If you grew up in Winnipeg, you grew up with Fred Penner. His music transcends generations.
So, it only makes sense that, on Saturday, Dec. 14, the local icon is performing two shows at the West End Cultural Centre: an afternoon kid-friendly concert at 1 p.m. for his newest fans and a grown-up evening sing-a-long for the big kids at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $12 advance and $17 door for the children’s matinee and $15 in advance and $20 at the door for the grown-up gig. Advance tickets are on sale now at the West End Cultural Centre, Ticketmaster, Music Trader, and Winnipeg Folk Festival Music Store.
While the early show will boast family favourites such as The Cat Came Back and Sandwiches, the grown-up sing along offers the chance to see Penner explore a broader range of music not normally heard at his family shows.
Penner launched the now-annual double bill at the WECC in 2010, buoyed by a Canadian tour that saw him reconnect with his once-young audience of university students via pub-inspired sing-a-longs. There was a demand for a grown-up show.
"When you begin a journey like this, you never know where it’s going to go," he’s quoted as saying in a release. "You do what you have to do because it’s a part of your soul, your being and your creativity. Just when you think that your career has sort of hit a pinnacle and that it’s time to retire and get out gracefully, the demand is almost as strong as it’s ever been because the spectrum is so broad."