WINNIPEG, MB. – True North Sports + Entertainment is proud to confirm the continuation of the relationship between Burton Cummings and the Burton Cummings Theatre (BCT).
The extension will ensure that Burton Cumming’s name will proudly reside atop of the Burton Cummings Theatre for at least another 15 years.
“The BCT is an incredible space for performers and patrons,” says Kevin Donnelly, senior vice-president, venues and entertainment. “This partnership with one Winnipeg’s most loved exports – the talent of Burton Cummings – allows us to commit our efforts in making the Burton Cummings Theatre a must stop on any tour – rock, pop, Broadway or dance performance. We are thrilled to be able to continue our relationship with Burton Cummings and are honoured to have his name – one of Winnipeg’s favourite sons – atop this remarkable theatre.”
The theatre was renamed after the Winnipeg-born singer, songwriter and former Guess Who frontman in 2002, and Burton is thrilled to once again lend his name to the historic site.
“I skipped out of school to see HELP! at this theatre. I cannot count the number of films I saw and hours I spent inside this building,” Burton recalls.
“To be attached to this historic theatre in any way is emotionally beyond what I can describe,” Burton continues.
Burton will perform a minimum of four concerts in the facility over the next 15 years, with the first to take place Sept. 22, 2017.
Tickets for the Sept. 22, performance will go on sale May 5, at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster.
Proceeds from these shows will go toward the continued investment in the building, which has been a part of the community since 1907. One of the improvements includes the installation of a new outdoor marquee. An artist rendering was unveiled at a press conference today.
About Burton Cummings Theatre:
The Burton Cummings Theatre is a National Historic Site, opened in 1907 as a vaudeville performance theatre by Corliss P. Walker, which brought legendary performers such as the Marx Brothers, Charlie Chaplin and Bob Hope. The theatre was converted into the Odeon Cinema in 1945 and served as the city’s largest single-screen movie theatre until its closing in 1989. Opening as the Walker in 1991 and rededicated the Burton Cummings Theatre in 2002, the Burton Cummings Theatre has hosted countless local, national and international performances. In 2014, under a lease arrangement from the Walker Theatre Performing Arts Group (WPTAG), True North Sports + Entertainment assumed management of the Burton Cummings Theatre, providing programming services and entertainment expertise to the 1,579-seat former vaudeville theatre. Investing significant time and resources, True North set forth on a long-term project to refurbish and rejuvenate the theatre, acquiring full ownership of the building from the WPTAG in 2016.
About Burton Cummings:
Burton Cummings is that rare artist who has transcended time, genres and generations with a body of work that continues to resonate with fans both old and new. His voice has been rated among the finest in rock music and his extensive catalogue of songs is the envy of his contemporaries. Cummings continues at the top of his game as a performer, singer, songwriter and recording artist. As a member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame, Canadian Walk of Fame, Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame, Prairie Music Hall of Fame, multiple Juno Award winner, recipient of the Order of Canada, the Order of Manitoba, the Governor-General’s Performance Arts Award, and several BMI (Broadcast Music Industry) awards for over 1 million airplays of his songs, Cummings is one of the most celebrated rock artists in Canadian music history. With Canada’s original rock ‘n’ roll superstars The Guess Who, Cummings scored an unprecedented string of international hit singles and albums including “These Eyes,” “Laughing,” “No Time” and “American Woman,” all written or co-written by Cummings. By 1970 the Guess Who had sold more records than the entire Canadian music industry combined to that point and their achievements remain unparalleled. The group notched up a long list of firsts including the first Canadian group to reach #1 on the Billboard charts (holding that spot for three weeks) and the first to earn a platinum album for sales of over 1 million copies in the US. Rolling Stone magazine hailed the Guess Who as “one of rock’s most consistently fascinating maverick bands, with a succession of meritorious songs that has few equals among contemporary North American groups.”