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Nov
9
Thu
LEISA WAY – Oh Canada
Nov 9 @ 7:30 pm

A patriotic concert that will delight audiences of all ages. Oh, Canada celebrates the brilliant Canadian songwriters and creative artists that give our great nation it’s musical heart and soul, while saluting the accomplishments of great Canadians from all walks of life.

Over the past 8 years Way-To-Go Productions has created and produced seven hugely successful concerts that have performed to sold-out audiences at over 60 theatres across North America. We are extremely proud of our reputation for delivering to Presenters the highest calibre of entertainment with superb musicianship. Our singers and musicians are among the best in the world, playing 16 stringed instruments that thrill audiences.

Way-To-Go Productions shows are a cut above the rest, telling fascinating stories, with warmth and humour, while celebrating the music of legendary artists. Audiences are on their feet cheering at the end of each and every performance.

 

A big thank you to Agent Sponsor Fairway Insurance Services!

 

 

 

 

Leisa Way – Show Creator, Producer and Performer

Born in Kitchener and raised in Sudbury, ON.  Music was a passion for this little girl with the big voice, and by age 16 she had already sang solo concerts for Queen Elizabeth, Terry Fox, Teddy Kennedy, Wayne Gretsky, and been asked to sing the national anthem at the Special Olympics, the Labatt Curling Briar and for a Canada-Russia hockey game!

Her career truly began when director Walter Learning and the late Don Harron discovered her, casting Leisa as “Anne” in Anne of Green Gables at the Charlottetown Festival in PEI.  Leisa played this role for six seasons, including Canada, USA & Japan Tours, taping for CBC Radio, filming for television, a guest appearance on “Front Page Challenge” & three (3) Royal Command Performances.  Since then her career has taken her to more than 50 countries, perfor

ming at major theatres in Canada and the US in roles as varied as Billie Dawn in Born Yesterday; Judy Garland in End of the Rainbow; Guenevere in Camelot; Peter in Peter Pan (Canada and U.S.); I Love You, You’re Pefect, Now Change! (U.S.A. National off-Broadway tour); Magnolia in Showboat; Maria in The Sound of Music; Dave Carley’s Test Drive and Norm Foster’s The Love List (at six theatres from coast to coast), among many others.

Early in her career, Leisa worked as a marketing/publicity person for various theatres in Canada, and these skills were extremely beneficial when she decided to begin producing and creating shows.  Leisa has now created seven hugely successful concerts that have performed to sold-out houses at over 60 theatres across Canada, and she is currently working on her 8th concert, a celebration of the music of legendary Canadian singer/songwriter, Gordon Lightfoot.

Leisa is very proud of her entire team and the fine musicianship of The Wayward Wind Band, and feels privileged to be able to share this music and the incredible stories with audiences.  There is no greater feeling than connecting with an audience, and Leisa is grateful for the opportunity to put smiles on faces and joy in hearts with these concerts.

Bruce Ley – Piano/Guitars/Arranger

Bruce Ley was born in Hamilton where he started his first band, The Pharoah’s and later joined The Rising Sons, and The Brass Union. Bruce has enjoyed a career that spans 4 decades. Bruce worked for CBC Television for many years and was the piano player for The Tommy Hunter Show for 7 years, and for The Ronnie Prophet Show for 8 years. He worked with Don Everly, Chet Atkins, the ‘real’ Dolly Parton, and Brenda Lee, who coincidentally, was mentored years ago by Patsy Cline. As a writer, Bruce wrote music for the children’s TV shows Sesame Street, and Polka Dot Door, among others. He has also written scores for many television dramas and was nominated for a Gemini for best dramatic score. He scored “The Painted Door”, a film that was nominated for an Academy Award. He has made his mark in the blues field, as lead guitarist and singer in the Trouble and Strife Blues Band. Their debut cd won the award for best blues record of the year (Indie Awards 2007). Bruce formed The Bruce Ley Trio along with our bass player Bob Hewus and Leo Pilon on drums. An avid painter, Bruce was recently chosen to display his work at Curiosity House Gallery’s Emerging Artist Exhibit, and will exhibit in a number of galleries this year. Bruce lives in the hills of Mulmur and was recently musical director for Theatre Orangeville’s production of 18 Wheels and Mesa.
For more info: www.bruceleystudios.com

Fred Smith – Lead Vocals/Guitars/Banjo/Harmonica

Fred is a versatile musician and singer and is grateful everyday for the many opportunities in his satisfying career. For over 35 years Fred has been performing and has backed names including Del Shannon, Leslie Gore, Chuck Berry, The Drifters, Ben E. King, The Supremes, Sam Moore, Spencer Davis, The Platters, The Fifth Dimension, Peter Noone and The Mammas and the Papas… to name a few!

