Ridge: live performances (pre-recorded) at the Silver Screen Drive-in

July 29 9:15 to 10:35 pm

The first in a series of recorded live performances of music, theatre, dance and more at the Silver Screen Drive-in, Ridge is a vivid, kinetic, intimate, and personal examination of our connection to the past that passionately argues against the exploitation of young lives.

Often called the “battle that made Canada,” Vimy Ridge resulted in over 10,000 Canadian casualties. Through this visceral work, told through direct storytelling, verbatim theatre, and live music, Brendan McLeod examines misconceptions and varying perspectives around the battle, while drawing parallels to other formative events in our nation’s past. Featuring inventive musical interpretations of WWI soldier songs performed with his band The Fugitives, Ridge probes difficult yet necessary questions about how and why we grieve. 

Brendan McLeod is a writer, theatre artist, and musician. He is the author of one novel, one poetry collection, and five theatre shows. He was the 2012 Poet of Honor at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word and the 2015 Poet of Honour at the Victoria Spoken Word Festival. 

The Fugitives is a folk collective headed by songwriters Adrian Glynn and Brendan McLeod and joined by banjo player Chris Suen (Viper Central) and violinist Carly Frey (The Coal Porters), that has been nominated for multiple Canadian Folk Music and Western Canadian Music Awards, including Best Songwriter, Best Roots Group, and Best Vocal Group.

"Poignant and sobering" - The Globe and Mail (Top 10 Arts Pick, 2020)

"Serves to give the sacrifices of those who served and died a human dimension beyond mythology" - Vancouver Sun

"Riveting...The way history was meant to be told." - Entertainment Vancouver

The show is 78 minutes.

Limited capacity. So, get your ticket at 250-368-9669 (Thursdays from 10am to 4 pm), or online at! $12 per person.

Remember, get there an hour before to pick up your popcorn and get a good spot. Doors close 15 minutes before showtime – no late entries!

About the Silver Screen Drive-in

The Trail & District Arts Council and Royal Theatre have joined forces to imagine your new, favourite summer experience, the Silver Screen Drive-in. Running from June to September, films will screen Thursday through Saturday at sunset in the Waneta Plaza upper parking lot. Upcoming films will include those event movies that you’ve missed seeing on a big screen, retro classics from comedy to horror, as well as those Sunday Cinema favourites been as well as Oscar winning independent films and documentaries. Plus, live performances of music, theatre, dance and more!

The Silver Screen Drive-in is sponsored by Bounce Radio, Century 21, Kootenay Savings Credit Union, Teck Metals Ltd., and Tourism Rossland, and made possible thanks to support from Waneta Plaza and funding from the Government of British Columbia, BC Arts Council, and Canadian Heritage. 

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Town: Rossland, BC
Venue: Waneta Plaza Upper Rear Parking Lot
Address: 8100 BC-3B, Trail, BC V1R 4N7