vibrant multi-colored records hang on a wall, the artist is tossing her hair and holding a microphone

How To Fail As A Popstar

A Canadian Stage Production, Commissioned by Canadian Stage


"Vivek Shraya is the artist we need right now."–Art Gallery of Ontario

"Shraya, a transgender artist, is making a name for herself as a real cultural powerhouse. Part of the reason for that is undoubtedly her honesty and her hopefulness."–Toronto Star

"Vivek Shraya has so much soul, she can’t contain it in one genre."–NOW Magazine

"The only predictable thing about Shraya is that it is impossible to predict what she'll do next, with her talents stretching across artistic disciplines and genres."–Open Book


Polaris Music Prize nominee, visual artist, filmmaker and superstar of the runaway bestsellers, She of the Mountains and I’m Afraid of Men, Vivek Shrayais a cultural phenomenon.

Illuminating, raw, honest and hopeful, this debut theatrical work, chronicles Vivek’s journey to “not quite” pop music super stardom. A reflection on the power of pop culture, dreams, disappointments, and self-determination, this astonishing performance is a triumph in finding one’s authentic voice.



Artist Talkback
Wednesday, January 22
Stay after the performance to meet the artist, ask questions, and learn about the behind-the-scenes work that goes into creating the performance.  Free event with ticket to performance. 



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