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Oakville Centre

Oakville Centre



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

The Oakville Centre and the Town of Oakville place a high priority on accessibility to the public. We are constantly striving to meet the needs of our customers.

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

Patrons requiring wheelchair or accessible seating arrangements are asked to call the box office at 905-815-2021 or e-mail us at boxoffice@oakville.ca. Our box office staff will be happy to book accessible seating and answer any questions you may have regarding accessibility at the Oakville Centre.

Cell phones and other electronic devices should be muted and not used while in the theatre. Photography and recording devices are strictly prohibited inside the theatre.

Accessible features include curb cuts at sidewalks and a ramp to the entrance of the theatre on Navy and Church street approach. Our main entrance doors are equipped with electronic openers and the auditorium offers handrails.

Food is not permitted in the theatre. Beverages, such as water and soft drinks in clear plastic bottles are permitted and alcohol will be permitted during designated performances. Please refrain from unwrap-ping candy during the performance.

The Oakville Centre does have some accessibility challenges due to its design and age. The theatre does not have an elevator. The theatre’s seating area of 17 rows has a steep incline. There is one barrier free washroom on the main level in the lobby. Due to fire regulations and for the safety of patrons, wheelchair and walker seating is located in Row S.

Latecomers and re-entries will be seated at a suitable break determined by the production. You may be asked to wait in the lobby. 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. Group bookings are available for 10 or more. Please contact 905-338-4161, ext. 3204. All ticket sales are final.

The Oakville Centre offers a Sennheiser assistive hearing system, free of charge. Patrons can access the headset by requesting the equipment at the lobby bar on their arrival.

For box office hours, parking locations and other inquiries visit www.oakvillecentre.ca or call the box office at 905-815-2021.

One accessible parking spot is available on Navy Street and two spots in the Church Street parking lot. These spots are best suited for those attending performances in the Main Auditorium. Accessible parking spots on the lower level, at the back of the theatre would only be suitable for those attending an event in the Studio Theatre. For additional accessible parking spots, please refer to the map on page 4.

The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts is a division of the Recreation and Culture Department of the Town of Oakville. We are located at 130 Navy Street, at the corner of Navy and Lakeshore Road East in downtown Oakville, Ontario. For directions to the theatre, please see page 4.


Dear Patron, Thank you for joining us at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts. Whether you are here for the first time, or you’ve experienced performances at our venue many times over the last 38 years, I would like to welcome you. I am very pleased to announce the second half of our 2014/15 season. The line-up of performances includes some extraordinary and inspiring Canadian and internationally acclaimed musicians, famously funny comedians and artists from a variety of genres – pop, rock, jazz, world music and dance. As you know, Oakville is a culturally vibrant town. I am always impressed with the breadth of talent and creativity presented by the artists and performers that come through our doors to share their work. Beyond the shows that the Oakville Centre is presenting this season, I would like to encourage you to explore everything the Oakville Centre has to offer, including performances of theatre, dance, music, and much more; brought to us by partners from the community. Information on these and all performances at the Oakville Centre can be found at www.oakvillecentre.ca. Earlier this year, the Oakville Centre underwent a few enhancements to make your experience with us a more enjoyable one. First, we refreshed our lobby washrooms for your improved comfort. We also installed a new d&b audiotechnik sound system that has been designed specifically for the Oakville Centre to deliver outstanding sound quality and an improved concert experience for you. d&b is regarded as one of the leading companies in sound reinforcement systems because of their use of technological developments, system integration principles, quality of construction and standards of service. We hope these changes sound good to you! The Downtown Cultural Hub continues to make good progress as Council moves the Downtown Plan into its next phase. Town staff will continue to define the cultural facilities and outdoor programmable spaces and take them through evaluation criteria to present options to Council in 2015. For more information on the Downtown Plan, visit oakville.ca. The Oakville Centre strives to be the focal point for the performing arts in the town of Oakville. I hope that the 2014-2015 Winter/Spring season provides memorable experiences for you and for those you attend with. We look forward to seeing you at the Centre.

Robin Howarth Manager, Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts


The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts would like to thank

The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts would like to thank the



for ongoing programming support.

for ongoing programming support.



Oakville Centre DIRECTIONS & PARKING From the QEW or 401, exit at Trafalgar Road (Hwy. 3), drive south to Lakeshore Road, turn right and park in any of the more than 2,800 parking spots in Downtown Oakville.

To park behind the Oakville Centre, continue along Lakeshore to Navy Street, turn left on Navy then make your first right on Water Street and follow it along the river.

Municipal Parking Lots

Accessible Parking Spots

Street Parking Lot

The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts 130 Navy Street, Oakville, ON L6J 2Z4 Tel: 905-815-2021 or 1-888-489-7784 www.oakvillecentre.ca



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The Nutcracker: An Oakville Family Tradition for over 30 Years


Experience the magic of the Nutcracker this holiday season with the Oakville Ballet’s elaborate full length production. Join Clara, her Nutcracker and the magician Drosselmeyer in this traditional festive tale for the whole family. In a world of elegance, The Nutcracker brings to life the eternally popular Tchaikowsky score following Clara’s whimsical tour through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets.


Get your tickets early – don’t miss your chance to be part of this family tradition! Performance dates and times: Friday:

November 28 7:30pm Saturday: November 29 and December 06 2:00pm and 7:00pm Sunday: November 30 and December 07 1:00pm and 5:00pm For tickets call: 905-815-2021 Online booking: www.oakvillecentre.ca www.oakvilleballet.com

JOHN McDERMOTT A Family Christmas

Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts December 4th, 7:30pm

A portion of the ticket sales will benefit the following hospice organizations: IAN ANDERSON HOUSE, OAKVILLE HEIDI MURRAY-HARRIGAN www.ianandersonhouse.com McNALLY HOUSE, GRIMSBY PAMELA BLACKWOOD www.mcnallyhousehospice.com HEART HOUSE HOSPICE, MISSISSAUGA LISA HOEKSTRA info@hearthousehospice.com

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14th, 2014 at 1:30 & 4:00pm at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts with Special Guests The Oakville Children’s Choir




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After Show Artist Chats The After Show Artist Chat is your opportunity to learn more about the artist’s background, their interpretation of the work or what makes them tick. With the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage we are pleased to announce a series of complimentary After Show Artist Chats with a moderated discussion between the artist(s) and a featured guest moderator. These informal discussions around the creative process will be hosted by Paradiso Restaurant (unless noted otherwise), right across the street from the theatre. Each chat will start a few minutes after the show at Paradiso and run for no longer than 30 minutes. Tickets for the After Show Artist Chats are available on November 10, 2014, the first day of public ticket sales. There is a limit of four tickets per purchaser.

On the cover: JAKE SHIMABUKURO March 5

In this issue . . . Family Series. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nov 16 to May 6 Daryl Stuermer of Genesis . . . . . . . . . . January 22 Johannes Linstead . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . January 24 Yellowjackets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . January 29 Veterans of Saturday Night Live . . . . . February 20 Don Amero . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . February 21 Bettye Lavette . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . February 21 Been a Long Time Comin’ . . . . . . . . . . February 26 Great Lake Swimmers. . . . . . . . . . . . . February 27 CAL: CCR Chronicles. . . . . . . . . . . . . . February 28 Jann Arden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . March 2 Jake Shimabukuro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . March 5 The Dining Room (Soulpepper) . . . . . . . March 12 Alan Parsons Live Project. . . . . . . . March 13 & 14 Alysha Brilla. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . March 28 CAL: Eagles Greatest Hits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April 9 Rob Tardik. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April 18 Tompkinsville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April 23 Les Ballet Jazz de Montréal . . . . . . . . . . . April 30 Comedy Aces. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 8 CAL: Purple Rain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 27

DARYL STUERMER BAND Thursday January 22

In The Studio Theatre: DON AMERO Saturday February 21 ALYSHA BRILLA Saturday March 28 ROB TARDIK Saturday April 18

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COMEDY ACES Friday May 8 CAL: PURPLE RAIN Saturday June 27


It’s All Abo The OAKVILLE NISSAN FAMILY SERIES at WILD KRATTS – LIVE! Sunday, January 4, 2015 • 1 p.m. & 4 p.m. • $35** Recommended for ages 4 to 8

FAMOUS PEOPLE PLAYERS Sunday, November 16, 2014 • 1 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. • $20* Recommended for ages 6 and up What you will see is sensational what you don’t see is inspirational. In their 40th year in business, Famous PEOPLE Players defies gravity before your eyes and will have audiences mesmerized. Creatures of every shape and size Rock and Roll as they illuminate through black light and trip the light fantastic! First premiered for Quincy Jones, the master of excitement, and enthralling audiences with Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Famous PEOPLE Players have the power to amaze and the power to inspire.

Wild Kratts – Live! is an all new theatrical stage show based on the hit animated television series Wild Kratts. Martin and Chris Kratt, stars of the Emmy-nominated Wild Kratts step out LIVE ON STAGE to engage the audience in a classic Wild Kratts story. Starting off in their headquarters the “Tortuga”, the Wild Kratts receive a message of an animal in trouble from a member of their worldwide network of Wild Kratts kids. Always ready to help animals that need them, Martin and Chris pull on their Creature Power vest and gloves and are off “to the Creature Rescue!” .

