Friday, January 12, 2018

Tribute to Heart and Pat Benatar Will Thrill 80s Rock Music Lovers

Horizon Stage Presents Women Who Rock on Saturday, February 3


80s rock music lovers rejoice! Horizon Stage is excited to present Women Who Rock, a remarkable concert that melds together two incredible tribute shows: Barracuda - The Essential Tribute to Heart, and All Fired Up - The Pat Benatar Experience. Put on your jelly bracelets, neon leg warmers, shoulder pads, and acid wash Guess jeans and tease your hair until it’s huge then rock the night away at Horizon Stage on Saturday, February 3.

Barracuda hails from Vancouver, BC, where they perform the music of Heart with style, presence, and a true passion for the songs that have become beloved classics to fans worldwide. The group is led by D.L .Car (Almost Ann), a four-octave vocal powerhouse and dedicated Ann Wilson purist. Donna's talents also extend to the flute and the guitar, fully authenticating the Ann Wilson persona. D.L. is supported by the multi-talented Layla Vaugeois (Nearly Nancy) who is from Edmonton and is the daughter of Rocko Vougeois of One Horse Blue. Layla brings her love for the music of Heart to life with her guitar and vocals. D.L. and Layla have an electric chemistry on stage. Both are fully dedicated to recreating the experience that is Heart, covering hits such as "Crazy on You", "Magic Man", "All I Wanna Do is Make Love to You", and "Stranded".

All Fired Up - The Pat Benatar Experience is an exact and precise tribute to the iconic singer Benatar and her partner Neil Geraldo who have been rock n' roll mainstays for over 40 years. D.L .Car has been singing Benatar’s songs for 30 years. Not only does she nail the vocals she also has the stage presence dialed in as she performs such classic songs as “Hit Me with Your Best Shot”, “Heartbreaker”, “Love is a Battlefield”, and “Treat Me Right”.

Backing Barracuda and All Fired Up are three professionally seasoned musicians, Ray Roper, Curtis Michael Leippi, and Kevin Stuart Swain, who are dedicated to providing an authentic musical experience heard in the subtle nuances and rock solid delivery of their performances. With Heart's 2013 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Benatar’s 2016: We Live For Love Tour with Melissa Etheridge, the music of both artists has maintained its popularity. Demand for quality tribute shows like Barracuda - The Essential Tribute to Heart, and All Fired Up - The Pat Benatar Experience has never been higher. And these two shows have been  delighting audiences from coast to coast, across North America, with their tributes to three of the most legendary ladies of 80s rock and, arguably, of all time.

“Rock On” young people of the 80s! Re-live your youth with The Women Who Rock at Horizon Stage on Saturday, February 3 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 for Adults and $35 for Students and Seniors and may be purchased at the City Hall Ticket Centre (315 Jespersen Ave), by phone at 780-962-8995 or 1-888-655-9090, and online through Ticketpro.ca.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

A Rare Opportunity to Hear James Gordon and Sons in Concert

Horizon Stage is Pleased to Present Esteemed Canadian Folk Musician on Friday, February 2


When you get to experience a James Gordon and Sons concert, you get much more than just a ‘family band’, you get a fascinating hybrid of musical influences that makes for a unique and enjoyable evening. Evan and Geordie Gordon grew up playing along with their dad and his “Canadian Roots Music,” and they can be heard on most of his albums over the last 15 years. Often hired as a team since they play so many instruments, they tend to “rock James up” a bit and James tends to “Folkify them” when they are helping him with his material, so the result is always entertaining. It is getting to be too rare an opportunity to hear the three Gordons play together. Geordie and Evan are so busy with their own projects that have them touring throughout North America and Europe that their poor dad doesn’t get to entice them out onto the road as much. It’s for this reason that Horizon Stage is excited to be presenting James Gordon and Sons on Friday, February 2 at 7:30 p.m.

James’ most recent album on Borealis records “Sunny Jim” was produced by Evan and it reached #2 on the Canadian Roots Music Charts. The “boys” will be performing works from this project in their upcoming shows, and exploring the remarkable 40-album James Gordon back-catalogue of songs dealing with the Canadian landscape, heritage and identity, along with his popular works dealing with social justice and environmental issues, and they’ll dip into his collection of just plain silly songs from Gordon’s years as songwriter-in-residence on CBC’s “Basic Black” radio show.

