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May
24
Thu
Auditions – Sharpen the Acts Part 3
May 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Auditions - Sharpen the Acts Part 3 @ Old Church Theatre

Come prepared to audition for one or all five of the original shows we are producing in this round of Sharpen the Acts.

May
27
Sun
Women in Song ~ Astrid Young, Kim Doolittle and Saskia Tomkins
May 27 @ 2:00 pm

Three Diverse Women Recording Artists, One Great Show.  If variety is the spice of life, then this Sunday matinee will be a very picante afternoon at The Old Church Theatre.

Rocker/Singer-Songwriter/Sommelier Astrid Young, Virtuoso on All Things Strings (Violin, Cello, Nyckelharpa) Saskia Tomkins & Roots/Folk/Blues Singer- Songwriter Kim Doolittle are serving up an afternoon of inspired music to Ring in the Spring at this gorgeous, intimate venue.

**Ticket includes wine tasting with Astrid in the intermission!


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These women are lifetime creatives, their original music is a tapestry of three very diverse musical paths, all of them different and yet the similar in their dedication as experienced, storied women of song.  Each are independent recording artists, well versed, well traveled and authentically entertaining.

Saskia Tomkins, from the UK, moved to Ontario in 2007 with her family, bringing with them a wealth of musical talent and experience. Saskia’s musical abilities on bowed strings are wide ranging, from classical to celtic, to gypsy-jazz, to songwriter accompaniment. After seeing Stefan Grappelli perform 3 times, she completed a BA in Jazz and popular music.
She has played with countless artists in many genres, including Uriah Heep’s 30th anniversary concert, improvising with dancers at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London and learning cello for Michael Bogdanov and the English Shakespeare Company. She has recorded on over 60 albums for other artists and several with her own groups. Saskia is also the All Britain Champion for Irish Fiddle.

Saskia will be playing Violin, Viola and Nyckelharpa.

www.saskiatomkins.com

 

“January, 2018 marked 45 years as a Singer, Songwriter and Storyteller. Music is my life.

I love to sing, write, play and tell stories about a life I had perfectly planned. Those plans went more curly than straight, teaching me that too many plans are laughable while those curves inform my Muse.

My 9th studio album feels like my first. “Into The Blue”, produced and largely co-written by Ken Whiteley is the sum of a 43 year artistic journey. It comes straight from the heart and the songs reflect a deep desire to move forward in my musical life authentically, with an eye on looking back at where it all began.

“Into The Blue” dropped April 8, 2017, charting on Stingray Music, The Blues Radio Network, CBC, Toronto Blues Society Charts, Blues and Routes Radio, and Folk Routes to name a few. The music is heavily influenced by Blues, Roots, Gospel, Folk and the varied tapestry woven at family Kitchen Parties courtesy of my native Nova Scotian childhood.

I am humbled to have been mentored by Ken Whiteley, my music could not have been placed in better hands. The songs are reflective and meant to create hope and optimism through strength, perseverance, trust and spirit. We cannot get enough of that in the world.

Gratefully, I will be out and about playing some tunes and spinning some yarns for those of you who might like to come to the shows. I anticipate putting a few miles on the RV in 2018, guitar in hand, so keep your eye on my site for dates near you and drop in and say hello. I look forward to making your acquaintance and may all your blues be the musical kind.” ~ Kim Doolittle   www.kimdoolittlemusic.com

 

Astrid Young is a singer-songwriter with influences that range from classical to heavy rock, with a healthy dose of blues and country in between. Her discography dates back to 1984 and boasts over forty releases, from bands that she has played in, to artists for whom she has sang backup for or played with as a side-musician on bass, keyboards, guitar, or whatever happened to have been lying around at the time.

Some notable co-writes include Bernie Taupin & Martin Page, Lisa DalBello, Nancy Wilson (Heart), the late West Arkeen (Guns & Roses), and Tom Wilson. Artists she has played or sang with, either live or in the studio, include Neil Young, Ann & Nancy Wilson, Graham Bonnet, Johnny Cash, Nicolette Larson, Gerry Goffin, Graveyard Train, and Dramarama. If you’re a Neil fan, you’ve probably heard her voice on Unplugged, Harvest Moon, Live at Red Rocks (Road Rocks Vol. 2), or Are You Passionate.

Astrid’s solo acoustic shows have been compared to “Alice In Chains Unplugged”, and Music Connection Magazine in Los Angeles once said she was “More closely related to Angus”. She has played stages large and small, from the Whiskey-A-Go-Go in Hollywood to Paradiso in Amsterdam. Citing her primary influences as David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Kate Bush, and Black Sabbath, she plays a 12-string like it’s a weapon and isn’t afraid to change strings on the day of a show.

Young has released four solo albums: Brainflower in 1995, Matinee in 2002, Pokalolo Paniolo (as iST) in 2003, and more recently, One Night at Giant Rock, the acid-folk epic which was produced by Victor DeLorenzo, an original Violent Femme.

Astrid is also an author, having penned the Canadian bestseller Being Young: Scott, Neil and Me (Insomniac Press 2009). She has written several screenplays, made a film, is a certified sommelier, and is currently working on a work of pure, unadulterated genre fiction titled Haunted When The Minutes Drag.
Website is nowhere near current, but have at it anyway: http://www.astridyoung.net/

 

 

May
31
Thu
“Where the River Flows”
May 31 @ 7:30 pm

Where the River Flows is a new comedy by Peter Paylor and stars Bill Petch.

Keaton Lowry is a writer and a paddler – a canoe and kayak enthusiast who’s moved from the city to a little cabin by the river where he writes a monthly, syndicated magazine column – “Where the River Flows”. Keaton is sometimes the target of the townspeople’s disdain for city folk – quite literally when Vern has his shotgun out – and the townspeople are sometimes the target of Keaton’s monthly column. Keaton would like nothing more than to be left alone to watch the river from his window, but the view from his window is obstructed and the river is crawling with metaphors…and then along comes Jill.


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Bill Petch does a marvelous job of bringing Keaton to life in “Where the River Flows”, a delightful new piece of theatre in the great Canadian storytelling tradition. It’s warm and honest and incredibly funny and bound to be a hit with the audience for this world premier performance.

 

 

With six plays produced in less than three years, Peter Paylor has quickly become one of the Region’s favourite playwrights, winning over audiences by putting likable characters in unlikely situations with a fine balance of warmth and humour. Peter lives in Belleville, Ontario where he is a founding member of the Quinte Playwrights’ Collective and an ardent supporter of local theatre and the arts. His plays have been produced by the Belleville Theatre Guild, The Old Church Theatre and the River & Main Theatre Company. Three of his plays have been presented at the Eastern Ontario Drama League’s One-Act Play Festivals including the Old Church Theatre’s production of “Tea with Roger” which received the Audience Choice Award for Favourite Play in November, 2017.

Jun
1
Fri
“Where the River Flows”
Jun 1 @ 7:30 pm

Where the River Flows is a new comedy by Peter Paylor and stars Bill Petch.

Keaton Lowry is a writer and a paddler – a canoe and kayak enthusiast who’s moved from the city to a little cabin by the river where he writes a monthly, syndicated magazine column – “Where the River Flows”. Keaton is sometimes the target of the townspeople’s disdain for city folk – quite literally when Vern has his shotgun out – and the townspeople are sometimes the target of Keaton’s monthly column. Keaton would like nothing more than to be left alone to watch the river from his window, but the view from his window is obstructed and the river is crawling with metaphors…and then along comes Jill.


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Bill Petch does a marvelous job of bringing Keaton to life in “Where the River Flows”, a delightful new piece of theatre in the great Canadian storytelling tradition. It’s warm and honest and incredibly funny and bound to be a hit with the audience for this world premier performance.

 

 

With six plays produced in less than three years, Peter Paylor has quickly become one of the Region’s favourite playwrights, winning over audiences by putting likable characters in unlikely situations with a fine balance of warmth and humour. Peter lives in Belleville, Ontario where he is a founding member of the Quinte Playwrights’ Collective and an ardent supporter of local theatre and the arts. His plays have been produced by the Belleville Theatre Guild, The Old Church Theatre and the River & Main Theatre Company. Three of his plays have been presented at the Eastern Ontario Drama League’s One-Act Play Festivals including the Old Church Theatre’s production of “Tea with Roger” which received the Audience Choice Award for Favourite Play in November, 2017.

Jun
5
Tue
Bead, Beer, Wire & Wine
Jun 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Urban Renaissance artist  Lisa Morris brings her creative skill set to a new workshop at the Old Church Theatre.  Bead, Beer, Wire and Wine will challenge the boundaries of your imagination with the alchemy of what makes spectacular wearable art.  Computer parts, old jewelry, wire, rubber, cutlery and glass are only a few materials this gifted artist can manipulate.  A sculptor, director, playwright and painter, Lisa sees the world as a treasure trove of raw materials that can be reformed into beautiful objects. 

Don’t miss this first workshop,  Twisting a Tree if you want to trigger your artistic instincts.  Lisa will cover some of the basics of twisted wire jewelry as you make our own tree.

Registration is required and the $25 fee includes all materials required.

 


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Jun
10
Sun
Neema
Jun 10 @ 2:00 pm

World traveler, former First Nation community manager, and championed by Leonard Cohen, Montreal’s Neema brings a lot of living to the stories she sets to beguiling contemporary folk music with world influences. Her song ‘For You’ feat. Emmylou Harris won runner-up in the International Acoustic Music Awards, and her song ‘Angel Undercover’ was recently selected as a finalist in the Canadian Songwriting Competition. Neema has opened for artists such as Elton John, Joe Cocker, Jesse Winchester and Cyndi Lauper. Cohen has said of Neema, “in the midst of all the static, a voice of true feeling arises – a rare event”.


