COLUMN: Linda Jensen — Jan 16, 2014

Linda Jensen
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E.A. Rawlinson Centre

On Feb. 17, Platinum Blonde performs as part of the Canadian Tire Concert Series.  If you were rocking to the sounds of Platinum Blonde back in the ’80s you weren’t alone.  Platinum Blonde released their first full-length album, Standing in the Dark in January of 1984.

The album was hugely successful and garnered them two Juno Award nominations.  Standing in the Dark was recorded independently and released through CBS records and started off the wave of Indy hit makers over the years. With this album, Platinum Blonde burst into the world of New Wave music.  The singles Doesn’t Really Matter, Not In Love, Sad Sad Rain, Take It From Me and Standing In The Dark sold four times platinum. Their music videos received a lot of airtime on Much Music in Canada and were also played in the U.S. and Europe. 

The concert is part of the 30th anniversary tour and will include all their old hits and their new hit singles as well. The concert will feature rare unseen video footage of the making of Standing in the Dark.

“The live show will be a massive undertaking of visual story-telling, light and special effects that will span the course of two full hours.”


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Odyssey Productions are adding to their already ambitious season with a ‘play only’ (not part of the dinner theatre productions) to be held at the E. A. Rawlinson Centre. THE 39 Nine Steps, directed by Roxanne Dicke will be staged on Feb. 6, 7 and 8 at 7 p.m. 

“Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! 39 Steps is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance.”


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A well-loved Canadian singer, John McDermott returns to the E. A. Rawlinson Centre on March 25.  This concert which is part of his 20th anniversary tour is presented by Shantero productions. This retrospective concert will feature a variety of songs from his 25 albums including early recordings right up to the latest releases.


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The first concert of the season, Blue Rodeo, which is part of the Canadian Tire Concert Series, will be held on Jan. 22. Tickets are still available for one of Canada’s favourite bands.

See you in the theatre.


Organizations: Canadian Tire Concert Series, CBS, E. A. Rawlinson Centre

Geographic location: Canada, U.S., Europe

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