In the 80’s, Fred started his recording studio in Kitchener, Ontario where he produces his own music, corporate voice-overs, commercial music, radio commercials, bands and singer-songwriters. He has had the pleasure of working with award winning actors in post-production for TV and film. Renowned actors such as Colm Feore, Christopher Plummer, Brian Dennehy, Cynthia Dale and Stephen McHattie have sure made things interesting in his studio. Closer to home, Fred recently performed for Drayton Entertainment in A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline, Twist and Shout: The British Invasion and Sorry…I’m Canadian

Bobby Prochaska – Lead Vocals/Bass

Bobby, a native of Toronto, had his life-long love for music fostered early studying voice and piano at The Royal Conservatory of Music. He picked up other instruments along the way, and has enjoyed a versatile career in show business. His own band, Silent C, released an album of original roots-pop-rock, Past Time. Along with arranging and producing, he has also performed with other acts, such as Hank Williams Live 1952, Selena Martin, Jim Clarke, Danny Williams and The Human Statues, and has appeared in concert with The Kitchener/Waterloo Symphony. Bobby has also worked as an actor in film and television, and his roles in theatre have taken him to Broadway and across Canada and The United States. Some theatre credits include: Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Crazy For You and Jolson (Mirvish Productions), Eighteen Wheels (Theatre Orangeville), Rock and Roll (Warrack Productions), and Blood Brothers (Drayton Entertainment). One memorable moment where his music and theatre careers collided found Bobby onstage as part of an all-star jam that featured Paul McCartney, Dave Edmunds, Ben E. King, The Crickets and members of The E Street Band.

Nathan Smith – Lead Vocals/Fiddle/Mandolin/Guitar

Growing up in North Bay, Ontario, Nathan began playing classical violin at the age of six, all the while being steeped in Irish and Canadian fiddling. He left home to pursue a Bachelor of Music at the University of Ottawa. While studying and playing viola in the University’s string quartet and the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, Nathan was also drawn to playing and singing American bluegrass music. After finishing his degree, he recieved a less formal but equally formative education in bluegrass, touring internationally with Ontario band, Hard Ryde, and eventually settled in Toronto to study Jazz and Contemporary Music at Humber College. Soon after, he began singing and playing in his own innovative bluegrass band, The Barrel Boys, who recently released their debut album, Early On. A skilled and versatile performer, Nathan continues to play violin and viola in various orchestras around Ontario, writes and performs his own traditionally inspired original compositions, and performs as a sideman for artists around the big city.

Sam Cino – Drums

Sam comes from a very musical family and has been playing and surrounded by music for most of his life. He studied music at Humber College and has been involved in countless recording projects and performing ensembles over the past 30 years. (Eccodeck, Fiddlestix, King Cobb Steelie, Kinnie Star, plus many more). His music has been used in television and film (CBC, City TV, Fashion Television, Much Music, Musicplus, plus many more). Sam has toured Canada, USA and Europe playing original music. He has also worked with some of the top modern dance companies and as an accompanist including Toronto Dance Theatre, Guelph Youth Dance, and Dance Theatre David Earl. Sam has his own recording/teaching studio in Guelph, Ontario; recording and mixing on many album and television projects. He also plays drums and flute for Yoga classes. Visit his Facebook page

Aaron Solomon – Lead Singer/Fiddle/Banjo/Mandolin/Guitars

Aaron is a world class musician and performer based in the Toronto area. Cape Breton born, his passion for music and fiery fiddling style took root at the age of two when he asked for his first fiddle. He has been wowing audiences ever since as an energetic singer, actor and multi-instrumentalist mastering an astonishing variety of styles having performed with diverse artists such as Shania Twain, Big Sugar, Jeff Healey, Jason McCoy, George Hamilton IV, Mac Wiseman and many others. He has also performed on over 300 recording sessions besides working as a record producer. Recently, his Celtic rock band, Coole Park released their first album, Water Journeys.
www.fiddleheadproductions.com and www.cooleparkmusic.com

