Meaford Hall has just announced its fall season of shows with wide diversity of entertainment including high energy tributes; popular return of theatre; Celtic vocalists; Classical music and a combo of Fringe Festival Theatre events straight from the Montreal and Toronto stages.
September kicks off with some down home fun with Whiskey Jack, featuring the Songs and Stories of Stompin' Tom. Whiskey Jack is one the most celebrated roots/country/bluegrass bands in Canadian music history. The band toured Canada extensively between 1979 and 1987, appearing at festivals and concerts from coast to coast. In 1993, Stompin' Tom Connors teamed with Whiskey Jack to record one of his come-back albums, "Dr. Stompin' Tom Connors eh?" followed by a triumphant national tour culminating in a sold-out show at Massey Hall, and an unprecedented performance on the Conan O'Brien Show. This show promises to be a fun filled night peppered with fond reminiscences of a Canadian icon.
A Celtic change of pace the next day when the Barra MacNeils return to the Meaford Hall stage! Multiple lead vocalists, beautiful sibling harmonies, top drawer instrumental prowess on a wide variety of acoustic, stringed, percussion and wind instruments blended with dancing, storytelling, Gaelic songs and a journey through an ancient culture; it is family entertainment at its highest level. Steeped in Cape Breton tradition with strong Celtic roots and musical artistry, this diverse and talented family group continues to wow audiences around the world with their captivating vocals, harmonies and extraordinary musicianship.
Fresh from the Fringe features two Friday nights of fringe theatre direct from the Toronto and Montreal stages. First up is Shevil, written by Meaford playwright Nadia Mear. Shevil takes place in the city called Peril where evil lurks in every corner, a Hero always saves the day. A new female SUPER VILLAIN arrives, determined to rule the world! But with opposition at every turn, Shevil has to challenge the sexist Mayor, her traditional mother, and an impotent Superhero. Can Shevil destroy Peril and prove that she's more than "just a girl"?
The following Friday night two more Fringe productions including Little Miss Understood and Paleoncology. Little Miss Understood is a candid and hilarious look at the 'joys' of raising a teenager by Owen Sound playwright and instructor, Stephanie Fowler. Paleoncology is a smart, heartbreaking, darkly funny solo show about a young woman, Lea, who has turned to her childhood passion for dinosaurs to deal with her feelings about an impending loss - or rather, to avoid dealing with them. With the help of stuffed dinosaur puppets and educational overhead projections, Lea tries to frame her struggles with a disconnected family, stunted personal potential, and the challenges of living when your brother is dying. Discount pricing is available for those purchasing tickets to both evenings.
A Tribute to Elvis and Tom Jones called "That's the Way It Was", will provide an upbeat night of music featuring the songs of two of the most beloved performers ever: Elvis, the King of Rock 'n' Roll and Welsh crooner, Tom Jones. Brought to you by Al Ross, worldwide performer and 'Elvis' actor to movies and television commercials. Backed by the talented "Rudy and the Angels," this is a show not to be missed!
Meaford Hall is also teaming up with the Blue Mountain Village Association as part of its Sunday Classical concert series with Puttin' on the Ritz. Starring the Toronto Concert Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Kerry Stratton, Puttin' On The Ritz is the music that made the 20's roar. Gershwin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern and More! These are some of the greatest melodies of the 20th century. Join the party in the Premier Arts and Cultural Centre in Southern Georgian Bay featuring soloist Heather Bambrick.
September rounds off with Culture Days weekend and a workshop and concert by Canadian singer-songwriter and troubadour Craig Cardiff. Edged, folk, beautiful, melancholy and left leaning, one song breaks your heart, and the next one puts it back together. Known throughout Canada, Craig is beginning to develop a following throughout North America, and into some parts of Europe. With guitar in hand, Craig can turn any setting into an intimate affair, infusing his music and lyrics with an uncompromising humanism that is rarely seen in today's production heavy climate. Join Craig Cardiff at 2pm for a free creativity workshop in honour of Culture Days Weekend in Ontario! (No pre-registration required)
In addition to this great line-up in September, there are many more concerts this fall including Gypsy Jazz artists The Lost Fingers who perform in a Django gypsy jazz style with a hint of blue grass. Also returning are annual favourites such as Dragons' Den Meaford; Music & War (a Meaford Community Theatre production); Letter from Wingfield Farm; the Meaford Hall Foundation's annual Christmas Celebration and Silent Auction featuring The Sinatra Songbook; award winning impressionist Andre-Philippe Gagnon; Kids in the Meaford Hall performing Aladdin & the Wonderful Lamp; The Nutcracker by Fleet-wood Dance Centre; and finally a Pantomime of Cinderella. Thursday Flicks, Films for Thought; a speaker series and more round out the jam-packed program.For a complete listing or more information on pricing and events please visit our website or phone the box office at 877-538-0463.