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

I ISSUE TWO I NOV / DEC 2008

THE COMEDY LOUNGE GOD’S MIDDLE NAME MICHELLE WRIGHT WINTER DANCE PARTY MacHOMER

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HOUSE NOTES THEATRE ETIQUETTE Please be considerate of those in the audience who may have allergies and avoid wearing perfume or cologne. Cell phones, pagers and watches should be turned off and refrain from unwrapping candy during the performance. Food and beverages are not permitted in the theatre, with the exception of plastic bottles of water. In the event of any disturbances, ushers will ask those individuals to leave the auditorium. Cameras, video cameras and recording devices are prohibited inside the theatre. LATECOMERS will be seated at a suitable break in the performance determined by the artist. Patrons who leave the theatre during the performance will also be asked to wait. ACCESSIBILITY 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 installed in our Main Theatre. This service is on a first come first served basis for a fee of $5.00. The devices may be signed out at the bar. BOX OFFICE hours are Monday to Saturday, 11am to 5pm and 2 hours prior to a performance. Tickets may be ordered by phone with a major credit card at 905-815-2021 or toll free at 1-888-489-7784 or online at www.oakvillecentre.ca. BABES IN ARMS are not permitted into the theatre. We welcome children old enough to enjoy the performance. Each person entering the theatre requires a ticket. TICKET EXCHANGES may only be made for another performance of the same event. Exchanges must be made in person at the box office 48 hours prior to the date shown on the original tickets. An exchange fee per ticket will be applied. All exchanges are subject to availability and will not be taken over the telephone. No refunds. PARKING is available along Church Street at several Municipal Lots. Meters located in downtown Oakville are free after 6:00pm, Monday to Saturday and all day Sunday. The Oakville Centre has a Municipal metered parking lot at the rear of the building. To access the main entrance on Navy Street, you will be required to walk up a number of stairs outside the building. There is no entry at the rear of the building for the main theatre. For your convenience, we suggest you give yourself additional time for parking. VOLUNTEERS at The Oakville Centre are members of Front Row Centre. They raise funds to support programs and equipment purchases for the theatre primarily through their coat checking service. FRC meets the first Monday of every month from September to June at 7:00 pm in the theatre lobby.

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I ISSUE TWO I NOV / DEC

On the cover: HOLLY COLE / Dec. 13, 2008

In this issue . . .

THE COMEDY LOUNGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . November 19 SANTEE SMITH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .November 20 SQUID PRECISION DRUMMING . . . . . . November 21 GOD’S MIDDLE NAME . . . . . . . . . . . . . .November 22

MICHELLE WRIGHT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . December 4 CLASSIC ALBUMS: BACK IN BLACK. . . . December 10 WINTER DANCE PARTY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . December 12 HOLLY COLE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . December 13

ONE NIGHT IN HAVANA . . . . . . . . . . . . .December 18 MacHOMER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . December 19 JOHN McDERMOTT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . December 20 MICHAEL BURGESS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . December 21

Design & production by Green Light Graphics Inc. LIVE! at the Oakville Centre is published 4 times during the Big Ticket season – September, November, January and March. We are always interested in your comments and suggestions. Please call 905.469.8095 or email green.light@sympatico.ca.

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I ISSUE THREE I JAN/FEB

On the cover: AILEY II DANCE CO./ Jan. 23, 2009

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LUNCH AT ALLEN’S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . January 21 DANCE PARTY OF NEWFOUNDLAND . . . . January 22 AILEY II DANCE CO. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . January 23 CHIC GAMINE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . January 28 SO MANY DOORS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . January 29 BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY. . . . . . . . . . . . . January 30 AMERICA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . January 31 COMPADRES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . February 20 DHOAD GYPSIES OF RAJASTHAN . . . . . . February 23 MG3: MONTREAL GUITAR TRIO. . . . . . . . February 24 AN EVENING WITH UNCLE VAL . . . . . . . . February 25 EMILIE-CLAIRE BARLOW . . . . . . . . . . . . . .February 27 CLASSIC ALBUMS: BOB MARLEY . . . . . . .February 28

To order tickets, go to www.oakvillecentre.ca or call 1.888.489.7785 or 905.815.2021 locally. To advertise in LIVE! at the Oakville Centre please contact Green Light Graphics Inc. at 905.469.8095. Space is limited. The Oakville Centre reserves the right to approve all potential advertisers. The Oakville Centre is a division of the Recreation and Culture Department of the Town of Oakville.

