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Yuk Yuk's Comedy Night Fundraiser

January 26 @ 8:00PM

Tickets are $35.00 (taxes included, service charges extra).  The Kawartha Lakes Food Source is excited to present our third annual Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Event.  The year’s show welcomes MC/opener Shannon Laverty and headliner Pete Johansson.
Since entering the Yuk Yuk’s Search for Canada's Funniest New Comic years ago, Laverty has been nominated 4 times for a Canadian Comedy Award.
Shannon's recent TV and radio credits include: Laugh Out Loud (CBC Radio), Listed (MuchMoreMusic), Club 54, "Fruitopia Comedy Funfest" at Paramount Canada's Wonderland (broadcast on CKVR-TV), She's So Funny and Funny Girls on the Woman's Television Network, Comics (On CBC-appeared in 2 B roles) and Yuk Yuk's - The Radio Show on the Telemedia Network.
Laverty's on stage persona is proud to be provocative. Her come-hither attitude will draw you in and her flirtatious delivery has been embraced by all sexes.
Pete Johansson has earned the title of global headlining comic with a relentless non-stop schedule taking him to every corner of the globe. His unique socially progressive, intellectually challenging, yet accessible and silly comedy has garnered a devoted following of fans looking for laughs with something more.
Pete started performing in his teens, and developed his art from coast to coast in Canada making his first appearance at The Just For Laughs festival when he was only 24 and following that up with 6 more appearances at the festival over his 20 year career, including 4 galas taped for the CBC. Numerous other TV appearances fill his resume, from The Late Late Show on CBS to the Premium Blend on Comedy Central.
A  relentless writer, and social critic you can always expect an engaging and intriguing show from this once in a lifetime comedian.
Tickets are $35 (tax included) and all proceeds go to the Kawartha Lakes Food Source. This is an age of majority event. 
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 support twenty-one 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. 

Beatles Revisited

February 2 @ 8:00PM

Tickets are $48.  "Beatlemania Revisited" captures the look, the sound and the excitement of The Beatles live in concert! All songs in the Beatlemania show are performed “note for note” by this amazing international ensemble who are further augmented with incredible costumes and vintage instruments to truly capture the spirit of the Fab Four. The evening kicks off with their famous 1964 appearance on the Ed Sullivan television show and follows The Beatles through their entire career with numerous costume changes including the Sgt. Pepper and Abbey Road eras. Musical highlights include “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” “Ticket to Ride” “Yesterday”  “A Hard Day Night” "Yellow Submarine", "Let It Be" and of course "Hey Jude" amongst the many audience favourites. 

Music of the Heart

February 14 @ 7:30PM

Tickets are $20.00.  The Academy Theatre Presents "Music of the Heart" upstairs in our Guild Room.
Featuring Rob Barg and a Special Guest.
Please note that seating is limited!
Having recently released his CD “Ride Sadie Ride”, Rob returns to the Academy Theatre Guild Room for and evening of heartfelt music.  Special Guest for this evening will be Sarah Repka joining Rob on flute for several numbers. 
After retirement Rob and his wife Rose relocated to Lindsay, where Rob is actively involved as a Board Member of the Academy Theatre.  They both enjoy travelling, and spending time with their grandchildren, and recently found a new creative outlet in song writing.
Rob has a passion for the value of music in people’s lives, which has driven him to give back to the community and society in many ways. Especially advocating for quality music education for children and youth in our schools as an executive member of the Coalition for Music Education in Canada. His extensive experience in all facets of the music industry, and love of entertaining are sure to please. A distinguished singer and guitarist he performs in a multitude of styles, and genres appealing to many varied music tastes. 

Jeff Leeson's 'Grandma Used To Heckle Me' Comedy Tour

February 22 @ 8:30PM

Tickets are $29.00.  Jeff is unlike any stand up comedian working today. With a perfect blend of traditional stand up comedy and long form improv he takes the audience on a journey with him while they witness the show not just being performed but being created right in front of their eyes. Something that must be seen live to be believed.

