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  • Jan 22 2015

    Youth & Teen Summer Comedy Camps Open House - March 1st

    Join us Sunday, March 1st from 9am-12pm for our 1st Annual Youth & Teen Comedy Camps Open House. Kids in grades 2-12 and their parents are invited to join us for a morning of FUN!

    Take one or our FREE beginner drop-in improv workshops, check out a hilarious interactive show and fill up on yummy snacks. Get a tour of our Training Centre and see pictures of our expansion (set to open spring of 2015).  Also you can meet the camp staff and pick up cool swag & info sheets. Plus we're having a draw to win a FREE week of camp for anyone that registers that day!

    Workshop & Show Schedule:

    9:30am - Drop-in Workshop
    10:00am - Show and Q&A
    10:30am - Drop-in Workshop
    11:30am - Drop-in Workshop
    12:00pm - Show and Q&A

    Spend the whole morning with us or just an hour. No need to register ahead of time just show up and get ready to laugh!

    See you soon!

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  • Oct 30 2014

    SC Toronto Training Centre: 5th Annual Fall Ball: Nov 8th

    Join us for our 5th Annual Fall Ball happening Saturday, November 8th at 9pm.

    Students and friends of students are invited to get dolled up in their best party clothes and join us for a night of laughs, prizes, food and one crazy dance party!

    The night starts off with a talent show at 9pm in the JCB featuring hilarious, dramatic and musical acts by some of The Training Centre's students, grads, faculty and alumni.

    After the show follow us to the Charlotte room (19 Charlotte St) where the party really gets going. We'll have food, drink specials, great prizes and one crazy dance party with Dj Josh Murray!

    Tickets ($5) on sale now at the front desk of The Training Centre.

    This is going to be a great night! See you there!

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  • Sep 29 2014

    SC Toronto's "Rebel Without a Cosmos" is Four Stars

    Congratulations to SC Toronto for an incredible opening night! Last night their latest Mainstage revue, "Rebel Without a Cosmos" opened to rave review. It was said to be "sheer comic bliss: as funny as you could dream of, but also full of real wisdom and razor-sharp satire."

    What more could you ask for...oh maybe to also get four out of four starts -- which it did!

    Congrats Toronto!

    Click here for the entire review from the Toronto Star.

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  • Jul 22 2014

    The Second City Chicago Training Center to Double its Pipers Alley Footprint

    The Second City, Inc. announced today the signing of a lease with Old Town Development Associates, L.L.C., to expand into additional space at Pipers Alley (230 W. North Avenue) formerly occupied by the four-screen AMC movie theater. The new space will allow The Second City Training Center, the largest school of comedy in the world, to add an array of student-centered facilities including new classrooms, two student theaters, a screening room, a student resource center, a student lounge and bar, two large special events spaces and additional space for the companies’ growing businesses. The new lease adds 25,000 square feet to The Second City Training Center's current 20,300 square feet of space essentially doubling the school's current footprint. In total, The Second City will occupy nearly 75,000 square feet in Chicago's Old Town.

    Named one of “The 25 Best Drama Schools in 2014” alongside Yale School of Drama, The Juilliard School and Carnegie Mellon University by The Hollywood Reporter, The Second City continues to develop an entirely unique way of creating and performing comedy. Last month, The Second City Training Center announced the launch of its TV, Film and Digital Program, under the direction of Jack C. Newell.  New classrooms will be equipped with state-of-the-art technology including voiceover studios, on-camera training studios and editing suites to accommodate the Digital Program launch.

    "We are very excited to enhance our students' experience with the development of this new space,” says Andrew Alexander, CEO and Executive Producer of The Second City, Inc. “This will give the opportunity for more student performances in front of audiences, resources to enhance their education, places to work and collaborate, and program-specific materials and technology in classrooms. For our team, it's taking what's already a fantastic training institution and heightening it to the best experience possible for our students."

    The second-floor space at Pipers Alley first opened as a movie theater in 1991, and has been unoccupied since AMC went dark on May 26, 2011. The Training Center’s multi-million-dollar build-out begins immediately, with physical enhancements to include opening up the bricked-over 22-foot high window arches overlooking North Avenue and Wells Street.  The space is expected to be completed and serving students by spring of 2015.

