Global Superstar Measha Brueggergosman Coming To Peterborough

On Saturday, April 28th, the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra (PSO) and Showplace Performance Centre present "An Evening with Measha Brueggergosman."

The Juno-winning and Grammy-nominated singer known for her powerful voice and big personality will bring to life her emotional Songs of Freedom album at a concert and special reception to benefit the PSO and Showplace.


"An Evening with Measha Brueggergosman" is a two-part event at Showplace, with two ticket options:

-> At 7 p.m. in Showplace’s Erica Cherney Theatre, audience members will experience a full concert from the Songs of Freedom tour by Measha and her ensemble.

-> Immediately following the concert, a limited number of audience members who have purchased the full Concert & Champagne Reception package will go behind the velvet rope to an exclusive soiree with Measha, hosted by PSO Music Director & Conductor Michael Newnham.

Tickets are priced at $115 for the Concert & Champagne Reception and $60 for the Concert Only. To purchase tickets, visit the box office in-person (290 George St. N.), go online or call 705-742-SHOW(7469).

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Canadian Superstar Jann Arden To Visit Showplace Performance Centre This Fall

On September 26th at 8 p.m., Canadian singer/songwriter/broadcaster/author Jann Arden will appear at Showplace Performance Centre in Peterborough.

The much celebrated multi-platinum, award-winning artist catapulted onto the Canadian music scene in 1993.  She has released 12 albums with 19 top singles, and is the proud recipient of a star of Canada’s Walk of Fame. In addition to being a singer/songwriter, Arden is an author of note, with three books to her credit. 

Jann has made appearances in television sitcoms such as Corner Gas and CBC’s Rick Mercer Report. Her philanthropic work includes World Vision, MAC Cosmetic’s Fashion Cares AIDS benefit and Gilda’s Club in Toronto.  

Whether captivating audiences with her heartfelt music, entertaining them with her quick wit or sharing her written word in a boldly honest voice, Jann Arden is a Canadian original—a multi-dimensional talent.

Tickets for this one of a kind performance go on sale Friday, June 9th at 11 a.m. at the Showplace box office (290 George St. N.), by phone at 705-742-7469 or online at

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Canadian Music Icon Burton Cummings Is Playing Showplace October 11th

One of the most celebrated artists in Canadian music history is coming to Peterborough. Burton Cummings is playing Showplace October 11th.

His remarkable career as a performer, singer-songwriter and recording artist has spanned over five decades and garnered a myriad of awards and accolades, including seven JUNO Awards.

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Cummings is a member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame through his band The Guess Who (inducted in 1987), and 2016 marked the singer-songwriter’s solo induction.

Tickets go on sale Monday, July 11th at 10 am, and will only be available to be purchased online.


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The Wiggles Are Coming To Showplace October 6th

The popular Australian children's group The Wiggles are on a world tour, and are making a stop in Peterborough October 6th, where they will be performing at Showplace.

The Wiggles—who are celebrating their 25th birthday, the release of their new CD and DVD Wiggle Town, and their hit TV show—are playing two shows on October 6th, one at 3 p.m. and the other at 6:30 p.m., Showplace Marketing Manager Emily Martin tells PTBOCanada.

After 25 years of performing, The Wiggles are the world’s No. 1 Children’s entertainment group. With 7 million albums, 23 million DVDs, and 8 million books sold, the Wiggles have performed to millions of fans worldwide, and count amongst their fans such high-profile celebrities as Robert De Niro, Jerry Seinfeld, Cate Blanchett, Chris Rock, Shaquille O’Neal and Harry Styles.

Tickets go on sale online Friday, June 10th at 10 a.m. so make sure to mark that in your calendar as tickets will go fast! You can also buy them starting at 11 a.m. in person at the Showplace box office.

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Local Talent Star In Romantic Comedy Greeting Cards At Showplace

Local talent Naomi DuVall, Ray Henderson, Mike Judson, and Sarah McNeilly are starring in the new romantic comedy play Greeting Cards at Showplace in downtown Peterborough.

