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Meadford Hall - Summer Events (Posted On: Wednesday, April 25, 2012)

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Now beautifully restored and renovated, the Meaford Hall Arts & Cultural Centre doors are open in historic downtown Meaford. The Meaford Hall, also known as the Opera House, is a stone’s throw from Georgian Bay and adjacent to all amenities in an area well-known for its year-round attractions. As a four season venue, Meaford Hall plays host to a variety of events including live theatre, music and entertainment, business and corporate events and social gatherings.

Check out our line-up of upcoming shows and events.

Summer Events 2012

On the Stage
Measha Brueggergosman jazz/Indie/folk
Wednesday May 16, 8pm                $42
Meaford Hall is proud to present Juno award-winning and Grammy-nominated songstress Measha Brueggergosman, well known as Canada’s premiere soprano star and now as celebrity judge alongside Martin Shortt on Canada’s Got Talent.
A New Brunswick native, Measha is one of the most magnificent performers and vibrant personalities of the day. She has garnered worldwide acclaim as much for her innate musicianship and voluptuous voice as for her incomparable stage presence.
Measha recently recorded an album of her favourite covers at the historic Seahorse Tavern in Halifax.  This new album entitled “I’ve Got A Crush On You” is set for release April 17” and includes songs by Cole Porter, Feist, Joni Mitchell, Gershwin and many more. Come see this very special performance in the intimate and historic Opera House.  Presented by Meaford Hall

Susan Aglukark contemporary/pop/country
Saturday May 19, 8pm $45
Singer/songwriter and three time Juno award-winner Susan Aglukark is one of Canada's most unique artists and a leading voice in Canadian music. She blends the Inuktitut and English languages with contemporary pop music arrangements to tell the stories of her people, the Inuit of Arctic Canada. The emotional depth and honesty of her lyrics; her pure, clear voice and themes of hope, spirit and encouragement have captivated and inspired listeners from all walks of life. Presented by Meaford Hall in collaboration with the Queen’s Jubilee

True Country Show featuring Jim Patterson
Thursday June 7, 7:30pm                $26.50
Jim Patterson and his band is back with all your favourite old time country hits.  Presented by Bognor Jam Productions

Lighthouse classic rock-full band show!
Wednesday June 13, 8pm $40
One Fine Morning. Sunny Days. Pretty Lady. Hats Off To The Stranger. 1849. Take It Slow. You Girl. Chances are, as you're reading the titles of these classic Lighthouse hits, you’re singing them in your head and smiling. Each one is still heard daily on radio, television, and home sound systems after almost forty years of continuous play. For a generation of Canadians, Lighthouse was the soundtrack of their lives – hear the soundtrack live in real time at Meaford Hall June 13! Presented by Meaford Hall

Suzie Vinnick 2012 blues series
Thursday June 21, 8pm $25
Multiple Maple Blues Award-winner Suzie Vinnick is the owner of a gorgeous, powerful
voice and performs with a sweet mixture of engaging candidness and unparalleled musicianship.
Suzie’s latest release is a solo acoustic blues album entitled Me ‘n’ Mabel: a stripped-down set that showcases her powerful, percussive guitar work and richly nuanced vocals to excellent effect.
“...A voice of spun gold and honey” - Access Magazine Presented by Meaford Hall as part of the 2012 blues series featuring Suzie Vinnick June 21, Carlos Del Junco with Steve Strongman Aug 9 & Matt Andersen Oct 14, series pass just $60.

East Coast Music Fest 
three days celebrating Canada’s Maritimes!
Three nights of great East Coast artists!
Kick off the event on the Meaford Hall Terrace with a lobster roll dinner catered by Christine Collins and The Kitchen Thursday July 5, followed by Old Man Luedecke live on stage. Individual dinner tickets $20, or buy a festival pass for all three shows and dinner for just $80!
Friday celebrate "East Coast Kitchen Party" style at Farmer's Market from 3 till 7. Live entertainment, open jam, free admission, great food, market vendors, fire trucks and "Sparky" for the kids! Follow it up at the historic Opera House with the Barra MacNeils! Tickets just $40
Close out the festival Saturday July 7 with 2012 ECMA winner Jenn Grant!