    Long in the works, the expansion is in response to The Training Center’s desire to launch new and progressive programming while maintaining the high teacher to student ratio and enhancing the overall student experience. With the acquisition of the AMC space, the Second City Training Center can keep its educational programming under one roof – close to its history and next to its professional theaters. Students on a professional track can get even more stage time, and with the growth of the overall student body, additional theaters can accommodate end of term graduation performances. The new Student Resource Center will give students an actual on-site workspace.

    "For years we've been listening to student feedback and building this plan to fulfill their requests,” says Kerry Sheehan, President of the Second City Training Centers & Education Programs. “Not only will we be able to better accommodate our wait lists in core programs – such as improvisation and writing – but our newer initiatives into digital media and advanced classes for the professionally tracked student will have room to grow and thrive."

    The Second City is the leading brand in improv-based sketch comedy. With theaters and training centers in Chicago, Toronto and Hollywood, 11 full-time touring ensembles, thriving corporate communications and theatricals divisions as well as television and film operations, The Second City has been called "A Comedy Empire" by The New York Times. The Second City Training Center has a current student body of 5,000 per week and is the largest school of comedy in the world.

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  • Jul 16 2014

    The Second City Cocktail Contest!

    The Second City is remodeling our Toronto bar, and we want our patrons to help us concoct a couple of tasty new cocktails to add to our bar menu.

    Put your mixology skills to the test for your chance to win two free tickets to a Second City show, plus $25 gift card, bragging rights, and the chance to see your cocktail concoction featured on our bar menu!

    We’ve suggested two featured ingredients. All you have to do is visit our Facebook page, and add a comment with:

    1) A third featured ingredient
    2) Directions on how to prepare or serve your creation **
    3) An original name for your cocktail creation!

    ** Keep in mind: our bar functions at a very fast pace and complicated preparation steps slow down our service. So no flames, muddling or hoop jumping!

    It’s that simple! Check our Facebook or Twitter feed on Friday afternoon to see if your concoction has been chosen as the winner of our summer cocktail contest!

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  • Jun 25 2014

    Rick & Laura Hall Return to The Second City Training Centre July 18th & 19th

    They're coming back, for two days only! We have a beginner and an advanced musical improv workshop and two back-to-back shows!

    If you've seen Whose Line Is It Anyway? and have always wanted to learn to do musical improv then the beginner class on Saturday, July 19th from 11-2pm is a great starting point. If you have experience with musical improv and are looking to further expand your skills then try your hand at the advanced class on Friday, July 18th from 2-5pm.

    Back-to-back shows Friday July 18th starting at 7:30pm in the John Candy Box Theatre.

    7:30pm: Open Jam
    $5 Second City Training Centre Students/ $10 Non-Second City Training Centre Students

    9:00pm: Advanced Workshop show
    $8 Second City Training Centre Students/ $15 Non-Second City Training Centre Students

    Tickets available at the front desk of The Second City Training Centre (70 Peter Street, Lower Level)

    About Rick and Laura:
    Rick and Laura met when he was a member of The Second City Touring Company in Chicago and she was the musical director.

    Rick is best known for his roles in Three Fugitives, My Fellow Americans & Vice Versa while Laura can be seen on the hit TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway? starring Second City Alumni Colin Mochrie & Ryan Stiles.

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  • Jun 10 2014

    Shaw Media Partners with Second City Toronto

    On the heels of its impressive Upfront presentation last week, Shaw Media announced today a series of original digital initiatives that have integrated cross-platform opportunities from their inception. Building on brands Canada knows and loves – Global, HISTORY® Canada, Food Network Canada, and HGTV Canada – Shaw Media is extending its strength in television content into the digital space.

    “Shaw Media excels at original content and with these four cross-platform experiences we are building on our already strong efforts in the digital world to bring our viewers and advertisers the quality, creativity, and diversity that they have come to expect from our linear brands,” said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice President of Content, Shaw Media.

