Live Music | Live Theatre | Live Entertainment | Kawarthas Lakes | Peterborough ON

Kelly Burrows

September 28 @ 7:00PM

Tickets: $20
Part of our Upstairs Series!!  Kelly Burrows and fellow Maevens bandmate Myke Mazzei will be the next performers in our Upstairs Series on Thursday September 28 at 7 p.m.  A resident of Bobcaygeon, Kelly graduated from Fenelon Falls Secondary School before earning her B.Mus. degree from Queen’s University.  She formed the band The Maevens in Toronto before moving back to Bobcaygeon a few years ago, where she teaches music (Red Door Music).  Her performance schedule has been filling up during 2017, and this appearance in the upstairs lounge at the Academy provides a prime opportunity to see and hear her in a charmingly casual and intimate venue.

We Walk The Line - A Johnny Cash Experience

September 30 @ 7:30PM

Tickets are $32.00.  WWTL Productions presents WE WALK THE LINE a true Johnny Cash Experience that celebrates the music and lives of 'The Man in Black' and his fun loving wife June Carter. The performance features Ward Cornforth as a 1960's era Johnny Cash with the signature "Boom-Chicka-Boom" sound of his long time touring band the Tennessee Three. The show also includes duets performed by Johnny Cash with the late "June Carter". The concert covers the entire career of Johnny Cash from the 1950's at Sun Records to 2003 with the American Recordings Label and includes Johnny's biggest hits 'Ring of Fire', 'Boy Named Sue', 'I Walk The Line', 'Folsom Prison Blues', 'Hurt' and the famous duet with June Carter 'Jackson' amongst other classic songs. The Rockabilly Pioneer, Country Legend and American Poet left his mark upon many millions of fans. Don't miss this Johnny Cash show when it comes to Lindsay ! 

Ghostfinger Productions presents PIGS: Canada’s Pink Floyd

October 8 @ 7:30PM

Tickets are $45.00.

Ghostfinger Productions presents

PIGS: Canada’s Pink Floyd
Doors 6:30pm - Show 7:30pm
Formed in 2008 in Victoria, British Columbia, PIGS have spent nine years perfecting their craft in front of sold out audiences throughout Western Canada. On their Left + Right East Coast Tour of 2017, PIGS are bringing an epic and rare treat for Pink Floyd fans out East: the band will be crossing the country to perform selections from the entire Floyd catalog, including a few special surprises from Floyd solo records.  In addition to classics from legendary albums like Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, and The Wall, the band will showcase material that has rarely—if ever—been performed live by Pink Floyd.  The band and their lighting, sound, and visual designers are all Floyd aficionados and are coming together to create for you an incredible night filled with music, lasers, and the glow of a giant Mr Screen. PIGS is the most authentic Floyd act around, with the right people, equipment, and performances to give you an incredible musical experience you will never forget.
PIGS is Canada's most authentic Pink Floyd tribute. What have we got that the others don't?
1. The right people:  Most Pink Floyd acts feature one person as the front-man—much like Pink Floyd did in the 80s and 90s. We recreate the band as they existed in the 1970s, and each member of our band portrays one member of the Floyd and does exactly what they would have done live.  Our Gilmour plays the lead guitar parts and sings half the songs, our Waters plays acoustic sometimes, and yes—we have a Snowy White.
2. The right gear:  We try to replicate as closely as possible the instruments and backline used by Pink Floyd.  We use the same amps, the same guitars—even the same cables.  This means we look and sound more like the real thing.
3. The right age:  We're not the same age as members of Pink Floyd are now; we're the same average age as the Floyd were on their late 70s tours.  This keeps us exciting and dynamic to watch, and helps us perform the songs like a real band instead of sounding like karaoke.
4. The right era:  Frankly, we are tired of tribute bands emulating Pink Floyd as they were on the PULSE tour in the 90s.  Instead we replicate the lights, look, and sound of the Floyd's stage show in the 1970s.  Of course, we still play songs from the 60s and 80s, but we do everything in the spirit of the band as they were at their creative peak in the 1970s. 
Formed in 2008 in Victoria, British Columbia, PIGS played in several venues throughout British Columbia and Alberta for the past 4 years, playing to sold out audiences. PIGS are bringing an epic and rare treat for Pink Floyd fans - the band will be covering 47 years worth of Pink Floyd's legendary repertoire from 1967 to 2014, ranging from the band's earliest release to their final album; from the psychedelic misadventures of Arnold Layne to the final float down The Endless River. In addition to classics from legendary albums such as Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, and The Wall, the band have many surprises in store, including material that has rarely, if ever, been performed live by the real Pink Floyd. The band, and their lighting, sound and visual designers are all Floyd aficionados and are coming together to create a breathtaking audio/visual for what will be an incredible night. With over 150 concerts under their belt and currently evolving into a full time international act with an average of 100 shows a year, you will see why we are considered "Canada's Most Authentic Pink Floyd Tribute".
"A New Shade of Pink..." - Times Colonist
“One of the best shows I’ve seen”
GF – ‘You guys were amazing last night in Cranbrook. One of the best shows I’ve seen. Amy has an amazing voice gave me goosebumps. My parents loved it and they are both in their 80’s. Look forward to the next time we can see you guys. Well done.’
“Show was amazing 10/10”
DM – ‘They ROCK!!!! Nelson show was amazing 10/10’
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Benjamin Dakota Rogers

