Bailey Theatre launches pick your own season Patron Membership offer

Trail Arts Council
By Trail Arts Council
September 20th, 2023

Trail & District Arts Council is announcing the launch of their 2023-24 season of exciting shows at The Bailey Theatre in downtown Trail.

As well as Artistic Director Nadine Tremblay’s lovingly curated selection of shows for an affordable price in the Classical, Family, Jazz, and Performing Arts Trail series, you will be able to save money and ‘Pick your own Season’ if you become a Patron Member.

For classical music lovers, the season takes place in the intimate setting of The Griff, where you are close to the artists and feel the acoustic instruments vibrations under your feet. The series begins with celebrated classical group Trio Fibonacci featuring Max Richter’s reimagining of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” on Thursday, October 12.  Also in our classical series this year, we offer an afternoon of tea and a show featuring the haunting original melodies of Indigenous Two-Spirit flutist Jessica McMann and her Trio on Sunday, November 5 and the engaging, award winning concert duo, Janelle Fung and Marina Thibeault, on Friday, February 9.

Launching the six shows in our signature Performing Arts Trail Series in The Bailey Theatre on Friday, October 13 is a jazz-style cabaret show “Hey Viola! – The Soundtrack to a Life” celebrating the life of the Canadian Civil Rights hero Viola Desmond. Find out the story of the woman on our $10 bill through this theatrical musical show.

The series continues with “Casting Off”, a dynamic intergenerational circus act from Australian group A Good Catch on Friday, November 3. A good one for the whole family to enjoy together, before JUNO-nominated bluegrass supergroup The High Bar Gang, featuring Barney Bentall and Shari Ulrich, takes the stage on Saturday February 10.

But the season doesn’t end there as Ballet Jörgen’s “Anne of Green Gables – The Ballet” adapts the beloved Canadian children’s classic on Tuesday, February 27, followed by WONDERHEADS’ The Wilds on Tuesday, March 5 a moving and magical masked delight in the spirit of Jim Henson and Miyazaki.

The Performing Arts Trail season ends on Saturday, March 30 with a comedic bang as Arts Club’s “Made in Italy” dances onto the stage. A one-man, hilariously heartwarming show that celebrates family and food by weaving the electrifying music of the 1970s with classic Italian tunes. Not to be missed!

One of our favourite series, Jazz at The Griff, returns with a fun mix of local favourites and touring acts on October 26, as guitarist James Brown hits The Griff stage with award winning pianist Dave Restivo. Then jazz favourite Rick Lingard returns with his Quintet on November 30 before Nadine Tremblay and Erik Mortimer spread Christmas cheer with “A Jolly Jazzy Holiday”.

In the month of love, the Melody Diachun Quartet play a heartwarming evening of love-themed songs on February 15 before internationally renowned composer, guitarist, and pianist, Itamar Erez blends the delicateness of Middle Eastern music, the freedom found in jazz, and the passion of flamenco, to create a unique sound. Closing the jazz season is the Fawn Fritzen Quartet on April 18 with her fresh take on jazz.

In the New Year, the Teck Family Series provides a shared experience for the whole family to broaden your child’s artistic horizons. iLumiDance by Rainbow Dance Theatre is a captivating dancing light show on February 18 in The Bailey Theatre. In the interactive performance, dancers and puppets are illuminated so that they appear to be immersed in an undersea world or where gigantic colorful insects and butterflies fly around the dancers on the darkened stage.

The other show in the series is “Buzz Brass – The Pen of Perilous Pitfalls”. A dynamic classical and jazz score tells the story of an adventurous  young teenage girl’s journey to imaginary worlds through music from Camelot’s Arthurian legends to Harry Potter and beyond.

All of our series have pricing packages to make purchasing the whole season affordable. The Performing Arts Trail series offers six diverse shows for only $164; the classical series provides three spellbinding shows for only $72; the Jazz series showcases six local and touring acts for $110; and the Family series gives children access to two shows in the theatre for just $20.

Other shows in our upcoming season include A Kootenay Vaudeville Affair (19+ event) on November 17. An explosive burlesque show with impressive performers from New Orleans, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver and right here in the Kootenays, including title winners from the 2023 New Orleans Teaser Festival and Viva Las Vegas.

Then, on January 25 the Mariel Buckley Duo perform, a country/alt-folk singer-songwriter who is unapologetically genuine, wry, and soft-hearted, singing and writing songs for the underdog.

For International Women’s Day on March 7, Julie Kim Live (19+ event) sees hilarious comedian and writer Julie Kim, with opening act comedian Kate Belton, performing topical and very women centred comedy that’s not for the faint hearted.

Become a Patron of the Arts for $25 per year and get 20% off TDAC shows plus additional benefits.

As well as these great offers, $10 tickets are available for those 30 years old and under for all TDAC shows in The Bailey Theatre, except A Kootenay Vaudeville Affair and the Family shows.

Call 250-368-9669 or drop into the Cedar Avenue Box Office from Monday to Friday between 12 and 4 pm to get tickets or purchase a membership. Tickets also available online at tickets.trail-arts.com.

Our shows are made possible by the support of our sponsors The Best Western Plus Columbia River Hotel, Century 21 Kootenay Homes (2018) Ltd., McEwan Law, Pharmasave Trail, Teck Trail Operations, and Tourism South Kootenay and our funders the BC Arts Council, BC Touring Council, and the Government of Canada. We also gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.