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AT T H E O A K V I L L E C E N T R E VOLUME SIX

| ISSUE TWO | JAN~JUNE 2014

JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR JIM BELUSHI & THE CHICAGO BOARD OF COMEDY TOWER OF POWER PINK FLOYD’S THE WALL ELTON JOHN’S GREATEST HITS JON ANDERSON JULLY BLACK I MOTHER EARTH LAILI BIALI KAHA:WI DANCE CHRIS GIBBS and more!


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Become A

Oakville Centre

BIG TICKET MEMBER

HOUSE NOTES

What is the BIG TICKET?

Welcome to the Oakville Centre! We ask that you follow these simple guidelines to ensure a pleasant and memorable experience for all.

Big Ticket membership puts your family first! Your family is first to have access to tickets, first to know of specials, added shows, and special promotions. You and your family have access before anyone else.

In consideration of those in the audience who have allergies, please refrain from using perfume or cologne when attending a performance.

Big Ticket is BEST IN CLASS

Cell phones and other electronic devices should be muted and not used while in the theatre.

Enjoy all of your family’s favourite national and international artists performing arts in every discipline.

Photography, video taping and recording are strictly prohibited inside the theatre.

Big Ticket is FLEXIBLE Once your family has a Big Ticket, the choice is yours. Pick any combination of shows in any genre. Pick as many (some maximums apply) or as few to each show you would like.

Food and beverages are not permitted in the theatre, with the exception of clear plastic bottles of water. Please refrain from unwrapping candy during the performance.

Big Ticket gets you ACCESS

Latecomers and re-entries will be seated at a suitable break determined by the production. You may be asked to wait in the lobby.

Barely had time to read this page? Big Ticket allows you and your family to attend as many or as few shows as you like during the year. And it’s one membership per household.

Big Ticket is VALUE

Babes in arms and young children are welcome to the Family Series performances. Contact the box office for all other performances. Each person entering the theatre requires a ticket.

Along with all the benefits outlined above, Big Ticket is only $55 for one full year and Big Ticket Plus is only $110 for one full year. Add to the fact that every ticket your family buys throughout that year is discounted either $7 or $11 (exceptions apply) and in no time you have paid for your family membership. We added extra value by including tax receipts, gift certificates, discounts at other merchants and other special ticket offers.

Patrons using a wheelchair, walker or who have difficulty with stairs should advise the box office at the time of ticket purchase. Due to fire regulations and for the safety of patrons, wheelchair and walker seating is located in Row S. Note that the lower level parking lot is not suitable for these patrons as there is no access to the main entrance of the theatre. The theatre does not have an elevator. Sennheiser Hearing Assistance is available in both spaces. This service is on a first come first served basis and may be signed out at the bar. For box office hours, parking locations and other inquiries visit www.oakvillecentre.ca or call the box office at (905) 815-2021. The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts is a division of the Recreation and Culture Department of the Town of Oakville.

Call and speak with one of our Big Ticket experts for more details at 905-815-2021 or visit www.oakvillecentre.ca

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The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts would like to thank

CANADIAN HERITAGE for ongoing programming support.

On the cover: JON ANDERSON / Saturday April 19

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In this issue . . . GLEN WOODCOCK & THE BIG BANDS . . . . January 4 TOWER OF POWER. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . January 23 MY BIG FAT GERMAN PUPPET SHOW . . . February 8 CHRIS GIBBS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . February 15 CAL: PINK FLOYD’S THE WALL . . . . . . . . February 21 JULLY BLACK. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . February 22 PAVLO. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . February 27 I MOTHER EARTH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . March 8 JUST FOR LAUGHS ROAD SHOW. . . . . . . . . . . April 2 JON BATISTE & THE STAY HUMAN BAND . . . . April 4 CAL: ELTON JOHN’S GREATEST HITS . . . . . . . April 16 JON ANDERSON . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April 19 7 FINGERS: TRACES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April 24 JIM BELUSHI & THE BOARD OF COMEDY . . . April 30 JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 2 KAHA: WI DANCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 9 LAILI BIALI. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 19

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OAKVILLE INFINITI presents

Glen Woodcock & The Big Band Show Saturday, January 4th at 3:00 pm Glen Woodcock's program, The Big Band Show, Sundays from 5:00 to 10:00 pm, has been a Toronto radio fixture since it began on JAZZ.FM91 over three decades ago. He took over The Big Band Show in September, 1976, and the show has been on the air with the same host longer than any other current program on Toronto radio. With Glen, you get both the larger-than-life big band sound and the history of an

incredible era in music In his other life he is an automotive writer for the Sun group of newspapers and Autonet.ca. Glen has just begun restoration of a 1971 Manic GT, a rare Canadian-made sports car from Granby, Quebec. It will join an award-winning 1947 Frazer Manhattan in Glen’s garage in the Northumberland Hills east of Toronto, where he lives with wife Connie and daughter Kate.

“This concert is a must for big band jazz fans!” ~ CJRTFM.com

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A Dan Cooper Presentation • Thursday, January 23rd at 8:00pm Heart, and many others, forever infusing the radio airwaves with Tower’s musical DNA. Since the beginning, Tower of Power has never stopped touring and recording. Always in demand, the band never fails to entertain and amaze their fans. Tower is truly blessed to have a dedicated following that often travels to see the band, and in many cases fans will plan their vacation or work schedule around an appearance of Tower of Power. Throughout the past 45 years, Tower of Power has played to all kinds of audiences and have recorded with such artists as Elton John, Santana, Little Feat, Aerosmith, Heart and an array of blues players. Each year TOP tours the United States, Japan and Europe, playing to sold out crowds all over the world. Recent releases include “Great American Soulbook”, a collection of classic soul tunes, and the 40th Anniversary Concert DVD. Tower has never been busier or more in demand. New generations of fans come to see the band perform as their timeless music continues to excite fans of all ages.

