FREE CONCERT: The Canton Concert Band will perform at Canton Palace Theatre

Posted by on Jun 10, 2016 in News

FREE CONCERT: The Canton Concert Band will perform at Canton Palace Theatre

On Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 7:30pm the Canton Concert Band will present a program of light classics, show tunes, popular music, marches and will also feature soloist, Jean Burnquist. Joining the Canton Concert Band will be W. Robert Morrison, organist and choir master for St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and Jay Spencer, the Palace Theatre’s resident organist. Mr. Morrison and Mr. Spencer will play a half-hour concert prelude beginning at 7:00pm. Admission for the concert is free to the public, doors will open at 6:30pm. Visit www.cantonconcertband.com or www.cantonpalacetheatre.org for more information. The program will be led by Mr. Charles Reiman who has performed as a bassist and singer for the Christ Presbyterian Church, the Stark County Fair Band, the John Trapani Band, VOCI and is retired from music education from Jackson Local Schools and Kent State University – Stark Campus. About the Canton Concert Band The Canton Concert Band, founded in 1866, holds a unique place in Canton’s history, with roots dating to the post-Civil War Reconstruction Era and the Grand Army Band of the Republic. The Canton Concert Band is comprised of thirty-one professional musicians, each a member of the Canton Local 111 branch of the American Federation of Musicians. In addition to its professional members, the Canton Concert Band is supplemented by a group of outstanding community musicians and a select group of high school and college students. From mid-June through the beginning of August, the Canton Concert Band performs weekly in outdoor venues throughout Stark County, with each concert series hosted by a different esteemed high school or collegiate band director from the Stark County area. The Canton Concert Band office is located at 1914 West Tuscarawas Street in Canton, Ohio and can be reached at (330) 454-7430. For more information, please visit www.cantonconcertband.com. About the Canton Palace Theatre Completed in 1926, the Canton Palace Theatre is a downtown architectural jewel registered on the National Historic Registry. A prized community venue for classic, contemporary and art films, The Palace annually hosts more than 300 special events, concerts, recitals and Broadway-style productions. For more information, please visit www.cantonpalacetheatre.org. The Palace is located at 605 Market Avenue North in Canton, Ohio. Business and box office hours are Monday through Friday 10:00a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Business offices can be reached at (330) 454-8172 and a 24-Hour Recorded Event Information line is (330)...

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Canton Blues Fest Returns this Weekend!

Posted by on Jun 8, 2016 in News

Canton Blues Fest Returns this Weekend!

by Jara Anton In life, it can be argued that blues music is the biggest equalizer in life—-something for everyone and what you like can easily define you. Tom Waits said, “You can’t ignore the impact that it has had and continues to have on the whole musical culture. It’s a tree that everyone is swinging from. Without it, I don’t know where I would be. It’s indelible and indispensable.” That said, Canton’s Blues Fest 2016 is only a few days away! This Friday, June 10 and Saturday June 11 will feature a solid lineup over the two best days of the weekend. Market Square in downtown Canton will be your headquarters for all things blues, both stages. Don’t worry, you can sleep it off on Sunday. There will be live music beginning at noon both days. But, the real party starts at 6:30pm on Friday/Saturday nights. The headliner on Friday is harmonica playing, Memphis via North Carolina, 2016 Blues Music Award nominated singer Brandon Santini. The story goes that he bought his own harmonica at the age of 15. Years later, in 2003, he created the band Delta Highway that went on to become a Blues Music Award nominated band. Once he moved to Memphis, he was able to dial in his craft on the stages that both Muddy Waters and BB King sweated on. If you like really exciting, goose bump inducing harmonica and a honey dipped voice, Santini is your guy. Victor Wainwright is slated to open for Santini. Wainwright, a legacy from a family full of musicians from the Savannah, Georgia area. Get there early for his soulful blues and electric stage performance. Saturday night, the headliner is Samantha Fish. This twenty-something artist has the soulful, seasoned voice of artists much older and much more experienced musician. Fish has a stage presence that is nothing short of ferocious. Behind that mane of blond hair and blue eyes lurks a very old soul, but a vocal range that weighs in around soft angel breath to deep and dirty blues. Watching her perform, you are sucked in immediately and let down easy with the wall of guitars she brings with her. Along to open the show is Fish’s label mate, Mike Zito, a blues/roots artist on his way to the top. Maybe he’ll play “Roll On” which was featured on the tv show, Sons of Anarchy. Tickets are FREE! Just grab a chair or a blanket, get there early and post up. However, if you want the best seats in the house, you need VIP. Once you go VIP, you won’t ever want to go back. VIP passes are on sale now. After 5pm they entitled you to complimentary drinks and food and unrivaled views of both stages. Pick up a two day VIP pass for $80, the one day is only $50. VIP passes are available...

