March

DEREK EDWARDS - Alls I'm Saying


Friday March 31, 2017
Show 7:30pm *** Doors 7:00pm
Tickets $47.00 (includes all fees / taxes)
available through www.ticketpro.ca
www.astortheatre.ns.ca and Astor Box Office
Tuesday to Friday 11- 4pm Ph. 902-354-5250

Alls I'm Saying is brazenly tentative! Like a sniper with the hiccups, Derek Edwards takes aim at life's galling moments, exhales slowly and jerks back the trigger. A riotous evening of homegrown comedy -- like taking a ride in an open golf cart with a good friend and a 6 pack.

From Vegas to St. Johns, this "Just For Laughs" veteran is universally considered to be among the comic elite. Certainly his peers think so, as evidenced by the fact that he's a four-time nominee, and winner of Best Standup Comic - Canadian Comedy Awards, as well as a multiple Gemini nominee for Best Performance in a Comedy.

As Rick Mercer says, Everyone knows Derek is the funniest man in Canada.

Clearly the critics agree... 5 STARS- the funniest man on earth - Winnipeg Free Press; 4 STARS the crowd howled - Victoria Times Colonist; Still the funniest man in Canada -
Toronto Sun; Edwards reigns as the King of Canadian comedy - Charlottetown Guardian; Derek Edwards is hysterical - Calgary Sun; Edwards takes stand-up to next stage -
Georgia Straight; the epitome of timing & storytelling - Halifax Chronicle Herald; the comedian's comedian- London Free Press.

Alls I'm Saying - Derek Edwards' new 90-minute stand-up comedy show....
It's a richly textured and enthralling cut above, delivered with pace and authority by the consummate Canadian Comedian.


April

Paterson

Sat. April 1, Sun. April 2 and Mon. April 3 @ 7pm
AND Monday matinee @ 1:30
Adults $8 Students $7 Rated PG
Run time 1hr.58min.

PATERSON starring Adam Driver, is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, NJ. He adheres to a simple routine, writing poetry and observing the city on his route. His wife, Laura, lives in an ever-changing world. Paterson supports her newfound ambitions; Laura champions his secret gift for poetry. The quiet triumphs and defeats of daily life are observed over one week, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details, in this film directed by Jim Jarmusch. The film channels the history and energy of the City of Paterson.

Director - Jim Jarmusch
Cast - Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani, Barry Shabaka Henley, Cliff Smith, Chasten Harmon, William Jackson Harper, Masatoshi Nagase, Sterling Jerins, Rizwan Manji,
Kara Hayward, Dominic Liriano, Jaden Michael, Jared Gilman, Brian McCarthy, Frank Harts, Luis Da Silva Jr., Johnnie Mae, Trevor Parham, Troy Parham
Producer- Joshua Astrachan, Carter Logan, Daniel Baur, Ron Bozman, Jean Labadie, Oliver Simon

Awards
Adam Driver Nominee for the 2017 Gotham Awards for Best Actor
Adam Driver Winner for the 2017 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Adam Driver Winner for the 2017 Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Carter Logan, Jim Jarmusch, Joshua Astrachan Co-Nominee for the 2017 Gotham Awards for Best Feature
Jim Jarmusch Nominee for the 2017 Gotham Awards for Best Screenplay

Obit

OBIT..... (an award winning documentary on the art of obituary writing from the New York Times).
Wednesday April 5th... @ 1:30 matinee and 7pm evening screening
ADULTS $10 STUDENTS $8 Run time 94 minutes

Documentary... Cast: Jeff Roth, William Grimes... to name just a few
Producer: Caitlin Mae-Burke, Pamela Tanner Boll, Geralyn Dreyfous

