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Public Energy presents

Thursday May 11, 2017 – 8:00 PM
Tomson Highway presents Songs in the Key of Cree

Songs in the Key of Cree is a compilation of songs written over the past thirty years by Cree-Canadian playwright/songwriter/pianist Tomson Highway. The songs in the show are taken from five of his musicals over the years, in order: “Rose,” “The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito,” “The (Post) Mistress,” “The Sage, the Dancer, and the Fool” and a new work in progress as yet to be named. What makes the songs unique is their Cree lyrics. Cree is the most spoken Native language in Canada today. “Winnipeg, Manitoba, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Chicoutimi, Quebec, Ottawa…” that’s all Cree, a very rhythmic language that lends itself very naturally to music and music-making. And the style of the music is “cabaret.” Think Cole Porter and Kurt Weill (two of Tomson’s biggest influences)…with Cree lyrics.  Many songs will be sung in English, and some in French. Mr. Highway is tri-lingual in Cree — his mother tongue — French, and English. Songs in the Key of Cree is touring Europe in spring, 2017, with additional stops in Peterborough and Koerner Hall in Toronto.


Tomson Highway – pianist, songwriter, author and living legend
Patricia Cano – extraordinary Peruvian-Canadian cabaret singer
Marcus Ali – the amazing Toronto jazz saxophonist

MAIN SEATING is General Admission
CABARET TABLEs are Assigned Seating

Regular: $40 plus fees
VIP (Cabaret seating, pre-show talk, food and drink with Tomson Highway): $100 plus fees

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