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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

Video:  https://youtu.be/SP4HJqKn-QE

 

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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Jan
13
Sun
Ginny McIlmoyle
Jan 13 @ 2:00 pm

Veteran performers Ginny McIlmoyle and Steve Piticco, singers/song-writers and guitar pickers, team up with Howard Baer on Bass for an afternoon of Country & Bluegrass at Old Church Theatre. For this performance they will be joined by special guest, award-winning Canadian Fiddler, Alanna Jenish.


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GINNY McILMOYLE

Ginny is well established in the Country Music Genere and has recently become a part of an up an coming bluegrass band called SWEETGRASS…always aiming high to achieve new music variety, and staying true too her country roots.  
Ginny grew up in rural Ontario working in the fields hoeing, and weeding crops on one of the neighboring farms as a young teen. 
Finding love and settling down in her early 20’s she devoted her time as loving wife & mom, working in health care. As a hobby Ginny often wrote poetry as a way of expressing her thoughts & feelings. It wasn’t until her husband Jim bought her a guitar and with a little encouragement, gave her another direction in life. 
Music became the bond in which the whole family could be involved in, as much or as little as they wished.

STEVE PITICCO

“I truly love Country, Bluegrass & Texas-Swing although I have played almost all kinds of music in my 39 professional years in the music business. I have been truly blessed to play with almost everyone I’ve grown up listening to. I love my 1976 Telecaster I bought new in Jan, 77 & still play it today. I play “Lead, Bass, Steel, Baritone, Dobro, Banjo” & pick an Accoustic & Mandolin. I play with South Mountain which is a band we started in 1989 & still tour Europe & Scandinavia every year. I am the only original, full-time member although most of what I do is, sessions & freelancing, live. I thank all of you, for your interest in my playing :)”

HOWARD BAER

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.

ALANNA JENISH

An award-winning fiddle player, and accomplished classical musician, Alanna grew up in an Irish-Canadian family of traditional music lovers. Her musical journey began at the age of 6 when she started classical piano lessons, and soon expanded to include the fiddle shortly thereafter. With a keen ear and natural feel for the music, Alanna won her first junior fiddle championship after only 9 months of playing, and has since accumulated numerous awards and championship titles.

Now in her early twenties, Alanna has over ten years of performance experience under her belt, and is widely sought after as both a lead and back up musician. She has toured professionally with groups such as the Scott Woods Band, as well as The Great Canadian Fiddle Show,and maintains a busy schedule freelancing for numerous bands and solo artists. As a studio musician, Alanna has completed work for Canadian Country group Runaway Angel, as well as folk artists Hunter Sheridan and County West. This past fall, Alanna was honoured to be nominated as Fiddle Player of the Year (CCBAs).

As a classical musician, Alanna earned her Bachelor of Music with Honours from the University of Toronto in 2017. She completed her Grade 10 Royal Conservatory Violin Exam in 2012, and has also achieved advanced certification in Music Theory. Alanna has enjoyed playing in ensembles such as the La Jeunnesse Youth Orchestra (of which she was given the honour of sitting as concertmaster for two seasons), and the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra throughout her undergraduate degree.

Alanna’s dedication to her instrument, paired with an intuitive feel for the music has earned her great respect on the Ontario music scene.

Jan
19
Sat
My Father’s Son
Jan 19 @ 7:30 pm
My Father’s Son @ Old Church Theatre

My Father’s Son, an indie folk song-writer from Montreal, QC, melds together intricate lyrics with the richness of simplified, acoustic sound. Singer/songwriter Mark Kulmala released his first album, Heart of Wood, in the fall of 2018.. The album’s themes of fleeting innocence, love’s lost and found, determination, and the simple beauty of the landscape are sure to resonate with listeners.  Having played in varying bands, in a variety of genres, over the years this endeavour sees a paired down amalgamation of lived experiences, both personal and musical, poetically creating emotionally complex but subdued, reflective songs. An air of storytelling colours the music with sentimental and wholly relatable verses that immerse the audience in the beauty of shared experiences.

