Enjoy a great concert with Shwayze live at the Kee to Bala.
ABBAMANIA is the world’s #1 production of Abba. Performing hits like Waterloo, S.O.S and Dancing Queen, ABBAMANIA will have you on your feet singing and dancing along. Plus special guest Night Fever, a Bee Gees tribute band will perform hits like Jive Talking and Stayin’ Alive.
Tickets: $25*/adult | $12.50*/children 5 – 12 | 4 & under free
A brilliantly constructed retrospective of prolific musical theatre collaborators, Kander and Ebb. Filled with humour, romance, drama and nonstop melody, this show is a thrilling celebration of life and that fighting spirit that keeps us all going. From Cabaret to Chicago, the nonstop hit-parade will be sure to have you dancing and singing in the aisles.
Join our all star cast and live band for this star studded revue of the songbook from the multi-Tony Award winning team, with the original production winning three Drama Desk Awards.
Regular $40 | Student $30 | Group $36
Dinner & Show $60
In Partnership with North Catering
Available Friday Night Performances in July 6th – August 24th
Limited to 24 Seating
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Doors 1:30 PM | Show 2:30 PM
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday
Doors 7:00 PM | Show 8:00 PM
Experience professional theatre live in Muskoka! Join Muskoka Chautauqua as we enjoy the witty love story and social commentary of Dot the T’s Production of ‘On A First Name Basis’ written by Norm Foster!
This delightful play tells the story of a very successful, but cantankerous, novelist who suddenly discovers that he knows nothing about his maid of 28 years. She, on the other hand, knows absolutely everything about him! He makes it his mission to learn all he can about her in a most engaging conversation. With revelations that are surprising, funny, and extremely moving, this is a love story, a social commentary and a mystery wrapped in witty dialogue and vivid imagery.
Doors open at 7:30 with show start time of 8pm.
Co-Directors – Joan Bendon & Maureen Cubberley
Show will run Thursdays from July 19 – August 9
Muskoka Chautauqua is proud to present the award winning Canadian musical Billy Bishop Goes to War, written by John MacLachlan Gray in collaboration with actor Eric Peterson. This play is one of the most famous and widely produced plays in Canadian theatre, as it dramatizes the life of Canadian World War I fighter pilot Billy Bishop who was credited with seventy-two victories and billed as the top pilot in the British Empire.
Location: The New Baldwins Resort, 1024 Golf Ave., Windermere, ON
The award winning Wakami Wailers are scheduled to play an open air concert at Algonquin Park’s Outdoor Theatre on Sunday, July 29, 2018 at 7:00pm. The Ontario-based Wakami Wailers will get your toes tapping through lively music sharing Canada’s logging history, park and protected areas, plus much more. Join the Wailers for a fun-filled evening of entertaining stories and songs from their popular releases – The Last of the White Pine Loggers, Waltz With the Woods, and River Through the Pines.
The Wakami Wailers will also be playing at Loggers Day on Sunday, July 28, 2018 at the Algonquin Logging Museum.
At the nexus of jazz, blues and rock lies Steely Dan, the musicians’ band. Pretzel Logic is a ten-piece band dedicated to the exploration and rendition of the music of the Dan.
What began as a labor of love continues as such….
For more information, visit their website
Known as a Boogie-Woogie piano wiz this singer/songwriter/pianist/producer has earned a loyal international following as a triple threat. He’s a piano virtuoso with a technical mastery of many different styles, an eloquent singer/songwriter, and a charming and engaging performer. Most importantly he loves to take his audiences on the journey with him, through an engaging evening of music!
Oscar Peterson – The Jazz Legend and the Man I Knew Having worked with Oscar Peterson for five years Lance Anderson gained insight into his genius as both a performer and composer. An award-winning pianist and narrator himself, Anderson has created this two man theatre piece to pay homage to Peterson’s legend Through playing his compositions and relating personal tales, Anderson is able to reflect the character and interesting idiosyncrasies of the man himself.
