Free Live Broadcast Cabaret Concert Series
Co-Hosted by Drayton Entertainment & Music Performance Trust Fund
Join us for six live music concerts on select Sundays in March and April for FREE! From crooner classics and jazz standards to Broadway sensations, popular songs, and more, this Live Broadcast Cabaret Concert Series features talented artists performing a variety of memorable hits and unknown gems ... and it’s all live to air! Each performance is presented in real-time as the artists perform live from St. Jacobs Country Playhouse. The concerts are not pre-recorded and cannot be viewed at a later date. Audiences must tune into the broadcasts in order to watch.
Update: The provincial government has imposed a Stay-At-Home Order for all of Ontario beginning Thursday, April 8. Unfortunately, this restriction prohibits streaming concerts. This means that we cannot proceed with our final two cabarets that were scheduled to be broadcast live from St. Jacobs Country Playhouse on Sunday, April 11 (Kelly Holiff) and Sunday, April 18 (Little Big Band). We hope to reschedule these concerts later this spring when it’s safe to do so and restrictions are lifted.
Thank you to the Music Performance Trust Fund, our sponsors Nestlé, Hay Communications, Strassburger Windows & Doors, Emerge 2 Digital, and everyone who tuned in to the first four concerts in the series.
Swinging Greats of the '40s, '50s and '60s!
Sunday, March 7 at 7:00 p.m. EST
Crooner Michael Vanhevel sings swinging hits from the ‘40s, ‘50s, and ‘60s including Bobby Darin’s “Beyond The Sea”, Dean Martin’s “Ain't That a Kick in the Head”, Frank Sinatra’s “My Way”, and more. Michael is accompanied by Music Director Mark Payne on piano, Alex Baerg on guitar, Dan Baerg on drums, Tony DeLuca on saxophone, and Mark Laidman on bass.
The Mantini Sisters
Great songs from the ‘30s to the ‘70s: Jazz to Broadway and Pop to Country!
Sunday, March 14 at 7:00 p.m. EST
Popular vocal trio, The Mantini Sisters (Sandra, Barbara, and Ann), bring their unique vocal styling to various genres from jazz to popular standards including “The 59th Street Bridge Song”, “How High The Moon'', an Astaire Medley featuring “A Fine Romance,” “A Foggy Day,” and “They All Laughed”, and more. The Mantini Sisters are accompanied by Music Director Mark Camilleri on piano, Peter Bleakney on bass, and Kevin Dempsey on drums.
Standards, Motown, Broadway, and Beyond!
Sunday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m. EST
Broadway performer Lee Siegel sings a variety of sensational songs from memorable standards and Motown classics to Broadway hits and beyond including “Tomorrow” from Annie, “Home” from The Wiz, “A Change Is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke, and more. Lee is accompanied by Music Director Mark Camilleri on piano, Cathy Anderson on cello, Jesse Grandmont on violin, Matt Lima on bass, and David MacDougall on drums.
All For Love!
Sunday, March 28 at 2:00 p.m. EST *matinee
Versatile performer Mark Cassius sings songs from his life in musical theatre, on Broadway, and touring internationally with the iconic Canadian acapella group, The Nylons. Performing popular tunes like “On Broadway”, “Make Them Hear You”, “Happy Together”, and more, Mark is accompanied by Music Director Steve Thomas on piano, Dave Dunlop on trumpet, Richard Moore on drums, Paul Pacanowski on saxophone, and Junior Riggan on bass.
Kelly Holiff (Cancelled)
Broadway and Pop Hits!
Sunday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m. EST
Vocal powerhouse Kelly Holiff sings songs by Broadway and popular composers who shaped her life including Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You”, Céline Dion's “It's All Coming Back To Me Now” and “Defying Gravity” from the hit musical Wicked. Kelly is accompanied by Music Director Jeannie Wyse on piano, Mike Allen on guitar, Pol Coussée on reeds, Jamie Drake on drums and Ross MacIntyre on bass.
Little Big Band (Cancelled)
A 7-piece "Little" Big Band Plays Modern Jazz Hits and Updated Classics!
Sunday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m. EST
It’s all about the music as a “little” Big Band plays an array of modern and classic jazz songs including “Cold Duck Time”, “My Baby Just Cares For Me”, the theme from “I Love Lucy”, and more. The 7-piece band features Music Director Brigham Phillips on piano, Sasha Boychouk on woodwinds, Howard Gaul on drums, Peter Hyson on trombone, Will Jarvis on bass, Paul Mitchell on trumpet, and Dave Thompson on guitar.
What is live broadcasting?
Live broadcasting is when a video feed is sent over the Internet in real time without being recorded in advance.
I do not have Facebook, can I still watch the concerts?
Patrons may be able to view the live broadcasts in a browser outside of Facebook, but this has been hit or miss depending on the device and browser. Click here for further details and recommendations.
I am busy on Sundays. Will I be able to view the cabaret concerts at another time?
Each concert will be broadcast live and must be watched in real time. Unfortunately, these concerts are not available for viewing outside of the original broadcast times. They cannot be viewed before or after the live broadcast.
How long are the concerts?
Each concert will be approximately 45 to 60 minutes long.
I have friends and family who would like to watch the series. Can I share the concerts with them?
Yes, these concerts are free to the public. However, they are only available to viewers in Canada and the United States because the series is supported by the Music Performance Trust Fund, which only permits viewers in these two countries.
What is the Music Performance Trust Fund?
Established in 1948, the Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF) is a non-profit independent public service organization whose mission includes contributing to the public knowledge and appreciation of music, as well as making music a part of every child's life experience. Headquartered in New York City, MPTF evolved from a landmark collective bargaining agreement between the American Federation of Musicians and the major recording companies of the day. Today the MPTF is a vital organization that brings music to the public and supplements the income of musicians, all at no cost to those receiving this precious gift of music.
- Please note that each concert will be available for viewing on its scheduled date and time only. The concerts are not recorded and cannot be viewed at a later date, so audiences must tune into the broadcast in order to watch.
- On the day each concert airs, please click here or the Drayton Entertainment Facebook Page for access to the live broadcast link.
- The live broadcast link will only be available at the exact concert time. We will update this website and share the live broadcast link to Facebook at the scheduled time. Click the video play button at the exact concert start time in order to watch.
- Enjoy the show!