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Music by the Bay Live presents Popa Chubby

Friday, April 10, 2015 at 8 p.m.  Advance tickets are $50 For more information or to purchase tickets, visit, email or call 905-831-8661 Larger than life blues figure Popa Chubby has a lot of reasons to feel lucky this year. 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of his emergence as a powerful force in the venerable New York blues scene with his band, and his own unique brand of hard hitting, face melting, blues rock n’ funky soul. Ted Horowitz, better known as blues-rock guitar wiz “Popa Chubby“, dominates any stage he is on, and not just because he’s very tall and very wide. Chubby is often called a “postmodern” blues artist, and if that means he doesn’t limit himself to just playing 12-bar recitations of blues standards, the tag fits. As Chubby showed in a recent blazing show at B.B. King’s Blues Club & Grill in Manhattan, it’s all about the song-and the intensity he can bring to the song-not about playing well-worn chord progressions over and over again.


Saturday, April 18, 2015 – 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 (incl. HST) and will be available as of November 1, 2014 at the St. Francis Centre Box Office, the Ajax & McLean Community Centres, the Audley Recreation Centre, online (see link below) or by calling 905-619-2529 ext. 2787 (ARTS) What do you get when you combine two award-winning Jazz singers, a Dora Award-nominated music director, and an array of music as wide as the smiles of their audience members’ faces??  The answer is “BROADsWAY”!  Heather Bambrick and Julie Michaels of Jazz FM, and Diane Leah, music director, pianist and arranger, bring you a show that is eclectic, funny and very, very musical.  Their repertoire ranges from Gershwin to gaga, from Sondheim to Schwartz, and virtually anything – and everything – in between.  With marvelous musical meshings and a healthy dose of humour, “Broadsway” truly does have something for everyone.  The “Broads” love working together and you’ll love watching them work!  Cash Bar available.

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Music by the Bay Live presents Mad Dogs and Englishmen-The Music of Joe Cocker & Leon Russell

May 1 at 8 p.m.
Advance tickets $60
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Juno Award winning producer Lance Anderson (who brought The Last Waltz to Music by the Bay Live) has brought together another wonderful roster of BLUES ALL STARS including singers Walter Zwol (Zwol) and Matt Weidinger (Lumberjunk), Cheryl Lescom and gospel sensations Quisha Wint and Selena Evangeline to recreate the magic of the award winning 1970’s tour, album and movie of the same name.  Backed by a nine piece band which includes two drummers, Michael Sloski (The Cameo Blues Band), Shamakah Ali (The Barkays), and percussionist Art Avalos (Manteca), horns David Dunlop (Boss Brass), Simon Wallis (Lighthouse), Hammond organ (Matt W), and piano (Anderson) and guitar Terry Blersh, (Danny Brooks), the rhythm this group creates is a freight train which will pick you up and drop you down at the Fillmore East in NYC.

Durham Chamber Orchestra presents “From Baroque to Romantic”

Sunday, May 3, 2015 – 2:30 p.m. The Durham Chamber Orchestra with Music Director, Andrew J. Uranowski, present timeless Classical favourites…always a popular program! Tickets are $15 for Adults and $10 for Students/Seniors. Tickets are available at the door or by reserve at

Ajax Community Theatre presents “One for the Road”

by Willy Russell May 28 – 30 & June 4 – 6, 2015 at 8 p.m. May 31, 2015 at 2 p.m. Imprisoned in Phase Two of a new housing estate, surrounded by Tupperware parties and garden gnomes, Dennis yearns for the carefree days of his youth.  When his neighours arrive to help celebrate his birthday, it’s not long before he reaches his breaking point.  As the day spirals out of control, Dennis must attempt a break for freedom and escape the trappings of his newly acquired middle-class life. Tickets are only $20 per show or purchase a Season Subscription for only $45 which includes 3 plays. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit, email or call 289-892-4132

Music by the Bay Live presents an Evening with DEVON ALLMAN

Friday, June 12 at 8 p.m.
Advance tickets are $55

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One can never leave a name as famous as “Allman” very far behind. There are traces of his father in his soulful voice and his Uncle, Duane, in his innovative guitar playing. The dirty blond hair is the same, the body posture is also the same, and there are touches in the voice that have a similar genetic connection, but Devon Allman has toiled long and hard to establish his own musical identity, separate from his mega-famous dad, Gregg Allman. “The best thing for me to do is to concentrate on being the best musician I can be regardless of who my family is.” Thus as one Allman institution (the Allman Brothers Band) has “retired,” Devon Allman is poised to grow his family’s musical legacy.