FIRSTONTARIO PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE
hot ticket season
THE T S AR E L I V ERE H
IN DOWNTOWN ST. CATHARINES
THE ARTS LIVE HERE
Land Acknowledgment The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre acknowledges that we are on the traditional territory of many Indigenous Peoples including the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and Neutral Peoples. We offer our thanks and honour all the generations of Peoples before us who have survived and thrived here since time immemorial. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties and is within the land protected by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum agreement. Today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, MĂŠtis and Inuit Peoples and by acknowledging this we are reminded that our great standard of living is directly related to the resources and friendship of Indigenous Peoples. This land continues to serve as a meeting place and crossroads for Peoples of many Nations. Our recognition of the contributions and importance of Indigenous Peoples is part of our collective commitment to make Truth and Reconciliation real in our community as we strive for a harmonious, shared future.
WHY DO WE ACKNOWLEDGE LAND? Land acknowledgment is a way to promote an awareness of Indigenous presence and land rights in everyday life and to recognize the history of colonialism and a need for change in settler colonial societies. Map provided by native-land.ca
SEASON WELCOME Welcome to the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre – Niagara’s destination for arts and cultural experiences in the heart of downtown St. Catharines. The 2019/20 HOT TICKET season continues to inspire with homegrown talent and top national and international acts. The program will continue to build on the cultural exchange of Celebration of Nations and our journey of Truth and Reconciliation with First Nations. This is reflected in the storytelling, programming and entertainment, demonstrating the value of the arts for learning and healing. Thank you to the dedicated members, sponsors and attendees for your continued support of the arts. I look forward to seeing you this season! WALTER SENDZIK Mayor, St. Catharines Welcome to our 5th HOT TICKET season! This is a curated series of entertainment, culminating as a diverse offering of events – music, theatre, dance, film, festivals – all here in downtown St. Catharines. I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish since opening in 2015. We have hosted over 1,000 events annually in our four venues and have exceeded our own expectations of what the FirstOntario PAC could mean for our community. Our dedicated staff work tirelessly to make your experience the best it can be. Special thanks to our amazing volunteers for all of their hard work and stewardship. Thank you to our patrons for your support and engagement in the arts. STEVE SOLSKI Executive Director, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
Donors & Sponsors Set the Stage SPECIAL THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING CAPITAL DONORS FirstOntario Credit Union Peter & Janet Partridge Joe & Anita Robertson Algoma Central Corporation John and June Mann John and Harriet Lehnen COGECO Joy Williams
RBC Foundation Marian Gordon-Kendall The John Muratori Family Virginia Atkin and Keith Ambachtsheer Ineke Brinkman Art and Val Fleming Wynne Nicholson Christopher J. Slater
THANK YOU TO OUR COMMUNITY CAMPAIGN DONORS WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED $10,000 OR MORE TO OUR FUNDRAISING INITIATIVES We would like to acknowledge The City of St. Catharines' Mayor, City Council and staff (past and present), the Niagara Centre for the Arts Task Force, PAC User Group and the citizens of St. Catharines-Niagara, Brock University's President, faculty and staff; Infrastructure Canada and the Province of Ontario for project funding support; and The Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Arts Presentation Fund), the Ontario Arts Council (Ontario Dances and Theatre Connects), and the Niagara Region's Investment in Culture for their support of our season programming. Thank you to our box seat sponsors and single show sponsors: 2% Factor, CAA Niagara, The Hendriks Team of Niagara (RE/Max), The Mazzolino Real Estate Team (RE/Max), Niagara Conservatory of Music and Pen Centre.
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The exception being when a special event parking flat fee of $5 cash at municipal surface lots and parking garages is in effect when large events are happening at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre and/or Meridian Centre. Special event parking is cash only and is paid upon arrival at the entrance of the parking garage or municipal surface lot. We highly recommend arriving up to an hour before show time to ensure time to park. Visit StCatharines.ca/Parking for a complete list of parking locations. Due to proximity and accessibility, we recommend the multi-tiered covered Garden Park / Carlisle Street Garage across from the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. The public entrance for vehicles is off of the street Garden Park. It is conveniently within a two-minute walk and has 595 spaces and 26 accessible spaces. The garage features accessible parking on every level, but the third level is also free of curbs, providing easy access to elevators that takes you to street level on Carlisle Street. Accessible curbed ramp drop-off points are available in front of the Box Office entrance at 250 St. Paul Street as well as along Carlisle Street by the front doors closest to Partridge Hall. For those arriving by public transit we are located kitty-corner from St. Catharinesâ€™ main bus terminal, which is only a two-minute walk to the venue. For accessibility, audience and privacy policies please visit
HOW TO BOOK YOUR HOT TICKETS All HOT TICKET shows go on sale to the public Thursday 5 September at 10am, or become a member to purchase advance tickets TODAY! ONLINE FirstOntarioPAC.ca BY PHONE 905-688-0722 BY EMAIL BoxOffice@FirstOntarioPAC.ca IN PERSON 250 St. Paul Street / Downtown St. Catharines, ON, L2R 3M2
BOX OFFICE HOURS
Monday to Friday, 10am to 6pm Saturday, 10am to 2pm Summer and holiday hours may vary. Outside of regular hours, the Box Office will open one hour prior to showtime or 30 minutes prior to films.
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STUDENT TICKETS College / University - $25 tickets*, with valid ID High School - $5 eyeGO tickets*, with valid ID Proud partner of eyeGO to the Arts! * Limited discounted tickets available as of 5 September at 10am.
THE FINE PRINT
• Accessible seating and assistive hearing devices are available. • Tickets are non-refundable and subject to HST. • Members can exchange shows or seats for FREE. A $5 fee applies for non-members. • A ticket is required for every person, regardless of age. • Each ticket price includes a $3.00 Capital Improvement Fee. • Additional handling fees may apply. Contact us for details. • Please note, the FirstOntario PAC is a scent-free environment.
Visit FirstOntarioPAC.ca to order your tickets online. We encourage you to print your tickets at home or send to your mobile device.
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hot ticket season
the arts live here
WE ARE DELIGHTED TO SHARE THE 19/20 HOT TICKET SEASON WITH YOU! Each season, we aim to present the best contemporary music, theatre, dance, family entertainment, film and interdisciplinary performances for our audiences. We see a lot of shows and do a lot of research to bring the best local, national and international acts to our home in the heart of downtown St. Catharines. We also develop value-added programming each season to deepen our audience and artist relationships. This includes Celebration of Nations Indigenous Arts Gathering, Culture Days, as well as opportunities to participate in workshops throughout the season! We also have a robust imPACt Education Series to actively engage Niagara students in exceptional performing arts experiences, including field trips, hands-on workshops and more. As youâ€™ll see on the pages that follow, we have a beautiful roster of artists joining us this season from the far reaches of the globe and our own backyard. We've chosen performances with care to ensure there are diverse options for our community to enjoy. We call them HOT TICKETS! When you see 'HOT TICKET' on a show, youâ€™ll know that we programmed it for you with our guarantee of a high quality arts experience. We are proud to be here, working for our community, and are looking forward to welcoming you back (or for the first time) to the PAC. Thank you for choosing to spend your time with us.