SPOT THE DOG Theatre Terra Saturday, January 10, 2015 • 1 p.m. • $20* Recommended for ages 3 to 6 Together with Spot, toddlers and their parents will have a new adventure in the theatre. Spot will take the audience to the farm of his father Sam, where all the animals are lost. Spot and his friend Helen are going to need the help of the audience to find all the animals and bring them back to the farm. Can everybody recognize the sounds of the animals and help Spot and Helen to find them?

Mike D’Urzo’s MEGA MAGIC Saturday, December 20, 2014 • 1 p.m. & 7 p.m. • $20* Recommended for ages 8 and up Mike D’Urzo is an international award winning magician and mentalist. As the founder and creative director of Mega Magic, he performs in hundreds of shows annually for some of the largest corporations, theatres, theme parks, festivals and television networks across Canada. Mike was the winner of the 2012, 2013 & 2014 “Performer of the Year” award presented by Festivals & Events Ontario. He was nominated for the “Canadian Entertainer of the Year” award by the Canadian Event Industry Awards.


ut Family! The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts JUNIE B JONES Wednesday, May 6, 2015 • 7 p.m. • $20* Recommended for ages 7 and up Watch out world, here comes Junie B Jones, and she’s definitely ready for some new school-year adventures. Follow her escapades in this rollicking, one-of-a-kind musical adventure based on Barbara Park’s wildly popular books.


Tall Stories Theatre Co. Sunday, March 1, 2015 • 1 p.m. • $20* Recommended for ages 4 and up The Gruffalo said that no Gruffalo should ever set foot in the deep dark wood...But one wild and windy night the Gruffalo’s Child ignores her father’s warning and tiptoes out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist...does he?


ROBIN HOOD Visible Fictions Sunday, March 29, 2015 • 1 p.m. • $20* Recommended for ages 7 and up

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In a forest somewhere near you, there is a band of brothers seeking to rid the land of evil and return hope to the poorly treated. They are lean, mean, trained justice fighting machines. Armed with whatever comes their way, nothing is as it seems in this Sherwood Forest, but one thing is for sure . . . no rogue is safe!

TICKETS: 905-815-2021 or OakvilleCentre.ca All prices include taxes and handling fees.

In association with The Munz & Planche Family Fund for the Performing Arts (a fund held within the Oakville Community Foundation).


“Whether playing Genesis tunes or his own compositions, Stuermer effortlessly melded his crisp and muscular lead lines onto the strong melodies and complex arrangements. The music from the evening’s generous set sounded strikingly fresh and vital throughout.” ~ Tom Wilmeth, JazzTimes.com

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Dan Cooper Concert Series


“Reinventing the Genesis Experience” Lead guitarist of Genesis and Phil Collins Band • Thursday, January 22 at 8 p.m. Bursting onto the international music scene in 1975, Daryl Stuermer toured Europe with critically acclaimed jazz violinist Jean-Luc Ponty and went on to record three innovative albums with him. Since becoming lead guitarist and a touring member of the super-group Genesis in 1978, Daryl has toured the world to sold-out crowds with both Genesis and as an original member of Phil Collins band. Stuermer has created the signature lead guitar sound of many Phil Collins mega hits including In the Air Tonight and Easy Lover. Today, he performs with his five piece group, The Daryl Stuermer Band, which truly showcases his unique blend of rock and jazz guitar and continues to expand on over 30 years of musical accomplishments. Between world tours and hit recordings, Daryl has released eight solo albums of original music and covers his favorite Genesis tunes along the way on 2002’s Another Side of Genesis. Keyboardist Kostia Efimov was recognized as a prodigy from age four, and studied classical piano in Soviet Russia during his entire childhood. He continued his passionate interest in music and ultimately graduated from the prestigious St. Petersburg Conservatory. By 1989, he had developed a keen obsession with jazz and pop music and decided to travel from St. Petersburg to Milwaukee, WI to take part in a cultural exchange program. Within two weeks of his first concert at the Milwaukee Art Museum he was offered a recording contract with Narada Records and went on to perform with icons of the American pop music scene. Kostia also composes soundtracks for film and theatre productions and has recorded solo albums including Suite St. Petersburg and 10 Pebbles. He has been performing with Daryl since 1990. His keyboard and synthesizer skills provide the perfect backbone and atmosphere for The Daryl Stuermer Band.

Bassist Eric Hervey has been an integral part of the band since 1995. A professional musician since the age of 16, he’s played in nightclubs and traveled the world with countless bands. Through the years he has recorded and performed with artists such as Peter Noone (Herman’s Hermits), Stacey Hayden (Sherriff) and Ansley Dunbar (Journey). He’s made his mark on every genre of music as a musician, songwriter, arranger, recording engineer and producer. Drummer Alan Arber is well known throughout the Midwest for his live shows with Daryl Stuermer, Mary Karlzen, and many other bands in the Milwaukee and Chicago areas. His talent extends to commercial jingles, recorded CD projects for Hal Leonard Publishing and recording sessions for a number of artists including Willy Porter and Janet Planet. He performed on a “Best Independent Original” Grammy award-winning song in 1990. Alan holds a Masters Degree in Percussion Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Nevada Las Vegas Forrest “Woody” Mankowski has been performing professionally since age 12. Besides singing, he also plays tenor, alto and soprano saxophones, as well as clarinet and flute. Woody’s voice has been recorded on over 500 commercials. You may have heard him on television or radio singing or playing on jingles for clients such as Turner Classic Movies, Simplicity Lawn Mowers and Miller Lite. He has been a featured soloist with The Boston Pops, The Detroit Symphony, and The Seattle Symphony, among several other major U.S. symphonies, as the male lead in The Baseball Music Project. As a freelance instrumentalist, Woody has backed up popular artists such as Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, James Ingram, and Cheap Trick. He has worked in pit orchestras for touring Broadway shows including The Producers, Chicago and Hairspray.

Regular Ticket: $72 | Big Ticket Member: $65 | Big Ticket Plus: $61 All prices include taxes and handling fees. Box Office: 905-815-2021 or www.OakvilleCentre.ca

Presented by The Oakville Centre and the Dan Cooper Group


The Oakville Infiniti Classical & World Artists Series

Johannes Linstead Saturday, January 24 at 8 p.m. named the # 1 jazz festival in the US. Johannes’ legendary concerts have brought the group as far as the Middle-East, performing for royalty in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Together, Johannes and his group set the stage on fire as they let loose a fiesta of Afro-Cuban percussion and Spanish guitar magic. When creating new music, Johannes derives his inspiration from his many travels, from Spain to the Caribbean, from India to the Middle East. Each new land bringing him a wealth of exotic sounds and rhythms to colour his musical pallet. Having developed a love for the tropics, Johannes now calls the Dominican Republic his home away from home. A deeply spiritual person, Johannes is a certified yoga instructor and conducts yoga and music retreats when his touring schedule allows. In 2006, he founded Divine Earth (divineearth.org), a humanitarian organization promoting meditation, yoga, holistic living, and the healing power of music. Johannes states, “I use music as a way to express what words cannot say. Every note contains a part of me and all the love, joy, hope and compassion in my heart. I believe that music has the power to uplift humanity – I see it all the time at every one of my concerts. To be able to bring happiness to so many people is a true blessing.”

From being named Canada’s Guitarist of the Year, to winning six “Best Album” awards, to four top-ten Billboard charting albums, and a JUNO nomination, Johannes Linstead has become recognized internationally as one of the best selling guitarists in the Instrumental and World Music genres. Chances are even if you don’t know the name you’ve heard his music. Johannes’ music has been used in some of the most popular TV shows, such as Californication with David Duchovny, The Following with Kevin Bacon, and Burn Notice. His music was heard around the world a few years ago during the Winter Olympics as part of world champion figure skater Stephane Lambiel’s choreography and recently featured in the hugely popular video game Tropical 4. In 2009, Johannes signed an endorsement deal with the largest musical instrument manufacturer in world, earning him the prestigious title of “Influential Artist” with Yamaha Guitars USA. His group consists of congas, bongos, accordion, bass and Spanish guitars, with each band member lending his own unique charisma, creating a rare on-stage chemistry that moves audiences to their feet, clapping along with the music and occasionally shouting out “ole!”. They perform at many of the top music festival in the US and Canada, including the Catalina Island JazzTrax festival in California, which was

Regular Ticket: $55 | Big Ticket Member: $48 | Big Ticket Plus: $44 All prices include taxes and handling fees. Box Office: 905-815-2021 or www.OakvilleCentre.ca

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“Johannes Linstead is a blazing quick and amazingly lyrical guitarist. There is a sense of joy and affirmation of life that pervades every one of his compositions. Highly recommended.� ~ Vivoscene Magazine


Yellowjackets An evening with the

Thursday, January 29 at 8 p.m. The Oakville Infiniti Classical & World Artists Series