Tower's musical odyssey actually began in 1968 when Emilio Castillo met Stephen "Doc" Kupka in July of that year. When Doc auditioned during a band rehearsal at Emilio's house, Emilio's father called him into the kitchen and offered the following advice: "Hire that guy, he's got something." Doc and his signature baritone sax sound were now in the band, and on August 13, 1968, Tower of Power, as we know them today, began playing gigs, and soon became very well known in the area. After playing at a Tuesday night audition at the Fillmore in 1970, Tower was signed to Bill Graham’s San Francisco records and their first album, “East Bay Grease,” was recorded. All of the compositions were original tunes written by Castillo and Kupka. Their next album, “Bump City,” was recorded on the Warner Brothers label, and this led to a string of hits and memorable albums that include many of the songs that TOP fans come out in force to hear, even to this day. Over the years, the Tower of Power Horns have recorded with hundreds of artists as diverse as Aerosmith, Elton John, Little Feat, Phish, Santana,

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Take “A Theatrical Joyride” with the Burl-Oak Theatre Group 2014/2015 season subscriptions are on sale now! Don’t miss the Early Bird price in effect until March 31, 2014 Suzy discovers that her beloved Peter is not as he appears and she becomes terrified that he may, in fact, be a ruthless killer. Is Peter living a terrible lie? Clemens grips us with his hairpin turns and twists until we finally grasp the full significance of what we have seen on stage. Then finally, cruise into spring, with Ken Ludwig’s delightful golf-themed farce, The Fox on the Fairway, that hits a hole-in-one for laughter! This uproarious comedy tees off with competing country club owners making a colossal bet on an upcoming tournament. One of the gentlemen has just bet his wife’s antique shop and is counting on a novice golfer driven by stress to crash and burn under pressure. Filled with mistaken identities and madcap happenings, The Fox on the Fairway proves that nothing is easy in the course of love or on the golf course. And, of course, you can’t miss the final show in our current season, Real Estate by Allana Harkin. In this heart-warming comedy we meet Joel, a mystery writer dealing with writer’s block, a marriage on the rocks, a tax collector and a mortgage foreclosure. Forced to sell the family home quickly, he enlists the help of a local “realtor extraordinaire” who decides that both the house and its owner are “fixer-uppers” in need of tender loving care. Don’t miss this heart-warming comedy that runs from April 9 to 13, 2014.

The Burl-Oak Theatre Group is proud to present their 2014-2015 season and invites all subscribers to take a theatrical joyride! The three productions this season are filled with romance, intrigue, and comedy, and are sure to please both new and returning audiences looking for an entertaining time at the theatre. Subscribe early to guarantee your preferred seats and take advantage of the Early Bird subscription price, three shows for only $65, available until March 31, 2014. After that date, a regular subscription is $75. A preview subscription (Wednesday evening) is $55. The group jump-starts the season with Beau Jest by James Sherman, a lighthearted foray into the classic world of dating, marriage, and confused identities. This romantic comedy introduces us to Sarah Goldman, a lovely young Jewish girl dating a rather normal non-Jewish boy. Her parents, however, have higher hopes for Sarah’s future and picture her happily married to a wealthy doctor. Sarah hires Bob, an unemployed actor, to pretend to be her Jewish boyfriend. This hilarious play is a merry ride that will leave you with a hopeful heart. Enter the turn of the year with Strictly Murder, a spine-chilling mystery by Brian Clemens, best known as the creator of “The Avengers”. Buckle up for a spin down a twisty road of suspense where we meet Peter and Suzy, living a simple existence in pre-war France.

To subscribe, contact the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts Box Office at (905) 815-2021 or www.oakvillecentre.ca

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MY BIG FAT GERMAN PUPPET SHOW FRANK MESCHKULEIT with special guest MARTY STELNICK Saturday, February 8th at 8:30pm in The Studio Theatre Presented by PARADISO RESTAURANT Marty Stelnick has performed well over a thousand hours of television from the adorable, pre-school monkey Ooh, from (Playhouse Disney’s) Ooh, Aah and You, to the acutely offensive Apollo of Apollo’s Pad. For as long as one can remember, Rooster Kane has been astounding audiences the world over with his extraordinary collection of oddities. All dry martini and handmade suit, Mr. Kane offers a full range of services, promoting vigilance, security and happiness.

Frank Meschkuleit’s training with Jim Henson’s Muppets cemented his love for animating the inanimate. He has worked from coast to coast in television and feature films as a puppeteer including Fraggle Rock. Following in the puppetsteps of his hilarious one-man show, The Left Hand Of Frank, performed across Canada to capacity houses, his new show, My Big Fat German Puppet Show is bound to test boundaries and may give new meaning to “no man is a theatre”...or is he?

A Pay-What-You-Can Performance

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H2 SYSTEMS presents

CHRIS GIBBS “LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON? SORRY.” Saturday, February 15th at 8:00pm • In The Studio Theatre In 2005 Chris premiered Antoine Feval, bringing his quick wit, stand-up and improv skills, as well as a charming irreverence for the ‘rules’ of theatre to a one-man play about a kindhearted man who believes he’s the sidekick to a famous Victorian detective. The show won “Best of the Fest” at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival and was held over at the Edmonton Fringe. The following year the show had a sell-out run at the Toronto Fringe. In 2009 The show won the Best Comedy award at the Montreal Fringe and was invited to take part in the Just For Laughs Festival. The show’s sequel, The Further Adventures of Antoine Feval, premiered at the 2008 Toronto Fringe. Also in 2009 Chris brought out Like Father, Like Son? Sorry. – a stand-up show about the terrors of being a new father. The show won Patron’s Pick in the Toronto Fringe, was a sell-out hit at the Winnipeg Fringe and went on to be invited to Toronto’s Next Stage Festival. Chris has played with improv groups all over the world, and can now be regularly seen at The Carnegie Hall Show, as well as appearing as a guest in many of Toronto’s regular improv nights. He’s also shared the stage with other performers in The Macbeth Show, the Canadian Comedy Award-winning Plan “Live” From Outer Space, and The Rumoli Bros’ An Inconvenient Musical. Chris has even found time to branch out into other media, with regular appearances on NBC’s comedy show Howie Do It. He had the lead role in the Canadian Indie feature Run Robot Run, and has written for CBC’s Definitely Not The Opera.

British-born Chris Gibbs has been a professional comedian since 1991, when he began performing comedy shows on the street in London’s Covent Garden. For the next 11 years he toured fulltime, performing at comedy, theatre and streettheatre festivals throughout Europe, as well as New Zealand, Australia and Canada. Chris was also using his quick wit, sense of the absurd and ability to think on his feet to become a regular in London’s comedy scene as a stand-up and improviser. He appeared in two comedy series on British TV, Net.Comedy and the improvbased Consequently. Chris moved to Canada permanently in 2002, and he immediately toured with his first oneman stand-up show, Gibberish. Audiences and critics loved his charming, self-deprecating and occasionally very physical style and the show was a huge success, playing to sell-out crowds at the Fringe Festivals in Edmonton and Winnipeg, where it won Best of the Fest. It won even more rave reviews when remounted at the Toronto Fringe in 2007. Chris has since developed two more stand-up shows at the Winnipeg Fringe, performing to sellout houses with Chris Gibbs From The Neck Up in 2004 and Who The Devil Are You? in 2007. In 2003 he toured the hit show The Power of Ignorance, a mock motivational seminar cowritten with TJ Dawe. The script and The Power of Ignorance: 14 Steps To Using Your Ignorance, a spoof self-help book, were both published in 2006.

