If April showers bring May flowers, then everything is coming up roses in the Old East Village. See the weekly blog for recurring and new art and music listings in the OEV.
Coronation Street: Gary & Owen Men at Work Tour: Starring Ian Puleston-Davies and Mikey North
Tuesday April 1st, 7:30pm at the Palace Theatre, 710 Dundas St.
Tickets $50 general admission or $90 VIP package.
A rare treat for Coronation Street fans, a chance to see and hear from the new generation of Corrie stars who are behind some of the latest exciting story lines that have had viewers on the edge of their seats: Ian Puleston-Davies and Mikey North who play quick-tempered builders and pseudo in-laws, Owen Armstrong and Gary Windass, on Britain’s longest-running television drama.
Musical Theatre Productions Presents: Gypsy
Thursday April 3rd through April 5th, 7:30pm at the Palace Theatre, 710 Dundas St. ; 2pm matinee on the 5th.
Tickets are $28 adults, $22 members, $16 child/student.
Everything’s coming up roses with this classic musical based upon the autobiography of striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee. GYPSY centres upon Mama Rose, the consummate Stage Mother who prods and pushes her daughters June and Louise into a vaudeville career at any cost in order to fulfill the dream of stardom she never achieved herself.
GYPSY boasts one of Broadway’s greatest scores featuring songs like Let Me Entertain You, Some People, If Momma Was Married, All I Need Is the Girl, Everything’s Coming Up Roses, You Gotta Get A Gimmick and Together Wherever We Go.
Love, Loss and What I Wore, Procunier Hall at the Palace Theatre
(Wednesday April 2nd show is SOLD OUT!)
Thursday April 3rd through April 5th, 8:00pm at the Palace Theatre, 710 Dundas St. Tickets: $22 adults.
This delightful off-Broadway hit explores life – and clothing – from a uniquely female point of view through monologues and ensemble pieces about women, clothes and memory. It covers all the important subjects — mothers, prom dresses, mothers, buying bras, mothers, hating purses and why we only wear black.
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA presented by St. Mary School Choir & Orchestra Program.
April 8, 9, 10th 7pm performances, tickets $13 per person. http://www.palacetheatre.ca/cinderella/
Monty Python Double Bill: Fundraiser
Life of Brian (7:30 pm) and The Meaning of Life (9:15pm)
April 19th, 2014. $7.50 per movie or both movies for $10.00.
On April 19th the Palace will be having a Monty Python film night to raise funds for vital theatre repairs. “The Life of Brian” will start at 7:30pm and “The Meaning of Life” at 9:15pm. See one film or both.
There will be coconuts, and trivia – so dress up, come with props and be prepared to enter the Trivia contest.
Tickets are $7.50 per movie which includes popcorn, and there will be a licensed bar. As a special offer you can purchase tickets for both shows for $10.
Michel Berube – CANCELLED
Join us April 26th at 7pm for an evening of French music and ballroom and latin dance.
Centre Communitaire regional de London is pleased to present, back by popular demand the music of MICHEL BERUBE with dancing by JUAN MARIN and Baillamos Studio’s.
Tickets $17.00 available at the Palace Box Office 519-432-1029
Goodnight and May God Bless: A Tribute to Red Skeleton
April 27th, 2014 – 2pm matinee & 7:00pm evening performances.
This moving tribute to Red Skelton is unforgettable, clean comedy. Clowns and characters, pantomimes and skits, it is funny stuff for the whole family. It is fascinating theatre.
“Tom not only has Red’s comedy and manners down to perfection, he also captures the warmth and heart of this great entertainer and friend. If you liked and loved Red Skelton, Tom’s performance is a must see.”
MASH’s Jamie Farr
Blending the Red-That-Was while simultaneously inventing a Red-That-Would-Have-Been, Tom Mullica delivers an engaging, spot-on performance. All of Red’s treasured characters are brought to vivid life, transporting you through time on a laughter-coaster. Tom Mullica shines in this tribute to his good friend.
Run time: 90 minutes +15-minute intermission. Admission is $44.77 which includes tax.
Carmen Souza – Aeolian Hall, 795 Dundas Street. Friday April 4th, 2014
Doors Open at 7pm, Concert at 8pm.
Ticket Price: $25 Advance / $30 Door
TD Sunfest ‘09 headliner Carmen Souza is an incandescent female singer of Cape Verdean ancestry, who “stretches, and snaps back the elastic connections between Latin, African and Arabic music, American jazz and the sounds of [the remote West African archipelago] Cape Verde” (All About Jazz) so as to “open a window to another world entirely” (NPR Music).
Light of the East Ensemble
Saturday, April 5, 2014, 6:30 PM (Doors), 7:00 PM (Concert)
$20 Advance/$22 Door
The Light Of East Ensemble is an instrumental group based in London, Ontario. The band performs music from the Near and Middle East, including traditional, folk, classical Arabic, Greek Rembetika, and modern urban music of the 20th century from regions such as Armenia, Greece (Asia Minor – Smyrni, and Konstantinoupoli), Turkey, and other Middle Eastern countries such as Egypt, Lebanon, and Syria.
