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Rockabilly Swingtime will be presented daily at Victoria Playhouse in Petrolia at 2 p.m., with the exception of Sept. 15 and 22 when it will be presented at 8 p.m. Handout/Petrolia Topic

Rockabilly Swingtime opens Sept. 5

The Victoria Playhouse Petrolia is closing its Canadian-themed season with a celebratory sendoff. Rockabilly Swingtime is set to be an exciting culmination after previous shows delved into an array of themes including resilience, comedy and freedom.

Colin Mochrie

Colin Mochrie bringing humour to Petrolia

Audiences in Petrolia will have a chance to get to know Canadian master of improv Colin Mochrie this Saturday. The comedian best known for his quick wit on Whose Line is it Anyway? is joining the Victoria Playhouse’s Proud to Be Canadian Speaker series, and if you’ve seen his fine-tuned improvisational skills at work, you know you’re in for a treat

Don Brimmer and Janice Bonish are joining forces at Victoria Hall - their art show, 'Consolidation of Landscapes and Abstracts', debuts on the 5th of September. Melissa Schilz/Postmedia Network

Artists evolve and experiment over time

Janice Bonish and Don Brimmer both began painting just over 10 years ago in 2006, but the cousins were unaware that the other had picked up the same hobby. Now, the pair are having their first art show together at Victoria Hall, and have seen their love of painting flourish as they grew more confident with their paintbrush in hand.

Amber Tomlin plays Portia White in the VPP’s next big production ‘Portia’, the story of Canada’s first black female concert singer. Handout/Postmedia Network

Uncovering the story of Portia White

The Victoria Playhouse is debuting its next Canadian-themed feature entitled ‘Portia’ next week; the production dives into the life and times of Canada’s first black female concert singer, Portia White.

Sarah Smith will be among four other musicians performing on the Victoria Playhouse stage during the presentation of Folks Like Us, Aug. 1 to 12. (Photo courtesy Cheryl Mazak)

Every song tells a story

Sarah Smith is used to being on stage – she said it feels like home for her. She’ll be joining four other musicians on the Petrolia Playhouse stage next month in her first-ever theatre production Folks Like Us.

Regina Gudelis has been painting for 50 years; her home studio in Bright’s Grove holds dozens of works that she has created over the years. Melissa Schilz/Postmedia Network

First prize winner returns to Petrolia

When Regina Gudelis sits down to paint, she doesn’t always know where the brushstrokes are going to take her, but just being in front of a canvas always manages to pull something out of her. She describes her artwork as expressive and abstract, it is emotional and created from in the inside out.

Jim Donnelly of the Black Donnellys, subject of a film shot in Southwestern Ontario, set to be screened at Victoria Playhouse in Petrolia on October 13. (Submitted Photo)

Second show added after selling out

It’s an eerie tale most locals will remember from childhood – a family of outcasts massacred by an armed mob made up of their own neighbours, the Black Donnellys of Lucan, Ontario had quite the reputation, and still do.