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THE OAKVILLE CENTRE presents

  Pink Floyd • CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE • Friday, February 21st at 8:00pm The best-selling record that Pink Floyd ever made, The Wall is often regarded as one of the greatest rock albums of all time and, for many people, is the centrepiece of the Floyd collection. It’s an impressive list of songs like “Another Brick in the Wall”, “Mother”, “Hey You” and “Comfortably Numb” that certifies Pink Floyd as the quintessential prog rock band. The Wall is primarily a triumph of production: its seamless surface, sound effects and blending of melodic fragments into stadium sized anthems separates this album from most. The ambitious concept record has achieved legendary status for its imagination and richness. The Wall is a concept album and deals largely with themes of abandonment and personal isolation. It was first conceived during their 1977 In the Flesh Tour, when bassist and lyricist Roger Waters’ frustration with the spectators’ perceived boorishness became so acute that he imagined building a wall between the performers and audience. Rolling Stone magazine placed The Wall at number 87 on its list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Founded by Craig Martin in 2003, Toronto-based Classic Albums Live recreates famous rock albums without the gimmickry, relying solely on the music. It has become the ultimate destination for music lovers wanting to hear the greatest albums performed live.

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DAN COOPER OF ROYAL LEPAGE presents

 Saturday, February 22nd at 8:00pm charming attitude and charismatic personality has helped propel her career to reach milestones that most artists struggle to achieve in a lifetime – winning multiple Juno awards, penning songs for the likes of Nas and Destiny’s Child as well as performing alongside artists such as Elton John, Etta James, Jay-Z, Sean Paul, and Alicia Keys. There is no question as to how she has achieved the status of “Canada’s Queen of R&B”, a title given to her by her fans and peers. Her fourth highly anticipated album, entitled Made In Canada, has been described as “The New Motown Sound”. Traditionally, Jully is from the school of R&B, with influences like Etta James and Tina Turner. She has combined these sounds with the rhythmic and eclectic musical stylings of the album’s sole producer Young Pete Alexander from Atlanta, GA. The songs that reside on this album span the music genre spectrum, incorporating elements of Soul, R&B and Reggae. Collectively known as “The Officials”, the two have been able to create a musical masterpiece of which the world can relate.

From opening for Kanye West in Singapore to being hand-picked to perform for the Queen; from performing on the same bill as Celine Dion at the 2012 Jamaica Jazz Fest to being the main act for Canada Day celebrations in London, England, Jully Black has perfected her explosive live performance that showcases her unique and powerful voice as well as her ability to engage audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Jully consistently and effortlessly exceeds expectation, leaving fans inspired, entertained and awe-struck by her commanding yet endearing presence and the ability to create a personal connection with those who witness her in her most favored element – on stage. She has brought tens of thousands of people to their feet in venues around the world and has received extraordinary reviews from critics and fans alike. A Jully Black performance is, without question, an experience like none other. A force to be reckoned with, this Canadian-born, triple threat loves to share her talents and has an enthusiasm for music that is unparalleled. Her

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For being all instrumental, Pavlo’s Mediterranean music speaks for itself. When Pavlo was 10, he spent hours hidden away practicing his guitar. Pavlo’s parents soon realized his skill was undeniable. Instead of discouraging him, Pavlo’s father told him, “Have the courage to do what you love, and the drive to do it well.” After years of guitar lessons, from classical to flamenco, Pavlo spent his early years playing in rock groups and wedding bands. Soon, Pavlo discovered his own distinct sound that he termed, “Mediterranean”. It was the first time he felt as though his guitar was speaking from his soul. Pavlo was inspired to write his first self-titled album. Although there were many people that told him it was a “fantasy” to think he would find success, he followed his heart and sent the album to music executives all over the country. When they responded with “It is too ethnic” and denied Pavlo a record deal because “there was no market for this type of music,” Pavlo became driven to create his own record label and market himself.

Presented by KNAR JEWELLERY Thursday, February 27th at 8:00 pm

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Soon, through craft shows, café gigs and festival performances all over the country playing his Mediterranean music, Pavlo did, in fact, find his audience. They were equally as passionate about his music and they wanted more of it. Investing all that he had at that time, Pavlo released his second album, Fantasia. Fantasia climbed the charts and made it to the Billboard Top 10 and earned Pavlo his first Juno nomination. Pavlo started to tour across the country, and when critics said this trend would die out, Pavlo received a call to perform for His Royal Highness, Prince Charles. Pavlo went on to release several albums and performed in soft seat theatres across Canada. When he was told that he was not ready to perform in Canada’s most prestigious theatre, the legendary Massey Hall, Pavlo booked the 2700-seat theatre anyway. Pavlo sold it out…twice! Canadian Folk legend Gordon Lightfoot was in the audience. Pavlo was told that the US would not be as accepting of his Mediterranean music. In 2008, Pavlo completed an 80

city tour across the US over the course of three months. Pavlo ventured into television after receiving a call from 15-time Emmy award-winning director George Veras (famous for Yanni’s Live at the Acropolis). George loved Pavlo’s Mediterranean style, and he directed Pavlo: Mediterranean Nights, a one-hour, made for TV concert special. After originally airing on PBS, it was also picked up by Bravo and CBC Bold. It is still being aired nationally today. Wanting to create a Canadian guitar trio, Pavlo called on legendary guitarists Oscar Lopez, and Hall of Famer, Rik Emmett (of the band, Triumph). The trio released their album, Trifecta and executed a national sold out tour. They made headlines and the album earned Pavlo a second Juno nomination. Pavlo has come full circle with the release of his 9th album, Six String Blvd. as it is once again, an allinstrumental offering. Six String Blvd. celebrates Pavlo’s ongoing ability to pave his own way, and he feels it is some of the best music he has ever written.

