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Home for the Holidays at The Harbourfront

Returning to Harbourfront Theatre on Friday, December 9, 7:30 pm, is Home for the Holidays featuring all the best of popular Christmas and holiday music performed by some of PEI’s finest singers : Joey Kitson, Catherine O’Brien and Caroline Bernard backed up by a great band, The Reindeer Express, featuring Deryl Gallant, bass, Alan White, drums, Don Fraser, keyboards, and Perry Williams, guitar.

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The icing on this special Christmas cake will be the reading of well-known Island entertainer, Hank Stinson sharing Island Christmas stories. Featuring classic and contemporary Christmas music and Island stories, Home for the Holidays will be as warm and cozy as a good glass of eggnog in front of a crackling fireplace on Christmas Eve.

Prepare to have your spirits lifted just as high as that bright shining star so many years ago. This year’s edition features many new songs, as well as old favourites.

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Christmas in Oz

Let the students of the Atlantic Academy of Performing Arts entertain you as they sing, dance and celebrate the Christmas season in the Land of Oz!

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A snow blizzard carries Dorothy and Toto to the Magical Elfinsland where Glinda is the Good Witch of the North Pole. Dorothy must get home to open her Christmas presents in the morning, so she sets off to meet the Wizard who lives in the Great Palace of Toys.

Who will help Dorothy get back to Kansas in time for Christmas?

Christmas in Oz is at the Harbourfront Theatre on Saturday, December 3, at 4 PM.

Raised on Songs

John McDermott is an international recording star and household name. Besides his stellar musical career – platinum, double-platinum, triple-platinum albums and multiple Juno nominations – he is also known for his commitment to veterans’ causes – the U.S. Congressional Medal of Honour Society’s Bob Hope Award, the Ted Williams Globe & Anchor Award from the USMC and, here at home, a commendation from the Minister of Veteran’s Affairs for this ongoing work, which includes his foundation McDermott House Canada, dedicated to improving care in the final stages of terminal illness and providing a warm, welcoming place to stay for Canada’s veterans, military, first responders and their families.

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In concert, whether he is sharing the stage with a top-notch group of musical friends or touring the world as part of the famed Three Irish Tenors, McDermott continues to enchant audiences with his beautiful voice and sensitive renditions. Though time and travel have introduced him to a wealth of new material and experiences, he manages to incorporate that diversity into his performances, while retaining the beguiling sense of humour that endeared him to audiences from the beginning.

This tour features songs from his latest release, Raised on Songs and Stories, and a variety of favourites from his vast recording catalogue.

A delectable evening of story and song, delivered with charm and grace by the consummate craftsman himself, John McDermott.

“Tenor John McDermott is one of this country’s most beloved entertainers.” – Toronto Star

“John McDermott is the real thing – with a sound as pure and achingly beautiful as the ancient countryside.” – Chicago Sun Times

“His rich tenor voice is as warm and comforting as a hot toddy on a cold winter’s night.” – Kitchener Record

“McDermott has a warm and instantly recognizable voice that sometimes resonates like Gordon Lightfoot with a brogue.” – Seattle Times

“The world’s greatest Irish-Scots-Canadian tenor melted hearts and raised smiles in London yesterday.” – London Free Press

John McDermott is at the Harbourfront Theatre November 11th at 7:30 PM.

First Lady Carroll Baker at the Harbourfront

Hailed as Canada’s first lady of country music, Carroll Baker is a five-time recipient of the Juno Award for Country Female Vocalist of the Year, she had her own series on CBC television in the summer of 1983 and frequently appeared on The Tommy Hunter Show. She was also the first Canadian entertainer ever to do a TV special from Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry.

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From October 1970 through August 1982, Ms. Baker was on the country hit charts for a total of 528 weeks. 31 consecutive singles reached the charts, 20 of them reaching Top 10, with 14 of those hitting #1, including 12 consecutive #1 hits. No one in Canadian country music has been able to top that remarkable record.

Don’t miss “A Special Evening with Carroll Baker”, where you’re sure to hear favourite hits like Ten Little Fingers, Why Me Lord, One Night of Cheatin’, and I’ve Never Been This Far Before.

Carroll Baker is at the Harbourfront Theatre Friday, October 28th, at 7 PM.

A Shake Joint at The Harbourfront

THE COMIC STRIPPERS
A Male Stripper Parody and Improv Comedy Show

The Comic Strippers are a fictitious male stripper troupe, played by a cast of some of Canada’s best improvisational comedians. These guys try to be sexy… it just comes out funny. Constantly grooving and gyrating, in between scenes they banter with the crowd and perform their sexylarious twist on improv sketches. They sing, they “dance;” these guys are oiled up and ready to make you laugh. Women often say the most attractive thing about a man is his sense of humour – so ladies, these stripped-down comedians are sure to make your head explode.

