The Sanderson Centre may be one of Laurier Brantford’s lecture halls, but this year there will be a lot more than classes and lectures happening on their stage.
The Sanderson is known among the Grand River area as being home to fine talent and creative shows. In the past it has showcased artists like Blues rocker Collin James and Blue Rodeo. They are also recognized for being on the frequent stops list for tribute band Classic Albums Live, who have put on amazing shows like their tribute to Michael Jackson called ‘Thriller’ last year.
But this year they have something for everyone with a whole new lineup in store for their audience in addition to the return of some fan favourites. After last year’s season they wanted their audience’s opinion and feedback on what kind of shows and events they would be interested in. The responses were increasingly highlighting that they want to see more local people in their shows – more country and more classic rock.
Some theatre shows that we can look forward to this season include, ‘A Delightful Quarantine’ put on by Stage 88 and ‘The Little Prince” by Compass Theatre Productions. Despite their country stars that they will be bringing in this year are unnamed as of now, they are bringing on-going favourites back by popular demand. For instance, John McDermott’s Annual Christmas Show that will be happening on December 11 where he will be performing Holiday season classics.
They also will be repeating the exact same act from this past New Years Eve because it was such a hit and so successful with their audience. The event is entitled Les Coquettes Cabaret Burlesque which is an adult-only dance show. We also cannot forget about Classic Albums Live, the Toronto based tribute band who will be rocking out to Pink Floyd on November 9 with their show “Classic Albums Live Presents: Pink Floyds Wish You Were Here”. But that’s not all for them; the band will be back in February for their “Supertramp- Breakfast in America Show” on February 22.
Classic Albums Live is not the only tribute band that the Sanderson will be showcasing. On May 31 the band Jeans N Classics will be taking the stage featuring the music of U2. Classic Rock Fans definitely will not be disappointed this year as the Sanderson recognized and acted on what their crowd wants to see. If humour is your kind of thing and you love to laugh you are in luck because the Brantford Comedy Festival will be in town early in the school year on September 22. While the headliner has yet to be announced by the Sanderson, they have mentioned that some comedians to look forward to include Nikki Payne and host Steve Patterson.
This is just a tiny glimpse of what’s to come this season at the Sanderson Centre and to see the full list of this season’s shows and events visit their website. Instead of going to Cineplex and seeing a new blockbuster hit, try something different and get in touch with the downtown and local talent. Like they said, they have something for everyone. Head down there, grab some food and drinks, and enjoy the Sanderson Centre’s wide variety of shows.