Past Shows

2023-24 Season
April 11, 20247:00 pm

Sam Polley and the Old Tomorrows

Sam Polley says, “our sound is a mix of the ‘50s and ‘60s, and everything that time entailed…rock, pop, country, a bit of soul.... I wanted to make upbeat music, fun to play and would create a fun atmosphere around us. I am lucky that I am in a profession where I can create a good time.”

What others say is that it is “a vibrant, assured sound that leaves listeners wanting for more.” Fans who have seen them perform at such venues as the famed Mariposa Folk Festival, GTA’s Cameron House and Moonshine Café, Hillside Festival, Alberta’s Canmore Folk Festival and many others, have said, “entertaining and great set list..easily memorable songs and great personalities…Catch them if you can.” “Sam’s seriously ‘got it’. If you haven’t seen him live yet, GET THERE NOW… Sam is next Gen, and he’s got it RIGHT!”

'Next generation' is correct, as Sam is the son of famed singer Jim Cuddy and actress Rena Polley and younger brother to singer Devon Cuddy. Sam has learned from the best. He and The Old Tomorrows are sure to please!!

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2023-24 Season
January 27, 20247:00 pm

Miss Emily

2022 Juno-nominated Miss Emily has spent 20+ years honing her skills as a soul/rock/pop/blues performer. From her home base in Kingston to New York City, Ottawa Bluesfest, Bobcageon’s festival with 30,000 in attendance, Westport’s The Cove (in New Jersey) — where she sang a few songs with Bruce Springsteen — and now to the intimate Joshua Bates Centre, the dynamo Miss Emily is wowing crowds wherever she appears.

Her Live at the Isabel garnered her a 2022 Juno nomination, a rarity for a live album. In 2020 Miss Emily won a triple crown of Female Vocalist, New Artist and Sapphire Blues Video at the Maple Blues Awards.

Be sure to be in the audience to experience the electrifying, roof-rattling performance of Miss Emily and her musician.

Photo Bernard Clark

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2023-24 Season
November 4, 20237:00 pm

Billy Bishop Goes to War with Matt Evans:

A Dramatic Musical Comedy About A Hero

This play is a gripping and comedic tribute to Canadian World War I fighter pilot, Ontarian Billy Bishop. This beloved show won the 1982 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama and remains one of the most critically acclaimed Canadian musical plays of all time.

Matt Evans portrays the legendary flying ace, Bishop, as well as other characters. His co-pilot is musician Michael Mulrooney, who uses a piano to score battle scenes, taking us from bar rooms to ball rooms, capturing both humour and heartstrings.

“Dear Matt … your rendition of Billy Bishop Goes to War … the best one I have ever seen. It was a great tribute to my grandfather! I completely forgot that you were an actor and felt I was actually watching my grandfather. You were superb.” — Diana Bishop

Athens is honoured to welcome this play that will have you laughing and crying throughout the performance.

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2023-24 Season
October 21, 20237:00 pm

The Dreamboats

This quartet returns to our theatre, from California, with their brand of 50’s 60’s music. They perform all your favourite hits of that era, plus originals written in the same vein. Their current EP, Sweet Nothings, may be heard on Spotify.

Here's what people are saying:

“It was truly the best stage presence I have seen in a very long time. It was the kind of performance that made you want to kick off your shoes and get loose.” —OPJAM.Blog

“I think they’re the best rock n’ roll group – my old style of rock n’ roll – I've ever seen. These boys have got a show, they’re young and they’re getting it official.” —Ronnie Hawkins, Legendary American Rockabilly Artist

“This is, without a doubt, the most exciting band that I’ve seen in decades!” —Robbie Lane, Radio Host and Canadian Musician

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2022–23 Season
April 27, 20237:00 pm

The Abrams

The Abrams first played in our theatre in 2007, and we are excited to see their return on April 27, 2023! Brothers John and James Abrams, fourth-generation touring musicians, have literally toured the world and, at their young ages, have 20 years of performing under their belts. These Warner Records artists play with explosive energy that draws you right in to the performance and leaves you wanting more.

The Abrams are multi-award winning, having been recognized in their home country of Canada and in the United States. They performed on the Grand Ole Opry and were ambassadors for peace, through music, in the Middle East. Many milestones were achieved before they reached the age of majority!