Old Man Luedecke folk/roots
Thursday July 5, 8pm $25 Festival Pass just $70
Old Man Luedecke is one of Canada’s best loved and most intriguing roots singer-songwriters.  Luedecke is a young man with an old soul who doesn’t sugar coat his fears - this lets his songs breathe with a fresh breeze of bittersweet hopefulness. He channels a refreshing energy from folk giants like Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger with maybe a hint of Loudon Wainwright III. But its Luedecke’s contemporary lyrics coupled with the irresistible rhythm of the old time banjo that connect and make him so loved with his audiences. Anchored in his music’s melodic confidence is an ability to tap into a common muddled and dark search for meaning. This keeps people singing his songs and praises after he’s traveled on. “An original, he is a musical singularity to be savoured and shared”, says the Vancouver Folk Festival.  Presented by Meaford Hall as part of the East Coast Festival, July 5 to 7

Barra MacNeils celtic/folk
Friday July 6, 8pm $40 Festival Pass just $70
The Barra MacNeils live concert experience brings so much more to the stage than most live acts ever can. Multiple lead vocalists, beautiful sibling harmonies, top drawer instrumental prowess on a wide variety of acoustic, stringed, percussion and wind instruments blended with dancing, storytelling, Gaelic songs and a journey through an ancient culture; it is family entertainment at its highest level. Steeped in Cape Breton tradition with strong Celtic roots and musical artistry, this diverse and talented family group continues to wow audiences around the world with their captivating vocals, harmonies and extraordinary musicianship.
2012 marks 25 years for the Sydney Mines, Cape Breton Island based family group, the Barra MacNeils, in an outstanding recording and touring career.  Presented by Meaford Hall as part of the East Coast Festival, July 5 to 7

Jenn Grant folk/Indie/pop
Saturday July 7, 8pm $25 Festival Pass just $70
Born and raised on Prince Edward Island, Halifax-based Jenn Grant embodies the naked melancholy of roots, and the shimmering effervescence of vintage AM pop. She understands the cosmic connection between Patsy Cline and Brian Wilson, and her oeuvre has elements of both polarities and everything in between. She intuits the power of nuance and beguiles like no other singer you are likely to hear. Presented by Meaford Hall as part of the East Coast Festival, July 5 to 7

Self Help produced by Lighthouse Festival Theatre
July 18 to 21 @ 8pm & July 19 @ 2pm 
$32earlybird (expires June 30) $35regular $32matinee 15% discount for groups 6+
Meaford Hall Presents Lighthouse Festival Theatre’s Production of “Self Help” Written by Norm Foster, Directed by Derek Ritschel.  Self-Help is the story of Hal and Cindy Savage, two struggling actors who reinvent themselves as self-help gurus and, much to their surprise, become the world's most revered relationship experts. Unfortunately, while their careers skyrocket, their marriage goes into a nosedive, and they soon find themselves scrambling to protect their reputations. "A sensational black-hearted farce!"--Hamilton Spectator  Presented by Meaford Hall in collaboration with Lighthouse Festival Theatre

Carlos Del Junco & Steve Strongman 2012 blues series
Thursday August 9, 8pm  $25
A great blues show for a sultry summer night: 2012 Maple Blues Award winners Carlos Del Junco and Steve Strongman take the stage to bring the best of blues in harmonica and guitar.
To say he plays the harmonica is like saying "Jimi Hendrix plays guitar". He blows the blues harp through a prism -- suddenly it seems he's holding every color in the musical rainbow right there in his hands.
Simultaneously sophisticated and raw, his playing blurs the boundaries between blues and jazz, leaving the listener for a new and profound appreciation for the instrument, and the artist.
Charisma. Verve. Passion. Unbridled talent. Beyond Strongman’s talent as a songwriter and guitarist is his ability to engage his audience and deliver an outstanding performance at every live show. With his inimitable guitar playing and soulful vocals, Strongman delivers incredible performances with power and passion. 
Steve Strongman's astounding guitar playing and expressive songwriting combined with his entertaining showmanship, have firmly established him as one of Canada’s best new Blues artists.  Presented by Meaford Hall as part of the 2012 blues series featuring Suzie Vinnick June 21, Carlos Del Junco with Steve Strongman Aug 9 & Matt Andersen Oct 14, series pass just $60.

Meaford International Film Festival Four Nights
Four Films, Four Parties
August 31 to September 2
$15matinee $29evening $99festival package Before August 6th receive 10% discount
Award-winning international films, discussion with film makers and director – all topped off with great parties!  Hosted by Christopher Thomas.  Check this site for updates and sneak peeks!
Sponsored by Brightstar Corp., presented by the Meaford Hall & Culture Foundation.

Canadian Bandurist Capella Ukrainian-Canadian instrumental ensemble & choir
Sunday September 16, 2pm $20
Canadian Bandurist Capella is a forty member Ukrainian male choir accompanied by the unique harp like sound of the sixty-five string bandura. Many of the pieces they perform are steeped in the traditional kobzar art form, dating back to historical Cossack times. Their entertaining style and repertoire consists of epic historic folk songs, sacred music, modern and humorous compositions. Colourful costumes, powerful voices and spectacular harmony are their trademark as the Canadian Bandurist Capella delights audiences across North America. Presented by Canadian Badurist Capella, sponsored byMeaford Hall.

