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Kirk Bates – Running with Scissors @ Bancroft Village Playhouse
Sep 5 @ 7:00 pm


Although born in Toronto, Kirk has spent the majority of his childhood in North Hastings. Thus he considers himself a native of ‘North of 7’.

Kirk has been singing since he was 5 and playing guitar since he was 13 years of age. A truck driver by trade he’s put more emphasis on his passion for music over the last 5-6 yrs. While comfortable performing for family and friends he still considers himself an ‘up and comer’ amongst his peers in the music industry. He is a member of Bancroft Theatre Guild as well as the first and currently only musician member of the Algonquin Arts Council. Recently, he has been involved with acting work on a local Indie film, “Dark Sunrise” which has earned him an IMDb mention. Dark Sunrise will be shown at the Bancroft Village Playhouse post production.

He has been a member of local bands ‘Powder Keg’ and ‘Sparrow Park’ but generally performs solo at local restaurants, venues & private functions. He is a ‘for hire’ musician and is always up for a compatible collaboration.

Presently Kirk is writing and composing original music for his upcoming project album, “Running With Scissors” which will tentatively be available by Christmas 2015.

Upcoming performance dates and venues can be found on ‘Kirk Bates-musician’ page on Facebook or follow him on Twitter @bates_kirk Contact for bookings at kirk_bates@yahoo.ca.
Watch for his “Running With Scissors” Kick Start Show at ‘The Village Playhouse’ in Bancroft, Ontario on Sept. 5th, 2015. $15 per ticket which includes a 20% meal discount at ‘The Granite Restaurant’ on day of show (restrictions apply).

TIFF Tuesday – The North of 7 Film Fest presents “A Brilliant Young Mind” @ Bancroft Village Playhouse
Sep 8 @ 4:15 pm


A socially awkward teenage math prodigy finds new confidence and new friendships when he lands a spot on the British squad at the International Mathematics Olympiad.

TIFF Tuesday – The North of 7 Film Fest presents “A Brilliant Young Mind” @ Bancroft Village Playhouse
Sep 8 @ 7:00 pm


A socially awkward teenage math prodigy finds new confidence and new friendships when he lands a spot on the British squad at the International Mathematics Olympiad.

The Fitzgerald Family – A Fundraiser for Community Care North Hastings @ Bancroft Village Playhouse
Sep 13 @ 2:00 pm

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The Fitzgerald Family is a family band featuring the high-energy fiddling and percussive step dancing of four of Canada’s finest young musicians. With roots in the Canadian old-time fiddle tradition and Ottawa Valley step dancing, their unique stage show combines a variety of musical styles- everything from traditional jigs and reels, bluegrass, jazz and swing standards, Celtic, gospel as well as novelty numbers and choreographed dance routines.

Julie (24), Kerry (23), and Tom (20), are all champion fiddlers and provide intricate 3-part fiddle harmonies as well as solo improvisations on fiddle, mandolin, and guitar. Additional instrumentation includes Pat (25) on percussion along with parents Pam and Paddy providing accompaniment on piano and bass guitar. An audience favourite is their award-winning group step dancing.

These spirited young performers are noted for their polished performances and provide wholesome, captivating entertainment for a diverse audience. Performing in theatres, on festival stages, at fairs and exhibitions as well as corporate and fund-raising events and outreach programs in schools, Everything Fitz has received glowing reviews from promoters, organizers and fans across Canada and the United States.

Cracker Jack Palace – Classic Rock @ Bancroft Village Playhouse
Sep 26 @ 8:00 pm

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Crackerjack Palace is a Classic Rock band formed in 2004 as part of a charitable drive to raise money for AIDS In Africa.  The fundraiser was successful and the group stayed together to expand their repertoire and perfect their sound.

Current staff includes: (left to right) Jim Atwell (percussion & vocals), Barry Klein (lead guitar & vocals), Paul Bartlett (guitar), Tom Elliott (lead  vocals & guitar), Grant Heywood (drums & vocals), Dan Munro (bass guitar & vocals) and Mark Diotallevi (keyboards).

‘Croft Talks – LIVE! @ Bancroft Village Playhouse
Sep 29 @ 7:00 pm

‘Croft Talks LIVE

The Bancroft Region is full of stories, characters, beliefs and opinions. Each month, starting this September, Barb Shaw will host a live, unscripted talk show that will tap into what’s happening across our region.

Featuring three segments; an opening monologue/editorial, a one-on-one interview and then a pundit’s panel, audience members will enjoy guest interaction, opinion and perhaps a bit of verbal sparring. This show is about going a bit deeper into the stories that are happening all around us by adding background, context and colour. The live, unscripted format will create excitement and some great energy for our audience.

This show will tackle the big stories, the small stories and dive deeper into the local context. We will cover politics, religion, sex and anything of interest while adding a bit of humour to keep the evening flowing.

The idea for this project comes from the success of the live North of 7 Film Fest event that Hospice North Hastings hosted last June. Our special film screening included a live segment featuring Gordon Pinsent, Leah Pinsent and Peter Keleghan with Barb Shaw acting as the host. After the event, countless audience members commented that Bancroft really needed its own talk show and we agreed.

Logistics and Format:

‘Croft Talks will run each month from the stage of the Bancroft Village Playhouse from 7 to 8:30 pm. There will be a bar and a minimal ticket price. All proceeds of the event will support the Bancroft Village Playhouse Repair Fund.

The opening monologue will provide background, opinion and context in relation to what the show has scheduled as the main area of discussion or theme. Our one-on-one interview will tell more of the story, from one person’s perspective and finally, our panel will work their way, in a facilitated fashion, through a series of questions from the host and from the audience.