Vivek Shraya. Photo by Vanessa Heins.
a woman surrounded by pink musical instruments

How to Fail as a Popstar

2022 Tour

How to Fail as a Popstar will be on tour this winter making stops at Vancouver's PuSh Festival, Victoria's Intrepid Theatre, Montreal's La Chapelle and Quebec City's Mois Multi Festival.

How to Fail as a Popstar traces Vivek’s story from her early childhood days in Edmonton where she sang Hindu bhajans to impress God on the weekend and New Kids on the Block during the week to impress her classmates; to her teenage years performing in singing competitions at the West Edmonton Mall; recording her first pop album (which was paid for with a help from her mother); and eventually moving to Toronto to pursue her pop star dreams (only to have them thwarted by a domineering, online bingo addicted manager). Through storytelling, movement and song, Vivek charts her journey to “not quite” pop music superstardom, creating a moving theatrical performance that is a reflection on the power of pop culture, dreams, disappointments, self-determination, and finding one’s authentic voice.

Vancouver: Feb 1 -2 

Victoria: Feb 4 - 5

Montreal: Feb 8 - 10

Quebec City: Feb 12 - 13

How to Fail As A Popstar is a qualified success – Globe and Mail (¾ stars)
Shraya may not have reached the top echelon of pop stardom, but sharing her persistence and self-discovery just might be a bigger gift. Afterall, these are the stories we rarely hear told – Now Magazine
Shraya scores a big success – Mooney on Theatre

A Canadian Stage Production. Commissioned by Canadian Stage.

Written and Performed by

  • Vivek Shraya

Directed by

  • Brendan Healy

Assistant Director (High Performance Rodeo)

  • Clare Preuss

Choreographed by

  • William Yong

Set and Costume Designer

  • Joanna Yu

Original Lighting Designer

  • CJ Astronomo

Tour Lighting Designer

  • Imogen Wilson

Music Composition and Sound Design

  • James Bunton

Stage Manager/Technical Director

  • Adrien Whan

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