Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Edmonton Taiko Duo Will be Drumming up Fun in Spruce Grove

Booming Tree Taiko Launches Horizon Stage’s 16/17 Family Matinee Series

Taiko drumming is a powerful example of stamina and endurance. Dynamic drum beats celebrate the strength and power of the human form. Founded by Gregory Shimizu and Twilla MacLeod, Booming Tree Taiko is an Edmonton-based contemporary drum duo that specializes in taiko, the art of Japanese drumming. Their spectacular, high energy performances thrill and delight audiences of all ages. Experience the joy and wonder of taiko for yourself at Horizon Stage on Saturday, November 5.

Performing as a duo for seven years Greg and Twilla have wowed audiences at the Edmonton Fringe Festival, the Kaliedo Festival, the Dragon Boat Festival, Nextfest, The Works, Edmonton’s Heritage Festival, the Calgary Stampede, and many other events across our province. They have toured to Ottawa, Los Angeles, Virginia Beach, and Toronto, and have collaborated with ProCoro, Viter Ukrainian Dance and Choir, National Stiltwalkers of Canada, Hong de Lion Dancers, VibeTribe Gypsy Circus, Kita No Taiko, and many other arts and cultural organizations. Their song ‘Heart-Beat-Boom’ provides the sound track to a Travel Alberta commercial.

Booming Tree Taiko’s Family Matinee concert at Horizon Stage will be full of spectacular drumming. It will take kids on a music-filled journey into the history of taiko, teaching about the important role that taiko plays in Japanese culture and how it is used in theatre, combat, and religion. Free pre-show crafts and activities start at 1 p.m. and the hour-long performance starts at 2 p.m. Rumor has it some lucky audience members may even get to play along!

Horizon Stage’s 16/17 Family Matinee Series is affordable family-friendly entertainment. All three shows are perfect for 4 - 12 year olds and their grown-ups. This season’s matinees include Booming Tree Taiko on November 5, Axis Theatre Company’s Hamelin, A New Fable on January 22, and Mr. Fish’s Super Circus Stuff on April 29. Our three-show Family Matinee Packages include one ticket per show, cost $30 per person, and are available until November 5. Single tickets are just $12 per person regardless of age.

So spend an afternoon, or three, with your family at Horizon Stage. Tickets 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 though

Friday, September 30, 2016

Fans of Gritty, Hard-Edged Rock and Roots Music Will Fall in Love

Spend the Night with Terra Lightfoot at Horizon Stage on October 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Called a cross between Joan Jett and Bob Seger, Terra Lightfoot is a Canadian rock goddess on the rise. Her original music fuses hard-edged rock with roots, blues, soul, and jazz. From slow-burning ballads to gritty rock numbers, Terra’s songs tap into raw emotions: love, lust, loneliness, and temptation and her husky voice and stellar guitar skills will blow your mind! Don’t miss the chance to see Terra Lightfoot Up Close and Personal when she makes a stop at Horizon Stage on Friday, October 14 at 7:30 p.m.

On stages in France, Germany, the UK, the US, and across Canada, Terra Lightfoot has been wowing audiences for years.  She has performed alongside the likes of Emmylou Harris, Gordon Lightfoot, Ron Sexsmith, Grace Potter, Betty LaVette, Randy Bachman, The Sadies, and Daniel Lanois. Edmonton audiences couldn’t get enough of her when she opened for Blue Rodeo at the Jubilee Auditorium last January.

When writing and recording her 2015 album, Every Time My Mind Runs Wild, Lightfoot set out to push her limits as a performer and challenge herself creatively. Where her 2011 self-titled debut album had slower, softer songs and a subdued vibe, her new album crackles with immediacy and demands attention. While holed up with headphones and a stack of vintage pop and rock albums, she pulled apart songwriting mechanics, mastered tonic chords and middle-eights, and learned to craft memorably sticky choruses. She spent weeks honing her new songs - working and reworking them until they were taut and lean. And the results have her fans, and many in the Canadian music industry, standing up and taking notice.

