St. Francis Centre

Upcoming Events

Music by the Bay Live presents Doyle Bramhall II

August 15 at 8pm
Advance tickets $80

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.musicbythebaylive.com, email musicbythebaylive@rogers.com or call 905-831-8661

Doyle Bramhall II stands as one of the most distinctive vocalists, guitarists, composers and producers in contemporary music. Eric Clapton, with whom Bramhall II has collaborated for more than a decade, cites the guitarist as one of the most gifted players he has ever encountered.

Bramhall II was raised in a home filled with the blues and rock & roll sounds that are indigenous to Texas; the state of his birth. His father, Doyle Bramhall, played drums for blues legends Lightning Hopkins and Freddie King and was also an accomplished songwriter and vocalist. Bramhall was a life-long collaborator with childhood friends, Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan, composing such signature classics as “Change It” and “Life By The Drop”. When Doyle was 18, he was recruited by Jimmie Vaughan to play with the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Full bio can be found at www.musicbythebaylive.com.

905 Comedy Fest

September 11-13
Tickets $35

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.905comedy.com, or call 905-426-1287

This three day Comedy Fest is the brain child of two comedy veterans and Ajax residents with deep roots in the Canadian comedy scene. Ian Sirota, a two time Gemini award nominee, former CTV’s Comedy Inc. star and internationally recognized comedian and Josh Haddon, a comedy club owner, stand-up comedian and producer of one of the largest cash prize comedy contests in Canada.

Some of the performing Comics includes: Dave Hemstad, Crystal Ferrier, James Cunningham, Ian Sirota, Josh Haddon and many more.

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Music by the Bay Live presents MonkeyJunk with Special Guest Paul Reddick

September 18 at 8pm
Advance tickets $45

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.musicbythebaylive.com, email musicbythebaylive@rogers.com or call 905-831-8661

In their relatively short 7 year existence, Ottawa-based MonkeyJunk has cultivated a unique blend of SWAMP ROOTS ROCK. Their extensive touring has helped to develop a notable fan base across Canada, the US and Europe. MonkeyJunk is Tony D on guitar, Steve Marriner on vocals, baritone guitar and harmonica and Matt Sobb on drums. They have released 3 albums on Stony Plain Records/Warner Canada with the fourth to be released on September 25th, featuring guest performances from Canadian music icons David Wilcox and Big Sugar’s Gordie Johnson!  Their awards are numerous including the 2012 JUNO Award for Blues Album of the Year and the 2014 Canadian Independent Music Award for Blues Artist/Group of the Year, to name a few.

The music of Paul Reddick is rooted in the blues, and he is one of the best harmonica players in the country. He has contributed to the recordings of other key artists, among them Kathleen Edwards, Colin Linden, Treasa Levasseur, Scarlett Jane, Susie Vinnick and more. Paul Reddick has been nominated for JUNOS and Blues Music Awards and he is a seven-time Maple Blues Award winner.

Paints & Pints!

Ages 18+yrs
Friday, September 25 – 7 p.m.

Lead by a professional artist, participants will create their very own piece of art in a relaxed, casual setting. No experience is required and all materials are provided. Cash bar and concessions available.

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Ajax Spirit Walk

Saturday, September 26 – 7 p.m.

Celebrate Ajax’s 60th anniversary with a guided walking tour through some of the Town’s historic sites. Along the way, participants will learn about the area’s history and folklore through interactions with the historic “Spirits” they will meet along the way.

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St. Francis Centre 2015/2016 Season Launch

Sunday, September 27 – 2 p.m.

Be one of the first to catch the glimpse of the exceptional performers that will grace the St. Francis Centre stage as we celebrate our 5th anniversary season in 2015/2016. Refreshments and cash bar available.

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Celebrate National Seniors Day

October4 at 3 p.m.
Tickets FREE

FREE screening of the hit documentary Cyber-Seniors FREE refreshments & snacks

Focusing on a group of senior citizens who take their first steps into cyber-space, this film provides a thought-provoking look at a spirited group of men and women who are enriched by digitally re-connecting with their families and each other.

Getting to the Event is Easy! Take the FREE Shuttle!

  • 2:10 p.m. – pick up at St. Andrew’s Community Centre
  • 2:15 p.m. – pick up at Pickering & Village Seniors Club
  • 4:30 p.m. – departs the St. Francis Centre to drop off at above location

FREE ticketed event, space is limited.
RSVP registration will begin Monday, August 31 by calling 905-619-2529, ext. 2787 (ARTS) or online at www.stfranciscentre.ca.

