Healing, Health, and Hope: the Fergus Grand Theatre announces it’s 2021-2022 Presenting Season

Posted On Thursday September 30, 2021

CENTRE WELLINGTON –Live performances are coming back! 18 months after the doors were closed due to Covid-19, the Fergus Grand Theatre is set to open once again this fall. In addition to welcoming back community groups, touring rentals, and emerging local artists, the theatre is also able to mount a small presenting series entitled “Healing, Health, and Hope” with shows that will lift your spirits and put a smile on your face.

“We're back, we're safe, and we can't wait to welcome you to the Fergus Grand Theatre once again.” said Theatre Coordinator Eric Goudie. “Our presenting series title is quite fitting after the past 18 months we have had.  If we can put a smile on your face, we have brought theatre back to life in our community.”

The first show in the theatre’s presenting series season is the Red Dirt Skinners, on October 29th. Described by Roots Music Canada as “The Pink Floyd of Folk Music” the multi award winning Red Dirt Skinners comfortably blend exceptional, almost telepathic, harmonies with world class musicianship. Well known for writing songs that see the positives in negative situations, the Skinners’ newest album “Bear With Us” is a triumph to positive thinking, and a further development of the band’s signature sound.   

Mike Stevens finally gets the chance to stop by the theatre for a matinee performance on January 30th. An award-winning harmonica player, composer and author living in Sarnia, Ontario, Mike continues to expand the paradigms of harmonica, balancing tradition with cutting-edge innovation. He has toured the world with legendary Bluegrass music stars and Grand Ole Opry members Jim & Jesse, and can count among his fans Roy Acuff, the King of country music.  Mike has logged more than 300 appearances on the world famous Grand Ole Opry stage, and is a true pioneer of Bluegrass Harmonica. In 1999 Mike visited a Northern community in Canada that changed his life. Since that impactful visit, Mike has worked to bring arts and music to Indigenous youth and founded the non-profit ArtsCan Circle in 2002.

The presenting series concludes with Six String Nation on March 20th. This show is about the creation of a guitar called Voyageur, made from 64 different pieces of material, each with a story to tell, from every province and territory of Canada. This one instrument connects Canadians across the vastness of our landscape and the differences in our backgrounds and perspectives. Given all that has happened and all that has been learned in the two years since this show was first booked, the guitar and its stories now seem more important than ever. Part of this event will include a performance by local musicians from the Adrian Jones Music School, who will take to the stage to play Voyageur, helping to write the next chapter in its history.

Health and Safety protocols will be in effect for all events, and proof of vaccination will be required for admission. Single tickets for all shows in the presenting series are $35 each, and available in the box office, by phone at 519-787-1981, or online at www.fergusgrandtheatre.ca.

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