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A message from

THE THEATRE MANAGER Let’s take a minute and talk about your membership and the current events around us. You’ve seen the value of becoming a Big Ticket member: the advance notice, the access to special offers, the discounts and, just as importantly, being able to enjoy top class performing arts right here in your own community. Many have spoken in our recent study about the transformative power of the arts on you the audience. Take a minute and think about the last performance here that really touched you. Isn’t it time, now more than ever, that you reached out to someone you know and asked them to join you at one of these performances? Maybe someone you know has had to give up the experience of the arts, due to recent circumstances. Can I urge you to introduce them to The Big Ticket? The limits on your memberships are 6 and 12 for Big Ticket and Big Ticket+ respectively. Max out your membership, and save someone else that terrible trek into the city. Share with them the awesome power of being engaged with arts in this wonderful intimate hall and the most livable town in Canada. So enjoy the new program, enjoy the season and don’t forget to say hello to the many patrons and staff who share the same interest as you, being a part of the family at the Oakville Centre.

Ken Coulter, Theatre Manager

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SLEEMAN BREWERIES PRESENTS

THECOMEDYLOUNGE Featuring Jon Dore, Adam Growe & Trevor Boris WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19th at 8:00 pm JON DORE Ottawa-born comedian and host Jon Dore spent three years co-hosting Rogers Television’s Daytime sharpening his skills and received the Impression Award for best on-air personality in 2001. Many of Jon’s hosting skills come from working as a stand-up on the comedy club circuit in Canada. In 2003 Jon took part in the Homegrown Comedy Competition at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal and has since returned to the festival to host the competition the past couple years. Jon has made a name for himself on the hottest program on Canadian TV, CTV’s Canadian Idol, as the former wacky correspondent reporting on the pressures and excitement of the contest. Shortly after, and much to the delight of his fans across the country, Jon was given his own show on The Comedy Network, The Jon Dore Television Show. Jon has also appeared on his own Comedy Now! special and was featured on The A Channel’s comedy special Toronto Laughs. An incredibly talented actor and comedian, Jon has been hailed by TV Guide as one of Canada’s top “rising stars of the future.”

ADAM GROWE An incredibly accomplished comedian, Adam Growe has appeared on CBS’s Star Search, starred in his own Just for Laughs Gala, as well as his own Comedy NOW! special on CTV and The Comedy Network. Adam has also made appearances on CBC’s Comics!, Toronto 1’s, The Toronto Show and Comedy Central’s Premium Blend. He is also a series regular on the YTV television series Monster Warriors, which airs across North America and the U.K. Adam has also made numerous television appearances including CTV’s Shades of Black, CBC’s At The Hotel, and BBC’s political miniseries The State Within. Adam was a featured guest doing a series of comedic election rants on Canada AM and currently hosts and produces for TVO and writes comedy segments for the NHL on TSN. Adam also has extensive radio background, including more than 10 years as a Music DJ. On CBC Radio One his stand-up has been featured on Madly Off In All Directions and Brave New Waves, and he writes and produces humour columns for Definitely Not The Opera.

TREVOR BORIS Trevor Boris has come a long way from the farm he grew up on near Winnipeg. A two-time Canadian Comedy Award Nominee, he has appeared on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, CCTV’s Comedy NOW, LOGO’s One Night Stand Up, and is one of the stars of MuchMusic’s hit show Video On Trial (which he now also produces). Trevor is also currently the 2008 COCA Canadian College and University Comedian of the Year. He has performed at the Cape Town International Comedy Festival in South Africa, the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, the DC Comedy Festival in Washington D.C. and the Vancouver Comedy Festival. Trevor was also the runner-up in the 2006 Great Canadian Laugh Off standup comedy competition, and is the host of the TV series I Now Pronounce You…, currently airing in Canada, Australia, and Israel. Other television appearances include The Family Channel’s The Latest Buzz and TV Tropolis’ TV Made Me Do It.

