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Melissa McClelland & Luke Doucet’s alt-country duet | PG 27

Kingston, Ontario

GUITAR HEROES

Jesse Cook & Colin James return to our stage | PG. 14 & 18

Whitehorse ROSANNE CASH Country royalty makes our list | PG. 26

ROCH VOISINE

Acadia’s favourite export takes centre stage | PG. 12

HAIR

From Broadway to Kingston | PG. 25


five years to celebrate! A full house at the opening night Kinsmen production of Beauty and the Beast was the first performance I attended at the newly restored Grand in May 2008. Volunteers, donors, artists, councillors, business owners and members of the public were thrilled at the unveiling. The community put its faith in me to craft a lineup of world-class productions with the top performers for the Grand stage. When I introduced the Grand Theatre Presents series, many weren’t familiar with the idea of becoming a subscriber, but in the 2012/13 season we’ve had more than 1700 subscribers with new people joining us each year. So many of these series are supported by local sponsors and donors who care about the theatre and the unique experiences we offer. I thank the Grand Theatre Foundation for its investment to bring the performing arts to people of all ages. This year we are introducing a wider range of seating and pricing options. On page 5, you’ll find a chart that explains all these prices, but if you have any questions, please contact our box office. The staff is ready to help you make your picks for the season, and help you select the best price and seat. Many of our theatre, Broadway, dance and music performances travel to us from across the globe. What makes their performance in Kingston unique is the history of the Grand, the vibrant downtown setting and the warm welcome you, the audience, offer them each and every performance. We all have our funny, emotional or moving memories from the performances over the past five years, and I hope you will share yours with me. Cheers to another great season ahead. Sincerely,

Brian McCurdy, Cultural Director, City of Kingston

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Subscribers get first choice when it comes to great discounts and the best seats in the house. To purchase a series subscription or a Pick 4 or More package and get a discount off the regular ticket price, call or visit the box office to make your selections. You can also download a subscription form from kingstongrand.ca – but you don’t need to. Our box office provides individual service and is happy to help you through your selections to make sure you get everything you want from your Grand experience.

The easiest way to save at the Grand is to become a subscriber – but do you know about some of the other programs we offer to make our shows an easy option for everyone?

Subscribers get first choice on seats and shows, and if you subscribe before July 13 you’ll be entered in our early bird contest – you could win a fantastic trip to the Shaw Festival in Niagara on the Lake. New this year, subscribers can pre-pay for drinks, eliminating the need to bring cash to the Theatre or search for an ATM. Ask the box office about this easy option when you make your picks. On August 26th, single tickets go on sale. These tickets are available by phone or in person at the box office, and they are available for purchase at kingstongrand.ca.

New seating options: The Grand has introduced a new seat map for the 2013/14 season that features three sections of seating on many of our shows, with deeply discounted areas in the theatre. Our goal is to make our shows as accessible as possible for all our patrons. eyeGo to the Arts: eyeGo is for full-time high school students who want to experience the best that live art has to offer at a very affordable price! $5 tickets can be purchased to a variety of shows across Canada including various arts such as live theatre, music, spoken word, dance and musical theatre. (Availability and seating may be limited.) Impact Under 30: Registered members of our free Impact program get 50% off subscriptions and tickets to a wide range of shows. To register, visit kingstongrand.ca/impact Kids Under 12: If you’re under 12 years old or purchasing for a child who is, simply ask for a youth under 12 ticket or subscription to receive up to 50% off.

key dates Thursday May 30 – subscriptions on sale Saturday July 13 – early bird deadline Thursday August 1 – renewal deadline Friday August 16 – last day for subscribers to purchase additional tickets at a discount Monday August 26 – single tickets on sale

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grand A look at the Grand Theatre’s role at the centre of local arts and culture By Jane Deacon On a bright morning in late March, Dianne Zemba’s office is a hive of activity buzzing with preparations for the evening’s two performances. Above her desk hangs a colour-coded calendar listing every show scheduled at the Grand Theatre over the coming months. From a three-day regional dance competition to a touring tribute music artist to community theatre, almost every date on the calendar features something. Zemba is quick to point out that it doesn’t show workshops, conferences and receptions — there’s a separate calendar for that. As theatre manager, Zemba understands first-hand

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what many Kingstonians may not know: the Grand Theatre is a very busy place. Throughout the year, the Grand Theatre team performs a finely tuned juggling act of producing performances by hundreds of artists while simultaneously providing venue rental space, artistic development opportunities and ticketing services. With rental opportunities available through the Regina Rosen Auditorium, Baby Grand and the Davies and Springer lounges, the Grand Theatre calendar is diverse. There are the ongoing “Grand Theatre Presents”

performances curated by cultural director Brian McCurdy, year-round shows by resident companies who have ongoing realationships with the Grand, and one-time venue rentals for touring performers and local arts and community groups. “We’re open to anybody who has a good idea, if the space is right for them,” says Zemba, who once helped co-ordinate an onstage wedding proposal at the theatre. Over the past year, the Grand has featured events for Kingston WritersFest, Kingston Canadian Film Festival and Queen’s Vogue Charity Fashion Show, to name just a few. It has also hosted

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“There’s a whole life that happens there and it’s always buzzing.”

central receptions, business conferences, weddings and a local Brownies troupe, who toured the theatre and practiced skits onstage. United Way Next Gen hosts its annual beer and whisky festival at the Grand Theatre, with vendors set up in the lobby and the Davies Lounge, and live music and workshops in the adjacent theatre. The flexibility of the venue, coupled with the enthusiasm and support of theatre staff, is key to the success of the event, says Bhavana Varma, president and CEO of United Way KFL&A.

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Providing professional technical event support along with artistic development opportunities is vital to the Grand Theatre and Cultural Services’ mandate to help arts and culture thrive. This includes services like marketing advice for community theatre companies and co-ordinating content between community groups so their offerings complement each other. “When groups are at our venue, we try to go above and beyond being more than just a rental property,” says Julie Fossitt, Cultural Services’ marketing and communications administrator. One recent example was a workshop

on best practices for community music presenters hosted by the Grand with free attendance for local organizations. The Grand Theatre staff also works to provide multiple opportunities for Kingstonians to engage with the professional acts that visit the theatre. Events like pre- and post-show discussions, music and theatre master classes, and extra shows with accessible ticket prices make the theatre a lively hub of community arts engagement and development, says Fossitt. “There’s a whole life that happens there and it’s always buzzing.”

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Dancing With Rage

Friday September 27 7:30pm Series: Homestead Theatre Canadian actress, comedienne and social activist Mary Walsh unleashes her rage to do battle on a grand scale. A woman who is going blind finally starts to see. A mother who travels across the country to find her lost child, rediscovers the child she has always had. A little girl who is always searching for her place in the world, finds that she’s already there. Dancing with Rage follows all their stories while summoning the help of some familiar faces: Marg Delahuntey, a Warrior Princess; Dakey Dunn; Miss Eulalia Turpin; Mom Reardon; Connie Bloor. Walsh will navigate the rage brought on by pop culture, politics and capitalism while taking on her vibrant and constantly emerging characters. By incorporating current events, each performance of Dancing with Rage will be fresh, exciting and always up to the minute. Originally co-produced by Theatre Passe Muraille and the RCA Theatre Company Written and performed by Mary Walsh Directed by Andy Jones WARNING: Adult language and content Series Sponsor

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Whose Live Anyway

Wednesday October 2 7:30pm Series: Sun Life Financial Comedy

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Whose Live Anyway is 90 minutes of hilarious improvised comedy and song all based on audience suggestions. Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Chip Esten and Jeff B. Davis leave their audiences gasping with the very witty scenes they invent before your eyes. Audience participation is the key to the show so bring your suggestions and you might be asked to join the cast onstage. Whose Live Anyway performs some of the games made famous from the Emmy-nominated TV show ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway’ plus some new ones. It’s a night of unforgettably, funny interactive comedy!

