Review: The Mayor’s Cabaret & Culture Days

This past weekend The Burlington Performing Arts Centre was full of activity. On Saturday we hosted The Mayor’s Cabaret; an evening full of music, magic, dancing, auctions and food, that all helped to raise funds for our Centre. On Sunday we took part in Culture Days – a national event that works to raise the awareness, accessibility, and participation in the arts and cultural life in local communities.

The Mayor’s Cabaret started off with singer Tom Sutherland in the Family Lobby as guests enjoyed canapés, drinks, and started the bidding on our silent auction items. The Bernadette Manning Irish Dancers then wowed the crowd with their impeccable technique, followed by The Koogle Theatre Company who got the audience laughing before they headed into the Main Theatre for Act 1. Emcees for the evening were the hilarious Arrogant Worms from Kingston, Ontario, who kept the crowd going all night long. Act 1 featured guitarist Andrew Lopatin, the magic of Christ Stolz, and ended with the rockabilly sounds of the Hell Bent Rockers.

The silent auction continued during the intermission while the Loose Change Quintet filled the Family Lobby with their contemporary jazz. During Act 2 we heard some more musical comedy from The Arrogant Worms and then moved on to our live auction, with Mayor Rick Goldring acting as auctioneer himself! Once the live auction had come to a close, the main event, Canadian rock band Lighthouse hit the stage. Ending the evening, we had a post-show reception in the lobby with a performance by singer-songwriter Tomi Swick. The entire evening was full of outstanding performers, fantastic food, and exceptional people.

I’d like to thank Mayor Rick Goldring for the incredible amount of support he has given us leading up to and during this event. I’d also like thank everyone who donated items to our auctions, everyone who bid on the auction items, all of our wonderful volunteers, and of course, everyone who came out to The Mayor’s Cabaret to support The Burlington Performing Arts Centre; we hope you had a fabulous time. Your ongoing support is greatly appreciated.

Our Culture Days event gave our community the chance to come into the theatre and see our space while we highlighted some local talent. Singer-songwriter Ashley Sloggett featured in the lobby, while The Burlington Slam Project shared some spoken word and the Burlington Dance Academy gave us a dance demo in the Community Studio Theatre. The Burlington Art Centre also had a table set up in our lobby, with a hands-on plasticine activity for the kids.

In the Main Theatre we had a fantastic musical tribute by Frankie, Whitney, and Elton. Frank Chiarelli as Frankie Valli got the audience singing along to classic Jersey Boys songs such as “Sherry” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” Geri Defoe as Whitney Houston followed Frankie with an amazing version of “I Will Always Love You.” And lastly, Dave La Thangue as Elton John performed some of our favourites, including “Benny and The Jets” and “Your Song.” I hope everyone who joined us for Culture Days enjoyed their time with us and got a chance to visit each of the different spaces here at The Burlington Performing Arts Centre.

Now that we are officially into October, the first performance of our 2012-2013 season is just around the corner. I hope that you will be able to join us for experiences that lift your spirits and feed your soul.

See you at the theatre!

Brenda Heatherington
Executive Director

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