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April 2016The reTurn ofThe Magazine of The Rose TheaTRe BRaMpTonA singAlong concerT for The enTire fAmilySharon and BramSIGN UPCREATIVEEXCHANGEWHATS HAPPENING IN ARTS AND CULTUREsign up at ROSETHEATRE.CAe-newsletter3BOX OFFICE 905.874.2800 rosetheatre.ca12 murray Celebrity Magician 14 Sharon and Bram Featuring favourites such as "Skinnamarink" 16 rick mercer Go behind the scenes of classic Canadian moments 18 cenTre STaGe20 aShley maciSaac One of the most celebrated Canadian roots musicians of all time22 GowanMegahits include "A Criminal Mind" and "Strange Animal"24 Trudeau STorieSThe story about friendship and loss FEATURESWith gratitude for the purchase of specialized equipmentEvERy monTh201412245 SerViceS & PolicieS7 in The Gallery8 Scene @ The roSe27 SPonSor & donor recoGniTionconTenTsApril 20164 odeum april 2016Telephone Brampton City Hall at:3-1-1 TTY 905.874.2130The Mayor and members of City Council invite your comments.Wards 1 and 5Regional Councillor Grant GibsonWards 3 and 4Regional Councillor Martin MedeirosWards 2 and 6Regional Councillor Michael PalleschiWards 9 and 10Regional Councillor John SprovieriWards 1 and 5Regional Councillor Elaine MooreWards 7 and 8Regional Councillor Gael Milesregional CounCillorsCiTY CounCillorsWards 2 and 6City Councillor Doug WhillansWards 9 and 10City Councillor Gurpreet DhillonWards 3 and 4City Councillor Jeff BowmanWards 7 and 8City Councillor Pat FortiniCity CouncilBrampTonmaYor linda JeffreY5BOX OFFICE 905.874.2800 rosetheatre.caSerViceS PolicieSour SerVice commiTmenT If there is anything we can do to make your experience more enjoyable, please do not hesitate to ask one of our volunteer ushers or staff members for assistance.Bar SerViceMost events at The Rose will include bar service. When this is the case, the bar will be open one hour before showtime and during intermission.Preorder SerVice Avoid long lineups at the bar by taking advantage of our preorder drink service. Purchase drinks before the show.hearinG aSSiSTanceDevices may be obtained from the Box Office, free of charge.coaT check There is a complimentary coat check located next to the entrance for Studio Two. Free ParkinGParking in the Market Square parking garage beneath the theatre is always free for all evening and weekend events at the Rose Theatre Brampton.cellPhoneSPlease keep electronic devices turned off during the performance. The light from texting is distracting for other patrons and performers.FraGranceSDue to allergies and sensitivities, please refrain from wearing perfumes, colognes or other scented products.cameraS/recordinGCameras and recording devices are not permitted in the theatre unless otherwise specified in the preshow announcement.Food & drinkOnly cold drinks are permitted inside the theatre. Try to unwrap candies or lozenges prior to the performance as the crinkling paper can be distracting.arriVinG laTeLatecomers will be seated at the discretion of Front of House during an appropriate break in the performance. BaBeS in armSAre not permitted in the theatre, except for certain age-appropriate shows indicated. However, each person including children requires a ticket.For the Benefit of All Patrons, Please Take Note ...&6 odeum april 2016For votingus your Favourite Live theatre!2015 Readers ChoiceG U A R D I ANBRAMPTON2015MANAGER'S NOTES Spring is definitely in the air! (Avert your eyes. Dont look at that final snow). And, holy smokes, can you believe that the Rose Theatres 10th anniversary is over at the end of April? But dont worry, we are lining up some really great entertainment for you. For us, its the time of year when we are right in the thick of programming the 2016/2017 season, planning our subscriber night showcase and preparing a sensational summer season for you! Are you ready, Brampton? April is just going to be bananas! On Stage at the Rose Theatre:We saved a lot of the best for last. April is packed with family experiences, mystifying magical acts and show-stopping theatrical performances.Sharon and Bram are bringing a singalong concert for the entire family to the Rose Theatre Brampton on April 13! Regardless of your age, old favourites such as Shell Be Coming Round the Mountain, Five Little Monkeys and, of course, Skinnamarink are sure to warm your heart as you take a trip back in time. On April 28 at 7PM, the City of Brampton hosts its 9th annual Centre Stage Youth Concert and Awards Gala, at the Rose Theatre. This Arts and Culture initiative promotes local talent from K to Grade 12. Youth audition and ultimately have the chance to perform in front of friends and family on the Main Stage. Admission is free with a donation of a non-perishable food item. Concluding our season is the highly anticipated solo theatre show Trudeau Stories, April 28-30 in Studio Two. After affecting audiences and wowing critics across the country, Brooke Johnson is now ready to captivate Brampton. She takes us back to 1985, when she was a student at the National Theatre School in Montreal and developed a remarkable friendship with former Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau (1968-1979)Whats Happening in Arts and Culture:The Artists Marketplace returns to Garden Square and Mount Pleasant Village from June through October, as part of the farmers markets. Vendor applications will be accepted until April 30 and can be found at www.brampton.ca. Thank you to the many artists and arts organizations who attended our very first Creative Exchange on February 12. The turnout was fantastic and the creative energy was palpable. The