Self-screening prior to the show: You may be reminded before the show to self-screen and check for symptoms. “Know-Before-You-Go” symptom checks are a great way to keep everyone safe.
Physical Distancing remains a vital part of keeping safe. Floor markings will identify 2m separation zones. Barriers such as stanchions may be used as well.
Limitations on Capacities: The City of Medicine Hat will adhere to Alberta Health Service guidelines and instructions from the City’s Health and Safety experts. The Esplanade will host a variety of activities while ensuring attendees, including artists, staff and patrons, remain within the current capacity limits set forth by the Chief Medical Officer of Health. Public access will be restricted to those attending the event.
Distanced Seating: To remain physically distanced from other patrons we have created distanced seating with assigned seats so you can remain with your cohort group.
Facial Coverings / Masks: Alberta Health Services recommended all patrons wear masks when 2m distancing could not be maintained. All event staff will wear a facial covering when in a publicly accessible area, and elsewhere when 2m distancing cannot be maintained.
Cleaning and custodial services have been enhanced for all high touch points in the venue and the theatre, stage and backstage areas will be disinfected between uses. Electrostatic sprayers will be utilized as well for high traffic and soft surfaces that require cleaning.
HVAC The Theatre features a modern ventilation system where the air is drawn from a plenum beneath the floor and cycled out through the ceiling. The air in the audience chamber is completely exchanged approximately every 20 minutes.
Contact tracing: At any time, you may be asked to provide information about patrons attending events for Alberta Health Services contact tracing purposes.
Refunds: We do not want your financial commitment to influence your decision to not attend an event, therefore if you are feeling unwell or presenting any of the symptoms outlined by AHS we encourage you to not attend and receive a credit to a future performance. Remember we are all in this together.
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"Some of my favourite memories of Christmas times when I was growing up are about the music. People gathered around the piano, singing carols late into the evening with a glass of cheer. I hope to bring a bit of that musical Christmas magic to the stage with this concert". JS
Jeffery Straker tours over 100 shows across Canada, Europe and Latin America each year. He's recorded for CBC Radio's Canada Live, had a music video in the top 10 in Canada, and has had his music used in TV, movies and theatrical productions. His tour stops range from intimate house concerts to club & theatre shows and include recent sold-out performances with symphony orchestras. Critical comparisons have been made to the likes of Kris Kristofferson, Billy Joel, & Harry Chapin while The Chicago Free Press has written:
“Rufus Wainwright, as well as k.d. lang are among the Canadians making essential and beautiful music. Add the name Jeffery Straker to that list”.
His 2017 album "Dirt Road Confessional" debuted at #5 on the iTunes Canada singer-songwriter charts, and received airplay on both CBC radio 1 and 2 across the country. His recent debut at Canada’s National Arts Centre in Ottawa, was followed by performances across the Netherlands. Jeffery won a Western Canadian Music Award in 2019, & will be releasing a new album in 2021.