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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