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Arts Scene 2019

Boeing Boeing - Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Boeing Boeing

MAGNUS THEATRE Boeing Boeing  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts  Magnus 

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - April 24, 2019 (LSN)  The play takes place in the Paris home of Bernard, a successful architect who has been juggling three air-hostess fiancées. With careful planning and the help of his disapproving housekeeper Berthe, Bernard has always made sure that he has one fiancée taking off, one landing and one on the ground. With the introduction of quicker planes an unfortunate storm over the North Atlantic, Bernard and his friend Robert will have to brace themselves for a bumpy night as all three women arrive to spend a night at home.

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Improv Show - Sunday, April 14, 2019

Cambrian Players Improv Show

Cambrian Players Improv Show  Lake Superior News

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   -  April 14, 2019   (LSN)   Multiple Personality Date, Human Puppets, Dead Bodies… it may sound like a horror movie, but these are just a few of the games you may see performed when Thunder Bay’s favourite Improv group, Cambrian Players Improv, once again takes to the stage on April 27 at the Cambrian Players Theatre (818 Spring Street)!

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Lakehead Choral Group' Spring Concert - Sunday, April 7, 2019

Lakehead Choral Group' Spring Concert

Lakehead Choral Group' Spring Concert  Lake Superior News

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   -  April 7, 2019   (LSN)   Thunder Bay's own Lakehead Choral Group (LCG) will perform their annual spring concert on April 24th at St. Agnes Church in Thunder Bay.

The choir is pictured performing today at McKellar Place Retirement Residence in Thunder Bay. LCG performs several times a year at retirement residences and long-term care homes, as a way of giving back to the community and spreading the joy of music. These "sing-outs" also serve as lead-ups to LCG's bi-yearly concerts.

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Old Town Hall - Monday, April 1, 2019

Old Town Hall
Summer concert Series

Valdy and Johannes Linstead, along with  Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts   St Joseph Island 

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   -  April 1,  2019   (LSN) The Old Town Hall Concert Series on St. Joseph Island is today announcing the lineup for its 24th season.

The season includes two old favourites of the series with Valdy and Johannes Linstead, along with the fantastic Juno-nominated soul/blues group Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar.

All of these performers have earned at least one Juno nomination, marking the continued high standards of this annual series.

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Thunder Bay Blues Festival - Sunday, March 24, 2019

18th Annual, Thunder Bay Blues Festival

Thunder Bay Blues Festival   Lake Superior News

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   -  March 23, 2019   (LSN) The festival will be held outside on the shores of Lake Superior at the beautiful Thunder Bay Marina Park. The beginning of July has always seen excellent weather. Expect a fair sky with typical temperatures between 18ºC and 25ºC (64ºF - 77ºF).

We have an exciting lineup of great artists performing at the 2019 Thunder Bay Blues Festival. Please review our schedule of performers below. Check back regularly for updated information and links to each artist's biographies.

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Live @ The TEC Hub - Friday, March 22, 2019

Live @ The TEC Hub

TBSO’s galloping gala goes “live”  Lake Superior News

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   -  March 22,  2019   (LSN) TBSO’s galloping gala goes “live” at Confederation College’s TEC Hub (Thunder Bay)  For the third year running the JUNO award-nominated TBSO is going “live” with its end-of-season gala fundraiser. The host venue this year is the new TEC Hub in Confederation College’s Innovation Centre.

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BUYING THE FARM l - Monday, March 11, 2019

BUYING THE FARM lands at Magnus Theatre

BUYING THE FARM lands at Magnus Theatre  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts  Magnus 

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - March 11, 2019   (LSN)  Magnus Theatre continues the 2019-19 Season with a brand new Canadian play.  BUYING THE FARM by Shelley Hoffman and Stephen Sparks is a romantic comedy in two acts about a young real estate agent who approaches a third generation farmer to buy up his farm for development.  Things heat up when the young man meets the farmer’s feisty and smart niece, who is definitely against the urban sprawl that the land develope

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TBSO Maria Fuller - Sunday, February 24, 2019

TBSO Maria Fuller as new Resident Conductor

TBSO Maria Fuller as new Resident Conductor  Lake Superior News

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   -  February 24,  2019   (LSN) TBSO’s Music Director, Paul Haas, is pleased to formally announce the two-year appointment of Maria Fuller as the orchestra’s new Resident Conductor.  

Ms. Fuller comes from a musical family, and began studying music in Saskatchewan at the age of four. In addition to conducting, she is an accomplished pianist and trumpet player.  

As a pianist, Ms. Fuller is a two-time laureate of the FCMF National Finals, of the CMC National Finals, and of the CFMTA National Finals in Canada. Ms. Fuller has soloed with the Longview Symphony and the Cincinnati Ballet, and has also performed with the Richmond and Kentucky Symphonies.  

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Theatre to present ‘I and You - Thursday, February 7, 2019

UW-Superior Theatre to present ‘I and You’

UW-Superior Theatre to present ‘I and You’  Lake Superior News

SUPERIOR, WISCONSIN   -  February 7, 2019   (LSN) University of Wisconsin-Superior Theatre will present the drama “I and You” in the Experimental Theatre on the UW-Superior campus. Performances, directed by Kathy Laakso. 

“The audience will experience an appreciation of life for what it can potentially hold for each of us,” said Laakso. “It is also a reminder that we all need each other, how important it is not to isolate ourselves from others, even if that connectedness can be painful.”

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Valentine’s Swing Dance - Thursday, January 31, 2019

UW-Superior Jazz Band hosts annual
Valentine’s Swing Dance

UW-Superior Jazz Band   Lake Superior News

SUPERIOR, WISCONSIN   -  January 31, 2019   (LSN) The University of Wisconsin-Superior Jazz Band be playing plenty of sweet notes for its annual Valentine’s Swing Dance on Thursday, Feb. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Yellowjacket Union Great Room.

The evening will include music from the classic era of big band with songs from Glen Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie and Woody Herman. Included with the price of admission, Keith Miernicki of Twin Ports Dance will offer swing dance lessons between sets.

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Thunder Bay’s TBSO nominated for JUNO Award - Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Thunder Bay’s TBSO nominated for JUNO Award

TBSO nominated  JUNO Award   Lake Superior News

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   -  January 29, 2019   (LSN)  It has just been announced that the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra has been nominated for a JUNO Award in the the “Classical Album of the Year” category. The nomination is for the “Into the Wonder” album released last year.

The project began in 2012, and took four years to bring to fruition, with its official release on November 3, 2018. The music was entirely composed by young Canadian composer, Jordan Pal. The recording features Canada’s celebrated Gryphon Trio playing with the TBSO.

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Moosemeat & Marmalade Cooks Up New Flavours - Tuesday, January 22, 2019

 Moosemeat & Marmalade Cooks Up New Flavours

Season Four of Moosemeat & Marmalade Four Premiere Airing on APTN on February 7th   Lake Superior News

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA   -  January 225, 2019  (GLOBE NEWSWIRE)  (LSN)  Highly anticipated food documentary series, Moosemeat & Marmalade, returns to APTN for a fourth season on February 7th, 2019. This popular series from Mooswa Films follows beloved co-hosts, bush cook Art Napoleon and classically trained chef Dan Hayes, as they take viewers on an around-the-world culinary journey that pushes traditional boundaries and explores new flavours and techniques both in the kitchen and out in the wild.

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BAYFRONT BLUES FESTIVAL - Monday, January 21, 2019



DULUTH, MINNESOTA -  January 21, 2019  (LSN)  Bayfront Blues Festival, have just added  two acts for this year, the Kentucky Headhunters and Reverend Peyton's Big Dam Band. Each year nearly 20,000 fans are treated to more than thirty different acts on two stages at one of the region’s most beautiful open-air venues….. Duluth’s Bayfront Festival Park.