atmosphere was free-flowing, relaxed a positive networking experience. This gathering was born out of a request to the City from the arts community, to host a regular gathering where the community could connect. Et voila, the Creative Exchange was born. Participants can connect on a broad range of interests and medias and inspire one another. City staff can provide updates on various initiatives and upcoming opportunities. The next Creative Exchange is on Wednesday, April 20 from 7 8 PM. Registration is required; please visit www.rosetheatre.ca for details. On behalf of everyone within the Arts and Culture team, as always, we thank you for your continued encouragement, support and participation. As Robin Williams once said, Spring is natures way of saying Lets party! We look forward to seeing you party very soon at one of the Citys many arts and culture activities!Sincerly,Bernice MorrisonManager, Arts and CultureOn behalf of the Arts and Culture Team7BOX OFFICE 905.874.2800 rosetheatre.caLET'S TALk...While youre online, sign up to receive our e-newsletter or subscribe to our blog (find it on the home page). @RoseTheatreBram today to see #JackieRobinson! HUGE thanks to their Education Outreach Program! #BlackHistoryMonth Big Bad Voodoo Daddy awesome! 1st time at this great venue. Free underground parking. Free coat check. Great seating. Great acoustics. Great services. Greatly recommended. Tom @tomgreenlive thanks so much for the meet and greet! Great show! Lots of laughs @RoseTheatreBram #lovedit Smokin hot show by @BBVD on a frigid night @RoseTheatreBram! #GoDaddyO@stuartMcComish ( Big Bad Voodoo Daddy) @jdippelhofer@bb1bloggersalex ChristianopoulosBECOME A FAN facebook.com/RoseTheatreBramptonFOLLOw uS ON TwiTTER @RoseTheatreBram #RTP1516ViSiT www.rosetheatre.caupLOAd A piC@RoseTheatreBramapril 1-30Rose TheaTRe BRampTon:Brian DekterJames Bird Visit the unique exhibition spaces located on the upper level of the Rose Theatre and in the City Hall Atrium. Each month, the galleries feature exhibits of original work by local artists. *Exhibits subject to change without notice.BrianDekterBrianDekterJamesBirdDestroyer and Wavelength rocked The Rose with a tribute to KISS and Rush, while Quinn Lemley gave us a glimpse into the worlds of burlesque, Broadway and beyond withBurlesque To Broadway! scene The rose905.874.2800rosetheatre@brampton.cawww.rosetheatre.caRose Theatre Box Office1 Theatre Lane, BramptonMon to Sat: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Sun: Closed if no eventHours are subject to change.Please call ahead or check the times online.Odeum is the monthly magazine of the Rose Theatre BramptonManaging EditorBernice Morrison EditorSofia Stanidis Associate EditorTerry Bachtis Art Direction & DesignVanessa DhanbeerContributorsAshley GoodfellowNick KrewenDavid PatersonMarcy CornblumAlison BrovermanTo advertisewith The Rose contact:Advertising and Sponsorshipsponsorartsandculture@brampton.ca905.874.2957odeum 1. 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Over the years we have presented amazing world class entertainment on the Main Stage. Looking back at Aprils artists, highlights include such greats as Chantal Kreviazuk, Wizard of Oz, Boys II Men and the late Joan Rivers. 11BOX OFFICE 905.874.2800 rosetheatre.caChantal KraviazuK Johnny reid hairspray niKKi yanofsKy GeorGe Carlin liGhthouse MiChael KaeshaMMer Jann arden rosanne Cash roMeo & Juliet MystiC india Gord BaMford Chantal KraviazuK Johnny reid hairspray niKKi yanofsKy GeorGe Carlin liGhthouse MiChael KaeshaMMer Jann arden rosanne Cash roMeo & Juliet MystiC india Gord BaMford Chantal KraviazuK Johnny reid hairspray niKKi yanofsKy GeorGe Carlin liGhthouse MiChael KaeshaMMer Jann arden rosanne Cash roMeo & Juliet MystiC india Gord BaMford Chantal KraviazuK Johnny reid hairspray niKKi yanofsKy GeorGe Carlin liGhthouse MiChael KaeshaMMer Jann arden rosanne Cash roMeo & Juliet MystiC india Gord BaMford Chantal KraviazuK Johnny reid hairspray niKKi yanofsKy GeorGe Carlin liGhthouse MiChael KaeshaMMer Jann arden rosanne Cash roMeo & Juliet MystiC india Gord BaMford Chantal KraviazuK Johnny reid hairspray niKKi yanofsKy GeorGe Carlin liGhthouse MiChael KaeshaMMer Jann arden rosanne Cash roMeo & Juliet MystiC india Gord BaMford Chantal KraviazuK Johnny reid hairspray niKKi yanofsKy GeorGe Carlin liGhthouse MiChael KaeshaMMer Jann arden rosanne Cash roMeo & Juliet MystiC india Gord BaMford Chantal KraviazuK Johnny reid hairspray niKKi yanofsKy GeorGe Carlin liGhthouse MiChael KaeshaMMer Jann arden rosanne Cash roMeo & Juliet MystiC india Gord BaMford Chantal KraviazuK Johnny reid hairspray niKKi yanofsKy GeorGe Carlin liGhthouse MiChael KaeshaMMer Jann arden rosanne Cash roMeo & Juliet MystiC india Gord BaMford Chantal KraviazuK Johnny reid hairspray niKKi yanofsKy GeorGe Carlin liGhthouse MiChael KaeshaMMer Jann arden rosanne Cash roMeo & Juliet MystiC india Gord BaMford Chantal KraviazuK Johnny reid hairspray niKKi yanofsKy GeorGe Carlin liGhthouse MiChael KaeshaMMer Jann arden rosanne Cash roMeo & Juliet MystiC india Gord BaMford Chantal KraviazuK Johnny reid hairspray niKKi yanofsKy GeorGe Carlin liGhthouse MiChael KaeshaMMer Jann arden rosanne Cash roMeo & Juliet MystiC india Gord BaMford Chantal KraviazuK Johnny reid hairspray niKKi yanofsKy GeorGe Carlin liGhthouse MiChael KaeshaMMer Jann arden rosanne Cash roMeo & Juliet MystiC india Gord BaMford Chantal KraviazuK Johnny reid hairspray niKKi yanofsKy GeorGe Carlin liGhthouse MiChael KaeshaMMer Jann arden rosanne Cash roMeo & Juliet MystiC india Gord BaMford Chantal KraviazuK