November

Old Man Luedecke and Scotland's 'Breabach'

A Double Bill at the Astor Theatre
OLD MAN LUEDECKE and Scotland's 'BREABACH'
Sunday, November 19, 2017
Showtime 7:30
General $30 and Students $20

The Astor Theatre
219 Main St. Liverpool, NS
Tickets are available at www.astortheatre.ns.ca and www.ticketpro.ca
Astor Box Office 902-354-5250 Tuesday to Friday from 11 to 4



Two award winning acts come together for one exceptional evening of folk and roots music at The Astor Theatre.

Old Man Luedecke is the real deal, a modern-day people’s poet and traveling bard and balladeer. He’s played around the world to a loving and increasing fan base, and won two Juno awards in the process. Luedecke has always insisted on a solid poetic heft in the way he uses words, and highly personal stories are what have always connected him to the universal in his audience.

Winner of the 2016 Scottish Trad Folk Band of the Year award and twice nominated for the BBC Radio @ Best Folk Band of the Year, the haunting strains of twin bagpipes have become a defining signature of Breabach – a chiming herald of Scottish folk being embraced by a new generation that are followed by Celtic music lovers all around the world. This energetic five-piece ensemble deliver a thrilling and unique brand of contemporary folk music and those who have seen their live show, will know why the group has earned international recognition. on the world and roots music scene, as one of the UK’s most dynamic and influential bands. This is a fantastic opportunity to hear an acclaimed band from Europe, right here on our stage.

This tour is part of the Atlantic Presenters Association (APA) and RADARTS’ Canada 150 Performance Series. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Government of Canada.

Winds of Change and The Astor Theatre present: Honeymoon at Graveside Manor - A Ghostly Farce by Pat Cook

November 23-26, 2017
Doors @7:30 Show @8:00
General $20 Student $15


It's Halloween night and Marian Thorncraft is looking forward to her honeymoon with her new husband Tyler. She pictures somewhere romantic, and gets a surprise when she discovers that her destination is actually a one-time mortuary known as Graveside Manor. The place is haunted, riddled with secret passageways, as cozy as a bat cave, and as secluded as Grand Central Station. A disappearing maid, a hatchet wielding ghost, three high school kids working up a party prank, an absent minded cop, and an escaped lunatic make up the cast of characters that make up the cast of “Honeymoon at Graveside Manor.”

December

Goodbye Christopher Robin

December 1 & 2 @7pm
December 4th @ 1:30 & 7pm
No show on Sunday Dec.3 due to a Live Event

The Astor Theatre
219 Main St. Liverpool, NS
astortheatre.ns.ca
902.354.5250

After leaving London for the English countryside, writer A.A. Milne starts to spin fanciful yarns about his son's growing collection of stuffed animals. These stories form the basis for "Winnie-the-Pooh" and "The House at Pooh Corner," published respectively in 1926 and 1928. Milne and his family soon become swept up in the instant success of the books, while the enchanting tales bring hope and comfort to the rest of postwar England.

86th Annual Kiwanis Christmas Concert *SOLD OUT*

December 3, 2017
Doors @6:30
Show @7:00
General $10 Student $6


The Kiwanis Club of Liverpool presents their 86th Annual Christmas Concert at the Astor Theatre, Hosted by John Wiles of CKBW.
The Kiwanis Club ask that you bring a non-perishable item for the food bank.

Thane Dunn: International World Champion Elvis Tribute Artist "Christmas With The King"

Friday, December 8, 2017
Doors @7:00 Show @7:30
Backstage Pass (Limited Qty.) @6:45
General $45 VIP $55

The Astor Theatre
219 Main St. Liverpool, NS
Tickets are available at www.astortheatre.ns.ca and www.ticketpro.ca
Astor Box Office 902-354-5250 Tuesday to Friday from 11 to 4

Back by popular demand, Thane Dunn: International World Champion Elvis Tribute Artist, presents his NEW SHOW: "Christmas with the King."

