Victoria Jubilee Hall, Walkerton

 

2017-2018

Entertainment Season

 

 

Email: vjh@wightman.ca                                                                            Phone: 519-881-2826

 



 

Ticket Information:

 

 * Victoria Jubilee Hall has general seating. Doors usually open 45 minutes before the performance, unless otherwise requested by the artist.

 * We offer 3 wheelchair spaces in the theatre, Reservations are recommended. Patrons using wheelchairs are requested to arrive no later than 30 minutes prior to performance time.

 * Anyone with mobility issues are asked to please enter via the glass door off the parking lot. By entering this way there are no steps to be taken and you can access the lift from this area.

 * Banner ads giving ticket information should be double checked by phoning 519-881-2826. Our website is not always current to the date of the performance.

 * All ticket sales are final, Cannot be redeemed for cash.

 

Thank you for your continued support of the Victoria Jubilee Hall.



 

 

 



 

 

 

 

Series Performance

 

Frank Leahy and Friends

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Time: 8:00 pm.

 

 

Canadian fiddle player/violinist Frank Leahy is absolutely original.  His unique approach to playing music as well as his comedic interaction with the audience sets him in a league of his own.

Growing up in rural Ontario, Frank Leahy was influenced early on by the legendary Canadian fiddler Don Messer whose music was broadcasted and received by every Canadian home through a popular CBC TV show that followed Hockey Night in Canada. Leahy also had classical training growing up, and received a formal musical education. He studied violin at the Royal Conservatory of Music, receiving the coveted Gold medal for top marks in the country. His studies continued at Wilfred Laurier University and he eventually earned a Bachelor of Arts degree there in Music Performance. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree as well as a minor degree in Philosophy.

In 1997, Frank was chosen by the Messer estate to inherit Don Messer’s violin. His first move with the instrument was to record a tribute album for the CBC. Leahy continued with the idea of Don Messer’s Violin, creating a full-length stage production Don Messer’s Violin that premiered on Prince Edward Island in 2000 and ran for 5 years. Subsequently Don Messer’s Violin has been presented with great success across Canada.

Frank lives in Waterloo, Ontario with his Lady Lisa and their seven children, Maria, Brianna, Jasmine, Philip, Joseph, Basil and Grace

 

This performance is part of our Jubilee Arts and Music series. The ticket price for the five performances is $110.00. Individual tickets are $30.00; with a $5.00 handling charge on the total purchase when using credit cards.  Please, no post dated cheques. For more information feel free to contact the hall at (519) 881-2826 or by email: vjh@wightman.ca



Independent Performance

Steve Jewel

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Time: 8:00 pm.

Ontario born Stevie Jewel is Katy Perry meets Country with a twist of Southern Rock. 

Multi award winning and Grammy nominated before she turned 20, Stevie  has performed at The White House, Canadian Country Music Awards, and all over the U.S., to great acclaim. 

A graduate of The Royal Conservatory in Canada, Las Vegas Academy for the Performing Arts and the Atlanta Music Academy, Stevie’s powerful storytelling and stunning vocal presence highlight her unique artistic identity which connects her to her audience across the globe.

Stevie’s single “Memory Lane” scored extensive airplay on CBC Radio in Jewel’s homeland of Canada in late 2015. 

Currently based in Nashville, Tennessee, Stevie is finishing her last year at Nashville’s premier music school, Belmont University ( Brad Paisley and Florida Georgia Line are Alumni). 

She is collaborating with Nashville’s A-listers like Country Hall of Famer Tom Douglas (Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw), and Pop writer/ producers Jodi Marr ( Carole King, Ricky Martin) and Will Edwards  (Dexter, Burn Notice, The Sopranos.) on a new collection of songs .

 

This performance is an independent show.  Tickets are $30.00, with a $5.00 handling charge on the total purchase when using credit cards.   Please, no post dated cheques. For more information feel free to contact the hall at (519) 881-2826 or by email: vjh@wightman.ca

 

 



Series Performance

 

 

Pavlo

 

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Time: 8:00 pm

Pavlo’s Mediterranean music speaks for itself and it has made him a VJH favourite.