Johnny reid hairspray niKKi yanofsKy GeorGe Carlin liGhthouse MiChael KaeshaMMer Jann arden rosanne Cash roMeo & Juliet MystiC india Gord BaMford Chantal KraviazuK Johnny reid hairspray niKKi yanofsKy GeorGe Carlin liGhthouse MiChael KaeshaMMer Jann arden rosanne Cash roMeo & Juliet MystiC india Gord BaMford Chantal KraviazuK Johnny reid hairspray niKKi yanofsKy GeorGe Carlin liGhthouse MiChael KaeshaMMer Jann arden rosanne Cash roMeo & Juliet MystiC india Gord BaMford Chantal KraviazuK Johnny reid hairspray niKKi yanofsKy GeorGe Carlin liGhthouse MiChael KaeshaMMer Jann arden rosanne Cash roMeo & Juliet MystiC india Gord BaMford Chantal KraviazuK Johnny reid hairspray niKKi yanofsKy GeorGe Ca12 odeum april 2016ON THE MAiN STAGE i apR 12murrAyTHErE'S SOMETHiNG AbOuTat first glance, what is most noticeable about illusionist and comedian murray sawChuck is his wild, platinum blonde hair and dark-rimmed glasses the uniform of someone who doesnt take themselves too seriously.But beyond that eccentric persona and the purposefully goofy-looking exterior, theres something about Murray a charm, a charisma, a quirky quality you cant quite categorize.But it works. Hes got your attention.Murray is one-part prankster, one-part mastermind and one-part entertainer (if you are only counting three parts), which might explain how a five-year-old Vancouverite went from playing accordion and performing Ukrainian dance (its true!) to becoming a fixture in Las Vegas where he performs live and by ASHlEY GOODFEllOW13BOX OFFICE 905.874.2800 rosetheatre.cafilms his YouTube web series (found at murraymagic.com).As he tells it, he picked up magic at the age of seven when he got a magic kit for his birthday.It was another form of getting attention, he says. But, he got good. Really good. Before long he was working the kids birthday party circuit in Vancouver and, wearing a little tux, hed perform for kids only a few years his junior.He kept that up for several years, and eventually advanced to gigs on cruise ships. He went to school in the meantime and studied broadcast journalism, but knew the stage was his calling.Now hes playing five nights a week at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas and making appearances on popular TV shows, such as Pawn Stars, Last Comic Standing and Americas Got Talent, where he amazed audiences by making a 1918 steam locomotive vanish and turning his assistant into a 450-pound tiger.He has even more surprises up his sleeve (so to speak), and he plans to bring them to life when he performs at the Rose Theatre as Murray: Celebrity Magician his first Canadian date in five years. Its also his only stop in Canada on a two-date tour he plans to take in mid-April.Ive always loved touring, he says. Before Las Vegas, I toured all over the world.So what can we expect for this special performance? A lot of real-time magic, mixed in with some comedy, pranks and a lot of audience interaction.Hes not into tricks with technology, or using plants in his show. Its all real, all the time, he says.But what makes for a great show is the audience and how they react.I love meeting each and every audience member that comes onstage, says Murray. I never know what its going to bring, I never know how they are going to react.And yes, I tease them, but I can get away with it because Im ridiculous-looking myself, he jokes. And, thats what makes him stand out as a performer.I just dont take myself seriously. Im very much the Dennis the Menace of magic, he says.As for the magic itself, well, he wont be able to haul in a steam train for the show, but he does promise to bring some big moves with him. Hell cut his assistant in half and though he acknowledges that this sounds very clich, he says the way he executes the trick is much more modern, more like a puzzle.Most of the time, Murray says, audiences want to see him perform live what theyve seen him do on TV and hes happy to do that.As for the one-night performance at The Rose, he encourages people to come with their families and have a fun night out.I think its a cool way to be entertained, and thats why I stuck with it as a kid. I loved making people laugh and taking them out of the world for an hour, he said.Besides, he says, those who get tickets for the Brampton show are getting a steal.Its a lot cheaper than flying out to Vegas to see me, he laughs. 14 odeum april 2016ON THE MAiN STAGE i apR 13Do you ever get the feeling theres an elephant in the room whenever you watch sharon and Bram perform?Youre probably experiencing dj vu from the days when Sharon Hampson and Bram Morrison performed as a trio with Lois Lilienstein and there was an elephant in the room: with the possible exception of Raffi, no act was bigger in the realm of childrens entertainment than Sharon, Lois & Bram.Actually, Sharon Hampson admonishes ever so politely when the term childrens music is mentioned.We never called it childrens music, she said recently from her Toronto home. We called it childrens music for the whole family. It was always our intention to entertain and please the whole family, something they could do and experience together. Thats always been the goal. Theres nothing that compares with everybody singing together, singing or dancing. Thats always been the goal and thats what we do.But back for a moment to the Elephant: the playful pachyderm packed it in a while back and now shes raising her own family an hour or sos flight off the coast of the Carolinas.The Elephant Paula Gallivan is happily ensconced in Bermuda where shes lived for very many years, having spent many years in our