Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Annie Lou Stops in Spruce Grove on Their ‘End Zone’ CD Release Tour

Juno Nominated Folk and Bluegrass Band Scheduled to Perform at Horizon Stage on Friday, March 23

Annie Lou is the project of Anne Louise Genest, an artist who walks with the spirit of an old storyteller, creating songs steeped in the flavours of old-time mountain, Appalachian, traditional country, and bluegrass music. She has spent years chronicling the rural life-paths of Canada, writing songs that tell the tales of the hard-won victories of everyday men and women. Annie Lou has toured major festivals and venues across the country and has been nominated for a Juno and several Canadian Folk Music and Western Canadian Music awards. Horizon Stage is pleased to present Annie Lou on Friday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m.

With humour, grace, and warmth, Annie Lou takes the stage with banjo and guitar, and invites you in to her colourful world of original music rooted in melodic traditions and delivered with an inspired energy and spark. She paints vibrant musical landscapes where you can laugh, cry, dance, reflect and connect with ballads, tunes, and songs inspired by lives and times and ups and downs. Her beautifully creative songs range from rousing and boisterous to gentle and poignant. They map a homescape of hard-drinking grandmas, rural dancehalls, blue collar fashions, small towns, and big cities. All are delivered with Genest’s vocal warmth; evocative of the sweet tones of Kate and Anna McGarrigle blended with the raw emotion of Hazel Dickens.

Annie Lou is releasing her fourth album, End Zone, a gorgeous collection of new songs that draw deep from the well, filling the bucket with rich melody and wry wisdom. No, it’s not about football. Most of the material for the album was written during the last months of her mother's life, and the title track is an exploration of that time when the end is near, but not quite. The album features a guest cast of Canadian acoustic innovators, including Andrew Collins on mandolin and guitar, Max Heineman on upright bass and vocals, Sarah Hamilton on fiddle and vocals, John Showman and Trent Freeman on fiddle, Frank Evans on banjo, Burke Carroll on pedal steel, and Ivan Rosenberg on dobro. Real, raw, and deeply honest, End Zone is a magical addition to the Annie Lou catalogue.

Annie Lou is headed out on a Western Canada CD Release tour this month, with Collins, Hamilton, and Heineman in tow. Together they are a tight vocal and instrumental unit that offers superb musicianship and an infectious delight in their craft. In live performance the band gallops along with joyful danceable precision, enticing audiences with twin fiddles, banjo, three and four part harmonies, call and response, and compelling instrumental solos.

Touring B.C., Saskatchewan, and Alberta, Annie Lou’s only concert in the Edmonton area will be at Horizon Stage in Spruce Grove on Friday, March 23 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.

“Genest’s remarkable songwriting about the tales of rural Canadiana…
(they) move across a range of emotions and each evokes the right texture."
 - Michael Rampa, High Octane Music

Friday, March 02, 2018

Still/Falling Offers an Eye-Opening Look Inside The Teen Mental Health Crisis

Horizon Stage Presents Green Thumb Theatre’s Groundbreaking Play on Monday, March 19

Still/Falling tells the story of Nina. Nina has a great life. She loves her family, she does well in school, and her friends are awesome. But suddenly Nina starts feeling… off, and she finds herself slipping into a dark reality she cannot understand, let alone articulate to the people around her. Still/Falling follows Nina as she tries to come to terms with what it means to struggle with anxiety and depression, and to rise above it with as much strength, and as few scars, as possible. A realistic, honest, and bitingly funny look at the difference between ‘teen angst’ and mental illness and the ways vulnerable kids can start to find their way out of the dark. Horizon Stage is honoured to present Still/Falling on Monday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Vancouver’s Green Thumb Theatre chose to produce Still/Falling to encourage conversation and awareness and to help students gain a deeper understanding of mental health, and especially how it can affect themselves and their peers. Green Thumb Theatre creates and produces plays that explore social issues relevant to the lives of children, youth and young adults. They provide theatre that celebrates the language and stories of today’s generation and culture to stimulate empathy, debate and critical thinking; challenging audiences to re-examine their beliefs and prejudices and to define their feelings and aspirations.

