IF YOU LIKED EMPIRE ROCKFEST LAST YEAR … YOU’RE GONNA LOVE IT THIS YEAR!
Come out to the official Announcement for Empire Rockfest 2018
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26 @ 5:30 p.m. at The Empire Theatre, 321 Front St., Belleville
The rock festival southeastern Ontario marks on its calendar … 3 NIGHTS! … 3 PARTIES! … ONE ultimate rockin’ experience!
Be first in line to buy tickets that very evening
Those in attendance will be given a special code to jump the line prior to public on sale
Chances to WIN free tickets
Get the gang together and head down to The Empire Theatre, Monday February 26 @ 5:30 p.m.
See you there!
EMPIRE ROCKFEST 2018 … Thursday July 26, Friday July 27 & Saturday July 28
Empire Square Live, downtown Belleville. An all ages fully licensed outdoor event.
Shantero Productions presents
Ron James – Full Throttle
Thursday, March 1 @ 7:30 p.m.
Price: $56.50 including HST + ticket service fee
Award-winning comedian RON JAMES has been selling out theatres for over 15 years with his marathon, side-splitting, kinetically charged performances. Marshaling a comedian’s eye for satire and a writer’s ear for language, Ron takes his audience on a breath-taking, non-stop roller coaster ride, cutting a wide swath through contemporary culture with his razor-sharp ribald wit, uncompromising standards and unique, poetically honed delivery. A stand-out amongst ‘stand-ups’…
“Utterly Brilliant” – Ottawa Sun; “a man of a million words and a million laughs … genius” – Globe & Mail; “a unique brand of funny all his own” – Winnipeg Free Press; “fits of helpless laughter” – Halifax Chronicle Herald; “hysterically funny … at the top of his game” – Toronto Star; “gut-bustingly, knee slappingly funny” – Ottawa Citizen, “funniest man in Canada” – Victoria Times-Colonist; “a wheezing, snorting, chortling, gasping night of hilarity” – Edmonton Sun; “fast, funny and smart” – Montreal Gazette; “simply the best” – Toronto Sun; “thunderous standing ovation” – Saskatoon Star Phoenix.
With nine critically acclaimed one-hour comedy specials under his belt, plus five seasons starring in his own series, “The Ron James Show”, Canada’s #1 road warrior is back doing what he does best: delivering laughs face to face and coast to coast … a high octane Full Throttle ride!
Thursday, March 8
6:30 p.m. Doors at 6 p.m.
9:15 p.m. Doors at 8:45 p.m.
PL1: $79.50 includes HST + ticket service fee
PL2: $64.00 includes HST + ticket service fee
PL3: $44.00 includes HST + ticket service fee
“LETTERKENNY LIVE!” FEATURES ORIGINAL SKETCHES FROM THE STARS OF THE CRAVETV ORIGINAL SERIES LETTERKENNY AND STAND-UP COMEDY SETS FROM WILSON AND “COACH” MARK FORWARD.
The stars of the wildly popular award-winning CraveTV Original Series LETTERKENNY are thrilled to announce they’ll be hitting the road for “LETTERKENNY LIVE!”, a 90-minute comedy experience, starring Jared Keeso (Wayne), Nathan Dales (Daryl), K Trevor Wilson (Dan) and Mark Forward (Coach). The 26-city tour presented by Puppers Premium Lager and CraveTV, promises to feature original sketches performed by the LETTERKENNY favourites as well as original stand-up sets from Wilson and Mark Forward.
Now in its third season, LETTERKENNY revolves around the dustups Wayne and his buds get into with their small-town Ontario rivals; the Hicks, the Skids and the Hockey Players. Created by Keeso, the first ever original series from Bell Media’s streaming service, CraveTV, immediately garnered national attention and was awarded “Best Comedy Series” as well as “Best Writing in a Comedy Program or Series” and “Best Direction in a Comedy Program or Series” at the 2017 Canadian Screen Awards. Keeso and co-writer/director Jacob Tierney also took home a Writers Guild of Canada Screenwriting Award for TV Comedy.
The Jim Cuddy Band
Tuesday, March 27 @ 8 p.m.
Price: $59.00 + HST + ticket service fee
In support of his fourth solo studio album, Jim Cuddy announces his 2018 cross-Canada tour. The “Constellation Tour” kicks off on Feb. 8, 2018 with 33 stops across the country. Joining Jim on tour are his bandmates Colin Cripps (guitar), Anne Lindsay (fiddle), Steve O’Connor (keyboards), Bazil Donovan (bass) and Joel Anderson (drums). Special guests include Barney Bentall as well Devin Cuddy and Sam Polley.
Jim’s new album Constellation is scheduled for release on Friday, January 26, 2018. Recorded at Blue Rodeo’s Woodshed Studio in Toronto over the fall of 2017, the 11-track album showcases The Jim Cuddy Band at the height of their musical prowess.