Gryphon Trio: Constantinople Wednesday October 9 7:30pm Series: Classical Remix

With a soundtrack written by one of the country’s most profilic living composers, Constantinople is a tapestry of music from across the globe performed by one of the world’s top chamber ensembles and set against a backdrop of vibrant images. Violinist Annalee Patipatanakoon, pianist Jamie Parker and cellist Roman Borys, along with vocalists Maryem Hassan Tollar and Patricia O’Callaghan, perform in this multi-disciplinary theatre work. Constantinople explores the spirit of this ancient city: the cultural crossroads of East and West, a diverse urban centre often challenged by political division and clashes of faith, and a reminder of what can be beautiful in our complex, often divergent modern existence. Conceived and composed by Christos Hatzis Produced and performed by the Gryphon Trio with vocalists Maryem Hassan Tollar and Patricia O’Callaghan Performance Sponsor

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Ron Sexsmith

Wednesday October 16 7:30pm Series: Homestead Songwriter Ron is a singer-songwriter acclaimed by a galaxy of artists from Bob Dylan to Elton John, Chris Martin to Michael Bublé, Steve Earle to Lucinda Williams. Noted for his insight into the human heart and a melodic purity (to paraphrase admirer Elvis Costello) unheard since the heyday of Paul McCartney, you’ll find him following the Sex Pistols in any self-respecting encyclopedia of modern music. Sexsmith’s impressive body of work is one that very few songwriting recording artists, living or dead, can match for its consistently sky-high quality. Sexsmith’s latest album, ‘Forever Endeavour,’ evokes melancholy without being maudlin, spare without being simplistic, and his songs are invariably underpinned by an acceptance of life as it actually is. Series Sponsor

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RochVoisine

Saturday October 19 7:30pm Series: Fenlon & Daly Entertainers

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The Acadian singer made his debut in front of more than 50,000 at La Ronde on Canada Day over 25 years ago, and since then the Juno Award-winning Roch Voisine has secured his place on the world stage as a singer, songwriter and television host. With incredible success in both Canada and Europe, Voisine has released over 20 albums throughout his career, now embarks on a country-wide tour to celebrate with his devoted fans.

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Sursaut Dance Company presents

Boo!

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Sunday October 20 2:30pm Series: Canadian Tire KidStage In a captivating 60-minute performance, Boo! explores a series of dance, mime, clown and circus vignettes that brings forth wonder and smiles in a world where the poetry of the body is at the forefront. Meet two of Boo!’s amusing and enchanting characters: Cyril and Penelope TopsyTurvy. Cyril is gifted with a natural talent for movement - for the stage. In this dreamlike presentation, we are witness to the unfolding of this precious treasure. Penelope TopsyTurvy is polite, beautiful and sweet - so like a princess on the outside. On the inside she feels stuck and imprisoned by this artificial beauty. Penelope is beside herself; inside a revolt is brewing. This quirky, family-friendly show stirs up giggles with its curious characters, articulate movement and playful partnering. Founded in 1985 in Sherbrooke, Quebec, the Sursaut Dance Company is devoted to the creation, production and dissemination of dance shows for young and family audiences. The company’s productions are presented from coast to coast in Canada as well as outside the country. Sursaut’s joyful and touching creation will thrill spectators young and old alike.

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Sampradaya Dance Creations presents

Taj

After four sold-out nights at the 2011 Luminato Festival, Taj goes on the road in October and November 2013 on a 12-city tour of Canada. Taj is a dance-theatre production, starring renowned Bollywood actor Kabir Bedi and Canada’s stunning Lisa Ray, supported by an international creative team of award-winning artists and dancers. Celebrated through poetry, music, dance and projection, Artistic Director Lata Pada takes you to 17th-century Mughal India in a 90–minute, multimedia, dance-theatre production. Taj is a unique Canada-India collaboration bringing together theatre, dance and visuals to tell a deeply evocative story of an era filled with grandeur, ambition, love and revenge. Lata Pada - Concept and Artistic Direction John Murrell - Playwright Tom Diamond - Director Featuring Kabir Bedi and Lisa Ray Sampradaya Dance Creations, Canada’s award winning South Asian dance company tours Canada with Taj – a commission of the 2011 Luminato Festival.

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Wednesday October 23 7:30pm Series: Special Events

Funding Support The Canada Council For the Arts Ontario Arts Council City of Mississauga, Culture Division Corporate Sponsors Scotiabank Qatar Airways

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Saturday October 26 7:30pm Series: Global Beat A guitarist born in France to Canadian parents, one of this country’s most beloved instrumentalists has taken a creative recess from his signature rumba and flamenco guitar virtuosity for his most recent album. Jesse Cook’s ‘The Blue Guitar Sessions’ was inspired by Adele’s ‘blue mood’ release ‘21,’ and the result is a captivating 14-track album recorded on a pair of vintage microphones, which he exhaustively searched for to replicate the mood of recordings from the Miles Davis era.

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One/Un

October 29 – November 3 Series: Homestead Theatre A man, almost alone on stage, searches, finds, loses, forgets, rejects and ignores what he thought he always wanted to be. In this autobiographical script, Mani Soleymanlou traces his own journey from his birthplace in Iran to his current residence in Montreal, passing through Paris, Toronto and Ottawa. This journey leads the author to question the authenticity of his own Persian origins, which seem small and insignificant compared to the Persian youth currently living in Iran, who must fight daily for their liberty, their freedom of speech, their country and their lives. Written, directed and performed by Mani Soleymanlou Co-directed by Alice Ronfard A Creation by Orange NoyÊe

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learning and engagement at the grand The Grand Theatre aims to inspire and spark creative curiosity for all members of the community. Each performance is an educational opportunity that explores a new appreciation of the performing arts for all ages. These special events offer you the chance to get a peek behind the curtain, ask artists how they live and work, and gain a deeper appreciation of the arts and subject matter of a show.

In Conversation Moderated pre-show lectures and Q&As that explore the realms of imagination, creativity, inspiration and vision. Presented by playwrights, In Conversation musicians, thought leaders and community experts, they are both entertaining and informative and explore a variety of topics.

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KidStage Workshops and Activities As always, performances under the Grand Theatre Presents KidStage series are accompanied by pre-show activities, 1 hour prior KidStage to the show, in the lobby or in other spaces at Workshop the theatre. In addition, special workshops are offered before the show. Pre-registration required.

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Moderated post-show Q&As with visiting dance, jazz and classical groups. These informal talks give you the opportunity to ask artists directly about their lives and work. Get inside the minds of choreographers, conductors and composers - and find out just what goes into creating a performance.

School performances at the Grand Theatre offer young people the opportunity to experience world-class theatre, dance and music. Our goal is to offer access and participation in cultural activities that enhance learning outcomes and extend student learning beyond the classroom. See page 35 for this season’s shows.

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Creative Residencies

Master classes provide an opportunity for students to work directly with virtuoso performers, and for audiences to get a glimpse of the training required by top artists. Pre-registration required.

Creative residencies provide a supportive environment for artists of varying disciplines in which they can cultivate their practice, create new work and share experiences with colleagues.