Over the span of his 20-year career, Pavlo, the internationally renowned, award-winning recording artist, performer and songwriter, has released 10 albums of his own music, plus two collaborative projects, including 2015’s Guitarradas with Remigio Pereira of The Tenors, and 2009’s Trifecta with fellow guitar masters Rik Emmett and Oscar Lopez.

Born in Toronto to Greek parents, Pavlo has made a name for himself by offering a musical amalgam he simply calls “Mediterranean music” – a blend of Greek, flamenco, Latin, and even Balkan flavours, wrapped in contemporary pop. His music has taken him all around the world. Along the way he’s performed for royalty in the likes of Prince Charles and worked and toured with artists such as José Feliciano, Jon Secada, Olivia Newton-John and The Tenors.

It has never been more convincing, Pavlo is a TRUE WORLD artist, and has become famous for bringing every audience to their feet.

 

This performance is part of our Jubilee Arts and Music series. The ticket price for the five performances is $110.00. Individual tickets are $30.00; with a $5.00 handling charge on the total purchase when using credit cards.  Please, no post dated cheques. For more information feel free to contact the hall at (519) 881-2826 or by email: vjh@wightman.ca

 



Series Performance

 

True North Brass

"True North Christmas"

 

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Time: 8:00 pm

 

 

True North Brass, proudly Canadian with a truly international outlook, is a five member band coming from a wide array of backgrounds. With a roster of some of Canada’s finest brass instrumentalists, True North’s membership includes two outstanding composer/arrangers who create the ensemble’s fresh and unique programming.


True North Brass is…


Stuart Laughton was principal trumpet of the Hamilton Philharmonic and an original member of Canadian Brass at age 19. Before graduating from Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music he was appointed principal trumpet of La Scala, Milan by Claudio Abbado. In Canada, Laughton became a soloist and chamber musician, founded Opening Day Recordings (5 JUNO nominations from 18 releases), the roots/rock band Porkbelly Futures and The Forest Festival (theforestfestival.com) in Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve. He has premiered many Canadian works, including a trumpet concerto by R. Murray Schafer. Stuart is currently developing Radio Dial (radiodial.ca) in which he performs in many styles on many instruments. In 2015 Stuart was inducted into the Burlington Performing Arts Centre Hall of Fame.


Barton Woomert, the former Associate Principal Trumpet with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for thirty-two years, is an active free-lance musician who performs regularly with the True North Brass. A native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, he received his music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Upon graduation, he traveled to South America where he played Principal Trumpet in the Orquesta Sinfonica Venezuela (National Orchestra of Venezuela) and in the Metropolitan Opera of Caracas. While there, he worked in the newly developing “El Sistema” music program for young Venezuelan musicians. He also served as soloist for four years with the United States Marine Band, “The President’s Own,” in Washington, D.C., and performed regularly at White House functions. Before moving to Toronto, he held the position of Principal Trumpet with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra.

Christine Passmore, with a Doctor of Music degree from Indiana Universit, performs regularly with the National Ballet Orchestra, the Esprit Orchestra, the Canadian Opera Company, the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hannaford Street Silver Band. Christine has been a member of the Shaw Festival Orchestra since 2009, and where she also plays chamber concerts on modern and natural horns. Christine also has a busy teaching schedule and a very busy two-year old son.

Al Kay is busy as the Head of Brass at Humber College, a clinician, arranger, composer, and a virtuosic jazz and classical trombonesoloist. He has performed with leading artists and entertainers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Rob McConnell, Diana Krall, Tony Bennet, and Frank Sinatra. Al has recorded hundreds of jingles, albums, film and tv soundtracks, and performs regularly around Toronto with the bands of John MacLeod, Roberto Occhipinti, and Kirk MacDonald. He has also played for most of the musicals in Toronto for the past 40 years. Al’s association with Yamaha has led him to Japan helping design the YSL697Z and 897Z trombones, and an Al Kay Artist mouthpiece.