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Her third studio album, Painting My Wall Gold was released in March of 2016. It was recorded while Neema was pregnant with her son, and produced with Daryl Johnson (Daniel Lanois) and Mark Howard (Bob Dylan, The Wailin Jennys). It opens with Neema’s mettā song, ‘For You’ inspired by Buddhist meditation, a practice of wishing loving kindness to those around you, which features a performance by Emmylou Harris.  This song won runner-up in the folk/roots category of the International Acoustic Music Awards.

Painting My Wall Gold is a beautiful, sophisticated, globally-infused, and electronically-enhanced album of modern folk music that draws heavily on themes of acceptance and equanimity.  Neema’s lyrics, poetic in their ambiguity and sprinkled with visual metaphors and spiritual allusions, transcend the personal triumphs and tragedies that gave them life, evoking instead the raw emotional essence of the situations that inspired them.

Her second album Watching You Think was released in June 2010 and was produced with Leonard Cohen and long-time Sarah McLachlan collaborator Pierre Marchand. The Globe and Mail called it “A stunner.” Cohen also drew a portrait of her as the album’s cover and has said of her “in the midst of all the static, a voice of true feeling arises – a rare event”.

She spent 2010 and 2011 touring with her band.  After launch shows in Montreal, New York and Los Angeles, appearances at Folk Alliance in Memphis and Austin’s South by South-West, Neema toured as a support act for Jesse Winchester through the USA.  She performed over 150 shows that year, then in the summer of 2011 Neema headed out on a tour of Europe that would see her and the band play twenty-two shows across thirteen countries. As well as her headline performances, she had the honor of opening shows for Joe Cocker, Jeff Beck, Lyle Lovett and Elton John. She also opened for and sang with Cindy Lauper.

She released a digital collection of live recordings from those tours, Leave the Light On, in 2014.

Background and Debut

Born in Canada of Egyptian and Lebanese decent, Neema’s presence on and off stage is powerful and charismatic, and her voice is honest and unique. She has traveled extensively, having shared time with the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala and Mother Teresa at the Mother House in Calcutta, as well as working with the tribal elders of Wekweeti, an isolated First Nation community in northern Canada.

She lived in Egypt in 1999, learning more about her roots and nurturing her passion for music.  She studied classical voice training with Mme Titie Sid Ahmed and classical guitar with renowned musician Mohammed Emad El Edin.  She also worked with street children teaching them English through music.  By the end of that year Neema returned to Canada and moved to Wekweeti (Snare Lake), a small isolated Aboriginal community north of Yellowknife where she was the First Nation’s Band Manager until the end of 2001. She then continued working for the Dogrib Treaty 11 Council assisting in the Tlicho land claim and self-government negotiations until their effective date in 2005.

These experiences greatly enriched Neema and inspired much of her music and writings.  She released her first album Masì Cho in 2006. The Montreal Gazette described Neema’s music as “…a gentle call to arms for freedom and an invitation to unfasten the chains we wrap around ourselves.” The album received wonderful reviews and had her touring through Canada, USA, UK and Australia.

When not on the road, Neema has continued her vocal studies with Rhiannon, Karen Young and Murielle Matteau. She has also returned to Wekweeti to teach songwriting workshops to the youth and to Egypt to perform at the first anniversary of the revolution. And she’s completed several 10-day canoe trips with the Tlicho, retracing the steps of their ancestors.

A few press excerpts –

“That Leonard Cohen thinks enough of Neema to be one of the producers on her debut album is impressive, but not half as much as the songs she’s assembled here. A gifted wordsmith, this native Montrealer knows how to take songs about falling in love…and make them feel every bit as special as falling feels to young lovers. But what really makes this special is that the settings are as thoughtful and detailed as the songs they adorn. A stunner.”  The Globe & Mail June 28th, 2010

“With various musical soundscapes and cultural influences throughout the album, Neema’s understanding of people and artistic forms far and wide gives here the ability to create remarkable music.“ Top 100 Canadian Blog  March 12, 2016

 

“Neema’s journey is humble and sincere with her warm touching voice and nomadic heart..”  Le Droit, Ottawa. April 19, 2014

 

“the people there stayed, listened fascinated, and gave standing ovation at the end”  Nieuwsblad, Belgium. July 1, 2011

 

“a spectacular mood at the summerfestival..before Joe Cocker you could see the Canadian singer Neema who started the evening with a beautiful mix of folk jazz and pop and she fitted perfectly to the main act.” Stuz, Germany. June 26, 2011

“Neema took to the stage, with incredible warmth of character and charm. Neema’s introspective brand of folk came together beautifully on stage at Bush Hall, the atmosphere was intensely warm. The band was tight from start to end…a real treat to see this beautiful show and gave me a real sense of serenity.” The Undercurrent, London UK, July 15, 2011

“In many ways Neema is Cohen’s musical heir. Her music is elegant but restrained, giving prominence to the poetic lyrics…her music, however, is ultimately very much her own.” – The Ottawa Sun, July 9th 2010

“The music is rich in the chamber pop and folk tradition, with a penchant for precise and delicate lyrics”  Paste Magazine February 24, 2011

 

Jun
16
Sat
Gregory Hoskins
Jun 16 @ 7:30 pm

Gregory Hoskins returns to the Old Church Theatre with With Adam Hay on drums and  Lisa Hodgson on vox and keys with songs from Vain and Alone, Beggar Heart, The King of Good Intentions and more.

Gregory Hoskins’ career has spanned 28 years, 11 albums, and recording contracts in Canada, the U.S., Germany, and Asia.  Critically lauded since the 1991 release of Moon Come Up (True North/Sony), he has flown faithfully and agilely under the radar.

His latest studio recording, Vain + Alone, was made available in 2017 and found Hoskins returning to his DIY roots as he performed, engineered, and mastered the 10 new songs. “…lyrics are real and bittersweet, arrangements are nimble…” says Brad Wheeler of The Globe and Mail and his singing “…is nothing less than a revelation,” says Ian Keary, of fROOTS.


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He collaborates regularly with Toronto’s renowned The Art of Time Ensemble, most notably in The Poem/The Song with Margaret Atwood, Doghouse Roses with Michael Ondaatje, and 2018’s Leonard Cohen tribute, A Singer Must Die.  He has developed and facilitated a creation process with indigenous artists, collaborated with incarcerated women on a collection of songs written and recorded in prisons as part of “Why The Caged Bird Sings”, and has appeared with author/activist Stephen Jenkinson (Die Wise) on sold out reading/concert tours of the US, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK.  In October of 2017, the pair released Nights of Grief and Mystery, a live recording culled from those tours.

2018 will see the release of Hoskins’ 12th independent recording, Witness!, with acclaimed guitarist Kevin Breit at the producer/engineer/arranger/performer helm. Work has begun on A Certain Kind of Darkness, a cycle of 5 songs created with survivors of the Huronia Regional Centre, an institution closed down in 2009 and subject of a successful class action law suit.

 

Jun
23
Sat
Ellis Island Project
Jun 23 @ 7:30 pm

Ellis Island Project is Harry Ellis , Andy Earle, and Gary Cassagnol.  Harry Ellis is a long standing friend of the Old Church Theatre who you may have seen playing here on a few occasions with the great, Howard Baer.  Harry’s impeccable timing and jazz sensibilities make him the perfect bandleader to form this talented Latin trio and put them under our roof for an unforgettable evening.


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Harry Ellis – drums

Raised in New Jersey, Harry Ellis has had a long and varied career playing and traveling with such artists as Helen Reddy, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Maria Muldar, Tanya Tucker, Michelle Wright, and Carol Baker.  He has performed in jazz festivals in Europe and Asia with Milt Hinton, Buddy Tate, Warren Vaché, Danny Moss, and Roy Williamson, and in Canada with Peter Appleyard, Norm  Amadio, Frank Wright, Michael Stewart, Bobby Fenton, George Koller, Hilario Duran, Luis Mario Ochoa, and Bill McBirnie to name but a few.  Harry now resides in Prince Edward County and performs regularly with a wide assortment of players and singers in the area.

 

 

Andy Earle – guitar/vocal

Andy currently performs in practically any combination of single duo trio and full band. With a powerful voice, impeccable guitar work and an infectious sense of humour that permeates his performances, Andy Earle is a show not to be missed.

Whether detailing life’s joys or its sorrows, Andy is an utterly engrossing performer.  While his fretwork is admirably agile, it’s as a vocalist that Andy truly shines; he caresses a lyric like a lover, his rich baritone a seductive purr both warm and inviting. Yet, soothing though it may be, there’s an ever-present and unmistakable sense of barely-controlled power to Andy’s singing, a raw and unbridled passion seething just under the surface.

 

 

Gary Cassagnol – bass

Gary’s background is Haitian but his playing career started in New York City.  In the 60s he played with various bands exploring several musical genres.  That versatility took him to Montreal in the 70s (during which time he toured with The Platters) and then to Toronto in the 90s …playing all the time as a guitar player.

Gary switched to the bass in the 90s by accident (because the bass player didn’t show up for a gig) and he’s been playing the bass ever since with several different acts, and mostly with Andy Earle for the last 15 years.

 

 

Jun
26
Tue
Brand Yourself-Marketing 101 for Musicians and Artists
Jun 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Brand Yourself-Marketing 101 for Musicians and Artists @ Old Church Theatre

BRAND YOURSELF – Marketing 101 for Musicians and Artists is a workshop on how to identify the unique combination of skills and traits that makes you you – and how to use that to differentiate yourself.

Randy Stewart applies his decades of marketing experience to lead the group through a variety of concepts and strategies that can keep your message on message – and ideas for how to get that message across on a ‘guitar-string’ budget.