Randall Kempf – Lead Singer/Bass

The early 60’s found a young Randall sliding down the water pipe from his second story bedroom at night, trumpet slung over his back, to play Dixieland at the Riverside Tavern where “Fats” the bartender, a larger than life retired Mississippi River Boat banjo player with the toes cut out of his shoes, enchanted him with stories, songs and a shoebox full of old picture postcards, and passed the torch of traveling down life’s musical highway. It led him through Rock’n’Roll in Chicago, R&B in Oklahoma, to the folk/country scene in Canada. A thirty year musical association with Sylvia Tyson which continues with &Quartette& – (he just returned from a tour); Radio, TV and live concerts in Europe and North America allowed him the chance to sing and play with such greats as Buffy St. Marie, George Strait, Johnny Paycheck, and Emmylou Harris.

In musical theatre, he has given over 1,000 performances of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” and “John Grey’s Rock and Roll”. In 2007, he toured the Appalachian States with the Barter Theatre of Virginia’s production of “Man of Constant Sorrow” taking the lovely, mournful Bluegrass music of the Stanley Brothers as re-popularized by the movie, “O Brother, Where Art Thou”… Back to the places of its birth, including Mayberry, NC and Hazard, KY.

He once had lunch with Harold Bradley, who played tic-tac bass on most of the Patsy recordings.

Bob Hewus – Bass

A resident of the beautiful Hockley Valley, near Orangeville, Ontario, Bob has been playing bass on stage and in the orchestra pits of Toronto theatres for over 25 years. He has lived through over 50 professional productions, including 3 years in the original Canadian production of Forever Plaid. He has worked with some of Canada’s finest musical directors, musicians and performers in shows like Closer Than Ever, Stan Rogers – A Matter of Heart, Company, and Leslie Arden – A Meeting of Minds.

Besides theatre work, he has recorded and performed with many jazz groups, Toronto area Big Bands and singer song-writers.

Daniel Barnes – Drums (You Give Me Fever)

Daniel Barnes, was born in Toronto in 1965, began his career singing and drumming with The Micah Barnes Band for club, concert and TV appearances. His work in Jazz, World and Popular idioms is well documented haveing contributed to JUNO nominations or wins with Joe Sealy, Richard Underhill and The Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band. He has toured internationally with Canada’s Holly Cole and Jane Bunnett but most extensively with African singing star Aster Aweke (“The Aretha Franklin of Ethiopia”). Both of Daniel’s self produced Jazz CDs “Culmination” (2003) and “Classic Beauties” (2007), are heard across the nation on the CBC and are favourites at JazzFM in Toronto. He was subsequently nominated for Drummer of the Year at The National Jazz Awards in both years. His quartet has performed at International Jazz Festivals (Toronto and Montreal, among others), and was broadcast from an in studio performance on TV Ontario. He is currently developing a global Jazz sound with The Daniel Barns Groove Trio.

Danny McErlain – Piano (You Give Me Fever)

One of the busiest players in Toronto, pianist Danny McErlain brings craftsmanship, versatility, and a sensitive touch to every setting, from an intimate house party to the stage of Carnegie Hall. Choosing to serve the song and the occasion has won him favour in many circles – Jazz, Classical and the Theatre. Musicians praise his adaptability and extensive repertoire; singers his accompaniment for its elegance and nuance. A musical director and arranger, Danny conducts two Toronto area choirs, the Queen’s Park Civil Service Choir and The Ambiance Singers, and provides rehearsal piano and accompaniment for a wide range of artists. He tours often with Colm Wilkinson and Canadian tenor Mark Dubois. Danny is a frequent choice for private and corporate events, playing solo, in a duo or trio, or as part of a small ensemble. Danny studied Jazz at Humber College and is a grauate of the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Eric St-Laurent – Guitar(You Give Me Fever)

Winner of the SOCAN award for Best Original Composition at the Montreal Jazz Festival and The Best Band Award at the Vienne (France) Jazz Festival, Eric St-Laurent has been featured on over 50 recordings, produced multiple albums, composed scores for short films and theatre, and toured extensively in Europe and Canada. Born and raised in Montreal, Eric studied improvisation in New York before moving to Berlin where he toured with both the big and small names of the German and Scandinavian music scenes. Since returning to Toronto, Eric has recorded and toured with Till Bronner, Dave Liebman, Dave Douglas, Rebekka Bakken, Slide Hampton, Luc de la Rocheliere, Sylvie Paquette, Richard Underhill, David Binney, Jojo Mayer, Carlos Del Junco, Bernard Primeau and represented Canada at the International Guitar Summit in Nice (MIDEM).

