Source: Brandon University
The Brandon University Faculty of Arts and Balazee Productions present Tomson Highway: A Reading of His Work in Cabaret form
October 12, 2006
MB – On Friday, October 20 and Saturday, October 21, the Brandon University
Faculty of Arts and Balazee Productions will present Tomson Highway: A
Reading of His Work in Cabaret Form at Brandon University's Lorne Watson
Recital Hall (located in the Queen Elizabeth II Music Building on the
Brandon University campus – 270 18th Street, Brandon). Shows will start at
8:00 p.m. on each night.
This presents a rare opportunity to see Tomson Highway: A Reading of His
Work in Cabaret Form, a hit on stages throughout Europe, right here at home.
The cabaret features 14 songs from two of Highway's shows, Rose, the third
installment in what Highway calls his 'Rez Septology' (the first two being
The REZ Sisters and Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing), and Mary Jane
Mosquito, a one-woman show that tells the life story of a young mosquito
from northern Manitoba named Mary Jane, who also happens to be the only
mosquito in the history of the world born without wings! Can she survive?
Come to find out and see her sing her heart out!
Highway who plays grand piano for the cabaret, will be joined on stage for
both shows by singer/actress extraordinaire Patricia Cano (vocals), and
Brandon University's Greg Gatien (saxophone).
Tickets are $10.00 for students and $12.00 for adults, and are available at
the door (cash only) or by contacting the Brandon University School of Music
at (204) 727-9631, or the BU Faculty of Arts Main Office at (204) 727-9790.
Tomson Highway, the proud son of legendary caribou hunter and world
championship dogsled racer Joe Highway, was born in a tent pitched in a snow
bank in the extreme northwest corner of Manitoba. Among his acclaimed works
are a best-selling novel, Kiss of the Fur Queen, and several plays, The Rez
Sisters, Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, Rose, and most recently,
Ernestine Shuswap Gets Her Trout. He has three children's books to his
credit, all written bilingually in Cree and English, and has toured his
cabaret work throughout Europe and North America. He divides his year
between a cottage near Sudbury and an apartment in the south of France.
Highway is the Stanley Knowles Distinguished Visiting Professor for 2006 and
2007 in the Brandon University Faculty of Arts.
Patricia Cano was born in Sudbury, Ontario and is currently based in Paris,
France, where she has worked with Arianne Mnouchkine's world-famous Theatre
du Soleil for the past four years. Ms. Cano was also the singer/actress who
world-premiered the singing role of Rez Sister Emily Dictionary.
Greg Gatien is a saxophone player and professor at the Brandon University
School of Music. He will join Highway for the second half of the show,
performing on songs from Rose and playing, for the first time in his life,
For more information, and to arrange interviews, please contact:
Phone: (204) 727-9762
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