Review by Ellen S. Jaffe
Yaga, written and directed by Canadian playwright Kat Sandler, brings the old Slavic story of Baba Yaga to new, modern life in a combination of fairy-tale, comedy, mystery, and a commentary on gender and aging. The play opens the Tarragon’s 2019-220 season. With impeccable, often brilliant acting by the well-known Seana McKenna and by Claire Armstrong and Will Greenblatt, the play is fast-paced and funny as well as thought-provoking. For those who do not know the legend, Baba Yaga is a Slavic version of the mythic witch — seen as old, ugly, cruel (rumoured to eat children). Seanna McKenna In YAGA
Review by Ellen S. Jaffe
July 30th, ‘17
For those who have long experience of riding and being around horses, Allan Merovitz’s show, Horses (recently at the Pearl Company in Hamilton and coming to Toronto) will bring back warm memories. Even for those, like me, who don’t know horses well, the show is enjoyable and moving; it restored a few of my own memories. Merovitz, a singer and story-teller, has performed several of his one-man shows in Hamilton in the past, and also acted in plays by local theatre companies. He captivates the audience through his warm, engaging manner. In this show, he tells stories and sings both original and traditional songs.
Kiik & Merovitz; performing on-stage
Review by Judith Caldwell
Last evening, Hamilton’s Bach Elgar Choir deviated from their usual fare to offer a concert of Canadian folksongs. The Choir was led by Alexander Cann and accompanied by Krista Rhodes, piano and flautist Susan Edmonds. The first half was of older, more traditional songs – most over 200 years old – and began with a Huron Dance Song which sounded very familiar to us in Southern Ontario with its traditional drum beat and words with no meaning sung to reinforce the beat. Then on to a 1919 shipwreck song from Newfoundland which honoured the Captain for grounding the ship and thus avoiding loss of life.
the Bach-Elgar ensemble in performance
Review by Judith Robinson
For those of us who cut our teeth at the 1970’s folk festivals, the Skylight Festival in Paris, Ontario, during the Civic holiday long weekend, was a trip down memory lane. Although the musicians were younger, and most of the venues indoors, the spirit of protest, freedom and fun hasn’t changed at all. There were so many great concerts it’s hard to mention only a few musicians. Minnesota singer/songwriter Heatherlyn’s energy was so much like Melanie’s that the audience could close their eyes and swear it was the 1960’s flower child guru.
Heatherlyn performing on stage
Review by Karen Derry
Sunday night I had the pleasure of attending yet another great performance on the grounds of the Fieldcote Museum in Ancaster, a seven-acre property just outside of Hamilton. The quaint band shell, with its amazing backdrop of 100 foot pines, is named after Jim Green; a beloved local historian who also helped build it.
About six hundred people attended on this beautiful July night; many longtime fans of George Fox whose career has spanned decades and tours to many countries. including with artists like Randy Travis, Dolly Parton, George Strait and Willie Nelson, playing to sold out North American crowds.
George Fox in a rehearsing moment