As we cautiously re-enter our old ways of life prior to the pandemic, one of the greatest joys we can expect to savour is the ability to attend live performances again. It seems ages since we were able to sit in a comfy cushioned velvet seat with our friends or loved ones and cast our gaze toward the stage and enjoy some live music or watch a titillating tale unfold with actors strutting and fretting their way in front of us.
With Collingwood’s theatres once again opening their doors, residents and visitors can expect a full slate of entertainment appealing to a variety of tastes.
Here’s what you can expect as Collingwood’s theatres open their doors again to an excited and entertainment-starved public.
The Historic Gayety Theatre
161 Hurontario Street Collingwood, ON
Located on Collingwood’s main street in the heart of the Historic Heritage District, The Gayety Theatre has been delighting patrons since 1911. The venue has one of the most awe-inspiring architectural facades in all of Collingwood, with a dramatic escalating staired entrance culminating in a bank of regal Art Deco-style front doors. While The Gayety is over 100 years old and looks like it from the outside, inside it’s honestly young at heart. The 300-seat auditorium boasts a state-of-the-art sound system, colourful theatrical lighting, a sprung stage with ample wings on both sides, air conditioning and comfortable seating. Upcoming performances include Ashley Macisaac, the Snowed In Comedy Tour, a tribute to Neil Young and two-time Juno winner Jack De Keyzer. The Gayety will also be hosting a wide variety of tribute performances honouring the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Elton John, Ed Sheeran, the Legends of Country (Zac Brown, Keith Urban and Garth Brooks), Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin and more. Whoever you see or even if you see them all, make sure to save your appetite for the theatre’s unbeatable freshly popped and deliciously buttery popcorn.
150 St. Paul Street, Suite 201, Collingwood, ON
Theatre Collingwood is a not-for-profit professional theatre dedicated to showcasing the finest talent in quality theatre productions. The theatre’s roots stretch back to 1984 when there was a huge appetite among theatre-goers for enjoying large-scale musicals. In 1997, Theatre Collingwood underwent a reinvention and became one of Ontario’s foremost producers of performances based on Canadian and international literature. The theatre company has always maintained a focus on presenting some of Canada’s most talented performers while fostering great relationships with artists and other regional theatre companies. The next scheduled performance is Girls Nite Out 2022 on Monday, March 7, at the Canadian Legion in celebration of International Women’s Day. This annual comedy event starring Elvira Kurt and the Girls Nite Out comedy troupe will feature a night of sketch comedy, improv and stand-up comedy; buy tickets now as this event always sells out quickly.
Gaslight Community Theatre Productions
Gaslight Community Theatre Productions is a not-for-profit amateur theatre founded in 2010. The production company is engaged in encouraging and supporting amateur community theatre in Collingwood. The company’s Gaslight Tour re-tells local history as theatre, and each year they choose to tell a particular story of Collingwood’s storied past. Yearly, the tour participants visit four of the town’s historic sites to host their productions. Past productions include The Herstory Of Collingwood (2019), Taking Care of Business (2018), 150 Years Of Greatness (2017) and Lighthouse Legends (2016). Stay tuned to see what the theatre group has planned for 2022!
While Collingwood is known for embracing everything the outdoors has to offer, variety is the ultimate spice of life. Why not take a break from all that skiing and snowshoeing, tobogganing and fat biking, and enjoy a bit of indoor culture in Collingwood today.