May

Angela McKinnon's Dance Recital

Saturday, May 27th at 6:00....
catch the bagpiper at 5:30!
Tickets $10 at the door on the day

June

Ian Janes

Thursday June 8, 2017
Show 7:30 pm Doors open 7:00pm
Adults $26 Students $20

It’s an occasion when a great East Coast songwriter releases new material, so we’re very happy to have Ian Janes, here at the Astor. A confident, and soulful, record Yes Man creatively mixes Ian’s deepest influences and experiences. It is a combination of singularly written songs, as well as collaborations with other great writers from across North America. The album includes co-writes with Andy Stochansky (Goo Goo Dolls, Ani Di Franco, Shannon Noll), Jamie Hartman (Joss Stone, James Bay, Christina Aguilera) Lee Ann and Daryl Burgess (Irma Thomas, Colin James, Patty Loveless) and iconic Canadian songwriter, Joel Plaskett. The first single from the album, Broken Record, has been receiving regular play from CBC, Clic Franco, Sirius XM, CKBW, as well as Stingray radio and has kept Ian busy with interviews and in-studio performances.

Maclean’s magazine has named Ian one of 100 Canadians to watch. He has performed on the nationally televised ‘East Coast Music Awards’ show, CBC Radio’s ‘Canada Live’ and ‘Definitely Not The Opera’. He has been nominated for 5 East Coast Music awards to date and won Record Of The Year at the Music Nova Scotia Awards. His songs have been featured in Thom Fitzgerald’s internationally acclaimed film, 'The Event'; CBC-TV drama, 'North/South'; the Anchor Bay Entertainment picture, 'Hiding' and the hit U.S. Series 'Nashville'. Yes Man continues his pattern of consistently creating music with depth and musicality. Through every track you can clearly hear the confidence and individuality that comes from experience, combined with the fire and vitality of an artist at the top of his game. Ian has also been keeping busy writing songs for other artists. His song 'Can’t Remember Never Loving You', co-written with Byron Hill, was featured prominently in the mid season finale of Nashville. Ian’s always been one of the very best talents in our part of the world and while the albums are always too long coming for most of us fans, they always prove to be well worth the wait; at least now the most recent wait is over!

XARA Choral Theatre present 'The Hours Turn To Nothing'

Sunday, June 11, 2017
Showtime is 7:30 p.m. and doors open at 7pm
Adults $25 Students $20

This unique and moving artistic collaboration uncovers stories of midwives during and after the Halifax Explosion. Nationally acclaimed women’s vocal ensemble, Xara Choral Theatre and renowned author Ami McKay have joined forces in the creation of an inter-disciplinary performance called 'The Hours Turn to Nothing'. The show tells the stories of midwives and nurses in the aftermath of the 1917 Halifax Explosion.

The historic blast is being commemorated across Nova Scotia throughout this centenary year. It killed almost 2,000 people and seriously injured another 9,000. Amid the many stories of death, ruin and injury, it is lesser known that most pregnant women living within range of the explosion went into spontaneous labour from the force of the explosion, regardless of the gestational age of their unborn children. Midwives from across Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Northeastern USA, boarded trains within hours of hearing the news, knowing that their unique skills would be needed.

The Hours Turn to Nothing is based on years of research undertaken by McKay, when she wrote her award-winning novel, The Birth House. The show premiered with three performances in Halifax on April 28-29 and is now touring the Maritime provinces. Featuring 24 singers, the work is shaped by seven ethereal choral pieces and six improvised soundscapes. It also includes text written by McKay and is staged using expressive movement, costumes, and lighting. The choral repertoire includes two world premieres by Canadian composers Jenny Trites (Halifax) and Don Macdonald (Victoria).

This ground-breaking artistic collaboration is being supported by the municipality of Halifax, Arts Nova Scotia, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the 150 Forward Fund.
To learn more about the performers or purchase advance tickets, visit www.xara.ca and join us on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram.

Christina Murray
902-818-8582
conductor@xara.ca

July

Astor Theatre Summer Camps

Senior Camp (ages 13-17)
July 4 -14th Monday to Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm
$200.00 for 2 weeks

Junior Camp (ages 9 -12)
July 17 - 21 Monday to Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm
$100 for 1 week

Registration is starting for the summer theatre camp(s) at the Astor
Please call and add your name(s) to the list to secure a spot.
To get a form, drop by, call 902-354-5250 Tues. to Fri. 11 - 4
or email andrewbursey@astortheatre.ns.ca

Fees can be made at any time, but must be completed on the first day of class,
when official registration takes place. We accept all forms of payment.

August

ALEX CUBA

Sunday August 13 @ 7:30
Show @7:30pm Doors @ 7:00pm

TICKETS ON SALE SOON

Alex Cuba is a Latin Grammy/Juno winner, singer-songwriter who is not tied to tradition; he has a vast musical vision. His sugarcane-sweet melodies, pop-soul hooks and powerful guitar riffs, relinquish a conventional stereotype that exemplifies much of the Latin music landscape. Collaborating with artists such as: Nelly Furtado, Juan Luis Guerra, Juanes and Ron Sexsmith, just to name a few.

Born Alexis Puentes in Artemisa, Cuba, was immersed in music at a very young age. Being in the family business since the early age of 4. This is when he joined his father (respected guitarist and teacher Valentin Puentes), and a group of 24 guitarists in a performance aired on Cuban national TV. Alex then went on to study guitar and bass and touring nationally and internationally. In 1999, Alex moved to Vancouver, B.C where he recorded an album titled “Morumba Cubana” alongside his twin brother Adonis, as The Puentes Brothers. Alex then went on to record his solo debut album “Humo De Tobaco” in which earned him a Juno award for World Music Album of the Year in 2006. In 2007, Alex released “Agua Del Pozo” which also earned him another Juno award for World Music Album of the Year in 2008. From there, Alex released his third album, a self-titled project “Alex Cuba” in 2009.