Lightfoot’s musical and song-writing influences include roots groundbreakers Maybelle Carter and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, blues legends Leadbelly and Lightnin’ Hopkins, soul greats Sam Cooke and Otis Redding, and jazz titans Nina Simone and Billie Holiday. And she magically melds their sounds together to create her own unique, remarkable results.

Rock ‘n’ Roll the night away with Terra Lightfoot at Horizon Stage on October 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 through

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

A Paul Simon Tribute Concert Experience Like No Other

Hang onto your seats because we’re Going to Graceland on September 17

Graceland is American musician Paul Simon’s most successful studio album. It has been praised by critics and public alike, won the 1987 Grammy Award for Album of the Year, and sold over sixteen million copies world-wide. The recording features an eclectic mixture of musical styles, including pop, rock, a cappella, zydeco, isicathamiya, and mbaqanga. It includes collaborations with many South African musicians and groups, particularly Ladysmith Black Mambazo, as well as prominent North American artists Linda Ronstadt and Los Lobos. Tracks include such popular songs as “Graceland”, “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes” and “You Can Call Me Al”.  Now, Edmonton-area Paul Simon fans can experience Going to Graceland, a pivotal concert experience that includes covers of all eleven album tracks along with some of Simon’s other hit singles, at Horizon Stage on Saturday, September 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Released in August 1986, Graceland transcended racial and cultural barriers. It was a bridge between cultures, genres and continents, and a global launching pad for the musicians whose popularity been suppressed under South Africa’s white-run apartheid rule. Rolling Stone Magazine called it "lovely, daring and accomplished” and The Village Voice said that it was "a tremendously engaging and inspired piece of work”.  In the past 30 years it has continued to influence, and be covered by, a wide variety of singers and bands, and in 2012 it placed 71st on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

In Going to Graceland a nine-piece group of Edmonton-based musicians have deconstructed and recreated Simon’s genius-level compositions to make them their own. Starting as an idea for a New Year’s show, this amazing tribute concert has been selling out venues around the province. It has allowed band members to connect with audiences of many ages and share the album that they all grew up hearing their parents play for the first time in 1986.

The current Going to Graceland ensemble consists of Neil MacDonald (lead vocals and guitar), Jason Kodie (accordion, keyboards, and vocals), Nathan Carroll (guitar and vocals), Thom Golub (bass), Lindsey Walker (vocals and keyboard), Chris Budnarchuk (drums and vocals), Ben McNab (percussion), Brock Tyler (trumpet and vocals), and Laura Craig (saxophone).

Spend a Saturday night experiencing and enjoying some of the best music of the 1980s at Horizon Stage on September 17. Tickets for Going to Graceland 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 at

Monday, July 11, 2016

Our 2016/17 Season!

17           Going to Graceland
24           Six Guitars

14           Terra Lightfoot
15           The Paperboys

4             Washboard Union
5             Booming Tree Taiko
15           Joe Trio
18           Jake’s Gift
19           Séan McCann
27           The Eastern Belles

17           Ballet Victoria: Nutcracker

13           God is a Scottish Drag Queen

3             The Piano Men 2: Starring Jim Witter
9             The Wardens
24           Ellen Doty

11           Wayne Lee

11           Duo Milot & Bareil
7             Gary Comeau and the Voodoo Allstars
9             Everything Fitz
29           Mr. Fish’s Super Circus Stuff

Thursday, March 31, 2016

From Folk, to Jazz, to Pop, to Soul David Myles Does It All

Contemporary East Coast Musician Brings His Eclectic “Style” to Horizon Stage on April 15

Hovering somewhere between James Taylor and Justin Timberlake, David Myles has built his own path, embracing pop, folk, roots, and soul music. He is a songwriter who transcends genres, going from jazz to Latin, and passing through country, folk, doo-wop and bluegrass. However, if there are two things that have never changed during his eclectic career it is his love of music and his exceptional ability to entertain. Touring Alberta this April, he will be making his only stop in the Edmonton-area at Horizon Stage on Friday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m.

David grew up in Fredericton, New Brunswick. As the youngest of four brothers, everyone in his family played an instrument and David learned trumpet and piano. After getting a political science degree and going briefly into politics, David deviated from his plans to go to law school. During his third year of college, while he was studying in China, he spotted a red and green plywood guitar for sale and $30 later he was writing songs.

