Parents’ night out: Here are the shows at the Shenkman Arts Centre heading into 2019

If you’re looking for a ‘mom and dad’ night out, look no further than the Shenkman Arts Centre lineup. “We’ve got some terrific performances for this fall and into the 2019 season,” says Caroline Obeid, artistic producer and manager. “It will give people the opportunity to try something new, check out emerging artists and new genres and still enjoy the classics.”

For a side-splitting, laugh-out-loud evening, enjoy Thank You for Being A Friend. This witty tribute to the hit TV show, Golden Girls, is perfect for either a date-night or an evening with your Mom. Get your ‘spidey’ senses tingling with Spidey, International Mentalist and Make Believe – Magic of your Mind. He has never been in Ottawa before, but his performance and illusions have stumped magicians like Penn and Teller. A not to be missed show.  

Fans of AC/DC can let loose at Classic Albums Live: AC/DC – Back in Black. This excellent re-creation of the bestselling hard rock album, is note-for-note perfect. Loud and energetic, this is a powerhouse performance. For a thoughtful, intimate evening of beautiful voices and soft folk and jazz, check out Royal Wood on December 1. This much-loved Canadian artist continues to reinvent his sound. Another Canadian act, Twin Flames, performs on the big stage for the first time. This husband and wife duo perform in English, Inuktitut and French with beautifully reflective music that is uniquely Canadian. This captivating duo won the Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year award at last year’s Canadian Folk Music Awards.

Start the New Year with a laugh. On December 31, Shenkman presents the 8th Annual New Year’s Eve Comedy Night. This always sold-out show lets you laugh out the old year and bring in the new one with a smile on your face. Three comedians provide two hours of hilarity. Since the show is over by 10 p.m., you can still get wherever you need to in order to cheer in the New Year with family and friends. More comedy ensues in the 2019 with CBC radio’s This is That on January 23.  Comics Peter Oldring and Pat Kelly leave no issue untouched with their irreverent improvisations. With their final season coming up, make sure you see this comedic duo.  

There is something for everyone at Shenkman Arts Centre. Visit for show information and tickets.