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Stephen Fearing, aerialists and more highlight fall season for Burnaby's Shadbolt

The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts has announced its fall season of performances, offered to audiences attending either in person at the Shadbolt’s Studio Theatre OR via live-streaming online.
Shadbolt Stephen Fearing 2 photo by Jen Squires
Stephen Fearing.

The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts has announced its fall season of performances, offered to audiences attending either in person at the Shadbolt’s Studio Theatre OR via live-streaming online. From the season’s opening notes of Lache Cercel and the Roma Jazz Ensemble to the renowned voice of folksinger Stephen Fearing, to a remarkable range of women's voices – to theatre, cabaret, storytelling, circus and a soulful Christmas show – the season offers a multi-genre treasure trove of performance options. The full performance schedule is below.

Based on current public health regulations and for audience safety and comfort, the Shadbolt Theatre’s capacity will be capped at 50% - that’s 80 seats in the Studio Theatre. The Centre will also be live streaming all Fall Season performances.

The City of Burnaby has an approved COVID-19 safety plan that has been in place since September 2020. These plans are modified and updated as Public Health Order standards and requirements change, and the City and Shadbolt management will continue to monitor and adapt as necessary throughout the season to ensure the utmost in public safety is maintained. Further notifications will be made.

TICKETS: $30 for a live show, $15 for live streaming | 604-205-3000.


Lache Cercel and the Roma Jazz Ensemble

Thursday, September 23 

The Shadbolt’s Fall 2021 season kicks off with a magical evening with renowned musician/violinist, Lache Cercel and his Roma Jazz Ensemble. Cercel created the new musical genre, ‘Roma Jazz’, by merging Eastern influences with Western musicology. With him are elite musicians and dancers from around the world, including vocalist Laura Crema, guitarist Don Ogilvie, Kit Eakle (violin), Montreal’s accordion legend Sergiu Popa and dancers, including Jeffrey Dawson (Tap) and belly dancer, Elisabeth Lesztak.

Celeigh Cardinal

Thursday, September 30

With a confident voice and boundless energy, 2020 JUNO Award recipient Celeigh Cardinal owns the stage.  Her voice is rich and deep with a burnished maturity and technical virtuosity that wraps itself around notes.  This Alberta-based artist’s songs are authentic and heartfelt, connecting deeply with her audience and to the healing power of music.

Made In Canada: an agricultural song cycle

rice and beans theatre 

Friday & Saturday, October 1-2

Originally slated as a live theatre show entitled Made in Canada: an agricultural operetta, this show evolved into an album featuring 10 songs composed by Mishelle Cuttler. Blending mariachi influences with lyrics sourced from the words of seasonal temporary foreign workers, news articles, and legal text surrounding the Temporary Foreign Workers Program, Made inCanada: an agricultural song cycle braids a musical journey that amplifies the narratives of the people who harvested our food and nourished us throughout the pandemic.

Stephen Fearing

Thursday, October 7

A beguiling teller of tales and master guitarist, Stephen Fearing is an alluring entertainer – heartbreaking, expansive, and full of mirth – with a clear, honourable voice that lifts you out into his wide world and “brings you back home to yourself.” Fearing is simply one of Canada’s finest singer-songwriters. With a mesmerizing blend of roots, Americana, folk, and pop, he has garnered national and international audiences for his music, building fans ‘old school’  — through countless live performances at intimate venues, to  major events like Stanfest, Reading Festival, Shrewsbury Folk Festival, and WOMAD.

Tanika Charles

Thursday, October 14 

Formerly known as “the best kept secret in soul music”, Toronto-based singer Tanika Charles has become a highlight of the music scene both at home and abroad. The two-time JUNO Award nominated, and two-time Polaris Prize long-listed singer continues to win audiences over one stream, one Shazam, and one encore at a time.

