One of Canada’s most successful homegrown musicians of the past decade is making her way to Oshawa this fall.
Lights, real name Lights Poxleitner-Bokan, is scheduled to perform at the city’s Regent Theatre on Friday, Sept. 14 as part of Ontario Shores annual Imagine Festival.
The event, now in its 11th year, aims to bring awareness to mental health issues and Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences located in Whitby.
“Every year we have an artist that has a connection to advocacy for mental health,” says Chris Bovie, external relations officer for Ontario Shores.
Past performers include Steven Page, Chantal Kreviazuk, Matthew Good, Serena Ryder and Spirit of the West.
Lights burst onto the music scene with her debut single, Drive My Soul, in 2008.
The electronic-tinged hit reached #18 on the Billboard Canada Hot 100 chart.
Since then she has amassed three JUNO awards, three gold album certifications, more than 120 million streams on a variety of online music services, and three Top 40 Canadian singles.
In addition, she has toured extensively across Canada, the U.S. and worldwide.
She also entered into the world of comics, writing and illustrating an entire series called Skin&Earth, which was released alongside her fourth album in 2017.
In interviews regarding the album and comic series, Lights has said it allowed her to speak out about her own mental health issues, coming out as bisexual and dealing with depression.
“Mental health is the main concept of the story; the whole story is a metaphor for that,” she told People Magazine in December 2017. “I had years of struggling with depression and inner demons, and this was my way of talking about it.”
Tickets for the show are now available at regenttheatre.ca. The show is for audiences over seven years of age.
Tickets are $50 for regular seating, and $100 for a VIP package that includes premium seating, a pre-show party, a Lights collector pin set and a gift from Ontario Shores.
For more information, visit regenttheatre.ca. For more on the artist, visit music.iamlights.com