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SCUGOG: The Scugog Summer Jam music festival, held in July to celebrate Canada’s 150th, finished with a total deficit to the township of Scugog of $27,428.
The first ever Scugog Summer Jam brought headliners Big Wreck and Aaron Pritchett to Scugog, to perform at the Port Perry fairgrounds.
At a meeting, on Monday, October 16th, Councillors saw a report from the manager of finance, Michelle Pick, which went over the financials from the event.
According to the report, the festival brought in $171,741 in revenue, but the township’s expenditures for the event totaled $199,170.
Councillors had previously seen a report on the music festival, at a meeting on Monday, September 25th. At that meeting, the report stated the event would finish with a $50,098 deficit to the township.
However, at that meeting, Ward 5 Councillor Jennifer Back said, there was “significant funding” that she expected to come through.
Ward 1 Councillor Betty Somerville also noted that the Music Festival Advisory Committee had not yet had their final meeting.
Earlier in the year, council decided to fund costs for the event, up to $275,351.
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SCUGOG: Members of the North Durham community will be getting an early Christmas gift in December, as legendary classical guitarist Liona Boyd will be performing at Town Hall 1873 in Port Perry.
Ms. Boyd will be performing with her duo partner Andrew Dolson, in a show being held on Saturday, December 9th, at 2 p.m.
The show is being brought to Port Perry by Black Moon Entertainment and Ultimate Artists Live.
“Liona Boyd’s talent, on the classical guitar, is far reaching, beyond the traditional boundaries, and appeals to many different fans of guitar oriented music. Black Moon Entertainment and Ultimate Artists Live are delighted to be bringing such an accomplished, international recording star to The Port Perry Port Theatre in December. This show will not disappoint,” Shamus Black told The Standard.
Liona Boyd has been nicknamed “The First Lady of the Guitar.” She is a five time Juno award winner, has been awarded the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario, and has been inducted into Classical Guitar Player Magazine's Gallery of the Greats. In 2009, she became a singer, songwriter. Throughout her career, she has released 28 albums.
Ms. Boyd told The Standard she is excited to be playing in Port Perry.
“I wrote this song called ‘Little Towns’, and I’ve always been quite moved by the warmth of the people. It’s more intimate, it’s like playing in people’s living rooms,” she said.
Ms. Boyd also had a message for parents who would like to come to the show.
“I always want to encourage parents to bring your kids because one concert can change your life.”
When asked what she hopes people take out of her music, Ms. Boyd said she hopes people enjoy her “sense of romance and the beauty of the melodies.”
Tickets are $61.50 each, and can be bought online, at www.townhall1873.ca, or by calling 905-985-8181.
SAM ODROWSKI The Standard
The Durham Basketeers are preparing for their annual basket collection at the Greenbank Centennial Hall, on November 4th, to help support women who have suffered from domestic violence.
After a woman, who has undergone abuse, finds the courage to leave her living situation, she is often left with only a suitcase of clothing to her name.
To help these women with their fresh start, the Durham Basketeers, focus on creating gift baskets, to help with the transition from the emergency shelter into their new home.
“Basketeers was formed because there are many charities that do help provide for children, but the moms seem to get forgotten. So [we give them,] what we call, a new beginnings basket,” said Cheron Stevens-Hazelton. She added, “With that, it gives them a ray of hope, for the Mom, and a little inspiration, that she can actually start a new life for her and her kids.”
According to Cheron, when these women leave the shelter they are moved into a transitional home, taking whatever belongings they came to the shelter with, so it is often times overwhelming, when trying to start fresh.
“The moms can’t even go into the new home she’s being placed in and open up a can or have a frying pan,” Cheron said. “So kitchen essentials are vital.”
Cheron told the Standard, kitchen essentials, as well as practical things like, gift cards, toiletries, and towels, are very helpful when transitioning these women out of the shelter.
“When I do a basket I like to put in a first aid kit, a small tool kit, a little board game, or something the Moms can sit down with, in the evening, [to] spend some time with the kids and try to restore some normalcy to their life,” Cheron said.
She also encourages those who donate, to not only donate necessities, but to also put things like hot coco, tea, bubble bath, and things the Mom’s might enjoy, into the baskets as well.
She told the Standard, the women who receive these baskets are very grateful and appreciative of the kind gesture.
“They are overwhelmed to the point of tears, when they’re presented with [the baskets], when they leave the shelter,” Cheron said.
Many of the recipients are shocked by how much thought and care a stranger has put into the baskets, for them and their children.
Last year the Durham Basketeers were able to donate 128 baskets, with the help of the community, and are hoping for even more this year.