Topics covered include:

  • Third Person Thinking – Are you dish soap or diamonds?
  • The Elevator Pitch – telling your story in 25 words or less
  • Positioning Statements – defining yourself in 5 words or less
  • Leave Behinds – the old-school items you still need
  • you – because it’s 2018
  • Design Basics – simple steps to evaluate creative

 


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Jun
29
Fri
Skye Wallace
Jun 29 @ 7:30 pm

 

Skye Wallace is what happens when a classically trained singer with east coast roots discovers punk rock in their youth.


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Hailed coast to coast as a “national treasure” (Sad Mag), Skye Wallace bases out of Vancouver and Toronto. Her band is raucous and her voice is a force to be reckoned with. Her newest album “Something Wicked”, produced by Jim Bryson, is now available.
Noisey/Vice called it “fire” and CBC’s Stephen Quinn called it a “kick ass record” – have a listen and see what all the fuss is about.

 

Find out more about Skye on her website and check out this video!

Jul
6
Fri
Mel Parsons
Jul 6 @ 7:30 pm

Award-winning singer songwriter Mel Parsons is well recognized as one of New Zealand’s established songwriting stars.

Parsons has just released her third full length album ‘Drylands’ to critical acclaim, returning triumphant from a 23-date headline tour of NZ, following performances at WOMAD, Woodford Folk Festival (AU), Folk Alliance International (US), and Byron Bay Bluesfest this summer. Since it’s April release ’Drylands’ has spent 32 weeks in the IMNZ album charts, peaking at No.2.


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The release comes after an intense few years of relentless touring and festival performances both in her home-country and internationally, and follows the success of both her debut album ‘Over My Shoulder’ in 2009, and sophomore offering ‘Red Grey Blue’ in 2011.

Parsons is a two-time NZ Music Award (VNZMA) finalist for Folk Album of the Year; Winner of the 2016 NZCMA Country Song of the Year; Winner of the 2016 MMF award for Best Independent Tour; A finalist for the prestigious APRA Silver Scroll award in 2015; and ‘Drylands’ won the NZ Music Award in technical category for Best Engineer (Lee Prebble, Oliver Harmer).

With a wide breadth of material, Parsons has a dynamic songwriting range: from the gutsy & rhythmic hand-clappers like audience favourite ‘Far Away’, through to pin-drop ballads like ‘Don’t Wait’, featuring Canadian songwriting royalty Ron Sexsmith.

With a dynamite live show – solo, or with her dynamic band, Parsons is an engaging performer with a natural emotive voice that allows the listener to become part of the story. Her unique style simmers somewhere between indie/folk and alt/country, and her shows are as memorable for the spine tingling songs as for Parsons’ dry banter delivery in between.

With home as a hotel room and a suitcase, she has built up a solid fan base the old fashioned way – winning over audiences on the live circuit. Along with NZ performances, Parsons has had recent tours in Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia and Germany. She is also a cast member of Kiwi musical collective ‘Fly My Pretties‘, with tours and festival performances including the prestigious Byron Bay Bluesfest.

“Exceptionally written, beautifully arranged and remarkably consistent” – The Music AU

“Captivating… impressive new material” – NZ Herald

“Keeping the crowd was a measure of the power and intimacy of her performance as much as how her songwriting grips for its intensely personal touch.” – Graham Reid, Elsewhere 

“Parsons is in possession of a wonderfully rich voice. There is a smoky quality that makes it impossible not to be drawn into her lyrics” – Marty Duda, The 13th Floor

Jul
8
Sun
Blue Moon Marquee
Jul 8 @ 2:00 pm

Blue Moon Marquee is a Gypsy Blues band born of the wild rose foothills of Alberta. They currently make their home in an island shack on the coast of the Salish Sea ,British Columbia. A.W. Cardinal (vocals/guitar) and Jasmine Colette a.k.a. Badlands Jass (vocals/bass/drums) write and perform original compositions influenced by anything that swings, jumps or grooves. Artists such as Lonnie Johnson, Louis Armstrong, Blind Willie Jonson, Charley Patton, Howlin’ Wolf, Screaming Jay Hawkins, Tom Waits, Memphis Minnie, and Django Reinhardt are deeply infused in the soul of their music.


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Blue Moon Marquee is primarily a live duo with the energy and sound of a full band. Colette, the rhythm section, not only commands the upright bass but also brings the swing with her feet on the kick drum, snare and high hat, all while singing harmonies. Cardinal is of the screaming and hollering blues ilk with distinctive thick and smoky vocals that barrel out like a raging bull. His guitar crackles with the swinging energy of jazz tinged blues.

Appreciated for their authenticity, Blue Moon Marquee have been nominated for a Maple Blues Award as best new artist of the year, 2016. The duo were also the most requested band for the 2016 TD International Jazz Festival circuit across Canada, which they will return to in 2017. Their songs have a heavy dose of atmosphere and texture with a penchant for poet characters and gritty settings. It is this connection to the working class that draws so many people to their music, crossing many of the usual genre, age and cultural bounds. Most importantly, they make every song their own. After four years of playing together, the group has developed a distinct, personal voice that can be heard in each song. The result is an infectious mix of early blues, jazz, country, and popular songs with a contemporary and relevant feel, which is highly listenable and great for dancing. Blue Moon Marquee’s passionate performances and smouldering onstage chemistry is their trademark, and the way Colette’s tones lift A.W.’s
mystique is something that enthralls audiences from back room bars to festival stages to the velvet seated theaters.

To date, Blue Moon Marquee has released three full length albums of their original compositions: “Gyspy Blues” (2016), “Lonesome Ghosts” (2014), “Stainless Steel Heart” (2013), and one online E.P. “Last Dollar” (20??). Their latest album, “Gypsy Blues,” charted at number 3 on the Earshot National Roots and Blues charts. The group has appeared on many radio stations around the world, including a half hour special/interview on Holger Petersen’s Blues Hour for CBC.

 

Jul
13
Fri
Sharpen the Acts III – One Act Play Festival
Jul 13 @ 7:30 pm

SHARPEN THE ACTS – PART III
Each performance, four original one act plays.

Experience four curated plays by local writers in a unique, rural venue. 

 

Performances:

Friday July 13th @7:30 PM

Saturday July 14th @7:30PM

and Sunday July 15th @2 PM

 


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“Loser Lunch” by Penny Barker.

Directed by Ian Feltham.  Starring: Gerry Fraiberg,  Scott Roodvoets, Heather Muir, and Heather Barker.

A lot of people don’t win the Lotto. In fact, most people don’t win the Lotto. It is only the rare few that have their numbers drawn and can leave their jobs to retire in splendour. It is equally rare to be the few left behind on the shop floor when everyone else wins big. The Losers … waiting for the Loser Lunch.

 

“Post-Mortem for a Planet” by Jack Evans. 

Directed by Peter Paylor.  Starring: Judie Preece and Penny Barker

It’s been thousands and thousands of years since the twins were left in charge of Good and Evil on earth, but now the last mortal creature has bit the dust and it’s time to compare notes and report back to Mother. Lofty business, but it’s a story most of us can relate to in the end – just two siblings getting together over a drink, wondering what Mom’s up to now.

 

“Baby Orchids” by Lise Lindenburg

Directed by Matthew Sheahan. Starring:  Rebecca House, Mihal Zada and Jamison Picard .

Susie is trying to help her deadbeat, but lovable brother, Louis, get his life on track, all while getting ready for the orchid show. Can she help Louis and his girlfriend, Jackie, get things on track? What secret has Jackie shared with Susie that makes that more difficult? And where does Slim fit in?

 

“Pigeon Speak” by Beth Milligan

Directed by Lisa Morris.  Starring Brian Weston and Kathryn Dalmer.

Sam and John…just two guys hanging out downtown. Shooting the breeze. Checking out the shops. Talking about life and love and fashion and food like guys hanging out tend to do. Did I say guys? I meant pigeons. Sam and John…just two pigeons hanging out downtown. Shooting the breeze…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jul
14
Sat
Sharpen the Acts III – One Act Play Festival
Jul 14 @ 7:30 pm

SHARPEN THE ACTS – PART III
Each performance, four original one act plays.

Experience four curated plays by local writers in a unique, rural venue. 

 

Performances:

Friday July 13th @7:30 PM

Saturday July 14th @7:30PM

and Sunday July 15th @2 PM

 


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“Loser Lunch” by Penny Barker.

Directed by Ian Feltham.  Starring: Gerry Fraiberg,  Scott Roodvoets, Heather Muir, and Heather Barker.

A lot of people don’t win the Lotto. In fact, most people don’t win the Lotto. It is only the rare few that have their numbers drawn and can leave their jobs to retire in splendour. It is equally rare to be the few left behind on the shop floor when everyone else wins big. The Losers … waiting for the Loser Lunch.

 

“Post-Mortem for a Planet” by Jack Evans. 

Directed by Peter Paylor.  Starring: Judie Preece and Penny Barker

It’s been thousands and thousands of years since the twins were left in charge of Good and Evil on earth, but now the last mortal creature has bit the dust and it’s time to compare notes and report back to Mother. Lofty business, but it’s a story most of us can relate to in the end – just two siblings getting together over a drink, wondering what Mom’s up to now.

 

“Baby Orchids” by Lise Lindenburg

Directed by Matthew Sheahan. Starring:  Rebecca House, Mihal Zada and Jamison Picard .

Susie is trying to help her deadbeat, but lovable brother, Louis, get his life on track, all while getting ready for the orchid show. Can she help Louis and his girlfriend, Jackie, get things on track? What secret has Jackie shared with Susie that makes that more difficult? And where does Slim fit in?

 

“Pigeon Speak” by Beth Milligan

Directed by Lisa Morris.  Starring Brian Weston and Kathryn Dalmer.