More than a decade later David has had a steadily growing career as a successful musician, hosting The East Coast Music Hour on CBC Radio, touring his home country, and winning numerous accolades and honors - including multiple Music Nova Scotia and East Coast Music Awards. He has released nine albums that have included hits like "So Blind", "How'd I Ever Think I Loved You", and "Simple Pleasures".

In 2013 David worked with rapper-producer Classified on “Inner Ninja”, an anti-bullying song featuring kids in the chorus. The song become a giant hit, going quadruple platinum, and making it the biggest selling hip hop single in Canada. It even netted them a Juno Award for Rap Recording of the Year.

David’s song “Need A Break” just won first place in the Folk/Roots/Americana category at the International Acoustic Music Awards this past February and the video for his song “Santa Never Brings Me a Banjo” has been nominated for two 2016 East Coast Music Awards.

Inspired by the essence of the music of his favorite pop icons - Sade, Smokey Robinson, OutKast, and many others, David continues to shape an artistic vision of its own. His new CD, Here Now, (release date April 8), explores new territory with an irresistible energy and musical integrity that are unique. It is a sophisticated pop album that aligns perfectly with the “David Myles style", coordinating intuitively catchy melodies and rhythms and including another collaboration with Classified.

Spend an evening Up Close and Personal with David Myles at Horizon Stage on Friday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m. 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

Monday, February 22, 2016

A Diverse Evening of Early Folk and Bluegrass Music

Jayme Stone brings his 2016 Juno-Nominated Lomax Project to Horizon Stage

Two-time Juno-winning banjoist and composer Jayme Stone makes music inspired by sounds from around the world. His award-winning albums both defy, and honor, the banjo’s long and historical role in the world of music. Stone is the consummate collaborator, unearthing musical artifacts and enticing other talented artists to work with him. And now, with the help of some of North America’s most distinctive and creative musicians, he is opening the archives of folklorist and field recording pioneer Alan Lomax. Focusing on Lomax’s extensive collection this project revives, recycles, and re-imagines traditional folk and bluegrass music, Bahamian sea chanties, African-American a cappella music, ancient Appalachian ballads, and energetic fiddle tunes.  Nominated for a 2016 Juno Award - Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project is touring North America, stopping in the Edmonton area at Horizon Stage on Sunday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m.

The Lomax Project started with a community of like-minded musicians who were brought together by Jayme Stone to dust off old songs and renew them. They wanted to tap into a musical tree, harness the chemistry of collaboration, and make music that was influenced by tradition but not bound by it. Through the project’s outreach and educational programming audiences have been inspired by the depth, diversity, humanity, and history in musical traditions. They have experienced first-hand how music can build bridges to other cultures and make inroads to their own. Concerts, like the one in Spruce Grove, feature their historical touring repertoire and songs that highlight all the artists involved. The current touring ensemble consists of Jayme Stone, singer and composer Moira Smiley, fiddler Sumaia Jackson, and double bassist Joe Phillips.

Alan Lomax was a folklorist, archivist, writer, scholar, political activist, oral historian, and film-maker. He is most famous for his work in the penitentiaries, plantations, and farms of the Mississippi Delta, between 1933 and 1985 where he listened, observed, and recorded night after night, year after year. He visited hundreds of places in the U.S., the Caribbean, Europe, and North Africa recording both famous and obscure musical geniuses including Jelly Roll Morton, Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, Muddy Waters, and the Reverend Gary Davis. He also collected songs from everyday people: sea captains, cowhands, fishermen, homemakers, prisoners and farmers. It was Lomax’s goal to revisit, and renew, the forgotten springs of human creativity. And Jayme Stone and his fellow musician are continuing that legacy.