The cast of  Greeting Cards

The cast of Greeting Cards

Written and Directed by Peterborough's Frank Flynn, here's a synopsis of the play:

Robbie O’Grady is a bon vivant and a lady’s man. At least he was until a stroke changed all that. Now he’s struggling to find his footing in a whole new world. Frustrated, flat broke, and unable to work, he’s beginning to test the patience of his best friend/roommate Max, who’s got troubles of his own. Max hasn’t quite come to terms with the feelings he has for his girlfriend Mandy. Falling in love isn’t Max’s style and he wants out. Behind on the rent, Robbie needs help, and fast. Things get complicated when Mandy suggests Max’s little sister Gertie as a therapist for Robbie. Max doesn’t want Robbie anywhere near Gertie. Things don’t go as planned when Max solicits Robbie’s help to break up with Mandy, and Gertie isn’t quite the little girl Robbie remembers from when they were kids.

Love, laughter, and friendship abound in this romantic romp. Sure to touch hearts and funny bones alike.

Naomi and Sarah rehearsing

Naomi and Sarah rehearsing

Greeting Cards is playing at Showplace on the following dates:

-> Thursday, February 25th at 8pm
-> Friday, February 26th at 8pm
-> Saturday, February 27th at 2pm

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students

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Ray Henderson's Snow White & The Seven Dwarves Playing Showplace

For 20 years now, Ray Henderson and Arbor Theatre have been celebrating the Winter Holiday Season with adaptations of classics such as The Wizard of Oz, Camelot, Oliver Twist – The Dancical  and Cinderella – The Dancical.

Rehearsal for  Snow White & The Seven Dwarves

Rehearsal for Snow White & The Seven Dwarves

This year, Ray Henderson celebrates the 20th anniversary with Arbor Theatre with his special adaptation of Snow White & The Seven Dwarves, which plays at Showplace Performance Centre Thursday, December 10th and Friday, December 11th—both nights at 7 p.m.

"It's an unbelievable feeling to know that 20 years later, through the support and enthusiasm of this community, my passion is continually reenergized in putting together these productions," Ray tells PTBOCanada. "The spirit of the youth and veteran performers involved continue to inspire."

Snow White & The Seven Dwarves features Frances Loiselle, Aiden Wilson, Daniel Smith, Riley Tutert, Ethan King, Andrew Root, Noah Henderson, Tom Keat, Julia Pedlar, Andreanne Duplessis, Brad Brackenridge, Matt Gilbert, Anika Spasov, Alex Bemrose, Cian Aherne, Olivia Marshall, Mason Taylor, Tristan Onusko, Emerson Sheward, Tedd Bayne, Abby Davidson, Ashyln Hynes, Taryn Walsh, Anna Ogrodnik, Rachel Froggatt, Sam Baker, Kate Bemrose, Belle Onusko, Erin Masterson, Cheyenne Thompson, Chloe Wright, Livia Muir, Madeline Miller, Maddie Brown, Daria Hinton, Janice Murray, Jenna Flipowicz, Faith Dickinson, and Elsa Norton as "Princess Kitty".

Cameo appearances in the play will be made by Kate Ethier, Mike Judson and Adam Martignetti.

Some of the cast of  Snow White & The Seven Dwarves

Some of the cast of Snow White & The Seven Dwarves

Other Key People Involved In This Must Watch Production:

Set by Ron Taylor
Set painted by John Fewings
Costumes by Jennifer Sek
Stage Managed by Brianna Hill and Rachel Van Vliet
Music by Beau Dixon
Choreography by Madison Sheward
Written and Directed by Ray Henderson

Tickets are available at Showplace Box Office, 705.742.7469. $15 Adults, $10 Students and Seniors, $8 for age 12 and under

More info in the poster below...

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PTBOCanada Pics & Review: The Irish Rovers At Showplace

Irish Rovers at Showplace (photo by Evan Holt)

Irish Rovers at Showplace (photo by Evan Holt)

It's remarkable how much energy The Irish Rovers, who are celebrating their 50th Anniversary, bring to the crowd. While they aren't retiring, they say they are just slowing down—poking fun at themselves while playing antics on each other on stage and telling funny yarns loaded with Irish humour.