Carl Dixon - Whole 'Nother Thing

March 2 @ 7:30PM

Tickets are $28.00.  Singer/guitarist Carl Dixon brings his special theatre show of songs and stories to Lindsay's The Academy Theatre on March 2. He gives a one-man show with stunning voice and guitar playing. 
Whole Nother Thing is a journey through Carl's long and successful career as a performer, ranging from his start with 80's rockers Coney Hatch, through his years with the Guess Who and April Wine, right up to the present day to his 2018 Country album also titled "Whole 'Nother Thing". Carl brings to life the peaks and valleys of his career, culminating in the story of his terrible car crash in 2008 and his long hard struggle back to triumph over adversity. Now an author of a best-selling memoir (Strange Way to Live - Dundurn Publishing) there is depth, humour and poignancy in Carl's show, with lots of your favourite hit songs from the Classic era of Rock. There's even the 2 minute singing lesson thrown in!

Jeremy Hotz

March 6 @ 8:00PM

Tickets are $56.00.  

Known for his astute observational comedy and charming good looks, stand-up comedian Jeremy Hotz announced today that he’ll hit the road in 2019 with his brand new DANGEROUSLY HANDSOME TOUR. Having sold out his last national tour, International Man of Misery three years back, Hotz returns with his constant companion "Shackleton the Wonderdog”, the world’s smallest service animal. Don't let Hotz's good looks fool you, he's still “The Master of Misery”, finding the miserable in the world and turning it into laughs is what makes him tick. But don't overlook his charming smile and God-given good-looks – it is a winning combination that has audiences falling in love with Jeremy and fans constantly throwing themselves at him.
The Gemini Award winning stand-up comedian actor and writer, fondly referred to as “the master of misery”, will return to his hometown of Ottawa, ON, for two live shows at The Algonquin Commons Theatre on November 23rd.  Celebrated for his original style coupled with side splitting takes on everyday life, Hotz confirmed that both “Profoundly Disappointed” shows will be filmed exclusively for a special forthcoming DVD release.
“I’m really looking forward to shooting a comedy special in Ottawa,” shares Hotz.  “It’s my hometown! The city where I started stand-up in 1984, at the crummy Beacon Arms Hotel on Albert Street.  Jesus…what was I thinking?”
This will be Hotz’s fifth DVD release following “What ever happened to Jeremy Hotz?”, “Oh Canaduh”, “What A Miserable DVD This Is” and “Jeremy Hotz: The Masters Limited Edition DVD” – all hugely successful releases filmed in front of sold out audiences.
One of the most unique stand-up comics working today, Hotz is a proven international success.  With many highly acclaimed performances at the Montreal Comedy Festival, six sold out national Canadian theatre tours, as well as performances across the U.S., Europe and Australia, Hotz continues to impress audiences with his completely original and confused, yet very astute, observational comedy.
With an impressive career to date, Hotz’s resume includes performances on The Late Show, and five appearances on The Tonight Show. He appeared on Comedy Central where he featured in his own stand-up special, and is a talented actor with numerous film and TV credits in addition to writing and performing on the critically acclaimed “The Jon Stewart Show”.
He’s the winner of a Gemini Award and has been honoured with the CCA’s Best Male Stand-Up Award, as well as the Dave Broadfoot Comic Genius Award, the most prestigious comedy award in Canada in addition to receiving the Jury Prize – Best International Performer at the Sydney Comedy Festival in Australia.
Hotz currently has two comedy series in development with more details to come at a later date.
Don't miss Hotz’s latest show DANGEROUSLY HANDSOME as he travels across Canada.
For more information on Jeremy Hotz or to purchase tickets for the live dates please visit:

