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Action-packed second half Sid season

The second half of the Sid Williams Theatre Society 2012/2013 season is action-packed.

As a registered charitable organization, the Sid Williams Theatre Society is dedicated to providing the Comox Valley with access to a multitude of performing arts, while striving to expand cultural horizons.

Each year the society presents a season of selected programming to stimulate and enhance cultural diversity in the community. January is the midway point of the 2012/2013 season, and the second half boasts a diverse collection of performances, especially of the musical variety.

• Kicking off 2013, the Montreal Guitar Trio visits the Sid Williams Theatre on Jan. 20.

When it comes to bridging diverse genres of music, the MG3, which CBC described as “the hottest guitar ensemble in Canada,” has quickly established itself as a force to be reckoned with.

For more than 14 years, the trio’s virtuosity, rigor, creativity, and dynamic stage presence — they are noted for the wit and warmth of their interactions with audiences — have been winning applause around the world.

• In partnership with Cumberland Village Works, indie rock band Current Swell plays the Sid on Jan. 25.

Known for their infectious folk, rock, blues and reggae sound, the band has toured the world for the better part of five years, and played sets in support of everyone from the Tragically Hip and Xavier Rudd to K’Naan, K-OS, The Beach Boys and more.

Feb. 9 brings the first of two shows by Juno Award-winning bands. • A rising star on the world stage, Said The Whale won the 2011 Juno Award for New Group of the Year. The band’s hook-heavy, pop-rock sound has propelled them to successes that include a nationally televised documentary, featured tracks in commercials and television shows, plus an endless series of tours around the globe.

• On March 7, the Sid welcomes Digging Roots, a five-piece band from Toronto with a sound encompassing indie roots, global blues, alternative rock, and indigenous influences. Digging Roots has amassed a number of awards, including a 2010 Juno Award, and a multitude of international critical acclaim.

For those who feel like really rockin’ out in 2013, you can see Current Swell, Said The Whale, and Digging Roots all for one special price — regular $89, member $74 and student $54.

• March sees the return of perennial favourite Radical Reels, a night of the best high-adrenaline films entered into the Banff Mountain Film Festival competition. The tour stops in Courtenay on March 16 and there’s no better way to get stoked about skiing, biking, riding, or paddling than by seeing the 2013 edition of Radical Reels!

The season finale brings Ballet Victoria back to the Comox Valley; the company will perform a spellbinding version of The Secret Garden on April 27. The magic of a garden brings life and beauty to more than flowers. This performance is a heartwarming story that will fill your spirit with joy. Ballet Victoria uses narrative, humour, depth, and classical and popular cultural references to create works that attract a diverse audience.

Don’t miss out on these great performances! Visit sidwilliamstheatre.com and click on ‘Season’ for more information.

All tickets are available at the Sid Williams Theatre Ticket Centre from Tuesday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., by phone 250.338.2430 ext 1, or online at www.sidwilliamstheatre.com.

— Sid Williams Theatre

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