DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
UXBRIDGE: The local arts community lost one of its most revered members last week with the passing of Christopher Chapman, an Oscar winning film maker and one of the founders of Uxbridge’s annual Celebration of the Arts Festival.
Mr. Chapman passed away peacefully at ReachCiew Village on Saturday, Oct. 24, with his wife of 44 years, Barbara-Glen and family at his side. He leaves behind a tremendous artistic legacy, both locally and nationally.
Born in Toronto on Jan. 24, 1927, the day after his twin Francis as they were delivered on opposing sides of midnight, Mr. Chapman’s life was devoted to artistic pursuits, following in the footsteps of his father Alfred Chapman, an architect and mother Doris, a concert pianist.
In the 1950’s Mr. Chapman moved to England, where he spent time designing automobiles for Ford, before returning home to Canada to follow his passion of film making.
In 1968, his film ‘A Place to Stand’ was nominated for a pair of Oscars, ultimately taking home the Academy Award for Best Live-Action Short. It was a historical occasion, as he became the first Canadian outside of the National Film Board to win Hollywood’s highest honour. That same year at the Canadian Film Awards, it also claimed the title of Canadian Film of the Year.
In 1985, over a scotch at the Hobby Horse Arms, Mr. Chapman, along with Tom Baker and Ron Tindley founded the Uxbridge Celebration of the Arts. The annual local showcase of film, theatre, visual arts and music has grown into a week-long event that draws talented artists from across the country to Uxbridge every September.
In 2009, Mr. Chapman was honoured with a special gala as part of Celebration of the Arts, along with a screening of ‘A Place to Stand’.
Additionally, his Oscar statuette has been an honoured guest at numerous arts events in Uxbridge, most recently at the Roxy Theatres Short Film Festival in early October.
“Typical of Christopher's unassuming personality - he used the Oscar as a door-stop in his house,” added Wynn Walters, a fellow Uxbridge arts mainstay and longtime friend of Mr. Chapman.
Next month, the community is invited to a celebration of Mr. Chapman’s life at Wooden Sticks on Sunday, Nov. 15, from 2 to 4 p.m.
SCUGOG: Expand your artistic perspective and explore the natural world with the new exhibit “Nature” by artist Eddie Le Page.
The Opening Reception for the new gallery was held on Saturday, Oct. 17. The show will be on display until Monday, Nov. 26 in the Kent Farndale Gallery, located in the Scugog Memorial Public Library at 231 Water St. in Port Perry.
According to a press release, Eddie Le Page has spent many years travelling throughout Canada, immersing himself in the rich history of the nation, as well as studying its wildlife.
This exhibit showcases the beauty and character of the Canadian landscape and its original inhabitants and includes images of indigenous trees, wildlife, and First Nation portraits.
The Kent Farndale Gallery is open seven days a week during regular library hours. Please call 905-985-7686 for more information.
Annette Stokes and Michael Serres will both be performing in Doubt: A Parable at Port Perry’s Town Hall 1873 Centre for the Performing Arts.
SCUGOG: The Borelians Community Theatre of Port Perry will be exploring ideas of accusation, doubt, guilt, bullying and racism when they host a powerful and award-winning play called Doubt: A Parable, which opens this weekend.
The play is being staged at Town Hall 1873 Centre for the Performing Arts from Thursday, Oct. 15 to Saturday, Oct 17 as well as from Thursday, Oct. 22 to Saturday, Oct. 24.
The play is set in New York City in 1964, right after a major upheaval in the Catholic Church through Vatican II and soon after the assassination of JFK. It deals with some sensitive topics from that time, and topics that continue to be of relevance today.
Although the story is set in 1964 in a Catholic parochial school in the Bronx, it is a parable, meaning that it is a story designed to go beyond its surface message to a meaning that is something deeper, hidden and ultimately universal.
Two well-known and award winning community theatre actors from Port Perry, Annette Stokes and Michael Serres play Sister Aloysius and Father Flynn respectively. The cast is rounded out with Mrs. Muller played by Shira Forsyth, a well known stage presence in Uxbridge, along with an experienced newcomer to the area’s theatre scene from Aurora, Kayla Whelan who plays Sister James.
Director Joe Szekeres said that the play is much more than a story of a priest, two nuns and a parent of a school boy.
“It is a story for all faiths: Christian, Muslim, Jewish, even for agnostics and atheists, because at its heart, it is a play about our humanity, about our courage and convictions”, Szekeres said.
