A legendary storyteller and musician, charismatic singer and pianist, global guitar innovators, fairy tale ballet and…giant dinosaurs. All this can be found in the 2022/2023 season presented by Massey Theatre. Starting in November 2022, audiences are invited to connect and celebrate the magic of the performing arts on the historic Massey Theatre stage.
The Massey Theatre season reflects its desire to reignite community connections with a variety of exceptional, larger than life performances. The season brings together a selection of National and International artists from Tom Jackson to Ballet Jörgen’s Cinderella, Michael Kaeshammer to A Dinosaur Tale and perennial favourite International Guitar Night. The 2022/2023 season has something for everyone.
“Bringing generations together is the opportunity we wanted to offer this year. That’s why we chose artists who can excite and inspire all ages and offer a range of aesthetic experiences. Plus…dinosaurs!”, said Jessica Schneider, Executive Director, Massey Theatre Society.
This season provides opportunities for audiences to gather for the mutual enjoyment of great theatrical experiences. The energy at these shows will bring families and friends together again in spirit and wonder.
The Massey Theatre 2022/2023 mainstage performances:
November 25, 2022
Stories, Songs and Santa Causes
Tom Jackson kickstarts the holiday season with grace, style, and quirky festivity that audiences have enjoyed for decades. The iconic Indigenous storyteller, actor, singer and activist has travelled coast to coast to coast with the Huron Carole, raising funds and awareness for local food banks and family service agencies, and this year, Massey Theatre audiences will get to enjoy Stories, Songs and Santa Causes.
As a Companion of the Order of Canada, Juno and Gemini Humanitarian Award winner, eleven-time honorary degree recipient, and a proud bearer of the 2014 Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement, Tom is noted for his ability to mobilize others into action – often leading with a hug. Stories, Songs and Santa Causes also features award-winning musician and producer, Tom McKillip. Tom and Tom will bring some much-welcome levity and humanity with a date-night, or family-evening, vibe!
December 3, 2022
Internationally-acclaimed pianist, singer, and songwriter Michael Kaeshammer is set to embark on an extensive coast-to-coast Canadian tour to close out 2022.
Kaeshammer promises an uplifting evening of music and storytelling. While the show will include selections from his beloved back catalogue, fans new and old will also be treated to a preview of his upcoming release, Turn It Up. Expected in early 2023, the collection finds Kaeshammer building on his signature blend of classical, jazz, blues, and boogie-woogie with effortless pop hooks for a compelling crossover style that’s immediately engaging.
January 28, 2023
International Guitar Night 2023
International Guitar Night is the world’s premier touring guitar festival, each show bringing together the most interesting and innovative acoustic guitarists to exchange musical ideas in a public concert setting. The 23rd year features Canadian jazz guitarist, vocalist, and recipient of the 2021 Juno for Jazz Album of The Year Jocelyn Gould. She will be joined by Flamenco master Jesus Guerrero from Spain; soloist and chamber musician Stephanie Jones, and Israeli Canadian nylon string guitarist Itmar Erez.
Feb 18, 2023
Ballet Jörgen’s Cinderella
This ballet by Bengt Jörgen is an innovative take on the classic fairy tale. Jörgen’s choreography balances the fairy tale elements of Cinderella with a contemporary treatment of the story. Returning to the original Russian tradition of having women perform the roles of the stepsisters, Jörgen builds a more realistic and human look at Cinderella and her circumstances. Ballet Jörgen’s Cinderella is a classical ballet with modern, dramatic sensibilities.
March 18 & 19, 2023
A Dinosaur Tale
A LIVE action fantasy adventure for the whole family.
A mysterious time-warping wormhole has brought the dinosaurs back into our world and it’s up to Lisa and Declan, a pair of intrepid eighth graders, to send the creatures home before the school field trip is over. In the tradition of such family favourites as E.T., The Avengers and Jurassic World comes A Dinosaur Tale, a live action fantasy adventure with puppets for the whole family.
About Massey Theatre
The Massey Theatre opened in 1949 as British Columbia’s largest theatre, at the time, with 1,260 seats. Since then, its lights have shone on thousands of performances and has become a cherished space to experience the arts. The Massey hosts large scale musicals, international music and dance performances, symphonies, choirs, ballets and more. With a commitment to the cultural life of the community, it supports programs for emerging artists and community groups as well as new creation and production residencies. The theatre is a key gathering place with over 100,000 visitors and hosting over 200 events/performances each year. The Massey Theatre Society is a catalyst for a vibrant, expressive community and a stage where any dream is possible.