Jun 16th, 2012 (Sat)
8:00 PM

On this night Ennis will launch the Saturday Summer Music Series, filling The Garrick with the sweet sounds of their traditional Irish, Newfoundland and original songs. Sisters Maureen and Karen Ennis are engaging and humorous storytellers with powerful voices and fantastic harmonies.

The two have been busy in the studio this past spring, working on a new album to be released in June. The acclaimed group already has seven albums to its credit, including "Lessons Learned," which won Roots Traditional Album of the Year at the 2011 East Coast Music Awards. They have performed on stages around the world, from the Middle East to Norway, the UK, Ireland, most of the states in the US, and all of the Canadian provinces. They have appeared at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, the Stan Rogers Folk Festival, MerleFest (North Carolina), the Strawberry Music Festival (California), and the Cleveland and Pittsburgh Irish Festivals. Ennis has shared the stage and/or recorded with the Chieftains, Altan, Danu, and Tommy Makem. They have toured with The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jann Arden, and many others.

Let them take you on an enchanting tour of their musical world.

Jun 23rd, 2012 (Sat)
8:00 PM
  Women & Song

Tonight we celebrate the female voice.  Audiences have been enchanted by the many talented female vocalists who have graced The Garrick's stage since the theatre reopened in 2010. For this performance, six women - some of your favourites from past shows - will delight you with their songs.

The always popular Sandra White will be joined by powerhouse Sherri Abbott, compelling newcomer Lisa Phillips, 17-year-old phenom Rachel Hewitt, along with special guests, the versatile, chamaeleon-like Natalie Noseworthy and the dynamic Kelly-Ann Evans. They will be backed by some of the best musicians in the business: Brian Way, Scott Mansfield, and Sandy Morris. The Garrick's Harvey Mouland will co-direct this in-house production.

Look for great vocal renditions of popular songs from different genres, along with spine-tingling harmonies and superb musical accompaniment. We are anticipating a big crowd for this one. And there will be a great after party with some of the same performers and a rumoured special appearance by ... Marilyn Monroe!

Please note this show is priced at $25.00, but if you also purchase tickets for the Opera on the Avalon performance on the following Sunday afternoon, the total cost would be $40.00, a saving of $10.00.

Jun 24th, 2012 (Sun)
2:00 PM
  Opera on the Avalon

On this afternoon the stars come out early for a dazzling display of artistic talent!

Opera on the Avalon presents a double bill of Puccini's Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi. Directed by Robert Herriot and under the baton of Judith Yan, these one-act operas combine the refined sounds of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra with the next generation of operatic stars. As if that's not enough, veteran actor, writer, Gemini Award winner, and Newfoundland icon Andy Jones will make his operatic debut in the comedic Gianni Schicchi.

Opera on the Avalon is the brainchild of Cheryl Hickman, who serves as the company's artistic director and is Newfoundland's own bonafide opera star, having performed on great stages around the world. Each year young Canadian opera singers come to Newfoundland to participate in a month-long program under the tutelage of experienced and renowned international musicians and performers. In the process they create fully staged productions of opera classics.

This year's staging of Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi offers a rare opportunity to hear professional voices soar in our intimate venue. With that talent, a symphony orchestra, and our acoustics, it will be something to behold.


Jul 7th, 2012 (Sat)
8:00 PM
  The Navigators PLUS Pre Show Dinner!

Set a course for fun! The old world meets new tonight as the Navigators bring their energetic blend of Celtic rock to The Garrick stage. These musicians skilfully merge electric and acoustic folk with traditional Irish/Newfoundland melodies. They were named best Folk/Roots Group of the Year by Music NL in 2002, and in 2012 received two ECMA nominations for their third and latest album, “Soldiers and Sailors”. The Navigators are: Fred Jorgensen (Tin Whistles, Bodhran and Vocals), Arthur O'Brien (Electric/Acoustic Guitars and Vocals), Ian Chipman (Bass and Vocals), and Paul Murphy (Drums). Their high-energy performances have delighted audiences across Canada, the US, and Europe, and on this night they will treat The Garrick's patrons to a show they will not soon forget.

Come, soak up some of their energy and make your summer more memorable!

Preshow Dinner at the Garrick Annex
Before the Navigators enjoy a delightful meal with Chef Katie Hayes of the Bonavista Social Club in the Garrick Annex. Chef Hayes will serve beef ragout with potato gratin and fresh garden vegetables.
For dessert partridgeberry crème brule with shortbread.
Dinner at 6:00 PM. Tickets $30.


Jul 14th, 2012 (Sat)
8:00 PM
  Ron Hynes & Pre-Show Dinner

Time to turn up the summer heat with a Newfoundland legend: singer-songwriter Ron Hynes.