In 1977, Robben Ford assembled a group of veteran session musicians to record his album The Inside Story. The trio of musicians, which included keyboardist Russell Ferrante, bassist Jimmy Haslip and drummer Ricky Lawson, soon discovered a certain chemistry and musical affinity that led to the formation of The Yellowjackets. The band today is Russell Ferrante on keys, Bob Mintzer on sax, William Kennedy on drums and Felix Pastorius on bass. Regular Ticket: $60 | Big Ticket Member: $53 | Big Ticket Plus: $49 All prices include taxes and handling fees. Box Office: 905-815-2021 or www.OakvilleCentre.ca

“For more than two decades, the Yellowjackets have stood on the front lines of jazz, mixing funk, swing, Latin, gospel and blues while earning critical praise, Grammys and an international fan base along the way.� ~ Vivoscene Magazine Presented by The Oakville Centre and Oakville Infiniti


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Friday, February 20 at 8 p.m. • The Oakville Centre Comedy Series This not-to-be-missed hilarious night of standup comedy features Saturday Night Live legends Rob Schneider (Mr. Deeds, Big Daddy), Tim Meadows (The Ladies Man, Mean Girls) and Chris Kattan (Night at the Roxbury, Corky Romano). Regular Ticket: $84 | Big Ticket Member: $77 | Big Ticket Plus: $73 All prices include taxes and handling fees. Box Office: 905-815-2021 or www.OakvilleCentre.ca

Presented by The Oakville Centre


ROB SCHNEIDER The Hot Chick and The Animal. His other film credits include Big Stan, Shark Bait, The Waterboy and Big Daddy. Schneider began writing jokes as a teenager, appearing at local venues. After opening for comedians such as Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld, he made his major network television debut in 1987 on The David Letterman Show. In 1990, Lorne Michaels saw Schneider’s appearance on HBO’s 13th Annual Young Comedians Special and hired him to be a regular on Saturday Night Live. During his four seasons at SNL, Schneider was nominated for three Emmys and a Peabody Award. Schneider is an active supporter of several charities. He founded The Rob Schneider Music Foundation, which helps provide music education for middle school and high school students.

Emmy-nominated actor Rob Schneider, well known for his trademark blend of character and comedic acting, has broadened his focus to include directing, producing and writing. After a nearly 20 year break, Schneider recently made a return to standup. He released his first comedy album Registered Offender to coincide with the tour. Schneider is well known for his longtime relationship with Adam Sandler and Sandler’s production company, Happy Madison. Schneider has starred in several Happy Madison projects, including Bedtime Stories, You Don’t Mess With The Zohan, The Benchwarmers, 50 First Dates, The Longest Yard, Eight Crazy Nights, Little Nicky and Mr. Deeds. Also for Happy Madison, Schneider co-wrote and starred in Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo,

TIM MEADOWS Lorne Michaels asked him to join SNL as a featured player. Nominated for an Emmy as part of the show’s writing team that same month, he made the transition to cast member status two years later. Several years after appearing in a string of films based on Saturday Night Live sketches, including Coneheads and Wayne’s World 2, Meadows was offered his own chance at features. The 2000 release of The Ladies Man gave the eponymous hero Leon Phelps the opportunity to bring his Courvoisier-drinking romantic adviser to the big screen. In 2002, he joined the cast of the sitcom Leap of Faith. Meadows continues to appear in feature films, last seen reprising his role of Malcom in the SNL alumni ensemble Grown Ups 2. Meadows also co-starred in the comedy Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story with John C. Reilly. Other films include Jack and Jill, Benchwarmers, Semi-Pro with Will Farrell and Aliens in the Attic with Kevin Nealon and Ashley Tisdale. He is a regular correspondent on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and The Colbert Report. Some of his other television credits include The Office, The New Adventures of The Old Christine and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

One of the longest-running cast members in the 37-year history of Saturday Night Live, versatile comedian Tim Meadows crafted some of the series’ most memorable characters during his 10 years on the popular late night show. Such characters included Leon Phelps, The Ladies’ Man and Lionel Osbourne, host of the fictional public affairs show, Perspectives, as well as uncanny impressions of OJ Simpson, Ike Turner and Sammy Davis Jr. Meadows also played school principal in the hit comedy Mean Girls and co-starred with Adam Sandler and Chris Rock in the blockbuster comedy Grown Ups. Meadows studied television and radio broadcasting at Wayne State University before performing improvisational comedy at the Soup Kitchen Saloon. In 1985, Meadows relocated to Chicago, where he joined the legendary comedy troupe Second City. During his three-years at Second City, he wrote and starred in productions of The Gods Must Be Lazy, with Chris Farley; It Was Thirty Years Ago Today; and Flag Smoking Permitted in Lobby Only, gaining a loyal following with his sharp comedic talent. In 1991, Meadows achieved the dreams of comics nationwide when producer

CHRIS KATTAN Head and even filmed the pilot episode in Hollywood. However, he was replaced with Joe Rogan for the series. Kattan appeared in a Diet Pepsi MAX commercial during Super Bowl XLII that featured What Is Love and had many actors in the commercial performing the Butabi head bob. In 2009, Kattan starred in the miniseries Bollywood Hero, where he portrays himself and the difficulties he faces after a career as a comic actor, trying to attain leading man status. Kattan appeared in an episode of How I Met Your Mother as a star in a fictional movie within the show. He played himself acting as Jed Mosely, a character based on the main character Ted with an arrogant personality.

Kattan was a member of several improv/sketch comedy troupes, one of them being The Groundlings in Los Angeles. His father was an original member of the troupe. He moved to New York City to work on Saturday Night Live from 1995 to 2003. His recurring characters included Mr. Peepers, Mango, Azrael Abyss, Kyle DeMarco from The DeMarco Brothers, Gay Hitler, Suel Forrester (known for the term “dagitybo”) and, most notably, one half of the Butabi Brothers with fellow SNL cast member Will Ferrell, known for their trademark head-bobbing. Kattan and Ferrell continued the characters in 1998’s A Night at the Roxbury. Kattan was set to host the game show Gameshow In My


Dan Cooper Concert Series

DonAmero Saturday, February 21 at 8:30 p.m. in The Studio Theatre harshness of the world. Don’s desire to take a serious shot at music was ignited with the unexpected success of his debut album – fittingly called Change Your Life. Released in the fall of 2006, it garnered the #1 spot on the National Aboriginal Countdown and received a total of seven nominations for the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards (APCMAs). In February of 2009, Don released his second album Deepening, which saw two more singles climb to #1 on the National Aboriginal Countdown. Deepening also earned him Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards, Male Artist of the Year at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, and two more nominations at the APCMAs. His professionalism and perseverance caught the attention of a local radio host, who bestowed Don with the James Brown Hardest Working Musician Award. While this one was meant to be a joke, in reality, it rings pretty true! His third album, The Long Way Home was released in the fall of 2010. With impeccable production and presentation, The Long Way Home has received great reviews from media and is generating excitement among fans. The countryflavoured first single Right Where I Wanna Be has been featured on radio stations across Canada, and continues to climb the charts. Grateful for his success so far, and eager to see what the future brings, Don’s decision to make music for a living is proving to be a good one. Don is deeply inspired by his life, his family, and his surroundings. That’s why he makes a point of spending as much time as possible at the cabin, canoeing in the wilderness, or traveling with his wife. Because no matter what else is going on, it’s the little things that matter most to him.

Don Amero’s musical style has been likened to John Mayer meets Keith Urban. His four albums (Heart On My Sleeve, The Long Way Home, Deepening, Change Your Life) have generated nine national/international awards, and more than two dozen nominations, including the 2013 JUNOs. He captivates audiences of all ages with powerful and expressive vocals, percussion style guitar play, and engaging storytelling. He is often called upon as a keynote speaker, and to deliver workshops for youth. His story inspires, and his message is one of encouragement, positivity and beauty. He continues to impress wherever he goes. Don remembers it well. It was the day that changed his life. On September 15, 2007, he walked off his job as a hardwood flooring installer and set out to pursue music fulltime. And what a good day that turned out to be! In the past four years, Don has released three albums that generated two national awards and 12 nominations. He has toured the country from coast-to-coast, been invited to play festivals, been asked to perform with symphony accompaniment, and appeared on national television concerts. While a lot has happened for Don in a seemingly short time, in actuality, it was a long road for him to get to where he is today. From the notoriously tough North End of Winnipeg, Don faced his share of adversity growing up. With poverty, gangs, drugs and violence all around, fortunately, his life was tempered by love, support, and faith in a Greater Power. Shaped and molded by his own experiences, Don’s music now carries both the depth of hardship and luminosity of hope. For all who take the time to listen, his message is one of encouragement, positivity and beauty, despite the

Regular Ticket: $44 | Big Ticket Member: $37 | Big Ticket Plus: $33 All prices include taxes and handling fees. Box Office: 905-815-2021 or www.OakvilleCentre.ca

Presented by The Oakville Centre and the Dan Cooper Group


“Since he burst onto the local scene in 2007 with his sweet tenor voice and his beautiful acoustic songs, Don Amero has been called one of its brightest lights.� ~ JOHN KENDLE, Uptown Magazine

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Apple unveils iOS 8 The Biggest Release Since the Launch of the App Store iOS 8 gives users incredible new features, including iCloud Photo Library, allowing you to enjoy your photos and videos more easily across your devices; new Messages features to easily share voice, video or photos with just a swipe; and an entirely new Health app that gives you a clear overview of your health and fitness data all in one place. iOS 8 also includes predictive typing for Apple’s QuickType™ keyboard; Family Sharing, the easiest way to share purchases, photos and calendars within the same household; and iCloud Drive™, so you can store files and access them from anywhere.

ple, the Nike+ apps using NikeFuel will be able to pull in other key HealthKit metrics such as sleep and nutrition to build a custom user profile and improve athletic performance.

