“Rad Dads!” show set to invade OFF-JFL
Rad Dads – As I met up with local comics – and recent first time fathers – Walter J. Lyng and Reese Turner at a pub on Monkland Avenue to discuss their upcoming show “Rad Dads!”, which will be part of the OFF-JFL line-up at Café Cleopatra for one performance only on July 19 at 9 p.m., the first topics of conversation didn’t concern their show, but subjects that rad dads like them would talk about, such as composting, recycling, Kevin Spacey movies and why 1970s pop star Gary Glitter is not a rad dad.
“The show is going to be a slightly more accessible – and slightly insane — look at the continuing adventures at what it’s like to be a ‘rad dad’,” said Turner.
“And there will be plenty of no B.S. material of what it’s like to be a first time dad … and all of it will be rad,” added Lyng.
Lyng, a veteran of the Montreal comedy scene for the past 10 years, and Turner, a native of Mississauga, Ontario who has been performing at Montreal clubs since 2014 (and has performed at a number of comedy festivals, including JFL42 in Toronto), came up with the idea of “Rad Dads!” while they were attending the same pre-natal classes with their wives (and their children were born eight days apart). “We originally wanted to start a birth coaching service and call it the ‘Dude-las’,” said Lyng.
“Rad Dads!” will be an hour of comedy and anecdotes that deal with what it’s like to be first-time fathers and how parenthood has changed them (not to mention all those late nights, bouts of spitting up and diaper changes). Joining Lyng and Turner are comics/rad parents Steven Patrick Adams, Ali Hassan and Ellie MacDonald (“because what is a mom if not the raddest of dads?’, added Lyng).
And to promote the show, the duo will be selling their own line of “Rad Like Dad” baby merchandise (including onesies), putting together a CD of a mix of songs that rad dads will appreciate (including Gary Glitter’s 1972 hit “Rock & Roll, Part 2”), as well as a series of one-minute videos that the pair recently recorded (which gives lessons on how to shop for groceries and baby items), which are now posted on their Facebook page. And this August, the Rad Dads will take the show on a brief tour of the Maritimes.
“We want to prove to dads all over the world that being a rad dad can be a lot of fun,” said Turner. “And we want to show them there are certain things about being a rad dad that they have to wrap their head around … like a diaper,” added Lyng.
For more information – or to purchase tickets – for “Rad Dads!” or any other Just For Laughs show, go to www.hahaha.com.
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This past May, 11 Canadians were awarded by the Canada Council the annual Killam Prizes and Fellowships for their ongoing work to fulfill their respective missions of finding solutions that will positively change and improve the lives of millions of Canadians, whether culture, science or medicine.
Out of those 11 recipients, four of them come from Quebec. Andre Gaudreault from the Universite de Montreal won a $100,000 Killam Prize in the Humanities category for his research work that investigates the role that technological innovation plays in the evolution of cinema. The remaining three Quebec recipients were awarded a two-year Killam Fellowship: Rene Doyon from the Universite de MontrealChao-Jun Li from McGill University and Dr. Hannadi Sleiman, also from McGill University.
Dr. Sleiman, who is a chemistry professor at McGill for the past 20 years, earned the fellow ship for her project of working on DNA nanostructures when it comes to cancer therapy and imaging, especially for triple negative breast cancer (TNBC).
“There are people who not only dread getting a cancer diagnosis, but also dread the treatments that go with it,” said Dr. Sleiman in a recent phone interview. “TNBC affects 15 to 20 percent of cancer patients that take women at a young age, yet there is no target therapy for it.”
Through the next 1 ½ to two years, Dr. Sleiman plans to utilize the fellowship, funds to continue her work in developing structures that are made from molecular DNA that will deliver chemotherapy drugs to cancer cells without affecting normal cells, This will be done through biodegradable, non-toxic capsules that are going to be filled with that vital medication that will respond exclusively to those tumours in question. The goal is to eliminate the highly toxic side effects of chemotherapy treatments, bypass any drug resistance and greatly improve the quality of life for TNBC patients.
“Once we go through the clinical trials for these capsules, we will extend it towards different types of therapy and develop different types of resistance, and how it can be extended towards treating other types of cancer, because each cancer is a different disease. This is going to be very promising, yet difficult work in the years ahead,” said Dr. Sleiman.