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A golden throne, and glittering ikons: Anastasia - Sunday, January 20, 2019

A golden throne, and glittering ikons: Anastasia

Anastasia Cambrian Players   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts   Cambrian Players

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  January 20, 2019  (LSN) A golden throne, and glittering ikons: Anastasia, which opens February 27th, will be the first full production staged by Cambrian Players in their new theatre at 818 Spring St. 

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Thunder Bay Art Galley $3.5 million - Monday, January 14, 2019

$3.5 million from FedNor for
Thunder Bay Art Galley

$3.5 million for Thunder Bay Art Gallery  Lake Superior News

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO -  January 14, 2019  (LSN)  The FedNor funding  $3.5 million will support the construction of the new Thunder Bay Art Gallery on the waterfront at Prince Arthur Landing. 

The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour and Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay–Superior North, and Don Rusnak, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay—Rainy River,

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Create space art studio - Friday, January 11, 2019

Create space art studio

Create_Space_Art_Studio.  Lake Superior News

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO -  January 11, 2019  (LSN)  Create Space is located at 303 Simpson st, on the corner of Simpson and Bethune. The building is at least 120 years old and was in need of a fair bit of work but I've transformed it from a gutted old storage space to a modern fully equipped art studio. 

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Arts News 2018

Ischkinakker Shakker Celebrates its 16th year - Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Ischkinakker Shakker Celebrates its 16th year

Ischkinakker Shakker Celebrates its 16th year  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts Ischkinakker Shakker Celebrates its 16th year

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO -  December 19, 2018 (LSN) Thunder Bay’s annual charity Christmas extravaganza is celebrating its 16th birthday this coming weekend. 

On December 23rd, yuletide revelers will take part in what’s become a local annual holiday tradition, where every cent raised goes directly to a local charity. This year’s recipient charity is Roots to Harvest.

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TBSO Dream Vacation Lottery - Friday, December 14, 2018

TBSO Launches Dream Vacation Lottery

TBSO Launches Dream Vacation Lottery Lake Superior News

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   - December 14, 2018  (LSN) Get ready to pack your bags—because the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra has just given you the  chance to win a fabulous Dream Vacation for two! 

Yesterday, the city’s brand new mayor, Bill Mauro, bought the very first  $20 TBSO Dream Vacation  Lottery ticket. Best of all, every one of only 1200 tickets—including the Mayor’s—has two chances to  win. 

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TBSO Receives Grants - Thursday, December 6, 2018

TBSO Receives Grants through
Thunder Bay Community Foundation

President Linda Penner  TBSO  Lake Superior News

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   - November 6, 2018  (LSN)  Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra (TBSO) President Linda Penner and Director Mary Anne Cooper received two grants totalling $7,000 through the Thunder Bay Community Foundation to support greater accessibility to classical music.

The first grant will fund TBSO’s Family Connects Project as a part of the orchestra’s Family concert series. The grant will support special 45-minute pre-concert performances for children with disabilities and their families.

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Eleanor Drury Children’s Theatre presents Enchanted Bookshop - Saturday, November 24, 2018

Eleanor Drury Children’s Theatre presents
Enchanted Bookshop

Enchanted Bookshop Eleanor Drury Children Theatre  Lake Superior News

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO -  November 24, 2018  (LSN)   Eleanor Drury Children’s Theatre celebrates 37 years of exemplary children’s theatre in Thunder Bay Rehearsals are well underway for the 37th production of the Eleanor Drury Children’s Theatre - The Enchanted Bookshop, Featuring a cast of 20 children and youth from age 5 to 19.

“During the day, The Enchanted Bookshop may look like any other used bookstore. 

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Les Misérables - Tuesday, November 20, 2018

All The Daze  productions   Les Misérables

All The Daze Les Misérables  Lake Superior News

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -  November 19, 2018  (LSN)  The idea of performing Les Misérables first formed in the fantasies of a small group of homeschooled children.  The idea was rekindled after that group flash mobbed their family in their Fernie condo during an impromptu performance of “Do You Hear the People Sing?”. The process of bringing, the world’s longest running musical, Les Misérables, to Thunder Bay started in January of 2018.  

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Lakehead Choral Group Spirit of Christmas Concert - Monday, November 19, 2018

Lakehead Choral Group Spirit of Christmas Concert

Lakehead Choral Group Christmas Concert   Lake Superior News

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Season of Song concerts at Cathedral of Christ the King - Monday, November 19, 2018

Season of Song concerts at Cathedral of Christ the King

Season of Song concerts at Cathedral of Christ the King  Lake S uperior News
#LSN_Arts   University of Wisconsin

SUPERIOR, WISCONSIN - November 19, 2018  (LSN)   The University of Wisconsin-Superior Music Department presents its 21st annual Season of Song concerts on Sunday, December 2, at 4 p.m. and Tuesday, December 4, at 7:30 p.m. at Cathedral of Christ the King in Superior.


Featuring the newly installed organ at the cathedral

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Extra, Extra! Newsies - Friday, November 16, 2018

Extra, Extra! Newsies above the fold production

Extra, Extra! Newsies above the fold production Paramount Theatre Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts   Paramount 

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO -  November 16, 2018  (LSN) Extra, Extra! Newsies above the fold production now playing at the Paramount Theatre! High-kicking newspaper kids practically leap off the stage at the Paramount Theatre, where Disney’s Newsies is currently being staged in Thunder Bay by the senior students of Paramount Live. The liveliness and zest of Paramount Live’s staging brought down the house on opening night as the “newsies” took to the stage to tell this story based on real-life events of the Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City.

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Where the Poppies Grow premiere - Tuesday, October 30, 2018

 Where the Poppies Grow premiere
Nov 4th

Where the Poppies Grow  Kelly Saxberg Ron Harpelle   Lake Superior News

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - October 30, 2018  (LSN)   When the Great War ended In November 1918 Canadians could take pride in the contributions their country had made. Canada sent over 600,000 soldiers and several thousand nurses, doctors and other people who supported the war effort behind the lines. Canada established 16 general hospitals in Europe, mainly in England, and a number of other hospitals and aid stations closer to the battlefield. Over 60,000 Canadian men and women died, from a country with a population of only 8 million. The country had paid a heavy price for victory in Europe.

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CBC Massey Lectures - Sunday, October 7, 2018

CBC Massey Lectures Tanya Talaga

CBC Massey Lectures Tanya Talaga  Lake Superior News

Thunder Bay, Ontario - October 7, 2018  (LSN) Prize-winning journalist Tanya Talaga (Seven Fallen Feathers) explores the legacy of cultural genocide against Indigenous peoples- in Canada and elsewhere- in her 2018 CBC Massey Lectures—All Our Relations: Finding the Path Forward.

For Tanya Talaga, that cultural genocide has led to a forced disconnection from land and language by Indigenous peoples. The need now, she says, is for Indigenous self-determination in social, cultural and political arenas. And many communities, in Canada and abroad, are finding that the road back to a relationship with land and language are keys to community healing—to what in fact it means to be Indigenous.

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Mélissa Biroun, assumes duties as Interim Conductor-in-Residence - Thursday, September 20, 2018

Gifted and energetic Mélissa Biroun, assumes duties as Interim Conductor-in-Residence TBSO

Mélissa_Biroun_TBSO  Lake Superior News

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   - September 20, 2018  (LSN)  Simon Rivard, TBSO’s fine young Conductor-in-Residence will be stepping down from his post, effective immediately. He will be replaced by the equally gifted and energetic Mélissa Biroun, who will assume duties as Interim Conductor-in-Residence.

 Biroun is a graduate of the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal in classical piano studying under Louise Bessette, and also a graduate of Vanier College in jazz piano under Eric Harding.

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Annual Sivertson Gallery Inuit Premiere - Monday, September 10, 2018

Annual Sivertson Gallery Inuit Premiere

Sivertson Gallery Inuit   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts  #LSN_CircleTour  #LSN_CookCounty eaturing Inuit Sculptor Bill Nasagaluak and Canadian Throat-Singers

GRAND MARAIS, MINNESOTA - September 10, 2018  (LSN) An extraordinary showcase of Inuit print art and sculpture, along with carving demonstrations and throat singing performances happening all weekend at the 18th annual Sivertson Gallery Inuit Premiere. All events are free and open to the public through the weekend of Friday Oct 26, and Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018.