Imagine going back in time and watching Elvis Presley perform his new Las Vegas show along with singing his favorite Christmas songs. Hear all the timeless classics from Blue Christmas to Blue Suede Shoes, along with some good 'ole Elvis Gospel and many never performed songs.

Recreating Rock and Roll history like never before. International World Champion Thane Dunn and his 8 piece Cadillac Kings return to Liverpool, NS for a show at the Astor Theatre on Friday, December 8th with their all new "Christmas with the King" show.

Elvis Presley has become the most impersonated Icon ever. Most miss the mark completely but one man brings you an experience so close to seeing Elvis live and in the flesh that this show is endorsed by those who actually worked with Elvis onstage.

"He's the closest thing to Elvis I've ever seen." - Bill Baize, high tenor singer with JD Sumner and the Stamps Gospel Quartet, who performed with Elvis from 1971 until 1976.

There will be a limited number of VIP Backstage tickets sold. VIP's will get a pre-show meet & greet, and a limited edition 8 x 10 picture personally autographed by Thane. Get your tickets early & avoid disappointment!

Makes a great early Christmas gift for the Elvis fans on your list.

A Bad Moms Christmas

December 9th & 10th @7pm
December 11th at 1:30pm and 7pm

The Astor Theatre
219 Main St. Liverpool, NS
Tickets are available at www.astortheatre.ns.ca and www.ticketpro.ca
Astor Box Office 902-354-5250 Tuesday to Friday from 11 to 4

Under-appreciated and overburdened moms Amy, Kiki and Carla rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for moms: Christmas. As if creating the perfect holiday for their families isn't hard enough, they'll have to do it while hosting and entertaining their own respective mothers when they come to visit.

A Beary Merry Christmas featuring The Stadacona Band

Thursday, December 14, 2017
Doors @6:30 Show @7:00
Tickets $10.00

Tickets can be purchased(cash or cheque) at Salvation Army in Liverpool (361Main St.)
Tickets for this show WILL NOT be sold at the Astor Box Office.


The Stadacona Band of the Royal Canadian Navy presents the Beary Merry Concert in support of The Salvation Army's Christmas assistance program. Joining The Stadacona Band is CTV's Liz Rigney as they entertain the audience with a variety of holiday tunes.

For over twenty years, The Stadacona Band has presented this concert to helps families make ends meet over the holidays. In tradition, concert-goers bring along a teddy bear for donation to children in need, if they are able. What began as a simple tradition has amassed into a holiday showcase that helps relieve families from the decision of delaying payment on a bill or buying a Christmas gift for their child.

The Beary Merry has become a holiday favourite for both the young and old. Join The Salvation Army at the Astor Theatre December 14 at 7pm for an evening of great music.

All toys donated will be distributed to children right here in Liverpool.

The Beary Merry Christmas concert series, an annual holiday tradition in the Maritimes. The event also encouraged patrons to donate a new toy for The Salvation Army’s annual Christmas assistance. This program provides Christmas hampers with food for a Christmas dinner and gifts to go under the tree for children, providing a Christmas experience that would be absent without this support. Every year, The Salvation Army helps thousands of children in the Maritimes through this program.

In past years, at the Halifax concerts alone, more than 1,200 stuffed animals and toys were donated. Major Brenda Bungay, director of Community and Family Services Halifax, says that the Beary Merry’s history and reputation resonate with the community.

“People’s need for assistance from The Salvation Army at Christmas is great and the Beary Merry concerts are a big help to our work because even the smallest donation of a bear, stuffed animal or other toy can bring joy to a child,” she says. “Seeing kids receiving these toys makes Christmas for me.”

The Stadacona Band of the Royal Canadian Navy, based in Halifax, is a full-time professional military band with a proud tradition of musical excellence spanning more than 75 years. This distinguished military institution provides complete musical service for ceremonial requirements of the Canadian Forces and represents Canada’s East Coast Navy. This world-renowned band consists of some of Canada’s finest musicians. As a result, it is in constant international demand. The band also assists non-profit civilian organizations across the Atlantic Provinces. The 30-member group uses a variety of configurations from parade and concert band, to Big Band and Jazz/Dixie combos, as well as brass and woodwind ensembles. This enables the band to cover a wide range of engagements. The Stadacona Band appears courtesy of the Commander of Maritime Forces Atlantic.