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HOWELL & ASSOCIATES PRESENTS

SANTEE SMITH “A STORY BEFORE TIME” • THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20th at 8:00 pm Santee Smith is a member of the Mohawk Nation, Turtle Clan from Six Nations of the Grand, Ontario. Santee works as a choreographer, dancer and pottery designer. As an artist, she is committed to sharing traditional and contemporary stories of her indigenous culture. It is her interest in her culture and the cycles of the natural world that are the inspiration and focus of her creative direction. Santee holds a Masters Degree in Dance from York University. Santee attended the National Ballet School of Canada from 1982-1988. She expanded her knowledge of human movement by completing an Honours Degree in Kinesiology at McMaster University in 1994. In 1996, she choreographed, SkyWoman and Three Sisters, for The Gift, a National Film Board documentary. Santee was a part of the Aboriginal Dance Project, Chinook Winds at the Banff Centre for the Arts 1997-2001, as a dancer, choreographer’s assistant and guest artist. Santee performed the leading role of First Woman in BONES: An Aboriginal Dance Opera. In 1997, she performed improvisational dances for the documentary film, See and Hear the World, the Mystic Arts of Tibet and Santee Smith, aired on BRAVOTV. Santee has been a guest teacher for Six Nations Community Youth Outreach Program, and

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Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre, The Iroquoian Indian Museum, NY, York University Dance Department and Red Roots Theatre. Santee’s choreography has been showcased at numerous festivals: Toronto (ImagiNative Media Arts Festival) and in the United States (Iroquois Festival, NY) and Indonesia (JakArt 2002, Canadian Embassy, Kalimantan). Santee’s choreographic work has been highlighted on the Aboriginal People’s Television Network, Seventh Generation and First Nations Arts and Music and Buffalo Tracks. She was a featured artist at the Canadian Heritage National Gathering of Aboriginal Artistic Expression, Dream Weavers in Ottawa 2002 and at National Gathering of Aboriginal People and Tourism in Whistler B.C. 2003. Santee was a featured dancer and choreographer for the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards, 10th Anniversary Special, 2003. Santee has created works for Dancers Dancing (Vancouver), Woodland Cultural Centre and Canadian Children's Dance Theatre. She is actively involved in aboriginal contemporary dance in Canada and the United States having performed and presented her work at the Aboriginal Dance Symposiums in Nova Scotia and Manitoba and at the Red Rhythms Conference at the University of California.


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SQUID THE EVOLUTION

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21st at 8:00 pm Precision Drummers, Squid was founded in fall 2000 by an award-winning group of snare drummers from the Dartmouth Pipe Band Association. They had been exclusively selected for a musical tribute entitled DRUM! which was to be debuted at the Input 2000 media conference in Halifax. With a complement of 8 dancers, 1 bagpiper, and a house band, the response from the international audience was nothing short of legendary. With the realization that precision drumming was something that held mass appeal, 7 of the drummers decided to form their own drum-corps. The first official performance for the newly conceived Precision Drummers, Squid was on the 25th of November 2000, at the Halifax Drumfest. Word of Squid’s unique precision drumming quickly spread and international performances soon followed. After five years of thrilling audiences everywhere, Squid produced and launched their debut theatre production Squid Precision Drumming: The Evolution, a show that is both musically and visually stunning. The Evolution is a giant success and receives standing ovations and rave reviews. Squid currently performs all over North America in festivals of all varieties, school assemblies, corporate settings and musical theatre performances.

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CHRISTMAS IN DOWNTOWN OAKVILLE Nov. 29th to Dec. 21st (weekends) Strolling carollers and festive horse-drawn wagon rides with Santa. “Downtown Oakville cares about the environment and

DO IT GREEN IN DOWNTOWN OAKVILLE unveils the complete conversion of the Holiday Snowflakes. By converting all incandescent lights to LED, we will reduce our hydro consumption by approximately 80%. Thank-you to our business community and sponsors!” Marianne Svarke, Vice Chair & Beautification Chair, Downtown Oakville BIA

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PARADISO BEYOND THE MAINSTREAM PRESENTS

GOD’S MIDDLE NAME In Good Company Theatre • SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22nd at 8:00 pm The central figure, Jennifer, is the mother of the child with autism. A second actor plays the various other characters that interact with her, including her son Nicholas and husband David. The structure of the play is an episodic journey over the course of 10 years, from confusion prior to a life-altering diagnosis, through stages of denial, anger, depression, bargaining and finally acceptance. Along the way are flights of fancy and a great deal of humour, found both in Jennifer’s own approach to the challenge, and in Nic’s perception of the world around him. The title of the play is a reflection of the literal mindedness of many autists. Nic is fascinated with God and seeks answers to the simplest of questions one might ask about any ‘real person’. Jennifer and David humourously provide a last name for God: “Almighty”, but they fail to provide a simple answer to the question of God’s middle name. Through the course of the play variations on the possibilities for God’s middle name creep into the action. At times it is ‘patience’, at others it is ‘punishment’, sometimes ‘love’. By the end of the play, no one is in any doubt as to the ineffable quality that constitutes