Serena Ryder

March 9 @ 7:30PM

Women’s Resources of Kawartha Lakes presents:
Serena Ryder
A Marquee Fundraising Event
March 9, 2019 – 7:30 p.m. – Doors open at 6:30
Tickets available November 15 – 22 at Scotiabank, Lindsay, cash only
Tickets available at Academy Theatre November 23
2019 marks the 9th Annual Marquee Fundraising Event for Women’s Resources at the Academy Theatre and another exciting year with exceptional Canadian performer Serena Ryder, who does what she does naturally and effortlessly, and has since she was a young girl.  Born in Toronto, raised in Millbrook southeast of Lindsay, she was performing by the age of eight and cut her first record at 16.  Her double platinum album, Harmony, featuring Stompa and What I Wouldn’t Do, released in 2012 is really the album where Ryder found her voice and discovered that the best formula for her success is… no formula at all.  
Winner of 6 Juno Awards including New Artist of the Year Award in 2008 and Songwriter of the Year and Artist of the Year in 2014, she has had songs placed in over 50 TV shows and commercials.  When her album Utopia was released in 2017, she had amassed so much music that whittling it down to fit into album size was a challenge — needless to say there is lots more to come!
Serena doesn’t fit into any particular genre.  Her songs encompass it all from jazzy “Got Your Number” to R & B style “Firewater”.  Finding her inspiration in stories and energy of others, she has worked with many artists and collaborators in the industry.  You are missing out if you haven’t heard Serena sing lately – she’s dynamic and full of feeling. In fact, she says “If you can hear a song and feel ‘that song was written for me’ I want to give that to people….”  And you have Serena!
Your ticket purchase and attendance helps support Women’s Resources programs and services for abused women and their children in the City of Kawartha Lakes.  For more information, contact Carolyn Fox 705-324-7649 Ext 223 or

Brent And Sarah's Comedy Magic Show

March 10 @ 2:00PM

Tickets are $17.00 for adults and $12 for children under 12.  Taxes are included, service charges are extra.

Brent and Sarah's Comedy Magic Show is a non-stop laugh riot from beginning to end. It's what you get when you pair two magicians with skill and talent that don't take themselves too seriously. The show is sure to amaze and impress, but it is Brent and Sarah's hilarious personalities and on-stage chemistry that keep audiences raving about the dynamic duo. The show combines magic, music, comedy and interactive audience participation in a way that feels more like a two person variety show than a traditional magic act. Highlights of the Show: Combines Interactive Magic, Music, Comedy and Storytelling Full of Audience Participation Several Volunteer Opportunities Where Audience Members Become the Stars of the Show! Features Two Hilarious Magicians! Clean Entertainment that doesn't humiliate or embarrass A Variety of Magic ie. Illusion, Mind Reading, Card Magic & often a Daring Escape!

Yesterday Once More

March 15 @ 7:00PM

Tickets are $59.50.  From the creators of “Oh What A Night!”, and “Four By Four”, direct from Las Vegas comes an electrifying new show – a unique musical revue celebrating the music of ABBA, The Carpenters, The 5th Dimension and The Mamas & Papas. 
The dynamic stars of “Yesterday Once More” expertly sing and dance their way through the hit songs of these pop icons in fully choreographed musical production numbers. You’ll enjoy non-stop hits such as The Carpenters’ “Close to You”, The Mamas & The Papas’ “California Dreaming”, The 5th Dimension’s “Up, Up and Away” and ABBA’s “Dancing Queen"...all tied together with informative and humorous banter. 
The cast members of the show are four dynamic performers whose lush harmonic interpretations are featured as both ensemble and individually. For anyone who simply loves great music and amazing vocal blends this is a show not to be missed.
Yesterday Once More!

Abbamania And Night Fever

March 16 @ 8:00PM

Tickets are $53.00.  ABBAMANIA is an all Canadian cast that is quoted as the #1 and largest production of ABBA in the world with a fantastic look vocals and sound. A cast of studio musicians ABBAMANIA recreates ABBA in concert. Their authentic costumes vocal collaboration and stage performance exude an extraordinary recreation of the magic and excitement of ABBA.
NIGHT FEVER is the ultimate tribute to the Bee Gees. This show takes you back to the sound and the look of one of the greatest Pop Bands in history The Bee Gees. For five decades a time span more than any other group in pop history the Bee Gees outwitted the international music scene with their incredible tenacity to remain current through all the eras of contemporary music. It is an all around amazing show that captures the sound and look of the Bee Gees.


