On the Horizon - November 2

What's coming up in November

Happy Halloween Hangover week! I hope your trick or treaters were satisfied and all your spooky adventures were successful. I know I’m struggling to not take more than the approved Mom-Tax amount of my son’s candy…

Last week Horizon Stage, together with MacEwan University’s Arts and Cultural Management Program, asked patrons at two shows to complete a survey about their thoughts and experiences at Horizon Stage. The goal of the survey is to find out what people like and what they’d like to see more of, how they hear about shows, who they most often attend with, and how their experiences at Horizon Stage could be improved. Thanks to those who participated.

The students who designed the survey did so as part of one of their courses. They are learning how to identify a topic, collect information, and derive conclusions from the data. The next step for them is to analyze what you told them, identify trends, and provide suggestions to us. It has been interesting to work with the students, because of course they come to us with no preconceived notions about who is in the audience – they don’t know anything about you or your preferences. I’m excited to hear what they bring back as suggestions. We’re also considering ways to gather more feedback, so if you get an email with a survey, or see a paper copy at the City Hall Ticket Centre, we’d be most grateful if you would take the time to provide your thoughts. We’re always looking for ways to improve.

Upcoming at Horizon Stage we have three weeks straight of Season presentations. Tonight (November 2) is the Johnny Summers Little Big Band, featuring an eight-piece ensemble of smokin’ good players who will take you back to the days of Sinatra, through the world of movie soundtracks, and jazzed-up versions of a variety of songs. I’m a sucker for a good horn section, so I’ll be tapping along with the rest of the audience for sure.

November 9 sees the return of artists we have had separately, but are now working together. The Great Canadian Songbook features Ken Lavigne, who sold out 2 shows with his Christmas Radio Road Show in 2016, Tiller’s Folly from way back in 2003, and Diyet who was just here a month ago with the New North Collective. Together these artists will present a collection of truly Canadian songs you know and love. Imagine if you will: Neil Young, Barenaked Ladies, Buffy St. Marie, Leonard Cohen, Anne Murray, and more. There are only a few seats left for this show, so please don’t wait if you’re looking to get in on this all-Canadian night.

Luke McMaster rounds out November for us on the 17th. His show Icons of Soul will showcase his vocal talent as well as his songwriting abilities beautifully. Drawing inspiration from iconic performers of the Motown era, and working with award-winning songwriters Luke has sculpted a night of amazing music and feel-good vibes. He’s worked with some very heavy-hitters in the music industry, and we’re excited to have him here. This is a show that took root with me two years ago when I saw him at a Showcase event in BC, so it’s been a long time coming. I hope you’ll snatch up a ticket or two, and enjoy the evening.

Unfortunately, I’m going to miss Luke’s performance, because I’ll be away at a national conference in Montreal. We’ll be brainstorming cultural policies and discussing trends and future goals for our industries. When I return, I hope to have some new ideas and some new acts in mind for upcoming seasons.

One last note: the Remembrance Day programExternal is being held at the Tri-Leisure Centre on November 11. Doors open at 9:30, and you are asked to be seated by 10:15. Every year we pause to remember the sacrifices made by men and women in service, and show our gratitude to them. Please wear a poppy, thank a veteran, and show your kids what it means to be grateful for where we live.

Thank you. Have a great weekend!

-Brandi Watson, Theatre Manager

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