SCUGOG: Local artists from “The Lake Scugog Studio Tour” would like to invite the public to join them on their creative journey at the “2016 Spring Studio Tour Preview” exhibition.
The opening reception is Saturday, April 2 at 2 pm, at the Kent Farndale Gallery in the Scugog Memorial Public Library; 231 Water Street in Port Perry.
The exhibit runs from April 2 to Friday April 25.
Every year, on the first weekend of April, these local artists open their studios to the public to share in the joy and beauty of hand-crafted art.
The tour will include 12 studios and more than 30 artists. By visiting the preview show, the public gets a chance to take a look at some of the talent from within the community.
For more information on the Studio Tour, please visit: http://www.scugogstudiotour.ca
The Kent Farndale Gallery is open 7- days a week during library hours.
Please call 905-985-7686 or visit www.scugoglibrary.ca/gallery for more information
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: Theatre 3x60 is looking for participants for the very first Durham Minifest that is going to be held this summer at Port Perry Town Hall 1873 Centre for the Performing Arts.
Minifest is a weekend long event where different theatre groups will each perform their interpretation of a one act play. Following each performance, the workshop leader will provide feedback to the groups.
The festival will take place on Friday, Aug. 5 and Saturday Aug. 6. The event was the brainchild of theatre company general manager Carey Nicholson.
"I had first heard of mini-fest when I was at a theatre festival in southwestern Ontario, and they have been doing it there for almost 30 years. I loved the concept and I though 'I have to do something like that," It also fits right in the mandate of what my company, Theatre 3x60,is working with in that we are very supportive of education of both theatre practitioners and the audience and providing growth."
A friend of her’s then introduced her to an organizer of a Minifest, and the concept of the Durham event started to take shape. The theatre company recently received a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation of $10,000 to help put on the event.
"It's our first major public grant so we are very excited. It was a great show of support for an event such as this,” Ms. Nicholson said.
She told The Standard that they are looking for six groups to round out the festival roster. However, Ms. Nicholson added that they are welcoming all entries from the community.
"We would be thrilled to have the festival full at six groups, we would be elated to have interest from more than six groups in which we will plan for larger next year, " she said.
The play that will be performed by each group is a comedy written by a local playwright. Ms. Nicholson said that if it is successful, she hopes to make this an annual event in the community.
“Its a good inside peak at how much possibility there is in theatre and its a great mixture of education and entertainment for the public,” she said.
Registration to participate in the festival is now open, and closes on Sunday, May 1. Visit www.durhamminifest.weebly.com for registration details, script sample as well as ticket information.
Tickets for the Minifest will go on sale on May 1.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: At 26 years of age, local artist Dave McIntyre, better known by his stage name Dave Mac, is making big strides in the world of rap music.
His second album Trouble is set to be released on Monday, April 18, featuring eight professional music videos. He told The Standard that one of those was filmed while he was on vacation in Jamaica.
"I did it for travel and pleasure. I took my girlfriend Sam as her Christmas gift and then when I was out there, I knew the contacts so I set it up to film a video down there,” he said. “I had well known rapper Beenie Man help out with the video."
Mr. McIntryre said that this album focuses on his experience with an ex fiancée, adding that there is an even split of positive and negative songs.
His album is available for pre-order on ITunes, Spotify and Apple Music and Mr. McIntyre said that there will be a giveaway for those who pre-order.
He also recently did a video with Canadian puppet personality Ed the Sock in September of 2015.
"It came to me as an idea because I did a song for a company called Booster Juice, so I was doing jingles for companies and I was thinking 'who is a big time Canadian icon from television that I could do a tribute song for?”, he said. “It just popped in my head. I reached out to Ed the Sock through his Facebook page and sent him the lyrics and the ideas I had for the video and next thing you know he is meeting me at a warehouse in Scarborough and we're filming the video and he was happy that I did the tribute for him."
He also added that working with Ed the Sock was an “exciting and mindblowing” experience for him.
Mr. McIntyre grew up, and currently resides in Port Perry. At seven years-old, his life was changed forever when his father, Joseph McIntyre, was killed by a drunk driver. His father was a member of the seventies rock band Yesteryear. However, from tragedy, Mr. McIntyre tries to find motivation.
“The music definitely helps. I feel he sees all of the things I have accomplished so far, so it keeps me kind of going to know that he is watching over me and pointing me in the right directions and I think he would be proud,” he said.
For those who would like to hear some of his music before downloading, you can listen to it on Youtube or reverbnation.com
SCUGOG: Town Hall 1873 Centre for the Performing Arts will be alive with country music on Saturday, April 2, when “Patsy Cline and the Queens of Country” takes the stage.
This incredible new tribute show from Bill Culp Productions celebrates the greatest hits of Patsy Cline, alongside timeless treasures from the legendary ladies of Country music including Dolly Parton, Kitty Wells, Loretta Lynn, Tanya Tucker, Tammy Wynette, Crystal Gayle and more.
The show stars Heather Brissenden alongside Irish songstress LoraLee McGuirl, backed by the amazing lead guitarist George Belmore and his Nashville Sound Band.
The country show starts at 8 p.m. for one night only. Tickets are $36 and can be bought on-line at www.townhall1873.ca or at the box office.
SCUGOG: A new exhibit at the Scugog Council for the Arts titled “Canada Strong and Free - a Show of Quilts Celebrating Canada” will be debuting on Saturday, March 5.
To commemorate Canada's 150th birthday in 2017 the Port Perry Patchers have challenged themselves by making a series of quilts that show the beauty, history and inspirations that make us Canadian.
The exhibit runs from March 5 to Saturday, March 26, Tuesday to Saturdays at the Scugog Council for the Arts, 181 Perry St., Unit G-1.
The opening reception will be held on March 5 between 1 and 3:00 pm. Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome to come out.