Chris Hadfield

Chris Hadfield
The Quinte Human Resources Professional Association presents



Astronaut & Former Commander of the International Space Station

Thursday, September 25, 2014

 “Good morning, Earth!” That is how Colonel Chris Hadfield—writing on Twitter—woke up the world every day while living for five months aboard the International Space Station. Through his 21-years as an astronaut and three spaceflights, Colonel Hadfield has become a worldwide sensation, harnessing the power of social media to make outer space accessible to millions and infusing a sense of wonder into our collective consciousness not felt since humans first walked on the moon. Called “the most famous astronaut since Neil Armstrong,” Colonel Hadfield continues to bring the marvels of science and space travel to everyone he encounters.

Register at: - registration closes September 18, 2014
Diamond Sponsor Meet & Greet – 6 pm – 7 pm
General Admission – 6:30 pm
Event – 7:30 pm – 9 pm
HRPA member – $45.00
General Public – $45.00
Tickets only available on line


Brighton Applefest 40th Anniversary Concert

Brighton Applefest 40th Anniversay Concert

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Friday September 26th @ King Edward Park Brighton

Brighton Applefest is pleased to announce it has partnered with Empire Productions Inc. to present an outdoor concert celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Applefest


April Wine:

Canadian Rock and Roll Hall of Famers April Wine “Like To Rock” and have been thrilling their fans for over four decades. Their songs are an integral part of Canadian rock history “You Could Have Been a Lady”, “I Like To Rock”, “Oowatanite”, ”Roller”, “Just Between You and Me”, “Say Hello” and many more.

Kim Mitchell: 

Kim Mitchell has had an amazing career … huge hits as lead singer and guitarist for Max Webster as well as numerous songs from his solo career that are staples on rock radio across the country. Kim puts on a fabulous live show and is not to be missed. Hits include: “Go For A Soda”, “Patio Lanterns”, “Rock & Roll Duty”, “I am a Wild Party” and many more.

Tony Silvestri 

Tony Silvestri while young in years has an old soul when it comes to music. His original songs have strong roots in the classic rock years of the 60’s and 70’s. Tony has performed recently for Empire Productions Inc. with Pat Benatar as well as supporting April Wine for numerous Ontario dates last December.


Tickets on sale Saturday June 21st, 12 noon

$35.00 (inc HST and Ticket Service Charge)

Event Facts:

  • 40th Anniversary Concert for Brighton Applefest
  • All Ages Licensed Outdoor Event
  • Doors Open: 6:30pm
  • Show Starts: 7:30pm
  • Rain or shine outdoor event
  • Food Concession on site
  • Tickets on sale: Saturday, June 21st @ 12 noon
  • Ticket Price $35 (includes HST and Ticket Service Fee)

Tickets Available Sat June 21st @ 12 noon:

  • Online at:
  • By phone: 613-969-0099 ext 1
  • In person at: Brighton Chamber of Commerce, Empire Theatre Box Office starting Monday June 23rd

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Freddy Vette and The Flames

Freddy Vette and the Flames
Friday October 3, 2014 @ 8:00 p.m.

Freddy Vette & The Flames return to the Empire Theatre for another memorable night of LIVE Rock & Roll from the ’50s!

Freddy does his part to keep Rock & Roll alive every weekday afternoon on 800 CJBQ. Now, instead of spinning the hits, hear them LIVE, note for note, performed by Freddy and his 7-piece band. Elvis, Jerry Lee, Buddy, The Everly Brothers, Doo Wop, Girl group Rock & Roll from the Flames and more. Nothin’ but the honey in this unforgettable, high energy show! Freddy Vette & The Flames, keeping Rock and Roll Alive, one hit at a time.

Ticket Pricing:
$29.50 + service fees + HST


Kira Isabella & Autumn Hill


Kira Isabella and Autumn Hill

Thursday, October 23rd @ 8 p.m.

$36.50 + HST + ticket service fee

Kira Isabella‘s charming stage presence, bubbly personality and natural talent have taken Kira Isabella from winning local singing competitions to supporting country superstar Carrie Underwood on tour. Her first single “Love Me Like That,” was a runaway hit crossing over into the Canadian Hot 100 Chart, earning her a Canadian Radio Music Award and a Canadian Country Music Award for Female Artist of the Year. Tour mates Autumn Hill (Tareya Green and Mike Robins) worked with a who’s who of top Nashville writers, carefully crafting each song with vivid imagery, catchy choruses, passionate harmonies and surprising depths from two distinct perspectives. 



