by Diva Susan Pye
by Diva Trista Russell
As I mentioned in my last post, the Bach Music Festival also featured free lunchtime concerts last week at the Trivitt Memorial Anglican Church in Exeter. As well, eight local restaurants offered take-out lunch specials to enjoy during the concert. I pre-booked take-out lunches for my Mom and I from Eddington’s the day before and picked it up shortly before noon last Friday. Eddington’s had a $10 lunch special which included a sandwich, fresh cut veggies and dip, cookies, and a drink. I had the turkey and brie sandwich with cranberry aioli, and my Mom had the smoked salmon and cucumber rye sandwich with cream cheese and fresh dill. Both lunches definitely hit the spot on a very hot summer day!
It did feel a little odd eating lunch in the church sanctuary, but many others of all ages were quietly enjoying their lunch while listening to the free concert. The Friday concert was titled “Fields of Gold” and featured local music graduates Melissa Bakelaar Van Rootselaar (flute), Aaron Neeb (horn), Katherine Napiwotski (vocal), and Michelle Roy (trombone). It was evident from listening to the 45 minute concert that we have lots of young musical talent from Huron County! The concert was an enjoyable way to spend a noon-hour in the summer and nice way break from my usual lunch-time routine.
by Diva Trista Russell
The Bach Music Festival of Canada held great concerts all last week in Exeter. It featured a classical music concert each night, as well as free noon-hour concerts. I went to the Tuesday night concert where “Capella Intima” performed and presented their programme “Celestial Sirens: Music of the Benedictine Nuns of Milan”. The evening featured sopranos Emily Klassen and Erin Bardua, alto Jennifer Enns Modolo, tenor Bud Roach, and portative organist Erika Reiman.
The concert featured vocal chamber music of the 17th century and included readings that detailed the controversial music during this time period. The Benedictine nuns were a major source of music in Italy in the 17th century as forty percent of young girls were sent into convents in the country. The nuns attracted many fans to their music and the church leaders struggled with their fame and the necessity of living a reclusive life. This type of music has only come to light in recent years, as more people are gaining interest in historically informed performances.
It was definitely a unique opportunity to hear this rarely heard music. I can tell you that these four singers are very talented and it was amazing to hear how they can reach such high notes and create beautiful harmonies. One of my favourite pieces of the night was “Regina Caeli” which starts out with two singers singing in echo but then join together to change into a harmony.
All of this years concerts are over, but the Bach Festival of Canada will be “bach” in July 2014!
By Diva Jenna Ujiye
Last week I attended the Sound of Music at the Huron Country Playhouse with my friend Cindy. We made a night out of it, met a couple of other friends for dinner and then went to the show and then the opening night reception!
We all know the characters, but each time this play is performed the actors seem to make the characters their own. Jayme Armstrong plays Maria with strength and a wonderfully fun stage presence. I would have to say that the handsome David W. Keeley, who played the captain, had most of the ladies in the crowd ogling! The kids did an amazing job, their harmony’s were great! It was also exciting to see locals Lilly and Anna Bartlam star as Gretl and Marta von Trapp. I even got to meet them after the show!
If you are looking for a great musical with many ups and downs and great music, make sure to book your ticket soon. They are sure to sell out! The Sound of Music runs at Huron Country Playhouse from June 4 to June 22. Here is the link to the website with more information: https://www.draytonentertainment.com/Online/article/soundofmusic_hcp?sessionlanguage=
By Diva Karen Stewart
The first Sunday of each month the Fireside Cafe in Wingham provides a stage for young musicians to perform to a local live audience. On April 7th three young women were on the roster – 14 year-old Maggie Durnin, 14 year-old Kendall Jardin and 17 year-old Haley Boyle.
Unfortunately we arrived too late to hear Maggie’s performance. Boyle, a student from St. Anne’s Secondary School in Clinton, hails from Auburn and is a student of Scott Chow at Studio C. She sang and played her guitar. “It’s really nice to get out and get experience in front of people,” said Boyle “It really cool! I haven’t been playing too long.” The final performer of the mid-day (11:30 – 2pm) event was Kendall Jardin who attends F.E. Madill Elementary School. She sang all her popular performance pieces and played the piano for a few of her songs, and the guitar for the rest. She’s a student of Scott Chow as well and says she enjoys playing the drums too. “It’s good experience to develop skills for a (music) career,” she said about what it meant for her to have an opportunity to play to a live audience.
I took a friend along with me to celebrate her birthday and we enjoyed the entertainment as well as a full breakfast buffet that included a substantial salad bar, scrambled eggs, french toast, waffles, bacon and sausage as well as a full dessert bar. Tickets were just $16.99 per person.
Philip Stelzer, Proprietor of the Fireside Cafe, feels its important to give local musicians a stage and will continue to host artists and musicians regularly. The next Youth Talent Brunch will be the second Sunday in June as Mother’s Day falls on May 5 when they’ll be offering a special buffet to honour all moms. Also upcoming this month is Al Crawford of Late Night Rodeo. He was a hit the last time he visited the Fireside Cafe! Check the website or follow on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/winghamfiresidecafe
86348 London Road
Wingham, ON N0G 2W0
by Diva Karen
On Friday night I was doubly delighted by what I found in Brussels. First a stuffed salmon dinner at Cinnamon Jim’s which was a delightfully presented with broasted potatoes and perfectly prepared green beans and sliced carrots. I’ve never tried salmon like this before … it had a tasty herb stuffing and was topped with a nice white sauce. Delicious! My sister was my guest for the evening and she tried the Prime Rib which reportedly was as equally palatable. To top off our meal we had the luscious baked cheesecake which was drizzled with chocolate and shamrock sprinkles in tribute to St. Patrick’s Day.
