COLUMN: Linda Jensen — May 8, 2014

Linda Jensen
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E.A. Rawlinson Centre

Leave your worries at the door this weekend as you are taken into the delightful fantasy of The Wizard of Oz. 

St. Mary Upstage Productions presents this well- loved musical tonight (Thursday, May 8), Friday and Saturday at 7:30 as well as on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.  The musical represents a huge collaborative effort by students, staff and parents who work very hard both on and off stage to present such an ambitious production.

On May 11-12, Bold Dance Studio will present their first Year End Recital. The Glitz Junior Showcase features dances of the Primary level and younger and will take place on May 12 at 3:30 p.m. The Glam Showcase features dancers of Grade/Level 1 and higher.  The recital also will showcase the many award –winning dances from the festival season. The shows are May 11 and 12 at 6:30 p.m.

On May 21, Lighthouse, Canada’s best-loved fusion rock band is back by popular demand. 

Lighthouse performed to a near capacity crowd in January of 2010 at the E. A. Rawlinson Centre and created a whole lot of excitement.  Their concert proved that Lighthouse “rocks on.”  Lighthouse was the brain child of Skip Prokop, Lighthouse’s drummer. He had a vision of a rock orchestra made up of three quartets - jazz horns, classical strings, and a rock rhythm section. 

Paul Hoffert, who is the keyboard player for the group, was on board and they managed to put together a 13-piece band. They became one of the best touring acts of their time.  They toured 300 days a year including a sold out performance at Carnegie Hall. They packed 100,000 people into Nathan Philips Square in front of Toronto’s City Hall at their free concerts. 

Some of their hits included One Fine Morning, Pretty Lady, Sunny Days and Hats Off to the Stranger. Their hits songs are still heard widely on radio and television. 

Over the years they have garnered nine gold records, three platinum records and three Juno Awards. Lighthouse has four original band members and the remaining five of the six members of the now 10-member band have been with the band for more than 20 years.  The newest member joined in 2000. They continue to tour and are currently working on a new release. 

For information on all of the concerts that are coming up at the E. A. Rawlinson Centre check out the website at

See you in the theatre.

Organizations: E. A. Rawlinson Centre, Carnegie Hall, Hats Off

Geographic location: Canada, Nathan Philips Square, Toronto

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