Rawlinson unveils fall season shows

Jodi Schellenberg
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It is going to be a jam-packed season with a variety of acts for everyone.

The E.A. Rawlinson Centre unveiled the fall season acts with a preview show on Wednesday evening, complete with entertainment and refreshments.

“In our fall series we have our 12-show subscription series,” marketing director Linda Jensen said. “In addition to that, we have one Canadian Tire presents concert and then we have three other shows as well. We have a really packed season and the idea is to present as much variety so that we can present something for everyone.”

The 12-series season will start on Sept. 16 with God Save the Queen, a Queen tribute band from South America.

“It has been touted by Rolling Stone magazine as the best tribute show ever,” Jensen said. “Pablo Padin, who is taking the part of Freddie Mercury, has an absolutely uncanny resemblance to him and his voice is amazing. They have been around for quite some time and have toured the world and we are really excited about this show.”

The next show on Sept. 23 will be a Canadian blues band called Monkey Junk that formed in 2008.

“They have absolutely taken the blues world by storm and have Juno nominations and 25 Maple Blues awards since they started up,” Jensen said. “They are a big name in blues in Canada.”

Next up is Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone on Oct. 2. This band was part of the British Invasion in the 1960s.

“Peter Noone is just the consummate performer and has been going strong since the age 15,” Jensen said. “We can expect to hear a lot of their hits that are very well known as well as Peter Noone is quite a showman so we are expecting quite a show with him.”

The next show on Oct. 4 will be the first PotashCorp Saskatchewan’s own concert of the series with band Midnight Roses from Swift Current. Recently the band won the Rising Star award at the SMCAs.

“In 2012, they were named Regina’s next big thing in a contest put on by Big Dog 92.7 in Regina,” Jensen said. “They are a country bluegrass sound.”

Switching styles of music, the next act will be Vishten, a Celtic/Acadian band from Eastern Canada on Oct. 8.  

“They are really known throughout the world music scene as really the band that defines Acadian music,” Jensen said. “Their music fuses Celtic and Acadian music with kind of a modern sensibility and also show a rock influence.”

Classical music fans will love the Oct. 15 show called A Time For Us, featuring violinist Angele Dubeau.

“She will be performing along with a seven-member, all female orchestra that she set up back in the ‘90s,” Jensen said. “She is very accomplished and also very popular. The show they are doing ... it will feature themes of well-known movies.”

On Nov. 6, British guitarist Martin Simpson will be showing off his skills.

“Martin Simpson is thought to be one of the world’s most accomplished acoustic and slide guitar players,” Jensen said. “He is very well-known in that circle.”

The second PotashCorp Saskatchewan’s Own performance will be on Nov. 21 called Fiddle Frenzy, featuring two performers with local connections.

“It features well-known in this area but also throughout Canada, Donny Parenteau and Brian Sklar with their twin fiddles,” Jensen said. “This show will feature Texas swing, Cajun, Grand Ole Opry, all of that type of music played with fiddle.”

At the end of the month the Christmas season will start with Christmas with the Barra MacNeils on Nov. 23.

“We can expect music and singing and dancing and seasonal stories and everything one would expect to find in a Christmas program,” Jensen said. “Their Christmas show is really one of the most well-loved Christmas concerts amongst Christmas shows that are available.”

The highlight of many people’s fall series is the Broadway North Musical, which will be Dec. 5-13 this year.

“Unfortunately due to licensing restrictions, we are not able to release the name of the production but … in a month or six weeks we will be making a big announcement as to what this will be,” Jensen said. “It is always a favourite in the community.”

On Dec. 19, the Rawlinson will put locals on the stage with Festive Magic.

“Another favourite in the Christmas season, which is another home-grown production, is our Festive Magic show,” Jensen said.

Tenore will end the 12-show series on Dec. 21.

“They are bringing their Christmas show Christmas With You,” Jensen said. “This group was founded by the same person who founded the Canadian Tenors, who have gone on to great things.”

Although those are the 12 shows in the series, Jensen said there will be a handful of additional shows in the fall.

On Sept. 26, there will be an event called the Arts Walk of Fame Gala Evening featuring Art Garfunkel.

“He has a live set, in which he will sing some of his solo hits, some of the Simon and Garfunkel songs and he will also play some of the songs he particularly enjoys of other songwriters,” Jensen said. “He is going to read parts of his new book and is going to do a Q and A. This concert will definitely play to the amazing boutique theatre that we have, to the intimacy we have.”

Next special show will be a Canadian Tire Concert series concert of Terri Clark on Sept. 21.

“She is a well-known Canadian country singer and songwriter,” Jensen said.

On Oct. 5, the Rawlinson will feature the singer-songwriter Fred Eaglesmith.

“In addition to having his own show, he is one of the last travelling shows around,” Jensen said. “He comes in his rig and has his band and he certainly has his own music and is very well-known as a songwriter.”

The Spotlight on Local Talent, which was started last year, will be continued on Oct. 29 with Tim Toutant.

“We are really excited this year once again to be presenting one of Prince Albert’s own,” Jensen said. “He will be here with a fabulous band and we can expect a really good rocking night.”

The last show announced was Norman Foote on Nov. 18, a children’s performer.

“This is definitely a show that will appeal to people with families and also people who enjoy watching children perform because he will be performing with a mass children’s choir, made up of children from within the area,” Jensen said. “This will certainly be a treat as well.”

The subscription series tickets went on sale immediately following the preview on Wednesday night. Single show tickets will go on sale on June 17. Tickets can be bought at the Rawlinson box office.

“It will be a very active season,” Jensen said. “There is a lot a variety there and that is what we are hoping to do to give everyone in the community the opportunity to find a concert they would love to come and attend at the Rawlinson.”

Organizations: Rawlinson, Canadian Tire, E.A. Rawlinson Centre Rolling Stone magazine Freddie Mercury Grand Ole Opry Broadway North Musical Canadian Tenors Prince Albert

Geographic location: Eastern Canada, South America, Regina Swift Current Texas

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