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Bert Church Live Theatre brings the arts to Airdrie in New Year

By: Allison Chorney

  |  Posted: Thursday, Jan 02, 2014 11:53 am

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2013 was a big year for Bert Church Live Theatre but the season isn’t over and organizers are looking ahead to some exciting performers in 2014.

Jennifer Cormier, publicist for Bert Church Theatre said the theatre will bring in some fantastic performers in the New Year including comedian Chris Gibbs on Jan. 11 and Blackie and the Rodeo Kings on Feb. 7.

“Chris Gibbs will be a really fun and different evening as he delivers some great stand-up comedy, while Juno Award winning Blackie and the Rodeo Kings will feature more of a blues/country feel,” she said.

Cormier added she saw Gibbs perform a few years ago and said, “He had the whole audience in stitches.”

She was quick to add Gibbs’ show is a family-friendly one with his most recent act centering on his role as a father.

“We have lots of family-friendly entertainment coming up with the magic of Ted Outerbridge (Feb. 15), Calgary Opera’s Hansel and Gretel (March 8) – an opera for young audiences – and the hilarious Robert Post (April 6),” Cormier said.

She also suggested, “The ever- popular Prairie Mountain Fiddlers (March 29) and the gut wrenchingly funny Arrogrant Worms (March 15) are perfect shows for families to enjoy as well.”

One of Cormier’s favourite returning artists is Sass Jordon, who will do an acoustic performance at the theatre on Feb. 22.

“She was here a few years back and she remains the artist that connected the best with the audience. I’m really looking forward to her,” she said.

Another big name coming to the theatre is East Coast fiddler Ashley MacIsaac on April 17.

Cormier suggests buying your tickets early to both these shows because seats are selling quickly.

She said ticket prices will remain minimal now and in the future. For the 2013 to 2014 season, admission ranged from $12.50 to $44.95 depending on the show.

“We want to make this accessible to the entire community,” she said of the cost of admission.

Cormier, said the theatre’s lobby will be turned into a visual art spot in 2014, as art from Airdrie and area artists will be hung on the walls and rotated on a quarterly basis.

The City is currently looking for two art-minded community members to assist in selecting a public art installation for the theatre.

The art selection committee will consist of local arts stakeholder groups as well as two community members at large.

The group will prepare a request for proposals, draft selection criteria and select successful entries for display.

Interested community members should send an email telling a little about themselves to community.development@airdrie.ca

“We’ve had visual art on display in the library and at City Hall, but when you think of the arts and an actual building dedicated to the arts, this is it,” Cormier said of why the theatre is a good fit for displaying the work of area artists.

“We are the hub of the arts in Airdrie.”

City Council approved an Alcohol Management Policy on Nov. 18, 2013, allowing the theatre to serve beer and wine, and the theatre hosted performances from some great artists.

“The bar is set up and we’re offering beer, wine and water,” said Cormier.

Drink tickets for beer and wine are $6 and a bottle of water will cost you $1. Cormier reminds guests that alcoholic drinks are not allowed inside the theatre and will have to be enjoyed in the lobby, but added the bottles of water permitted.

It was a big year for the Theatre in 2013: the $3.6-million expansion project was completed and unveiled it to the public on Nov. 28, 2013, For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.airdrie.ca and search Bert Church Live Theatre.


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