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The Magazine of the Rose Theatre Brampton

Lee Ann


issue 003

january / february 2017

An evening of great country hits!


Concert Favourites

Lee Ann Womack // jan 12, 2017 Tartan Terrors // jan 20, 2017 Fernando Varela // jan 27, 2017 Carl Dixon // feb 3, 2017 The Tea Party // feb 8, 2017 Church and Brown // feb 16, 2017 Vienna Boys Choir // Mar 9, 2017 Tanya Tucker // mar 12, 2017 Glenn Miller Orchestra // mar 22, 2017 Terri Clark // mar 24, 2017 Freddy Vette // APR 13, 2017 Laila Biali // APR 18, 2017 Berg Murphy Northey and Page // APR 28, 2017


for the whole family Piano Chameleons // jan 13, 2017 Battle of the Magicians // jan 19, 2017 Bobs & LoLo // APR 15, 2017 Fred Penner // apr 19, 2017 Immortal Chi // apr 26, 2017

God Save The Queen // FEB 12, 2017 Tribute to the Legends // feb 21, 2017 CAL: Rolling Stones // feb 23, 2017 Wannabe // feb 24, 2017

Laugh out loud

CAL: Jimi Hendrix // apr 12, 2017

Crack Me Up Comedy // feb 4, apr 1 & may 12



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Lorne Elliott // mar 9 - 10, 2017


Ethan RusselL // Jan 25, 2017 Hunks The Show // feb 10, 2017 Rick Mercer // May 5, 2017

Kenny vs Spenny // jan 28 , 2017

Hotel California // Mar 2, 2017 Rock The Rose // may 11, 2017


& Specialty Shows


Tribute to your favourites

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10 Lee Ann Womack >> A Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year 14 Piano Chameleons >> Undisputed masters of improvisation 18 Tartan Terrors >> North Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Premier Celtic Event 20 Ethan RusseLl >> The Best Seat in the House 24 Jarvis Church and Divine Brown >> A Man of many Hats and Identities 26 Tribute to the Legends >> Black History Month Reggae Jam 28 Wannabe >> Spice Girls Tribute Band





City Council

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Regional Councillor Grant Gibson

Regional Councillor Elaine Moore

Regional Councillor Michael Palleschi

Wards 3 and 4

Wards 7 and 8

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Regional Councillor Martin Medeiros

Regional Councillor Gael Miles

Regional Councillor John Sprovieri

Regional Councillors

Mayor Linda Jeffrey

Wards 2 and 6

Wards 3 and 4 Wards 7 and 8 Wards 9 and 10

CITY Councillors The Mayor and members of City Council invite your comments. Telephone

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City Councillor Doug Whillans

City Councillor Jeff Bowman

City Councillor Pat Fortini

City Councillor Gurpreet Dhillon


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The Magazine of the Rose Theatre Brampton

Managing Editor Kelly Stahl


Sofia Stanidis

Art Direction & Design Vanessa Lewis


Nick Krewen Alison Broverman David Paterson Ashley Goodfellow

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ON THE MAIN STAGE >> January 12 @ 8PM

Lee Ann

Womack Texas Nightingale Loves Real Country Music by Nick Krewen Although she’s won a Grammy for her Willie Nelson duet “Mendocino County Line,” and one of her seven Country Music Association Awards for “I May Hate Myself in the Morning,” there’s one song that will always be identified with Texas traditionalist country singer Lee Ann Womack: “I Hope You Dance.”


