River Run announces 2013-14 season of shows

Guelph, Ontario May 28, 2013 – River Run Centre launched its 2013-2014 season of professional entertainment today at a public announcement and celebration to an enthusiastic crowd of patrons, volunteers, donors and sponsors.

“The words evocative and out there reflect this season’s focus on humour, unique new works and large-scale spectacles,” said River Run Manager Danna Evans in her opening comments. “We’re expanding our comedy series, bringing back big-name music and acrobatic hits and also introducing new stars to the stage.”

The line up for the Guelph Mercury Family Series includes four imaginative and interactive shows. Big & Small Live! brings two popular TV characters to life with songs and stories on October 20. On November 10, Sharon & Bram will have the audience clapping and singing along. Always popular with young and old alike, DuffleBag Theatre leads us through the adventures of Peter Pan on January 12. The series ends on March 29 with The Ugly Duckling & The Tortoise and The Hare – a show by Lightwire Theater that merges dance and theatre with cutting edge music and technology.

The Macquarie Music Series offers a rich variety of musical styles, opening on October 19 with Canadian songwriters extraordinaire Marc Jordan and Jane Siberry. Guitar virtuoso Jesse Cook is back by popular demand on October 27. Martha Wainwright brings her hugely expressive voice and powerful songs to the stage on November 1. Last season’s hit performer Colin James returns on November 25, followed by world-class singers The Celtic Tenors on November 29. The talented siblings of the Leahy clan offer their signature toe-tapping holiday spectacle on December 14, followed by the return of Andrew Craig’s Gospel Christmas on December 15. Blackie and the Rodeo Kings are set to rock the stage with their unique blend of folk, rock, alternative, blues and country on January 24. Gifted composer and pianist Jim Brickman performs on January 30.  Musical shape shifter Treasa Levasseur joins roots music legend Ken Whiteley to close out the series on February 15.

This year’s Wooly Kinderconcerts features engaging music and familiar stories with the Guelph Symphony Orchestra for children 5 and under. The Saturday morning series includes Jack and the Beanstalk on November 23, One Thousand and One Arabian Nights on January 18 and The Four Musicians from Bremen on March 22.

Arbour Trails Chamber Nights showcases some of Canada’s most accomplished chamber musicians. With a reputation as one of the finest guitar ensembles in the world The Canadian Guitar Quartet opens the series on November 23. Virtuoso classical pianist David Jalbert performs a solo concert on January 24. The series closes on March 29 with Coleman Lemieux and Compagnie’s extraordinary work Dichterliebe: The Poet’s Love – an intimate evening of song and dance.

The RBC Showcase Series returns with a line up of large-scale productions, including an encore presentation of Colm Wilkinson – Broadway, Christmas and Beyond on December 13. Ballet Jörgen Canada performs an emotionally driven interpretation of Romeo and Juliet on January 17. Canada’s operatic superstar Measha Brueggergosman performs a solo concert on March 4. River Run has partnered with Guelph Dance to present a newly commissioned work by Quebec’s famous RUBBERBANDance on March 28. The Peking Acrobats push the envelope of human possibility with mind-boggling contortions, balancing, juggling and dexterity on April 1 to close the series.

Talented Canadian singer-songwriters headline six intimate Friday night performances as part of the Borealis Music Series. Jason Raso Quartet, joined by soul songstress Joni NehRita, opens the series on October 25. Prairie Oyster front man Russell deCarle sets out on his first solo tour on November 15. Canadian folk legend Valdy returns to Guelph on January 17. The series goes Main Stage on February 14 with The Good Lovelies and David Myles – a special double bill celebrating the “Best of Borealis”. Canada’s own cabaret chanteuse Patricia O’Callaghan performs on February 21. Catherine MacLellan, known for her sweet vocal tones and insightful lyrics, closes the series on March 28.

This season’s Guelph Infiniti Comedy Series showcases some of Canada’s best stand-up, sketch and musical comedians. Mary Walsh – Canada’s queen of comedy – performs her smash hit one-woman show Dancing with Rage on October 4. Sharron Matthews brings her larger-than-life comedy cabaret show to the stage on November 2. The Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris, on December 14, offers a hilarious antidote for holiday havoc.  Celebrating 40 years of comedy, The Second City returns on January 18. Chris Gibbs’ touring show offers an amusing and poignant look at life as a dad on February 8. The always popular Just for Laughs Road Show closes the series on April 10.

Tickets are now on sale through the River Run Centre box office. A 30% Early Bird Discount is available until August 31, 2013 to anyone purchasing four or more shows selected from the season line up. As part of the uGO program, tickets for university and college students are $20 each and through the eyeGOprogram, high school students may attend for just $5 each. Tickets may be purchased online at riverrun.ca, by phone at 519-763-3000 or in person at the Box Office from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

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Media Contact:
Ella Pauls, Manager of Cultural Development
River Run Centre
519-837-5662 ext 2589
ella.pauls@riverrun.ca