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Snowbird Lifestyles Presentations! (Medipac and the CSA Presents)

September 19 @ 1:00PM

[ Tickets Available Soon ]



Event:              Snowbird Lifestyle Presentations

Venue:             Academy Theatre for the Performing Arts

Date:               Friday, September 19, 2014

Time:               1:00 p.m.


We have a spectacular lineup of entertainment appearing at this year's Snowbird Lifestyle Presentation. Seating is limited, so be sure to book your tickets early to avoid disappointment!

Appearing at all shows:

Canada's favourite musical comedy duo, Bowser and Blue

Country superstar, Michelle Wright

Scottish-Canadian Tenor, John McDermott

Leisure and Longevity specialist, Dr. Robert MacMillan

CSA President, Bob Slack

Sponsored by Medipac Travel Insurance and The Canadian Snowbird Association

Beatlemania *50th Anniversary Show*

September 20 @ 8:00PM

Tickets are $39.00 for Adults and $35.00 for Seniors.  Member discounts are in effect.  Calling all Beatles fans!! 50 years after their famed appearance on the Ed Sullivan show, the look, sound and excitement of The Beatles live performances will be re-created at the Academy Theatre in Lindsay on Saturday September 20 at 8:00pm. "Beatle mania: The 50th Anniversary Show" features an outstanding, international cast in the roles of John, Paul, George and Ringo, including the incomparable Ian Garcia, best known for his stunning portrayal of Paul McCartney in the Broadway show 'Rain'.

All songs in "Beatle mania: The 50th Anniversary Show" are performed "note for note" by the amazing cast members who are further augmented with full costumes, vintage instruments and equipment. This audience-interactive performance begins with their famous 1964 appearance on the Ed Sullivan television show and includes multiple costume changes and hit songs from every era of The Beatles' extensive catalogue. In total, over 30 Beatles songs are featured throughout the evening including "I Want to Hold Your Hand" "Ticket to Ride" "Yesterday" "Yellow Submarine" "A Hard Day Night" 'Eleanor Rigby' 'Let It Be' and of course, "Hey Jude" amongst the many audience favorites.

Tickets for 'Beatle mania' The 50th Anniversary Show' in Lindsay on Saturday September 20th are on sale now, value-priced at only $39 Adults - $35 Seniors (Members Discount Applies) and can be picked up at the theatre box office 2 Lindsay Street South, or order by phone # (705) 324-9111, or order on-line at Get your tickets early to ensure the best seats for this incredible show!

The Four Lads and The Four Aces

September 27 @ 7:30PM

Tickets are $40.00.  Member discounts are in effect.  Two of the most popular singing groups from the 50's, The Four Aces and The Four Lads perform in this special show that features some of the greatest love songs of all time that were made famous by these two groups.

Love is a Many Splendored Thing, Three Coins in the Fountain, Stranger in Paradise, Tell Me Why, Moments to Remember, No Not Much, Who Needs You, Enchanted Island and many more.

Stuart McLean and the Vinyl Cafe

October 1 @ 7:00PM

Tickets are $53.00 for Adults and $35.50 for Students.  STUART McLEAN & THE VINYL CAFE • 2014 Fall Tour

Stuart McLean’s hit radio show The Vinyl Cafe is now heard by over 2 million people each week. The show is broadcast on CBC Radio in Canada, on close to 100 public radio stations in the USA and around the world on Sirius Satellite Radio 169 and podcasts.

In addition to the popular Dave & Morley stories, the show also features live and recorded music by both up-and-coming and established Canadian musicians. Increasingly, it is becoming a place where Canadians go to find new, undiscovered talent.

Stuart has sold over 1 million books in Canada and he recently celebrated the release of his new collection Time Now for the Vinyl Cafe Story Exchange.

The books are: The Morningside World of Stuart McLean (1989), Welcome Home: Travels in Small Town Canada (1992), Stories from the Vinyl Cafe (1995), Home from the Vinyl Cafe (1998), The Vinyl Cafe Unplugged (2000), Vinyl Cafe Diaries (2003) and Secrets from the Vinyl Cafe (2006), Extreme Vinyl Cafe (2009), Vinyl Cafe Notebooks (2010), Revenge of the Vinyl Cafe (2012) and Time Now For The Vinyl Cafe Story Exchange (2013). Home from the Vinyl Cafe, Vinyl Cafe Unplugged and Secrets from the Vinyl Cafe have all received the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour. The Vinyl Cafe Diaries (2003) was chosen as the best short story collection of the year by the Canadian Author's Association.