Mega Magic

Saturday, October 24 at 7pm
$30 per ticket (HST is included)

Award-winning magician & mentalist Mike D’Urzo will have you asking, “How did he do that?” during his incredible Magic & Mind Reading show. With a mix of comedy, mentalism and a lot of interactive magic, Mike showcases tricks you’ve never seen before. Winner of the 2014 Canadian Entertainer of the Year Award at the Canadian Special Events Industry Awards, Performer of the Year 3 years running by Festivals & Events Ontario, and awarded one of the Top 10 Magicians Worldwide by the Wedding Industry Experts Awards, Mike takes a unique and modernized approach to his magic. General admission seating.

Cash bar available.

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Music by the Bay Live presents Chuck Jackson & The All Stars

October 31st at 8pm
Advance tickets $45

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.musicbythebaylive.com, email musicbythebaylive@rogers.com or call 905-831-8661

Chuck Jackson is the sort of openhearted, friendly guy who builds an instant rapport with audiences. He came to Downchild as their singer 24 years ago after a long career with a number of top Canadian bands. An Award Winning musician, who rates Big Joe Turner, Otis Redding and Junior Wells as major influences, Jackson’s also an excellent songwriter and harmonica player. With Downchild he has been nominated for 4 Junos and has been nominated 7 times and won the Maple Blues Award, Male Vocalist of the Year twice. He was also honoured in 2002 with the Toronto Blues Society’s prestigious Blues With a Feeling Award for his achievements during a distinguished career. In 2012 Chuck received the prestigious Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and in 2013 was inducted to the Mississauga Music Walk of Fame and Mississauga Legends Row.

Uptown Abbey

Saturday, November 7 at 7pm
$65 per ticket (HST is included)

Lord Upton, the Earl of Duke, is running out of time… and money. With no male heir, his American wife, Abbey, is desperately trying to marry off their daughters. Things go from bad to worse when a body is discovered. Whodunit?! Was it one of the daughters? Lord or Lady Upton? The Dowager Countess? Or… maybe the Butler did it! Join the fun, and see if Lieutenant Carumbo can solve the case before everything is turned Upside Downtown in this hilarious spoof of the popular British TV Drama.

Cash bar available.

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Music by the Bay Live presents Steve Hill

November 13 at 8pm
Advance tickets $45

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.musicbythebaylive.com, email musicbythebaylive@rogers.com or call 905-831-8661

Steve Hill has created some serious buzz with his sweep at the Maple Blues Awards in 2015, winning “Entertainer Of The Year”, “Electric Act Of The Year”, “Guitarist Of The Year” and “Recording Of The Year”, in addition to the prestigious Juno Award for “Blues Album Of The Year”.

When it comes to one-man bands, guitarist and singer extraordinaire Steve Hill has no limits. Throughout his lengthy and intense live shows, Hill performs standing up while singing and playing guitar, with his feet playing bass drum, snare drum, and hi-hats, and with a drum stick fused to the head of his trusty guitar, any other percussion within reach. The show appeals to not only the hard core blues fans but to rock fans young and old.

Sharron’s Christmas Party

Friday, December 4 at 7pm
$30 per ticket (HST is included)

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! One part stand-up, one part chanteuse, downtown diva Sharron Matthews celebrates the holiday season with her irreverent musical comedy cabaret. Combining her powerful voice with her signature comedic wit, Sharron creates holiday-themed pop medleys, sing-a-longs and song-a-logues that will have the audience roaring with laughter and crooning along. No stranger to stage and screen, Sharron has played lead roles in Les Misérables, Beauty & the Beast, Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, and the Wizard of Oz; was one of the stars on Global’s hit TV show “Canada Sings”; was featured in films such as Mean Girls and Hairspray: The Movie; and closer to home, was the first performer of the very first season at the St. Francis Centre. General admission seating.

Cash bar available.

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DuffleBag Theatre presents A Christmas Carol

Saturday, December 12 at 1pm and 4pm
$15 per ticket (HST is included)

The “Nearly World Famous” DuffleBag Theatre returns to the St. Francis Centre for another hilarious and fun-filled show – and what better way to teach the spirit of giving and joys of the season than “A Christmas Carol”. This hilarious rendition of Charles Dickens’ classic tale is brought to life with the help of audience members who spontaneously participate, playing the main parts. Hysterically funny and unpredictably interactive, this show is not to be missed.

DuffleBag Theatre is represented by Prologue to the Performing Arts, a charitable organization dedicated to bringing the performing arts to young people.

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Liverpool 4

Saturday, January 30 at 7pm
$30 per ticket (HST is included)

The Liverpool 4 Beatles Tribute Band has been delighting audiences for over 10 years. Providing both an audio and visual tribute to the Beatles, you will feel the same magical energy of a live Beatles performance!

Let us take you back to where it all started. You know the words to all of these songs, this is the music that everyone loves – a fun time is guaranteed! General admission seating.

Cash bar available.

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