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For more about upcoming learning events at the Grand, visit: kingstongrand.ca/learning-events or email: education@cityofkingston.ca

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The Blind Boys of Alabama Wednesday November 20 7:30pm Series: Homestead R&B

Back by popular demand, The Blind Boys of Alabama are recognized worldwide as living legends of gospel music. Celebrated by The National Endowment for the Arts with a Lifetime Achievement Award, inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and winners of five Grammy Awards, they have attained the highest levels of achievement in a career that spans over 60 years and shows no signs of slowing down. As they’ve reached new levels of respect, acclaim and commercial success, The Blind Boys of Alabama have maintained their mission to carry their message in new and inspiring ways. Their latest album, ‘Take The High Road,’ is traditional country-gospel. The result is a powerful testament to the deep, historic relationship between country and gospel music.

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Tuesday November 26 7:30pm Series: Dance An internationally renowned contemporary dance company, BJM - Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal 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. Audiences are set to experience an exciting program at the Grand Theatre that includes: Zero In On, Choreographed by Cayetano Soto Night Box, Choreographed by Wen Wei Wang Harry, Choreographed by Barak Marshall 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. Its pieces are marked by dynamic physicality, virtuosity and the strong personalities of its performers, all of which contribute to the company’s unique signature.

Colin James: Up Close & Personal An Acoustic Show with

Special Guest Chris Caddell

Wednesday November 27 7:30pm Series: Homestead R&B Last season, Colin James brought down the house with a sold-out show at the Grand Theatre, featuring his full band. Now he returns with a pared-down set that reveals his songcraft and versatility. A musician’s musician, Colin James has played for the Queen, opened for the Rolling Stones and won many accolades. Over the course of his 23-year career, he has forged an even greater confidence and maturity. Come see another side of Colin in the intimate setting of this very rare acoustic performance with singersongwriter Chris Caddell. Series Sponsor

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Hungarian State Folk Ensemble presents Gypsy Romance Thursday November 28 7:30pm Series: Global Beat

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The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble, regarded as one of the greatest folkloric dance ensembles in the world, was established in 1951. Its aims were to collect and play authentic folk music, and to preserve the folk dances and traditional costumes of Hungary and Hungarianinhabited areas by putting them on stage before the public. During the more than four-and-a-half decades of its existence, the Ensemble has achieved its aim by revitalizing the culture of the Hungarian people. The Ensemble has performed in 44 countries across four continents and won the admiration of an audience of more than seven-and-a-half million people. The choreographies are all based on authentic dances, some of them collected in isolated villages with dance elements dating back hundreds of years. The extraordinary folk music that inspired Liszt, Bartók and Kodály is put on stage by both the Folk Orchestra and the worldfamous Gipsy Orchestra. The members of the Folk Orchestra play authentic, traditional instruments and perform Hungarian folk music at its highest artistic level. László Kelemen, General Director Gábor Mihályi, Artistic Director

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The Manhattan Transfer

Tuesday December 3 7:30pm Series: Fenlon & Daly Entertainers

It’s been nearly 40 years since Tim Hauser, a former Madison Avenue marketing executive, paid his bills by driving a New York City cab while aspiring to form a vocal quartet of four-part harmonies without limits. One of Hauser’s taxi fares invited him to a party where he met Brooklyn native Janis Siegel. Although already in a group, Siegel agreed to help out on some demos. Alan Paul was co-starring in the original production of ‘Grease’ when he joined the group to become the third member of The Manhattan Transfer. Cheryl Bentyne, a stunning singer from Mt. Vernon, Washington, gave a dazzling audition and the other Manhattan Transfer members immediately felt her impact, invited her to join and, as they say, the rest is history. The critical praise and commercial success of the group’s first seven studio albums could hardly have prepared them for the monumental 12 Grammy nominations they received in 1985 for the album ‘Vocalese.’ Those 12 nominations made ‘Vocalese’ the single greatest Grammy-nominated album in one year, and cemented the group’s status as one of the most important and innovative vocal groups in the history of popular music. With worldwide sales in the millions, Grammy Awards by the dozen and as veterans of sold-out world tours, The Manhattan Transfer once again prove their uncanny knack for being ahead of the times. Series Sponsor

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Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia presents

Very Hungry Caterpillar and other Eric Carle Favourites Sunday December 15 2:30pm Series: Canadian Tire KidStage Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia makes a triumphant return to the Grand Theatre with The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Little Cloud and The Mixed-up Chameleon by award-winning children’s book illustrator and writer Eric Carle, retold on stage in black light. The Very Hungry Caterpillar follows the wonderful adventures of a very tiny and very hungry caterpillar that progresses through an amazing variety of foods towards his eventual metamorphosis into a beautiful butterfly. Series Sponsor

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Children will delight in the antics of Little Cloud. High up in a beautiful sky, Little Cloud slips away from the rest and transforms itself into various shapes of things it sees: a sheep, and airplane, a shark and more. KidStage Workshop

In The Mixed-Up Chameleon, a little chameleon is bored with its life – sitting about predictably changing colour all day. So it decides to embark on an adventurous trip to the zoo. Upon seeing the beautiful animals there, the little chameleon tries changing to look like each one of them

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Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia presents The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favourites, adapted, directed and designed by Jim Morrow, music by Steven Naylor, and narrated by Gordon Pinsent.

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The Nutcracker, A Canadian Tradition

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December 19 & 20 7:30pm Series: Special Event

Imagine Tchaikovsky’s Christmas tale uniquely reimagined, Canadian-style. The Nutcracker, A Canadian Tradition adds Canada’s own twist to this much-loved holiday classic. Audiences are taken on Klara’s familiar, magical dream-journey as she arrives in Canada and experiences winter landscapes filled with snowflakes, lumberjacks, Mounties and creatures of the woods. Photo: The Nutcracker, Cylla Von Tiedmann

Created by acclaimed choreographer and Artistic Director Bengt Jörgen to Tchaikovsky’s well-loved score, this enchanting classic is a favourite that’s sweeter than barley toys and as Canadian as maple syrup. Born from a collaboration with Kleinburg’s world-renowned McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 20th-century landscapes make up the stunning 30-foot backdrops. Make this magical production a part of your family’s holiday traditions. Ballet Jörgen’s The Nutcracker, A Canadian Tradition will offer a rare opportunity for young dancers from the Kingston community to perform alongside seasoned professionals in this unique production. For more details, please visit kingstongrand.ca/learning-events

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Audiences around North America will be treated to a unique concert experience as the Canadian musical powerhouse Leahy takes the stage for A Leahy Family Christmas. Embarking on this tour gives the members of Leahy the chance to share a bit of the magic of the Christmas season that began when they were children and continues today. These Christmas traditions included not only honouring the sacredness of the season, but also partaking of good food, the company of family and friends, and copious amounts of music. A Leahy Family Christmas will offer audiences a peek in the window of the Leahy home to experience a bit of this themselves. Leahy will focus their set-list mainly on Christmas favourites, original seasonal pieces as well as typical Leahy fare that audiences have come to love. Leahy is a Canadian powerhouse of eight musical brothers and sisters who have been playing together their entire lives.

Leahy Family Christmas

Sunday December 22 2:30pm Series: Global Beat

Leahy brings their whole being to each and every performance. Their life story reads like a Hollywood movie: a large family raised without a television on a farm in the small town of Lakefield, Ontario. In fact, their life story was so compelling that it became the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary, ‘The Leahys: Music Most of All.’