Irish Rovers at Showplace (photo by Evan Holt)

Irish Rovers at Showplace (photo by Evan Holt)

They played Wednesday night (November 25th) to a sold-out crowd at Showplace, and didn't even need to coach the crowd to clap along because they were already taking part. This group of very talented artists really shined and it was great to see some of them switch through multiple instruments during a single song.

Irish Rovers at Showplace (photo by Evan Holt)

Irish Rovers at Showplace (photo by Evan Holt)

Fifty years is pretty remarkable, and their fans have been along with them for the journey. It was nice to see fans bringing original records (no re-presses here!) to be signed after the show.

Irish Rovers at Showplace (photo by Evan Holt)

Irish Rovers at Showplace (photo by Evan Holt)

[Contributed by PtboCanada's Evan Holt]

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Children's Supergroup The Wiggles To Visit Peterborough

Tickets go on sale Thursday, May 28 at 11 a.m to the general public for The Wiggles Rock & Roll Preschool Tour at Showplace...

The Wiggles Fall Tour includes a stop here on Wednesday, October 7th, with shows at 3 pm and 6:30 pm at Showplace in downtown Peterborough.

To purchase tickets, visit Showplace at 290 George Street N., or call the box office at 705.742.7469. **Tickets go on sale Thursday, May 28th.

Get the kids (or yourself?) ready to dress like this...

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Here Are Photos Of The Local Cast Of "RENT" That Plays Showplace

Peterborough's Art For Awareness presents RENT from February 20th to 28th at Showplace Performance Centre. Set in the East Village of New York City, RENT is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Here are cast photos below by Sara Connelly (SC Photography) that were photographed in the alley behind St Veronus in downtown Peterborough...

RENT follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. By donating partial proceeds from this local production to PARN-Your Community Aids Network & the Youth Emergency Shelter (YES), Art for Awareness aims to educate, entertain, and normalize the stories of those living with HIV/AIDS, addiction, and poverty and sexual identity. 

RENT is produced with the generous support of Adam Scott Performing Arts, PTBOCanada (we're a media sponsor), Theatre Trent, the Anne Shirley Theatre Company and CMHA Haliburton Kawartha Pineridge.

RENT is Produced and Directed by Geoff Bemrose & Sarah Tye, Choreography by Rachel Bemrose, Musical Direction by Brian MacDonald and Vocal Direction by Pamela Birrell.

RENT runs February 20th to 28th at Showplace. Tickets are $21 for students and $26 for adults. For more info, go here and see the poster below.

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PTBOCanada Review: Peterborough Theatre Guild Presents "Oliver! The Musical" At Showplace

Jackson Freeman plays the role of Oliver (photo Neil Morton)

Jackson Freeman plays the role of Oliver (photo Neil Morton)

Opening night for Oliver! The Musical presented by the Peterborough Theatre Guild took place Friday (May 2nd) in front of a full house at Showplace Peterborough. Directed by Gillian Wilson, with Brian MacDonald as music director, choreography by Melissa Beeby and Peter Sudbury as orchestra conductor, Oliver stars Jackson Freeman as Oliver.

As well, there are a host of other familiar names in Oliver from local theatre productions who you've most likely seen in other plays, including Brian MacDonald, Kate Suhr, Lindsay Unterlander, Chuck Vollmar and Isaac Martin—in addition to so many others that make for a superb cast.

Set in the slums of London in 1837, we follow the story of orphan Oliver Twist. If you're like me and remember the story well—I was part of the chorus in our high school production—you'll find yourself singing along to some of the well-known songs like "I'd Do Anything" and "Consider Yourself".

This fantastic musical continues until May 10th. Tickets are $25/adults, $22/senior, $15/students and can be purchased at the Showplace Box Office. 

[Contributed by PtboCanada's Julie Morris]

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