Festival Hall Centre for the Performing Arts

Upcoming Dates

Friday, May 24th, 2019

The Eye of Horus
Price: $19 INCLUDES HST plus ticketing fees

May 24 7 pm

May 25 1 pm matinee

May 25 7 pm

Friday, May 31st, 2019

Back to School
Price: $20 plus hat and ticketing fees

May 31 6 pm

June 1 6 pm

Sunday, June 2nd, 2019

KICK: The INXS Experience
KICK: The INXS Experience - 7:00 p.m.
Price: 38.50 plus hst and ticketing fees

Formed in 2014, two years after INXS stopped touring, KICK – The INXS Experience has beautifully managed to capture the spirit of INXS in both its sound and live performance, bringing the highest level of musicianship to the audience while showing a true passion for the music of INXS. Vocalist, guitarist, and singer-songwriter Cory Massi is the founding frontman of KICK, and has long held a respect and admiration for the late great Michael Hutchence. Massi even auditioned for the reality TV show, Rockstar: INXS, in 2004, where contestants competed to become the new lead vocalist for INXS. What convinced him to audition? "I loved Michael's singing and his personality," notes Massi. "I saw INXS when I was a teenager in '88 and '89; they were great, and the people were just gaga over them. Michael left a big impression with his star power; he really had it, that guy. Our range is similar and I just went for it. I had to sing “Mystify” acappella so I was kind of nervous because I didn't have a band behind me. There was a camera a foot away from my face and it was out of my comfort zone; I would probably still feel uncomfortable today. I didn't get the gig: I was one of the last people to try out and I think by the time I auditioned they had already made their selection. No excuse: it was a good experience. We include “Mystify” in our set and when I sing it, I have my band with me and we love the music, so we play it with a lot of heart." 

Sounding like legendary frontman Michael Hutchence is no easy task. "I guess the hardest thing, the most challenging thing when I started KICK," acknowledges Massi, "was capturing the great variety in Hutchence's voice. He can sound sensitive and soft and he can be super strong and really belt it out and sometimes that all happens within one phrase or even a word. It took a lot of self-control to capture how he projects his lyrics and the music. It's impossible to really sound and look like him; he's an Adonis, another Jim Morrison, Morrison in a pop sense. I can't mimic that; all I can do is do my best to capture his spirit."

The focus has been on faithfully recreating the music in its most powerful sense; an in-the-pocket bottom end from bass player Don Leslie and drummer Johnny Dee, a brilliant combination of piano and synth by Mark Goodnough, the signature guitar tones produced by guitarist Todd Kingand Jason Taylor, the saxophone by Nottingham, England's Tom Wheat, and the spot-on lead vocals by Cory Massi, all lend to a powerful high-energy show. KICK – The INXS Experience will take you back. It will reignite your passion for INXS. It will introduce you to music that is still as fresh today as the day it was written; from “Original Sin” to “Elegantly Wasted” and everything in between, including (but not limited to) "Need You Tonight,“ ”New Sensation,“ ”What You Need,“ ”Don't Change,“ ”Listen Like Thieves,“ ”The One Thing,“ ”Bitter Tears,“ ”Suicide Blonde,“ ”Not Enough Time,“ ”Beautiful Girl,“ and ”Devil Inside."

The band hears it, time and time again:

“This was like seeing INXS all over again, I'm their biggest fan.”

“That was such an awesome surprise; I'd almost forgotten how much I love INXS!”

“I came thinking I would only know a couple of songs, but I knew every single one – and the words, too.”

"Cory Massi is Michael Hutchence 2.0, fabulous!


KICK website:



Thursday, June 6th, 2019

PITCH NIGHT - 6:30 p.m.
sponsored by Renfrew County Futures Development Corporation
Price: no charge
RC100 is Renfrew County’s annual open invitational startup competition led by Renfrew County CFDC in partnership with the RC100 Power Panel and Advisors, BDC, Reviewr, Mathworks, Budgeto, L-SPARK, The City of Pembroke, SRB Technologies, Algonquin College, Renfrew County Economic Development, Startup Canada and with the support of FedDev Ontario.
Startups compete for $100,000 in early-stage investment through a series of three Rounds: the Pitch Contest, Business Planning and Negotiation. RC100 address’s the pre-Angel funding gap in Ontario by providing early-stage investment to innovation-driven enterprises that will establish a presence and impact in Renfrew County.
For more information on the competition you can visit our website at RC100.CA

Friday, June 14th, 2019

CDE Dance Academy
CDE DANCE ACADEMY - Spring Dance Recital - June 14-6 pm/June 15-1 pm/June 15-6 pm
7th Annual Dance Recital
Price: $17.07 plus HST and Surcharge = $21.00. Online orders subject to extra ticketing fee.

Three days of dance showcase

Friday June 14 - 6 pm

Saturday June 15 - 1 pm

Saturday June 15 - 6 pm

$21 all in (online orders have extra 3.50 ticketing fee)

Tickets on sale Thursday, May 2 at 4 pm - online and at the box office

Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

AARON PRITCHETT Out on the Town Tour
Aaron Pritchett feat. Kira Isabella & David James - 7:30 p.m. Doors open 6:30 p.m.
Out on the Town Tour
Price: $67 main floor $72 balcony NO WHEELCHAIR ACCESS OR ALCOHOL IN BALCONY


Eastway Collision

BellMedia and Star 96.7 

Hot off the heels of his single “Better When I Do” hitting the top of the Canadian country radio charts, Big Star Recordings artist Aaron Pritchett announces the second leg of his Out on the Town Tour this fall. In addition to the 30+ dates performed across Canada earlier this year, Pritchett will be joined once again by Kira Isabella and David James Music for round two.

A VERY LIMITED number of VIP MEET AND GREET TICKETS are available for $110 Plus HST

They are NOT AVAILABLE AT THE BOX OFFICE or ONLINE - you must contact Tanya Tomkins at (email)

6134014608 (phone)

A BENEFIT FOR THE 42nd Field Regiment (Lanark and Renfrew Scottish), Royal Canadian Artillery

Sunday, November 17th, 2019

presented by VaughnCo Entertainment
Price: $49.50 main floor/$41 balcony plus hst and ticketing fees

ABBA Revisited is North America’s #1 tribute to ABBA and it’s members have been dazzling audiences across the globe since the year 2001. ABBA REVISITED recreates the magic of ABBA with authentic costumes, spectacular harmonies and note-perfect musicianship taking their audience on a musical journey back in time. From Vegas to Bermuda, Mexico to Dubai, and Guatemala, ABBA Revisited recreated the show stopping look and sound that ABBA fans around the world can’t deny! This show is a MUST SEE!!!

$49.50 plus hst and ticketing fees - main floor

$41.00 plus hst and ticketing fees - balcony