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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Burlington Performing Arts Centre - Experiences that Inspire

2012-13 Professional Entertainment Series – Experiences that Inspire
Did you know that in it’s inaugural season the new Burlington Performing Arts Centre welcomed over 30,000 people?  After having such a successful first season you may think that would be hard to top but the recently launched 2012-13 season does not disappoint! 

Executive Director Brenda Heatherington was the M.C. of the launch event on May 23 and her excitement and passion for the centre, the program and the arts shone through as she introduced the performance schedule.  While the entertainers were brought to life on screen she couldn’t help but tap her toes and move a little to the music. That enthusiasm was hard to miss and was contagious.  While I watched, I was inspired by the talent and variety of acts that we will be hosting right here in our theatre.  I was singing along (quietly so as not to annoy people) to classics like Colin James, Cowboy Junkies, and David Clayton-Thomas.  It sure brought back memories and reveals my age!

Here is a rundown of the season but a word to the wise, check the site often as new performances are added regularly throughout the year.  In fact what I have found really helpful is to sign up to get their Enewsletter by email so you don’t miss out on seeing some of your new or old favorites.

The Main Stage will once again be filled with some of the most electrifying and diverse performances found anywhere.  You can listen to legends like David Clayton-Thomas or Grammy Award winning blues sensation Taj Mahal, laugh with the star of Corner Gas – Brent Butt, dance in the aisles to Mediterranean sounds of Pavlo (who played at the launch and were fabulous) and bring the whole family to sing along to the classic movie, The Sound of Music.  
Here is a listing of the main stage line-up:
10         Matt Andersen - With an amazing eight albums under his belt, Matt Andersen has been called “Canada’s greatest guitarist.
19         Colin James - A consummate professional and a superb guitarist, Juno award winner Colin is a musician’s musician. – SOLD OUT
23         Oysterband - Combine revved-up folk dance rhythms and remarkable lyrics with pointed social commentary, exceptional musicianship and insanely catchy melodies, and you've got Oysterband - the greatest British folk-roots band of all time.
26         Arlo Guthrie - Join Arlo Guthrie in honouring the enduring commitment of Woody Guthrie with an unforgettable night of music and stories. 

2          Cowboy Junkies - American roots, blues, gospel, bluegrass, folk, and country have been folded into the languorous, smoky melodies, trademark musicianship and unmistakably haunting voice of Margo Timmins.
23         Pavlo- Pavlo’s decades-long love affair with the guitar has resulted in an indescribable one-of-a-kind fusion of Mediterranean musical styles
29         David Clayton-Thomas - Five-time Grammy Award-winner, Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee and former lead singer of Blood, Sweat and Tears, David Clayton-Thomas has a unique voice that will stop you in your tracks.  

12         John McDermott - The Celtic/Canadian superstar shares some of his most memorable and heartwarming songs from his Christmas and holiday catalogue favourites.
14/15   NutcrackerReturning to The Centre after two sold out shows last season, the incomparable State Ballet Theatre of Russia presents the beloved classic ballet, The Nutcracker. 
16         TSO Brass - The renowned brass section of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra brings its astonishing precision and ringing sound featuring classical and popular brass favourites, sacred and popular music of the season, and a       carol sing-along! 
18         Leahy Family Christmas - The Leahy Family promises the full spectrum of holiday music from best-loved carols and tunes to fiery Celtic jigs and medleys.

January 2013
17         Brent Butt - Best known for the highest-rated Canadian comedy series, Corner Gas, writer and comedian Brent Butt brings his hilarious stand-up comedy.
24         Peter Appleyard and the Sophisticated Ladies - A once in a lifetime concert event as legendary bandleader Peter Appleyard is joined by three of Canada’s top female jazz singers -  Elizabeth Shepherd, Jackie Richardson, and  Diana Panton performing songs from Peter’s new Sophisticated Ladies album along with other classic jazz standards

1          Taj Mahal Trio - A self-taught singer-songwriter and film composer who plays the guitar, banjo and harmonica Taj Mahal has done much to reshape the definition and scope of blues music by fusing it with non-traditional forms, including sounds from the Caribbean, Africa and the South Pacific.
7          Ballet BC - Ballet BC has a distinctive style that is both bold and innovative.  The company consists of a select group of 15 dancers with exceptional classical and contemporary dance training.  
14         Alex*Cuba - Latin Grammy Award winner and two-time Juno Award winner, Alex*Cuba has a soulful vocal style and lyrical poetry that are only matched by his brilliant and unique guitar skills.
18         Sing-a-long A Sound of Music - Join in and sing along at this fun-filled interactive screening event of the The Sound of Music complete with onscreen lyrics, props, costumes and vocal warm-ups.
22         Amazing Grace - The Elmer Iseler Singers, a twenty-voice professional chamber choir, is one of Canada’s most illustrious professional choral ensembles. They are joined by the Nathaniel Dett Chorale, Canada’s first professional choral group dedicated to Afrocentric music of all styles. 
26         Ladysmith Black Mambazo - With hot-running rhythms, rich harmonies and rigorous dance routines, South Africa’s a-cappella sensation delivers a message of hope, peace and unity that resonates with listeners around the globe.