company, says Hampson. Shes the mother of three children. Were very, very good friends and have stayed connected for a very long time.Hampson said that when Sharon, Lois & Bram began back in 1978, there was no Elephant. Heck, there wasnt even supposed to be a Sharon, Lois & Bram.When we first started, our goal initially was to make one record, Hampson, 72, recalls. It was not to become a group. We sang individually, but were colleagues and shared a lot of the same values. We decided it would be nice to make an album that reflected those shared values.shAron And BrAm: AN ElEpHANT NEvEr FOrGETS15BOX OFFICE 905.874.2800 rosetheatre.caThe trio borrowed $20,000 to make their first album One Elephant, Deux lphants and when it came time to promote the album in concert, someone brainstormed the idea.One of the songs was One Elephant Went Out to Play, Hampson recalls. We were going to sing that song and someone said, you know, theres a production of Babar by the Toronto Dance Theatre in the city maybe we could borrow a costume from them and come and have an elephant dance during that song.The girlfriend of their producer agreed to don the costume.She did the little dance and it seemed like a nifty idea, so we continued having an elephant participate with us. And eventually, for The Elephant Show [which ran on CBC from 1984-1989, later running in the US on Nickelodeon until 1996], we changed the costume and it became Sharon, Lois & Bram and Elephant. The children loved it and it gave us a variety of options.Favourable public reaction was instant, and suddenly Sharon, Lois & Bram found themselves handling a career. Eventually they sold over three million records and, along with other Canadian acts like Raffi, Fred Penner and Eric Nagler, formed the vanguard of childrens music entertainment in the 1980s. They toured North America often and packed houses wherever they went, their popularity blossoming through The Elephant Show and a second series, Skinnimarink TV.In 2000, however except for an infrequent reunion for a special occasion the trio stopped performing after the death of Lois Liliensteins husband. Lilienstein passed away last April at the age of 78 due to endometrial cancer.Lois and I were like sisters, Hampson said. We fought and we cooked and we baked. Our children know each other very well. Were very strongly connected. So it is like losing a close member of your family.Hampson said she wishes the trio would have performed more following Liliensteins retirement.I never understood that, Hampson admits. After her husband died, she found it easier to stay in her empty home, [rather] than coming home to an empty home. Everybody figures out what works for them, and apparently thats what worked for her, but it was sad because she was a great performer and she loved the interaction with children and audiences and all of that, so I think personally it would have been good for her. But what do I know? You only look at the perspective from yourself and your own point of view.But there is some good news: a Sharon, Lois & Bram concert album called 1-2-3-4 Live is about to be issued for the first time on compact disc, and Sharon and Bram have no plans on calling it quits although Elephant remains a pleasant memory.Our roots are particularly folk music and people singing together and thats the foundation of what we do, Hampson explains. Sometimes its just the two of us and sometimes with extra musicians, but never with an elephant. For the month of April 0130Coming Together Sikh Heritage Month April 1 April 30Experience Sikh Heritage through art, history, performances, workshops, and interactive demonstrations throughout the month. Free.The Singh Twins: A Retrospective April 1 June 12British contemporary female artists produce vibrant, exquisitely-detailed paintings in a traditional Indian miniature style. This is both a reflection of their dual cultural identity and a vehicle for political and social commentary.Special ticketed exhibition: $5 per person 9 Wellington Street East, Brampton, Ontario L6W 1Y1SikhHertiageMonthpama.peelregion.ca | ontariosikhheritagemonth.com General Admission to PAMA is FREE for the month of April courtesy of the Sikh Foundation of Canada.16 odeum april 2016ON THE MAiN STAGE i apR 18For those of you who saw Rick mercer last year around this time at The Rose, dont worry: this is a completely different show.And for those of you who really enjoyed A Nation Worth Ranting About, well, youre going to love the behind-the-scenes reveals of My Adventures in Canadian Television if only for the fact it temporarily revives one of the Middle Cove, Newfoundland, natives best-loved segments: Talking to Americans.You remember Talking to Americans, right? Initially premiering on This Hour Has 22 Minutes, the regular feature found the sharp-witted Mercer travelling to several major US cities and interviewing Americans on the street, hilariously revealing their ignorance of all things Canada.On one program, he convinced a Columbia University professor to sign a petition preventing Canadians from placing senior citizens on northern ice floes and abandoning them. On another, he asked if Americans should stop bombing Saskatchewan.But his most infamous target was future US President George W. Bush, whom Mercer managed to convince, in 2000, that he (W) had just received an endorsement as president from Canadian Prime Minister Jean Poutine. An oblivious Bush then personally thanked Poutine on camera for his support.Caught in the prank, the resulting attention made Mercer an instant celebrity among US news outlets.Ive