Andrew Collins Trio November 19 @ 7:30 pm

GPLT Folk, Roots and Blues Concert #2 is going to be amazing on November 19!
Mando maestro Andrew Collins finds himself – through no actual fault of his own – at the epicentre of Canada’s burgeoning acoustic/roots music scene. He didn’t invent it – but he’s certainly been a contributor, having co-founded seriously noteworthy Canadian bands like the Creaking Tree String Quartet, the Foggy Hogtown Boys and, more recently, his namesake Trio. That’s not to mention the fact that this prolific, robust performer – comfortable on mandolin, fiddle, guitar, mandola and mandocello – composes, produces, arranges, writes and teaches across multiple genres, including a popular collision of folk, jazz, bluegrass, celtic, and classical.

As Collins gathers up innumerable JUNO nominations (5) and Canadian Folk Music Awards (7) won by his various ensembles, he’s zeroing in on the work he does with Trio-mates: fellow string guru Mike Mezzatesta, whose versatility shines through on guitar, mandolin, fiddle and mandola, and in-the-pocket James McEleney holding it down on the bass, mandocello and vocals. Showcasing a dizzying number of styles and instruments on stage, Collins and Co. appear to live by the old adage, “idle hands are the devil’s workshop”, likely keeping them just ahead of his grasp. Bending and blending genres, these musical shape shifters land somewhere between the re-imagined worlds of Béla Fleck and Newgrass invader, David Grisman.

They just released a new double album, grafting 11 vocal cuts (tongues) to 11 instrumentals (grooves) to create a seamless finish with their cleverly monikered double album, Tongue & Groove. Each cut is milled to perfection and represents a back-to-basics visitation on what the band does best — spontaneity of the stage and rapid-fire, improvisational exchanges.

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Auditions for 12 Angry Jurors Oct 14, 15, 16.

Auditions: October 14 @ 1-3 pm, October 15 @ 1-3 pm, October 16 @ 6-8 pm.
All gender identities and adult ages are welcome to audition.

Call the GPLT Box Office 780 538 1616 or email: to book an audition time.
Come and audition even if you have not pre-booked an audition time. We will fit you in.
Perusal copies of the script are available from the GPLT Box Office for a $5 refundable deposit.

Here are the Audition Information Package including sides for each character and the Rehearsal Schedule:
12 Angry Jurors Audition Package
12 Angry Jurors Rehearsal Schedule – Draft 1.0

12 Angry Jurors By Sherman L. Sergel, Adapted from the Television Show by Reginald Rose,
Performances April 4 – 20.
All performances at the KMSC Law Performing Arts Theatre
Director: Caitlin Card

The life of a teenager hangs in the balance when he is tried for the brutal stabbing of his father. The open-and-shut case becomes anything but when one juror has the courage to stand against the crowd. Tempers are short and arguments are as heated as the cramped room where the 12 must reach a unanimous verdict.

“Still manages to grip an audience as though it were ripped from today’s headlines.” New York Times

Here are GPLT’s Safety and Inclusion Policy and GPLT’s Violence and Harassment Reporting and Resolution Procedures:
GPLT Safety and Inclusion Policy Approved Aug 2023

GPLT Violence & Harassment Reporting and Resolution Procedures Approved Aug 2023

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Dave Gunning & J.P. Cormier in Concert

Kicking off the 2023-24 GPLT Folk Roots and Blues Concert series on September 27 @7:30 pm are two great Canadian Performers. Gunning & Cormier go back 23 years when Dave had a fiddle player drop out of a show at the last minute. “He hired me for a gig when I was just back from Nashville, nobody knew me here,” says Cormier.

“We were totally blown away by J.P.’s playing,” recalls Gunning. “I remember him saying if you ever do a CD, I want to play on it.” That happened, and much more. They played together and wrote together whenever they could, coming up with songs that graced both their projects, over the years showered with awards and nominations on the East Coast and nationally.

“Dave is such a part of my life,” says Cormier. “Dave is like my family, he’s like a blood relative to me, and he’s always been that way. ” Gunning feels the same way. “Absolutely, we just became fast friends, and we’ve been working together ever since.

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