17 July 2021 5:00 pm
GIRL POWER FOR THE 21ST CENTURY.
With giant personalities, British accents and platform shoes, these five Toronto women deliver the ultimate 90’s dance party, sharing a message of love, equality and, of course, GIRL POWER!
Stop. Close your eyes. Take a moment to remember. Do you recall a time, not so long ago? A time of innocence? A time of simplicity? A time of Dunkaroos, Beanie Babies, bubble chairs, white eye-liner, Ring-Pops, bucket hats and bicycle shorts? Let’s be honest…It’s no secret that the 90’s were by far the most colourful, dynamic and entertaining decade of all. It really felt as though life couldn’t get any better…
Then along came the Spice Girls. It was 1996 when the hit song “Wannabe” swept the world in a swell of pre-teen, bubble-gum hysteria. Ginger, Baby, Scary, Posh and Sporty became the new faces of pop music and girls (boy s too!) everywhere were instant fans! With 65 million records sold world-wide, the Spice girls became the best selling girl-group of all time. It was total Spice-Mania!
Fast forward twenty years or so, and millennials are all grown up. Now, more than ever, people are feeling an urge to reminisce. With 90’s nostalgia in full swing and talks of a Spice Girls reunion circulating online, there happens to be a new group in town that aims to satisfy the world’s absolute craving for SPICE!
Wannabe is the brainchild of Suzy Wilde, Barbara Johnston, Anika Johnson, Catherine Merriam and Jasmyn Fyffe. The idea for the group was born one summer when the five best friends (all professional Toronto-based performers) all happened to be living under the same roof. They recruited six excellent musicians to be their back-up band and brought in a team of production staff to help polish the group. After studying concert footage, working with a dialect coach, lifting choreography, arranging/charting the songs and rehearsing for several months, Wannabe was ready to hit the stage for what they thought would be a single show.
Five years later, the shows continue to grow. Wannabe has traveled across North America, playing theatres, concert halls, clubs, casinos, outdoor festivals and campus stages, constantly adding new material, costume changes, dance moves and bits of banter between numbers. The girls have been approached by event organizers worldwide, and have been offered appearances on The Steve Harvey Show and The X Factor. From celebrity hosts to gospel choirs, every show offers something new.