Date Artist City Venue Country
December 2, 2017 Men of the Deeps Welland, Ontario Dr. J.M. Ennis Auditorium Canada
Time: 7:30pm. Address: Centennial Secondary School | 240 Thorold Road West. Men of the Deeps, North America’s only coal miners’ choir celebrates its 50th anniversary with its first ever solo Christmas tour. The Men of the Deeps is a choir of working and retired coal miners from the island of Cape Breton in Nova Scotia, Canada. Organized in 1966 as part of Cape Breton’s contribution to Canada’s Centennial Year (1967), the group’s inception was an effort by the people of Cape Breton to preserve in song some of the rich folklore of that island’s coal mining communities. In addition to its time-honoured performances of mining songs and stories, and reminiscences from its beloved Cape Breton Island, the choir will provide lots of special Yuletide surprises.
January 14, 2018 Shane Cook & The Woodchippers Welland, Ontario Dr. J.M. Ennis Auditorium Canada
Time: 2:00pm. Address: Centennial Secondary School | 240 Thorold Road West. Shane Cook & the Woodchippers have a deep foundation in the traditional music, song and dance of Ontario, yet the Woodchippers’ superbly crafted arrangements are a modern and exhilarating approach to fiddle tunes and dance. Led by Canadian and US National fiddle champion Shane Cook, and joined by National Step Dancing Champions Sarah Robinson and Kyle Waymouth, as well as singer/pianist Emily Flack, and guitarist/pianist Jake Charron, their performances will favour you with a wide range of styles from country to Celtic to swing and jazz..
February 11, 2018 Buzz Brass Quintet Welland, Ontario Dr. J.M. Ennis Auditorium Canada
Time: 2:00pm. Address: Centennial Secondary School | 240 Thorold Road West. Buzz Brass Quintet – Preludes & Rhapsodies- This merry band of five musicians — Sylvain Lapointe and Frédéric Gagnon, trumpets; Pascal Lafrenière, horn; as well as Jason De Carufel and Sylvain Arseneau, trombones — join pianist extraordinaire Matt Herskowitz and the very talented harpist Valérie Milot to take on accessible classic works and thus offer a chamber-music concert that tackles a familiar repertoire in a brand-new light thanks to novel and daring arrangements. A many-hued show that packs a punch, with power gloved in finesse.
March 2, 2018 Collectif9 Welland, Ontario Dr. J.M. Ennis Auditorium Canada
Time: 7:30pm. Address: Centennial Secondary School | 240 Thorold Road West. Collectif9 – Montreal’s cutting-edge classical string band, known for energized, innovative arrangements of classical repertoire, is heralding a new age in genre-bending classical performance. The ensemble combines the power of an orchestra with the crispness of a chamber ensemble for a unique experience. collectif9’s will be performing from their debut album, Volksmobiles, featuring folk-inspired music by Brahms, Bartók, Schnittke, and André Gagnon and also presents Canadian composer Geof Holbrook’s Volksmobiles, written for the ensemble. The group will also conduct a student workshop with Centennial students, in the afternoon.

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Date Artist City Venue Country
November 18, 2017 The Great Canadian Songbook Welland, Ontario Dr. J.M. Ennis Auditorium Canada
Time: 7:30pm. Address: Centennial Secondary School | 240 Thorold Road West. The Great Canadian Songbook is a show that highlights the greatest Canadian songs of the past and present, taking audiences on a musical journey from Bonavista to Vancouver Island! Drawing on a wide array of music and a variety of genres, performers Ken Lavigne, Tiller’s Folly and Diyet combine stories, music and projections to provide the audience a stylistic overview of Canada’s greatest hits. The show features the music of Leonard Cohen, Stan Rogers, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Buffy St. Marie, Anne Murray & Stompin’ Ton Connors in addition to contemporary artists Sarah McLaughlin, Bare Naked Ladies and Blue Rodeo. It promises to be a truly Canadian experience!
October 21, 2017 Barbra Lica Welland, Ontario Dr. J.M. Ennis Auditorium Canada
Time: 7:30pm. Address: Centennial Secondary School | 240 Thorold Road West. Barbra Lica is a fast-rising star on the Canadian music scene. Since her 2012 debut album release (That’s What I Do), she has been selected as one of Canada’s Top 5 Jazz singers by CBC host Tim Tamashiro, as well as one of 5 up-and-coming jazz artists in Toronto by blogTO. On October 21, Barbra will be presenting all new songs and stories from her latest album, “I’m Still Learning”, released October 2016 by Justin Time Records. Her show uniquely combines original songs with a vintage-pop feel and re-imagined standards from the era of Doris Day and Peggy Lee. She’ll be joined by a stellar band of jazz musicians from across Canada.
March 25, 2017 Ensemble Vivant Welland, Ontario Dr. J.M. Ennis Auditorium Canada
Time: 7:30pm. Box office: (905) 788-1648. Address: Centennial Secondary School | 240 Thorold Road West. Ensemble Vivant, “Canada’s Chamber Music Treasure” (Toronto Star) is a pioneer among piano chamber ensembles.

