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

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Three Classic Sci-Fi Movies Combined into One Hilarious Stage Show

Horizon Stage Presents One Man Star Wars Trilogy on Wednesday, October 25 


Officially endorsed by Lucasfilm, One Man Star Wars Trilogy has been performed for over a million Star Wars fans from London’s West End to Dubai, and from Broadway to the Sydney Opera House. Canadian actor Charles Ross’ energetic and extremely entertaining performance condenses the three original films: Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi, into one hilarious production. Ross single-handedly plays all of the characters - from Luke Skywalker to R2-D2 to Jabba the Hutt - with spot-on vocal impressions. He also sings the music, flies the ships, and fights the battles. This highly energetic romp is perfect for die-hard Star Wars super-fans but it will also amuse casual sci-fi consumers at Horizon Stage on Wednesday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m.

Best known as the mastermind behind the infamous One Man Star Wars Trilogy and One Man Lord of the Rings, and more recently One Man Pride and Prejudice, Charles Ross is a Canadian actor who has followed his heart and his career from one side of the continent to the other. Since first performing One Man Star Wars Trilogy in Toronto in 2001, Ross has brought countless audiences, both large and small, to their feet with his surprisingly unique shows that he describes as “the successful result of a ‘misspent’ youth”.

Word of Ross' one of a kind talent has spread like wildfire and he has appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Today Show, and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. His off-Broadway debut in August 2005 was a smashing success with critics raving about the incredible intensity that he brings to his work. To mark the release of Star Wars: Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith, Charles was honored to perform at Lucasfilm's official movie release convention, Celebration 3. Even the likes of Vin Diesel and Sir Ian McKellan have taken in his performances and have given him rave reviews.

So grab your lightsaber and board the Millennium Falcon before the Death Star explodes. If you’re a Star Wars fan yourself, or if you know or love a Star Wars fan, you cannot miss One Man Star Wars Trilogy.  The 75 minute play is suitable for anyone aged six to Yoda and includes a post-show talk-back with Charles Ross. Tickets are $30 for Adults and $25 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.

Attention Star Wars Geeks, Don’t Miss This Show!
- The Fourth Walsh (Chicago Theatre Reviewer)

What I truly admired about this show is that it played with my imagination.”
- George Kozera for Mr. Will Wong (Entertainment blog)

"Off-the-wall fun."
- Chicago Tribune

Friday, September 29, 2017

Active and Interactive Workshop and Family Matinee Will Open Kids’ Eyes to New Possibilities

Horizon Stage Brings Dianna David’s School Of Moves to Spruce Grove on Sunday, October 15


From Filipino dancing to physical theatre, hip hop to props, mechanical engineering to miming, street performer to speaker, Dianna David enjoys playing in all worlds. In 2015 Dianna founded her School of Moves when she realized how important it is to share the possibilities of movement storytelling with children. Dianna and her Faculty of Freshness now tour stage shows and playshops to schools, theatres, communities, and festivals, transforming young lives by opening their eyes to a world of new possibilities. Horizon Stage is super-excited to be bringing Dianna David’s School of Moves to the capital region on Sunday, October 15.

Dianna and Faculty of Freshness member Char Loco will teach a Make Moves Playshop: Prop and Object Play from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Energetic 5 to 12 year olds will learn basic musical expression, dance footwork, body isolation techniques, and contact juggling skills. Dianna and Char will also share helpful tips from their real-life experiences on how to master the art of self-discovery. Their students will gain a better understanding of physicality, strength, thoughts, words, creativity and passions, and be encouraged to develop into their own strong and confident selves. Cost for the Make Moves Playshop is $15 per child and registrations will be accepted until October 10.

Then, at 2 p.m. everyone is welcome to attend Dianna David’s School of Moves stage show; the first Family Matinee of Horizon Stage’s 2017-18 Season. Using her many skills and talents Dianna will mesmerize you with her musicality and dance moves. She will playfully pull at your heart stings, inspire you to take a closer look at the world around you, and help you to see that everything you have ever wanted is right at your fingertips. Dianna infuses 13 years-worth of artistic experiences into her movement mastery and manipulation of objects and props to take her audiences into a world where stories of triumphs and transformations are both spoken and shown. And she might even ask you to do a little bit of moving too. Free preshow crafts and games in the lobby start at 1 p.m. Tickets are just $12 for all audience members - parents, grandparents, and kids alike. 

