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Tartan Terrors
Tartan Terrors
Friday, January 27, 2017 - 7:30:00 PM - Algonquin Theatre
The Tartan Terrors have brought their unique blend of Scottish/Celtic Music and Dance and Comedy to loyal fans and audiences at PAC’s, theatres and top international Festivals throughout North America. Featuring classic pipes and fiddle, along with driving drum tones, electric bass and signature guitar styles, the band blends traditional folklore, dance, and humor, with a high energy rock sound, and brings a modern feel to traditional Celtic fare. Standing-room only audiences understand why Dig This Magazine declares "(The Terrors) one act to keep an eye on!"

Members of the Tartan Terrors have performed on 4 different continents; in some of the most prestigious Festivals, Highland Games and Theatres of North America including; Lone Tree Center for the Arts, CO, Strand Capitol, PA, Oshkosh Opera House, WI, Dublin Irish Festival Dublin, OH, Newport Irish Festival, Newport, RI, and Good Morning America.

Garnet  Rogers in Word and Song
Garnet Rogers in Word and Song
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 7:30:00 PM - Trinity United Church
Tonight’s concert will feature Garnet singing songs from his varied repertoire and presenting readings from his recent book relating his time and travels with his elder brother Stan, one of Canada’s most revered folk singers.

In a darkened bedroom, lit only by the amber glow from an old floor model radio, two young brothers aged 6 and 12 lay in their beds, listening to the country music broadcasts from the Grand Ol’ Opry, and practiced their harmonies. Two years later, the youngest one was playing the definitive 8-year-old’s version of “Desolation Row” on his ukulele. He soon abandoned that instrument to teach himself the flute, violin and guitar.

Within ten years, and barely out of high school, Garnet Rogers was on the road as a full-time working musician with his older brother Stan. Together they formed what has come to be accepted as one of the most influential acts in North American folk music.

Since then, Garnet Rogers has established himself as ‘One of the major talents of our time”. Hailed by the Boston Globe as a “charismatic performer and singer”, Garnet is a man with a powerful physical presence – close to six and a half feet tall – with a voice to match. With his “smooth, dark baritone” (Washington Post) his incredible range, and thoughtful, dramatic phrasing, Garnet is widely considered by fans and critics alike to be one of the finest singers anywhere. His music, like the man himself, is literate, passionate, highly sensitive, and deeply purposeful. An optimist at heart, Garnet sings extraordinary songs about people who are not obvious heroes and of the small victories of the everyday. As memorable as his songs, his over-the-top humour and lightning-quick wit moves his audience from tears to laughter and back again.

· from the back cover of Night Drives – Travels With My Brother...

"So, here it is folks.

Stories about how Stan and I grew up together, discovered music together, and learned to play in a band and travel together. How the songs got written and recorded. What life was like on the road before there was an independent music scene.

And nearly every stupid, inexplicable and bizarre thing that could happen to a pair of young idiots who were naive enough to think they could play folk music for a living back in the mid- 70’s and early 80’s.

The bar fights and the bike gangs, The police chases and the arrests. And a thousand gigs in every corner of North America. It’s all here. At least most of it..."

Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka
Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka
Friday, March 31, 2017 - 7:30:00 PM - Algonquin Theatre
The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl's fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder and new songs by Leslie Bricusse (Jekyll & Hyde, Doctor Dolittle) and Anthony Newley, Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone's sweet tooth.

Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka follows enigmatic candy manufacturer, Willy Wonka, as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whomever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka's rules in the factory... or suffer the consequences.

Filled with awe and wonder, Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka will take audiences, of all ages, on a fantasy ride into the land of pure imagination!

May Marché
May Marché
Saturday, May 06, 2017 - 7:00:00 PM - Grandview Mark O’Meara Clubhouse
Sometimes a change is good for everyone. We hope this is the case with our May Marche Fundraiser date. We’re going earlier this year holding the event on May 6, a Saturday for the first time in a number of years. The good news is that we are returning to the Grandview Golf Club who hosted a great Marche last year. The theme this year will be ‘Food and Drink of the World’ and we are encouraging our food and beverage suppliers to be creative.

Tickets will be available online through our secured site or at Treasures and Trophies or Robinson's Independent Grocers.

Early Bird Tickets $65 until April 1, then $75 after April 1.

'Play Me... I'm All Yours Piano'
'Play Me... I'm All Yours Piano'
Thursday, June 01, 2017 - 9:00:00 AM - Algonquin Theatre Courtyard
Whether you can tinkle the ivory with the best of them or find ‘chopsticks’ a challenge de-stress at the festival piano and find your inner creative self! This year's piano design is by Katie Morton.

Little Free Library
Little Free Library
Thursday, June 01, 2017 - 12:00:00 PM - Algonquin Theatre Courtyard
A beautiful Huntsville creative box full of books - “Quite simply - take a book, leave a book - enjoy!”

Pens & Pirates
Pens & Pirates
Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 8:00:00 PM - Algonquin Theatre
Join Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist, Gary Barwin as he presents a side-splittingly swashbuckling musical and dramatic evening based on readings from his bestselling novel, Yiddish for Pirates, which according to the Globe and Mail contains, "some of the freshest and most whimsical English ever contained between covers."

Barwin's 'meshuggeneh' storytelling will be joined by the rollicking and passionate klezmer-inspired music of Tiny Bill Cody and Juno-nominated Treasa Lavasseur... and it's licenced.

Guaranteed to be the most fun you'll have at a literary event!



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