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God’s middle name. The image of the game show Jeopardy, as it appears projected at the top of the play and in marketing materials, reflects Nicholas’ overriding fascination with game shows. This fascination is again not unique to Nicholas; the predictable scripting of these shows, the colourful elements, the combinations of numbers and letters make game shows a strong draw for many autists. In many ways Nicholas filters all of his life experiences through a game show format. The play is comprised of nineteen scenes; some naturalistic, some direct audience address; there is a parody of detective fiction and a dance marathon, a meditation on heredity and genes, and five times in the play, Jennifer visits ‘God’s office’ – the rocks at Peggy’s Cove. Here she battles hungry seagulls as she mourns the loss of the dream life she expected, and embraces the more rewarding reality of raising her special child. Written with sensitivity and lightness of touch, the play does not flinch from describing the grief involved in parenting an autistic child, yet the overall sense is one of joy in Nicholas’ accomplishments.


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DAN COOPER PRESENTS

MICHELLE WRIGHT “I’M DREAMING OF A WRIGHT CHRISTMAS” THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4th at 8:00 pm At a point in her career where it’s best for her to call her own shots in terms of settling on the pulse and tone of a recording, Wright’s approach to her latest record, Everything And More, had a lot to do with instinct. “There were times on past recordings where a label wouldn’t let me record certain tunes and they went on to be nominated for Grammy awards. Now as an independent artist I’ve got more say in the whole process. Plus my longtime manager Brian Ferriman reminded me that none of us have a crystal ball. He kept saying that if nothing else, I had to have a good time making this CD”. It was good advice, Michelle went back to using producers Russ Zavitson and Tony Haseldon and found Tony and Russ were adamant about this being “Michelle’s record” and they wanted her to work with songs that represented experiences she best related to. Those variables in the equation helped produce an album that Wright is very proud of and longtime fans will take note of the fact that she continues to evolve and grow as a singer and artist. “I believe we really found the soul of these songs. Tony and Russ really

encouraged me when it came to experimenting with phrasing, dynamics, things like that,” adds the Tennessee resident. Today, Wright is at a stage in her career where there is much to look forward to and much to reflect upon, grateful for the successes she’s enjoyed and the lessons learned. “We all have a lot of talented friends whose dreams have not been fulfilled. It’s just the way it goes sometimes. But, for me, the ride so far has been awesome. My career has taken me to every continent except Antarctica, and I’ve just had so much fun.” And the adventure and fun are anything but over as Wright gets set to introduce fans to the new tunes on Everything And More alongside her catalog of hits. “Am I ready to be on the road? You bet,” smiles Wright as she prepares to add another chapter to what has thus far been one of the most successful stories in Canadian country music history. Everything And More is now available to every computer-friendly soul around the world at Michelle’s website store and at all the usual digital download sites as well.

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PIONEER FAMILY POOLS PRESENTS

AC/DC’s BACK IN BLACK CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE • WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10th at 8:00 pm Imagine that Mick Jagger or Bono or Axl Rose or Eddie Vedder died and their respective bands decided to find a replacement and make another album. What are the chances that they would make not only the bestselling album of their careers, but also the best? That's the trick AC/DC accomplished with Back in Black. Released in August 1980, only half a year after singer Bon Scott fatally choked on his own vomit, hard rock’s second-best-selling album of all time (after Led Zeppelin's fourth) is both fitting tribute and raucous wake. Like much of Def Leppard’s back catalog, Back in Black was produced by Robert “Mutt” Lange. But unlike Def Leppard’s quintessential eighties products Pyromania and Hysteria, the Australian quintet’s follow-up to its 1979 breakthrough Highway to Hell still sounds thoroughly timeless, the essence of unrepentantly simple but savagely crafted hard rock. From the vengeful death knell of Hell’s Bells to the strutting finale of Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution, the rhythms on this album do not relent. Neither does the screeching of Scott's successor, Brian Johnson. Nearly everything is beat and scream, explosion and release. Unleashed while New Wave was reasserting rock as dance music, this monument of clean rock sonics and dirty impulses makes a strong case for headbanging, but a better argument for a full-body party. Brothers Malcolm and Angus Young play their guitars

