Live at the Oakville Centre: April 2016

Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys
Live at the Oakville Centre: April 2016
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Ronnie Brown

Ronnie Brown is the Marketing, Programming and Development Co-ordinator for the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts.

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Coming up at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts are Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys, the Oakville Symphony Orchestra presents Titan with Pianist Cheng Cai, Burl-Oak Theatre Group presents I Do, I Do, I Do, Ruthie Foster with special guest Harrison “Sweettaste” Kennedy, Patricia O’Callaghan Sings Leonard Cohen, and Charlotte’s Web.

Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys presented by the Dan Cooper Concert Series takes place on Friday, April 8 at 8 PM.

Hailing from Prince Edward Island, The Rhythm Boys’ exhilarating live show instantly enamors audiences
with their engaging, sometimes jaw-dropping, stagecraft and showmanship. With flavors of traditional
bluegrass and roots music bolstered by their stunning musicianship, the group is poised to take the
world stage.

Tickets: $42

Keys of Grand Piano

Photo credit: Hoder Slanger via / CC BY-SA

The Titan presented by the Oakville Symphony Orchestra takes place on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 8:00 PM and Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 2:00 PM.

The powerful music of Mahler has captivated orchestras and audiences for decades. The Oakville Symphony presents the splendid Symphony No. 1 for the first time in our 48 year history. Outstanding Canadian pianist Sheng Cai will also be featured on this program of superb music-making. Guest Artist is pianist Cheng Cai.

Regular tickets: $54

I Do PosterI Do, I Do, I Do by Robin Hawdon is presented by the Burl-Oak Theatre group, and will take place from April 14 to 16, 2016 at 8:00 PM and Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 2:00 PM.

Diana has it all. Beautiful, intelligent, sweet natured. The sort of rare girl that all men swoon over. There is Jamie, the man to whom she is betrothed, Tom, the attractive boyfriend of Jamie’s sister, and Geoff, the old friend who is to be the best man. Diana’s problem is that she finds herself having promised marriage to all three!

Regular Tickets $30

Ruthie_FosterRuthie Foster with special guest Harrison “Sweettaste” Kennedy is presented by the Dan Cooper Concert Series, and will take place on Thursday, April 21 at 8 PM.

Those who have followed Ruthie Foster’s eclectic musical history know that she can burn down any
stage with her combustible blend of soul, blues, rock, folk and gospel. Ruthie’s astonishing voice has
taken her on an amazing ride. She came from humble church choir beginnings in rural Texas, followed by
a tour of duty with the U.S. Navy Band, and ended up in Austin, Texas.

Hailed by B.B. King as Canada’s premier blues performer, Harrison Kennedy is a vocal chameleon, at ease
performing funk, soul, R&B, folk, gospel and blues.


Regular Tickets: $62

Patricia OCallaghanPatricia O’Callaghan Sings Leonard Cohen presented by the Dan Cooper Concert Series takes place on Friday, April 29 at 8 PM.

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. One of Patricia’s
most unique talents is the ability to 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.

Like most great love affairs, O’Callaghan can pinpoint the moment her passion for Cohen began. “I was a
young classical singer and I had just had my heart broken. Then I heard John Cale’s recording of
Hallelujah and it simply hit me to the core. I loved his songs from then on.” – Richard Ouzounian, Toronto

“O’Callaghan’s voice is as rich, pliable and luminous as ever, interpreting Cohen’s songs with tremendous
tenderness and a mature, worldly sensitivity and insight.” — Sharna Searle, The Wholenote

Regular Tickets: $42

Cast of Charlotte's WebCharlotte’s Web presented by Theatreworks USA takes place on Saturday, April 30 at 1 PM an 3:30 PM and is recommended for children ages 4 to 10.

Theatreworks’ production of Charlotte’s Web is based on E.B. White’s loving story of the friendship
between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte. Wilbur has a problem: how to
avoid winding up as pork chops! Charlotte, a fine writer and true friend, hits on a plan to fool Farmer
Zuckerman — she will create a “miracle.” Spinning the words “Some Pig” in her web, Charlotte weaves a
solution which not only makes Wilbur a prize pig, but ensures his place on the farm forever. This
treasured tale, featuring mad-cap and endearing farm animals, explores bravery, selfless love, and the
true meaning of friendship.

This production is sponsored by Acura of Oakville, and Whole Foods Market.

Tickets: $20

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 or by calling 905-815-2021 or Toll free: 1-888-489-7784.


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