Eric Mahar – Guitars/Banjo/Harmonica/Vocals

Born in Stratford, Ontario, and now settled in Bolton, Ontario, Eric is a studied musician and teacher with honours degrees in music and broadcasting from Humber College. He has also studied under acclaimed jazz guitarists Lenny Breau, Ralph Towner, and John Abercrombie. He has been in demand over his long career for his many talents as a guitarist, singer and producer and is known as the “musician’s musician”. Eric has recorded, produced and performed with a multitude of national artists in concert and on T.V. across North America and Europe including: The Mercy Brothers, The Bending the Bows Show, Marie Bottrel, Frank Leahy, Michael Burgess, The Waterloo Symphony, Mac Wiseman, and “new country” sensations Wayward. In the summer of 2000 he was a cast/band member of the theatrical show “Don Messer’s Violin” which played in Prince Edward Island to sold out crowds. He was also a band member with the Shaw Festival.

Sound Crew:

Nelson Anselmo – Sound Engineer

Nelson is pleased to work once again with the incomparable Leisa Way. Currently a sound designer for Drayton Entertainment, Nelson has managed to work at just about every theatre in Ontario over the past fourteen years. His long and varied career has taken him across the province and back again as both a sound designer and engineer. Past productions include The Importance of Being Earnest (Sudbury Theatre Centre), Beauty and the Beast (Theatre Aquarius), Singin’ in the Rain (Huron Country Playhouse), A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline (Theatre Orangeville), and most recently, Cagney, Country Legends, Sweet Charity, and Dance Legends for Drayton Entertainment. Nelson has now added the role of “Daddy” to his resume, with beautiful daughter, Madeleine and son, Matthew. The pay’s not great and the hours are long, but the fringe benefits are unbeatable. Special thanks to Sir Simon for love, wisdom, and attitude checks.

Ben Malone – Sound Engineer

A Hamilton native and graduate of the Theatre Arts – Technical Production program at Sheridan College, Ben has spent the better part of a decade as a sound engineer, (and occasionally lighting tech!), for concerts, theatre, corporate shows and all manner of live events. Highlights over the years include working on Dancap Productions’ The Toxic Avenger rock musical, touring Canada and Europe with Irish Dance show The Magic of Ireland, as well as working on Niagara Falls’ Winter Festival of Lights. On tour he garnered invaluable experience in a variety of fields, not to mention racking up a load of unforgettable times! Ben relishes the opportunity to work with the top notch gang you see before you both playing and singing, and wishes for you to have as much fun watching the show as he’s having working it.

 

 

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Nov
12
Sun
A TRIBUTE TO PEGGY ARMSTRONG
Nov 12 @ 2:00 pm

A TRIBUTE TO PEGGY ARMSTRONG

Join us for an afternoon celebrating Annapolis Royal’s beloved “Playwright-in-Residence” Peggy Armstrong.

For more than 50 years, Peggy has been writing plays which tell the stories of this community.  Several of them have been performed here at King’s, and Peggy was a founding Board Member of the King’s Theatre Society.

Members of the Annapolis District Drama Group and King’s Theatre have come together to prepare a special tribute, which will feature live excerpts from four of Peggy’s best-loved plays. The afternoon will also include some music, images and words, all to say THANK YOU to Peggy Armstrong for all she has given to this community.

The show will be followed by a reception in the lobby.

Tickets are $5. To reserve your seat, please call the Box Office at 902-532-7704 or drop by the Theatre.

 

 

 

Nov
18
Sat
BREABACH with OLD MAN LUEDECKE
Nov 18 @ 7:30 pm

 

 

 

 

BREABACH – Scotland’s hottest traditional band

Voted ‘Folk Band of the Year’ & ’Album of the year‘ at the 2016 Scots Trad Music Awards and twice nominated ‘Best Band’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, this Scottish five-piece band deliver a thrilling and unique brand of contemporary folk music that has earned them international recognition on the world and roots music scene as one of the UK’s most dynamic and exciting bands.

