Hans Christian Andersen's eternally relevant and heart-warming tale of The Ugly Ducking is humorously reimagined for the musical stage in-the-round at The Globe Theatre, one of Saskatchewan's largest performing arts organizations. With colourful costumes and imagination-bending sets, HONK! transports audiences into the throes of the animal kingdom, where central character Ugly searches for his true self despite ridicule and roadblocks from fuzzy and feathered frenemies. Enchanting for all ages, this tale of believing in oneself set to exuberant song will remind viewers of the important lesson of holding high both heads and tails, through the holiday season and beyond.
The famed annual country-music festival propagates its popularity via apparel and accessories artfully emblazoned with the festival's name. Like the moon reflected in a tub of moonshine, rural rustic roots are reflected in Craven Country Jamboree's weathered, casual regalia. Young yeomen can don duds that include a black-printed sleeveless T-shirt that reads “Farm Boy,” embellished with a rogue rooster design ($15). Laconic ladies can let their threads do the talking for them, with a charcoal pullover that not only exhibits the festival's name but also regales its owners with stories from its days at the cotton mill ($40). For those whose all-purpose one-piece jumpsuits render them indisposed towards apparel, Craven Country Jamboree also features 11"x17" aerial festival photos ($15) and posters of past seasons' lineups ($10).
Behind Conexus Art Centre’s Big Bad Wolf-proof façade of Estevan brick and Manitoba Tyndall stone, world-class entertainers keep applause thundering in the venue’s three-balcony, 2,031–seat Main Theatre and 1,600-seat Convention Hall. Formally known as the Saskatchewan Centre of the Arts from 1970 until 2006, Conexus Arts Centre is home to the Regina Symphony Orchestra and routinely hosts nationally touring musicians, renowned plays, and spirited holiday productions.
As half of “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” duo Brooks & Dunn, Ronnie Dunn has played everywhere from the arena to the rodeo, beer joints to casinos. His Texas twang and electric guitar chronicle 20 years of wide-ranging exploits on his self-titled debut solo album. After he and Kix Brooks played their last show together in 2010, Dunn set to work as the new album's sole producer and main songwriter. "This time around, I baked it,” he said. “I baked it and cooked it, and cooked it again.” His signature rowdy honky-tonk kicks through in the single “Let the Cowboy Rock,” and the poignant ballad of forgiveness, “Bleed Red," urges listeners to “turn the anger into water / let it slip through our hands.”
Canadian Comedy Award-winning funnyman Gerry Dee, known to some as “Gerry Dee – Sports Reporter” on The Score and the star of the upcoming CBC sitcom Mr. D, channels his years as a father, collegiate hockey player, and physical educator into a night of poignant laughs on his “Life After Teaching” tour. Gerry’s gift of gab and guffaw-extracting demeanor has eclipsed his sports career, making him one of the most sought-after comedians in both Canada and its trouser landmass called America. The first Canadian in 27 years to win the San Francisco International Comedy Competition, where Robin Williams and Dana Carvey once battled to the death, Gerry garners empathetic laughs with his intrinsic charisma and sharp observational humour about the foibles of marriage and the unbearable lightness of offspring.