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Theatre Wakefield: 6th "TaDa! Performance Arts Festival"

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September 07, 2018 - September 08, 2018
Wakefield La Pêche Community Centre in Wakefield, Qc.

Wakefield, Quebec: Theatre Wakefield proudly presents its Sixth Edition of the TaDa! Performance Arts Festival on September 7-8, 2018 at the Wakefield La Pêche Community Centre in Wakefield, Quebec.

This year’s Festival will be our fourth collaboration with ELAN, the English Language Arts Network (through its Arts Alive Québec program), and will feature six mainstage shows over two days, ranging from the dramatic -- Indigenous stories about the Sixties Scoop called Voices from the Adoption Files -- to flimsy and flirty (Michael Burgos’s solo show, The Eulogy). In between, our audiences will witness Arzoo Dance Theatre’s The Lion’s Roar, a powerful solo from classical Indian dance artist Deepti Gupta that features live tabla and harmonium players; a piece for young audiences called Beaver Dreams that stars Maggie Winston and former Wakefielder Rae-Anna Maitland; and the popular Morro and Jasp, two gentle clowns well-known on the Fringe circuit, in their rendition of Of Mice and Men. The Festival will close at the Black Sheep Inn the next evening with Ian Tamblyn and 11 musical friends performing pieces from Janet Irwin’s recently staged Up to Low, as well as his Gatineau Trilogy.

As always, Friday night will feature the ever-popular Opening Night Gala. As local musicians play, our revellers can sip wine, meet the artists, and enjoy appetizers donated by local restaurants and caterers. The next day, events will pick up again during the Wakefield Market with more live music, two more shows that afternoon, a tie-dye workshop linked to a community art project, an afternoon square dance (complete with live musicians and a caller), workshops in various circus arts, two evening shows, and much, much more.

The first theatre piece of the Festival will open with Wakefield’s Poet Emeritus Phil Cohen reading, And Don’t Forget To Go TaDa! In it, he proclaims that everyone should present themselves at special moments in their lives with a flourish and a “TaDa!” -- the way top-hatted, silk-gloved magicians once did when they had successfully completed a trick. “And that’s what we’re trying to get across,” says artistic director Andrea Rowe. “We want to share those special “TaDa!” moments collectively through the magic of theatre, dance and music.”

And don’t forget, there’s nowhere more beautiful to visit for this kind of experience: Wakefield is truly a breath of fresh air on the Festival scene!

For further information, please contact Andrea Rowe or Tina Therien at or visit our (soon to be updated) website at