Measha Brueggergosman "Home for the Holidays"

Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Doors @ 7pm Show @ 7:30pm
General $48 Student $28

The Astor Theatre
219 Main St. Liverpool, NS
Tickets are available at www.astortheatre.ns.ca and www.ticketpro.ca
Astor Box Office 902-354-5250 Tuesday to Friday from 11 to 4

Internationally-acclaimed singer, Measha Brueggergosman, brings her "Home For The Holidays" concert tour to the Astor Theatre in Liverpool on Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 7:30pm. Brueggergosman will perform holiday classics from her album, Christmas, and songs from her latest release, Songs of Freedom.

Christmas was produced by Michael Phillip Wojewoda (Barenaked Ladies, Rheostatics) and features a number of holiday favourites, including “Little Drummer Boy,” “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)” and Joni Mitchell’s “River.” Also included are two originals - the Royal Wood collaboration "Let Joy Reign" and "If You Can Dig It" with Sarah Harmer.

Released earlier this year, Songs of Freedom was inspired by Brueggergosman's discovery of her family's deep history in Canada and the United States. Her paternal great-grandparents were John Gosman and his wife Rose, African Americans who each escaped from slavery in New England colonies during the American Revolution by going to British lines. Brueggergosman learned of her roots on "Who Do You Think You Are," a British-based program bought by the CBC. According to Y-DNA genetic testing of her brother, it is likely their direct-line paternal African ancestors came from the Bassa people of Cameroon. She naturally set off to Cameroon to explore their roots and was immediately consumed with the culture; singing with a Cameroonian artist and speaking beautiful French. Spirituals on the Songs of Freedom album include "Swing Low Sweet Chariot," "Amazing Grace," "Go Tell It On The Mountain" and more.

Originally from Fredericton, New Brunswick, the JUNO Award-winning Brueggergosman has toured the world and performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic, among others. She has given a Royal Command Performance for Queen Elizabeth II, championed many causes as a good will ambassador and appeared in multiple film and television projects.

January

Dave Gunning & James Keelaghan

January 17, 2018
Doors @7:00 Show @7:30

**Special EARLY BIRD and OVER 65 pricing** call the Box Office for details.

The Astor Theatre
219 Main St. Liverpool, NS
Tickets are available at www.astortheatre.ns.ca and www.ticketpro.ca
Astor Box Office 902-354-5250 Tuesday to Friday from 11 to 4

Dave Gunning, a celebrated and critically acclaimed singer songwriter is on tour performing new original songs and old gems. Dave has become a truly masterful songwriter, one who has earned real peer respect from such Canadian folk songwriting legends as Ron Hynes and David Francey. Co-writing with his peers has had a major impact on Gunning. “The co-writing process has really helped my career, as it helps you keep the energy momentum going,” he explains. Noted co-writers on Lift, Gunning’s new album include Matt Andersen, Thom Swift and Catherine MacLellan. “Truly, what makes Gunning so remarkable as an entertainer is his rare gift to be able to befriend the audience as a whole from the stage throughout the course of the concert. And, indeed, you do feel as though he’s as good of a friend as any after a night of songs, stories and lighthearted laughs.” – The Guardian

Fusing his insatiable appetite for finding the next unique storyline Keelaghan also forges his pieces with brilliantly defined craftsmanship and artistic vision, making him one of the most distinctive voices of not only the Canadian scene, but as a member of the international singer-songwriter community. To go along with a lifelong accumulation of influences, Keelaghan has taken advantage of opportunities to work with equals, where the sparks of collaboration, batting melodies back and forth, have produced some wonderful results.

This show will see the songwriters perform their own set and collaborate on a set together.