The play, written by John Patrick Shanley, is a winner of both the Pulitzer prize, as well as a 2005 Tony Award winner for best drama.
Tickets to the show can be bought on-line at www.townhall1873.ca, or at the box office located at 302 Queen St. More information on the Borelians and the play can be found on-line at www.borelians.ca.
Tickets are on sale for Johnny Cash: From Memphis to Folsom, which will be played at Port Perry’s Town Hall 1873 Centre for the Performing Arts on Sunday, Nov. 8.
SCUGOG: Calling all Johnny Cash fans! Don't miss the amazing, international touring show "Johnny Cash: From Memphis To Folsom" when it comes to the intimate Town Hall 1873 Performing Arts Centre for a special matinee performance being held on Sunday, Nov. 8 at 3 p.m.
Starring as "The Man in Black" is the incredible Jim Yorfido, widely considered the number-one Johnny Cash tribute artist in the world. Yorfido has thrilled audiences across the globe with his stunning portrayal of the music legend, which truly captures both the distinctive look and booming Baritone voice of Johnny Cash. Backed by the world-class Memphis Cats band, the show also includes the lovely and talented June Carter as Johnny's fun-loving sidekick.
Musically, “From Memphis to Folsom” covers the entire career of “The Man in Black” including Johnny's early hits on Sun Records ("I Walk The Line" "Folsom Prison Blues"), his prison albums ("Boy Named Sue", "San Quentin") his famous duets with June Carter ("Jackson" "Help Me Make It Through The Night") and of course, Johnny's signature tune "Ring of Fire". As a special bonus, during an audience-interactive segment of the show, ticket buyers will even get to pick which Johnny Cash song will be performed.
Tickets to see "Johnny Cash: From Memphis To Folsom" at the Port Perry’s Town Hall 1873 Theatre on Sunday Nov. 8 at 3 p.m. are on sale now, value-priced at only $34 all inclusive, available by phone 905-985-8181, or pick-up at the theatre box office located at 302 Queen St., in historic downtown Port Perry or buy on-line at www.TownHall1873.ca. You are encouraged to get your tickets early to ensure the best seats for this phenomenal Johnny Cash experience!
Braden Lamoureux and Caleb Kennedy and friends celebrate the duo’s win in the Uxbridge Celebration of The Arts Youth Music Competition finals, held last Saturday at the Uxbridge Music Hall, organized as part of the Uxbridge Celebration of The Arts.
STUART BLOWER, SB VISUAL MEDIA Special to The Standard
UXBRIDGE: The Uxbridge Music Hall was packed on Saturday, Sept. 19, with 15 of the top young musical acts in the area competing in the finale of the Youth Music Competition.
Taking home the top prize in the contest, which was part of the annual Uxbridge Celebration of the Arts was The Braden Lamoureux Duo, featuring Braden Lamoureux and Caleb Kennedy.
By virtue of winning the competition featuring some of the area’s top young performers between the ages of 14 and 20, the duo received a bounty of prizes including $500 cash from the Uxbridge Celebration of the Arts, a $600 Recording Session courtesy of Dave Chester, owner of Chalet Studios in Claremont and a $600 promotional Photo/Video package courtesy of Stuart Blower owner of SB Visual Media.
Out of the original 38 entries, 25 acts were selected to appear at Chalet Studios for a "live audition". From there, 15 acts, including vocal soloists, duos, bands and instrumentalists, were selected by Chalet recording engineers, to appear at the Music Hall for the Finals Competition and perform for judges: Chris Saunders, Whitney Ross-Barris and Bodan Mulholland.
Second prize went to Life's Little Thrills, a duo featuring Graham Young and Lucas Richardson. They will receive a $250 cash prize from Uxbridge Celebration of the Arts and a $100 Gift Certificate for INEO Recording Studios in Uxbridge, courtesy of owner Brett Simmonds.
Third prize went to Elijah Mabana for his solo guitar instrumental. He receives a $150 cash prize from Celebration of the Arts and a $100 Gift Certificate for INEO.
Additional theme prizes were provided by Long & McQuade Music, which were presented by L&M Rep Matt MacDonald.
$200 gift certificates were awarded to: Jadyn Lamb for best Original Composition; Laura Hughson for best Classical Performance; Hannah Close for best Vocal or Instrumental; The band "Chasing Shadows" for Stage Presence and Audience Rapport; and Hayden Kerry received the Judges Choice award for her vocals and guitar work.