January

SILENCE

Friday Jan. 20 through Monday Jan. 23 @ 7pm with 1:30 matinee on Monday
Adults $8 Students $7
Run Time 2hr. 40min

Two Jesuit priests, Sebastiao Rodrigues and Francis Garrpe, travel to seventeenth century Japan which has, under the Tokugawa shogunate, banned Catholicism and almost all foreign contact. There they witness the persecution of Japanese Christians at the hands of their own government which wishes to purge Japan of all western influence. Eventually the priests separate and Rodrigues travels the countryside, wondering why God remains silent while His children suffer.

'Despite its technical and visual grandeur, there's a moral simplicity to Silence that can sometimes recall the work of perhaps the other greatest deeply Catholic filmmaker, the French master Robert Bresson.' - Slate

Director: Martin Scorsese
Writers: Jay Cocks (screenplay), Martin Scorsese (screenplay)
Stars: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson

Brett Kissel

Thursday January 26, 2017
8 pm
Tickets $48 available on line and at the box office

Juno and multiple CCMA award winner Brett Kissel brings his Ice, Snow & 30 Below tour to the Astor Theatre this Winter! Singing his chart topping hits like 'Started With A Song' ;Pick Me Up", and his #1 single Airwaves! Come in from the cold and join the party!

It's tempting to describe the chorus of Brett Kissel's latest smash single, 'Airwaves' as what's gotten him to this point, but that barely scratches the surface of the artistic growth Kissel displays on his new album, Pick Me Up. The pride of Flat Lake, Alberta has already reached a place very few other Canadian country music artists have attained, but defying the odds has been Kissel's mission his entire life, the result of a tireless work ethic instilled while growing up on his family's farm. Following the incredible success of his 2013 major label debut, Started With A Song, Pick Me Up shows that, like a thoroughbred just out of the gate, Kissel is hitting his stride.

For the new album, Kissel once again teamed up with CCMA Award-winner Bart McKay, as well as one of country music's premier producers Mickey Jack Cones (Jason Aldean, Trace Adkins). The common thread was not an attempt to replicate the success of its predecessor, but to have the results reflect Kissel's unstoppable drive to make his music bigger and better.

There's no other place I prefer to be than on stage, Kissel says. With all of the shows we did for the last album, we were totally prepared as a band when we went into the studio to cut the new material, and determined to exceed the fan's expectations. Looking back, I might have been preparing for it even while we were finishing the last album, knowing that the next one needed to have more energy.

It's clear that rationale was behind the choice of Airwaves to be Pick Me Up first single, as the song established itself as a fan favourite after only a few live outings. Building on that kind of feedback from his audience has always been important to Kissel, and he takes a lot of pride in being one of the most active Canadian country artists on social media. It's all fueled his efforts to expand and enhance his live show, something that kicked into high gear once he hit the road in the fall of 2014 as special guest on multiple Grammy & CMA award winner Brad Paisley's cross-Canada tour. Channeling that joyous experience into Pick Me Up became job one.

At the same time, Pick Me Up displays how far Kissel has come as a singer and songwriter, most evident on tracks such as I Didn't Fall In Love With Your Hair, a tribute to his mother, a multiple cancer survivor, as well as I Can Play Guitar, containing playful insights of life on the Brad Paisley tour, and Come Pick Me Up, a poignant rumination on a failed relationship. A desire to present these varied facets of his life played a big role in choosing the material for the new album, Kissel explains.

I really want everyone who buys one of my records to feel as if they're getting a piece of me at that moment. I'm very fortunate to be a 25-year-old guy touring the world, but at heart I'm still the same kid who grew up in an amazing family on a cattle ranch in Alberta, and going though a lot of the same things my listeners are. To try to get all of that on to one record is always a pleasant challenge.

After the year Kissel had in the wake of the success of Started With A Song, no one could be blamed for kicking off their boots, cracking a cold one or two, and imagining things couldn't get any better. But coasting on his accomplishments has never been part of Kissel's makeup.

