NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC: UNTAMED
WITH FILM MAKER FILIPE DEANDRADE
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6 @ 7.30PM
Wildlife filmmaker and conservationist Filipe DeAndrade, star of Nat Geo WILD’s Untamed, gives his unfiltered look at what it’s like to come face-to-face with wild animals, survive extreme environments, and make unexpected discoveries.
CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE: QUEEN—A NIGHT AT THE OPERA
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7 @ 8PM
Classic Albums Live loves a good challenge, and Queen provides just that. You know “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “You’re My Best Friend,” but it’s the deep tracks like “Prophet Song” and “Love of My Life” that reveal a profound depth of songwriting, and Classic Albums Live is the orchestra to nail it.
CRASH TEST DUMMIES
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS THE GRAPES OF WRATH
TUESDAY, MARCH 26 @ 8PM
The original band has been almost completely inactive since 2001, but they are reuniting for a tour honoring the 25th anniversary of their breakthrough album God Shuffled His Feet, which featured “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm.”
As Westworld’s Evan Rachel Wood recently proclaimed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, after having been guest featured on a number of shows on tour with the alumni band, “It’s not a cover band. It’s the actual band. It’s as close as you’re going to get to Bowie.”
The David Bowie Celebration tour is, indeed, comprised of alumni musicians of Bowie’s actual band, and they will be performing here on Wednesday, February 27th, at 8PM.
Here’s the who’s who of the concert:
Mike Garson was David Bowie’s longest and most frequent band member. He was featured on more than 20 Bowie albums, including his much talked about masterly solo on the “Aladdin Sane” track. Mike performed with David on both his first and last concerts in the United States as well as 1,000 concerts around the globe in between.
Earl Slick began his collaboration with Bowie in 1974 on the Diamond Dogs tour and continued with Bowie through his David Live, Young Americans, and Station to Station albums, featuring the smash hit singles “Fame” and “Golden Years.” Slick rejoined David’s band in 2000 for the Reality album and tour as well as his The Next Day album.
Gerry Leonard was music director and guitar player for David Bowie on his Reality world tour and DVD along with Bowie’s previous two records, Heathen and Reality, and their subsequent tours, along with his The Next Day album.
Carmine Rojas toured the world with David Bowie, playing bass on several multi-platinum hits such as “Let’s Dance,” “China Girl,” “Modern Love,” and “Blue Jean” on the Serious Moonlight and Glass Spider tours.
Mark Plati co-produced David Bowie’s Earthling album in addition to working for three years as Musical Director and guitarist/bassist with Bowie, performing with him in Europe and the U.S. at such shows as the Glastonbury Festival, NetAid, the Montreux Jazz Festival, VH-1 Storytellers, and The Concert for New York. He supervised the live execution of two complete Bowie albums – Heathen, and the 1976 classic, Low.
They’re joined by the following musicians:
• Bernard Fowler, a singer and songwriter widely known around the world for his work with The Rolling Stones for more than 30 years.
• Corey Glover, a founding member of Living Colour, who has helped prove that not only could black guys kick out the jams, but that they could be embraced by a vast expanse of fans.
• Joe Sumner, a singer-songwriter and bassist for the rock band Fiction Plane. In 2017, he toured with Sting on the massively successful 57th and 9th world tour.
• Gaby Moreno, an Emmy nominee and winner of a Latin Grammy for Best New Artist. She has released four albums and toured with singers Tracy Chapman, Ani DiFranco, Punch Brothers, Hugh Laurie, and Calexico.
• Lee John, a multi-instrumentalist songwriter and producer based out of Los Angeles. In addition to writing and recording his own music, Lee is a member of the band SayReal and just so happens to be the son of Earl Slick.
One of Cape Breton’s most important exports and a superstar in the Celtic music world (though she’s far too humble to admit it), fiddler and step-dancer Natalie MacMaster has built a sterling, multi-decade career on electrifying playing and must-see live performances.
MacMaster released her first album, Solo: Four on the Floor, in 1989, and followed it up with 10 more. In addition, she’s collaborated on other albums, most notably with Yo-Yo Ma, Johnny Reid, and Donnell Leahy, her husband.
But that’s not where her incredible artistic record stops. MacMaster has had seven JUNO nominations and won 19 East Coast Music Awards, 5 Canadian Country Music Association Awards (as Fiddler of the Year from 1997 to 2001), and many, many more, including becoming a Member of the Order of Canada in 2006.
When MacMaster and Leahy married in 2002, the proverbial mantelpiece was, of course, instantly crammed with the couple’s awards from their respective careers.