At The New York Times, a particular team of writers is entrusted with reflecting upon the luminaries, icons, and world leaders of our day. Here, we are introduced to those responsible for crafting these unequaled obituaries. As we are taken through their painstaking process, we learn about the pressures accompanying a career spent shaping the story of a life. At The New York Times, the obituary beat is no career dead-end. Almost immediately the movie clarifies that, at the Times, at least, obituaries are about lives lived: "Maybe a sentence or two will be about the death," says one "obituarist," and that leaves an awful lot of work for a writer on deadline who, as Maraglit Fox puts it, gets around seven hours to master a subject's entire life.
Many stories in the section are no-brainers, of course, and the film looks at how the deaths of historical figures and movie stars are handled. A politician like Ronald Reagan might have several drafts of his life composed by staffers before he dies; in the case of a Michael Jackson, music writer Jon Pareles may get an emergency call to sum up an icon's life on the spot. (As he would do for Prince just days after Obit's premiere.)
Obit editor William McDonald gets to weigh the desires of writers like Bruce Weber and Paul Vitello, who seem often to fall in love with these people they'll never meet; why else would they beg for more space to, for example, write about the man who played bass on Bill Haley's 1954 record "Rock Around the Clock"?
Those writers make for fun company here, however much they claim people avoid them at cocktail parties. But they're sometimes upstaged by seersucker-clad Jeff Roth, an overseer of the paper's vast archive of clippings. Wry about the arcane way things are organized (or not) here, he's an obsessive whose enthusiasm is contagious. On the day he passes from this mortal realm — may it be several decades from now, and may no one use such a hackneyed euphemism — Roth would seem to promise an obituary worth reading.

Director: Vanessa Gould
Producers: Caitlin Mae Burke, Vanessa Gould

STEPHEN FEARING

Thursday April 6, 2017
Doors 7:00 Show 7:30
Adults $35 Students $16

Through a life of many relocations and countless months on the road performing, Fearing has become a gifted storyteller and true musical nomad with the ability to enthrall audiences of all sizes and attitudes. “Getting on stage is the fun part, especially when the adrenaline kicks in,” he says, with a broad smile. “People want to escape and be taken on a journey. I build my shows so they do just that.”
Stephen Fearing was born in 1963 in Vancouver, British Columbia and grew up in Dublin, Ireland where his schoolmates included future members of U2. In 1981, he moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota and immersed himself in the music scene, learning the fundamentals of song writing and performing, while washing dishes to stay alive. By 1984 he was back in Vancouver, determined to become a professional musician. In the years since, he’s been named as one of the finest songwriters in Canada and has built a national – and international – audience for his music, doing it old school through countless performances at intimate venues and on the concert stages of festivals and theatres across Canada, the US, the UK, and Europe, with appearances at major events like the Reading Festival and WOMAD, to name just a few.

“Fearing’s music crackles with ideas and collaborative energy… masterful guitar work from acoustic rock rhythm to elegant finger style.”
Acoustic Guitar Magazine

In 1996, Fearing, Colin Linden, and Tom Wilson formed a new band called 'Blackie and the Rodeo Kings' to record a tribute album of songs by Willie P. Bennett. Nine albums and one JUNO Award later, the band has become one of the most respected names in North American roots-rock-Americana music.

“The best roots-rock band in Canada, period.”
Hamilton Spectator

Their musical collaborators are many, but to name a few – Emmy Lou Harris, City and Colour, Keb Mo, Exene Cervenka, Holy Cole, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Sam Phillips, Pam Tillis, Vince Gill, Cassandra Wilson, and Serena Ryder.

In 1998, Stephen Fearing met Andy White backstage at the Winnipeg Folk Festival and a fast friendship was formed. In addition to his own work, White is known for his collaborations with Van Morrison, Peter Gabriel, and Sinead O’Connor. As the duo Fearing & White they have released two critically-acclaimed albums and toured throughout Canada and the UK.

Fearing moved from his home in Guelph, ON in 2008, and headed to Halifax, NS. He completed work on Blackie and The Rodeo Kings’ Polaris Prize-nominated Kings and Queens (which featured duets with 14 iconic female singers including Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, and Roseanne Cash). He also got remarried, became a father, and still managed to tour relentlessly.