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Radio Waves Music Festival - Wednesday, September 5, 2018

WTIP 11th annual Radio Waves Music Festival

WTIP Radio Waves  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts Radio Waves

Grand Marais, Minn., July 27, 2018 –WTIP Community Radio has announced the lineup for the Radio Waves Music Festival, Sept. 7 to 9, at Sweetheart’s Bluff in the Grand Marais Recreation Area. This marks the 11th year of the family-friendly festival, which features a diverse mix of local and regional artists.  Three days of live music, just a stone’s throw away from Lake Superior!  

Twenty-five acts will take the stage at this year’s festival, including seven acts

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Magnus Bang Bang - Thursday, August 30, 2018

BANG BANG Kicks off Magnus Theatre’s 47th Mainstage Season

Bang Bang Magnus Theatre   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts  Magnus 

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - August 30, 2018   (LSN)  Magnus Theatre launches the 2018-19 Season with a story ripped from the headlines. BANG BANG by Kat Sandler is timely, relevant, funny and at times explosive. It takes on a host of important issues such as police violence, race, identity, privilege and cultural appropriation, wrapped in a fast paced and sometimes hilarious comedy drama.

A white playwright uses the shooting of an unarmed young Black man by a police officer as a “jumping off point” for his hit play that is soon to be adapted into a major movie.

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Casting Mamma Mia - Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Casting Mamma Mia
Badanai Theatre

Casting Mamma Mia Badanai Theatre   Lake Superior News
Badanai Theatre

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  - August 29, 2018  (LSN)  Prepare to leave the frozen shores of Lake Superior this winter as Badanai Theatre sets to transform the Paramount into a warm Greek island paradise for the upcoming community theatre production of Mamma Mia. Auditions begin this September as they are searching for a large and diverse cast to create this local production.  “There are 13 main roles, a full ensemble, and groups of singers and dancers who are needed to be cast” said co-director Candi Badanai who is very excited for this show.

“Mamma Mia is the musical we’ve been waiting for!” says Candi Badanai.

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Downton Abbey Road Paramount Live - Sunday, August 12, 2018

The laughs are on at the Paramount!

Downton Abbey Road Paramount Live  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts   Paramount 

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO -  August 12, 2018  (LSN) Audiences have been flocking to the Paramount this August to catch a local summer theatre production of Downton Abbey Road. Now heading into its last week of performances, Downton Abbey Road is written by  Randy Apostle of Celebrations and Jubilations Dinner Theatres and tells the story of the Crawley family being abuzz for Lady Mary’s birthday celebration until a mysterious visitor claims they know a dark secret about someone in the house.

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Summer Musical To Open At Magnus Theatre - Monday, July 2, 2018

Summer Musical To Open At Magnus Theatre

Back_in_59+Magnus Theatre  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts  Justine Lewis, Will Lamond, Andrew Hodwitz, Samantha Piper

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  =  July 2, 2018 (LSN)  There is great music coming from the rehearsal hall of Magnus Theatre.  Four young dynamos sing in tight harmony.  It is a hit song from the 1950s, featured in Magnus’ upcoming summer production, Back In 59.  The performers sing with conviction and without irony.

“Ba-Ba-Ba-Ba-Barbara-Ann.  Ba-Ba-Ba-Ba-Barbara-Ann.  Ba-Ba-Ba-Ba-Barbara-Ann“

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Winners of the 2017-18 Young Playwright’s Challenge - Saturday, June 23, 2018

Winners of the 2017-18 Young Playwright’s Challenge Magnus Theatre

Magnus Theatre  Young Playwrites  Lake Superior News

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  - June 22, 2018  (LSN)  Magnus Theatre announced the winners of the 2017-18 edition of the Young Playwright’s Challenge on Thursday.
AT THE BREAK OF DAWN by Amy Poetschke took first prize, Phoebe Kine was the runner up with her play HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS, and Zachary Ross rounded out the top three with A JAZZY NIGHT. The winners each receive a cash prize, and their scripts workshopped by the Magnus Theatre in Education team.

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Live on the Waterfront - Sunday, June 10, 2018

Live on the Waterfront
Wednesday evenings,  July 11 to August 29

Live on the Waterfront  Thunder Bay, Ontario   Lake Superior News

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  - June 8, 2018  (LSN) This year, Live on the Waterfront has added two special dates: Friday, June 29 featuring Classified, Logan Staats, and more, and Saturday, July 28 featuring two performances by circus act Machine de Cirque. The remainder of the series will take place Wednesday evenings, 6 pm – 9 pm, from July 11 to August 29 in Marina Park.


The City of Thunder Bay is proud to announce its most diverse and talented Live on the Waterfront lineup to date. 

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Play at the Nipigon Red Rock District High School Graduation, - Friday, June 8, 2018

OPP - Pipes and Drums Visiting Nipigon are celebrating 50 years in the OPP

vOPP - Pipes and Drums Visiting Nipigon  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts  #LSN_Crime 

NIPIGON, ONTARIO - June 8,v 2018  (LSN)   The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Commissioner's Own Pipes and Drums are celebrating 50 years in the OPP in 2018. 

Originally called the Ontario Provincial Police Pipes and Drums, it was first formed in 1968 by Provincial Constables Robert Stevens and Martin DeSilguy of the Nipigon detachment.  It began as a small unit playing at local community events and police functions and was officially recognized in 1974.

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TBSO Launches 2018-19 Season - Friday, June 8, 2018

TBSO Launches  2018-19 Season

TBSO clarinetist E-Chen Hsu   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts   TBSO clarinetist E-Chen Hsu

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -  June 8, 2018  (LSN)   The Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra has unveiled their much-awaited 58th season, which is set to be their most transformative and inclusive yet.


TBSO’s new 2018-2019 season phases out the decades-old Masterworks–Pops format, and introduces an innovative approach to concert selection and purchasing options. This year there are only two overarching categories: Mainstage and Second Stage. All 10 Mainstage concerts happen at the Community Auditorium. The remaining 11 happen at smaller, Second Stage venues.


“We’ve torn down the walls between Masterworks and Pops,” says Paul Haas, Music Director of the TBSO, “Because there’s so much more to hear when you listen outside the box.”

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Sheriffs Band Pledges for Special Olympics - Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Sheriffs Band Pledges Over $2,500 for Special Olympics

Sheriffs Band Special Olympics  Lake Superior News

COOK COUNTY, MINNESOTA  - June 6, 2018  (LSN) Five of Minnesota’s standing Sheriffs performed a live concert last night at the Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association (MSA) annual Summer Conference at Cragun’s Resort in Brainard, MN, and turned the performance into an opportunity to support the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics. The band performed a two-hour show for the nearly 200 conference attendees, and by suggesting a voluntary nominal per person donation, managed to raise $2,502 from other Sheriffs, spouses and conference vendors. 100% will go to support the cause near and dear to the hearts of law enforcement.

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WTF Festival’s Broadfoot Awards Luncheon - Thursday, May 31, 2018

Meet Canada’s top comedians at the  
WTF Festival’s Broadfoot Awards Luncheon 

K. Trevor Wilson WTF Festival Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts  #LSN_CircleTour       Roger Abbott Award winner K. Trevor Wilson

SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO  May 31, 2018  (LSN)  A dozen comedians in one place = one heck of a good time. The public is invited to the 2018 Dave Broadfoot Awards Luncheon. Part of the WTF Comedy Festival lineup, the event is taking place at the Machine Shop on Friday, June 8 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

The late Dave Broadfoot, known as the father of stand‐up comedy in Canada, entertained audiences live and on television as an integral part of the Royal Canadian Air Farce. The awards ceremony named in his honour has Air Farce members present the Broadfoot Award for Comedic Genius.