Experience a groundbreaking piece of work and enjoy a truly inventive spin on some very old tunes with Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project at Horizon Stage. 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

"This project is not about the collector — it's about the songs and the way Stone and his musical team take them to new, often harmonious, heights."
- CBC Music

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

A Hilarious Comedy about the Highs and Lows of Motherhood

Anne Marie Scheffler performs Suddenly Mommy at Horizon Stage on Saturday, March 12

Suddenly Mommy is a hilarious one-woman show that carries its audience through the ups and downs of being a mom. Actress and comedienne Anne Marie Scheffler has jumped into a new world of funny… having kids. Sure, she thought that’s what she always wanted, but they’re so much work! It looked so easy in the brochure. Motherhood was supposed to be glamorous but Scheffler exposes the truth in an authentic and amusing way that makes you feel good about your own parenting skills.Running for one night only in the Edmonton-area don’t miss Suddenly Mommy at Horizon Stage, on Saturday, March 12. 

Experience the good times, the bad advice, and the difficulty of trying to do it all. From hot dates to play dates, ride the rollicking rollercoaster of motherhood. Suddenly Mommy is a touching and very funny performance the hits the nail on the head about what it means to be a parent.

Anne Marie Scheffler grew up in Orangeville, Ontario, studied acting at George Brown Theatre School and Pochinko Clowning at The Theare Resource Centre. She was a member of The Second City National Tour Co and an understudy to Second City Mainstage. Anne Marie has created and toured eight one woman shows:, Leaving Norma, Dating Myself, Not Getting It, Got it Good, Suddenly Mommy and MILF Life Crisis. She has performed them all across North America to sold-out crowds and received rave reviews. Her fifth show, Not Getting It, was produced as a one hour Comedy Now special for CTV /The Comedy Network. She also works in film, television and radio, and has over 50 commercials credits. She’s a voice artist, actress, stand-up comedian and writer. Recently, Anne Marie co-wrote and co-starred in a 50 Shades of Grey parody called Spank! But most importantly, Anne Marie is a mom. And of that she’s very proud.

So find a babysitter and take your wife, or schedule a girls-night-out, to see Suddenly Mommy at Horizon Stage in Spruce Grove on Saturday, March 12. Doors  open at 7:15 and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. 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 through  Warning, this show may contain mature content.

"She thought she could be the sexy show biz mom with a baby in one arm, and a movie script in the other.  Her jarring realization otherwise makes for a humourous and entertaining show!" - CBC Radio

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Death Meets His Match in Grim and Fischer

Don’t miss the battle of a lifetime at Horizon Stage on Friday, February 12 at 7:30 p.m. Death will meet his match in Mrs. Fischer, a stubborn senior whose will to live is a force to be reckoned with. Equal parts hilarious and touching, Grim and Fischer by WONDERHEADS is the story of a tenacious granny who comes face to face with the Grim Reaper himself and puts up the fight of her life to escape his grasp. Called “intriguing, flawless, and utterly brilliant” this award-winning physical comedy won “Best of the Fest” at the Edmonton, Victoria, Vancouver, and Calgary Fringe Festivals in 2011, and Patrons’ Pick in Winnipeg in 2013. A profoundly fun blend of wit and pathos, Grim and Fischer confronts the inevitable question: what is it to know your end is nigh?

The WONDERHEADS are a multi-award winning physical theatre company based in Portland, Oregon, that specialize in full-face mask, a rare and whimsical form of theatre. They love nothing more than mashing comedy, beauty, irreverence, and a splash of sorrow together to create shows like no one has ever seen before. Co-Heads Kate Braidwood and Andrew Phoenix mix European larval mask traditions with character mask styles, resulting in a theatrical style rarely seen on North American stages. Audiences have described the experience as watching a living cartoon – the whimsy and imagination of Pixar or Warner Bros in live-theatre format. With a distinctive approach that blends silent storytelling, rich soundscapes, fantastical puppetry, timeless slapstick, and deft physical performance, The WONDERHEADS make it their business to step beyond words and ignite the hearts and imaginations of every audience member. Their other two productions, Loon, and The Middle of Everywhere, have also received stellar reviews and similar accolades.

Don’t miss Grim and Fischer by WONDERHEADS, an utterly unique and enchanting dramatic comedy, on Friday, February 12. Doors  open at 7:15 and the performance starts at 7:30 p.m. 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 through

“Grim and Fischer is utter magic.”

