Monday, October 21, 2013

Perseverance = Gino Vannelli

1973 was the year work began on the CN Tower, Montreal announced Canada’s first lottery and Eric Lindros was born. It was also the year Gino Vannelli started his illustrious career. Gino’s story is unlike many of the modern day artists; he earned the fame himself. Sure, he grew up in a musically oriented family but that didn’t make things any easier on him. Gino is the poster boy for showing kids that dreams can come true, if you work for them. 

At a young age Gino and his brother Joe moved to New York and then Hollywood, hoping to realize his dream. None of the big American labels would sign him. They were down to their last $5 bill and Gino saw one more opportunity. They waited patiently outside of the gates at A&M Records in Hollywood until owner Herb Alpert exited the building. Gino said “When I saw Herb Alpert across the parking lot, I just decided to take my chances and run. I was chased by Johnny the guard, and it was quite an incident. But Herb kind of knew what I was coming from, though he was a little shocked at first.” Herb decided to let Gino come back later that day to audition and Gino got his break. 

Gino’s dreams came true and look where he is today. He has written multiple top hits including “Wild Horses”, “I Just Wanna Stop”, and “Black Cars.” 40 years later and he is still going strong. Gino had this to say when asked about perseverance “You try to earn a PhD, a Masters, or just Bachelors or whatever. You try and raise a family… you’re trying to get from point A to point B and sometimes in traffic... and sometimes it just takes a little determination.” 

After a sold-out performance 2 seasons ago, Gino Vannelli returns to the Rose Theatre Brampton on October 26, at 8PM. Come out for a fun-packed night with a music icon! Click here for more details. 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Your Town Throwdown: Meet the Guys

The Your Town Throwdown Tour features Chad Brownlee, Deric Ruttan and Jason Blaine - three of country music’s rising stars all  playing under one roof. The tour kicks off on October 16 and rolls into town October 24. Without further ado, here is a brief introduction to each of the guys.

Chad Brownlee: Chad took the unconventional route to becoming a country star. Like any young Canadian boy, he dreamed of playing in the NHL. That dream nearly came true when he was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in 2003. Unfortunately, he never got to play in an NHL game, but like he said himself about his country music career “I gotta tell you that I love doing this — it is what I was meant to do.” Chad was nominated for male artist of the year at the 2013 Canadian Country Music Awards. 

Deric Ruttan: Deric was born and raised outside of Bracebridge, Ontario and, knowing that music was his passion, moved to Nashville, Tennessee. Although he didn’t receive instant recognition, he battled and finally broke through with the release of his first album which produced five singles that charted on the Canadian Country Music charts! Deric has co-written many successful songs for other artists including Blake Shelton’s hit song “Mine Would be You.”

Jason Blaine: Jason started playing guitar at 8 years old and began writing songs at 16. Unlike many kids coming out of high school, he knew exactly what he wanted to do - he wanted to be a musician. He still decided to go the post-secondary route and graduated from Ottawa’s Algonquin College. He continued to pursue his passing and most recently he was nominated for Songwriter of the Year for the song “Cool.” 

Daily Challenge: Choose one of the artists above and name 3 of their songs not listed in this posting. For the super fans, name as many as you can. No cheating! Comment your answers below. 

Friday, October 11, 2013

Now you see me, now you don’t- Jason Bishop

Have you ever seen a double levitation live? How about a live goldfish emerge from an Ipod Touch? No? Well then you’ve never been to a Jason Bishop performance. Jason is an accomplished American illusionist and he puts on a show unlike any other. Don’t believe us? Take a look at his demo reel

Jason’s show brings magic to a whole new level. He incorporates some comedy and modern technology to draw in the audience. His personality and ability to read the audience have won him the Jack Gwynne award for excellence in presentation.

Behind every great magician there is an equally great assistant. Luckily, Jason met Kim Hess in his senior year of high school and they have been working together since.  Kim not only performs in Jason’s illusions, but is responsible for choosing audience members to participate in some too. She also happens to be a highly decorated baton twirler!

October 18th at the Rose Theatre Brampton.

Prepare to be amazed!

Food for thought: Many believe the art of magic is slowly dissipating due to the Internet and other technological advances. Others believe it is thriving with the new found technology. Which side are you on?  

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Brampton Indie Arts Showcase 2013

The Indie Arts Showcase 2013 was a huge success! The day began with a wonderful art competition hosted by The Ontario Plein Air Society, and was capped with performances by The Red Boy, New Design, The Marc Joseph Band, and headliner KO. Add in the amazing beat boxing performance by MK, brilliant emceeing by Keesha Brownie, wonderful supporters and you get the perfect storm. 

Thanks to all of the staff involved, the performers, and most of all the people of Brampton who ventured out to Garden Square to enjoy the festivities. Brampton came together as a community and put on a show to remember.  

Even Brampton Batman made a special appearance!

