Alice’s Restaurant Kicks Off Playhouse Season


 Upper Canada Playhouse is known for kick-starting its new season, and shaking away the winter blues with a high-octane, live concert.

And this year is no exception.

The Playhouse opens its 2016 season with Alice’s Restaurant – Hits of the 60s and 70s playing April 26 – May 1.

This will be a sensational live concert featuring dynamic singers led by Playhouse favourite Aaron Solomon and backed up by a live band featuring some of the finest musicians in the country.

“These concerts have been a great way to add variety to our programming, and also start our new season off with a big splash,” said artistic director, Donnie Bowes. “This concert will certainly do that and then some.”

Alice’s Restaurant features the same team that has entertained Playhouse audiences with past hit shows like Blue Suede Shoes, Johnny and June, Memories of the Summer of Love, Memories of Rock & Roll and last season’s hit, Midnight Hour.

Deciding on a theme for this year’s concert, Bowes and the company agreed that first and foremost it had to give audiences what they’ve come to expect – fabulous live music and lots of it. 

It also needed to feature music from those legendary artists whose work remains as popular today as ever. Alice’s Restaurant not only features the musical hits of the 60s and 70s, it also highlights those famous songs that tell the great stories we all cherish. 

Among the show’s outstanding singers is Aaron Solomon, well known to Playhouse audiences for his unique ability to actually embody the vocal quality and character of every artist whose songs he performs, whether that artist is Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, or a host of others. 

Solomon has worked on over 500 recording sessions and performed with such artists as Shania Twain, Jeff Healey, John Allan Cameron and George Hamilton IV. He has sung in such venues as the Ed Sullivan Theatre, the Glen Gould Studios and the Opryland Studios in Nashville.

And, as Playhouse audiences know, Aaron plays a mean fiddle.

Alice’s Restaurant features hits from Arlo Guthrie, Peter, Paul and Mary, the Eagles, Gordon Lightfoot, Harry Chapin, Cat Stevens, John Denver, Simon & Garfunkel and the Mamas and the Papas.

Also expect to hear classic songs from Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen and the Country greats Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Marty Robbins, Kenny Rogers, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson.

The show also brings back those songs that made us laugh. Enjoy Boxcar Willie, Roger Miller, Slim Whitman and Merle Haggard.

If you loved the music of Alice’s Restaurant, Harper Valley PTA, American Pie, Me and Bobby Magee, Blowing in the Wind, Leavin’ on a Jet Plane, King of the Road, This Land is Your Land, I Am Woman,  The Devil Went Down to Georgia, Country Roads and The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia, this is the show for you.

This concert is already close to selling out. 

Audiences are advised to book now by contacting the Playhouse at 613-543-3713 or 1-877-550-3650 or by going on line at

Don’t miss Alice’s Restaurant – Hits of the 60s and 70s, coming to Upper Canada Playhouse April 26 – May 1.