“It’s all wonderful, original, beautiful fun to watch unfold onstage.”
– Calgary Herald

“Anyone who has lost someone they loved should expect to be deeply moved by this imaginative encounter with the Grim Reaper …You will laugh, you will cry, you will stand in awe that two mimes in masks can evoke such powerful feelings.”

– Edmonton Sun

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Spend the Afternoon with Four Charming 1940s Inspired Songstresses

Enjoy Rosie and the Riveters’ Spirited Matinee at Horizon Stage on Thursday, February 4

Since the Second World War, Rosie the Riveter has been immortalized as a symbol of the strength and power inside every woman; and it is that force that drives and inspires the fiercely talented members of Rosie and the Riveters. These ladies’ compelling performances combine seductive vocal arrangements with body percussion, acoustic instrumentation with scintillating dance moves, and inviting humor with a lot of charm! Attend their 2 p.m. matinee at Horizon Stage on Thursday, February 4 and you’ll be treated to traditional African American spirituals, beautiful bluegrass numbers, contemporary folk songs, lovely a cappella, and original material. This ain’t your wailin’ and weapin’ gospel hour! Rosie and the Riveters revisit the spirit of folk infused with the magic of the 1940s.

Alexis Normand, Allyson Reigh, Melissa Nygren, and Farideh Olsen are the four classy dames from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan who make up Rosie and the Riveters.  All professional musicians with impressive credentials and projects outside the band, it’s the uplifting, vintage-inspired music that they sing together that will charm your socks off. With whoops, hollers, and mile-wide smiles, they create a feel-good concert experience that’s lighthearted and captivating for all music lovers.

Rosie and the Riveters’ debut album, Good Clean Fun!, is high-energy and versatile. It combines The Andrews Sisters vintage vocal treatment with Mahalia Jackson soul and the sweetness of the Good Lovelies. Sealed with Rosie and the Riveters’ signature vocal harmonies and humour, it features songs about everything from their deep love of thrift store shopping (“Red Dress”) to post-apocalyptic visions of the melting of the ice caps (“Watching the Water Rise”) to dancing angels (“Dancing ‘cause of my Joy”).  It is the perfect example of the group’s overarching values of love, harmony, and gratitude, with a little sass and a touch of ooh-la-la tossed into the mix.

Spend the afternoon with Rosie and the Riveters at Horizon Stage on Thursday, February 4. Doors open at 1:45 and the concert starts 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 at

Monday, January 11, 2016

Celtic-Rock-Out with the Derina Harvey Band

Limited Seats Still Available for Their Concert on Saturday, January 30

Led by a fearless front-woman, Derina Harvey Band is a five-piece Celtic-rock group whose original jigs and reels and fresh takes on traditional tunes make them a crowd-pleaser wherever they go. With an infectious rhythmic undertow that’s layered with rock guitar, dizzying fiddle motifs, and Derina’s powerful voice, their high-energy shows have earned them an enthusiastic, loyal, and growing fan-base. Boisterous and fun to dance to, they leave their audiences out-of-breath and hollering for more! Don’t miss the chance to party with the Derina Harvey Band at Horizon Stage on Saturday, January 30.

Though now based in Alberta, 2015 saw these transplanted east-coasters travel across the country to entertain crowds at theatres, festivals, and pubs. With three tours to Newfoundland under their belts, Derina Harvey Band have performed twice at the George Street Festival in St. John's, opened  for Shanneyganock, and shared stages with Jimmy Rankin, The Irish Descendents, Pogey, The Trews, Kim Mitchell, and Trooper. They also play regularly in clubs and bars in Edmonton, Fort McMurray, and across the province.

This band continues to build their fan base by promoting their shows and their 2013 self-titled debut album. The record has garnered airplay on many radio stations including CKUA in Edmonton, K-Rock and Radio Newfoundland in St. John's, and Canada-wide on CBC. They are currently working on their second album, Rove and Go, which is due out in March 2016.

There are just 20 seats left for Derina Harvey Band’s concert on Saturday, January 30. Doors  open at 7:15 and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. 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  Get yours soon before they’re gone!