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Patricia Cano

Friday, March 4, 2016

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Patricia Cano was born in Sudbury, ON where she grew up in a Peruvian household. Upon graduating from University of Toronto in Theatre and Spanish Literature, Patricia spent five years working in Paris (France) with the world-renowned theatre company Le Théâtre du soleil, during which time she was sent to Seoul (South Korea) for three months to study traditional South Korean folk singing and drumming. After leaving the French company, Patricia spent 7 months in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) listening, playing, singing and feeling her way through the exceptional Carioca music scene! In 2009, Patricia launched her singing career here at home with her debut album called “This is the New World”, co-created — in four languages — with her Brazilian musical partner, Carlos Bernardo. This album won “Best Album — Solo artist” at the NOMFA 2011 (North Ontario Music & Film Award Conference).


 

The Eva Cassidy Show

Saturday, April 9, 2016

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the show takes you on a journey from Eva Cassidy’s humble beginnings in Washington DC, to some of her most magical moments on stage and ultimately her untimely death in 1996. A melodic journey that is as eclectic as it is interesting. With over 25 songs it’s an audible feast of musical styles ranging from jazz and blues, to gospel, country and folk. “Just none of that pop crap” as Eva would say. Where else can you hear Stormy Monday, Over the Rainbow, Wayfaring Stranger, Fields of Gold and Danny Boy all in one setting? Cayla deftly blends these songs together seasoning them with her own brand of wit and sparkle.

Cayla is joined on stage by the charismatic and gifted Tom Pickett adding some funk and good old fashioned soul to the mix. When these two join forces magic ensues. It is pure delight. They have so much fun performing one can’t help but smile.

With a spectacular four piece band headed by Bill Sample on piano and featuring such celebrated musicians as Rene Worst on Bass, David Sinclair on Guitar and Buff Allen on Drums the music sizzles to perfection. More than a concert “How Can I Keep from Singing” is a unique show full of surprises and one not to be missed. If you are unfamiliar with Eva Cassidy, her fans from around the world would tell you she’s worth getting to know. And if you are already a fan, you know what a delicious treat lays in store for you.


 

Dancers of Damelahamid

Saturday, November 28, 2015

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Dancers of Damelahamid are a professional Aboriginal dance company from the northwest coast of British Columbia. The Gitxsan, ‘people of the river of mists’ are part of the coastal group of cultures that have the distinctive button blanket regalia. Their rich history of masked dance inspires a compelling performance, celebrating the diversity and time depth of the many beautiful Indigenous cultures across Canada. Through dramatic dance, captivating narrative, intricately carved masks and elaborate regalia the Dancers of Damelahamid transform time and space, and bridge the ancient with a living tradition.


 

 

Christine Tassan et les Imposteures
Friday, February 12, 2016

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It has been ten years since Christine Tassan et les Imposteures started tending their craft in the gypsy jazz milieu and performing standards, and there is no doubt that they are definitely here to stay. Pioneers in a domain usually reserved for men and precursors of the gypsy wave that swept across Québec, this all-woman quartet continues to reinvent this timeless music while integrating new ideas and influences with an originality and flair we have become familiar with. From standards to original compositions, the Imposteures’ musical arrangements innovate, rejuvenate and leave room for unbridled creativity from four talented and accomplished young women.


 

Peter N'Chris
Friday, January 22, 2016

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Peter n’ Chris (Peter Carlone and Chris Wilson) are a 3 time Canadian Comedy Award winning sketch troupe from Vancouver BC (Best Sketch Troupe and Best Comedic Play 2013/2014).

They have performed in acclaimed festivals suchs as Just For Laughs, JFL42, The San Francisco Sketch Comedy Festival and the Chicago Sketch Fest. They were a featured act at the 2013 and 2014 Toronto Sketch festival where they earned back to back “Audience Choice” awards. They are contributing writers to CBC Radio 1’s sketch comedy show The Irrelevant Show, CBC Punchline, and have contributed video content to College Humor.