October 12 @ 7:00PM

Tickets: $20
Benjamin Dakota Rogers
Upstairs Series in our 2nd floor lounge
Thursday October 12 at 7 p.m.
Benjamin Dakota Rogers is a multi-instrumentalist, singer songwriter and composer.  Using his captivating voice, explosive fiddle and guitar, he is creating music that draws you in with stories and poetry.  His fiddle work has been described as hard driving, powerful folk with a contemporary edge.  Benjamin has brought his love of music to audiences of all ages with his musicality and engaging performance.  He is accompanied by Chris Rait on stand-up bass, guitar and warm harmonies.  Accolades  include Two Canadian Folk Music Award nominations, three  Hamilton music award nominations and winner of  two  International  Songwriting  competitions.   He is quickly becoming a fan favorite. 
Benjamin was excited  to  learn Folk Roots Radio placed his third CD Whisky and Pine at #6 in the top 10 albums of 2016.

An Intimate Evening with Séan McCann

October 20 @ 7:30PM

Friday October 20 at 7:30 p.m. - Tickets $35
After 20 years of huge international success with Great Big Sea, Séan McCann left the band to wrestle with his personal demons, to find a way once again to make music that would connect, heal and bring happiness.  In 2014, he released the album “Help Your Self”, produced by Joel Plaskett.  The songs helped him deal with his issues of addiction and abuse and showed him how to find strength in pain.  It reminded him of the power of music which at one time would have been used to cast a Friday night spell over a sold out hockey arena on a Monday, but now finds him touring the country as a solo artist in intimate venues where he can sincerely connect with his audience in the way he always hoped to—face to face.  Séan has also found himself using music as therapy, working with people who face physical, mental, and addiction challenges, and has become a sought-after speaker trying to help others to help themselves find light through the darkness. 
Sean’s journey to find his own peace, love, and happiness continues through his new music. “You Know I Love You” is a happy collection of songs sung by a man intent on sharing his joy directly with you.  The Academy Theatre is an ideal intimate venue to hear Sean’s music and his inspiring message.  Come discover the two universal energies that remain constant in this world of change — Music and Love.

Pavlo in Concert With Special Guests

October 21 @ 7:30PM

Tickets $40
For being all instrumental, Pavlo’s Mediterranean music speaks for itself. Over the span of his 20-year career, Pavlo, the internationally renowned, award-winning recording artist, performer and songwriter, has released 10 albums of his own music, plus two collaborative projects, including 2015’s Guitarradas with Remigio Pereira of The Tenors, and 2009’s Trifecta with fellow guitar masters Rik Emmett and Oscar Lopez.
Born in Toronto to Greek parents, Pavlo has made a name for himself by offering a musical amalgam he simply calls “Mediterranean music” – a blend of Greek, flamenco, Latin, and even Balkan flavours, wrapped in contemporary pop. His music has taken him all around the world. Along the way he’s performed for royalty in the likes of Prince Charles and worked and toured with artists such as José Feliciano, Jon Secada, Olivia Newton-John and The Tenors.
It has never been more convincing, Pavlo is a true WORLD artist, and has become famous for bringing every audience to their feet.
Pavlo is currently on tour promoting his second PBS special “Live in Kastoria” Greece and is still driven by his father’s famous words:
“Have the courage to do what you love, and the drive to do it well.”

The Cat In The Hat

October 22 @ 2:00PM

Tickets are $20.00 for Adults and $15.00 for Children.  The Kawartha Lakes Food Source is excited to present a Theatreworks USA production of Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat. 

Everyone's favorite cat comes to mischievous life in this theatrical adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic. 
From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that The Cat in the Hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat they have ever met. With the trickiest of tricks and the craziest of ideas, he is certainly fun to play with.  And he turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure. But what will Mum find when she comes home...?
Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat is a lively, engaging "play with sound effects" by Two Beans Productions.  It was originally adapted by The National Theatre. 
Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children (tax and fees included) and all proceeds go to the Kawartha Lakes Food Source.  The show runs approximately 50 minutes in length.
The Kawartha Lakes Food Source is a not for profit organization that has been serving the community for over 15 years.  We are the warehouse that procures and stores food from reclamation and donations and supplies it on a fair share basis to the nine food banks within the City of Kawartha Lakes.  
We also supports twenty schools with their breakfast/snack programs.  We rely solely on donations from the community and successful applications to foundations and grants – we do not receive support from any level of government. 
Supporting KLFS is easy!  You can: make a financial donation (tax receipt issued over $20); volunteer your time; attend our fundraising events, or all of the above. 