 


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From festivals, to large halls, to living rooms – My Father’s Son has shared the stage with some of Canada’s best artists.

Ben Caplan and the Casual Smokers – Townehouse Tavern (presented by Northern Lights Festival Boreal) in Sudbury and at Loplops in Sault Ste. Marie

Dylan Menzie – Guelph, ON

Joey Landreth – Songwriter Series in Barrie, ON. Hosted by Chas Hay

Craig Cardiff – London, ON – London Music Club

NQ Arbuckle and Zachary Lucky – Gravenhurst, ON – Sawdust City Music Festival

Leyla McCalla – London, ON – Aeolian Hall

Belle Star – Toronto, ON – The Dakota Tavern

SloCan Ramblers – London, ON – Aeolian Hall

Carl Dixon (April Wine, The Guess Who) – Gravenhurst, On – Gravenhurst Opera House

Skydiggers – Picton, ON – The Hayloft

My Father’s Son joined Toronto super-group, Dead Flowers, for their set at the 2017 Hillside Festival. 

My Father’s Son is currently recording his sophomore album with Paul Pfisterer (The Beauties, Laser, RHYE) at Freckles Farm Studio in Mono, Ontario. The album features Broken Social Scene’s Lisa Lobsinger and is being mixed by Dean Nelson, who previously worked as Beck’s day-to-day audio engineer. Broken Social Scene and Stars FOH Engineer, Marty Kinack, is mastering the record. “The Greatest Thaw” will be released in June, 2019. 

My Father’s Son – Crying Wolf

My Father’s Son – Oh Brother

 

 

Jan
26
Sat
The Urban Highlanders
Jan 26 @ 7:30 pm

It’s Robbie Burns’ birthday celebration with Grier Coppins and The Urban Highlanders!

Bagpipes, whistles, 6-string violin, soprano sax, piccolo, clarinet, acoustic guitar, mandolin, an array of drums and percussion… all join the fray in an inspired musical dust up. Based in Toronto, the URBAN HIGHLANDERS  draw on a broad collection of influences to create original instrumentals, homemade and traditional tunes,  story-based songs and tales.

 


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In 2015 Grier Coppins began a monthly residence at the Cameron House, one of Toronto’s most storied musical venues. Starting as a duo playing mostly original songs, then as a trio adding tunes and instrumentals, the monthly performance spontaneously grew into a five-piece roots, cross-border organic musical adventure.
Thus, URBAN HIGHLANDERS were born.

The Band

Grier Coppins:

Grier  began his musical career on the street in Toronto playing bagpipes at the corner Yonge & Bloor in the mid 1970’s. He was an original member of critically acclaimed Canadian bagpipe/funksters

 

Rare Air in the 1980’s. In 1993 he founded Taxi Chain, a rhythm & blues infused cocktail of song & tune. Coppins has played almost every major folk fest in Canada & the USA.  He released a solo record, ‘The Prince that Nobody Knows’  in 2014 rated one of 2014’s top 10 by Penguin Egg’s Andy Donnelley, and has most recently recorded bagpipes with Al Tuck on his ‘Stranger at the Wake’ CD and on the Paul Gross film, ‘Hyena Road’.

Jim Bish:
Jim has is a versatile and wind-driven musical force that has played with such diverse acts as  Screaming’ Jay Hawkins, the Somalian Opera, Toronto Calypso combo Shak Shak, and Taxi Chain.

Ayron Mortley: 
Ayron is a tower of a man and musician that has performed extensively with Taxi Chain, the Mahones and his own band, The O’Deadlys, with his wife Lindsey. He is a graduate of the Humber College Music Program and also teaches guitar.

Chris Bartos:
Chris Bartos is a master class jazz guitarist and violinist and a graduate of the Berklee College of Music. He has played extensively with and/or produced recordings for Kaia Kater, Sarah Harmer, The Ennis Sisters, Jonathon Bird, the Barr Brothers, and Quique Escamilla. He has released one solo recording ‘Fort William’ to critical acclaim.

