An Evening With Mentalist Mark Fletcher / May 25
Tickets are $35.00 - Time and time again stunned audiences ask themselves “How does he do it?” He’s not a psychic. He’s not an illusionist. He doesn't use any magic tricks, employ audience plants, or use hidden ear pieces. So what exactly is he?
Welcome to An Evening With Mentalist Mark Fletcher!
Mark Fletcher is The World’s Only True Mentalist. His lifelong abilities have helped him redefine what the word “mentalist” truly means, setting him apart from every other performer the world over.
A highly interactive performance, An Evening With Mentalist Mark Fletcher is one of the most amazing live shows you will ever see—a claim that is repeatedly backed up by the roar of audiences brought to their feet from Australia to Atlantic City. Debunking the myths behind the tricks and gimmicks that have fooled audiences for centuries, Mark Fletcher offers an incredibly jaw dropping, yet candid performance of true mentalism that must be seen to be believed.
An Evening With Mentalist Mark Fletcher is a performance that will undoubtedly leave you wondering if mankind has only scratched the surface of our potential, as he takes you on a journey through the wonders of the human mind!
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The Rat Pack Tribute Show / May 30
Tickets are $40.00
THE RAT PACK SHOW
Starring Henry Prego as Frank Sinatra, David Hayes as Sammy Davis Jr., and Joe Scalissi as Dean Martin.
The Rat Pack Show is a tribute like no other! This powerful 90 minute show captures the look and feel of the times, features the best Rat Pack impersonators, and co-mingles the comic banter, songs and entertainment in the same way the original cast performed it.
The Rat Pack captures some of the original show's signature routines. According to the Santa Barbara New Press, "Good actors can transport the audience into a bygone era and give them a glimpse of something that slipped away. These guys pulled it off. They flawlessly fed us the legendary lines. They delivered the Rat Pack for better and for worse. The cast showed us what it was like. When they strolled down the aisle in the second act and their voices filled the room before we could see them, I had a weird sensation. I wished at that sweet moment that I had been a booze-guzzling, polyester-coated lounge lizard in the 60's. That's a feeling that I could not have conjured up on my own in a thousand years."
Ron Sexsmith / May 31
Tickets are $40.00 - In a world of workaday singer-songwriters mired in vacuous self-regard, news of a new Ron Sexsmith record can only gladden the heart of those who care about deftly poetic, gently affecting songs that perfectly distil the pitfalls of being human. Especially when that record pairs him again with the producer who, for two decades, has framed his music in its most sympathetic surroundings.
In the late summer of 2011, Sexsmith bumped into Mitchell Froom in Los Angeles and gave him a CD of demos he’d been working on over the previous few months. His 2011 album ‘Long Player Late Bloomer’ had been a liberating pop-rock breakthrough for Ron, but when Froom – producer of Ron's first three albums and of 2006's ‘Time Being’ – began talking of string and woodwind arrangements, the singer was instantly intrigued.
The two set to work in November 2011 at Froom's Santa Monica studio, temporarily dubbed "Froom and Board" by Sexsmith. Assisting on the sessions were engineer David Boucher and a clutch of seasoned West Coast players that included drummer Pete Thomas, bassist Bob Glaub and pedal steel prince Greg Leisz. Strings were overdubbed afterwards using L.A.'s feted Calder Quartet.
The heart of ‘Forever Endeavour’, though, is a batch of songs sparked by an unexpected health scare in the summer of 2011, and it's these tracks that give the album its sorrowful gravitas. "In the middle of a tour last year, they detected a lump in my throat, and I had an MRI and the Ultrasound," says Ron. "And in the middle of recording this album, I had a CAT scan to see if everything was okay. So I had this period of a few months where I was freaking out about everything, and that probably explains why some of the songs are so philosophical. It was like, 'Either next year I'm going to be battling something or this is the last record I'm going to make'.
"'The spectre of death was sort of in my head and I was thinking about it all the time until I got the good results. Not that I was panicking, but time started to force itself into my thoughts because I wasn't sure how much of it I had left. There's a few songs that look back, but the big ones are obviously 'Deepens with Time' and 'The Morning Light'. For a period of maybe two months I'd be lying in bed wondering if I had this thing inside that was growing and that was going to get me. I felt like Johnny Mercer, writing all these 'Days Of Wine and Roses' type songs."