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The song, co-written by Mark Sanders (“Heads Carolina, Tails California”) and Tia Sillers (“There’s Your Trouble”) describes the hope of someone to embrace life and potential in the face of adversity. “I Hope You Dance” was such a monster smash out of the gate that it topped both the country and adult contemporary charts in 2000, and won the CMA and American Country Music Association Song of the Year honours, selling almost five million copies in North America alone. It was also a watershed moment for Jacksonville, Texas, native Womack. She had just missed the No. 1 spot on the country charts on no less than four other occasions: with 1997’s “The Fool” and “You’ve Got To Talk To Me,” 1998’s “A Little Past Little Rock” and 1999’s “I’ll Think Of A Reason Later” all stalling at No. 2, some for multiple weeks. “I Hope You Dance,” which she recorded with the band Sons of the Desert accompanying her on supporting vocals, broke that spell and topped the charts for five weeks, earning her CMA’s Female Vocalist of the Year in the process. So did she know it was going to be a massive hit the moment she recorded it? “No, I didn’t,” Womack admits over the phone from Hawaii. “But I did know it was right for me, and I think it was because I had two young children [daughters Aubrie Lee and Annalise] and it immediately brought them to mind and all the things I wanted for them in life, so I did think of it as personal to me. “And I thought, if I had this reaction, and it made me think of something so special to me as my girls, then there would probably be some other people who would have the same reaction. “I enjoy the fact that the song has brought healing and a lot of emotions to people.” Womack laughs when discussing the fact that “I Hope You Dance” broke her into the pop mainstream. “That was layers and layers of icing that continue to add to the cake,” she declares. Bringing us up to speed in 2017, Womack – who will have a new album later this summer and intends to preview a few songs from that project at The Rose – is still basking in the afterglow of her 2014 album, The Way I’m Livin’, a collection of Americana-flavoured country songs highlighted by the Grammy-nominated “Chances Are,” written by Texas troubadour Hayes Carll. Until that point, there was a period of six years where Womack didn’t release anything ... but it wasn’t that she wasn’t working on material. “In the course of my relationship with my record label MCA and Universal, I made two records that never came out,” she admits. “Both of those records not coming out was my decision and my fault, because

it was at a time when country radio wasn’t really playing country music anymore, and I was trying to please people and make records that fit into that day’s market. “Once I finished those records, I was very unhappy with them. They weren’t representative of me.” When she made The Way I’m Livin’, the label didn’t think country radio would play any music from it. “And I said, ‘You’re right, thank you very much,’ and I decided to go the indie route (it was released on Sugar Hill Records), because that’s what makes me happy.” Womack said that Universal’s rejection reaffirmed the notion that she should always follow her heart. “It’s the making of the music that makes me happy, it’s never been about what comes after. I’ve never made decisions based on what would make me the most money, or what was the most commercial. There have been many times when I wished I could be like that, because I enjoy having a successful business, but what really makes me happy is making music that I think is real music. That’s just who I am.”

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Piano Chameleons

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by Alison Broverman

Matt Herskowitz studied classical piano from a very young age in prestigious conservatories. But he likes to say that he learned his jazz “on the streets.” Fellow pianist John Roney came at it from the opposite direction; Roney studied jazz piano at McGill, but learned his classical music “on the streets,” as the pair like to joke during their performances as the Piano Chameleons.

The Piano Chameleons interpret classical piano compositions like Claude Debussy’s Clair de Lune or Frederic Chopin’s Revolutionary Etude, but with a jazz twist. “Basically, we take classical standards or warhorses and reimagine them through a jazz filter, a modern jazz filter,” explains Herskowitz. “We seek to reinterpret classics in a modern context, and a modern context includes improvisation. But the pieces are always there – we don’t leave out anything from the music … . We’ve expanded to the form and we’ve added to it, but we haven’t taken away from it either. Musically, we keep to the spirit of the pieces themselves.” Herskowitz and Roney are staples of the Montreal jazz community, where they’ve both lived for over 15 years. They’d known each other for years (“the Montreal jazz scene is pretty small, everyone knows each other,” says Herskowitz) when they were both invited to a dinner party at the home of their now producer Oliver Esmonde White. “We all had a great jam, and then he called me and John and asked if we would want to do a project together and the idea was to make jazz arrangements of classical pieces,” says Herskowitz. And so the Piano Chameleons were born. “We spent a couple of years experimenting with it, and came up with a formula that really works. And that’s led to where we are now.” The best part, says Herskowitz, is the creativity of coming up with new interpretations and arrangements. “The creative process is so much fun. John and I both speak the same language, both in terms of jazz and classical, so it’s easy for us to have a shorthand communication.” They get together and choose a piece to work on, riff on some ideas of how to interpret it, and then just get to playing around.

Batt le of the Magicians

January 19 @ 8PM

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“What’s fun is that it’s a show that I would like to see,” says Herskowitz. “[We] know these pieces inside and out, and suddenly you’re hearing them in an entirely new way.” Each piece – each classical composer – has to be approached in a different way. “Each composer brings something completely different to the table, and we do each composer in a different way because their music tells us what to do,” says Herskowitz. And they particularly love playing around with really well-known pieces of music. “The more well-known the better, because then everybody – including us – has a very strong point of reference. Then we come up with a concept that turns the piece sideways and shows a totally different perspective.” Ultimately, they hope their arrangements will make people think about the original music in a new way. “We hope that it brings [the audience] closer to the music; sometimes the way to do that is by reimagining,” says Herskowitz. “We’re basically making these pieces personal to us.”