Mental illness indirectly affects all Canadians at some time through a family member, friend, or colleague and 20% of Canadians will personally experience a mental illness in their lifetime. Young Canadians are suffering from rising levels of anxiety, stress, depression and even suicide. The number of 12-19 year olds in Canada at risk for developing depression is a staggering 3.2 million. Once depression is recognized help can make a difference for 80% of people who are affected, allowing them to get back to their regular activities. But, sadly, in Canada only 1 out of 5 children who need mental health services receives them.

If you work with teenagers, love a teenager, or are a teenager then you must see Still/Falling at Horizon Stage on Monday, March 19. Tickets are $10 for all ages and may be purchased at the City Hall Ticket Centre (315 Jespersen Ave), by phone at 780-962-8995 or 1-888-655-9090, or online through Ticketpro.ca. Seating is general admission and the show is recommended for ages 12+.  Running time is 50 minutes. There will be a question and answer period with the artist after the show. Still/Falling is presented in partnership with Spruce Grove and Stony Plain FCSS. If ticket price is a barrier, subsidies are available for eligible families by calling 780-962-7618 in Spruce Grove or 780-963-8583 in Stony Plain.

“This performance is a bold, moving, and compelling portrayal of a typical adolescent girl struggling 
with anxiety and depressions. I was impressed by the quality and accuracy 
of the mental health messages communicated throughout the play…” 
- Ekin Blackwell, Clinical Psychologist, Anxiety BC

“This is an incredibly important work - not just for teens to see- but I think necessary for parents to see… if parents of young people could see this play they might be moved… to offer help and understanding to their children instead of getting mad at them.” 
- Deborah Roberts, Parent

Monday, February 26, 2018

Spring is Coming (Soon) - Two Day 2 for 1 Sale

While it isn’t officially spring yet, the warm(ish) weather we’re getting this week has inspired us! 
Make sure your March comes in like a Lion (Bear Fox) so it  goes out like a lamb.

For TWO DAYS ONLY we’re running a 2 FOR 1 SALE on tickets for TWO of our March shows:
 Lion Bear Fox on March 3 and DuffleBag Theatre: Robin Hood on March 4.

Use the password SPRING online, by phone (780-962-8995) or in person at the City Hall Ticket Centre.

*Sale runs February 26 & 27. Discount only available on tickets purchased in groups of two.
2 for 1 offer valid only for seats in Rows G & H - while supplies last.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Celebrate International Women’s Day with Sass, Sparkles, and Fun

Cheesecake Burlesque Revue Bring Their High-Energy, Empowering Workshop and Show to Spruce Grove

The Cheesecake Burlesque Revue keeps their audiences coming back for more! More laughs, more tease, and more body confidence. With influences from cult classics to Broadway favourites they create imaginative show-stoppers. The performers are as individual as the stars on the walk of fame - cute and geeky, rock 'n' roll, classic and elegant - audiences can't help but have a favourite or two or three! Known for high energy acts, lavish costumes, stand out performers, comedic timing, seductiveness and girl-next door accessibility, the Cheesecakes wonderfully sassy performance celebrates International Women’s Day (March 8). This is a perfect mother/daughter date, girls night out, or show to share with your sweetheart. Spend a fun and fabulous night with The Cheesecakes at Horizon Stage on Saturday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m.  

Formed in 2006, The Cheesecake Burlesque Revue is based out of Victoria B.C. The troupe has won multiple Monday Magazine M-Awards, including "Next Big Thing" and "Favourite Performance Group". They have shimmied across stages at Burlesque Festivals in Paris, Berlin, New York, New Orleans, and all across Canada. With a mission that includes performing with confidence, humour and sass, and putting on wicked shows that inspire and encourage their audiences, they continually develop themselves as performers. As much as their show is about fun and entertainment, it is also about sending a message: “Everyone is beautiful, and everyone should be proud of their bodies.” Armed with sassy-silliness, these ladies pack a sparkly punch that will make your heart happy and leave you loving the skin you’re in!

