Sandra Bender – CEO of the Centre in the Square visits Coral FM

Sandra Bender CEO Centre in the Square
Sandra Bender CEO Centre in the Square

Sandra Bender is the CEO of Centre in the Square. I was chuffed to have her as a guest in the Sound FM studios. And we had a very wide ranging chat from recent sell out spectacular The Book of Mormon and the upcoming challenges and contraversy of presenting comedian Bill Cosby, to Sandra’s Centre Stage wish-list and the Centre audience of the future.

Sandra spoke about new programming initiatives for 2015, the Centre’s venerable children’s series, and its continuing On Stage Series which features three fine acts for the 2015 season. WE also featured music from Sandra’s personal play-list.

And kudos to Sandra for bringing “The Book of Mormon” to Centre in the Square because ….. this happened!

The Book of Mormon drew almost 15,000 people!
The Book of Mormon drew almost 15,000 people!

Out of 15,000 tickets !!! 14,437 people flocked to Centre In The Square to see the National Tour of The Book of Mormon which ran for eight performances December 9 to 14, 2014. Most performances were sold-out, with overall attendance for the one-week engagement at 97 percent. The show represents the highest attendance and financial impact from a week-long production at The Centre in over 10 years. In addition, more than 38% percent of the audience were first-time visitors to The Centre.

We’re very pleased that The Book of Mormon was so enthusiastically received by the KW community and it was particularly exhilarating to welcome so many new visitors to The Centre,” said CEO Sandra Bender. “In the strategic plan we set some ambitious goals with respect to programming work that would raise the reputation of The Centre and attract a new audience. This record-breaking run of The Book of Mormon is a major step forward on our journey towards becoming an organization the public can rely on to present important and outstanding work of our time.”

About Centre In The Square

For more than 30 years, Centre In The Square has played a leading role in promoting the highest quality of local and international music and performing arts in southwestern Ontario. Located in Kitchener, Ontario, The Centre is dedicated to promoting performing arts that entertain, inspire, engage and create memorable experiences for the region. The venue’s main hall, a 2,047-seat state-of-the-art theatre boasts superior acoustics and is widely regarded as one the finest performance spaces in North America. Last year, The Centre welcomed nearly 200,000 visitors to a range of events including dance, comedy, musicals, theatre and music from classical to rock. A registered not-for-profit charitable organization, The Centre is governed by a 14-member board with a staff of 200 full-time and part-time employees.

Visit www.centreinthesquare.com for more information.

I have been seeing, profiling and reviewing shows at Centre in the Square since 1980. This is the third Centre CEO I have had as a guest, as I also had former Centre managers Dan Donaldson, and Jamie Grant on the radio show as well. Years back, I made Jamie Grant promise that he would one day  bring The Book of Mormon to the Centre, because I .. ahem… Believed (being such a huge South Park fan) that this show would take Broadway by storm. The rest is Broadway history, and now Centre in the Square history. It was Sandra Bender that made Mormon happen! Swwweeeeeet! –  Coral FM.

Listen here for my special in depth chat with Sandra Bender!

 

 

The Daily GRRR! – December 19th, 2014 – Waves Through Walls: Prison Radio

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Welcome, I am your host Dan Kellar and you are listening to The Daily GRRR! Waves Through Walls: Prison Radio, on 100.3fm, CKMS in Waterloo, Ontario. Soundfm.ca on the web, today is Friday December 19th, 2014.

We are broadcasting from the centre of the Haldimand Tract, the occupied Grand River Territory of the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations).

The Daily GRRR! is a project of the Grand River Media Collective; and is supported by the Community Radio Fund of Canada and CKMS.

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KW Youth Theatre Showcase – Hamlet Abridged!

Suzanne Gignoux plays Ophelia in KW Youth Theatre's Hamlet directed by Matt White.
Suzanne Gignoux plays Ophelia in KW Youth Theatre’s Hamlet directed by Matt White.

The KW Youth Theatre Showcase is happening tonight at The Registry Theatre and I recently interviewed part of the cast and crew from Hamlet directed by Matt White. My other guests included Artistic Director Cody Burns, actor Suzanne Gignoux who plays Ophelia, and Jackson Doner who plays Hamlet in this 50 minute abridged version of Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy.

For more info go to http://kwyouththeatre.com/Home.php

Zounds. I can hardly wait to see this. – Coral FM

 

 

 

Nice Cans! New Rock Cut Cans!

We noticed on the Facebook that Lake of Bays Brewing Company’s, Rock Cut just got a new can design that is in stores now! To celebrate this we used this idea as our theme for the week while we compared the two cans.

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The Daily GRRR! – December 18th, 2014

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Welcome, I am your host Dan Kellar and you are listening to The Daily GRRR! on 100.3fm, CKMS in Waterloo, Ontario. Soundfm.ca on the web, today is Thursday December 18th, 2014.

We are broadcasting from the centre of the Haldimand Tract, the occupied Grand River Territory of the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations).

The Daily GRRR! is a project of the Grand River Media Collective; and is supported by the Community Radio Fund of Canada and CKMS.

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International Solidarity News

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Welcome, I am your host Julian Ichim and you are listening to The Daily GRRR! International Solidarity News on 100.3fm, CKMS in Waterloo, Ontario. Soundfm.ca on the web, today is Dec. 14th, 2014.

We are broadcasting from the centre of the Haldimand Tract, the occupied Grand River Territory of the Six Nations (Haudenosaunee).

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The Daily GRRR! – Dec. 16 2014 – “Too Bad It’s Only Tuesday” Edition

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Welcome back to SoundFM! You are now listening to The Daily GRRR! heard on the airwaves at 100.3fm, CKMS in Waterloo, Ontario, and SoundFM.ca on the web. This is Kathryn and I’ll be your host on this Tuesday morning show for December 16, 2014.

As always, we are broadcasting from the heart of the Haldimand Tract, the occupied Grand River Territory of the Six Nations, which we continue to recognize as Haudenosaunee land.

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The Daily GRRR! – Dec. 15, 2014 – Your “Ugh, Monday Morning” Edition

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Welcome back to SoundFM! You are now listening to The Daily GRRR! heard on the airwaves at 100.3fm, CKMS in Waterloo, Ontario, and SoundFM.ca on the web. This is Kathryn and I’ll be your host on this Monday morning show for December 15, 2014.

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So Old It’s New set list for Monday, Dec. 15, 2014

So Old It’s New set list for Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 (band/artist, song)

1. Gov’t Mule, Bring On The Music
2. Blood, Sweat and Tears, I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know
3. Headstones, Colourless
4. Gladys Knight & The Pips, I’ve Got To Use My Imagination
5. Hawkwind, Brainstorm
6. Pink Floyd, Things Left Unsaid
7. Trapeze, Turn It On (request)
8. Blue Oyster Cult, Screams (request)
9. Free, Travellin’ In Style
10. Procol Harum, Bringing Home The Bacon
11. Rory Gallagher, Tattoo’d Lady (live, Irish Tour ’74 version)
12. Quicksilver Messenger Service, Who Do You Love (Part 1)
13. Little Feat, Willin’ (first album version, request)
14. Little Feat, Truck Stop Girl
15. Stephen Stills, Do For The Others
16. Joe Jackson, Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby
17. The Rolling Stones, Family
18. Vanilla Fudge, Eleanor Rigby (Beatles’ cover)
19. The Stooges, Search And Destroy
20. Rare Earth, What’d I Say
21. Alvin Lee, Put It In A Box