With summer coming to an end and autumn just around the corner, The Centre is full of activity as the staff prepares for the start of our 2012-2013 Professional Season. From singer-songwriters, to comedians and balancing artists, Grammy Award winners to Canadian Music Hall of Famers; this season is full of both exceptional Canadian talent and inspiring international artists. I’d like to take this opportunity to highlight a couple of our upcoming performances, one from home and one from abroad.
Cowboy Junkies (above left) is an alternative blues, country, and folk band which formed in Toronto in 1985. They have since traveled the world and are currently on their Nomad Tour which has only two Canadian dates – November 1st in Laval, Quebec and November 2nd in Burlington, Ontario. Cowboy Junkies have been deemed “the best kept secret in Canadian rock,” and since their start, they have never lost their place in the hearts of their fans. The unmistakable haunting voice of singer Margo Timmins and the band’s trademark musicianship can be unraveled to discover layers of American roots, blues, gospel, bluegrass, folk, and country.
Oysterband (above right) represents the best of England’s modern-folk bands and they will be performing here on our Main Stage on October 23. The performance is part of a national tour and marks what will be one of their first Canadian dates in two and a half years. The group has been described as “one of the few outfits still burning with the fire of punk, but who manage to combine it with the ideals and knowledge of English folk music.” Their dynamic stage performance ranges from acoustic to intense rock which highlights their exceptional musicianship and lyrics sprinkled with social commentary.
There truly is something for everyone among all of the extraordinary talent being brought to The Burlington Performing Arts Centre in 2012-2013. I look forward to sharing our Second Season with you over the next eight months and hope that you will join us as we celebrate the best of live performance in our very own backyard!