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Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area Begins this Friday

Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 in News

Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area Begins this Friday

by Evan Chwalek A loosening of open container restrictions will be implemented in downtown Canton this Friday, allowing patrons of local bars and restaurants to consume alcoholic beverages publicly for a small fee. The Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area, or DORA, is the culmination of more than a year of research and planning by Canton City Council, the Ohio State Liquor Control Board, and the Downtown Canton Special Improvement District. Mike Gill, President of the Downtown Canton Special Improvement District, is overseeing the project with assistance from city government. The organization is a nonprofit that aims to strengthen the continued revitalization of downtown Canton. Canton’s 68.7 acre area roughly stretches from its southern border at 4th Street SW to 6th Street NW with and Walnut Avenue and McKinley Avenue generally serving as the east and west boundaries respectively. Canton will be the second Ohio city to approve and implement such an area, after the 104 acre DORA in Middletown, Ohio took effect late 2015. The DORA will be subject to a number of rules, limiting when and how much individuals can consume, among other factors. Open all week from noon to midnight, the Canton area’s hours are the broadest to be implemented in the state so far. Only one 16 ounce cup per person will be permitted in the DORA in an attempt to curb underage drinking. An increased law enforcement presence will enforce the new rules, with off-duty Canton Police Officers patrolling the area and marked police vehicles present on the weekends. “[Canton PD] will be down here to help people understand the rules of the DORA” Gill said. Beverages purchased to go will be served in special identifying cups and will be subject to a one dollar fee. The revenue collected from the fee will be managed by the SID and will offset the costs associated with the DORA, including city beautification and the increased law enforcement presence. Liquor permit holding bars and restaurants within the DORA are not subject to additional applications to serve alcohol to go and have the opportunity to participate or opt out. Establishments will not permit the consumption of outside beverages on their premises, so all alcoholic beverages ordered to go must be consumed outside. Concerns that individuals will pour their own drinks into the designated cups, attempt to bring them into other establishments or the potential for underage drinking top the list for local business owners. The city’s proposal cites a number of popular festivals and activities that will gain a new dimension with the implementation of the DORA, including farmer’s markets, First Fridays, the Canton Blues Festival and the Hall of Fame Festival. Going forward, craft beer and its rise in popularity could drive future celebrations in the area. Gill is particularly excited about creating a  downtown hub with a rotating lineup of arts-related programming, saying “We think the DORA will...

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Erin Mulligan Exhibit on Display Friday at the Hub

Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 in News

Erin Mulligan Exhibit on Display Friday at the Hub

by Jara Anton Rarely do you stumble across an artist with raw, unencumbered imagination while still being so painfully intricate, exact and purposeful. Further, temper that with finding an image from that artist that you’d like to hang on your wall and see every day. Well, I have great news. Erin Mulligan is a local artist that is able to excite, confuse and delight with her paintings of fanciful, sinister, cuddly and always thought-provoking works. Mulligan’s work will be displayed this Friday, June 3, at The Hub, from 6-10pm. As most incredibly bright, artistic children, Erin created a world of her own within her sketchbooks. Each character was painstakingly detailed and had a world and life force of their own. Soon, she was urged to start painting. Saddled with the task of making these drawings come to life, she created her long labor, delivering piece after piece of eye and brain food. Fast forward to adulthood when her adorable pixie face hides a world of faraway aliens, vultures having tea, fire breathing rabbits and flying mice framing a cat on a unicycle. Now, the artist has over 200 pieces to display. At the ripe old age of 31, Mulligan has been showing her work in the area for close to ten years at places like The Hub, Market Street Art Spot, Little Art Gallery, Massillon Museum, Cyrus Framing and Translations Art Gallery. Hieronymus Bosch and Norman Rockwell have been influences in her career, but her style is all her own. Her “Symphony of Life” collection was on display in 2014, with paintings that were so detailed and lovingly created that they actually looked like high definition photographs. It was where you first saw her “Frabbit Apocalypse”, a whirling image of lithe, sinewy frog bodies with rabbit heads. The rabbit heads are done with such fine and sophisticated brush strokes, it sounds cheesy, but its like you can see them come alive. As you intently lean in, its like you can almost imagine Erin’s purposeful, precise hands flying over each singular face giving life with the depth of shade and color. While marveling at her work, its easy to plunge yourself into the vivid mind of this artist. The juxtaposition of sharp and soft textures, lizard heads on human bodies, fuzzy rabbit heads on smooth frog muscles, is nothing short of intoxicating. In Katywire, Mulligan featured a soft pink cat with feathered wings and the light from an angler fish on its head, peering into a group of “slugbots” (don’t bother, its a creature from Erin’s own lovely brain). Words are not enough to truly describe Mulligan’s work. You really just need to come to The Hub and see for yourself. *Crossing my fingers she’ll have the crucifixion painting up and ready for the public to see again—-I’ve only seen pictures and I’m dying to see it in person. Make sure...

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Scared Scriptless to present a 10th anniversary 2-hour improvised comedy show at the Kathleen Howland Theatre

Posted by on Jun 1, 2016 in News

Scared Scriptless to present a 10th anniversary 2-hour improvised comedy show at the Kathleen Howland Theatre

Canton’s professional improv comedy troupe, Scared Scriptless, will perform their 10th Anniversary Show at the Kathleen Howland Theatre on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.  This performance will entertain their 18-and-over-only audience for 2 hours with a 15-minute intermission. Tickets ($8 each, or $24 for four) can be purchased at the door, over the phone at 330-451-0924, or online at: http://www.secondapril.org/the_kathleen_howland_theatre/scared_scriptless_improv_comedy This performance will be held at The Kathleen Howland Theatre, 324 Cleveland Avenue NW, Canton, Ohio.  The theatre is part of the 2nd April Galerie. Upcoming performances are scheduled for the first Saturday of every month through December 2018.  For a full list of dates, please visit the website: https://www.facebook.com/ScaredScriptlessImprov This particular improv performance will showcase the talents Scriptless regulars and alumni including (but not limited to) Justin Edenhofer, Tim Carmany, Ryan Lynn, David Sponhour, Matt Linek, Moriah Roberts, Mandy Altimus Pond, Kaylene Williams, Kevin Pond, Andrew Knode, Marty Demchak, and Eric Talbert. These unscripted shows depend on audience suggestions.  Scared Scriptless promises some surprise guests and fun additions to their typical show. Refreshments will be served after the show for patrons. About Scared Scriptless: Scared Scriptless has been performing since May 2006. In addition to their many Canton-area appearances (Akron Civic Theatre, First Friday, the Player’s Guild Theatre, the Kathleen Howland Theatre, The Auricle, First Row Centre for the Arts, Lions Lincoln Theatre), they have taught several workshops and classes to groups such as Stark County Job and Family Services, Leadership Stark County, Leadership Tuscarawas County, Dover Middle and High Schools, GlenOak High School drama groups. They have raised thousands of dollars for local non-profit organizations, including the Massillon Museum, the Walsh University Museum Studies Program, the Player’s Guild Theatre of Canton, and the historic Lions Lincoln Theatre in Massillon. Scared Scriptless began with an auditioned group of 14 members, which dwindled to a core group of 5 members who would perform with the group for many years after. In 2011 it became apparent that new members and new ideas were needed. Auditions yielded 4 new members of the group, who would debut in Scriptless’ first Fisticuffs battle royale performance. In 2015 they began adding music as a regular performance piece, creating songs from audience suggestions. Scared Scriptless led many workshops and even held “I’m Scared Too” open improv jams. They are also well-known from their days at Canton First Friday as the strange people helping folks cross the street safely and hilariously. Throughout the years many games and members have come and gone but the group still retains that spark of humor, provided by the audience’s suggestions. For more information about Scared Scriptless, visit their website: ...

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