Oz Blues and Roots at the Harbourfront

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 7:30PM at the Harbourfront Theatre
All Seats: $32.00 (tax & fees included)

Backstage Pass returns with Australian blues artist and extraordinary guitarist Lloyd Spiegel. Experience his awe-inspiring performance in an up-close and intimate setting with Harbourfront Theatre’s Backstage Pass Series.

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About Lloyd Spiegel: 

“A revelation, the consummate performer, an Oz Blues & Roots icon.” – Rolling Stone.

Lloyd Spiegel is a trailblazer at the forefront of modern blues and one of his country’s most recognised guitarists, recently being named in Australian Guitar Magazine’s list of the top 50 Australian guitarists of all time.

A touring artist since age 11, the 7time Australian Blues Award winner has one of the most unique stories in music. He has sat with the founding fathers of modern blues from Brownie McGhee to Luther Allison and has supported the likes of Ray Charles, Bob Dylan and Etta James on tour.

His live performance blends jaw-dropping guitar expertise with a commanding voice, powerful songwriting and storytelling to deliver a complete concert experience, launching him onto theatre and festival stages across the globe.

Spiegel returns to Canada with his 8th release, ‘Backroads’ – a hard edged, personal and brutally honest account of his life. ‘Backroads’ follows up from his previous albums, which all debuted in the top 10 of the Australian independent music charts and for several months, held the #1 spot on the Australian Blues Chart.

Guitar Master Class, October 24th, 4:30 PM
(Free to Attend, Registration Required)

Attend a guitar class led by international guitarist Lloyd Spiegel at Harbourfront Theatre October 24th, 4:30 PM. This is a rare opportunity to learn from a master whose expertise had led Cole Clark Guitars to create two signature model guitars named after him. The master class at 4:30 PM is free to attend. Please contact brenna@harbourfronttheatre.com to register.

About Backstage Pass:
Harbourfront’s Backstage Pass Series offers a unique format with the entire show, audience included, happening on the stage. Experience the performing arts up-close in a cozy and interactive setting with a panoramic view of the theatre in the background.

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Folker Yin Rocker Yang

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, 7:30 PM at the Harbourfront Theatre
All Seats: $32.00 (tax & fees included)

Backstage Pass returns with The Small Glories. Experience their music in an up-close and intimate setting with Harbourfront Theatre’s Backstage Pass Series.

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About The Small Glories:
Folk powerhouse pair The Small Glories are Cara Luft & JD Edwards, a dynamic duo planted on the Canadian Prairies. A self-professed “study in contrasts,” Luft’s folkie yin proves a perfect match for Edwards’ rocker yang. Thrown together purely by accident for an anniversary show at Winnipeg’s venerable West End Cultural Centre, The Small Glories is a partnership that could almost make you believe in fate.

Straight out of the gate these two veteran singer/songwriters built a buzz around their tight harmonies, authenticity, visceral live performances and equally well-matched guitar prowess that doesn’t come around often. Luft packs a mean banjo as well. The Winnipeg Free Press asks, “can two singer-songwriters be better than one? Yes, emphatically, yes, if the two in question are Cara Luft and JD Edwards… It’s our loss they didn’t [join forces] sooner… It’s magic.”

About Backstage Pass:
Harbourfront’s Backstage Pass Series offers a unique format with the entire show, audience included, happening on the stage. Experience the performing arts up-close in a cozy and interactive setting with a panoramic view of the theatre in the background.

With Backstage Pass, the stage becomes one of PEI’s coolest alternative venues. Enter stage door right and go behind-the-scenes with us. Try on some costumes in one of dressing rooms. Take your picture at one of our make-up tables. Explore part of our collection of props set up around the stage and loading bay. Experience the magic of backstage, and then settle in for a night of music with specially selected high-calibre performers from around the world. Over the course of the evening, you’ll enjoy the intimacy of the setting and the rawness of the music it encourages. These are shows you don’t want to miss!