The Vinyl Cafe Tour 2014 will feature two brand new Dave & Morley stories and live music. It will also celebrate the release of Stuart McLean’s new collection of stories on CD.  

Shaun Majumder

October 15 @ 8:00PM

Tickets are $57.00.  Member discounts are in effect!  

October 15th at 8pm!  Shaun Majumder!  Raised in rural Newfoundland, this Gemini award-winning actor/comedian started performing as a teenager and has been at it ever since. His work has taken him through the world of theatre, stand-up comedy, improv and more recently to his role as Andrew Palmer on NBC/Global Television's The Firm, starring Josh Lucas and Juliette Lewis. In 2010 starred as Detective Vik Mahajan in the critically acclaimed crime drama Detroit 1-8-7 on ABC.

HBO's "Every Word is Absolutely True" which follows Shaun as he embarks on his first national stand-up tour, garnered critical praise for its candid look beyond the public persona to reveal his more intimate and complex side in this feature length documentary.

In January 2013, Shaun's documentary series called Majumder Manor debuted on the W Network in Canada, about his dream to transform his rural hometown of Burlington, Newfoundland into a high end, sustainable tourist destination. The successful series continues with season two airing in May 2014.

Shaun's television career has included starring in the Farrelly Brothers comedy Unhitched, as well as roles on 24 and Cedric the Entertainer Presents on Fox, Robson Arms on CTV, and Da Kink in My Hair on Global. In addition to his multiple appearances on 22 Minutes, Shaun has appeared in Hatching, Matching and Dispatching and Republic of Doyle for CBC Television. Shaun's Comedy Central Presents special also debuted on Comedy Central in 2008.

His film credits include Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, The Ladies Man, Pushing Tin, Purpose, and Bob Funk alongside Rachel Leigh Cook and Olympia Dukakis. Shaun is also a favorite of Montreal's Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, having hosted the TV series for three seasons. He resides in Los Angeles.

John McDermott - Looking Back - 20th Anniversary Tour

October 17 @ 7:30PM

Tickets are $47.50. John McDermott can recall the precise moment when he realized that giving up his day job and making singing his full-time career had been the right decision. That moment came at 8 pm on October 5th, 1993 at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium in Halifax as he walked on stage to a full house and a thunderous East Coast welcome.  It was his first concert with his own band, and he was received with such wild encore-inducing enthusiasm the concert turned into a 4 hour marathon.  John was hooked!

Now, 20 years and more than 25 albums later, John McDermott is an international recording star and household name.  Besides his stellar musical career - platinum, double-platinum, triple-platinum albums - he is also known for his commitment to veterans’ causes - the U. S. Congressional Medal of Honour Society's Bob Hope Award, the Ted Williams Globe & Anchor Award  from the USMC,  and here at home, a commendation from the Minister of Veteran’s Affairs for this ongoing work, which includes his foundation McDermott House Canada.

In Concert, whether he is sharing the stage with a topnotch group of musical friends or touring the world as part of the famed Three Irish Tenors, McDermott continues to enchant audiences with his beautiful tenor voice and sensitive renditions.  Though time and travel have introduced him to a wealth of new material and experiences, he manages to incorporate that diversity into his performances, while retaining the charm and humour that endeared him to audiences from the beginning.  For this 20th Anniversary Tour - a two decade retrospective - McDermott will highlight a variety of songs from his early recordings through his latest releases. 

Click to watch John sing The Old Man

Click to watch John sing One Small Star


Simply Queen

October 18 @ 8:00PM

Tickets are $40.   “Simply Queen” will take to the stage at downtown Academy Theatre.  This all-live tribute to Queen is fronted by Freddie Mercury impersonator extraordinaire Rick Rock. Guitarist Bob Wegner was hand-picked by Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor to play guitar in the Toronto production of the “We Will Rock You” musical. Drummer Greg Hawco is an immensely successful composer, most notably for the CBC television series “Republic of Doyle.” Mark Yannetta on bass is a veteran of “Classic Albums Live” on the theatre circuit.