Bruce McCulloch’s YOUNG DRUNK PUNK


Bruce McCulloch’s


Saturday, October 25 @ 8 p.m.

$37.50 + HST + ticket service fee.

Tickets OnSale Monday May 5th @ 11am

Comedian, writer, director and legendary Kids In The Hall‘s Bruce McCulloch combines stand-up, live music and assorted autobiographical insights in “Young Drunk Punk”. Bruce’s new solo show chronicles his journey from wild early days as a ‘young punk’ in 80’s Alberta, to his flannel plaid days and futon nights in 90s Toronto, to becoming a ‘pajama-clad dad’ living in the Hollywood Hills. From scowling teenager to father of two, this evening of comedy, peppered with moments of surprising poignancy, proves that although this infamous Kid may be all grown up, his singular brand of humour and signature wit remain firmly intact.
Special Guest:  Brian Connelly from the group Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet.

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Derek Edwards


Derek Edward

Baloney and Wine

Saturday, November 1 @ 7:30 p.m.

Price – $43.95 incl. HST + ticket service fee
On sale Thurs. June 26 @ 11 a.m.
Derek Edwards - Baloney and Wine is an uproarious romp through the increasingly strange quirks of our daily routines.  It’s relentless and brazen, a tightly woven running commentary about human nature … “the thinking man’s coffee break.”   In an ever more chaotic world, Edwards remains an inimitable constant, the hilarious voice of reason.  As he says, “28 years in, it’s AAALLLL starting to click!”
 Derek Edwards’ new 90-minute stand-up comedy show … a richly textured and enthralling ‘cut above,’ delivered with pace and authority. It sizzles – it pops; it’sBaloney and Wine.
  “Everyone knows Derek is the funniest man in Canada.”  – Rick Mercer



Powder Blues Band


Tom Lavin & The Legendary Powder Blues

Friday, November 7 @ 8 p.m.

On Sale Thursday, August 28 @ 11 a.m.

$45.50 + HST + ticket service fee

For over three decades Powder Blues has been Canada’s leading blues band. The sound is a mix of swing, blues, jazz, rock & roll and r & b with an appeal so wide that people from seven to seventy often swing side by side at a Powder Blues concert. Over the years the band has toured non-stop through Canada, the United States and overseas, spreading a feel-good groove that makes people dance and shout. Juno award for ‘Best New Band’ and the American W.C. Handy award. He has over a dozen gold, and platinum records for Powder Blues, Prism, April Wine, Long John Baldry, Amos Garrett, and many others. His Blue Wave studio has gold records for Powder Blues and numerous other artists. 2014 is the band’s 36th Anniversary. Their more than dozen CD titles and DVD continue to sell world-wide making Tom Lavin & the Legendary Powder Blues one of Canada’s longest-standing musical ambassadors. The current line-up includes veterans Mike Kalanj – keyboards and vocals, Tony Marryatt – bass, Jerry Cook – tenor sax, Vince Mai – trumpet and Daryl Bennett – drums.


Jill Barber


Jill Barber

Friday November 14th, 2014

 @ 8 pm,

Ticket price – $35.50 + HST + ticket service fee.

On sale Monday, August 18 @ 11 a.m.

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At first listen, what sets Jill Barber apart is her distinctive voice.  But it’s her ability to write an immediately memorable song that has made her one of Canada’s most recognizable artists.  Jill Barber has become renowned for writing songs that evoke feelings of a bygone era. The songs on her new release “Fool’s Gold” are delivered by that distinct, evocative voice of an artist who has drawn inspiration from a cross section of musical genres. Regardless of Jill’s influences, the one thing you are always assured of is that you know a Jill Barber song when you hear it, and chances are, you’ll never forget it.

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Gordon Lightfoot

The word ‘legend’ can be overused but not in the case of Gordon Lightfoot.

