Rotary Club Celebrates 80th Hosting “O Canada, We Sing For Thee” At Grace Tipling Hall April 12, 2018

 The Following Provided By The Shelburne Rotary Club:

The Hottest Show To Celebrate Canada Comes To Grace Tipling Hall, Shelburne And  Is Sponsored By The Shelburne Rotary 

“Oh, Canada, We Sing For Thee” has been thrilling audiences on 28-city tour celebrating Canada 150 in 2017! 

Celebrate Canada with this Rockin’ journey through the greatest music in the history of our country!! 

Internationally acclaimed Canadian Songbird Leisa Way (“Anne” of Green Gables for 6 seasons) has created magic with her newest concert, “Oh, Canada, We Sing For TheeOh, Canada was the only concert of its kind traveling across Canada celebrating Canadian music during the Sesquicentennial year, with over 80 performances booked from coast to coast in 2017, and a 28 city tour.  There is no finer way to celebrate our nation’s 150th birthday.   And you can see it at the Grace Tipling Hall on April 12 at 7:30pm.

Oh, Canada takes you on an exciting musical journey across this spectacular country with a cavalcade of hits from our greatest stars.  Sing-along to Gordon Lightfoot, Anne Murray, Celine Dion, Michael Buble, Shania Twain, Stompin’ Tom Connors, Rita MacNeil, Buffy Ste. Marie, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, The Guess Who, Ian & Sylvia, Neil Young, Don Messer, Bryan Adams, BTO and many more.  The superb musicianship, and incredible storytelling make us all proud to be Canadian!

The appeal of this show is patriotic, yes, but that alone wouldn’t be enough to capture audiences so completely. It’s the music that inspires them –  terrific music.  From Canada’s influence on early Rock ‘n Roll music with the 50’s songs, Little Darlin’, & the boisterous Sh’Boom, to the breath-taking modern duet of Celine Dion/David Foster’s The Prayer, this concert showcases an extraordinary range of music.  Toes tap to classic Fiddle tunes and modern French-Canadian chansons, while hands clap to a heavy metal, Rock medley that includes Takin’ Care of Business and Born to Be Wild.  A highlight is the singers’ beautiful rendition of the late Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. 

Along the way the artists share anecdotes and side stories with the audience about the artists and the music they wrote, pointing out, “Music is the most popular language in the world.” Quick comic asides throughout the show, (“Canada is the only nation where you can wear shorts and a parka at the same time!”), and Stompin’ Tom Connors’ ever popular The Hockey Song continually reminded the crowd that yes, Canadians do have a great sense of humour along with their gift of music.

The show’s creator, Leisa Way, has a history in the Maritimes as she was the 7th actress to play the coveted role of “Anne” in Anne of Green Gables at the Charlottetown Festival.  Since then her career has taken her all over the world, singing for The Royal Family many times, and starring in off-Broadway and Broadway shows.  She formed Way-To-Go Productions 9 years ago and has enjoyed phenomenal success with 8 concerts she created, including Sweet Dreams (Patsy Cline), Country Jukebox (duets), Rhinestone Cowgirl (Dolly Parton), Wichita Lineman (Glenn Campbell), Across the Pond (British Invasion) and You Give Me Fever (Peggy Lee).  In Oh, Canada, Ms. Way shares her versatility, able to country swing in Shania Twain’s comic Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under? move us with Buffy Sainte-Marie’s Up Where We Belong, and cheerily channel both Anne Murray & Joni Mitchell.   A highlight of the concert is when Way teams up with her band to sing Rita MacNeil and The Men of the Deeps’ mining anthem, Working Man. And, the costume changes are stunning.

The Wayward Wind Band and singers joining Way for this production are outstandingly talented multi-instrumentalists. Fred Smith has performed with the likes of Chuck Berry, The Supremes, The Drifters, and The Mamas & The Papas;  Bobby Prochaska is a Broadway veteran (Buddy Holly & original production of Crazy For You (Royal Alex); Nathan Smith is just as at home playing a Don Messer tune as he is playing with the Ottawa Symphony ; Musical Arranger Bruce Ley was Tommy Hunter’s pianist, and is the composer of an Academy Award nominated film; and drummer Sam Cino, is a versatile percussionist of Metis descent, who also plays with popular rock group Fiddlestyx.

There is something for everyone in this thrilling concert, as Leisa Way and The Wayward Wind take audiences on a musical journey that instills in every audience member a great sense of pride in being Canadian.   It’s hard not to sing along at this concert for audiences of ALL ages!

What better way to celebrate this great year in our country’s history?

Oh, Canada, We Sing For Thee!  at the Grace Tipling Hall in Shelburne on April 12 at 7:30pm.

For tickets call 519-925-2006 or pick-up at Holmes Appliances

Tickets – $40.00 per person

For media interviews please contact:  Sandra Gallaugher  – s.gallaugher@hotmail.com