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Coming up at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts for February 2016 are: Cheaters, An Evening with Gail Vaz-Oxlade, Eh440 with the option of a Valentines Day dinner and show package available, The Cat in the Hat, Bowser & Blue, The Wailers, Bruce Cockburn, Young People’s Concert, Ross Wooldridge and his Tribute to the Benny Goodman Sextet, and Bob McDonald host of CBC’s Quirks & Quarks.
All performances take place in the Willson Auditorium at The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts,
130 Navy Street, Oakville, Ontario L6J 2Z4. Tickets and gift certificates (any denomination) are available online at OakvilleCentre.ca or by calling 905‐815‐2021 or Toll free: 1‐888‐489‐7784. Please note that performances on occasion take place at other locations so please read your tickets carefully.
February 3 to 6, 2016 at 8:00 PM and February 7, 2016 at 2:00 PM
West End Studio Theatre presents Cheaters by Michael Jacobs
Allen and Michelle are deciding upon marriage and seek the advice of their parents. They decide an introductory dinner between the families is needed to discuss whether or not loyalty to each other is worth while. But once introductions are made, it’s everyone for himself. A wild, rollicking look at love and romance.
An Evening with Gail Vaz-Oxlade
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 7 P.M. at QE Park Community and Cultural Centre, 2302 Bridge Road,
In her latest book, Money Talks: When to Say Yes and How to Say No, Gail Vaz-Oxlade takes on your toughest money problems: the people you love. The evening will include an author presentation and book signing.
Tickets available online, by phone, or in person at the Oakville Centre box office as well as all library branches starting on January 11, 2016.
Saturday, February 13 at 8:30 p.m. in the Studio Theatre
Valentines Day Dinner & Show package available (see below for details)
Using just their voices, this Toronto‐based acappella group has wow’d audiences across the USA and
Canada. Eh440 is a mix of 5 people from 5 very different backgrounds and musical genres. Joe’s been a
low bass singer his entire life, Luke’s an urban beatboxer, Janet identifies as a country/pop singer,
Stacey’s soul/pop, and if that isn’t confusing enough, Mike’s even more of a musical chameleon who
cites blues, folk, and “anything with a good groove” as his influences.
Together they form “an unforgettable combination of crazy beatboxing, sassy rapping, killer harmonies,
and fresh, urban, RnB‐influenced compositions”. Eh440 were featured on Dragon’s Den where they won a deal with two dragons!
Eh440 Valentine’s Day Dinner & Show Package!
Saturday, February 13, 2016
6 p.m. ‐ Three course meal at Paradiso Restaurant
8:30 pm. ‐ Performance of Eh440 at the Oakville Centre Studio Theatre
$150 per couple
Price does not include taxes, alcohol and gratuities. To purchase the package call the Oakville Centre box office at 905‐815‐2021.
The Cat in the Hat
Friday, February 19 at 7 p.m.
Based on the book by Dr. Seuss
Adapted and originally directed by Katie Mitchell
From the moment his tall, red‐and‐white‐striped hat appears at their door, Sally and her brother know
that the Cat in the Hat is the most mischievous cat they will ever meet. Suddenly the rainy afternoon is transformed by the Cat and his antics. Will their house ever be the same? Can the kids clean up before mom comes home? With some tricks (and a fish) and Thing Two and Thing One, with the Cat in The Hat, the fun’s never done!
Bowser & Blue
Saturday, February 20 at 8 p.m.
George Bowser and Rick Blue are a music and comedy duo from Montreal who have been performing
together since October 1978. After years in their own ‘rock’ bands, they joined forces as a duo when the disco phenomenon made gigs hard for bands to find.
“Side‐splitting. Their music is a work of art, blending with their comedy skits and energy – a delight.” ‐ Adam Capital (2013)
Thursday, February 25 at 8 p.m.
with opening band: TooNice
There is no more legendary band in Jamaican music history than The Wailers. Formed in 1969, the group
has created an extraordinary body of work whose echoes are heard in every corner of the world today.
Original members included the man hailed as “The Artist of the 20th Century,” Bob Marley and his vocal
partners Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh, alongside the ground‐breaking rhythm section of the Barrett
brothers, Carlton on drums and Aston “Family Man” on bass. Today Aston leads the band as it continues
its worldwide campaign of promoting peace, love and equality through the message of reggae and
The Wailers are heralded as one of the last great reggae institutions, history in the flesh, continuing to tour and breathe new life into their universally loved catalog of reggae’s greatest hits.
Saturday, February 27 at 8 p.m.
Cockburn’s albums have sold over 7 million copies worldwide. He is revered by fans and fellow musicians
alike as one of the most important songwriters of his generation.
An Officer of the Order of Canada, he has won 11 Juno Awards and has been nominated for 31. Over the
past four decades he has released a 31 albums.
“Bruce’s handling of his axe is so delicate and complex that he lacks not a moment for magical sounds,
feathering his distinctive voice in an atmospheric rainbow of sparkling glints and shimmering colors…” – acousticmusic.com
Young People’s Concert
Performed by the Oakville Symphony Orchestra
Sunday, February 28, 2016 AT 4 P.M. at St. Matthew’s Church, 150 Monks Passage, Oakville
An exceptional 45 minute program for full orchestra designed specifically to introduce young children to the thrill of hearing a live orchestral performance.
Ross Wooldridge and his Tribute to the Benny Goodman Sextet
with Alex Pangman
Sunday, February 28 at 3 p.m.
Spanning the years from 1935 ‐ 1961, Benny Goodman was a world leader in the field of small group
jazz, breaking racial boundaries, introducing unforgettable talent like Lionel Hampton and Teddy Wilsonto the world, and in general being a jazz trend‐setter with his trio, quartet and sextet.
“Ross Wooldridge is the best jazz clarinetist that Canada has ever produced…Amen!” ‐ Bernie Turcotte
“CD Tribute to BG is a masterpiece… better than Peanuts, Daniels and DeFranco tributes… you and your guys really swing… WOW! What a Tour de Force! Bravo!”
Bob McDonald – Host of CBC’s Quirks & Quarks
Monday, February 29, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Topic: Being There: Science as I’ve Seen It
After more than 30 years of reporting on science, this journalist has seen a lot, from the exploration of our entire solar system by robots, to the computer and genetic revolutions that have profoundly
changed our lives. We live in remarkable times where the most powerful tools humanity has ever known
are in our grasp. Do we have the wisdom to use these tools wisely?
What if Everything You Know is Wrong: Bob McDonald at TEDxVictoria 2013
Oakville Centre Season Partners include:
With appreciation sponsors: Ontario Arts Council, Canadian Heritage, Data Media, Holiday Inn.
Tickets and memberships are available online at OakvilleCentre.ca, by phone at 905‐815‐2021 or
in person Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Oakville Centre for the Performing
Arts, 130 Navy Street, Oakville, ON L6J 2Z4. A complete listing of the Oakville Centre’s 2015‐2016 performances and ticket information, visit
Benny Goodman, Bob McDonald, Bowser and Blue, Bruce Cockburn, Cat in the Hat, CBC, Cheaters, Eh440, February 2016, Gail Vaz-Oxlade, Oakville centre for the Performing Arts, Oakville Symphony Orchestra, Quirks & Quarks, Ross Wooldridge, The Wailers, Valentine's Day, Young People's Concert