Blyth Festival

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Country and Region CanadaOntario
Type of Festival Drama
Location of Festival Blyth, Ontario Canada
Festival Contact Information

Blyth Festival
P. O. Box 10
423 Queen Street
Blyth, ON NoM 1HO Canada
Phone: +01 519-523-9300
Fax: +01 519-523-9804

Festival Description

The Blyth Centre for the Arts (including Blyth Festival) was founded in 1975 to produce theatre that reflects the culture and concerns for the people of southwestern Ontario and beyond.

In 1975, few scripts that fit the festival’s mandate were being written so we jumped into the creation of new work. At that time, the festival was the only summer theatre producing original Canadian plays, and one of the very few, if not the only “500-seat” theatre in Canada producing Canadian plays exclusively.

Today, located in a village of 1000 in rural Huron County, the Blyth Centre for the Arts is a year-round centre of cultural activity for southwestern Ontario. In addition to the Blyth Festival, the Centre includes an Art Gallery that showcases three professional exhibits, one non-juried community show and co-ordinates a student exhibit each season. Choristers participate in the professionally-led Blyth Festival Singers and musicians from three counties form the Blyth Festival Orchestra.

In addition, the festival acts as a resource for local groups and makes its outstanding facilities available for community use. We play major roles in the business life of the village and the tourism industry in Huron County.

Festival Dates June 11 - September 7, 2013
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Festival Events:

Programming 2012:
  • Dear Johnny Deere, by Ken Cameron based on the songs of Fred Eaglesmith
    Directed by Eric Coates
    • Yes, THAT Fred Eaglesmith. Drivin’, shootin’, cheatin’, schemin’, and boozin’…just another day on the farm complete with some of Fred Eaglesmith’s biggest hits! But it’s not all fun and games… Johnny and Caroline struggle to keep the farm afloat while the bills pile higher and The Man from Toronto wants to put a big ol’ overpass right through their hearts. What will it take to keep it all together? Hint: it’s green. And it’s a tractor.
  • Having HOPE at HOME, by David S. Craig directed by Leah Cherniak
    • What could be more stressful than hosting Christmas dinner for your infuriating parents? How about doing it while you’re in labour? Carolyn has one evening to create the perfect dinner, make peace with her parents, get married, and deliver a baby. What could possibly go wrong?
      “…a big hearted comedy that will leave you in tears – tears of compassion and recognition as well as tears of laughter.” —ROBERT REID, WATERLOO RECORD
  • The Lonely Diner: Al Capone in Euphemia Township, by Beverley Cooper directed by Ann Hodges
    • Intrigue in your own backyard… The year is 1927 and someone is stealing Al Capone’s whiskey. In a quiet little diner close to the U.S. border Lucy yearns for excitement and glamour. When a couple of well-dressed American gangsters make an after hours visit, Lucy changes her tune as the stakes get higher. Or does she just sing louder? Perhaps there is more to this little diner than meets the eye…
  • The Devil We Know, by Cheryl Foggo and Clem Martini directed by Eric Coates
    • We’ll sell you the whole seat, but you’ll only need the edge… On the edge of Regina in 1944, Ottawa Street is home to a handful of African-Canadians, intent on living with dignity despite hard times. When teenage twins, Vivian and Verna, are left home alone for the weekend, out on the lonely edge of town…ignored by neighbors and police…where can these girls turn when evil comes calling?


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Photo slideshow credits:
  • In order of appearance
    • Mark Craword, Sébastien David, Meegwun Fairbrother and Gil Garratt in Vimy by Vern Thiessen (2011). Photo by Terry Manzo.
    • Tony Munch and Marion Day in Rope’s End by Douglas Bowie (2011). Photo by Terry Manzo.
    • Ryan Bondy and Phil Poirier in Hometown by Jean Marc Dalpé, Mieko Ouchi, Mansel Robinson, Martha Ross, Peter Smith and Des Walsh with music by David Archibald and translation by Maureen Labonté (2001). Photo by Terry Manzo.


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