Great Lake Swimmers folk/Indie
Friday September 21, 8pm $25
Join Indie Award winners the Great Lake Swimmers for an intimate evening! Dubbed "ambient folk" or original Canadiana, their swirl of acoustic guitars, banjo and brushed snare mixes atmospheric textures with skillful instrumental interplay. Songwriter Tony Dekker's songs are weightless and deceptively simple, capable of turning seemingly mundane observations into harrowingly mournful tales. Soft-sung and intense, he captures our ears by describing common feelings. Dekker makes feeling trapped in your own skin, the redemptive/ destructive power of love and dodging imaginary beasties into beautiful, spiritual, multi-layered creations. Presented by Meaford Hall.

Matt Andersen 2012 blues series
Sunday October 14, 7:30pm $30
New Brunswick's Matt Andersen has an enigmatic personality, coupled with a larger than life showmanship that has been earning him a fervent and steadfast audience wherever he graces the stage. Andersen’s won multiple awards including Tennessee’s International Blues Challenge in 2010 and three new Maple Blues Awards for 2012. A phenomenal buzz surrounds Matt Andersen: with his jaw-dropping talent, commanding presence and passionate delivery, Andersen enchants audiences from coast to coast – be enchanted this fall with an amazing great blues show!  Presented by Meaford Hall as part of the 2012 blues series featuring Suzie Vinnick June 21, Carlos Del Junco with Steve Strongman Aug 9 & Matt Andersen Oct 14, series pass just $60.

Summer Camps!
Musical Theatre Camp with Dean Hollin
August 13 to 24 (Monday to Fridays) 9am to 4pm $525+hst
Let entertainer/director/writer Dean Hollin and his talented staff give the little entertainer in your life a summer camp experience they won’t soon forget!  Campers receive instruction in acting, dance, singing, set design, props, costumes, sound and lighting from a team of performance-industry professionals – resulting in a hands-on, complete-ownership process.  The session culminates during the final afternoon of camp with a live presentation on the beautiful, state-of-the-art Meaford Hall stage!
This year’s session is entitled “Va-Va-Va-Vaudeville!” celebrating vaudeville’s magical theatrical reign of approximately fifty years, ending in the early 1930s.  Vaudeville stars of the day included Burns and Allen, Abbott and Costello, Jimmy Durante, Judy Garland, Bob Hope, Fanny Brice and Al Jolson, to name a few.  Not only will campers learn about the personalities of the day, but the styles and details characteristic of that notable era in entertainment history – footlights, novelty acts, ‘soft-shoe’ and comedy routines, hat ‘n’ cane choreography, top hats, tails, spats and so much more! 
Dean Hollin  artistic director/writer
Gayle Hollin  wardrobe coordinator
Selina Ree  musical director/vocal instructor
Choreographer tba
All lunches and nutritional snacks are included, suitable for ages 8-14
 “Va-Va-Va-Vaudeville!” presentation Friday August 24, 4pm tickets $10

Summer Arts Camp with Pat Kortland
July 16 to 20  9:30am to 12pm 
The annual summer art camp invites children 9-13 to learn a new visual art technique each day as instructed by local artists. Please phone 519-538-3401 for more information.

For the fall…Meaford Hall and Sandcastle Theatre are pleased to present the ‘Meaford Hall Young Company.’ Beginning in Sept 2012, students from Grades 4-8 receive training in acting and performance by professional drama instructor Stephanie Fowler. The classes focus on various aspects of the actor's craft and participants create and rehearse an original production to be performed on the Meaford Hall Stage in May 2013. Cost is $550 plus HST. Monthly payment plans are available. Contact the Box Office for more information.

On the Screen

The Descendants film
Thursday May 10, 4pm $10
The Descendants is a sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant journey for Matt King (George Clooney), an indifferent husband and father of two girls, who is forced to re-examine his past and embrace his future when his wife suffers a boating accident off of Waikiki. The event leads to a rapprochement with his young daughters while Matt wrestles with a decision to sell the family's land handed down from the Hawaiian royalty and missionaries. Winner of two Golden Globes. Running time 115min, rated 14A  

The Economics of Happiness documentary film
Sunday May 20, 1:30pm $7adults $2students
Both hard-hitting and inspiring, ‘The Economics of Happiness’ demonstrates that millions of people across the world are already engaged in building a better world – that small scale initiatives are happening on a large scale. The film shows that countless initiatives are united around a common cause: rebuilding more democratic, human scale, ecological and local economies – the foundation of an ‘economics of happiness’.
Running time 65min Transition Meaford presents a documentary series: Films for Thought: a short discussion follows each film