For over 25 years the group has championed innovative, unique genre diverse programming. Ensemble Vivant’s return to the Welland Port Colborne Concert Series will feature a stunning array of jazz infused styles from Latin to Ragtime to the American Song Book and much more. This exciting, enduring group is also known for its passionate, virtuosic performances along with its fun and engaging rapport with audiences of all ages.
February 26, 2017 Millan and Faye Present: The Opera Welland, Ontario Dr. J.M. Ennis Auditorium Canada
Time: 2:00pm. Box office: (905) 788-1648. Address: Centennial Secondary School | 240 Thorold Road West. Opera Comedienne Kyra Millan and pianist Tina Faye invite you into the sublime and sublimely ridiculous world of Opera in a brilliantly funny, whirlwind concert full of operatic favorites and well-known classical tunes.

This unique show uses improvisational comedy and virtuosic musical performances to open the doors of opera to all audiences. Irreverent and witty, the show deconstructs operatic traditions, which make it as accessible as the popular, easy listening music it was written to be. Invited to perform four seasons running for the Canadian Opera Company, and to headline Harbourfront’s Voice and Strings Festival, Millan and Faye Present: The Opera is for fans of comedy and music alike.
January 8, 2017 Ballet Jörgen Canada: Swan Lake Welland, Ontario Dr. J.M. Ennis Auditorium Canada
Time: 2:00pm. Box office: (905) 788-1648. Address: Centennial Secondary School | 240 Thorold Road West. Swan Lake is a dramatic and timeless production that showcases the extraordinary beauty of ballet in its purest form. Created by Bengt Jörgen, one of Canada’s most distinguished classical ballet choreographers as he returns to his roots with this production of grandeur, passion and hope.

Bengt Jörgen re-visioned the classical and dramatic Swan Lake, adding a hint of Canadian heritage as is often a sign of his work. Jörgen re-imagined it in the picturesque seascape of the Fortress of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia.
December 3, 2016 Dirty Dishes Welland, Ontario Dr. J.M. Ennis Auditorium Canada
Time: 7:30pm. Box office: (905) 788-1648. Address: Centennial Secondary School | 240 Thorold Road West. Dirty Dishes is a kick-in-the-pants harmony-driven root trio. Their show consists of delicious harmonies, washboard, fiddle, guitar and uke, sassy song writing and killer charm. Backed by their rhythm section “The Plate Rails” (Jay Boehmer and Henry Heillig), the Dishes have spent almost ten years breaking hearts and soothing souls at theatres, fairs, festivals and events throughout Canada.

“A fun, witty, delightful band… The Dirty Dishes will have you laughing one minute, dancing another, and having so much fun with you, you will want more!” – Julia Phillips, Blue Skies Music Festival
November 19, 2016 Gypsy Sound Revolution Welland, Ontario Dr. J.M. Ennis Auditorium Canada
Time: 7:30pm. Box office: (905) 788-1648. Address: Centennial Secondary School | 240 Thorold Road West. It’s been four decades since the Gipsy Kings burst onto the scene with their wild and ecstatic Spanish rumba. No-one has followed in their footsteps … until now.
Gypsy Sound Revolution celebrates gypsy migration out of India. The sounds is exotic and electrifying. The core team, long time friends, former Gipsy Kings drummer Cedric Leonardi and fellow Gipsy Kings alumni Mario and Gorge Reyes (direct family of Gipsy Kings founder Nicholas Reyes) bring the vision for Gypsy Sound Revolution alive and trace the gypsy culture to the original Gypsy tribe of Rajasthan, India.
October 22, 2016 Piano Chameleons with Special Guest Oliver Jones Welland, Ontario Dr. J.M. Ennis Auditorium Canada
Time: 7:30pm. Box office: (905) 788-1648. Address: Centennial Secondary School | 240 Thorold Road West. An electrifying duo-duel of pianists formed by Matt Herskowitz and John Roney. Two grand pianos are facing each other. Classical music and jazz merge in a burst of virtuosity!

This unique show concept invites the audience to attend a concert where two pianos clash, speak and complete each other in a fusion of classical and jazz music. Undisputed masters of improvisation, these two virtuosos take pleasure in revisiting jazz standards and great classical pieces to bring it in new trails.

Guest artist: Juno Award winner Oliver Jones, disciple and friend of Oscar Peterson, is joining Piano Chameleons for this show.

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