Theatre, musicals, big name musicians and locals
Harbourfront Theatre announced its 22nd summer lineup recently. The summer element of Harbourfront’s year-round schedule will run mid-July to end of September and will include a variety of concerts and theatrical productions.
“We’re really looking forward to this coming season,” says Executive Director Kieran Keller. “We’ve hand-picked a fantastic lineup, complemented by some great touring acts renting the theatre as well.”
The season kicks off with a re-mount of the Harbourfront Players’ popular production of Norm Foster’s Maggie’s Getting Married on July 13 and 14.
Toronto’s Union Duke makes their Harbourfront stage debut on July 18. The band blends indie rock with bluegrass and country, featuring soaring harmonies with three, four and five voices.
Spotlight School of Arts presents their youth production of the Roald Dahl classic Willy Wonka Jr. on July 20. The show will be the culmination of Spotlight’s “Be in a Musical” summer camp program.
On July 27, Harbourfront welcomes back Canada’s reigning couple of Celtic music, Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy for an evening of fiddle tunes and stepping. Natalie is a Cape Breton native who could step-dance before she could walk; Donnell is the oldest brother of acclaimed family group Leahy. Both have amassed a collection of JUNO and East Coast Music Awards, and will perform individually and together in this one-night-only event.
Country superstar Suzy Bogguss makes her first appearance on PEI on July 29. The multiple CMA, CMT, ACM and Grammy-award winner will perform a string of her country and folk hits.
The cowboy theme continues with the tribute performance of Ryan Cook as Hank Williams on August 3. In the costume of the day, and with a full ensemble of traditional players, Nova Scotia native Cook pays homage to one of classic country’s most beloved pioneers.
In what is becoming an annual summer tradition at Harbourfront, Island favourites The Ellis Family Band and Fiddlers’ Sons will return on August 15 for a double bill.
Thane Dunn and the Cadillac Kings will bring their new show, Elvis Rock and Country on August 18. Opening the show will be guest Melly Dunn as the Rhinestone Cowgirl with her salute to the queens of country music: Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline and Tammy Wynette.
On September 20, VaughnCo Entertainment presents Canadian country legend Carroll Baker, on tour with her Gospel and Hits show. The much-awarded Nova Scotia native will perform her hits and spiritual favourites.
Jim Cuddy brings his trio to town on September 30. One of the acclaimed front men of Blue Rodeo, Jim has an equally successful solo career, turning out critically acclaimed albums such as All in Time, The Light That Guides You Home, Skyscraper Soul, and his latest effort, Constellation.
Tickets can be purchased at the theatre box office, by calling Ticket Pro at 1-888-311-9090, or online at www.harbourfronttheatre.com.