Briefly: Big Sugar bringing over 20 years of hits to Regina

Briefly: Big Sugar bringing over 20 years of hits to Regina

Odds and ends from the local arts-entertainment scene: Big Sugar, Everly Brothers, and Queen.

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One of the best-selling Canadian rock bands of all time is coming to the Casino Regina Show Lounge in the spring.

Led by original frontman/guitarist Gordie Johnson, Big Sugar visits Regina on March 1 as part of a national tour that celebrates the 25th anniversary of the band’s breakthrough album, Five Hundred Pounds, while also featuring Johnson’s array of musical influences.

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“The theatre setting gives us the opportunity to explore a much wider range of styles,” he says in a media release. “But it is still a Big Sugar rock and roll show!”

The award-winning group is known for hits like Digging A Hole, If I Had My Way, The Scene, Girl Watcher, Turn the Lights On, and Better Get Used To It

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Meanwhile, a limited number of tickets are still available for Jeffery Straker’s annual Christmas concert — A Very Prairie Christmas — which runs this Saturday and Sunday at the Show Lounge. The Regina-based singer/songwriter/pianist just released a new single, Brand New Light.

Casino Regina also announced the following new shows: Winnipeg Comedy Festival presents Crazy Stupid Love featuring Matt Falk, Hisham Kelati, Fiona O’Brien, and Rob Bebenek (Feb. 14); It Takes Two: A Tribute to Rod Stewart and Tina Turner (Feb. 22); and, legendary Canadian rock band Streetheart (Feb. 23).

Tickets go on sale this Friday.


The music of the legendary Everly Brothers is coming to the Conexus Arts Centre on March 30.

The Walk Right Back Tour features the history of perhaps the most influential American rock duo of all time: Don and Phil Everly. They’re known for timeless hits from the 1950s and ’60s like Bye Bye Love, Wake Up Little Susie, and All I Have To Do Is Dream.

“The show follows the brothers’ rise to fame from humble country beginning to superstardom, through their decade-long feud to their glorious reunion which gave them back to each other, and back to the world,” says a media release.

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The Everly Brothers have the been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Their harmonies are said to have influenced the likes of The Beatles, Beach Boys, and Simon & Garfunkel.

Adds producer Trevor Payne: “The Everly Brothers were an original and unique act that had a sound like nothing else. Their harmonies were so tight that every group wanted to emulate them. Walk Right Back is the first show of its kind to tell this phenomenal story of two brothers and their unforgettable music.”

Meanwhile, the Conexus Arts Centre is also hosting Four By Four: A Tribute To The Music of The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Bee Gees and Motown (April 3). The Vegas-style show features iconic songs like I Want To Hold Your Hand, Twist and Shout, Stayin’ Alive, Surfin’ USA, Help Me Rhonda, and Please Mr. Postman.

“The stars of ‘Four by Four’ sing and dance their way through a musical journey, taking you back in time to a somewhat forgotten but always loved era,” says a media release. “Informative and often humorous banter ties all of this extraordinary music together for an evening of feel-good, raise-the-roof entertainment.”

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The SaskExpress Theatre Company is presenting “We Will Rock You” from Dec. 7 to Dec. 17 at the SaskExpress Theatre in Regina (2272 Pasqua Street).

The jukebox musical debuted overseas in 2002 at London’s West End Theatre and has toured around the world. This version features over 20 songs by legendary rock band Queen, including: Another One Bites the Dust, Bohemian Rhapsody, Killer Queen, We Will Rock You, Somebody To Love, and We Are the Champions.

The Regina cast includes former Canadian Idol finalist Matt Rapley as well as Cailin Stadnyk, who’s coming off a North American tour with Come From Away.

“We Will Rock You follows two revolutionaries trying to save rock ‘n’ roll in a post-apocalyptic world,” says a media release. “In an age where algorithms predict our every preference, We Will Rock You is a musical for our time: A fist-pumping, foot-stomping anthem to individuality.”

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