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Cambrian Players presents Almost, Maine - Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Cambrian Players presents Almost, Maine by John Cariani

Cambrian Players Almost, Maine  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts   Cast of Almost, Maine

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  May 30, 2018  (LSN)  Cambrian Players presents Almost, Maine by John Cariani, opening on May 30, 2018 in Thunder Bay, Ontario.  Almost, Maine is a set of vignettes about various facets of love that all take place on a Friday night in the small, fictional community of Almost in northern Maine. The northern lights provide the magical backdrop for the play.

If you have ever fallen in love or fallen out of love, ever wondered what love would be like or thought about what it shouldn’t be like, then this play is for you. The characters find themselves in situations that hold familiar themes about love, presented in unusual ways, and work their way through them to resolutions – happy or sad – that the audience will recognize and appreciate.

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Bye Bye Birdie - Friday, May 25, 2018

Broadway musical comedy Bye Bye Birdie

Paramount Live  Bye Bye Birdie  Lake Superior News

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - May 25, 2018  (LSN)   Rotary dial telephones are ringing as this week the senior actors of Paramount Live moved into the theatre as they are putting the finishing touches on their year’s end musical of the Broadway musical comedy Bye Bye Birdie. “It’s coming together beautifully” said director Candi Badanai who explained that this weekend they go into technical and full dress rehearsals in preparation for their opening night performance on Wednesday May 30th. “We still have a little more to do and a couple costumes that are getting their final stitches in place, but I think audiences who have come to enjoy our past senior productions such as Sister Act, Into The Woods, or Addams Family will truly enjoy this wholesome family musical” said Candi Badanai. 

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Migration Paths Collective Creation Project - Thursday, May 17, 2018

Migration Paths, a story about the experiences of Newcomers to Canada

Migration Paths, Collective Creation Project Magnus Threatre   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts  Magnus Theatre 

 June 4th through the 6th will see Magnus Theatre in Education present its annual Collective Creation Project on stage. This year’s presentation is MIGRATION PATHS, a story about the experiences of Newcomers to Canada.

MIGRATION PATHS is part documentary theatre, retelling the stories of newly-landed Syrian teenagers in Thunder Bay, and part fiction based on real life accounts. The play follows three characters that must leave their home in search of a safer place, and the dramatic journeys that they embark on to get there.  MIGRATION PATHS challenges audiences to consider: What if their story was your story?

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Celebrity poker tournament add to WTF Festival lineup - Monday, May 14, 2018

Celebrity poker tournament added to
WTF Festival lineup

Celebrity poker tournament added to WTF Festival lineup  Lake Superior News
LSN_Arts   WTF Festival

SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO - May 14, 2018   (LSN)  You’ll raise. You’ll fold. You’ll laugh. Want a chance to go all-in against some of Canada’s best comedians? The WTF Comedy Festival added a Celebrity Jokers’ Poker Tournament to the event lineup. The challenge is taking place at Gateway Casinos Sault Ste. Marie on Thursday, June 7 at 6 p.m.


Space is limited to three tables of 10, and seats are expected to sell quickly.

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Magnus Theatre Announces 2019 Season - Sunday, May 13, 2018

Magnus Theatre  Announces 2019 Season

Magnus Launches 2019 Season  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts   Magnus   

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO -  May 13, 2018  (LSN)  Magnus Theatre’s Artistic Director, Thom Currie, laid out his vision for the upcoming 2018-19 season today. As always, the new season has something for everyone, but the new season will be packing even more entertainment into the mix.

The season kicks off in July with the unofficial first show, BACK IN 59, written and conceived by Thom Currie. This jukebox musical featuring hits from the late 1950s and early 60s has been a smash hit it every theatre it has played at.

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Anything Goes - Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Musical production of Anything Goes 
Paramount Live

Anything Goes Paramount Live  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts   Paramount Live

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  May 9, 2018  (LSN) This week young actors at Paramount Live are setting sail with their new musical production of Anything Goes (Young Performers Edition). Anything Goes is a classic musical comedy that is filled with delicious songs by Cole Porter. The co-directors of the show Olivia McInnis and Carly Martin said that “show has been close to our hearts for as long as we can remember. It is a piece of art that gives us the inspiration and courage to follow what drives our souls and the ability to break the stereotypes that have divided us.”

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PERFECT WEDDING - Saturday, May 5, 2018

A raucous finale to the 2017-18 season,

Magnus Theatre  Perfect Wedding  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts   Magnus   

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO -  May 5, 2018  (LSN)  Magnus Theatre is happy to present a raucous finale to the 2017-18 season, PERFECT WEDDING by Robin Hawdon.
Two hours before his wedding, a bridegroom wakes up beside a woman he doesn’t recognize.  Chaos ensues with the arrival of the best man, the bride, a meddling chambermaid and finally the mother of the bride.  The madness reaches a fevered pitch as the groom desperately tries to remember the night before and explain himself to everyone in the hotel, making for a side-splitting night at the theatre.
It is a non-stop hilarious ride of unbridled proportions!  “This is an uproarious story of a young man who is desperately trying to keep control of an out of control situation,” says Magnus Theatre Artistic Director Thom Currie. “It is a classic farce with classic farce situations.”

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Winnipeg, Apollo Suns at the Foundry - Saturday, May 5, 2018

Winnipeg jazz rock / psychedelic band, Apollo Suns

Winnipeg jazz rock / psychedelic band, Apollo Suns  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts   TBShows

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO –  May 5, 2018  (LSN) As part of their eastern Canadian tour, Winnipeg jazz rock / psychedelic band, Apollo Suns will be making a stop in Thunder Bay on Friday, May 25th to play the Foundry stage. 
FOR FANS OF: Snarky Puppy, Billy Cobham, Jeff Beck, Five Alarm Funk.

 Born from the fusing of eight uniquely talented Winnipeg, MB based musicians, Apollo Suns have created a refreshing and innovative sound combining instrumental, rock, jazz and psychedelic music.

Apollo Suns constantly challenge themselves in their writing by constructing jazz influenced songs with the end goal of maintaining an overall accessible and catchy track for listeners of all kinds. 

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Superior Voices gala concert - Tuesday, April 24, 2018

UW-Superior Music Department presents
Superior Voices gala concert

UW-Superior Music Department presents Superior Voices   Lake Superior News

SUPERIOR, WISCONSIN. –  April 24, 2018  (LSN)  The University of Wisconsin-Superior Music Department presents its annual gala concert Superior Voices on Tuesday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Thorpe Langley Auditorium.

“Superior Voices is an annual scholarship benefit concert to raise funds for UW-Superior Voice Scholarships,” said Dr. Vicki Fingalson, Associate Professor of Voice and Director of Opera Workshop at UW-Superior. “It is a celebration of all the great singing that is happening on campus. The concert will feature Opera Workshop, A Cappella and Chamber Choirs, Voice Faculty and even an appearance from the cast of this spring’s musical, ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.’”

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WTF Festival Variety Show lineup - Friday, April 20, 2018

WTF Festival announces Variety Show lineup

WTF Variety Show is being hosted by The Doo Wops Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts J ohn Catucci and David Mesiano from the comedy duo The Doo Wops

SAULT STE MARIE, ONTARIO  April 20, 2018   (LSN)   With comedy superstar Russell Peters set to headline the inaugural WTF Festival, organizers have since inked deals with other entertainers. On the evening of Saturday, June 9, a number of top Canadian acts are set to perform a gut-busting Variety Show at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre.

The WTF Variety Show is being hosted by The Doo Wops. This hilarious Italian-Canadian comedy duo features John Catucci and David Mesiano. They blend song and satire while maintaining their unique cultural flavour. The following entertainers are also scheduled to perform at the evening show:

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TBSO unveils new logo - Monday, April 16, 2018

TBSO unveils new logo for first time in 41 years

TBSO New Logo  Lake Superior News

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - April 16, 2018  (LSN)   In a surprise announcement at the orchestra’s Live @ the Abbey gala event this past Saturday, TBSO President, Linda Penner, announced that the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra has adopted a new logo—its first in 41 years.

