Town of Orangeville | Arts, Culture & Tourism Newsletter | February 2019
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2019 Blues Bash to feature award-winning Jack De Keyzer Band
The Big Easy Blues Bash, the annual fundraising event hosted by the Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival, is happening on Saturday, February 9, 2019. This year's event will feature the award-winning Jack de Keyzer Band. Much celebrated, Jack has been nominated for a Juno award (Blues Album) on five occasions and has won the title twice. He has also won seven Maple Blues Awards, placed first in the International Songwriting Competition, and earned CBC’s Great Canadian Blues Award from a poll of radio listeners. Opening for Jack will be the popular R&B sounds of Orangeville’s Soul Collective.

One of Canada’s most awarded and in demand blues guitarists, Jack has released ten CD’s and a DVD. An exciting live performer, soulful vocalist, and world class songwriter, de Keyzer performs an average of 150 shows per year and has brought audiences to their feet at many major Blues & Jazz Festivals including the Montreal Jazz Fest, Blues Sur Seine (France), Ottawa Blues Festival, Puerto Blues (Mexico), and the Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival.

The Big Easy Blues Bash will be a Mardi Gras themed celebration and will include a silent auction and a special mid-evening New Orleans style snack buffet. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and event will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 in advance and are on sale at BookLore, all TD Bank branches in Orangeville, and online at

All proceeds from this event will support the 17th annual Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival taking place from May 31 to June 2, 2019.
Upcoming Events
February 9, 23 and every second Saturday until April 20
Town Hall
February 9
Best Western PLUS Inn & Suites
February 9
Town Hall Opera House
February 11 - If Beale Could Talk
February 25 - Leave No Trace
Galaxy Cinemas Orangeville
February 16
Island Lake Conservation Area
February 18
Island Lake Conservation Area
March 8
Best Western PLUS Inn & Suites
Town Hall Opera House Performances
February 7
Enjoy a fun family night out at this P.J. party performance. Based on the classic tale written by Hans Christian Andersen, this performance will feature special lighting and musical effects that will transform the Town Hall Opera House into a magical, snowy palace . A production of Little Red Theatre.

February 8  
This evening of classic country music will feature songs by George Jones, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, and more.

February 14 to March 3
Celebrate 50 years of British pop and rock music. You'll hear familiar hits from musical royalty such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Tom Jones, Queen, Rod Stewart, Adele, Elvis Costello, The Who, Eric Clapton, The Police, Annie Lennox, and so many more! Join Leisa Way and the five-piece Lonely Hearts Club Band as they take you on a musical adventure for all ages.

March 7 to 9
When the world's super heroes lose their powers, a rag-tag group of students from the Royal Academy of Superheroes needs to act quickly to save the world. If not, only evil will prevail! School for Superheroes is a collaborative drama program between Community Living Dufferin and Theatre Orangeville that celebrates all abilities.
Things to Know
Since 2008, Creative Partners on Stage (CPOS) has celebrated ability, inclusion, and diversity by providing both education and performance opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities.
The drama program is a partnership between Theatre Orangeville and Community Living Dufferin and is led by a team of theatre professionals, educators, and trained caregivers.

In 2019, the program will present two different productions. School for Superheroes will run from March 7 to 9 and The Dream Chaser will be on stage from June 6 to 8. Each show involves weekly rehearsals of an original script by two different casts. Like all Theatre Orangeville productions, CPOS shows are supported with professional sets, lighting, sound, design, and marketing. Tickets are often sold out for the three public performances, each making a remarkable impact on raving audiences.

Tickets for School for Superheroes are available now at
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