Good, Voisine next on Capitol Centre stage

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Cindy Forth / Special to The Nugget

March is coming in like a lion at the Capitol Centre with a flurry of activities coming up in the next week. Hold on to your hats, it’s going to be a wild one.

Tonight, we have a phenomenal tribute to iconic band Chicago, with Brass Transit taking the stage. There are still tickets available so there is time to be spontaneous and come out for this great evening of music nostalgia.

Tomorrow, we have Dance Expressions in the house all day with school shows and an evening showcase. It’ll be a wonderful day of dance and it’s always fun to see all of these “tiny dancers” flitting about in nervous anticipation of their big moments on our stage.

Matthew Good
Matthew Good

On Sunday, we welcome Matthew Good back to the Capitol Centre stage. This is a solo acoustic performance. Good hasn’t gone out on a solo tour since 2007, but much of his 20+ year career has been as a solo artist and some people say this is where he is at his best. Good has, in recent years, become a champion of mental health awareness and proceeds from his OK Hoodie campaign go to the Canadian Mental Health Association. As an added treat, up-and-coming Canadian artist Poesy opens Sunday’s show. Fans of the CTV’s The Launch will recognize this powerful new voice and her top 40 single Soldier of Love.


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On Tuesday, Ignite 6 will take place at the Capitol Centre. This time around, Nipissing University and Canadore College have teamed up with Ignite North Bay and the evening will feature student speakers from both schools. Our Youth, Our Future is the theme of the night and these passionate and inspirational young leaders will be something special to see and hear.

On Wednesday, the legendary Roch Voisine will share a mix of his favourites and classic hits, in both French and English, with an acoustic performance that is sure to please the crowd. With a number of Juno awards under his belt, Voisine has been entertaining audiences for more than three decades and this performance will be no exception. It’s been awhile since he has graced our stage and he has always been a favourite.

Finally, March 8 is International Women’s Day and we have teamed up with the Business Centre to offer a full day of events to celebrate and inspire women. The day begins with a keynote speaker, followed by an inspirational film, then continues with a trade show and networking opportunities. The evening will be capped off with a concert by the amazing local group Hidden Roots Collective, with Jennifer Holub opening the show. It’s going to be a fantastic event! Be sure to check it out.

Betty Speers
Betty Speers

Speaking of inspiring women, I thought it would be a great opportunity this week to talk about Betty Speers, our theatre’s namesake. The driving force behind the Capitol Centre’s rebirth, in 1987, as a theatre and arts community centre, Speers founded the TACC group that preserved our heritage building and it was Speers who signed the cheque purchasing the building from Famous Players back in 1985. Our ‘Lady of the Arts’ was a true inspiration and we remain so grateful for her vision and leadership in making us the community hub for arts and entertainment in our region. In 2012, the theatre was renamed the Betty Speers Theatre in her honour.

Cindy Forth is interim executive director of the Capitol Centre.

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