Programming and Marketing Manager FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
Programming Supervisor FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
CELEBRATION OF NATIONS 6-8 September 2019 A GATHERING OF INDIGENOUS ARTS, CULTURE AND TRADITION
OPENING NIGHT PERFORMANCE
DOWN THE DIRT ROAD
Origin and Evolution of the Blues Featuring the six-time Canadian Aboriginal Music Award-winning Pappy Johns Band, JUNO Award-winners Murray Porter, Harrison Kennedy and opening act Lakota John. Join us on the dirt road as we travel from the Mississippi Delta and New Orleans to Memphis, Detroit, Chicago, Vancouver, Six Nations, and Hamilton, ending up in St. Catharines. PARTRIDGE HALL ALL TICKETS: $20 Fri 6 Sept 7:30pm PUBLIC ON SALE: Thurs 20 June
NIAGARA MUSIC SERIES
JACKIE RICHARDSON SUN 20 OCT | 4PM
VA L D Y
SUN 17 NOV | 4PM
JOHNNY GOLDTOOTH SUN 29 DEC | 4PM
LOCAL GUESTS + 2020 ARTISTS TO BE ANNOUNCED! 2020 DATES: SUN 12 JAN | SUN 22 MAR | SUN 19 APR
PASSION, TALENT AND CREATIVE ENERGY BLEND IN THIS AFTERNOON SERIES IN ROBERTSON THEATRE. ENJOY SONGS, STORIES AND SPONTANEITY WITH OUR INCREDIBLE FEATURED BAND AND THEIR SPECIAL GUESTS.
A L L T I C K E T S : $ 3 5 | TA B L E O F 6 : $ 1 8 6 ( s a v e $ 2 4 )
THE DANCERS OF DAMELAHAMID Mînowin is a stunning multimedia dance work by this celebrated Indigenous dance company from the Northwest Coast of British Columbia. The performance integrates narrative, movement, song, performance and multimedia design, connecting to landscapes from contemporary perspectives of customary Indigenous dance forms. Mînowin describes how we clarify direction as we recover and reinterpret the teachings that define and PARTRIDGE HALL REGULAR: $35 MEMBER: $30 COLLEGE/UNI/CHILD: $25 Tues 1 Oct 7:30pm
redefine who we are, and that are accessed through story, dance and song. The PAC is fortunate to host this company directly following their world premiere at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.
THROUGH DRAMATIC DANCE, CAPTIVATING NARRATIVE, INTRICATELY CARVED MASKS AND ELABORATE REGALIA, THE DANCERS OF DAMELAHAMID TRANSFORM TIME AND SPACE, AND BRIDGE THE ANCIENT WITH A LIVING TRADITION.
Jeremy Dutcher Winner of the prestigious 2018 Polaris Music Prize for his stunning debut release, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, this classically trained operatic tenor and composer blends his Wolastoq First Nation roots into the music he creates, with distinct musical aesthetics that shape-shift between classical, traditional and pop to form something entirely new. Dutcher’s debut album involves the rearrangement of early 1900s wax cylinder field recordings from his community. His live performance will take your breath away. PARTRIDGE HALL REGULAR: $39 MEMBER: $35 COLLEGE/UNI: $25 Thurs 3 Oct 7:30pm
THE NEWEST LIGHT IN CANADA’S INDIGENOUS RENAISSANCE.” - NPR (National Public Radio)
ESSENTIAL COLLECTIVE THEATRE
East of Berlin by Hannah Moscovitch
As a teenager, Rudi discovers that his father was a doctor at Auschwitz. Questioning redemption, love, guilt and the sins of the father, East of Berlin follows Rudi's emotional upheaval as he comes to terms with a frightening past that was never his own. Moscovitch is considered one of Canada’s strongest playwriting voices. ROBERTSON THEATRE ALL TICKETS: $30 COLLEGE/UNI: $25 Thurs 3, Fri 4, Sat 5 Oct 8pm Sat 5, Sun 6, Sat 12 Oct 2pm Thurs 10, Fri 11, Sat 12 Oct 8pm MATURE CONTENT
Sloan Halifax’s Sloan is one of the most important rock bands to come out the '90s Canadian alternative scene. From their shoegaze/ Britpop-influenced Smeared, to their anthemic Navy Blues, and their take on pop perfection, One Chord to Another and Twice Removed, Sloan has never held
back on exploring its sound. This quartet, whose lineup remains unaltered since 1991, looks to blow the lid off Partridge Hall for their PAC debut. PARTRIDGE HALL REGULAR: $49 MEMBER: $39 COLLEGE/UNI: $25 Wed 9 Oct 7:30pm
Wind Japanese and Thai, East Izakaya & Ma Chinese Cuisine presents
S P O N S O R E D
WED 9 OCT
Whitehorse THURS 7 NOV
Rheostatics WED 27 NOV
Sarah Slean & Hawksley Workman WED 4 MAR
Matt Andersen WED 25 MAR
JEREMY DUTCHER THURS 3 OCT
WALKING THE PATH OF RECONCILIATION FRI 18 OCT
DAN MANGAN WED 20 NOV
THE NEXT GENERATION LEAHY SUN 22 MAR
TANYA TAGAQ TUES 28 APR
Gord’s Legacy Walking the Path of Reconciliation Canadian artists celebrate the impact of Gord Downie’s art and work With the passing of Gord Downie on 17 October 2017, Canadians lost one of our most beloved music icons. Gord spent his final days shining a light on the reconciliation with this country's First Peoples. He asked all Canadians to join the call to action. The FirstOntario PAC is honoured to once again host a group of Canadian artists who have joined our collective reconciliation journey with a concert to promote awareness, education and thoughtful action. The evening will end with a singalong around a Sacred Fire in our backyard. Featured artists will include Royal Wood, Tom Wilson, Dala, Twin Flames and more. Funds raised will go directly to the Downie/Wenjack Fund.
To become a country, and truly call ourselves Canada, it means we must become one. We must walk down a path of reconciliation from now on. Together, and forever.” - GORD DOWNIE PARTRIDGE HALL REGULAR: $49 MEMBER: $39 COLLEGE/UNI: $25 Fri 18 Oct 7:30pm
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The accolades continue to add up for Canada’s multidimensional and socially conscious folk musician-poet. Bruce has been inducted into Canada’s Music Hall of Fame, was made an Officer of the Order of Canada, won a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award and has 12 JUNO awards on his mantel. His newest album Bone on Bone - his 33rd - has been called his deepest expression of spiritual concerns to date. More than 40 years after embarking on his singer-songwriting career, Bruce keeps kicking at the darkness so that it might bleed daylight.
