Mad Play - The Friendly Spike Theatre

Join the Friendly Spike Theatre Band from July 12-15, 2016 as they present their new play as part of Mad Pride Toronto 2016 “What’s Next … The Big C?”

“What’s Next … The Big C?”
by Henrik Kartna

In Celebration of MAD PRIDE TORONTO 2016

Tuesday, July 12 to Friday, July 15, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
The Scotiabank Studio Theatre within The Pia Bouman School of Ballet and Creative Movement
6 Noble Street, Toronto (One block west of Dufferin Street, north of Queen Street West)

Logo Canada Council for the Arts

All performances are Pay What You Can

Opening Night
Wednesday July 13, 2016

*Celebrate the company and toast director Ruth (Ruth) Stackhouse on her SIXTIETH Birthday at our post performance reception
Reservations are advised at

Poster from The Friendly Spike Theatre
Pamphlet – more information to come.



Mad Pride in words and flowers

Mad Pride can be hard to explain to people who have never experienced it.  Mad Pride can be inclusive and transcendent. It can be logical and mundane. It can be intensely personal…

If you boiled down your idea of Mad Pride, what would it mean? We will share some of your answers here:

Mad Pride means …

Mad Pride in words and flowers
Words and thoughts to make meaning in Mad Pride

More Mad Pride 5 word thoughts to come



The Mad Market offered art for everyone: cool and crazy. We shared ideas, inspirations and images. Artists used every media – paint, plant, paper, peanut butter. Mad art covered every topic – cartoons to psychosis to cupcakes. The photos below give a very rough idea of the incredible range of mad artists:

Art making continued at the market!

For next year, look forward to much more publicity and many more vendors!


Mad Pride is more than meeting fabulous beautiful people, it is also about talent. Comedy, music, poetry, painting, jewelry, and comedy.

The music night brought us together in an intimate affair to discover remarkable talents. Performers covered everything from classic folk tunes to Adele to heartfelt original poetry to Alanis Morissette (who attended in spirit):

Jokes and madness go together like dogs and poker.

If you can’t laugh at mental illness, then you needed to attend the Mad Pride Comedy night. Our veteran, scintillating and dirty performers covered everything from relationships to hospitalizations; families to medications; and nut allergies to psychiatrists. There was a lot to learn and next year we might prepare a report (haha) to send to psychiatrists to diagnose their problems and advise them on how to improve.

Note: Let us know if you would like to have your name or picture included here. Otherwise we will maintain confidentiality.