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Because they love the arts like we do!

Visit the unique exhibition spaces located on the upper level of the Rose Theatre and in the City Hall Atrium. Each month, the galleries feature exhibits of original work by selected artists.

Artist: Ethan Russell. Location: The Rose Theatre Date: Jan 1 - feb 28

JN Asensio Realty Inc.

This month we would like to highlight JN Asensio Realty Inc. as one of the proud sponsors of the Rose Theatre. JN Asensio has supported the Rose Theatre for a number of years, including hosting some of their signature events in our beautiful venue. As JN Asensio strives to provide one-of-a-kind experiences for clients, so does the Rose Theatre â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a partnership just made sense! JN Asensioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office is in the heart of downtown Brampton, where the city thrives on world-class entertainment found at the Rose Theatre. Without outstanding community partners like JN Asensio, none of what we do would be possible, so we would like to say a huge thank you to the friendly team at JN Asensio for their continued support.

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Tartan Terrors


by David Paterson

Scotland is a testing place to be in the depths of winter. Positioned at the northwest edge of Europe, the days are short and the nights long. Icy winds and rain roll in almost daily from the Atlantic. It’s hardly surprising that by the middle of January, the Scots are ready to have a really good party. Around the 25th of the month, dining halls from Edinburgh to John O’Groats are filled with the sound of bagpipes and aroma of haggis as people enthusiastically celebrate Burns Night, honouring 18th-century poet and national treasure Robert Burns.

The Rose Theatre will likewise embrace the spirit of Scotland with an evening of Celtic music and raucous laughter from The Tartan Terrors. The Terrors are where the complex melodies of Celtic folk music meet the energy – and fashion sense – of a rock band. They pair matching kilts with grungy T-shirts and classic fiddles with guitars as they exuberantly romp across the lush landscape of Celtic music and culture. Founded in 1996 by Canadian brother and sister duo Ian and Ellen Wilkes Irmisch, the Terrors attack the stage with gusto. Their shows are a heady mixture of music, Highland dancing and jokes. The band has performed around the world and is returning to The Rose for the fifth time. Though its members are drawn from a dozen-strong roster of accomplished musicians and change between performances, one thing remains constant: the Terrors have a passion for sharing Celtic music and dance, and they’re big and bold in doing it. “It’s such an honour to be in a country where we can share each other’s cultures, and have a good time together,” says Ellen Wilkes Irmisch. The Terrors’ set lists run the gamut from original songs to traditional folk tunes and requests for fan favourites – “We often get asked to do ‘I Would Walk 500 Miles,’” says Ellen – and they also bring a lot of humour into their songs. One they’re fond of performing is “I Drank Every Beer,” a takeoff on Johnny Cash’s “I’ve Been Everywhere.” Ellen’s Scottish roots run via her grandmother, who immigrated to Canada and was determined to maintain the culture of her homeland. Ellen and her brother grew up in Celtic music and dance, but also developed an appreciation for the wry humour and storytelling that are a feature of any decent gettogether in Scotland or Ireland. Onstage, the Terrors punctuate their performances with stories and anecdotes. “Everyone has different experiences and different stories to tell, and that is so key because it’s the basis of community and culture,” says Ellen. “Our goal is to connect, have fun and have a good night out.” And if anyone in the audience wants to delve a little deeper into the culture after the show – maybe by picking up a Robbie Burns poem (for instance, Auld Lang Syne) – they’ll find a rich history of poetry and music that stirs the soul. For, as Burns wrote, “Wherever I wander, wherever I rove/The hills of the Highlands, forever I love.”

Fernando Varela January 27 @ 8PM

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Ethan Russell by Alison Broverman

You might not know his name, but youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve probably seen his photos. Ethan Russell was the man behind the camera for some of the most famous photos ever taken of rock and roll musicians in the 1960s and â&#x20AC;&#x2122;70s, including those of The Beatles that grace the cover of the album Let It Be. He also accompanied the Rolling Stones on their tour of the United States, and he received a Grammy nomination for his photos of The Who that accompanied their album Quadrophenia. He was on the roof of Apple with The Beatles as they played their last concert. He was at Altamont with the Rolling Stones.

