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September 14 - September 17, 2016, The Centre for Education and Theatre in Montreal (CETM) will present the 8th Annual NEXT WAVE FESTIVAL, Canada's Festival for New Musical Theatre. The festival will feature two local musical theatre productions along with CETM's 10th year anniversary showcase-fundraiser.

Next Wave Festival is a showcase for original musicals in development from Montreal and around the globe, whether in French, English or bilingual. It's also the only festival of its kind in Canada. Next Wave Festival is a collection of performances and special events for musical theatre lovers and practitioners, as well as newcomers. This year's festival will be held at salle Paul-Buissonneau (parc Lafontaine) from September 14 to 17 and it will be showcasing local homegrown talent from Montreal.

Presented in French and English, SIXTIES FOLLIES is a bilingual gem of a show that transports the crowd right back to Jersey City in 1963. It will have you humming and tapping your feet to the rhythm of its 60's tunes soundtrack. If you liked GREASE, you will love SIXTIES FOLLIES.

From the mind that brought you CAPTAIN AURORA I and II, a Fringe favourite two years in a row, we present to you A SONG OF FICTION by Montreal's own Trevor Barrette. Presented in English, this is a show inside a show about childhood friends who struggle to finish their musical as the line between what is real and what is imagined begins to blur.

Closing night of the Festival is a very unique one this year as it doubles as a showcase to celebrate the 10th year anniversary of CETM and a fundraiser to help support the organization's future events.

SOIREE 10e ACTE/ACT 10 is a chance to travel through time and rediscover some of CETM's best moments of the past 10 years! It stars CETM's alumni and some guest artists. Each ticket sold gives access to the showcase, a charity tax receipt, a chance to win a $500 Via Rail gift certificate, a silent auction and much more.



September 14-15-16 @ 7pm at salle Paul-Buissonneau $25 Regular, $22.50 Artists/Students


September 14-15-16 @ 9pm at salle Paul-Buissonneau, $20 Regular, $18 Artists/Students


September 17 @ 7:30pm at salle Paul-Buissoneau Fundraiser tickets $60 (include showcase, charity tax receipt, raffles, silent auction and more)

Duo Pass for both shows (excluding the fundraiser): $40 Regular, $37.50 Artists/Students Venue: salle Paul-Buissonneau, Centre Culturel Calixa-Lavallée, 3819 Calixa-Lavallée (parc Lafontaine)
Box Office and Information:, 514-504-9339,


CETM is a not for profit and registered Canadian charitable organization founded in Montreal in 2006. It services the needs of professional, semi-professional and community performing artists and writers, especially in the Greater Montreal area. The organization is proud to help bridge the language gap by offering programming in English and in French. CETM also provides educational workshops for emerging professional artists as well as for the general public. The organization is dedicated to a long-term plan to transform Montreal into an international development centre for new musical theatre.

Among its various activities, CETM organizes an annual musical theatre festival: The Next Wave, Canada's Festival for New Musical Theatre, the only one of its kind in the country! CETM also has a studio available for professional and emerging artists, community groups, and others to get the chance to meet, exchange, create and rehearse in an affordable space that was specifically created for their needs. The space features soundproofing and other Unique Features, and is ideally situated in east central Montreal.


Since 2008, the festival has presented over 15 new musicals and numerous educational workshops at such varied Montreal venues as Centaur Theatre, Gesù, Monument National, Espace Libre, and the McCord Museum. World or Canadian premieres include Rooms, Altar Boyz/Les Z'enfants de choeur, Slow Dance with a Hot Pick-up, and Merton of the Movies.

The Next Wave has developed an on-going U.S./Canada cultural exchange program with CutterProductions of New York City. Through this program, CETM's productions of Ma femme, ma blonde et ma roulotte (2011) and Le prince et le pauvre (2012) were featured respectively at the New York Musical Theatre Festival and the Midtown International Theatre Festival. CETM's workshop of Gefilte FishChronicles in December 2012 was co-sponsored by the United States Embassy in Ottawa. The version developed in Montreal was subsequently presented at the White House in Washington in June 2013. The Next Wave continues to develop work featuring writers, composers and performers from Montreal and around the world. Guest collaborators have included Tony and Emmy award winners (U.S.A.) and Mariuswinners (France).


Stephen Pietrantoni, CETM's founder and previous director passed away last year and his appointed successor is Dayane Ntibarikure.

Dayane Ntibarikure is a multifaceted bilingual artist who has been performing in plays and musicals for the past 10 years.

Two years ago she headlined as Deloris in Just For Laughs summer musical production of Sister Act and since then, she has switched gears and focused mostly on her directing.

She clearly remembers that the first musical she performed in after graduation was 'The Underwear Musical' produced by CETM. Stephen Pietrantoni was the Director at the time and throughout the years, he went from being a mentor to a trusted friend.

For more information on CETM, visit their website

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