Category: Music

Chicago the Musical at Theatre Ancaster

(l-r) Angela Broadley, Colin Lapsley, Stevie Pike. Photo by Marek Michalek

Where: Theatre Auditorium at Ancaster High School, 374 Jerseyville Rd., Ancaster
When: November 16 – December 1, 2018
Cost: Tickets can be purchased at or 905.304.7469

Details: Al Croxall, co-founder of Theatre Ancaster and director of Chicago is thrilled to finally be able to bring the classic musical to the community theatre’s stage: “Chicago is the iconic American Broadway musical. We have been asking for the rights to produce Chicago for over ten years, so it was a red-letter day when, expecting our usual refusal, we heard that we had permission to do the show! I am thrilled at the opportunity to bring this very topical satire on American justice to life.”

Set in jazz-age Chicago, the famous musical tells the universal tale of the trappings of fame and fortune. Chicago holds the record as the longest-running Broadway musical revival and the longest-running American musical in Broadway history having earned 6 Tony awards including Best Musical Revival. It was made into a feature film in 2002 winning Best Picture at the Academy Awards.

Chicago is full of show-stopping numbers and breathtaking choreography. The music is by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse. Bob Fosse choreographed the original 1975 production and his signature style lives on in the Theatre Ancaster production.

Choreographer Tina Rath is excited to tackle the complex dance sequences: “It is a choreographer’s dream to work on this show. To use the incomparable Fosse technique and marry it with my own ideas has been incredible. The cast is pumped, prepped and ready to perform!”

Theatre Ancaster is delighted to welcome Jeff and Lisa Peller as Premier Season Sponsors.

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Chris Antonik and Ashley Belmer at Burdock Music Hall


Chris Antonik & Ashley Belmer. Photo by Dahlia Katz

Where: Burdock Music Hall, 1184 Bloor St W, Toronto
When: November 2, 2018, Doors open at 9pm, Show at 9:30pm
Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the door

Details: After three successful albums and tours across North America and the UK, acclaimed guitarist, singer, songwriter, and producer Chris Antonik has paired up with soulful vocalist and loving partner Ashley Belmer (and full time Toronto theatre publicist and entrepreneur) to embark on an acoustic journey that will go back to the musical basics, and present Antonik’s music in new and simplified ways, with a larger focus on vocals and acoustic guitar.

The Northwood Tour tour, named after the place where Chris and Ashley had their first date, has travelled throughout Eastern Canada, and included stops in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, and is currently in Ontario then Quebec.

Toronto-based Chris Antonik was nominated for Best New Artist in 2011 at Canada’s Maple Blues Awards after the release of his debut album and has since become one of Canada’s fastest-rising blues artists. Blending innovative and thoughtful songwriting with stunning blues guitar work, some music critics have drawn comparisons to Eric Clapton.

Ashley Belmer has been working as a singer and actor in both Montreal and Toronto for over a decade. With a focus on harmonization, Ashley has been a member of the Lyric Theatre Singers, the Montreal Jubilation Choir, and is currently a member and soloist for Newchoir Toronto.  In addition to Ashley’s career in vocals and theatre, Ashley is also a well-known public relations specialist for the arts and runs a PR and graphic design agency called B-Rebel Communications.

More Info: @chrisantonikofficial @ChrisAntonik #northwoodtour

A Night At The Bronze: Once More With Feeling

Where: Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander Street
When: October 31, 2018. Doors: 7:30pm / Show: 8pm / Dance Party: 10pm
Cost: $25 – Show and 90’s Vampire Dance Party or $20 – Dance Party Only. Tickets are available online at

Details: After a sold out run in 2017, Cardboard Sword Collective presents A Night At The Bronze: Once More With Feeling on Halloween night. Cardboard Sword calls on all Buffy fans for a live read-through of one of Joss Whedon’s most beloved episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Things in Sunnydale aren’t as harmonious as usual. Balance has been thrown off kilter when a mysterious force makes everyone in town burst into song and dance, revealing their deepest secrets as they do. It’s up to Buffy and the gang to get to the bottom of this musical mystery before everyone dances themselves to death.

The cast of A Night At The Bronze will read and sing-through the entire episode of Once More With Feeling, followed by a 90s vampire dance party, so the fun never ends. Lyrics will be provided so audience members can sing along with this satirical performance of the cult classic.