CHILD-ish (digital live-streamed performance only)

Friday, October 15

Adults speak children’s exact words about love, life and the world in this fresh verbatim work. Drawn from interviews with over 40 whip-smart and brutally honest children, a dynamite adult cast allows an adult audience to hear kids’ ideas and experiences anew. The results are surprising, hilarious and moving. CHILD-ISH is a constellation of creative works: a web series, an upcoming podcast, a live performance and an inter-generational process.

Laila Biali

Thursday, October 21 

Multi-award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter, pianist and CBC Music national radio host, Laila Biali has headlined festivals and venues spanning five continents —from New York City’s Carnegie Hall to Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts. Her live show is eclectic and energetic —melodies take thrilling left turns and pre-choruses give way to instrumental interludes. One minute Biali is soaring over a bluesy storm of handclaps and hard-charging keyboard riffs, the next she is pouring out her soul on an impassioned ballad. It’s jazz, it’s pop, it can’t be put into a box but it’s beautiful.


Friday & Saturday, October 22-23

Josephine is a one-woman biographical musical starring the incomparable Tymisha Harris, that combines cabaret, theatre and dance to tell the story of the iconic Josephine Baker, the first African-American international superstar and one of the most remarkable figures of the 20th Century. Tymisha Harris.

Scaredy Cat Cabaret

Thursday, October 28

Do you like to be scared? Celebrating all that the scares the bejesus out of you, eight Vancouver-based live performers come together to share their stories of what freaks them out the most. Alternately terrifying and funny, each artist delves into our common fears and our common need to connect. It is an evening both to bond over our mutual vulnerabilities and laugh at ourselves as we purge our anxieties in this unique and engrossing multi-genre cabaret.

Desirée Dawson

Thursday, November 4 

Desirée Dawson is a Vancouver-based recording artist, songwriter and producer whose music is finding new audiences across Canada and beyond. A favourite on CBC Radio after winning the 2016 Searchlight contest, she sees music as a source of connection – her own sound aimed to get us feeling and healing.

Forev Circus 

Saturday & Sunday, November 6-7 

Virtuoso circus performers Santé D’Amours Fortunato and Alexandr Yudintsev met and fell in love while touring with Cirque Du Soleil. Now they have formed Forev Circus, and their relationship is the basis for the stories that inform their amazing tour de force performances. As aerialists, with hula hoops, teeterboard, Cyr wheel and more – all are elements that make up their astounding gravity-defying artistry.

Mariel Buckley

Thursday, November 18

 “If you’re longing for the pensive tearjerkers of classic country music in the modern world, look no further than singer-songwriter Mariel Buckley. With the soul of Emmylou and the keen eye of Springsteen, Buckley has been busy making a name for herself.”  — Bobbie Jean Sawyer, Wide Open Country. Doubling down on grit and authenticity, Mariel Buckley has planted her flag firmly as a songwriter who’s in it for the long haul. The glow of mainstream music holds no appeal for this neo-noir highway star, and she makes no apologies for her stark candor and delivery. As one of Canada’s busiest touring acts, she continues to charm new listeners with her sharp perspective and tender melodies.

Krystle Dos Santos

Thursday, November 25

Krystle Dos Santos is a two-time Western Canadian Music Award winning soul, jazz and R&B singer known for her extraordinary voice. Her music is inspired by classic, neo-soul, her performances are mesmerizing. She sings about heartbreak, struggle and falling in love. Krystle’s impressive range of styles showcases the power and versatility of her voice — from soaring highs to throaty lows, from whispers to a howl. Through it all is an enveloping warmth.

Dawn Pemberton and Jodi Proznick – O, Come All Ye Soulful

Friday, December 3

Join two award-winning musical powerhouses, vocalist Dawn Pemberton and bassist/bandleader Jodi Proznick, along with an all-star band as they deliver a joyful and soulful bounce to your favourite holiday classics. The band is: Cory Weeds (tenor saxophone), Chris Davis (trumpet), Tilden Webb (piano), and Jesse Cahill (drums). (presented in partnership with Cellar Jazz)