Pure and authentic—Leahy continues to be one of Canada’s most sought-after exports.

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Tower of Power

Friday January 17 7:30pm Series: Homestead R&B Tower of Power’s musical odyssey began in 1968 when Emilio Castillo met Stephen ‘Doc’ Kupka. When Doc auditioned during a band rehearsal at Emilio’s house, Emilio’s father called him into the kitchen and offered the following advice: “Hire that guy, he’s got something.” Since the beginning, Tower of Power has never stopped touring and recording their unique brand of horn-based R&B. Always in demand, the band never fails to entertain and amaze their fans. They are blessed with a devoted following that often travels to see the band, and in many cases fans will plan their vacation or work schedule around their concerts.

Jim Belushi & Chicago Board of Comedy

Wednesday January 22 7:30pm Series: Sun Life Financial Comedy

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Over the years, the Tower of Power Horns have recorded with hundreds of artists as diverse as Aerosmith, Elton John, Little Feat, Phish, Santana, Heart, and many others, forever infusing the radio airwaves with Tower’s musical DNA.

Veteran of ‘Saturday Night Live’ and ‘Second City,’ Jim Belushi is going back to his improv roots in this new show featuring members of improv sketch group The Chicago Board of Comedy.

Accompanying Belushi are Robert Belushi, Larry Joe Campbell, Jon Barinholtz and Brad Morris, all of whom are classically trained professional improvisers who tour regularly. “We are not stand-up comedians,” Belushi explains. “Our show is not a passive, sit-backand-watch experience. Most of the fun we have on stage comes from our inclusion of the audience – we get suggestions from them to begin each scene we perform, and in certain instances, bring them on stage with us to add to our performance. It’s less a ‘show’ and more a party. At least it feels like one to me. This group of actors brings me right back to how I started out in comedy – maybe that’s why we have so much fun doing it.” Series Sponsor

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After eight seasons helming ABC’s ‘According to Jim,’ Belushi opted for a new challenge, one that sees him create a new show every night.


Blackie & the Rodeo Kings

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Saturday January 25 7:30pm Series: Homestead Songwriter

Blackie & the Rodeo Kings originally formed in 1996 when Colin Linden, Stephen Fearing and LEe HARVeY OsMOND (aka Tom Wilson of Junkhouse) came together to record what was supposed to be a one-off tribute album to the great Canadian songwriter Willie P. Bennett. At the time, all three members were deeply committed to burgeoning solo careers that they had no intention of putting on hold, and had no plans to turn Blackie into an ongoing concern. Now into their second decade and with one Juno award and several Juno nominations under their belts, Blackie & the Rodeo Kings has organically evolved into one of the finest roots-oriented bands in North America. They have released seven CDs and gradually developed a feeling of brotherhood manifested in a sense of groove and melodic and rhythmic play that is distinctive, mystical, energizing and constantly evocative. Blackie & the Rodeo Kings remains one of Canada’s greatest musical treasures.

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Hair

Tuesday January 28 7:30pm Series: Homestead Broadway On & Off The original Broadway Rock-Musical that defined an era! Hair tells the story of the ‘tribe,’ a group of politically active, hippies of the “Age of Aquarius” living a bohemian life in New York City and fighting against conscription into the Vietnam War. They struggle to balance their lives, loves and the sexual revolution with their rebellion against the war and their conservative parents and society. This exuberant musical about searching for truth, peace and love in Vietnam War-era America continues to strike a resonant chord with audiences of all ages. The themes and struggles in Hair seem as vital and relevant today.

“Hair still has something significant to say.” – Baltimore Sun Series Sponsor

The long list of chart-topping hit songs include ‘Aquarius,’ ‘Let the Sun Shine In,’ ‘Good Morning, Starshine’ and ‘Easy to be Hard,’ became anthems of counterculture and the sexual revolution and continue to have a profound impact on audiences. The musical’s profanity, its depiction of the use of illegal drugs, its sexuality, its irreverence for the American flag and nude scene caused much comment and controversy when it arrived on Broadway. Today, Hair is more daring than ever! WARNING: Contains Nudity

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Theatre Kingston presents In Conversation

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January 29 – February 15 Series: Homestead Theatre

Theatre Kingston is proud to present the regional premiere of this celebrated play about the life of visual artist Mark Rothko. Set in 1958-9, this sizzling, intellectually thrilling two-character drama revolves around Rothko’s commission of a group of murals for the expensive and exclusive Four Seasons restaurant. Between mixing paints, making frames and berating his assistant Ken, Rothko confronts the demons that face every artist: commercialism, legacy and the true value of art in society. From the producers of last year’s hit play Blue/Orange. Winner of 6 Tony Awards including Best Play Winner of 3 Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Play Series Sponsor

“Smart, eloquent entertainment…” – The New Yorker

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Rosanne Cash Friday January 31 7:30pm Series: Fenlon & Daly Entertainers Audiences may know her as the daughter of country music icon Johnny Cash, but she’s made her own mark as a Grammy Award-winning recording superstar with 11 No. 1 singles and blurred the genres of country, rock, roots and pop along the way. Her hits include ‘Seven Year Ache,’ ‘My Baby Thinks He’s a Train,’ ‘Hold On,’ ‘I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party’ and her toe-tapping, chart-topping recording of her father’s #1 hit from 1961, ‘Tennessee Flat Top Box.’ Her last record album, ‘The List,’ won the Americana Music award for Best Album of the Year. Her voice is heard beyond the stage as an advocate supporting many charitable organizations, including PAX, an organization dedicated to preventing gun violence among children. Cash is active on behalf of SOS Children’s Villages, which houses and cares for orphaned and abandoned children. And Cash’s brand new single, ‘Jim and George,’ is about an elderly gay couple who were very dear to Rosanne, and all proceeds from the song’s sales will benefit the PLWA (Persons Living With AIDS.) Cash explains, “I wrote this song and it was an exercise in compassion and awareness to see myself through their eyes, and them through my eyes. Love is love, and love doesn’t contain itself within arbitrary borders of gender, orientation, race, nationality, creed or age.”

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“I have learned to be steady in my course of love, or fear, or loneliness, rather than impulsive in its wasting, either lyrically or emotionally.” Series Sponsor

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Black Violin

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Thursday February 6 7:30pm Series: Special Event

Master Class Virtuoso violinists Kev and Wil B are back once again at the Grand to raise the roof sky-high with their funky fusion of classical, jazz, hip-hop, blues and R&B. Joining Kev and Wil B are DJ TK on the turntables, Beatdown on Drums and Joe Cello on Cello. They have inspired kids from all over North America to get fired up about classical music—proving that their hearts are as big and soulful as their sound.

Photos: The Black Violin, Colin Brennan

Wil B and Kev are classically trained viola and violin players who first met playing in their high school orchestra in Fort Lauderdale. After graduating college, they joined up as hip-hop studio rats in South Florida, working with several different acts before returning to their roots by fusing the two genres in a groundbreaking collaboration that has seen them play their music for everybody from the troops in Iraq to both the official President’s Inaugural Ball and the Kids Inaugural in Washington, DC, where Barack Obama himself gave each a hearty hand-shake and man hug. “It’s something everyone can enjoy, whether you’re an 80-year-old grandmother or a kid in kindergarten,” says Wil B. “It’s classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, pop… just good music. Black Violin is all about overcoming your obstacles and staying strong.”

