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The Magazine of the Rose Theatre Brampton

April/May 2014

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drinking alone By Norm Foster • Directed by Danny Harvey

Studio Two, Tickets: $32 7:30 PM • August 15-16, 19-23 2:00 PM • August 16, 23 A man hires an escort to pose as his fiancée in an effort to impress his visiting father. A romantic comedy set in the midst of a dysfunctional family reunion, Drinking Alone is exquisitely crafted and filled with wit and warmth.

you’re a good man, charlie brown By Clark Gesner • Directed by Robert Woodcock Main Stage, Tickets: $37 7:30 PM • August 20-23 2:00 PM • August 23 From bright uncertain morning to hopeful starlit evening, Charlie Brown and the lovable Peanuts gang face challenges in the pursuit of happiness. This charming musical is brimming with hope, humour and jazzy tunes. Fun for the whole family!




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contents The Magazine of the Rose Theatre Brampton


10 CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE Elton John’s Greatest Hits

12 JUST FOR LAUGHS ROAD SHOW “Best of the Fest” Comedy Knockout



Singer, Songwriter and Instrumentalist Extraordinaire

16 GEORGE KOLLER QUARTET National Jazz Award-Winner for Bassist of the Year


The Latest in the Late Nite Catechism Series


Bringing the Best of Broadway

every month 5 Services & Policies 6 Scene @ The Rose 7 In the Gallery


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SERVICES &POLICIES Our Service Commitment

If there is anything we can do to make your experience more enjoyable, please do not hesitate to ask one of our volunteer ushers or staff members for assistance.

Bar Service

Most events at The Rose will include bar service. When this is the case, the bar will be open one hour before showtime and during intermission.

Pre-Order Service

Avoid long lineups at the bar by taking advantage of our pre-order drink service. Purchase drinks before the show.


Please keep electronic devices turned off during the performance. The light from texting is also distracting for other patrons and performers.


Due to allergies and sensitivities, please refrain from wearing perfumes, colognes, or other scented products.


Cameras and recording devices are not allowed in the theatre unless otherwise specified in the pre-show announcement.

Food & Drink

Only bottled water is allowed inside the theatre. Try to unwrap candies or lozenges prior to the performance as the crinkling paper can be distracting.

Arriving Late

Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of Front of House during an appropriate break in the performance.

Babes in Arms

Are not permitted in the theatre, except for certain age-appropriate shows indicated; however, each person – including children – requires a ticket.

Hearing Assistance

Devices may be obtained from the Box Office, free of charge.

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Patrons filled the lobby on March 14 for a festive evening with Celtic Crossroads.

After being called up onstage during the February 26 performance of One Noble Journey, Cardinal Leger student Stephaun (right) had a chance to meet with Mike Wiley, the star of the show, backstage!



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IN THE GALLERY Jeff and Janette Williams | March 3 – May 2 A lifetime in photography as a hobby has now become a vocation in retirement. There is a preponderance of wildlife in our collection as we are fortunate enough to live beside a park in central Brampton, where we have become avid bird-watchers. For our exhibit, we have selected pictures from around Brampton, Welland and Scotland, where we visited recently.

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by Nick Krewen In the 1970s, there was no bigger rock star than Elton John.

Sure, some arguments could be made for later in the decade, when The Bee Gees capitalized on disco fever and dominated the definitive dance-era album with the soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever, but even they didn’t really approach the stratospheric heights to which Reginald Kenneth Dwight had aspired. John, perhaps one of pop music’s most flamboyant showmen at the time with lavish costumes, toweringly high platform shoes and a physical dynamic that saw him leap off the piano with almost daredevil elasticity, maintained gridlock as a top entertainment attraction from about 1972’s Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Only The Piano Player through 1976’s Blue Moves. With the gifted lyricism of partner Bernie Taupin and John’s own almost unnatural knack for churning out radio-friendly melodies, the pouring out of instant No. 1 pop classics was as astonishing as it was impressive. “Your Song,” released in October 1970, a universally beloved, melodically sweet romantic ballad that succeeded due to its heartfelt simplicity, was just the opening salvo. The songs that followed were “Honky Cat,” “Rocket Man,” “Crocodile Rock,” “Daniel,” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” “Bennie and the Jets,” “Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting),” “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me,” “Someone Saved My Life Tonight,” “Island Girl,” “Philadelphia Freedom” and “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word.” When it was written the first time around, about Marilyn