Over the course of four solo albums and fifteen studio recordings as a member of Blue Rodeo, Jim Cuddy has established himself as one of Canada’s most respected artists. Among his accolades, Jim Cuddy has received 15 JUNO Awards, The Order of Canada and, along with bandmates Blue Rodeo, has been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, received the Governor General Performing Arts Award and a Star on the Walk of Fame.
Every ticket for the “Constellation Tour” will include a digital copy of the new studio album.
The Musical Box
The Exclusive, Authorized by Peter Gabriel, Celebrating 50 Years Of Genesis / Selling England By The Pound
Thursday, March 29 @ 8 p.m.
Price: $56.00 + HST + ticket service fee
The worlds finest “Gabriel-Era”- Genesis experience! To call The Musical Box simply a tribute band would be an understatement. Band members don’t just play the English prog-rockers’ songs note for note, they meticulously recreate the band’s concerts from the 1970s, from the set to the costumes to the projected visuals to the onstage banter. The Musical Box initially formed in 1993 in Montreal, to pay tribute to the 20th anniversary of Selling England by the Pound, and they continue to do so, more than 30 years later. They have gained international acclaim for re-creating entire albums of The Peter Gabriel fronted Genesis, such as: “Selling England By The Pound”, “Nursery Crimes”, “Foxtrot “and “The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway”.
featuring Rick Sheppard
Thursday, April 12 @ 7:30 p.m.
Price: $54.00 + HST + ticket service fee
You know the songs, “On Broadway”, “Under the Boardwalk”, “Save the Last Dance for Me”, “Up On the Roof”, “This Magic Moment”, “There Goes My Baby”, and many more. The songs are etched into the memories of music fans worldwide and helped form part of the foundation of contemporary popular music. What these songs have in common is that they are all the product of a veritable hit-making machine better known to their million of fans as The Drifters. Rick Sheppard is an integral part of that hit making machine. He has been there for more than 45 years. Rick joined The Drifters in 1966 and recorded with the group on Atlantic Records through the early 1970s. During that time, he toured with The Drifters throughout the world and shared stages with some of the greatest names in music and show business.
“Something I’ve Done Tour”
The Legendary Downchild Blues Band
Friday, April 20 @ 8 p.m.
Price: $45.54 + HST + ticket service fee
It’s tempting and not altogether far-fetched to apply an engine metaphor to the mighty Downchild, one of the planet’s foremost, most fêted, longest-running blues outfits with quite possibly the best back story ever told. Roaring through bracing, high-octane performances since 1969, the band founded and continuously steered by harmonica and guitar ace Donnie “Mr. Downchild” Walsh is as vibrant today as when Dan Aykroyd and the late John Belushi were inspired by Downchild for their brilliant Blues Brothers venture back in the 1970s. The pair elevated Downchild’s “Shotgun Blues” and Walsh’s “(I Got Everything I Need) Almost” to smash status on their 1978 Briefcase Full of Blues record.
Actually, the 2018 iteration of Downchild — with each member boasting a minimum of 20 years of service — might be the most electrifying yet. For proof, simply check out the sextet’s towering, lid-lifting, juke-joint–jumping 18th studio album, Something I’ve Done, a bona fide group effort and a sonic highlight in a 50-year career spilling over with them.
Hops On The Water
Craft Beer Festival
Quinte West Farmer’s Market
Saturday, April 21 – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Advance (available until Friday, April 20 midnight): $20.00 includes 2 tokens
Military: $15.00 includes 2 tokens
At Gate (Saturday, April 21): $20.00 no tokens
The City of Quinte West and Empire Productions present the second annual Hops On The Water Craft Beer Festival. Celebrate the start of Spring by enjoying samplings of the great craft beers & ciders our region is famous for, while enjoying live outdoor entertainment and inspired local food. The family friendly outdoor event takes place at Quinte West Farmer’s Market, 67 Front St., Trenton. Rain or shine.
The first 1500 people through the gate will receive a custom Quinte West Hops on the Water glass!
Shantero Productions presents
Lunch At Allen’s
Murray McLauchlan, Cindy Church, Marc Jordan and Ian Thomas
Friday, May 11 @ 7:30 p.m.
On Sale Friday, February 16 @ 11 a.m.
Price: $48.25 including HST + ticket service fee
Lunch At Allen’s is a musical powerhouse comprising four remarkable Canadian talents: Murray McLauchlan, Cindy Church, Marc Jordan and Ian Thomas. As individuals, they have written for or sung on over 25,000,000 CDs, penning hits for Josh Groban, Chicago, Bonnie Raitt, America, Santana, Cher and Rod Stewart, as well as Murray’s Farmer’s Song, Marc’s Marina Del Rey and Ian’s Painted Ladies, just to name a few. These three artists have come together adding the incredible voice of Cindy Church (Quartette, Great Western Orchestra) to form Lunch At Allen’s. Attending their stage show is to embark on an intimate musical journey replete with laughter and personal anecdotes, familiar favourites and new material, fashioning an unforgettable evening’s entertainment …from their hearts …to your soul. “You would be hard pressed to find another Canadian ensemble with more collective depth of influence over Canada’s musical landscape than Lunch At Allen’s.” – The Beat Magazine
HubCap Promotions presents
Derek Seguin 43.0
Warning: May Contain Nuts
Saturday, May 12 @ 7:30 p.m.
