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BPAC Presents ‘Live & Local’ Hosted by the Mark Lalama Trio

After nearly 20 long months, our dark stages are once again lit and shining the spotlight on incredible local talent!

The BPAC LIVE & LOCAL Music Series returns to the Burlington Performing Arts Centre, Community Studio Theatre on Sunday, November 14 at 4pm.

This series ensures a great early evening of live music hosted by an impressive trio, made up of the area’s most highly sought-after professional touring and recording musicians, and features hand-picked emerging and established homegrown talent.

The Mark Lalama Trio consists of drummer Davide DiRenzo (Tom Cochrane/Holly Cole/Jacksoul), bassist Richard Moore (The Tenors/Marc Jordan/Alice Cooper), and of course, singer-songwriter, musical director, producer and pianist Mark Lalama. The Mark Lalama trio is fast earning a reputation as one of the most engaging and intuitive bands around, and together they create a unique brand of incredible, genre-defying original music that never fails to inspire those who are there to take it all in. Performances explode with energy, passion and stellar musicianship.

“You fellas are so good… great players all, with oodles of feel and ears like satellite dishes…Thank you so much for inviting me to the party.” – Stephen Fearing/Blackie and the Rodeo Kings

Lalama began playing music professionally at the age of 12 and he continues to move seamlessly between the live stage and the recording studio. He’s produced, recorded and performed with the likes of Marc Jordan, John McDermott, Jon Bon Jovi, Mariah Carey, Tom Jones, Chrissie Hynde, Anne Murray, Molly Johnson, Roger Hodgson, Paul Anka, Olivia Newton-John, Michael MacDonald, and many more.

“I am humbled when I hear work such as yours. It is so good.” – Ian Thomas

Experience the energy, spontaneity and the magic of musical cross-pollination as the trio not only hosts, but also backs this month’s featured guests Hayley Verrall (2020 BPAC Hall of Fame winner) and the showstopper powerhouse Terra Lightfoot.

Local native Terra Lightfoot is a ferocious talent. Following up her third studio album, the JUNO and Polaris-nominated New Mistakes, Lightfoot returned with the remarkable Consider the Speed, a smouldering, soulful full-length recorded by Grammy-winning producer Jay Newland at Memphis landmark Royal Studios. Lightfoot has logged millions of miles around the globe, including marquee tour dates supporting legendary acts such as Blue Rodeo, Bruce Cockburn and Willie Nelson!

“As a kid originally from Waterdown, it means a lot to me to be able to take the stage with world class musicians at BPAC. I’m excited to shake hands with Mark and the rest of the trio and make some music together that same day. I always find this type of presentation exciting…we’ve never played together and we’re going to be finding new musical ground together in songs I’ve already written. I’ve also known Davide for a long time and he was an early supporter of me and my music, so of course I’m elated to get to play with him again.” – Terra Lightfoot

Burlington’s own country singer-songwriter and rising star Hayley Verrall is a fresh young artist who has quietly but quickly been edging her way into the Canadian country music community with her roots and contemporary inspired original music. An internationally and locally awarded artist, Verrall’s passion for performing and for people has not gone unnoticed as she was most recently named the 2020 inductee to the Burlington Performing Arts Centre Hall of Fame which recognizes persons who have made significant contributions to the performing arts in Burlington.

“Being inducted into the Burlington Performing Arts Centre Hall of Fame is an unbelievable feeling. I am so grateful for the ongoing support that both BPAC and Burlington have provided to me and my music.” says Verrall. “I feel completely blessed to be a Burlington artist and am ecstatic that BPAC recognizes my worth as such.”

“BPAC has a profound impact on the artistic growth and development of our local performing arts community. BPAC’s LIVE & LOCAL series allows local performers to increase their creative capacity, reach new heights of artistic excellence, deliver richer and more diverse performances and ultimately grow their audience,” says BPAC Executive Director Tammy Fox. “As part of our mission to nurture and support local arts producers we launched this artist development initiative which provides performance opportunities for local artists and arts organizations to showcase their talents to BPAC’s established and growing audience base by including them in our “BPAC Presents” season programming under the ‘Live & Local’ banner.”

The BPAC Live & Local Music Series continues in January 2022 with featured guests JUNO and Hamilton Music Awards winning bluesman Steve Strongman with local brothers James Biljak and Thom Anthony. In February 2022 guests include Hamilton’s Pete van Dyk and the Second Hand Band and the iconic multiple JUNO-winning Inuk singer-songwriter Susan Aglukark who was recently named to the Order of Canada.

Patrons who want to experience the energy of the live concert environment can purchase tickets through the BPAC Box Office, secure in the knowledge that the BPAC’s health and safety protocols are in place to keep performers and patrons safe. As per Ontario guidelines, all patrons must show proof of COVID-19 double vaccination to be permitted entry into the facility and wear a mask.

The Burlington Performing Arts Centre presents
Hosted by The Mark Lalama Trio
Featuring Terra Lightfoot and Hayley Verrall
November 14, 2021 at 4 p.m.
Community Studio Theatre & Livestream
440 Locust Street, Burlington, Ontario

Tickets can be purchased online or by telephone:
905-681-6000 |
Tickets: Regular $39.50 / Members $34.50

The full schedule of BPAC Presents events is available here:

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The Burlington Performing Arts Centre is a spectacular LEED (Leadership in Environmental Design) GOLD certified facility. The Centre is inclusive and respectful to all, combining accessibility with imaginative design and creativity, incorporating accessibility features wherever possible. The mission of The Burlington Performing Arts Centre is to provide the people of Burlington with a broad range of excellent performance opportunities that will both inspire and delight.

CONTACT FOR ARTIST INTERVIEWS AND IMAGES: Michael Chess, Marketing & Development Manager
Phone: 905.681.2551 x 6318