Hynes began his career on the coffeehouse circuit in the early seventies, and, while on a Canadian theatre tour with The Mummers Troupe in 1976, he composed a song called "Sonny's Dream" that became a folk classic performed and recorded by artists all over the world. He was also a founding member of the Wonderful Grand Band, a musical comedy show featuring a six-piece traditional/folk/rock band together with various members of Codco. The group produced two albums of original work, 42 half-hour television shows (plus specials) for CBC-TV, and regularly toured the country during its six-year history.

In the nearly 30 years since, Hynes has earned the moniker, 'The Man of a Thousand Songs,' the title of a bio-pic about him that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2010. Several critically acclaimed albums, including "Cryer's Paradise", "Get Back Change", "Standing in Line in the Rain", and, the newest release, "Stealing Genius", have resulted in six East Cost Music Awards along with numerous nominations and other awards over the years. Many of his songs have been covered by dozens of artists worldwide.

And this songwriter has stage presence. Accompanied only by his guitar, he can captivate an audience with his music and storytelling prowess. On this night, allow yourself to be captivated by The Man of a Thousand Songs.

A tantalizing pre-show dinner prepared by award winning Chef Katie Hayes of the Bonavista Social Club, will include baked cod with a herb crust, roasted potatoes and a garlic aioli. Served with a fresh green salad and a blueberry bread pudding.

Pre-show dinner starts at 6:00 PM. Tickets are $30.00.




Jul 21st, 2012 (Sat)
8:00 PM
  Patsy & Johnny Show

Country music lovers are in for a treat on this mid-summer evening as The Garrick presents the songs of two all time greats, Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash. With many hit songs to her credit, including "Walkin' After Midnight", "Crazy", and "I Fall to Pieces", Patsy Cline is regarded by many as one of the greatest female vocalists in history. Johnny Cash, a contemporary of Cline's, is considered to be one of the most influential American musicians of his generation. This acclaimed singer-songwriter is known for many fine songs such as "Folsom Prison Blues", "I Walk the Line", and "Ring of Fire".

Two fine vocalists - Natalie Noseworthy and Bob Macdonald - are the featured performers this evening. Noseworthy is well suited for this role having previously starred in the Spirit of Newfoundland production, "A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline". A versatile performer, she is known for tackling music of different genres, and appeared on The Garrick's stage in 2010 as one of the leads in "Go Your Own Way," the music of Fleetwood Mac. Macdonald, a respected fixture on the St. John's music scene for many years, was the lead in "Men of Country", a hit from the 2011 Music Series, and also appeared in "A Touch of Christmas" at The Garrick.
Backed by Brian Way's superb band with Scott Mansfield and Sandy Morris, Noseworthy and Macdonald will enthral you with their renditions of these fantastic songs. This is likely to be the most popular show of the summer.

Jul 28th, 2012 (Sat)
8:00 PM
  Tempting Providence & Pre-Show Dinner/After Party

The SSMS takes a step back from music to make room for a special presentation of Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador's Tempting Providence. Hailed by critics as "spectacular," "extraordinary," and "beautifully crafted," this immensely popular and long-running production based on the story of Nurse Myra Bennett has played across Canada and in many other countries over the last ten years. 

Tempting Providence is a story of courage and strength told with simple elegance. British-trained nurse and midwife Myra Grimsley arrived in Newfoundland from her native London, England in 1921 after hearing of the desperate need for her work in rural communities. She was one of the first group of outport nurses who became a legend for performing a variety of medical tasks, from delivering babies to setting bones to extracting teeth. She travelled by foot, horse, dogsled, and boat along the vast Great Northern Peninsula. Tempting Providence is a wonderful, heart-felt portrayal of Nurse Bennett, known throughout Newfoundland and Labrador as "Florence Nightingale of the North".

Tempting Providence was written by Robert Chafe and directed by Jillian Keiley, both renowned for their work with Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland, and features a strong cast: Deidre Gillard-Rowlings, Darryl Hopkins, Willow Kean, Robert Wyatt Thorne.

Note this event in your calendar and join the more than 80,000 others who have seen Tempting Providence. And then stay for the music at the after party.

Pre-Show Dinner

Chef Katie Hayes is preparing another delectable pre-show meal for Tempting Providence. Beef and Guinness stew topped with crispy puff pastry, served with potato pandy and fresh garden vegetables. For dessert... strawberry rhubarb crumble with sweet whipped cream. Saturday, July 28th at 6:00 p.m. $30.00 including taxes. Reservations required.

After Dinner Party

The fantastic singer songwriter, Terry Penney, will be performing for the after party on Saturday night following Tempting Providence.  If you haven’t picked up your after party tickets yet, the box office will be open tomorrow afternoon.  They are free for people with dinner and show tickets, and just $5 for those who have show tickets only.  If you would just like to see Terry, and won’t be attending Tempting Providence or the dinner, the ticket price is $10.
We look forward to seeing you there!