QUICKTYPE New predictive typing for Apple’s QuickType keyboard is smarter and more personalized, and intelligently takes context into account, such as who the recipient is and in which app you’re typing. QuickType understands the way you communicate, suggesting favorite phrases, so you can write entire sentences with just a few taps. What the keyboard learns is encrypted on your device and never sent to the cloud.

iCLOUD PHOTO LIBRARY In iOS 8, the Photos app and iCloud Photo Library give you access to all of your photos and videos anytime, anywhere. Your photos are easy to find and are organized consistently across your enabled devices. The Photos app can automatically straighten horizons and with smart editing tools, you can quickly adjust light and color or access individual tools for deeper fine-tuning. With iCloud Photo Library, every adjustment and effect is automatically updated across your devices.

FAMILY SHARING Family Sharing, makes it easier than ever to communicate and share purchases, photos and calendars within the same household. Family members can browse and download each other’s iTunes®, iBooks® or App Store purchases. Parents can create Apple IDs for children, which includes Ask to Buy, requiring parental permission for purchases. Family Sharing automatically keeps everyone connected by creating a shared family photo stream, shared calendar and provides an option for locating family members and their devices.

MESSAGES Conversations in Messages become more immersive with the ability to communicate with just a swipe. Tap to Talk allows you to share your voice and the same simple gesture also works for sharing videos and photos within Messages. Group messaging now gives you the ability to add and remove contacts, leave a conversation and the option to not be disturbed. Users can easily browse through all of the photos and videos within a conversation and share multiple photos and videos at once. You can choose to share your current location from within Messages for an hour, a day or longer.

iCLOUD DRIVE With iCloud Drive, documents of any type can be safely stored, accessed and edited across your devices. Make edits on one device and the most up-to-date version of your documents will be available across all devices, whether an iOS device, Mac®, Windows PC or on www.icloud.com. iCloud Drive brings a whole new level of collaboration between apps, providing seamless access and the ability to work on the same file across multiple apps.

HEALTH The new Health app gathers the information you choose from your various health apps and fitness devices, and provides you with a clear and current overview in one place. iOS 8 offers developers the ability for health and fitness apps to communicate with each other. With your permission, each app can use specific information from other apps to provide a more comprehensive way to manage your health and fitness. For exam-

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Dan Cooper Concert Series

Bettye LaVette Saturday, February 21 at 8 p.m. with special guests THE WALKERVILLES Growing up, Betty Jo Haskins parents sold corn liquor and her living room was oft-times visited by The Soul Stirrers, The Blind Boys of Mississippi, and many other traveling gospel groups of the day. By 16, she decided to change her name to something more dramatic and thus, Betty LaVette was born. At the heart of the Bettye LaVette story, is the notion of creative survival. It is her voice that both announces and ensures that survival; it is her voice that, no matter how dire the circumstances, lets you know that she will not be denied. It is her voice that compels you to listen to every word she says, sings or writes. That voice – rough, tender, sensuous and soaring – is an instrument of inspiration. Known for her covers of popular songs, Lloyd Bradley from BBC Music praised Bettye for her unique approach: “When most other artists do them, they’re cover versions. But when Bettye LaVette does them, they’re interpretations, such is her talent for getting inside a song and extracting a depth of soul and meaning that might even surprise the original artist.” On her second album, the Grammy Award nominated The Scene of the Crime, she transformed country and rock songs written by Willie Nelson, Elton John, and Don Henley, among others, into devastating mini-dramas. In 2008, she performed a critically acclaimed version of Love Reign O’er Me at The Kennedy Center Honors in a tribute to The Who. Bettye had the honor of performing A Change Is Gonna Come with Jon Bon Jovi for President elect Barack Obama on HBO’s telecast of the kick-off 2009 Inaugural Celebratory concert.

Later that year, she shared the stage with Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr at Radio City Music Hall for David Lynch’s Change Begins Within benefit concert. Bettye has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman, The Conan O’Brien Show, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Lopez Tonight, Good Morning America and The Today Show. “Bettye Lavette now rivals Aretha Franklin as this generations most vital soul singer” – The New York Times.

THE WALKERVILLES The Walkervilles have figured out the recipe, you see. The recipe for making music that touches your soul, slaps it around a bit, caresses it, and leaves it wanting more in the best way. It’s no wonder that they are influenced by the genre of music that is aptly named the same: soul. Throw in heavy influences of Motown and Rock and what you’ve got is the unique ability to make a lover out of a fan. Made of three musicians from Windsor, Ontario – Pat Robitaille, Mike Hargreaves and Stefan Cvetkovic seamlessly fit together like a sexy bowtie and a perfect-fitting suit.

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“Fifty years ago the Detroit music scene was in explosive bloom, and LaVette was one of the city’s bright young stars. The diminutive 16-year-old with the commanding voice had just crashed the R&B Top 10 with a saucy boast called My Man – He’s a Lovin’ Man. The talent it showcased predicted an ascendance that would seat Bettye LaVette at the table reserved for immortals.” ~ Ben Edmonds / Detroit Free Press


Paradiso Dance & Drama Series

“Been a long time comin’!” Thursday, February 26 at 8 p.m. • A Pay-What-You-Can Performance rary dance. The company has performed at the Jamaica Dance Umbrella, Dance Immersion Showcase, Canada Dance Festival, Dancing on the Edge Festival (Vancouver), International Association of Blacks in Dance, Vancouver Global Dance Project and Moving Inspiration Dance Festival (Winnipeg).

Join Kashedance and Wind in the Leaves Collective as they present a performance reflecting on the African Diasporic experience in North America through visual art, music, dance and poetry. About KASHEDANCE In a state of constant maturation, KasheDance present works based on revealing humanity through kinetic movement, spirituality and rhythmic vitality. With the use of an emerging dance technique called “kashedantek”, technically versatile in its execution and delivery, movements of traditional and modern dance are fused with ballet to reflect a contemporary synthesis. The Company’s style is explosive, subtle, confronting, virtuosic yet passionate and combines the historic traditions of Africa and the Caribbean in its representation of Diasporic society. “Indeed we all breathe, feel and dance” – this philosophic approach is present in the works of the Company and is coupled with endless possibilities of the dancer’s body in motion. This is the essence behind KasheDance, which aims to give voice to the complexity of the human spirit through contempo-

About WIND IN THE LEAVES Wind In The Leaves engages in seamless choreographic creation of movement with poetic syncretism to develop and perform collaborative work involving diverse artistic disciplines; the outcome is always a unique view into a dialogue amongst artists on contemporary issues. With artists from diverse disciplines and reflective of Canadian society, the collective presents interdisciplinary performances using music, poetry, dance and various forms of visual art – photography, collage, moving images – providing several paths of intersection with the presentation of its artistic content. The collective aims to connect with individuals and communities in a multicultural, multiracial society and a global community.

“Traditional and modern dance from Africa and the Caribbean merge seamlessly with elements of classical ballet in pieces that are fresh and vibrant.” ~ Anya Wassenburg

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GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS Friday, February 27 at 8 p.m. • Dan Cooper Concert Series The Great Exhale was recorded in an abandoned Toronto subway station, down three long flights of stairs where Magoffin and the band had to wait until the wee hours of the morning for the trains to stop overhead before they could hit the record button. “We set up a studio from scratch on the moist florescent-lit oil-coated subway platform of the unused Lower Bay Station. It was bleak. I could not tell if the recording was any good, because our playback system was nearly useless in the echoing, cavernous tunnel. When we finally listened to the results, we were amazed to hear how beautifully the song fit with the other album tracks,” says Magoffin. “Somehow, Great Lake Swimmers sound just like they should no matter what tools they’re using or how far they get from civilization.” Dekker has spent the last decade entrancing listeners with his unforgettable voice and compelling songwriting. Great Lake Swimmers have long been a word-of-mouth favorite in their home country of Canada for whom critical mass was inevitable. They’ve been regarded as a national treasure by the CBC, with Lost Channels (2009) topping the charts at CBC Radio 3 and on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter Chart. In the U.S., Lost Channels debuted at #10 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and was a favorite among influential bloggers and NPR staff. The band has received public endorsements by the likes of Feist, Robert Plant, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams and cyclist Lance Armstrong. The latter two have both raved about the band on their personal websites; the former have handpicked the band to open shows and whole tours. Josh Groban has been known to open his show with a Great Lake Swimmers cover, and the band has shared the stage with such varied artists as Calexico, Sarah Harmer, Bela Fleck & The Sparrow Quartet, Hayden, Sloan, Goldfrapp, and Bill Callahan of Smog. With timeless melodies telling undiscovered stories, Great Lake Swimmers’ New Wild Everywhere maintains an acute respect for the folk tradition, while at the same time transforming it for new listeners everywhere.

