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Meaford Hall Summer Events (Posted On: Wednesday, July 11, 2012)

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Now beautifully restored and renovated, the Meaford Hall Arts & Cultural Centre doors are open in historic downtown Meaford. The Meaford Hall, also known as the Opera House, is a stone’s throw from Georgian Bay and adjacent to all amenities in an area well-known for its year-round attractions. As a four season venue, Meaford Hall plays host to a variety of events including live theatre, music and entertainment, business and corporate events and social gatherings.  

Check out our line-up of upcoming shows and events.

Summer Events 2012

Self Help produced by Lighthouse Festival Theatre
July 18 to 21 @ 8pm & July 19 @ 2pm
$32earlybird (expires June 30) $35regular $32matinee 15% discount for groups 6+
Meaford Hall Presents Lighthouse Festival Theatre’s Production of “Self Help” Written by Norm Foster, Directed by Derek Ritschel.  Self-Help is the story of Hal and Cindy Savage, two struggling actors who reinvent themselves as self-help gurus and, much to their surprise, become the world's most revered relationship experts. Unfortunately, while their careers skyrocket, their marriage goes into a nosedive, and they soon find themselves scrambling to protect their reputations. "A sensational black-hearted farce!"--Hamilton Spectator  Presented by Meaford Hall in collaboration with Lighthouse Festival Theatre

Carlos Del Junco & Steve Strongman 2012 blues series
Thursday August 9, 8pm  $25
A great blues show for a sultry summer night: 2012 Maple Blues Award winners Carlos Del Junco and Steve Strongman take the stage to bring the best of blues in harmonica and guitar.
To say he plays the harmonica is like saying "Jimi Hendrix plays guitar". He blows the blues harp through a prism -- suddenly it seems he's holding every color in the musical rainbow right there in his hands.
Simultaneously sophisticated and raw, his playing blurs the boundaries between blues and jazz, leaving the listener for a new and profound appreciation for the instrument, and the artist.
Charisma. Verve. Passion. Unbridled talent. Beyond Strongman’s talent as a songwriter and guitarist is his ability to engage his audience and deliver an outstanding performance at every live show. With his inimitable guitar playing and soulful vocals, Strongman delivers incredible performances with power and passion.
Steve Strongman's astounding guitar playing and expressive songwriting combined with his entertaining showmanship, have firmly established him as one of Canada’s best new Blues artists.  Presented by Meaford Hall as part of the 2012 blues series featuring Suzie Vinnick June 21, Carlos Del Junco with Steve Strongman Aug 9 & Matt Andersen Oct 14, series pass just $60.

Meaford International Film Festival Four Nights
Four Films, Four Parties
August 31 to September 2
$15matinee $29evening $99festival package Before August 6th receive 10% discount
Award-winning international films, discussion with film makers and director – all topped off with great parties!  Hosted by Christopher Thomas.  Check this site for updates and sneak peeks!
Sponsored by Brightstar Corp., presented by the Meaford Hall & Culture Foundation.

Canadian Bandurist Capella Ukrainian-Canadian instrumental ensemble & choir
Sunday September 16, 2pm $20
Canadian Bandurist Capella is a forty member Ukrainian male choir accompanied by the unique harp like sound of the sixty-five string bandura. Many of the pieces they perform are steeped in the traditional kobzar art form, dating back to historical Cossack times. Their entertaining style and repertoire consists of epic historic folk songs, sacred music, modern and humorous compositions. Colourful costumes, powerful voices and spectacular harmony are their trademark as the Canadian Bandurist Capella delights audiences across North America. Presented by Canadian Badurist Capella, sponsored byMeaford Hall.