“Scugog has been an amazing force here, the group of ladies, from Canterbury Commons in Port Perry, have been a driving force with the Basketeers. Last year alone the group of ladies there, had about 30 baskets,” Cheron said.
She is hoping Scugog will be able to donate as many baskets again this year.
“Do it with friends, do it with family, do it with someone that you want to share this with, because it really is a real special feeling knowing we made someone really happy,” Cheron said. “It’s not only a good feeling it’s a lot of fun, trying to get ideas for the baskets, [and figuring out] how you’re going to decorate them. You can let your creativity flow.”
She encourages everyone to help in any way they can, adding that every basket makes an impact in the lives of these women.
“Once people start with donating they do often want to continue. We have repeat people every year,” Cheron said.
Anyone can donate a basket, and to find out more information on how to go about donating, visit: https://basketeers.org/chapter/durham.
The Basket drop off is happening at the Greenbank Centenial Hall, located at 19965 Hwy. 7 & 12, in Scugog.
Anyone with questions regarding the Basketeers and the upcoming donation can email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
SAM ODROWSKI The Standard
The Lucy Maud Montgomery Society of Ontario (LMMSO) is hosting the “Spirit of Canada Celebration,” in Uxbridge this year.
The event is a three-day literary celebration of Lucy Maud Montgomery and Canada’s 150th birthday. The event is great for Canadian literature enthusiasts and L.M. Montgomery fans.
“It’s all about celebrating the literary greatness of, in particular, Lucy Maud Montgomery and her patriotism for Canada,” said Kathy Wasylenky, event organizer.
Almost all of L.M. Montgomery’s novels, journals, and letters reflect the idea of patriotism and national identity, which is the focus for this event.
The three-day affair will feature several guest speakers who have dedicated their life to writing about and researching L.M. Montgomery.
“I am most excited because it is very rare in Ontario to get this many wonderful speakers, authors, and researchers in one building, talking about Montgomery,” Kathy said.
The event is a great opportunity for fans of L.M. Montgomery from all over Ontario to experience. Usually people from Ontario have to travel to P.E.I. to attend an event of this size, dedicated to L.M. Montgomery.
“We haven’t had an event like this since 2011, so it is just really exciting, we usually have to travel to P.E.I. to their conference to have this many well-known speakers all together in one building,” Kathy said.
She continued, “There is no other event this whole year that centres around Montgomery and has this many well-known speakers in the Montgomery field. I think for Montgomery fans and enthusiasts this is a great event to attend.”
The festivities for the celebration kick off on Friday, October 20th, where several speakers will discuss L.M. Montgomery, Canadian patriotism, and the books they are working on.
In the evening Jowi Taylor will present the Six String Nation Guitar, which is made up of 64 pieces of bone, metal, wood, stone and fabric. Each piece of the guitar represents Canada’s identity and history with each piece being representing a part of Canadian history. During Jowi’s presentation he will discuss the significance and meaning behind each part of the guitar.
The following day, on Saturday October 21st, there will again, be speakers during the day, followed by the Downhome Celtic Kitchen Party, happening in the evening.
The kitchen party will be filled with great food, music, and dancing as the Dnes sisters play the fiddle and Adam Gribble strums the guitar. Singer and songwriter Rosalee Peppard will also be performing a set of her own original music and traditional tunes.
According to Kathy, Rosalee has prepared a one of a kind song for LMMSO about L.M. Montgomery, which will be included in her performance.
“It will just be a fun evening of traditional Celtic style songs and so on from down east,” she said.
The final day of the celebration, on Sunday October 22nd, Blue Heron Books will give a presentation and more guest speakers will discuss the influence L.M. Montgomery had on their work.
The evening to end off the celebration will feature the first showing of the play, “Emily: The Musical.” The play is presented by Ryleepuss Productions and is a musical performance, written by L.M. Montgomery, when she lived in Leaskdale.
“I’ve been to a couple of their rehearsals and the voices are so strong in this production, I’m just thrilled its happening,” Kathy said.
Tickets for all of the following events are available at Sugar FX in Uxbridge or online through Star Ticketing. For more information about the Spirit of Canada Celebration or LMMSO, call 905-862-0808 or email Lmmontgomery.email@example.com.
Kathy encourages everyone to come out, especially fans of L.M. Montgomery.
“This is a chance of a lifetime really; we probably won’t have another event for a long while on Montgomery. Short of travelling to P.E.I. every other year to attend their conference there just is no place to go to hear all these speakers and hear about their writing and research,” Kathy said.
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UXBRIDGE: 16 year-old Uxbridge resident, Emilee D’Ornellas will be representing Canada, in November, at the World Dance Championships, being held in Riesa, Germany.
