Wednesday, July 14th at 7pm
Thursday, July 15th at 2pm and 7pm
Location: 443 Ste. Marie St., Collingwood
Beau Dixon MOTOWN AND BEYOND
Join Beau Dixon, a multi award winning instrumentalist, playwright and songwriter as he shares an hour of entertaining and introspective music that celebrates the legacy of African American artists such as Sam Cooke, Harry Belafonte, Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and many more!…
Porch generously sponsored by Heather Stitt – RE/MAX at Blue Realty Inc.
MOTOWN & BEYOND – BEAU DIXON
Beau Dixon is a multi-award winning playwright, actor, composer and sound designer. He is also founding artistic director for Firebrand Theatre based in Peterborough, Ont.
2004- He was commissioned by Arbor Theatre (Peterborough) to write a one act play for Black History Month entitled ‘From Here to Africville’.
2005- Beau was then commissioned by Heritage Pavilion Stage (Peterborough) to write a touring play entitled ‘Once A Flame’. This one act play was translated into French and toured throughout the Ontario and Quebec provinces in both languages.
2007- Both ‘Once a Flame’ and ‘From Here to Africville’ were produced by C Theatre Works at Factory Theatre (2008). ‘Other People’s Heaven’, has been produced and toured by Firebrand Theatre throughout Ontario and Nova Scotia. Over five thousand students have seen Beau Dixon’s plays.
Beau has also co-written ‘Freedom Bells’ for the Chatham district school board, which celebrates the accomplishments of William King, the British abolitionist who came to Canada in 1849 to help build the first black settlement located near Chatham Ontario.
2010- Beau co-created, produced and wrote: ‘The In-Sessions’, a ‘mock radio’ show for first year students attending Trent University. His full length play, ‘The Lunch Club’ was commissioned by Prince of Wales Public School in Peterborough, Ontario which focuses on the importance of food and how it affects today’s youth. Beau was also commissioned to write a theme song for Parks Canada and the Trent Severn Waterway.
2011- Beau finished his position as apprentice music director at Shaw Festival, Acting Up Stage and Obsidian Theatre. He was assistant music director for Caroline, Or Change, Ragtime and Trouble In Tahiti. That same year, Beau was inducted into Peterborough’s Pathway Of Fame for his leadership in the dramatic arts.
2014- Beau was nominated a Dora Mavor Moore award for his work as composer and sound designer in Praxis Theatre’s production of ‘Rifles’.
2015- His one man musical drama entitled ‘Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story’ won him two Dora awards ( Best New Play and Best Performance/ TYA Division), Calgary Critics Award (Best Individual Performance), Calgary Critics nomination (Best Touring Play), and a Betty Mitchell nomination (Best Male Performance).
Beau has composed music for television, radio and theatre, and has toured extensively throughout Canada, the U.S. and Europe as a musician and performer. He has recorded and produced over forty albums for professional Canadian recording artists. He performed at the Stratford Festival performing as Big Jule in Guys and Dolls and Bob Beckett in HMS Pinafore. Beau is also a KM Hunter Award finalist.