Whitehorse Saturday February 8 7:30pm Series: Homestead Songwriter

The classic tale of musical romance continues for Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland, the husband-and-wife duo behind Whitehorse. Whitehorse’s live show is built on mesmerizing guitar work and smoldering vocal chemistry, but also brings much more to the stage with complex layers of percussion, keyboard and telephone receiver amplification, tangled like an embrace with the help of looping pedals. Their sold-out Winter Garden Theatre show in February 2012 signaled their unquestionable arrival as a band. Individually, Luke and Melissa have been recognized with awards and nominations from the Juno Awards, the Canadian Folk Music Awards, the Hamilton Music Awards and The Polaris Prize. Series Sponsor

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Canadian? Contented. “We’re not like Americans.”

This is the immediate reaction of many Canadians when faced with questions about our national identity, even when not put into context of our biggest and closest neighbours. There’s something to be said for that, but I’ve always found it funny that we hesitate (even for a moment) to go any deeper. I like to think that as a nation, we try not to take ourselves too seriously. We love the water. We care about one another, and are notoriously polite and welcoming to strangers in our midst. Our tradition of oral history is long and strong, and I think that’s reflected in the art and culture we partake in. I’ve heard it said that without the strong CRTC regulations regarding Canadian content on our television and radio stations, Canadians would likely be sucked up into the great machine of American media, and without concentrated effort, we might never hear another Canadian song, or see

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another Canadian show again. This is a sentiment with which I strongly disagree. From a personal standpoint, when in contact with friends from around the world, I make a specific point of trying to tune them in to my most Canadian of artistic indulgences of a given moment. What I’ve been watching, what I’ve been listening to. It’s important to me to share these things with them because I feel like they often go deeper than just being great songs or great shows; they’re like little portraits of the very core of my being. It’s this notion that keeps Canada’s great artists working for so long. Once their niche has been carved out in the hearts and minds of the fans, they’re nearly impossible to replace. Mary Walsh’s (pg. 9) enduring ‘22 Minutes’ character Marg Delahunty continues to make appearances in the Canadian landscape nearly 10 years after her departure from the show of her origin, still asking the same hilarious and tough questions of our politicians that she always has. Musically, there comes an outfit like Blackie & the Rodeo Kings

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(pg. 24), formed by a group of musicians - icons in their own right - to pay tribute to the songs of Willie P. Bennett, an artist whose own career spanned three decades. What started as a hobby project has stretched out over two decades and produced five albums. A more extreme example might be Leahy (pg. 22), the band of siblings that began playing the Canadian and international folk circuits in the early 80s, and continues to do so today. We are so fortunate to be the beneficiaries of their longevity. With Canada’s role in international affairs becoming more and more intrinsically linked to that of the United States, I think in our personal lives as Canadians we are clinging even more fiercely to those things that set us apart. We need to stay connected to the sounds and voices of our country – now more than ever. - The Grand Theatre Presents 2013/14 Season is more than three quarters Canadian, with original Canadian work and artists at the heart of 30 shows.

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Tall Stories presents

The Snail & the Whale

Sunday February 23 2:30pm Series: Canadian Tire KidStage Great News! Tall Stories is coming back to the Grand Theatre following last year’s hilariously funny sold-out show, The Gruffalo, with another side-splitting family production, The Snail & the Whale. Tall Stories’ unique brand of physical theatre has toured from London, England, to London, Ontario. The Snail & the Whale was a huge success at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival and just sailed off to the Far East for a sold-out two-week tour in Singapore and Hong Kong.

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All this fuss over a tiny snail? Absolutely and here’s why. A snail longs to see the world, so she hitches a lift on the tail of a humpback whale. But when the whale gets beached, how will the snail save him? Follow the amazing journey, as seen through the eyes of an adventurous young girl and her seafaring father in this heartwarming family fable. Storytelling, live music and lots of laughs, in a show for everyone aged four and up.

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Measha Brueggergosman

Friday February 28 7:30pm Series: Classical Remix

Noted by the San Francisco Chronicle as “a singer of rare gifts and artistic intensity” and by the Miami Herald for possessing “a superb voice capable of just about everything,” Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman has emerged as one of the most magnificent performers and vibrant personalities of the day. She is critically acclaimed by the international press as much for her innate musicianship and voluptuous voice as for a sovereign stage presence far beyond her years. 3.2 billion television viewers from across the globe came together to witness the Opening Ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, and all heard the lauded soprano’s epic performance of the Olympic Hymn. The honour of being selected by Canada for this performance cements Brueggergosman’s standing as a fresh and youthful ambassador for classical music that breaks the stereotype of an opera diva in every way imaginable. This performance is a classical music recital. Talkback

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Matt Haimovitz & Christopher O’Riley: Shuffle.Play.Listen Photo: Matt Haimovitz & Christopher O’Riley, Sarah Scott

Friday March 7 7:30pm Series: Classical Remix

Pianist Christopher O’Riley and cellist Matt Haimovitz join together to explore the lyrical and virtuosic properties of their instruments in a collaboration that crosses in and out of the classical and pop music genres. The program showcases their talents as collaborators and soloists, defining what it means to be an artist in the 21st-century. Audiences will hear works of Bach and Gabrielli, Radiohead and Arcade Fire, Piazzolla and Stravinsky. Christopher O’Riley is recognized as one of the leading American pianists of his generation, touring extensively as a recitalist and chamber musician and appearing with every major orchestra. He hosts the popular NPR music program ‘From the Top’ and has released a set of highly regarded recordings of the music of Radiohead, Nick Drake and others. O’Riley studied with Russell Sherman at the New England Conservatory of Music. Matt Haimovitz made his debut at the age of 13 as a soloist with Zubin Mehta and the Isreal Philharmonic. By age 17, he made his first recording for Deutsche Grammophon with James Levine and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has redefined what it means to be a classical musician today, bringing concerts of Bach, Golijov and others to clubs and coffee houses across the country while maintaining a busy schedule of international appearances.

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Volcano Theatre presents

A Beautiful View by Daniel MacIvor March 12 - 23 Series: Homestead Theatre

A Beautiful View explores friendship. Specifically, a friendship between two young women that spans over a decade of their lives, and that moves through many phases: fun, confusion, misunderstanding, betrayal, longing for reconciliation, fear, and finally, death. MacIvor’s play is subversive in its apparent simplicity, with its light comic tone: two women arrive on a stage, and tell the story of their relationship. It’s funny and quirky and wonderfully entertaining. Gradually, we realize that stories of camping and bands are not entirely what the evening is about... Volcano brings this hit production back to Canada, in association with BeMe Theatre, Munich. Direction is by Volcano’s founding Artistic Director Ross Manson, with Canadian actors Becky Johnson and Amy Rutherford, and German composer Krister Schuchardt.

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“The reality of life that A Beautiful View shows us is like the bittersweet ukelele duet of the two main characters: sometimes a fragile interplay, sometimes a rhythmic drift. But under the surface is revealed a search for deep meaning. Thanks above all to their wonderful leading actors, they manage something that others need volumes to achieve: an authentic portrait of a generation, its hopes, its fears.” - The Suddeutsche Zeitung, Munich

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Kidd Pivot: The Tempest Replica

“My hope for the viewer is that, armed with the plot points of a narrative, he or she is more deeply invested in the performance: the choreography becomes more than just a dance between two people – rather, it is imbued with a story we have all shared,” Pite says of the work.