PARTRIDGE HALL REGULAR: $59 MEMBER: $49 COLLEGE/UNI: $25 Mon 21 Oct 7:30pm
Jukebox A wildly fun, interactive show where the audience picks the tunes! The evening is led by the inimitable Max Weinberg who will take some time off from his touring schedule with Bruce Springsteen to bring the good times to St. Catharines. Presented as a live jukebox, audiences pick and call out the songs the band plays—in real time! From The Beatles to Bruce and The Stones to Steppenwolf, the band infuses these classics with the respect they deserve.
PARTRIDGE HALL REGULAR: $49 MEMBER: $45 COLLEGE/UNI: $25 Thurs 24 Oct 7:30pm
Manteca For 40 years, Manteca has been a force of joyous sonic invention. During their impressive history, Manteca has been one of Canada’s leading musical ambassadors, playing their jazz world vibe at the most prestigious festivals from the Hollywood Bowl to the North Sea Jazz Festival. The band puts on an explosive high-energy show full of joy and exhilarating musicianship. PARTRIDGE HALL REGULAR: $45 MEMBER: $35 COLLEGE/UNI: $25 Wed 6 Nov 7:30pm
Whitehorse Songwriting duo Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland prove they can successfully genre-jump while still providing significant lyrical depth and pure unmitigated explosiveness. Since their debut in 2011, Whitehorse has continued as an ever-evolving creative partnership that challenges them to explore new terrain with each project. PARTRIDGE HALL REGULAR: $45 MEMBER: $39 COLLEGE/UNI: $25 Thurs 7 Nov 7:30pm
GUT GRABBING INNOVATION” - The Toronto Star
DECIDEDLY JAZZ DANCEWORKS
Juliet & Romeo In this striking original dance piece, inspired by the classic tale of the star-crossed lovers, Artistic Director Kimberley Cooper has created a new world for these themes of love and violence to wrestle and play. Adapted by Cory Bowles, with original live music by Nick Fraser, this work gives new breath to one of Shakespeare’s best known and loved works with twists and turns sure to delight audiences in the re-imagining of this passionate and tragic tale.
…a lucid, smart and sassy contemporary commentary on Shakespeare’s classic tale.” - Edmonton Journal
For the past 35 years, DJD has been considered one of the only companies worldwide with jazz dance and music as its raison d’être. DJD’s high energy and unique style has been described as “music for the eyes.”
…entrancing, exciting, and best of all, steamily on message… - The Calgary Herald
PARTRIDGE HALL REGULAR: $55 MEMBER: $45 COLLEGE/UNI/CHILD: $25 Thurs 14 Nov 7:30pm
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THE 26 LET TER DANCE S U N 26 J A N
DOG MAN THE MUSICAL T U E S 11 F E B
TO O P Y & B I N O O L I V E with F R A N K M E S C H KU L E I T M O N 17 F E B
THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR M O N 17 F E B
Your friends from Sesame Street are throwing a celebration and the whole neighbourhood is invited. Join in the excitement, laughter and music of Sesame Street Live! C is for Celebration. Sing and dance along with Elmo. Marvel at Abbyâ€™s magical moments. Shake it up with Cookie Monster. Be amazed as Super Grover flies. And move to the music with Rosita.
Sesame Street Live! C is for Celebration is what friends, family and forever memories are all about! PARTRIDGE HALL ALL TICKETS: $35 FAMILY 4-PACK: $120 Sat 16 Nov 1pm + 6pm Ages 1 - 6
The Legendary Downchild Blues Band After 18 albums, countless awards and wowing sold‐-out audiences around the globe, The Legendary Downchild Blues Band are celebrating their 50th anniversary with a brand‐ new show featuring fan favourites and hidden gems from throughout their illustrious career. With their signature jump‐blues style and infectious, soulful sound, JUNO Award-
winners Downchild deliver a live performance that is second to none, and this special anniversary show is one ‐not to be missed!
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ANNIVE RSARY TOUR!
PARTRIDGE HALL REGULAR: $59 MEMBER: $49 COLLEGE/UNI: $25 Thurs 21 Nov 7:30pm
BY CLIFF CARDINAL
Huff is the wrenching, yet darkly comic tale of Wind and his brothers, caught in a torrent of solvent abuse and struggling to cope with the death of their mother. With his signature biting humour and raw, vivid imagery, Cardinal expertly portrays over a dozen characters in his captivating, awardwinning solo performance.
“HUFF IS A HEARTBREAKER.” – TORONTOIST
“CARDINAL IS AN ARTIST TO WATCH” – STAGE DOOR
AN “UNFLINCHING SOLO SHOW” – THE GLOBE AND MAIL
ROBERTSON THEATRE ALL TICKETS: $30 COLLEGE/UNI: $25 Thurs 21 Nov 8pm Fri 22 Nov 8pm Sat 23 Nov 2pm + 8pm MATURE CONTENT
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Thursday, November 28, 2019 Classic Albums Live - Beatles Abbey Road
THE BEATLES ABBEY ROAD THURS 28 NOV
TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS DAMN THE TORPEDOES WED 5 FEB
THE ROLLING STONES LET IT BLEED FRI 20 MAR CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE AND ITS ROSTER OF A-LIST MUSICIANS FROM ACROSS CANADA ROCK FAVOURITES EXACTLY AS YOU REMEMBER HEARING THEM.
NOTE FOR NOTE, CUT FOR CUT.
Rheostatics For 36 years since their debut in 1980 as teenagers playing in Toronto punk clubs, Rheostatics have occupied a unique place in the Canadian music landscape. Sublime, destructive and iconic, they never settled on just one way of being a band, yet this eclecticism resulted in one of the most longstanding careers in alternative pop history.
A holiday show that will treat audiences to some of your favourite holiday tunes, sung in jolly miner style, of course! Sprinkling in a story or two and some jokes for good measure, the choir aims to take showgoers underground, to share the true experience of celebrating Christmas in a real Cape Breton coal mine, with real Cape Breton coal miners. Fiddler Colin Grant will join the world-famous group as they deliver Christmas cheer. Colin is best known as one of Cape Breton's finest fiddlers. PARTRIDGE HALL REGULAR: $59 MEMBER: $49 COLLEGE/UNI/CHILD: $25 Wed 4 Dec 7:30pm
The bandâ€™s Melville (1991) and Whale Music (1992) have ranked consistently for decades on Best Canadian Albums of All Time lists.