Jake's Gift

October 28 @ 7:30PM

Tickets:  $25 adults, $22 seniors, $12 students
Jake’s Gift
Written and performed by Julia Mackey
Saturday October 28, 7:30 p.m.
ABOUT JAKE’S GIFT | 65 minutes • no intermission
Jake’s Gift is a surprisingly funny drama that tells the story of a Canadian WW2 veteran’s reluctant return to Normandy, France, for the 60th Anniversary of D-Day. While roaming the shores of Juno Beach, Jake encounters Isabelle, a precocious ten-year-old from the local village whose inquisitive nature and charm challenge the old soldier to confront some long ignored ghosts – most notably, the wartime death of his eldest brother, Chester, a once promising young musician. At its heart, Jake’s Gift is about the legacy of remembrance and makes personal the story behind one soldier’s grave. Since 2007, Juno Productions has toured this multi-award winning play to over 230 communities across Canada including international stops in Washington State, Tiverton & Birmingham, England, and to Normandy, France, for the 70th and 73rd Anniversary of D-Day. For more information about Jake’s Gift please visit
Not recommended for children under 10 years of age.

Willy Wonka

November 10 @ 7:30PM

November 11 @ 7:30PM

November 12 @ 2:00PM

November 17 @ 7:30PM

November 18 @ 2:00PM

November 18 @ 7:30PM


Sponsored by Boston Pizza and Canadian Tire!!  
Ticket prices are $28 for Adults and $25 for Students and Seniors.
Join Charlie Bucket as he tours Willy Wonka's famous chocolate factory in this adaptation of Ronald Dahl's world renowned story. Charlie, and four other golden ticket winners, go on a colourful, magical adventure. This musical features all local actors who are working collaboratively to raise money to support the Academy Theatre. We know that "Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone's sweet tooth." (MTI) 

"Sweet Baby James" - Best of James Taylor All - Star Show featuring lead vocalist Neil Donell

November 25 @ 8:00PM

"Sweet Baby James"
Best of James Taylor All - Star Show
featuring lead vocalist Neil Donell 
& his 8 piece All-Star Band
Saturday November 25th @ 8:00pm
From the producer of Menopause The Musical© Canada & fresh from sold out concerts in Ohio & Wheeling Island Casino, West Virginia. 
"Sweet Baby James" makes its debut in Southern Ontario. 
Featuring lead vocalist Neil Donell who's performed with legendary bands "Chicago" and Roger Hodgson of "Supertramp" & his 8 piece All-Star Show Band. 
Enjoy over 24 of James Taylor's greatest hits in a 2 hour stellar performance with masterpieces such as; Fire & Rain, Handyman, Shower The People, You've Got A Friend, Carolina In My Mind, Up On The Roof, Every Day, Your Smiling Face, Mexico, Copperline, How Sweet It Is & Sweet Baby James to name a few.
"Neil blew me away" said internationally renowned music producer David Foster & you will be too, guaranteed! 
Neil brings his 8 piece All-Star Show Band to Academy Theatre for the very first time. 
1 Show Only ~ Don't Miss Out! 
All Tickets $37.50 
Saturday November 25th @ 8pm 
"Fabulous JT concert! Loved every minute of it!" - K. Huber
"Just attended this great performance. Amazing talent and wonderful entertainment". - P. Armstrong
"Awesome Show!!! We loved it!! Please come back to Little Rock!" - D. Jones
"The show was an absolute pleasure from his first note to last". - L. Hicks
"It was wonderful, you guys were absolutely amazing!" - J. Grey 
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The AC/DC Show

December 2 @ 8:00PM

Tickets are $38.00.  All Ages.  Presented by Ultimate Artists Live – Recreating the Experience – The Look, The Sound and the Hits!

AC/DC are without a doubt one of the longest reigning and best selling bands in the history of rock n roll. Formed in Sydney Australia in 1973 by brothers, Angus and Malcolm, they have an impressive 17 studio albums to their credit with sales in excess of 200 million units sold worldwide. 72 million in the US alone making them the 10th best selling band in the United States and one of the world’s best selling bands of all time!
Ultimate Artists Live brings to you the magic and music that has created the legacy that is known as ACDC.  Re-live the Experience performed by some of Canada’s most accomplished musicians as they take you for a ride on the rock N roll train through ACDC’s incredible history of hits.