UPDATE: CBC ‘q’ Interview With Shad – VIDEO

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Check out Shawn's appearance on CBC 'q' now on the YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arbuHBZxWq4 … [Read more...]

Pan Am Games: A League Of Their Own

Toronto's finest in the Athlete's Lounge @ Pan Am Games 2015

So every now and then I get a call, or email, to program a special event. Whether it's cabaret or comedy, it's always a lot of work but in the end it's always worth it. In April, I was asked to program a cabaret for the LGBT identified athletes of the Pan Am Games and I instantly said yes. Last night we arrived in the athletes lounge (the cottage) with our sheet music in hand and I'm incredibly grateful to my friends for bringing their best to the stage. It was amazing to see the backstage of … [Read more...]

CBC ‘q’ With Shad: On How A Joke Became A Movement

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A parade for Ginger Pride? Shawn arrived at the CBC headquarters to discuss The UK's First Ginger Walk and all things red, orange, and pale. "It started out as a joke, but Shawn Hitchins' crusade for redhead respect has attracted serious attention. As Ginger Pride takes hold in places like Plymouth, England and Breda, Holland, the comedian joins Shad to explain how he became an accidental spokesperson for Ginger Nation. Hitchins describes his shock as his mischievous one man parade … [Read more...]

Theatre Preview: View Magazine

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Hey Hamilton, pick up a copy of this week's View Magazine, featuring an excellent preview of Ginger Nation by Allison Jones. ‘ALL HAIL! THE Red, Orange, and Pale!’ On June 20th, for one night only, Hamilton–area theatre lovers have the chance to experience Shawn Hitchins’ funny, fiery call to arms, ‘Ginger Nation.’ The show comes thoroughly praised on both sides of the Atlantic, and its aim is bold and brash: “On his personal mission to repopulate the earth with redheads, [Hitchins] recounts … [Read more...]

Summer Dates: Halifax, Pan Am Games, TIFF, Hamilton…

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Hey Friends, If allergies are any indication, summer is here! Team Ginger is busy putting together a bunch of projects, including a run of Ginger Nation in Halifax and an inclusive cabaret for the LGBT identified participants of the Pan Am Games. More dates are coming in, but check out the various opportunities to catch Shawn when he's not cowering in the shade... JUNE 18 - HOSTING TIFF Members' Trivia: Pride Edition Buddies In Bad Times Toronto, ON event listing JUNE 20 - GINGER … [Read more...]

No Hibernnation This Winter. Backstage Missive.

Top L, Jingle Cats Tribute with Matt Hines; Top R, View from my hotel in Winnipeg; Bottom L, Note from my neighbour after Ginger Nation in YYZ; Bottom R, Kingston Grand Theatre.

What a winter this has been with back to back gigs running the gamut from hosting, to guest appearances, to a really successful run of Ginger Nation at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. I'm finally able to sit down and relax (drink some bourbon). Here are the highlights: It was all about the singalong. The Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music & Grease brought me to Belleville, Winnipeg, Kingston and to TIFF Bell Lightbox (where we celebrated our fourth year in a row of the Sound Of Music – I'm … [Read more...]

Guest Act Announced: Diana Love! @dianalovesit

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I'm so excited to announce that Diana Love will join me on stage at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre this January. I love... Diana Love! We met backstage in Hamilton at a night hosted and produced by Paul Hutcheson.  I was floored by Diana's lewdness peppered with wholesome reminiscences of PEI: I instantly knew we shared the same spirit animal. Since then, we've performed at several events together and I'm always grateful when our paths cross. Here's more info about Diana: Hailing from … [Read more...]

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