Check out MIPAC’s exciting line-up for the 2015-16 MIPAC Performing Arts Series. With thirteen diverse performances, MIPAC invites you to join us in a blend of Canadian musical icons and family performances that will take you from a down-home Cape Breton kitchen party to an Indigenous dance-theatre performance based on the traditions of oral storytelling. We hope you can join us!
The MIPAC Performing Arts Series welcomes back some familiar faces as well as introduces you to some new talent that might just take you by surprise. Some of Canada’s most popular musical artists will have you singing, toe tapping and dancing in your seats. With a mix of puppetry, dance, and theatre, our Family Series offers you six professional performances to entertain both the young and young-at-heart.
Launching the Family Series on Sunday, September 20 is Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s gentle stage adaptation of Goodnight Moon & The Runaway Bunny. October heats up with three musical performances beginning with Polaris music nominees, husband and wife musical team, Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland of Whitehorse. Annapolis Valley’s homegrown band The Spinney Brothers take the stage on October 17 in their unique style of traditional southern flavoured bluegrass music that led to their Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame induction in 2010. On October 30, the Joe Murphy Blues Bonanza with Dave MacLean and Watermelon Slim brings together these renowned musicians in a musical collaboration sure to get your blues flowing.
On November 22, MIPAC welcomes back to its Family Fare Series Motus O in their exhilarating performance Alice. Rich in athleticism and innovative dance theatre, Alice is adapted from Lewis Carroll’s whimsical stories, Alice In Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass. On January 19, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia returns with its flagship production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favourites. Maritime Marionettes present The Lonely Leprechaun on February 14. Hailing from Truro, NS, these regulars to the MIPAC stage tell the story of Sally, whose muse magically appears as Sandy, the lonely leprechaun.
Like his trademark suit, David Myles’ music is timeless. David’s only artistic constants are his always growing, shape shifting songwriting, and his exceptional ability to entertain. Join David on the MIPAC stage March 18 for an evening of vocal harmonies and irresistible energy.
Springtime blooms at MIPAC with four April performances. On April 2, the Yukon-based Ramshackle Theatre will take your family along for a Sci-Fi Double Feature Cardboard Science Fiction Puppet Show. This all ages cardboard puppet show is filmed and projected live onto the big screen, to create a one-take 1960s sci-fi B-movie. Joel Plaskett Emergency proves he can be all things to all people, as he rocks MIPAC on April 7 with one of the most diverse and fan pleasing albums of his career. In a ‘love letter to music,’ 6 Guitars is a pitch perfect blend of music, comedy, and characters. Chase Padgett is one talented musician who delivers a virtuosic performance as he becomes 6 different guitar players each with their own distinct voice, views, and musical style.
In a tender coming-of-age story, Red Sky Theatre’s Mistatim blends cultural barriers in a story of truest friendships and communication. With just a simple wooden fence separating Calvin on his father’s ranch and Speck on her reservation, Calvin attempts to ‘break’ Mistatim the only horse no one else could tame in order to prove himself to his father. Told through the beauty of Indigenous dance and storytelling, don’t miss seeing Canada’s most celebrated contemporary dance-theatre company.
Are you ready for some down-home good time? On May 14, Cape Breton’s electrifying line-up of East Coast musicians, Còig (Ko-ig) wraps up the season in an exciting show not to be missed. Originally coming together for the Celtic Colours International Festival, Còig is today one of Cape Breton’s most captivating young bands. With numerous accolades and awards, these successful solo musicians in their own right come together to bring you one exhilarating ‘kitchen party’ full of banjo, bouzouki, fiddle, mandolin, flute, whistle, vocals and piano. This is what Cape Breton is all about!
MIPAC has introduced two special options to help you get the most of your performing arts experience:
THE VIP PACKAGE:
David Myles, Joel Plaskett Emergency & Whitehorse
Attend all three performances for $110
- Guaranteed seating in first two rows
- Invitation to post-show reception with complimentary refreshments.
Pick any four Family Series shows for $48. General seating.
(regular $13 Advance | $15 Door.)