Larry Graves:
Larry has studied drumming extensively in Ghana, Africa and teaches drums. He is a composer and the musical leader a few local acts:  DRUMHAND, Surefire Sweat and Orkestra Gatigo. He was an original member of Juno nominated world beat orchestra Mr. Something Something.

Jan
29
Tue
Noah Derksen
Jan 29 @ 3:41 pm – 4:41 pm

Born and raised in the heart of the Canadian prairies and maturing on the west coast of British Columbia, Noah Derksen writes with the groundedness of harsh Manitoba winters mixed with the optimism of British Columbia’s coastline. Ever seeking motion and progression, Noah has spent the past three years honing his live performance Noah Derksonskills across Canada and in select regions of the United States, playing concerts from BC to Nova Scotia, and Ohio to California. In 2018 alone, Noah played at renowned venues and events such as the National Arts Centre (Ottawa, ON), Northwest Folklife Festival (Seattle, WA), Trout Forest Music Festival (Ear Falls, ON), and the Winnipeg Folk Festival (Winnipeg, MB). 
With a self-described genre of “contemplative folk”, Noah’s introspective nature is immediately apparent, felt through honest and poetic lyricism alongside aesthetic musical arrangements. 


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In spring of 2018, Noah released two new singles: Wilderness of Oregon and Nothing. While still maintaining the vulnerability and simplicity found in previous recordings, these songs — produced by Bowen Island’s Winston Hauschild (Hey Ocean!, Hannah Georgas) — present a new sonic direction for Noah, indicative of things to come.

Feb
2
Sat
The Lay Awakes
Feb 2 @ 7:30 pm

The Lay Awakes is a singer-songwriter duo based in Brooklyn, NY, with roots in the Canadian prairies and small town Ontario.


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Anna (piano, vocals) grew up in various states and provinces, but her family ties connect her to rural Manitoba. Her musical roots trace back to classical piano studies and the inspiration of dance and theatre. She graduated from New York University with a masters degree in music composition, and since has collaborated internationally with film directors, dancers, and fellow songwriters. Anna released a solo album in 2013.

Patrick (guitar, vocals) was born in Edmonton, Alberta, and grew up in Fergus, Ontario. His music lineage goes back to the family campfire and songbook. He studied music at Vancouver Community College and at Hunter College in Manhattan. Patrick has spent many years representing Canada in wheelchair basketball; he is a three-time Paralympic gold medalist and largely considered the world’s best wheelchair basketball player.

The Lay Awakes released their debut EP in 2015 and their debut LP “Home Away From Home” in 2018.

The songs on their debut full-length album, Home Away From Home, feature a handful of appearances by Patrick on lead vocals, but more often it is Anna’s hauntingly beautiful voice that takes the lead. It is a voice that, particularly on the softer, more atmospheric songs, is at once darkly sweet, and then instantly light and quiet as if she were right beside you. It is a rare gift to be able to impart such intimacy with the listener, but Anna’s voice, in combination with the emotional openness of the compositions makes songs like the title track Home Away from Home and Babe Are You Sure immeasurably compelling.
Home Away From Home is produced by Jeremy McDonald, a Pittsburgh native, whose production credits include Beyoncé and Kevin Garrett. The mixing engineer is the Grammy Award winning Will Hensley, who has worked with such artists as Coldplay, Regina Spektor, Leonard Cohen, and John Mayer. No doubt, the work of both Jeremy and Will has resulted in an LP that comes across as solid and mature, but still falls fresh on seasoned ears.
The Lay Awakes bring a mature, dynamic, and versatile approach to the singer/songwriter genre, leaning more to the refined adult contemporary pop side than the more acoustic/folk sound commonly associated with the genre.
It is a credit to the duo as songwriters and musicians that Home Away from Home is so diverse in tone, emotional dexterity, tempo, and production sensibilities, going from lush, to evocatively sparse. What ties everything together is Patrick and Anna’s voices, uninhibited lyrical authenticity, and that “X factor” that simply makes you want to be a part of what they’re doing.