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Needless to say, Russell’s life is full of great stories. And in The Best Seat in the House, he shares those stories – and the pictures that illustrate them. “What the evening is, is the audience gets to be where I got to be, with lots of stories,” he says. “And so that’s the short version of it.” The long version of it starts in London in 1968, when a friend of a friend dropped by Russell’s tiny flat and asked him to come along and take photos of the musician who he (the friend) was going to interview. The musician? Mick Jagger. “[I was] entirely overwhelmed that I was in the same room as him,” says Russell. “He came in, beautifully dressed, trousers creased. And I was a hippie.” Russell says he was surprised at how pleasant Jagger was. “I don’t know what I expected.” After photographing Jagger, Russell thought it couldn’t get any better than that. His next assignment was to photograph John Lennon. “I remember my knees shaking,” says Russell. But Lennon was “completely nice,” says Russell, and it was just the beginning of their working relationship. Some of Russell’s most beautiful shots were of Yoko Ono. “I think John liked me because I took nice pictures of his girlfriend.” Russell’s work in the music industry ran the gamut. In addition to the countless photos he took of the three biggest bands of the British Invasion, he also worked with Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Linda Ronstadt and many more. In The Best Seat in the House, Russell shows and talks about almost 400 photos that he’s taken over the years. “Plus two hours of stories to prove I’m not lying,” he quips. Russell hopes to share the great experiences that have marked his life with an audience. “What I really think the value of the evening is, is you get to be there,” he says. “That’s my goal. It sounds pretentious, but that’s the biggest gift I can give.”

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ON THE MAIN STAGE >> February 16 @ 8PM

Jarvis Church

A Man of Many Hats and Identities by Nick Krewen

Some people can wear many musical hats and sink under the collective weight of them. Jarvis Church is not one of those people. Church, the Jamaica-born, Toronto-raised, Los Angeles resident, has undertaken an incredibly diverse range of musical projects as his success continues to build. You were first introduced to him as Gerald Eaton, lead singer of The Philosopher Kings, the multiJuno-winning band and musical chameleon that produced four albums that included the top 10 hits “Charms,” “I Am the Man,” “Hurts to Love You” and their memorable version of the Godley & Creme hit “Cry.” (The Kings’ 2005 album Castles still stands as a criminally underappreciated Canadian pop classic.)


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He also teamed up with fellow Philosopher King Brian West to form the production team Track and Field, earning a 2001 Grammy nomination for Nelly Furtado’s Whoa, Nelly! (featuring “I’m Like A Bird” and “Turn Off The Light”) and later Folklore, as well as Somali-Canadian rapper K’Naan (The Dusty Foot Philosopher and Troubadour, featuring the hit “Wavin’ Flag”). In 2017, he will explore electronic ambient chill pathways with Canadian singer Andrea Wasse in the duo Lost Diaries, and is also mentoring the career of electronic dance music-centric singer Jordan Alexander, a protege he discovered, like Furtado before her, at Toronto’s famed Honey Jam concerts. And then there’s Jarvis Church, his solo identity and maker of four R&B-reggae-pop albums, including his two Soul Station pure R&B tributes to Sam Cooke and Curtis Mayfield, respectively. So what makes him tick, creatively? “With each new song comes a high, and a certain buzz you get that satiates the need for a week or so,” replies the singer and songwriter. “It’s really that: Each new song is giving birth to a new child, and it commands all your focus and all your energy and then it goes off in the world and starts to lose some of its excitement for you, and then you start to crave a new one. My reward really is finishing the song and enjoying it.” But as much as he enjoys being a craftsman behind the scenes, Church says his favourite aspect of his career is that of performer. “I love performing, so I’ll always be a performer,” says Church. “And my approach to production and songwriting is to truly be an audience member. I’m a lover of music and I love all different genres. If it’s something I love, I’m going to probably be well-versed in the style. I approach a project as if I was a member of the audience and ask myself what I’d like to hear.”

