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Live & Local

Local Artist Development Initiative

The Burlington Performing Arts Centre’s Live & Local Artist Development Initiative provides performance opportunities and support for Burlington-based artists.

Live & Local Music Series Committee

Live and Local Music Series

Bio coming soon…

Frank Allison started playing in rock and roll bands in Vancouver in the 60’s, turning pro in about 1967. Frank worked steadily in night clubs, television & radio, creative and commercial studio work. With the advent of technology, the work dried up…so he went back to UBC and finished an honours degree in Music accompanied with a teachers certificate.

Frank’s sister (from Oakville) saw an ad in the Globe & Mail looking for a music teacher with knowledge of the guitar…basically a tailor-made job. He started in 1988 at the old Gen. Brock HS and retired in 2013…since then he continues to play music…got a Masters certificate in guitar from Berklee College (Boston)…started the foundation for his mother and look forward to giving back.

Howie Wark played guitar as a youngster to the sounds of Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings. He grew up in a small town, so sports eventually won out; leading to competitive golf. Howie graduated from Mohawk College Radio Broadcasting and his love of music led him to be a DJ for over 10 years. Now Howie looks forward to meeting local artists and helping our team promote the enormous talent coming from Burlington and the surrounding area at Live and Local at BPAC.

Live and Local

LIVE & LOCAL – Alfie Smith, Dirty Blues Band

BPAC Presents
FRI MAR 6, 7:30pm
BPAC gets live with these talented local artists.
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Live & Local: First Stages 10-Minute Play Festival

The First Stages 10-Minute Play Festival encourages local playwrights by developing and showcasing original, fully staged ten minute plays in a professional venue.

Now Accepting Play Submissions!

The Burlington Performing Arts Centre is pleased to announce we are now accepting submissions for our inaugural Live and Local: First Stages 10-Minute Play Festival. The performances will take place on Saturday August 15, 2020 in the Community Studio Theatre at The Burlington Performing Arts Centre. Submissions are due on Friday April 3, 2020 at 12:00 noon.

  • Each playwright may submit one original script for consideration.
  • Playwrights must live in Burlington Ontario, or surrounding area. Playwrights with all levels of experience are encouraged to submit their work for consideration.
  • The play must run between 8-12 minutes when full staged (ideal time is 10 minutes).
  • Plays of any genre and theme will be considered.
  • Up to ten plays will be included in the festival (2 performances/dates).
  • Set must be limited to one table and two chairs (provided), and minimal hand props that the actors can bring on and off with themselves.
  • Tech requirements should be as simple as possible in lighting and sound (recommended 5 cues maximum). Each play will have a 30 minutes tech rehearsal to determine levels in the theatre.
  • Participation is voluntary and there will be no financial compensation.
Dates to note
  • Wednesday March 25, 2020, 7:00pm at BPAC– Information session for interested playwrights, actors, directors, etc.
  • Please RSVP to heather.cassels@burlington.ca.
  • Friday April 3, 2020 at 12:00pm – Submission deadline for plays.
  • Successful submissions will be notified by the end of April.
  • Thursday May 28, 2020 and Friday May 29, 2020 evenings at BPAC– Auditions for performers.
  • Friday August 14, 2020 – Technical rehearsal day for performances.
  • Saturday August 15, 2020 – Performances at 2:00pm and 7:00pm.
How to submit
  • Only electronic submissions will be accepted.
  • Please send your full script as one .pdf or .docx document to heather.cassels@burlington.ca by Friday April 3, 2020 at 12:00 noon for consideration.
  • Please make sure to include the title of the play, whether the play has been previously staged, contact information (playwright’s name, address, email, phone number), a brief synopsis of the play, and a short biography of the playwright.
Download the Guidelines

First Stage Festival Committee

Architect-turned word wrangler. Writing, editing and ghostwriting materials for government agencies, companies, ad agencies, etc. Producing, directing and writing plays, one-man shows, revues and a musical for arts and fringe festivals. Ten-minute plays recently performed at festivals in Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton and London. Member: Stage Write Burlington.

For more information please contact Heather Cassels, Events Coordinator:


905-681-2551 x 6311

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