Grand OnStage Presents

How to Fail as a Popstar

Created by Vivek Shraya. Commissioned and Produced by Canadian Stage.

Vivek Shraya poses against pink, shimmering curtains wearing a pink coat with pink makeup and licking an ice cream cone


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 ones authentic voice.



Kingston Grand Theatre, Baby Grand Theatre
218 Princess St. Kingston ON K7L 1B2 Canada


October 2024

  • Wednesday 12 at 7:30 PM
  • Thursday 13 at 7:30 PM
  • Friday 14 at 7:30 PM
  • Saturday 15 at 7:30 PM