As a songwriter, James is known for such diverse songs as “Harvest Train”, "Sweaters for Penguins" and "Frobisher Bay", which has been recorded by more than 100 different artists worldwide, and has become a standard for choirs everywhere. Other artists including Cowboy Junkies, Melanie Doane, Al Simmons, and James Keelaghan have covered James’ songs.

If you’re a “folkie”, a “rootsie”, or even a “rockie” you don’t want to miss this a one-of-a-kind, hard to come by, sure to be entertaining, concert by James Gordon and Sons at Horizon Stage on Friday, February 2 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 for Adults and $30 for Students and Seniors and may be purchased at the City Hall Ticket Centre (315 Jespersen Ave), by phone at 780-962-8995 or 1-888-655-9090, and online at ticketpro.ca.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

If You Love Frank, Dean, or Sammy, When You’re Smiling Is For You

Tim Tamashiro’s New Show Celebrates the Rat Pack’s Friendships, Songs, and Stories


Three best friends: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr were the lead members of the Rat Pack; a group of entertainers centered on the Las Vegas casino scene in the 1960s. Tim Tamashiro’s new show, When You’re Smiling, is a tribute to the Rat Pack that celebrates their friendship, songs, and stories. Learn more about how Frank, Dean, and Sammy lived the high life, faced racism and gangsters, and sang incredible music. Get to know three of the most talented rascals to ever don tuxedos, through Tim Tamashiro, at Horizon Stage on Saturday, January 27 at 7:30 p.m.

Tim Tamashiro is one of Canada's most trusted voices in jazz. He graced airwaves nationally on CBC Radio 2’s Tonic for ten years, starting as the weekend host in 2007 and taking over full hosting duties six nights a week in 2012. An Alberta boy through and through, Tim grew up in Blackfalds, graduated from the Music Program at Red Deer College, worked in Edmonton, and now resides in Calgary with his wife and two children.

As an executive entertainer, Tim has sung for businesses, prime ministers, world leaders, and royalty; including Queen Elizabeth. In the 80s he co-founded the rock band The Mile High Club and in the 90s he was a member of jazz group The Swinging Bovines. Tim has released four CDs, including his most recent, Drinky, in 2016. He is also a keynote speaker.  Tim recently dove head first into the world of digital storytelling by starting a YouTube channel that focuses on living and learning, and a weekly podcast called “Hit Story” that tells the fascinating tales behind hit songs and the people who create them. Tim’s a bit of a music history buff…

When You’re Smiling is a replacement for Tim’s originally scheduled concert with Tommy Banks who has had to bow out of their tour for health reasons. Three musicians - playing base, piano, and drums - will join Tim onstage to help him showcase this ingenious time in music’s history - the era of the Rat Pack.

Enjoy an evening of great songs, cold drinks, and bad jokes with Tim Tamashiro’s When You’re Smiling at Horizon Stage on Saturday, January 27 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 for Adults and $30 for Students and Seniors and may be purchased at the City Hall Ticket Centre (315 Jespersen Ave), by phone at 780-962-8995 or 1-888-655-9090, and online through Ticketpro.ca.

“When You’re Smiling the Whole World Smiles With You”
- Louis Armstrong (Recorded by Dean Martin in 1953)

Friday, December 22, 2017

Eclectic Concert will Surprise and Delight You

Quartetto Gelato will Perform Tango, Gypsy, Folk, Classical, and More on January 14


Virtuosic classical showpieces, romantic tenor arias, blazing gypsy tunes, sizzling tangos, and favourite folk melodies - just some of the music you’ll enjoy at a Quartetto Gelato concert. For 25 years, this dazzling ensemble has enchanted audiences and critics worldwide with their exotic blend of musical talent, artistic passion, and humor. Classical in training – eclectic by design – Quartetto Gelato not only thrills its audiences with its skill on multiple instruments, but also offers the bonus of a brilliant operatic tenor. With a performance repertoire that spans the globe including classical masterworks, operatic arias, the sizzling energy of tangos, gypsy and folk songs, the group’s theatrical stage presence and relaxed humor establishes an intimate rapport with audiences worldwide. Experience Quartetto Gelato Up Close and Personal at Horizon Stage on Sunday, January 14, 2018.


