each for Susuriwka – willow bridge and Stereophonic respectively. 

The Theatre for Young Audiences Division sees Roseneath Theatre take the lead with 8 nods: 5 for Wrecked and 3 for In This World. See accompanying complete list of nominees. The full list is also available online 

As well, in a special gift from the Bluma Appel Community Trust, a $5,000 prize will be awarded to the winning playwright of Outstanding New Play in the General Theatre Division for the seventh year in a row, in addition to the continuation of Bluma’s Indies comprised of a cash prize of $1,000 per winning category in the Independent Theatre Division.


TAPA’s Audience Choice Award is co-sponsored once again this year by NOW Magazine and Yonge-Dundas Square. The public is invited to choose a winner and vote for their favourite show from the list of nominees for Outstanding Production or they can choose their own! Theatre, dance and opera fans can cast their votes online at from Thursday, June 6, 2013 until 12:00 midnight Wednesday, June 19, 2013. 

The winner will be announced at the Dora Awards show ceremony and will receive a special plaque from NOW Magazine.

The Dora Mavor Moore Awards are administered by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA). In addition to the Doras, other programs and services provided by TAPA include: T.O. TIX - Toronto's Official One Stop Ticket Shop at Yonge-Dundas Square and online at; Toronto’s Official Theatre Guide; hipTIX, offering $5 tickets to students between the ages of 15 and 29; citySPECIAL; the Commercial Theatre Development Fund; and the Travel Retreat Initiatives Program – TRIP. For more information visit and 


Toronto's Theatre, Dance and Opera Awards 
Monday June 24, 2013 
Hosted by Matt Baram and Naomi Snieckus 
Written by Chris Earle
Directed by Edward Roy
Musical Direction by Waylen Miki
Lighting and Scenic Design by Andrea Lundy
Produced by Jacoba Knaapen

5:00pm-6:30pm Pre-Show VIP Reception - Sony Centre for the Performing Arts Lobby
7pm Dora Mavor Moore Awards Show at the Bluma Appel Theatre, in the St.Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St. East 
10:30pm After-Party Under the Stars outside the St. Lawrence Centre on Front St. East 
LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE $65. Call the Box Office at 416-366-7723.
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