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in such close tandem that they seem synced by the same churning organism. As chords bang and pummel, bassist Cliff Williams and drummer Phil Rudd drag and push the beat with such steady fluctuations that the result is one continuous, well-oiled throttle. As titles such as You Shook Me All Night Long proclaim, Back in Black is a celebration of thrashing, driving all night long type of partying and sex. Johnson misinterprets Scott’s sass as contempt, just as gangsta rap would turn thug love into something ugly. If Back in Black someday does sound dated, let it be for this sole mistake. BARRY WALTERS Rolling Stone, 2002

Craig Martin is the producer/wearer of many hats behind the Classic Albums Live series. Each concert faithfully recreates an album note for note. Think Beatles and Stones for Classic and Nirvana and Radiohead for Modern Classic. “It’s not a tribute band” Mr. Martin says. “It’s a recital. Like listening to Mozart by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.” Craig hires specific musicians for each show, sometimes up to twenty. He even hired a children’s choir for Pink Floyd’s The Wall.Mr. Martin says he’s only as much of a perfectionist as his audiences. “People are purists. They’re waiting to hear that certain note or squeal”. Classic Albums Live and Modern Classics Live are the ultimate for music lovers!


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DAN COOPER PRESENTS

WINTER DANCE PARTY TOUR of 1959 The Legendary Music of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens & The Big Bopper FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12th at 8:00 pm John Mueller was raised on the electrifying music of Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and of course, Buddy Holly. Playing along to that great old rock and roll with his Sears and Roebuck drum set and Dutch Masters cigar box guitar, a young John Mueller unknowingly began a career that would take him throughout the United States, playing his music and acting for the stage, film and television. John has annually headlined his critically acclaimed Winter Dance Party® show for many years now. Since 1999, this tribute concert has re-created the original tour of 1959 that was tragically to be the last ever for Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. Highlights of the tour over the years have included John being awarded the Key to the City of Green Bay, Wisconsin and performing at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake Iowa, where Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper gave their last performance before their tragic plane crash on February 3, 1959. Other notable performances include the Jerry Lewis Telethon and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. John’s Winter Dance Party concert was filmed live and is now available on DVD. Ray Anthony is one of the most charismatic and engaging performers seen in a long

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time – and he definitely knows how to make an instant connection with his audience! It’s obvious when you witness how Ray can captivate an audience with high energy and dance groove. Add on that he can get a whole audience singing the words to Oh Donna, That’s My Little Susie and Come On, Let’s Go, the icing on the cake will happen when Ray will have you up on your feet smiling, clapping, and dancing during a rousing rendition of La Bamba. And speaking of family members! The third performer on the bill is Jay P. Richardson, paying tribute to his father, the Big Bopper. Yes, Jay is the actual son of the original Big Bopper, and, on stage, goes by the name “Big Bopper Jr.” Jay, who was born 84 days after his father died in the plane crash, is an extremely likeable “cuddly teddy bear” of a man who instantly endears himself to the audience. Jay previously owned a nightclub called “The Little Bopper,” and used to book rock and roll acts but, with his family resemblance and his similar singing style, he was eventually convinced to perform his own tribute to his father. Since then he has performed with a number of rock and roll singers, including Bobby Vee, Freddy Cannon, the Crickets, and the Drifters.