Price: $29.42 + HST + ticket service fee
Derek Seguin 43.0 delves deep into the challenges of being a single dad in your forties, with a girlfriend that has no kids, living in an ever-changing and all too supercilious world. His Québecois flare and original point of view will make you think, make you re-evaluate, and above all; will have you howling with laughter. See one of Canada’s fastest rising, most “in demand” comic voices, and winner of the 2015 Sirius XM’s Top Comic competition; Derek Seguin.
*Warning may contain nuts.
** Please be advised that this performance contains frequent use of strong language and is intended for mature audiences. Under 18 years of age requires Parent or Legal Guardian
Paquette Productions presents
Legends Show with Tributes to:
Buddy Holly, Elvis, Motown, 50’s and 60’s with Pete Paquette
Friday, June 15 @ 7 p.m.
Price: $44.00 + HST + ticket service fee
Legends Show brings you some of the world’s most exciting performers live on stage. Accompanied by the “Rockin’ Royals Band”, this show will feature the most incredible Tributes to Buddy Holly (Zachary Stevenson from Chicago), Elvis (Dean Z from USA), Motown (The Tonettes), and Music Hits from the 60s and 70s (Pete Paquette).
Tweed & Co Theatre present
Hastings The Musical
Friday August 17 @ 7:30 p.m., Saturday August 18 @ 2 p.m. & Saturday August 18 @ 7:30 p.m.
Adult: $30.00 + ticket service fee
Student/Arts Council: $20.00 + ticket service fee
After Rave Reviews and countless sold out performances during our two week run at the Tweed Pavilion this past summer, Tweed & Company is ecstatic to announce that HASTINGS! A NEW MUSICAL will be touring regional theatres in the summer of 2018! This hilarious, foot stomping irreverent retelling of the History of Hastings County is sure to once again be the entertainment highlight of the season! Written by the Tweed & Company Ensemble with the assistance of the Hastings County Historical Society, this show features music from several up and coming and established Canadian composers, coming to us from the Stratford Festival, The Second City, and with major Toronto credits, and some of them originally from right here in Hastings County! Hastings features a cast of nine incredible performers, all of whom also play the instruments and create a stunning live band on stage. The beautiful rustic set, costumes, and unique and exciting staging complete this theatrical experience. Don’t miss this incredible Musical in its encore presentation! See the musical that INSIDE BELLEVILLE calls “An extraordinary panorama of song, dance and Hastings County history”, that CENTRAL HASTINGS NEWS says is “Incredible, it deserves to be re-staged throughout Hastings County” That ONTARIO’S HIGHLANDS TOURISM hails “A truly remarkable show! I would see it ten times over if I could” that THE TWEED NEWS Says is “Simply fantastic”, and THE HASTINGS COUNTY WANDERER claims “It was hands down the most memorable theatre performance I have seen to date. The Storytelling…The Musicianship… The Humour: I honestly have not laughed that hard in quite some time. So go, now, quickly.” Don’t miss this incredible Musical at one of it’s three touring venues, The Village Playhouse in Bancroft, The Studio Theatre in Perth, or The Empire Theatre in Belleville.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Don DeGenova & Dr. Charles Mustard, John-Ross Parks, The Tweed News, Potter Settlement Winery, Signal Brewery, Moira Place AONInc, Diana Cassidy-Bush, Rayburn Insurance, Leonard G. Bryan Barrister and Solicitor, Gaylord Hardwood Flooring, Vicki McCulloch, Kathie & Ron Rouse, Quinn’s of Tweed, Julie Kevan & Peter Brown, Lucky Clover Candles, Spotted Dog B&B, Generations Custom Carpentry, Newton House B&B, Tall Boy’s Restaurant, Vito’s Pizzeria, Municipality of Tweed, Community Futures, Government of Ontario, Hastings County, Ontario’s Highlands
VaughnCo Entertainment is proud to present “Rumours” The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac tribute show based in Los Angeles, California. The group recreates the legendary band in it’s youthful heyday from 1975-1979.
After finding huge success in Los Angeles, selling out their regular Roxy Theater performances month after month, the band moved from the world famous Sunset Strip to Casinos, Theaters, and clubs all over America. The band is comprised of vocalist/artist/actor Jesika Miller, vocalist/film maker/photographer Rebecca Fishman, drummer/actor Ned Brower (Rooney, Mike Viola, Dawson’s Creek), guitarist/producer/engineer Taylor Locke (Rooney, Taylor Locke and the Roughs), and bassist/producer/engineer Nic Johns (Ben Lee, Margaret Cho, Room 8). Rumours has meticulously put together a show that spares no detail. From period accurate equipment and costumes to spot on characterizations and musical performances, “ Rumours” takes you back to a time when music was still an unbridled cultural experience and bands weren’t afraid to put on a show.
Relive the rock and roll magic with “Rumours” The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute Show!