New Wild Everywhere is the follow-up to Great Lake Swimmers’ critically acclaimed, Polaris Music Prize shortlisted and Juno nominated 2009 album Lost Channels. Their fifth album in just under a decade, this new collection of 12 tracks reveals a depth and maturity previously only hinted at by lead singer and songwriter Tony Dekker. Featuring the touring band from Lost Channels, New Wild Everywhere thematically picks up where the previous album left off, exploring transcendence in the natural world to describe the universal themes of love, mortality and escape. For a band whose storied location recordings in increasingly out-of-the-way places have brought their output to an almost mythical status, longtime Great Lake Swimmers producer Andy Magoffin was thrilled to be asked to capture the new album in a real studio. Magoffin recalls, “I finally got what I always wanted: Tony Dekker asked me to help his band make a record in a real studio. No extension cords, boat rides, generators, buzzing flies, squirrel noise, missing connectors, furnace cycles, motorcycles, faulty rentals, bad weather or bad headphone mixes to mess things up. We chose to work in Toronto at Revolution Recording, a brand new studio with brand new everything, except for the old stuff which is also brand new. We had access to a great many microphones, instruments, processors and people we would not normally have had the privilege of working with.” “We wanted to try something new, expand our horizons, and flex a bit of the creative muscle we’ve built up through years of touring,” says Dekker. “It came as a bit of a surprise how well we functioned as a band in that environment. We were able to focus completely on the songs, rather than the logistical obstacles of waiting for the boat to dock, or the rain to stop. The folks at Revolution felt like extended family and the studio itself is a real Toronto gem.” However, no Great Lake Swimmers album would be complete without at least one field recording. The song

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OAKVILLE’S FINEST Local, free range & all natural beef, pork and poultry. And the best eggs you’ll ever taste! Marbled Meats specializes in 100% natural, free range and local premium meats, sourced from family farmers. They represent the very best when it comes to Ontario farmers, and continually strive to raise the bar to offer the freshest, healthiest and tastiest products for you and your family to enjoy. Their poultry comes from Fenwood Farms just outside Ancaster. Owner Tom Stasiuk states, matter-of-factly that “it is by far, the best chicken you will ever have.” Vitamins and herbs are used to build their immune system so that no antibiotics are ever used, and the feed consists of a custom blend of natural grains. Each bird is provided with fresh air, clean well water, and lots of space to roam to ensure a true Free Range product.

The second is grass fed, finished on corn and dry aged beef from Norwich. It is a family farmed Limousin cattle, dry aged for a minimum of 14 days to provide a tender, well marbled, and flavourful option. “It is our biggest and most popular supplier offering great variety and value.”

“…very well marbled, extremely tender and full flavoured...We’ve been told by our regulars it’s the best steak the’ve ever had.” “And finally, the most unique beef product we offer is our 100% natural Prime Grade beef – corn and beer finished, dry aged, hybrid breed from Wellington County, providing a very well marbled, extremely tender and full flavoured striploin or rib eye steak. We’ve been told by our regulars it’s the best steak they’ve ever had.” Their 100% natural and grazing pork comes from St. Jacobs. It is a Berkshire Breed providing outstanding tenderness and flavour. It is harvested every Monday, hung on Tuesday, and delivered on Wednesday. Our pork products include pork loin roasts and chops, back ribs, outstanding bacon, and to-die-for sausages. “We also provide a Free Catering Service for our baby back ribs. They are slow cooked to order but do require at least 3 hours notice, resulting in very moist, tender, and fall off the bone ribs.”

“If it’s truly not the best roasted chicken you’ve ever had we will gladly give you twice your money back.” “Our chickens are harvested every Tuesday, air chilled and vacuum packed for delivery to our Oakville location every Wednesday morning – and we always sell out by Sunday! We also offer a Free Roasting Service for the chickens, just let us know what time you would like it ready I’ll make sure that’s when it will be coming out of the oven for you,” says Tom. “If it’s truly not the best roasted chicken you’ve ever had we will gladly give you twice your money back. Try it, you’ll love it!”

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The Oakville Centre CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE Series

CCR CHRONICLE Creedence Clearwater Revival • Saturday, February 28 at 8 p.m.

CCR Chronicle, Vol. 1 contains every one of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s original 19 hit singles – including Proud Mary, Bad Moon Rising, Green River, Down on the Corner, Travelin' Band, Up Around the Band, and Have You Ever Seen the Rain – plus I Heard It Through the Grapevine, which became a hit at the same time this double-record compilation was released. It’s a lean, concise collection that tells you everything you need to know about Creedence. Several of the band’s individual albums are essential, but Chronicle is not only an excellent introduction to the group, it offers definitive proof that the group was one of the definitive singles’ bands of the late ‘60s. Rarely has a greatest hits collection been so well assembled. ~ Review by STEPHEN THOMAS ERLEWINE, AllMusic.com Regular Ticket: $65 | Big Ticket Member: $58 | Big Ticket Plus: $54 All prices include taxes and handling fees. Box Office: 905-815-2021 or www.OakvilleCentre.ca

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.

Presented by The Oakville Centre in association with Data Media


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An Intimate Evening With

JANN ARDEN Monday, March 2 at 8 p.m. • Dan Cooper Concert Series

Jann Arden is a Canadian born, singer, songwriter, broadcaster and author. The much celebrated multi-platinum, award winning artist catapulted onto the Canadian music scene in 1993 with the release of her debut album Time For Merc featuring the hit single, I Would Die For You. A year later with Living Under June, she would have her career break out hit, Insensitive, that would solidify her position in the music world. Arden has released 12 albums with 19 Top 10 singles. Her most recent recording, Everything Almost was released in 2014. With Grammy Award winning producer Bob Rock behind the console, the 11-track disc is considered to be amongst Jann’s finest work – progressive, yet retaining the magic that is distinctly Jann. In her career to date she has received eight Juno Awards, including Female Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year and in 1997 she hosted the Awards ceremony. Arden is also the recipient of 10 SOCAN Awards, four Western Canadian Music Awards, a Much Music Video Award, three Prairie Music Awards and an Alberta Recording Industry Association Award. Jann is the proud recipient of a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame; she is inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, and given the Vantage Women of Originality Award. In 2012, she was awarded the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal and in 2013 was inducted into the Western Canadian Music Alliance Hall of Fame. Whether she is captivating audiences with her heartfelt music, entertaining them with her quick wit or sharing her written word in a boldly honest voice – Jann Arden is a Canadian original – a brilliant multi-dimensional talent. All Tickets: $100 All prices include taxes and handling fees. Box Office: 905-815-2021 or www.OakvilleCentre.ca

“The veteran Canadian artist’s most recent homecoming show was a predictably enjoyable showcase of all that makes her one of this nation’s most likeable and bankable stars, delivering two hours of bonafide, capital “E” entertainment, with song, storytelling, silliness, self-deprecation and good-natured sass for all ages (well, mainly those in the mid two digits).” ~ MIKE BELL, Calgary Herald

Presented by The Oakville Centre and the Dan Cooper Group



Jake ShimabukUro Thursday, March 5 at 8 p.m. • Dan Cooper Concert Series In his young career, ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro has already redefined a heretofore under-the-radar instrument, been declared a musical “hero” by Rolling Stone, won accolades from the disparate likes of Eddie Vedder, Perez Hilton and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, wowed audiences on TV (Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O’Brien), earned comparisons to Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis, and even played in front of the Queen of England. With his new record Grand Ukulele, Shimabukuro’s star may burn even brighter. An ambitious follow-up to 2011’s Peace, Love, Ukulele (which debuted at #1 on the Billboard World Charts), the Hawaiian musician’s new record finds him collaborating with legendary producer/ engineer Alan Parsons, best known for his work on Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, The Beatles’ Abbey Road and his own highly successful solo project. “It was very organic how it happened,” says Shimabukuro (she-ma-boo-koo-row). “He attended a couple of my shows near

where he lives in Santa Barbara and the concert promoter put us in touch. I was stunned. I mean, THE Alan Parsons? We ended up having dinner before the show and he casually mentioned the idea of possibly working together on a project. It was a priceless opportunity I didn’t want to pass up – he’s a genius.” Parsons ended up helping Shimabukuro expand his sound, bringing in a 29-piece orchestra and a big-name rhythm section, including drummer Simon Phillips (The Who, Toto), session superstar bassist Randy Tico and Kip Winger (Winger, Alice Cooper), who helped with the orchestration. “The best thing was that, even with all those people, we recorded everything live with no overdubs,” says Shimabukuro. “It was great, tracking live with an orchestra and a rhythm section. We picked up on each other’s subtle emotional cues – you could feel everyone breathing together. It was like the old days of recording – when everyone tracked together – there’s a certain magic that happens.”

Regular Ticket: $55 | Big Ticket Member: $48 | Big Ticket Plus: $44 All prices include taxes and handling fees. Box Office: 905-815-2021 or www.OakvilleCentre.ca

“Jake is taking the instrument to a place that I can’t see anybody else catching up with.” ~ Eddie Vedder

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OAKVILLE BLUEPRINTING This Kerr Street business is more than first meets the eye. banners, business cards, bound reports, manuals. Small or large quantities. They do it all. And they do it very well. “With the today’s technology, the possibilities are endless both for individuals and corporate clients,” Dan explains, “We can even take your favourite photo or image and turn it into wallpaper – virtually any size!” Now that’s impressive.

