There are sunny days beyond this ice storm warning

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We’re waiting for the weather that’s forecast for today: Snow and ice pellets, turning to freezing ice, turning to rain. Again. Some days, the roads into Blyth have been near-impassable with visibility at an all-time low due to winds that indiscriminately whip the snow across farmers’ fields and roadways. There are times when the only traffic seems to be the …

The Pigeon King creators working on soundtrack

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BLYTH – The creators of The Pigeon King, which premiered here in 2017 with a remount in 2018, gathered in Huron County to record a soundtrack of the original music that has only been heard previously on the Blyth Festival stage. The Citizen editor Shawn Loughlin dropped by the snap some photos and chat with the creators, who will next …

NEWS: All the reasons our artistic director wanted to work with Kelly Stevenson

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As 2018 turned to 2019, Blyth artist Kelly Stevenson began sharing her newest creations with the world: posters for the Blyth Festival’s five main stage shows for this upcoming season, wrote Shawn Loughlin, in an article posted on The Citizen’s website this week. “Stevenson, a young artist who lives just a few doors down from Memorial Hall itself, was tapped …

Yes, actually, we work in the wintertime

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It’s a quiet week in Blyth: Those holiday hangover days when most of the shops on the downtown snow-covered strip are closed down while owners and staff recover from a few busy weeks of commerce. In this lull, which is still six months away from the opening of our 45th Season of professional summer theatre, our staff of five inevitably …

NEWS: Township sponsors Festival in 2019 Season

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As the Blyth Festival production The Pigeon King prepares to take to the stage at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, the festival has been allocated its usual $15,000 by the Township of North Huron as part of a cooperative marketing strategy, wrote reporter Adam Bell, in an article posted by Blackburn News this week. Council voted unanimously Monday night …

NEWS: Blyth Festival grows in 2019

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The goal of the Blyth Festival has always been to reflect the character of the community. And that hasn’t changed, writes Bob Montgomery, of Blackburn Radio, in an article posted online today. Artistic Director Gil Garratt said next year will mark the 45th year for the Blyth Festival. “We had an incredible season this year,” said Garratt. “We had 8,000 …

Blyth Festival announces epic 2019 Season

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BLYTH, ON – The 2019 Season of the Blyth Festival promises to be even more successful than this past season, which saw more than 26,000 visitors come to see five mainstage productions. “This will be a season on an epic scale, a season of triumphs, trials, tolerance, team work…and…tusks,” said Blyth Festival Artistic Director Gil Garratt, announcing the 2019 Season …

Kick up your heels at country-style fundraiser for Blyth Festival’s New Play Development

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BLYTH, ON – An upcoming evening of Southwest-themed barbecue, fiddle music, dancing, and a live auction will raise funds for the Blyth Festival’s New Play Development program, which has helped to make possible such plays as The Pigeon King, The New Canadian Curling Club, Prairie Nurse, The Last Donnelly Standing and more than 135 other world premieres. The Blyth Barn …