Evalyn Parry is an award-winning theatre creator and songwriter, director, writer, and performer whose work is inspired by intersections of social activism, history and auto/biography. Recent works include the acclaimed Kiinalik:These Sharp Tools, multi-Dora-nominated Gertrude and Alice (Independent Aunties), and her widely travelled show SPIN. She is the Artistic Director of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in Toronto.

Thank you PuSh!

We had a wonderful time at the PuSh International Performance Festival with Kiinalik:These Sharp Tools this past week. Thank you to all the beautiful, sold-out Vancouver audiences, as well as the amazing festival staff and volunteers who create such a wonderful space to perform.  More news about future presentations soon….but next up, Montreal in March.


Evalyn Parry is the artistic director of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in  Toronto. She is an award-winning, interdisciplinary performance creator: a theatre director, writer and performer, a songwriter and collaborator whose work is inspired by intersections of social justice, history and auto/biography.

She has released five critically-acclaimed CDs of original music, written/created/directed numerous theatrical productions, and toured extensively around the continent.  Her show SPIN – about the feminist history of the bicycle – has taken her all over North America, with more than 200 performances from the Lincoln Center in New York to Inuvik, NWT.   Other recent theatre project include playing Gertrude Stein in the Buddies/Independent Aunties co-production, Gertrude and Alice (co-written by Evalyn and Anna Chatterton with Karin Randoja, forthcoming publication by Playwrights Canada Press 2018); directing and devising The Youth/Elder Project (upcoming at Buddies, May 2017), and directing the multi-Dora Award Winning Obaaberima by Tawiah M’Carthy (Buddies / National Arts Centre / The Cultch 2012/15).   Her upcoming production These Sharp Tools, created and performed by Parry and Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, will complete her trilogy of work about the Arctic (which includes To Live in the Age of Melting: Northwest Passage, and The Idea of North 2.0).    Fierce, funny, thoughtful and provocative, Parry takes her unique perspective on the world and transforms it into performance that spans genres, genders and generations.

More Theatre…

Evalyn is a founding member of The Independent Aunties (with Anna Chatterton and Karin Randoja), with whom she has authored and performed six plays, including the Dora-nominated Breakfast (Buddies in Bad Times 2010, Theatre Centre 2008) and the multiple-award-winning fringe favourite Clean Irene & Dirty Maxine.

Before becoming artistic director at Buddies, Evalyn was the director of youth programming at Buddies for ten years, helping to develop the work of more than 40 emerging LGBTQ2S artists.   Several shows created through this program went on to critical success around the country, including  Obaaberima by Tawiah M’carthy (Buddies in Bad Times), winner of the 2013 Dora Mavor Award for Outstanding Production, Shaista Latif’s Graceful Rebellions (National Arts Centre’s Ontario Scene, SummerWorks Emerging Artist Award, 2014), and Fishbowl by Mark Shyzer.  She directed Fringe Festival hits Oh God – The Drums by Brad HartThe Emergency Monologues by Morgan Jones Phillips.  She was the 2013 recipient of the 2013 KM Hunter Award for Theatre, the 2009 Ken MacDougall Award for Upcoming Director, and has been nominated for several Dora Awards, including Outstanding Director and Outstanding Ensemble.

More Music…

Steeped in the folk tradition but born to innovate, Parry’s genre-blurring work is inspired by intersections of history, auto/biography and contemporary social activism.  Her witty, personal and highly original musical creations –  ranging in theme from 19th century cycling heroines, to 21st century sailors; from “feminine protection” to bottled water, to the quest for the Northwest Passage – have been widely produced, broadcast, commissioned and anthologized, and she has released four critically acclaimed CDs. Accompanying herself on guitar, water bottle, shruti box and loop pedals, Parry shoots from the hip and aims for the heart.

Evalyn grew up running around at folk festivals, folk music running in her veins: her father David a member ofToronto iconic 1970’s folk ensemble The Friends of Fiddlers Green, and her mother Caroline a children’s music performer, author and folklorist. No surprise then, that Evalyn and her brother Richard (a member of Montreal’s Arcade Fire) have both emerged as innovative artists in their own right. Evalyn’s material stands on the foundation of the traditional music she was brought up singing, but takes it in original and unexpected directions.