The numbers say it all, however: His JUNO Award for Breakthrough Artist marked the first time in 17 years a country act earned the honour. That accolade seemed a lock for Kissel, despite some stiff competition, as it came on the heels of five Billboard Canada Top 10 singles from his major label debut album, Started With A Song. And that's not to mention his staggering eight Canadian Country Music Association Award nominations, of which he won two.

It was the fulfillment of the dream Kissel has had from the moment he received his first guitar at age six. At 12, he released his first album and took his first trip to Nashville soon after. Many, many, many more trips later, Kissel and his wife settled in Music City, and suddenly the notion of being accepted by the country music establishment was within reach. Kissel's debut on the Grand Ole Opry in the summer of 2015 brought that into even sharper focus.

Getting a chance to spend time with Brad Paisley, George Strait and Garth Brooks my heroes and having them be so kind and generous, has been one of the best experiences of my life, Kissel says. I'm trying hard not to take it all for granted, but soak it all in and learn as much as I can. It really does feel like a big family here.

Kissel is indeed adding his unique artistic perspective to the rich musical tradition that has inspired and sustained him for as long as he can remember. On Pick Me Up, there is no disputing he now belongs to that tradition and will continue adding to it for years to come.

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

Friday January 27 to Monday 30 , 2017
1:30 matinee on Monday and evening @ 7pm
Adults $8 Rated 14A; 2hr 17min; Drama

Lee Chandler is a brooding, irritable loner who works as a handyman for a Boston apartment block. One damp winter day he gets a call summoning him to his hometown, north of the city. His brother's heart has given out suddenly, and he's been named guardian to his 16-year-old nephew. As if losing his only sibling and doubts about raising a teenager weren't enough, his return to the past re-opens an unspeakable tragedy.

Director: Kenneth Lonergan
Writer: Kenneth Lonergan
Stars: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler

February

LION

NOTE *** for this one show, please use the old Gorham Street side entrance
and PAY WITH CASH... there is a function in the lobby on the same night

Wednesday February 1, 2017
1:30 matinee and 7 pm evening
Adults $8

A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.

Director: Garth Davis
Writers: Saroo Brierley (adapted from the book 'A Long Way Home'), Luke Davies (screenplay)
Stars: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara |

HIDDEN FIGURES

Friday Feb 3 through to Monday Feb. 6 @ 7pm with Monday matinee @ 1:30pm
Adult $8 Students $7 Run time 2hrs. 7mins

Based on a true story. A team of African-American women provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program's first successful space missions.

As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Based on the unbelievably true life stories of three of these women, known as 'human computers', we follow these women as they quickly rose the ranks of NASA alongside many of history's greatest minds specifically tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and guaranteeing his safe return. Dorothy Vaughn, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes.

Director: Theodore Melfi
Writers: Allison Schroeder (screenplay), Theodore Melfi (screenplay).
Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Mone

LA LA LAND... note schedule change now playing Wednesday through Sunday

Wednesday February 15, 2017 Matinee 1:30 and evening 7pm
Thursday Feb. 16 through Sunday, Feb. 19 at 7pm
NO MONDAY MATINEE
Rating: PG-13 (for some language)
Runtime: 128 minutes

Written and directed by Academy Award (R) nominee Damien Chazelle, LA LA LAND tells the story of Mia [Emma Stone], an aspiring actress, and Sebastian [Ryan Gosling], a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.

'Audacious, retro, funny and heartfelt, La La Land is the latest great musical for people who don't like musicals - and will slap a mile-wide smile across the most miserable of faces. ' - Empire

'Utterly magnificent and intoxicating.' - The Globe and Mail

'A Soprano In Hollywood' (Tickets On Sale by Tues.Jan 10)

Thursday February 23, 2017
Show at 7:30 Doors 7:00pm
Adults $38 Students $13 (inc all fees)

From the prestigious stages of London's West End, Glyndbourne and the Royal Shakesepeare Company, internationally acclaimed soprano Rebecca Caine will take to our Astor Theatre stage with pianist Robert Kortgaard,
in a concert showcasing some of the best songs from Hollywood movies. Rebecca recently won the People's Choice Award for Cabaret Singer of the year!