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When considering his Soul Station projects, which he tours in five-member and 10-member band configurations, Church said he only had one game in mind. “I wanted to do a show that would be really, really entertaining and fun,” says Church. “So I liked the idea of doing these classic soul artists that everybody knows. It’s a really great live show and a super fun night. That was the origin of the idea.” He admits that covering the music of Cooke and Mayfield wasn’t intentional initially. “I started with Sam Cooke because I think he’s one of those artists – he’s sort of heralded as the originator of soul music, so I thought that was a great place to start. He’s also one of those artists where I think a lot of people don’t know his repertoire that much. They don’t hear it as commonly as someone like Marvin Gaye. “I went into Curtis Mayfield because I really got into ’70s music for awhile, I was really into the whole vibe and I thought, what a great well of inspiration to draw from. My favourite Curtis stuff was the stuff he did in the ’70s, and that’s why I went to Curtis next.” The good news is that Church doesn’t stick strictly to the R&B standards, but touches all aspects of his career. “I do my own solo stuff and I do Philosopher Kings’ as well. It’s really a show for the people, so I think what the people enjoy is what I’m going to play.” Even better news on The Philosopher Kings front: after 10 years of pursuing their own projects, band members are reuniting to celebrate the 20th year of their most popular album, Famous, Rich and Beautiful, in March, with a full-fledged Canadian tour. A new album will also be released. Despite two lengthy hiatuses – the first lasted seven years, this one’s about 12 – Church says The Philosopher Kings have never broken up. “We’ve never had a ‘This is the end’ kind of announcement,” says Church. “The whole band has always been very prolific musically, so people are always doing other stuff. The thing about The Philosopher Kings is that we love playing together and it’s very easy for us, so it’s just something we gravitate back towards.” By the way, Church said the reason he relocated to LA had nothing to do with his career. “For me, it’s just because of the weather,” he laughs. “I just wasn’t happy in a winter climate.” Opening the show will be Divine Brown, the soulful Juno Award-winning Toronto diva best known for her hits “Old Skool Love,” “Lay It On The Line,” “Sunglasses” (featuring Nelly Furtado) and her latest, “Love Alibi.”

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ON THE MAIN STAGE >> February 21 @ 8PM


legacies and a lesson in reggae by Ashley Goodfellow

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be a history lesson worth listening to â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and dancing to, if you are so inclined. The Tribute to the Legends: Black History Month Reggae Jam is a retrospective show exploring some of the most legendary reggae artists


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to have come and gone, and the impact their music made around the globe. A tribute to artists like Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs and Joseph Hill, this musical journey is a dynamic celebration of reggae legends who carved a permanent place in music history, and in Black history. The show is now in its second year of touring and has been met with acclaim as an extension of the globally renowned JAMBANA™ One World Festival Experience. “This music is powerful and engaging, and we can see that legends are being lost, so we want to pay tribute to that,” said the show’s producer Denise Jones. “For us, the tribute is a passionate and glorious celebration and memorial.” Billed as a “rocumentary,” the show delivers a musical performance by some of today’s top artists – including Brampton’s own Exco Levi and Nana McLean – set against a digital backdrop of film and visuals that celebrate the work and lives of the legends. Levi is a four-time Juno Award winner in the category of Reggae Recording of the Year and an artist who “puts a feather in Brampton’s cap,” said Jones. McLean is also a Juno Award winner, for Best Reggae Recording. The show initially started 15 years ago with a tribute to Bob Marley, but grew to include many other reggae legends – each admired for their own unique reggae style. “Each of these artists has a different style, but what is consistent is the uplifting, danceable beats and the message,” said Jones. “It is really about the music of peace and love and justice – because that’s how reggae started.” Performers Exco Levi & HighPriest, Nana McLean, Chester Miller and Mr. Cooper


Tea Party

February 8 @ 8PM

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with Hard Core band will each deliver their own set of tributes, as well as some original material. Jones, who is delighted to stage The Rose show, said the format is very “fluid” and designed in a way that “gives the broadest possible platform of music.” This year, the show will also include music by living legend Ken Boothe, who is still entertaining audiences today. Jones said the show is an important and symbolic piece of Black history, and the music doesn’t get the credit it deserves for its role in social uprising and in bringing attention to the word apartheid. It’s the music rooted in movements of rights and justice and equality, she said. “It’s all of that delivered atop this beat you want to move your feet to, and a rhythm that pulls you in,” said Jones.

Celebrating 10 Years of Dedication to the Performing Arts in Brampton

Since the doors opened to the Rose Theatre in 2006, we have 26 out of 135 volunteers who joined us during that first year and have continued with us to this day. Please help us in thanking and congratulating them for their long-term service of 10 years! Eva Andrews Karen Bergey Chuck Busby Joanne Coey Anne Dean Gwen Del Buono Eva Dobisz Gill Dunn Sheila Dunn Bev Endicott Cathie Fleming Linda Harris Linda Hicks Larry Holseth

Betty Holseth Kathy Inglis Chanden Jain Jim Johnson David Lewis Pamela Mathers Rose Pincente C. Mary Sarginson Stephanie Szumlanski Nancy Taylor Jo-Ann Urquhart

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ON THE MAIN STAGE >> February 24 @ 8PM