PARTRIDGE HALL REGULAR: $45 MEMBER: $35 COLLEGE/UNI: $25 Wed 27 Nov 7:30pm
The Men of the Deeps CHRISTMAS IN THE MINE
An Evening of Comedy with
Elvira Kurt Elvira Kurt is a comedy legend, gay icon and freakinâ€™ national treasure. She is a multiple award-winning comedian (Canadian Screen Award, Canadian Comedy Award, Cannes Film Festival Award, NOW Magazine Top 5), sold-out solo show performer and Second City veteran whose credits as star, host, guest, writer and/or talent director are too many to mention. Get ready for big laughs! PARTRIDGE HALL REGULAR: $35 MEMBER: $30 COLLEGE/UNI: $25 Thurs 5 Dec 7:30pm MATURE CONTENT
Lee Rocker of Stray Cats Lee Rocker made his mark singing, playing, standing on, spinning and rocking his giant upright bass as a founding member of Stray Cats. Alongside Brian Setzer and Slim Jim Phantom, the Grammynominated group sold over 10 million albums and garnered 23 gold and platinum records worldwide. Get ready for a night of high-energy rock n' roll! PARTRIDGE HALL REGULAR: $49 MEMBER: $39 COLLEGE/UNI: $25 Wed 11 Dec 7:30pm
A CO-PRODUCTION WITH
THE FOSTER FESTIVAL
AUNT AGNES FOR CHRISTMAS
BY NORM FOSTER Part Mary Poppins with a dose of Auntie Mame to spice things up, Aunt Agnes For Christmas is a zany romp through the ups and downs of family life with a heartwarming Christmas message. It’s two days before Christmas in the topsy-turvy Trimble household when George and Sally and their children Melissa and Brian receive an unexpected visit from George’s Aunt Agnes – the only problem is, George didn’t know he had an Aunt Agnes! As the wise-cracking aunt settles in for the holidays, 14-year-old Melissa begins to suspect there’s more to Aunt Agnes than meets the eye! You won’t want to miss this Norm Foster world premiere comedy with an all-star Niagara cast – it’s sure to become a Christmas classic!
THE RECITAL HALL REGULAR: $46 MEMBER: $36 FOSTER FEST SUBSCRIBERS: $36 COLLEGE/UNI/CHILD: $25 Wed 11, Thurs 12, Sat 14, Sun 15, Wed 18, Thurs 19, Sat 21, Sun 22 Dec 2pm Thurs 12, Fri 13, Sat 14, Wed 18, Thurs 19, Fri 20, Sat 21 Dec 7pm
MANTECA WED 6 NOV
THE LEGENDARY DOWNCHILD BLUES BAND 50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR
THURS 21 NOV
MACEO PARKER THURS 19 DEC
AFRICVILLE STORIES WITH JOE SEALY, JACKIE RICHARDSON & PAUL NOVOTNY
SUN 9 FEB
NEW ORLEANS JAZZ ORCHESTRA FRI 21 FEB
Saxophonist Maceo Parker embodies the legacy of soul and funk music like no other musician can. Always at the forefront, Maceo has been a common thread in the history of funk, helping to pioneer the sound of the genre in collaborations alongside seminal icons such as James Brown, George Clinton and Prince, all the while honing his own signature brand of showmanship. PARTRIDGE HALL REGULAR: $59 MEMBER: $49 COLLEGE/UNI: $25 Thurs 19 Dec 7:30pm
THE MUSIC OF A
CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS
A Jazz Club Cabaret with the Peter Shea Trio ft. Terry Clarke A lovely outing of holiday music with the TD Niagara Jazz Festival! The Music of a Charlie Brown Christmas takes audiences on a nostalgic journey of one of the most beloved holiday albums, created by Vince Guaraldi for the 1965 TV special of the same name. Masterfully performed by the Peter Shea Trio with legendary drummer Terry Clarke, audiences will be tapping their feet and feeling the holiday love. ROBERTSON THEATRE ALL TICKETS: $35 TABLE of 6: $186 (save $24) Sat 21 Dec 2pm + 8pm
John McDermott Join beloved Canadian tenor John McDermott and special guests, the award-winning DALA, as they deliver an afternoon of holiday cheer for Niagara audiences. As is John's tradition, he will sing holiday favourites, songs from his illustrious musical career and tasteful Remembrance tributes.
IT’S NOT REALLY CHRISTMAS UNTIL MCDERMOTT SINGS.” - The Toronto Star PARTRIDGE HALL REGULAR: $55 MEMBER: $45 COLLEGE/UNI: $25 Sun 22 Dec 2:30pm
Sing-A-Long Sound Of Music Back by popular demand, sing-a-long to the most successful movie musical of all time. This memorable afternoon includes an unforgettable costume parade, major amounts of audience participation and an interactive funpack. Get ready for boisterous fun with friends and family.
SINGING ALONG TO THIS ICONIC FILM IS ONE OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS.” - Terri, PAC patron PARTRIDGE HALL ALL TICKETS: $20 Fri 27 Dec 2pm
A KIDOONS AND WYRD PRODUCTION, IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE 20K COLLECTIVE
JUNGLE BOOK A new theatrical adaptation of the works of Rudyard Kipling. This re-imagining of the classic stories through modern eyes will transport audiences to the jungles of India. Using a rich soundscape and immersive multimedia, Jungle Book will feature your favourite characters like you’ve never seen before, and will delve deep into the original themes of the story, and our relationship to the animal kingdom. PARTRIDGE HALL ALL TICKETS: $25 FAMILY 4-PACK: $80 Sun 29 Dec 2pm + 6:30pm Ages 6+
Like stepping inside a beautifully illustrated children’s storybook. A magical experience!" - The Observer
JOYOUS! A new version of the familiar story that will delight children and the adults lucky enough to join them." - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Celebrate New Year's Eve with
Still Rock 'n Roll to Me Back by popular demand with the next installment! Let Jim Witter take you back to the 1970s and 1980s with his multimedia rock musical, Still Rock 'n Roll to Me, featuring hits from legends Billy Joel, Elton John and more. This Canadian-born performer has a unique approach and comfortable rapport that makes audience members feel as if they are part of a private concert. His musical
journey features projection of the headlines, the cars, the people, the toys and the TV shows that will move you through the decades. This is one funky flashback you won’t want to miss! PARTRIDGE HALL REGULAR: $49 MEMBER: $39 COLLEGE/UNI: $25 Tues 31 Dec 7:30pm
An Evening With
54•40 Led by chief songwriter Neil Osborne, 54•40 has carved out a legacy of gold and platinum albums and an outstanding reputation for their live performances that carries through to this day. 54•40 has entertained generations of fans with infectious hits over the past three decades, including "Baby Ran," "She La," "I Go Blind,"
"One Gun," "Ocean Pearl" and many more. In 2017, the band was inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame - twice!
PARTRIDGE HALL REGULAR: $49 MEMBER: $39 COLLEGE/UNI: $25 Fri 10 Jan 7:30pm
Body series Movin' THE
DECIDEDLY JAZZ DANCEWORKS
JULIET & ROMEO T H U RS 14 N OV
HUMANS T H U RS 16 JA N
BALLETS JAZZ DE MONTRÃ‰AL
LEONARD COHEN'S DANCE ME SUN 2 3 F E B
GIRLS NITE OUT SUN 8 MA R
CATAPULT DANCE WED 29 APR
BY C!RCA THESE HUMANS ARE PUSHING THE LIMITS OF FLEXIBILITY AND STRENGTH AND THEY ARE A MARVEL TO WATCH.” - The List
10 acrobats take us on a stirring journey of what it means to be human, and of how our bodies, our connections and our aspirations all form part of who we are. Exploring the physical limits of their bodies, performers reflect on how much we can take as humans. How much weight can we carry? Who can we trust to support our load? This team of exceptional
THE SHOW IS INCREDIBLY BRAVE AND HAS A BEAUTIFUL, BATEDBREATH QUALITY.”