Born in Toronto, Caine studied at the Guildhall School of Music, London. Uniquely, her career has been divided between Opera and Musical Theatre, making her West End debut at 19 in the role of Laurey in Oklahoma! She then sang the role of Eliza in My Fair Lady on the National tour. While making her debut at Glyndebourne as Amor in L'incoronazione di Poppea, she was asked to join the Royal Shakespeare Company where she created the role of Cosette in Les Miserables. After a successful West End run she joined the original cast of Phantom of the Opera to play Christine opposite Michael Crawford. She then returned to Toronto to repeat the role in the Canadian premiere of Phantom of the Opera. During her run in Toronto she joined the Canadian Opera Company to make her highly praised North American debut in the title role of Lulu.

Other work with the Canadian Opera Company includes: Vixen, Pamina, Despina, Micaëla. Elsewhere, roles include Pamina (Glimmerglass); Pamina, Musetta, Susanna (English National Opera); Ophelia Hamlet, Aminta Il re pastore, Anna 1 Seven Deadly Sins Opera North), Balkis L’incontro improvviso (Nice); Vixen (Spoleto); Violetta (Opera Northern Ireland), Clomiri Imeneo (Handel Opera Society)Mary Turner Of Thee I Sing, Leila The Pearlfishers (Atlanta Opera) Marguerite Faust(Opera Festival of New Jersey), Musetta (De Vlaamse Opera) Hanna The Merry Widow (Opera Holland Park), Mrs Coyle Owen Wingrave (Chicago Opera Theater)Susanna (Scottish Opera), Despina (De Vlaamse Opera, Scottish Opera) Julietta(National Theatre of Prague), Adina (New Zealand Opera).

World premieres include; Toronto Symphony Jezebel, title role, an Oratorio by Robertson Davies and Derek Holman, Opera North Playing Away, L.A. Lola by Howard Brenton and Benedict Mason, Canadian Opera Company The Golden Ass, Fotis, by Robertsonn Davies and Randolph Peters, Psappha Mr Emmett Takes a Walk, 6 female roles, by David Pountney and Peter Maxwell Davies. Edinburgh Festival Mathilde, M.Forestier by Conor Mitchell. Intolerance by Mark Ravenhill and Conor Mitchell, Tete a Tete Festival.

Rebecca's broadcasts for Radio 3 include Candide, One Touch of Venus, Trouble in Tahiti, The Telephone, Friday Night is Music Night and concerts of Bernstein, Porter and Kern.

Her extensive cabaret career has included Jermyn Street, the Pheasantry, Lauderdale House, Sydmonton, (Newbury Spring Festival), Exeter Festival, Cliveden, Theatre Barn and the Buxton Festival. She made her US cabaret debut at the Halsted Centre in Chicago and gave the first performance at the new Telus recital hall at the Royal College of Music in Toronto. Miss Caine was honoured to give the Noel Coward Birthday Cabaret at Drury Lane.

Miss Caine has sung in concert with the Orquesta Sinfonia de Barcelona, The Hague Philharmonic (Lulu Suite under Daniel Harding), Toronto Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony, Scottish Chamber Orchestra , Liverpool Philharmonic and the BBC Concert Orchestra. Her recordings are Les Miserables (original British cast), The Phantom of The Opera (Canadian album), Anything Goes, Future Sound of London, (Everyone is Doing Something Without Me) Babes in Toyland and Mr Emmett Takes A Walk.

Recent stage work includes Lady Raeburn in Tete a Tete's Salad Days at The Riverside Studios, Elsa in The Sound of Music at Kilworth House Theatre, Lady Vale in Darling of The Day at The Union Theatre, London. Katisha in the Mikado at Charing Cross Theatre, London. The Mother Abbess in the Sound of Music in Beirut, Lebanon. Rebecca recently made her straight acting debut as Raquel De Angelis in Living on Love at The Asolo Rep, Sarasota, created the roles of Lady Dant/Madame Colbert in the World Premiere of Flowers For Mrs Harris at the Sheffield rucible and starred as the Mother Abbess in the National UK tour of The Sound of Music.