been the subject of media coverage before, he told now-defunct online culture magazine Popj.ca in 2004, But when something like that happens in Canada, I can spend a day talking to radio stations, unlike when The Washington Post wrote about my interview with George W. Bush. I couldve spent two weeks talking to [American] media. I had calls from 900 radio stations not like the, maybe, 25 stations in Canada.Mercer said his verbal exchange with Bush was a stroke of luck.How we got to talk to Bush was a series of flukes, Mercer recalled to Popj.ca. For months, Bush didnt speak to anyone without a campaign press pass. We went the wrong way and caught him at the exit.rickmercerA pEEk bEHiND THECurTAiN17BOX OFFICE 905.874.2800 rosetheatre.caOver the 16 years since, Mercer has continued to ruffle feathers, and its given him badge of honour status with Canadians.The Rick Mercer Report, which has been renewed through 2017 with CBC (marking its 15th year) and captured a Canadian Screen Award for Best Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series, has been a ratings winner since its inception.Hes also done well with his previous successes: eight years of This Hour Has 22 Minutes, which he co-founded with Greg Thomey and CODCO alumnae Cathy Jones and Mary Walsh; seven years of Made in Canada and a Talking to Americans one-off special in 2001, which drew 2.7 million viewers.My Adventures in Canadian Television will ply audiences with not only flashbacks to some of Mercers more famous moments in a career that has earned him more than 25 Gemini Awards, the Sir Peter Ustinov Comedy Award, nine honorary university degrees and, last September, the Order of Canada.Im very happy with the work that I get to do, said Mercer, 46, in response to receiving the Order of Canada. Travelling around the country and showing off the country to different parts of the country. The fact that something like this could happen was just a tremendous honour. I was deeply flattered. I was very moved.The comedian, television personality, political satirist and author of three books also told The Hamilton Spectator in 2015 that he enjoys the chance to perform live and beyond the confines of a 30-minute TV program.When I do the TV show, I have a studio audience for 30 minutes, Mercer explained. Its not a lot of time to connect with an audience.When you get onstage for 80 minutes, its just me. I get to tell stories that are longer, not necessarily the type of thing you can tell on television. I love performing. I came from the theatre originally. Its great to have that much fun with a live audience.And as long as Mercer is at the helm of the program, hell continue to travel to the nooks and crannies of Canada and tell the stories of Canadians, albeit with a humorous twist.Its such a big country but I never get tired of it at all, Mercer told Metro in 2013. I cant say enough [about] it. I love getting to know a part of the country. I actually do view the entire country as the town I live in. I am all over the country all the time and I love it. 98 Queen Street W. Brampton, ONT: (905)457-4445 | www.sterlingdentistry.caVisit us on...for a lifetime of smiles2014P R E F E R R E DP R O V I D E ROrthodonticsImplantsOral SurgeryDentures18 odeum april 2016What is your favourite piece to perform? Why?Hotel California. Its my latest arrange-ment for the Ukulele.What is your dream performance venue?An international Ukulele Festival or the North American Music Merchants show.Do you have any performance rituals/superstitions? What are they?Before I perform I always run through the song in my head and before I go on, I pray. Where do you see yourself in 20 years?Id hope that I would be able to be really proud of who Ive become as a person and as an artist I would hope to continue to do what I love.Naomi (Singer, Age 16)Samuel (Ukulele player, Age 14)SabrinaWho is your dream duet partner?Norah Jones for her soft tone.What is your dream performance venue?I have always loved The Danforth Music Hall for its intimacy and sound. NichaelaWho is your idol?I idolize Jackie Wilson because of his contribution to the evolution of R&B.What is your dream performance venue?I would love to perform at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland so I can stand up on the same stage as artists like Etta James.Nichaela & Sabrina (Acoustic Group, Age 16 & 17)DAEI Elite (Dance Crew, Ages 7-18)Tickets are FREE with the donation of a non-perishable food item to the Food Sharing Network!Call the Box Office at 905-874-2800 or vist rosetheatre.caTickets are FREE with the donation of a non-perishable food item to the Food Sharing Network!Call the Box Office at 905-874-2800 or vist rosetheatre.caEvery April, the City of Bramptons Arts and Culture team works with local youth to host the Annual Centre Stage Youth Concert and Awards Gala at the Rose Theatre. Auditions are open to Brampton students from kindergarten through grade 12 including Mayfield Secondary School. This program supports and encourages Bramptons youth to showcase their artistic talents, providing a supreme opportunity to perform on a sophisticated, professional stage! Many student finalists are invited back to work with the City and perform at local community events throughout the year. These events include the farmers markets, Garden Square programs and, the 55+Senior Games.The City of Brampton is very proud to facilitate this program and to encourage and cheer on our emerging young artists as they make their way into the world of professional entertainment. GET TO KNOW THE 2016 FINALISTS19BOX OFFICE 