A Night At The Bronze: Once More With Feeling cast will include: Jenna Warriner (CMT’s Hottest) as Buffy, Liz Johnston (Entrances and Exits, Star Falls) as Willow, Kaitlin Morrow (Sex T-Rex) as Tara, Stephanie Malek (Songbuster, D&D Live) as Anya, Ian MacIntyre (Degrassi, The Beaverton) as Xander, Mark Andrada (Cannibal The Musical) as Giles, Nkasi Ogbonnah (The Second City House Co.) as Dawn, Kyah Green (D&D Live, Songbuster) as Spike, and Conor Bradbury (Sex T-Rex) as Sweet. Connor Low (Entrances and Exits) will narrate, Jordan Armstrong (The Second City) and Tricia Black (She The People) will be the musical directors, and the ensemble will include Andrew Cromwell (The Second City Diversity Fellowship), Monica Garrido (Buddies Queer Emerging Artist Award Winner 2018), Nancy Kenny (Roller Derby Saved My Soul), and Ophira Calof (Second City Diversity Fellowship).

More Info:  @crdbrdswrdTO @crdbrdswrdTO

Legacy: A Tribute to Gord Downie at BPAC

Where: The Burlington Performing Arts Centre, 440 Locust Street, Burlington
When: October 17, 2018
Cost: Regular $59  and Member $54. Can be purchased by telephone, online or in person: 905-681-6000,

Details: Legacy: A Tribute to Gord Downie will mark the one-year anniversary since Canada lost this important icon. This event will be a special evening to celebrate the man, the music and his legacy. Will include performances of Gord Downie songs and shared stories by Twin Flames, Bruce McCulloch, Tom Wilson, Danny Michel, Trent Severn, Matthew Barber, and Damhnait Doyle. Speakers will also include Chief R. Stacey Laforme, Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, and Sarah Midanik, President & CEO of The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund.

Funds raised at this inaugural event will go directly to the DWF, and the designation of the Downie/Wenjack Fund Legacy Space at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre – the first performing arts centre in Canada to do so. Legacy Spaces are designated spaces that are dedicated to providing accurate information regarding Indigenous history and the journey of reconciliation.

The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund is part of Gord Downie’s legacy and embodies his commitment, and that of his family, to improving the lives of First Peoples in Canada. In collaboration with the Wenjack family, the goal of the fund is to continue the conversation that began with Chanie Wenjack’s residential school story, and to aid the collective reconciliation journey through a combination of awareness, education and action. Funds raised through Legacy Spaces help support the development of resources for the spaces as well as DWF programming such as Legacy Schools, ReconciliACTIONs and events that serve to bring Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities together.

More Info:  @BurlingtonPAC  @burlington_pac

An Evening With Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder at BPAC

Ricky Skaggs Courtesy of BPAC

Where: The Burlington Performing Arts Centre, 440 Locust Street, Burlington
When: October 16, 2018 at 8pm
Cost: Tickets can be purchased at 905-681-6000 or online at or in person at BPAC Box Office.

Details: The Burlington Performing Arts Centre (BPAC) welcomes you to have ‘A Night on the Town’ with ‘Country Boy’ Ricky Skaggs and his band Kentucky Thunder. The legendary bluegrass superstar brings his roots revival jamboree ‘An Evening With Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder’ to the BPAC for its only stop in Southern Ontario.

Earning 12 #1 hit singles, 15 GRAMMY® Awards, 13 IBMA Awards, nine ACM Awards, eight CMA Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), two Dove Awards, the ASCAP Founders Award, three honorary Doctorate degrees, inductions into the Musicians Hall of Fame and GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame, the 2013 Artist-In-Residence at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, an Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award in the Instrumentalist category along with countless other awards, Ricky Skaggs is truly a pioneer of Bluegrass and Country music.

Since he began playing music more than 50 years ago, Skaggs has released more than 30 albums and has performed thousands of live shows. He started his own record label, Skaggs Family Records, in 1997 and has since released 12 consecutive GRAMMY®-nominated albums. His latest release, Hearts Like Ours, with his wife, celebrated artist Sharon White of The Whites features the couple dueting on handpicked country love songs.

Skaggs is due to be inducted into the revered Country Music Hall of Fame Class of 2018 this fall. Skaggs was also inducted into the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame this September.

The 2018/2019 BPAC season will also include: LEGACY: A Tribute to Gord Downie, Dean Brody: Dirt Road Stories Acoustic Tour, Martin Levac: Dance Into the Light, Royal Wood with special guest Elise LeGrow, A Next Generation Leahy Christmas, The Andy Kim Christmas, Holly Cole and much more!

More Info: The full schedule of BPAC Events is available here:


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