After a whirlwind five years traversing the globe, Breabach are delighted to present their fifth studio album, Astar (tr. distance/journey). Inspired by the people and places they have encountered, iconic venues and festivals performed at and the exciting, at times groundbreaking, collaborations they have been involved in. These experiences have brought new shape to their sound whilst simultaneously strengthening their identity.  Astar is a multicultural celebration, embracing the music of four nations in partnership with their own.

Breabach unite the talent of Calum MacCrimmon (pipes/whistles/bouzouki/vocals), Ewan Robertson (guitar/ vocals), James Mackenzie (pipes/flute/whistles), Megan Henderson (fiddle/vocals/stepdance) and James Lindsay (double bass). Since launching their career as winners of the Open Stage Award at Celtic Connections in 2005 the band have steadily moved from strength to strength, picking up accolades and performing at esteemed events along the way.

 

This tour is part of the Atlantic Presenters Association (APA) and RADARTS’ Canada 150 Performance Series. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Government of Canada. In celebration of the 150+ Anniversary of Confederation, this performance is part of Atlantic Presenters Association’s ‘Canada 150 Performance Series’ in partnership with RADARTS (Réseau atlantique de diffusion des arts de la scène). We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada.

 

 

 

 

 

Old Man Luedecke

Not since Loudon Wainwright III has anyone written so honestly, so openly, or with such aching tenderness and good humour about family life. “Saving up for date night so we can have our fight” “The Early Days”. But Luedecke has always insisted on a solid poetic heft in the way he uses words, and highly personal stories are what have always connected him to the universal in his audience. Recording with Tim O’Brien in an intimate setting at home has yielded an album where the songs take the starring role.

Calling to mind the powerful force at the heart of other musical vocal pairings: The Milk Carton Kids, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Tony Rice and Ricky Skaggs, or even Tim O’Brien and his work with Darrell Scott, the combination of Old Man Luedecke’s highly personal songs and infectious old-time banjo and guitar, and Tim O’Brien’s mastery of bluegrass harmony, guitars, mandolin, bouzouki, and fiddle adds up to much more than a simple sum of parts.

 

 

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Nov
24
Fri
DIOMIRA – Dinuk Wijeratne, Nick Halley & Joseph Petric
Nov 24 @ 7:30 pm

Dinuk Wijeratne, piano/composer

The Sri Lankan-born, Canada-based composer-performer Dinuk Wijeratne has been described by the Toronto Star as ‘an artist who reflects a positive vision of our cultural future’, and by the New York Times as ‘exuberantly creative’. His boundary-crossing work sees him equally at home in collaborations with symphony orchestras and string quartets, tabla players and DJs, and takes him to international venues as poles apart as the Berlin Philharmonie and the North Sea Jazz Festival.

Dinuk’s 2016 highlights include JUNO and ECMA wins for his string quartet pieces Two Pop Songs on Antique Poems, and his appointment as Composer-in-Residence of Symphony Nova Scotia.

Nick Halley, percussion

Nick Halley is a drummer/percussionist, keyboardist, composer, and conductor. As a drummer and world percussionist, Nick has performed and recorded internationally with a wide range of musicians including James Taylor, Oscar Castro-Neves, Maucha Adnet, David McGuinness & Revenge of the Folk Singers, Concerto Caledonia, Jefferson Hamer & Eamon O’Leary, Old Man Luedecke & Tim O’Brien, the Chris Norman Ensemble, various Paul Halley ensembles, Suzie LeBlanc, Theresa Thomason, Diomira with Dinuk Wijeratne & Joseph Petric, and occasionally the Nick Halley Band.  The recording Barnum Hill (2008) features Nick and his ensemble performing some of Nick’s original compositions.

 

Joseph Petric, accordion

Accordionist, teacher, writer, published author, producer, artistic director, Joseph Petric made his American debut at Washington’s Kennedy Centre in 1986 and his European debut at London’s St. John’s Smith Square. His performances have drawn reviews from the likes of the London Independent, the Washington Post, Toronto Globe and Mail, Chicago Tribune, Berliner Tage, the Boston Globe, Gramophone and the New York Times.

 

 

 

Performing works composed by their JUNO-award winning founder Dinuk Wijeratne, Diomira‘s music explores Dinuk’s hugely diverse cultural influences: from the Persian poetry of Omar Khayyam and the fantastical prose of Jorge Luis Borges, to the sensuality of Flamenco and the intricate rhythms of the Indian Classical tradition.

Formed in April 2011, the trio’s critically acclaimed literary and globally-inspired program was immediately recorded by the CBC and has since enjoyed repeated nationwide broadcast, garnering audience support for a style that balances sublime music-making with virtuosity.

