Four Tellers Telling It All

September 7 – 9 → The Four Tellers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After three years of playing to packed houses in theatres across the Island The Four Tellers return to Victoria  with their latest storytelling show called
The Last Laugh.

As in previous years the show is comprised, for the most part, of four friends and master-storytellers, Denny King, Gary Evans, Alan Buchanan and David Weale, sitting around a table swapping stories of the Island that invariably have the audience roaring with laughter, or sometimes, brushing aside a tear.

Also, woven into the storytelling are the sparkling musical  arrangements of Rachael Beck and Bennett Buell.

The unique charm of the Tellers is the spontaneous, unscripted quality of the show which allows the audience to feel they are right there, in the kitchen, as the stories roll out, one drawing the next, like tissues out of a box.

As one reviewer, Gordon Cobb, wrote: “Between the hoots and the hollers and the almost tears, there is the feeling in the theatre of being fully human. And fully alive. Catch it while you can.”

Catch the Tellers at the Victoria Playhouse.

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Don’t Miss the Myth

A wonderfully titled comedy about parents who know too much or know too little about their kids and the journey of discovery, or: how to pull your head out of the sand and stop being an ostrich.

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But wait, the show tells us that is a myth. Just as it’s a myth to call this play by Matt Murray just a comedy. This is a comedy with heart.

The zany insightful show is at the Victoria Theatre through September 2nd.

Strumming Singing and a Saxophone

Guitar, saxophone, huge songwriting and a voice that won him a 2013 Canadian Folk Music Award for Contemporary Singer, Ian Sherwood Brings The Light to every stage he stands on. A born storyteller and a constant creator, his music dances the line between folk and pop. His live performances thrive on intimacy. Whether it’s a theatre show or large festival stage, his persona is irresistible and completely destroys fourth walls.

When not touring the UK, US or all across Canada Sherwood produces for other artists as well as for theatre, film and television. He most recently won a 2017 Robert Merritt for Outstanding Original Score for the play “Tompkinsville”. He was named Best Male Artist of the Year by the 2012 International Acoustic Music Awards and was the 2008 and 2010 Music Nova Scotia Musician Of The Year. Bob Mersereau of CBC Radio, Fredericton described him as “… a natural performer who entertains as much with his wit and stories as with his songs.”

Ian Sherwood is at the Victoria Theatre Monday night at 7:30 on August 27th

Glory Hallelujah the Partnership

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

“Luft and Edwards are two traveling souls that may have taken a while to finally find each other, but it’s damn lucky for us their paths crossed.”    — Grayowl Point

The Small Glories are at the Victoria Playhouse on August 13th at 7:30 PM

Head in the Sand at the Victoria Playhouse

Matt Murray’s Uproariously Funny Play

Myth of the Ostrich

When Pam finds a letter from her teenage son to his sweetheart, she turns up unannounced to discuss matters with the other teen’s mother Holly. What begins pleasantly enough soon becomes a complicated, bizarre, and hilarious roller-coaster ride of misunderstandings. The confusion only escalates with the arrival of Holly’s outrageous and filter-less friend, Cheryl.

Previews Saturday, August 4th  
Opens Sunday, August 5th 
Tuesday – Sunday until September 2nd

From One Island to Another

New York Stories: with Former NYLON Micah Barnes and Holly Arsenault

Micah Barnes has been a treasured voice on the Canadian music scene for decades, and is a former member of the A Capella group The Nylons.

Micah’s latest show “New York Stories” takes you on a musical tour of The Big Apple starting uptown at The Apollo Theatre and The Cotton Club and moving midtown to Time Square & Broadway before landing downtown at Jazz Clubs Birdland and The Blue Note in The Village. The Canadian Jazz crooner will be performing beloved chestnuts from the world of Broadway, Jazz and Doo Wop  from legendary New York songwriters like Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Carole King & Burt Bacharach, as well as songs from Micah’s critically acclaimed disc “New York Stories” (eOne Music).

“Following his time with the a cappella act The Nylons, Micah Barnes has found his own voice, that of a highly personal singer/songwriter with a strong jazz sensibility.” – Montreal Mirror

The piano has been Holly Arsenault’s favourite toy since the ripe old age of 4 when she came upon the tired old upright at her grandmother’s house in Cape Breton.  In the years since, she has traveled the globe as a pit musician, music director, sideman, soloist and leader of her own trio . These days, Holly lives and plays in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with forays into the wider world as opportunities and adventures beckon.

See the show at the Victoria Playhouse on August 6th.

Head in the Sand

After Pam finds a letter from her teenage son to his sweetheart, she turns up unannounced to discuss matters with the other teen’s mother Holly.  What starts as a pleasant visit quickly becomes a complicated, bizarre and hilarious roller-coaster ride of misunderstandings. The mess and confusion of the precarious situation escalates with the arrival of Holly’s outrageous and filter-less friend, Cheryl. Now it just remains to be seen whose head is buried deepest in the sand!

“Myth of the Ostrich is a knockout comedy. It’s got sharp insight and laughs a’plenty. I’m still giddy more than an hour later.” – Mooney on Theatre

“A smart comedy like this deserves the widest audience possible.” – Stage Door

“The play feels so real that it would be understandable if you forgot you were in a theatre, at least until the next belly-laugh comes along.” – Charlebois Post

Myth of the Ostrich opens August 4th at the Victoria Playhouse.