On the Horizon - July 6

Season now on sale!

Happy Summer everyone! We had a tremendous Canada DayExternal at Jubilee Park and we’re very happy to have shared it with so many people. We had stages running from 9 am to 11 pm with almost no break, and I’m so impressed with the talent they all displayed. Thanks to our amazing volunteers, staff, and sponsors for helping us put on a full day of fun for our community.

But there’s no time to rest - it’s here! My favourite stressful time of year! Horizon Stage tickets have just gone on sale, and now it’s up to you – which are your favourites? Which ones will you take a chance on? Which will become the ones you tell your friends “you should have been there”?

It is one of my favourite times of the year, because we get to share all the excitement of the secrets we’ve been keeping for so long. And yes, it is stressful for me because if I throw this big months-long party at the theatre and you don’t show up, I’m going to be very sad! I always say it’s sort of like inviting people for dinner, and hoping they like what we cooked.

2018-19 has the variety you have come to expect from Horizon Stage, because we know that not everyone likes the same kind of shows. We know that it is up to us to program some artists you know and love, but also to introduce you to some talented people you’re not familiar with, and to make it easy for you to feel comfortable to take a chance.

With that in mind, I invite you to hop over to horizonstage.com to view the whole 26-show season. The bulletin board at the City Hall Ticket Centre has the entire list, and of course the brochure has great photos and show descriptions. Wherever you find the information, you’ll be sure to recognize a few names and faces, and I’m certain you’ll see some that make you say “that looks interesting”.

I can’t get to every show here, so I’ll just give you a few highlights –just enough to entice you into seeking out the rest. Starting off the season with a toe-tapping Yeehaw is Aaron Goodvin. A couple of years ago some of you were lucky enough to see Washboard Union with us, and I said then that we were lucky to get them before we couldn’t afford them anymore – well, the same is true of Aaron. His star is on the rise with songs like “Lonely Drum”, “Woman in Love”, and “Miss me Yet” and I cannot wait to kick off the season with this very talented man.

Fred Penner is a constant favourite children’s performer, and he’s coming with a full band this year. He doesn’t do that very often, so we’re honoured to be part of this tour. Remember the Ken Lavigne Christmas Radio Road Show from a couple years ago? Well, Ken is coming back, along with Tiller’s Folley and Dyet for a show called The Great Canadian Songbook. Favourite Canadian songs you can’t help but know all the words to – bet you know more than you expect!

OK – how about some you might not know (yet). Luke McMaster sings “blue-eyed soul” and counts Marvin Gaye, Hall & Oats, the Beatles, and Frank Sinatra as his influences. That’s a combination you have to hear to appreciate. For the folk lovers among you, the husband and wife fronted-band The Young Novelists promise effortless harmonies. Avan Yu plays like he was born to do it – and you’ll be glad he was. Young and incredibly talented, his travels are the basis for this program of classical piano music.

Looking for Christmas ideas? Done! Amero Little Christmas features Don Amero and his easy songwriting style inside a hardworking musician. Best Little Newfoundland Christmas Pageant… Ever! will make you laugh out loud, re-live some of your childhood memories, and in the end, feel like there is hope in every situation. And the beautiful voice of Lizzy Hoyt along with her harp and guitar skills is another solid Christmas choice.

There are so many more I want to tell you about, but I’m running out of space. Look for upcoming articles where I’ll explore more of our children’s programming, including a really cool workshop about finding your VOICEExternal, favourites like The Emeralds and The Arrogant Worms, and a showcase of emerging artists.

Find it all at horizonstage.com, call 780-962-8995, or come visit us at the City Hall Ticket Centre. We’d love to tell you all about the new season and help you discover your new favourites. See you soon!

-Brandi Watson, Theatre Manager

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