The ‘soul’ of Diomira’s unique sound is the accordion of Joseph Petric. An internationally renowned recording-artist hailed as “an extraordinary performer” by the Boston Globe, Petric toured with Debut Atlantic for the first time in 1990. He returns this year with Diomira as Debut Atlantic’s Encore tour. World percussionist Nick Halley is a fiery talent who moves effortlessly amongst the major drumming traditions. Sri Lankan-born Dinuk Wijeratne, with an established reputation as a prolific creator of genre-spanning projects, leads the group with his striking compositions and remarkable invention at the piano.

Nick Halley is a drummer/percussionist, keyboardist, composer, and conductor. As a drummer and world percussionist, Nick has performed and recorded internationally with a wide range of musicians including James Taylor, Oscar Castro-Neves, Maucha Adnet, David McGuinness & Revenge of the Folk Singers, Concerto Caledonia, Jefferson Hamer & Eamon O’Leary, Old Man Luedecke & Tim O’Brien, the Chris Norman Ensemble, various Paul Halley ensembles, Suzie LeBlanc, Theresa Thomason, Diomira with Dinuk Wijeratne & Joseph Petric, and occasionally the Nick Halley Band.  The recording Barnum Hill (2008) features Nick and his ensemble performing some of Nick’s original compositions.

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Dec
7
Thu
ANNAPOLIS BASIN COMMUNITY BAND: The Moon of Winter
Dec 7 @ 7:30 pm

Tickets are $12 Advance, $15 at the Door, $5 for Youth.

Please contact Christine Igot at 902-532-7978 or any member of the Annapolis Basin Community Band for tickets.

Dec
10
Sun
HEATHER RANKIN
Dec 10 @ 7:30 pm

Thank you to our Sponsor

 

After over twenty-five years of performing with her siblings Heather Rankin comes into her own with A Fine Line, her debut solo record. This is Heather Rankin like you have never heard her before, breaking away from The Rankin Family’s signature sound, and forging her own musical legacy with her poetic, intimate original songs, and an eclectic mix of others. A Fine Line is an exploration of the balance between grief and joy, love and loss, and life and death. While the sound is distinctively Heather’s own, songs like “We Walk As One” conjure evocative imagery from the past she shared with her siblings, and with fans all over the world. Other songs showcase a more upbeat and contemporary side of Rankin, like her rendition of Tears for Fears’ 1985 hit “Everybody Wants To Rule The World,” which features Hip Hop Artist Quake Matthews. It is a social commentary with a Dance Club vibe. A song like David Tyson’s “Valentine” is a heart-felt love song, poignant in its simplicity, where Rankin’s soaring, angelic voice is all that is needed to hit straight to the heart.

It is clear that A Fine Line is a personal record for Rankin, who co-wrote seven of the eleven tracks with David Tyson. “We Walk As One,” the song that her siblings, Cookie and Jimmy, sing backup vocals for, is the album’s most obviously autobiographical track. It speaks to the idea that, although physically separate, those who love and care about one another, continue to move forward together in spirit. Similarly, “I’ve Got Your Back” expresses a sense of unconditional love and support amid a cold and tumultuous world. “Titantically” is the record’s most poetic and ephemeral, the personification of a violin that is rescued from the wreckage of the Titanic, and ripped from the grasp of the person who loved it most in the world. There is a deeply emotional acknowledgement of an inherent sadness to life in A Fine Line, but what is most prominent is Rankin’s resolve to continue to move forward in spite of it. It’s an impressive feat that one album can include a myriad of songs that are individually so different from one another and yet, they come together to create deeply affecting variations on a common theme. When played separately, each track stands assuredly on its own, revealing different aspects of Rankin’s immense talent and her vibrant, complex perspective on life and music. Taken together, one begins to see rich thematic and lyrical intersections, often between the most disparate songs. She begins with laying out the struggle of the human condition, our quest toward finding, and then living as our authentic selves, and then as the album progresses we are plunged into the depths of that struggle. She leaves us, undeniably, with a pure testament of hope and gratitude.

