BLYTH, ON – The Blyth Festival is thrilled to announce hockey icon, Olympian, and heroic mental health advocate, Theo Fleury will be in Blyth on Wednesday September 16 at 7:00pm to speak at Blyth Memorial Community Hall.
An invigorating, out-spoken, public figure, Theo Fleury is perhaps best known for his award-winning time on the ice. But off the rink, his struggles with abuse and coping with trauma through addictive and self-destructive behaviours took their toll. A courageous survivor who has become a passionate advocate for mental health, Theo’s life is an inspiration. He is a true Canadian champion. His best-selling books, Playing with Fire and Conversations with a Rattlesnake, encourage openness and healing for those still trying to find their way. A true agent of change, his honesty, vulnerability, and compassionate spirit allow others to feel safe.
Theo has been awarded the Canadian Humanitarian Award and the Queen’s Jubilee Medallion. He is a Siksika Nation Honorary Chief and recipient of the Aboriginal Indspire Award. He also holds two honorary doctorates – one in Science from the University of Guelph-Humber for outstanding contributions to the mental health of Canadians, and another in Laws from Brandon University for his work in combating child abuse and promoting healing and recovery.
“We are so grateful Theo is coming to Blyth. His courage, his resilience, his hard earned wisdom, is transformative . Having him here in Blyth means so much. His message can truly be a game-changer. We really look forward to helping him amplify his message,” said Gil Garratt, who is artistic director of Blyth Festival.
In 2020, the Festival will present another banner season of five original Canadian plays. The Deeper Roots series, the Festival’s parallel program of panels and guest speakers related to the shows onstage will include four events, over the course of the season. Mr. Fleury is the first speaker to be announced, his speaking event will take place alongside the Festival’s presentation of Playing With Fire: The Theo Fleury Story, by Kirstie McLellan Day.
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Since 1975, the Festival has premiered more than 140 plays, and is set to premiere three more in 2020; Airborne: The Life & Legacy of Lorna Bray, by Beth Kates, Gil Garratt, Kelly McIntosh and Emma Marcy; Liars at a Funeral by Sophia Fabiilli and Fair Play, by Dan Needles (sequel to The Team on the Hill which was presented as part of the Blyth Festival’s 2019 season).
The 2020 Season will be another extended season, with 103 performances of five plays on its mainstage, running from early June until the end of September. It will include its perennial three-day Bonanza Weekend of four plays as well as two productions in its Phillips Studio and a Young Company production.
Tickets to see Theo Fleury are $40 for adults and $15 for youth 18 and under, by calling 877-TO-BLYTH (877.862.5984). Tickets go on sale for Blyth Festival members Monday February 3 and for the general public Wednesday April 1, 2020. Tickets are also available at the Blyth Festival box office, 431 Queen St., Blyth.
Theo Fleury’s talk is supported in part by Foxton Fuels Ltd. Foxton Fuels Ltd. and The Ross Firm are Co-Sponsors of the Playing with Fire: The Theo Fleury Story playing on the Blyth Festival mainstage from September 9 to September 26.
PHOTO cutline: Theo Fleury is a sports icon, former NHL hockey player, and motivational speaker.