Sam and John…just two guys hanging out downtown. Shooting the breeze. Checking out the shops. Talking about life and love and fashion and food like guys hanging out tend to do. Did I say guys? I meant pigeons. Sam and John…just two pigeons hanging out downtown. Shooting the breeze…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jul
15
Sun
Sharpen the Acts III – One Act Play Festival
Jul 15 @ 2:00 pm

SHARPEN THE ACTS – PART III
Each performance, four original one act plays.

Experience four curated plays by local writers in a unique, rural venue. 

 

Performances:

Friday July 13th @7:30 PM

Saturday July 14th @7:30PM

and Sunday July 15th @2 PM

 


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“Loser Lunch” by Penny Barker.

Directed by Ian Feltham.  Starring: Gerry Fraiberg,  Scott Roodvoets, Heather Muir, and Heather Barker.

A lot of people don’t win the Lotto. In fact, most people don’t win the Lotto. It is only the rare few that have their numbers drawn and can leave their jobs to retire in splendour. It is equally rare to be the few left behind on the shop floor when everyone else wins big. The Losers … waiting for the Loser Lunch.

 

“Post-Mortem for a Planet” by Jack Evans. 

Directed by Peter Paylor.  Starring: Judie Preece and Penny Barker

It’s been thousands and thousands of years since the twins were left in charge of Good and Evil on earth, but now the last mortal creature has bit the dust and it’s time to compare notes and report back to Mother. Lofty business, but it’s a story most of us can relate to in the end – just two siblings getting together over a drink, wondering what Mom’s up to now.

 

“Baby Orchids” by Lise Lindenburg

Directed by Matthew Sheahan. Starring:  Rebecca House, Mihal Zada and Jamison Picard .

Susie is trying to help her deadbeat, but lovable brother, Louis, get his life on track, all while getting ready for the orchid show. Can she help Louis and his girlfriend, Jackie, get things on track? What secret has Jackie shared with Susie that makes that more difficult? And where does Slim fit in?

 

“Pigeon Speak” by Beth Milligan

Directed by Lisa Morris.  Starring Brian Weston and Kathryn Dalmer.

Sam and John…just two guys hanging out downtown. Shooting the breeze. Checking out the shops. Talking about life and love and fashion and food like guys hanging out tend to do. Did I say guys? I meant pigeons. Sam and John…just two pigeons hanging out downtown. Shooting the breeze…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jul
19
Thu
Rachel Beck
Jul 19 @ 7:30 pm

Canadian songstress Rachel Beck comprises one half of PEI’s award-nominated duo The Beck Sisters. Rachel recently partnered with producer Daniel Ledwell (David Myles, Jenn Grant) to record her debut solo album, set for release in March, 2018. Glowing with catchy pop hooks, it lures the listener into an ethereal and enveloping soundscape, as the songs take one on trek across a wide emotional range – from regret and grief to wonder and joy. Beck’s rich, clear vocals gracefully dance above distinctive piano to create a fresh and compelling folk/pop sound.


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Press quotes:
“Here’s the voice we need on those days when nothing’s right and everything sucks and people are lousy. Rachel Beck’s compassion and heart shine through each song, a little musical healing for us all. Gentle, made mostly from piano, strings and voice, the power’s in the humanity and understanding she puts in her songs.”  – Bob Mersereau, Top 100 Canadian

“Rachel really knows how to jam with her contemporaries and how to bring an audience together, as she gives her all on both musical and personal levels, creating an atmosphere that is at once seductive and celebratory–an invitation to joy.”  -Lynn Ann Bradley, Lulu Demaine

Jul
20
Fri
Hat Fitz & Cara
Jul 20 @ 7:30 pm

Hat Fitz & Cara’s musical style is a unique combination of folk, roots and gospel blues with old time flavourings reminiscent of a time once forgotten.


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Hat Fitz is a “veteran” wild man of the blues scene in Australia.  He has a record 18 straight appearances at Byron’s East Coast Blues and Roots Festival, a record that is not likely to ever be broken, and one which bears testimony to his amazing live performances and popularity with festival goers.

Cara draws on her soul background (she’s toured Europe and the United States with singers such as Jamiroquai and the hugely popular Corinne Bailey-Rae), and although blessed with a sensational voice she was not content to be labelled as ‘just a singer’. She has taken to drumming duties as well as washboards, flute and tin whistle, sometimes all at once.

Together this pair will take you on a musical journey with ample, boisterous highs, and longing, bluesy lows. From the Australian outback to the Canadian shield, Hat Fitz & Cara put on a show that is guaranteed to energize and invigorate.

“Hat Fitz and Cara have the songs, the musical ability, the drive and the self belief to offer something refreshingly vibrant and new” Get Ready To Rock – Pete Feenstra

Jul
26
Thu
Oliver the Crow
Jul 26 @ 7:30 pm

Nashville-based cello/fiddler duo Oliver the Crow are a union built for the airy plains of the South. Their vast sound, which has been called “inspired” by NPR, evokes the wide open spaces surrounding Music City, but grounds itself in the minimal, stripped down instrumentation of cellist KAITLYN RAITZ and fiddler BEN PLOTNICK.


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Each of the ten original songs on their first full-length offering unlocks a different musical world. Oliver the Crow navigates effortlessly between the gravitas of chamber composition, the longing of folk music, and the near dreamlike quality of atmospheric sound art.
Kaitlyn and Ben’s chameleon-like ability to skip between genres stems from their roots as classically-trained performers (Kaitlyn has a masters degree in classical cello from McGill University and Ben has performed as a soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic) but also from their love of everything from Hank Williams to Prince. Raitz was a founding member of folk duo Bride & Groom, tours with The Bombadils and has performed everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the Station Inn. Ben is a primary member of the JUNO award-winning folk string quartet, The Fretless, and has contributed to hundreds of recordings as one of North America’s elite fiddle players.
Their self-titled debut album was crafted in a solar-powered cabin in the middle of nowhere Vermont, over the course of just three and a half days. Kaitlyn and Ben played by natural sunlight during the day, and candlelight in the chilly evenings. They checked on the power level in between takes, made their meals next to the mixing board, and slept near their gear and instruments.
Experimental electronic duo SPEAKER FACE, known for combining acoustic instruments and natural sounds with synthesizers to create wild sonic landscapes, produced the record. Speaker Face loved the challenge of evoking drums and guitar while staying faithful to the duo’s instrumentation. “The only sounds on this record are of cello, fiddle, and voice, even though it’s hard to believe at times. We triple checked, in fact. It’s legit.”
The result is exquisite. One could get lost listening to the sounds in the shadows of “Bury Me Beneath The Willow Tree”, or following Raitz’ liquid mirror vocals as they echo and bounce off into the distance. But then the hook hits hard, a cello groove demands your immediate attention, and your focus is brought back to the present. The opening track “Sailing with the Tide” is sonically huge, anthemic, and seems to span space and time. “Glass” has Raitz’ vocals sounding silver and haunting, while “Sam River,” the only instrumental track on the record, shows off Oliver the Crow’s chops as brilliant composers and sonic manipulators.
One thing is certain: Oliver the Crow cannot be defined by genre, and yet is timeless, indelible. Kaitlyn and Ben have mastered the art of anchoring a folk song in epic pop sensibility, and it’s exhilarating to hear them smash all the rules.

Jul
28
Sat
Lotus Wight
Jul 28 @ 7:30 pm

Lotus Wight is most noted for his work as performer, composer and instrument maker for international folk retro-nauts Sheesham, Lotus and Son.

In 2016 Lotus won the Canadian Folk Music Award nomination for Best Solo Instrumental Album for his release “Lotus Wight’s Ode to the Banjo”. Lotus’ solo show focuses on the banjo’s rich history from its roots in West Africa to its sometimes dubious role as America’s instrument, playing and singing rare old versions of rare old tunes.

Playing with Lotus will be local old-time fiddler and luthier Winsome Sarol, a long-time friend and collaborator.


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Joining Lotus on stage is Luke Mercier.  Luke is master violin maker / restorer and an accomplished musician / Luke Merciercomposer residing in Spring Brook On.  His musical interests range from classical piano to Traditional Folk Roots and Country-Blues music where you may catch him playing fiddle, banjo, mandolin or singing with his guitar.

Aug
4
Sat
White Rabbit Red Rabbit
Aug 4 @ 8:00 pm
White Rabbit Red Rabbit @ Old Church Theatre

Will you participate? Will you be manipulated? Will you listen? Will you really listen?

 With no rehearsals, no director, a different actor each night, and a script waiting in a sealed envelope on stage, internationally acclaimed White Rabbit Red Rabbit, by Iranian writer Nassim Soleimanpour, is an audacious theatrical experiment and a potent reminder of the transgressive and transformative power of theatre.

On the evening of August 4th The Old Church Theatre in association with Aurora Nova, presents White Rabbit Red written by Nassim Soleimanpour.  Mihal Zada will see the script for the first time that night and perform this unique play.


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Forbidden to leave his native Iran, Soleimanpour wrote a play which travelled the world in his place. The audience joins each different performer on a journey into the unknown; stumbling upon the personal and profound, the limits of liberty and ultimately where theatre can take you. Since its joint premiere in 2011, the play has been translated into over 25 different languages and has been performed over 1000 times by some of the biggest names in theatre and film, including actors Whoopi Goldberg, Nathan Lane, John Hurt, Simon McBurney, Stephen Fry, Sinead Cusack, Marcus Brigstocke and Ken Loach.

