The Sicks is a comedy-parody web-series* about life in the city of Toronto and complete with fictitious commercials, prank
phone calls from City Hall, promotional videos, artistic
performances and a radio station.
Created by Toronto resident David Porteous, The
Sicks offers a highly imaginative melding of reality and
fiction. Even BlogTO got fooled by The Sicks.
of the nonsensical fake-business Thrift MP3 -“Toronto’s
Only Used MP3 Store”- for example, can read store
updates via their @thriftmp3
Twitter feed. Viewers can also connect with the parody “city
Toronto” by visiting the website at www.city-toronto.ca.
fake used MP3 store caught real people off guard when
they replied to a Thrift MP3 cashier job posting. Instead
of seeking resumés, applicants were asked to write
a 15-second song about Thrift MP3. The hilarious results
are included in the pilot episode.
life in the parody city is not all fun-and-games. The
show also highlights some serious issues in the real city
of Toronto, including hunger insecurity, white privilege and LGBTQ homeless youth.
pilot episode addresses this issue with Porteous playing
the role of DR. AKE (Doctor Ake), a parody rapper who
made a music video covering “Energy,"
a song by real Toronto musician Drake. DR AKE changed
the lyrics of the song to highlight the hunger issue in
parody rapper has also issued a real challenge to Drake,
asking him to help organize a food drive for the Daily
Bread Food Bank. “Why Drake? Why not!” Porteous
says. “His talent and passion for Toronto affords
him the opportunity to inspire an incredibly diverse group
of fans who have the capacity to create palpable and positive
change within our city."
information on the Drake food drive challenge, including
the music video and interview can be found by visiting
Sicks stars, was created, directed and written by Toronto resident and musician
Porteous turned to comedy as a means of relief from a
hand injury that has left him unable to play music for
the time being. “I’m
confident I will be able to play music again at some point,
but for now, making people laugh has been a great relief!”
Porteous says. "The Sicks has been a lot of fun to
create and it feels great to bring awareness to real issues
that resonate with me.
Porteous - Director, head writer, music,
voices, graphics, audio, editing.
email@example.com - Twitter - Instagram - Facebook - Website
Jenn Abbott - Assistant writer and director
Darnell Reddick - assistant writer of WHYTE Power - Photography Website
Vomit - Speaker / Poet / Comedian / Musician - Twitter
- Photographer - Flickr
- Photographer - Instagram
Jay Pollmann - Performs his song "Loose Lips Sink Ships" at end of the Pilot episode - jaypollmann.com
Duane Forrest- Performs his song "Mariela De Mayaguez" at end of the White Privilege episode - duanesguitar.com
MP3 (Fake Used MP3 Store) - Twitter
Starbucks Donate Your Stars (Parody Website) - donateyourstars.com
Dirty FM (Fake Radio Station) - Twitter - Soundcloud
AKE (parody rapper) - Twitter - Instagram
Toronto Money for the Arts - The
Sicks was awarded this ficticious funding grant
were plenty other people who helped with The Sicks
- for full credit list please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Filmed on-location in Toronto, ON / Cobourg, ON / New
York City, NY