Scott Irvine cannot be categorized. His arrangements and compositions are regularly featured by a variety of ensembles and have been documented on several CBC discs. His remarkable instrumental gifts (Don Ferguson of The Royal Canadian Air Farce calls him “Tuba Tyrant Extraordinaire”) have found him in constant demand in musical situations ranging from the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra to Sharon, Lois and Bram’s “Elephant Show”, to the Esprit Orchestra.

Scott Irvine cannot be categorized. His arrangements and compositions are regularly featured by a variety of ensembles and have been documented on several CBC discs. His remarkable instrumental gifts (Don Ferguson of The Royal Canadian Air Farce calls him “Tuba Tyrant Extraordinaire”) have found him in constant demand in musical situations ranging from the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra to Sharon, Lois and Bram’s “Elephant Show”, to the Esprit Orchestra.

 

This performance is part of our Jubilee Arts and Music series. The ticket price for the five performances is $110.00. Individual tickets are $30.00; with a $5.00 handling charge on the total purchase when using credit cards.  Please, no post dated cheques. For more information feel free to contact the hall at (519) 881-2826 or by email: vjh@wightman.ca
 



 

Sandcastle Theatre

Potter -  the Panto

 

 

 

Friday, December 1 at 7:00 pm.

Saturday, December 2 at 2:00 pm.

Sunday, December 3 at 2:00 pm.

 

 

Sandcastle Theatre is excited to announce the 2017 Christmas season performances of Potter - The Panto! The magical world of wizardry will be brought to the stage by a dynamic cast ages 8 to adult.

The production of Potter - the Panto will tell tales of magic with singing and dancing, physical comedy and jokes for all ages, plus opportunities for audience participation. Audience members will cheer for the hero and boo the villain and even get up on stage as magical helpers. You will be spellbound and want to see it again- and read it again!

After last year’s very successful production of Peter Pan - the Panto, Sandcastle Theatre is very excited to be presenting Potter - the Panto this Christmas season. The hilarious musical will be performed in four different communities – Port Elgin, Owen Sound, Collingwood and for the first time in Walkerton– each with a different, local cast.

 

Pantos - or Pantomimes- are very popular in England during the Christmas Season. This theatrical tradition is now available on a local stage in Walkerton with Potter - the Panto providing enchanting family entertainment.

 

Sandcastle Theatre was established in 2002 to offer young people in Grey-Bruce & Simcoe the opportunity to experience engaging theatre programs and performances. This non-profit has provided inspiring professional arts experiences to hundreds of young people in communities throughout the region and has brought performances to thousands more people of all ages. Programming being offered for the first time in Walkerton in Fall 2017, after successful programs in several other locations, also includes TheatreKids and Musical Theatre classes for ages 8 - 15.

 

 



Independent Performance

 

Robert Creighton

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Time: 3:00 pm.

 

 

From a very early age Robert Creighton pictured himself most often as the goaltender for the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs. 

His sporting dreams coexisted with the ones of someday dancing like Fred Astaire and being an actor on Broadway, whatever that meant to a lad living in rural Ontario.  The Astaire passion shifted to James Cagney later in life, and while sports remain a big part of Robert’s life, any professional aspirations were, to understate it, a little farfetched.

As a boy, Robert trained at St. Michael’s Choir School and Grenville Christian College, and attended dozens of competitive music festivals in voice, piano and trumpet.  Before his senior year at High School Robert attended the Banff Center School of Fine Arts.

Although he wished to head for Toronto or New York to begin his career, Robert heeded advice to attend Wilfred Laurier University for a B.A. in vocal performance, with summer stock giving him a number of opportunities to expand his experiences.

Following that, he was off to begin his studies in New York City at the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts.  He was fortunate to be one of eighteen chosen for The Graduate Company.

Thus began a decade of dozens of opportunities to do shows both in New York and other parts of the United States.  Most recently, he has performed as James Cagney in Cagney, the show he conceived and co-authored.

