I Know it's Today - My New Solo Show

Remember that time I was engaged?

In some ways it feels like a whole lifetime ago. I was in a very different place in my life and I often reflect on how much has happened since then. Going from being in a long term relationship for a significant portion of my early 20’s to being single was an outrageous shift. While I don’t talk about my dating life often on the blog, I do have a lot of fun sharing stories with my close friends and occasionally ranting or raving on the Twitter.

Who knew that dating could be so fun, hilarious, ridiculous, joyous, heartbreaking, frustrating and awesome? With that in mind, I decided that these experiences would be most accurately shared the best way I know how: in song.

Flying Beaver Pubaret cabaret Toronto
photo by Chris Luckhardt -  www.chrisluckhardt.com
I Know it’s Today is my newest solo show with Musical Director Tara Litvack. The set list covers a neat mix of old and new musical theatre along with some great new arrangements of some pop/rock songs as well. The show will detail everything that’s happened since that time I was engaged and all the hilarity, tragedy and joy that has ensued including the incredulous ways I’ve met people in this city, my time as the cover girl of The Grid’s Dating Diaries issue and being auctioned off for charity.

And because clearly I don’t have enough material and it’s not enough to be surrounded by those I’ve dated thanks to social media, in the last two weeks I’ve been constantly running into people I’ve dated. I have no idea HOW this is humanly possible in a city the size of Toronto, but I’ll definitely be sharing some of those stories too.

The show takes place Friday July 26 at 7pm at the Flying Beaver Pubaret (488 Parliament St). Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, and you can call or email Heather at the Pubaret for a table reservation for dinner. I hope you’ll join me on Friday night for I Know it’s Today and my perspective on what it’s like to be a single gal in Toronto!

If you were putting on a show about your dating experiences, what song would you sing and why?

All sorts of Bridesmaid Fun

It's been two weeks since my sweet Lindsay tied the knot with her love and what an amazing time it was!! The week leading up to the wedding was CRAZY! With a wedding shower, bachelorette, rehearsal, manicure date and rehearsal dinner, we were completely consumed with wedding madness but thankfully it was an absolute blast with some very fun people!

For the bachelorette we headed to Herbal Infusions for an awesome tea cocktail workshop.

cocktails bachelorette Herbal Infusions

Dan's tea shop is one of my favourites in the city and he put on a great event for us with minty mo-tea-tos, orange blossom oolong cocktails and lavender infused gin slushies. We even had festive straws for the occasion.



We paraded Linz through the city, finely attired in a tiara and pink feather boa.


And ended up at Hey Lucy for gluten free pizza and martini - madness.

gluten free, dairy free


The next few days included a lovely rehearsal at our venue

Photo by MJS Photography


Manicure fun at The Ten Spot

Ten Spot manicure

And an incredible feast of Trinidadian food at the rehearsal dinner.

rehearsal dinner gluten free dairy free
What a wonderful meal!! And so Ashley-friendly!!

@ashleydtl @kitchenoperas Hey Lucy Toronto

I feel so blessed to have spent such a special week with one of my very favourite people and her family and friends to celebrate her big day! Next week I'll be sharing photos and stories from the wedding - stay tuned!!

My favourite July Accessory

Ashley Gibson Toronto Fringe Festival

My Tip the Fringe button!!

I've been having a lot of fun over the last week seeing shows and visiting with friends at the Fringe Club. I'm looking forward to seeing a bunch more shows this weekend (I think 7??) and seeing some of the more popular shows at Best of Fringe over the next couple weeks. 

It's supposed to be a beautiful weekend, so head out to the Annex and see some shows! The complete listing is available on the Fringe site and there are lots of reviews and opinions floating around the internet. So far I've loved Bremen Rock City and Honest Aesop's Fables and I'm really looking forward to The Musical of Musicals (The Musical), Polly Polly, You Won't Be Here (Tomorrow) and 2 for Tea. Lots of shows have sold out of advance tickets, so be sure to arrive early to avoid disappointment! (Tickets go on sale at the venue an hour before the show).

Have you been Fringe-ing? What have you loved?