Betsy Bottomdollar, Kitten Kaboodle, Dolly Pop, Silk E. Guns, Lady Muse, Ginger Kittens, and Lolly Lushbottom mix song, dance, comedy, and lots of skin into a two-hour tour de force that will make you scream with every unhooked bra, laugh out loud, and holler for more at Horizon Stage on Saturday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are just $35 for adults and $30 for seniors and students (age 16+) 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.

AND… Unleash your own inner diva! Join the Cheesecakes for Sass Class 101, a 3-hour burlesque workshop on Friday, March 9 at 7 p.m.! Learn the history of burlesque and how to bump, shimmy, and tassel twirl. Spend the evening with fabulous, like-minded women and leave feeling great about your body and yourself. Students have the option to join the Cheesecakes briefly on stage during their March 10 performance at Horizon Stage. Register through the City Hall Ticket Centre on online through horizonstage.com for $30 before March 5. Participants should bring heels or dancing shoes, comfortable clothing, and GLAM IT UP!!! Boas, gloves, and tassels will be supplied for use. Sorry gentlemen Sass Class 101 is for ladies only, ages 16 and up, but we’d love to see you at the show on Saturday!

“…the type of good, clean fun that depends on the audience getting out of its seats and becoming involved…
The more people clapped, whistled and cheered, the more energy filled the Metro. 
This was a night of wonderful talent, great laughs and leaving with a smile on your face.”
- Grant McKenzie/ Monday Magazine

“The Cheesecakes strive to increase body confidence and sexual confidence of their audience, and they certainly succeeded. Every woman walked out of the Surrey Arts Centre that night with a smile on her face, a strut in her step, 
and in many cases, some pasties in her purse”
- Cassie Silva / Review Vancouver

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Twists and Turns, A Dashing Hero, and a Dastardly Villain

DuffleBag Theatre Brings A Giggle-Inducing Production of Robin Hood to Horizon Stage March 4

Known for their retellings of fairy tales and classic stories, DuffleBag Theatre is a Family Matinee favourite at Horizon Stage. This time around they’re re-working the legend of Robin Hood, and there are sure to be plenty of giggles and guffaws as they pull audience members up on stage and turn them into the stars of the show. Part scripted and part improvised, DuffleBag’s shows are filled with terrific twists, goofy antics, and loads of humour. They tickle kids’ funny bones and keep the grown-ups entertained too, not always an easy feat. Come play with DuffleBag Theatre at Horizon Stage on Sunday, March 4 at 2 p.m.

While the King is away, the people of England suffer under the oppressive rule of his tax-happy brother, Prince John. Only a straight arrow like Robin Hood, the best archer in the land, can save England! By stealing from the rich and giving back to the poor, Robin keeps the spirit of justice alive, with the help of a few friends along the way, including Maid Marian, Friar Tuck, and Little John. But what if the Prince and the dreaded Sheriff of Nottingham lay a trap for our hero? With all the humour and fun you come to expect, DuffleBag hits the mark with this on-target tale of derring-do!

Since 1992, The "Nearly World-Famous" DuffleBag Theatre has traveled the globe, performing over 600 shows annually at theatres, schools, and festivals across North America and beyond! There are over 15 different shows in the company's current repertoire and all are performed with the same sense of fun, innovation, and participation that audiences (almost) the world over have come to expect! Called one of the most exciting and fun phenomena to come out of the vibrant Canadian children’s entertainment scene. DuffleBag works to build their young audience’s love of the basic stories of our culture, readying them for imaginative maturity. Past DuffleBag productions in Spruce Grove include Robin Hood (2009), Cinderella (2013), and Snow White (2016). And while their shows are recommended for kids aged 4 -10, no matter what your age, you’re going to have a good time and enjoy some belly laughs if you come to see them.

Enjoy an amusing interactive Family Matinee theatre experience at Horizon Stage on Sunday, March 4 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for all ages 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. Free preshow crafts for kids start in the lobby at 1 p.m.