Fill a Sunday in the fall with lots of fun - let your children experience the excitement and wonder that is Dianna David School of Moves. Register them to participate in her Playshop, bring them to see her show, or why not do both!  Register and/or buy tickets at the City Hall Ticket Centre (315 Jespersen Ave), call 780-962-8995, or do everything online through www.horizonstage.com.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Edmonton Band Puts a Modern Twist on the Classic Country Sound

Horizon Stage Presents the Dungarees, with Opening Act Steve Newsome, on October 14


Five-piece country/roots-rockers The Dungarees take the undeniable lyrical styling, twangy telecaster, and steel guitar they love from classic country and inject it with harmony, modern intensity, and pop sensibility.

The Dungarees are an Edmonton super group.  All five members have had successful music careers in other well-known local bands before they joined forces and became The Dungarees. Bassist/vocalist James Murdoch was the lead singer for The James Murdoch Band, guitarist/vocalist Robb Angus was in The Wheat Pool from 2005 - 2012, guitarist/vocalist Kiron Jhass was a member of The Uncas, steel player Darrek Anderson performed with Old Reliable, and drummer Ben Shillabeer worked with Social Code and the Boom Chucka Boys. Together they are one of Canada’s fastest rising Country music groups and on Saturday, October 14 they will take a step just 20-minutes west of the city to perform at Horizon Stage in Spruce Grove.

No strangers to award nominations and wins - the Dungarees’ 2015 single "Ain't Through Being Happy Yet" won an Edmonton Music Award and the band was nominated for Group of The Year at the 2016 Alberta Country Music Awards. The Dungarees won $100,953 in prize money from Alberta Music’s 2016 Project Wild artist development program and were honored to be shortlisted for multiple 2017 Canadian Country Music Awards - including a Bass Player of the Year nomination for James Murdoch.

Produced by legendary multi-Grammy Award winning producer Paul Worley, the Dungarees’ most-recent upbeat summer single “Anywhere With You” was a follow-up to “I’m Down” which was played in heavy rotation from coast to coast on commercial country radio. The Dungarees have performed at marquee festivals including Boots and Hearts Music Festival, the Calgary Stampede, Big Valley Jamboree, Country Thunder, Dauphin CountryFest and SunFest. They have proudly
opened for Blake Shelton, Reba McEntire, Miranda Lambert, and Dwight Yoakam. In October 2016 they helped raise more than $10,000 for the Alberta Cancer Foundation by performing for 24 hours at the Yellowhead Brewery.

Opening for the Dungarees at Horizon Stage will be local country singer/songwriter Steve Newsome. Born and raised in southern Alberta Steve now hangs his hat west of Stony Plain. Steve’s proud farm, ranch, and rural past, have given him plenty of inspiration for his songwriting - from pack horses and back country rodeos to making big rig wheels and equipment tracks turn. He has played a number of songwriter showcases throughout Alberta and has shared the stage with Jason McCoy, Jake Mathews, and Adam Gregory.

Put on your cowboy hat and boots and rock the night away with The Dungarees and Steve Newsome on October 14! Doors open at 7:15 p.m. and Steve will take the stage at 7:30. Tickets are just $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.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

A Toast to Lawrie Seligman.

Lawrie Seligman was with the City of Spruce Grove from 2000-2014, first as Theatre Manager for Horizon Stage, then as Director of Cultural Services. He passed away on August 28, 2017. This is the toast that was given at the gathering we held on September 20 to celebrate Lawrie's life.

"Thanks for coming to celebrate with us, and filling this space with friendship.

Marion, Lawrie's wife, asked me to extend her regrets; she just can't be here yet. It's too hard. She wanted me to express her gratitude for everyone who has helped put this gathering together, and for everyone's kindness and support. She appreciates knowing how loved Lawrie is.

Lawrie had a passion for whatever was in front of him. Radio, television, theatre, music. LIFE. He wanted us to make the most of what we had, always. Don’t rest on your laurels, don’t be satisfied with “good enough”. But when it’s done, look back and be proud.
Lawrie meant something different to each of us. He had a way of making each person feel important, and that's an admirable quality. Lawrie will be missed, loved, and remembered for his contribution not only to our work, but to our lives. We are better people for having known him.

I'm not going to give a eulogy, that's not why we're here. Instead, I'm going to ask you to remember what made Lawrie special in your life, and consider how you can share that with someone else. 

I'm going to ask you to raise your glass, take a deep breath, and send all the love in this room to our beautiful friend. 

