Burlington Performing Arts Centre reopening in February for live or streamed shows and events

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Published January 31, 2022 at 4:16 pm

The Burlington Performing Arts Centre (BPAC) officially re-opens tomorrow, returning to its role as the city’s music and cultural hub with three performances in its Community Studio Theatre.

“Our 2021-22 season was put on hold during the latest round of pandemic restrictions, so we went to work re-scheduling the amazing talent booked to play our stages and we’re proud to present our updated lineup,” said BPAC executive director Tammy Fox.

“From local artists to musical legends, our patrons can expect the same first-class entertainment we have delivered for the past 10 years, in an atmosphere where they can feel safe.”

February performances will all be presented in BPAC’s Community Studio Theatre and each includes the option of attending in person or livestreaming the performances.

As per Ontario guidelines, all patrons must show proof of COVID-19 double vaccination to be permitted entry into the facility. The Burlington Performing Arts Centre is pleased to accommodate our patrons at 50 per cent capacity in our facilities at this time.

BPAC’s Live & Local Series returns Sunday, Feb. 20, when Steve Strongman, James Oliver Biljak and Thom Anthony join the musical hosts, The Mark Lalama Trio. Experience the energy, spontaneity and magic of musical cross-pollination, as emerging and established homegrown talent combine with a house band made up of the area’s most highly sought-after touring and studio musicians.

Steven Taetz brings his repertoire of contemporary roots, jazz, blues, swing and neo-soul music to BPAC on Friday, March 11.

As a lyricist and composer, he has written for many internationally renowned artists, and led a cross-Canadian collaborative project, where he co-wrote a concept album with JUNO-award-winners from each province of Canada.

Since 2014, Taetz returned to his training and early performance roots, focusing on the American songbook and jazz standards, writing and recording traditional-pop, and swing originals. His musical style has been compared to greats like Roy Orbison, k.d lang, Norah Jones and Chet Baker, and performances include innovative interpretations of classic hits, as well as signature originals co-written with top Canadian artists.

The Live & Local Series then returns Sunday, March 13, featuring Canadian music icon Susan Aglukark, as well as singer/songwriter and BPAC Board member Pete van Dyk, and the Mark Lalama Trio.

Aglukark is one of Canada’s most unique artists and a leading voice in Canadian music. She blends the Inuktitut, Indigenous and English languages with contemporary pop music arrangements to tell the stories of her fellow people, the Inuit of Arctic Canada and her fellow Indigenous groups.

For more information about upcoming shows, or to purchase tickets, visit BPAC’s website.

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