The TBSO’s management began addressing the orchestra’s visual identity last year—at the same time the Board was renewing its strategic vision. Both board and management decided that the time had come to modernize the organization’s visual identity, to bring it in line with the TBSO’s goals and its unique place in Canadian culture.

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FLOWSHINE WILL GET YOU GOING - Sunday, April 15, 2018

Calgary’s Flowshine will be making a stop in TBay

Calgary’s Flowshine  at the Foundry  Lake Supeiror News

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  – April 15, 2018  (LSN)   As part of their Canadian tour, Calgary’s Flowshine will be making a stop in TBay on Friday, April 27th at the Foundry to promote and play tracks of their new release, Gets Me Going. They’ll be joined by special guests Sarah Hakala (singer / songwriter) and DJ Big D.

: Flowshine is a music group based at the eastern edge of the Canadian Rockies. They are notable for their fusion of genres and energetic live shows.

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25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - Monday, April 9, 2018

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

UW-Superior  25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee  Lake Superior News

#LSN_Arts   Adam Lavine and Savannah Kaufenberg

SUPERIOR, WISCONSIN   – April 9, 2018  (LSN)  University of Wisconsin-Superior Theatre will present the musical “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” in the Manion Theatre located in the Holden Fine and Applied Arts Center on the UW-Superior campus. Performances, directed by Jeffrey Madison, will take place April 27 - 28, and May 4 - 5 at 7:30 p.m. and April 29 and May 6 at 2 p.m.

Written by Rachel Sheinkin and William Finn, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” follows an eclectic group of six students as they vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. A riotous ride complete with audience participation, it has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit, humor and music.

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ten short plays written by ten Northwestern Ontario playwrights - Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Showcase features ten short plays written by ten Northwestern Ontario playwrights

Bronson Carver 10x10  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts  Lakehead University student Bronson Carver he wrote a ten-minute play
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  April 4, 2018   (LSN)  10x10 is a year-round theatre creation project in Thunder Bay, Ontario, featuring the 10x10 Play Showcase, our annual production of original ten-minute plays by regional playwrights, developed and performed by local directors, actors and technicians.

Lakehead University student Bronson Carver thought that trying something new seemed like a fun idea, so he wrote a ten-minute play and submitted it to the Sixth Annual 10x10 Play Showcase. Carver’s play, The Soul-Mate, has been selected to open the show, presented this year for the first time on the Magnus Theatre stage.

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Feminine Touch Thunder Bay's Blues Festival - Saturday, March 24, 2018

Feminine Touch
Thunder Bay's Blues Festival

Thunder Bay Blues Festival   Lake Superior News

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  March 24, 2018  (LSN)  2018, being totally captivated by the "feminine touch," is very special. Friday night sees the return of the raspy, smoky vocals of folk-rock superstar Melissa Etheridge to Bluesfest. Saturday's tandem of headliners, Canadian music icon and Lilith Fair founder, Sara McLachlan and 9-time Grammy Award winner Sheryl Crow, who has sold 50 million albums of her of timeless music, will astound. The festival closes Sunday to the resonating sounds of multi-platinum selling rock star Pat Benatar and long-time husband in music and life, Neil Giraldo.

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Live @ the Abbey - Wednesday, March 21, 2018

TBSO   is proud to present
Live @ the Abbey

Life @ the Abbey  TBSO  Lake Superior News

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - March 21, 2018  (LSN)  The Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra is proud to present Live @ the Abbey, the TBSO social event of the year!

Last year’s Live @ the Shipyard was a phenomenal success. This year promises to be even better: imagine a huge gala house party on two floors. It all happens on Saturday, April 14, when the TBSO takes the end-of-season celebration to the unique and newly renovated Urban Abbey on Red River Road.

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Magnus Theatre present BED AND BREAKFAST - Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Thoughtful comedy will keep audiences amused and wondering “Do they stay or do they go?”

Magnus Theatre  Bed and Breakfast    Lake Superior News

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -  March 7, 2018   (LSN)  Magnus Theatre is proud to present BED AND BREAKFAST by Mark Crawford. Brett and Drew want to move out of their tiny downtown Toronto condo and into a house, but they just lost their seventh savage bidding war. Unexpectedly, Brett’s beloved Aunt Maggie dies and he inherits the historic family home in a quaint Ontario tourist town. Frustrated by life in the fast-paced city and unhappy with their careers, the couple decides to make the move and start a B & B. But when the guys face friction in their new community they discover the simple life is more complicated than they thought.

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Red Rock folk festival - Monday, March 5, 2018

16th annual Red Rock folk
festival slogan contest

Red Rock Folk Festival  Lake Superior News

Thunder Bay, Ontario March 5, 2018   (LSN)  The Live from the Rock Folk Festival’s annual slogan contest is now underway and closes on March 12, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

The contest, which has been an ongoing tradition since the festival’s inception in 2003, is open to anyone, anywhere in the world with the opportunity to win two free weekend passes to the 2018 event.

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Arts & Heritage Awards - Monday, February 26, 2018

8th Annual Arts & Heritage Awards

Thom Currie Artist Director of Magnus Threatre presents Candi Badanai with Stage Performance award Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts Thom Currie Artist Director of Magnus Theatre presents Candi Badanai with Stage Performance award

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -   February 26, 2018  (LSN)  The achievements and contributions of talented local artists, cultural professionals, organizations and businesses were celebrated at the 8th Annual Thunder Bay Arts & Heritage Awards presented by  Credit Union on Friday evening at Magnus Theatre.

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Joy around the World - Friday, February 16, 2018

UW-Superior hosting Cultural Night 
“Joy around the World.”

UW-Superior hosting Cultural Night  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts University of Wisconsin-Superior

SUPERIOR, WisCONSIN   –  February  16, 2018  (LSN)  The University of Wisconsin-Superior will showcase food and cultures from around the world for its annual Cultural Night on Saturday, March 3, at UW-Superior. The theme for this year’s Cultural Night is “Joy around the World.”

This annual event, which is sponsored by World Students Association (WSA), will feature an international dinner and cultural performances by students.

Dinner is served in the Yellowjacket Union Great Room at 5 p.m. The family style meal will consist of Indian butter chicken and Chinese vegetable dumplings with jollof rice and Brazilian cheese bread finished with tiramisu for dessert and bubble tea to drink.

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WTF Festival - Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Russell Peters to headline Sault’s inaugural WTF Festival

Sault’s inaugural WTF Festival  Lake Superior News

SAULT STE MARIE, ONTARIO  February 7, 2018   (LSN)   Show me the funnayyyyyy! Gemini Award‐winning comedian and actor Russell Peters is taking a detour north on his Deported World Tour to stop in Sault Ste. Marie. His gut‐busting headline performance will anchor the inaugural WTF Festival June 7 to 9 as one of three signature events. The festival will combine a mix of comedy, variety and stand up performances featuring Canada’s best entertainers. With event tickets, bundles and accommodation packages available at, the three‐day festival includes the following:


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Broadway smash comedy The Producers - Monday, February 5, 2018

A new group of theatrical artists have come together 
to create the  Broadway smash comedy The Producers

#LSN_Arts  Max Bialystock played by Robert Perrier and accountant Leo Bloom played by Daniel Hannah

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  February 5, 2018  (LSN) Broadway smash comedy The Producers plays Thunder Bay.  A new group of theatrical artists have come together and are mounting a production of the Mel Brooks Broadway musical comedy The Producers that will play this February in Thunder Bay.

A cast of 19 local actors from various backgrounds, who have performed with numerous groups and companies (both professionally and amateur, and a few making their debut) have come together to work on this passion project of a community theatre production.