March 23 @ 8:00PM

Tickets are $42.00.  Re-live the Experience with The AC/DC Show - CANADA. You'll hear hits from both the Brian Johnson and (the late) Bon Scott eras. The show is an authentic audio/visual recreation of the legendary Australian band. With the stacks of Marshall amplifiers and the grit of the mighty Gibson SG guitar this musical tone is sure to capture your attention from the opening notes. 
Performed by some of Canada's most accomplished musicians, they will take you for a ride on the rock 'n' roll train through AC/DC's incredible history of hits. The featured performers take their roles to new heights.

Blink 281

March 28 @ 8:00PM

Tickets are $25.00.  Formed by three experienced musicians, three eternal adolescents and first and foremost, three blink 182 devotees, Blink-281 is the ultimate tribute to the successful and legendary Californian pop-punk sensation! A Blink 281 party guaranties to take you back to your most memorable nights spent as a teenager. Take a trip down memory lane with us from 1995's Cheshire cat to today!
Dominic Racine: Singer / Bassist
Myles Truax: Guitarist / Singer
Maxime Tessier: Drummer
Check them out! --->

Fred Penner

March 31 @ 2:00PM

Balcony tickets are $24.  Orchestra tickets are $29.  Join Juno Award winner and four time recipient of the Parents' Choice Award Fred Penner for an afternoon of music and fun!

Roy Orbison: The All-Star Tribute

April 12 @ 8:00PM

Tickets are $42.00. “Roy Orbison: The All-Star Tribute” celebrates the incredible career of the legendary “Big O”...Roy Orbison! Direct from Canada’s leading producer of musical tribute shows, Bill Culp Productions, this fun-filled, audience interactive performance features Roy Orbison’s greatest hits from the 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s, and the 1980’s. From his early days with Sun Records in Memphis to his later hits as a member of the Travelling Wilburys, you’ll hear a wide range of Orbison classics including “Only The Lonely”, “Crying”, “Running Scared”, “Oobie Doobie”, “Handle With Care” “You Got It” and of course, “Pretty Woman” amongst the many crowd favourites.  “Roy Orbison: The All-Star Tribute” stars the fabulous Michael Danckert in the lead role, backed by a sizzling live band, and features rockin’ guest tributes to Buddy Holly and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Ron James - Full Throttle

May 9 @ 7:30PM

Tickets On Sale Friday, December 7th!

Tickets are $60.50.  Award-winning comedian RON JAMES has been selling out theatres for over 15 years with his marathon, side-splitting, kinetically charged performances. Marshaling a comedian’s eye for satire and a writer’s ear for language, Rontakes his audience on a breath-taking, non-stop roller coaster ride, cutting a wide swath through contemporary culture with his razor-sharp ribald wit, uncompromising standards and unique, poetically honed delivery. A stand-out amongst ‘stand-ups’...

“Utterly Brilliant” -  Ottawa Sun; “a man of a million words and a million laughs ... genius” - Globe & Mail; “a unique brand of funny all his own” - Winnipeg Free Press; “fits of helpless laughter” - Halifax Chronicle Herald; “hysterically funny ... at the top of his game” - Toronto Star; “gut-bustingly, knee slappingly funny” - Ottawa Citizen, “funniest man in Canada” - Victoria Times-Colonist; “a wheezing, snorting, chortling, gasping night of hilarity” - Edmonton Sun; “fast, funny and smart” - Montreal Gazette; “simply the best” - Toronto Sun; “thunderous standing ovation” - Saskatoon Star Phoenix.

