News release

The FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton is thrilled to announce its 2022-23 season after being closed for two years due to the pandemic. Marking its 10th season, this upcoming lineup brings home some of Canada’s most celebrated artists to Milton.

This season features Juno award-winning artist, Tom Cochrane. Cochrane is a Grammy nominee, a member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame. He holds an honorary doctorate, has a place on Canada’s Walk of Fame, and has been honoured with both the Order of Manitoba and the Order of Canada.

Known as Canada’s Queen of R&B/Soul, Jully Black brings her musical talents to centre stage in Milton. Jully Black has been named as one of ‘The 25 Greatest Canadian Singers Ever’ (CBC Music) and is a platinum-selling recording artist and performer. Jully is a major presence in the Canadian media and entertainment industry.

With an outstanding reputation for her live performances, multi-platinum, award-winning singer, songwriter, actor and author, Jann Arden brings her beautifully bold stage presence to Milton. Arden’s brilliant, multidimensional talent has earned her eight JUNO awards including Female Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year, 10 SOCAN Awards and four Western Canadian Music Awards to name a few.

This season also features an intimate performance with critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Johnny Reid. Since arriving on the music scene two decades ago, Reid has captured the hearts of fans and audiences around the world. Born and raised in Lanark, Scotland, the blue collared soul singer is widely known for his lyrical honesty and musical ability, as demonstrated by album sales totalling over 1 million units, countless awards and multiple sold out national arena tours.

Ali Hassan, stand-up comic and actor comes to the Centre in a production titled Does This Taste Funny?  The show is a hilarious exposition of Ali’s journey in and out of the culinary world in which he spent 12 years. Hassan is also the host of the CBC Radio stand-up comedy show Laugh Out Loud and is starring in the latest hit CBC sitcom, Run the Burbs.

Inspired by Chanie’s story and Gord’s call to build a better Canada, the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund aims to build cultural understanding and create a path toward reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous. The Fund’s goal is to improve the lives of Indigenous people by building awareness, education and connections between all peoples in Canada. Performances featuring Indigenous artists including Susan Aglukark, Tom Wilson, Phil Davis and The Poets, will directly benefit the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund.

Residents are encouraged to explore local talent through an exciting line-up of musical performances, tribute acts, concerts, theatre, family shows and films.

Tickets range from $25 to $125 and can be purchased online

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"To say we are excited to welcome patrons back to the FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton is an understatement. After being closed for two long years, we’re absolutely thrilled to celebrate our 10th season with an exceptional lineup of talent and some of the best music, comedy and theatre performances offered locally. It gives our team great pride to host this season and welcome community members back to the Centre to enjoy the 2022-23 season.”

- Kim Ingram
Manager, Cultural Services, Town of Milton

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