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iOS 7 is now available Completely Redesigned User Interface & Great New Features Apple has released iOS 7, featuring a completely redesigned stunning new user interface, for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users as a free software update. iOS 7 has hundreds of great new features, including Control Center, Notification Center, improved Multitasking, AirDrop, enhanced Photos, Safari, Siri and introduces iTunes Radio, a free Internet radio service based on the music you listen to on iTunes. In addition, iOS 7 has been engineered with deep technical and design integration with both iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. With more than 200 new features, iOS 7 includes: • Control Center, which gives you quick access to the controls you want in one convenient place with just one swipe from the bottom of your screen; • Notification Center, now available from the Lock screen so you can see all your notifications with a simple swipe, and the new Today feature gives you an at-a-glance view of your day with a summary of the important details such as weather, traffic, meetings and events; • improved Multitasking that gives users the ability to switch between their apps in a more visual and intuitive way, and iOS 7 pays attention to which apps you use most and automatically keeps your content up to date in the background; • AirDrop, an entirely new way to quickly and easily share content with people nearby; • new Camera app filters so you can add real-time photo effects, a square camera option, and you can quickly and easily switch between your four cameras – video, photo, square and panorama – with just a swipe; • a redesigned Photos app that introduces Moments, a new way to automatically organize your photos and videos based on time and location; • full-screen browsing with Safari’s new redesigned user interface, the new smart search field helps simplify searching, and there’s a new view for your bookmarks and your Safari tabs; • Siri with new male and female voices, Twitter search integration, Wikipedia integration and Bing web searching within the app; and • iTunes Radio, a free Internet radio service featuring over 200 stations and an incredible catalog of music from the iTunes Store, combined with features only iTunes can deliver. Additional new iOS 7 features include a new Find My iPhone Activation Lock, that requires your Apple ID and password before you can turn off Find My iPhone, erase data or re-activate a device after it’s been remotely erased; FaceTime audio for high quality calls over a data network; and new ringtones, alarms, alerts and system sounds. Core 1 is your local Apple Specialist. Located in Downtown Oakville, Core 1 offers all the latest Apple products in a customer friendly environment. Come in and check out the latest Macs, iPads, iPods, iPhones and accessories. Having problems with your Apple hardware? We are an Apple Authorized Service Provider. We’ll fix you up and get you on your way in a hurry.

249 Lakeshore Road East (just west of Trafalgar), Downtown Oakville T: 905.849.0737

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IME

Presented by Dan Cooper of Royal LePage Saturday, March 8th at 7:00pm In November 2003, I Mother Earth performed their last show; a nearly four hour performance that saw the band play in the round at a sold out venue and off they went. There was no big announcement, no final tour or “Best of “CD just a simple note on the IME nation website that said “thanks to the fans”. In the summer of 2011 three members found themselves geographically tied together in Peterborough, the Tanna brothers’ old stompin’ grounds. So after an eight year hiatus, Jag Tanna and Christian Tanna hooked up with vocalist Brian Byrne, and it was inevitable that the discussion turned to music. The jamming started once a week, then twice a week and eventually Jag came in with new ideas that were undeniably IME. They decided a “Whaduyathink?” phone call was in order to bassist Bruce Gordon (now a member of the Blue Man Group Production in Orlando, Florida) to get his take on actually tracking some new IME. With Bruce in and some new material taking shape the band accepted an offer to perform at Sound Academy as a part of a 102.1 the Edge event at Canadian Music Week. The show sold out quickly and a second Sound Academy show was added. The two shows were off the hook and the 5000+ fans agreed, clearly this couldn’t be a one off...or two off. The band had released a new tune We Got the Love as a listen only Sound Cloud file on their website, and received over 10,000 listens in the first 72 hours, not bad considering there was nothing traditional about this release. The band then began confirming more shows from Newfoundland to BC and most stops in between to get out and thank IME Nation personally for their support and devotion. One of those stops saw them take over the Oakville Centre on February 22, 2013 with a performance that was unforgettable for those in attendance. While the future is unwritten, it has some direction that will develop new ideas to enhance the concept of I Mother Earth. All of this is an open book, their decisions, process, and updates are all being played out for the fans to see and interact via their Open Mouth Blog at imotherearth.ca. The concept of I Mother Earth has never been more exciting, and the process has never been more personal.

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An H2 SYSTEMS presentation Wednesday, April 2nd at 8:00pm

Some of the best comedians from The Montreal Comedy Festival take to the stage for a night of side splitting fun. This hilarious show of stand-up comedy offers irreverent, laugh-a-minute styles, made popular by the Comedy Network “Just for Laughs� television program. Now in its 11th year touring across Ontario, the Just for Laughs Roadshow brings more of its funniest alumni to the Oakville Centre stage. Four of the best standup comics from the world's largest and most prestigious comedy festival will leave you gasping for breath. Here is your chance to see the hottest comedy stars live!

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OAKVILLE INFINITI presents

JON BATISTE & THE STAY HUMAN BAND Friday, April 4th at 8:00pm “I’m always about trying to fill a need with what I do in my artistry,” says Jon Batiste. “There is definitely a need in the performing arts world for a movement to come along that seriously connects with a next generation audience while still maintaining the timeless artistic objectives present throughout the history of the American music tradition.” It’s a goal Batiste is steadily achieving with every performance, every song, every album. Now 26, Batiste has defined a vision based on the most profound aspects of what has already been a rich artistic journey. He was born in New Orleans into a family whose deep musical heritage is part of the inspiration for the HBO series Treme, in which Batiste has appeared. Over the last decade he has forged his own artistic path by indelibly fusing himself within the fabric of New York City culture. After attending the prestigious New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) Batiste moved to New York and graduated from the Juilliard School earning a Master’s Degree in jazz and classical piano. He has collaborated with the likes of Prince, Lauryn Hill, Wynton Marsalis, Jimmy Buffet, Eve, Lenny Kravitz, ?uestlove, and Asher Roth and has recorded extensively with Stay Human. On the rough-and-tumble streets of New Orleans and New York, Batiste absorbed a musical language that disregards genre distinctions as long as all the musicians are locked in and feeling the inspiration of the moment. At Julliard, he was solidly grounded in the importance of standards and tradition, the conviction that the best of what has come before us must be kept living and taught to future generations. To further that lofty aim, Batiste often lectures and gives master classes and also serves as Artistic Director At Large of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. Using Twitter and Facebook to announce their plans, Batiste and Stay Human would ride the New York subways with their instruments playing music from many different music traditions and playing at the top of their talent all the while. It was a way to have some fun and to startle people out of their preconceived notions – about jazz, about where it’s appropriate to listen to music, about what it might mean to hear top-notch players blasting away purely for the purpose of entertaining and connecting with you as you go about your day. Once people receive and accept that positive energy – and cracking the stoicism of New York subway riders is no mean feat – there’s no telling what further transformations it might effect in their lives and in all of our lives. Batiste believes that live performance is where his vision can most truly be set in motion and realized. “For me, what we’re doing is a calling, bringing people to an understanding that treating others how you would want to be treated is how we are called to be,” he says. “I want to inspire people with the live show. I can give you a picture. When you go to a show to hear us, the venue is one way when you get there, but when you leave it’s totally transformed. It’s become a communal experience. People leave crying and laughing – there’s a buzz. People stand around when it’s done because they just don’t want to go home. At the least, we aim to take the audience on an uplifting musical journey. Hopefully we show them something beautiful and profound through the music that will enrich their lives.”