The live tribute celebrates all the iconic songs that made Queen one of the most legendary rock bands of all time, and faithfully recreates the grand scope of Queen’s live shows, both musically and visually, with attention to detail unlike ever experienced since Queen filled stadiums around the world.

High Valley

October 31 @ 8:00PM

[ Tickets Available Sep 19, 2014 ]

Tickets are $39. Member discounts are in effect.

Brothers Brad and Curtis Rempel have been able to take their unique blend of Country and Bluegrass music with a pop flare all over North and Central America beginning in their hometown of La Crete, Alberta, Canada.  "We like to call it Pop Grass" says Curtis Rempel who plays the mandolin and sings harmonies in the band.
Growing up on a steady diet of music like Ricky Skaggs, The Everly Brothers and Buck Owens, Brad Rempel (lead singer and songwriter) kicked off his music career with "High Valley" at 12 years of age.
Most recently they've been the opening act on tours with Ricky Skaggs, Little Big Town and Alan Jackson.  Ricky Skaggs was kind enough to introduce the brothers to the folks at the Grand Ole Opry when "High Valley" made their Opry debut last January.  Billboard Magazine and Country Weekly have named them "Artists to Watch" and Entertainment Tonight debuted their video for "Love You For a Long Time."  
In addition to having 9 hit singles on Canadian Country radio and CMT, High Valley has enjoyed a top 5 single on SiriusXM Satellite radio.
The duo has received nominations at the Juno Awards and Western Canadian Music Awards. They're 10 time winners of GMA Canada's covenant awards, New Country Artist of the Year winners at Canadian Music Week and CCMA Winners of the  "Interactive Artist of the Year."
At every High Valley show you can expect to see brothers Curtis and Brad Rempel interacting with the fans not only before and after the show via social media, but also during the show where they've been know to bring fans right on stage.  "You can expect to hear a lot about family, farming, faith and have a whole lot of fun" says Brad Rempel regarding the High Valley concert experience

Beauty and the Beast

November 7 @ 7:30PM

November 8 @ 7:30PM

November 9 @ 2:00PM

November 14 @ 7:30PM

November 15 @ 2:00PM

November 15 @ 7:30PM

[ Tickets Available Oct 4, 2014 ]

Tickets are $25.00 for adults and $22.00 for children under 12.  Tickets on sale to public October 4 - member discounts in effect!

The Academy Theatre proudly presents Beauty and the Beast!
Belle is a girl who is dissatisfied with life in a small provincial French town; she is constantly trying to fend off the misplaced affections of the conceited Gaston. The Beast is a prince who has been placed under a magical spell in order to teach him the importance of love.  A wrong turn taken by Belle's father, causes the lives of Belle and the Beast to intertwine. Time and circumstances set the stage for Belle to discover and release the prince within the Beast so that they may live happily ever after.
This show is a fundraiser with all proceeds going toward supporting the Academy Theatre! Join the audience and help to continue the magic that is live theatre at the Academy!