Judging by the boldness of their choices, you’d never guess The Trews are 10 years, five studio albums and thousands of gigs into their highly celebrated career. 2014 saw the release of their electrifying new disc, album The Trews. It tallies so many firsts that even the band cop to being a smidge flabbergasted by their own achievements, 15 top 10 Canadian radio singles (including two #1’s) notwithstanding.
Peter’s Players Summer Music Cruise is always a GREAT TIME!
The 4 hour cruise will have a buffet style dinner and two amazing bands
THE CAVERNERS debuted in 1994 and have since been exciting audiences with their note for note perfect portrayal of The Beatles in concert. With authentic instruments, costumes and stellar vocals this all Canadian cast recreates an incredible performance night after night leaving audience screaming, stamping their feet and shouting for more.
GREAT BALLS OF FIRE!! The Dreamboats are bringing back good ol’ fashioned Rock n’ Roll! With a sound that is equal parts Chuck Berry & The Wonders, this quartet of handsome young Mississauga boys delivers a high energy, nostalgic show that has audiences dancing and singing the night away!
Cruise boarding begins at 4:15PM
What is the nature of creativity? Is creativity an attribute, or is it a state of being? What ist the impetus for creative risk and exploration? Is it a problem solving or aesthetic expression? And can a hindrance eventually become the unique signature of one’s creativity? Perhaps being forced to express oneself in a certain way rather than choosing to do so is, in the end, the thing that metamorphoses creativity into artistry.
Following up on last year’s smash hit The Last Waltz, 14 of the country’s top Blues and Roots musicians come together to celebrate the music that Joe Cocker and Leon Russell threw together to fulfill a tour that almost didn’t happen. You’ll hear their wonderful arrangements from the ‘Hall of Fame’ hit record including: The Letter, With a Little Help From My Friends, Feeling Alright, Space Captain, Honky Tonk Woman, Cry Me a River, Drown in My Own Tears, and Leon’s other wonderful arrangements of Beatles tunes like: She Came In Through the Bathroom Window, Something, Let It Be, played with the original size of band and arrangements. It’s part revival meeting, part hippie love-in and part R&B and Soul history. Another very special event, not to be missed!
“Oh Man, congrats, this Show was over the top, amazing sound and performances by all, … Simply BRILLIANT . . .” – B.H.
For more information, visit their website
In Chicago, a city overflowing with unrivaled blues talent, world-renowned Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials have been standing tall for almost 30 years. The band’s big sound, fueled by Lil’ Ed’s gloriously rollicking slide work and deep blues string bending, along with his rough-edged, soulful vocals, is as real and hard-hitting as Chicago blues gets. The Chicago Sun-Times says, “Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials are the hottest purveyors of bottleneck boogie to come out of Chicago since Hound Dog Taylor.”
A Vancouver band with a folk-pop take on alternative rock, 54-40 formed in 1981 as a trio consisting of bassist Brad Merritt, drummer Darryl Neudorf, and vocalist Neil Osborne. (The band took their name from James K. Polk’s presidential campaign slogan, “Fifty-Four Forty or Fight,” which sought to expand the U.S. border northward.)
Initially, 54-40 toured the Western Canadian club circuit, without gaining much attention. In 1984, Phil Comparelli was added on guitar and vocals; Neudorf left shortly thereafter and was replaced by Matt Johnson (not the The‘s frontman). By the time of the band’s self-titled album in 1986, their folk/roots approach had earned them favorable comparisons to R.E.M. Subsequent albums found the band moving into harder-edged territory. A lack of U.S. interest led to 1992’s exclusively Canadian release Dear Dear, but by 1994, continued success in their homeland helped to make a U.S. release possible for 1995’s Smilin’ Buddah Cabaret. 1996’s dark and cynical Trusted by Millions went platinum, while 1998’s Since When, which signaled a return to the folk-inflected sound that dominated the band’s early days, went gold.
One of the most exciting bands around, the Toronto All-Star Big Band revives the spirit style and sound of the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s—that golden age of the big bands. Armed with brilliant programming, choreography and engaging cultural nostalgia, this vibrant cast of awesome young talent has earned its position at the top of list of presenters throughout Ontario and in the USA.