When Mike and Pam Monkhouse opened the doors of Oakville Blueprinting in 1976, blueprints were actually blue, photocopiers were black and white, and digital printing was just a concept. Back then, they focussed primarily on the printing and production of blueprints for architects and builders. Today, although they still service that market, they’re definitely way more than just blueprints! For almost 40 years they have grown their family business by continually sourcing new media and new equipment to stay at the forefront of the digital printing and reprographic industry. If the technology is out there, you can bet they have it.

THE NEXT STEP – onpress!

Over the past year, they have opened a new division in Oakville – onpress – providing traditional offset printing on a 4-colour Heildelberg press. “Sometimes you have to take a step back to keep moving forward.” Mike says. PERSONAL SERVICE “Our customers would ask us What hasn’t changed over the last who we would recommend to four decades is their print jobs that were not particucommitment to exceptional, larly cost-effective using today’s hands-on customer service. short-run digital technology.” When you walk into their “Now I can tell them – onpress! business today, you will more We’re on a mission to bring back than likely be greeted by Mike, inspired, traditional print products Jenn, Katie or Dan – the second and at the same time fill a void in generation of Monkhouses. the Oakville area.” They are commited to provide Using established offset printing the personal attention and the techniques, with a mix of vintage one-on-one service you can only and state-of-the-art printing get from a small firm. Whether equipment, their keen eye for it’s turning a family photo into a quality gained from decades of full colour poster, or printing Jenn, Mike, Dan & Katie Monkhouse have carried experience has made this new 50,000 brochures for a corporate on the business their parents started in 1976. They have just been nominated for an OABE Award company a success already. And client, their goal is to exceed (Oakville Awards for Business Excellence). their onpress website has been customer expectations. “One of the most important lessons we learned from designed to help those who are new to the traditional our Dad,” says Katie, “was to treat every customer with offset printing process. “When you visit our onpress website, you’ll see that the same respect. Every job is important.” we’ve taken the time to walk you through the prepress, production and postpress process and we’ve even YOU CAN DO THAT, TOO? The only “problem” Oakville Blueprinting has, is helping created a commonly asked questions area. There’s also a section where you can download templates that are set people get past their name. “I can’t tell you how many times a customer has said to up specifically to help you create files that will result in me, You can do that, too?, comments Jenn. “And when the perfect offset print job.” Sounds good, Mike. There’s no doubt about it. Oakville they find out that we actually can, they’re thrilled!” Full colour posters, brochures, postcards, signs and Blueprinting is “way more than just blueprints.”

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The Oakville Centre presents the Soulpepper production of

TheDiningRoom A play by A. R. Gurney • Directed by Joseph Ziegler Thursday, March 12 at 8 p.m. opportunity to showcase many of our Canadian artists, strengthen partnerships with great companies, and build new relationships with audiences. This is Soulpepper’s first partnership with The Oakville Centre, and we are excited to share the company’s work with you.

If only this furniture could talk, what tales would it tell? A. R. Gurney’s touching comedy weaves together dozens of lives that intertwine over multiple generations around an everyday, ordinary dining room table. Birthday parties, family meals, heartbreaks and first loves, children growing up and their homecoming – the pattern of life’s everyday milestones are mapped out around that vanishing family institution – the dining room. Directed by Soulpepper Founding Artist, Joseph Ziegler, six members of the celebrated Soulpepper ensemble seamlessly portray over 50 memorable characters in a virtuoso theatrical experience, filled with compassionate humour and abundant humanity. Located in Toronto’s Distillery Historic District, Soulpepper is an artistcentred company that celebrates the stories that move us and the artists who tell them. Central to The Dining Room is directed Soulpepper’s identity is by Soulpepper Founding Member, Joseph Ziegler its commitment to being a Civic Theatre – a place of belonging for artists and audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Soulpepper presents vital Canadian interpretations of the classics, and commissions, translates, and develops new work, creating a home for a diverse array of artistic expression across disciplines. We share our work through a variety of platforms, engaging audiences, mentoring youth through outreach programs, and training the next generation of theatre artists through the Soulpepper Academy. Soulpepper’s touring initiatives represent a growing focus to share the company’s work with theatre lovers across the country. It represents an

About the Author ~ A. R. GURNEY PLAYS: Scenes From American Life, Children, The Dining Room, The Middle Ages, Richard Cory, The Golden Age, What I Did Last Summer, The Wayside Motor Inn, Sweet Sue, The Perfect Party, Another Antigone, The Cocktail Hour, Love Letters, The Snow Ball The Dining Room was written by acclaimed author (adapted from his novel), A. R. Gurney The Old Boy, The Fourth Wall, Later Life, A Cheever Evening, Sylvia, Overtime, Let's Do It (a Cole Porter musical), Labor Day, Far East, Darlene And The Guest Lecturer, Ancestral Voices. Opera: wrote libretto for Strawberry Fields, with music by Michael Torke, part of the Central Park Opera trilogy presented by the New York City Opera in the Fall of 1999. Novels: The Gospel According to Joe, Entertaining Strangers, and The Snow Ball. Awards: Drama Desk, N.E.A., Rockefeller Foundation, New England Theatre Conference, Lucille Lortel, American Association of Community Theatres, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Honorary degrees: Williams College and Buffalo State University. Gurney was on the faculty of M.I.T. until 1996. He is the husband of one, father of four, and grandfather of six.

Regular Ticket: $58 | Big Ticket Member: $51 | Big Ticket Plus: $47 All prices include taxes and handling fees. Box Office: 905-815-2021 or www.OakvilleCentre.ca

The Dining Room was first produced Off-Broadway by Playwrights Horizons in 1982. The Dining Room is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York. Photo of Joseph Ziegler by Sandy Nicholson. Photo of Albert Schultz by Sian Richards.


“Soulpepper is not just the best, but also the most necessary theatre company in Toronto.” ~ Toronto Star

“Soulpepper is the most consistently exciting theatre company in Canada…” ~ Post City Magazines

“Soulpepper is integral to Canadian cultural life.” ~ The Walrus

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AlanParsonsLiveProject Friday, March 13 & Saturday, March 14 at 8 p.m. • Dan Cooper Concert Series

orchestral arranger Andrew Powell, Alan dropped the “Project” identity for Alan Parsons - Try Anything Once in 1994. The partnership continued for On Air in 1996 and The Time Machine in 1999. During this time the first incarnation of “Alan Parsons Live Project” toured to sell-out audiences throughout the globe. Following Alan’s relocation to California, a new Live Project band was formed in 2003. Another band reshuffle happened in 2010. The current live band consists of Alan on acoustic guitar, keyboards and vocals, P.J. Olsson on vocals, Manny Foccarazzo on keyboards, Guy Erez on bass, Alastair Greene on guitar, Danny Thompson on Drums, and Todd Cooper on sax, percussion and vocals.

With over 50 million albums sold around the world Alan Parsons quickly established himself as a performing artist alongside his outstanding reputation as a producer and arranger. With hit albums that include Tales of Mystery and Imagination (1976), I Robot (1977), Pyramid (1978), Eve (1979), The Turn of a Friendly Card (1980), Eye in the Sky (1982) and many more, their focus was on very high quality studio sound production. Alan was fortunate enough to work as assistant engineer on the last two albums by The Beatles and after he qualified as a fully-fledged recording engineer, he went on to work with Paul McCartney and The Hollies among many others. But it was his contribution as engineer on Pink Floyd’s classic Dark Side Of The Moon that really got him world attention. That soon led to striking successes as a producer - notably with Pilot’s Magic, John Miles’ Highfly and Music and Steve Harley’s Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me). He also produced the hugely successful Year Of The Cat album with Al Stewart and two albums with American progressive rock band Ambrosia.

The album A Valid Path, Alan’s foray into electronica was released in 2004 and featured Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, The Crystal Method, Shpongle, Uberzone, PJ Olsson and Alan’s son, Jeremy. 2008 saw the reissue of all the Alan Parsons Project albums in expanded form, containing never-before-heard bonus material and a 2CD compilation called The Essential Collection. One of the most familiar Project tracks is Sirius, perhaps best known as the Chicago Bulls theme. It was also used as the walk-on music for The New Orleans Saints at their triumphant Superbowl game in 2010 and at the 2012 European Cup soccer matches. Sirius has also been featured at countless other sporting events and in the movies Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs and Beerfest. Alan has come full circle and is back in his role as producer and engineer both at his own Santa Barbara studio and other studios internationally. Alan produced an album called Grand Ukulele with Jake Shimabukoro, the virtuoso ukulele player, whose YouTube video of While My Guitar Gently Weeps has received over ten million hits! The album contains a

In 1975 he met Eric Woolfson who not only became his manager, but joined forces with Alan as a songwriting and performing partner for what became known as The Alan Parsons Project. The APP’s debut album, Tales Of Mystery And Imagination based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe paved the way for a signing to Clive Davis’ newly launched Arista label and a string of hit albums, namely I Robot (1977), Pyramid (1978), The Turn of a Friendly Card (1980), Eye in the Sky (1982), Ammonia Avenue (1984), Vulture Culture (1985), Stereotomy (1986) and Gaudi (1987). With his long-standing previous APP collaborators, guitarist Ian Bairnson, drummer Stuart Elliott and



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number of orchestral arrangements by Winger frontman, Kip Winger. A collaboration with Steven Wilson as engineer and associate producer resulted in major success including a Top 5 album in Germany in 2013. Another album is in the cards for the autumn of 2014. Alan has received a large number of awards including 11 Grammy nominations, The Les Paul Award in 1995 and The Diva Hall Of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award in Munich, Germany in June 2012. He is in demand as public speaker and was keynote speaker at the 1998 Audio Engineering Society Convention in San Francisco and was the opening speaker at the TEDx Conejo conference in California in April 2012. Alan has two sons, Jeremy and Daniel, from his first marriage - both living in the UK. Alan now lives on an organic avocado ranch in Santa Barbara, California with his wife Lisa and her two daughters, Tabitha and Brittni, three dogs, several cats, chickens, and an 18-hand Clydesdale called Dante.

