Canadian icons highlight Capitol season

21-May-2015 | SHARE:

NORTH BAY - Expect some "good times down on Main Street" as the Capitol Centre prepares to host a lineup of stars, incredible acts and memorable musicians.

The Centre announced it's 2015/16 season lineup on May 12 with 17 headlining acts appearing on stage starting with Howie Mandel on Oct. 4 and followed by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield on Oct. 10.

Also appearing in October will be Jack Grunsky with a family concert to delight both parents and children, while Jully Black and Jarvis Church bring their Jamaican roots and rhythm and blues in a double bill performance.

"Our job and our mandate is diversity in programming and appealing to everyone," said Capitol Centre manager Dee Adrian. "This is about arts and culture, so we make sure that we've covered dance, theatre, world music, classical guitar and even threw in a mind reader for fun. We try to do something for everyone."

The 2015-16 play bill is evidence of that with performances by ProARteDanza, a new, unique, visionary dance company, created to showcase the best choreographers and dancers from both ballet and modern dance backgrounds on Nov. 13 and the Canadian folk trio The Once on Nov.18.

Classical guitarist Jesse Cook will be on stage on Dec. 6 followed on Dec. 8 by the play Ralph and Lina - a rough a tumble romance between Italian lovers as they face war, immigration and old age.

Come 2016, the musical comedy duo of Browser and Blue perform on Feb. 18 and the world famous Evasons will amaze the audience with their feats of telepathy and ESP on March 3.

Fans of Ottawa comedian Tom Green will get to experience his skewed world view on March 5 while those who enjoy the Celtic spirit won't want to miss the March 9 Spirit of Freedom performance tracing 100 years of Irish music, song, dance and storytelling.

Canadian pop and folk icon Valdy will be at the Capitol Centre on March 18 and country rocker Devin Cuddy will appear in The Gallery on April 6 with the inspiring Men of the Deeps on the main stage on April 12.

The season concludes on April 29 with Mudmen, a Celtic rock band with bagpipes and a punk rock attitude.

To help set the mood for this great season of entertainment, the Capitol Centre is once again hosting its Blues Cruise on Sept. 12, and evening of aboard the Chief Commanda.

"This year we have an unparalleled evening of amazing musical entertainment with local blues entertainers Jake and the Fundamentals and the J Houston Band," said Adrian. "This is always a great evening and I encourage people to get their tickets early."

The Capitol Centre floats its largest fundraiser for the 19th year featuring a great headliner.

"We are thrilled to announce that Canadian icon David Wilcox will be with us for our annual Wine Gala on Nov. 7," said Adrian. "He's going to be taking us along in his riverboat.


Caption: North Bay's Capitol Centre announced a start-studded 2015/16 lineup. On Oct. 4, Howie Mandel and on Oct. 10, astronaut Chris Hadfield.

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