the 70 mile yard sale
Inspired by Prince Edward Island’s 70 Mile Coastal Yard Sale, Shaw will be presenting progress showings in Summer 2022. In a story about a madcap journey across the Island to retrieve a lost family heirloom, Shaw shares a story that is equal parts funny and heartfelt about finding more than what you bargained for.
This show was also the inspiration for the Bell Fibe TV1 series Tales From Island Boy.
- 2022 Hamilton Fringe - July 21-22, 2022
- 2022 The Guild Summer Festival - July 30 & August 7, 2022
Development for this project was made possibly by the Theatre Engaging Communities (TEC) grant from the National Theatre School of Canada (www.ent-nts.ca)
"The stories were perfection. The jokes landed perfectly. The crowd work was great. The land acknowledgement was seamless... Sometimes, lightning strikes in a bottle and it's magic. Tonight was one of those nights... Looking forward to whatever Justin brings next." - BeyondJames
"Ultimately, the stories hold together for many laughs and thrills by way of Shaw’s uncanny ability to tie together different parts of his story through well placed details and by turning a yard sale into a quest of epic proportions took a look at the audience a few times during the show, and they were totally enthralled with Shaw’s story. His delivery is spot on, and he truly knows how to work the room." - Viemag
"Justin’s ability to create vivid imagery and hold the audience’s attention is remarkable and the transition from simply performing a typical stand-up bit to mesmerizing the room with authentic storytelling reminiscent of Stuart McLean is seamless... (his) performance is like watching an exquisitely detailed and wonderfully quaint painting of the east coast come alive in front of you. It’s simple, yet it’s complex. It’s hilarious, yet it’s heartbreaking . It’s fictionalized, yet it’s true." - The Writer & The Wit
"Justin Shaw brings a friendly, energetic style of storytelling to his performance. He never misses a beat, and yet never seems to go too quickly either. He delivers wit and humour without ever coming across as mean-spirited, and has the audience laughing every time. Watching him perform feels like sitting down with a long-time friend, swapping stories over lunch or dinner." - Arthur Bullock
A show about Shaw's journey to accepting himself, accepting change, and that the horrors of middle school are just a fact of life.
MIDNIGHT BABY is a collection of ridiculous (and painfully true) stories from Shaw's adolescence and how they shaped his worldview, and will be available on Shaw's debut album HUMAN MONEY.
- 2021 Halifax Fringe Festival at Bus Stop Theatre
- 2021 Hamilton Fringe Festival - Theatre on Demand
- 2021 Staircase Theatre
- 2021 Harmony House Theatre (with Desert Island Theatre Co.)
- 2021 Kings Playhouse (with Desert Island Theatre Co.)
Charles is a discontent English teacher whose wanderlust is only matched by his deep-seated love for professional wrestling. After a life-altering decision to chase his dream of becoming a pro-wrestler, Charles finally steps out of his comfort zone, and into the great unknown.
- 2015-17 Playwrights Workshop Montreal Young Creator's Unit
- 2017 Island Fringe Festival
- 2017 Alberta Culture Days Wood Buffalo
- 2019 Nextfest Arts & Culture Festival
- 2019 YMM Midnight Madness
- 2019 St. Peter's Courthouse Theatre Summer Season
- 2017 Island Fringe Festival Patron's Pick Award
"Terrific show... highly recommend it." - Dave Stewart, And Yet I Blame Hollywood
"I gladly joined in Shaw's richly deserved standing ovation." - Sean McQuaid, The Buzz
The Wrestling Play
In this hour long comedy presentation, Justin Shaw takes his audience on a mad-cap journey on what it means to let go admit that they have no idea what they are doing, while challenging what it really means to listen and be present with someone in need.
This one-time performance was part of a Spare Change: An Evening of Comedy held on April 4, 2018 at the Keyano Recital Theatre. This event was a fundraiser presented by Some Other Solutions, a mental health and crisis prevention non-profit located in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Funding for this event was made possible by Suncor Energy.