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THE OAKVILLE CENTRE presents

ELTON JOHN’S GREATEST HITS CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE • Wednesday, April 16th at 8:00pm In his illustrious career, multi-award winning Elton John has sold more than 250 million records. From Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting to Candle in the Wind, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road to Tiny Dancer, Classic Albums Live will capture the essence of the often poignant, sometimes flamboyant, but always entertaining Elton John. Elton John’s Greatest Hits is the ninth album by the British singer/ songwriter. Spanning the years 1970 to 1974, it features songs that remain relevant and much-loved today such as Your Song, Daniel, Bennie and the Jets and Rocket Man. The album topped the charts in both the United States and the United Kingdom. When you’re humming along under your breath and swaying in your seat, you’ll understand why this was Elton’s best-selling album to date and his first to receive an RIAA Diamond certification for US sales of more than 16 million copies. “If you want a glimpse of [John's] very best, then this is the place to start.” ~ David Bowling, BlogCritics.org Founded by Craig Martin in 2003, Toronto-based Classic Albums Live recreates famous rock albums without the gimmickry, relying solely on the music. It has become the ultimate destination for music lovers wanting to hear the greatest albums performed live.

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DAN COOPER OF ROYAL LEPAGE presents

 Saturday, April 19th at 8:00pm Jon Anderson is undoubtedly one of the most recognizable voices in progressive rock as the lead vocalist and creative force behind YES. Jon was born John Roy Anderson in Accrington, Lancashire, England, on October 25, 1944. Anderson dropped the ‘h’ from his first name in 1970. In 1962, Anderson joined The Warriors, where he and his brother Tony shared the role of lead vocalist. He quit this band in 1967, released two solo singles in 1968 under the pseudonym Hans Christian Anderson, and then briefly sang for the band The Gun. In March 1968, Anderson met bassist Chris Squire and joined him in a group called Mabel Greer’s Toyshop, which included guitarist Peter Banks. Anderson, Squire, and Banks went on to form YES, with drummer Bill Bruford and keyboardist Tony Kaye. Jon stayed with the group until 1980, and this period is now known as the classic period of YES. Jon was a major creative force and band leader throughout the period (describing himself as the ‘team captain’ and ‘catalyst’; nicknamed by his band mates Napoleon for his diminutive stature and leadership of the band) and is recognized as the main instigator of the series of epics produced by YES at the time. He was the author and a major creative influence behind the series of epics produced by YES and his role in creating such complex pieces as Close to the Edge, Awaken, and especially The Gates of Delirium was central to the band’s success. Additionally, Anderson coauthored the group’s biggest hits, including I’ve Seen All Good People, Roundabout, and Owner of a Lonely Heart. Jon is also responsible for most of the mystically-themed lyrics and concepts which are part of many YES releases. These elements are crucial components of the classic YES sound. The lyrics are frequently inspired by various books Anderson has enjoyed, from Tolstoy’s War and Peace to Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha. Jon rejoined a reformed YES in 1983, which produced their most commercially successful album 90125 with newcomer Trevor Rabin. After a second album Big Generator and several world tours, Jon departed again in 1988 over the band’s continued pursuit of major commercial success and mainstream radio play. In 1989, Anderson and other former YES members formed the group Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, Howe (ABWH), augmented by bassist Tony Levin who had played with drummer Bill Bruford in King Crimson. After the successful first ABWH album, a series of business deals caused ABWH to reunite with the then-current members of YES (Squire, Rabin, White, Kaye), who had been out of the public eye while searching for a new lead singer. Anderson would remain with the band until 2004. In his post-YES days, Anderson has been busy embarking on a series of successful solo tours throughout North America and Europe.

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TRACES

7 Fingers Dance Co • Thursday, April 24th at 7:00pm

Presented by OAKVILLE INFINITI Traces is poetic and explosive, humorous and thoughtful. Combining traditional acrobatic forms with street elements such as skateboarding and basketball, mixed in with some theatre and contemporary dance, it surprises, awes and delights at every turn. Traces takes place in a make-shift shelter, an unknown catastrophe waiting outside the doors of tarp and gaffer tape. The seven characters constructed this clubhouse to live to the fullest what they believe could be their last moments, hoping to leave nothing unsaid or undone. In the face of this impending disaster they have determined that creation is the only antidote to destruction, and their brand of creation is the fleeting impulses and desires that extend through their bodies and unfurl onto stage – the story is told through music, song, dance, speech, illustration, and high-risk acrobatics. The characters use every mode of expression available to them, hoping to leave a lasting mark...to leave their traces as best they can. As they tell the stories of their past and share their various personal strengths and weaknesses, the audience gets to know these seven performers from every possible angle. The familiarity grows, and the acrobatics – a seemingly “inhuman” element – takes on a startlingly human nature. At its heart, Traces celebrates seven individuals, their particular bond and their particular talents; their risk-taking; the ultimate affirmation of life; and their unbridled energy, proof of a collective pounding pulse. Founded in Montreal in 2002, the 7 Fingers’ initial goal was to bring circus to a human scale. They began as artists on stage, creating collectively, and soon branched out, expanding their creative talents as directors, choreographers, writers and coaches, passing on their collaborative and unique 7 Fingers process to a new generation of circus artists. As a result, they have been able to grow to international prominence, participating in ceremonies for both the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics and appearing on the hit reality show, America’s Got Talent.

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Halton Region Museum – There’s Always More to Explore Discover a rare opportunity to look into Halton’s past, roam the grounds of the scenic Alexander homestead, attend a special event or stage your own event! conditioned and have authentic wood-burning fireplaces. Parking is complimentary. Visitors to the Museum can explore Halton’s natural and cultural heritage. As a leader in heritage stewardship, the Museum preserves and promotes Halton’s history. In addition to the collection, the Museum houses a reference library and a collection of local documents dating back to 1830. The Museum also hosts a variety of special events, including Alexander Family Farm Day and International Museum Day and sponsors historical presentations such as the Spirit of Harriet Tubman – a one-woman show following Tubman’s emancipation from slavery. Environmental and heritage programs are available for school excursions, day camps and adult groups. Consider a guided hike in Kelso Conservation Area along the Bruce Trail, a Museum tour or artifact presentation for your next group. A variety of educational programs offer curriculum based, hands-on learning experiences for students beyond the classroom. Developed and delivered with a cross-curricular approach, school programs combine science, history, geography, environmental literacy and physical education to ensure a comprehensive educational experience for both students and teachers.