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Monroe, “Candle In The Wind,” from 1973’s classic double album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, wasn’t released as a single. However, when it was updated to reflect a eulogy for the late Princess Diana in 1997, it sold 43 million copies. John was such a hot commodity that even records where he appeared as a duet partner became instant radio hits: John Lennon’s “Whatever Gets You Thru The Night,” Neil Sedaka’s “Bad Blood” and his own “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” with Kiki Dee. And cover songs – those written by other artists? – The Beatles’ “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” and The Who’s “Pinball Wizard” both benefited from Elton’s Midas touch, rocketing to the top of the charts in no time flat. “Elton John is a master songwriter and his partner, Bernie Taupin, is a master storyteller, and the two of them have an almost unprecedented marriage in rock,” notes Craig Martin, leader of the Classic Albums Live (CAL) band that will be performing Elton John’s Greatest Hits in its entirety. The album spent a good half-year topping the Canadian charts following its late 1974 release and has sold over 32 million copies around the world, including the rare million plateau in this country. Even though this was John’s most colourful period in terms of showmanship, don’t expect the CAL band to give you a visual indication of what his show was like. “We never dress up in costumes, ever,” says Martin, whose band averages over 100 dates yearly and has faithfully recreated such memorable platters as Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of The Moon, Led Zeppelin IV, The Doors and many

others for more than a decade. “We’ve done hundreds of performances over the years and dressing up is just not our thing. We’re all about the music and the musicianship. “We should also note that the piano player is not the singer in this show. There are two lead singers and the piano player is completely independent of them.” While eschewing convention, what Martin does promise is a note-for-note, word-for-word rendition of the 47-minute 40-second album, which begs the question … what do they do for the second half of the show? “We take a little break, reconvene, and then come back with more greatest hits stuff – a retrospective of his career with some album deep tracks,” he replies. “We really investigate his discography and put together a solid second set.” Martin didn’t say if he was going to visit Elton John’s music of the ’80s, ’90s, ’00s, or this decade – although the British singer and songwriter’s output over the past 10 years or so hasn’t been quite as prolific – but he figures the fact that he’s still around making music bodes well for a maturing population. “I think it’s great how rock ’n’ roll is allowed to age,” says Martin. “These masters are out there with us still playing – Elton John, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen – they’re all still out there. It’s amazing.”

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by Nick Krewen Veteran Canadian comedian Mike MacDonald is almost his old self again.

It’s been just over a year since he underwent a seven-hour liver transplant after being diagnosed with hepatitis C. “I’m almost back to normal,” he said recently during an early March interview from Vancouver. “I’m a couple of weeks away from my one-year protocol biopsy and everything medically is going good as far as the liver is concerned. So I’m almost back. They say the first year is the roughest.” MacDonald, 59, one of Canadian comedy’s most recognizable personalities, said the ordeal actually made him consider early retirement from stand-up. “There was a good four months right after the transplant where I thought I would never do this again but, thank God, I was wrong. Around August I started getting back onstage. And since August, I think I’ve been onstage at least a hundred times, going anywhere and everywhere that would let me on, you know? I was showing up to a lot of open mics, which always surprises people. Even when I walk in, clubs are going, ‘You want to go on?’ And I say, ‘Yes, I want to go on. I have to practise just like everybody else.’ “But the weird thing is, I couldn’t remember my old act so thank God for all the new stuff I had, because it was the only stuff I could remember.” Blaming “brain fog” from his hospitalization for his lapse in memory, MacDonald says it’s a normal repercussion from transplant surgery. “The weirdest moment was about a month after the transplant,” he recalls. “I fell asleep in my hospital bed with the TV on, and when I woke up it was me on Just For Laughs like 10 years ago. For the life of me, I couldn’t remember a word of what I was saying, and I didn’t think it was funny at all, and I had nightmares about having to take a French immersion course and get a job in Ottawa where I live. It was scary. “I had to go back and review tapes of myself and learn my act again.” The one advantage of his recovery? “I have a bunch of new material,” he chuckles. “Half the act now is new stuff.”