“What an incredible night of music, executed by some of the highest caliber, top-notch musicians on Planet Earth. Every song was performed to pure perfection!” ~ Kent Kotal Regular Ticket: $115 Big Ticket Member: $110 Big Ticket Plus: $110 All prices include taxes and handling fees.

Box Office: 905-815-2021 www.OakvilleCentre.ca

Presented by The Oakville Centre and the Dan Cooper Group


ALYSHA BRILLA Saturday, March 28 at 8:30 p.m. in The Studio Theatre Dan Cooper Concert Series

2014 Juno nominee Alysha Brilla is a critically acclaimed Tanzanian-Canadian singer, songwriter and producer. Her second full-length album was released in September, 2014. She plays guitar, piano and djembe, creating a unique original soul-folk sound which has been featured on stages internationally. In the summer of 2013, Brilla released her first full-length record,

In My Head, available on iTunes. The music video for her Swahili-infused song, Nobody, won the 2013 Ibiza Music Video Festival Fan Choice Award. Brilla's music has been featured on major network television shows such as King and Degrassi: the Next Generation. She has performed for audiences internationally and been featured on CBC, Global TV and Omni network.

Regular Ticket: $44 | Big Ticket: $37 | Big Ticket Plus: $33 All prices include taxes and handling fees. Box Office: 905-815-2021 or www.OakvilleCentre.ca

Presented by The Oakville Centre and the Dan Cooper Group

“Step aside Torontonians; we got ourselves the next Amy Winehouse.� ~ Music Vice Magazine


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The Oakville Centre CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE Series

EAGLES GREATEST HITS The Eagles • Thursday, April 9 at 8 p.m. On their first four albums, the Eagles were at pains to demonstrate that they were a group of at least near-equals, each getting a share of the songwriting credits and lead vocals. But this compilation drawn from those albums, comprising the group’s nine Top 40 hits plus Desperado, demonstrates that this evenhandedness did not extend to singles – as far as those go, the Eagles belong to Glenn Frey and Don Henley. The tunes are melodic, and the arrangements – full of strummed acoustic guitars over a rock rhythm section often playing a shuffle beat, topped by tenor-dominated harmonies – are immediately engaging. There is also a lyrical consistency to the songs, which often concern romantic uncertainties in an atmosphere soaked in intoxicants. The narrators of the songs usually seem exhausted, if not satiated, and the loping rhythms are appropriate to these impressions. All of which means that, unlike the albums from which they come, these songs make up a collection consistent in mood and identity, which may help explain why their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) works so much better than the band’s previous discs and practically makes them redundant. No wonder it was such a big hit out of the box, topping the charts and becoming the first album ever certified platinum. Still, there must be more to it, since the album wasn't just a big hit, but one of the biggest ever, becoming one of the very few discs to cross the threshold of 20 million copies and competing for the title of best-selling album of all time. There may be no explaining that, really, except to note that this was the pervasive music of the first half of the 1970s, and somehow it never went away. ~ Review by WILLIAM RUHLMANN, AllMusic.com Regular Ticket: $65 | Big Ticket Member: $58 | Big Ticket Plus: $54 All prices include taxes and handling fees. Box Office: 905-815-2021 or www.OakvilleCentre.ca

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.

Presented by The Oakville Centre in association with Data Media


The Oakville Infiniti Classical & World Artists Series

ROBTARDIK Saturday, April 18 at 8:30 p.m. in The Studio Theatre In a career spanning over two decades, Rob Tardik has established himself as an award winning guitarist and contemporary jazz/world instrumental music artist. He has performed at venues all across North America including a recent sold out concert at the prestigious Glenn Gould Theatre in Toronto. Rob enjoyed a stellar release with his 2011/12 CD release Balance, Energy, Laughter, Love (B.E.L.L.) which spawned three U.S Billboard singles two of which went Top 10. Rob was featured on the cover story for the Oct/Nov 2012 issue of Smooth Jazz News Magazine and his single Christmas Morning was Billboard’s most added holiday track that year. B.E.L.L. has also made the top 50 list of 2012 on SmoothJazz.com coming in at #15 and was a top 10 album (#6) for 2011 in Smooth Jazz News magazine. Café Jazz Radio named Rob the #1 Canadian Smooth Jazz Artist for 2011 and B.E.L.L. its #1 CD for 2011 as well, and East meets Wes the #1 single of the year. Rob kicked off summer 2014 with new tour dates and a brand new single RobBop. Rob released his fourth studio CD release Limitless which debuted at the end of summer 2013. His first single One World went to #1 on the charts for three weeks in summer/fall 2013. In 2010, Rob won the prestigious Canadian Smooth Jazz Guitarist of the Year; and held the #1 spot on the U.S. based, Music Choice Contemporary Jazz charts for four weeks in Sept/Oct 2010. Rob is currently on the guitar faculty at Metal Works Institute, the Merriam School of Music and has worked for Roland Canada as a guitar product specialist. Rob also holds diplomas in both recording engineering from TRW and in Media Arts from Humber College. Rob has also been honored being named Mississauga’s 2007 Established Performer of the Year for his musical contributions, an award won previously by Oscar Peterson and Rik Emmett. Regular Ticket: $44 Big Ticket: $37 | Big Ticket Plus: $33 All prices include taxes and handling fees.

Box Office: 905-815-2021 or www.OakvilleCentre.ca

Presented by The Oakville Centre and Oakville Infiniti

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Paradiso Dance & Drama Series

TOMPKINSVILLE A stage play about becoming master of your own destiny By Lindsay Kyte Lyrics/Music by Ian Sherwood & Lindsay Kyte Thursday, April 23 at 8 p.m. • A Pay-What-You-Can Performance A true Canadian story about living dangerously and creating furiously – together. What if someone told you that you could create the life you've always dreamed? Once upon a time, a group of miners did just that. Tompkinsville is the story of a Cape Breton mining town transformed from despondency to independence thanks to a rebel priest's belief we can all become “masters of our own destiny” – with a book in one hand and our neighbour’s hand in the other. It tells the story of Father Jimmy Tompkins, Joe Laben and the Canadian co-operative movement. Ripe with East Coast humour, fierce with the fight for survival and uplifting with faith in fellow man, Tompkinsville features original music naturalistically within its story, played by two musicians side-stage. From rousing strike songs to soft lullabies to toe-tapping Cape Breton ditties, Tompkinsville’s music enhances the journey of Joe Laben on his quest to get a home for his family – a quest that leads him to become more than he ever dreamed he could. Discover what can happen when you realize if you can dream it you can do it. And you can do it – it’s been proven before: Tompkinsville.

LINDSAY KYTE Whether it's travelling to a new country for an assignment, embarking on a new theatre project or just going to the dentist, it seems everywhere Lindsay Kyte goes she finds a story – often in addition to the ones she is there to tell. Though she has made a career as a writer and performer of seeking the heart of others' stories, it seems the stories of her own that she stumbles across are the ones that catch ears and hearts, changing those who hear them. Telling her own stories has found Lindsay shaking Paul McCartney’s hand, having her work read by thousands, carrying a symbol of hope across continents on the lapel of her jacket and appearing on jumbo screens as hundreds wept as she told a tale close to their hearts. In 2007, Lindsay Kyte opened a book and found her Great Uncle Joe and Great Aunt Mary Laben staring determinedly up at her from the page, labelled as pioneers of the co-operative movement. Lindsay's life changed on the spot. It was then that her quest to tell the incredible story of Tompkinsville as a stage play began, leading Lindsay herself on a journey of coincidences, miracles and situations that leave you shaking your head in disbelief.

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Tompkinsville had a first draft reading of select scenes at Festival Antigonish and was further developed when Lindsay got a Masters of Arts at the Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts (LIPA) in England which resulted in a staged public reading in Liverpool. LIPA is founded by Sir Paul McCartney and when she graduated, Sir Paul gave Lindsay her degree himself.




Just over 20 years ago, this not for profit charity called The Community Foundation of Oakville (renamed The Oakville Community Foundation) was established. An initial gift of $355,000 was provided and in just one year The Foundation made an initial grant of $10,000 to the Waterfront stage in Coronation Park. Today The Foundation is able to grant annually to charities over $2 million.