Friday March 21 7:30pm Series: Dance

In this new dance piece, based on motifs from Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest,’ Pite stages a game of revenge and forgiveness, reality and imagination. She explores these motifs in two contexts: a maquette of Shakespeare’s island as a metaphor for isolation, captivity and desire, and a nostalgic cityscape that evokes longing. Chalk-white replicas deliver the essential plot points of the story, but the emotion and tension of the narrative are fleshed out by real characters. To explore and demonstrate this duplication of character and copy, the story and the body, requires something incomparably precious: the mastery and articulation of the dancer.

Take 6

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Saturday March 22 7:30pm Series: Homestead R&B The most awarded vocal group in history (10 Grammy Awards, 10 Dove Awards, a Soul Train Award and more) celebrates its 25th Anniversary! Take 6 (Claude McKnight, Mark Kibble, Joel Kibble, Dave Thomas, Alvin Chea and Khristian Dentley), heralded by Quincy Jones as the “baddest vocal cats on the planet!” is the quintessential a cappela group. Six virtuosic voices united in crystalclear harmony, against a backdrop of syncopated rhythms, innovative arrangements and funky grooves that bubble into an intoxicating brew of gospel, jazz, R&B and pop. With praise from such luminaries as Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Brian Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald and Whitney Houston, the multi-platinum selling sextet has toured across the globe, collaborated across genres and is recognized as the pre-eminent a capella group in the world.

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Integrating movement, original music, text and rich visual design, Kidd Pivot’s performance work is assembled with recklessness and rigour, balancing sharp exactitude with irreverence and risk. Based in Vancouver, and under the direction of internationally renowned Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite, the company’s distinct choreographic language – a breadth of movement fusing classical elements and the complexity and freedom of structured improvisation – is marked by a strong theatrical sensibility and a keen sense of wit and invention.


Jon Batiste Saturday April 5 7:30pm Series: Global Beat

With his unique voice, virtuosic piano chops and dapper sense of style, Jon Batiste transcends music genres and has ignited the New York City music scene. Raised among the sounds and rhythms of New Orleans, Batiste comes from a renowned lineage of performers. He studied jazz and classical piano at The Juilliard School, is a Movado Future Legend award recipient and a Steinway Performing Artist.

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At 25, he has performed in over 40 countries, playing everywhere from Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center to the Kennedy Center and Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. With his modern take on American music, and clever use of the harmonaboard (sometimes called a melodica), Batiste has collaborated with musicians from across the spectrum – Prince, Lenny Kravitz, Wynton Marsalis, Jimmy Buffett, Harry Connick Jr., Roy Hargrove, Cassandra Wilson, Mark O’Connnor and Asher Roth among them. Jon Batiste is also the founder and leader of Stay Human, a modern jazz ensemble noted for their world-class music, high energy and uplifting spirit. Dedicated to igniting the next generation of musicians, in his position as co-director and music curator at The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, Batiste has programmed year-long educational workshops for hundreds of students.

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school performances The Grand Theatre is proud to present a wide array of quality youth programming for school groups. These performances offer students the opportunity to experience world-class performances on the Grand’s magical stage. Ignite a lifelong love of music, theatre, dance and imagination – bring your class to the Grand this season. Sursaut Dance Company presents Boo! Monday October 21 2013 10:30am See page 13 for description Grades 3-8 One/Un Thursday October 31 2013 10:30am See page 15 for description Grades 9-12 WARNING: Adult laguage Kaha:wi Dance Theatre presents Medicine Bear Tuesday November 19 2013 10:30am & 1pm Grades JK-6 Through whimsical music, dance and storytelling, Medicine Bear weaves into one magical narrative traditional Iroquoian stories: how the Bear Clan came to be known as the “Keeper of the Medicines” and the hunter who discovered the gift of healing. Following oral tradition practices, Medicine Bear teaches the virtues of compassion, thankfulness and respect for nature in a way that is playful and thought-provoking for young audiences. Medicine Bear entertains while expanding understanding and appreciation for the arts and encourages the sharing of First Nations culture for future generations. Performance Sponsor

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Hungarian Folk Ensemble Friday November 29 2013 10:30am See page 19 for description Grades JK-12 Mermaid Theatre presents The Very Hungry Caterpillar Monday December 16 2013 10:30am See page 21 for description Grades JK-3 Green Thumb Theatre presents Tagged Monday January 20 2014 10:30am & 1 pm Grades 7-12 The anonymous online world gives us permission to say and do things we would never do in real life. But where do we draw the line between fun and maliciousness? The harsh realities of cyber bullying and what happens when we’re discovered come to a head in Tagged. As an officer investigates Jerri and Webber, two young adults, in the incessant online harassment of a fellow student, not all is as it appears to be. Do these teens actually understand the consequences of their actions? Or have they even caught the right people? How responsible are we for the words that we type and what they lead others to do? Torn from the headlines, Tagged dissects the dangerous potential for harm that exists between social media and young minds. Black Violin Thursday February 6 2014 10:30am See page 27 for description Grades 6-12 Tall Stories presents The Snail & the Whale Monday February 24 2014 10:30am See page 29 for description Grades JK-4

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One Noble Journey Thursday February 27 2014 10:30am Grades 6-12 This tour-de-force one-man show transports audiences back to 1849. Actor/playwright Mike Wiley stars as Henry “Box” Brown, an African-American born into slavery. In an act of sheer desperation after being sold, Brown escapes and sees no alternative but to mail himself north in a wooden crate in this edge-of-your-seat attempt to reunite with his wife and children in Philadelphia. Brown’s life unfolds like a Mark Twain adventure, perilous and somber at times yet humourous and heroic throughout. Audience members join Wiley onstage, quickly becoming pivotal players who help propel the action.

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How to book a school performance: Everyone in attendance requires a ticket. All orders are subject to a group handling fee. Tickets are $8 each. For every 20 tickets purchased, you will get one complimentary ticket. All performances are about one hour long with no intermission. Sometimes there may be additional opportunities associated with the performance that will affect your length of time at the theatre – if these occur, you will be advised well in advance. Additional educational material for select performances can be found at kingstongrand.ca/school-programs. Please note that the Grand Theatre offers seating arrangements for patrons with special needs; let us know about any special requests at the time of booking. Email rbrown@cityofkingston.ca

quick look Sursaut Dance Company presents Boo! Monday October 21 2013 10:30am One/Un Thursday October 31 2013 10:30am Kaha:wi Dance Theatre presents Medicine Bear Tuesday November 19 2013 10:30am & 1pm Hungarian Folk Ensemble Friday November 29 2013 10:30am Mermaid Theatre presents The Very Hungry Caterpillar Monday December 16 2013 10:30am Green Thumb Theatre presents Tagged Monday January 20 2014 10:30am & 1 pm Théâtre Tout à Trac presents Pinocchio Monday April 7, 2013 10:30am See page 37 for description Grades JK-3

Black Violin Thursday February 6 2014 10:30am Tall Stories presents The Snail & the Whale Monday February 24 2014 10:30am One Noble Journey Thursday February 27 2014 10:30am Théâtrè Tout à Trac presents Pinocchio Monday April 7 2014 10:30am

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Théâtre Tout à Trac presents

Pinocchio

Sunday April 6 2:30pm Series: Canadian Tire KidStage Following the internationally acclaimed Alice in Wonderland, Théâtre Tout à Trac now revisits Collodi’s tale about the world’s most famous puppet: Pinocchio. Born from a talking piece of wood carved by old Geppetto, the rebellious puppet Pinocchio discovers the meaning of growing up through a thousand trials. To become a real boy, he will have to face Mangiafuoco, the terrible Puppet Master, suffer the malice of Mr. Fox and his sidekick, the Cat, and escape from Toyland to save his father from the belly of the giant fish!