- Edinburgh Guide
performers lead us to reflect on the burdens we carry and the physical and emotional strength it takes to overcome them. C!RCA is one of the most indemand Australian arts companies in the world right now, with a reputation for fearless, boundarypushing new circus, which combines physical virtuosity with an expressive humanism.
PARTRIDGE HALL REGULAR: $55 MEMBER: $45 COLLEGE/UNI/CHILD: $25 Thurs 16 Jan 7:30pm
Crash Test Dummies with Damhnait Doyle
Mmmm, hmm - the Crash Test Dummies are back! The Winnipegbased band has always been most identifiable through lead singer, Brad Roberts’ distinctive bassbaritone voice.
His Feet (1993) and, after a touring hiatus, have finally returned! PARTRIDGE HALL REGULAR: $49 MEMBER: $39 COLLEGE/UNI: $25 Wed 22 Jan 7:30pm SPONSORED BY
The folk-rock quartet received international acclaim with their sophomore record, God Shuffled
Colin Mochrie & Asad Mecci From the minds of improv and comedy legend Colin Mochrie and master hypnotist Asad Mecci, comes a mind-blowing, jawdropping, side-splitting show. Hypnosis and improvisation – two art forms that have captured minds and imaginations for decades worldwide – are brought together by two masters of their crafts, uniting to create a totally unique theatrical experience, Hyprov: improv under hypnosis. PARTRIDGE HALL REGULAR: $59 MEMBER: $49 COLLEGE/UNI: $25 Thurs 23 Jan 7:30pm
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A very special concert event that showcases a newly commissioned suite of piano quartets by 14 Canadian composers, each inspired by a particular region of Canada, as part of a national concert tour that spans coast to coast.
*In partnership with Brock University’s ENCORE! Professional Concert Series. PARTRIDGE HALL ALL TICKETS: $30 COLLEGE/UNI: $25 Fri 24 Jan 7:30pm
BOUGE DE LÀ
THE 26 LETTER DANCE
An interactive, multidisciplinary alphabet primer, The 26 Letter Dance is a journey into the world of letters and words. Physically and intellectually engaged in the piece, the young spectator is an active participant in this kaleidoscope rich in colours and textured dance. The show gets underway with A of course, with Z the last to take his leave.
In between, the letters in this alphabet dance embody a plethora of words, meanings, emotions and tones of voice. members and creative forces PARTRIDGE HALL ALL TICKETS: $20 Sun 26 Jan 2:30pm Ages 4 +
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ESSENTIAL COLLECTIVE THEATRE
by Stephanie Jones Can a government-run school actually enlighten men about the greater consequences of the solicitation of sex workers in a border town? Can women survive and make their own choices about selling themselves if the law intervenes while a violent predator is loose in Niagara? Through this fictional fulllength piece of theatre, ECT examines the history of sex work in the Niagara region. Varied perspectives are woven through a poetic and haunting narrative to expose how Niagara might view a complex issue that comes with an interpretive law. ROBERTSON THEATRE ALL TICKETS: $30 COLLEGE/UNI: $25 Thurs 6, Fri 7, Sat 8, Wed 12, Thurs 13, Fri 14 Feb 8pm Sat 8, Sun 9 Feb 2pm MATURE CONTENT
Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole The voice of Hawaii’s new generation! A riveting performer, Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole (Kao-mah-kah-EEvah Kah-nah-kah-OH-ley) creates some of the most original work to emerge in contemporary Hawaiian music, drawing from ancestral memory and hula practice as chant transforms to melody. Kaumakaiwa seamlessly melds Hawaiian culture and modern sensibilities in deeply powerful music. Kaumakaiwa will be accompanied by Shawn Pimental. THE RECITAL HALL ALL TICKETS: $30 COLLEGE/UNI/CHILD: $25 Fri 7 Feb 7:30pm
“An inspired primer on preserving and perpetuating things and themes Hawaiian, with treats galore.” – HONOLULU ADVERTISER
“Kanaka’ole… vaulted through various registers and timbres, from bass to witchy contralto rasp to sweet soprano, a traditionalist tour de force.” – THE NEW YORK TIMES
with Joe Sealy, Jackie Richardson & Paul Novotny Africville Stories will present the latest poignant and uplifting stories about the people of Africville and their community. Established in 1847, Africville was nestled on the shores of the Bedford Basin at the north end of Halifax and was Canada’s oldest black community, until it was razed in the late 1960s as an “urban improvement” measure. Africville overcame a multitude of challenges until the final building was demolished in 1970. The stories surrounding George Dixon, Joe Louis, Portia White and
Duke Ellington combine to create the legacy of this unique Canadian community. The rich history of Africville Stories will be performed by Joe Sealy, Jackie Richardson and Paul Novotny. Joe Sealy is an Order of Canada recipient, radio broadcaster and composer/ pianist who has presented Africville Stories in Scandinavia, the USA and across Canada. PARTRIDGE HALL REGULAR: $45 MEMBER: $35 COLLEGE/UNI/CHILD: $25 Sun 9 Feb 2:30pm
THE MUSICAL Best buds George and Harold have been creating comics for years, but now that they’re in 5th grade, they figure it's time to level up and write a musical based on their favourite character, Dog Man, the crimebiting sensation who is part dog, part man— and ALL HERO!! PARTRIDGE HALL TICKETS: $25 FAMILY 4-PACK: $80 Tues 11 Feb 6pm Ages 6 - 12
Join Jim Henson's Muppets veteran Frank Meschkuleit for an unforgettable evening of laughs, power tools, zombies, laughs, comedy, music and...some more laughs! Over 35 years of working as a puppeteer has been distilled into one very interesting evening of puppetry for adults. Part circus, part theatre, part stand up comedy, all fun, My Big Fat German Puppet Show happily goes to the oddest places and is guaranteed to take you along for the exciting ride, and The Left Hand of Frank is a perfect double bill. ROBERTSON THEATRE ALL TICKETS: $30 COLLEGE/UNI: $25 Sun 16 Feb 4pm + 8pm
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FAMILY DAY AT THE PAC! Toopy & Binoo LIVE
with FRANK MESCHKULEIT AGES 3+ Life is cheerful and carefree for Toopy and Binoo, who imagine exciting and fun adventures that delight young children everywhere! Based on the popular Treehouse animated series and performed
by master puppeteer and voice of Toopy, Frank Meschkuleit. ROBERTSON THEATRE ALL TICKETS: $15 Mon 17 Feb 9:30am + 12:30pm
JOSEPH PATRICK PRESENTS
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show AGES 3+
Created by Jonathan Rockefeller Based on Eric Carle's books This timeless classic has made its way off the page and onto the stage with a critically acclaimed production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, featuring a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets,
faithfully adapting four of Eric Carle’s stories, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, 10 Little Rubber Ducks, The Very Lonely Firefly and, of course, the star of the show – The Very Hungry Caterpillar. PARTRIDGE HALL ALL TICKETS: $15 Mon 17 Feb 11am + 2pm
NEW ORLEANS JAZZ ORCHESTRA New Orleans is a musical melting pot that has been cooking up music royalty for nearly a century. The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO), now in its 17th year, is dedicated to preserving the tradition of New Orleans music and culture while exploring the works of artists that would be considered outside of the realm of jazz. Allen Toussaint and his music have influenced decades of musicians, bands, composers and listeners alike - not only in New Orleans, but globally. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. To cover Toussaint's music with integrity and love was important to NOJO's Artistic Director, Adonis Rose, especially since he felt it was perfect long before any artists
covered it. It is NOJO's mission and responsibility to honour New Orleans musicians and expose their music to the world and share the many contributions they have made to the arts.