Recommended for audiences 12+

Between 50-90 minutes

http://www.auroranova.org/white-rabbit-red-rabbit

 

Press Quotes:

“A stunning piece of theatre, thought-provoking and morally unsettling.” Fringereview

“Nassim Soleimanpour is a fiercely – even frighteningly – original voice, and a thrillingly adept craftsman… Go see!” The Skinny

“Wildly unpredictable and completely unforgettable, White Rabbit Red Rabbit is a punch in the air for self-expression; a testament to the power of words to transcend cultures and borders. You have to be there.” New Zealand Herald

Awards:
Dublin Fringe Festival Best New Performance 2012
Summerworks Outstanding New Performance Text Award 2011
The Arches Brick Award, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011

Nassim Soleimanpour is an independent multidisciplinary theatre maker from Tehran, Iran. His plays have been translated into 20 languages. Best known for his play White Rabbit Red Rabbit, written to travel the world when he couldn’t, his work has been awarded the Dublin Fringe Festival Best New Performance, Summerworks Outstanding New Performance Text Award and The Arches Brick Award (Edinburgh Fringe) as well as picking up nominations for a Total Theatre and Brighton Fringe Pick of Edinburgh Award.

By the time Nassim was permitted to travel for the first time in early 2013, his play White Rabbit Red Rabbit had been performed over 1000 times in 20 languages. Since then Nassim has facilitated workshops and panels in different countries including World Theatre Festival (Brisbane), Tolhuistuin (Amsterdam), SESC Vila Mariana (Sao Paulo), Schauspielhaus (Vienna), DPAC (Kuala Lampur), Theatertreffen (Berlin), British Council (London), Asia House (London) and University of Bremen (Germany).

Nassim’s second play Blind Hamlet for the London based Actors Touring Company premiered at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and has since toured extensively around the UK and was received well in Bucharest and Copenhagen. His third play BLANK premiered in November 2015 at Dancing on the Edge Festival in Amsterdam and Utrecht followed by performances at Radar Festival in London.

2017 saw the premiere of Nassim’s latest play, the eponymously titled NASSIM which features the playwright himself on stage. Co-produced by the Bush Theatre in London, the play premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to great acclaim, winning the prestigious Scotsman Fringe First Award. Nassim now lives in Berlin with his wife Shirin and dog Echo, and tours the world with NASSIM while working on new material for the stage.

Note: This play is NOT overtly political, and should not be portrayed as such. It operates on a deeper, metaphoric level, and very expressly avoids overt political comment. All media and press agents have to keep in mind that the playwright is an Iranian native. We therefore ask the press to be judicious in their reportage.

Aug
5
Sun
Improvmonauts
Aug 5 @ 2:00 pm

Watch the funny, talented people of the Quinte area make stuff up on the spot!
Come see the show for comedy that’s OUT OF THIS WORLD!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aug
8
Wed
Suzi & Doug Jazz Duo with: BAER onBass
Aug 8 @ 7:30 pm

Howard Baer returns to the Old Church Theatre with the Suzi & Doug Jazz Duo.  It promises to be a fun night filled of energy, great music and fun stories!  Grounded in a background of musical theatre, Suzi Wesson  & Doug Balfour  present an eclectic mix of jazz standards, quirky, obscure and genre-crossing songs, plus beautiful originals.  


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Suzi Wesson – vocal

Suzi Wesson cut her teeth on jazz, but her effortless soaring vocals make her sought-after by Dixieland, Blues and Rock bands.  A veteran music theatre performer, she toured extensively with Les Misérables as far afield as Anchorage and Honolulu.

As a singer-songwriter, she also composed and music-directed The 401 Show,  but her favourite stage performance has to be Canadian Stage’s The House of Martin Guerre, where she shared the stage with her yet-unborn youngest son.  Most recently, Suzi was a featured vocalist at Jazz FM’s One-Stop Vocal Jazz Safari.

 

 

Doug Balfour – piano

Doug spent many years in Vancouver, where he worked with singers Karin Plato, Lee Aaron and Michael Bublé.  Music directing credits include Forever Plaid,  Ain’t Misbehavin’, Rock and Roll, and Don Messer’s Jubilee.He has played Wicked, Sunset Blvd, Phantom, Ragtime, and in the Jessie Award-winning big band for Forever Swing.  An accomplished classical pianist and composer, Doug wrote the incidental music for the Arts Club’s Intimate Apparel… and just to switch things up, Doug also plays with legend Robbie Lane & the Disciples.

 

 

 

Howard Baer – upright bass

On the heels of a 38yr career in studio recording as composer-arranger-producer creating music for IMAX, CBC-TV, Solitudes and numerous educational music programs for kids, having had over 7000 of his arrangements recorded, and having been honoured with several JUNO nominations for his work, Howard, a Warkworth resident, has changed musical direction.

Previously a keyboardist, trumpet player and conductor, now Howard now enjoys playing various styles of music:  jazz, blues, country, bluegrass, R&B, folk and classical …as an upright bassist.  His main focus has been playing in various jazz configurations and coordinating music presentations for dining venues, festivals, weddings & special events.  For more information please visit baeronbass.wordpress.com.

 

 

 

Aug
16
Thu
Kunle
Aug 16 @ 7:30 pm
 

A Nigerian acoustic guitarist and singer/songwriter currently based in Toronto, Kunle’s folk and soul music bridges contemporary styles with roots in West African rhythms and stories. Kunle brings together his rich vocals, unique guitar tapping, harmonica and talking drum to take audiences into what he terms ‘music with no boundaries’.


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Kunle is thrilled to be returning to Old Church Theatre to share music from his newest project, called “Freedom”. Drawing from his personal experiences and what he sees in the world today, Kunle’s songs explore what it means to be free in all senses of the word — freedom from racism, freedom from mental health issues and the freedom to explore your dreams and live your values. 

This summer, Kunle can be found playing Summerfolk Music Festival in Ontario, Playing the Park Music Series in Toronto and Africa Day festival in Hamburg Germany.  Kunle has previously performed at Mariposa Folk Festival, Blue Skies Folk Festival and Peterborough Folk Festival. Kunle’s song “My Little Fingers” was awarded for best instrumental by Folk Music Ontario in 2015.

 

Aug
24
Fri
The Weber Brothers
Aug 24 @ 7:30 pm

Weber Brothers Return for Stripped-Down Duo Performance. Roots rockers The Weber Brothers, acclaimed for their undeniable musical talent and highly energized, awe-inspiring performances, have forged quite a reputation over their 17+ year career.

On Friday, August 24th, the brothers return to Trenton for a head-to-head duo show at The Old Church Theatre.


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Ryan (bass, vocals) and Sam (guitar, vocals) have traveled relentlessly, shared stages with rock royalty, and recorded studio work with the likes of Gordon Lightfoot, Kris Kristofferson, Ronnie Hawkins and Willie Nelson.

“The two of us have been playing music together all our lives,” says Sam Weber. “When you’ve done that much together, it becomes kind of telepathic in a way.

You know what to do without saying too much. Over the years we’ve played with some amazing musicians, dozens of incarnations of the band. But the common thread was always me and Ryan.”

2016’s feature documentary “Before We Arrive: The Story of the Weber Brothers” , tells of their tumultuous journey through the hard-luck world of music. From their early days under the tutelage of rockabilly legend Ronnie Hawkins and his fabled “Rock n Roll Bootcamp”, to countless tours across countries and oceans, the brothers’ work ethic and unspoken chemistry always shine through.

“It’s always been important to us, recording or performing, to keep evolving, to try something different. While the duo act is kind of where it all began, it’s also a chance to develop material we haven’t done that much live. A different approach. A little more raw. Just two instruments and two voices. Embracing the space.”

As evidenced by 12 independent albums, and their legions of loyal fans across the country, The Weber Brothers always deliver a powerful performance.

“I think it has a lot to do with how we came up. Ronnie Hawkins really instilled that. You have to play, practice and work hard. It’s a responsibility in the end.

Good enough isn’t good enough,” adds Sam. “There are a lot of awesome people who believe in what we’re doing. We owe them our best.”

 

Sep
9
Sun
Old Church Delinquents
Sep 9 @ 2:00 pm

The Old Church Delinquents (OCD) Jam Band will be at it again Sunday September 9th, 2018.

You’ve seen them play the Blues…You’ve seen them play R n B and Soul…Now, for the first time (and maybe the last), see and hear them play great classic rock favorites on the “No Hard Feelings Tour”. Yes, Rett is actually going to play classic rock.

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The Old Church Jam Band still features keyboard master Stevie C, the great rhythm section of Mickey Ace on the bass and Big Eddie on drums. Also the twin-guitar attack of Campbell and Wills.

From 2pm – 4pm Sunday September 9th 2018. Doors open at 1:30….seating is limited so come early.

It’s a pass-the-hat event…suggested $10 per person.’

 

 

 

 

Sep
15
Sat
Doors Open Quinte West
Sep 15 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

An added special feature to this year’s Doors Open is Quinte West’s hidden gem, the Old Church Theatre. There will be live music, an afternoon of busking with Saskia Tomkins and friends who will be playing a traditional Irish-Scottish Ceilidh.

The Old Church Theatre has a bar featuring craft beers and local wines. Light lunches available in this great atmosphere, open between noon and 4 pm.

940 Bonisteel Road,  (The red dot on the map!)

Sep
21
Fri
Tragedy Ann
Sep 21 @ 7:30 pm

When grit and groove meets softly swaying silk, the thrift-folk* of Liv Cazzola & Braden Phelan comes to life. With an electric chemistry and quick-witted sense of humour, they’ve threaded their colours and textures together to create the terrifying two-headed kitten that is Tragedy Ann. Playing with folk and alt. blues yarns, Cazzola and Phelan are a pair of accomplished mood-setters, storytellers, and chill-givers.


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Having toured across Canada, performed at prominent folk festivals and released their debut EP Stumbling in 2016, the pair is currently charming listening rooms around Ontario, and working on their full-length record. Tragedy Ann is known to make audiences laugh, cry, hug complete strangers, and is the only cure for the common cold. Bring the purr.