905.874.2800 rosetheatre.caJessica (Violinist, Age 14)David (Cellist, Age 10)Join us at for a sneak-peek of some of the talented youth who will be performing in the 2016 Centre Stage Concert.Bring a non-perishable food item and receive your ticket to the full April 28 performance for FREE!Who is your idol?Elvis Presley and Brian Setzer.What is your favourite piece to perform? Why?Thats Alright Mama by Elvis Presley because it was the first song I learned.Who is your dream duet partner?It would be a dream come true if I had the opportunity to have a duet with Bruno Mars! He is my drive to not give up no matter how old you are.Do you have any hidden talents? What are they?Aside from singing, I am also a competi-tive figure skater (ice dance and freeskate).Kacelynne (Singer, Age 13)Joseph (Guitarist and Singer, Age 13)At what age did you start performing?I started performing at age 6 when I was Cinderella in a school play.Where do you see yourself in 20 years?As a teacher for the arts.Who is your idol?My idol is my mom because she always stays strong and looks for the bright and positive things in everything.Where do you see yourself in 20 years?I see myself onstage, living a life of music with a family of my own.Ava (Singer, Age 12)Sofia (Singer, Age 9)What is your dream performance venue?I would love to perform at Madison Square Garden someday!Where do you see yourself in 20 years?As a pop star running a music school.What is your favourite piece to perform? Why?At the moment (my preferences are constantly changing), my favourite piece to perform is Nocturne in C Minor, Op. 48 by Frederic Chopin, which is actually one of the selections I will be performing for the Centre Stage concert!What is your dream performance?It is my dream to perform at the famed and world-renowned Carnegie Hall in New York City.Mikaela (Singer, Age 10)Lynne (Pianist, Age 17)Who is your dream duet partner?Yo-Yo Ma.Do you have any hidden talents?I like making handicrafts like paracording.What is your dream performance venue?The International Space Station!Do you have any performance rituals/superstitions?I like to make a banana strawberry smoothie before a performance.Sneak Peek Show!Sneak Peek Show!Saturday, April 16 from 12-3PM / Bay Court at the Bramalea City Centre 20 odeum april 2016Its been more than two decades since ashley macIsaac arrived on the Canadian music scene and saw his genre-defying album Hi, How Are You Today? go double-platinum.A young man with a prodigious talent, he tapped into the growing enthusiasm for crossover music in the mid-1990s and won over fans of Cape Breton fiddle playing as well as those who barely knew of the tradition.Now a man in his forties and with 500,000 album sales to his name, MacIsaac is still dazzling audiences with his lightning-fast fiddle skills.He may have left behind the wild ways that earned him a reputation as a bad boy of Canadian music, but his playing has lost none of its edge. And neither has his talent for blending his frenetic Celtic fiddle playing with the sounds of genres from rock to pop to hip hop.In April, hes set to release his latest album, a collaboration with percussionist and beat boxer Jay Andrews. MacIsaac, who is a Juno Award winner, says the album will feature pop arrangements of Celtic tunes.A week after its launch, MacIsaac will return to the Rose Theatre for a one-night-only concert. He is no stranger to The Rose, having played here several times before, but it has been two years since his last performance here.Peel Region is an area MacIsaac, who now lives in Windsor, knows well and looks forward to playing in. He visited the area frequently growing up and and performed here often. In fact, Mississauga was the venue for one of his early career milestones, when he played his first full square dance in the city at the age of 14.MacIsaac says theres a strong appreciation for Cape Breton fiddling in the Brampton area because there are many links between the city and the Maritimes.Theres a lot of Maritimers in the manufacturing areas of Brampton and Mississauga. They had a club that had a quarterly event that I would perform at, he says.Because of those links, MacIsaac is planning to tilt towards a set list of more traditional Cape Breton fiddling in his Brampton show, which he expects will be appreciated by the audience.Though he cares deeply about his music and retains his passion for pushing boundaries, these days he feels the pressure of live shows less strongly.Im 41 now; after 3,000 or 4,000 performances, I just go onstage and do my best, he says.He will be joined for the performance by Andrews and Mary McIntyre, a pianist steeped in the Cape Breton style of music who performs regularly in the GTA.Mary is known for her showmanship onstage, says MacIsaac, who is no slouch in that department himself.A week before his Brampton performance, MacIsaac will co-host the East Coast Music Awards with fellow Cape Breton musician Heather Rankin.Itll give me a chance to flex my emcee muscles, he says, So maybe Ill have a few new jokes for the Brampton show! Ashley mAcisAAcby DAviD pATErSONON THE MAiN STAGE i apR 2121BOX OFFICE 905.874.2800 rosetheatre.caRENTBRAMPTONTHEATRESCORPORATE FUNCTIONSCONCERTSPERFORMANCESDANCERECITALSTEAM BUILDINGGRADUATIONSPLAYSCEREMONIESLECTURESFAMILY GATHERINGSCONFERENCESPOETRY READINGSWEDDINGSR E T R E AT SRENTALADMIN@BRAMPTON.CA905.874.2844 EXT. 6280122 odeum april 2016award-winning singer-songwriter/musician Lawrence Gowan (www.gowanofficial.com) and his band will, Give the Rose Theatre audience a wide variety of songs from each Gowan album from 1982 