Located inside Milton’s Kelso Conservation Area, the Halton Region Museum offers historical charm and an inviting ambience that is ideal for meetings, conferences, social occasions, tour groups, team building and educational programming year round - indoors or out in any season. The Halton Region Museum site was originally settled in 1836 by the Alexander family, Scottish immigrants who farmed the 200-acre property for four generations. Today the Museum’s focal point is the original Alexander Barn, one of seven buildings on the site. The barn’s two upper floors feature exhibits and artifacts and the Loft Room which accommodates up to 65 people, receptionstyle. The Hearth Room, the largest space on the main floor, is showcased by mill stone, antiques, an open “hearth” and original hand-hewn wooden beams. The room can accommodate over 100 people for sit down banquets or 140 for receptions with extended space available on the adjoining walkout patio. The patio and museum grounds are ideal for staging picnics, outdoor events and photo sessions. The Loft Room’s century old hardwood floor and beautiful view of the Niagara Escarpment are unforgettable. Both rooms, radiating warmth and ambience in a unique 19th century setting, are air

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With more than thirty years of experience and an alumnus of Saturday Night Live and Chicago’s famed Second City, Jim Belushi is now bringing to the stage an improvised comedy sketch show featuring members of the Chicago Board of Comedy. Belushi starred on the ABC hit comedy According to Jim, on which he also served as executive producer, music composer and director. After wrapping 182 episodes for its eighth and final season, the family favorite series also hit a milestone when it launched into off-net syndication in 2007. Accompanying Belushi are Robert Belushi, Larry Joe Campbell, Jon Barinholtz, and Brad Morris, all of whom are classically trained professional improvisers who tour regularly nationwide. JIM BELUSHI was born June 15, 1954 in Chicago but grew up in Wheaton, Illinois. He is the third of four children of Adam Belushi, an Albanian immigrant who left his native Qytezë village in 1934 at the age of 15, and Agnes, who was born in the U.S. of Albanian immigrants. He attended the College of Dupage and graduated from Southern Illinois Univer-

sity with a degree in Speech and Theater Arts. From 1976-80 he became a resident member of Chicago’s famed Second City. In 1979, write-producer Garry Marshall saw Jim performing for Second City and arranged for him to come to Hollywood and co-star in the TV Pilot Who’s Watching the Kids for Paramount, and then for a role in the television show Working Stiffs (co-starring Michael Keaton). Later, in 1983, he joined the cast of Saturday Night Live for two years. Jim came to national attention through his role in Edward Zwick’s film About Last Night with Rob Lowe and Demi Moore, playing the role he originated in the Chicago Apollo Theatre’s production of David Mamet’s Obie-award winning play Sexual Perversity in Chicago. He has come a long way from Second City, SNL, and his early role in the TV series Working Stiffs. His feature credits since then show an extraordinary range: He was James Woods’ spacey DJ buddy, Dr. Rock, in Oliver Stone’s Salvador; the mentally handicapped dishwasher befriended by Whoopi Goldberg in the Andrei Konchalovsky film, Homer and

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Eddie; and the defiant high school principal standing up to drug dealers in The Principal. In 2000 Belushi co-starred in MGM’s Return to Me, directed by Bonnie Hunt and starring David Duchovny and Minnie Driver, and he received rave reviews for his work with Gregory Hines in Showtime’s Who Killed Atlanta’s Children? As his popularity grew over the years, so did his roles in film, theatre, and television. Belushi has performed on Broadway in Herb Gardner’s acclaimed Conversations with My Father at the Royal Theatre, offBroadway in True West, at the Cherry Lane Theatre in the Williamstown Theatre Festival production of John Guare’s Moon Over Miami, and for Joseph Papp as the Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance. He was mostly recently on Broadway (2011) in Garson Kanin’s Born Yesterday at the Cort Theater. In addition he does numerous voiceovers for film, television and for commercials. A dedicated husband and father he resides in Los Angeles with his wife Jennifer, two sons, Robert and Jared and a daughter, Jamison.


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      An H2 SYSTEMS presentation Wednesday, April 30th at 8:00pm

ROBERT BELUSHI Robert Belushi split his formative years between Chicago and Los Angeles, returning to Chicago to work in theater after graduating from Wesleyan University. After performing at Chicago’s Steppenwolf and Second City, Rob returned to Los Angeles. Most recently you may have seen him as a cast member on The Joe Schmo Show on Spike or as Keith, the town cop on the upcoming Fox comedy, The Goodwin Games. Rob enjoys most working with his father on stage, but has been lucky to appear with him on According to Jim, The Defenders and as a high school basketball coaching tandem in Thunderstruck. LARRY JOE CAMPBELL Larry Joe Campbell is excited to be onstage with this super talented cast! And he is ecstatic to be back with Jim again having worked together for 8 seasons on According to Jim. Since then, Larry has appeared in the movies Hall Pass and Killers and has had recurring roles on Weeds, Rules of Engagement, and Lifetime’s The Protector. Larry Joe can be

seen this summer in R.I.P.D. with Ryan Reynolds and Kevin Bacon and in Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim. Larry Joe lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Peggy, and their five children. Larry would like you to know that he loves you. (Yes, you. The one who’s reading this.) JON BARINHOLTZ Born and Raised in Chicago, Jon Barinholtz is a proud Alum of Second City, iO, The Annoyance, and Steppenwolf Theatre. Over the last year you may have caught Jon in various TV guest spots (Parks and Recreation, Happy Endings, Outsourced, Perfect Couples) or performing live with The Gentlemen’s Club with Bob Odenkirk (San Francisco Sketch Fest, UCB, Second City, iO), Sheldon (Second City, iO), Sad On Vacation (Groundlings, Comedy Central Stage), and of course as a member of Jim Belushi and the Chicago Board of Comedy. BRAD MORRIS Brad Morris is a sketch comedian, actor, writer, director and improvisor. An alum of The Second City’s Mainstage, Brad is

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also a founding member of the long form improvisational groups,The Reckoning and Uncle’s Brother with Tim Meadows. Brad has appeared in roles on Modern Family, The Office, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The League, Nick Swardson’s Pretendtime, Mash-Up, as well as many national commercials. He is also a staff writer and actor on the TBS show, Cougar Town. Brad makes funny videos with his friends, like: Almost Pimps, Special Needs, A Certain Breed, The Angriest Taxi Driver in The World, The Blisters: How Four Became Three, and Find Money. See them at funnyordie.com or YouTube. MEGAN GRANO Megan Grano has appearaed on TV in Weeds, Parks and Recreation, Hot in Cleveland, Conan, The Great State of Georgia, and American Dad. Film roles include Bridesmaids and This is 40. She is a 2007 alum of The Second City Chicago. Megan is also an iO Theater alum, where she has performed since 1999. She is beyond grateful to be a part of the Chicago Board of Comedy.