She has been the recipient of the Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award, The Beth Ferguson Songwriter Award (Ottawa Folk Festival) and nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award for SPIN.  She has toured extensively and been featured music festivals and concert series, university and colleges campuses, and political, environmental, LGBTQ, feminist and activist events.  Performance highlights include: The Vancouver Folk Festival;  Hillside Festival, Guelph, Ontario; Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts; Word on the Street, Toronto; Lincoln Center Out of Doors Roots of American Music Festival, New York; Calgary International Spoken Word Festival; Home County Folk Festival, London, Ontario; Ottawa Folk Festival; Toronto Pride; Harbourfront Centre,Toronto, and many more.


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    Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
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  • The Independent Aunties
    The Independent Aunties
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    The Age of Melting
  • Photo of Tawiah M'Carthy by Jeremy Mimnagh.

Evalyn Parry’s SPIN

Starring the bicycle as muse, musical instrument and agent of social change

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Evalyn Parry takes her audience on an uncommon theatrical and musical journey in Spin, her tour-de-force performance celebrating the Bicycle

One part documentary and another part musical activism, Spin is inspired in part by the incredible true tale of Annie Londonderry, the first woman to ride around the world on a bicycle in 1895.  parry spins a fascinating web of stories that travel from 19th-century women’s emancipation to 21st-century consumer culture, peeling back layers of history to reveal a surprising and contemporary heart to her theme of liberation.

A vintage bicycle, hooked up to simple electronics and suspended in a mechanic’s stand, is played – from fenders to spokes to vinyl seat, from whirling pedals to bells – by percussionist Brad Hart, providing a captivating sonic accompaniment to parry’s songs and monologues. Staged by award-winning director Ruth Madoc-Jones, with stunning visual projections by acclaimed designer Beth Kates, this unique show has delighted audiences across the continent.

“Part theatre, part music gig, part spoken word poetry, part documentary: whatever it is, it is brilliant” Toronto Star

“…a welcome breath of fresh air….SPIN makes something beautiful out of taking your life into your own hands”  Globe & Mail

“Annie Londonderry’s story becomes a portal into Parry’s own life and heart and that is what gives the show such resonance.” Calgary Sun

“…this magnetic artist and her winning production team invest the work with such intelligence and playfulness, it’s hard not to be charmed.  NOW Magazine

“a show with as much heart as it possesses design and brains.” Calgary Herald

Written and performed by Evalyn Parry
Featuring Brad Hart playing the Bicycle
Directed by Ruth Madoc-Jones
Production design by Beth Kates
String Arrangements by Michael Holt

View everything SPIN right here…

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    To Live in the Age of Melting
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    Live at Lula
  • Small Theatres
    Small Theatres
  • Unreasonable
  • Things that should be warnings
    Things that should be warnings
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    She who succeeds t-shirt
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    Ordinary t-shirt
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24 Apr
7:30pm / Evalyn Parry in SPIN The Registry Theatre Kitchener, ON AF. The Registry Theatre in Kitchener presents SPIN. 7:30 pm
26 Apr
8:00pm / Evalyn Parry in SPIN The Fergus Grand Fergus, ON CA. The Fergus Grand Theatre presents SPIN in Fergus Ontario. 8pm.
28 Apr
2:00pm / Evalyn Parry in SPIN Regent Theatre Picton, ON CA. The Regent Theatre in Picton presents SPIN, 2 pm.
01 May -
05 May
8:00pm / Evalyn Parry in SPIN Old Town Hall Waterford, ON CA. Old Town Hall in Waterford presents SPIN, May 1-5 2019
08 May
7:30pm / Evalyn Parry in SPIN St Lawrence Centre for the Arts Toronto, ON CA. Toronto Civic Theatres present SPIN at the Jane Mallet Theatre. One night only! Tickets $25-50, on sale August 10, 2018
12 Jun -
16 Jun
7:00pm / Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools Luminato Toronto, CA. Luminato presents Kiinalik:These Sharp Tools in Toronto, June 12-16 2019 / Info



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