At the heart of the musical matter, the TABB provides one of the most intense and stimulating youth music programs in Canada. Behind their extraordinary entertainment, they engage cream of the crop young musicians from across the GTA in a rigorous regime of rehearsals, workshops and fantastic skill-building performance experiences.
Location: Peninsula Recreation Centre, 1131 Juddhaven Rd, Minett
Garnering numerous JUNO, CCMA and MCMA awards and having nine albums and over 20 top ten singles to their name, country music legends from Manitoba, Chris Thorsteinson and Dave Wasyliw are the core of one of Canada’s finest country bands. With over 20 years in the business Doc Walker still loves to share their music and fans across the country are happy they do.
Ireland’s “Traditional Group of the Year”, Goitse have become a leader of the new generation of traditional Irish ensembles. Their distinctive sound lies in the quality of their own compositions interspersed with traditional tunes from the countryside of Ireland and abroad The gripping rhythm section sets a powerful drive for the music while the sweet, charismatic voice of Áine McGeeney draws audiences into a song the way few performers can.
With over 10 million views on YouTube, two European Blues Awards, and winning Best Solo Performer at the Memphis Blues Challenge, it appears that the entire world is now discovering Matt Andersen. A powerhouse performer with a giant soul-filled voice and commanding stage presence, Matt has built a formidable following the old fashioned way – touring worldwide and letting the converted audiences and Andersen devotees spread his reputation through word of mouth.
That Night in Muskoka” Presented by Familyband Benefit ConcertsExperience the sounds of an Indigenous hand drum by Jordan Mowat, a blend of hip-hop and traditional powwow by DJ Shub and music inspired by The Tragically Hip from The Strictly Hip. All proceeds support The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund.
Joe Louis Walker is a true powerhouse guitar virtuoso, unique singer and prolific songwriter. Walker, a Blues Hall of Fame inductee and four-time Blues Music Award winner, has toured extensively throughout his career, performing at the world’s most renowned music festivals, and earned a legion of dedicated fans. His latest, highly-acclaimed album Everybody Wants A Piece, from Mascot/Provogue, cements his legacy as a prolific torch bearer for the blues. Looking back on his rich history, Walker shares, “I’d like to be known for the credibility of a lifetime of being true to my music and the blues. Sometimes I feel I’ve learned more from my failures, than from my successes, but that’s made me stronger and more adventurous, and helped me create my own style. I’d like to think that when someone puts on one of my records they would know from the first notes, ‘That’s Joe Louis Walker.’”
Carole Pope is an agent provocateur pushing the boundaries of sexuality, sexual politics, and the status quo. Her work has been recognized with three Juno Awards, multiple independent music awards, a Genie Award. 4 gold, 1 platinum and 1 double platinum album. New Single This is Not A Test on Sony Red is available everywhere.
Pope has toured with David Bowie and performed at Roskilde, World Pride, MOCCA, Fashion Cares 25 with Elton John, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The AGO, Arts Wells, Luminato, Joes Pub, The Global Cabaret Festival, The Frostbite Festival, Reykjavik, Toronto, Los Angeles, Montreal, San Diego, San Francisco Prides, and the Michigan Womyn’s Festival. She appeared in SUCK a Vampire movie along with guest stars Moby, Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper and Henry Rollins
Pope has contributed music to film and television, including Transparent Season Two, Love or Whatever, The L Word, General Idea Art AIDs and the fin de siecle The Trailer Park Boys Movie, This Revolution, Queer As Folk, The Five Senses, The Silencer, and Cruising. Her seminal band “Rough Trade” was on the short list for the Polaris Prize and was inducted into the Indy Hall of Fame during Canadian Music Week.
Wednesday, August 22, 7-10pm, Opera Muskoka Stars of Tomorrow Concert, featuring renowned young singers, dancers, musicians and their accompanists.
Location: Rene M Caisse Memorial Theatre 100 Clearbrook Trail, Bracebridge
Opera Muskoka Vocal Master Classes with Jennifer Tung, at Pinegrove Fellowship Church, Port Carling
The Opera Muskoka Opera Concert with Jennifer Tung and Students, will be held at the Pinegrove Fellowship Church, Port Carling at 7pm.
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