Peter n’ Chris also frequently tour the Canadian Fringe Festival circuit where they earn frequent Best of Fest Awards, having built a large following across Canada and the U.S for their fast-paced, cinematic and extremely physical style that pushes comedic theatre to its limits


 

Ballet Jörgen: Sleeping Beauty

Saturday, February 20, 2016

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Sleeping Beauty is one of the world‘s most famous classical ballets and holds a place in the repertoire of virtually every major company. After more than 25 successful years, Canada‘s Ballet Jörgen will create its own unique classical ballet rendition with its World Premiere Tour during the 2015-2016 season. This major new ballet tells the enchanting story of Aurora and her prince complete with its inherently magical qualities and dazzling choreography.


 

Braithwaite and Whiteley
Night 1 of our 60th Anniversary Blues Weekend

Friday, October 23, 2015

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Diana Braithwaite is a descendant of the Wellington County pioneers in Canada. With roots in Florida, Diana’s ancestor’s escaped slavery through the Underground Railroad and lived for four generations in Wellington County, the first African-Canadian pioneer settlement in Ontario. Diana combines elements from Nina Simone, Esther Phillips, Lil Green and others to create her own unique authentic blues style. A forceful presence recognized on the Canadian and American blues scene as an artist with a unique sound who is keeping the authentic traditional blues sound alive in the contemporary blues scene today. 

Multi-Instrumentalist Chris Whiteley was born in Kansas . Whiteley has performed on over 200 recordings with the likes of Leon Redbone and Blind John Davis. In Canada, Whiteley has received the Blues with a Feeling Award, for lifetime achievement in the blues. In January 2014 Chris Whiteley won the Maple Blues Award for the top blues horn player in Canada--for the 7th time.


Tom Lavin and the Legendary Powder Blues Band
Night 2 of our 60th Anniversary Blues Weekend

Saturday, October 24, 2015 

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For over three decades Powder Blues has been Canada’s leading blues band. The sound is a mix of swing, blues, jazz, rock & roll and r & b with an appeal so wide that people from seven to seventy often swing side by side at a Powder Blues concert. Over the years the band has toured non-stop through Canada, the United States and overseas, spreading a feel-good groove that makes people dance and shout.

Powder Blues debut album, ‘Uncut’, was shrugged off by the big record labels who told the band there was ‘no market for the blues’. Undiscouraged, the band sold it off stage and sent it to radio stations whose switchboards lit up with calls asking ‘who’s that?’ After selling 30,000 copies in a few weeks, the same record labels competed to distribute this ‘non-commercial’ product. To date Powder Blues albums have sold over a million copies worldwide.


 

Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys

Friday, November 6, 2015

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With flashes of flair and fancy footwork, and a blatant disregard for predictable stage presence, Prince Edward Island’s Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys deliver an ultimate concert experience filled with high-energy electrifying entertainment. With a slight bend of his knee, Gordie MacKeeman launches into a song. Guided by the sharp cuts of his fiddle, his famous crazy legs shake and twist with a laughing regard for physics. The whole time The Rhythm Boys deliver surefooted roots instrumentation to accompany the spectacle.

Stepping out in style on their new album, Laugh, Dance & Sing features 13 original songs and traditional tunes that excel in demonstrating the group’s infectious high-energy flair, crisp musicianship and rollicking rhythm and roots sound. The quartet rocks a signature style that infuses their love of traditional bluegrass and old-time roots music together to deliver an eclectic wardrobe of tunes that’s as unique and entertaining as they are.


 

 

Quartetto Gelato
Friday, October 2, 2014

QGFORMAL1 copyFor nearly two decades, this dazzling ensemble has enchanted audiences and critics worldwide with their exotic blend of musical virtuosity, artistic passion and humor. Classical in training – eclectic by design – Quartetto Gelato (QG) not only thrills its audiences with its multi-instrument mastery, but also offers the bonus of a brilliant operatic tenor. With a performance repertoire that spans the globe including classical masterworks, operatic arias, the sizzling energy of tangos, gypsy and folk songs, the group’s theatrical stage presence and relaxed humor establishes an intimate rapport with audiences worldwide.


 

 

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