This is an exciting record and an exciting musical departure for Heather Rankin, who sold more than a million records as part of The Rankin Family, sang backup vocals on Carly Simon’s album The Bedroom Tapes and has been featured on the recordings of such artists as The Chieftains, Johnny Reid and Will Ackerman. Perhaps the most dramatic sense of balance in A Fine Line is Rankin’s own graceful sense of balance between her own musical past, present and future. She harkens back to her childhood in Mabou, Nova Scotia and honours her roots in that community, and in her family, but she does so in her own authentic voice. This voice has been shaped by the Gaelic traditions of her home, and by the years she spent singing the songs of her brothers and sisters, but her voice is set free here, and often euphorically so, in a way previously unheard. Proving eloquent songwriting runs in the family, Rankin takes us to more private places in her lyrics, and this mixture of vulnerability and exhilaration makes for a powerfully compelling record. After more than twenty-five years in the business, A Fine Line suggests that we are only just now getting to know Heather Rankin. She has always been known as the youngest of The Rankin Family, but now, as a solo artist, in some ways, she sounds younger, and more timely, than ever.

 

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Dec
17
Sun
MEASHA BRUEGGERGOSMAN
Dec 17 @ 7:30 pm

We are excited to welcome international artist Measha Brueggergosman back to the King’s Theatre stage, along with Aaron Davis on piano and Rob Piltch on guitar.

The show will include holiday tunes, jazz favourites, music from her recent album “Freedom Songs”, and who knows? maybe even some opera! Whatever the mix, we know Measha will lift the lid off the house.

Motivated and hungry for new experiences, Ms. Brueggergosman’s career effortlessly embraces the broadest array of performance platforms and musical styles and genres.

On the opera stage, her recent highlights include Giulietta and Antonia Les contes d’Hoffmann, Elettra Idomeneo, Madame Lidoine Dialogues des Carmélites, Jenny in Weill’s Mahagonny, Emilia Marty Věc Makropulos, Hannah in Miroslav Srnka’s Make No Noise, and Sister Rose in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking while on the concert platform she has worked with the San Francisco Symphony and New World Symphony Orchestras and conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Michael Tilson Thomas, Franz Welser-Möst, Sir Andrew Davis, Gustavo Dudamel and Daniel Harding.

Measha began her career predominantly committed to the art of the song recital and has presented innovative programs at Carnegie Hall, Washington’s Kennedy Center, London’s Wigmore Hall, both the Konzerthaus and Musikverein in Vienna, Madrid’s Teatro Real, as well as at the Schwarzenberg, Edinburgh, Verbier and Bergen Festivals with celebrated collaborative pianists Justus Zeyen, Roger Vignoles, Julius Drake, and Simon Lepper.

Her forthcoming highlights include her Australian debut at the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and in recital at the Sydney Opera House, a return to the Teatro Real, Madrid and to the Barbican, London with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, as well as performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and Vasily Petrenko.

Her first recording for Deutsche Grammophon, Surprise, includes works by Schoenberg, Satie and Bolcom and is one of the most highly regarded debut albums of recent years. Her subsequent disc Night and Dreams, which features songs by Mozart, Brahms, Strauss, Schubert, Debussy, Duparc and Fauré won several awards and her recording of the Wesendonck Lieder with Franz Welser-Möst and the Cleveland Orchestra earned her a Grammy nomination.

Off the stage, Measha is just as active: autumn 2017 sees the release of her memoir (published by HarperCollins); she appears regularly on primetime TV (most recently advocating on behalf of contemporary Canadian literature); and leading Canadian children across the country in song, in celebration of the nationwide campaign for music education.

Measha Brueggergosman champions the education and involvement of new audiences and holds several honorary doctorates and ambassadorial titles with international charities.

 

 

 

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Dec
23
Sat
THE O’BRIEN FAMILY – Food Bank Benefit Concert
Dec 23 @ 7:30 pm

The O’Brien Family Benefit Concert in support of the Annapolis Area Food Bank

The O’Brien Family has lived in Canada since 2004, when the family left England for a new life on Vancouver Island. Over the years the family has made three albums, played hundreds of shows, and even toured Europe.Their sound is a blend of luscious harmonies and great songs, played in a folksy bluegrass style. The Family love to perform and get everyone singing at their shows. They are delighted to be performing a concert in support of the ANNAPOLIS AREA FOOD BANK. This will be the very first time the family has performed on the East coast, and it is because Paul and Louise [Mom and Dad] and Millie [eldest child] have moved out East to Bridgetown, NS and Rothesay, NB respectively. The family also sing many songs written by both Paul and youngest member of the family Fintan. Fintan has his own career as a singer songwriter and is about to release a new album of his own songs. Both Fintan and Paul will be touring Europe together for the very first time during September and October. Come out and see the O’Brien Family and at the same time make a big difference to many families over Christmas.