A national treasure, Gordon Lightfoot is beloved by music fans around the world.  He has won 15 Juno Awards and been nominated for 5 Grammy Awards.  He was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1986 and in May 2003 was made a Companion of the Order of Canada.
In 2004 he released his 20th album! In the music world, he may very well be the idol of icons.  Gordon Lightfoot is deeply respected by his peers, many of whom have recorded his songs – including Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Barbra Streisand and Johnny Cash. But rather than bask in the adulation he so clearly inspires, the musical legend continues to work harder than ever.  Currently marking five decades of touring and counting, Gordon Lightfoot invites his fans to be a part of his legacy on his 2014 Canadian Tour.  It is impossible to list all of his classics, here is but a sampling – “Early Mornin’ Rain”, “For Lovin’ Me”, “If You Could Read My Mind”, “Sundown” and of course “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”.


VIP Fan Xperience** – $129.50 + HST + Ticket Service Fee
Platinum – $99.50 + HST + Ticket Service Fee
Gold – $79.50 + HST + Ticket Service Fee
Silver – $49.50 + HST + Ticket Service Fee

** VIP Fan Xperience Includes:

-Preferred Seating in 1st 5 rows
-Pre Concert Reception inc. Coffee & Desserts (6:30pm-7:15pm)
-Collectable Gordon Lightfoot Tour Poster
-Prize Draws including 3 chances for a meet and greet with Gordon Lightfoot after the show
-Early Entrance to Venue Seating

Bands On The Run 2014 Fall Tour


Bands on the Run 2014 Fall Tour

The Road Hammers

Doc Walker & Blackjack Billy

Saturday, November 29 @ 8 p.m.

  On sale Friday, August 29 @ 11 a.m.

$59.50 + HST + ticket service fee

Three of Canada’s top rockin’ Country bands on one bill, featuring Empire favourites The Road Hammers, Doc Walker and fast rising newcomers Blackjack Billy.
 This is on show you won’t want to miss!


Toopy and Binoo

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Saturday, December 6 @ 1 p.m.,

Price $21.75 + HST + ticket service fee.

The zaniness continues as best friends, Toopy and Binoo, return to the live stage in a brand new theatrical production, Toopy and Binoo: Fun and Games. Filled with whimsical exuberance, families across Canada will dance and sing-along with Koba Entertainment’s newest musical extravaganza! The dynamic duo perfectly blends optimism, imagination, and spontaneity in their quest to find the best game ever! The story unfolds as a toy chest full of mismatched game and puzzle ignites a curious imagination: watch as Toopy and Binoo dance with X’s and O’s; wiggle with smiling snakes; try to outwit a gang of dancing ladders. Along with tea-partying cats, energetic Dusteroo’s and fun-loving sheep, Toopy and Binoo embark on their wackiest and most interactive adventure yet! Entertaining and unpredictable, Toopy and Binoo: Fun and Games integrates music, theatre, dance, puppetry and innovative multimedia technology to create an off-the-wall experience that will delight the entire family! 

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Sing Along Sound Of Music


 Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music

Thursday, December 4 @ 7:30 p.m.

 $19.75 + HST + ticket service fee


Calling all Nuns, Goat herders, Hills, Alps, Baronesses, Brown Paper Packages Tied up with String or any of your favorite things!! Get ready to yodel in North America! This is your chance to sing-a-long to the most successful movie musical of all time. This is one of the funniest, most liberating nights out you will have for a long time. Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music is not just a chance to see the classic movie on the big screen in magnificent Technicolor and glorious cinemascope, it’s a major audience participation event with subtitles for the songs.                                                                          Singalong with Julie! Wave your Edelweiss!  Dance in the gazebo with Liesl!  Bark at Rolf! Snuggle up with Gretel and join in earnest choruses of My Favorite Things!                                                                                                                 Let’s start at the very beginning….A host leads the audience through a vocal warm up and gives a comprehensive guide to the accompanying actions and use of the interactive funpack. The costume parade has been known to send audiences into a frenzy. Sing-a-long-a attenders have dressed up as anything and everything represented in the classic film –- the possibilities are as endless as the sunlight on a perfect Alpine day.

Please note:  This show is a pre-recorded film and not a live performance.

3 hrs. 50 mins. including intermission







Barra MacNeils


The Barra MacNeils

 An East Coast Christmas

Wednesday, December 10 @ 7:30 p.m.