JAZZ IS THE SOUL OF NEW ORLEANS, AND NOJO ENCOMPASSES THE AUTHENTIC SPIRIT OF THE CITY.â€?
- New Orleans Visitors Bureau PARTRIDGE HALL REGULAR: $59 MEMBER: $49 COLLEGE/UNI: $25 Fri 21 Feb 7:30pm
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LEONARD COHEN'S DANCE ME An exclusive creation inspired by the rich and profound work of Montreal-based poet, artist, and songwriter Leonard Cohen. Approved by Leonard Cohen during his lifetime, and under the artistic direction of Louis Robitaille and the strong and bold dramaturgy of Eric Jean, this riveting homage to the famed poet-singer-songwriter evokes the grand cycles of existence in five seasons, as described in Cohen’s deeply reflective music and poems.
GRANDLY EXECUTED TRIBUTE TO COHEN” - Ottawa Citizen
BJM’S MOST AMBITIOUS PROJECT TO DATE.”
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PARTRIDGE HALL REGULAR: $59 MEMBER: $49 COLLEGE/UNI/CHILD: $25 Sun 23 Feb 2:30pm + 7:30pmm
Symphonically Hip THE STRICTLY HIP & NIAGARA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA For 25 years, The Strictly Hip have been evangelists, spreading the good word of The Tragically Hip's music far and wide, taking an almost academic and curatorial approach to performing the music of Canada's most popular band. The music of The Tragically Hip is presented with reverence, respect and accuracy. In 2017, NSO Music Director Bradley Thachuk, The Strictly Hip and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra premiered an exciting new collection of
classic Hip songs featuring a full symphony orchestra. The Niagara Symphony Orchestra joins The Strictly Hip at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre as orchestra meets rock in this Canadian debut.
PARTRIDGE HALL REGULAR: $65 MEMBER: $55 COLLEGE/UNI: $25 Fri 28 Feb 7:30pm
The Archivist by Shaista Latif Shaista Latif is a perpetual guest. She has been invited to tell a story. Shaista Latif is a storyteller. Shaista Latif is a story. To mark her position and her eventual disappearance she creates a live archive to test the enduring value of her existence. Using childhood mementos, music, videos and found objects, Latif boldly questions who has the right of preserving a history.
In this compelling and hilarious documentary performance, Latif invites the audience to help her preserve what is at the risk of being erased and forgotten.
ROBERTSON THEATRE ALL TICKETS: $30 COLLEGE/UNI: $25 Thurs 27, Fri 28, Sat 29 Feb 8pm Sat 29 Feb 2pm
Sarah Slean & Hawksley Workman For the first time, two of the finest voices in Canadian music are set to share the stage. Sarah Slean and Hawksley Workman will perform together from their respective musical repertoires—over two decades worth of music! Sarah has made 11 albums and performed with 10 of Canada’s leading orchestras, while Hawksley is a show-stopping songwriter who is as comfortable in front of a mic as he is behind a drum kit. PARTRIDGE HALL REGULAR: $45 MEMBER: $35 COLLEGE/UNI: $25 Wed 4 Mar 7:30pm
FACING Home: Love & Redemption A contemporary dance work that investigates the global impact of Bob Marley’s music—its expression of humanity’s struggle and inspiration toward love, redemption and hope. Set to the music of Marley, as well as popular dancehall music, the work faces a West Indian paradox, which allows for the liberation found in Marley’s music while the lyrics in dancehall simultaneously suppress the abilities and oppress members of LGBTQ communities. FACING Home emerges as a conversation in African Diaspora contemporary dance and poetry, with space for community dialogue.
ROBERTSON THEATRE REGULAR: $35 MEMBER: $30 COLLEGE/UNI: $25 Thurs 5, Fri 6 Mar 8pm
Girls Nite Out The ladies are back by popular demand! Celebrate International Women’s Day with a stand-up and improv show by an award-winning ensemble with numerous Canadian Comedy Awards, whose members have performed on Second City stages and are featured on CBC,
Comedy Network and HBO. Let’s have some fun to honour our mothers, sisters, aunts, daughters and friends! ROBERTSON THEATRE ALL TICKETS: $35 TABLE OF 6: $186 (save $24) Sun 8 Mar 2pm + 7pm MATURE CONTENT
Kim Mitchell Kim Mitchell has achieved gold and multi-platinum status over his long and storied career, starting in 1973 as leader of the influential and eclectic band Max Webster. He went solo in 1982 and never looked back. “Go For Soda” and “Patio Lanterns” are just two of Kim’s massive hits that are part of the ultimate Canadian summer soundtrack.
PARTRIDGE HALL REGULAR: $59 MEMBER: $49 COLLEGE/UNI: $25 Wed 11 Mar 7:30pm
We've Got Each Other by Paul O’Donnell
With the modern jukebox musical comes: a multi-talented cast, orchestra, opulent sets, decadent costumes, extravagant routines, dramatic key changes and the odd hydraulic lift or two. We’ve Got Each Other has NONE of these things, but Paul O’Donnell tries to create all of this spectacle using the powers of your imagination in this hilarious one-man show. PARTRIDGE HALL ALL TICKETS: $25 Thurs 12 Mar 7:30pm
Bay City Rollers Get ready for a rollicking M-O-N-D-A-Y NIGHT! The legendary Bay City Rollers' Les McKeown is bringing his awardwinning rollertastic show to St. Catharines. Audiences will go on a unique voyage back to the 1970s, when Les and his legendary band ruled the world’s pop charts and The Bay City Rollers’ music became the soundtrack for a generation of teenagers. PARTRIDGE HALL REGULAR: $69 MEMBER: $59 COLLEGE/UNI: $25 Mon 16 Mar 7:30pm
The almost entirely imagined Bon Jovi musical.
