Nancy White launches Artword's Fall Season

Singer, songwriter Nancy White, headlines a gala concert at Artword Theatre Saturday, September 16, launching Artword's new fall season.

Nancy, whose combination of sweetness and edge made her the darling of CBC radio freaks during her years writing topical songs for Sunday Morning, will do a full concert, accompanied by the witty pianist Bob Johnston, and featuring door prizes and special guests.

Among the guests appearing with Nancy are some of the stars of Artword's coming season, including actor Adam Bramble, who appears in Conor McPherson's tour-de-force St. Nicholas (at Artword September 21 to October 8), choreographer/dancer Ronald Taylor of Canboulay Dance Theatre (at Artword December 13-16), vocalist/actor Jane Miller highlighting her solo work Disco Goalie (watch for it at Artword in January 2001). Appearances are also expected from the cast of Modern Times Stage Company's upcoming production The Daughters of Sheherzad (at Artword October 20 to November 5) and the cast of Salmon Miranda (at Artword November 14 to December 10)

The show starts at 8 pm. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors, students and arts workers. Artword Theatre is at 75 Portland Street, one block east of Bathurst, running south from King. Box office number is 408-2783.

Nancy White comes to Artword Theatre refreshed from appearances at The Festival of Friends in Hamilton and the Leonard Cohen Conference in Montreal. In the past year she hosted Nancy White's Jokebox at the East Coast Music Awards (where she was bizarrely nominated in the "urban music" category!), starred in a Comics on CBC TV, made several guest spots on Stuart McLean's Vinyl Café on CBC Radio, and did numerous concerts here and there, mostly there. Half a dozen of her songs were featured in Mama Mia! Me a Mama?, a show about motherhood by the Calgary actress Kathleen Rootsaert. Nancy also happily reports that this was a year in which her minivan was NOT stolen.

White's most recent cd is Gaelic Envy and Other Torch Songs. Others include Momnipotent: Songs for Weary Parents, Pumping Irony and Songs of the Spanish Civil War and other Struggles.

Bob Johnston, famed not only for his brilliant playing but for his fearless imitation of a 2-cyl.John Deere tractor, teaches music and theatre at Wexford Collegiate in Scarborough. He has co-written several musicals, notably Theda Bara and the Frontier Rabbi, and has recently become engaged.