With nine critically acclaimed one-hour comedy specials under his belt, plus five seasons starring in his own series, “The Ron James Show”, Canada’s #1 road warrior is back doing what he does best: delivering laughs face to face and coast to coast ... a high octane Full Throttle ride!


We Walk The Line - A Tribute to Johnny Cash

May 11 @ 7:30PM

Tickets are $42.00.  We Walk The Line is a true Johnny Cash Experience that celebrates the music and lives of 'The Man In Black' and his fun loving wife, 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 in this not-to-be-missed musical event.

ABBA Magic!

July 20 @ 8:00PM

Tickets are $48.00.  "ABBA Magic!" features outstanding musical performances that celebrate all of ABBA's top hits, combined with dazzling 1970's style costumes and choreography. This fun-filled, audience-interactive performance will have you singing along (and maybe even dancing in the aisles!), to all your ABBA favourites, including "Mama Mia", "Knowing Me, Knowing You", "SOS". "Waterloo" and of course, "Dancing Queen" amongst the many classics. Dust off your 1970's dancing shoes, and get your tickets today!

Dreamer - The Supertramp Experience

July 21 @ 7:30PM

Tickets are $48.25.  The world’s most authentic tribute to Supertramp. Near identical vocal similarity to Roger Hodgson and Rick Davies. An 8-piece band featuring live clarinet, sax, flute, trombone and vintage keys (Wurlitzer). A true ‘show’ featuring costume changes and film projection behind the band. Performing the album ‘Crime of the Century’ in its entirety, plus all of Supertramp’s biggest hits. Extremely positive references and standing ovations for all theatre shows to date.

“That was seriously one of the best concerts I’ve seen in ages. Incredible talent and passion from all. What a collaboration of artists. Please pass on the praise. I think you do Supertramp better than they could pull it off.” – Brian James, FM 105.5 Muskoka

Billy Joel and The Piano Men

August 23 @ 8:00PM

Tickets are $42.00.  "Billy Joel and The Piano Men" celebrates the greatest piano artists of all time including Billy Joel, Elton John, Burton Cummings, Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, Nat King Cole, Liberace, Fats Domino, Floyd Cramer and more. Starring the amazing Bruce Tournay from the Memphis Cats on piano and vocals, this unique show combines fantastic live performances with costumes, humour and interesting stories relating to the music and artists being performed.   You'll hear Bruce sing many of your favourite classics including "Piano Man," "Crocodile Rock," "Great Balls of Fire," "My Own Way To Rock" and "Blueberry Hill" amongst many other timeless piano classics.

Surfin' Safari

October 4 @ 8:00PM

Tickets are $42.00.  "Surfin' Safari: The Ultimate Beach Party Show" celebrates the music of Jimmy Buffet, Frankie Avalon, Jan & Dean, The Ventures, and of course ...The Beach Boys! Don't miss this fun-filled, audience interactive "beach party show" that combines fabulous musical tributes with an outstanding live band. Song highlights include "Surfin' USA", "Margaritaville", "Surf City", "It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere", "California Girls" "Wipeout" and "Kokomo" amongst the many audience favourites. No matter what the weather is like, it'll be warm and sunny on stage! Get your tickets today to ensure the best seats, and get ready to have some "Fun, Fun, Fun"!

The Legend of George Jones - Featuring Duane Steele

October 5 @ 3:00PM

Tickets are $48.00.  