Feb
9
Sat
Nigel Wearne
Feb 9 @ 7:30 pm

Nigel Wearne is an Australian singer-songwriter, luthier, poet and gleaner. Equipped with personally handcrafted instruments, his music melds finger-style guitar, clawhammer banjo, folk and honest storytelling.

Nigel WearneGleaning diverse influence from Kelly Joe Phelps, Townes Van Zandt and Sun Kil Moon, he tells stories of forgotten rebels, wandering poets and his love of eggs. 


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Nigel has toured extensively throughout Australia and New Zealand and he’s performed at a long list of Australian music festivals, including the Port Fairy Folk Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Cygnet Folk Festival and Queenscliff Music Festival. He’s also shared shows with the likes of All Our Exes Live in Texas (AUS), Lindsay Lou (USA), Tennyson King (CAN), Jordie Lane (AUS) and the late great Billy Thorpe (AUS).

From stories of social justice and observation, to emotional reflection and historical tales, Nigel draws inspiration from everyday people from all walks of life. Some songs are autobiographical and personal, but many are other people’s stories. For Nigel, music is a candid, human and important messenger for stories and moments in time.

Almost a decade ago, he spent 3 months travelling across Canada from west to east. From the Rocky Mountains, to the mosaic of Montréal and back to the graffiti adorned streets of Toronto, it was a trip marked with poetic meanderings and self-discovery. By the time he got to Halifax he had a bag of new songs that became his 2012 album ‘Black Crow’. ‘Black Crow’ garnered wide critical acclaim including a 4 star review in Rolling Stone Magazine, a nomination for Best Country Album at The Age Music Victoria Awards and it debuted at #1 on the AMRAP Great Southern Charts.

In his first Canadian tour, Nigel will spend 3 weeks on the road touring his current album ‘Drawing Circles’, a solo record that’s raw, compelling and reflective. With songs born of shadows and lucid reveries, the 14-song double album explores the dark corners of creativity and the irregular swells of life. A storyteller at heart, he paints lyrical pictures with “the narrative-fuelled prose of Paul Kelly” – Beat Magazine. “One of Australia’s emerging songwriters” – Tone Deaf. “Warmth flecked with grit… beauty awaits” 4 Stars – Rolling Stone.

Feb
10
Sun
The BIG F’n Quiz
Feb 10 @ 2:00 pm

Who said: “Most pub quizzes are crap. Let’s not kid ourselves – no one ever learned anything useful from a pub quiz. If you want to learn something useful, ask Google or Alexa or that blowhard who sits at the bar and thinks he knows everything. And while most pub quizzes have almost no educational value whatsoever, they are, if anything, less entertaining than they are educational. They are sad and boring and dreary. They exist only so that one sad, boring, dreary person can call themselves the champion of the sad, the boring and the dreary.”


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  1. Albert Einstein, blowhard physicist
  2. Henry David Thoureau, blowhard writer
  3. William Shakespeare, blowhard Elizabethan writer
  4. Doug Ford, blowhard Ontario Premier
  5. Peter Paylor, host of the BIG F’n Quiz at the Old Church Theatre

 

The BIG F’n Quiz at the Old Church Theatre is not like most pub quizzes. It is neither sad nor boring nor dreary. It’s not your grandmother’s pub quiz either (unless your grandmother was a potty-mouthed sailor). Hosted by Peter Paylor and Lisa Morris, the BIG F’n Quiz lets you compete against two highly-skilled special guest teams of non-blowhards – Rob and Sarah Skinner from Marmora and Ed Hamstra and Brian Weston from Hornchurch via Chipstead and Caterham—for the title of “Big F’n Champion”. It’s also okay just to come and watch. You’ll have fun.

 The BIG F’n Quiz at the Old Church Theatre. It’s not crap.

Feb
14
Thu
S/Ain’t Valentine’s Day
Feb 14 @ 6:00 pm

Randy Stewart Live at Old Church Theatre for SAin’t Valentine’s Day.

Randy’s mantra has become familiar to music fans throughout the region: Sad Songs & Funny Songs, I DON’T PLAY LOVE SONGS. He’s done for music what Anthony Hopkins did for romantic comedy.