March

Norman Foote - Children's Performer

March 2, 2018
Doors @6:00 Show @6:30pm

**Special Promotion** ‘Pay What You Will’

The Astor Theatre
219 Main St. Liverpool, NS
Tickets are available at www.astortheatre.ns.ca and www.ticketpro.ca
Astor Box Office 902-354-5250 Tuesday to Friday from 11 to 4

Norman Foote’s passion for music and comedy takes him throughout the world performing in concert halls and festivals in North America, Germany, Ireland, Japan, the Middle East, concerts oversees and countless other performances. His concert is a highly engaging experience featuring “Foote” classics and songs from his JUNO Award-Winning album “Love My New Shirt” and of course appearances from his many live action props/puppets. Norman’s music has received Parent Choice & Nappa Gold Awards in the US and in Canada he has been given Socan’s Best Children’s Songwriter as well as West Coast Music Awards. Norman has gathered millions of fans (big and small) throughout the world and created a special niche for himself in the entertainment world.

James Mullinger *Live* Stand-up Comedy

Friday, March 16, 2018
Doors @7 Show @7:30
Tickets $20.00

The Astor Theatre
219 Main St. Liverpool, NS
astortheatre.ns.ca
902.354.5250

Buy tickets here: https://secure.ticketpro.ca/?server=ww3&lang=en&aff=astor#achat_AST16CS18

*British comedian James Mullinger has taken Canada by storm. *Sold out shows across the country, appearances on CBC's The Debaters, movies, TV shows, festivals, awards, magazines, stand up specials - since moving to the Maritimes three years ago he's done it all.

But he's putting movies and TV shows aside to go out and do what he loves most. Live stand up comedy. For all of Spring 2018 James is on the road again!

In April 2016, James sold out New Brunswick’s biggest indoor venue Harbour Station with his uniquely hilarious stand up show. This record breaking show was documented for a CBC documentary film 'City On Fire' https://youtu.be/MJRItrjyHnY which has aired across Canada to rave reviews and high ratings. The stand up special of the show itself was picked up by Hulu and Amazon Prime so his tales of life in Atlantic Canada are now being enjoyed by (or confusing!) people in Germany,
Japan and America. Read more about it here.

Link:
http://www.theeastmag.com/2017/08/27/james-mullingers-stand-comedy-hits-world-stage-amazon-prime/


Since then James has toured extensively to packed houses across Canada and England and written and produced a big screen feature film starring actors from Downton Abbey and Twilight about his early years in stand up, which
was described as "unmissable" by GQ Magazine and "essential viewing. A funny, realistic look at what it takes to become a stand up comedian," by the Montreal Times.

James is one of the Maritimes' biggest cheerleader. He loves it here and spends his time promoting it across the world and raising money for local charities and non-profits. James has raised more than $100,000 for East
Coast charities. He has also become one of Canada's top comics, being nominated for both a Just For Laughs comedy award and a Canadian Comedy Award for Best Live Show.

He also launched his own international magazine The Maritime Edit (link: www.maritimeedit.com) to share his love of Canada’s East Coast with the rest of the world.

This is his first ever show in Liverpool, Nova Scotia. Book now for this show, it will sell out.

H'SAO - Impressive a cappella harmonies & powerful live performance

March 23, 2018
Doors @7:00pm Show @7:30pm

**Special EARLY BIRD and OVER 65 pricing** Call the Box Office for details

The Astor Theatre
219 Main St. Liverpool, NS
Tickets are available at www.astortheatre.ns.ca and www.ticketpro.ca
Astor Box Office 902-354-5250 Tuesday to Friday from 11 to 4

H’SAO embodies a blend of cultures and influences. Their father dubs them Hirondelle (swallow) in honour of the birds that are always searching for higher ground.HSao makes use of their vocal skills to compose music and develop arrangements to be later transposed for varied instrumentation. Drawing from gospel, traditional African music, as well as their Chadian roots, Hsao display clear soul, pop, and R&B influences. All the members of this Montreal afro-pop group are singer-songwriters; elements of their various influences are smoothly blended with African rhythms to create fresh songs in a unique style. Masterful a capella singing sets them apart on the vast soundscape of world music.