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The Barra MacNeils - An East Coast Christmas

December 8 @ 7:30PM

Tickets are $51.40.

The Barra MacNeils - An East Coast Christmas is a musical potpourri of traditional MacNeil family favourites gleaned from Christmas ceilidhs, midnight masses and the general festive frolic that accompanies each holiday season.  With their captivating vocals, distinctive harmonies and extraordinary musicianship, The Barra MacNeils inject new life and energy into the sights and sounds of Christmas, prompting the Halifax Daily News to call them “a treasure of the East Coast, rich with tradition and unmatched in ensemble performance”; and the Globe & Mail to call the recording on which this tour is based “one of the best five Christmas albums of all time!”                       

The five MacNeil siblings - Lucy, Boyd, Stewart, Kyle and Sheumas - combine on a vast array of instruments including accordian, guitar, piano, fiddle, bodhran, mandolin, banjo, Celtic harp, tin whistles, bouzouki, flute ... all underpinned by the nimble-fingered Jamie Gatti on bass.  The result is a sound that is unmistakably The Barra MacNeils, one moment a rousing chorus, then a hauntingly beautiful Gaelic ballad, the next a flurry of foot-stomping instrumentals, which of course pulls one then another into a step-dancing revelry.  For a delightful seasonal celebration, don’t miss An East Coast Christmas with the Barra MacNeils!

“one of the best five Christmas albums of all time!” -  Globe & Mail

“a treasure of the East Coast, rich with tradition and unmatched in ensemble performance” - Halifax Daily News

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Carol Of The Bells  

Oh Holy Night

Christmas in Killarney

Max & Ruby in The Nutcracker Suite

December 16 @ 3:00PM

December 16 @ 6:30PM

Tickets are $30.00.
Max & Ruby bring to life a wonderful tradition this holiday season as they take to the stage their most magical performance yet! Inspired by one of the greatest musical scores ever composed - Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite - the beloved bunny siblings star in Koba Entertainment’s brand new musical production Max & Ruby in the Nutcracker Suite. 
It’s Christmas Eve, and Ruby is busy trimming the tree, while Max is chasing the delicious scent of Grandma’s freshly baked gingerbread cookies! A knock at the door reveals a huge parcel from their Great Uncle Drosselmeyer. As the package is unwrapped, Ruby realizes that each new toy is from the story of the Nutcracker Ballet, including a Nutcracker doll! 
As grandma reads the story of the Nutcracker, their imaginations whisk them away to a magical land where they become characters in the beloved ballet. Dancing, singing and delicious treats follow, as the bunny pair experiences the wonder and excitement of the classic Nutcracker story. Whether it was the sweets, or their lively imaginations, the bunny siblings head off to bed with visions of candy canes dancing in their heads!
Max & Ruby’s adventure, guided by the classic notes of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, is full of delectable dance and holiday magic perfect for the whole family.
About Max & Ruby in the Nutcracker Suite 
Max & Ruby in the Nutcracker Suite is the newest live show produced by Koba Entertainment. The company’s roster of celebrated theatrical productions also includes Toopy and Binoo and the Marshmallow Moon and: The Backyardigans Quest for the Extra Ordinary Aliens.
Set to the timeless music of Tchaikovsky as well as delightful original songs, this 90-minute event boasts captivating original choreography by Patti Caplette – who has professionally danced in over 100 ballet performances of the Nutcracker with Canada’s leading dance companies: Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal and Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet – beautiful costumes by designer, Anne Armit, and breathtaking sets by Gemini Award winner, Brian Purchaluk.
Max & Ruby originated as an enchanting book series by Rosemary Wells, and has sold over 3 million books worldwide. Making their television debut in 2002, Max & Ruby’s playful high jinks are enjoyed by children around the world including Canada, U.S., Finland, France and Sweden.

"Upstairs Series - The Jazz Lounge"

December 17 @ 8:00PM


Introducing the “Upstairs Series – the Jazz Lounge”

December 17th at 8PM, the Guild Room, Academy Theatre.

(Sponsored by Twine x Twig)

In the words of the incomparable Louis Armstrong, "Hot can be cool & cool can be hot & each can be both. But hot or cool man, Jazz is Jazz."

 The Academy Theatre is proud to present the inaugural performance of the “Upstairs Series” – a night of music, set in the intimate setting of the newly re-decorated Guild Room,  on the second floor of the Academy Theatre.