ADMISSION BY DONATION (cash or non-perishable goods)

 

Jan
14
Sun
DAVE GUNNING & JAMES KEELAGHAN
Jan 14 @ 2:00 pm
Dave Gunning

“Truly, what makes Gunning so remarkable as an entertainer is his rare gift to be able to befriend the audience as a whole from the stage throughout the course of the concert. And, indeed, you do feel as though he’s as good of a friend as any after a night of songs, stories and lighthearted laughs.” – The GuardianCall it the silver lining in the cloud of a brutally cold Nova Scotia winter. When acclaimed folk singer/songwriter Dave Gunning decided it was time to make his 11th solo album, he found the bleak weather outside a blessing, not a curse. “We were literally snowed in, but the power was on and I was good to go,” he says of the making of that album, Lift.

Eleven albums in, Dave Gunning has become a truly masterful songwriter, one who has earned real peer respect from such Canadian folk songwriting legends as Ron Hynes, David Francey, and James Keelaghan. “I grew up listening to people like Ron Hynes,” says Dave. “I look up to them but then it hits me sometimes that I’m their peer and they like my stuff too. It’s a weird headspace, flipping from being a fan to being a peer.”

 

James Keelaghan
Called Canada’s finest singer-songwriter by one of the most respected and lauded music journalists of the last 50 years, James Keelaghan is an artist who has proven to be a man for all seasons.
As the calendar pages have turned, for almost a quarter of a century now, this poet laureate of the folk and roots music world has gone about his work with a combination of passion, intent and intensity, and curiosity.
Fusing his insatiable appetite for finding the next unique storyline Keelaghan also forges his pieces with brilliantly defined craftsmanship and a monogrammed artistic vision, making him one of the most distinctive and readily identifiable voices of not only the Canadian scene, but as a member of the international singer-songwriter community.
Armed with a songbook that has enlightened and enthralled, and been embraced, by audiences around the world, Keelaghan’s life as an artist is one that is a perpetual journey on so many levels.

 

 

 

THANK YOU TO OUR “WINTER AT KING’S” SPONSORS

 

This tour is part of the Atlantic Presenters Association (APA) and RADARTS’ Canada 150 Performance Series. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Government of Canada. In celebration of the 150+ Anniversary of Confederation, this performance is part of Atlantic Presenters Association’s ‘Canada 150 Performance Series’ in partnership with RADARTS (Réseau atlantique de diffusion des arts de la scène). We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada.

 

 

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Jan
28
Sun
SUSAN AGLUKARK
Jan 28 @ 7:30 pm

THIS CONCERT IS SOLD OUT!!!

Nunavut’s first ever Juno Award winning Inuk singer/songwriter, Susan calls herself the accidental artist. Susan grew up in Arviat, Nunavut and with “no musical orthodoxy” to draw from, Susan’s early years were spent learning as she was headlining.

Susan’s early writing (The Arctic Rose-1992) was a series of songs drawn from the thing she had left, a life of uncertainty. The past 25 years and the following 7 albums has seen Susan set on a path of personal discoveries, cultural reconnections and personal healing, a very different path than the one she imagined when she left her home. In her singing/songwriting career, Susan is most proud about reaching a place in  her life where she knows she is right where she belongs, singing/songwriting and falling in love with creating.

Susan has garnered 3 Juno awards, received The Order of Canada in 2005 and most recently was awarded the Governor Generals Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award (June-2016).

Susan has performed for HRH Queen Elizabeth, Jean Chrétien, Brian Mulroney, Nelson Mandela, Billy Graham and The Countess Of Wessex. Susan is founder and chair of the Arctic Rose Foundation and is an Advisor on the Collateral Damage Project.

 

THANK YOU TO OUR “WINTER AT KING’S” SPONSORS

JANSON LAW INC.

This tour is part of the Atlantic Presenters Association (APA) and RADARTS’ Canada 150 Performance Series. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Government of Canada. In celebration of the 150+ Anniversary of Confederation, this performance is part of Atlantic Presenters Association’s ‘Canada 150 Performance Series’ in partnership with RADARTS (Réseau atlantique de diffusion des arts de la scène). We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada.

 

 

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