The Sanderson Centre presents Chubby Checker and The Wildcats on Wednesday, April 17, at 2 p.m.
Checker revolutionized popular culture and changed the music business forever when he appeared on American Bandstand in 1960, performing “The Twist.”
He has had 36 hit records, is the only artist to have a single go to #1 on the charts twice, and has sold 250 million records over the years.
Tickets are $70 available at the Sanderson Centre box office.
The Brantford Symphony Orchestra presents its annual Book Fair, April 24-26, from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and April 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sale will be held at 50 Craig St. (off Morton Avenue East) in Brantford. Book donations can be dropped off daily (except Sunday) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until April 18. More information is available at 519-761-0198 or www.brantfordsymphony.ca
The Brantford Writer’s Circle and Brantford Public Library present Pen, Polish and Publish: An Author’s Symposium and Award Banquet on April 27. The event runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the main library, located at 173 Colborne St., featuring workshops by local authors. A banquet follows at 6 p.m. at the Sherwood Restaurant. Organizers say they aim to celebrate the accomplishments of local authors, while encouraging and inviting aspiring writers to join a supportive peer network. For more information, contact Ken Lefebvre at 519-770-2763 or email@example.com
The grade 11 drama program at Assumption College School presents To Wake the Dead, a murder mystery dinner theatre on Tuesday, April 16. Dinner is at 6 p.m., followed by the show at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors.
Farringdon Independent Church invites you to attend a 30-minute Lenten Recital on April 16 at 11:15 a.m. Music presented will be suitable to aid in Lenten reflections and prayer. Visitors are welcome to bring a lunch during a fellowship gathering following the recital. Farringdon Church is located at 287 Mount Pleasant Rd. in Brantford.
Bar Code will perform on April 13 from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Gunners Club, 115 Henry St., in Brantford. The show, presented by the Jim Walsh Bike Ride for Kids, benefits Help A Child Smile and will also feature a silent auction. Admission is $15 at the door, or you can contact Denis Larocque at 519-209-8136 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The next session of the Brantford Open Stage is Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m. at the Best Western Hotel and Conference Centre, 19 Holiday Drive in Brantford. Performers ranging from newcomers to accomplished amateurs and professionals are welcome to present a two-song, ten-minute set of acoustically-oriented music. Admission for spectators is $4.
The Brantford International Jazz Festival presents the Jim Clayton Quartet, with featured vocalist Sonja Gustafson, on April 15 in the lobby of the Sanderson Centre in Brantford. Clayton spent a decade as a music director with the Emmy-winning theatre company The Second City, entertaining audiences around the globe. His recording act The Clayton/Scott Group was twice named Group of the Year at Canada’s Smooth Jazz Awards, and picked up Best Jazz Recording at the Canadian Urban Music Awards. Joining Clayton is London’s award-winning jazz songstress Sonja Gustafson who brings a cool verve to classic and lesser-known standards. Doors open at 7:15 p.m., concert at 8 p.m. General admission tickets are $30.
Local band Pleasant Ridge is hosting a cancer fundraiser on Friday, April 26 at the Sherwood Restaurant, 799 Colborne St. in Brantford. Doors open at 6 p.m., and a buffet dinner is at 7 p.m. Dinner music by Paul Stouffer, followed by a performance by Pleasant Ridge singing songs from folk to funny, ballads to blues, and from pop to peppy. Tickets are $30 each, available at the Sherwood Restaurant or by calling 519-756-5484.
Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant has announced several upcoming shows at Brantford’s newest performing arts space, The Coach House Stage.
On Saturday, April 27, at 7 p.m. celebrate Saffron A’s newest release, Resilience! A songwriter who sings and plays the octave mandolin and mandocello, Saffron A paints deep, dark, verbal portraits with broad strokes of wit and authenticity that belie her years. Advocates for a Student Culture of Consent will be presenting a bystander intervention workshop to teach about the importance of speaking out and taking action in uncomfortable situations. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Pay what you can ( $10 suggested) at the door.
On Saturday, May 4, 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., it’s Ceilidh in the Coach House with Finlaggan, a group of seasoned Canadian Celtic musicians who have been entertaining audiences across Canada and around the world. Tickets are available on Eventbrite for $20.