Great Lake Swimmers folk/Indie
Friday September 21, 8pm $25
Join Indie Award winners the Great Lake Swimmers for an intimate evening! Dubbed "ambient folk" or original Canadiana, their swirl of acoustic guitars, banjo and brushed snare mixes atmospheric textures with skillful instrumental interplay. Songwriter Tony Dekker's songs are weightless and deceptively simple, capable of turning seemingly mundane observations into harrowingly mournful tales. Soft-sung and intense, he captures our ears by describing common feelings. Dekker makes feeling trapped in your own skin, the redemptive/ destructive power of love and dodging imaginary beasties into beautiful, spiritual, multi-layered creations. Presented by Meaford Hall.

Matt Andersen 2012 blues series
Sunday October 14, 7:30pm $30
New Brunswick's Matt Andersen has an enigmatic personality, coupled with a larger than life showmanship that has been earning him a fervent and steadfast audience wherever he graces the stage. Andersen’s won multiple awards including Tennessee’s International Blues Challenge in 2010 and three new Maple Blues Awards for 2012. A phenomenal buzz surrounds Matt Andersen: with his jaw-dropping talent, commanding presence and passionate delivery, Andersen enchants audiences from coast to coast – be enchanted this fall with an amazing great blues show!  Presented by Meaford Hall as part of the 2012 blues series featuring Suzie Vinnick June 21, Carlos Del Junco with Steve Strongman Aug 9 & Matt Andersen Oct 14, series pass just $60.

Summer Camps!

Musical Theatre Camp with Dean Hollin
August 13 to 24 (Monday to Fridays) 9am to 4pm $525+hst
Let entertainer/director/writer Dean Hollin and his talented staff give the little entertainer in your life a summer camp experience they won’t soon forget!  Campers receive instruction in acting, dance, singing, set design, props, costumes, sound and lighting from a team of performance-industry professionals – resulting in a hands-on, complete-ownership process.  The session culminates during the final afternoon of camp with a live presentation on the beautiful, state-of-the-art Meaford Hall stage!
This year’s session is entitled “Va-Va-Va-Vaudeville!” celebrating vaudeville’s magical theatrical reign of approximately fifty years, ending in the early 1930s.  Vaudeville stars of the day included Burns and Allen, Abbott and Costello, Jimmy Durante, Judy Garland, Bob Hope, Fanny Brice and Al Jolson, to name a few.  Not only will campers learn about the personalities of the day, but the styles and details characteristic of that notable era in entertainment history – footlights, novelty acts, ‘soft-shoe’ and comedy routines, hat ‘n’ cane choreography, top hats, tails, spats and so much more! 
Dean Hollin  artistic director/writer
Gayle Hollin  wardrobe coordinator
Selina Ree  musical director/vocal instructor
Choreographer tba
All lunches and nutritional snacks are included, suitable for ages 8-14
“Va-Va-Va-Vaudeville!” presentation Friday August 24, 4pm tickets $10

Summer Arts Camp with Pat Kortland
July 16 to 20  9:30am to 12pm
The annual summer art camp invites children 9-13 to learn a new visual art technique each day as instructed by local artists. Please phone 519-538-3401 for more information.

For the fall…Meaford Hall and Sandcastle Theatre are pleased to present the ‘Meaford Hall Young Company.’ Beginning in Sept 2012, students from Grades 4-8 receive training in acting and performance by professional drama instructor Stephanie Fowler. The classes focus on various aspects of the actor's craft and participants create and rehearse an original production to be performed on the Meaford Hall Stage in May 2013. Cost is $550 plus HST. Monthly payment plans are available. Contact the Box Office for more information.

In the Galleries

Ways of Seeing
June 25 to July 28
Oil/acrylic: Ariel Lyons’ up close/unusual viewpoint includes iridescent, interference and metallic colours creating movement in textural compositions, communicating with the viewer on another level.
Acrylic/watercolour on canvas: Jane Hunter’s series brings challenge in concept, imagery or technique. Meditative painting seeks to convey through composition, colour and rhythm a sense of being “there” in spirit.

Fine Art Photography
July 31 to September 22
A group show by members of the Toronto Focal Forum, showing a wide range of approaches to photography as an art form.


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