Well-known Musician and Educator Eric Smeaton has put the call out to his talented friends and colleagues to assemble a Jazz quartet comprising of professionals musicians:

David Frank on bass

Jeff Pighin on saxes

 James Ursel on piano

 Kevin Cook on trombone

Eric Smeaton on drums 

As Eric Smeaton says, "these guys are the real deal! Wonderful people and incredible musicians.

It will be a great night of music and we are looking forward to being the first show in the new Upstairs Series". 

Enjoy complimentary appetizers during three wonderful sets of cool and inviting, sometimes seasonal, warm and relaxing Jazz.

Limited seating – be sure to reserve your tickets early as you will not want to miss this special night.

Splendour of the Season

December 18 @ 2:00PM

Tickets are $25.00 for Adults and $22.00 for Seniors/Children/Groups.

Christmas holds a meaningful place in everyone’s hearts and for many, it means coming home to share time with family and friends. Triple Threat Theatre is pleased to present the tenth production of Splendour of the Season, with this year’s theme home for the holidays.

Featuring talented artists, audiences will enjoy both traditional and modern musical selections, performed by soloists, instrumentalists and ensembles. Highland, ballet and lyrical dance numbers presented by the Lindsay Dance Studio add to the show’s creativity. All in aid of the Academy Theatre, Triple Theatre is hoping to raise $7,500 in one day, to add to the total of $80,000 raised thus far! 

Created by the talented Triple Threat Theatre production team who brought you

“Les Mis”, “Into The Woods”, “The Wizard of Oz”, “Oliver” and the “Best of Broadway” series, our performers are well known to the area: Tom Collver,

Sophia Mackey, Jazz by Eric Smeaton and Friends, the Kawartha Male Chorus, Kylie McCullough, Tyler Scarborough on piano, the T3 Male Quintet (featuring Mitch Aldrich, Tim Clarke, Tom Collver, Joey Mackey and Cory Strong) and back by popular demand, our extra-special, not to be missed “Dad’s dance”! 

A wonderful family event, Splendour is Triple Threat’s signature show with something for everyone. Take a moment from this busy time of year to enjoy the Splendour of the Season. 

In the true spirit of giving, all proceeds from this show go to the Academy Theatre.

December 18th at 2PM       •   Adults $25.00   •    Seniors/Children/Groups $22.00

The Academy Theatre is pleased to accommodate bus groups and groups of 10 or more. Please reserve your tickets by calling the Box Office at 324-9111 or purchase online through:

Battle of the Magicians

January 14 @ 8:00PM

Tickets are $55.00 and $35.00.  


January 14 @ 8:00PM

New Battle, New Show, New Foe Tour

What do you get when you combine two magicians of differing styles into one show? You get mix of comedy and illusion that is fuelled by showmanship and skill honed through thousands and thousands of shows performed throughout the world. You get a battle of contrasting styles in a unique and entertaining battle of skills and will.  What you get is The Battle Of Magicians. Ray Anderson and Richard Forget have combined forces to create a new magic spectacular that is a battle for YOUR attention. Ray and Richard challenge each other in a lighthearted competition that pits Ray Anderson’s comedy magic against Richard’s classic style and presentation. It is an enthralling encounter that culminates in a spectacular finish.

The Battle Of Magicians is taking their show to new heights! In a special association with Fight To End Cancer, the headliners; International Magician Richard Forget and Ray Anderson will be teaming up in their own Fight To End Cancer. In the months leading up to their Main Event stage show, Richard and Ray will be competing to raise funds for the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. Go to to follow along and donate to your magician of choice!

Ray Anderson has starred in countless cross country tours across Canada and is a founder of The Battle Of Magicians. With six national tours under his belt, he has performed from New Brunswick to Vancouver Island; performed in NYC, Vegas, Chicago, Orlando, New Orleans and even Bermuda. He has performed on TV, radio. Ray has brought his unique brand of comedy, magic and skill to casino’s and corporate events across the nation. In fact he has performed in over 3,000 shows in his 25 years of being an entertainer.

Richard Forget is simply one of the most awarded magicians in magic. He has performed across the globe before millions of people on television and on stage. Richard is renowned for being a creator and innovator of new magic! He is the only two time stage champion of stage given by the International Brotherhood of Magicians and has been awarded Canadian Magician Of the Year. In France he was awarded the Mandrake D’or on national television which is considered the Oscars of magic. He has brought his particular brand of magic to China, Thailand, Malaysia, England, USA, Algeria, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Denmark and Sweden just name a few places.