“DuffleBag was a tremendous success with the audience- both young and old alike.”
Tamsin Miller, Whistler Community Arts Council, British Columbia

“They are masters of improvisation. A hilarious and enjoyable time for children and even adults!”
Ruby Lim-Yang, ACT 3 International, Singapore

“The opportunity for children to witness and even take part in these fun stories is the best way to establish theatre-going habits that will hopefully last a lifetime.”
Ralph MacLean, Imperial Theatre, New Brunswick

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Folk + Rock + Growl = Lion Bear Fox

Three powerful, honest, and soulful voices sing dynamic songs at Horizon Stage on March 3

One part folk, one part rock, with a pinch of gospel and a dash of growl, Vancouver’s Lion Bear Fox boasts acoustic guitars, buzzing electrics, and screaming keys. All of this is anchored by rich percussion and thrilling harmonies. With a name that is derived from their “spirit animals” this trio’s sound harkens back to an era when the song itself was paramount. Christopher Arruda, Cory Woodward, and Ryan McMahon were all solo artists who joined forces in 2012, released a CD together, and have been touring relentlessly ever since. Lion Bear Fox are looking forward to bringing their spirited rock/folk mix to Horizon Stage on Saturday, March 3.

Chris, Cory, and Ryan have three decades of solo career experience combined between them. At an impromptu show in Winnipeg in 2012 they started joining in on each other’s songs and quickly realized that it was time for a change; and thus Lion Bear Fox was born.  In 2013 Lion Bear Fox was selected as one of the top 20 unsigned bands in British Columbia as part of the Peak Performance Project. That same year they released their self-produced debut EP, We’d Be Good Men. Described as a musical force of nature that’s sure to be around for a lifetime, Lion Bear Fox have made appearances at Canadian Music Week, the Mission Folk Festival, and The Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver. They have shared stages with artists like Tom Wilson, Good For Grapes, Elliot Brood, and Kim Mitchell. In February 2017 they released their second CD, the self-titled Lion Bear Fox.

“When we perform, people experience three powerful, honest and soulful voices that will take them on a roller coaster ride of dynamically pleasing songs,” says Woodward. “Each one’s a journey, and we welcome everyone with open arms to dance wild, scream and sing into the night and experience one of the greatest self-made gifts we can give ourselves, pure uninhibited joy.”

Ride Lion Bear Fox’s rumbling musical roller coaster at Horizon Stage on Saturday, March 3 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.

“One of the most appealing things about this group, is how easily they seem to meld so many different genres of music into their sound without it feeling overwhelming.”

“We’d Be Good Men comes out clear and unified—bound by powerful and passionate performances.” 

“Lion Bear Fox highlight of Lake Country Folk Fest” 

Friday, February 02, 2018

Not Your Average Chamber Music Ensemble

Proteus Saxophone Quartet Brings Energy and Intensity to Horizon Stage on February 17

Proteus Saxophone Quartet is redefining the traditional chamber music experience with their high energy, intense, and varied performances. Named after the god of the sea, Proteus Saxophone Quartet explores numerous instrumental combinations of the saxophone family through the creation and performance of chamber music. Proteus Saxophone Quartet is comprised of four Canadian saxophonists who met while living and studying in Paris in 2011. Since their formation they developed an immediate artistic bond and vision and have committed themselves to presenting lively, diverse, and beautiful concerts. As a quartet they have performed throughout Canada, France, and the United States and are happy to be performing in Alberta and Saskatchewan this month on a tour coordinated by Prairie Debut. Experience Proteus Saxophone Quartet Up Close and Personal at Horizon Stage on Saturday, February 17, 2018.

Without adhering to a singular aesthetic or stylistic genre, Proteus Saxophone Quartet promotes collaboration with diverse artists in an attempt to advance new works for saxophone quartets. They work with composers or performers throughout the creation process. Their concert will include works from the classical saxophone canon, popular tunes, and transcriptions and arrangements of music written for other genres. By programming interesting and eclectic concerts, they aim to entertain and share with the public the history of the saxophone and saxophone quartet repertoire. Their programs are inspired by the saxophone’s capabilities and diversity, drawing from its early acceptance into popular and jazz music, as well as into the mainstream of the classical music genre.