MacDonald is headlining what should be a pretty amusing lineup. Boston-based comedian Robert Kelly is a Comedy Cellar regular and appears frequently on satellite radio’s Opie & Anthony. A past tour mate of Dane Cook, Kelly played Louis CK’s brother during the first season of Louie and has guested on episodes of Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Cristela Alonzo is a comedienne, writer and actress who has appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson and has sold a sitcom based on her life for ABC that’s currently in development. One of Cosmopolitan’s “13 Female Comedians to Watch For In 2014,” Alonzo hails from Texas. Arthur Simeon may originally be from Kampala, Uganda, but the Toronto-based comedian has accumulated a legion of fans through his appearances on the hit CBC radio show The Debaters and as a warm-up act for Russell Peters’ arena tours. Mentored by Peters and Kenny Robinson, Simeon has also appeared on the Just For Laughs HBO Canada TV show Funny As Hell. And of course there’s the very familiar face of MacDonald, who has appeared on Late Show with David Letterman, The Arsenio Hall Show, A&E’s An Evening at The Improv and host of two CBC comedy specials: On Target and My House! My Rules! The most important lesson he’s learned about stand-up? “No matter where you go, no matter what audience is in front of you, there’s going to be one joke that they’re going to stiff you on,” he explains. “And it’s never the same joke. It can be a joke that works half the time, most of the time or all of the time, but it’s guaranteed every show that there’s going to be one joke where they stiff you and while you’re onstage, your brain is asking, ‘How the hell could they stiff me on that one? That one always works!’ “It’s just one of those things – you’ve just got to plow ahead.” One of the more pleasant surprises that MacDonald has experienced lately has been social media. “I can’t believe it, but over the last four months I’ve gotten more work just from Facebook than any agent ever in my entire career,” he laughs. “Thank God the Internet is there and it works.”

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by Marcy Cornblum


Singer/songwriter/instrumentalist Amy Helm was born into music royalty. Her father, Levon Helm, was the drummer/vocalist for the legendary rock

group The Band. Helm’s mother is singer/songwriter and actor Libby Titus Fagen. “I always wanted to sing,” says Helm. “My parents taught me to stay centred on having fun and about serving the music.” She remembers loving to sing in choirs, high school bands and just about anywhere in her small town surroundings of Woodstock, NY. When her parents split up she divided her time. Weekends were spent with her dad and weekdays with her mother, where she attended school in New York City. Helm decided she would study the human mind and went to Madison, WI, to earn a degree in psychology. To gain more confidence in her musical abilities, from 1998 to 2001, she played keyboards with her dad at his Joyous Lake gigs and out on tour. It was her chance to practise singing and become more comfortable onstage, all the while creating her own musical experiences and making her mark in music history. And she certainly did leave those shy times behind to blossom into a powerful, charismatic entertainer who can sing through a range of musical styles, such as traditional gospel, blues standards or her own heartfelt compositions. She is a gifted musician who also plays the mandolin and drums. In 2001, she went on to co-found the roots band Ollabelle. Byron Isaacs, another



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member of Ollabelle, is now part of her touring band, percussion. “I have an incredible band and so enjoy getting to playing bass, acoustic guitar and doing vocals. “We met play with these stellar musicians,” Helm says. on the bandstand playing for tips and drinks,” says Isaacs. Later this year, Helm will release her debut album, which “We hit it off musically right away, performing together was recorded at Levon Helm Studios. “More than half of at a gospel night.” And 13 years later they are the album is original material that I co-wrote with still good friends. What makes Isaacs’ and Byron Isaacs. There are a few covers as well, Helm’s relationship so special is that they including two songs written by one of my write together. “Chemistry between favourite artists – Martha Scanlan,” co-writers is a very rare thing,” says says Helm. Isaacs. The Rose Theatre audience will In 2004, Helm and her dad hear tunes of Helm’s and Isaacs’ such Performing to an audience launched what they named The as “Sky’s Falling,” “Heat Lightning” Midnight Rambles at Levon’s and more new original material. is what allows the music home and studio in Woodstock, The show will include plenty of to come to life … NY. The positive energy, respect classics including The Band’s “It YOUTUBE LOGO SPECS and love for one another turned Makes No Difference,” Bob Dylan’s There’s nothing better! the intimate performances into “Meet Me In The Morning” and Sam - Amy Helm must-see events. In 2007, Helm Cooke’s “Good News.” on light backgrounds “Performing on dark backgrounds was thrilled to co-produce the to an audience is album Dirt Farmer, which featured what allows the music to come to life, standard standard her dad doing songs he learned as a and it is an extraordinary gift to be part gradient bottom main red child. The CD went on to win the Grammy #CD332D of that exchange when you are playing #6E0610 Award for Best Traditional Folk Album. live. There’s nothing better!” says Helm. Issacs describes Helm as “a lightning rod” Isaacs echoes her sentiment. “We give as much onstage. “Amy has great chemistry with white everybody,”white as we can. We keep pushing ourselves to do better. The gradient bottom gradient top says Isaacs. The other members of her touring band are Dan audience gives us such generosity. They are radiating intense #D5D5D2 #CD332D watermark watermark Littleton on guitar and vocals and Dave Berger on drums and excitement and goodwill. It is an amazing rush.”

