BARRHEAD – Barrhead residents have the option of taking in either live music or improv comedy during one of two performances taking place in the community this week.
First up, the Barrhead Arts Council will be presenting a concert with Over the Moon, an Alberta-based acoustic roots/swing duo, at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 16, at the Barrhead Composite High School theatre.
Over the Moon features award-winning instrumentalists/vocalists Suzanne Levesque and Craig Bignell, who are also a couple.
Barrhead Arts Council president Jennifer Lechelt noted that Levesque was part of the Travelling Mabels, which she noted “was one of our favourite past concerts.”
Levesque and Bignell have been performing together for over half a decade, having released their first CD Moondancer in 2017.
Lechelt said the duo’s album Chinook Waltz was nominated for Best Traditional Album at the 2022 Junos, and they were again nominated for Ensemble of the Year at the 2023 Canadian Folk Music Awards.
Tickets for the show are available for $30 at Comfort Corner, which can be found at 5310 49 Street in Barrhead.
Lechelt said they have been very happy with the support they have gotten from the community this season.
“The Barrhead Arts Council shows are a great alternative to going to the city for your live entertainment … and the performers love playing to a full house,” she added.
The Town of Barrhead is also putting on a casual age 18-plus Comedy Night this Saturday, March 18, at the Charles Godberson Room.
Tickets are still available for the event, which will feature three-time world improvisational champion Donovan Workrun from the Atomic Improv troupe, who has performed alongside the likes of Saturday Night Live alumni Mike Myers, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie of Whose Line is It Anyway, Joe Flaherty of SCTV, Kevin McDonald of Kids in the Hall and comedian Tom Green.
Linda Prokott, programs and services co-ordinator for the Town of Barrhead, said the recreation department Is moving towards providing some more adult-centric events in the region.
“Some of the feedback we have received is that past events have mainly targeted children and young families. By providing adult-focused events, we are servicing the individuals and families who either do not have children or are looking for activities that fit their social needs, such as a night out without the kids,” she said.
Doors open at 5 p.m., with dinner (in the form of a taco bar from Catering by Freson) to follow at 5:30 p.m. and the show to begin at around 6 p.m. Tickets cost $35 each and can be purchased through www.bit.ly/BarrheadCourseRegistration.