Quartetto Gelato’s international career was launched when they won the coveted title of NPR Performance Today’s “Debut Artist of the Year.” Their first DVD, Quartetto Gelato: A Concert in Wine Country, was picked up by PBS throughout the U.S. in 2007 and is still broadcast regularly. The quartet can be heard on the soundtrack of the Hollywood film Only You, as well as on Ashley MacIsaac’s hit CD Hi How are You Today?. In 2010 Quartetto Gelato were honoured as Best Classical Ensemble at Canada’s INDIE awards and they achieved unique global reach when Canadian astronaut Dr. Robert Thirsk chose their first two CDs to take on his NASA flight on the space shuttle Columbia where they were (literally) heard around the world.

Peter DeSotto’s (tenor, violin, mandolin) chameleon-like abilities allow him to perform not only as a seasoned classical violinist but also as a dazzling gypsy virtuoso. His fabulous tenor voice ranges from South America, to authentic Irish folk, to great romantic Italian songs and arias. Referred to as “a credible Pavarotti stand-in”, he has appeared in leading roles in numerous opera and theatre productions. Peter was a member of The Toronto Symphony Orchestra for 11 years.

Alexander Sevastian (accordion, piano, bandoneon) joined Quartetto Gelato in 2002. Born in Minsk, Belarus, Alex began his studies on the accordion at the age of seven. He has a Masters in Performance degree from the Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow and has won four International Accordion Competitions.

Colin Maier (oboe) has a Bachelor’s degree in oboe performance from the University of Calgary. He joined Quartetto Gelato in 2009. In addition to being a musician, Colin has also worked as a dancer, actor, stuntman, singer, choreographer, acrobat and martial-artist. In addition to oboe, he also plays clarinet, English horn, bassoon, violin, 5-string banjo, acoustic/electric bass, piano, saxophone, flute, guitar, mandolin and musical saw.

Liza McLellan (cello) works with numerous orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout Ontario, has performed as a soloist and chamber musician across North America, and has toured to China and Korea. Liza has been recorded both by CBC radio and T.V. and has performed live for the television show Canada A.M. and 96.3 FM radio.

Spend an exciting and musically diverse evening with Quartetto Gelato at Horizon Stage on Sunday, January 14 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 for Adults and $30 for Students and Seniors and may be purchased at the City Hall Ticket Centre (315 Jespersen Ave), by phone at 780-962-8995 or 1-888-655-9090, and online through Tickepro.ca.

“Equal parts of musicianship, showmanship and what might be called “laughmanship” marked the lively quartet’s witty, wide-ranging program.”
Des Moines Register

“Quartetto Gelato does it again, proving that they are indeed the “Cirque du Soleil” of classical music – always fresh, full of surprises, constantly re-inventing.”
Michael Lyons, Classical 96.3FM

“Quartetto Gelato’s performances have a warm, endearing vitality….”
The New York Times

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Holiday Ticket Sale


The staff at Horizon Stage have decided to jump start the holiday revelry, we're holding a Holiday Ticket Sale. We’ve always said that tickets make great gifts or stocking stuffers, so we’re looking to help you by offering some great discounts on select shows in the new year.
The first sale item is the performance of James Gordon and Sons, Friday, February 2. This one is an extra-special 2 for 1 price. James and his sons have been making Canadian folk music together for years, and I know there are some folkies in our audience – so here’s your chance to bring a friend and reminisce. Bring on the fringed leather vests and long hair, you are welcome here, my friends!
The rest of the offers are 20% off tickets:
Silver Screen Scoundrels, Thursday, February 8 at 2 p.m. I specifically mention the time because it is a Thursday afternoon and it’s important to know that before you buy the tickets. It’s the fourth year we’ve presented a show in this time slot, and it has proven to be very popular with our older audiences. Seniors’ groups, tours from Westlock, and lots of retired patrons love to come in the afternoon, when they have access to specialized transit or other options. This year, the Silver Screen Scoundrels are going to entertain you with wonderful silent films to go along with their live music. I first saw this act a couple of years ago, and I thought it was brilliant. Here you have two incredibly talented musicians, playing their instruments as a soundtrack to silent films they have written, starred in, and are showing behind them. It’s really a unique experience – blending visual with what we hear, and doing it all with a sense of humour.

