Shoppers Drug Mart in Port Perry recently held their Look Good Feel Good Gala, with all proceeds benefitting the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. (Above) Katherine McGuigan gets her nails done by Breast Cancer foundation volunteer Brenda Mills. (Below) Shoppers staff and event volunteers gather at the makeup studio.
Painter Karen Fox gives a painting demonstration, trying to change the colour of her flower, during the Port Perry Artists Association’s annual Fall Art Show & Sale held at the Scout Hall in Port Perry on Saturday, Nov. 14 and Sunday, Nov. 15.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
Riki Knox will be performing songs from her debut album at an event being held this Saturday, Nov. 14.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: Local country music singer/songwriter Riki Knox will be offering fans a unique opportunity to hear her full debut album at an event this Saturday, Nov. 14.
The event titled ‘An Intimate Evening with Riki Knox’ will take place at the Latcham Centre in Port Perry. Kx96’s Pete Walker will be emceeing the cd launch and The Ben Hudson Band will be opening the show.
Ms. Knox said that the main reason to have the show in Port Perry is to give back to the local people who she says have always supported her musical pursuits.
“The community has always come out and backed me and supported me. It really is small town living,” she said.
Ms. Knox grew up on a farm in Elizabethville, northwest of Port Hope. She said that her experiences there with her three siblings have had a major influence on a lot of her country songs.
“I write a lot about a lifestyle that I know first-hand,” Ms. Knox said. “On the farm we had a television set, but we didn’t really watch it. We were more outdoor kids, we were always out there from sun up until sun down.”
She also added that her father, who is also a songwriter, was the one that first inspired her to get into country music.
“I was born and raised on country music,” Ms. Knox said. “My father is a songwriter himself, so we would just meet and sing and write. It was very organic.”
She describes her style of country music as having “more of that rocking edge, that Gretchen Wilson feel to it.”
In the past, Ms. Knox has performed with notable artists such as Carole Pope, Marc Jordan and Jack de Keyzer. However, she told The Standard that her favourite performance memory is when she opened for Dallas Smith at the Port Perry Fair in 2013.
“I think at the time it was the largest crowd they had ever had, so it was just surreal, and to know a lot of them that were out there was just amazing,” she said.
Ms. Knox added that she thinks her debut album is “pretty well rounded”, including fun songs, as well as softer, “more lyrically meaningful songs.”
Tickets to the intimate evening are $25, which includes entrance into the event as well as a signed copy of the album, titled ‘That’s Country Y’all’. They can be bought on-line at rikiknox.com/shows.
Basil (Michael Wood) gets a swift slap from Sybil (Dorothy Partridge), his wife while Manuel (Francois Bessay) and Polly (Lisha Van Nieuwenhove) look on.
UXBRIDGE: The hit BBC comedy, written by John Cleese and Connie Booth is back with more laughs at the Uxbridge Music Hall on Nov. 12 to 14 (three nights only!). Enjoy the bumbling's and misconstrued dilemmas found happening at the hotel that is: Fawlty Towers.
The 2015 performances mark 16 years of Fawlty Towers beginning on stage, for the first time. The show has been performed to sold-out audiences every time it has come to the Uxbridge Music Hall.
"Nearly every episode of the 12 produced on TV have been put on the stage at the Music Hall." states director Joel van Veghel, "We've only three episodes to go to finish the series and this year we're doing two of them: The Wedding Party and The Psychiatrist."
The show has an excellent line-up of great talent including: Michael Wood as Basil as well as Dorothy Partridge as Sybil, Lisha Van Nieuwenhove (Polly) and Francois Bessay (Manual) make these characters memorable and will remind you why Fawlty Towers is known to be one of the best, most remembered and funniest British Comedies ever written. Special guests at the hotel include such notable actors as: Roger Varley, Ruth Smith, Mary Delaney, Mark and Nancy Melcher, Emily Wood, Vannetta Tustian, Jay Da Costa, Kris Harris, Christine Williamson, Gary Lang and Dustin Wood.
It took John Cleese and Connie Booth an average of three months to write each episode. Some of the sections of the episodes were written from their personal experiences during Monty Python filming when they stayed at a hotel similar to that of Fawlty Towers where the owner, whom John Cleese describes as "the rudest man I've ever come across in my life", is just as obnoxious as Basil appears to be in each episode.
From compromising positions, with some of the guests and staff, to Basil's maniacal behavior, Fawlty Towers is sure to leave you laughing and wanting more.
Only three performances: Thursday, Nov. 12, Friday Nov. 13, and Saturday November 14 at 8 p.m. at the Uxbridge Music Hall. Tickets are available at: www.starticketing.com and at SugarFX and Little Acorn in downtown Uxbridge.