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DAN COOPER OF ROYAL LEPAGE presents

JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR Friday, May 2nd at 8:00pm of a lasting friendship, with Joanne seeking his advice on the industry and even accompanying his DUP supergroup across Europe in 2002. In 2008, Ruf Records won the rush for Joanne’s signature, and soon she was working with veteran producer Jim Gaines (Carlos Santana, Johnny Lang, Stevie Ray Vaughan), bassist Dave Smith and drummer Steve Potts on the songs that became her debut album White Sugar. Soon enough, the buzz was building, with Joanne both raising her profile supporting behemoths like Black Country Communion, and honing her craft on 2010’s Diamonds In The Dirt. Having received a nomination for ‘Best New Artist Debut’ at the auspicious British Blues Awards for White Sugar, Joanne scooped consecutive wins in the ‘Best British Female Vocalist’ category at both the 2010 and 2011 events: a haul that cements her position, as Blues Matters magazine once put it, as ‘the new face of the blues’. Since then, she’s broken into the notoriously hard-to-crack US market, beaten the stereotypes of her age and gender, and won the respect of the giants. “There are a lot of great guitarists and singers in the blues today,” says Joe Bonamassa. “What I see in Joanne Shaw Taylor that sets her apart from the rest is the ability to write a great song. Not only is she a killer guitarist and singer, but you find yourself walking away from her shows singing her songs as well.”

When Annie Lennox paused her Diamond Jubilee Concert performance to let a white-suited, angelwinged blonde fire a soaring Les Paul solo into the sky above Buckingham Palace, uninitiated viewers all asked the same question. Who’s that girl? Needless to say, the music fans and blues-heads in the crowd already knew the answer. It was Joanne Shaw Taylor. It’s astonishing to note that this prolific musician is still only in her mid-twenties. It’s been quite a ride. Four albums. Countless shows across the planet. Support slots with everyone from B.B. King to Eric Sardinas. And of course, that performance with Lennox in June of 2012 – watched on television by 17 million viewers. Joanne never imagined any of that at the start. Back then, she was just an ordinary schoolgirl, bored with the music she heard on late-’90s pop radio, rifling through her father’s record collection and falling for albums by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert Collins and Jimi Hendrix. Guitars were “lying around the house”, she recalls, and at 13, she’d picked up her first electric and was practicing “every minute”. Joanne left school at 16 and ran straight into her big break, as a twist of fate directed her demo tape into the hands of Eurythmics icon Dave Stewart after a charity gig. Reflecting on his first impressions, Stewart recalls that “she made the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end” and his phone call the following day proved the start

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Tour. Taste.Take it home! Check out this exciting new tasting and retail outlet showcasing award-winning craft beers and small artisanal batches of custom whiskies and classic & flavoured spirits. In 1975, Mike Arnold graduated from the In addition to his keen affection for beer, Mike University of Waterloo with a BASc in Chemical has long been an aficionado of spirits. So it only Engineering. After two years with Shell Canada, made sense that this passion would lead to the Mike went on to the University of Toronto where creation of Trafalgar Artisanal Distillery in 2013. he obtained his M. Eng in Nuclear Engineering. “To complement this exciting new craft He then spent 17 years with Ontario Hydro, the Distillery, we are in the process of completely first 10 years were in Nuclear Operations. This was redoing our existing retail store and creating a new followed by 6 years in its New Business Ventures space that will house The Trafalgar Club, an Division where he headed up the Nuclear Isotopes innovative tasting and retail outlet.” Mike continues, “Customers marketing group. will be encouraged to come in, In 1993, Mike left Ontario take a tour of our facilities, and Hydro to found Trafalgar then sample the high quality Brewing Company in Oakville, small batch custom whiskies, with his wife Nancy. Originally classic and flavoured spirits, and established as a craft brewery our unique one-off beers and specializing in uniquely brewed delicious meads.” small batches of beer, the Trafalgar Artisanal Distillery is company is now recognized as all about small artisanal batches one of Ontario’s most progressive of classic spirits. From White Rye small breweries. to Whisky to Gin and a variety of Over the years, the brewery has flavoured spirits, they will make occupied three different locations every batch from scratch with a in Oakville: Pacific Road (origifocus on local ingredients. The nally 2000 ft2) was expanded within two years to 3,000 ft2; the still has been installed and their company then moved to a new Mike Arnold reviewing the Distillery plans. unique spirits will be available 4,500 ft2 facility on the North this spring in The Trafalgar Club. Service Road; and in 2003, opened its doors to “But that’s not all!” says Mike. 7000 ft2 in the heart of commercial Oakville at 1156 “The miracle that takes place within a whiskey Speers Road (between Third Line and Dorval). barrel has always been intriguing to whisky Through its growth, the company maintained a drinkers, myself included. We are now in the stellar reputation for its product quality and process of launching our My Own Barrel program technical innovation. which will allow customers to purchase all the “In 2003, we launched our most innovative line ingredients to age their own whisky – a Canadian of bottled products,” explains Mike. “Based on the crafted wood barrel along with our white spirit.” skills we gained by brewing braggot style mead “Now our customers can experience all the melomels (mead made with honey, fruit juice and stages of the ageing process in the comfort of their malt) for the Ontario Renaissance Festival, we own home. It doesn’t get any better that that!” decided to launch this innovative product into the For all the latest updates on The Trafalgar Club Ontario market. Our Ginger Mead and Mead and My Own Barrel program, follow Mike on Braggot do very well in the LCBO.” Twitter: @Trafalgar_Club. Cheers!

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PARADISO RESTAURANT presents

 Kaha:Wi Dance Theatre • Friday, May 9th at 8:00pm The Kaha:Wi Dance Theatre (KDT), one of Canada’s leading contemporary dance companies, infuses Indigenous narratives with thrilling, dynamic movement through their exciting new show, NeoIndigenA. NeoIndigenA is the much-anticipated full evening solo created and performed by Artistic Director Santee Smith. The new conceptual performance explores Indigenous sources from the perspective of an unbroken continuum. She navigates liminal space between the futuristic realms of Skyworld, Underworld and Earthworld. It’s an ecstatic, transcendent, primordial, perilous and biomorphic journey propelled by the elemental voice of Tanya Tagaq, Cris Derksen’s cello and others. Exploring the intersection of Indigenous and new dance performance, the Kaha:Wi Dance Theatre is internationally renowned for artistry, creative excellence and collaboration. KDT’s embodiment of spirituality within traditional culture and innovative storytelling is conveyed through cinematic imagery and virtuosic performance that electrifies audiences on the world stage. Innovative, transformative and culturally power-packed performances distinguish Smith as one of Canada’s most exciting choreographers. Kaha:Wi (Ga-HA-Wee) means “to carry” in the Mohawk language and is a traditional name for Smith’s family. KDT carries culture through dance, theatre, music and design. “Kaha:Wi succeeds because it walks the fine line between a genuine spiritual experience that is also ravishing in its visual components.” ~ PAULA CITRON, The Globe & Mail

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A great place to visit...

