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Live performance is part of South Eastern Ontario’s playbill. Music and drama are thriving at venues all along The Great Waterway. Prince Edward County is the place to mix a taste for fine local wines and cheeses with performances at Picton and Belleville theatres. In Belleville, the Empire Theatre for the performing arts is housed in a converted 1930s movie theatre and the atmosphere matches the heritage ambiance of local restaurants and hotels. Budding thespians can take lessons at the Empire Theatre, and the Empire Square next door is a breezy venue for some outdoor rockin’ on hot summer nights. Down the road, the Picton-based Festival Players perform a full summer season of great Canadian plays at great outdoor venues like the Rosehall Run Vineyards. A stroll through Picton’s historic streets is a great finisher for your visit with
architectural gems like the Regent Theatre and Crystal Palace. With great culture in the middle of wine country, inspiration comes easily and the actors of the Picton and Brockville theatres have been rehearsing for you.
Brockville and Kingston theatres offer drama and music
in a warm venue of hardwood trim and chandeliers over balcony seating. The feel is stately but the dress code is up to you. Situated in the heart of downtown Brockville, theatre-goers are within walking distance of pubs and restaurants after the applause. Nearby, the charming church setting of the Wellington Street Theatre and the intimacy of the Baiden Street Theatre in Kingston offer four seasons of unforgettable live entertainment after a day spent golfing or cruising the 1000 Islands.
Brockville theatre combines history and heritage with entertainment for modern audiences. Dating back to 1858, the 700 seat Brockville Arts Centre is one of the most venerable theatres in Canada. This historic Brockville theatre opens a classic red curtain on contemporary music and performance art
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Thousand Islands PlayhouseGananoqueVIEW THEATRE >
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Visit the vintage Thousand Islands Playhouse after your cruise
If you’re touring Upper Canada Village, extend your visit with theatre at Morrisburg’s Upper Canada Playhouse. You’ll find professional theatre performances just a short walk from home cooking and high teas. This thriving professional theatre company offers a Season of top-notch shows from April through December. It operates in a former toothbrush and argyle sock factory, charmingly converted into an intimate, 275-seat accessible venue where everyone’s close to the action. Up river in Gananoque, the Thousand Islands Playhouse brings professional summer theatre to life. This is the place to combine a magical 1000 Islands cruise with a great live performance. Well-known classics and newer works are performed here by the shore of the St. Lawrence River. The Thousand Islands Playhouse’s main stage in the Springer Theatre is a destination
in and of itself. Set in a converted boat house, performances have the magic and warmth of a unique heritage venue. The smaller companion to the Thousand Islands Playhouse, the Firehall Theatre, hosts edgy works with an avant-garde feel.
If all that applause makes you hungry for more, there’s fine wine and artisanal food close at hand.
- Bryan, Ottawa
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