That show finishes at the end of May 2017, at which time Robert will prepare himself for the character of the Duke of Wesselton, in the Broadway production of Frozen.

We are delighted to welcome Robert Creighton back to Walkerton! 

 

This performance is a special performance.  Tickets are $30.00, with a $5.00 handling charge on the total purchase when using credit cards.   Please, no post dated cheques. For more information feel free to contact the hall at (519) 881-2826 or by email: vjh@wightman.ca



Individual Performance

 

Mudmen

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Time: 8:00 pm.

 

The Mudmen are a blast of Celtic energy, whose members are known to be characters both on and off the stage.    They have 9 studio recordings and will be celebrating their 20th anniversary in March of 2018.

Starting out as “The Campbell Brothers”, the band signed a deal with EMI Records and changed their name to “Mudmen” in 1998.  Their music has been featured on Xbox and PlayStation games; NBC’s television show “Black Donnellys”; WWE Wrestling; a number of Don Cherry’s hockey videos; The Mackenzie Brothers TWO-FOUR Special on CBC; HBO’s Shameless TV show; HNIC Coach’s Corner (Dale Hunter tribute); and 6 videos on Much Music.  Plus they have reached the top 20 on the Edge radio.

The Mudmen have appeared twice on Parliament Hill for Canada Day, where they performed and shook hands with the Queen.  They also performed at the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames home opening game ceremonies on CBC, and performed at The’84 Oiler’s Stanley Cup Gala Reunion, with Wayne Gretzky, Sarah McLaughlin and Red Ryder.

Building a legion of fans from young to old, The Mudmen have made over 40 cross Canada tours, with festival dates in the United States and Europe, as well as a performance at TSN’s “For the Love of the Game”, in which Canadian Sidney Crosby was presented with a gold ring.

 

This performance is an independent show.  Tickets are $30.00, with a $5.00 handling charge on the total purchase when using credit cards.   Please, no post dated cheques. For more information feel free to contact the hall at (519) 881-2826 or by email: vjh@wightman.ca



Series Performance

 

Rik Emmett

 

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Time: 8:00 pm.

 

 

The adjectives ‘prolific’ and ‘eclectic’ frequently pop up in Rik’s profiles, after five decades in the biz.

Following over a dozen platinum albums from his Triumph years, he produced 19 more as a non-platinum indie, ranging from rock to blues to jazz to folk to classical. International renown earned him entry into three Canadian Halls of Fame plus a star on the Walk of Fame in his hometown of Mississauga. He also picked up a few ‘Best Guitarist’ awards in various style categories from different organizations along the way.

Author of a GUITAR PLAYER magazine column for over a dozen years, the resulting compilation instruction book, For The Love of Guitar, recently landed at #4 in Shawn Persinger’s review of “The 50 Greatest Guitar Books”.

As a music educator, Mr. E. remains humbly proud of his long-standing inclusion on the heavily-respected Humber College faculty, where he’s taught Song Writing, Music Business and Directed Studies. He’s also been Artistic Director of the Songstudio Songwriting Workshop every summer for the past 11 years.

The wide range of Emmett’s abilities have been constantly on display:
· from smooth jazz and fingerstyle guitar festivals in Canada to heavy metal festivals in Germany and Sweden
· from Artistic Directing a songwriting workshop to jamming with Alex Lifeson of Rush at the Guitar Workshop Plus
· from huge classic rock outdoor shows with Triumph, to intimate acoustic duo gigs
· from orchestra nights honouring the classic rock song catalogues of Eric Clapton, or The Beatles, - through to releases like 2007’s hard rocking “Liberty Manifesto”, or the all-acoustic “Live at Hugh’s Room”, released in the same year.
Rik’s reputation has been bolstered by collaborations that branched away from a mainstream career path. The first high-profile project was a guitar quartet project in 1987, that produced a vinyl insert recording for the U.S. Guitar Player magazine – ‘Beyond Borders’ featured Liona Boyd, Ed Bickert and Alex Lifeson, bringing Rik’s original compositional sketch to life.