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Founded in 1998, Théâtre Tout à Trac explores mask work, storytelling and puppetry through a style of theatre that puts imagination at the centre of the creative process. Alice in Wonderland, the company’s first children’s production, has already been presented over 300 times around the world. Chasing imaginary lands, digging up invisible worlds and exploring a universe where nothing is impossible, Théâtre Tout à Trac is on a quest to provide theatre for all audiences that boldly embraces madness and magic. Series Sponsor

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Just for Laughs Live Wednesday April 9 7:30pm Series: Sun Life Financial Comedy

Just for Laughs has been presenting world-class comedians like Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Engvall & Larry the Cable Guy, Jeff Dunham, Jeff Foxworthy and Danny Bhoy – to name a few – since 1998. Last season, JFL brought comedians Darrin Rose, Mark Watson, Modi and Wil Sylvince to Kingston. This year the giggle-fest will continue on the Grand Theatre stage when Just For Laughs returns with another premier show.

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Photos: Compagnie Virginie, Right, Philibert Dubois; Bottom, Mathieu Doyon

Compagnie Virginie Brunelle: Complexe des genres Wednesday April 16 7:30pm Series: Dance

In 2007, having only just finished her studies, Virginie Brunelle quickly established herself in the contemporary dance scene with the raw and emotive quality of her creations.

WARNING: Contains nudity, adult themes and content

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Complexe des genres illustrates the horrifying doubt and the coolness of the haunting desire for perfection, speaking of the quest for identity through relationships. La Compagnie Virginie Brunelle was founded in Montreal in January 2009. Inspired by the artistic vision of its choreographer, the company is committed to the research, creation, production and touring of her innovative contemporary dance works. By presenting her work on international stages, the company also contributes to the dissemination of Quebéc culture around the world.

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Say Sponsors When our sponsors choose to support the Grand Theatre, they do so for myriad reasons – from a love of show business to a wish to connect with their community. Meet some of the people behind the logos.

“My love of the Grand Theatre goes back to 1926 when Blackstone the Magician (famous at the time), in his performance at the Grand, let me come up on stage. To my amazement he produced a live rabbit out of an empty kettle and gave it to me to take home. A few years later I was one of the children in a Christmas pantomime of ‘The Pied Piper.’ The excitement and discipline of timing behind the scenes fascinated me and left me hooked on theatricals.” – Brit Smith, Homestead Land Holdings

“If I could bring anyone to a Grand Theatre show with me, I would have brought my grandparents. All four of them were great lovers of the arts. They would absolutely love the venue and would have enjoyed the show so much.” – Jacob Caldwell, Caldwell Advisory

“The introduction of the Kingston Jazz Festival provided an opportunity for Empire Life to support something a little different to what we had been doing in the past. It has a fabulous lineup of performances, and the Porch Jazz and Skeleton Park Music Festival events mean that more of our friends and neighbours and visitors to Kingston get to feel and enjoy the jazz!” – Julie Tompkins, Empire Life “When picking a particular show, the atmosphere of the event is particularly important to us. The arts can evoke many emotions in people… We hope to sponsor events that help promote a feeling of joy and exuberance. To be sponsor of Randy Bachman (March 1, 2013) will be a wonderful memory to keep. After all, I grew up with his music. His storytelling provided a lot of insight as to how artists get their inspiration.” – Michael Caldwell, Caldwell Advisory

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Supporting the Grand Your donations in action: Shows like Tagged and Medicine Bear (pg. 35) are designed to transport and inspire kids, and get them talking about the issues that matter most to them.

Photo: Top Right, Kidd Pivot, Joris-Jan Bos

In the last five years more than 18,000 students attended school performances at the Grand.

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This is our 6th season since the renovation of the Grand Theatre, completed in the spring of 2008, and is certainly something to celebrate and we thank you for your support as a patron of Grand Theatre Presents. As you may know, ticket sales account for only a portion of the true cost of sustaining Grand Theatre Presents programs. The generosity of our patrons is vital and we ask for your additional support as a donor to our 2013-2014 Annual Individual Campaign. The Grand Theatre Foundation is a non-profit organization with a simple mandate: to support the Grand Theatre Presents series and education programs. We rely on individuals, corporations and foundations, who share a love of live theatre and who want to build a lasting legacy for the performing arts, ensuring their excellence and accessibility in our community. Your donations help ensure the Grand continues to bring a broad range of performances centre stage as we continue our efforts to make your life Grand!

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The Grand Theatre is a place to see world-class performances, a place to launch new works, a place where youth can learn from artists, and a place to join with family and neighbours – essentially the heart of our community. Walter Fenlon, President, Grand Theatre Foundation

Grand Theatre Foundation The Grand Theatre Foundation began with the restoration of the Grand Theatre in 2004, and continues its tireless efforts on behalf of the citizens of Kingston and our beloved theatre.

Your tax-deductible contribution makes all this possible! • Amazing breadth and diversity of excellent programming in theatre, music, dance and more • Education programs that reach thousands of students each season • Special ticket programs that make performances accessible to senior citizens, students and children • Stellar performance space for the many cultural and community organizations

Benefits of Individual Giving • Priority subscription processing • Invitation to annual open house at the Theatre • Name recognition in Grand Theatre playbills • Invitation to post-show Afterglow events • Tax receipt*

Benefits of Corporate Partnerships Giving to the Grand aligns your company with the region’s most prestigious performing arts centre. A partnership with the Grand increases your brand awareness, provides exclusive experiences for your clients and highlights your company’s commitment to the community. We can tailor your benefits to your marketing and philanthropic objectives, placing your company centre stage. • Broad regional marketing opportunities • Unique and flexible client entertainment and hospitality opportunities • Priority ticketing services and complimentary tickets • Presence onsite and in Grand Theatre advertising and promotional materials • Networking opportunities

For information regarding The Grand Theatre Foundation please contact Executive Director, Carol Anne Muncaster The Grand Theatre Foundation Box 514, Stn Main Kingston, Ontario K7L 4W5 Phone: 613-546-4465 ext. 1136 Email: camuncaster@hotmail.com

*Charitable tax receipt for the allowable amount in accordance with Canada Revenue Agency guidelines

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Jill Barber

Friday April 25 7:30pm Series: Homestead Songwriter Jill Barber has always had stars in her eyes. It’s a natural side effect of gazing up at the moon and composing songs bathed in its silvery glow. Inspired by the great ladies of song like Ella Fitzgerald and Edith Piaf, Barber reached for a place on the international stage with the release of 2008’s ‘Chances.’ It was a turning point in her career, says Barber. “I think it’s important to experiment and try on a number of musical hats to a point, but eventually you have figure out what your own contribution is going to be. When I finished writing and recording ‘Chances,’ something clicked.”

Photo: Jill Barber, Candace Meyer

As a performer, Jill Barber charms her audiences while weaving a romantic spell. Indeed, romance plays a huge role in both her life and her art.

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Barber has also begun to cross language barriers. Inspired by her growing Frenchspeaking fan base and her admiration for la vie en rose, Barber now sings and records in both English and French. Barber has released ‘Chansons,’ an album of her own interpretations of classic French songs from both France and Québec. “Singing in French has been like rediscovering my voice, my instrument. The French language, particularly when sung, is very beautiful to me. It is a great pleasure for me to sing, and I think that enjoyment comes through.” This performance will include songs in both languages, but is primarily an English-language show.

