State of the Arts: Ann-Marie MacDonald brings new book to Sudbury

Her visit is just only of many arts and entertainment events coming up in the next month

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Spring is in the air as the arts continue to blossom locally, so much so that there are days when it’s a challenge to choose which arts event to attend.

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April 29 choices:

April 29 is one of those days. Will it be the Joan Mantle Trust Fund Concert or Fado?

With Fado music, vocalist Jessica Lloyd and guitarist/vocalist Louis Simao take audience members to Lisbon, Portugal, performed at Wander Food and Wine (112 Durham Street).

The intimate experience offers a glass of Portuguese wine as patrons enjoy a musical journey set through the ages and landscapes. Tickets are $25; food is à la carte. The Fado performance is presented in short sets with 15-minute breaks for guests to chat and connect. Doors open at 6 p.m., with Fado starting at 7 p.m. Reservations are required.

For those who prefer a full-blown stage concert, the 15th annual Joan Mantle Music Trust Concert is the place to be. Plus, you get to support music education. It’s a thoroughly eclectic night with everything from the Nickel City Wind Ensemble and the Northern Brass Choir to The Zoomers.

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The Zoomers perform classic hits from the past six decades. Sharing lead vocals and guitar work are two of Northern Ontario’s most talented and respected musicians — Kevin Closs and Marc Savard. Kevin brings a variety of musical influences to the group, most notably rock and folk, while Marc’s influences range from the blues, soul, and R&B. The rhythm section features Dan Ayotte on drums, Emilio Falbo on bass, and Cory Ross on keys.

The evening, which starts at 7 pm, includes bands from select local secondary schools and a silent auction where bargains are plentiful. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students and are available at the door at Sudbury Secondary School (College Street entrance).

Emerging jazz artists

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Jazz Sudbury is searching for talented, emerging Ontario jazz musicians ready to play on the main stage of the Jazz Sudbury Festival in September.

“The goal of the Emerging Artist showcase is to give artists the opportunity to break into the festival circuit and work alongside established musicians,” said Allan Walsh, artistic director. “Our focus this year is to provide artists with additional mentorship opportunities through partnerships with other local arts organizations.”

Jazz Sudbury’s Emerging Artist showcase submissions are accepted until May 12, with more details available on its website.

May 4- 13

“Life is a Cabaret, old chum. Come the the Cabaret.”

Sudbury Performance Group presents Kander, Ebb and Masteroff’s musical “Cabaret” at Thorneloe University’s Ernie Checkeris Theatre.

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Set in 1929–1930 as the Nazis are ascending to power, the musical focuses on the seedy Kit Kat Klub and the relationship between American writer Clifford Bradshaw with English cabaret performer Sally Bowles.

Evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. with matinees at 2 p.m. Full details are at

May 6

May 6 is another one of those days with tough arts choices. Will it be music or dance? Will it be Jazz on Rocks with the Sudbury Symphony or the intimate guitar and vocal stylings of the talented Kevin Closs? Or maybe the choice will be Earthdancers?

Luckily, the Earthdancers will also be performing their 30th annual benefit on May 5, so you won’t have to miss it. The show boasts a blend of modern and contemporary dance, Graham-inspired choreography, and passionate artistry. Stunning choreography is created by Sunny Horovath, Lauren Foy, April Machum, Emily Macdonald, and Sara Machum.

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Live musical performances are by guest cellist David Macdonald and pianist Damien Laframboise. Tickets can be purchased through the Place des Arts’ Box Office.

At 7:30 p.m., Jazz on the Rocks is taking over Laurentian University’s Fraser Auditorium with the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra and hot jazz musicians for a blend of orchestral colours and exciting jazz rhythms. The guest artist is celebrated jazz trombonist and composer Christian Overton with guest conductor, Sudbury legend Dick Van Raadshooven. Tickets are available through the Sudbury Theatre Centre.

Also at 7:30 p.m. is an intimate concert with Kevin Closs, inspired by his travels through the world’s polar regions. Tickets for the live show are probably sold out but, luckily, the concert will also be live-streamed. You can save your spot in the virtual audience through Eventbrite. Check it out; Closs is truly an outstanding vocalist, guitarist, and storyteller.

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Mother’s Day planning

It’s not too early to think about moms. Mother’s Day is May 14. For the bookish mom, why not get her tickets to an event with Ann-Marie MacDonald? She is the celebrated Canadian author and playwright whose work “Fall on Your Knees” was selected for inclusion in Oprah Winfrey’s Book Club, a recognition which skyrocketed MacDonald to international fame.

To celebrate the launch of her new book “Fayne,” MacDonald appears at the Sheridan Auditorium of Sudbury Secondary School on June 5, 7:30 p.m. Following a discussion about her work, MacDonald will be available for book signings. Copies of “Fayne” will also be available for purchase that night, but you should probably get one sooner so that Mom can sink her teeth into its pages.

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Advance copies of the book are available at Adoro Olive Oils (1984 Regent St.) with tickets available at Adoro, Apollo Restaurant, online through Eventbrite, and at the door. The price is $20 for the evening, which includes a reception. Streaming is also offered. Full details are available at

Vote for Chloé LaDuchesse

To vote for Sudbury author Chloé LaDuchesse in a nation-wide book competition, Combat National des Livres, go to Chloe’s book is L’incendiaire (The Sudbury Arsonist) Congratulations Chloé for being selected as Ontario’s representative for this prestigious competition. Voting takes place up until the radio debate Mat 15-18. Supporters may vote once per day until then.

State of the Arts is a bi-monthly article by the Sudbury Arts Council. 


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