As educators, Proteus Saxophone Quartet has performed school concerts and University masterclasses as part of their ongoing commitment to work with and promote chamber music to students. Often changing saxophones or staging during concerts, they benefit from these pauses by speaking to and connecting with their audiences by explaining concepts, ideas and working relationships which contribute to the compositions aimed at enhancing the concert experience. Quartet members Tommy Davis, Holly Caigny, Mark Michalak, and Michael Morimoto are all highly educated, well respected members of Canada’s chamber concert community.

Tommy Davis regularly performs on six members of the saxophone family. He has a Masters of Music from the Université de Montréal. Holly De Caigny received a Bachelor of Music from the University of British Columbia and a Masters degree in Calgary. She currently divides her time between Calgary and Edmonton where she is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts in Saxophone Performance at the University of Alberta. Mark Michalak has a Masters of Music degree from the University of Calgary. He has competed in several international music competitions and is highly sought after as a performer, instructor, clinician, and conductor. Michael Morimoto started his musical studies in piano and switched to the saxophone. He received his Master of Music from the University of British Columbia and has been a featured soloist in many ensembles.

Immerse yourself in glorious saxophone music with Proteus Saxophone Quartet at Horizon Stage on Saturday, February 17 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. Proteus Saxophone Quartet is being presented by Prairie Debut with support from The Canada Council for the Arts, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta, and the RBC Foundation.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Silver Screen Scoundrels Pair Great Music with Vaudeville-Style Silent Films

Enjoy Live Country Blues, Gospel, Ragtime, Swing and Lots of Laughs at This Unique Show 

During the silent film era, from the 1890s to the late 1920s, a pianist, organist, or small orchestra played music to accompany films with no synchronized recorded sound or spoken dialogue. The Silver Screen Scoundrels perform original Country Blues, Gospel, Ragtime, and Swing music as accompaniment for their own, custom-produced, comedic black and white silent films. Horizon Stage is pleased to present the Silver Screen Scoundrels at a special weekday matinee concert on Thursday, February 8.

Brandon Isaak plays multiple instruments; guitars, harmonica, drums, kazoo and piano, but not all at the same time. He is the lead singer of the Silver Screen Scoundrels and writes most of the songs they perform. As a solo artist Brandon won a Maple Blues Award for Best Acoustic Performer in Canada. He has recorded several albums and has been nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award and multiple Maple Blues Awards. Besides performing with the Silver Screen Scoundrels, Brandon also performs as a "One Man Band", and with other musical friends. His most recent album was with Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne and Tim Williams. What separates Brandon from the rest of the pack is his ability to connect with and involve the audience.

Keith Picot plays bass with passion and backs up Brandon on vocals. He has won a Maple Blues Award for Best Bass Player in Canada and has performed with many other artists including Western Canada's Best Rockabilly Band, Cousin Harley who thrilled enthusiastic fans at Horizon Stage in 2015. Off stage, you can find Keith at his "Hek's Half Acre Silent Film Studio" where he writes, produces, and directs silent films.

Re-live the classic silent film era with a modern twist. Don’t miss The Silver Screen Scoundrels at Horizon Stage on Thursday, February 8 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for all ages 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.

An impressive multi-sensory experience was enjoyed by those who attended… Brandon Isaak and Keith Picot had the audience rolling with laughter with their candid humour and interaction… It’s a show that shouldn’t be missed.”
- Quesnel Observer

They are a modern portal back through time, down the telegraph wires of entertainment. Their show is more than a tribute concert to a bygone era. It is a multimedia, multisensory mashup of movies on a screen
that help tell the story of the music on the stage.”
- Prince George Citizen

"The Silver Screen Scoundrels' free-wheeling, lively, energetic multi-media performance of blues and roots music was a real  delight
- School District 57 Cultural Committee Artist Contact

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.