On the Horizon - October 5

So much to be thankful for!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Yes, today we’re going to spend some time being grateful. It’s tough to have a dialogue when I’m writing and you’re reading, so we’ll have to settle for this: I’m going to tell you what I’m grateful for, and ask you to think about your own gratitude.

We have such a busy society, with hectic lives and lots of pressure to get it all done. Therefore, one of the things I am most grateful for is the ability to sit in the dark with the rest of our audience at Horizon Stage, and let all that go for a short time. Taking some time to just be there, and immerse myself in what’s happening on stage, that’s a treat for me. I love seeing anticipation on your faces as you enter the theatre, and I adore hearing your comments after the show. It truly makes me happy knowing that we have facilitated a little bit of that for you.

I was talking with one of the band members with Fred Penner last Sunday and he told me the story of a show they did in Calgary. There were people in the audience who had flown in from as far away as Florida, and England (yes THAT England) to see the show. While it seems incredible to travel that far to see a band, isn’t that an amazing testament to the impact live performances can have on our lives? There are lots of people who have a favourite band and see them every time they come close to their town. There are people who plan their holidays with a show as the anchor. I did that last year in fact. There was a show I really wanted to see, and when my husband discovered it was in Nashville, we took the plunge, bought the tickets, and planned a week-long vacation around it. It became an amazing experience that I will remember my whole life. I am incredibly grateful to work in an industry that brings that kind of joy to people’s lives.

I’m thankful, on the first anniversary of the shooting at a Las Vegas music festival, that people have continued to attend events like these. It’s important to not let that make us afraid. It’s important to gather and share time with other like-minded people.

I am grateful for the artists we’ve worked with so far this season: Aaron, Lisa, Fred, and all their people. I am grateful for the support from our local media: 88.1 The One and the Reporter/Examiner. I am grateful to everyone who has bought a ticket to share these moments with us. And I am grateful to the hard working, dedicated, passionate people on the wonderful Horizon Stage team. Staff and volunteers together, making sure that your experience is great: from the time you first become aware of a show, to buying tickets, to the concession and merchandise sellers, not to mention the show itself. Lights and sound, making sure the artist gets on and off the stage safely, and all the moving parts that all need to function properly just so that you don’t notice a thing… All these things depend on people to make them happen. I am so blessed to be surrounded by incredible people, while sharing our passion for live performance.

I’m thankful that we have established a level of trust that allows you to take a chance on shows like our next one - New North Collective on October 12. I say trust, since it’s likely you’ve probably never heard of most of the artists. They are a multi-talented group who are on a journey to share their passion for Canada’s North. With a variety of instruments, musical styles, and backgrounds, they want to challenge your perceptions of “the North”.  Other presenters who have had the show in previous seasons tell me it is one of their favourites, because of the effect it had on the people who attended. The musicians work together and transport you to a different place. That’s what I’m looking forward to, and again I’m thankful that we are able to access such talent without leaving our own region.

So now it’s your turn. What are you grateful for this year? Maybe a new grandbaby, or a fantastic holiday. Perhaps you’ve discovered a new hobby that makes your soul sing. I hope you all have something (or lots of somethings) that make you happy. Share your thoughts on our Facebook pageExternal if you want to – we’d love to hear them. You could tell your family or friends. Or just think about it quietly to yourself. I’m glad to have shared my gratitude with you. Right now, it’s time to start thinking about all the delicious mashed potatoes that are coming my way. Did I mention I’m thankful for mashed potatoes? Yep. I am.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone, and see you soon at Horizon Stage.

-Brandi Watson, Theatre Manager


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