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Peterborough's Amazing 24 Hour Project At Gordon Best Theatre

Photo courtesy Ray Henderson

Photo courtesy Ray Henderson

The 24 Hour Project is back again this year, taking place Saturday, November 8th at 8 p.m. at the Gordon Best Theatre!

Here's how it works...

Friday 8 p.m. - 5 Writers begin scripts
Saturday 6 a.m. - 5 Directors read scripts and each choose one
Saturday 7:30 a.m. - 30 actors arrive and audition
Saturday 9 a.m. - rehearsals begin
Saturday 7:30 p.m. - Doors open at the Gordon Best Theatre
Saturday 8 p.m. - 5 new plays

Photo courtesy Ray Henderson

Photo courtesy Ray Henderson

What makes the project special, aside from its format, is the inclusion of theatre veterans with those who have never performed before. A "crash course" if you will, newcomers have been given the opportunity to get on stage for what may be the first time in their life. It consistently provides great results and a thrill for those on and off stage. Many audience members can't believe what they are seeing wasn't even on paper the night before.

See all the Featured performers in the poster below. Tickets are $10 at the door. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., showtime is at 8 p.m. The Gordon Best is located at 216 Hunter Street West.

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LOL: The Citiots Improv Playing Gordon Best Theatre July 25th is a proud sponsor of the amazing The Citiots Improv. Their next gig in Peterborough is Friday, July 25th, at 9 pm at Gordon Best Theatre (doors open at 8:30 p.m., and tickets are only $10). Go check 'em out. They are LOL funny. And to book them for your own function—they are getting more and more bookings around the Kawarthas—click here for info.

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PtboPics: Royal Wood Performing at Gordon Best Theatre

Piano rocker Royal Wood played to a sold-out show at the Gordon Best Theatre recently with Hannah Georgas. To the delight of the crowd, he mentioned that he grew up in Lakefield.

Royal Wood had his song "A Mirror Without" featured on Grey's Anatomy.

Royal Wood's newest album is called The Waiting. You can also check out a behind-the-scenes-video of his tour with Hannah Georgas.

[Words & pictures by PtboCanada's Evan Holt]

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PtboCanada Interview: Singer-Songwriter Hannah Georgas

Hannah Georgas performing at Gordon Best TheatreRecently, PtboCanada had a chance to catch up with Canadian musician Hannah Georgas and ask her a few questions. Georgas has been touring the heck out of North America since her debut full length album, This Is Good, was released earlier this year.

Over this past weekend, Georgas opened for local boy Royal Wood, who was performing at the Gordon Best Theatre. Here is what she had to say:

The new album which you are touring behind is titled
This Is Good. What are you referring to with this title? 

Georgas: One of the tracks on the record is entitled "This Is Good." I feel like that song sheds a similar light as to how the record all came together for me. The song was inspired by a really great memory and moment for me. I had premeditated and hoped for it to happen, and it came to fruition. I feel like the record is a similar circumstance. 


 What's so good about being Hannah Georgas right now?

Georgas: I get to hang out in a van with four handsome boys for the next month on tour. Playing music and traveling isn't so bad either.

Though you grew up in nearby Newmarket, Ontario, you're more closely associated with Vancouver and the West Coast. Do you feel your music speaks to either of those places more than the other?

Georgas: Songwriting is a very personal process and I find that I'm influenced by my surroundings and where I'm at in my life. The past few years I have been living in B.C., and have been affected by the people I've met, relationships I've made and challenges I've faced. Wherever I am in my life, that is what tends to come out in my songwriting.



PtboCanada: Any funny stories about touring with Royal Wood? You guys getting along? 

Georgas: We all like to make jokes and laugh backstage before, in between and after our sets. We're quite the rowdy bunch I tell ya. Good times.

Let's give our readers a sense of you and your personality via your musical background. What's your favorite album of all time?

Georgas: I love the record No Need To Argue by The Cranberries.

PtboCanada: Who's your biggest fan?

Georgas: I would have to say my manager.

[Q&A by PtboCanada's Jeffrey Macklin; pictures by PtboCanada's Evan Holt]

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PtboPics: The Sadies, Andy Maize of Skydiggers and Devin Cuddy (Jim's son) at Gordon Best Theatre

Last night, Gordon Best Theatre (above the Only Café) was closed down for a private party and PtboCanada was there. Among the bands performing to the packed crowd were Peterborough's Magpie, The Sadies (first pic below) and Andy Maize of Skydiggers (second pic below, standing, far left on mic), who performed a stripped down set of songs, including "I Will Give You Everything". Alongside Andy on guitar was none other than Devin Cuddy (second and third pic below), the son of Blue Rodeo's Jim Cuddy. It was quite a night.



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PtboCanada Review: Sarah Harmer's Gig at Gordon Best Theatre

Sarah Harmer
Gordon Best Theatre
June 11, 2010

Intimate shows are a real treat for fans, especially when they happen as a warm-up to a bigger tour. It's a sneak peak which affords fans the chance to see new songs performed, old songs rekindled and personal connections to be formed between artist and fan.

Last night, Canadian roots-rocker Sarah Harmer took the stage with a full band for the first of two live shows at the Gordon Best Theatre, just days before the release of her new album Oh Little Fire. Since this was Harmer's first live gig in a while, the night was a chance for presenting all her new songs in a live setting. And I can tell you, the new songs didn't sound the least bit unpolished.

The lively lead single from the new album, "Captive", was very well received. Other new songs of note from last night's show included the brooding "The Marble In Your Eye" and the self-confessed most political new track on the collection, "Washington".

New songs might have been the order of the day, but it was the older songs generously peppered throughout the two-hour long set that garnered the best response from the enthusiastic crowd.

Harmer opened the show with "The Hideout," a gem of a song culled from her early album You Were Here. Others which seemed to pull people from their seats included the bluegrass flavoured "I'm A Mountain" and fan favourite "Basement Apartment". 

The closing of the main set had the entire centre portion of the floor filled with couples sashaying to the lovely and lilting song "Open Window". It was a summertime moment to behold and one I will cherish.

Harmer wasn't going to go out so sweetly though. A bang was in order. Responding to what had to be the most requested song of the night, Harmer and her band launched into a smoldering take of her classic track "Lodestar", finishing the show in real rock and roll style.

Jeffrey Macklin, PtboCanada contributor

[Related: Sarah Harmer's New Album "Oh Little Fire" Is Coming Out (And She Plays Peterborough This Weekend!; Sarah Harmer performs to sold-out crowd at Gordon Best Theatre]

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Sarah Harmer's New Album "Oh Little Fire" Is Coming Out (And She plays Peterborough This Weekend!)

Sarah Harmer's new album Oh Little Fire is coming out June 22, and she's starting her new tour in—where else!?—Peterborough, with gigs here this Friday and Saturday (June 11 and 12th) at the sold-out Gordon Best Theatre.

For those lucky enough to have tickets to hear her play her new and old material, enjoy!


Here's an excellent YouTube video where she talks about the making of Oh Little Fire :


And here's some of her music!

[Sarah Harmer's website; Sarah Harmer on Twitter]

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