*Thrift-Folk: An amalgamation of well-worn musical fabrics that are repurposed and given new life in a bold and dynamic fashion. Playing guitar/accordion/ukulele-driven tunes, Liv Cazzola & Braden Phelan are dedicated and diverse songwriters who put particular focus on engaging and thought-provoking lyrics.

Sep
23
Sun
Burgess, Whiteley and Wong
Sep 23 @ 2:00 pm

Emily Burgess (guitar), Jesse Whiteley (keyboards) and Jonny Wong (tenor saxophone) are three musicians with plenty of experience between them performing, recording, and touring across the Canadian blues scene, most notably from their time playing together in The 24th Street Wailers (2009-2014).


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They have spent years honing their craft and getting to know each other’s playing styles and nuances. It reflects Burgess, Whiteley & Wong as a cohesive unit, where each member anticipates what the other will do. They’ve performed all over North America at festivals such as the Vancouver Island Music Festival, The Blues Sur Seine, Folk on the Rocks, and the Ottawa Blues festival. They have had the privilege of sharing the stage with artists such as Jimmie Vaughan, Matt Andersen, Morgan Davis, Jackie Richardson, and the Sojourners to name a few.

Their show revisits what makes music so compelling: passion and fun. With a honking horn, blazing guitar, and slick piano, their performances are known to be high-energy crowd pleasers that get the audience on their feet. Coupled with their on stage chemistry it provides an experience you won’t soon forget. Burgess, Whiteley and Wong are joined by the dynamic combination of brothers Rico and Marcus Browne on bass and drums respectively.

Sep
26
Wed
Jazz from Japan
Sep 26 @ 7:30 pm

A Canada-Japan Jazz Exchange, two years in the works, is happening in September.  While in Canada these fine Japanese jazz musicians along with Northumberland county’s San Murata (violin) and Howard Baer (bass) will be coming to Old Church Theatre for a special, not-to-be-missed performance!

                                                                                         


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OUR HOSTS: 

Japanese-born and educated, San Murata emigrated to Canada over 50 years ago and became a tennis pro at an exclusive club in Toronto.  Soon he began working as a graphic designer and before long was Creative Director for a Canadian broadcast empire.  When he reached the age of 50 San’s creative energy was bubbling over and he began to teach himself painting and jazz violin.  And it was in this time of life that San’s love affair with Japan was rekindled.  Now, almost 30 years later, San spends his time moving between his Canadian home in Northumberland and his Japanese home in Kumamoto.

 

On the heels of a 38yr career in studio recording as composer-arranger-producer creating music for IMAX, CBC-TV, Solitudes and numerous educational music programs for kids, having had over 7000 of his arrangements recorded, and having been honoured with several JUNO nominations for his work, Howard Baer, a Warkworth resident, has changed musical direction.  Previously a keyboardist, trumpet player and conductor, Howard now enjoys playing various styles of music:  jazz, swing, blues, country, bluegrass, R&B, folk and classical …as an upright bassist.  His main focus has been playing in various jazz configurations and coordinating music presentations for dining venues, festivals, weddings & special events. Howard has acted as Musical Coordinator of the Westben Jazz Fringe Festival for the past four seasons.

OUR SPECIAL GUESTS

Saxophonist Masashi Usui recently completed a Masters Degree in Performance at McGill University’s famous Schulich School of Music, studying with the famous Remi Bolduc.

Guitarist and vocalist Naomi Sameshima mastered her Bossa Nova chops in Brazil.

Pianist Yasuichiro Yamaguchi was influenced by Bill Evans and began his career after attending Berklee College of Music.

Takahiro Toyoda has played piano professionally for over 40 years.  He plays romantic French music in the style of Michel Legrand and is renowned in Japan for his work with theatre and NHK TV.


Sep
29
Sat
Mimi O’Bonsawin
Sep 29 @ 7:30 pm

Mimi O’Bonsawin is an Award winning, Contemporary roots songwriter who is inspired by her French Canadian and indigenous heritage . Her latest record ‘ Connected ‘ is rooted in story telling and sheds light on her unique perspective. Her  brand new single ” You Found Me ” is one from her songwriting books and gives us insight into her journey . You can find her music and videos via www.mimi.ca or stream her songs on Spotify.


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Mimi has been performing music since the young age of 7 years old when she performed the national anthem at the parliament of Canada for Prime Minister Jean Chrétien. From there, she began establishing her own events as well as participating in local telethons and talent shows.

Inspired by her roots as an indigenous and French-Canadian woman, she began writing at the age of 14 and performing in more areas around Ontario, Canada. By the time she turned 17 she started crafting her debut album with a Canadian music producer which was officially launched in 2014. She received airplay on radio, sold out CD release concerts and over the last few years she has been establishing her roots as a songwriter and performing at festivals such as MIDEM (in Cannes, France), Beaches Jazz Festival, and Northern Lights Festival. On top of her quick success, she also

 

We’rs so happy to have Mimi return to the Old Church Theatre  and this time bringing Ryan Schurman.  It’ll be an intimate concert to showcase new works collected over the past year as well as favorites from Mimi’s two records.

Oct
6
Sat
The Jellyman’s Daughter
Oct 6 @ 7:30 pm

Scottish duo The Jellyman’s Daughter lands squarely in the middle of a strange crossroads between bluegrass, post-rock, folk and soul. Mixing their unique vocal harmonies with wild and visceral cello, driving guitar and sweet mandolin, Emily and Graham write their songs together with a focus on doing something new.


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After making each other’s acquaintance in the inspiring setting of Edinburgh, the pair soon found a love for playing music with each other, staying up into the wee hours making home recordings. After cutting their teeth busking the streets, playing covers creatively reworked to incorporate Graham’s rhythmic, percussive cello playing and the affinity in the duo’s vocal harmonies, they began writing original material.

The release of their debut album in 2014 saw them receive a huge amount of radio exposure, and reviewers unanimously agreed that something totally appealing had come on to the scene. The Sunday Herald (Scotland) made it one of their Top Albums of The Year while Maverick magazine described them as “fascinating” and said they demonstrated “originality by the bucket­load”. “Heartily recommended” by Folking.com, Acoustic magazine told readers they “kick up a heck of a storm,” while The Daily Express called the duo “a match made in heaven”.

They started 2015 as they meant to go on, winning even more praise following bigger­-exposure live performances, including a nomination for Best Acoustic Act in the Scottish Alternative Music Awards, and spreading their wings much further afield, spending a month touring Germany, The Netherlands and Denmark. After a successful appearance at Folk Alliance International in Kansas City early in the year, Emily and Graham spent 2016 gigging extensively, including a tour of Canada in September. In 2017, after a return visit to Folk Alliance in February with an official showcase, they have been focusing on putting the finishing touches on their second album, while 2018 will see them release the album and tour the UK, Europe, USA and Canada, sustaining the momentum that has earned them exceptional praise so far.

 

“Graham can make his instrument as percussive as a drum, as grounded as a bass or as sweet as a fiddle… when Kelly and Coe sing together, their harmonies squeeze the heart.”

– Alan Morrison, The Herald Scotland

 

“A really original sound… really enjoying that”

– Ricky Ross, BBC Radio Scotland

 

“Their sound is fresh, personal and well worth a listen”

– Folk Radio UK

 

“Music with substance… Chock full of acoustic talent and a husky, smoky lyricism”

– is this music?

 

“A rounded and quality piece of work. Sharing lead vocals ensures that there is variety in delivery with neither of the duo outshining the other although the richness of Coe’s cello is the one constant throughout… All songs stand alone with no weak links” 

– Americana UK, 8/10

Oct
12
Fri
John Young & Astrid Young
Oct 12 @ 7:30 pm

John Young of Lifesigns brings his solo show to Canada … 


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John is a British progressive rock keyboardist and singer from Liverpool. Classically trained on keyboard and voice his first major break came in 1985 when he auditioned and became part of Uli Jon Roth’s band (ex-Scorpions). After a World Tour, John spent his time doing studio and session work with artists as diverse as Steeleye Span and Bon Jovi. Subsequently, John Wetton asked him to join Asia for two European tours after which he joined Paul Rodgers and Kenny Jones in a short-lived band called The Law. John played with Bonnie Tyler in the mid-1990s and has since worked with her all over the world. In 2001, he joined the Scorpions for a world tour to promote their Acoustica album. In the same year, he was co-writing the Fish album Fellini Days with John Wesley and appeared on the resulting live album Fellini Nights. He has also worked as part of the regenerated Greenslade, appearing on the albums Large Afternoon and Live 2001.

https://www.lifesigns.me
https://www.johnyoungband.com/

Astrid Young opens, accompanied by the Grand Dame of all things strings, Saskia Tomkins. Astrid is a singer-songwriter with influences that range from classical to heavy rock, with a healthy dose of blues and country in between. Her discography dates back to 1984 and boasts over forty releases, from bands that she has played in, to artists for whom she has sang backup for or played with as a side-musician. Her solo acoustic shows have been compared to “Alice In Chains Unplugged”, and Music Connection Magazine once said she was “More closely related to Angus”. She has played stages large and small all over the world, from the Whiskey-A-Go-Go in Hollywood to Paradiso in Amsterdam. Astrid cites her primary influences as David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Kate Bush, and Black Sabbath, she plays a 12-string like it’s a weapon and she isn’t afraid to change strings on the day of a show. 

www.astridyoung.net

FUN FACTS: Though John and Astrid share a surname, they are not related. They met almost 30 years ago at the NAMM show in Los Angeles and bonded over each other’s music while sitting in John’s rental car, listening to their respective CASSETTE TAPES. This little Canadian mini-tour is the first time that they have shared a stage or even been in the same room together since that day. 

$20 in advance, $25 at the door. Limited seating! Book now!!

