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Thursday, November 24, 2011

It is time to Celebrate!

To say Tourism Burlington is excited about the opening of the new Burlington Performing Arts Centre is an understatement.  We are thrilled, delighted, ecstatic, elated and tickled pink that this facility is our new neighbour and we can’t wait to join in the celebration during the opening week festivities. 
You see it is not often that a major new facility is opened in our City that has so much tourism potential.  We want people to not only support the centre by attending events, we also want them to linger here in our city, have dinner, do some shopping, visit other local attractions and stay overnight.  Over the past year we have enthusiastically been helping to promote this state of the art facility to potential visitors, meeting planners and group tour operators. 
I have been to several events at the centre this fall but I have not actually seen a musical performance yet.  From all accounts the sound in the main theatre is spectacular and the space is so intimate that there is not a bad seat in the house, so I am looking forward to the experience. 
The opening week festivities kick off on Sunday November 27 with Family Day at the Centre.  This day is packed with activities from 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.so plan to bring your kids, grandkids, as it will be a fantastic day.  In the Main Theatre Quebec dance company Sursaut presents the visually stunning At Nightfall, the story of a shoemaker that discovers the joys that are outside of his workshop. In the Community Studio Theatre you will be treated to a moving and funny performance of Simple Gifts by the internationally acclaimed Cashore Marionettes.  Tickets need to be purchased in advance for these two performances however the activities in the lobby are free.  You can get your face painted by make-up designer for Cirque du Soleil's Totem Nathalie Simard.  Have you ever seen an 8 foot Mountie or ballerina, on point shoes!!  Kristi Heath will be towering over you, and it will be hard to miss her!  Do you remember Granny Garbanzo a character from the Gemini-award winning children's show The Big Comfy Couch?  She will be making an appearance at Family Day.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in “hands on” arts experiences with professionals from the Burlington Art Centre.  Tourism will have a photographer on site that day so smile for the camera and you never know you might see yourself in future tourism publications.

In Paradisum
Modern dance lovers will not want to miss In Paradisum, by Canada’s Coleman, Lemieux and Compagnie on November 29th which features three brilliant modern dance performances.
Being a blue jeans kind of girl I have tickets for the December 1 “Celebration!” A Blue Jeans Gala featuring a diverse group of performers with one thing in common - they are all "Burlingtonians".  I can’t wait to see The Spoons again and hear Romantic Traffic, be entertained by long time favorite Gordie Tapp, and see some more recent acts such as Myles Erlick who played the lead role in Billy Elliott, post hardcore band Silverstein and Mike Eastick and Sean Kelly of Idle Sons and more!

Word is that there only a few tickets left for the Saturday December 3rd is a Red Carpet Evening with Sarah McLachlan.  The official opening of the Burlington Performing Arts Centre is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of a “red carpet” experience. 
After opening week there are many other performances in December that will get you in the holiday mood so you might want to consider buying a few early gifts for family and friends including Irish Rovers Christmas, Canadian Orpheus Mal Choir, Stories about Storytelleers, Harbourtown Sound, Glen Poster, and the Burlington Concert Band.  For the complete 2011-2012 season please visit the website.

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