To Lawrie"

End of the Rainbow Sheds Light on Judy Garland's Troubled Twilight Years

Horizon Stage Presents ACEproductions: End of the Rainbow on Wednesday, October 11
                                                                                                                                                      
There are moments in the theatre when you lean forward in your seat with shivers down your spine and realize there is nowhere on earth you’d rather be! End of The Rainbow is a true account of Judy Garland’s twilight years; an all-too-mortal goddess on the eve of her destruction revealed in a way seldom found in the tabloids. See that perilous bipolar energy that so often animates great performers. Touch this woman at your own risk - she burns. Every chapter of Judy’s history is alive; she is foul-mouthed, flirtatious, erotic, childlike, unedited, manipulative, and supremely self-conscious as she makes both love and war with her keepers. She has a strong sense of herself as a human tragedy on a world stage, but her sense of humour, and the absurdity of it all, is just as sharp and appallingly funny, and then…she sings! And all those disparate elements coalesce into a coherent riveting whole.

Written by Peter Quilter and directed by Claude Giroux, ACEproductions: End of the Rainbow is the Canadian premier production of a show that was a huge hit on Broadway and in London’s West  End. This Canadian cast is led by award-winning Vancouver singer and actress Janet Gigliotti as Judy Garland, along with Jeffery Hoffman, Gordon Roberts, Matthew Simmons and Robin Clegg. After successful runs at Jericho Arts Centre and the Deep Cove Shaw Theatre in Vancouver the company is excited to bring their show to Alberta where they will make a stop at Horizon Stage in Spruce Grove on Wednesday, October 11, at 7:30 p.m.

ACEproductions was formed in 2003 by Damon Calderwood and Gordon Roberts to present the best small cast plays and musicals with the intention of creating an ongoing touring company using the finest professional talent available. They are a not-for-profit society with a mandate to reach communities and audiences that do not receive regular touring live theatre.

Electrifying, intense, and real, ACEproductions: End of the Rainbow will leave you breathless. It is must-see theatre for Judy Garland fans but due to the adult nature of its content it is not recommended for anyone under the age of 14. 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.

"It is Gigliotti leading the entire production with a voluminous voice and verve."
- Sharon DeMarko Gordon, Downtowner

Gigliotti is petite, but has big pipes and she delivers more than twenty classics including The Trolley Song, For Me and My Gal, Come Rain or Come Shine, Just In Time, You Made Me Love You and, of course, Over The Rainbow.”
- Jo Ledingham, Theatre Reviews

“What a great voice this Gigliotti has! Gigliotti’s voice is sultry and beautiful. Judy Garland would be proud to know that this lady would play the role of Judy one day.”

Karen Fitzgibbon, Review Vancouver

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Prepare to be Astounded and Amazed by Mr. Fish’s Super Circus Stuff

All the elements of your favorite circus spectacle with a smidgen of science thrown in.


Combining circus, science, and magic, Mr. Fish’s Super Circus Stuff is a super-fun show that will excite and entertain audience members of all ages. Featuring fast paced plate spinning, juggling, balancing, boomerangs, bubbles, illusions, bull whips, and more, it has all the elements of your favorite circus spectacle with a slightly scientific spin. Mr. Fish’s tricks will astound and amaze with the added bonus of teaching about friction, inertia, gravity, centripetal force, aerodynamics, sonic booms, air pressure, and more. Circus tricks are thrilling, magic is marvelous, and science is cool – when performed by Mr. Fish! Horizon Stage is pleased to present Mr. Fish’s Super Circus Stuff as the third and final show in our 2016/17 Family Matinee Series on Saturday, April 29 at 2 p.m.

John Lepiarz, aka Mr Fish, is a graduate of Oberlin College and the LeCoq School in Paris. He performed with the Big Apple Circus from 1987 - 1994 and appeared in various shows as Master of Ceremonies, variety artist and clown. John is a featured artist in the HBO special, "Ballerinas, Horses and Clowns" and also appeared in the ABC special "Great Circus performances of the World". In 1995 John created the stage show The Super Scientific Circus with his long-time friend, Trent Arterberry. Since 1995 Mr. Fish and his company have toured to theaters in all 50 United States as well as to Canada, Mexico, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Many of their shows use circus skills to help the audience understand science, math, and sustainable energy.

Mr. Fish’s Super Circus Stuff has been successfully performed for, and enjoyed by, audiences large and small and is suitable for ages 4 and up. So grab the kids in your life, or come on your own, and prepare to be amazed, entertained, maybe even educated as Mr. Fish takes the circus out of the big top and brings it to Horizon Stage on Saturday, April 29. Free pre-show crafts and activities start at 1 p.m. and the hour-long performance starts at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for circus fans of 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.