6          Coleman & Lemieux- Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie proudly present AllOneWord, an evening of dance works from acclaimed Canadian choreographer James Kudelka. 
8          Scrap Arts Music - The original, beats-driven music uses more than 100 mobile sculptural instruments that are hand-built from recycled materials ranging from accordion parts, to aluminum scraps and even artillery shells. 
14         Jamie Adkins - Whether he’s juggling a lemon on his body, jumping into a cardboard box to see if he can, or balancing for dear life on the slack rope, Jamie’s skill with his materials and his sense of humor are sure to delight and entertain the whole family.
20         Bowfire - Stringing together one show-stopping hit after another, Bowfire is an "All Star Show" of the finest lineup of fiddle and violin virtuosos ever assembled on one stage. 

13         Gruffalo - Animated with songs, laughter and scary fun, young audiences happily join Mouse as he walks confidently through the woods scaring away otherwise hungry animals with tall tales of a terrifying Gruffalo. 
18         The Piano Men: Starring Jim WitterThe show is set entirely to the music of Elton John and Billy Joel. Jim, featured on grand piano, makes no attempt to mimic his heroes, but rather uses the familiar arrangements, and his phenomenal singing ability to evoke their music. 
25         Natalie MacMaster - Cape Breton fiddle virtuoso Natalie MacMaster presents her signature East Coast sound for an evening of irresistible toe-tapping tunes from her latest album, Cape Breton Girl.

This year they have introduced three brand new series in the intimate Community Studio Theatre.  All series subscribers become members of the centre’s loyalty program.  You can purchase The Burlington Performing Arts Centre’s Series OR Create Your Own Series OR buy a single ticket. 

Valerie Milot Sunday, October 21
Young Québec harpist Valérie Milot has an impeccable technique and is such a colourful and powerful musician that she challenges all the clichés about her instrument.

Georgy Tchaidze Sunday, March 17
Georgy Tchaidze, a native of St. Petersburg, Russia has performed for the Governor General of Canada and made his stunning debut recording on the Honens label while in residence at The Banff Centre.

Jasper Wood & Daniel Bolshoy– DUO RENDEZVOUS Sunday, April 14
Duo Rendezvous celebrates Paris, the romantic inspiration of Europe, and a program featuring music by the composers who made Paris their home in the early 1900s.

Matt Dusk Friday, November 16 at 7:30 PM  SOLD OUT
Matt Dusk a student of one of the best Jazz musicians of all time, Oscar Peterson takes swing music to another dimension as one of the best interpreters of jazz standards you will ever hear.

Cindy Church Wednesday, November 28 at 7:30 PM
A stellar presence on the Canadian music scene, Cindy Church has acquired national acclaim as one of the best singers in the country and an international reputation for her musical adeptness across country, jazz, blues, gospel and swing styles.

Florence K Thursday, December 6 at 7:30 PM
An evening with Florence K is like a musical voyage around the world with her blend of styles from bossa nova, blues, pop to Cuban, including her own original material and Christmas standards.

Danny Michel with special guest The Heartbroken Friday, January 18 at 7:30 PM
The Toronto Star wrote that Danny Michel is one of the finest and most charming singer-songwriters to grace a stage.

The Good Lovelies Wednesday, April 24 at 7:30 PM
Funny and upbeat with just a pinch of sass, Juno and Canadian Folk Music Award winning band the Good Lovelies’ textbook three-part harmonies, constant instrument swapping and witty on-stage banter have enlivened the folk music landscape.

Miss Caledonia Written and performed by Melody A. Johnson Sunday, December 2 at 2:00 PMThe year is 1955. Desperate to escape the drudgery of life in RR#2 Caledonia, Peggy Ann Douglas has a plan, she will simply become a movie star – and she will start her journey to the top by winning the local pageant.

Santaland Diaries Friday, December 14 at 7:30 PM
Meet the quintessential elf gone bad as he relives a series of less-than-merry misadventures in David Sedaris’ hilarious antidote for holiday havoc. This production is not intended for young audiences.

Jake’s Gift with special guest Burlington Teen Tour Band Sunday, February 3 at 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM
An award-winning and fiercely moving one-woman play, Jake’s Gift chronicles a World War II veteran’s journey back to Juno Beach to find the grave of a brother who never returned home.

For more information Phone: 905-681-2551  Email: bpac@burlington.ca  Address: 440 Locust Street, Burlington ON, L7S 1T7


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