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Banff Mountain Film Festival - Tuesday, January 23, 2018

City of Sault Ste. Marie  brings back 
 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts  #LSN_Outdoors      Sault Community Theatre Centre

SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO  January 23, 2018  (LSN)  “We are excited to be hosting this renowned Film Festival with Searchmont Ski Association. These inspiring adventure, environmental and action films will have broad appeal here in Algoma”, Brian Wilson, Sault Community Theatre Centre.” Sault Ste. Marie has never experienced a film festival as dynamic as BANFFs. We are fortunate to be surrounded by amazing outdoor enthusiasts in the area and couldn’t be more excited to celebrate our love of film and become part of the adventure with the BANFF Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2017-2018!

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Celebremus! A Canadian Choral Celebration - Sunday, December 31, 2017

Dulcisono Women's Choir
"Celebremus! A Canadian Choral Celebration"

Dulcisono Women's Choir   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts   Open rehearsal January 30th,  all women welcome.

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO -  December 31, 2017   (LSN)  Our first concert of the season, "Celebremus! A Canadian Choral Celebration". This will feature myself, as the new Artistic Director, soloists from within our choir, Carol MacDonald on piano, and special guest Colleen Kennedy on the oboe. The repertoire for this concert is a variety of Canadian compositions ranging from folk songs, to classical pieces. A particular focus of the concert is Imant Raminsh's "Missa Brevis" to be performed by the choir and Colleen Kennedy on oboe. 

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Cambrian Players new Home - Friday, December 29, 2017

Cambrian Players has a permanent home at last

Cambrian Players has a permanent home  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts  818 Spring Street

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -  December 29, 2017   (LSN)  Cambrian Players is extremely excited and proud to announce the new Home for Cambrian Players. After 70 Years, we now have a space to rehearse and house our theatre sets, props, costumes and tech equipment that is all our own! 818 Spring Street! 

The non-profit community theatre group has bought the former Polish Hall on Spring Street in Fort William.

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Dolly Parton's 9 to 5 the musical - Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Dolly Parton's 9 to 5 the musical
takes to the Paramount Theatre stage!

9 to 5 Paramount Theatre  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts  Paramount Theatre/Maple Tops December 13, 14, 15, 16,

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -  December 13. 2017    (LSN)  9 to 5 The Musical, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick, is based on the seminal 1980 hit movie. Set in the late 1970s. this hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic.

The high energy Broadway musical 9 to 5 with music by Dolly Parton is taking to the Paramount Theatre stage this week.

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Arts & Heritage Awards  - Thursday, December 7, 2017

Thunder Bay Seeks Submissions
for Arts & Heritage Awards 

Thunder Bay Arts & Heritage Awards  2018  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts  2017 award winners 

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  - December 7, 2017   (LSN) The achievements and contributions of local artists & historians, cultural professionals, organizations and supporters will be celebrated at the 8th Annual Thunder Bay Arts & Heritage Awards, presented by the Copperfin Credit Union, on Feb. 23, 2018, at Magnus Theatre.  The awards show is sponsored by CBC Thunder Bay and Magnus Theatre.

Submissions are now being accepted in a wide range of categories from music, film and heritage to cultural sponsor and lifetime achievement.  In total, there are 16 award categories.

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MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET - Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Magnus Presents Holiday Classic Holiday Tale -

 Magnus Presents MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts L to R Kevin Hare, Alison J. Palmer, Anne-Sophie Lalonde, Douglas E. Hughes, Walter Learning, Sandy Winsby, Kael Ewan Napper, Jessica Krasnichuk, Andrew Cecon, Andrew Paulsen

At Macy’s department store in New York City, Christmas is big business. By chance they’ve hired a man named Kris Kringle as this year’s Santa Claus. His unconventional ways unleash waves of goodwill that turn Macy’s and the commercial world of Christmas in New York upside down. A classic for more than 70 years, this story of triumph of faith over greed and goodwill over commercialism is as relevant and meaningful as ever. Can one nice old man with whiskers change the lives of a world-weary mother, her little girl and all of New York City?

 Magnus Theatre presents Miracle On 34th Street, a wonderful stage adaptation of the family favourite to give merriment and meaning back to this holiday season from December 7-23

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Classic Tales - Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Paramount Live presents Classic Tales

Paramount Live presents Disney's Sleeping Beauty KIDS  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts  Disney's Sleeping Beauty KIDS

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   November 28, 2017  (LSN)  This week Paramount Live presents Disney's Sleeping Beauty KIDS as directed by Theresa Thibert with an opening act by Theatre Babies Goldilocks and the Three Bears as directed by Jack Kotanen. These productions take to the Paramount Theatre stage on November 30, December 1, 2, 2017.

Disney's Sleeping Beauty KIDS tells the classic fairy tale of Princess Aurora's sixteenth birthday, and three fairies – Flora, Fauna and Merryweather who must use their magic to save her from the spell of the evil sorceress, Maleficent!

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Lakehead Choral Group - Sunday, November 26, 2017

"Spirit of Christmas Concert"

Lakehead Choral Group  "Spirit of Christmas Concert"  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts   Lakehead Choral Group at Chartwell Isabella Retirement Residence

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -  November 26, 2017   (LSN)  Thunder Bay's own Lakehead Choral Group will perform their annual "Spirit of Christmas Concert" on December 6 at at St. Agnes Church.

The choir performing at Chartwell Isabella Retirement Residence on November 26. Their 2017 Christmas repertoire consists entirely of pieces by Canadian composers or arrangers. It's a festive end-of-the-year tribute to Canada's 150th birthday.

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Season of Song’ concerts  - Saturday, November 18, 2017

UW-Superior presents
​ ‘Season of Song’ concerts' 

‘Season of Song’ concerts at Cathedral of Christ the King  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts  at Cathedral of Christ the King

SUPERIOR, Wis. -  November 18, 2017  (LSN)   The University of Wisconsin-Superior Music Department presents its 20th annual “Season of Song” Winter Choral Concerts on Sunday, December 3, at 4 p.m. and Tuesday, December 5, at 7:30 p.m. at Cathedral of Christ the King in Superior.

The program will include both traditional carols and fun holiday tunes performed by the UW-Superior Chamber Strings, directed by Dr. Erin Aldridge, and the UW-Superior Choirs and Festival Orchestra directed by Dr. Katherine Chan,

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Paramount Live’s SUPER BATTLE - Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Paramount Live’s

Paramount Live  SUPER BATTLE  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts    crafted under the directorial leadership of Spencer Hari

THUNDER BAY ONTARIO -  November 14, 2017   (LSN)  This week Paramount Live’s Fall/Winter 2017 season’s first production takes to the stage with an original play titled SUPER BATTLE: THE WEST AND THE MIRROR WORLD.

Super Battle: The West and the Mirror World is a play that was crafted under the directorial leadership of Spencer Hari. Like one of his previous productions for Paramount Live Ozlahoma, was crafted by the kids enrolled in the program. Through their ideas and uniquely developed characters, Spencer Hari takes their thoughts and story ideas and weaves them into one seamless story.

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Hovland and Regional artisan crafters - Monday, November 13, 2017

Hovland and Regional artisan crafters
Christmas Show

Hovland Christmas Art Craft Sale   Lake Superior News

HOVLAND, MINNESOTA  -  November 13, 2017   (LSN)  Chestnut roasting on the open fire.  Jack Frost nipping at the nose.    The festive holiday season is descending upon us once again with its nose chills and creative holiday warmth.  

Once more our local Hovland and regional artisan crafters are gearing up for another pre-Christmas sale of their fine and exquisite handiwork and wares.  This annual winter HAF (Hovland Arts Festival) event will be held at the Hovland Town Hall in Hovland, MN, 4957 E. Highway 61 on November 25th from 10am-4pm.