    These exciting new digital initiatives include:

    The Second City Project
    FALL 2014            
    Global TV is bringing the next generation of legendary Second City comedy talent to Shaw Media screens in The Second City Project, led by Bob Martin (Slings and Arrows). Designed to bring premium sketch comedy to Canadian television as well as meet the insatiable appetite for short-form comedy on digital platforms, this series of vignettes will weave together the evolution of a comedy sketch from its inception in the writers’ room to the final produced piece. The sketches will premiere in short form on and Global Go, and will be packaged as a series of on-air specials for Global.

    Dino Hunt Canada
    FALL 2014
    The original cross-platform series Dino Hunt Canada on HISTORY and will showcase Canada as one of the best places in the world to discover dinosaurs. In a four-part television event, Canadian paleontologists unravel prehistoric mysteries and make history through incredible new dinosaur discoveries, from the Alberta badlands to the Bay of Fundy. The series will be accompanied by rich, interactive digital content in partnership with the Royal Ontario Museum. The starting point of the definitive guide to dinosaurs in Canada, will include live streaming from the action of the museum’s paleontology lab to the ultimate ‘Ask the Expert’ section with key personalities from the series.

    The Great Canadian Cookbook
    WINTER 2015
    Food Network Canada is embarking upon a digital, community-based initiative to start a coast-to-coast conversation celebrating food. The brand is launching a ground-breaking, multi-screen project encouraging all Canadians to contribute recipes, ingredients, and conversation to The Great Canadian Cookbook. The digital content features an ever-evolving food almanac, contributions by favourite Food Network celebrities, instructional videos, exclusive recipes, and user-generated content. A one-hour special television presentation will follow on Food Network in Winter 2015. The Great Canadian Cookbook provides all Canadians with the opportunity to craft the country’s ultimate food identity.

    The HGTV Home Giveaway
    SPRING 2015
    Every HGTV Canada viewer has one thing in common – the dream of owning their perfect home. The HGTV Home Giveaway is making that dream come true by giving away a fully-furnished, custom-built home plus cash and prizes. This innovative project will originate online as viewers enter to win the home, and they will stay engaged along the way by helping to design the house, from the way it’s built to the finishing touches of décor. All of this will culminate in a television special on HGTV Canada in which the lucky winner will be revealed.

    About Shaw Communications Inc.
    Shaw is a diversified communications and media company, providing consumers with broadband cable television, High-Speed Internet, Home Phone, telecommunications services (through Shaw Business), satellite direct-to-home services (through Shaw Direct) and engaging programming content (through Shaw Media). Shaw serves 3.2 million customers, through a reliable and extensive fibre network. Shaw Media operates one of the largest conventional television networks in Canada, Global Television, and 19 specialty networks including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY® and Showcase. Shaw is traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges and is included in the S&P/TSX 60 Index (Symbol: TSX – SJR.B, NYSE – SJR). For more information about Shaw, please visit

    For media inquiries, please contact:

    Jessica Gold                                                                                                      
    Publicity Manager, Global Television and Dramatic Channels
    Shaw Media

    Laura Hughes
    Publicity Manager, Lifestyle and Factual Channels
    Shaw Media

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  • Jun 5 2014

    Bob Derkach Honored at Edmonton Blues Hall of Fame

    Former Second City Toronto Musical Director, Bob Derkach, is being honored at Edmonton Blues Hall of Fame. For more details, click here.

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  • May 6 2014

    SC Toronto Musical Director, Bob Derkach, Inducted into Blues Hall of Fame

    Bob Derkach, Second City Musical Director for Toronto, Edmonton and Santa Monica Mainstages 1981-2006 is to be inducted into the Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Blues Hall of Fame on June 8, 2014.

    In this Inaugural Celebration of Inductees, Bob D is being honored along with fellow Hot Cottage Blues Band members Steve Boddington (guitar), Brian Koehli (bass) and Linsey Umrysh (drums), in the Performer Category, particularly for their 1972 blues album "Hot Cottage with Walter "Shakey" Horton".

    Walter Horton was a member of Willie Dixon's Chicago Blues All-Stars so the Chicago connection lives on! Check it out here. It is also available on iTunes.

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  • Apr 23 2014

    SC Alum Andrea Martin Nominated for Critics Circle Award

    Congrats to SC Toronto alum, Andrea Martin, on her Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play in Act One! So proud of her!

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