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PETE SEEGER’S THE INCOMPLEAT FOLKSINGER

UPCOMING SHOWS

Wed., Aug 22, 1pm: Brock House, Vancouver BC (fundraiser for Brock House Society)

Fri., Nov. 9, 7:30pm: Chilliwack Cultural Centre, Chilliwack BC

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2015-2018 AT A GLANCE:
Mayworks Festival of Labour & the Arts (Winnipeg, MB)
The Sanctuary in Brentwood (Burnaby, BC)
Waterfront Gallery (Ladysmith, BC)
Mary Winspear Centre (Sidney, BC)
Espace Freestanding Room (Montreal, PQ)
Brentwood Bay Village Empourium (Brentwood Bay, BC)
Langham Cultural Centre (Kaslo, BC)
Richardson Hall (Winnipeg, MB)
Beacon Community Centre (Protection Island, BC)
Gabriola Arts Festival (Gabriola Island, BC)
Firehall Arts Centre (Vancouver, BC)
Malaspina Theatre (Nanaimo, BC)
Evergreen Cultural Centre (Coquitlam, BC)
UNO Festival of Solo Performance (Intrepid Theatre, Victoria)
Metro Studio Theatre (Victoria, BC, premiere)

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Mayworks Festival of Labour & the Arts, Winnipeg May 9/10, 2018

What a wonderful, inspiring evening! Fred and I went to the West End Cultural Centre to see Mark Hellman’s one-man show, ‘Pete Seeger’s The Incompleat Folksinger’. Hellman was great, and we were totally captured within the first 5 minutes; the time flew. It’s been a long time since I’ve sung out at the top of my lungs at a show (and even spontaneously flashed the peace sign!) and to sing once again those labour/union/human rights songs that Seeger dedicated his life to was exactly the tonic we needed right now. The sad part is that the show is based on Seeger’s book, written in 1972, yet all those comments, all those songs, have once again become so very relevant today. Sometimes we just need a reminder that we are able to work to change the world if we just stand together. – Kate Ferris & Ferris Fare Music

Espace Freestanding Room, Montreal – Oct 26 – 28, 2017

I saw this wonderful singalong one man show tonight, Pete Seeger’s The Incompleat Folksinger with Mark Hellman playing Pete (and performing his music beautifully). At first I thought, well I’m glad to see an old friend on stage again but I don’t really know many Seeger songs. Damn if I didn’t sing the whole time, with the rest of the audience harmonizing beautifully. My activist side reanimated, my desire for peace and communication and resistance was whetted, my empathy was tapped and my love for family flowed. 2 shows tomorrow and that’s it! Freestanding is small so get there early to get a seat.  – Alison Darcy (Co-artistic Director, Scapegoat Carnivale, Mtl)

Saw my friend Mark bring Pete Seeger to life in The Incompleat Folksinger…I am a big fan of Pete Seeger, but I admit I was expecting a “tribute” show. An amazing thing happened. It became an ersatz Hootenanny. As the whole audience sang along (I hadn’t planned on joining in, but I couldn’t help it) I could feel the power of the history behind those anthems and what they stood for; songs that were the courageous people’s weapon of choice against baseball bats, economic oppression, attack dogs, and firehoses; songs that spoke of the need to look at ourselves and take action. More importantly, last night those songs miraculously bridged that span of time to meet up with us today. Society’s present struggles, injustices and wrongs became very present in that intimate gathering, and so we sang not out of nostalgia, but in the moment, solemnly at times with a hope that these ills might be conquered, and joyfully with the conviction that they one day would be. You may say I’m a dreamer…Anyway. See this show if you can.
– Marcel Jeanin (Montreal actor/director)

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Mark Hellman - Tracks of the Toubadour
Musical Storytelling
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