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by Bill King

It seems bassist/producer/composer George Koller and the vibrant, ever-evolving Toronto music scene were meant for each other.

Koller is one of three bass players who are equally comfortable in a supporting role or the producer’s chair (the others being Roberto Occhipinti and Marc Rodgers). It’s a rarity when the person at the bottom end of the rhythm section takes charge and does it with such class, precision and insight. Koller was born December 9, 1958, in Edmonton, AB, a city well-known for its jazz and pop pedigree. Saxophonist P.J. Perry, guitarist Brian Hughes, pianist Tommy Banks and pop singer Moe Berg round out a rich tradition of front-line talent. “My first jazz listening experiences were rock-jazz groups like Blood Sweat & Tears, Lighthouse, Chicago, which led to Weather Report and others, prompting me to look back into history and learn everything I could about the giants of jazz and blues. I was lucky enough to grow up in Edmonton – the home of many great jazz musicians in the Tommy Banks, Big Miller, P.J. Perry circles. I was able to perform with jazz stars like Sonny Stitt, Eddie Harris, Dizzy Gillespie, Eddie ‘Lockjaw’ Davis and many others while still in my late teens and early 20s,” says Koller. After early training in piano and sightreading, Koller first picked up the electric bass in a music store at age 13. The following week he took on acoustic bass as part of his school’s music program. Iconic Canadian bassist Dave Young made a profound impression on him as someone who could perform equally in classical or jazz and a person who carried with him such poise and enthusiasm for the music. Koller would attend the University of Alberta for classical bass then transferred to Grant MacEwan University for jazz and then was hired as bass professor for a year-long stay after that. For this occasion, Koller brings his quartet, featuring Bob Brough on saxophones, Vito Rezza on drums and Nathalie Kraemer on vocals, while he covers bass, piano and additional vocals. They will perform an assortment of traditional, wellknown songs, blended with some original music, which he says recalls the interaction in Dixieland – in the spirit of group improvisation. Koller has never been one to sharply focus on one style



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of music at the expense of exploring the universe. He’s best known for his work in jazz, free jazz, folk music, world music and world fusion. “I have all kinds of music in my personal collection, maybe more music from India than any other genre. I learn so much from that music, which I try to apply to my jazz style.” Some of his favourite tours – in the dozens crossing Canada – have come playing with the Shuffle Demons and the Holly Cole Christmas concerts. He also has an additional list of concerts he ranks high as a participant. “There was a week with Larry Coryell and Claude Ranger at the East 85th club in Toronto and playing my recent solo concert with 12 different instruments at Musideum in Toronto. Or the time I did performance art creating giant calligraphy paintings while screaming in a microphone as five female vocalists and three drummers played full-out textures behind me at the Rivoli. Those were some highlights but there are highlights every week for me, as I love music completely in all styles.” What’s a perfect day in the life of George Koller? “A perfect day is a coffee, a sunny walk with the dog, a relaxed recording session with people I love … learning a new song, making a few Scrabble moves online, eating fresh fruit, exercising, calling a long-lost friend, going out for dinner with my wife, listening to late-night conspiracy radio and a deep sleep.” Not bad for a guy who lives and breathes music and continues to surprise and engage listeners and fans.

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by Alison Broverman If you’re nostalgic for your Catholic school days, or never went in the first place and want to see what you missed out on, you can attend the theatre around Easter and be reprimanded by a (fake) nun for chewing gum.