Oct
13
Sat
Alan Rhody
Oct 13 @ 7:30 pm
Alan Rhody @ Old Church Theatre

Award-winning songwriter and touring folk-roots artist, Alan Rhody released his tenth album collection, “Farther On” April, 2017. The new disc includes co-writes with Guy Clark, Murray McLauchlan and others, plus a feast of solo works.

Over his prolific career, Rhody has played thousands of shows and recorded with greats such as John Prine, John Hartford, Sam Bush, David Rawlings and Maura O’Connell.  His music has been featured on NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”  And he’s made numerous network TV appearances in the U.S. and Canada.


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His five most recent albums are available on CD. He’s also had poems and lyrics published in “Filtered Through Time,” an anthology drawn from forty-seven writers from around the U.S. reflecting on the 150th anniversary of The Civil War.  The book is available at concerts and at his website.

A Louisville, Kentucky native, Rhody’s music has also been recorded and popularized by a diverse list of artists that includes: Oak Ridge Boys (#1 country classic, “I’ll Be True To You” 1978), Lorrie Morgan (“Trainwreck Of Emotion” 1989) Del McCoury (#1 bluegrass “Trainwreck Of Emotion” 1991).  Lee Greenwood, Tanya Tucker and Toby Keith have all recorded his “Christmas To Christmas (1985, 1988, 1990 respectively).”  Other artists who’ve done Alan’s compositions include: Murray McLauchlan, Lunch At Allen’s, The Good Brothers and Ricky Van Shelton, Hoyt Axton, Kevin Welch, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Lynn Anderson, George Jones, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper and Michael Martin Murphey.

But as Rhody often mentions during his performances, “Royalties don’t last forever, as many may think.  It’s all about current activity. I was very fortunate to have landed with a great publisher in 1976, staying with them for ten years.  But performing has always been what I love to do best and is also what has kept me going over the years.”

In addition to his music, Rhody, is also an accomplished painter and a graduate of The Art Center School, University of Louisville. He’s won a few awards in painting over the years and exhibits whenever possible and usually has hand-painted T-shirts available at his performances.  His website includes an Art Page with a few samples of his work.

www.alanrhody.com

“Music City troubadour Alan Rhody has a new CD titled Farther On. It features his songwriting collaborations with Guy Clark, Murray McLauchlan and Don Henry, as well as a feast of solo works. Not the least of which is his No. 1 hit sung by The Oak Ridge Boys in 1978. Rhody’s guitar-vocal version is stunning, revealing just how powerful the original, long version of the song really is. This fellow is one of those rare individuals who can hold you completely spellbound with just his axe and his voice.”  -Robert K. Oermann, music critic, author, historian.

 

Oct
19
Fri
Lloyd Spiegel
Oct 19 @ 7:30 pm

Returning to the Old Church Theatre, on tour from Australia!

Australian blues legend Lloyd Spiegel is a trailblazer in his field and one of his country’s most recognized guitarists, recently being named in Australian Guitar Magazine’s list of the 50 greatest Australian guitarists of all time. A touring artist since age 11, with a relentless tour schedule across the globe, the seven time Australian Blues Award winner has one of the most unique stories in music.  Spiegel blends jaw-dropping guitar expertise with a commanding voice, powerful songwriting, comedy and storytelling that delivers a complete concert experience on the cutting edge of the modern blues genre.

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Spiegel’s 8th release, ‘Backroads’ is a hard edged, personal and brutally honest account of his touring life and follows up from his previous albums, all of which debuted in the top 10 of the Australian independent music charts and holding the #1 spot on the Australian Blues Chart for several weeks.

“A guitarist almost without peer, Spiegel deconstructs how the blues guitar is supposed to operate, makes sweet love to it, then kicks it out the back door” – Australian Guitar Player Magazine.

Video:  https://youtu.be/J7UyX5-30gQ

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ACCOLADES2016 Australian Blues Awards – Album of the year

2016 Australian Blues Awards – Song of the year

2016 Australian Blues Awards – Artist of the year

2016 Australian Blues Awards – Producer of the year

2015 Victoria/Tasmania Blues Awards – Solo/duo of the year

2015 Victoria/Tasmania Blues Awards – Song of the year

2015 Victoria/Tasmania Blues Awards – Album of the year

2010 Victorian Blues award – Male artist of the year

2010 Victorian Blues award – Producer of the year

2010 Victorian Blues award – Solo/duo of the year

2005 Australian Blues Award – Male artist of the year

2004 Victorian Blues Aaward – Solo/duo of the year

2004 Victorian Blues Award – Male artist of the year

2004 Victorian Blues Award – Song of the year

Oct
21
Sun
Claude Bourbon
Oct 21 @ 2:00 pm

Medieval & Spanish blues, Guitar & Songs

 Ready for a unique and talented take on a wide range of musical traditions? Claude Bourbon is known throughout
Europe and America for amazing guitar performances that take blues, Spanish, Middle Eastern, and Russian stylings into uncharted territories. Each year Bourbon plays more than 100 shows around the world.


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Born in France in the early 60’s, Claude Bourbon grew up in Switzerland, where he was classically trained for many years. This finger picking guitarist has performed and studied all over the world; He has played countless venues, including Glastonbury Festival, Isle of Wight Festival, Colne Great British & Blues Festival, Rock O’Z Arene, Avenches, Switzerland, among others. He has shared the stage in Europe and the USA with countless musicians, Calvin Russel, Charlie Morgan (Elton John, Gary Moore), Jan Akkerman (Focus), Steve Grossman (Miles Davis), Herbie Armstrong ( Van Morisson), Jose barrense Dias and many more.

Now based in the UK, some of this guitarists’ influences allow us a fascinating insight into this remarkable musician; Paco De Lucia: Deep Purple’s Richie Blackmore; Joaquin Rodrigo; JJ Cale; JS Bach….

One reviewer even noted that although “Claude’s roots were in blues, that is like saying Leonardo da Vinci was a painter”.  Intrigued ?

 

Claude’s official website : www.claudebourbon.org

“… not a same ole same ole gig…”

“ Claude Bourbon is a unique figure today… his playing is almost indescribable“ – The Hook, Charlottesville, USA

“Never heard anyone get that much beautiful sound out of a J-45”, Bob, Tucson, AZ

“A breathtaking acoustic fusion of blues, jazz, folk, classical and Spanish guitar from a stunning guitar virtuoso…”Altadena News, USA”

Oct
28
Sun
Saskia Sundays
Oct 28 @ 2:00 pm

On the last Sunday on the month join us at the Old Church Theatre when Saskia Tomkins takes the stage.  Each month she brings with her new and amazing talent!

Saskia Tomkins

On October 28th Saskia’s bringing musicians closer to home; she has intived her husband Steáfán Hannigan and son Oisín Hannigan, both master musicians, for some good solid Irish music with a twist, accompanied by stories and really bad dad jokes.

 

No tickets.  No reservations.  Come early to ensure a seat.

 

Donations to the musicians appreciated.

Oct
30
Tue
Workshop – Music is for Everyone, Round Two!
Oct 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Workshop - Music is for Everyone, Round Two! @ Old ChurchTheatre | Quinte West | Ontario | Canada

Guitarist Brian Legere, educator & performer and bassist Howard Baer, performer & studio veteran, return to Old Church for round two of ‘Music Is For Everyone’, a performance workshop designed for musicians and performers of all levels.  For those who joined us for the first round (held at Old Church during the spring months of 2018) we will be following a similar path but diving in with a little more depth and discussing some new ideas.  For newcomers it’ll be as if you haven’t missed anything at all!  Join us as we explore elements of rhythm, sound and song structure; discover listening techniques and learn how best to share the stage with others.  We will talk about some exciting rehearsal and performance tools.  There will be lots of surprises and plenty of opportunity to try out some of your performance material in a friendly and helpful collaborative setting.  Join us!

 October 30th and Nov 27th. 

Register for one workshop $20 or both dates $30 


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Nov
3
Sat
Three Plays and a Couple of Pints with Peter
Nov 3 @ 7:30 pm

The Old Church Theatre presents an evening (and an afternoon) of one-act plays by Belleville playwright Peter Paylor. Together, the three plays are guaranteed to take the audience on both a theatrical and an emotional ride; one’s pure comedy, another’s pure drama, the third walks the fine line in between. At the heart of each is the same basic question: What do we really know about the people we meet or, for that matter, what do we know about the people we see day after day? It’s a simple question, but the answer is not always as simple as it seems.


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The Plays:

“Six Feet of Earth” directed by Mihal Zada, starring Ruth Laliberte and Rebecca House

“A Generous Gift” directed by Lesley Bonisteel, starring Victoria Farrell and Bill Petch

“The Man in 2B” (revised) directed by Lisa Morris, starring Darren Moore, Wendy Roy, Matthew Sheahan and Matt Whiting

Nov
4
Sun
Three Plays and a Couple of Pints with Peter
Nov 4 @ 2:00 pm

The Old Church Theatre presents (an evening) and an afternoon of one-act plays by Belleville playwright Peter Paylor. Together, the three plays are guaranteed to take the audience on both a theatrical and an emotional ride; one’s pure comedy, another’s pure drama, the third walks the fine line in between. At the heart of each is the same basic question: What do we really know about the people we meet or, for that matter, what do we know about the people we see day after day? It’s a simple question, but the answer is not always as simple as it seems.


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The Plays:

“Six Feet of Earth” directed by Mihal Zada, starring Ruth Laliberte and Rebecca House

“A Generous Gift” directed by Lesley Bonisteel, starring Victoria Farrell and Bill Petch

“The Man in 2B” (revised) directed by Lisa Morris, starring Darren Moore, Wendy Roy, Matthew Sheahan and Matt Whiting

Nov
11
Sun
Songs That Won the War
Nov 11 @ 2:00 pm

Lenni Stewart, Michael Monis, Harry Ellis and Howard Baer return to the Old Church Theatre on Remembrance Day.   The afternoon will included an array of the unforgettable ‘Songs That Won the War’ from both World Wars.