January 14, 2017 will be a spectacular night that combines world class magic and comedy plus giving back to the community. How could you miss the battle?

Visit the Battle of the Magicians Website and Facebook page

Fight To End Cancer


Yuk Yuks Comedy Event

January 21 @ 7:30PM

Tickets are $35.00!  Looking for a great holiday gift for under the tree?  Give the gift of laughter!
The Kawartha Lakes Food Source is excited to present a Yuk Yuks Comedy Event headlining Derek Seguin.
Montreal-based Derek Seguin is one of the most sought after stand up comedians on the international circuit. He has performed at the prestigious Just For Laughs festival an impressive seven times. At JFL 2016, Derek had 5 sold out solo shows plus another hugely successful tv taping. 
Derek’s other televised appearances include performances at the CBC Winnipeg and Halifax festivals, The Newfoundland Comedy Festival, the Grand Rire du Quebec’s Comedie Club series as well as the Just for Laughs Comedy Special, “Oh Canada!”. He has also appeared on CBC Radio’s, “The Debaters” more than twenty-five times and recorded two episodes of CBC television’s, “The Debaters”.
Undeniably one of Canada’s hottest comedians, he has been touring clubs and theatres across North America intensely for the past few years and his debut concert album “Newfie Octopus” is a bestseller on CD Baby and on iTunes.
Whether he’s ragging on politics or describing life with his children, he brings us into his perspective without preaching any selfish point of view. His undeniable charm makes him simply fun to watch and listen to and is in large part why he is one of Canada’s most “in demand” comedians.
Kawartha Lakes Food Source is a not for profit organization that has been serving the community for almost 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 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. 
Tickets are $35 (tax and fees included) and all proceeds go to the Kawartha Lakes Food Source.  This is an age of majority event. 

Billy Joel and the Piano Men

February 4 @ 8:00PM

Tickets are $39.00.  "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. Don't miss "Billy Joel and The Piano Men" when it comes to Lindsay!

Everything Fitz - The Fitzgeralds

February 25 @ 2:00PM

Tickets: $25 adults, $21 seniors, $15 students (Member discounts available).

The Fitzgerald Family, featuring 3-time Canadian Grand Master Fiddle Champions- Julie, Tom and Kerry Fitzgerald- present an eclectic program, which blends traditional jigs and reels, bluegrass, jazz standards, Celtic and show-stopping Ottawa-Valley step dancing.  Julie, Kerry and Tom provide intricate three-part fiddle harmonies as well as solo improvisations on fiddle and mandolin.  Rounded by accompaniment from parents Pam and Paddy, plus guitarist Nate Douglas, Everything Fitz is an energetic, virtuosic, tradition-celebrating ensemble.

This family’s musical journey began early in life as they studied the unique style that evolved with Irish, Scottish and French immigrants. Over time, they have developed their art form to include various styles of fiddle music including Celtic, jazz, bluegrass, French-Canadian, and pop. They have also explored other forms of dance including tap and Irish. The siblings continue to push boundaries by fusing traditional and modern styles of fiddle and dance to create their own unique sound and style. Their creativity and passion for experimentation has led them to compose original tunes and arrangements.

They have thrilled and amazed audiences across North America, and this rare appearance on the Academy’s stage is not to be missed!

Catch one of their previews here:

“The Fitzgerald Family are standout musicians in our Canadian music industry, but more importantly in the long standing Ontario fiddle and [step] dance traditions. The calibre of musicianship is very high- the best according to many experts in the fiddle/dance competition world. I think together they are a beautiful blend of gorgeous fiddle music, and top rate, absolutely exhilarating dance routines.”   Natalie MacMaster

“The precision and intricacy of their footwork was breathtaking and the complex choreography left many in the audience shaking their heads in amazement.”

“… keep them on the list to come back!”

“…this was a fun, uplifting, and inspirational performance!”

“… one of the best programs we have had.”

Various Presenters- Allied Concert Services (2009-2010)

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Alan Doyle and The Beautiful Gypsies

March 28 @ 7:30PM

Tickets are $55.00.  As lead singer and guitarist for Canadian folk rock group Great Big Sea, Alan Doyle created a specific sound that borrowed from Celtic traditions, rock, and traditional sea shanties that established a massive following. With Great Big Sea now officially retired, Doyle has continued this tradition on his own.