Sister’s Easter Catechism is one of seven in the Late Nite Catechism franchise that was started in Chicago in the 1990s by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan and continues to tour all over North America with a variety of performers portraying the amusingly stern “Sister.” Kim Richards, who will be performing the show at The Rose, took her “vows” 13 years ago after seeing a production of the show in San Francisco, where she continues to be based. She read an article that said the show was looking for local performers to take over the long run. “After the first few minutes [of watching the show], I poked my friend and said ‘I can SO do this show!’” she says. “And then at the end of the show, I thought ‘I can’t do this show!’” But her first instinct turned out to be correct – she auditioned and got the part and has since performed one of the seven Late Nite Catechism shows a “couple thousand times” all over Canada and the United States. Richards isn’t a nun, she just plays one onstage. But she was born and raised Catholic, and even has an aunt who is a nun. “She’s the first one I called when I got the job,” Richards says. “The comedy comes out of the shared experience” [of the memory of Catholic school], says Richards. But although the show is very funny, Richards promises that the theology that is expounded throughout is sound. “The theology is very important to me,” she says. Learning it thoroughly was one of the most intimidating aspects of becoming Sister. The show includes a large Q&A component, which was intimidating to Richards at first. “Now it’s one of my favourite parts of the show,” she says. The show itself is quite a bit like attending Catholic school with a nun for a teacher (only more fun, obviously.) As Sister, Richards adopts the persona of a stern Catholic schoolteacher. “I come in admonishing people – you have to show [the audience] who’s in charge,” she says. As in an actual classroom, participation counts – and conscientious “students” are often rewarded with treats and prizes. Indeed, the audience is warned during Act 1 that the second act will feature a test … of course, since this is an evening’s entertainment, the test comes in the form of game show-style games. “It’s amazing how quickly people get into it,” says Richards. The most satisfied – and satisfying, to Richards – audience members are former Catholic school students, whose amusement is tinged with both nostalgia and horror. Richards shares the story of one man, who told her, “I’m having the biggest flashback right now – I’m terrified,” she says. “I just thought, ‘Yes, my work here is done.’” BOX OFFICE: 905.874.2800 19


by Marcy Cornblum

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Ten glorious voices that hail from Australia will perform for Rose Theatre audiences when The Ten Tenors world tour stops in Brampton with their dazzling show, The Best of Broadway. The audience will take a journey through the golden age of Broadway,

including the music of Oklahoma up to Les Miserables. We had the pleasure of getting a candid behind-the-scenes look at what makes The Ten Tenors tick when we talked to Tenor Ben Clark. The group was formed in the mid-1990s for a one-off corporate show in Brisbane, Australia. The audience response was tremendous. “The boys managed to secure gigs up and down the east coast of Australia, then the whole country,” says Clark. In 2002, the international scene took notice when the group made an appearance on the Eurovision Song Contest. After that, they were unstoppable. “We have a very eclectic group of voices. This is great because we can cover a vast array of material,” explains Clark. “Everyone has their strengths, which makes solo allocations all the more easy.” Clark’s favourite moments in the show are when he is performing Queen’s “Somebody to Love” and Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Boxer.” The Ten Tenors take what they do very seriously … but never take themselves too seriously. “Prepare to laugh at Australian humour, maybe cry, but above all else prepare to be entertained.” 20


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The Ten Tenors encourage the audience to sing along and dance. “We feed off the energy the crowd sends off. It’s a two-way street. They feed off our energy too.” Clark is the longest-serving member of the group (six years) and feels that he has a responsibility to lead by example and show the new guys what is expected of them. “Also, I carry on some of the traditions that the group has had for nearly two decades. This group has developed a legacy and it’s important that whoever joins the group in the future knows exactly who and what we are.” There is no jealousy or diva behaviour among these co-workers and friends. “We genuinely care for one another. We support one another 100%.” What’s the secret to their on- and off-stage harmony? “There isn’t that stress of looking over your shoulder every five minutes. You know you have nine guys supporting you every step of the way.” The group has experienced many exciting, unforgettable moments in the years they have been together. “Nothing topped performing on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2010. Meeting Oprah completely took my breath away.” The best part of Clark’s job is, “Travelling the world and being a part of things I never would have dreamed of, such as performing the national anthem for the Toronto Maple Leafs. I’m always amazed at the roar a crowd can create.” There have been occasions when The Ten Tenors’ fans have been a bit out of control. “We have had some wild crowds in South America. We were escorted from the stage by military with guns. It was cool to feel like a Beatle for a little while. I’m going to have some amazing stories to tell my grandkids.” As a kid, Clark was the class clown and attention-seeker.

“My teachers and parents decided one day to put a positive spin on that and made me audition for the school musical, Anything Goes.” He did and loved every minute. Clark went on to do every musical throughout his high school years and then studied music theatre at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. When Clark is not working with the group he lives with his wife and golden retriever at their home in Melbourne. “When I’m home, I’m generally catching up with friends and family. I’m a sports nut so I also try and get to as much local sport as I can.” Clark recently turned his talents to songwriting. He dedicated his first song to famous racehorse Black Caviar. The song was played at Ascot racecourse in June 2012 before the mare was due to run. Audiences can take The Ten Tenors home: on sale in the theatre lobby will be their double CD Double Platinum. “We made this album to illustrate the diversity of the tenor voice. It’s split into two sections; the first is a classical side and the second is a contemporary/rock side. “We are so proud of it.”