After being one of many people across the country to audition, Ms. D’Ornellas was chosen to be one of the members of the Canadian National Tap Team. “It was really exciting, because I made the team last year, but I didn’t end up going, because I didn’t have time for it and it was really expensive. Then this year, when I auditioned again I was hoping to go, so I was really excited that I made it,” Ms. D’Ornellas told The Standard.
She also explained what the audition was like. “There was one audition, and it was one of the last auditions that they held, and so there was only a few people that were there, and they had already chosen most of the team, so there [weren’t] a lot of spots left. I was nervous, but it was really fun, because the guy who was running the audition was super nice, and I knew I wanted to work with him.” The choreographer for the national team is Matthew Clark from Buffalo, New York.
Ms. D’Ornellas has been dancing since she was very young. “My mom used to dance professionally, so that’s why she put me into it, and my friends did it, and my friend’s mom owned a studio, so that’s where I went and then I just liked it ever since,” she said. Some of Ms. D’Ornellas’ accomplishments include: being awarded the Eastern Canadian Tap Conference scholarship two years in a row, numerous judges’ special awards, and coming in second place at a national competition in Atlantic City in 2016.
As well, she was chosen as the valedictorian of her grade 8 graduating class at R.H. Cornish Public School. “It was a good feeling, because before I got asked I didn’t really know what it was, and when I found out I was pretty proud that out of my really big school they wanted me to do it. There was over 100 people in my graduating class, so it’s a pretty big group and it was an honour.”
To take part in the national competition, Ms. D’Ornellas must raise $3,650 for the trip, additional money for costume and choreography fees, and is hoping to also have some spending money while in Germany. “We’re budgeting for about $5,000, by taking all of that stuff into consideration,” Dawn D’Ornellas, Emilee’s mother said.
Emilee has asked for sponsorship from the Township of Uxbridge, and the request was forwarded to the Township’s Golf Fund committee for consideration. “We’ve also sent stuff to the rotary club, and the Bonner Boys have given us some rehearsal money, those are the local organizations we’ve gone to so far,” Dawn told The Standard.
Those who would like to support Emilee are asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
KAWARTHAS: On Friday, the Boards of the Kawartha Lakes Arts Council (KLAC) and the Kawartha Lakes Culture & Heritage Network (HN) welcomed members and citizens to a community celebration, to introduce the new Program Coordinator of the City of Kawartha Lakes Arts & Heritage Trail, Lyndsey Friesen.
The Arts Council also launched its 2017-2018 season of programs. Local MPP, Laurie Scott and OTF Grant Review Team member, Jack Brezina were on hand to congratulate KLAC and HN and learn more about how the OTF grant will foster economic development in Kawartha Lakes, by supporting artists and cultural not-for-profit organizations.
“The Kawartha Lakes Arts Council (KLAC) plays an important part in showcasing our community’s cultural heritage,” said Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock. “I am pleased that KLAC has received this grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, to develop collaborative programming for the Kawartha Lakes Arts and Heritage Trail, as it will undoubtedly improve the experience of residents and tourists alike.”
Kathleen Seymour-Fagan, Councillor Ward 13, and representing Mayor Andy Letham, also congratulated Lyndsey Friesen and added, “The Kawartha Lakes is a community of artists, musicians, writers, local historians, creative entrepreneurs and cultural organizations with deep roots. We are delighted to welcome Lyndsey to our Municipality, and look forward to partnering with her, as we grow cultural tourism in the Kawartha Lakes.”
The Arts & Heritage Trail was introduced in 2016, to showcase the numerous rich heritage and wide variety of museums, historic sites, artist’s studios and galleries located throughout the Kawartha Lakes. Working with cultural organizations, facilities and business, on the Arts & Heritage Trail, the Program Coordinator will facilitate partnerships and collaborative participation in programming activities.
“Through the support of this strategic grant from OTF, 2 Media Release OTF grant to Kawartha Lakes Arts Council and Kawartha Lakes Culture & Heritage Network, September 29th, 2017, we will now have an experienced cultural professional, dedicated to promoting and linking the 24 participating members of the Arts & Heritage Trail. This is a terrific opportunity to engage residents and attract visitors to our community, and we can expect to see the number of participants on the Trail increase,” said Dianne Lister, Chair of the Board, Kawartha Lakes Arts Council.
“Lyndsey Friesen is well known in our community, and worked extensively with the Victoria County Historical Society as a project manager of 'First World War Comes to Life.' She brings a wealth of knowledge in audience development, interpretation, branding and grant writing. We know Lyndsey will help shape and promote the Arts & Heritage Trail with the input and advice of the participants,” said David Wesley, Chair of the Board, Kawartha Lakes Culture & Heritage Network.
An agency of the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year, to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities. www.otf.ca