Blackie And The Rodeo Kings

November 20 @ 8:00PM

[ Tickets Available Oct 16, 2014 ]
Tickets are $40.00.  Member discounts are in effect.  BLACKIE AND THE RODEO KINGS GO SOUTH
Seminal Canadian alt-country supergroup achieves a border-crossing landmark with acoustic-flavored new album.
"We're very sensitive men," notes Tom  Wilson, who  with longtime compatriots Stephen Fearing and  Colin Linden comprises Blackie  and  the Rodeo Kings' singer-songwriter- guitarist triumvirate.   "And  when we're not sensitive, we're loud."
The fabled Canadian roots-rockers are a virtual institution in their home country, where they've been crafting bracing, catchy, personally-charged music for nearly two decades. Yet they've managed to maintain a relatively low  profile in the United States.  That situation seems likely to change with the U.S.  release of  the band's eighth album South.
South represents a fresh new creative step for Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, while embodying the qualities of  rootsy musical uplift and quirky lyrical depth that have long distinguished the ensemble's varied output.   The album's largely acoustic yet reliably punchy arrangements showcase the three songwriters' multiple strengths, while the musicians' organically energetic performances maintain the vibrant chemistry that's kept Blackie a consistently vital and distinctive musical force.
Fearing, Linden and Wilson were already seasoned veterans of  the Canadian music scene when they first forged their collaboration in 1996 in Hamilton, Ontario.   The group was initially assembled as a one-off side project to record High or Hurtin': The Songs of Willie P. Bennett, a tribute album to Canadian folk  artist Bennett, whose 1978 LP Blackie and the Rodeo King inspired the combo's name.
Despite the original plan, the new unit quickly took on  a life of  its own, spawning such memorable albums as Kings of Love (1999), which won a Juno Award for  Best Roots and Traditional Album, Bark (2003), Let's Frolic (2006), Let's Frolic Again (2007), the compilation Swinging from  the Chains of Love (2009) and Kings and  Queens (2011).
Meanwhile, the three songwriters have all maintained their individual careers outside of Blackie.   Fearing is a widely respected solo artist, and is half of the duo Fearing and White with noted Irish artist Andy White.   Wilson has worked solo, as well as leading the bands Junkhouse and Lee Harvey Osmond.  Linden, who relocated to Nashville in TK, has released several solo albums and currently plays guitar in Bob Dylan's touring band.  As guitarist, songwriter and/or producer, he's also worked with the likes of  The Band, Ray Bonneville, T-Bone Burnett, Bruce Cockburn, Amos Garrett, Emmylou Harris, Colin  James, Keb Mo', Diana Krall, Leon Redbone, Chris Thomas King and Lucinda Williams. 
South represents both a consolidation of the qualities that have already endeared Blackie and the Rodeo Kings to its admirers, and a bold departure from the band's established sound.  The project first began to take shape while the group was touring the Canadian festival circuit in support of its last album Kings and  Queens.  On several occasions, inclement weather caused  Fearing, Linden and Wilson to retreat to the shelter of  the merch tent, where they would stage loose acoustic sets.  These impromptu performances soon began to take on a sound and groove that was distinct from the five- piece electric sets for  which Blackie was already renowned.
The experience of stripping down their sound had such a rejuvenating effect on the three co-frontmen that they decided to capture that vibe on  record.  They had initially planned to record a low-key all-acoustic vinyl-only release, with one original and one cover from each singer.   But when they brought the material to Linden's Nashville studio, they found their originals to be more exciting than the covers, and before long they'd accumulated an album's worth of new original tunes.  They then added the band's longtime rhythm section of bassist Johnny Dymond and drummer  Gary Craig to the sessions, and the material evolved yet again.   By the time they were finished recording, the only element of the original plan that remained was the absence of  electric guitars. Instead, Linden applied his production prowess to give the songs a vivid sonic depth that enhances the songs' melodic and emotional resonance.
Titled in honor of the sessions' Nashville location, South features Blackie's most infectious and expressive batch of compositions to date. Linden's autobiographical title track reflects poignantly on  how he followed in his parents' footsteps by moving his family from Canada to America.   Wilson also took a crack at writing a title song for the album, but got turned around and instead penned the rousing album-opener "North." The band's capacity for insightful introspection is demonstrated on Fearing's affecting "Everything I Am," and on  the heartbreaking Fearing/Wilson co-write "I'd Have To  Be A Stone."  The album closes, appropriately enough, with its only cover, "Drifting Snow" by the aforementioned Willie P. Bennett, who inadvertently inspired Blackie and the Rodeo Kings' birth back in the day.
"Tom named this album South," Linden notes.   "The title was rooted in the idea that he and Stephen had come down to my  house in Nashville to record, and the mythology of being Canadian musicians venturing from the cold, cold winters and short night to the land of  plenty—plenty of  wine and barbecue."
"The way we sound when we're sitting around in Colin's kitchen and in dressing rooms playing music is how we wanted these songs presented," Wilson says.  "There's a different musical conversation that takes place when you're stripped to the wood and skins and strings, with the comfort and confidence of  the moment when the world stops outside your kitchen window."
If Colin Linden, Stephen Fearing and Tom Wilson have learned anything in the past seventeen years, it's that Blackie and the Rodeo Kings is a journey, not a destination. Their original plan to make one album and then go  their separate ways has given way to an  enduring musical rapport that's grown deeper—and more integral to their lives—than they could have ever imagined. 
"Blackie is there because we want it there, and when we don't want it there it will be gone," Wilson states.  "Blackie enhances our lives, and gives us the kick in the ass that we  need to rave on.   And  sometimes dinner gets burned, so it's good to have three great cooks watching the oven."
"We love each other, and we love playing together," Linden observes.  "That's the main and most important thing.   And  Blackie's not the only  thing we do, so every time we get together, it's an event, and even when I do  other things, I bring the spirits of  my  pals with me.  Sometimes getting together is a challenge to organize, but that just makes you savor the time you have together more."
Linden is looking forward to getting on the road and bringing South to old and new fans on  both sides of  the border.
"The prospect of playing for new people is exciting, and we want to play whenever and wherever we  can," he says, "I like the idea of  being the oldest new band around.  It makes me feel like the great older blues artists I knew as a kid, when they were getting rediscovered."
Linden also opines that, despite being a stylistic departure, South is as good a place as any for new converts to discover Blackie and the Rodeo Kings.
"Each of our  records has its own character, but we're unable to be anything other than what we  are," he says.  "So they're all good intros to us, for better or  worse."
"South is where we're at right now," Wilson adds.  "Who we were is not important.   Who we'll be is unknown.  America needs Blackie And The Rodeo Kings.   They are starving for us and they don't even know it... yet."