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CCR Band Live At The Mack - Monday, November 13, 2017

The CCR Band Live At The Mac

CCR Band    Lake Superior News

SHUNIAH, ONTARIO   November 13, 2017   (LSN) The CCR Band (aka The Cajun Country Rock Band) is a tribute to the music of Creedence Clearwater Revival and John Fogerty. The members of the band are myself, Andy Wolff on lead vocals, lead guitar and harmonica; Paul Cherwonick on rhythm guitar, background vocals; Arek Chamski on bass guitar, background vocals and Ernie Craig on drums, background vocals.

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In His Own Words - Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Leonard Cohen: In His Own Words.
November 7th Trinty Hall

Leonard Cohen: In His Own Words.  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts  November 7, 2017 marks the first anniversary of Leonard Cohen’s passing.

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   November 1, 2017  (LSN) Event organized to commemorate the passing of Leonard Cohen will feature a free screening of a documentary, Leonard Cohen: In His Own Words. 

The screening of the film will be followed by a Q&A/discussion session

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Cook County Artists - Thursday, October 26, 2017

Artist Opportunities: professional development classes, exhibit calls and grants

Grand Marais Art Colony    Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts  Cook County Artists,

GRAND MARAIS, MINNESOTA  -  October 26, 2016   (LSN)  Art Colony has been working hard to create a curriculum of new classes that help artists develop their professional practice. 

The curriculum has four core areas: 1. Developing a Body of Work, 2. Enhancing Internal & External Communication, 3. Goal-Setting for Advancement, and 4. Financial Fluency. This Fall we are initiating the first few classes in this curriculum. We hope you will join us!

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The cast of Mom's Gift tackle family drama and comedy - Monday, October 23, 2017

Cambrian Players opens its season with an award-winning comedy "Mom’s Gift"

Cambrian Players presents Mom’s Gift by Phil Olson, directed by Beverley Gravelle-MacLeod Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts  By Phil Olson, directed by Beverley Gravelle-MacLeod

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO -  October 23, 2017   (LSN) Cambrian Players opens its season with an award-winning comedy about a family reunion one September afternoon in small-town Minnesota. It is Dad’s birthday and the family gathers round, including the ghost of Mom, who is visible to only one of the assembled. 

Mom’s ghost has returned to the family home with a mission so that she can get into heaven, but she isn’t quite sure which of the family issues she needs to help resolve in order to be successful. The issues become apparent through the afternoon, but not all need Mom’s help.

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Symphony Virgins concert - Friday, October 20, 2017

Symphony Virgins concert aims to tempt newbies

Symphony Virgins concert   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts  audience will get to eat 4 different kinds of chocolate

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   October 20, 2017  -  (LSN)   The question is, “are you experienced?” When it comes to orchestral music the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra wants to make sure you are! And that might be a very good thing.

    Next Wednesday evening, the TBSO’s Conductor-in-Residence, Simon Rivard, is going to lift the covers off the classics and light classics, just for you.

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Art & Fine Crafts Market - Thursday, October 19, 2017

Artisans Northwest  Celebrating 42 years Art & Fine Crafts Market

Artisans Northwest    Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts   November 11 & 12th  Valhalla Inn  7 rooms  75 Artists

2017, will be the groups 42nd year of continuously operating our Art and Fine Craft Show. It runs the second week in November, Saturday November 11, 10-5, and Sunday November 12, 10-4.  This years show is bigger and better as we will be occupying all seven rooms at the Valhalla Inn, in Thunder Bay with over 75 artists taking part. Entry to the show is free but we do a voluntary silver collection and donate part of the proceeds to an art related grouping Thunder Bay. This years recipient will be Willow Springs Creative Centre.

We are the only juried show in the region.  In order for an artist to become a member, an application for jurying is submitted to the jurying committee.  The committee of selected members come together twice a year to jury new applicants work.

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Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth - Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth by Drew Hayden Taylor

Magnus Theatre  Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth by Drew Hayden Taylor  Lake Superior News
#LSN_News  Magnus Theatre

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  October 17, 2017   (LSN)  Magnus Theatre presents Only Drunks and Children,  Tell the TruthWinner of the 1996 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play, Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth is the heartwarming, emotional and funny story of Janice, an Indigenous woman adopted by a white family, who returns to the reserve in the wake of her birth mother's funeral. Janice finds herself struggling to find a place where the culture of her past can feed the truth of her present... connecting these two lives is proving to be a challenge.  

Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth is a story that straddles the line between realistic-comedy and tragedy with the four central figures balancing the spectrum of existence in Indigenous culture. It takes a peek into the mindset of a community rocked not only by a death in the family but forces a hard look into conflicts of identity, “the scoop” and life in Otter Lake.

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Collective Creation Project - Friday, October 13, 2017

Play creation project for high school students, called the Collective Creation Project

Collective Creation Project
#LSN_Arts     Magnus Theatre

Magnus Theatre runs an annual play creation project for local high school students, called the Collective Creation Project. With the guidance of professional theatre staff, students from across the city come together to write a play on a social issue affecting Thunder Bay. Students are involved in all aspects of the creation of the play, from writing to acting and stage managing.

The Collective Creation Project is offered at no cost to our students. This is a free program for them to participate in. They will be given the chance to enhance their theatrical skills no matter what role they play in the process.

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Annual Halloween Mystery Dinner - Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Dracula Bill's Annual Halloween Mystery Dinner

Dracula Bill's Annual Halloween Mystery Dinner   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts   October 28th Mama Alfa’s will host the 4th annual Dracula event

WESTFORT,  ONTARIO   October 10, 2017   (LSN) The restaurant often teams up with the Capitol Players to present an evening of fun with a Murder Mystery.  This October 28th Mama Alfa’s will host the 4th annual Dracula event.  The background story is that Dracula met Mama Alfa when she was employed as his chef in his Transylvanian castle. Her recipes are from ancient texts she found in the Castle’s libraries - specifically from the collection of the Scholomance – a magical teaching school (which explains Mama’s supernaturally delicious sauces and pasta.)  Dracula fell in love with Alfa and every Halloween he shows up and tries to sweep her away from Ralph and back to Transylvania.  Of course, someone has to kill him and everyone gives their theory and there are prizes.  But Dracula never dies so he is sure to live again next Halloween.  Many guests come in costume, others don’t but all receive a copy of The Alfa Report newsletter, which provides background to the plot.

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Choreographer Beats The Odds - Monday, September 25, 2017

We Will Rock You Choreographer Beats The Odds

choreographer Julie Tomaino Magnus  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts Magnus's choreographer Julie Tomaino

The Thunder Bay debut of choreographer Julie Tomaino resulted in the energetic display of talent that brings We Will Rock You to life at Magnus Theatre. Julie’s story is a courageous tale of the dancer’s spirit, passion and a determination to beat the odds.
Earlier this year, Magnus Theatre Artistic Director Thom Currie invited Julie to join the We Will Rock You production team.  Julie, who has a successful career as a choreographer and director, readily accepted, thrilled at the opportunity to work in Thunder Bay on the first regional theatre production of the Queen musical.  Life, however, was going to throw her a curve ball.

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Thunder Con - Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Thunder Con 2017 Warps

Thunder Con 2017  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ Imperial Forces that are headed to Thunder Con 2017 at the Valhalla Inn

It's that time of year again Thunder Con 2017 Warps into the Valhalla Inn on Saturday September 23 from 10am till 10 pm and Sunday September 24 from 10am till 5pm from daily.

Bring the whole family for a weekend of fun and activities in the game zone , vendor areas kids zone area , artists areasnd Many other activities and Cosplay Costume shows contests and more also special guest panels and special guests from around the country and beyond,

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Magnus's WE WILL ROCK YOU - Saturday, September 16, 2017

Magnus's WE WILL ROCK YOU  held over

Magnus Theatre WE WILL ROCK YOU
#LSN_Arts   Held over until September 30th

, WE WILL ROCK YOU has been held over for an extra week until September 30, 2017. Critics and theatre-goers are spellbound by the Bohemian Rhapsody, with their favourite Queen songs being brought to the stage in this sensational production.