Legends On Tour

March 30 @ 7:30PM

Tickets are $47.00.  Legends On Tour brings you some of the world's most exciting performers live on stage. Accompanied by the Rockin' Royals Band, this show will feature the most incredible Tributes to Roy Orbison, Patsy Cline, Tom Jones, Elvis Presley, and a special guest performance by the sensational Tonettes.

 Legends On Tour brings you some of the world's most exciting performers live on stage. Accompanied by the Rockin' Royals Band, this show will feature the most incredible Tributes to Roy Orbison, Patsy Cline, Tom Jones, Elvis Presley, and a special guest performance by the sensational Tonettes.

 Performing as Roy Orbison, Jesse Aron, who hails from the State of Wisconsin, is recognized as one of USA's top Roy Orbison Tribute performers. With his effortless voice and uncanny resemblance to Roy, his portrayal to The Big O' will leave you mesmerized. Jesse will take you back in time with such hits as "Crying", "Pretty Woman", "Only The Lonely", "Running Scared", and many more of your favorites.

 With such hits as "It's Not Unsual", "What's New Pussycat", & "Delilah", Lou Nelson, from Ottawa, Ontario, is bringing his exciting tribute to the one and only Tom Jones. Nelson's tribute to the music icon is much more than a look alike, his attention to details is unmatched. The mannerisms, the accent, the antics, and especially his powerful voice, are all synonymous with Tom Jones.

 Canada's Tribute Queen Ms. Amberley Beatty, returns to the stage with an incredible performance paying tribute to American Pop Singing Icon, the late Connie Francis.  Idolized by millions of fans around the world, Francis was best known for her hits such as "Where the Boys Are", "Whose Sorry Now", "You're Cheatin' Heart", "Stupid Cupid", "Lipstick on Your Collar".

 Pete Paquette is a World-class Elvis Tribute Artist that is in great demand and is highly regarded as one of the top Elvis performers in the business today. Known for captivating his audiences through his incredible voice, high energy, charisma, and playful spontaneity with his audiences, Pete is an exciting performer to watch and leaves his audiences wanting more.



April 1 @ 7:00PM

More Than A Tribute!
Direct from the historic stages of Nashville Tennessee comes “Hank Williams – The Lonesome Tour” starring Jason Petty in a show that will instantly transform you back to the early 1950’s when Hank Williams Senior was the biggest name in country music anywhere.
When Jason Petty first performed the role of Hank at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium in 1996, little did he imagine that some twenty years later he would still be portraying this legendary man in his own highly acclaimed show.
As his research on Hank progressed, Petty met and became friends with Williams’ friends, family members, musicians, and fellow Grand Ole Opry stars. They took him into their confidence and shared intimate details of this legend’s life and career. From the good times to the hard times, Jason listened and began to understand this man like no other. Now be brings that intimate story to life in this new one man tribute – “Hank Williams – The Lonesome Tour”.
Don Helms, Hank’s best friend and steel guitar player, very simply stated: “Jason’s singing of Williams’ classic songs is the best there’s ever been”. This feeling combined with his natural ability to tell the stories of Hank’s life and career with southern charm and down home humour has given this show rave reviews across North America. 
Sit back and relax and let Jason Petty transform you back to another day and time… the days of Hank Williams. This will be an evening the audience will never forget.

Rick Mercer’s Canada: Coast to Coast to Coast

April 22 @ 7:30PM

Tickets will be on sale on December 6 at 10am.  Tickets are $90.00.

Rick Mercer’s Canada: Coast to Coast to Coast
Saturday April 22, 2017 7:30 pm
Tickets on sale on December 6, 2016 
RICK MERCER chronicles, satirizes, and ultimately celebrates all that is great and irreverent about this country. Known as “Canada’s Unofficial Opposition,” Mercer is our most popular comic, a political satirist who knows exactly what matters to regular Canadians and what makes them laugh.