Price – $50.00 + ticket service fee (includes HST)

The Barra MacNeils – An East Coast Christmas is a musical potpourri of traditional MacNeil family favourites gleaned from Christmas ceilidhs, midnight masses and the general festive frolic that accompanies each holiday season.  With their captivating vocals, distinctive harmonies and extraordinary musicianship, The Barra MacNeils inject new life and energy into the sights and sounds of Christmas…one moment a rousing chorus, then a hauntingly beautiful Gaelic ballad, the next a flurry of foot-stomping instrumentals, which of course pulls one then another into a step-dancing revelry. For a delightful seasonal celebration, don’t missAn East Coast Christmas with the Barra MacNeils!


Holly Cole


Holly Cole Christmas

Friday, December 12 @ 8 p.m.

$49.50 + HST + ticket service fee

On sale Wed. July 9 @ 11 a.m.

Expect very cool jazz style renderings of season favourites at Holly Cole’s Christmas concert.  There is an intelligence and sophistication to Holly Cole’s singing that sets her apart. She can imbue well-worn standards and eclectic songs with an uncanny combination of sensuality, innocence, originality and sheer musicality. Cole takes tunes everybody thinks they know and discovers new undercurrents in the venerable anthems of contemporary composers, wrapping her honesty, compassion and sardonic wit around their sometimes-fragile creations. The results are sexy, provocative, spellbinding, sometimes dangerous-and never, ever dull.   


Natalie & Donnell


Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy:

A Family Christmas

Saturday, December 13 @ 8 p.m.

$49.50 + HST + ticket service fee

on sale Wed. July 9 @ 11 a.m.

Natalie and Donnell welcome audiences into their “Family Christmas” celebration.  Alongside beautiful seasonal music that audiences know and love, they’ll enjoy riveting original pieces, traditional Cape Breton turns, step-dancing, story-telling and a joie-de-vive that will thrust them headlong into the Christmas spirit.  Join Natalie & Donnell for “A Family Christmas” and make it part of your own family tradition!



Aladdin Panto 2014


Aladdin, The Panto!

Join us for lamp-rubbing holiday fun, as our handsome young Aladdin frees a hilarious genie, battles the evil wizard Abanaaza and wins the hand of the beautiful Princess Jasmine! Full of show-stopping songs and interactive audience hijinks, the heart-warming FAMILY show is recommended for everyone aged 5 and up, and our ever-popular NAUGHTY version is recommended for adult audiences only.
(Aladdin, The Panto is not in any way affiliated with the current Broadway and touring production of Aladdin)
Written and Directed by Caroline Smith
Co-produced by Moonpath Productions and the Capitol Theatre, Port Hope


Naughty – $28.00 + HST + ticket service fee

Family  - $15.00 + HST + ticket service fee

 Group (available though box office only) – $26.00 + HST + ticket service fee

Naughty Version (adults only)

Tuesday, December 16 @ 8 p.m.
Wednesday, December 17 @ 8 p.m.
Thursday, December 18 @ 8 p.m.
Friday, December 19 @ 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 20 @ 8 p.m.
Sunday, December 21 @ 8 p.m.
Family Version (recommended for everyone aged 5 and up)
Saturday, December 20 @ 2 p.m.
Sunday, December 21 @ 2 p.m.



Dallas Smith


Dallas Smith Tippin’ Point Tour 2015

Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 8 p.m.

Price – $40.00 + HST + ticket service fee

Hailing from British Columbia, Dallas Smith is heading to the very top of the Country music scene.  His debut  album “Jumped Right In” in 2012 generated 5 singles in the Canadian Hot 100 and was nominated for Country Album of the Year at the 2013 Juno Awards.  In March of 2013, Dallas went on a sold out Canadian tour with Bob Seger.  Earlier this year, he toured with Florida Georgia Line.  His latest release “Tippin’ Point”   which features Smith’s wall of sound approach, blending Country vocals with a Rock background, is topping the charts.

On sale Fri. Sept. 5 @ 11 a.m


Next Step Dancers


Family Channel presents

The Next Step Live On Stage.

Saturday, February 14 @ 6:30 p.m.

Featuring music from the hit series, The Next Step Live on Stage is an interactive dance experience for kids and families of all ages. Showcasing their incredible talent and athletic abilities, The Next Step dancers will perform popular routines from the show – both intricate solos/duets and jaw-dropping group numbers – along with new eye-popping choreography and tutorials designed to celebrate dance and movement.

$44.50 + HST + ticket service fee

$39.50 + HST + ticket service fee – price  applies for 4 pack purchase ONLY – Rows II-OO Balcony