BURLING­TON CELEBRATES THE ARTS

CEN­TRE’S 2017/2018 LINEUP HAS SOME­THING FOR EVERY­ONE A&E

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BURLING­TON — Buffy Sainte-Marie, Gor­don Light­foot, Roseanne Barr, Roseanne Cash, Graham Nash and Jann Ar­den are among the acts slated for the 2017/18 Burling­ton Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre sea­son.

BPAC In­terim ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Brian McCurdy un­veiled the sea­son lineup dur­ing a gala re­cep­tion Wed­nes­day night held at the the­atre.

The al­most 60 acts booked for the sea­son in the down­town the­atre span a wide-range of in­ter­ests and gen­res in­clud­ing jazz, folk, rock, coun­try, com­edy, the­atre and chil­dren’s en­ter­tain­ment.

The sea­son opens Sept. 30 with the re­turn of Cape Bre­ton fid­dlers Natalie MacMaster and Don­nell Leahy.

The sea­son then con­tin­ues Oct. 4 with a night of songs and sto­ry­telling by Graham Nash of The Hol­lies and Crosby, Stills and Nash.

The main the­atre lineup closes April 17 with Amer­i­can co­me­dian Roseanne Barr of the pop­u­lar Roseanne TV se­ries, which is re­turn­ing next year to ABC.

Other high­lights of the sea­son in­clude Cana­dian song­writ­ing icon Gor­don Light­foot (Nov. 11), “This Hour Has 22 Min­utes” co­me­di­ans Cathy Jones and Mary Walsh (Oct. 20), spo­ken word artist Shane Koy­czan (Nov. 25), leg­endary folksinger Buffy Sainte-Marie (Nov. 17), Amer­i­can coun­try singer Rosanne Cash (Feb. 23), Cana­dian coun­try star Gord Bam­ford (Feb. 1), Amer­i­can funk band Tower of Power (March 22) and “Life is a High­way” rocker Tom Cochrane with Red Rider (March 28).

McCurdy was ini­tially hired in Au­gust 2013, to run the the­atre but left for fam­ily rea­sons two years later, be­ing re­placed by Suzanne Haines.

McCurdy was called back last Oc­to­ber on an in­terim ba­sis to pro­gram the sea­son fol­low­ing the sur­prise res­ig­na­tion of Haines who left af­ter just one year on the job “to pur­sue other op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

Ear­lier this month, the the­atre’s 12-mem­ber board an­nounced the hir­ing of ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Tammy Fox who will take over for McCurdy on July 4. Fox, who will be the fourth head of the the­atre in its first five years, pre­vi­ously held the po­si­tion of gen­eral man­ager of Peter­bor­ough’s Show­place Per­for­mance Cen­tre. “We ac­knowl­edge the tremen­dous con­tri­bu­tion by Brian McCurdy who joined us last fall to work with the team on our cur­rent sea­son and pro­gram the up­com­ing 2017-18 pre­sent­ing sea­son,” said BPAC board chair Ilene Elkaim.

Tick­ets for the sea­son go on sale May 24 at 11 a.m. on­line at burling­ton­pac.ca and at noon in per­son at the box of­fice or by phone 905-6816000.

Iconic Cana­dian song­writer Gor­don Light­foot comes to Burling­ton Nov. 11.

Co­me­dian Roseanne Barr comes to Burling­ton April 17.

Cape Bre­ton fid­dler Natalie MacMaster opens the sea­son with Don­nell Leahy on Sept. 30.

Al­berta songstress Jann Ar­den will be at the Burling­ton Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre on Oct. 12. Amer­i­can coun­try singer Rosanne Cash per­forms Feb. 23.

Spo­ken word artist Shane Koy­czan per­forms Nov. 25.

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