"With every album you do, it's just a new batch of songs and you try to find your way into it and find what the best surroundings would be for them. For people who've been following my career for all this time, I guess it will seem like a return to Other Songs or one of those sort of things. But I think I'm a better singer and I think I've gotten a little more accurate with the songwriting. There's a lot of stuff Mitchell used to help me with that I can do myself now.
"I really do think this is the record I've been trying to make my whole career, but for some reason either I wasn't singing good enough or didn't have the right songs. It really came together this time with the songs and the production and my voice, where I was singing the way I heard in my head. When I handed in the record, the label folks were talking about an 'angle' for the record, and I don't think in terms of 'angles'. I'm just really proud of it."
With opening act - Elise LeGrow!
Spotlight Dance Productions Presents / June 1
SPOTLIGHT DANCE Productions is proud to present their 2nd annual dance recital on Saturday June 1st, 2013. Join us for a night of great dancing and fun. Our recital is always enjoyable and entertaining to watch with fantastic dancers of all ages. So sit back, relax and let us show you a great night full of unforgettable memories.
Dedicated To Dance - Feel This Moment / June 2
Dedicated To Dance proudly presents "Feel This Moment." The spectacular show is a collection of recreational and competitive dances that are sure to wow audience members!
Dedicated To Dance congratulates its dancers on another amazing year filled with accomplishments. Our dancers excelled while performing at a Toronto Argos game, a Toronto Raptors game, a Sears Canada Gala, an Oshawa Power game and the C.N.E.!!! Competitive students excelled at six competitions, being awarded with numerous diamond awards, triple diamond awards and overall first place awards!
Come and celebrate our season's accomplishments with us! Dedicated To Dance is ready to "Feel This Moment!"
Lindsay Dance Studio - Showtime 2013 / June 7
Idol School Live / June 15
Soweto Gospel Choir / July 3
South Africa's Grammy Award Winning Soweto Gospel Choir returns to Canada, as part of their 10th Anniversary Celebrations. The tour starts on June 15, 2013 in Thunder Bay, Ontario including a performance at the Montreal International Jazz Festival on July 6.
The Soweto Gospel Choir have been uplifting hearts with their voices since 2003. Over the last 10 years Soweto Gospel Choir has brought joy into the lives of audiences all over the world. They have collaborated, recorded and performed with artists including Bono and U2,
Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Robert Plant, Celine Dion, Red Hot Chilli Peppers,
Peter Gabriel, Josh Grobin as well as Andre Rieu. They have performed in front of President Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and of course their spiritual fathers, Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Their provocative, spiritual and uplifting voices have placed them on the world stage. The choir holds the honor of being the first South African artists to perform at the Academy Awards as well as the recipients of many awards, including, two Grammy's, Billboard Music Awards and an Emmy. With all their travels and sold out performances, the Soweto Gospel Choir remain dedicated to their beginnings. In 2003, the Choir adopted the Aids Orphans Foundation, Nkosi’s Haven Vukani. The Choir has raised 1.4 million dollars to date, supporting the foundation's work with children affected by aids in South Africa. Don't miss what the world applauds. Spend an evening with the truly engaging spirits and remarkable voices of the Soweto Gospel Choir.
A Message from Soweto Gospel Choir:
"The Soweto Gospel Choir is excited to be touring Canada again as part of our 10th Anniversary celebration. On this tour we will be performing in many new cities giving us the chance to introduce the Choir's unique African spirit to new audiences."
Splish Splash - The Bobby Darin Story / July 13
Tickets are $35.00 - Bobby Darin exploded on the music scene in 1958 with his world-wide hit “Splish Splash,” followed quickly by more international hits, such as, “Dream Lover”, “Mack The Knife”, and “Beyond The Sea”. In this new show, Tony Sciara is the featured performer and tells the story of Darin’s life. Let Tony entertain you with Bobby Darin’s chart-toppers, along with favourites such as, “Ace in The Hole”, “Some Of These Days”, “Hello Young Lovers”, “Clementine”, “That’s All”, and many, many more. This show has it all including great singing, intriguing stories about Bobby’s career, a swinging big band and lots of fun. Featuring Tony Sciara with Jim Heaslip & the 12/4 Swing Orchestra!
Letters From Wingfield Farm / July 18
Tickets are $35.00. There are three performances to choose from! July 18 at 7:30pm, July 19 at 2pm or July 19 at 7:30pm!