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7 Fingers presents

Traces

Wednesday April 30 7:30pm Series: Homestead Broadway On & Off Series Sponsor

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Photos: Traces, Top Left, Micheal Meske; Left, Valerie Remise

In a makeshift shelter, an unknown catastrophe waits outside the doors of tarp and gaffer tape. Seven characters have constructed a clubhouse to live to the fullest what they believe could be their last moments, hoping to leave nothing unsaid or undone. In the face of this impending disaster they have determined that creation is the only antidote to destruction. This is Traces, a unique theatre experience created by the celebrated Quebecois group 7 Fingers. Founded in Montreal in 2002, the 7 Fingers initial goal was to bring circus to a human scale. Traces uses music, song, dance, speech, illustration and high-risk acrobatics to tell its story. The characters use every mode of expression available to them, hoping to leave a lasting mark‌ to leave their traces as best they can. Traces is poetic and explosive, humorous and thoughtful. Combining traditional acrobatic forms with street elements such as skateboarding and basketball, mixed in with some theatre and contemporary dance, it surprises, awes and delights at every turn.

RUBBERBANDance New Work Friday May 9 7:30pm Series: Dance Victor Quijada and Anne Plamondon’s dream to not only choreograph, but to produce a new style of a contemporary dance form, has resulted in the success of their company RUBBERBANDance (RBDG). Influenced by hip-hop on the street corner and classical form in the concert hall, RBDG has been performing for 10 years and returns to Kingston to present a world premiere. With past collaborators and partners like K-OS, Adidas, Kent Nagano and Robert Desrosiers, the performance will be certain to present a unique and satisfying experience for audience members. New Work is a co-production of The CanDance Network Creation Fund, DanseDanse, Grand Theatre Presents, Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival, Le Theatre Hector-Charland and La dansesur les routes du Quebec, and supported by Dance Section of the Canada Council for the Arts.

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“We started thinking about Don Draper and Mark Twain, and along the way some fascinating ideas emerged that turned ‘Rattle Them Bones’ into a real celebration of the landscape of American music we love so much,” says band guitarist and vocalist Scotty Morris of their latest release.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

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walter fenlon & linda ann daly Performance Sponsor

Saturday May 10 7:30 pm Series: Fenlon & Daly Entertainers

By now the world knows the essential story of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. They made their debut in their hometown of Ventura, California, in April of 1993, helping to usher in the swing revival founded on a colourful fusion of classic American sounds including jazz, swing, and Dixieland mixed with the energy and spirit of contemporary culture. They proved to be among the standout groups that launched the new swing era in the 90s.

The group, whose core lineup has been in place since 1995, includes Scotty Morris (lead vocals and guitar), Kurt Sodergren (drums and percussion), Dirk Shumaker (double bass and vocals), Andy Rowley (baritone saxophone and vocals), Glen “The Kid” Marhevka (trumpet), Karl Hunter (saxophones and clarinet) and Joshua Levy (piano and arranger.) Joining them on the road are Anthony Bonsera Jr. (lead trumpet) and Alex Henderson (trombone.) While Big Bad Voodoo Daddy has sold millions of albums, the stage has always been the band’s first home. “We make records because we have to, but play live because we love to,” says Morris.

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The band’s originals rocketed the group into its first phase of stardom when ‘You & Me and the Bottle Makes Three (Tonight)’ and ‘Go Daddy-O’ were featured in the landmark 1996 indie film ‘Swingers.’

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General Information & Policies Subscription Processing Pick-4 subscriptions will be processed after standard series subscriptions, but before regular tickets are available. Ticket Surcharge Please note that every ticket sold at the Grand Theatre includes a $2 Capital Improvement Fee. Every subscription and regular ticket is subject to 13% HST. Ticket Exchange Privileges for Subscribers Subscribers may exchange subscription tickets any time before 4pm on the business day prior to the performance you cannot attend. You may exchange your tickets for any other performance presented by the Grand Theatre, subject to availability. Please note: • Tickets must be exchanged within the 2013/14 season. • There is a $2.75 plus HST service charge per ticket for exchanges. • If the performance for which you are exchanging your tickets is more expensive, you will be required to pay the difference. If the performance is less expensive, you will be given a credit towards another Grand Theatre Presents performance in the current season. (If it is unused it will be processed as a donation.) • All ticket exchanges require a return of the original ticket to the Grand Theatre box office and must be returned in person. Your exchange will not be processed until the Box Office receives the original ticket. Ticket exchanges will not be allowed on the day of a performance or after an event has occurred. • Grand Theatre box office hours are Monday to Saturday, 12 to 6pm. The box office is also open two hours prior to all performances, including those on Sundays and statutory holidays. Box office hours may be shortened during the summer. Handling Charges Each Grand Theatre Presents subscription order is subject to a $6.50 handling charge plus HST. All regular tickets are subject to a $2.75 handling charge each plus HST. Ticket Policy Every person attending a performance at the Grand Theatre must have a ticket in order to be admitted. There are no age restrictions for our performances, but please use discretion if bringing a young child to an evening performance.

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Accessibility The Grand Theatre has some accessible features. For additional information, pick up an accessibility brochure at the Grand Theatre, contact the Box Office at 613-530-2050 or visit kingstongrand.ca/accessibility Parking Parking is available directly behind the theatre in the Chown Memorial Parking Garage (off of Brock Street, between the theatre and Hotel Dieu Hospital). It is an AutoPay system, without an attendant. Pre-pay for your parking on your way into the show. Your validated ticket will open the exit gate. Or, you can use your credit card on entry, and same credit card at the exit gate. Either way, it will save you time after the show. There is a pay and display lot on Montreal Street behind Sepps Ski Shop, as well as pay and display street parking. Please be mindful of all posted information in regards to the parking you choose. Group Discounts Groups of 20 or more save up to 15% off regular priced tickets to select Grand Theatre Presents performances. Please note that these do not include rental performances. For more information and reservations, contact the box office at 613-530-2050 or grandtheatre2@cityofkingston.ca Greening the Grand As a proud member of Sustainable Kingston, the City of Kingston and the Grand Theatre are committed to achieving our community goal: Kingston, the Most Sustainable City in Canada! Signature refillable Grand Theatre water bottles are available for sale at the bar in lieu of commercial bottled water, and refilling stations are located on both floors of the Theatre. They provide clean, clear and refreshing drinking water, eliminate plastics from our community waste stream and save you money. For more information, visit kingstongrand.ca

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Thursday May 30 – subscriptions on sale Saturday July 13 – early bird deadline Thursday August 1 – renewal deadline Friday August 16 – last day for subscribers to purchase additional tickets at a discount Monday August 26 – single tickets on sale Annual Season Brochure


2013-2014 Grand Theatre Presents Sponsors THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE GRAND THEATRE FOUNDATION!

EMPIRE LIFE KINGSTON JAZZ FESTIVAL UNDERWRITER

THEATRE, BROADWAY on & off, SONGWRITER AND R&B SERIES UNDERWRITER

HOSPITALITY UNDERWRITER

walter fenlon & linda ann daly EDUCATION UNDERWRITER

ENTERTAINERS SERIES UNDERWRITER

Kingston Stores

COMEDY SERIES UNDERWRITER

KIDSTAGE SERIES UNDERWRITER

PERFORMANCE SPONSORS

Dianne Lackonick

stan & marie-rose gibson

elaine & michael DAVIES

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7 Fingers presents Traces | PG. 43 Wednesday April 30 7:30pm

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