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

When & Where


Cast & Crew:

Written and Performed by

Vivek Shraya

Directed by

Brendan Healy

Set Designer and Costume Designer

Joanna Yu

Lighting Designer

CJ Astronomo

Music Composition and Sound Design

James Bunton

Choreography by

William Yong

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 herhopefulness."–Toronto Star

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

"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 superstardom. A reflection on the powerof pop culture, dreams, disappointments, and self-determination, this astonishing performance is a triumph in finding one’s authentic self.