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Centre In The Square Introduces A Season Of Inspiring Performances

Jesse Cook, Gipsy Kings, Pauly Shore & more highlight the theatre's new season.


The next few months are shaping up to be an entertaining time at Kitchener’s Centre In The Square. The live theatre and performing arts center has just unveiled its upcoming lineup of events — including performances by an international lineup of musicians, comedians and dancers including Gipsy Kings, Jesse Cook, Pauly Shore, Russell Howard, The State Ballet of Ukraine and more. In additon, the facility is introducing other new programs and community initiatives to enrich the city’s arts scene and provide diverse experiences. The details:


International Series

The international series features a rich tapestry of global talent, including:

Mariza (Portugal) | Oct. 22
The queen of Fado music will mesmerize audiences with her soulful voice and captivating performances.

Gipsy Kings ft. Nicolas Reyes (France) | Nov. 4
Experience the vibrant rhythms and passionate melodies of the Gipsy Kings, led by the legendary Nicolas Reyes.

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (Monaco) | Nov. 18
This all-male ballet troupe will deliver a humorous and technically masterful performance.

Canadian Brass | Nov. 21
The world’s most famous brass ensemble will showcase their virtuosic talent and engaging repertoire.

The State Ballet of Ukraine: Swan Lake | Dec. 7
This timeless ballet will enchant audiences with its exquisite choreography and beautiful music.

Forever Tango (Argentina) | Feb. 8
Experience the passion and drama of tango with this acclaimed dance performance.

Jesse Cook (Canada) | March 1
The guitar virtuoso will take audiences on a musical journey with his captivating fusion of world music.

Zakir Hussain (India) | April 4
The legendary tabla maestro will enthrall with his extraordinary skill and improvisational brilliance.

Jesse Cook. Photo by Matt Barnes.

Comedy Series

The comedy series promises to bring laughter and joy with a stellar lineup of performers. Highlights include:

Russell Howard | Sept. 26
Renowned for his sharp wit and engaging storytelling, Howard will kick off the series with his inimitable humour.

Whose Live Anyway?| Oct. 7
This live version of the popular TV show promises spontaneous hilarity and audience participation.

The Debaters Live On Tour Holiday Special | Dec. 12
This holiday special will bring festive cheer with witty debates and comedic performances.

HYPROV: Improv Under Hypnosis Starring Colin Mochrie & Asad Mecci | Feb. 15
Combining hypnosis and improvisation, this unique show promises an unforgettable night of comedy.

Pauly Shore: Stick With The Dancing – Funny Stories From My Childhood | March 28
Shore brings his personal stories and comedic flair to the stage in this entertaining show.

Studio Theatre

Centre In The Square announce the reopening of the Studio Theatre this summer, reaffirming their commitment to fostering creativity and supporting local artists. This revitalized space will be available for rentals at the rate of $80/day, from July 8 to Sept. 20, thought the space remains accessible for performances and diverse programming throughout the year.

Centre In The Square’s initiatives are a shining example of our city’s dedication to nurturing a vibrant arts community,” says Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. “These innovative programs and accessible spaces will not only empower our local artists but also enhance the cultural fabric of our entire community. I am thrilled to witness the positive impact these efforts will have on enriching the lives of our residents.”

The goal is to empower local artists by giving them the tools and spaces they need to create and showcase their work. The Studio Theatre, with its state-of-the-art facilities, will be a hub for artistic expression and innovation. Lisa O’Connell, artistic director of Pat the Dog Theatre Creation, says: “Opening up the Studio Theatre for local artists’ use at an accessible price point is what our performing arts community needs. This will ensure that we can create professional, high-quality work.”

Eric Lariviere, executive director, emphasizes the broader impact: “Centre In The Square is dedicated to supporting and enriching the local arts community. By creating the Kitchener Creates initiative, we are making our Studio Theatre more accessible. We are investing in the future of our artists and the vibrant cultural landscape of our city. We believe that by providing an accessible, inclusive, and diverse cultural space, we can nurture the talent and creativity that make our community unique and vibrant.”

Adds Dan Carli, Centre In The Square board chair: “This bold new chapter for Centre In The Square reflects our dedication to building a resilient and inclusive arts sector. By offering diverse programming and accessible spaces, we are ensuring that the arts remain a vital and vibrant part of our community.”

Tickets for all shows go on sale Thursday, June 27 at 10 a.m. ET. From now until July 31, buy two or more tickets to three or more International Series events and get a free pair of tickets to Our Planet Live: A Netflix Original Documentary with Keith Scholey. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit Centre In The Square’s website.