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Barenaked Ladies play revealing songs at GMC

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Photos and review by Emma Pugsley

Hundreds of cheering fans gathered together at the General Motors Centre on February 9th to support and groove along with the The Barenaked Ladies. The concert was one of the many that were part of their 2013-2014 Canadian Tour. The guys  kicked the show off with the songs “Limits”, “Never Is Enough” and their ever famous “Pinch Me.” The crowd was pleased and in a BNL bliss as the band played many of their newer tracks as well as their well known and loved songs of the 90’s. If you missed the concert you can check out their website www.barenakedladies.com to find more concert dates for 2014!

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Oshawa becomes Dean Brody country

 

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Dean Brody enters the General Motors Centre to a sold out crowd. The multi award winning country star had the crowd singing along right from the start.

Story and photos by Kyle MacDonald

Dean Brody brought his ‘Crop Circles and Tractor Beams’ tour to the General Motors Centre on Friday, February 7th.

The Nova Scotia-based country star brought massive crowds of country fans of all ages. The show was in support of his fourth album Crop Circles, a more story-driven album than most country. I had to take a listen before heading to the show. I may not be a fan of country, but I still wanted to know who I was seeing.

The arena filled up quickly, with a good vibe of excitement filling the building. Cassadee Pope, winner of ‘The Voice’, opened the show with her own flair and got the crowd livelier.  Her mix of country and pop-rock, with very controlled and powerful vocals got fans excited for when Dean would hit the stage.

Dean brings out his cowboy hat and guitar as the show continues. Fans whistled and cheered as he continued the set with his guitar.

Dean brings out his cowboy hat and guitar as the show continues. Fans whistled and cheered as he continued the set with his guitar.

After a quick wait, which is nice to have at shows, Dean took all the attention. Screams echoed, as he began to sing, wearing what looked to be leather and blue jeans. You could hear the crowd singing along right from the start, and it continued on through the show.

Later picking up his guitar, Dean pushed through a decent set list. There was a lot of sing-alongs, chanting and screaming. Overall, it was a fun night. I don’t consider myself a country fan, but Dean Brody put on a good show.

 

 

 

Sir Elton John rocks a full house at GM Centre

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Elton John is still going strong at nearly 64 years of age. On Feb. 12 he had a sold-out crowd on its feet at the GM Centre in Oshawa. (Photos by Phil Raby/DON)

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Elton John’s band kept pace with the legendary hit maker as they played through some of knighted pop star’s greatest singles.

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Elton John spent most of the concert at the keys of his piano but once in awhile he jumped up and pumped up the crowd.

 

Dramatic lighting falls on Elton John and his piano as he play Benny and the Jets at GM Place on Feb. 12

Dramatic lighting falls on Elton John and his piano as he play Bennie and the Jets at GM Centre on Feb. 12

 

 

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Elton John is one of the best-selling recording artists of all time with more than 300 million records sold.

Learn to paint with Shaun Downey at Robert McLaughlin Gallery

If you are a painter who is looking to advance your skill, take on new challenges, while working among peers, this winter The Robert McLaughlin Gallery (RMG) is offering an exciting painting class with noted realist painter Shaun Downey.

Local artist Shaun Downey will be hosting a painting class in January at the RMG.

Local artist Shaun Downey will be hosting a painting class in January at the RMG.

Shaun Downey is an Oshawa native and an internationally recognized artist who has shown his work across Canada as well as at the BP Portrait Gallery in London, England. Following his participation in a group exhibition at the RMG in July of 2012, the gallery acquired one of his large, dramatic, realist paintings. This winter, the RMG has invited Shaun Downey to lead an artist talk and a painting class.The gallery invites all to attend a talk with the artist on Saturday 11 January from 1-3pm. The talk is free to attend and open to all. At the talk Shaun’s recently acquired work will be on view.

Shaun’s painting course is held on Thursday evenings from January 16th to March and 6th and costs $130 for members of the gallery or $150 for non-members.

Spaces are limited, so visit http://www.rmg.on.ca/Classes-Adult.php for details or to register. You can also call 905 576 3000 x114 with questions about the course.