Aug 4th, 2012 (Sat)
8:00 PM

Shanneyganock means "creature of the night" in Gaelic. But in English, it's been synonymous with "great music, great times" ever since this band released its first album in 1998. Seven others have followed since then, including the most recent effort, "Live on George Street." Shanneyganock's stirring ballads, powerful shanties, and rib-rattling jigs and reels skilfully blend Newfoundland folk with traditional Irish and Celtic sounds.

Alongside delighting audiences across North America and the far-flung Middle East, this band has accumulated critical praise: it has won multiple Music NL awards, including Celtic/Traditional Album of the Year in 2011 and Entertainer of the Year in 2007, 2009 and 2011. It was also nominated best roots group at the ECMAs in 2008. Shanneyganock's music has been featured on Home Brew compilations, Warner Record's Atlantic Standard's compilation and "Ed's Up" on OLN Network with The Barenaked Ladies.

Leave your troubles behind and enjoy an evening of lively music with your fellow creatures of the night!

Aug 11th, 2012 (Sat)
8:00 PM
  Oil and Water & Pre-Show Dinner

The innovative theatre company Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland presents the compelling story of Lanier Phillips at The Garrick in this concert version of Oil and Water. Phillips, an African-American sailor from the racially segregated South, was rescued off the cliffs near St. Lawrence along with 46 fellow crew members of the USS Truxtun on February 18, 1942.  As the vessel crashed against the jagged rocks, 146 others perished, as did 93 on the sister ship the USS Pollux, making the disaster one of the worst in United States naval history.

This story, written by Artistic Fraud's Robert Chafe, a winner of the Governor General's Award for play writing, is about the impact of the rescue on Phillips' life. Unaccustomed to the warm treatment he received from "white" people at St. Lawrence, Phillips was inspired to overcome racial discrimination and went on to great successes, including becoming the first black sonar technician in the U.S. Navy.

Andrew Craig's a capella score blends the Newfoundland folk tradition with African American Gospel and is performed by a superb Canadian cast. Under the creative hand of director Jillian Keiley, this powerful story still resonates 70 years later, the year of Phillips' death.

Featuring: Ryan Allen, Neema Bickersteth, Petrina Bromley, Clint Butler, Starr Domingue, Mike Payette, Jody Richardson, Mark Power, Jeremiah Sparks, and Alison Woolridge.

This is the must-see show of the 2012 Saturday Summer Music Series.

Presented with the assistance of the Winterset Festival.

After party with Matthew Hornell

After the main show performance stay for the after party with Matthew Hornell. After party tickets are $10. If you purchase a ticket to the performance your ticket will be $5 and if you purchase tickets for both the dinner and performance, your after party ticket is FREE.  


Aug 18th, 2012 (Sat)
8:00 PM
  Fergus O'Byrne and Jim Payne & Pre-Show Dinner

It's mid-August, but there's nothing middling about this show. Fergus O'Byrne and Jim Payne are folk and traditional music legends. A recipient of the ECMA Lifetime Achievement Award, O'Byrne is renowned as a former member of Ryan's Fancy, which toured North America and Ireland in the 1970s in efforts to preserve traditional music from home and abroad. This fine musician and singer has also received multiple ECMA nominations. Payne is a talented and versatile musician with a flair for storytelling, acting and step dancing, which supplements his ample skill on guitar, accordion, mandolin, tin whistle and violin.

Together, this duo will bring to The Garrick's stage lots of lively tunes and solid musicianship. You can count on a rich, tasty feast of East Coast fare that warms, humours and sets toes to tapping. Not to be missed - a show for all who love to have fun!

Aug 25th, 2012 (Sat)
8:00 PM
  The Dardanelles & Pre-Show Dinner

Newfoundland Folk: The Next Generation. It's thrilling to hear these skilled young musicians boldly push a rich traditional genre in an exciting new direction. Barely into their twenties, they have released two albums – "The Dardanelles" in 2009 and "The Eastern Light" in 2011 - and have garnered considerable praise from the press, their peers, and audiences alike. The Telegram calls the group "something of a renaissance bunch with the ability to invite a generation of ripe ears into an affectionate relationship with the music that once dominated the kitchens, pubs and halls of this island."

The Dardanelles are: Tom Power (guitar), Aaron Collis (button accordion), Emilia Bartellas (fiddle), Matthew Byrne (vocals, guitar, bouzouki), and Rich Klaas (bodhran). They have played at music festivals across the country and this summer will light up a late-August evening at The Garrick.

We invite all ears - young and old - to hear these fine musicians work their craft.