Country Blend and the Kitchen Sink

Friday, October 12th, 7:30 pm at the Harbourfront Theatre
Regular tickets: $25.00 (tax & fees included)

COUNTRY BLEND

Comprised of five seasoned western Canadian musicians, Country Blend started touring together in November 2004. Their concerts are two hours of traditional country music and country gospel, featuring hits made famous by classic country legends such as Kitty Wells, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Jim Reeves, The Statler Brothers, and Hank Williams Sr. to name just a few.

 

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Based in southern Manitoba, Country Blend is a high energy group full of rhythm, great harmony and fantastic piano playing. The group consists of Dianne Lodge on lead vocals and bass guitar, Evelyn Ramage on lead and harmony vocals, crowd favourite Gordy “Crazy Fingers” Lindquist on piano, Henry Martens on bass and rhythm guitar, and group manager Cyn Lodge on drums.

A unique feature of the Country Blend tour is the fact that they have a traveling audience of over 40 enthusiastic fans who are actually on tour with them on their bus and will attend the concert along with the local audience. This group arrives ready to have a toe-tapping good time. The Country Blend experience is one no classic country fan should miss.

On the Bright Side

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5, 7:30 PM at the Harbourfront Theatre
Regular Seats: $48.00

Barra MacNeils On the Bright Side

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The Barra MacNeils hit the Harbourfront Theatre stage Friday, October 5 on tour in support of their latest release On the Bright Side, an exquisite collection of everything their fans love.

As always, the 5 MacNeil siblings – Lucy, Boyd, Stewart, Kyle and Sheumas – combine on a vast array of instruments including accordion, guitar, piano, fiddle, bodhran, mandolin, banjo, Celtic harp, tin whistle – underpinned by the nimble-fingered Jamie Gatti on bass.  If you’ve ever been wowed by their Christmas show, be prepared to have the wow factor raised exponentially as the band is unleashed from the strictures of the season.

A Few More Days of Fascinating Ladies

September 12 – 16 → Fascinating Ladies

A Young at Heart Theatre Production
Written and directed by Catherine O’Brien

Starring Allison Kelly, Kelley Mooney and Catherine O’Brien

Fascinating Ladies is a tribute to the great girl groups of the last century, performed by three talented Island gals! This delightful musical revue takes the audience on a journey from the 1920s to the 1970s, featuring memorable songs from such legendary female ensembles as The Boswell Sisters, The Andrews Sisters, The Exciters, and The Chordettes, interwoven with stories of life on PEI from each era. Including songs like Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Tell Him, Sentimental Journey, Java Jive, In His Kiss: The Shoop Shoop Song, and more, this show will transport you in a fascinating way!

Fascinating Ladies was originally conceived by Julain Molnar & Catherine O’Brien.
Musical Arrangements  are by Sean Ferris  with additional arrangements by Max Keenlyside.

Cuddy Comes Back

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th, 7:30 PM at the Harbourfront Theatre
All Seats: $57.50 (tax & fees included)

For over 35 years, Jim Cuddy has written songs that have become indelible in the soundtrack of Canadian lives.

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Both as a solo artist and as one of the creative forces in Blue Rodeo, Jim has received nearly every accolade Canada can bestow upon a musician including 15 JUNO Awards, The Order of Canada and, along with bandmates Blue Rodeo, has been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, received the Governor General Performing Arts Award and a Star on the Walk of Fame.

“I’ve always found fascination in the smallest details of human behavior,” says Cuddy of his songwriting. “It has been something that I look at and remember, whether it is the details of an exchange that I witnessed or an exchange that I have.  Of course, as you get older there are bigger things that happen in your life that you realize you’ll never totally understand.  There never seems to be a loss of things to write about.”

Come Sing With Us

Join the Confederation Youth Chorus and the Confederation Singers this year for a season of inspired singing and great music.

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The Youth Chorus is for ages 8 to 18, while the Singers is for all ages. Both include a year of concerts and events, with future tours also in cards for the Youth Chorus.

Call (902) 628-6144 or email dfraser@confederationcentre.com to join!