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Season 9 Launched @ Burlington Performing Arts Centre

by Pam Belgrade

The spring launch of the next season’s entertainment at Burlington Performing Arts Centre (BPAC) is a night out that we always look forward to.  It is hard to believe this is the 9th season of presenting Experiences that Inspire at this state of the art facility.  It is a treat to be one of the first people to hear who will be showcased right in our own backyard.


The evening was hosted by comediennes Shoshana Sperling and Lisa Brooke, who gave the audience a taste of their new Friday Night Comedy Cabaret Series Feel The Burl.  Throughout the launch we were treated to live performances giving us a glimpse of what audiences can expect and all of the acts were amazing!  We sang along with Wendy Lands: What the World Needs Now, wanted to get up and dance with The Dreamboats, and were enthralled with the cover of Carly Pearce’s Hide the Wine by Vanessa Marie Carter.

Being in tourism we are happy to see two festivals happening over the next few months which will attract visitors to the city.  Bring your friends and family down for these events and enjoy dinner and/or refreshments at local restaurants and shops.

The FREE Burlington Downtown Jazz Fest is returning for two days on Saturday August 10 & Sunday August 11, rain or shine.  Performances include guitarist Thomas Carbou, gypsy jazz group Christine Tassan et les Imposteures on Saturday and on Sunday vintage pop, swing and jazz singer Stephen Taetz and Newfoundland’s Heather Bambrick and B.C.’s Jodi Proznick in East Meets West.  This event is sponsored by Burlington Downtown.

As part of Culture Days festivites on Saturday Sept 28 and Sunday Sept 29, BPAC is hosting the second annual Cultural Diversity Festival sponsored by the City of Burlington.  Not only will there be an exciting and diverse line-up of performers, there are also events that celebrate inclusivity.  Included in a series of free and ticketed events will be Tales and Dances Around the Baobab, Dr. Terri Lynn Brennan: Truth & Reconciliation, Amai Kuda et Les Bois, The Pep Tides, TOM WILSON: Beautiful Scars. A Symphonic Literary Recital ($), Osob Adus: Unity in Diversity – The Common Culture and SULTANS OF STRING with Symphony on the Bay: Music from Around the World ($). More information is available online.

A group of us love to take in performances a couple of times a year and for this season we are considering several options.  On our Holiday wish list is The Men of the Deeps: Christmas in the Mine, jazz artist Emilie-Claire Barlow: Winter Lights, National Ballet Theatre of Odessa: The Nutcracker, Buzz Brass Christmas with the Elmer Iseler Singers and The Andy Kim Christmas.  Some of the other well known acts we are contemplating include several Canadian performers such as Burton Cummings: Up Close and Alone, (have seen him unplugged and he was great!) Sinatra with Matt Dusk, April Wine, Steven Page (Barenaked Ladies) with the HPO, (back after being rained out a couple of years ago at Sound of Music) and 54-40.  I may also convince them to go a little bit country to see CCMA Female artist of the year Meghan Patrick or Oakville’s Vanessa Carter.

Good news – what you see is what you pay as BPAC pricing is ALL-IN so it includes all taxes and fees.  Plus BPAC Members have exclusive access to buy tickets for one week before the public. Enjoy the perks while supporting BPAC, memberships can be purchased online.

There are lots of wonderful performances planned so refer to the full 2019/2020 Presenting Season line-up schedule at  Tickets are on sale now in person, by phone at 905-681-6000 or online at


Burlington Performing Arts Hall of Fame Inductees

Also during the launch BPAC celebrated the accomplishments of The Burlington Footnotes Senior Performing Troupe Inc by inducting them into the BPAC Hall of Fame. The Footnotes is an enthusiastic troupe of senior dance performers, musicians and singers who demonstrate various styles: tap, jazz, ballet, clogging, hip-hop, and musical theatre. The troupe has represented Burlington twice as the City’s Golden Age Ambassadors, performing in our twin city of Itabashi, Japan. Since the group started in 1995, it has grown from 6 to more than 100 members. Their annual show, Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance, is performed each June and always sells out.  It is a favourite with audiences and local tour operators who bring bus loads of visitors to Burlington annually. Congratulations to the Footnotes!

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