DAKHABRAKHA Reflecting fundamental elements of sound and soul, this Ukrainian “ethno-chaos” band creates a world of unexpected new music. Their name means “give/take” in the old Ukrainian language. Accompanied by Indian, Arabic, African, Russian and Australian traditional instrumentation, the quartet’s astonishingly powerful vocal range creates a trans-national sound rooted in Ukrainian culture. The PAC is thrilled to welcome back Dakhabrakha after an unforgettable performance during our first season! PARTRIDGE HALL REGULAR: $39 MEMBER: $35 COLLEGE/UNI: $25 Wed 18 Mar 7:30pm
The group mixes everything from punkpop to traditional Ukrainian songs in cool yet beguiling textures, often with the close harmonies usually associated with Balkan music. But it’s really the live shows that take DakhaBrakha beyond mere curiosity to utter brilliance." - NPR (National Public Radio)
The Next Generation Leahy As with all forces of nature, the music and energy created by The Next Generation Leahy simply cannot be contained. All 18 years and younger, the siblings are accomplished multiinstrumentalists whose live performances are filled with the high-energy, infectious Celticbased music associated with
Matt Andersen A powerhouse performer with a giant, soul-filled voice and commanding stage presence, Matt Andersen has built a formidable following the oldfashioned way: touring worldwide and letting his stunned audiences and new devotees spread the good word of his righteous tunes all over. On Mattâ€™s 10th album, Halfway Home by Morning, he explores every facet of his sound: sweatsoaked soul, incendiary rhythm and blues, heartbroken folk and gritty Americana. PARTRIDGE HALL REGULAR: $45 MEMBER: $35 COLLEGE/UNI: $25 Wed 25 Mar 7:30pm
their Leahy heritage. Fiddle, cello, French accordion, singing, piano and French-Canadian step-dancing all find a voice on stage. PARTRIDGE HALL REGULAR: $49 MEMBER: $42 COLLEGE/UNI/CHILD: $25 Sun 22 Mar 2:30pm
Mission Songs Project with Lacey Hill
Jessie Lloydâ€™s profoundly moving and important Mission Songs Project reveals what daily life was like for Indigenous Australians on Christian missions and state-run settlements. Through the discovery of rare secular songs that were sung after church, audiences will gain a deeper understanding about the history of Elders, families and communities, from cultural identity to love and loss. The evening will begin with an intimate performance by singersongwriter Lacey Hill from Oneida of Six Nations, Wolf Clan. THE RECITAL HALL REGULAR: $35 MEMBER: $30 COLLEGE/UNI/CHILD: $25 Fri 3 Apr 7:30pm
Lig and Bittle
by Elyne Quan & Jared Matsunaga-Turnbull Lig is very tall, and Bittle is very small. They both wish they could find someplace where everything is just the right size, where no one will notice that they are different. When Lig and Bittle hear about Perfeckt Phitt, they set out on a quest to this wonderful place where all their problems will be solved. Can Lig and Bittle overcome the Muckety Muck and the Ooga Monster to find the place where they both fit in? ROBERTSON THEATRE ALL TICKETS: $15 Sat 11 Apr 11am + 2pm Ages 4+
FOUR GO WILD IN WELLIES A whimsical adventure featuring bobble hats, scarves, tents that have a life of their own, and, of course, lots of fun in wellies! Four Go Wild in Wellies is a playful look at the joy of inventiveness and curiosity; the negotiation of social structures; how friendships are built, broken and mended; the spectrum between collaboration and competition; play that emerges from interaction with each other and the natural
Keeps the wee ones remarkably fidgetfree and captivated." - The Herald
world. The show is produced by Indepen-dance4, Scotlandâ€™s inclusive professional dance company.
Join us after the show for a wee oneâ€™s dance party and activity! A sheer delight."
- Across the Arts
ROBERTSON THEATRE ALL TICKETS: $15 Mon 13 Apr 11am + 2pm Ages 2-6
The Musical Box
A GENESIS EXTRAVAGANZA
In an all-out performance of live visual signature stunts, a museumworthy array of vintage instruments and a dizzying pace of iconic tracks and stage rarities, The Musical Box indulges fans on an intense trip into the world of early Genesis. Acclaimed for its historical reenactment, they have performed for more than a million spectators worldwide in some of the most prestigious venues. PARTRIDGE HALL REGULAR: $65 MEMBER: $55 COLLEGE/UNI: $25 Fri 17 Apr 7:30pm
Just For Laughs Road Show Just for Laughs is bringing its funniest alumni back to St. Catharines. Get ready for a gut-busting evening with some of the best stand-up comics from the world’s largest and most prestigious comedy festivals.
I laughed so hard I skipped my ab workout the next day.” - Ann, PAC patron PARTRIDGE HALL REGULAR: $55 MEMBER: $45 COLLEGE/UNI: $25 Wed 22 Apr 7:30pm MATURE CONTENT
Tanya Tagaq SPLIT TOOTH
A Reading & Performance PARTRIDGE HALL REGULAR: $39 MEMBER: $35 COLLEGE/UNI: $25 Tues 28 Apr 7:30pm
Tanya Tagaq is an improvisational singer, avant-garde composer and bestselling novelist. A member of the Order of Canada, a Polaris Music Prize winner and JUNO Award-winner, a Giller Prize Long Listed author and the recipient of multiple honorary doctorates, Tagaq is one of the country’s most original and celebrated artists. Tanya brings musical and literary worlds together on stage with a program that includes a reading from her novel Split Tooth, followed by a musical performance.
Tagaq’s surreal meld of poetry and prose transmutes the Arctic’s boundless beauty, intensity, and desolation into a wrenching contemporary mythology.” - The New Yorker
Tagaq’s emotional intelligence is aspirational.” – The Globe and Mail
CATAPULT DANCE The Amazing Magic of Shadow Dancing
America’s Got Talent finalist from Season 8, Catapult is a magical production that features incredible dancers who work behind a screen to create shadow silhouettes of shapes from the world around us. Be amazed as you watch their bodies transform into a mountain, an elephant, a dragon, even a helicopter! You’ll never figure out how they do it, and you won’t know what they will create next – you’ll be surprised and delighted again and again. Packed with hundreds of shape transformations, the show is full of humour, emotion and engaging stories.
A MILLION DOLLAR ACT!" - HOWARD STERN, AMERICA'S GOT TALENT PARTRIDGE HALL REGULAR: $45 MEMBER: $35 COLLEGE/UNI/CHILD: $25 Wed 29 Apr 7pm
ImPACt Education Series
Setting the stage for young minds We are proud to offer opportunities for Niagara schools to make the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre their classroom. Our diverse programming offers countless ways to complement and teach to Ontario’s curriculum, across a range of subject areas. This year, we are offering a truly eclectic mix of dance, theatre and music performances by local and international artists and companies.
