Songs at the Center, presented by PBS

The Canton Palace Theatre hosts a taping of the PBS series, Songs at the Center, on Monday, October 25, 2021 at 7pm. Seating begins at 6pm.

The series, which has been seen on more than 385 stations and is hosted by songwriter Eric Gnezda, will feature fellow songwriters The Shootouts, and Don Dixon and Marti Jones, with another artist to be announced.

The Canton Palace Theatre joins other Ohio concert halls in the series, whose purpose is to showcase the best songwriters in America in Ohio’s finest venues. The series is sponsored by JobsOhio and The James Cancer Hospital.

“We are honored to have been chosen to host this fantastic concert event and to be able to showcase our beautiful Canton Palace Theatre is the perfect acknowledgement of our almost 95 years of existence, here in Downtown Canton,” said Georgia Paxos, Executive Director of the Canton Palace Theatre Association.

“We’re pleased to be working with the top-notch crew at The Canton Palace Theatre,” said Executive Producer, Jack FitzGerald. “Our show highlights the songwriter and their stories. We’re pleased to bring the show to Canton, where we welcome an enthusiastic audience.”

Songs at the Center is taping its eighth season, and has welcomed John Oates, Rodney Crowell, Janis Ian, Jim Brickman, and Delbert McClinton, among others.

Tickets for the concert are available to Canton Palace Theatre Association Individual or Corporate members only.  Current Members of the association will be emailed information on how to reserve their tickets for this performance. Seating is limited and is general admission.

For more information on Songs at the Center, please visit:

Remembering Queen Elizabeth II

Join us as we celebrate the life of Queen Elizabeth II Monday, September 19, 2022.

Complimentary admission.  Funeral coverage begins at 6am.  Doors open at 5:15am.

Order an English continental breakfast for just $10.  Breakfast must be pre-ordered by 4pm on Friday, September 16.  Preordered breakfasts will be available when you arrive at the theatre.
Breakfast includes:

  • Scone with clotted cream
  • Fresh strawberries
  • Cucumber sandwich
  • Choice of coffee, tea, or bottled water

Breakfast provided by Carpe Diem Coffee Shop


The Arts in a Post-COVID World, presented by Arts in Stark

Join us for a discussion on what we did, what we learned, and where we go from here.
Doors open at 5pm. The panel discussion starts at 5:30pm. Followed by a free showing of “The Big Lebowski”. Limited to 300 in-person guests. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. The registration deadline is Thursday, March 25 at 5pm.
The Panel discussion can be attended virtually. Please note that on your registration. You will receive the link to attend via email the morning of the panel.
One complimentary adult beverage for each registered guest over 21. Masks are required to be worn at all times. Seats will be assigned.
Panelists include Ally Bussey of Visit Canton, Todd Herberghs of SID, David Sherrill of Arrowhead Vintage, and Georgia Paxos of the Palace. Moderated by ArtsinStark CEO David Whitehill.
To register visit
Sponsored by ArtsinStark and the Canton Palace Theatre

Preorder concessions to be delivered to your seat prior to presentation.

Stark County ESC presents Richard S. Kern

The Stark County Educational Service Center, through a grant from the Herbert W. Hoover Foundation, is proud to present a free event at the Palace Theatre on Tuesday, March 19, 2024.  Doors open at 5:30 and the event begins at 6:30.

Richard S. Kern, Executive Director or Encounters in Excellence, has a BA in Literacy and Cultural Studies from the College of William and Mary, where he graduated in 2002.  His interested in nature and art and his experiences with his filmmaking parents have equipped him to take the helm of the Encounters in Excellence team.  Last year, he presented his film The Siren and the Springs to almost 30,000 public school students.  Kern takes viewers on a journey through the river, the wetlands, and the upland habitats of Fisheating Creek.  This is a wilderness area brimming with biodiversity and, for Richard, decades of memories.  Along the way, we’ll learn about the ecosystem engineers like gopher tortoises and woodpeckers.  We’ll meet the world’s longest-studied bird, the gregarious Florida scrub jay, and we’ll have an encounter with one of Florida’s most elusive mammals: the critically endangered Florida panther.




Stark County ESC presents Keiko Wilkins

The Stark County Educational Service Center, through a grant from the Herbert W. Hoover Foundation, is proud to present a free event at the Palace Theatre on Tuesday, January 23, 2024.  Doors open at 5:30 and the event begins at 6:30.

Keiko Wilkins – a marine biologist and current PhD student at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa will talk about her research that explores the effects of microplastics and their associated-chemicals on coral reef health and resilience. In addition, Keiko will talk about her career path and her passion about serving as a role model for underrepresented students, despite limited representation.




Stark Library and Kent State University at Stark present Michelle Williams

Stark Library Speaking of Books Author Series and Kent State University at Stark Featured Speakers Series: Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams, Destiny’s Child singer and songwriter tells her story of overcoming mental health challenges while under the spotlight of fame and success as a member of one of the biggest recording groups of all-time. In her book, Checking In: How Getting Real About Depression Saved My Life and Can Save Yours, she opens up about her life in the public eye and her ongoing battle and victory over depression.


ADMISSION: FREE. Reservation required, available through the Stark Library


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