BY CLAIRE CUDAHY
Season passes for all seven shows of the 2014-15 Wilderness Entertainment Series are now available for purchase on the organization’s new website, www.redlakewes.com, or at The Water Buffalo.
The Wilderness Entertainment Series, now in its third year, has added one more show to the lineup and expanded its offering to include performing arts.
“This year we have the Manitoba Theatre Centre, which is from Winnipeg, and they are a professional production theatre and have a touring arm,” says Angela Bishop, committee chair of the organization.
Robert Post, a one-man variety show, will also be coming to Red Lake to perform and offer workshops for two local theatre groups, Theatre 105 from Ear Falls and Patricia Players from Red Lake.
“We’d like to do more of that—get into partnering with other groups in the community to offer arts and outreach, and partnering with schools. [Post] is also going to do a production for one of the schools,” explains Bishop.
Last year the Wilderness Entertainment Series became incorporated, allowing the organization to apply for more grants this year to fund growth and outreach programs with the community. On Aug. 18, Kenora MP Greg Rickford will announce whether the organization will receive a grant from the Canadian Heritage Arts Presentation Program.
The Wilderness Entertainment Series kicks off on Sept. 26 at Red Lake District High School with country singer Corb Lund. JUNO award-winning musician John Mann, best known as the lead singer of Spirit of the West, will perform on Oct. 23. Ken Lavigne, formerly of the Canadian Tenors, will take the stage on Nov. 22. Robert Post will entertain the audience on Jan. 20, followed by the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre on Feb. 26. The Brothers Landreth, a “new country” group, comes to town on March 26. Finally, the season will come to a close with a performance by JUNO award-winner Chantal Kreviazuk on April 20.
The series is run completely by volunteers and funded by donations from the Ontario Arts Council and local sponsors such as Goldcorp, Red Lake Plumbing and Heating, CKDR, Kwik Stop and Sobeys.
“I think it’s something valuable to bring to the community. Things that in a small town we don’t have access to necessarily unless we leave town to get it,” says Cindi Lumgair, owner of Sobeys, which provides the complimentary baked goods and beverages at the shows. “I think the town should support it more so that it can keep going because I know that it’s not always a full house, and it would be nice to see more people out supporting it. Every concert I went to was excellent.”
Single tickets for the Wilderness Entertainment Series will go on sale mid-September for $25 ($30 for Corb Lund and Chantal Kreviazuk), or season passes can be purchased now for $140 ($20 per show).