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Canadian songstress Lenni Stewart delivers the ‘swing’ every time to the enduring tunes of the American Songbook, Broadway Jazz & Torch.

With class, sass, charm, sophistication and a dose of The Comedienne, Lenni is a stage persona that is compelling to the senses and a tickle to the funny bone.

Critics describe her as “…an amazing talent” having “…a distinctive vocal magic.  Her voice is beautiful, sensual and vibrant.” An evening with Lenni Stewart  is CLASSY, SASSY, SOPHISTICATED …and unforgettable!

 

Comfortable in any musical style, and active in the Toronto music scene for well over thirty years, Michael Monis has toured extensively and worked both in studio and on stage with countless jazz greats from Moe Koffman to Jane Bunnett.  Son of legendary guitar master Hank Monis, Michael currently resides with his family in Millbrook, Ontario.

 

 

 

 

Raised in New Jersey, Harry Ellis has had a long and varied career playing and traveling with such artists as Helen Reddy, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Maria Muldar, Tanya Tucker, Michelle Wright, and Carol Baker.  He has performed in jazz festivals in Europe and Asia with Milt Hinton, Buddy Tate, Warren Vaché, Danny Moss, and Roy Williamson, and in Canada with Peter Appleyard, Norm  Amadio, Frank Wright, Michael Stewart, Bobby Fenton, George Koller, Hilario Duran, Luis Mario Ochoa, and Bill McBirnie to name but a few. Harry now resides in Prince Edward County and performs regularly with a wide assortment of players and singers in the area.

 

On the heels of a 38yr career in studio recording as composer-arranger-producer creating music for IMAX, CBC-TV, Solitudes and numerous educational music programs for kids, having had over 7000 of his arrangements recorded, and having been honoured with several JUNO nominations for his work, Howard Baer, a Warkworth resident, has changed musical direction. Previously a keyboardist, trumpet player and conductor, Howard now enjoys playing various styles of music:  jazz, swing, blues, country, bluegrass, R&B, folk and classical …as an upright bassist.  His main focus has been playing in various jazz configurations and coordinating music presentations for dining venues, festivals, weddings & special events.  For more information please visit baeronbass.wordpress.com.

Nov
16
Fri
Mayhemingways
Nov 16 @ 7:30 pm

Mayhemingways are an eclectic and full-sounding duo from the musical hotbed of Peterborough, Ontario. Their music drifts timelessly from folk-rock to traditional to country to something brand new. The band has been described as fuzz-folk with Cajun, bluegrass, and Celtic influences. 


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Tom Wilson of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings and Junkhouse writes, “Mind-bending and original music with deep roots in the tradition of dark North American folk.”

Lead singer Benj Rowland switches between accordion, banjo, guitar, and tenor guitar while holding down the bass with foot pedals. Josh Fewings plays drums, percussion and adds back-up vocals.

Their first full-length album “Hunter St Blues” was just released this Spring and was produced and engineered in Nanton, AB by Steve Loree (Ian Tyson, Corb Lund, Petunia). The album is a follow up to their first EP (2013) engineered by James McKenty (Blue Rodeo, Cuff the Duke, The Weber Brothers) at former school house near Peterborough.
 

Mayhemingways have toured Canada relentlessly since forming in 2013. Coast to coast tours have become common place for the group. Like bands of old, on and off the highways, building a fan base across the nation with each tour. The duo performs in almost every province and territory in 2016. Their tours in Spring and Summer will include appearances at: Trails, Tales and Tunes Festival in Gros Morne, Newfoundland, Paddlefest in St. Andrew’s, New Brunswick, and Wild Oats and Notes in Toefield, Alberta. .

Nov
24
Sat
Joey Wright
Nov 24 @ 7:30 pm

Joey Wright Brings All-Star Ensemble to Old Church Theatre Nov 24!

Joey Wright is a Juno-nominated songwriter, composer and performer from Toronto. Joey is well known for his lyrical and inspired guitar and mandolin playing. He is also highly regarded for his compositions and songwriting.


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Playing music from his album latest album ‘Country, Music’ as well as favorite songs and tunes from the past…

Featuring:

Vocals – Jenny Whiteley (2 time Juno Winning Singer/Songwriter) Pedal Steel Guitar – Mike Eckert (James Barker) Bass – Julian Brown (Apostle of Hustle, Feist) Drums – Dean Stone (Apostle of Hustle, Hannah Georgas)

Nov
27
Tue
Workshop – Music is for Everyone, Round Two!
Nov 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Workshop - Music is for Everyone, Round Two! @ Old ChurchTheatre | Quinte West | Ontario | Canada

Guitarist Brian Legere, educator & performer and bassist Howard Baer, performer & studio veteran, return to Old Church for round two of ‘Music Is For Everyone’, a performance workshop designed for musicians and performers of all levels.  For those who joined us for the first round (held at Old Church during the spring months of 2018) we will be following a similar path but diving in with a little more depth and discussing some new ideas.  For newcomers it’ll be as if you haven’t missed anything at all!  Join us as we explore elements of rhythm, sound and song structure; discover listening techniques and learn how best to share the stage with others.  We will talk about some exciting rehearsal and performance tools.  There will be lots of surprises and plenty of opportunity to try out some of your performance material in a friendly and helpful collaborative setting.  Join us!


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Dec
2
Sun
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
Dec 2 @ 2:00 pm

 

We’re continuing our tradition at the Old Church and offering a dramatic reading of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” with Peter and Carol Snell, Richard and Rita Turtle, Astrid Young, Catherine Langlois and Rick Zimmerman as our readers this year.  Our musical interludes will be played by Howard Baer.

Join us for a unique, Sunday afternoon.  Book a seat for only $15 and please bring an item for the Trenton Care and Share Food Bank if you can.


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Dec
7
Fri
The O’Pears
Dec 7 @ 7:30 pm

The O’Pears are a Toronto-based contemporary folk trio made up of Lydia Persaud, Jill Harris and Meg Contini, three songwriters who weave stories that stir the spirit and capture the timeless character of folk music. 

Like Those Nights, their debut album, captures soaring harmonies and a seamless blend, evoking the profound intimacy of Nick Drake, the sister-like blend of The Staves and the dynamic harmony of Crosby, Stills, and Nash. Live performances turn the loudest bar into the warmest house concert, with their endearing, unabashed personalities balancing the intimate sincerity of the songs. They recently performed to high acclaim at festivals such as Summerfolk, Great Heart Festival, Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival, garnered radio play across Canada, including CBC, and have been featured live with Royal Wood, Good Lovelies, Michelle Willis, and Coco Love Alcorn. Each band member a distinctly talented musician with a stand-alone voice, style, and stage presence, when these three come together it is breathtaking. A striking mix of tight a cappella and rootsy instrumentation, Like Those Nights explores lessons learned about love and loss through the eyes and hearts of young Canadian storytellers. The O’Pears continue to bring a strong, honest voice to the modern female perspective.

Dec
14
Fri
A Weber Brothers Christmas
Dec 14 @ 7:30 pm

The Weber Brothers return to the Old Church Theatre for a duo performance. Featuring songs from their 2015 original Christmas album “A Weber Brothers Christmas” and their 2016 holiday comedy film “When Christmas Falls on Peterborough” this show will highlight the best of The Weber Brothers with a Christmas twist.

 

 


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Dec
16
Sun
Christmas with the Colborne Library Ukulele Band
Dec 16 @ 2:00 pm

It’s a Ukulele Christmas!

The Colborne Library Ukulele Band (The C.L.U.B.) taught by David Hayes and Wendy Bellan is a performing group consisting of 40 ukulele players from the age of 10 to 80 years old. Classes are taught for both beginners and advanced every Saturday morning. The group started in 2014 and unlike many ukulele groups this performing group also features solo singers. The group was funded by Mary Norton CEO of the Colborne Library and she also provided the space to hold classes. Other financial supporters of the group have been The Northumberland Veterinary Clinic, The Lions Club and The Rotary Club. The repertoire consists of music from the 1930’s to today’s music.

The group performs at various events throughout the Northumberland and Quinte area.

The philosophy for the creation of the group was to teach people the ukulele and perform concerts with the added bonus of a social group to give, especially older people, an environment to share music together and a reason to get outside of the home. Both the social and musical aspects have grown so that now the performing group is at a very high level of musicianship.

 

Dec
21
Fri
Solstice Ceili- Contra Dance Party
Dec 21 @ 7:30 pm

Come and celebrate the winter solstice with Live music featuring Saskia Tomkins, Steafan Hannigan and Martha Cooper, who will play celtic music and call dances to go with the music, ceili-style.

No experience, and no partner, necessary.
Contra dance is a folk dance characterized by long lines of couples and the caller teaches dances on the spot. You can also just come to watch and listen. Fun for all!

What better way to celebrate Solstice.


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Dec
29
Sat
The Holiday Hangover with The Improvmonauts
Dec 29 @ 7:30 pm

Come on out to the Old Church Theatre for some improv comedy with The Improvmonauts. They say that laughter is the best medicine…so…you know…it’s science. Be there!!! It’s pay-what-you-can at the door.

Jan
11
Fri
Talk Of the Town
Jan 11 @ 7:30 pm

Come to Church and relive the fabulous swing era of the 1930s & 40s— the music of Glen Miller, Benny Goodman, Ella, Billie, Duke… and Tommy Dorsey!  Big Band music reimagined by five performers, a perfect band size for the Old Church stage!  Upright bassist Howard Baer is joined by trombonist Andy Sparling, guitarist Michael Monis and drummer David Monis all backing the ‘classy, sassy, sophisticated’ jazz vocalist Lenni Stewart.  Don’t miss this one!


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