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Artist Life Stories series returning to Orillia Opera House

Susan Aglukark, Debra Brown, April Verch, Valdy will provide glimpse behind the scenes during local vists

Sometimes it’s the behind-the-scenes events that tell the real story — the hit song that almost never was, or the untold love story that inspired a new generation of music.

This season, take an exclusive look behind the curtain at the experiences that shaped the careers and artistry of Canada’s greatest creative minds. An Orillia Opera House production, Artist Life Stories is a four-piece series that opens the door to intimate conversations between audiences and their favourite performers.

Part showcase, part conversation, and part question and answer, the production’s off-the-cuff-style format will offer audiences a glimpse into the untold stories of the lives, careers, and visions behind each artist. Through their own words and creative mediums, each performer will bring their unique journey to life.

Uncover the story of Juno-award-winning Susan Aglukark’s transformation into Canada’s beloved Arctic Rose. Or, explore the making of a folk legend with four-time certified gold singer-songwriter Valdy through his five-decade-long career.

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be backstage at Cirque du Soleil? Or what it’s like to face the challenges of the modern music industry? World-renowned choreographer Debra Brown and Ottawa Valley’s triple-threat sensation, April Verch, will unravel the series of inspirations that propelled their artistry to stardom.

In its fifth year of production, Artist Life Stories has become a staple to audience members looking for exciting cultural experiences during the late-winter, early-spring months. Prepare for the unexpected, and expect to be entertained.

Artist Life Stories is presented over the span of four months. On Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. Susan Aglukark takes the stage. March 28 at 7:30 p.m. presents Debra Brown. April 25 at 7:30 p.m. is April Verch, and May 30 at 7:30 p.m. Valdy performs.

Tickets are on sale now for $60 per individual performance, though all four Artist Life Stories can be purchased in a package at a discounted price by contacting the box office at 705-326-8011.



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