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June 14 • 8PM
Special Guests include:
Chris Eaton

Comedy Bar
945 Bloor Street West

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June 14 Guest: Novelist, Songwriter, Musician Chris Eaton

chriseaton.jpgSINGIN’ & READIN’. Whoa. Look who’s guesting on this weekend’s Monkey Toast. It’s novelist and songwriter/musician Chris Eaton.  Chris is the author of three published novels: The Inactivist, The Grammar Architect, and Chris Eaton, a Biography. He also wrote a retrospective book of short fiction called Letters to Thomas Pynchon. He’s recorded a half dozen CDs with Rock Plaza Central, including the critically acclaimed “Are We Not Horses?”

Monkey Toast • Saturday June 14 • Comedy Bar • 8pm

Reserve your ticket at or just come early and get them at the door. 945 Bloor St West

May 17th Guests: Gary Holme and Susan Krashinsky

Monkey Toast is back for a long weekend show at 9pm on Saturday, May 17th.


Gary Holme is an artist, Creative Director and co-creator of “Going Holme”, a real time, real life documentary about a birth, rebirth, and a second chance for a family. This is how Gary describes the film: “A once successful ad executive, suddenly out of options and money, gives it all up to drive across America, painting and selling landscape canvases in a desperate last-ditch effort to make it in time to see the birth of his first grandchild and ultimately relaunch and restart everyone’s career, including his own.”


Susan Krashinsky covers advertising and marketing for the Globe and Mail. She was the Globe’s media reporter from 2010-2012. Before joining the Globe, she contributed to the Ottawa Citizen, Montreal Gazette, CBC Radio’s Dispatches and Search Engine. She also worked in radio in Kigali, Rwanda and lived in Osaka Japan.

April 5th Guest: SCOTT STRATTEN

Scott is an expert in Viral, Social, and Authentic Marketing which he calls Un-Marketing.He now has over 165,000 people follow his daily rantings on Twitter and was named one of the top 5 social media influencers in the world on He has written three best-selling business books, the newest being “QR Codes Kill Kittens” a picture book for fed-up business people. He’s currently writing “UnSelling” due out in the fall of 2014. He’s recently appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, USA Today, Entrepreneur Magazine,, and Fast Company and was named one of “America’s 10 Marketing Gurus” by Business Review USA.scott-stratten2.jpg

April 5th Guest: Tessa Sproule


Tessa Sproule oversees the production of award-winning interactive content for shows like Dragons’ Den, Mr. D, Arctic Air, Murdoch Mysteries, Over the Rainbow, Cracked, Big Decision, Cover Me Canada, Heartland, Steven and Chris, Best Recipes Ever, George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight and more. Her team creates compelling new ways for audiences to engage and interact with stories as they unfold on the screen and between broadcasts. She believes the success of the modern storyteller lies in their ability to embrace rapidly changing distribution and consumption models, while creating ways for audiences to not just be entertained by a story - but help tell it. 

David Rocco - Guest on March 1

david_rocco-dec2013-760×427.jpgCelebrity chef David Rocco brings his passion for food and healthy cooking to millions of kitchens every day, through his worldwide hit television programs, David Rocco’s Dolce Vita, David Rocco’s Amalfi Getaway, and David Rocco’s Dolce India along with his two bestselling cookbooks. 

An international celebrity whose profile continues to grow, David is seen in over 150 countries around the world, including in 80 million households each week in the US alone. Called one of “Canada’s Top Ten Style Makers” by Flare magazine, David is constantly featured in a huge variety of media including The Globe and Mail, The National Post, En Route, Nuvo, Food and Drink, Chatelaine, and Today’s Parent. He has appeared on broadcast media such as Canada AM, The Marilyn Denis Show, Steven and ChrisConnect, with Mark Kelley, Metro Morning and Fresh Air, to name just a few.

Alan Cross: Guest on March 1


Alan Cross has been a fixture on the Canadian music scene for the past 30 years. He’s worked at radio stations all across the country including Kenora, Brandon, and Winnipeg before landing at CFNY in October, 1986. After 15 years at CFNY / TheEdge, he moved to program director and at Y95 / Y108 in Hamilton. Later, he became Senior Program Director for Corus Interactive, the online arm of Corus Radio. He was Head Curator ofExploreMusic, a truly unique online and on-air feature dedicated to music discovery.

You may heard of his music series, The Ongoing History of New Music, which debuted in February 1993. There have been over 690 one-hour episodes making it  the longest-running music documentary in Canada and one of the longest in North America—if not the world. He has weekly national newspaper column in the Metro commuter paper, four published reference works on alt-rock and four audio books, The Alan Cross Guide to Alternative Rock. He hosted  ExploreMusic-TV on Bite-TV and Aux, inflight audio programming on Air Canada, and has had various TV guest appearances, written magazine articles and official biographies for rock bands, made appearances in dozens of documentaries, and has had speaking gigs and a lecture series.

Mike Lipkin & “Journeywoman” Evelyn Hannon to Guest on February 1

Join Monkey Toast, the improvised talk show, this Saturday for our first show of 2014. Our guests will include: 

Mike Lipkin: Motivation speaker and author of 11 books, Mike has delivered 150 programs to 40 companies in 19 countries in the past 12 months alone. 

Evelyn Hannon: TIME Magazine named Evelyn one of this century’s innovative thinkers for the work she has done on behalf of females and travel. Her free newsletter connects over 65,000 travelers & is considered the premiere female-centered online travel resource.

Host: Ron Tite
Monkey Toast Players: Liz Johnston, Jim Annan, Marcel St. Pierre, Leslie Seiler, Jack Mosshammer, and Lisa Merchant.
Musical Director: Mark Bond 

The Comedy Bar
945 Bloor St. West

For advanced tickets call 416-551-6540 or go to



Monkey Toast goes on the road. Hello Creemore!

We’re happy to announce that Monkey Toast will take the show on the road this January. We’ll be performing in Creemore at The Avening Hall on Saturday, January 25th at 8pm. Our special guests will include CBC’s Terry O’Reilly and 97.7 The Beach’s Mariane McLeod.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.
For advance tickets, click here or visit the Creemore Echo. For more information, contact or call 705.466.9906.  

Food before the show and during intermission will be prepared by Mad Maple Country Inn. Made from scratch with local ingredients and love!



With all the political drama of the past few weeks, we’re excited to have Andrew Coyne as a guest on the December 7th show. 


The former national editor of Maclean’s and an original member of The National Post, where he currently writes, Andrew Coyne has been an editorial writer, columnist and contributor for The Globe and Mail, The Financial Post, Saturday Night, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Time magazine. He is the winner of two National Newspaper Awards and the Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism. He is also a member of the “At Issue” Panel on CBC’s The National and appears on TVO’s The Agenda.

Joining Andrew will be Lyranda Martin Evans, co-author of the hit book, “Reasons Mommy Drinks”. 


Trevor Burnett joins Mark Tewksbury on November 2


Trevor Burnett
Guest Lecturer, Spirits Ambassador and Mixologist

Trevor has travelled the globe extensively as an ambassador of spirits and the culture of cocktails. He has trained in Cognac, Paris, the Highlands of Scotland, London, San Juan, and others. He’s been a guest lecturer and special events consultant for the French Embassy in Washington D.C., Much Music Video Awards, and TIFF. He’s appeared on Entertainment Tonight, Etalk, Breakfast Television, and others and has been featured in Chatelaine, National Post, New York Daily News, and the Times of India. He’s traveled to over 125 cities, 25 countries, and 5 continents.