A fall full of variety at the Esplanade

Medicine Hat – The Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre is pleased to begin a new Art Gallery exhibition, to announce a variety shows  where tickets are now on sale, a new upcoming program for youth, and even more ways to engage being announced this fall.

Petra Malá Miller Living in the Zone
On now until December 30

Living in the Zone by Czech Canadian artist Petra Malá Miller conveys a visual narrative of the psychological complexities, impacts and personal lived experience surrounding nuclear energy. Malá Miller grew up in Blatnice, Czech Republic, twenty kilometers from one of Europe’s largest active nuclear power generating facilities, a geopolitically contentious site that operated concurrently with the catastrophe at Chernobyl, Ukraine in 1986. She explains, “As a young girl I experienced the catastrophe of Chernobyl, not through the lens of broadcast media, but through the trepidation that filled my home and befell my community. I add symbolic residue to the past by staging scenes from my childhood in the present day”. Over the last eleven years, Malá Miller has been travelling back to her village Blatnice, Trebic to document her family. These photographs along with videos, sound and a large installation of protective facemasks create a three thousand square foot installation that describes the complex relationship between nuclear power and its impacts on individuals and communities.

Against the Grain A Youth Art Class Experimenting with Inks
Thursdays beginning October 6 to 27 from 6:45 - 8:25 p.m.

Students will hone their artistic skills using "Against the Grain" materials, ideas and subjects in this out of the box art program. Students aged 13-17 will enjoy 4 weeks of exploring drawing and printmaking utilizing the block-printing method. They will have the opportunity to view Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak’s drawings and prints in the Gallery, which will inform their own choices as they create their own Inuit-inspired artwork. Students will learn the basics of block-printing, and will develop their skills in forming interesting compositions, utilizing line and shape, as well as creating texture throughout the weeks’ progressions. The classes will culminate with colourful final products, demonstrating the use and knowledge of new materials.

Classic Albums Live

Billy Joel The Stranger
Tuesday, November 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Heart Dreamboat Annie
Thursday, February 9, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.

Classic Albums Live and its roster of A-list musicians from across the country will be performing Billy Joel’s The Stranger and Heart’s Dreamboat Annie exactly as you remember hearing it, note for note, cut for cut. Released in September 1977, The Stranger was the fifth studio album by Billy Joel. The album won two awards at the 1978 Grammy Awards, winning Record of the Year as well as Song of the Year for "Just the Way You Are." It remains his best-selling non-compilation album to date, and surpassed Bridge Over Troubled Water to become Columbia's best-selling album release, with more than 10 million units sold worldwide. It was ranked at No. 70 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Dreamboat Annie is the debut studio album by American rock band Heart. At the time, the band was based in Vancouver, British Columbia; the album was recorded in Vancouver and first released in Canada in September 1975. Eventually reaching number 20 on the RPM Album Chart and being certified double platinum in sales. It was released in the United States in February 1976, peaking at number 7 on the Billboard Album Chart. The album contains three commercially successful singles, two of which, Crazy on You and Magic Man, became staples on North American FM radio.

Terri Clark It’s Christmas… Cheers
Friday, December 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Hailing from Medicine Hat, with over 5 million albums sold, 3-time JUNO award winner Terri Clark returns to her hometown just in time to spread Christmas cheer. Recently inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of fame, Clark’s timeless hits will be combined with your favourite seasonal classics in a special night of country music.

Mahoney and Friends
Friday, December 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Mahoney and Friends grew out of Mahoney and their desire to take over The Esplanade, Medicine Hat‘s most prestigious stage. After 20 years of performing thousands of shows together as a duo, Trent Roset and Ryan Massini put together a collection of over a dozen Medicine Hat‘s finest musicians to take Mahoney‘s eclectic style and fun loving atmosphere to the next level. Over the years Mahoney and Friends has grown to be a showcase of what message Medicine Hat musicians are capable of, and it only gets better with every passing year. Mahoney and friends will take you on a musical journey, seamlessly flowing from one unexpected gem to another, reminding you of your favorite tunes from yesterday, and introducing you to the finest songs of today.

Upcoming Shows in the Theatre:

Kyle McKearney
Sunday, September 25 at 7:30 p.m.

Anne of Green Gables The Ballet
Wednesday, September 28 at 7 p.m.

The Fretless
Thursday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Kim Mitchell
Sunday, October 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Serena Ryder
Tuesday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Yuk Yuk’s Stand-Up Comedy
Saturday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Stay up to date on all exhibitions, events and programs by following the Esplanade on Instagram and Facebook, and visit their website. For show tickets, or to register for programs and Pay What You Will experiences, visit tixx.ca.

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