Proteus Saxophone Quartet, Saturday, February 17. I’ll admit, a saxophone quartet is a pretty specific genre, and it’s going to have a specific audience. We encourage anyone who is studying an instrument to consider this show – especially those in a junior high or high school band. It’s important for them to hear music presented in a new way, to expand their own knowledge, and to experience professional musicians in their own community. Student or not, the quartet will have you marveling at the diversity of music the saxophones can produce.

Lion Bear Fox, Saturday, March 3. I know, I’m not really supposed to “pick favourites” in the season. But if I’m being really honest with you, this trio is among my top picks this year. I saw them in Vancouver at a conference, in a theatre even cozier than ours. From the minute they picked up their instruments I knew there was something special going on. These three men, all with solo careers of their own, decided to join forces and create music together. Because of their own individual strengths, the trio has a powerful dynamic and stage presence. The stories they tell through music are strong and easy to connect with, and they range from fun and lighthearted (“Freedom” is actually about a lady down the street who gave them popsicles in the summer as kids) to the stunning (the acoustic version of “Home” they did gives me goosebumps every time I think about it). The band is named for each member’s “spirit animal”. You have to see them to understand it. Who is the Bear? Who is the Fox? And the remaining one must be the Lion. This show is my birthday present to me. I hope you’ll come share it with me.

DuffleBag Theatre: Robin Hood, Sunday, March 4 at 2 p.m. The final Family Matinee in this season, DuffleBag is an audience favourite. Simple concepts, some creative costumes and props, and a genuine love of sharing theatre with children – that’s their slam-dunk recipe. No flashy special effects, no big soundtrack, just storytelling at its most… creative. Each of the fairy tales they perform are well known to their audiences, but with DuffleBag that’s just the beginning. Audience participation is key to the show, because at some point the show needs a hero, a villain, and a lot of supporting characters. Last time they were here one lucky young lady got to be Snow White – the lead role, plucked right out of the seats! I love watching the kids at DuffleBag shows, but just as often I’m watching the parents. Pure delight and enjoyment. What more can I say?

Brickhouse, Friday, April 27. This will be the final show in our 35th year. What a great way to end the season – funk and R&B music that will make you happy to be alive. I will share something about me – I simply have a really hard time sitting still when there’s good music playing, and every time I listen to Brickhouse I find myself dancing in my chair. If these guys were a local Edmonton band, I would go out dancing a whole lot more, believe me! They’re a tight band, full of energy and enthusiasm, and I dare say it’s going to close the season with a bang. Take a chance – you’re unlikely to regret it.

So, because this is a Holiday Ticket Sale, these deals are available for a limited time only. Between now and December 31, to be precise. It’s easy to get in on the special prices: phone us at the City Hall Ticket Centre Monday – Friday 9-4:30 at 780-962-8995 or come see us in person. After hours, or while our office is closed over the holidays (December 22 at noon through January 1 inclusive) you can call Ticketpro at 1-888-655-9090. Or, if your fingers are itching to make the transaction themselves, online purchases are available all day and night, in your jammies while sipping a lovely beverage. All the ticket links are at horizonstage.com. One last thing – you will need a Promo code to get your amazing prices. Either online, or talking to a person, you’ll have to know this super-secret password. Ready? The password is: GIFT

We hope this helps you not only with your last-minute shopping, but also your planning into the spring. We’re incredibly blessed to be hosting our 35th season at Horizon Stage and we wish you and your family a wonderful, healthy, happy year ahead. See you soon. 
- Brandi Wurtz (Theatre Manager)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Kick of the Christmas Season with Some Smokin’ Hot Blues Music

Catch Big Hank’s Tribute to the Blues Songs of Christmas Featuring Uncle Wiggly’s Hot Shoes Blues Band December 2


Big Hank Lionheart is known for his powerful voice and, whether he’s performing with gut-wrenching drive or gently caressing a moment of musical tenderness, you’ll feel the magic right down to your toes.  Last seen at Horizon Stage in 2014 with his show Fist Full of Blues Christmas, Big Hank is back with his Tribute to the Blues Songs of Christmas Featuring Uncle Wiggly's Hot Shoes Blues Band on Saturday, December 2 at 7:30 p.m. 

