Heist debuts "New Waterford Boy: A Ceilidh"

Posted by wayves volunteer 20/04/2017

By Wayves

Mayworks, the annual celebration of Arts & Labour is fast approaching, As in previous yesrs, there are several events of particular interest to Queer/Trans people.

Heist, Halifax’s newest live art company, debuts their original production:  New Waterford Boy: A Ceilidh on May 4 and May 5 at 7:00pm as part of Halifax’s Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts. Performances take place at The Bus Stop Theatre located at 2203Gottingen Street. Tickets can be obtained through www.tickethalifax.com or at the venue prior to each show. The show is sponsored in part by the Province of Nova Scotia and the NSGEU.

Wilcox, who was born and raised in New Waterford, Cape Breton, describes this unique and personal show of songs and stories as the following: “This is a tribute to the Cape Breton man I never was and never will be.”

‘This is a tribute to Cape Bretoners who have the songs of miners and fisherman embedded into their hearts and souls whether they have set foot in a mine, or cast a net, or not. This is a night of storytelling to pay respect to the Cape Breton of my childhood, with hope for the future. This is a tribute to the Cape Breton man I am and all the different types of Cape Breton man there can be. This is my Cape Breton ... where I can be Rita MacNeil’s nephew for a week, I can be a superhero and conquer a junior high dance and I can belt the tunes of Allister MacGillivray, the Rankin Family and more songs we all know, all night long.”

The show features Wilcox (former Canadian Idol contestant, The Princess Show) alongside Aaron Collier on keys (The Princess Show, Nation, former keyboardist for The Jimmy Swift Band), Brian Talbot on percussion (Slowcoaster, The Rankin Family), Sarah Richardson with vocals and musical direction (Heathers: The Musical, Ruthless, Company) and Wilcox’s childhood best friend (and prom date) Lynn MacIntyre with vocals and guitar.

Heist is the brainchild and new creative platform for Wilcox and Collier. The company is committed to creating, producing and presenting innovative, genre-bending and queerly playful performances in Halifax and beyond. Find out more about Heist by clicking on this link to their website.

Performances of New Waterford Boy take place at the Bus Stop theatre on Gottingen Street, May 4, and May 5 at 7PM. Tickets are $15. and can be purchased online here. Tickets can also be purchased at the Bus Stop Theatre an hour before the performance.

For further programming included in Mayworks please check out http://mayworkshalifax.ca

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