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Turn up the heat with A Night in Havana!

by on January 24, 2013

onstageGALA2013Bright colours, festive sounds and a hot tropical night in the dead of winter – who could ask for more? Experience the magic and music of an evening of Cuban culture and be transported to a sizzling and sultry musical night in Havana at the annual BellAliant Onstage Gala on Friday, February 22 at 8pm. Featuring the thrilling and passionate music of Halifax’s Salsa Picante as well as expert salsa dancers, this will be a night to remember!

Prepare for Cuban flair as the Playhouse stage and adjacent backstage areas are beautifully transformed into a sizzling salsa club in the heart of Havana, complete with dance floor and tropical cabana. But you won’t want to sit down once you hear the infectious rumba rhythms of Halifax’s Salsa Picante, whose music has just the right mix to keep the dance floor pulsating from start to finish. They are hailed by the Halifax Herald as “Halifax’s number one party band” and have shared the stage with such well-known Latin artists as Bobby Sanabria and Spirits of Havana. The members of Salsa Picante are the crème de la crème of the east coast music scene, each one being a well respected soloist, freelance and recording artist in their own right. All are residents of Halifax but originate from all over the Maritimes as well as Cuba, Mexico and Holland.

Fredericton Playhouse Board of Directors VP and Gala Committee Chair Wayne Burley looks forward to this year’s gala, and notes the growing popularity of what has become a truly unique experience. “This annual fundraiser has established itself as a definite crowd pleaser,” says Burley.  “Not only are guests participating in a special “backstage” party, but they are also contributing to the many worthwhile outreach activities undertaken year-round at The Playhouse.  Funds raised by the Bell Aliant Onstage Gala go a long way to break down barriers for the greater community to experience the fun and excitement of live performance.”  Continues Burley, “The Board of Directors are very appreciative of the efforts of volunteers and Playhouse staff for organizing what will be, in the depths of winter, a “HOT” night of merrymaking and fun.”

In addition to the live music and dancing, the club atmosphere will include a glass of champagne, delicious Cuba-inspired hors d’hœuvres, and a chance to win a door prize valued at $1000! Dance lessons are also provided for those who want to learn some “muy caliente” moves to show off on the dance floor.

Come dressed in the colours of the tropics and be ready to party! Whether you’re a non-dancer or a Salsa King, come and get a taste of a hot Havana night!

For tickets and further information, contact Christine Little at 459-620/ or visit

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