The winners of The Ontario Plein Air Society art competition were: 

  1. Jie Min Wong
  2. Marlise
  3. Zan Barrage
People's Choice: Farrad Aljaberi

More photos below and on Facebook.


New Design

The Red Boy


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Read through of Doubt

No matter how old we are, autumn will always feel like a time for new beginnings. I think because of the years we spend in school and then getting our kids ready for school, autumn represents a time to get organized, to find new friendships and a chance to start something amazing.

Sitting quietly on the fringes of the first read through of Doubt, A Parable I cannot help but take in the first day of school atmosphere that permeates the rehearsal space.  Friends old and new catch up on the summer’s adventures, hug warmly and shake hands.  

There is a feeling of giddy excitement and trepidation as the actors compare notes seeing who did their homework (highlighting their own lines in the script), and who had their lines memorized already. The teacher’s pet with the immaculate script and lines by heart is soon singled out for some friendly teasing and the class clown has taken center “stage” with jokes that has the whole cast groaning. 

No first day of school would be complete without a costume parade. In elementary school the girls are showing off their brand new jeans and crisp white sneakers.  On our first day of Doubt bonnets and sensible loafers are on display, but the girlish grins and feminine flaunts that always come with dress up are there just the same.

Once every one has had a little juice (coffee in this case) and cookies (homemade!) the teacher (director Rob Woodcock) calls the whole class (cast) to order.  The giggles die down and the reading begins, Fall magic is about to be made.

Stay tuned to the blog as we delve into all the action behind the scenes of Doubt, running at the Rose Theatre Brampton October 16-20, 2013.  Click here for more info and tickets.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Who is Jessie’s Girl?

Have you ever wondered who Jessie’s Girl is? What she looks like? What made her so special, that Rick Springfield wrote a hit song about her? We have all drawn our own but we may never truly know. Let’s get into a bit of background.

Rick Springfield said that he was in a stained glass class with his friend Gary and Gary’s girlfriend in Pasadena. He told Oprah Winfrey “I was never really introduced to her. It was always just, like, panting from afar.”Gary didn't sound as good with the rest of the lyrics so he changed it to Jessie.

Oprah Winfrey tried to discover who she was and got pretty close. They figured out who the teacher of the class was, but when they went looking for him they found out that the teacher had passed away two years previous and the class records were disregarded a year after the death. It was as if Jessie’s girl was never supposed to be discovered. Rick doesn't believe the girl knew she was Jessie’s girl and said “I was completely turned on to his girlfriend, but she was just not interested.”

Now let’s fast forward to 2013. Jessie’s Girl has won Rick a Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance, been used in multiple movies including 13 Going on 30 and Boogie Nights, been covered on the hit show Glee and peaked at number one on the Australian Kent Music Report and U.S. Billboard Hot 100, to name a few accomplishments.

Rick Springfield will be at the Rose Theatre Brampton on October 16, at 8PM. See him live on stage and hear his top hits like “An Affair of the Heart” and “Love Somebody.” Tickets are limited, but are still available. Click here for more details.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Like Having Coffee With the Girls

Girls’ night out has become a popular catch phrase in recent years. Whether you take the phrase as marketing jargon or a fantastic overdue reminder to call your friends out to play, science shows that the bonds we share with our female friends play an important role in our happiness.

“As a species, we are designed to live in small, stable, close-knit tribes or communities. In modern Western cultures, since the industrial revolution, there has been a significant rise in social isolation - in the fragmentation of traditional communities and kinship networks. More of us are living alone, often in big cities, working long hours and experiencing a profound sense of alienation and insecurity. But the need for social bonding, the 'tribal' instinct, is a deep-rooted part of human nature, hard-wired into the human brain by our evolutionary heritage.” (excerpt from the Social Issues Research Centre article Girl Talk)

Communicating, laughing, growing stronger with each other is a form of resistance. Our girlfriends fill the emotional gaps in our marriage and provide us with unconditional love. They know our friends and family well enough to understand our complaints and stories but have enough distance to offer objective advice. They are the ones who have struggled with family, children, hormones, work and life through the same lens you have. 

The cast of Women Fully Clothed
In this busy hectic life, friends can sometimes end up at the bottom of our priority list, but today we are here to remind you about the replenishing power of girls night out and encourage you to call on your gal pals to join you at the Rose Theatre’s presentation of Women Fully Clothed on September 27.  Back by popular demand after last year’s sold out show these four hilarious women are here to make you howl with laughter! Ever so clever, this is a comedy of shared guilt and laughter. They take everyday life, add a dash of hilarity, and put it on stage for an unparalleled evening of fun. From mother/daughter relationships, cross border shopping, board room banter to craft shows, these women continually wow audiences across North America. Bring your friends for a night out that’s guaranteed to make you laugh ‘til you cry.  You’ll leave feeling empowered, strong and reassured that this time of life can be wild, wonderful, and a whole lot of fun - especially when you can laugh about it together!  Tickets are limited but still available. Click here now for more details and to join in the fun.