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DAN COOPER PRESENTS

HOLLY COLE CHRISTMAS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13th at 8:00 pm There is intelligence and sophistication to Holly Cole’s singing that sets her apart. She can imbue well-worn standards and eclectic songs with an uncanny combination of sensuality, innocence, originality and sheer musicality. Cole takes tunes everybody thinks they know and discovers new undercurrents in the venerable anthems of contemporary composers, wrapping her honesty, compassion and sardonic wit around their sometimes-fragile creations. The results are sexy, provocative, spellbinding, sometimes dangerous and never, ever dull. “I look at the essence of a song,” muses Holly Cole. “If it’s a great lyric I often love to slow it down, explore it, dissect it and deconstruct it. I love to take it apart and then put it back together and look at it in an entirely different way. In the process, it often becomes more evocative. That’s a huge part of my art form, that’s a huge part of what I do.” Another thing that has become a large part of what she does is Christmas. Like mistletoe and brightly wrapped presents, her Christmas tour is a highlight of her year. She has two Christmas recordings. Her first, the EP Christmas Blues and the full recording Baby its Cold Outside. Beginning with her self-produced Christmas Blues EP in 1989, Cole has charted a career that has included seven albums, six of them gold and platinum, a couple of anthologies, the aforementioned EP, a gold album in Japan for her 1993 album Blame It On My Youth, several television specials and some of the finest vocal work in the world of contemporary pop. Born and raised in the Maritimes, Cole grew up surrounded by music; her parents are classical players, her brother is a composer and jazz artist, her uncle sang and acted on Broadway and her grandfather played C&W accordion. In her youth she listened to everything from Broadway Musicals, Country and Western and Classical to sixties rock and the pop of her generation. In her mid-teens she discovered Nina Simone, Sonny Rollins and Betty Carter and for a long time listened exclusively to jazz. “Jazz is a big influence on my sound but ultimately it’s a fusion of many styles”. Holly’s latest project, her self titled 8th recording was released in late February, 2008 in Canada. The recording is co-produced by Greg Cohen and includes a collection of standards like Charade, Reaching For The Moon, I Will Wait For You and her first self-composed song entitled Larger Than Life. The recording was arranged by Gil Goldstein and was recorded almost entirely in New York City using a nonet of New York’s finest musicians.

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DOWNTOWN OAKVILLE BIA PRESENTS

ONENIGHTINHAVANA THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18th at 8:00 pm One Night In Havana showcases the best of Cuban music over the last 70 years, with songs and rhythms that were famous such as Mambo, Son, Bolero and Cha Cha Cha. This will be a night that allows us to travel in time and enjoy the very best of Cuban music, song and dance that were performed by artists such as Nat King Cole and others in their era. This showcase will be accompanied by choreographed dancers with members of the prestigious ballet of Cuban Television which was founded more than 30 years ago. The dancers will recreate and show us how Cubans in the last 70 years danced to all these famous rhythms, while dressed in costumes from the 1950s to present.

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Orchestra Havana Old Stars, consists of 8 musicians and 3 singers and was founded in 2000 during the Adolfo Guzman Festival – the most important ever hosted on Cuban television. Since then, the Orchestra Havana Old Stars have performed in the most exclusive clubs in Cuba and Europe. In Havana, they perform in the famous National Hotel in club Compay Segundo. In this club, the members of the Buena Vista Social Club perform with this renowned orchestra frequently. In 2004, they won the prestigious National Disc Award, Cubadisco, and are considered to be one of the best orchestras that perform traditional Cuban music on the entire island.


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CHEF CRAIG’S

TEQUILA CURED SALMON

In celebrating the hot sounds of Cuba, Rude Native chef Craig Nazareth relies on his experience in producing a dish geared to warm you up. Chef and owner of the Oakville Rude Native Bistro started his culinary career in Vancouver, where he attended the prestigious Pacific Institue of Culinary Arts. During his time in Vancouver he made a name for himself working at some of the hottest restaurants. After being there for 3 years he decided to move home to Toronto in search of a job that would be a good fit for his talents. During this search he stumbled upon The Rude Native in Burlington where he started working as their Sous Chef. He quickly became the Chef and worked in all 5 locations (Burlington, Oakville, Bronte, Millcroft, and Waterloo) during his 4 years with the company. In 2005, he had the opportunity to move to Nevis in the West Indies which he could not resist. While in Nevis he worked at the award-winning Four Seasons resort where he was fortunate to work with chefs from all around the globe. Upon returning home in 2006, he was presented with the opportunity to purchase the Oakville Rude Native. Craig has learned a great deal over the past two years as he is very busy balancing both home life and life as a business owner. With a 10 month old son he certainly has his arms full! He enjoys every minute of being a father, husband and business owner and would not change anything for the world. He looks forward to seeing you at the Rude.

Ingredients

Directions

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Mix together sugar and salt. Puree onions, carrots, peppers, lemons, and limes together in a food processor. Combine sugar mixture and puree. Add tequila.