An Even Better Place To Live! Oakville couple loves their new life in The Village! festival offers superb jazz, choral and classical Murray and Gail Paton have traded in the good music in wonderful venues throughout the Town. life for the better life. Off season, there’s an international film festival Three years ago, they moved from their 3,200 from December through February, a candlelight sq. ft. home in Oakville, where they lived for 15 walk in December and ice wine festivals in January years, to a 2,400 sq ft townhome in The Village, and February. an architecturally protected, master-planned new Activities aside, the Patons discovered a community in Niagara-on-the-Lake. community full of fascinating people and a myriad They also downsized their property taxes now of social, educational and interest groups to join. a third of what they were in Oakville, and their Indeed, the Patons have cost of living is less, too! discovered that a 15-minute walk “We absolutely love it here,” with their dog is replete with said Gail. “It was a perfect choice,” added Murray. “We amiable greetings and chatter wanted to achieve certain with the neighbours. When they financial and life objectives but head down south for their winter didn’t want to sacrifice the respite, Murray and Gail take lifestyle we enjoyed in Oakville. comfort in knowing they can lock “Niagara-on-the-Lake is one of up their home and leave it the world’s most unique and spewithout worry. cial places because it combines The pair loves the traditional agriculture, wineries and natural architecture and small town feel beauty, with historic sites and of their new community, which cultural venues – art galleries, they liken to the historic design fine restaurants and world-class of the colonial city of theatre,” added Murray. Williamsburg, in Virginia. Yet all Recently dubbed Canada’s of the modern conveniences are Murray and Gail Paton moved from Culinary Capital it hosts the close at hand too. Oakville to The Village in Niagara-onhighest amount of fine Niagara-on-the-Lake’s proximity the-Lake and have never looked back! restaurants and food producers to Oakville and Toronto makes it per capita. The Town also has four museums, easy to visit friends and for Murray to handle many public parks and playgrounds, 16 churches periodic business meetings. Even accessing the and six public and private art galleries for a start. U.S. border is just a 15 minute trip. There’s a new community centre near the “It’s a simpler life,” said Murray. “I certainly couple’s home that houses a banquet hall, don’t miss the traffic and congestion of the city conference rooms, a cafe, a public library and an and yet the GTA is only an hour’s drive away. You athletic fitness centre. Right across the street from can be as busy or as quiet as you wish. With all The Village, the Jackson-Triggs amphitheatre that the community has to offer, we never lack for offers a variety of top-flight summer musical interesting things to do! The quality of life here is concerts. And the Music Niagara summer music unsurpassed.”

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OAKVILLE INFINITI presents

LailaBiali Thursday, June 19th at 8:00pm Award-winning Canadian Jazz pianist and vocalist Laila Biali has been garnering not only national attention, but worldwide recognition for her music, which has been performed at prestigious venues spanning four continents including the North Sea Jazz Festival, Tokyo’s Cotton Club, Peru’s El Festival Internacional de Lima, and Carnegie Hall in New York City. She has toured with Grammy awardwinners Chris Botti, Paula Cole and Suzanne Vega and recorded with and supported pop icon Sting. Laila takes the best of pop, rock, classical and soul, informs it with her knowledge of Jazz and weaves it all into her musical arrangements. Her latest studio recording Tracing Light received a JUNO nomination for ‘2011 Best Vocal Jazz Album of the Year’ and her most recent release Live in Concert, recorded live in February 2012 in front of a gracious audience at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, Canada, captures the spirit of live performance so essential to Jazz. Live in Concert was added in rotation at 73 radio stations in North America. Critics have called Laila a “keyboard virtuoso” (Toronto Star) with “a voice that makes the listener shudder” (Montreal Gazette), celebrating her “bold musical ventures, youthful funkiness, ingenuity, verve and depth” (Ottawa Citizen) and her “ability to meld traditional jazz with contemporary pop so effortlessly that neither style seems out of place on the same record” (Spinner Magazine). Her accolades include ‘SOCAN Composer of the Year’ and ‘Keyboardist of the Year’ at Canada’s National Jazz Awards. As an educator, Laila has been on faculty at Stanford University’s renowned summer jazz workshop. She is also a member of the all-female, New York-based neoClassical quartet Rose & The Nightingale whose members have toured with Grammy awardwinner Esperanza Spalding. She currently splits her time between Toronto and New York City. “It is the ultimate task given to the musician, whether as singer or instrumentalist, to create a unique signature or fingerprint that is instantly recognizable as their own. What is surprising and delightful in Laila Biali is that both as vocalist and pianist she accomplishes this with equal aplomb. She is an exciting and unique talent, and I admire her greatly.” ~ Sting

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The Oakville Community Foundation Making it possible for individuals, families and corporations to give back to the community now, and leave a legacy for the future. to ensure your contribution continues to give, year after year. Your investment becomes an endowment; a legacy of giving that goes beyond the initial gift. For nearly 20 years, The Foundation has enjoyed a reputation of community leadership and effectiveness. Because we grant to and work closely with so many charitable organizations, we understand the most current needs, trends and aspirations of this community. We also understand what’s important to you and your family or organization – the ability to give back and make a difference – today, tomorrow, and for the future.

What is the Oakville Community Foundation? The Foundation is a conduit between the passions of philanthropic families and the needs of the community. As a registered charity, The Foundation is one of the largest members of a national network of over 190 Canadian community foundations. We support individuals, families and corporations who come from all walks of life, economic backgrounds and charitable interests but they have one thing in common – a desire to make a difference today and leave a legacy tomorrow for Oakville. Most of us care about our homes, our communities, the places we have lived, played, worked, and raised a family. Many of us want to find a way to give back to these places. At The Foundation, we’ve been making it possible for individuals, families and corporations to give back to the community now, and leave a legacy for the future. We work with you to set up an endowment fund – a kind of savings account dedicated to philanthropy. We help you put aside money that will be used for the charity or project of your choice. Since 1994, we’ve been connecting all types of people and organizations with causes that truly matter to them.

How you can make a difference The Foundation offers a simple, collaborative and enduring means to support your community and charitable organizations. One way is simply through a contribution of $20 to $2,500 wherein the monies received will be used where needed in the community such as your local hospital or food bank. With donations over $2,500, you are considered a Fundholder. We would work with you to set up a Fund such as a Donor-Advised, Field-of-Interest, In Memoriam and Designated Fund. Our role is to make it easier for you to have an impact on the needs of our community and those causes that mean the most to you. For more information on how to establish a Fund or make a contribution to The Foundation, visit our website theocf.org or call 905.844.3562. We’d be pleased to explain more about the various gifts and ways to give forever to your community.

Why partner with the Oakville Community Foundation The advantage of philanthropic giving through the Oakville Community Foundation is that the funds are invested and managed by professionals

478 Morden Road, Suite 204, Oakville ON L6K 3W4 T: 905.844.3562 E: info@theocf.org

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Celebrating Performing Arts in Oakville

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LIVE! At The Oakville Centre January to June 2014  

Program for patrons of The Oakville Centre For The Performing Arts in Oakville Ontario Canada. January to June 2014. Big Names. Small Theat...

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