Letters From Wingfield Farm
by Dan Needles
starring Rod Beattie
directed by Douglas Beattie
The show that started the Wingfield series back in 1985! When a captain of industry trades his pin-stripe suit for overalls and retreats to a hundred acre farm, the residents of Persephone Township raise their eyebrows. Weekend farmers are a common enough sight, but this man seems to think he can make a living with a broken down racehorse and a single furrow plough.
Letter From Wingfield Farm is the story of one man’s attempt to embrace a less complicated world. In a series of letters to the editor of the Larkspur weekly newspaper, Walt Wingfield talks about the people and events of his first year as a man of the soil.
Rod Beattie stars as Walt and everyone else in Dan Needles’ one-man comedy, Letter From Wingfield Farm.
A kind of philosophical Will Rogers touch with a flair for the well told anecdote that is like the best of W.O. Mitchell”
n CKLN Newswave
Author and actor come out “Letter” perfect… breathtaking scope and depth… Beattie is astonishingly adept”
n The Toronto Star
“Dan Needles has much the same gift for gentle comedy as England’s James Herriot of All Creatures Great and Small glory… Beattie spins his yarns with tremendous charm”
Patsy Cline “50th Anniversary Show” / August 24
Tickets are $32.00 for Adults and $29.00 for Seniors - Canadian Country music legend Marie Bottrell stars in "Patsy Cline: The 50th Anniversary Show" coming to the Academy Theatre on Saturday August 24, 2013. All of Patsy Cline's classic hits will performed in this special show including “Crazy” “Walking After Midnight” “I Fall to Pieces” “She’s Got You” and “Sweet Dreams of You.” Marie Bottrell is an 8-time Juno nominee, a two-time Canadian Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year and in September 2010 was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. Marie will be accompanied by the fantastic Memphis Cats Band in this truly memorable tribute to the incredible Patsy Cline...don't miss it!
Mary Walsh - Dancing With Rage / September 21
Written and performed by Mary Walsh, Dancing With Rage includes Walsh’s familiar characters Marg Delahunty, Dakey Dunn, Miss Eulalia Turpin, Mom Reardon and Connie Bloor. Walsh incorporates current events in each performance.
An original member of the CODCO sketch comedy troupe, which had a CBC-TV series from 1987 to 1992, Walsh co-created This Hour Has 22 Minutes, on which her Warrior Princess character Marg Delahunty became famous for pouncing on politicians. Walsh has won 25 Gemini Awards and the Governor General’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Red Green - The "How To Do Everything" Tour / October 12
Tickets are $61.55 - RED GREEN - the "HOW TO DO EVERYTHING" TOUR
Lunch At Allen's / November 30
Lunch At Allen’s is an extraordinary musical revue by internationally renowned artists, Murray McLauchlan, Cindy Church, Marc Jordan, and Ian Thomas who perform together as a band — the stage show is an intimate and humorous performance by some of Canada’s finest individual performers.
It all began as a regular get together at Allen’s Pub & restaurant on The Danforth in Toronto with Canadian music icon Murray McLauchlan and old friends Ian Thomas and Marc Jordan. After adding the voice of Cindy Church, a "lunch at Allen’s" turned into an outstanding band performing some of Canada’s (and the world’s) most enjoyed songs from each of these songwriters’ impressive catalogues.
Marc Jordan and Ian Thomas’ songs have been recorded by everyone from Rod Stewart to Bette Midler, and Diana Ross to Santana. Murray McLauchlan’s hits have covered Canadian airwaves from coast to coast. Cindy’s (the sweetest) voice and songs are well known on the folk festival circuit through her solo work and as a member of Quartette with Sylvia Tyson. Together, it seems as though they’ve been playing for years with an energy and freshness like they’ve just met.
The irreverence of friends who make exceptional music together during a magical Lunch At Allen’s is enjoyed by audience members while the group is on tour.
*Photo Credit: Marc Lostrocco
Gerry Dee "The Real Mr. D." 2013 Comedy Tour / December 7
Tickets are $ 59.00 - Gerry Dee is the star and creator of CBC's hit sitcom Mr. D, author of Teaching: It's Harder Than It Looks, and also appears on Gerry Dee Sports Reporter on The Score. He is a former Canadian Comedy Award winner for Best Comic in Canada and was on NBC's Last Comic Standing. Catch Gerry Dee on "The Real Mr. D." 2013 Comedy Tour" where he will touch upon marriage, fatherhood and his years as a teacher. Gerry Dee is a comedian you do not want to miss. He will provide you with a night of laughter you will never forget.
Tower of Power / January 18
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