Photo above: Indonesian Embassy Dancers
Thank you to Shelby Mulligan for this JSGB feature piece and photos
The Midland Cultural Centre (MCC) located in downtown Midland, Ontario is soon to celebrate its 10 year anniversary! Over the past 10 years, the MCC has hosted an incredible array of international and local performances.
The MCC re-opened its doors on October 5, 2021 following a 20-month shut down due to the pandemic. Live music, live theatre, community events and in person visitation to the art galleries have all returned to Midland’s cultural gem located in the Heart of Georgian Bay….with more to come!
The new management team of Dan Broome, Executive Director, Victoria Evans, Operations Coordinator, and Michelle Thibodeau, Marketing and Promotions Coordinator, have been working hard behind the scenes to restore the facility to the dynamic cultural hub it was before the COVID-19 outbreak. Renowned Canadian artist and Midland Cultural Centre Board Chair, John Hartman, quoted earlier this year that, “As we look ahead to reopening the facility, we are confident that Dan and his team at the MCC will continue to present the programming that our very loyal audiences have come to love, and that they will bring new and exciting live events to the MCC.”
Live music has returned and MCC staff and volunteer ambassadors are eager to welcome audiences back to Rotary Hall! Upcoming live musical performances include Canadian songbird Chantal Kreviazuk who brings her show “Christmas is a Way of Life, My Dear” to the stage on December 11. Elvis’ “Wonderful World of Christmas” performed by cover artist Steve Michaels will hit the stage on December 17 and The Original Whalers will perform on February 6, 2022. Open-mic night “Midland Jams” returns on the first and third Monday of every month. A community favourite, (musicians take note) the Midland Jams standard set up can include up to 5 live mics, amps, drum set, electric piano. The next Midland Jams dates are December 6 & 20 and the Jam is free to attend.
The Huronia Players Theatre located within the MCC is a 121 seat auditorium that was designed specifically for live theatre. Celebrating 60 years, the Huronia Players Community theatretroupe is recognized for fine set design and musical performances. Upcoming shows include Neil Simon’s “I Ought to be in Pictures” opening February 11, 2022 and “Gibson & Sons” a comedy by Kristan Da Silva which opens on May 6 2022.
Sharing a 10th year anniversary with the Midland Cultural Centre is a popular interview style program “A Day in the Life – Conversations with Leaders & Legends” hosted by Fred Hacker. The program ran virtually throughout the lockdown and has returned live onstage in Rotary Hall. Past guests of the show are a veritable who’s who of Canadian politics, sports, entertainment, finance and community heroes. Brian Mulroney, Paul Martin, James Hinchcliffe, Dara Howell, Ken Dryden, Paul Beeston, Louise Pitre, Ben Heppner, Sheila McCarthy, Red Green, Lloyd Robertson, Wes Hall, Conrad Black, Cynthia Dale, The Born Ruffians and James LaBrie are just some of the fantastic guests who have been interviewed. All guests donate their time to appear. Many of the programs have been recorded and are free to watch online via the MCC website.
In September, John Hartman, announced the MCC was to open an Indigenous Gallery of Art. Located on the main floor, this gallery is dedicated to the works of local and regional Indigenous and Métis artists. The inaugural exhibit is entitled “Andy Trudeau 1924 – 2013, The Drawings”. Trudeau who began his artistic journey at the age of 83, depicted a life lived on the remote and hard-to-access islands of Georgian Bay.
The Upper level galleries and classroom space are operated by Quest Art School + Gallery. Currently Quest is exhibiting the works of Kasia Latos & Alondra Ruiz-Hernandez with the exhibit “The Night’s Breath Responds to the Sea” and Michele Karch-Ackerman, Jeanette Luchese & Tina Poplawski with “Not Even the Poets”. On November 21st, the new members’ gallery will open with a new installation called the “November Sun”. All Galleries are free to browse please check the websites for hours.
Executive Director, Dan Broome assures us that, as our world opens up, and more audience attended events hit the calendar, the Midland Cultural Centre will continue to do all that it can to provide the safest environment possible for the public. Current Government of Ontario screening protocols include COVID-19 Screening, proof of vaccination and ID before entry, sanitation set ups and masks worn during performances.
Dan is proud to head up a facility equipped with state of the art equipment and strongly supported by a loyal volunteer base. He hopes, as we move forward, to work closely with the community to discover more of what the MCC can bring to us all and to continue to support local events like Ontario’s Best Butter Tart Festival.
The Midland Cultural Centre is located at 333 King Street in beautiful downtown Midland, Ontario on the shores of Georgian Bay.
Visit the website at www.midlandculturalcentre.com for more info on upcoming live music and events.
You can stay up to date on what’s happening at the MCC by subscribing to their e-newsletter.