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FirstOntario PAC Releases Lineup for their 5th Season

After wrapping up their most successful HOT TICKET season to date, the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre is set to announce the 2019/20 HOT TICKET line-up.

The PAC’s 5th season features some of the best artists from around the globe playing for the first time in Niagara, returning favourites, and of course, talent from Niagara’s own backyard

“We are proud to continue our commitment to Indigenous programming next season,” said Annie Wilson, Programming Supervisor. “This includes the 3rd annual Celebration of Nations gathering from September 6-8 as well as featured programs throughout the season from across Turtle Island and around the globe.”

Indigenous performers during the season include the wrenching, yet darkly comic tale HUFF by Cliff Cardinal (21-23 Nov). With his signature biting humour and raw, vivid imagery, Cardinal expertly portrays over a dozen characters in this captivating solo performance. Tanya Tagaq‘s SPLIT TOOTH (30 April) is a split reading and musical performance. Jeremy Dutcher (3 Oct), winner of 2018’s Polaris Prize promises to be a stunning performance. This classically trained operatic tenor and composer blends his Wolastoq First Nation roots into the music he creates, combining distinct musical aesthetics that shape-shift between classical, traditional, and pop to form something entirely new.

“We have a beautiful lineup of artists joining us for the upcoming season,” said Sara Palmieri, Programming and Marketing Manager. “We have exciting dance and circus and a diverse range of artists from across the globe.”

The Ukranian “ethno-chaos” quartet Dakhabrakha return with their modern take on traditional eastern-European music bathed in luxurious harmonies with the spirit of punk rock (18 March), while Halifax’s Sloan make their PAC debut. Sloan celebrate the 20th anniversary of their 70s influenced rock record Navy Blues, by playing it front to back (9 Oct). Kaumakaiwa Kanaka ‘Ole has been described as the voice of Hawaii’s new generation. Kaumakaiwa creates some of the most original work to emerge in contemporary Hawaiian music, drawing from ancestral memory and hula practice as chant transforms to melody. As a transgender artist, she is a vibrant keeper of culture and a truly authentic innovator (7 Feb).

Last year, the FirstOntario PAC welcomed over 50,000 guests to the centre for its HOT TICKET program, with many sold out shows and full houses.

Other notable artists coming to the centre during the 2019/20 HOT TICKET season: Rheostatics, Hawksley Workman with Sarah Slean, 54 – 40, The Symphonically Hip (The Strictly Hip together with the Niagara Symphony), Whitehorse, Crash Test Dummies, Manteca, Lee Rocker from The Stray Cats, Bruce Cockburn, The Musical Box and so many others!

“We’re especially excited about our contemporary dance and circus programming. Le Ballets Jazz de Montreal presents: Leonard Cohen’s DANCE ME. Inspired by the rich and profound work of the legendary Leonard Cohen and approved by him during his lifetime, BJM’s dance concert for the senses takes the audience on a journey through his beloved repertoire,” explained Palmieri.

“Annie and I first saw this piece at The Sony Centre back in 2017. This is a striking show. For fans of Cohen, of dance, or just being alive. We’ve been trying to book that show since that very night and, well, here we are. The show was confirmed just five days before the brochure went to print – we did a contemporary dance of joy when it finally happened! From some of the biggest halls in Canada to Partridge Hall, BJM will join us for two shows on 23 and we know you’re not going to want to miss this.”

Tickets go on sale to the public on 5 September at 10am, or purchase a HOT TICKET membership today to get access to advance and discounted tickets. Visit the website for the entire listing of events. firstontarioPAC.ca

Written by Jordy Yack

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