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SPONSORS ATN - Asian Television Network • Brampton Downtown Development Corporation Brampton Guardian • Jazz FM 91 • Langlois Financial Services Inc. Prouse Dash & Crouch LLP • Reliance Home Comfort • The New AM 740 & The New Classical 96.3


Lois Rice • Gottfried & Brigitte Schwarzer • TransCanada Corporation


Charles & Lenore Armstrong • Justice Nancy Kastner & Bob Pesant Martin & Barbara McCreath • Anelio & Antonietta Sincovich


Gerry & Anne Bell • Dale & Paul Caverly • Jan De Grijs • Gordon Edgar • Bryan & Barb Held George Elmer Henry • Jim & Joanne Horne • Ursula Hopkins • Stan O’Neil Berry & Chong Psychologists • Jean & Marie Steffler Klaus & Ingrid Sander • The Stephens Family • Ward Funeral Home


Noel & Pamela Folkard • Harry & Karen Lockwood • Grete McQuaid Ruth Murray & Rollie Phillips • Francis Sim and Family • Louise Swinton & Richard Moreal Victor & Stephanie Szumlanski


Eva Andrews • Erika Boelling • Tamara Brickman • Nancy Coste Gregory & Jean De Reske • Barbara East • Harry Mays & Carole Edgar Gail Fielder • Karin A. Henderson • William & Margaret Johnston Martin & Sally-Ann Kerman • Bill & Jean Lawrence • Donald & Anne Marion • Laura Maselli Councillor John Sanderson • Rick & Eileen Soo • Henry & Lucy Verschuren Don & Heidi Wilker • Florence Wilkinson • Jim & Beverly Wilkinson • Elizabeth and Douglas Potts

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Rose Theatre’s presentations and programs provide a great opportunity for sponsorships that contain strong valueadded benefits for corporate partners of various levels.



There is no Business like Show Business for Your Business

The greatest value of the arts is the ability to build bridges across generations and cultures. You have the opportunity to enrich your life, both personally and professionally, by contributing to the impact of arts in your community.

Help Us Keep Raising The Curtain. Call us today to discuss your Sponsorship or Donation Opportunities.

Gaye Storozuk

Coordinator, Advertising & Sponsorships


The Rose is pleased to welcome our Official Vehicle Sponsor

Policaro Automotive Family

L-R, from Policaro: Francesco Policaro and Anthony Poole

Photo Credit: Ken Hay

Rose Theatre Donations

Please consider making a tax-deductible gift to the Rose Theatre Brampton. Your donation brings world-class entertainment to our stage and it also enriches the whole community. We need your support to remain the vibrant community resource so many have come to depend on.

When you give to The Rose, we Benefits of Donating to the Rose Theatre

Rose Donor $50-$99

Friends of The Rose $100-$249

Supporting Level $250-$499

Official tax receipt for the maximum allowable amount under Canada Revenue Agency guidelines

Associate Level $500-$999*

give back!

Save a Seat for someone you love.

A contribution that will honour the theatre lover in your life for years to come.

Home Delivery or Emailing of Odeum Magazine

Reserve your seat now.

Name Recognition in Odeum Magazine

Premium Seats: $1000 Orchestra & Mezzanine Seats: $800 Balcony Seats: $500

Advanced ticket purchase opportunity for the Rose Theatre Presents Season Commemorative Pin Permanent recognition on a Sponsor/Donor Anniversary Plaque Invitation for Two to attend our Sponsor/ Donor Appreciation Reception

*Call for more information on the benefits of gifts above $1000.

Every seat dedication includes a tax receipt, commemorative pin, and brass plaque on the seat of your choice.


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INNOVATION ELEVATED TO AN ART FORM Introducing the All-New 2014 Lexus IS

Northwest Lexus is the official vehicle provider of the Rose Theatre and proud supporter of the William Osler Health System Foundation.

Complete Lexus Price $39,430* Taxes and licensing extra.

HID headlamps • Smart key system with push button start Perforated, heated front seats • Drive mode select

Call 1-877-331-0089 today or visit *Complete Lexus price for a 2014 IS is $39,430. Complete Lexus price includes freight and PDI of $1,995, EHF (tires) of $29, EHF (filters) of $1, A/C tax of $100, and OMVIC fee of $5. Taxes, licence, registration (if applicable) and insurance are extra. Factory order may be required. Offers are subject to change without notice. See Northwest Lexus for full details or visit

2280 Queen Street East, Brampton Minutes from the 407 and Airport Road

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