Fearing has released ten albums as a solo artist, featuring musical guests including: Bruce Cockburn, Margo Timmons, Richard Thompson, Shawn Colvin, and Sarah McLachlan. When not working behind the microphone, Fearing spends time producing records including Suzie Vinnick’s JUNO Award-nominated album Happy Here. “With producing, I really enjoy collaborating with other artists. It’s a blast and, as a bonus, gives me a chance to learn and expand my skill set.”

Like the guests on his albums, the many awards and nominations that have come his way over the years speak to the respect he has earned among his peers, presenters, and critics.

“Blackie and The Rodeo Kings’ ‘Black Sheep’ (penned by Stephen Fearing) is one of my favorite songs from 2011. Meticulously crafted with deep, resonant writing and featuring vocalist Serena Ryder. Kind of like The Band recording with Joni Mitchell back in 1970.”
Brew Michaels, OM KRVO, Kalispell, MT

The JUNO Award-winner also shares his knowledge and experience with fellow musicians through songwriting workshops. “The classes dovetail nicely with performing,” he said. “My students are from all walks of life and I enjoy helping to coax them out of their comfort zones to create songs they might not have otherwise found.”

“A master of the finely-turned phrase and the perfectly-pitched line.”
Maverick Magazine

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Jake's Gift

Saturday, April 8, 2017
7:30 pm (doors 7:00pm)
Adults $28 Students $13
Legion members $13

Jake’s Gift is a multi-award winning Canadian play about a World War II veteran’s reluctant return to Normandy, France, for the 60th Anniversary of the D-Day landings. While revisiting the shores of Juno beach, Jake encounters Isabelle, a precocious 10-year-old from the local village. Isabelle’s inquisitive nature and charm challenge the old soldier to confront some long-ignored ghosts – most notably the war-time death of his eldest brother, Chester, a once promising young musician. At its heart, Jake’s Gift is about the legacy of remembrance and makes personal the story behind one soldier’s grave.

Since 2007, Jake’s Gift has gone on to play at festivals and theatres in 225 communities across Canada, as well as international visits to Washington State, the UK and to Normandy, France, for the 70th Anniversary of D-Day in June 2014.

The 2016/17 Season marks the start of their 10th year of touring, and Juno Productions and Jake’s Gift continue to garner awards and rave reviews whether playing in small rural towns or big city centres.

Julia Mackey.....
Julia Mackey was born in Birmingham, England. Her family moved to Canada when she was three years old. She grew up in Montreal, and received an education degree from McGill University before heading out west in 1993 to pursue a career in Theatre. In 1994, she started writing and performing her own work with the innovative Victoria based company, Theatre SKAM.

In June 2004, Julia traveled to Normandy, France, for the 60th Anniversary of D-Day. She attended many ceremonies, walked the coastline and interviewed dozens of veterans who had returned for the occasion. The experiences of the veterans, her own discoveries, and a life long interest in Remembrance Day, led to the development of the play in August of 2006 at The Sunset Theatre in Wells, BC.

In August 2012, Julia received a a Betty Mitchell Calgary Theatre Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Drama. Jake’s Gift was also nominated for Outstanding Production. When not touring with Jake, Julia splits her time between Vancouver, BC, and the historic community of Wells in the Cariboo District of British Columbia.

'LIFE CLASSES' a FREE screening

Wednesday Cinema Series Presents.... FREE SCREENING Canadian Film titled 'LIFE CLASSES'
April 19th matinee @ 1:30 and evening 7:00
Celebrating international film day courtesy of TIFF

Nominated for the 1988 Genie Award for Best Motion Picture and selected for official competition at the 38th Berlin International Film Festival, Life Classes is William D. MacGillivray’s affectionate and incredibly moving study of a young Maritime woman who leaves her dull, claustrophobic town for the hazards of the big city.

Mary Cameron (Jacinta Cormier), a young woman from Cape Breton, discovers that she is pregnant by her irresponsible boyfriend and decides to have the child in Halifax. Arriving penniless, she supports herself and her child by working in a department store where she meets Gloria (Frances Knickle), a student at the local art college. To make ends meet, Mary reluctantly begins modelling nude for life drawing classes, but eventually begins to draw herself, turning out a number of highly accomplished self-portraits. In time she learns that her grandmother (played by Evelyn Garborie) is ill and she returns to her hometown to say good-bye.