This new show is a collection of traditional Blues Christmas tunes from the 20s to the 60s, by the likes of Louis Jordan, Big Joe Turner, BB King, Eric Clapton, Charles Brown, Etta James, and more. It’s not the standard collection of carols, rather it’s a tribute that gives you a look into the souls of fabulous music legends sharing their Christmas Blues. A refreshing take on a holiday concert, it has played to sold-out houses and received rave reviews across British Columbia.

Uncle Wiggly’s Hot Shoes Blues band are former RCA recording artists and members of the Victoria Music Hall of Fame who toured extensively in the 80s, sharing stages with legends like Muddy Waters, Joe Cocker, James Cotton, Koko Taylor, and Paul Butterfield. They continue to keep the blues alive in Victoria and beyond, packing dance floors wherever they play. They released a new CD in 2013 called “Still Burnin it Up”, have successfully toured Alberta and BC, and played hot sets at the Island Folkfest and the Vancouver Island Blues Bash. To top it all off they won the right to represent BC at the International Blues Challenge in White Rock in July 2014 and traveled to Memphis in January of 2015 to compete.

For their Spruce Grove show the band will be made up of Big Hank Lionhart, a.k.a. Uncle Wiggly, on vocals, Mark Comerford on guitar, Andy Graffiti on drums, and Lonnie Glass on bass along with three special guests, Edmonton-based musicians Dennis Meneely on keys, Don Berner on sax, and Doug Berner on trumpet.

Take a turn off the ‘traditional’ path and enjoy a glimpse into the heart and soul of Christmas from a Blues point of view with Big Hank's Tribute to the Blues Songs of Christmas Featuring Uncle Wiggly’s Hot Shoes Blues Band at Horizon Stage on Saturday, December 2. Tickets are $35 for Adults and $30 for Students and Seniors and may be purchased at the City Hall Ticket Centre (315 Jespersen Ave), by phone at 780-962-8995 or 1-888-655-9090, and online through Ticketpro.ca. Horizon Stage is collecting for the Parkland Food Bank in December so please consider bringing a donation when you see this show and help spread the Christmas spirit! 

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Lizzy Hoyt’s Music Rooted in Celtic and Folk Traditions

Multi-Instrumentalist Brings Her Soaring Melodies and Pure, Angelic Voice to Spruce Grove on November 27


Acclaimed songwriter Lizzy Hoyt is one of Canada’s most powerful Celtic-folk artists. Known for bringing Canadian history to life, her songs “Vimy Ridge”, “White Feather”, and “New Lady on the Prairie” have garnered multiple awards and nominations while also connecting strongly with audiences across the country. In 2013, Lizzy was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Governor General of Canada for her outstanding contribution to commemorating Canadian veterans and history through music. Lizzy is a full-time musician who was based in Edmonton until a recent move took her to Winnipeg. She is returning to Alberta for a tour at the end of November and will be performing at Horizon Stage on Monday, November 27. 

Lizzy travels and tours throughout Canada with her trio. She has performed at renowned folk festivals (Edmonton Folk Festival, Montreal Folk Festival, Goderich Celtic Roots Festivals), folk clubs (Calgary Folk Club, Nickelodeon Folk Club, Northern Lights Folk Club) and through performing arts networks across the country. She has released four independent albums and two music videos.

A talented multi-instrumentalist, Lizzy toured for ten years as a side musician before pursuing her own projects. She has been praised for her mastery of the fiddle, guitar and harp and her voice has been described as “otherworldly”, “angelic", “sweet”, and “pure”. As a singer she has also been recognized for her clarity and precision.

Lizzy’s Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal may be the icing on her cake to date but her music and projects have received other impressive awards and nominations. These include an International Acoustic Music Award (Best Female Artist), a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination (Traditional Singer of the Year), and finalist standing in two international songwriting competitions (John Lennon Songwriting Contest, USA Songwriting Competition).  Lizzy’s “Vimy Ridge” video received twelve awards at eight international film festivals in North America.

