Helix ready to ‘rock you’ in Blyth Festival fund-raiser

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BLYTH – Iconic Canadian rock band Helix has played in venues across this province for more than 40 years. And for the first time ever, frontman Brian Vollmer and his band will perform on stage in Blyth on Thursday, May 17 in a fund-raiser for the Blyth Festival. This show not only features all the Helix hits acoustically but also …

Annual Blyth Festival Book Sale

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38th Annual Blyth Festival Book Sale Free admission – All welcome May 3 to 6 in the Blyth Memorial Community Hall Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.  Author Signings Kids’ Activities Daily Blyth Festival Café with sandwiches, soup, pies, coffee …

CKNX radio interviews artistic director

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Blyth Festival’s artistic director, Gil Garratt, was in studio with CKNX’s Mike Harford this week, talking about all things related to the 2018 Season. The interview came one day before the box office opened to all members who have donated $50 and over. Already, the phone lines are ringing as people book their seats for this season’s five plays. To …

Interview: 1240 CJCS with Artistic Director Gil Garratt

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Stratford radio station 1240 CJCS (also 107.1 Juice FM) Program Director Eddie Matthews interviewed Blyth Festival’s Artistic Director Gil Garratt on Jan. 29 about the Village of Blyth’s Renaissance and the Blyth Festival’s 2018 Season. Listen now.

Blyth Festival plays are on stages across Canada in 2018

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BLYTH, ON – Plays that were developed and premiered on stage at the Blyth Festival are receiving encore productions across the country this year. “This year, a half dozen plays that were born at the Blyth Festival will be performed by other Canadian theatres in the 2018 Season. That reaffirms the Blyth Festival’s magic: selecting and developing plays that resonate …

Native Earth Performing Arts presents Ipperwash

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TORONTO, ON – Native Earth Performing Arts is proud to present its production of Ipperwash, written and directed by Six Nations playwright Falen Johnson, in partnership with the Blyth Festival, from February 6 to 18 at Aki Studio. Ipperwash premiered at the Blyth Festival in its 2017 Season. In 1942, when the Department of Defence forcibly evicted the community of …

Three Premieres For 2018 Season

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‘1837: The Farmers’ Revolt’ and ‘Pigeon King’ remount to highlight 2018 Blyth Festival season – Nov. 9, 2017 BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN For his fourth season at the helm of the Blyth Festival, Artistic Director Gil Garratt is turning to relationships new and old to tell the community’s stories. The 2018 Blyth Festival season will begin earlier than many previous seasons …

Director, actor, playwright, artistic director Gil Garratt

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Gil Garratt is the artistic director of the Blyth Festival. In the podcast we discuss the first time Garratt auditioned for the Blyth Festival. The director Paul Thompson invited Garratt to meet a a coffee shop, but the audition took place at a surprising location miles away. It was an audition unlike any other, one that Garratt will never forget. …

Blyth Festival

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The Blyth Festival was founded in 1975 by James Roy, a native of Blyth and a graduate from the York University theatre programme, with the assistance of his wife, playwright Anne Chislett, and Keith Roulston, editor of the town newspaper, in the small rural community of Blyth in southwestern Ontario. Its mandate was “to give voice to our region and …