RE­MEM­BER­ING JON KAPLAN

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After NOW’s beloved se­nior the­atre writer, Jon Kaplan, passed away from can­cer on April 28, the out­pour­ing of grief in the the­atre community and be­yond was un­prece­dented.

There were dozens of trib­utes to Jon in print, on­line and on so­cial me­dia. And in late spring/early sum­mer, var­i­ous awards cer­e­monies (the Do­ras, the Harolds, the Toronto The­atre Crit­ics Awards) also paid trib­ute to him. Per­ma­nent seats were ded­i­cated to Jon in the­atres across the coun­try, and awards were re­named in his me­mory.

Now every­one is in­vited to A Cel­e­bra­tion Of Jon Kaplan on Tues­day, Septem­ber 19, at the Bluma Ap­pel The­atre (27 Front East). The event, hosted by the Toronto Al­liance for the Per­form­ing Arts (TAPA), is open to every­one. Ad­mis­sion is free, but tick­ets are re­quired (re­serve at tick­et­mas­ter.ca).

Doors open at 2:30 pm, the event proper goes from 3 to 4:30 pm, fol­lowed by a re­cep­tion with food and a cash bar un­til 6 pm.

There will be live per­for­mances, and all friends and guests are in­vited to record a me­mory of Jon in the Ernest Balmer Lounge, where a video sta­tion will be lo­cated after the cer­e­mony.

And ru­mour has it that some­one as­so­ci­ated with NOW, and one of Jon’s clos­est friends, will per­form a song.

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