The Light of East Ensemble has appeared in various venues in Southwestern Ontario. Past appearances include performances at the Aeolian Performing Arts Centre, TD Canada Trust Sunfest, Sunfest World Music and Jazz Series 2009 – 2010, Home County Folk Festival, Mill Race Folk Festval, Stratford Summer Music Festival, Museum London, War Memorial Hall, Innes Town Hall, Asumption University, Art Gallery of Windsor, Button Factory, Jazz Room, Kultrun Festival, Huron County World Music Festival, Centre Space, Victoria Park Pavilion, Wolf Performing Arts Centre, Culture Stage (Skate Canada House – 2013 World Figure Skating Championships) and the River Run Centre. Light of East also performs educational concerts, and concert series for elementary schools, secondary schools, and universities.
The Light of East Ensemble are the winners of the 2011, and 2013 Jack Richardson Music Award, and the 2013 London Music Award in the category of World Music.
The musicians in Light of East come from different musical backgrounds and experiences but all share a love for the music. Their passion for the exotic sounds of the music they create is immediately apparent to the listener. CBC’s “In Town and Out”, “Bandwidth”, and “The Bridge”, have broadcast their music. as well as community radio stations across Canada.
El Sistema Aeolian Concert
Thursday, April 10, 2014, 5:30 PM (Doors), 6:00 PM (Concert)
Admission free, donations appreciated.
Join us to celebrate the musical accomplishments of the El Sistema Aeolian’s three orchestras and choir!
El Sistema Aeolian offers children and youth a free after-school music education program, including access to musical instruments, instruction, and opportunities to perform in a variety of settings. El Sistema Aeolian also provides a complete warm supper for participants.
The El Sistema Aeolian program is made possible by Aeolian Hall, community partners and many individuals, excited to be sharing their expertise and talent.
For more information, please visit us on the Aeolian website:
Cara Luft of the Wailin’ Jennies
Friday, April 11, 2014,7:00 PM (Doors), 8:00 PM (Concert)
$22 Advance / $25 Door / Free for CAP holders
JUNO Award winning singer/songwriter/guitarist and co-founder of The Wailin’ Jennys returns to The Aeolian on April 11th, 2014.
Tom Wilson of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings: “[She] f*%&# blew me away!”
James Hodges of Roadside Attractions: “Listening to Cara Luft is like sipping a fine cognac, warm and smooth at the beginning, stirringly captivating by the end.”
Cara Luft is that rare artist steeped in folk and traditional roots music almost from birth, yet willing to alter the fabric, stretch the boundaries and fearlessly bend genres and styles. Her much-anticipated third solo album, Darlingford, is a stunning new collection of songs drawn from her recent life experiences and informed throughout with her indomitably optimistic spirit and impeccable musical instincts. Recorded primarily in old wooden churches and home studios across the Canadian prairies, the album shines a bright light on Cara’s skill at turning personal heartbreak into universal themes that resonate deeply with listeners. Darlingford is a musically profound, undeniably rich example of life informing art.
Thursday April 17, 2014, 7:00 PM (Doors), 8:00 PM (Show)
$55 (advance) and $60 (door)
This event is sold out!
Renaissance man Johnny Clegg is one of South Africa’s most celebrated sons. He is a singer, songwriter, dancer, anthropologist and musical activist, whose vibrant blend of Western pop and African Zulu rhythms exploded onto the international scene over three decades ago, breaking through all barriers in his own country. North American music fans may remember Johnny’s 1970s’ and ‘80s’ tenure as the leader of Juluka, South Africa’s first bi-racial band. Although that trailblazing group disbanded in 1986, it was immediately followed by the formation of its successor, Savuka. In France, where Johnny still enjoys a massive following, he is fondly called “Le Zulu Blanc” – the White Zulu.
Johnny Clegg‘s infectious brand of crossover music has sold over five million recordings worldwide. In 2013, he continues to win over audiences with his audacious live shows and outspoken views on apartheid, on migrant workers in South Africa, and on the world in general. A June 2012 performance at Montreal’s Club Soda elicited this observation: “A political songwriter, his between-song stories and mini-history lessons are always a cherished part of the experience…But what fills the room is the fact that Clegg is a rocker and a showman. He remains in almost constant motion, delivering infectious, highly tuneful, big-beat songs that are anthemic in a genuine and stirring way, without ever sounding contrived” (Bernard Perusse). Indeed, Johnny Clegg’s history is as bold, colourful and dashing as the rainbow country which he has called home for more than 40 years.
Sunday, April 27, 2014, 6:30 PM (Doors), 7:30 PM (Concert)
$23 (advance) / $28 (door) / Free for CAP holders
A stellar presence in the Canadian music scene, Cindy Church has crafted a body of work that is at once artistically successful and culturally significant, sought after by fellow performers and treasured by listeners. Drawing set lists from her own catalogue and exceptional covers of tunes in performances to appreciative audiences internationally, Church has become renowned for the clarity and emotive precision of her voice and the subtlety of her approach to song interpretation and songwriting.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 7:00 PM (Doors), 8:00 PM (Concert)
$18 (advance) / $20 (door) / Free for CAP holders
Steve Dawson, the two-time JUNO Award winning musician and five-time JUNO Award winning producer, makes his Aeolian Hall debut on Tuesday, April 29th, 2014. His latest album has received favourable reviews from Bob Mersereau, American Songwriter, The Vancouver Sun, and The Straight. Watch Dawson perform the song “J.R. Lockley’s Dilemna” below and keep reading for more details about this highly acclaimed west coast musician.