On the Horizon - September 7

Set for a new season!

The kids are back in school, and you know what that means – it’s Horizon Stage season time! We are SO excited to start this season with such great artists. Aaron Goodvin is sold out (only a couple of single tickets still available) and I’m pumped about having him as our opening artist.  It was unfortunate that Aaron’s performance at Big Valley Jamboree got rained out, but I’ll tell you he had the audience at the songwriters’ tent in the palm of his hand. Those with tickets are in for a great night of music. The ever-popular Lisa Brokop is next, and then leap-frogging to come back again. Her September 28 show is full, and because of schedules her second show will be Monday, October 1. I know, Monday nights are unusual for shows around here, but I think of it as a great way to start your week – you can head in to work on Tuesday humming a little tune and make all your co-workers jealous. Fred Penner is in the middle there, so there might also be some “Cat Came Back” humming going on during the week. Perhaps, Horizon Stage can be the soundtrack to the first week of October. I’d take that!

I have a question for you. When you see an artist advertised, either on a poster, on Facebook, in the brochure, or somewhere else, but you don’t know anything about them, what do you do with that information? Do you google them? Search YouTube? Go to our website to check out the links we provide? Or do you do none of those? We’re always wondering about what makes you curious enough to come see a performer you don’t know. I’ve said this many times before, but every artist was once someone you’d never heard of, and many of them have become favourites. I love going to conferences where I get to hear brand-new-to-me performers, because it gives me the opportunity to watch someone with no expectations. I could prepare to be disappointed because “why haven’t I heard of you, how could you be any good?”, or I could be open to hearing whatever they’ve got and being (often) pleasantly surprised. It’s obvious by the sales that we have some big hits coming up this season, but I urge you to take some time to explore the lesser-known names. They might sneak up on you and end up on your playlist, or in your CD collection.

I want to wrap up quickly by giving a big shout out to everyone who has been working so hard to get ready for the new Horizon Stage season. We have staff and volunteers who have worked a lot over the summer to prepare for you to join us at the theatre. We’ve got some new booster seats for the little ones to use at Family shows, a little refresh in the ladies washroom just outside the theatre doors, and a whole crew waiting to welcome you.

See you at the Stage!

-Brandi Watson, Theatre Manager

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