Jim’s own home-grown lamb was an offering on the menu and I have it on good authority from another diner (thanks, Paul Nichol) that it too was a great choice, however it was already sold out when I booked my reservation.
We went to the early dinner (6pm) as the second setting (7:15pm) was sold out. And, at 8:30pm an award winning Canadian Blues Band from Owen Sound was scheduled to perform in the “Upper Deck” which was the second delightful surprise that awaited us that evening.
We were told we could go ahead to the performance space after our dinner and wait for the band to begin. So, I brought along my crib board and a deck of cards. And, we got to meet the band and watch them set-up for the show.
And, what a show it was. Jim Lee, owner of Cinnamon Jim’s, is committed to setting a stage for live Blues music in Brussels. This week, the MacKenzie Blues Band, fresh off their trip to Memphis (Tennessee), thrilled the sold-out audience which included some familiar faces from Bayfield and others from Clinton and Exeter.
The bands own material was modern Blues with a bit of rock and roll and they added tributes to Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Susan Tedeschi — all of which were definitely appreciated by this live audience.
The lead singer, Tara MacKenzie is a classically trained vocalist and her back-up band was awesome – five incredibly talented musicians including her husband Trevor MacKenzie on guitar, Bassist Joel Dawson, drummer Mike Weir and Drew McIvor on the keyboard in his first appearance with the group.
Musicians love to play to an attentive and appreciative audience … and for us there simply is nothing like a live experience. Thank you!
401 Turnberry Street, Brussels, Ontario
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By Diva Jenna Ujiye
So here is the update post about the concert at East Street Station on March 15! First off, what a great venue to relax and enjoy music, even when the venue is totally packed full. They hold regular coffeehouse events through out the year.
So if you haven’t noticed I am a big fan of rural living in Canada. I am always so happy to hear people talking and singing about our great country! Trent Severn has created music with a story, they use the slogan “Folk From Canada”, singing songs with familiar names in their titles such as Mulroney Times, Truscott, Like a Donnelly and Bluenose Dime. Their sound is big, three part harmony with banjo, bass, guitar and fiddle, it makes my heart smile and brings me back to when I was a kid. My toe was tapping the whole time and I really felt that if there was a dance-floor it would have been packed. Take a watch and listen to the video below, if you couldn’t make it to the concert Trent Severn has two gigs at the Dakota in Toronto on March 19 and 20 or check out their website www.trentsevernband.ca to get a longer listen and find out when there are upcoming shows!
I have been lucky in the past to be able to perform on the stage of the East Street Station and with the likes of Emm Gryner. Ashley Anderson and I have done back up singing for her in the past and after forming Trent Severn she asked if Ashley and I would open a show for them. We were delighted, and asked Jamie Wallace, Bud Mabon and Brenden Purser to perform us. It was so much fun to share the stage with these three wonderful ladies. Here is a short video of one of the songs we preformed!
By Diva Jenna Ujiye
Red Sails in the Sunset – April 26 – May 6 at the Livery in Goderich
In the fall of 2011 I was chatting with Warren and Eleanor Robinson and they mentioned a play they were putting on in the spring. I have always loved acting and singing, so I told them I would try out! The time has flown so quickly and the show that was just a thought is now about to start in a week today.
This play has so much going on, it is a testament to life in Goderich from 1953 – 1955. So of course, my favourite part is the costumes! Who doesn’t love poodle skirts, crinoline and men in dapper suits? With a cast of over 50, this show has it all. I have enjoyed getting to know new people and acting out the unique stories of Goderich over 50 years ago.
Warren Robinson partnered up with his childhood friend Richard Wilson to create this history based show. Warren wrote the script and lyrics and Richard wrote the music. There is love, loss and challenge, all told through story, song and dance! I don’t want to give away any details, but have posted a bunch of photos to entice you all to check this amazing community theatre show.
I hope you can make it! Here are more details:
Red Sails in the Sunset
Book & Lyrics by Warren Robinson
Musical Direction by Eleanor Robinson
Score Composed by Richard Wilson
April 26, 27, 28, 29
May 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Adults $20 – Seniors $18 (+65)
Youth $15 (13 -18) – Children $10 (10 and under)
*Group Rate 10% off
10 People or more*
No refunds without 24 hours notice.
After the 24 hours have passed, there will be NO exchanges and NO refunds.
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10am – 1pm
Thursdays & Fridays
3pm – 5:30pm
Hey world, how is/was everyones weekend? Mine has been absolutely perfect thus far. Last night I went to the Bayfield town hall to see Juno award winner (best new artist) Meaghan Smith perform as part of the Bayfield concert series. She was absolutely incredible! Not only was her music amazing, but she was also hilarious. The show was very personal and intimate with less than 100 people. She shared a number of stories about the meaning of her songs, and growing up in Canada.
This song is about an ex boyfriend of hers that was sent to jail… and then escaped. This story she says is 100% true, and provided the entire crowd with a laugh. Sorry if the video quality isnt perfect, I was using my iphone. Anyways enjoy!!
Not only was she amazing to watch, but she was so sweet. After the show she stuck around to have a chance to talk to everyone and thank them for coming. She was such a friendly and lovely lady.
Alright so I gotta tell ya, I have yet to be disappointed with a Bayfield concert series show, Peter Meades books such high quality acts every time. If you are into live music make sure you get tickets for the rest of his shows he has planned for the summer!