Ron Sexsmith kicks off return of indoor shows at Performing Arts Centre

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The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (PAC) will be opening their doors once again to live events, with a winter lineup of shows that kicks off Saturday, Dec. 5 when St. Catharines native Ron Sexsmith will perform with members of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra.

Colleen A. Smith, executive director of the PAC, said having Sexsmith return for their opening show is a perfect way to celebrate the centre’s fifth year.

“The fact that he was involved with the ground-breaking here ... it makes perfect sense that he comes back and performs live in person with the Niagara Symphony Orchestra for our fifth anniversary.”

Smith said guests should expect some differences, as in-person shows return for the first time since March, particularly when it comes to safety.

“The number one difference will just be safety and getting inside the space. The process of coming into the PAC will be very managed. We are also not going to have concessions or intermissions.”

And while some of the logistics and operations may have changed, Smith said the experience of the show when Sexsmith takes the stage Dec. 5 will be the same live music sights and sounds of the past, only a little more spread out.

“When you are inside the concert hall, it is still Partridge Hall. It still sounds fantastic, but there will be a little bit more space between seats, and masks will be required.

"Once you get in there and you hear it and see it, I think you will just revel in that experience we all love of listening to live music.”

The PAC has also included a paid live stream option for those who would prefer to watch from the comfort of their home, and will continue to host free virtual community events throughout the fall.

Along with Sexsmith’s opening night performance, Smith said the PAC has a number of other in-person events scheduled, covering a wide variety of arts and culture.

“We have such a great lineup, from drag queen bingo, to Indigenous cellist Cris Derksen performing, as well as 'The Next Generation Leahy'.”

Tickets for all the PAC’s winter lineup events will be on sale Oct. 30.at 10 a.m. on the PAC’s website, and at the box office.

Smith said guests hoping to snag tickets to one of this season’s event should act fast, as all shows will be limited to 50 people.

Bryan Levesque, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Grimsby Lincoln News