Calgary, I Love You, but You're Killing Me

The City is a nest and a distraction. Safe and dangerous, comforting and alien, it exhausts and energizes in equal measure. Does a city that spends much of its energy visualizing what is occurring below the surface of the earth have a quality notion of what’s going on above it?

Who are we as a city? If an animal, what kind? If a gender, what variety? Are we a griffin or a gopher? A sphinx or a spaniel?

A warrior-queen or a tipsy teen? Does the city have a soul and if so how do we describe it? Just who the hell are we now?

One Yellow Rabbit dowses, parses, and probes these questions for the 2016 High Performance Rodeo. Calgary, I Love You, but You’re Killing Me is about music, comedy and the mysterious relationship we all have with home.

2016 Part of the 30th High Performance Rodeo, Big Secret Theatre, Calgary, Canada
From the songbook of David Rhymer and Blake Brooker  •  Directed by Blake Brooker  •  Composed by David Rhymer  •  Staged by Denise Clarke
With additional music, lyrics and text by Denise Clarke, Andy Curtis, Kris Demeanor, Karen Hines, Michelle Kennedy, Jonathan Lewis, Jamie Tognazzini and Dewi Wood
Performers: Denise Clarke, Andy Curtis, Karen Hines, Jamie Tognazzini  •  Musicians: Kris Demeanor, Jonathan Lewis, David Rhymer  •  Stage Managed by Michelle Kennedy  •  Technical Director Nicole Olson Grant-Suttie

Also Featuring:

David Rhymer

David Rhymer is a multi-award winning writer and composer and frequent collaborator with One Yellow Rabbit. His work - a combo of cabaret, salon and art-song, have toured internationally to critical and popular acclaim.

They include Mata Hari In 8 Bullets (which premiered off Broadway in 2013,) Songs From Nightingale Alley, Why Freud Fainted, Wreck Beach and  Something Wicked This Way Comes! With long time associate poet/playwright Blake Brooker, he created the impressionistic oratorio on the Beat Generation Dream Machine, and the notorious Ilsa Queen Of The Nazi Love Camp which toured Canada, the UK and Australia and was made into a feature movie. 

His latest Crime Does Not Pay written with Calgary Poet Laureate and indie song writer Kris Demeanor is set in the cultural paranoia of the early 50's and based on the true crime story of Bob Wood, the creator of the most notorious comic magazine of its day!

In 2007 he was honoured with the Greg Bond Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution to Musical Theatre in Calgary  

Kris Demeanor

Kris Demeanor is a songwriter, theatre artist and poet who has taken his work around the world, inspiring audiences to laugh, dance, weep, think and party.  He’s released seven recordings of original songs, and was the inaugural Poet Laureate of Calgary. Recent work includes Making Treaty 7, John Ware Re-Imagined, CBC’s The Irrelevant Show, collaborating with Ian Tyson, and Shelter From the Storm, a songwriting collaboration with clients of Calgary's Drop in Centre.

Karen Hines

Karen is an award-winning writer, performer and director and a two-time finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for Drama. Previous projects with One Yellow Rabbit include last year’s All the Little Animals I Have Eaten (Playwrights Guild of Canada Carol Bolt Award Finalist, Enbridge Playwright’s Award) as well as directing all of horror clowns Mump & Smoot’s shows and performing her solo, Citizen Pochsy. Originally from Toronto, Karen has performed extensively in theatre, television and film in is a Dora Award-winner and Gemini nominee. Upcoming, her Crawlspace (Wordfest, Canadian tour) is being adapted via Telefilm as a feature, and she is currently writing new plays for Calgary’s Verb and Vertigo Theatres. A National Magazine Award winner, Karen is a regular contributor to the Herald’s Swerve Magazine. During the High Performance Rodeo she is directing Michelle Thrush’s Inner Elder, and is a Red Phone Project playwright. Her father was a consultant to NASA on ionospheric physics.

Jamie Tognazzini

Jamie Tognazzini previously appeared at the High Performance Rodeo in midways, freak shows, parades, and with One Yellow Rabbit in Calgary, I Love You, but You're Killing Me. She performed with OYR’s beautifulyoungartists for Radioheaded 3 and In & Out of Love (Sled Island). Recently, Jamie played Alice in The Drowning Girls (Vertigo Theatre), and performed in Catalyst Theatre's Fortune Falls in Calgary and Edmonton. Other credits include: Project Whooping Crane (Green Fools), Awesome Girl and Radical Boy (Lunchbox Theatre),  The Toxic Avenger Musical (Broadway West), Evil Dead: the Musical (GZT/H&M). In Autumn 2017, Jamie had a hilarious time joining the Old Trout Puppet Workshop, building props and puppets for their new show Jabberwocky. Numerous festivals throughout Western Canada have presented her original eccentric multidisciplinary creations. Jamie's also a proud associate artist/instructor with Green Fools Social Circus programs. 

Jonathan Lewis

Jonathan is known for his work in sound design, composition, and as a live musician. He has performed at, and/or designed shows for Alberta Theatre Projects, the Old Trout Puppet Workshop, Theatre Calgary, Theatre Junction and Vertigo Mystery Theatre and more. His most recent projects include a 65-minute soundtrack for COU A Circus of Unity (Green Fools), and the music and sound for Jabberwocky (Old Trout Puppet Workshop). 

Michelle Kennedy

Michelle Kennedy is a director, writer, and producer from Edmonton. Favourite directing credits: Shangri-La (Globe Theatre), Trout Stanley, Apocalypse: A Period Piece, PornStar.USA (Edmonton International Fringe Festival), Coffee Dad, Chicken Mom and the Fabulous Buddha Boi in both Edmonton and New York. She has been nominated for four Elizabeth Sterling Haynes awards and won one for Outstanding Fringe Production. Michelle holds a BA (Honours) Degree in Drama from the University of Alberta.

Nicole Olson Grant-Suttie

Nicole Olson Grant-Suttie thrives in her role as OYR’s Technical Director. She graduated from the National Theatre School of Canada in 2010 and returned to Calgary. She worked as a freelance technician and lighting designer until she found her place with the Rabbits.

When Nicole isn't backstage dressed in black she can be found playing roller derby with the Thrashin' Lassies under the pseudonym 0phelia Payne.

Dewi Wood

A native Calgarian, Dewi Wood’s original music scores and sound design have been heard worldwide. Selected theatre credits: Around The World In 80 Days, The Apology, Unity 1918 (ATP) Class Acts, Losing Ground (Alberta Ballet) Rhythm Addiction, No Small Feets (DJD) Krapps Last Tape, Mockingbird Close, Whimsy State (Lunchbox) In The Heat Of The Night, Farewell, My Lovely (Vertigo Theatre) What The Thunder Said (One Yellow Rabbit)

Clients: NASA, Rolex, Mercedes-Benz, Dell, Nike, Procter & Gamble, Critical Mass, Travel Alberta, Ashes & Snow, Bravo!, NFB, CBC, E=MC2 Events

Screenings: The Lincoln Center, MOMA, Sundance Film Festival, TIFF, CIFF, Vancouver 2010.

Dewi works from his own award-winning boutique music and recording studio, Infinite Loop, visit