The album features his first ever English track titled “If You Give Me Love”. The album gained recognition on an international level. In 2010, Alex took home the award for Best New artist at the 2010 Latin Grammy Awards, where it was also nominated for Best Male Pop Vocal Album. It also followed a nominated for Best Latin Pop Album at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards and in 2011 Alex took home a BMI Latin Award for his songwriting on Nelly Furtado’s #1 Spanish hit “Manos Al Aire”.

In 2012, Alex released his fourth album “Ruido En El Sistema”, which Alex received his second Socan Hagood Hardy Award for outstanding achievement in Jazz and World Music. He also won his second Latin Grammy Award – this time as a songwriter. Alex alongside his co-writer Yoel Henriquez received the award for Best Tropical Song for the single “Toma Mi Vida” from Milly Quezada’s album Aqui Estoy Yo. In 2013, he again brought home a Latin Grammy for the video Eres Tu from Ruido En El Sistema, a video produced entirely in his hometown of Smithers.

Songwriting was the focus for the latest album "Healer" that was recorded in New York, USA and Victoria, Canada. Using a live rhythm section the songs take on a live appeal and Alex traded in horns for guitars and vocal harmonies that take Alex back to his roots. There are five duets with singer songwriters, five being Canadian, Ron Sexsmith, David Myles, Alejandra Ribera and Kuba Oms, as well as New Yorker Anya Marina. It is an upbeat, acoustic soul album full of optimism and reality as Alex always has a silver lining on melancholy of any form. The album won a Latin Grammy for best Singer-songwriter and nominated for a Grammy as best Latin Pop in 2016.

We are delighted to have Alex, here at the Astor Theatre, this summer and are very grateful to the CANADA 150 TOUR SERIES, which is supported by the Atlantic Presenters, RADART and Heritage & Cultural. The mandate for this tour is to bring exceptional & diverse shows from all parts of Canada, into theatres in places they might not normally play, while also increasing the exposure of the artists involved. What could be better for a summer night out than Cuban style music!

https://www.facebook.com/AlexCubaMusic/
https://www.alexcuba.com

Canadian Songbook

Saturday August 19, 2017
Show @ 7:30 Doors @ 7:00

Tickets on sale soon

Patricia O'Callaghan brings favourite Canadian songs to the Astor stage this summer. Accompanied by stand up bass player Andrew Downing and Robert Kortgaard on piano.

Patricia O’Callaghan is something of a wandering minstrel. Her fifteen-year career has taken her across genres, continents, and a range of disciplines and passions. Her recording career spans six solo CDs and many interesting guest collaborations. A speaker of French, Spanish, and German, her early recordings focused on European cabaret, and she is considered a specialist in the music of Kurt Weill. Patricia has performed his Threepenny Opera, Seven Deadly Sins, and Kleine Mahagonny with Soulpepper Theatre Company, Edmonton Opera, and Vancouver Opera, to name a few.

"This Toronto soprano can sing a 100-year-old German tune so lustily that you almost don't need a translation to know that someone's about to get his throat cut or get laid or both."
The National Post

One of Patricia’s most unique talents is the ability blend a variety of languages and musical genres seamlessly together in her concerts, and completely embody whatever style she is singing at any given moment.
"O'Callaghan sings her diverse material as if it was always meant to go side-by-side and by the end of the evening, it's easy to believe her."
Chart Attack Magazine

She has sung with some of the world's great ensembles and artists (Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Don Byron Quartet, Bryn Terfel), and has performed in venues that range from London's Royal Opera House to New York's Noho cabaret Le Poisson Rouge. Patricia also writes and co-writes songs and has had the honor of premiering many new compositions, from both the classical and pop worlds. It has been her great privilege to work with such creators as R. Murray Schafer, Dennis Lee, Christos Hatzis, George Aperghis, Steve Reich, and Steven Page, to name a few.

Patricia's film, theatre and television credits include her own Bravo! special, The CBC produced Ken Finkleman series Foolish Heart, and the semi autobiographical Rhombus / Westwind film Youkali Hotel, which has won several prizes, including a Golden Sheaf Award to Patricia for best female performance. Ms. O'Callaghan has also received other awards, such as a Chalmer's Grant from the Ontario Arts Council and a Fleck Fellowship from The Banff Centre for the Arts. She just completed a six year stint as a Resident Artist at Toronto's Soulpepper Theatre Company. Her responsibilities there included conducting, teaching, mentoring young artists, producing, curating and performing in festivals, and developing new work.

Recent projects are Broken Hearts and Madmen; a collaboration with The Gryphon Trio, which blends classical music with traditional songs from Latin America and pop songs from around the world...

"Broken Hearts and Madmen is an exquisite piece of work. The result is absolutely breathtaking in its attention to detail, with every note carved from their love of the songs..."
Vivoscene and Matador: The Songs of Leonard Cohen

"A truly exceptional blend of natural expressiveness and masterful coloration, her tender versions of Cohen's "Take this Waltz" and "Hallelujah" are revelatory."
Billboard Magazine

And brand new is her first Christmas CD, Deepest December. It’s not a typical holiday album, covering Renaissance to modern, and hurdy gurdy to lap steel guitar. Its beautiful carols, haunting arrangements, and unusual juxtapositions will make you feel at once the icy frost of winter and the warmth of the hearth.

"She's one of the best singers ever to come out of Canada."
Vivascene