“The fiddle was definitely common ground for us when we first got together,” MacMaster said in a statement. And then, with time, MacMaster and Leahy grew their family…and their act. Their children today are the centrepiece of the MacMaster/Leahy live set, though not because the couple necessarily envision showbiz careers for Mary Frances, Michael, Clare, Julia, Alec, and Sadie.
Rather, the pair realized early on that being on the road without their kids was infinitely harder than touring with them. That the children were already being home schooled made the decision easier (MacMaster has a teaching degree).
Which brings us to their show, A Celtic Family Christmas. It’ll be an evening of family favourites and Celtic tunes, performed by the whole family. You can catch the MacMaster-Leahy family in Kitchener on Wednesday, December 19th at 8PM. Order your tickets now!
Milo Manheim is an up-and-coming American actor, born and raised in Los Angeles. He began his acting career in a local, after-school program in Culver City at the age of seven, and he soon went on to perform in 15 musicals with Liza Monjauze Productions, including Rent, Footloose, Tommy, A Chorus Line, Gypsy, and Spring Awakening.
As the only son of Emmy and Golden Globe award winner Camryn Manheim, Milo grew up on the set of The Practice and Ghost Whisperer, and he developed an appreciation for the craft at an early age. Milo was discovered when casting director Amber Horn saw his performance as “Roger” in Rent. This was a pivotal point in his budding career, because she brought him in to audition for a new Disney Channel musical, Zombies. Milo booked the male lead.
And, like his family, he is an avid participant in community service and charities. After his role in Generation Me, Milo became an advocate for teen suicide prevention. Milo has also volunteered with the Venice Family Clinic, which provides health care to low-income residents, and he worked with disabled students at McBride Elementary to get them involved with the arts. The list goes on.
Milo plays guitar, drums, piano, and ukulele, and he dabbles in various wind instruments. Aside from being a triple threat in acting, music, and dancing, Milo also enjoys sports such as soccer, volleyball, and skiing.
In Dancing With the Stars, Milo was partnered with pro Witney Carson. The youngest contestant on this season (27), he’s turning heads all over the Internet. Check out this dance he performed with Carson just last month.
Milo will be here, in Kitchener, along with the rest of the Dancing With the Stars Tour cast, on Sunday, January 6, 2019. Start the New Year off on the right foot! Get your tickets now.
Canadian country star Tim Hicks has the resume of a veteran: seven Top 10 singles on Canadian country radio, #1 country album for 5:01, multiple CCMA and SOCAN wins and JUNO nods, and coveted spots on prestigious festival stages nationwide. His 2016 album, Shake These Walls, debuted as the No.1 Canadian Country Album on the Nielsen Soundscan Top Country Albums Chart upon release.
“As each year on this crazy ride goes by, I just feel more comfortable as Tim Hicks, the artist,” Hicks says on his website. “The challenge of trying to write a good song is still one of the most exciting parts of my job.”
Country music’s blue collar everyman, building from local acclaim to a nationally recognized name, Hicks continues to lead the way, expanding the sound and style that helped define today’s country music. Hicks continues to soar in the charts, with 2 platinum and 6 gold-certified singles in addition to a gold album and twelve Top 10 radio hits garnering close to 1.3 billion audience impressions.
Hicks became the first recipient of the Nielsen Compass Award at the 2018 Country Music Association of Ontario awards show, an honour that recognizes an artist for the most total content plays including streams, single and album sales, and total social media following. Moreover, with his first nomination for the Apple Music Fans’ Choice category at the 2018 CCMA Awards, Hicks commemorates his wide-open sound as one of the defining influences on today’s country music.
Hicks released his fourth studio album, New Tattoo, in June of this year. His first studio release since Shake These Walls, New Tattoo is a fiercely confident collection of 12 tracks co-written by Hicks and produced by Jeff Coplan, with the exception of “LOUD” (produced by Todd Clark) and “Gettin’ to Me” (produced by Jeff Coplan and David ‘Dwave’ Thomson). The songs catapult between traditional country grooves, stadium-sized rock riffs, and blue-collar country. The first single, “LOUD”, which was licensed by the NHL, was the #1 most-added song at Canadian radio (all formats) its first week of release and continues to climb the radio charts with over 2 million streams to date.
On the heels of his sold-out Shakes These Walls tour of 2017, Hicks is on the road again with his Get Loud tour, though with an interruption in his schedule: due to losing his voice for his November date in Kitchener, his rescheduled date is next week, on December 10 at 7PM. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy a night of home-grown country music. Get your tickets now.