Over 20 years later, in another eclectic, daring adventure, the P.R.O. Trio of guitarists Pavlo, Rik, and Oscar Lopez blended their acoustic styles into Mediterranean and Latin contexts.

In the past 8 years, Rik has also worked extensively with guitarist Dave Dunlop in a duo called Strung-Out Troubadours, (later shortened to just ‘Troubs’) and with drummer / vocalist Mike Shotton, in a prog-rock recording project they called ‘Airtime’.

 

 

This performance is part of our Jubilee Arts and Music series. The ticket price for the five performances is $110.00. Individual tickets are $30.00; with a $5.00 handling charge on the total purchase when using credit cards.  Please, no post dated cheques. For more information feel free to contact the hall at (519) 881-2826 or by email: vjh@wightman.ca
 



 

 

County Towne Players

April 7, 8, 11, 12, 13 & 14, 2018

 

Keep watching for more details.

 

 



Series Performance

 

Ennis Sisters

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Time: 3:00 pm.

 

 

With multiple accolades – a Juno Award, SOCAN Award, multiple East Coast Music Awards, and Music Newfoundland and Labrador Awards – the Ennis Sisters are world renowned, celebrated songbirds.


Maureen, Teresa and Karen Ennis, identify very strongly to the uniquely rugged island in the Atlantic Ocean -- Newfoundland. They grew up on the southern shore of the Avalon, surrounded by music. Now The Juno-winning folk trio have been performing and touring for more than 20 years — often selling out whatever venue they play.
Born and raised on Irish Newfoundland tunes, their childhood was filled with music – if their parents weren’t making music, it was coming through the radio. They began performing for family and friends at an early age, followed by local gigs in pubs. Festivals and touring followed, their fans increasing with each energetic performance.
The trio released their first album, Red is the Rose, on June 25, 1997. The excellent debut made the music world take notice and the album sold 15,000 copies within 18 months of release. Their second album, Christmas on Ennis Road, 1998, also landed the girls their own Christmas Special on CBC, An Ennis Road Christmas. In 1999, Maclean’s magazine named the trio one of the Top 100 young Canadians to watch.


Maureen, the oldest, is a guitarist and songwriter. The middle-born Karen plays both the tin whistle and flute, and does step dancing. The youngest of the family trio, Teresa, also step dances, as well as playing the bodhran. They have performed in Australia, The Middle East, Europe, America and Canada, accumulating 3 gold records along the way and sharing the stage with such widely respected artists as the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Mary Black, Jann Arden and the Chieftains.
Some of the tracks on this talented trio's recordings include "Lord of the Dance," "Rainy Days," "If Anything Happened to You," "When Tomorrow Comes," "Can't Stop the Dance," "Never Puts His Fiddle Down," and "Forever Love."


After wading in and out of pop and country waters the Ennis Sisters took a break and returned with Stages: A Homecoming (2015).
“I think we lost ourselves a bit along the way and it was really necessary for us to take a hiatus in order to regain our focus,” says Maureen. “We’ve come to realize that we feel most satisfied singing songs inspired by our roots, especially when we sing them together. Stages is a direct reflection of that.”
Stages is a love letter to old world Newfoundland with a modern flair. Songs like “Dreaming My Dreams With You,” “The Pines,” “Rock Yourself On The Ocean,” and “Out From St. Leonard’s”, conjure up the island’s otherworldly beauty, deep rooted history and seasoned resilience. Produced by Maureen Ennis and Billy Sutton, the recording is a collection of contemporary folk songs charting life cycles, love and loss.


The Ennis Sisters, with their inspirational sibling harmonies, humorous recitations, Irish step dancing and engaging rapport, will surely lift your spirits and warm your hearts tonight.

 

This performance is part of our Jubilee Arts and Music series. The ticket price for the five performances is $110.00. Individual tickets are $30.00; with a $5.00 handling charge on the total purchase when using credit cards.  Please, no post dated cheques. For more information feel free to contact the hall at (519) 881-2826 or by email: vjh@wightman.ca

 



 

 

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