Carnaval Fun at the Capitol Centre
Well January sure went out on a high note. Finger Eleven and I Mother Earth put on a phenomenal performance last week. With a mixture of acoustic and electric sets, they played individually and together for a concert experience that was really special.
It’s the time of year for Bonhomme sightings! The Capitol Centre will be busy this week with Carnaval activities. Tonight we have a comedy show with comedienne Chantal Fleury. Tickets are $10 with a Carnaval button available at the Capitol Centre Redpath Box Office. On Sunday enjoy some music and dance. This is a great community gathering and includes a performance by Trio Marc Angers. It’s free, but you have to reserve your ticket through the box office.
Carnaval fun continues through next week with school shows Monday to Wednesday. Be sure to check out the 2019 Carnaval art exhibition in our WKP Kennedy Gallery, as well. Les Compagnons always puts on a great event.
Looking ahead, we have some great shows coming up. For country fans, Home Free on Feb. 16 is not to be missed. Brass Transit is on Feb. 28. They’ve been here before and we had many requests to bring back the horn-driven rock music of the band Chicago. Billed as a “dynamic, crowd-pleasing, studio-tight powerhouse,” this band takes you back to the 1970s with songs like Saturday in the Park and Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is. Regular tickets are $40. Get ready to sing along and beat those mid-winter blues.
Back to rock, Matthew Good is returning to the Capitol Centre stage on March 3. It’s been a little while since he has played on our stage and we look forward to his return.
We know that North Bay loves Celtic shows and the Capitol Centre is delivering again this year with the incredible Murphy’s Celtic Legacy show on March 10. This great stage production and this cast of some of the best Irish dancers from around the globe combines traditional Irish dance with contemporary Irish dance forms, and takes the audience along on an Irish clan’s search for a new home. Irish music and dance are used to express the struggle for peace, family and unity. It promises to be a thrilling ride.
Now, for some history. Most of you know that the Capitol Centre was once a movie theatre. Did you know that the building has housed a lot of other activities over its 90-year history? Roy Thompson, who later became a billionaire, had a radio station in the building. A dentist, named Dr. Ralph Foster, once had his dental office in the location now used as our Galaxy Circle Lounge. Finally, does anyone out there remember that there was once a bowling alley in our basement? You can still see the lane numbers on one of the walls down there. It’s been a great 90 years, North Bay!
Cindy Forth is interim executive director of the Capitol Centre.