What is on at the Brockville Arts Centre
The theatre continues to be busy and the lobby is decorated for the season. Recently the annual Volunteers’ Christmas Dinner was held and a delicious meal was enjoyed by all. Yours truly missed out due to a previous commitment!
The artists for December are Lisa Free, whose paintings will hang on the lobby walls, and Rain Kazymerchyk’s jewellery will be in the showcases.
Rostad Music Inc. presents Christmas in the Valley with Wayne Rostad and Friends. The date is today at 7.30 p.m. This artist made his name on his Award-winning TV show on CBC, On the Road Again, and he has never lost the urge to up-keep his Canadian Icon Image. He steps on stage with his guitar in hand singing his original songs about the many places and people he has met along the way. His storytelling is second to none as he entertains with his commanding powerful show.
The Webster Film Series brings in The Old Man & The Gun on December 11/12 at 2 and 7 p.m. The plot is based on the true story of Forrest Tucker and his famous escape from San Quentin; he was 70 years old but was able to confound the authorities, while enchanting the public with his many heists.
Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy will stage A Celtic Family Christmas on December 13 at 7.30 p.m., courtesy of The Arvic Fall series, with show sponsor Leonard Group Financial Inc. These awardwinning fiddle virtuosi are no strangers in Canada, as they bring their intimate, unique concert accompanied by a group of talented musicians including family members to entertain the entire family. Two Juno Awards, eleven East Coat Music Awards are among Natalie’s claim to fame, not to be outdone: Donnell with his internationally acclaimed Leahy family have won three Juno Awards. Together, they bring the very best from Cape Breton for the rest of us to enjoy.
Empire Productions presents John McDermott “Family Christmas” on December 14 at 7 p.m. Seasonal songs with angelic harmonies will be performed by this well-known Tenor along with his special guests, Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine of Dala.
The Arvic Group Fall Series continues with Freddy Vette and The Commodores Orchestra. Show sponsor is Chartwell Retirement Residences, the date, December 15 at 7.30 p.m. Their slogan is “Keeping Rock and Roll Alive One Hit at a Time.” Fifties and 60s music of that genre has been the goal of this group through radio and the stage. The above artists have made many appearances in this area over the years and certainly have their share of fans around.
The Webster Film Series continues with A Star Is Born, starring Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga and Sam Elliott. Show dates are December 18/19 at 2 and 7 p.m. The plot: A musician helps a young singer create a name for herself in the industry despite his own problems with alcohol.
Winter Showcase by Four Season Dance Academy on December 21 is SOLD OUT.
Another Webster Film Series is on December 27/28 at 2 and 7 p.m. Boy Erased is starring Lucas Hedges, Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman. The plot: The son of a Baptist preacher is made to participate in a child support gay conversion program after his lifestyle is forcibly exposed to his parents!
The above series presents Can You Ever Forgive Me? starring Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant showing on December 29 at 2/7 p.m. This is based on a true story of the same name by biographer Lee Israel. When the latter’s life reaches the crossroads she turns to the art form, by way of deception.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all my readers, enjoy the family gatherings and drive safely. This column will be back in January.