2 cups brown sugar 3 cups salt 1 red onion, peeled & roughly chopped 1 carrot, peeled & roughly chopped 1 red pepper, cored, seeded & roughly chopped 1 green pepper, cored, seeded & roughly chopped 1 yellow pepper, cored, seeded & roughly chopped 1 lemon, cut into 4 wedges 1 lime, cut into 4 wedges 1 cup tequila 1 (4 to 6 pound) salmon fillet 1/2 cup black pepper, freshly ground Serving suggestion: sweet corn cakes (cachapas) or Cuban crackers

Pour half of the mixture into the bottom of a large pan. Coat flesh side of salmon with pepper. Place salmon in the pan (skin side up). Cover salmon with remaining mixture and place another pan on top with plenty of weight. Refrigerate for 2 days. To serve, slice thinly and place on top of sweet corn cakes, Cachapas or Cuban crackers.

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SLEEMAN BREWERIES PRESENTS

MACHOMER A WYRD PRODUCTION FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19th at 8:00 pm WYRD PRODUCTIONS

BETH KATES

Incorporated in January of 2000, WYRD Productions has been developing of new theatre since 1995. Founded by Rick Miller and Jeff Lord as a company devoted to multidisciplinary artistic creation, it has since evolved into one of Canada’s leading international exporters of culture. Blending theatre and comedy, art and entertainment, music and multimedia, WYRD has produced the award-winning shows MacHomer, Art?, Slightly Bent, Into The Ring (with Dawson Nichols) and Bigger Than Jesus (with Daniel Brooks and Necessary Angel Theatre Company), and HardSell (with Daniel Brooks). MacHomer has toured for over 10 years and over half a million people in 150 cities worldwide. Also on tour is the DORA award-winning Bigger Than Jesus, performed in 4 languages.

Production/Stage Manager, Designer

SEAN LYNCH, Director Since graduating from Concordia University, Sean has spent over a decade directing a diverse range of projects in theatre, dance, video and multimedia. Through his multidisciplinary company, Red Star 18, Sean develops the majority of his work in Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal. His vision is inspired through movement, sound, technology and the absurdity of life. Sean has had a brilliant time working with Rick on continuing to explore the many possibilities!

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Beth has worked as a Lighting, Set and Projection Designer, and Stage Manager in rock and roll, dance, theatre, and opera across Canada, the U.S., New Zealand and Australia. Career highlights include Stage Manager for Evita (NZ Tour); Asst. Lighting Designer for: Geometry of Miracles (Robert Lepage/Ex Machina), and Uncle Vanya (Soulpepper); Set and Projection Designer for The Backyardigans (Koba/Nelvana); Set and Costumes for All The World (Geordie Prod.); Lighting Design for Spurt of Blood and Miinigoowezewin (Banff Arts Festival), Anaconda (Tangent Montreal), the Dora Award-winning Music For Contortionist (Tarragon/Shaw Festival), and numerous works by award winning choreographer Learie McNicols. In addition to designing Slightly Bent, MacHomer, Into The Ring and Bigger Than Jesus for WYRD Productions, Beth tours with the productions and has been WYRD’s resident Designer and Stage Manager since 1999. Her work on Bigger Than Jesus earned her (along with hubby Ben Chaisson) two 2005 Dora Award nominations and the 2005 Dora Award for “Outstanding Lighting Design”. She is currently working with Ben, Rick and Daniel Brooks on the new production Hard Sell, along with taking many photos in lovely cities around the world.


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RICK MILLER Creator and Performer Rick Miller trained in Montreal as an architect, actor, and singer, and has performed in five languages on five continents. As the Artistic Director of WYRD Productions, he has created and performed the award-winning solo shows Art?, Slightly Bent, and the worldwide hit MacHomer. He has also co-created Into the Ring with Dawson Nichols, and both HardSell and Bigger Than Jesus and with Daniel Brooks: the latter won 3 DORA awards in 2005 including Best Actor. Bigger Than Jesus has been performed in English, French, Italian and German, and a feature film is currently in development. Rick has worked extensively with internationally renowned director Robert Lepage, on such plays as La Géométrie des Miracles, Zulu Time (co-created with Peter Gabriel), the film Possible Worlds, and the new 9-hour play entitled Lipsynch. Rick hosts ABC’s primetime hit TV series, Just for Laughs. He lives in Toronto with his wife Stephanie Baptist and their daughters Vivian and Ellen. www.rickmiller.ca

