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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Theatre & Performing Arts abound in Burlington

Photo Courtesy of Al Pettman

If you weren’t able to get out and see a local performance during the holidays or if you did and that inspired you to see more, we have good news for you…there is some great entertainment planned in the city in 2013.  Some of our tourism team enjoyed performances this fall such as Wrong for Each Other at Burlington Theatre, and the TSO Brass at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre.  We thoroughly enjoyed these experiences and especially liked that they were hosted in our own backyard. 

I admit to being the first in line when the box office opened to buy Nelly Furtado tickets a few weeks ago. It is fabulous that a multi-award winning Canadian artist is going to be playing locally in such an intimate setting.  Plus I have method in my madness, I convince my better half to go out for dinner prior to the show at one of the amazing eateries.  Some restaurants actually offer pre-show dinner specials, check out the details on our Tourism Burlington site. 

Photo Courtesy of Dan Banko Media

We have a number of theatre companies and performance groups in Burlington that present shows on a regular basis including Aldershot Players, Burlington Teen Tour & Concert Bands, Burlington Student Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre, Theatre Burlington, Koogle Theatre Company and Tottering BiPed Theatre.  The shows we are aware of for the next few months are featured below but we would suggest that you check out the websites for more events and activities as they become confirmed.  These theatres are also looking for volunteers to help them stage their productions.

In addition to these companies and groups, several local clubs and restaurants feature entertainment on selected days.  Refer to our entertainment page on the website, follow our social media and sign up for our free enewsletter for more details.  By the way, our visitor Enews is sent 5x/year and highlights events and activities in the Burlington area and is a great resource to plan your family activities or when you have visiting friends and family and are looking for things to do.  Another good local resource is the events calendar located on the City of Burlington website

So check out all the great activities listed below and treat yourself or someone close to you to a great experience. 

What’s On in Burlington

28         Nelly Furtado - With hits such as “I'm Like A Bird”, “Promiscuous”, and “Maneater”, Nelly Furtado is a household name and Canadian superstar. She has earned numerous awards including 2 Grammy Awards, 10 Juno Awards, 3 MuchMusic Video Awards, and a star on Canada's Walk of Fame. Nelly is currently on her The Spirit Indestructible tour which celebrates her fifth album by the same name. BPAC

1-Mar 9 32nd Music Hall – Music, vaudeville, Comedy.  Drury Lane Theatre
1-3, 8-10, 14-16           
Suddenly Last Summer by Tennessee Williams - Aging Louisiana aristocrat, Violet Venables, plots to silence her traumatized niece Catharine Holly (featuring Natalie a travel counsellor at  Tourism Burlington!) from sullying the family's honour with her mad tale of the death of cousin Sebastian.  Theatre Burlington      
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. BPAC
2          The Beatlemaniacs turn imagination into reality, bringing The Beatles back together in a fully produced live reunion concert! The Beatlemaniacs are the only group to reunite The Fab Four in a one of a kind post-Beatles experience, including several of the band’s solo album hits never performed live as “The Beatles.” BPAC
3          Jake’s Gift - 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. Inspired by her own visit to Normandy for the 60th anniversary of D-Day, gifted actress and playwright Julia Mackey absorbs audiences in her amazing transformations, seamlessly shifting between four distinct characters including a cantankerous – though warm-hearted – veteran and a precocious 10-year-old French girl. Jake’s Gift is emotionally restrained, yet heartfelt – a profoundly moving hour of must-see theatre.
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.  BPAC
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. BPAC
            Scarlett Deva Antaloczy - Come and a Valentine's concert filled with love songs that touch and inspire in a warm and intimate setting with tables and delicious desserts. Great familiar and original music in a variety of styles and languages. BPAC
16         Abba and the BeeGees - Recreation of ABBA and BEEGEES in Concert back by popular demand.  BPAC.
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. BPAC
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. BPAC 
24         Burlington’s Women’s Show Ticket includes complimentary food and drink samples, fashion, beauty, fitness and fun. Event highlights include: Nicole Manek, from Slice Channel’s Make Me Over, Make Me Under, as our fashion show host and a health seminar hosted by Leigh Ann de Jonge. BPAC
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. BPAC

1          Symphony on the Bay - A. Gilliland: Dreaming of the Masters I: A Jazz Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra (2003), with James Campbell (clarinet) F. Schubert: Symphony #8 in B minor, D.759, "Unfinished" W.A. Mozart: Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K.622, with James Campbell (clarinet)
6          Coleman & Lemieux- Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie proudly present AllOneWord, an evening of dance works from acclaimed Canadian choreographer James Kudelka. BPAC
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. BPAC
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. BPAC
17         Georgy Tchaidze -Calgary's prestigious Honens International Piano Competition is among the world’s most respected events of its kind and once every three years it discovers and launches a star. Georgy Tchaidze, a native of St. Petersburg, Russia, was the First Laureate in 2009. He has since performed for the Governor General of Canada and made his stunning debut recording on the Honens label while in residence at The Banff Centre. Don’t miss this bright, young, talent. BPAC
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. BPAC
            Miss Representation - Halton Women’s Place ’s screening of the 2011 documentary, Miss Representation, which examines the media’s portrayal of women and how it leads to a lack of female representation in position of power. BPAC

12-13, 18-20, 25-27

Tuesdays with Morrie - An ever so human story of a young journalist's love and respect for an old and dying man. Accidentally catching a TV interview with erstwhile teacher and mentor, Morrie Schwartz, Mitch learns the man is battling Lou Gehrig's disease, and decides to reconnect with him after sixteen years. A simple visit becomes a weekly pilgrimage each Tuesday that gradually evolves into disarming lessons in the meaning, the wit, the survival, of life. Burlington Theatre

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. BPAC

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. Jasper Wood and Daniel Bolshoy, two leading Canadian performers, formed as a result of a great demand for a refreshing and passionate chamber ensemble. BPAC

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. BPAC

24        Good Lovelies - Funny and upbeat with just a pinch of sass, the Good Lovelies’ textbook three-part harmonies, constant instrument swapping and witty on-stage banter have enlivened the folk music landscape. The Juno and Canadian Folk Music Award winning band is comprised of Caroline Brooks, Kerri Ough and Sue Passmore. BPAC

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. BPAC


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