to 1998, highlighting our hits from the 80s and 90s, says the down-to-earth, multi-talented performer.Gowans show will feature each player on the stage. This year we have a great lineup that will include musicians for Styx, Lady Gaga and Nelly Furtados band. Get ready to rock!Gowan was born in Glasgow, Scotland. His parents moved to Canada when he was little. Gowan describes himself as a kid from Scarborough, Ontario, who loved to play hockey and music. I tragically went undrafted by the NHL (said with tongue firmly in cheek) and was thereby forced to endure the life of a rock singer.When he was seven, a television show grabbed his attention.After watching The Beatles play on The Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964, my goal was set. That performance infected a generation of musicians and I remain among their legion.At the age of eight, Gowan received his first guitar from his dad. At ten, his mother suggested that he learn the piano as well.At age 19, he was awarded an ARCT (diploma) in classical piano performance at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. I felt it was necessary to get a music education. I was drawn to many rock musicians whod had some classical training in their background, such as Elton John and Rick Wakeman. I delved deep into that classical world, though always with the intention to write my own music.Gowan certainly did that and much more.His first band, Rhinegold, a progressive theatrical-rock group, as he describes them, toured Canadian bars from 1976-1980. After they parted ways, Gowan concentrated on a solo career and writing new music. Record company CBS was impressed with his first solo-recorded demos and he was offered a record deal.In the 80s and 90s, Gowan the solo artist released six studio albums. In 1985, he recorded Strange Animal at the home of Ringo Starr in Tittenhurst Park, Berkshire, England. Recording the album there was an astounding life experience. The album went triple-platinum in Canada.The defining moment when Gowan knew he was a rock star arrived in March 1985. I was driving my rusty van along Lawrence Avenue in Toronto, listening to the CFTR Top 10 by MArCY COrNbluMgowAnON THE MAiN STAGE i apR 2223BOX OFFICE 905.874.2800 rosetheatre.cacountdown. When A Criminal Mind was introduced as the number one song of the week, I had a strong feeling that good things were likely to follow.Successful tours and records became an annual event.In 1987, the double-platinum album Great Dirty World was released. Its first single, Moonlight Desires, is still a mega-hit to this day.In 1999, a phone call from Styx (www.styxworld.com) changed his career path from being a solo artist to joining the American band. Now, 18 years later, Gowan and the rest of the band members have played nearly 2,000 shows and remain among the most successful touring acts in America.Gowan has always loved performing for a live audience. I still find it difficult to articulate the sense of profound connection that arrives each time I encounter an audience of devoted music lovers. Its such a vital aspect of my life and I would not like to think about living life without it. A great live-rock show is the greatest form of entertainment Ive ever experienced. To be part of generating that level of elation is for me a very meaningful endeavour. It has to be experienced to understand. The energizing feeling of a live performance is the best!In 2014, Gowan received more awards to add to his collection. Youre A Strange Animal, A Criminal Mind and Dancing On My Own Ground were given the SOCAN Classic Award, having being played over 100,000 times on Canadian radio. They join Moonlight Desires in reaching that status.Fans can delight in the news that there is a forthcoming new Gowan record AND we are working on a new Styx album.When he is not giving fans an unforgettable performance, Gowan lives in Toronto. He is the very proud father of a son whos in a successful metal band and a daughter attending medical school.And Gowans advice for anyone considering pursuing a life in the music business? Fall in love making music and youll reap great benefits whether you make it or not. Music will consistently enrich your life. I tragically went undrafted by the NHL (said with tongue firmly in cheek) and was thereby forced to endure the life of a rock singer.24 odeum april 2016When she was studying acting at the national Theatre school in montreal, Brooke Johnson happened to meet one of Canadas most famous men: the former prime minister, pierre elliott Trudeau. They met at a gala, Johnson feeling goofy and uncomfortable in a dress and ill-fitting shoes. Despite the differences in age and station, Johnson and peT became friends.Their unusual friendship is the subject of Johnsons play, Trudeau Stories.One of the reasons we hit it off at the outset was that I was wearing a borrowed dress, STuDiO TWO i apR 28-30by AliSON brOvErMANTrudeAu sTories25BOX OFFICE 905.874.2800 rosetheatre.caJoin us for aCOMPLIMENTARY APPETIZERwith the purchase of an entre!Must present this ad to receive this offer. Valid only at Moxies Brampton. One offer per person. No cash value. Dine in only. Expires June 30, 2016. PC: 1027 mins away!At Queen & Dixie, next to BramaleaCity Centre905 793 1633 | moxies.com8118-15_MX_BCC_PrintAd_rev4.indd 1 2016-01-06 12:50 PMas well as borrowed shoes that were two sizes too big, says Johnson via e-mail. I felt fairly awkward and didnt want to come across as a potential conquest ... I guess my sense of humour showed through, as did his, and a connection was made that began our friendship. The