Enjoy a night filled with soaring melodies and fantastic fiddling by Lizzy Hoyt at Horizon Stage on Monday, November 27. Tickets are $35 for Adults and $30 for Students and Seniors and may be purchased at the City Hall Ticket Centre (315 Jespersen Ave), by phone at 780-962-8995 or 1-888-655-9090, and online through Ticketpro.ca.

"Hoyt's mastery of the fiddle seems effortless. Her chatter is engaging 
and her songwriting seems to flow from her soul." 
- Roger Holmes, Star News

"Lizzy Hoyt is a clean and energetic player who performs with animation." 
     - Jerry Ozipko, SEE Magazine

"Lizzy Hoyt could make it as a fiddler in the best of bands." 
- Nick Lee, Edmonton Journal

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Local Canadian Veteran Shares Personal Stories Through Song

Horizon Stage Presents Tim Isberg: Singer, Songwriter, Soldier, on Friday, November 17



From Rwanda to Afghanistan, Canadian Army veteran Tim Isberg has faced the challenges of living and working in different cultures and conflicts amid the best and worst humanity has to offer. As a singer-songwriter, Tim weaves sincerity and a natural sense of humour through the fabric of his well-crafted stories and songs. With a voice and style similar to Lennie Gallant, Ryan Adams, and Rodney Crowell, Tim makes each and every listener feel connected. Less than a week after Remembrance Day, Tim will share his incredible life experiences through his contemporary folk and country music at Horizon Stage on Friday, November 17.

Originally from southern Alberta, Tim’s path has been long and twisty. He started playing, performing, and writing at a young age but pursued an education in environmental sciences. Tim was encouraged to join the Reserves in Lethbridge, which he really enjoyed, so he later joined the Canadian Army and went off to see the world.

About 10 years ago Tim picked up the guitar again. Since then he has re-launched his career as a folk/country singer-songwriter and he has toured internationally. His album Tears Along The Road was recorded with celebrated JUNO award-winning producer-engineer Miles Wilkinson, and was selected by Music Canada as one of their Top 25 favourite Albums of 2015. His song "Devil on Your Back", about revenge on the western Blackfoot Plains, was a finalist in the Best Song of Alberta for the Calgary Folk Music Festival. In 2016 Tim was honoured to be nominated for a Male Artist of the Year Alberta Country Music Award.

Tim is very well rounded! With a formal education in global studies and political and environmental sciences Tim also trains horses and writes more than just music. One of his stories is featured in the book "Everyday Heroes" which was published by Simon and Schuster in October 2017.

See life through the music of a Canadian veteran - get to know Tim Isberg at Horizon Stage on Friday, November 17. Tickets are $35 for Adults and $30 for Students and Seniors and may be purchased at the City Hall Ticket Centre (315 Jespersen Ave), by phone at 780-962-8995 or 1-888-655-9090, and online through Ticketpro.ca.

"Tim Isberg's humour, heart-felt stories and authentic music captured our audience from the first song... many say it was the best show they'd seen at the club..." 
Joe Duperreault, New Moon Folk Club (Edmonton)

"An evening with Tim is like sitting by a fire with friends listening to great stories with an exceptional guitar player and an even better story teller". 
Patrick MacIntyre, Ironwood Stage & Grill (Calgary)

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Three Incredible Baritone Voices Sing Broadway, Pop, and Classical Music

Bravura will thrill their audience at Horizon Stage on November 12


The men of Bravura have voices that will give you goosebumps. Scorchingly passionate, frequently funny, and always exciting, their baritones blend together hitting all of the right notes. Formed in 2010 in Toronto, Bravura consists of three of Canada’s finest leading men from the musical theatre, jazz, and opera worlds - James Levesque, George Masswohl, and Curtis Sullivan. With a repertoire that ranges from classic Broadway and pop, to Italian folk and classical favourites, audiences will recognize songs like “Imagine”, “She’s Always a Woman”, “O Sole Mio”, “Danny Boy” and many others. This November Bravura will be performing in concert halls across British Columbia and they will make only one stop in Alberta at Horizon Stage in Spruce Grove on Sunday, November 12, at 7:30 p.m. 

