Friday Jazz concerts at the Performing Arts Centre have just the one event left in the schedule.

artsblue 100x100By Staff

August 20th, 2016



It was a close to perfect evening – not even a hint of rain.

The folks that live downtown and those that made themselves aware of the free Jazz events on the Plaza at the Performing Arts centre began to take up seats as early as 5:30 pm for a 6:30 performance – they knew that the seats get taken up quickly.

This is the second year of what is turning out to be a very popular event.

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Barbara Lica, charming both an audience and a microphone.

Good music, Barbara Lica, Romania’s gift to Canada took to the platform and never failed to delight. The cash bar was open.

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Barbara Lica, a night light lyrical voice.

The Jazz part of the Centre’s summer program end next week when Vincent Wolfe & the VegasNorth Seven will be playing.

The fall program really doesn’t begin until very late in September when the Centre celebrates five years of existence – they are bring Royal Wood back for this occasion.

An opportunity to listen to a growing artist and to take a look back at what the Centre has given the city that gave so much to get it built.

The audience has grown, putting a management team in place has proven to be more of a challenge than many expected. The arts are different – not like running a factory.

There have been three Executive Directors during the five years of existence.

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There wasn’t seat to be had – some people sat on the other side of the street to just listen.

What the general public doesn’t see or hear much about is the elementary and secondary school programs.

The Centre has an 11 performance program for kindergarten to grade 8 specifically curated for young audiences to be more than just regular, old field trips. Instead, they are unique cultural excursions that nurture the development of creative students and who in turn build creative communities. And tickets are $10 each.

Among the school program offerings are: The Lightning Thief, I.aM.mE Dance Crew, Peter Rabbit Tales, Brown Bear, Brown Bear and other Treasured Stories plus The Spirit of Harriet Tubman.

There are also workshop’s for students.

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