An Evening With Mickey Gilley

April 27 @ 7:00PM


The “original urban cowboy”, Mickey Gilley, will be playing a limited number of selected concert dates in Canada in 2017, and will include a stop in Lindsay on April 27, 2017..  
It was "Stand By Me", from the blockbuster film Urban Cowboy in 1980 that catapulted Gilley from country to pop crossover superstar, taking him out of the shadow of his famous cousins Jerry Lee Lewis and Jimmy Swaggart.
As he shares with audiences his career in music and the stories behind the hit songs, it was the 70's that brought him most of his signature songs, awards and accolades.  He is the recipient of six Academy of Country Music Awards, from his first in 1974 - Top New Male Vocalist, to Entertainer of the Year in 1976.   Gilley is also famous for his namesake nightclub with the legendary mechanical bull and was one of the first artists to open a theatre in Branson, Missouri, which he successfully operated for over 26 years.
The legendary singer has achieved seventeen #1 singles in his long career including "Room Full of Roses", "City Lights", "Fool for Love", "Don't the Girls Get Prettier at Closing Time" and his remake of the soul standard "Stand By Me".
Join Mickey Gilley in concert along with his legendary “Urban Cowboy Band” and talented backup vocalists “The Urbanettes”.  His show is a virtual trip down memory lane with classic video clips that segue into the live performance of favourites, "True Love Ways", "A Headache Tomorrow (Or a Heartache Tonight)", "Lonely Nights" and "Put Your Dreams Away" - songs that set in motion the amazing career of this Oklahoma born veteran performer!
Mickey Gilley - A Trip down Memory Lane!
Thursday April 27, 2017 – 7 PM
Academy Theatre - Lindsay
Call 705-324-9111


April 29 @ 7:00PM

Tickets are $60.50.  “OH WHAT A NIGHT!”

A Musical Tribute to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons

“Oh What A Night!” is an exciting fast paced musical tribute to the legendary Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons coming direct from  Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world! Now after six successful years the show continues to be one of the most in-demand musical productions worldwide.

OH WHAT A NIGHT! Is an in-depth musical revue, bringing to life thirty of the Four Seasons' hits.  It's a captivating tribute to the songbook of this Rock and Roll Hall of Fame super group with note-perfect renditions of the iconic "Jersey boys"!

The show features 4 talented performers singing live that “feel good” music you grew up with that made the name Frankie Valli known around the globe. Songs like “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, “Sherry” “Working My Way Back To You Girl” “My Eyes Adored You”, and “Walk Like A Man” will take you back to an incredible musical era of the past in a high energy, must-see theatrical show.

George Solomon, the show's creative consultant notes that “Oh What A Night!” is not a carbon copy of The Jersey Boys.  "The Jersey Boys is a great biography, but we are playing ourselves in the show," he said of himself and his fellow performers.  “Everybody loves these songs.  The melodies and harmonies are great to sing and the songs are always a special memory for somebody."

Staying true to the original recordings, this tribute to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons honours the talent of an American legend. Don’t miss this incredible musical experience, live in person.

John McDermott - Raised on Songs and Stories

April 30 @ 7:30PM

Tickets go on sale December 9 at 10am.  Tickets are $48.75.  John McDermott is an international recording star and household name. Besides his stellar musical career - platinum, double-platinum, triple-platinum albums and multiple Juno nominations - 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, dedicated to improving care in the final stages of terminal illness and providing a warm, welcoming place to stay for Canada’s veterans, military, first responders and their families. 
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 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 beguiling sense of humour that endeared him to audiences from the beginning. This tour features songs from his latest release, Raised on Songs and Stories, and a variety of favourites from his vast recording catalogue. 
A delectable evening of story and song, delivered with charm and grace by the consummate craftsman himself, John McDermott.
“Tenor John McDermott is one of this country's most beloved entertainers.” - Toronto Star
"John McDermott is the real thing - with a sound as pure and achingly beautiful as the ancient countryside." - Chicago Sun Times 
“His rich tenor voice is as warm and comforting as a hot toddy on a cold winter's night.” - Kitchener Record
“McDermott has a warm and instantly recognizable voice that sometimes resonates like Gordon Lightfoot with a brogue.” - Seattle Times
“The world's greatest Irish-Scots-Canadian tenor melted hearts and raised smiles in London yesterday.” - London Free Press
Click to watch John sing The Old Man
Click to watch John sing One Small Star

Bill & Joel Plaskett with special guests Mayhemingways

May 3 @ 7:30PM

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Tickets are $34.50.  Bill & Joel Plaskett with special guests Mayhemingways
2017 sees Joel Plaskett hitting the road with one of his biggest musical influences, his father, Bill Plaskett. Joined by special guests, Peterborough's Mayhemingways, the father & son duo will perform songs from their new record, Solidarity, and as well as favourites from Joel's vast catalogue of music.