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The perfect evening... The Oakville Centre presents, new this season, from the tastiest kitchens in Oakville, the Oakville Centre Dinner/Theatre extravaganza! Choose from any of these great Downtown Oakville restaurants: Paradiso, Ristorante Julia or The Rude Native and you will receive: • A special pre-theatre three course meal including choice of appetizer, main entrée and dessert plus tea or coffee • Impeccable and fast service to get you to the theatre on time • A great chance to entertain friends or give the perfect gift! For one low price of $45 per person (including taxes) you will receive a gift certificate for a special pre-theatre menu at one of these fine restaurants. Share with friends or package with an Oakville Centre gift certificate and you have the perfect evening planned and paid for! All you have to do is call our Box Office at 905-815-2021 to purchase the Oakville Centre Dinner/Theatre Gift Certificate. Then call ahead and make reservations to the restaurant of your choice and let the fun begin! (Alcohol and gratuities are not included.)

PARADISO 125 Lakeshore Road East Downtown Oakville Phone: 905-338-1594

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RISTORANTE JULIA 312 Lakeshore Road East Downtown Oakville Phone: 905-844-7401

THE RUDE NATIVE 142 Lakeshore Road East Downtown Oakville Phone: 905-844-3334


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Thankyou

from the OAKVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA www.oakville symphony.com

The Oakville Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 41st Anniversary and its 3rd straight sold-out concert season. The Board of Directors extends its deepest gratitude to the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts for its care and attention to both performing musicians and audience participants. We are extremely grateful to the Jones Family for the establishment of the Janet Jones Young Artist Fund and its gift to the OSO Endowment Fund in memory of Janet, long-time OSO board member and founding musician. Thanks to the Jones Family and other generous donors, each year the OSO invites four young musicians to perform with the orchestra and presents each with a bursary to help them foster their love for music. The OSO Endowment Fund – helping to achieve long-term sustainability to enhance the cultural prosperity of our community.

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john

DAN COOPER PRESENTS

McDERMOTT with special guest ERIC BOGLE SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20th at 8:00 pm

Legend is not a title John McDermott would readily embrace, but his accomplishments have become legendary in recording industry lore. He calls Toronto and Boston home, but he has also found a home as an international recording star and household name – known as much for his successful musical career as for his commitment to veterans’ causes. “I grew up singing, but I thought everybody grew up singing. My dad and mom introduced us to music early on, and all of the McDermott kids could unleash a verse or two of Scotland The Brave or Green Isle of Erin on command. My song was Danny Boy, and I sang it with pride, because even as a kid I knew what a powerful and emotive song it was...” The ninth of twelve children from a traditional Glasgow Irish family who emigrated from Scotland to Canada in the 1960s, John’s musical roots are equal parts Scottish and Irish. His songs showcase his innate understanding and facility with traditional folk melodies as well as more contemporary stylings. He is a new generation of musical storyteller in the great Celtic tradition – somehow combining the majesty of legendary Irish tenor John McCormack, the lyrical sense of Robbie Burns, the charm of Dean Martin, and the everyman quality of Pete Seeger. Underneath it all is the driving desire to chronicle the many facets of universal human experience.

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DAN COOPER PRESENTS

A MICHAEL BURGESS CHRISTMAS “ANGELS IN THE SNOW” SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21st at 7:30 pm Born in Regina, Saskatchewan and Torontoraised, Mr. Burgess was educated at a private Catholic school and sung liturgy and Gregorian chants as a choir member there. Michael credits the interior quality of that kind of music coupled with his extensive stage experience where songs are a form of extended speech that enable him to interpret each selection into something that touches the listener. He feels strongly about music and emotions being inextricably linked. In his rare instances of relaxation, Mr. Burgess chooses to listen to music that reflects his feelings of the moment. And that could be anything from any musical category, including country or rock. But his defining role in musical theatre will always be Jean Valjean in an all-Canadian production of the Cameron Mackintosh/Ed and David Mirvish “Les Miserables”. He garnered such praise and outstanding reviews that he remained as Valjean for more than 1,000 performances. Now established as an actor who can “go the distance” by winning critical approval and pulling in audiences night after night!

A concert to benefit ROCK - Reach Out Centre for Kids through the support of

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The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts would like to thank

Imagine a romantic Winter Getaway...

CANADIAN HERITAGE for ongoing programming support.

www.pch.gc.ca

...without leaving town!

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