James Levesque is an enthralling, diverse artist who is equally at home performing in concert, at the opera, or in musical theatre. He has been singing internationally for 15 years, with such esteemed companies as the Canadian Opera Company, Calgary Opera, and the Aldeburgh Festival. James’ sonorous baritone is the bright centre that blends Bravura’s rich sound.

George Masswohl has wowed audiences across North America in leading roles with the Stratford and Shaw Festivals, Canadian Stage, Livent, Vancouver’s Arts Club, as well as on- and off-Broadway. George’s bari-tenor range takes Bravura’s repertoire to exciting heights.

Curtis Sullivan brings a wealth of experience from the worlds of Broadway musicals and opera. He is a star of Toronto’s esteemed Opera Atelier, Canadian Stage, and the Stratford Festival. Curtis’ bass-baritone gives Bravura a solid base of passion and gravitas.

Get set for a night of glorious music sung by the men of Bravura at Horizon Stage on Sunday, November 12. Tickets are $35 for Adults and $30 for Students and Seniors and may be purchased at the City Hall Ticket Centre (315 Jespersen Ave), by phone at 780-962-8995 or 1-888-655-9090, and online through Ticketpro.ca.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Charlie A’Court Brings His Powerful and Soulful Blues to Spruce Grove

Expect dynamic vocals and incredible guitar riffs at Horizon Stage on November 3


Canadian singer-songwriter-guitarist Charlie A’Court is a proverbial force to be reckoned with. Planted at the crossroads between roots and soul, Charlie’s mighty voice, fierce guitar work, and contemporary songwriting skills have earned him an international following and a host of awards and accolades for his five solo albums. Fueled by emotion and a desire for delivering powerful music, Charlie’s gutsy vocals and colourful guitar playing have been satisfying long-time fans and attracting new fans for 15 years. Charlie has toured Alberta before and he’s happy to be back and making a stop at Horizon Stage on Friday, November 3, at 7:30 p.m.

Born with the gift of voice, Charlie A’Court grew up in rural Nova Scotia where he spent his youth learning to play guitar. He immersed himself in his father’s vinyl record collection and discovered singers like Otis Redding and Sam Cooke. Over the years his influences grew to include contemporary artists such as Jonny Lang, Colin James, John Mayer and Joe Bonamassa.

Charlie started performing with his father on local stages before he was of legal age, regularly wowing the audience with his soulful vocals and well-honed guitar skills. Fueled by that experience, and the fire that comes from finding and following one’s passion, he began touring and recording on his own; releasing his debut CD, Colour Me Gone in 2003. That year Charlie swept the Music Nova Scotia Awards, winning Male Artist of the Year, Blues Recording of the Year, Album of the Year and Entertainer of the Year; he also received his first East Coast Music Award nomination for New Artist of the Year. He has since released four more albums, secured another fistful of Music Nova Scotia awards, and lined his mantle with five East Coast Music Awards in categories from Blues Recording to Pop Recording to R&B/Soul Recording, along the way. A’Court has also received national recognition, receiving 2014 Maple Blues Award nominations for both Male Vocalist and Songwriter of the Year.

Arguably most revered for his dynamic, engaging live performance, Charlie A’Court tours non-stop throughout Canada and his adopted second home of Australia, with forays to the USA, UK, and Europe. He has headlined performances at multiple festivals, including the Stan Rogers Folk Festival and the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival, and has shared the stage with James Cotton, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, George Thorogood, Harry Manx, Martin Sexton, Delbert McClinton, Colin James, Dan Aykroyd and Jimmie Vaughan, among many others.

Get set for a night filled with smooth and soulful blues and roots music by Charlie A’Court on November 3. Tickets are $35 for Adults and $30 for Students and Seniors and may be purchased at the City Hall Ticket Centre (315 Jespersen Ave), by phone at 780-962-8995 or 1-888-655-9090, and online through Ticketpro.ca.

A'Court slides into his role as smooth soul man with ease… Singing high and mighty, rising into falsetto, getting into the groove, or slaying us with tenderness, he's a singing tour-de-force.”
Bob Mersereau, CBC