Sakamoto Agency is proud to represent “The Legend of George Jones – featuring Duane Steele”; a special tribute to the man considered to be the greatest country singer of all time. Channeling the very essence of George Jones, award-winning singer/songwriter and #1 hit-maker Duane Steele and his band will take you on a multi-media journey of Jones’ incredible life through stories and songs.
In a career that lasted more than 50 years, “the Possum” evolved from a young honky-tonker into a cultural icon, as he recorded almost 150 albums and became the symbol of traditional country music. His music continues to inspire artists of all genres. Steele sings the hits of Jones that spanned five decades from his duets with Tammy Wynette, to the No.1 country song of all time “He Stopped Loving Her Today”. You’ll also hear the stories of Jones’ life that echoed the country songs he sang – filled with success, failure, hard drinking and heartbreak. The Legend of George Jones is a must-see show for Jones fans and country fans alike
ABOUT DUANE STEELE: Duane Steele is among Canada’s top country recording artists and songwriters with a professional career dating back to 1984. The multi-award winning artist has released five studio albums and one greatest hits album, and has charted multiple singles on the Canadian country singles charts, including the Number One hit “Anita Got Married”. Duane has toured the world headlining his own shows and opening for some of the hottest acts in country music including Shania Twain, Terri Clark, Trisha Yearwood and Sammy Kershaw. Duane’s pure vocals and authentic country sound make him the ideal artist to pay tribute to the legendary George Jones.
“A Great Night of Stories and Songs” – CTV Television
“Wow, incredible show!” – CFCW Radio
“Authentic. Emotional. It really shows the genius of George Jones” – I Heart Radio

Hotel California

October 19 @ 8:00PM

Tickets are $50.00. For almost three decades now HOTEL CALIFORNIA have been recreating the legendary sound of THE EAGLES, and thrilling audiences all over the world. The band set the bar in 1986, and they’ve remained the industry leading substitute for The Eagles ever since. Playing to huge outdoor and arena audiences, sharing bills with some of rock’s legends, and going places no tribute band has gone before. A long run by any measure, but it begs the question - what makes HOTEL CALIFORNIA so special? Well, incredible lead vocal similarity, intensely accurate instrumental work, soaring harmonies, and top flight live performances, just for starters. These are the band’s hallmarks, and the foundation on which their reputation has been built. With over a century of collective professional experience in the band today, they’re still going stronger than ever in 2014.
If you love The Eagles, then welcome to the Hotel California – you’ve just found the next-best thing.
Recommended Audience: All Ages
HOTEL CALIFORNIA’s show has evolved into a masterful celebration of The Eagles’ music. One of the most game-changing song catalogs in the history of rock n’ roll is performed to perfection before your eyes and ears. The band also offers tons of value-added promotional support and materials to every client, and the confidence that industry insiders have in them has made HOTEL CALIFORNIA one of the world’s most accomplished tribute productions. You can check them out any time you like, but you’ll never want to leave.

Red Green's "This Could Be It Tour"

October 25 @ 7:00PM

Tickets are $65.50.  The name says it all. Potentially Red's last tour as he heads out on the road to hold Lodge Meetings all over North America. Might be your last opportunity to catch Red live (or as live as he gets) before he takes a long look at his birth certificate and decides not to keep pushing his luck. 
This latest one man show features some brand new handyman projects, advice to married guys and teenage boys, tips on getting old, an apology to the world on behalf of all baby boomers, special contributions from Harold and a couple of other cast members, talking animals, and a final wish from Red to all of his loyal fans.
You won't want to miss this show. It may not be his last but why take the chance?
For further information contact: Rocklands Entertainment Canada Inc.

The Legends of Folk

November 24 @ 3:00PM

Tickets are $42.00.  "The Legends of Folk Tribute" celebrates the greatest hits from Folk music history, and combines outstanding live musical performances with interesting stories about the songs and the folk artists who made them famous. Get ready to sing and clap along during this audience-interactive "Hootenany", which features music from Peter, Paul & Mary, the Kingston Trio, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, The New Christy Minstrels, Leonard Cohen and many more folk legends. Song highlights include: "Blowin' in the Wind" "Leavin' on a Jet Plane" "Tom Dooley" "Hallelujah" "Four Strong Winds" and of course, "This Land Is Your Land" amongst the many favourites. The "Legends of Folk Tribute" All-Star cast features the incredible Irish songstress Loralee McGuirl on lead vocals, and guitar virtuoso Steven Miller, a musical veteran of the amazing 1960's Greenwich Village Folk scene. Buy your tickets today and get ready for a stroll down memory lane with this timeless music