THE CAT CAME BACK
40TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR
Calling all Fred Heads! Fred Penner announces his cross-Canada The Cat Came Back 40th Anniversary Tour, starting in Ottawa, ON on February 28.
“40 years ago I recorded my first record, The Cat Came Back! I am excited to bring those wonderful songs to the next generation. See you soon!” – Fred Penner
A gentle giant with an undeniable ability to make you feel good about yourself, this musical master brings 40+ years of commitment, consistency and depth to a career that blends the many genres of performing and communication.
From delivering a prolific 13 albums to families across North America to countless energetic live shows for eager audiences; 12 seasons and over 900 episodes of Fred Penner’s Place TV series on CBC (Canada) and Nick Jr. (USA) to composing music for YTV’s Tipi Tales and keynote presenting at numerous early childhood conferences, Fred has, without a doubt, established himself as a fundamental part of the North American family entertainment scene. Always building on a common theme rooted in integrity and a “belief in what I can do” he has created a lasting impact that crosses generations and continues to grow.
Penner’s visibility has allowed him the privilege and joy of using his voice to support organizations including UNESCO, World Vision, UNICEF and the Canadian Down Syndrome Society.
Whether through Juno Award winning albums, concerts, videos, books or television, his cornerstone philosophy remains the same: “Never underestimate your ability to make the difference in the life of a child”.
The Jack Singer Concert Hall in Arts Commons is described as one of the most beautiful and acoustically acclaimed venues in North America. Home of Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, BD&P World Stage, and TD Jazz, audiences are treated to some of the world's finest musical events. The hall also welcomes a spectrum of events each season from TED Talks to National Geographic Live speakers, wedding dinners on the stage to rock stars on tour.
Ideal for: Weddings, performances, meetings, graduation ceremonies, and corporate events
Capacity: 1797 – Theatre-style seating 150 – Formal dinner seating 200 – Cocktail reception
Lighting & A/V: Fully customizable lighting and A/V options
Stage: Stage measures 86' wide by 38' deep.
Accessibility: Theatre seating includes wheelchair accessible Seats
Named after Mr. Jack Singer ($1.5M contribution from his sons, Alan and Stephen Singer), the concert hall is also the home of the Carthy Organ donated by the Carthy Foundation in the amount of $750,000 in memory of Mrs. Margaret Mannix. Suspended high above the stage is a laminated, 185,000-pound (90-ton) spruce-wood acoustical canopy that can be raised or lowered to tune the hall according to the specific needs of each performer.
Over its 32 year life, Jack Singer Concert Hall has undergone many upgrades to ensure that it remains a state-of-the-art performance hall, including a new million dollar sound system with state-of-the-art hearing assistance in 2004, a complete replacement of all its analog sound boards in 2014, and the full replacement of all of its seats, in 2017.