Wannabe Five girls living in a Spiceworld by Ashley Goodfellow

If you know what “zig-a-zig-ah” is, you should probably mark this date on your calendar. The popular catchphrase, coined in the ’90s by iconic girl band The Spice Girls, will no doubt be a highlight of the performance by Wannabe, a breakout tribute act with an extraordinary likeness to the Brit pop group. 28

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The five-member group, made up of spectacular performers from Toronto, will bring its high-energy, spirited show to The Rose to “Spice Up Your Life.” Fans will get a good dose of nostalgia when the girls step onto the stage bearing an astonishing resemblance to Baby Spice, Ginger Spice, Posh Spice, Scary Spice and Sporty Spice – costumes, voices, accents and all. Suzy Wilde, who portrays Posh Spice, said the tribute show was initially planned as a one-night only performance at Toronto’s El Mocambo in January 2012. It was a fun gig that the five friends – all performers, actors and musicians – could do together. “Somehow the Toronto Star caught wind of it, and the day of the show there was a lineup around the block,” said Wilde. “We decided to keep it going for awhile after that – and that was five years ago.” Now, Wannabe is booking concerts, schools, corporate gigs and theatre shows across North America. This particular show, said Wilde, is a theatre version of the concert, which means there is more dialogue and additional elements built into the performance. In the production, the “Spice Girls” use a time machine to visit the

future – 20 years later – and spend the majority of the show trying to get back to the ’90s. Performed with a live six-piece band, Wannabe also delivers songs that you might not expect, but seem entirely fitting – songs like Abba’s “Dancing Queen,” for instance. “We sing all of The Spice Girls’ hits, but we also like to take an opportunity to break away from that a little,” said Wilde. As well as the band, the costumes, the razzle-dazzle of the show, the performance also includes its own “Spice Boys” dancers, who are encouraged to “embrace aspects of the show,” said Wilde. The Wannabe performers also encourage fans to dig deep into their closets and dress in their most outrageous ’90s outfit, or even as their favourite Spice Girl – and they make an intentional effort to engage the audience, and get them up out of their seats. “We love the audience to come and dance, and we like to go out into the audience and get them moving,” said Wilde, adding that the music of the show is so infectious, it would be hard to stay seated. But it’s not only the music’s strong hooks, with flavours of Motown and disco, which appeal to the fans. “The Spice Girls have created this iconic image,” said Wilde. “They all have taken on strong, recognizable characters … and they have reinvented the idea of female friendships and power and the symbol of strong, outgoing women.” One thing’s for sure though, the power group Wannabe has proven that, even after 20 years, fans of The Spice Girls are still living in a “Spiceworld” and “Never Give Up on the Good Times.”

High-energy, spirited show”

Hunks The Show

February 10 @ 8PM Did you know: s Hunks The Show ha ut performed to sello crowds around the world?

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DONOR Benefits Support the Rose Theatre Brampton

Your tax deductible gift enables Over 16,000 students each year to attend our educational programs. Donors have helped us provide 2,000 bursaries for students in need. The opening of the Rose Theatre Brampton; a positive economic and social catalyst, creating over 150 jobs in the downtown area. The pioneering program, Ride to the Rose, which provides free door-to-door transportation and great entertainment at discounted prices to over 100 seniors annually. Free events, each year, that attract an audience of close to 20,000 residents and visitors.


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Save a seat for someone you love!

A contribution that will honour the performing arts lover in your life for years to come. Every contribution includes a tax receipt, commemorative pin, and a brass plaque on the seat of your choice.

Many To The Rose Theatre Presents

Sponsors & Donors OFFICIAL VEHICLE SPONSOR Policaro Automotive Family SPONSORS Bayshore Broadcasting Corporation Brampton Guardian Dr. C. Sterling Case, Sterling Dentistry Langlois Financial Services Inc The WORKS Gourmet Burger Bistro Brampton The New AM 740 & The New Classical 96.3 Dress Circle Donors Lois Rice Gottfried & Brigitte Schwarzer TransCanada Corporation AFFILIATE DONORS Justice Nancy Kastner & Bob Pesant Anelio & Antonietta Sincovich ASSOCIATE DONORS Francis Sim & Family • Chris & Michelle Hatch George Elmer Henry and Sonia Adcock Gerry & Anne Bell • Jim & Joanne Horne Gord Edgar • Stan O’Neill • Grete McQuaid Ward Funeral Homes • The Stephens Family Paul & Dale Caverly

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