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Las Migas creates a fascinating blend of flamenco and Mediterranean music


Coming to the Fredericton Playhouse directly from Barcelona, Spain on Wednesday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m., Las Migas is a quartet known for luminous music and heartfelt style.

This all-female musical group is a fascinating blend of flamenco and Mediterranean styles, combining classical and contemporary rhythms, and melodies that range from powerful to passionate to playful.

Each member of Las Migas hails from a different city in Spain, and each encompasses a different musical style, from Andalusian guitarists Marta Robles and Alicia Grillo, to the group’s two Catalans – vocalist Alba Carmona and violinist Roser Loscos. Together, they share a passion for flamenco music that can be heard in the rhythms of their guitarists, their dancing violin lines, and the raw power of their vocals.

Las Migas has filled large theatres and performed at numerous world music festivals, drawing crowds wherever they travel. Featuring choreography to accompany upbeat Latin rhythms, the quartet’s live show is full of sensuality and self-confidence, showcasing their exquisite emotional intensity.

In addition to this performance, the Playhouse will present a pre-show Experience More! Wines of Spain Tasting at Corked Wine Bar on November 2 at 6 p.m. This is an opportunity to learn about and sample a special selection of Spanish wines and regional cheeses, led by sommelier Chris MacDonald. Tickets for this event are available through the Playhouse box office.

Tickets for Las Migas are available through the Fredericton Playhouse box office by calling 458-8344 or online at

Celebrate Diwali with Roots: A Journey Through India


On Sunday, October 30, the Fredericton Playhouse will host a special celebration of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, featuring a performance by DancewithSL called Roots: A Journey Through India at 7:30 p.m.

Led and choreographed by Shereen Ladha, DancewithSL is a Toronto-based Bollywood fusion company. Roots: A Journey Through India is a narrated production, featuring everything from classical Indian dances to Bollywood styles. This performance will take audiences on a journey inspired by important events and cultural traditions in India’s history – from the love story of the Taj Mahal to modern Mumbai, where Bollywood dancing has gained a world-wide fanbase.

A dancer, choreographer and instructor, Ladha is trained in Bollywood, classical India, hip hop, contemporary and jazz styles of dance. She is the creative mastermind behind hit YouTube channel DancewithSL, featuring dance covers to the latest Bollywood hits and tutorial videos. Ladha has appeared on Canada’s Got Talent, in Hollywood films, and has danced and toured with major Bollywood personalities.

Prior to the performance, this celebration of Diwali will include henna design art led by the Fredericton Association of Indo-Canadians, beginning at 6 p.m.

In addition, the Playhouse is pleased to offer an Experience More! Bollywood Dance Workshop on Saturday, October 29 at 2 p.m. at the Hatheway Family Fitness Studio in the Richard J. Currie Center at UNB. Led by Shereen Ladha, this high energy workshop will teach the basics of Bollywood dancing – no previous experience is required.

Tickets for Roots: A Journey Through India are available through the Fredericton Playhouse box office by calling 458-8344 or online at

“FRIEND” “LIKE” #ME is a hilarious exploration of social media


On Saturday, October 29 at 7:30 p.m., Gemini Award-winning performer Gavin Crawford brings his hilarious one-man show “FRIEND” “LIKE” #ME to the Fredericton Playhouse.

One of Canada’s brightest comedic and dramatic actors, Crawford is best known for star turns on CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes and his eponymous series The Gavin Crawford Show on the Comedy Network. He has also hosted CBC radio and television shows, appeared in films, TV series and plays, and has produced several one-man shows.

Crawford’s latest show, “FRIEND” “LIKE” #ME, takes audiences through a click-baiting spiral of characters we all know and love (and love to hate) from our lives both off and online. You’ll be humble-bragging that you saw this hilarious exploration of social media to all your distant high school friends!

Following this performance, ticketholders are invited to stick around for a free Experience More! Conversation with Gavin Crawford. Moderated by director, artistic producer and writer Leigh Rivenbark, this post-performance artist talk is an opportunity to learn more about Crawford’s background, while also exploring his artistic process.

Tickets for “FRIEND” “LIKE” #ME are available through the Fredericton Playhouse box office by calling 458-8344 or online at

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Thom Swift brings powerful sound to the Playhouse


Multi-award-winning singer-songwriter Thom Swift will perform at the Fredericton Playhouse on Friday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m. in support of his latest album, The Legend of Roy Black.

With more than 25 years experience recording and performing across Canada, the US and Europe, this skilled singer-songwriter and guitarist always shoots straight to the point with his writing. His voice and music are unique and powerful, and he is the recipient of numerous East Coast Music Awards.

Swift has shared the stage with noted performers such as Rosanne Cash, John Hiatt, Bill Frisell, John Mayall and Pinetop Perkins. He is also a co-founder of award-winning folk-blues-jazz group Hot Toddy Trio, which has performed at prestigious music festivals worldwide, including Fredericton’s own Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival.

Released in June, The Legend of Roy Black is Swift’s fourth solo release. The 10-song folk-roots recording features Swift on guitar and vocals, accompanied by a stand-up bass, mandolin, violin and banjo.