My Week with Marilyn film
Thursday May 24, 4pm $10
In 1956, 23-year-old Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne), just down from Oxford and determined to make his way in the film business, worked as a lowly assistant for six months on the set of "The Prince and the Showgirl." The film famously united Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) and Marilyn Monroe (Golden Globe winner Michelle Williams), who was at the same time, on a honeymoon with her new husband, playwright Arthur Miller (Dougray Scott).
Throughout filming, each evening Clark wrote the day's events in a diary. Nearly 40 years after, Clark's book "The Prince, the Showgirl and Me" was published, but with one week missing. The account of that week was published some years later as "My Week with Marilyn." When Arthur Miller left England, Colin had the opportunity to introduce Marilyn to some of the pleasures of British life; an idyllic week in which he escorted a celebrity desperate to get away from her retinue of Hollywood hangers-on and the pressures of work. Running time 99min, rated R for some language

The Power of Community documentary film
Sunday May 27, 1:30pm $7adults $2students
Cuba, an isolated island nation, rebuilt its quality of life following the collapse of cheap oil, supplied by the former Soviet Union. This fascinating and empowering film shows how communities pulled together, created solutions, and ultimately thrived in spite of their decreased dependence on imported energy. Running time 53min Transition Meaford presents a documentary series: Films for Thought: a short discussion follows each film

Urban Roots documentary film
Sunday June 3, 1:30pm  $7adults $2students
Urban Roots is the next documentary from Tree Media. Produced by Leila Conners (The 11th Hour) and Mathew Schmid and directed by Mark MacInnis, the film follows the urban farming phenomenon in Detroit. Urban Roots is a timely, moving and inspiring film that speaks to a nation grappling with collapsed industrial towns and the need to forge a sustainable and prosperous future. Running time 40min Transition Meaford presents a documentary series: Films for Thought: a short discussion follows each film

Dirt: The Movie documentary film
Sunday June 10, 1:30pm $7adults $2students
DIRT! The Movie, directed and produced by Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow, takes you inside the wonders of the soil. It tells the story of Earth's most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility--from its miraculous beginning to its crippling degradation. Dirt brings to life the environmental, economic, social and political impact that the soil has. It shares the stories of experts from all over the world who study and are able to harness the beauty and power of a respectful and mutually beneficial relationship with soil. Running time 90min Transition Meaford presents a documentary series: Films for Thought: a short discussion follows each film

The Artist film
Thursday June 14, 4pm $10
Hollywood 1927. George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is a silent movie superstar. The advent of the talkies will sound the death knell for his career and see him fall into oblivion. For young extra Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo), it seems the sky's the limit - major movie stardom awaits. The Artist tells the story of their interlinked destinies. Winner of three Golden Globe awards. Running time 100min, black & white SILENT film, rated PG13 for a disturbing image and a crude gesture. 

End of Suburbia documentary film
Sunday June 17, 1:30pm $7adults $2students
Oil depletion and the collapse of the American dream: Since World War II North Americans have invested much of their newfound wealth in suburbia. It has promised a sense of space, affordability, family life and upward mobility. As the population of suburban sprawl has exploded in the past 50 years, so too has the suburban way of life become embedded in the American consciousness. Running time 78min Transition Meaford presents a documentary series: Films for Thought: a short discussion follows each film

Escape From Suburbia documentary film
Sunday June 24, 1:30pm $7adults $2students
 Escape from Suburbia is a rich interplay on the subtle relationships between the potential solutions each person faces as the demand for fossil fuels outstretches supply. With issues such as the energy crisis, neighbourhood gardens and the collapse of the American way-of-life, it would be easy for the independent film to use its 90-minute running time to whirl into a rant that leaves the viewer shocked and the director sounding like an eco-crazy - but the result of Escape from Suburbia is the complete opposite. Running time 95min Transition Meaford presents a documentary series: Films for Thought: a short discussion follows each film

In the Galleries

Queens Jubilee Exhibit Meaford Museum
May 1 to 24
The Meaford Hall Galleries play host to an interesting exhibit provided by The Meaford Museum regarding history of British Royalty as well as Meaford’s historical connections with England.  This exhibit marks the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and her 60 years on the throne in 2012. 

Third Annual Juried Show Meaford Hall
May 28 to June 23
The Third Annual show draws upon the works of artists from Grey, Bruce, Grey Highlands and Simcoe Counties for exhibition in the beautiful, light-filled Galleries at historic Meaford Hall. Arts patrons can expect to see a wide array of mediums in both fine art and photography categories. Reception celebrating all artists including winning entries May 31 from 4 to 6pm. 

Ways of Seeing
June 25 to July 28
Oil/acrylic: Ariel Lyons’ up close/unusual viewpoint includes iridescent, interference and metallic colours creating movement in textural compositions, communicating with the viewer on another level.
Acrylic/watercolour on canvas: Jane Hunter’s series brings challenge in concept, imagery or technique. Meditative painting seeks to convey through composition, colour and rhythm a sense of being “there” in spirit.

Fine Art Photography
July 31 to September 22
A group show by members of the Toronto Focal Forum, showing a wide range of approaches to photography as an art form.


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