Adam Charles and Jessie Cox delight audiences as the cute yet rebellious pairing of Galileo and Scaramouche and the villainous duo of Gabi Epstein and Spencer Hari absolutely “kill” it as Killer Queen and Khashoggi, respectively. Not to be outdone, the phenomenal high-energy rocker-rebel personas of Amy Sellors as OZ and Ryan G. Hinds as Brit. The rest of the cast are providing thrilling performances in front of a live rock band led by Danny Johnson.

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39th Season 2017-2018 - Sunday, September 10, 2017

The Golden Violin  Consortium Aurora Borealis

Consortium Aurora Borealis The Golden Violin   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts   39th concert season, “The Brilliance of Borealis”

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO,  September 10, 2017   (LSN) To open the Consortium Aurora Borealis 39th concert season, “The Brilliance of Borealis”, with the programme “The Golden Violin”, an apt title for the sounds you will hear. We are delighted and honoured to welcome back Thomas Cosbey, Concertmaster of the TBSO, and pianist Heather Morrison, two favourites of Thunder Bay audiences.

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The Art of Reading and Writing - Friday, September 8, 2017

North Shore Readers and Writers Festival

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#LSN_Arts    The Art of Reading and Writing 

GRAND MARAIS, MINNESOTA  - September 8, 2017   (LSN)  The North Shore Readers and Writers Festival locates, celebrates, and fosters the literary arts and engagement with the written word.

Readers, writers, and book professionals will all find a multitude of opportunities through which to learn and engage, including classes, readings, panel discussions, and more.

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ShubniahFest 2017 - Thursday, September 7, 2017

First Annual ShuniahFest September 8th and 9th The Zep Show

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#LSN_Arts   The Zep Show  Mackenzie-Riverside Pizzeria and Lounge

The Mackenzie-Riverside Pizzeria and Lounge is throwing the First Annual ShuniahFest this September 8th and 9th 2017.  We have received such overwhelming support from the community over the past year, but especially over the last few summer months that we felt we should do something to return the favour and give other small independent businesses a chance to get their name out and showcase what it is they have to offer.  

This year, we have decided to allow these businesses and vendors free admission into the festival, and also have decided to donate 5% of our ticket sales to Macgregor Rec Centre in Shuniah, to go towards their children’s programs.  MacGregor Rec Centre is also donating their time Saturday September 9th 2017 between the hours of 1pm and 4pm to run children’s activities during our Festival.

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Great Changes at Magnus - Saturday, September 2, 2017

"And yes, there are changes happening at Magnus.” 

Thom Currie Magnus Theatre's Artistic Director  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts   Thom Currie   Magnus Theatre's Artistic Director

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -   September 2, 2017   (LSN) Thom Currie has just celebrated a significant milestone: He has now officially spent one year in Thunder Bay as Magnus Theatre's Artistic Director.
“That’s right,” he grins on a break from rehearsal.  “I drove into Thunder Bay last year on August 28th and started work on August 29th.  It’s been a great year.”
The upcoming season at Magnus Theatre is the first that Currie has programmed for Thunder Bay audiences, and he has promised a revolution.  He chuckles at the reference.
“A revolution, any revolution, is marked by change, a change in the way things are done.  And yes, there are changes happening at Magnus.”

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Magnus Theatre in Education Fall Programs - Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Magnus Theatre in Education Announces Fall Programming

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#LSN_Arts    Magnus Education 

Thunder Bay, ON - It’s a revolution at Magnus Theatre! Magnus is excited to launch several new Theatre in Education programs for the 2017/2018 season.

Magnus is revamping the YOUNG PLAYWRIGHT’S CHALLENGE, after a hiatus of more than a decade. Playwrights between the ages of 13 and 19 are invited to submit scripts between September 8th, 2017 and February 28th, 2018. The scripts will undergo an adjudication process, and a winner and two runners up will be chosen to have their scripts workshopped on the mainstage. Cash prizes of $500, $300 and $200 will be awarded.

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Library Adds Vinyl Listening Stations - Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Library Adds Vinyl Listening Stations at the Waverley

Library Adds Vinyl Listening Stations  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts      Vinyl Listening Stations

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO,  August 29, 2017    (LSN)  Libraries are transitioning from buildings full of books to community hubs forlifelong learning and in the spirit of adding a Business Incubator, Northern Nature Trading Centre and other hands-on opportunities for learning and exploring creativity, we are happy to announce TBPL’s newest installation - vinyl record listening stations.

The two record players are located upstairs at the Waverley Library. The area also features a music-inspired painting by local award-winning artist Duncan Weller and other decorations which reflect the musical history of Thunder Bay’s past. Users may select from a curated collection of fifty vinyl albums.

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Plein Air Grand Marais North Shore - Sunday, August 27, 2017

Plein Air Grand Marais North Shore for fall colors

Plein Air Grand Marais Lake Superior News
#LSN_ Arts    Grand Marais Art Colony

GRAND MARAIS, MINNESOTA,  August 27, 2017  (LSN)   Plein Air Grand Marais is just around the corner! Venture up the North Shore for fall colors and meet over 60 artists painting throughout Cook County in this friendly painting competition September 8 – 14th, followed by an exhibition showcasing artist’s work September 15th – October 29th

 Since 1947 the Art Colony has maintained a strong relationship between outdoor recreation and artistic pursuit due to Art Colony founder Birney Quick’s vision to form an outdoor painting school. 

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Lakeview African Children’s Choir - Saturday, August 26, 2017

Lakeview Presbyterian Church hosting African Children’s Choir

African Children’s Choir Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts   Lakeview has hosted the African Children’s Choir previously on 3 occasions

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO,  August 26, 2017  (LSN)  Lakeview has hosted the African Children’s Choir previously on 3 occasions (2005, 2008 and 2015).

The African Children’s Choir melts the hearts of audiences with their charming smiles, beautiful voices and lively African songs and dances.  The program features well-loved children’s songs, traditional Spirituals and Gospel favorites.  Concerts are free and open to all. Donations will be accepted at the performance to support African Children’s Choir programs, such as education, care and relief and development programs. 

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Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour’ - Friday, August 18, 2017

Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tou
#LSN_Outdoors    Fall Studio Tour’

Cook County, Minnesota. – August 18, 2017 –   (LSN) A group of local artists and gallery owners joined with Visit Cook County to revive and reimagine the Crossing Borders Studio Tour, which retired last year after 20 successful years. 

The new event, Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour, will feature 14 stops and more than 40 artists along one of the most scenic fall color drives in Minnesota. The event will give visitors an opportunity to meet with artists in their home studios, as well as visit with guest artists at local art galleries. The dates for the Fall Studio Tour are Sept. 29 – Oct. 8, 2017.

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Badanai Theatre presents GREASED - Summer Theatre with a Twist - Monday, August 14, 2017

Badanai Theatre presents GREASED
#LSN_Arts   Badanai Theatre presents GREASED 

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   August 14, 2017   (LSN)  Greased takes us back to 1959 and it’s back to school for Danielle Zippo (Carly Martin), the leader of the T-Birdies the "mean girls" of Rydell High, and new “good boy” Sandy Olsen (Hudson Drew Morash) who try to relive the high romance of their “summer nights” as the rest of the gang sings and dances it way through popular 50’s tunes such as “Yakety-Yak”, “Leader of the Pack”, “Book of Love”, “Mama Said”, “The Twist”, and many more. The cast is rounded out with Buddy Rizzo (Micheal Bogensberger) a shy, rather awkward young geek who befriends Sandy, Penelope (Katherine Nemec) as Danielle’s best friend and a great mechanic and fighter of boys, Sunny (Olivia McInnis) who enjoys putting other people on by pretending she is not the sharpest knife in the drawer, and Mr. Jack Hass (Spencer Hari) an algebra teacher, Chess club coach and Glee club adviser. This actors cast in these roles will surely deliver a full throttle of laughs in this production of Greased.

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