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Exosphere: Tom Allen Show


July 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Niagara United Mennonite Church

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$35 + HST
exosphere: Tom Allen show

A brand new show set in a distant century, above a parched world, where life is reduced to its molecular truth — and where bonding together is the only means of survival. Music by JS Bach, Hugh Le Caine, GF Handel, Caroline Lizotte and original music by the cast. Features harpist Lori Gemmell, sound designer and guitarist John Gzowski, dancer Julie Aplin, soprano Patricia O’Callaghan and writer/narrator Tom Allen.

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Performer Bio

Tom Allen is a passionate music lover, storyteller, accomplished trombonist, writer and respected CBC broadcaster.

He has been called “the Garrison Keillor” of music for his ability to innovatively marry great music with narrative performance and dance. His series of highly acclaimed stage shows mix storytelling, history, classical music and original popular song in a unique and compelling way. His cabaret storytelling shows include Bohemians in Brooklyn, The Judgment of Paris, From Weimar to Vaudeville, The Last Curlew and The Missing Pages. His latest show, Exosphere, features Tom and a versatile cast of musical friends including acclaimed harpist Lori Gemmell, sound designer/guitarist John Gzowski, dancer Julia Aplin, and the extraordinary soprano Patricia O’Callaghan. Exosphere is set in a distant century. Music is by J.S. Bach, Hugh Le Caine, G.F. Handel and Caroline Lizotte, plus original music by the cast. http://www.tomtomallen.com/

Patricia O’Callaghan soprano was born and raised in Northern Ontario. She trained at the University of Toronto and the Banff Centre for the Arts. Ms. O’Callaghan divides her time between recording, touring, and collaborating on other interesting projects. Television appearances include her Bravo! special, Live at the Rehearsal Hall, and the acclaimed Ken Finkleman Drama, Foolish Heart. More information at http://www.patricia-ocallaghan.com/

Lori Gemmell, harpist, during her youth studied in Toronto with eminent harpist Judy Loman, and played during the summers with the National Youth Orchestra before gaining additional training under master teacher Alice Chalifoux and Catherine Michel in Paris. Her background lead her to harp opportunities both in Canada and internationally. Lori is Principal Harpist with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, and also makes time for playing and creating with other artists, including chamber music with Yo-Yo Ma, with singers Patricia O’Callaghan, Julie Nesrallah and her husband Tom Allen in their creation of performances of music and story.

John Gzowski is a musician of many interests. Some were instilled by studying with Alexina Louie, James Tenney, Ann Southam and Trichi Sankaran. Originally studying classical guitar, John switched to electric after developing a taste for rock and jazz. He played in many groups in the Queen Street scene in Toronto in the 80’s, most notably the Garbagemen. Around the same time he began playing with some more experimental jazz groups, like Graeme Kirkland’s groups, Tom Walsh’s N.O.M.A., Paul Cram’s early groups and doing free improv work across the country, at jazz festivals in Montreal, Halifax and Vancouver. http://www.johngzowski.com/styled/index.html

Artist Update: John Gzowski will be joining this concert as a sound designer only, and Bryce Kulak, piano and accordion, will join the performance.

Julie Aplin’s dance career had taken her across artistic boundaries into theatre, music, design and visual art. Julia has worked with companies such as Tiger Princess Dance Productions, SoulPepper and Company Blonde. With Dusk Dances, she won the 2014 Audience Choice Award for Inner City Sirens Part 2. With Toca Loca, she created the “Halo Ballet” choreographed for video game players in cyberspace. Most recently she co-created “Singing River” with Urban Vessel for the Pan Am Path Art Relay and “The Hum” with Theatre Gargantua and the GzAp Collective. Julia was a performer with Dancemakers, under the Artistic Direction of Serge Bennathan for 15 seasons; an experience that inspired and shaped her ever widening view of what dance can be. http://www.juliaaplin.com/index.html


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