JUNIOR (Grades Pre k - 6)
SENIOR (Grades 7 - 12)
Chris McKhool and Friends
Decidedly Jazz Danceworks
Celebrate! Global Holidays
Juliet and Romeo
Bouge de là
Wed 18 Dec
The 26 Letter Dance
Thurs 14 Nov
Mon 27 Jan
by Cliff Cardinal Thurs 22 Nov
The Mayhem Poets
Dog Man: The Musical
Tues 21 Apr
Tues 11 Feb
Niagara Symphony Orchestra Axis Theatre
Th'owxiya : The Hungry Feast Dish Tues 7 Apr
Le Petit Prince Mon 4 May
Niagara Symphony Orchestra
Le Petit Prince Mon 4 May
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BRAVO NIAGARA! FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS Oct 2019 – May 2020
Bravo Niagara! is a not-for-profit registered charity dedicated to presenting the world’s leading Canadian and international artists, as well as rising young stars, in extraordinary concert experiences throughout the Niagara region. Concerts range from classical to jazz, world music to opera. Bravo Niagara!’s 2019/20 season features performances by superstar soprano Measha Brueggergosman, jazz piano titan Monty Alexander and more!
Nov 2019 - May 2020
MARILYN I. WALKER SCHOOL OF FINE + PERFORMING ARTS Oct 2019 - Apr 2020
The MIWSFPA presents dynamic student, faculty and guest artist concerts in the Recital Hall and Partridge Hall. Attend the RBC Foundation free Music@Noon series, performances by the University Wind Ensemble and University String Orchestra, the Viva Voce! Choral Series featuring the Brock University Choirs, Encore! Professional Concert Series and the new Hugh and Marie Logan Jazz Series, featuring the University Jazz Ensemble.
Niagara's premier auditioned 100-voice symphonic chorus since 1963, led by Artistic Director Robert Cooper, C.M., is one of Canada's most experienced, influential and decorated choral conductors. Chorus Niagara is a family of choirs that includes Chorus Niagara, Chorus Niagara Children's Choir, SideBy-Side High School Chorale and Robert Cooper Choral Scholars. 2019/20 Season: A Child of Our Time; Welcome, Christmas!; Touch the Earth Lightly; Gilbert & Sullivan Topsy-Turvy!
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The Writer by Norm Foster 19 June - 5 July 2019
GALLERY PLAYERS OF NIAGARA Nov 2019 - Jun 2020
Now in its 25th season, the Gallery Players of Niagara has become one of Niagara’s most prominent presenters of classical chamber music. Each season, the organization presents a huge variety of chamber music from Vivaldi and Brahms to improvised music for silent movies. The group’s 15 performers live and work in and around southern Ontario. Described as “musically captivating” and “great communicators,” they continue to thrill audiences. The players have recorded and released two albums that have gone on to receive international acclaim.
Hilda's Yard by Norm Foster 10 July - 26 July 2019
galleryplayers.ca Beside Myself by Norm Foster 31 July - 17 Aug 2019 The Foster Festival is back with three sparkling Norm Foster comedies. The Writer (World Premiere) follows a father and son as they humourously spar over 7 years with an ending that will leave you breathless. Hilda’s Yard (Greatest Hit) is a laugh-out-loud family comedy starring Norm Foster and Patricia Vanstone as Sam and Hilda Fluck – Holy toot! Their first musical, Beside Myself (World Premiere) is a sweet look at love and the game called “might have been.” Would YOU turn back time if you could? Audience talkbacks after selected performances in the Fore and Aft Lounge. Join us for another fabulous season of Humour with Heart in the Heart of Niagara!
NIAGARA YOUTH ORCHESTRA For more than 50 years, the Niagara Youth Orchestra has been offering musical training to young musicians in the Niagara region. In Spring 2020, their FREE school concert addresses many of the music curriculum requirements for Grades 3 through 8: the classification of instruments, the physics of sound and the social/historical context of music, just to name a few. All ages are welcome from local Niagara schools.
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In the Soil Arts Festival is celebrating 11 years as the region’s premier arts festival with a jam-packed multidisciplinary showcase of local and national performing, literary, media, music and interactive arts. With more than 150 things to see and do over the festival weekend, ITS is proud to partner with many local organizations to bring this truly unique festival to life. In the Soil is Niagara’s homegrown arts festival and is working to make a Niagara that is self-determining and culturally distinct.
YELLOW DOOR THEATRE Yellow Door Theatre Project is a charitable arts organization devoted to offering musical theatre skill training and performance opportunities for youth in the Niagara region. Under the Artistic Direction of Andorlie Hillstrom, the company will be presenting two new Canadian musicals, Going Under, 5 - 7 Dec, and Bremen Rock City, 11 - 15 Dec, in Robertson Theatre. Written by Colleen Dauncey and Akiva Romer-Segal, these shows will be performed by the youth members of the Fall Performance Company. Two exciting theatre events for the entire family!
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HELPING YOUR BUSINESS
Strike The Right Chord
Just like a musician, a successful business owner knows that having a strong team behind them is instrumental to creating perfect harmony. At MNP, we listen to your needs and work closely with you to create industry-specific business solutions that help you hit the right chord, every time. National in scope and local in focus, MNP is proud to support the arts and the St. Catharines community. Contact one of our Business Advisors today. MNP St. Catharines Office Suite 101 63 Church Street T: 905.641.0846
PAQUETTE PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS
with SHAWN BARKER from LAS VEGAS
SAT NOV 9 | 7:30PM
Starring PETE PAQUETTE with special guests
KAY OH CHAY & THE TONETTES
THURS DEC 12 | 7PM
FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, 250 St. Paul St, St. Catharines ON TICKETS: 905-688-0722 | FirstOntarioPAC.ca | PaquetteProductions.com
WINE FOOD ART
BILL CULP PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS
THE ULTIMATE BEACH PARTY TRIBUTE! THE BEACH BOYS JAN & DEAN
FRANKIE AVALON THE VENTURES
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 7:30PM $45 + SC
JOEL PLASKETT EMERGENCY WINTERSLEEP BORN RUFFIANS MY SON THE HURRICANE THE WEATHER STATION LOGAN STAATS THE WOODEN SKY
BASEMENT REVOLVER DAN EDMONDS SPENCER BURTON + MORE TICKETS
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
ALL AGES . LICENSED . FAMILY FRIENDLY
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5TH, 2019 HENLEY ISLAND, PORT DALHOUSIE, ST. CATHARINES
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210 Glendale Ave. St. Catharines 289 362-1358
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Celebrating 27 Years! 27%rd
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FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
Classical, jazz, vocal, choral and country music in unique venues in the heart of Niagaraâ€™s beautiful wine country.
July 14 August 10 musicniagara.org
AUTHENTIC ASIAN CUISINE • PRIVATE & EXCLUSIVE CATERED EVENTS
WEDDINGS & ANNIVERSARIES
SEMINARS & TRAINING
CELEBRATIONS & STAFF PARTIES
• CHINESE CUISINE • JAPANESE BBQ • SUSHI & THAI
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• ON-SITE CATERING • CUSTOMIZED MENU • PRIVATE ROOMS
PARTY MENU AVAILABLE! ASK THE MANAGER FOR DETAILS.
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