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Bicycle Opera in Bayfield

22 Jul
35-40 bikers joined the group as they toured the Village of Bayfield

35-40 bikers joined the group as they toured the Village of Bayfield

It was a beautiful Sunday morning to take a ride around Bayfield and get a glimpse of a special concert playing tonight.

The Bicycle Opera Projects consists of a group of young professional singers who bike around southwestern Ontario to bring contemporary Canadian opera to communities across Ontario while working to demythologize the idea of an opera singer, break operatic tradition and provide a car-free alternative to touring.  I recognized one familiar face in this group – Geoffrey Sirett was a guest artist here last summer during the 2012 Bayfield Festival of Song.

Today (July 21, 2013) they stopped in Bayfield, Ontario.

We met at Outside Projects – a great little shop on main street – where owner Tyler Hessel greeted the group of singers and community supporters.  A passionate interest in his community, it’s volunteer corps, and heritage made Tyler the perfect guide for the bicycle tour which was followed by an impromptu concert in the park.   The main event was a concert at Bayfield Village Hall this evening.

Bicycle Opera Project




sports bags and backpacks

sports bags and backpacks

Skateboards ...

Skateboards …

OUTSIDE PROJECTS:  Owned and operated by outdoor enthusiast Tyler Hessel, Outside Projects is located on Bayfield’s historic Main Street and offers services and equipment for outdoor activities. Their services include bike sales and rentals, custom bike building and fitting, skateboard and longboard building and sales, snowshoe sales and rentals, guided hikes and bike tours, bike and skateboard summer camps, apparel sales for outdoor activities, and many more!

6 Main Street
Bayfield, ON  N0M 1G0


Interview with the one and only Tyler Hessel!

5 May

Yesterday afternoon I stopped in at Tyler Hessel’s store in Bayfield, called Outside Projects. I wanted to chat with him because he is someone that is very actively involved within the community, as well as being a store owner, he is also Counselor at large in Bluewater. Enjoy the video.