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And not to worry, gentlemen, this is definitely a parody of male strippers. Some of the performers have what’s called ‘Comedy Bodies’ – they will make you look fabulous by comparison!

Semi-undressed and completely unscripted, The Comic Strippers take off their shirts and take on your suggestions to create a whole new genre of comedy.

WARNING: No extreme nudity, just extreme hilarity. A show for all genders… 19+ only

Roman DanyloFresh from sold out shows in Vegas, Australia and Canada, The Comic Strippers are:

Roman Danylo -For five seasons, Roman starred on CTV’s Comedy Inc. As a stand-up comedian, he has appeared on Just For Laughs and The Debaters.

Ken Lawson – Ken starred in the Canadian sitcom Health Nutz and has performed all over North America with The Vancouver Theatre Sports League and The Second City.

Chris Casillan – An improv comedy vet with The Vancouver Theatre Sports League, Chris is also a Canadian Comedy Award winner with his sketch comedy group Canadian Content.

Michael Teigen – As well as being a professional improviser and theatre actor, Michael has been in over 30 television shows and over 40 feature films.

★★★★★ “Extremely funny comedy show that showcases their mercurial improvisational talents.” – UK Fringe Review

★★★★ “A high- energy evening that never loses pace.” – Adelaide Now
“A show suitable for both men and women… an entertaining ride where anything goes.” – Rip It Up Magazine

“One of the most hilarious shows I’ve ever seen.” – Vancouver Sun

Sweeping in the Remix

[ZØGMA] is a professional percussive dance company, performing on the national and international scenes since 2001. The company supports the creativity of choreographers who, inspired by elements of the country’s heritage and cultural diversity found in urban areas, propose a contemporary approach and a new aesthetic of Québec’s folklore, merging dance, music and song into powerful, rhythmic works.

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The Sokalo Remix Project is a transatlantic artistic collaboration between [ZØGMA] and four professional artists from the Irish traditional performing arts. The production is a rhythmic journey both through the streets of Montreal and the landscape of the west of Ireland, highlighting the proximity of Irish and Quebecois traditional cultures, while proposing a new vision of folklore merging both tradition and contemporary life.

“An amazing show last night. I wanted to watch it all again the second it finished… Such a pleasing combination of interesting rhythms & whole body movement – a feast for the senses. Highly recommended!” – Charlene Morisson, Limerick.

The Sokalo Remix project is at the Harbourfront Theatre Thursday, October 13th at 7:30 PM.

Hootin’ and Hollerin’

Woody Holler and his Orchestra are purveyors of “western swing” music…but also so much more. Woody grew up hearing the songs of the cowboy. Although he was later trained in opera, a sense of nostalgia held him close to the early western genre. Woody met up with some top-notch jazz musicians and the cross-over was magical.

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Consisting of some of Canada’s finest folk/jazz musicians, Woody’s orchestra creates a style that Woody defines as “jazz from the saddle”. Greg Lowe on guitar, Richard Moody on violin and Danny Koulack on bass add clever arrangements rich with virtuosity and style. The repertoire is eclectic, fun and fascinating, featuring finger-snapping swing beats, honey-slowed love croons and show stopping “extreme” yodeling.

Since 2010, the band has showcased very successfully across Western Canada, which has led to several tours from Manitoba to the Pacific coast. They have also enjoyed a tour of the Northwest Territories and Woody’s yodel has been heard past the Arctic Circle. A recent showcase event on the east coast has led to a tour of the Atlantic Provinces next spring as well as a tour of Great Britain.

Their first album “Western Skies” was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award in 2010. Woody and the boys have just completed their second album “Jazz From The Saddle”. It’s filled with all the things that make Woody Holler and his Orchestra so entertaining.

“But it was more than the yodeling that caught the audience right from the outset and held us through a much warranted standing ovation at evening’s end. It was the full, rich sound of four very talented musicians who have coupled clever arrangements, musical genre fusing and the joy of performing into one delightful package.” wrote Sue Morhun of the Oliver Daily News

“…the audience had saddled up to join him for the adventure. They were with him every step and hoof print of the way, perfectly attuned to the mood of each song”

Woody Holler and his Orchestra appear at the Harbourfront Theatre in Summerside on Wednesday, February 17, at 7:30 PM. All tickets are $25.00.