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. They support individuals, families and corporations who come from all walks of life, economic backgrounds and charitable interests that have one thing in common – a desire to make a difference today and leave a legacy tomorrow for Oakville. Vital Grants is just one example of the ways in which The Foundation can and does work together to achieve greater and more sustainable solutions. We all care about our homes, our communities, the places we have lived, played, worked, and raised a family and many of us want to find a way to give back to these places. The Foundation has been making it possible to give back to the community now, and leave a legacy for the future since 1994.


To start The Foundation’s 20th year, they celebrated with the launch of two new initiatives that are aptly tied to a connection with Canada’s Governor General David Johnston, patron of the National Community Foundation movement. He challenged all community foundations, as we approach our country’s 150th birthday in 2017, to imagine our country as it could be – a “smart and caring nation” that holds promise for everyPARTNER WITH THE OAKVILLE one. On June 25th, The Foundation COMMUNITY FOUNDATION. Partners from the YMCA of Oakville , unveiled their Smart & Caring InitiaThe Foundation has enjoyed a Acclaim Health and United Way Oakville. tives: Vital Grants and Vital Loans. reputation for nearly 20 years of Vital Grants aligns a portion of The Foundations’ sus- community leadership and effectiveness. Because they tained granting in order to move beyond “symptomatic grant to and work closely with so many charitable relief” and to achieve “transformational change” in peo- organizations, they understand the most current needs, ple’s lives. It’s the first ever multi year funding The trends and aspirations of this community. They also Foundation has implemented. understand what’s important to individuals, families The first Vital Grant recipient was announced for a and companies – the ability to give back and make a new initiative in Oakville – “Homeward Bound Halton” difference – today, tomorrow, and for the future. (HBH). HBH is a transformational, coordinated service delivery model that uses a unique, innovative model to HOW YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. provide wraparound services to help single mother lead The Foundation offers a simple, collaborative and families. Support includes a fully furnished apartment enduring means to support the community and for up to 4 years, college education, job internships, charitable organizations. Their role is to make it easier fully funded daycare, and career placements. The for individuals, families and corporations to have a Foundation, together with their Fundholders, are positive impact on the needs of their community and funding the college education of the first cohort of 5 those causes that mean the most to them. To learn more women, at a cost of $5,000/woman per year, for three about The Oakville Community Foundation visit years. theocf.org

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Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal

CLOSER KOSMOS HARRY Thursday, April 30 at 8 p.m. • Paradiso Dance & Drama Series CLOSER Set to composer Philip Glass’s Mad Rush, the duet Closer is performed for BJM by the magnetic Céline Cassone and the solid partner, Alexander Hille. Performed and acclaimed on several world stages, Closer is a voluptuous and vibrant exchange, imbued with an intense yet simple sensuality, that of the tension between two bodies. Over the course of twenty minutes, Céline Cassone is carried, pulled and lifted with movements of crystalline beauty and delicacy, rousing the sentiments of the audience, who are transported into the couple’s passionate relationship.

ABOUT Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal


Led by the masterful command of Artistic Director Louis Robitaille, BJM is a repertory company that presents a hybrid form of dance that combines the aesthetics of classical ballet and embraces many other different styles of dance. Very contemporary in its current approach, BJM performances are sexy, explosive, original and accessible, and its superb dancers are widely acclaimed. The term “jazz” in the name refers more to a “jazzing up” of classical ballet rather than a musical or dance style.

In this new work for BJM, the choreographer draws his inspiration from the world we live in, the frenetic pace of everyday urban life. His observations were the trigger for creating choreography inspired by the movements of crowds, moments of agitation, and the hustle and bustle of the city. Andonis Foniadakis searches for a counterbalance, bringing beauty to the fore and turning frenetic movement into a dance that brings people together in a joyous, liberating fashion.

HARRY For this new creation, made-to-measure for the BJM dancers, the Israeli-American choreographer Barak Marshall was inspired by the inner battles we all wage. “Life is a constant struggle,” he says, “in which we are continually faced with conflicts with regard to culture, gender and species.” Between men and women, in particular, compromises must be made to achieve a balance. This piece revolves around the character of Harry, who struggles to overcome forces both physical and existential. Teeming with energy, the work underscores a recurrent theme in human interactions: conflicts and our ability to overcome them.

Regular Ticket: $55 | Big Ticket: $48 | Big Ticket Plus: $44 All prices include taxes and handling fees. Box Office: 905-815-2021 or www.OakvilleCentre.ca

“The tension between the haunting rhythms of the accompanying musical inspiration Mad Rush by Phillip Glass and the new flavours introduced by Millpied to the neoclassical realm worked extremely well. His choreographic touches were intricate and delicate, yet seemed effortless.” ~ ORA BRAFMAN, Jerusalem Post

Presented by The Oakville Centre and Paradiso Restaurant


“...dancing for the pure hell of it, is BJM’s trademark ... the tightly knit band of committed and seemingly inexhaustible dancers emerged as a big Canadian success story.” ~ Dance Magazine


The Oakville Centre Comedy Series


ACES Starring “That Canadian Guy” Glen Foster Friday, May 8 at 8 p.m.

Oakville’s own Glen Foster (“That Canadian Guy”) headlines along with a crew of Canadian comedy top guns. No junior joke jockeys here. Everyone on this squad is a seasoned pro with decades of experience and hundreds of confirmed “kills”. You’ve seen them on shows like Just For Laughs, Comedy Now and The Winnipeg Comedy Festival. Don't miss your chance to see them live. (No F-bombs or graphic sexual material). GLEN FOSTER A veteran of the Canadian comedy scene, Glen has been a popular headliner for over 25 years. His Gemini nominated comedy special That Canadian Guy struck a chord for its hilarious, but dead on portrayal of the conflicted Canadian psyche. After it aired, he received a flood of congratulatory email, much of it along the lines of: “I couldn’t remember your name, but I remembered That Canadian Guy.” Glen’s comedy appeals to those people who appreciate a more intelligent and slightly “edgy” brand of humour. His material is mostly clean and always clever, topical and timely, reflecting his own experiences as well as current events and popular culture. He’s also not afraid to inject his own political and often “politically incorrect” opinions and social commentary. It’s all in good fun though, and his intention is never to shock or offend. Regular Ticket: $48 | Big Ticket: $41 | Big Ticket Plus: $37 All prices include taxes and handling fees. Box Office: 905-815-2021 or www.OakvilleCentre.ca

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The Oakville Centre CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE Series

PurpleRain Prince • Saturday, June 27 at 8 p.m.

Prince designed Purple Rain as the project that would make him a superstar, and, surprisingly, that is exactly what happened. Simultaneously more focused and ambitious than any of his previous records, Purple Rain finds Prince consolidating his funk and R&B roots while moving boldly into pop, rock, and heavy metal with nine superbly crafted songs. Even its best-known songs don't tread conventional territory: the bassless When Doves Cry is an eerie, spare neo-psychedelic masterpiece; Let's Go Crazy is a furious blend of metallic guitars, stonesy riffs, and a hard funk backbeat; the anthemic title track is a majestic ballad filled with brilliant guitar flourishes. Although Prince’s songwriting is at a peak, the presence of the Revolution pulls the music into sharper focus, giving it a tougher, more aggressive edge. And, with the guidance of Wendy and Lisa, Prince pushed heavily into psychedelia, adding swirling strings to the dreamy Take Me With U and the hard rock of Baby I'm a Star. Even with all of his new, but uncompromising, forays into pop, Prince hasn’t abandoned funk, and the robotic jam of Computer Blue and the menacing grind of Darling Nikki are among his finest songs. Taken together, all of the stylistic experiments add up to a stunning statement of purpose that remains one of the most exciting rock & roll albums ever recorded. ~ Review by STEPHEN THOMAS ERLEWINE, AllMusic.com Regular Ticket: $65 | Big Ticket Member: $58 | Big Ticket Plus: $54 All prices include taxes and handling fees. Box Office: 905-815-2021 or www.OakvilleCentre.ca

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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The Oakville Centre Team provide coat check service, operate a licensed bar featuring beer, wine, coffee, soft drinks and light snacks, and then our friendly ushers help you to your seat. As the lights go down, Technical Services start working their magic by providing sound and lighting to create the amazing ambience for the artist and their performance. Finally, we have made room for you to become an even bigger part of our family through our Volunteer program. OCPA volunteers help us to assist audience members during their visit and launch various campaigns in marketing or fundraising. As you can see, it takes a team to bring to you the best in entertainment!

We are dedicated to making your experience with us pleasurable and memorable. From entering the theatre and socializing in the lobby, to enjoying a performance, we are behind the scenes working to enhance your visit. Our team is made up of accomplished professionals working under the guidance of the Manager of the Oakville Centre. The Marketing department works to inform the public about upcoming performances. Through the use of brochures, print ads, radio ads, social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, and our very own e-newsletter “Live�, we strive to reach as many people as possible. The Box Office is your first point of contact as they assist you with your ticket purchase. We can help with seat selection, restaurant choices and even suggest driving routes and parking locations! When you arrive at the theatre, Front of House services takes over. They greet you,

For more information please call or visit: Box Office: 905-815-2021 Administration: 905-338-4161 Web: www.oakvillecentre.ca



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