And on June 1, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., the Drag Parade kicks of Pride Month. Make It Revaine Productions returns with their first 19-plus event that will be entirely emo-themed, raising awareness for suicide and mental health issues that are prominent in the LGBT community. Tickets are $15 at www.glenhyrst.ca/events or at the door.
The Coach House is located on the grounds of the Glenhyrst Art Gallery at 20 Ava Rd., Brantford.
The Brantford School of Instrumental Music presents a Sunday Serenade with the Brantford Memorial Concert Band on April 28 at 3 p.m. at the Brantford Convention Centre, 100 Market St. S. in Brantford. It is billed as an afternoon of music the entire family will enjoy. Admission is by donation.
The Brantford Music Club presents the final concert in the 2018-19 Canadian Artists Series on Tuesday, April 30, with a performance by the Canadian Celtic Choir at the Sanderson Centre in Brantford. Guest artists include Canadian and US national fiddle champion Shane Cook, and guitarist and five-time Canadian open step dance champion Kyle Waymouth.
The Brantford Symphony Orchestra presents a Pipes and Strings Concert on May 11 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church, 95 Darling St., Brantford. Organist Ian Sadler will be a special guest. Tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for students, elementary school students and children are free. Tickets are available at the Sanderson Centre by calling 519-758-8090 or at www.brantfordsymphony.ca
Brantford-born opera singer Julia Surette is the lead soprano in A Night At The Opera on Saturday, June 8, 7 p.m. at the Brantford Golf and Country Club. A benefit concert for rising Canadian opera singers, the gala event features Surette with guests including tenor Jeremy Scinocca, sopranos Elizabeth Zuwala and Mary Jane Egan, as well as accompanist Kelsey Lenti. Ticket proceeds support the artists’ continued development at masters, PhD and young artist levels, and upcoming travel for performances in Italy and England. All 240 seats are sold out but names are being taken for a waiting list by contacting email@example.com or by calling 519-720-9300. Shows are planned for 2020 and 2021.
Orchestra Breva, under the direction of Melanie Paul Tanovich, presents EROICA, a sesquicentennial tribute to Laura Ingersoll Secord on Friday, June 21, at 8 p.m. at the Sanderson Centre, Brantford.
The tribute to Secord will feature new and historic works, including Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony, in honour of all veterans.
Partnering with the Brant Historical Society, classical musicians and local historians tell the remarkable life story of this iconic Canadian hero.
For the month of March, tickets are discounted 20 per cent by using the code 20OFF when ordering at the Sanderson box office. Admission for veterans is free.
Between the Sun and the Sky is a new exhibit at Laurier Brantford’s Yellow Brick Wall exhibition space, located at 97 Dalhousie St., Brantford. The exhibit showcases abstract art works by Kingston-based artist Fraser Radford, whose technique involves thinning acrylic paints and pouring them onto canvas, creating an ethereal result. The exhibit continues until April 19.
A new exhibition, CONNECTIONS, celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Brant Visual Artists Guild in conjunction with the annual exhibition of works from the permanent collection at Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant. The exhibit continues until May 19 at the gallery, located at 20 Ava Road in Brantford.
The Brantford Potters Guild presents its annual Spring Pottery Sale, April 12-14. Works by local potters, each with their own unique talent and style, will be available for purchase. The Guild retains a portion of the proceeds to help finance and develop classes, workshops and workspace for local children and adults. The sale will be held at Woodman Park Community Centre, located at 491 Grey St., Brantford. Hours are April 12, noon to 8 p.m., April 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and April 14 noon to 4 p.m. Admission and parking are free.
Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant has just released its spring 2019 classes and workshops in a variety of media, for both adults and children. The Summer Arts Studio Camp program has also been announced, featuring a line-up of exciting new themes that will appeal to children’s ever-changing and eclectic tastes and interests. Camp will run for 9 weeks starting July 2. For a complete listing of classes and camps, visit www.glenhyrst.ca.
The Brant Historical Society presents Emma Verity’s Edwardian Tea and Fashion Exhibition on Saturday, April 27, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Brant Museum and Archives, 57 Charlotte Street, Brantford. Enjoy a traditional Edwardian Afternoon tea and tour of the museum, including an Edwardian gown collection. Music by harpist Kristen Vollick, and fashion tours throughout the afternoon. Tickets are $20 for Brant Historical Society members, $25 for non-members. To schedule a tour time when purchasing tickets, please call the museum at 519-752-2483.
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