Rock and Roll Heroes, Live! The Winter Dance Party of 1959

November 26 @ 7:30PM

Tickets are $40.00. Rock and Roll Heroes, Live recreation of the Winter Dance Party Tour of 1959.  With live tributes to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and Dion. 

Michael Kaeshammer

November 27 @ 8:00PM

[ Tickets Available Oct 11, 2014 ]

Tickets are $37.50.  Member discounts in effect.  Michael Kaeshammer has been called a triple-threat combo of piano virtuosity, vocal ability and charisma. The joy is obvious from the first moment Michael Kaeshammer plays with an uncanny ability to take ‘a bit of musical this’ and ‘a touch of musical that’ and create a sound that is uniquely his own. This sound is a singular brand of pop tinged jazz that owes as much to Billy Joel and Paul McCartney as to Professor Longhair and Albert Ammons on hook laden love songs like "A Little Bit Of Love". Michael is not only a gifted singer and songwriter, but a highly trained technician and interpreter and an fiery piano player. Let Micheal invite you in and take you on a musical journey.

Christmas in Nashville

November 28 @ 7:30PM

Tickets are $45.00 for Adults, $39.00 for Seniors.  "Welcome to Nashville" is a tribute to the wonderful world of Country Music that began in Nashville, Tennessee, almost one hundred years ago.  With radio broadcasts over WSM in Nashville, Tennessee, this show business phenomenon has entertained millions of Country Music fans over the years on that most famous of stages, the Ryman Auditorium.  "Welcome to Nashville" will re-create for you some of Country Music's finest moments starting way back at its earliest beginnings, in Nashville.


Minnie Pearl

Patsy Cline

Hank Williams Sr.

Dolly Parton

Loretta Lynn

Johnny Cash

June Carter

Garth Brooks

Alan Jackson

Country Comedian & Host Jethro Hicks

Comedienne Bobby-Jo

...and many more!!


Christmas With The King

December 6 @ 7:30PM

Tickets are $39.50.  Christmas With The King starring 'King of the World' Elvis Tribute Artist World Champion TIM 'E' HENDRY featuring The Sensational 'YES MEN'!


December 13 @ 2:00PM

December 13 @ 7:30PM

Tickets are $20 for Adults, $18 for Seniors and Students


The Lindsay Little Theatre Production


Written and Directed
by Altaire Gural 

What happens when the one boy who never wanted to grow up finally does, and the one girl he wanted to remember him … has forgotten?

The story of Wendy and Peter after Neverland.

Watch the trailer here: