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Blues begone: Trail theatre offers plenty of upbeat entertainment

There’s a little something for everyone at The Bailey Theatre in February
Multi-disciplinary artist Kelly Shpeley (back), with help from her sister, artist Rachelle Unrau, are brushing finishing touches on “Improvisational II,” Shpeley’s mural that graces the back wall of “The Griff.” This instrument-inspired sight-to-behold took just over two weeks from start to finish, and is a collaborative piece between Shpeley and arts council leaders Joeann Argue and Nadine Tremblay. The striking gold highlights may remind mural admirers of the gold paint details featured at The Bailey Theatre box office in downtown Trail. As a tie in, the gold in the mural is gold paint left over from the box office renovations. Smaller more intimate shows take place in The Griff, which holds 80-100 people. Photo: Sheri Regnier

From classical music to jazz and bluegrass, plus dance performances ranging from ballet to a children’s show, even a horror-comedy rock musical, there’s a little something for everyone at The Bailey Theatre this month.

The classical season ends in style this Friday (Feb. 9) at 7:30 p.m..

The audience will be invited to the stage for a masterful performance by award-winning concert duo, pianist Janelle Fung and violinist Marina Thibeault.

Their program includes: “Invisible Cities” by celebrated British composer Charlotte Bray; “Sonata op.11 no:4 Fantaisie” by Paul Hindemith; and “A Pärtian Meditation … on an Invented Folksong Dobrinka Tabakova - Suite in Jazz” by Ukrainian-Canadian composer Anna Pidgorna.

The following night, Saturday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m., Juno-nominated bluegrass supergroup The High Bar Gang, featuring Barney Bentall and Shari Ulrich, will take the stage. The show is described as a unique take on old-time bluegrass, featuring stunning vocal harmonies combined with banjo, fiddle, mandolin, and guitar.

For Valentine’s Day, bring your sweetheart to Aaron Pritchett’s “Liquored Up Tour,” with guests Cory Mark and Matt Lang. A staple in the Canadian country music scene for nearly 25 years, Pritchett’s unstoppable legacy continues.

Then, Feb. 15, Jazz at The Griff celebrates the month of love as the Melody Diachun Quartet plays a heartwarming evening of love-themed songs in the newly renovated “The Griff.” Performance goers will be invited to enjoy a drink in the jazz-style setting and marvel at the compelling new mural by local artist Kelly Shpeley.

On Feb. 18 at 3 p.m., the Teck Family Series provides a shared experience for the whole family in The Bailey Theatre. Broaden your child’s artistic horizon with the captivating, interactive dancing light show “iLumiDance” by Rainbow Dance Theatre.

And don’t forget Rossland Light Opera Players bringing their talent to the stage on Feb. 23 and Feb. 24 in “Little Shop of Horrors.” The players, believed to be the oldest amateur musical theatre group in the Kootenays, present a major musical annually and are “still going strong after 60+ years.”

The month of dance finishes Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. with Ballet Jörgen’s “Anne of Green Gables — The Ballet.”

An adaptation of the beloved Canadian children’s classic, the show features 16 professional dancers who will be joined on stage by eight local participants.

And finally, Feb. 28, is Alan Doyle: Welcome Home Tour. The actor, producer and author is best-known as lead singer for Newfoundland’s beloved Great Big Sea. After 20+ years in the spotlight, Doyle says, ““I’m the luckiest guy I’ve ever even heard of … This was all I ever wanted, a life in the music business, singing concerts.”

Ticket prices and details for all the shows are available online at:

Another way to pick up tickets is to visit the Cedar Avenue box office weekdays between noon and 4 p.m. or, during those hours, call 250.368.9669.

The Trail and District Arts Council points out that shows are made possible by the support of their sponsors: The Best Western Plus Columbia River Hotel, Century 21 Kootenay Homes (2018) Ltd., McEwan Law, Pharmasave Trail, Teck Trail Operations, and Tourism South Kootenay and funders the BC Arts Council, BC Touring Council, and the Government of Canada.

“We also gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.”

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