Gaining confidence with every brushstroke, Mary begins to take control of her life, ending in her giving a one-woman show and performing in an avant-garde, musical-art “happening.” None of this prepares one for the joy of watching Mary grow, or the moment when she turns the canvas on herself, assum­ing the role of the subject.

Life Classes is full of subtle insights and marks MacGillivray as one of the premier Canadian film talents of his time, a man who basks in the quiet truths peculiar to the rhythms of his native Nova Scotia.

May

PERSONAL SHOPPER

Wednesday Cinema Presents... 'Personal Shopper'
Wed. May 3, 2017 Screenings @ 1:30 matinee & 7pm evening
Run time 110m ..... Excellent reviews from all sources!
ADULTS $10 STUDENTS $8

Director: Olivier Assayas.
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger, Sigrid Bouaziz, Anders Danielsen Lie, Ty Olwin, Pascal Rambert, Nora von Waldstätten, Audrey Bonnet, Hammou Graïa, Benjamin Biolay
Producer: Charles Gillibert, Artemio Benki, Fabian Gasmia .... Writer: Olivier Assayas

At Cannes 2016, French filmmaker Olivier Assayas won Best Director for Personal Shopper, a scary, supernatural thriller starring Kristen Stewart as an American living in Paris and trying to connect with her twin brother who recently died. This marks Stewart’s second outing with Assayas, following Clouds of Sils Maria. Maureen (Stewart) is a personal shopper who scoots around upscale Paris – with a side trip to London – buying pricey couture fashions for her celebrity client (Nora von Waldstätten ). Maureen also moonlights as a medium who relates to the likes of writer Victor Hugo and artist Hilma af Klint, both of whom communed with the beyond. Trying to receive any sort of sign from her brother, Maureen pays a visit to a dark mansion in the woods. Is that a ghost in the corner? Then she begins receiving mysterious phone texts. Maureen is a personal shopper who serves wealthy clients in major cities, buying clothes and accessories, and taking care of some tasks. She lives in Paris but travels to London and other cities. Her fraternal twin and brother has recently died; they both had a similar genetic heart problem. The two siblings believed they had connections to the spirit world, her brother more than she. In the opening passages, Maureen stays over at her late brother's house, hoping he will reach her beyond death. His partner Lara wants to sell the house, and buyers want to know it is free of unhappy spirits. The film suggests what she sees and reacts to, including a series of knowing texts received even while she is on a train to and during her time in London, from "Unknown". She believes she is in touch with ghosts.

Corb Lund 'Solo'

Sunday May 7, 2017 @ 7:30pm
Tickets are $35 www.ticketpro.ca
or www.astortheatre.ns.ca

CORB LUND – SOLO

The Astor is very pleased to announce that we'll be having Corb Lund on our stage here in May. With nine studio albums under his belt and multiple CCMA, Juno, and Industry award wins, Corb's three decade long music career is a force to be reckoned with. His seventh album, “Cabin Fever” (2012) debuted at #1 on the Billboard Canadian Charts. Three of his albums have been certified GOLD, while his latest release, “Things That Can’t be Undone” (2015), cemented his status as one of the top country storytellers, and placed him on Rolling Stone’s “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know.” The record received rave reviews from all parts of the globe.

"Finds Lund flirting in fresh sonic waters, while still keeping his sardonic mix of eerie lyrics and deceptively joyful vamps well intact." - Rolling Stone Country
"The album is a high mark of a long career." - NPR
“Melodically engaging and narratively compelling, Things That Can’t Be Undone furthers the case for Corb Lund as one of the best contemporary country songwriters.” - Popmatters

The Native Albertan has no plans of slowing down any time soon. Aside from the many summer festival appearances planned for his band, Corb will embark on his first SOLO tour in his home country starting April 30th and running until May 20th covering most of the Maritimes and Newfoundland & Labrador. This follows late ’16 successful USA shows in New York, Washington, LA and San Francisco among others.