John and James do not remember a time that country music, the fiddle and guitar, were not part of the fibre of their being. Over these past 20 years their songwriting and stage presence have evolved into the lively show that we will enjoy in April. Come out and be entertained!

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2022–23 Season
March 18, 20237:00 pm

Séan McCann Stories & Songs

Séan McCann is bringing his east coast musical roots to Athens keeping the St. Patrick’s Day celebration rolling with his Shantyman tunes. This is music at its purest, a man, his guitar, stories and songs, all from a Newfoundlander who now calls Ontario home.

Grab your friends and come out for a great time. You will likely end up singing along!

Séan has some of his videos up on his official website,, if you want to hear him in advance.

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2022–23 Season
January 21, 20237:00 pm

Local Artists Showcase

What a treat we have in store for this show! For the one ticket price, you will hear six artists perform.

Included in the lineup:

  • Athenian Katie Baker, accompanied by Mark Bergman. Katie is no stranger to Athens area audiences. Katie’s smooth, pop-infused vocals, backed by Mark’s excellent musicianship, are sure to please.
  • Pat Johnson is well known for his bluesy, country roots singing, along with his world-class guitar picking. With Pat will be fiddler extraordinaire, Billy MacInnis. Billy, former fiddler for Stompin’ Tom, hails from PEI but makes Brockville home now.
  • Jessica Lavallee, originally from the east coast, also now calls Brockville home. Like true traditional sounding country? You will love Jessica.
  • James King, from North Augusta, brings rock n roll to the show. His full-length album, Moonchild is out now

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2022–23 Season
November 4, 20227:00 pm

Epic Eagles Tribute

Our theatre seldom has tribute shows, but after hearing Dean Young singing, we were hooked! We think the following reviews say it all:

“The five-man band is phenomenal. Their musicality was impressive. The harmonies were melodious and sharp. Each member could sing and play multiple instruments. The last song of the regular set was 'Hotel California.' The audience sang along as the song progressed. A two-song encore followed the cheering end to the regular set.” ... Louise Smith, Brome Fair News

“They are amazing. I am a huge Eagles fan, these guys are the real deal!! Epic Eagles is a great band and nail it!!” ... Linda Albertyn, Bolton Midnight Madness

“The harmonies on hit after hit from the first song to the last had our crowd singing along the whole evening. We’ve already had requests for us to have them back.” ... Bobby Orr, Event Chairman, Brockville Ribfest.

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April 28, 20227:00 pm / 9:00 pm

Naomi Bristow

Naomi Bristow is no stranger to Athens. Naomi first appeared at Athens United Church when she was 15 years old. She so impressed the crowd of classic country lovers that she came back two more times.

Naomi has five albums, some of which include duets with Vince Gill, Jim Ed Brown and Richard Sterban of the Oak Ridge Boys. Four of her awards are “Fans Choice” at Havelock Jamboree, “Rising Star” at the BC Cowboy Heritage Festival, “Youth Yodeler of the Year” from The Western Music Association, and “Best Traditional Yodel Album of the Year” from the National Traditional Country Music Association of the United States. Yes, Naomi is a yodeler too!

She appeared on Breakfast Television, YTV and the American television channel, RFD. Naomi has graced the stage at the famed Nashville Palace and opened for Gene Watson, Bill Anderson and Gordie Tapp. Recently, she toured Canada as part of the Scott Woods show.

Naomi is sure to capture your heart. We can hear our audience asking in the future, “when is Naomi coming back to Athens?” Be part of the audience on April 28, 2022 to find out why.

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March 26, 20227:00 pm / 9:00 pm

Healy & Orr

Healy & Orr have been entertaining area music lovers for over 25 years. Their longevity is a result of the way they make each performance a party!

These three talented men are Randal Orr and Doug Healy slinging guitars and Anastasios Basiliadis beating the drums. They say that they will get your “toes tappin’ and butts wigglin.’ ”

Fans have said:

  • “You guys are awesome. What a fantastic night.”
  • “Can’t wait to have you back.”
  • “Great band. Very professional.”

We say that if you want to forget your troubles and enjoy an evening of a variety of musical genres, including country and classic rock, come out to see Healy & Orr on March 26, 2022.

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