Now he’s got his sights set on Valentine’s Day. There will be nothing but oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide in the air when Randy takes the stage at the Old Church Theatre on behalf of the lovelorn, the lovesick and the romantically skeptical.  He’s hidden the roses, eaten the chocolates and, for good measure, he’s tied Cupid up in the shed for SAin’t Valentine’s Day, a ‘Valentine for the Rest of Us’, something to sing about – that doesn’t wear its heart on its sleeve.

SAin’t Valentine’s Day, will be presented at Old Church Theatre on Thursday, February 14 with a prix fixe dinner beginning at 6 PM – and the performance starting at 7 PM.


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Randy Stewart is a Canadian singer/songwriter who has been performing professionally for more than 30 years. He has been seen on television, heard on radio and recorded by the CBC. His recordings can be found in the delete bins of some of the country’s finest record stores – and his new song Buck-A-Beer is currently an internet sensation on Youtube. Originally from Northwestern Ontario, he now lives on a small farm outside Trenton Ontario.

“I’ve heard many times over the years, that Valentine’s Day isn’t necessarily a day that everyone looks forward to,” he grins. “Well maybe I’ve found my calling.”

His set list is an eclectic mix of country, folk, jazz standards and pop – along with some originals – all skillfully avoiding matters of the heart.

“There’s a lot of performers out there singing about love and relationships – I’m just not one of ‘em”.

Tickets for this one-of-a-kind evening are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

Or, for only $20, include dinner of Old Church chili, homemade biscuits and a choice of heavenly desserts.

Doors – and dinner – start at 6 PM. Show starts at 7 PM.

Feb
16
Sat
Dylan Ireland
Feb 16 @ 7:30 pm

Propelled by raw lyricism and earthy production, Dylan Ireland’s debut solo album Every Other Night is a powerful statement from an artist ready to carve out new folk-rock terrain. Co-produced by Ireland and James McKenty (Blue Rodeo, Michelle McAdorey, Matthew Barber), Every Other Night’s stellar cast of contributors includes guitarists Jim Bryson and Gord Tough (Kathleen Edwards), drummer Loel Campbell (Wintersleep) and bassist Anna Ruddick (Daniel Romano, Bry Webb, Randy Bachman).


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Standout tracks like “Hard Enough” and “It Goes Bad” rumble with the force of Kings Of Leon and recent Springsteen, providing the foundation for Ireland’s gripping vocals. Elsewhere, the rough and ready twang of “Time And Again” and “Downtown Habit” reimagines classic Americana, much like Ryan Adams did upon leaving his band Whiskeytown. Then there are the atmospheric ballads “Behind The Scenes” and “Silver Screen,” painted with broad strokes of haunting pedal steel, which reveal the depth of Ireland’s songwriting.

The Peterborough, Ontario-based Ireland has already made his mark on the Canadian music scene through his former band Express And Company. Their 2013 album, Ontario, contained the single “Carry Me Along,” which received heavy airplay on CBC Radio 2 and 3, and helped land showcases at the Mariposa Folk Festival and the Peterborough Folk Festival—he earned the Emerging Artist Award at both—as well as South By Southwest.

Overall, Every Other Night marks a new phase in Ireland’s musical evolution, building upon his past work with a fresh and fearless songwriting approach now all his own. As Blue Rodeo’s Greg Keelor told him, why have a band when you’ve got a rock star name?

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Feb
22
Fri
The Improvmonauts on Ice – Thaw Before Serving
Feb 22 @ 7:30 pm

Photo of Jack Nicholson frozen in ice (from The Shining)

 

It’s time to thaw out from those mid-winter blahs. Come to the Old Church Theatre for The Improvmonauts on Ice and enjoy some improv comedy (enjoyment subject to your sense of humour). It’s that time of year when you can wither away inside your home. Don’t wither away!!! Leave your home and go to the Old Church Theatre (which is, I admit, inside…but not your home!) for some ice smashing laughs (ice not included). Pay-what-you-can at the door.