New Brunswick·ON STAGE

Who's in the spotlight at the Fredericton Playhouse?

The Fredericton Playhouse offers an eclectic mix of entertainment on the Spotlight Series Stage this month.

Lineup includes Mi'kmaw fiddler Toney, Harlem Gospel Choir, husband-wife duo rockers and Chicago drummers

The Fredericton Playhouse Spotlight Series and Kidstage Series invite some of the most exciting artists touring today to the Playhouse stage, offering East Coast favourites, internationally acclaimed ensembles, up-and-coming musicians, innovative dance and circus shows, hilarious comedy performances, inspiring theatre pieces and much more.

Here is the lineup for next few weeks:

Spotlight Series

Members of the Harlem Gospel Choir singing on stage before several microphones. They are in black choir robes and colorful long sashes.
Get ready to tap your feet, clap your hands and dance to their high-energy, joyous, and exuberant performance of the Harlem Gospel Choir. (Fredericton Playhouse)

Harlem Gospel Choir - Friday, Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m.

Performing contemporary gospel with a touch of jazz and blues, the world famous Harlem Gospel Choir is synonymous with power vocals, glorious sound, and infectious energy. For over two decades they have been America's premier gospel choir and have toured the globe thrilling audiences with the inspirational power of black gospel music. Harlem Gospel Choir presents modern gospel classics as performed in the black churches of Harlem today. Every concert is infectiously enthusiastic, a roller coaster ride of singing and dancing—a gospel celebration.

A man in a black hat, black leather jacket, shirt and pants and sunglasses stands next to a blonde woman in a black short-sleeved dress. They are standing on stage with a red curtain in the background.
Husband-and-wife duo Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet were already individually established as singer-songwriters when they came together to form Whitehorse. The seven-time Juno nominees are ready to bring their genre mixing tunes to the Spotlight Series stage. (Fredericton Playhouse)

Whitehorse - Friday, Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m.

Canadian rock band Whitehorse is unafraid to mix genres, regularly dipping into psychedelic Americana, pop noir, squalling blues rock, and celestial folk. The partnership of Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet, Whitehorse has pushed their eccentric musical identity into new realms and sounds for over a decade.With five consecutive JUNO Award nominations in three different genre categories, and seven full-length records to their name, it's clear these rockers do a lot of different things, and do them well.

Tim Yerxa tells us about the husband and wife duo, Whitehorse, coming to Fredericton in February.
A drum troupe dressed in white with gold braid design on their chests playing black and white drums.
From the opening notes to the final crescendo, you'll be captivated by The Pack Drumline’s expert drumming, intricate choreography, and stunning visuals. (Fredericton Playhouse)

The Pack Drumline - Saturday, Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m.

The Pack Drumline have honed their craft through years of training and performance, and their unique blend of Southern show-style drumming with intense, upbeat choreography works to create a production both powerful and awe-inspiring.  Hailing from Chicago, IL, these multi-talented percussionists and dancers are a force to be reckoned with in the world of entertainment. The group was founded by Perry Donta'e and started as an after-school program, but slowly grew into the full performance group you see today. 

Five men sitting together appear to be listening to someone reading a book. They have long hair and two are sporting a beard. The man in front has a pnk blanket over him and is laying down.
Les Hôtesses d'Hilaire was active from 2012 to 2020, touring everywhere from l’Acadie to Jamaica, but took a hiatus for the pandemic. Now they’re back and ready to roll at the Fredericton Playhouse. (Fredericton Playhouse)

Les Hôtesses d'Hilaire - Saturday, Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m.

Les Hôtesses d'Hilaire may have an offbeat sense of humour, but they're always on beat when it comes to their lively tunes. This Acadian comedy-musical group, established in Moncton, NB in 2010, is known for their groovy, funky, psychedelic rock sound. Les Hôtesses d'Hilaire is made up of Mico Roy (guitar), Rémi Arsenault (bass), Maxence Cormier (drums), and Léandre Bourgeois (synths). 

Man with blonde hair playing a violin (fiddle) wearning a white shirt with black, yellow and red ribbons on the front.
Cape Breton's Morgan Toney combines two worlds of Mi’kmaq music, “song and fiddle." He returns to the Playhouse to demonstrate this fusion of Celtic and Mi'kmaq culture. (Fredericton Playhouse)

Morgan Toney - Sunday, Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m.

Morgan Toney combines the fiery fiddling of Cape Breton Island with his Mi'kmaq roots. At only 23 years old, the Nova Scotian musician has created a name for himself with his unique take on traditional East Coast fiddle music, which he and his collaborator Keith Mullins have dubbed "Mi'kmaltic." A blend of Mi'kmaq + Celtic, Toney fuses cultural heritages, drawing from old songs of the Mi'kmaq, some dating back 500 years.

The rock group Classic Albums Live performing on stage with nine members. Against a background of purples and blues. The words "Supertramp: Crime of the Century" are in the top right-hand corner and the words Classic Albums Live are in the left-hand corner.
A perennial Playhouse favourite, Classic Albums Live, returns with the sounds of Supertramp. (Fredericton Playhouse)

Classic Albums Live performs Supertramp's Crime of the Century - Friday, Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m.

Calling all prog-rock lovers: Classic Albums Live is back to perform Crime of the Century, Supertramp's 1974 record that solidified their status as art rock pioneers. A perennial Playhouse favourite, Classic Albums Live presents skilled musicians who recreate the greatest albums of the '60s and '70s live on stage — note for note, cut for cut. 

Executive director Tim Yerxa on The Pack Drumline and Classic Album Live's recreation of Supertramp: Crime of the Century.

 

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