June 5, 2015
BURLINGTON, ON – The Burlington Performing Arts Centre is pleased to announce its 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees: Lawrence Bonanno and Stuart Laughton.
Lawrence Bonanno has been a member of Theatre Burlington since 1960, exposing thousands of Burlington citizens to live theatre. Lawrence first became involved in Burlington Little Theatre (now Theatre Burlington) when asked to help with sound recordings for a play. This morphed into directing and producing, building sets, running sound and special effects. As one of the recipients of the 2012 Michael Spence Award for Contribution to Community Theatre, Lawrence serves as an inspiration and role model to all. He also formed a technical committee along with Joe Henning and Ron Hebbard who spent countless hours planning and working with the architects to create the wonderful Performing Arts Centre we are so proud of.
Stuart Laughton blew his first note on the trumpet at age nine and fell in love. By age 19, already the principle trumpet of the Hamilton Philharmonic, Stuart was asked to join a brand-new group, Canadian Brass. Spending a year with Canadian Brass he left to attend the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Starting Opening Day Recordings, Stuart released 18 discs of Canadian music and musicians, four of these releases were Juno-nominated, plus one Juno win. Stuart has performed as concerto soloist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Quebec’s Les Violins du Roy, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and the Winnipeg Symphony and was the principle trumpet for LaScala Opera. After a 35 year absence he rejoined Canadian Brass for a short time before founding root/rock band Porkbelly Futures, that released 3 CDs of original material.
Established in 2013, The Burlington Performing Arts Centre’s Hall of Fame recognizes people who have made significant contributions to the performing arts in Burlington. Recipients of this award demonstrate the diversity of artistic accomplishment that comprises the rich cultural tapestry of the City of Burlington. The Burlington Performing Arts Centre recognizes that the individual and group artists are paramount and fundamental to cultural development. These individuals and groups contribute to Burlington’s reputation as a city with a strong and sustained commitment toward the development of cultural excellence. Past Hall of Fame inductees include, Gordie Tapp in 2013, recognized for his years of service as performer and storyteller on radio, TV and on stage and Rainer Noack in 2014, Founder and Program Director of Burlington Student Theatre.
The Hall of Fame awards were presented to Lawrence Bonanno and Stuart Laughton at the 2015/2016 Season Launch at The Burlington Performing Arts Centre on Thursday, May 28.
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