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Victoria Playhouse in Petrolia is holding a fundraiser in October to help pay for an upgrade — brand new seating in the theatre — early next year. Melissa Schilz/Postmedia Network

'Achy Breaky Seats' fundraiser for VPP

A successful month at Victoria Playhouse saw box office records broken after The Men of Country sold out. The final show was Sunday, but both the men and women of country will be joining forces in October for a fundraiser — “Achy Breaky Seats” — for the Petrolia theatre to buy new seats.

From left: Brian Barber, Mark Payne, Dan Baerg, Kraig Waye, Randy Rektor & Jesse Grandmont perform as the Men of Country this month at the Victoria Playhouse. Photo: Diane O'Dell Photo Credit: Diane ODell

Men of country ends season with a bang

Walking into the Victoria Playhouse, there is an instant country vibe, taking you to a barn dance or party simply through an immaculate stage setup. The house is packed as expected, and some guests have even worn their best country attire, from plaid shirts to bolo ties.

Carmon Broadbent in her Sarnia home with some of her work. She and her sister Fern Whiting will have their art on display at Victoria hall this month. Melissa Schilz/The Topic

"Mixed Media" debuts Sept. 9

Two sisters, Carmon Broadbent and Fern Whiting will have their artworks on display at Victoria Hall this month, with their official debut on the afternoon of September 9.Broadbent, also known as “Carmon of Canada”, has been painting and drawing since she was a little girl, even before she started school.

Jesse Grandmont is one of six musical men to perform in The Men of Country this month at The Victoria Playhouse. PROVIDED

Men of Country debuts Sept. 7

The Men of Country: From the Heart debuts at the Victoria Playhouse on September 7. After last season's Women of Country saw huge success with sold out shows, it was decided that the men should have a shot at showing off their own country music talents.

Mark Payne and David Rogers will be performing the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein with a personal twist, along with some guest appearances. Provided.

Payne and Rogers join musical forces

This month at the Victoria Playhouse, David Rogers and Mark Payne will be combining their musical talents to bring audiences Around the Piano, performing the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein featuring some special guest appearances.

The Tragically Hip's frontman Gord Downie is seen on a screen in Springer Market Square in downtown Kingston. The Hip's concert at the KRock Centre in the Kingston on Saturday, Aug. 20 was broadcast nationally on CBC. Elliot Ferguson/The Whig-Standard

The Hip knows how to put on a show

If you didn’t get it before, you probably do now, this whole celebration of The Tragically Hip thing that the rest of the country’s been busy doing all summer.

Melanie Paiementm Jackie English, Michael Vanhevel, Jennifer Walls , Amelia Welcher and Moulan Bourke star in “Little Miss County Fair”. Photo by Diane Odell/Ruth Brown

Original production boasts wit and talent

With a packed theatre on opening afternoon, Artistic Director David Hogan welcomed the first audience to experience “Little Miss County Fair” on August 9. The musical comedy is the Victoria Playhouse's very first original production, written by David Rogers and with music by Mark Payne.

 Last year was the first Alvinston Arts and Music Festival. This year the event has expanded to include more vendors and musicians. Provided Photo.

Alvinston hosting arts and music fest Aug. 13

The Brooke-Alvinston Arts and Activity Group is holding their second Arts and Music fest in Alvinston Community Park and on River Street on August 13. Part of the main street will be cordoned off for festivities on Saturday.The event will be running from 11 am to 9 pm with activities and an artists and vendors market until 5 pm, followed by an even