Canadian legend performing at MAC

James Keelaghan will give a special performance at 7:30 p.m., Aug. 7, at the Monroe Arts Center Concert Hall. Keelaghan is considered Canada’s finest folksinger and songwriter. His entry in the Canadian Encyclopedia is longer than the one for the Royal Bank of Canada, although Keelaghan notes that his entry is “shorter than the one for the red squirrel.”

He has received the Canadian equivalent of our Grammy Award (Juno Award) and the Global Visions Artist of the Year Award for his work on the documentary film, Feeding the Future: Seeds of Survival.

He is also active on CBC radio, Canada’s national broadcaster. Besides Canada, Keelaghan has built a following in the U.S., Europe, and Australia. He tours all three regions regularly. In the U.S., he has performed at the Lincoln Center in New York City, Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, and the Santa Monica Folk & Jazz Festival in California, among many other venues.

He is a commanding performer capable of developing an intimate rapport with audiences through his stories and humor. His passionate renditions of songs that touch on universal emotions and themes leave audiences spellbound. A reviewer in The Boston Globe wrote, “he displays a genius for finding his way deep inside big stories, building them outward from palpably intimate moments.”

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 years and younger. Purchase tickets by calling the Monroe Arts Center at 608-325-5700 or stop by MAC at 1315 11th St. Monroe, Tuesday through Friday,

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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