Alison Wearing an internationally acclaimed author, playwright and actor. Her most recent work, Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter, is both an award-winning comedic one-woman show and a bestselling memoir about growing up with a gay father in the 1980s. Since 2011, Alison has performed ‘Confessions’ over 100 times in more than 40 cities across North America, earning 5-star reviews and top awards at virtually every festival in which it has appeared, including Best Dramatic Script at the United Solo Festival in NYC and 3 Canadian Fringe Festival ‘Best of the Fest’ awards. Popular at universities, literary festivals, and community theatres alike, ‘Confessions’ offers a unique evening of entertainment while celebrating a universal story about family, acceptance, and love. Alison is based in Stratford, Ontario.
Amanda Rheaume’s life as a travelling musician has taken her down many roads. Performing over 160 shows a year, Amanda has delivered her unique blend of folk-country-pop infused tracks to audiences around the world, including the Canada,USA, Europe, Faroe Islands, Central America and more.
Axis Theatre Company has evolved over 40 years into an established touring company that embraces the description “physical theatre”. Original creators of the smash hit THE NUMBER 14, our productions can include mime, mask (Commedia dell’Arte), puppetry, acrobatics, aerial work, dance, live or recorded music and text. Our strongest ongoing activity is our dedication to create plays for young and family audiences.
Axis Theatre Company has produced over 55 original works, toured all over the world and has been rewarded with 17 Jessie Richardson Awards by the Vancouver theatre community. Our performances tour into schools, theatres and on the festival circuits in North America. HAMELIN, A NEW FABLE is the first Axis production directed by our new Artistic Director Chris McGregor and is embarking on a 220 performance tour in our 2015-16 season.
Countermeasure is the new sound in vocal music, known for their upbeat blend, sophisticated harmonies, and infectious energy. Led by award-winning composer/arranger Aaron Jensen, and featuring 14 of Canada’s top young vocal talent, Toronto-based Countermeasure’s genre-defying, contemporary sound has earned the group critical and public acclaim. The music covers a broad range of lively pop, jazz, contemporary, and original songs, sung in unique arrangements highlighting the breadth and range of the voice. With their fresh and innovative approach, brilliant versions of well-known and new pieces, and exciting performances, the future is bright for this inventive group.
It’s a long, hard road – figuratively and literally – from a teaching job on a southern Alberta First Nation’s reserve to a Juno‐nominated roots music career with performances at The Kennedy Centre,The Smithsonian, and Trafalgar Square. He is one of the new torch-bearers of a vast songwriting tradition in the styles of John Prine, Louden Wainwright III, and Steve Earle but proudly Canadian.
“I try to offer the audience a journey. My show is lyrically driven but the Blue Collars are certainly heavy on musicianship with some blistering solos, solid collaboration, and between song banter and stories that is integral to the songs. The banter ties together the happy with the melancholy, the toe-tappers with the ballads, and the thought provoking with the whimsical.”
As always, our hope with the upcoming concert season is to bring a new voice to taiko by focusing on traditional instrumentation and performance, but combined with modern ideas, guest collaborations, and building new audiences. Our artistic vision and programming strives to keep the taiko art form relevant and evolving in today’s society and to make it accessible to Canadian and international audiences of all stripes. Furthermore, we endeavour to bestow musical credibility to the primal taiko by creating sophisticated and serious works, and performing them in theatres, concert halls and festivals to discerning audiences both nationally and internationally.