Pianist Robert Kortgaard was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and grew up in Calgary, Alberta. He completed his Bachelor and Master's degrees at the Juilliard School in New York City. As a recipient of arts awards from the Canada Council, he furthered his musical studies in Italy and England.. Robert has performed as a soloist with major Canadian orchestras and has given recitals throughout Canada and the United States, as well as in England, Finland, Portugal, Italy, Indonesia, the Czech Republic, China and Japan. He is a favorite collaborator of many of Canada's finest instrumental soloists, vocalists and chamber groups. His performances are frequently heard on CBC Radio, and he has recorded for the Centrediscs, Marquis Classics/EMI, CBC Records, Teldec and ATMA Classique labels.

Mr. Kortgaard is Artistic Director of the Indian River Festival on Prince Edward Island (recently nominated "Event of the Year" by the East Coast Music Awards), and the Leith Summer Music Festival in Ontario. He was musician-in-residence at the University of New Brunswick from l993-l998, and has given piano masterclasses at Universities and festivals in Canada, Indonesia and China. He has performed with sopranos Isabel Bayrakdarian, Sumi Jo, Jane Archibald and Measha Brueggergosman, mezzo soprano Susan Platts, violinist Joshua Bell, and with Peter Tiefenbach and prima ballerina Veronica Tennant on a production entitled "Invitation to the Dance". He has recorded French and German Cabaret programmes with mezzo-soprano Jean Stilwell for CBC Records. His CD with soprano Wendy Nielsen was nominated for both Juno and East Coast Music Awards. Recent engagements include tours with flutist Susan Hoeppner, cabaret artist Patricia O'Callaghan. baritone Brett Polegato, renowned music theatre actress/singer Rebecca Caine and several performances of duo piano repertoire with Peter Tiefenbach. A CD of the music of Olivier Messiaen, recorded with soprano Suzie LeBlanc, was released on the ATMA Classiques label and has received an Opus Award for best recording of contemporary music.

We are greatly looking forward to this event!

March

DEREK EDWARDS - Alls I'm Saying


Friday March 31, 2017
Show 7:30pm *** Doors 7:00pm
Tickets $47.00 (includes all fees / taxes)
available through www.ticketpro.ca
www.astortheatre.ns.ca and Astor Box Office
Tuesday to Friday 11- 4pm Ph. 902-354-5250

Alls I'm Saying is brazenly tentative! Like a sniper with the hiccups, Derek Edwards takes aim at life's galling moments, exhales slowly and jerks back the trigger. A riotous evening of homegrown comedy -- like taking a ride in an open golf cart with a good friend and a 6 pack.

From Vegas to St. Johns, this ;Just For Laughs veteran is universally considered to be among the comic elite. Certainly his peers think so, as evidenced by the fact that he's a four-time nominee, and winner of Best Standup Comic - Canadian Comedy Awards, as well as a multiple Gemini nominee for Best Performance in a Comedy.

As Rick Mercer says, Everyone knows Derek is the funniest man in Canada.

Clearly the critics agree... 5 STARS- the funniest man on earth - Winnipeg Free Press; 4 STARS the crowd howled - Victoria Times Colonist; Still the funniest man in Canada -
Toronto Sun; Edwards reigns as the King of Canadian comedy - Charlottetown Guardian; Derek Edwards is hysterical - Calgary Sun; Edwards takes stand-up to next stage -
Georgia Straight; the epitome of timing & storytelling - Halifax Chronicle Herald; the comedian's comedian- London Free Press.

Alls I'm Saying - Derek Edwards' new 90-minute stand-up comedy show....
It's a richly textured and enthralling cut above, delivered with pace and authority by the consummate Canadian Comedian.