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Jason Wilson's Sumach Roots

  • Sat Jan 25, 7:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.

Millrace Room, Alton Mill Arts Centre

Jason Wilson's Sumach Roots (Trailer) from Jason Wilson on Vimeo.

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Half-concert, half-play: Sumach Roots surveys nearly 400 years of Upper Canadian history! Celebrate Robbie Burns day at the Alton Mill Arts Centre with this theatrical production.

There’s never been a more important time to know our history. Understanding that the fundamental challenges we face as a society today are not dissimilar to those our ancestors faced gives us a fresh perspective on our lives. One of the common threads is music and, with that as its foundation, Sumach Roots (the album and live show) takes audiences on a bold and innovative exploration of Upper Canada’s evolution over the past three hundred years. The brainchild of two-time JUNO nominee and best-selling historian Jason Wilson, Sumach Roots draws from a deep well of sounds—from traditional British folk to bebop jazz and classic reggae—in order to tell the stories of those who built Upper Canada, both literally and culturally.
With a top-flight cast of performers joining him on stage, Wilson delves into the late eighteenth century diaries of Elizabeth Simcoe, the building of the CN Tower, the great Toronto fires of 1902 and 1904, and many other stories. With equal measures of humour and pathos, Sumach Roots joyfully illuminates the host/immigrant experience in Upper Canada.
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