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Occurs on Tuesday November 8 2022

Approximate running time: 1 hour and 18 minutes


The Bailey Theatre
1501 Cedar Avenue
Trail BC V1R 4C7

Event Notes

× TDAC's Performing Arts Trail Series presents

RIDGE featuring Brendan McLeod and The Fugitives

Tuesday, November 8, 2022 at 7:30 pm at The Bailey Theatre

Tickets $30 Adult. Performing Arts Trail Series Pass - 6 shows for $148.00

NEW! Tickets for anyone 30 years and under are only $10/show. (Under 30)

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Ridge is a vivid, kinetic, intimate, and personal examination of our connection to the past that passionately argues against the exploitation of young lives. Featuring musical interpretations of WWI soldier songs and reading of soldiers letters performed by Brendan McLeod and his band The Fugitives.

Often called the “battle that made Canada,” Vimy Ridge resulted in over 10,000 Canadian casualties. Through this visceral work, told through direct storytelling, verbatim theatre, and live music, Brendan McLeod examines misconceptions and varying perspectives around the battle, while drawing parallels to other formative events in our nation’s past. Featuring inventive musical interpretations of WWI soldier songs performed with his band The Fugitives, Ridge probes difficult yet necessary questions about how and why we grieve.

The Fugitives are a folk collective headed by songwriters Adrian Glynn and Brendan McLeod and joined by banjo player Chris Suen (Viper Central) and violinist Carly Frey (The Coal Porters), that has been nominated for multiple Canadian Folk Music and Western Canadian Music Awards, including Best Songwriter, Best Roots Group, and Best Vocal Group.

Brendan McLeod is a writer, theatre artist, and musician. He is the author of one novel, one poetry collection, and five theatre shows. He was the 2012 Poet of Honor at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word and the 2015 Poet of Honour at the Victoria Spoken Word Festival.

"Poignant and sobering" - The Globe and Mail (Top 10 Arts Pick, 2020)

"Serves to give the sacrifices of those who served and died a human dimension beyond mythology" - Vancouver Sun

"Riveting...The way history was meant to be told." - Entertainment Vancouver

Reserved Seating. 78 minutes. No intermission.

For past subscribers, our PAT Series pass can be renewed online at, by phone and in person beginning June 8th at 12 noon. Individual tickets & PAT Series Passes for new subscribers go on sale on June 30th at 12 noon.

Performing Arts Trail Series includes:

Ridge: Tues Nov 8, 2022 - A vivid and intimate examination of our connection to the past, through stories from Vimy Ridge, that passionately argues against the exploitation of young lives. Featuring musical interpretations of WWI soldier songs performed by Brendan McLeod and his band The Fugitives.

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Sansei: The Storyteller and Yamabiko Taiko Drummers (double bill): Tuesday April 18 2023 - Sansei: The Storyteller uses dance, theatre, and humour to tell the story of one of Canada’s darkest decisions and how the rampant racism of past generations affects the Japanese community today. The Yamabiko Taiko Drummers will close out the evening with their high energy performance!

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Huu-Bac Quintet: Tuesday May 2, 2023 - Montreal based Huu Bac Quach and his quintet skillfully combine his Vietnamese and Chinese heritages with North-American jazz music. His beautiful compositions feature the dan bau (single chord Vietnamese instrument), the erhu (Chinese fiddle), the quena (Peruvian flute) and the guitar.

The Performing Arts Trail series is sponsored by Teck Trail Operations, Pharmasave Trail and Century 21 Kootenay Homes (2018) Ltd. With funding support from the BC Arts Council, the Government of British Columbia, the BC Touring Council and Tourism South Kootenay. This series is funded [in part] by the Government of Canada. / Ce projet est financé [en partie] par le gouvernement du Canada.

COVID Protocols- Show dates, times and conditions may be subject to change as mandated by Provincial Health Orders and subject to the COVID climate. At this time, masks are recommended but not required. We are not required to ask for proof of vaccination and shows can operate at 100% capacity. Patrons will be notified by email of any changes in our COVID protocols.

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