conversations on the dance floor are recreated in the first scene its very fun to do.Writing stories about her acquaintance with Trudeau began as a much more personal project.When Pierre Trudeau died, the grief I felt was in part shared publicly by millions of people, and in part it was desolately private, she writes in the foreword to her play. When I started to write what was subsequently filed in a folder labelled Trudeau Stories, it was out of the necessity of mourning. I wasnt writing a play or a book or even an article, but for myself, for remembrance.The idea that she might share these stories with an audience developed gradually, and was terrifying at first. As an artist, I cant think that I had ever been more terrified than when I read those pieces aloud. I hadnt before exposed myself publicly as a writer; rather, Id interpreted other peoples writing, as an actor, writes Johnson. I was also acutely aware, due to the subject matter, that the idea of sharing these memories might appear to be merely an exercise in self-aggrandizement. It was partly that concern that had caused me to keep this friendship to myself all these years.But the response to her early readings was positive, and she developed her writing into a one-woman play with director Allyson McMackon. Trudeau Stories premiered at Torontos SummerWorks festival in 2007, and Johnson has been touring the country with it ever since.Though the play is about Johnsons relationship with a politician, its subject matter stays more personal than political. That said, it still tends to spark political discussion in post-show talkbacks. Ive done it now for roughly 16,000 people across the country and until this year always in the atmosphere of the Harper government, she says. Post-show talkbacks, as a result, were always about longing for a prime minister with a vision one who was looking for ideas of how to implement that vision for a just society.Johnsons connection to the Trudeau family remains solely through Trudeau pre to her knowledge, neither the new prime minister nor his brother has seen Trudeau Stories. Nor does she expect them to. The elder son has been a bit busy these last few years, jokes Johnson. And you know, both of them have grown up with all manner of opinions expressed, and tales told about their father. They would likely roll their eyes if asked if theyve seen it ... theirs was such a different upbringing than mine. If someone were to present this kind of play about my father, I would love to see it, would love to hear stories about my dad but the Trudeau boys have been inundated their whole lives and would also probably rather hear stories about my dad than yet another one about theirs. When I started to write what was subsequently filed in a folder labelled Trudeau Stories, it was out of the necessity of mourning. I wasnt writing a play or a book or even an article, but more for myself, for remembrance.26 odeum april 2016For more information about volunteering your time with the Brampton theatres, email btv@brampton.caa Round of applause for our Fabulous Volunteers!The onTaRIo VoLunTeeR seRVICe aWaRDs ThankInG VoLunTeeRs FoR The pasT yeaRThe Ontario Volunteer Service Awards program recognizes individual volunteers for continuous years of commitment and dedicated service to an organization. Arts and Cultures dedicated volunteers have given the Brampton community more than 16,700 hours since joining.We are honoured to announce that six recipients of this prestigious award are from the Arts and Culture volunteer team. Please take a bow Marie Edmondson, Sharon Ferrier, Mary Gurr, Kathy Inglis, John Livingstone and John Milne and accept our humble appreciation and thanks. April is International Volunteer Month. We thank all of our volunteers for taking time to make our programs successful, to provide excellent customer service to our patrons and, to consider their safety. Below is a list of volunteers who have generously committed a minimum of 40 hours over the past year.Barbara Adams Delfina Alexandre Andrea Allan Brenda Anderson Eva Andrews Sal Angileri Manohar Belwalkar Karen Bergey Ed Bergey Christine Bonney Jean Botetzayas Jo-Anne Brown Rod Buck Chuck Busby Louise Carberry Angela Casiello Kelly Rita Challenger Joanne Coey Gail Cumberland Judy Darke Al Davis Mary Davis Sally De Leonardis Enzo De Luca Romina de Souza Anne Dean Gwen Del Buono Eva Dobisz Marg Donaldson Eddy Dottori Bosco DSouza Susan Dunn Gill Dunn Sheila Dunn Marie Edmondson Lynda Eeles Beate Emrich Bev Endicott Rekha Fernandes Wally Ferrier Sharon Ferrier Zack Fitzsimmons Cathie Fleming Rosalind Flynn Donna Ford Sandy Forester Patti Fox Nancy Frank Denise Freer Adriana Fuliere Tisha-Marie Fullerton Debbie Gauthier Vicki Gilligan Bette-Ann Goldstein Wendy Graesser Mary Gurr Deborah Hale Michael Hale Linda Harris Linda Hicks Barbara Holmes Larry Holseth Betty Holseth Sherry Hughes Mary Lou Hughes Kathy Inglis Chanden Jain Jim Johnson Ashima Kaura Patricia Kindree Gundy Kistemaker Terry Kmita Liz Kreuger Fatima Lakhani Zulfikar Lakhani Barbara Lawrence Beverley LeDrew Ronald Lemay David Lewis Judy Lindsey Lynda Liscio John Livingstone James Marshall Candace Martin Pamela Mathers Terry McArthur Jean McCrossan Prue Niall McDonald John Milne Eleanor Minnes Lynn Moody Georgia Mouka Shanelle Munjal Guangchen Nan Tilly Netherton Jade Nevins Jane Nicholas Maureen Nicholls Judy ONeill Kamal Pantalia Linette Partridge Simone Pennant Helen Periana Rose Pincente Lorrie Quackenbush Terry Reeder Jorge Saggiante Holly Samson C. 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