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.