During "Richard Scarry's Busytown: Busytown Busy," adorable critters from the best-selling books and highly rated CBC television series make their theatrical debut, enchanting preschoolers and postschoolers alike in an interactive, family-friendly musical adventure. The story's plotline centres on a talent show in the magical world of Busytown, where sweet, irresistible animals work together to discover their own unique abilities, besides being able to talk and walk upright. A barnyard of domesticated characters––including Huckle Cat (the problem solver), Sally Cat (the confident socialite), Lowly Worm (the worm who is lowly), and Sergeant Murphy (the safety dog)––enlists the audiences’ help to resolve minor mysteries and belt out sing-alongs about safety, imagination, and community spirit. With captivating picture-book sets and snuggle-ready costumes, children can immerse themselves in the Richard Scarry experience without the dangers of commercial breaks or paper cuts.
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.
During Investors Group Stars on Ice, Canada's top figure skaters dazzle audiences with stomach-wrenching spins, stunning leaps, and graceful dances. Four-time world figure-skating champion Kurt Browning choreographs the evening's entertainment, amplifying performances with great music and costumes before showcasing his own celebrated moves and ability to etch a photo-realistic self-portrait into the rink. Other skaters include the Olympic gold-medal-winning duo of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who continue a 15-year partnership that has netted them numerous championships and the first perfect 10 awarded under the modern international scoring rubric.
Commandeering the swanky stage at Svelte Cocktail Lounge on April Fool's Day, the "Not So Svelte Comedy Show" showcases two hours of comedians from the west shore. Atomic Vaudeville's Carlo Rossi hosts the night's cavalcade of funny people, which begins with sets from standup newcomers Ryan Bangma and Harris Anderson. The evening of contagious laughter marches onward behind the sharp-witted quips of seasoned improv actor and scientist Morgan Cranny, the sidesplitting jangles of Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie member Wes Borg, and the unabashed stand-up of Giants V: Murder By Death actress Katie-Ellen Humphries. Headliner Mike Delamont, star of the acclaimed one-man show God is a Scottish Drag Queen, channels many of his eccentric characters as he shares observations about the Mayans, the Olympics, and skydiving. Though not valid with this Groupon, Svelte Cocktail Lounge hosts a variety of other events–upcoming shows include dueling pianos, a DJ set, and a 10-piece salsa band.