Tickets for An Evening with Thom Swift are available through the Fredericton Playhouse box office by calling 458-8344 or online at

Fredericton Playhouse reports busy year with increases in attendance and activity levels

The Fredericton Playhouse, Fredericton’s first choice for live performance, recorded another successful season in 2015-16, with increased activity levels, as well as high levels of fundraising and participation in community outreach programs.

Playhouse Executive Director Tim Yerxa delivered the non-profit organization’s results in its annual report to Fredericton City Council on Monday. The report shows the Playhouse has had a busy year with 176 days in use, up nine per cent from the previous year. This usage included 130 performances of 97 different offerings. Attendance for ticketed events increased 11 per cent over the previous season to 52,433.

More than 11,000 households attended the Playhouse last year, with 50 per cent of attendees residing in the City of Fredericton; the remainder hails largely from surrounding communities.

Highlights from the 2015-16 season included a successful Friends of the Fredericton Playhouse fundraising campaign, which raised $52,000 to support community programs. The Backstage Bash, the Playhouse’s signature fundraising event, was also a success, raising $16,000 for the organization.

The Playhouse was also proud of the high levels of participation in its Arts are for Everyone program, which seeks to reduce barriers in participating in the performing arts by working in partnership with local agencies, including the Fredericton Food Centre and the Multicultural Association of Fredericton. In total, 439 individuals were able to attend shows or activities through the program.

“We’re pleased to report that we had a successful year,” Yerxa said. “We continue to see increases in our audience, with nearly a quarter of Fredericton residents attending the Playhouse this past year.” Yerxa said that 23 per cent of city households held a ticket to a Playhouse event last year, up from 21 per cent in the previous year. “And that doesn’t take into account the various free events, graduations and corporate activities we hosted,” he added.

Although the Fredericton Playhouse operates independently from the City of Fredericton, its mandate to manage and develop the City’s live performance venue is achieved through an operating partnership with the municipality. In his presentation, Yerxa explained that the City’s contribution towards the 52-year-old facility accounts for only 33 per cent of the organization’s budget. “The remainder of our funding comes directly through earned revenues and contributions from individuals and grants,” he said.

The organization reported the results of several surveys, including one commissioned by the Playhouse that indicated that 81 per cent of Fredericton residents believe that the Playhouse is important to the city’s quality of life.

Wayne Burley, President of the Playhouse board, noted that working toward the development of a new regional performing arts centre to replace the existing Playhouse remains a top priority. While the facility is being properly maintained and operating safely, the building is at the end of its useful life. In the 2015-16 season, the Fredericton Playhouse Inc. completed an economic impact study, demonstrating the positive effect of a new performing arts centre on Fredericton’s economy, and took steps toward procuring funding from all levels of government for the major infrastructure project, which has been identified as a regional priority by Regional Service Commission 11.

“In the year ahead we intend to move forward with even more concrete plans for a new performing arts centre, including site acquisition, funding confirmation and more engagement with the public on design and fundraising,” Burley said. “We look forward to working with the City of Fredericton and other partners on this exciting project.”

A survey of Playhouse patrons showed that while respondents are looking forward to a larger, more comfortable and accessible venue with expanded programming, they are concerned about the new performing arts centre’s location, and want to ensure it will be built with a high quality of design to meet the community’s needs and aspirations.

Newfoundland-based trio The Once brings poignant performance to the Playhouse


On Thursday, October 27 at 7:30 p.m., Newfoundland-based folk band The Once will perform an intimate yet powerful show at the Fredericton Playhouse.

Armed with bouzouki, guitar, mandolin and banjo, The Once creates music inspired by their Newfoundland roots that comes from a thoughtful place. Thanks to powerful vocals and expert instrumentation, this trio is a perfect blend of voice and melody, consisting of Geraldine Hollett, Andrew Dale and Phil Churchill.

Sometimes funny, sometimes melancholic, and always poignant, this up-and-coming band has built a fervent following thanks to their impressive live show. The winner of several ECMAs and Canadian Folk Music Awards, The Once draws huge crowds and receives glowing reviews wherever they perform.

In addition to this performance, the Playhouse invites you to enhance your evening with a pre-show Experience More! Traditional Newfoundland Dinner at the Knights of Columbus Hall, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Meal tickets for this tasty Newfoundland feast are sold separately from performance tickets – contact the box office to book your spot.

Tickets for The Once are available through the Fredericton Playhouse box office by calling 458-8344 or online at

Polaris Prize-winning artist Tanya Tagaq performs throat singing that transcends genre


Coming to the Fredericton Playhouse on Friday, October 21 at 7:30 p.m., Polaris Prize-winning artist Tanya Tagaq will deliver a distinctive performance featuring music unlike anything you’ve ever heard.

Unnerving and exquisite, Tagaq’s unique vocal expression is rooted in Inuit throat singing, but her music also incorporates electronic, industrial and metal influences. This Inuk punk is known for delivering fearsome, elemental performances that are visceral and physical, heaving and breathing and alive.

Her show draws incredulous response from worldwide audiences, transcending language and culture. Tagaq has collaborated with everyone from opera singers, to avant-garde violin composers, to experimental DJs to create cutting edge, challenging music.

With a string of Juno nominations, and with her latest album, Retribution, set to be released in October, she demonstrates her ability to make difficult music that speaks a universal tongue.

Tickets for Tanya Tagaq are available through the Fredericton Playhouse box office by calling 458-8344 or online at