AN EVENING WITH GARNET ROGERS
The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society was delighted to have renowned performer, Garnet Rogers grace the stage on Friday, June 15. In 2016, he released his book, “Night Drive – Travels with My Brother”, sections of which he also shared with the audience during the evening. (Photos by Jack Pal)
Jazz cubed to launch cD
Jazz Cubed recently went into the studio to record a full-length album while on a school music trip to Chicago. The trio got to record in the main studio at The Chicago Recording Company. TL-R: Liam Morley, Jazz Cubed A/V Assistant; Ben Luelo, Saxophone; Joshua LeBlanc-Demers, Drums; Mat Lejeune, Audio engineer; Karsten Stryker, Guitar; and Josh Geddis, Music teacher. (Submitted photo)
Karsten Stryker, Joshua LeBlanc-Demers and Ben Luelo are senior students at St. Anne’s Catholic Secondary School and they love Jazz. In September of 2017 they kicked off the school year by opening the International Plowing Match that brought a ton of opportunities their way.
The group began practicing together for around five hours a week and built a solid two -hour set. “Jazz Cubed” has since become an in-demand group on the Huron-County music scene having performed at everything from the Fanshawe College North Graduation to a variety of restaurants and concerts over the past year. In addition to their public performances in the area, the band also received Gold Standing at Music Fest Regionals and a Silver Standing at MusicFest Nationals at the University of Toronto in May. They also performed an invite-only set at The Rex Jazz Bar in Toronto as part of the National Youth Jazz Series. This series featured the best student jazz bands from across the country.
“A group trio of this calibre does not come around very often - success in music is all about commitment, practice and hard work - these guys have definitely put in the time, they’ve formed a band, learned about playing live and have listened to the feedback that they have got from other professionals along the way. This is a special group of students,” said Josh Geddis, music teacher at St. Anne’s.
The group recently went into the studio to record a full-length album while on a school music trip to Chicago. The band recorded eight songs at the Legendary Chicago Recording Company with Grammy winning engineer Mat Lejeune. The CRC (Chicago Recording Company) is responsible for recording albums by artist like Coldplay, Lady Gaga and Buddy Guy. The students were very excited for this amazing opportunity.
“This was a unique project because recording with a Grammy winning engineer at a legendary studio and putting out a professionally made CD is not cheap. It has been really fun to work with these students and show them methods to promote themselves in the music industry. They have learned about scheduling, booking, sound, contracts, negotiating, budgeting and everything that goes into being a working band. The recording portion of the album was entirely funded through money earned from gigs. There were no shortcuts taken on this project - we tried to make it as ‘real’ of an experience as we could within the confines of it being a school project. All three of these guys are likely to continue working in the music industry and I wanted this experience to be a bit of a primer as they transition into the post-secondary music world,” said Geddis.
When the band and Geddis found out that they had an opportunity to record at the
Chicago Recording Company by a Grammy winning engineer, they were very excited. They became even more excited when Lejeune offered to mix the album. The band went on a search for a local sponsor to cover their mixing costs and found a great partner in Libro, Clinton who became the executive producer of the CD.
Libro, Clinton made a donation to the Jazz Band to cover the mixing costs and in exchange, “Jazz Cubed” has been the “house band” a few times each month over the spring at Libro.
“We are extremely grateful to have a local community partner like Libro, they have been great - without them, this album might not have happened! It is amazing to see such a big company take an interest in what we are trying to do and help us out,” said saxophonist Luelo.
After recording the album they worked with local artist Liv Hussey to design the album cover and used graphic designer Steve Dawe to put together the layout. The band will be releasing their CD, which was professionally printed and packaged by one of Canada’s biggest CD manufacturers, at Cait’s Cafe in Goderich on Friday, June 22. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show will start at 7 p.m.. Admission is $20 at the door and CD’s will be on sale for $10.
After a summer full of playing Jazz, Luelo will head to The University of Western Ontario to study Alto Saxophone and Composition. LeBlanc-Demers will head to McGill University in Montreal to study Jazz Drumming. Stryker will return to St. Anne’s next year. He is currently studying guitar with local guitar teacher Michael Crocker and Ariel Kasler who teaches at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
charity hockey game receives boost from contractor
Larry Otten (second from right), president of Larry Otten Contracting Inc, donated $2,000 to the 2018 edition of the Hometown Heroes, “Raise a Little Health” Charity Hockey Game, recently. Accepting the cheque was l-r: Jessie Payne, Gateway summer student, Jay McFarlan, president of the Gateway Board of Directors, and Grace Bonnett, Gateway summer student. (Submitted photo)
Larry Otten, president of Larry Otten Contracting Inc, donated $2,000 to the 2018 edition of the Hometown Heroes, “Raise a Little Health” Charity Hockey Game, recently.
The fifth annual game will take place July 19 at the Goderich-Huron YMCA Maitland Recreation Centre. The puck will drop at 7 p.m.
Otten commented that he saw the hockey game as a very worthwhile charitable activity and wanted to support the three organizations that benefit from the game. He indicated that he appreciated the opportunity to be part of the game and its benefits to the community.
The Alexandra Marine and General Hospital (AMGH) Foundation, Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health and the YMCA Strong Kids Program are all beneficiaries of the funds raised from the game.
This year’s edition of the Hometown Heroes game will see another exciting exhibition of professional hockey skill. This year Ryan and Cal O’Reilly, and their father, Brian, will be playing and coaching and it has been confirmed that Peter DeBoer, of the San Jose Sharks will coach one of the teams.
Otten has been very active in construction in Goderich over the past six years. By the end of 2018 his company will have completed over 85 freestanding homes, condos and townhouse units. These homes are giving a modern profile to the residential housing inventory of Goderich and create a significant boost to the property tax base of the town.
Tickets to the charity game can be purchased at Ben Lobb’s offices in Goderich and Port Elgin, Gateway Centre in Seaforth, the AMGH and the Goderich-Huron YMCA. Tickets are $10, adults; and $5, children.
On Sept. 15, youth aged 10 to 18 years are invited to attend the Huron Country Playhouse for a one-day workshop for youth that offers 30 lucky students the opportunity to learn from cast members of Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn.
This workshop filled up so quickly that organizers have decided to offer a second on Sept. 22.
The day will consist of workshops in the morning, followed by lunch, a matinee performance of the Canadian premiere musical, and a private Q&A with cast members after the show.
The cost for this workshop to be held at the Huron Country Playhouse in Grand Bend is $40 plus tax. The day will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 5 p.m.
No audition is required! Admission is based on a first come, first served basis through online registration. Sign up now to secure a spot at this second exclusive one-day training event. The schedule will include both a dance and an acting/theatre workshop as well as a supervised lunch.
Bayfield concert series
"Britain's Got Talent" VS "Canadian Idol", with special guest Justin Evans, is a concert experience brought to the village as part of the Bayfield Concert Series.
The concert will feature Bayfield's adopted son and Canada's first Idol (2003) Ryan Malcolm and Richard Hadfield, winner of Britain's Got Talent 2014 (with the group Collabro).
This intimate evening with two internatinally renowned entertainers will be held on June 21 at the town hall. Tickets are selling for $30 and are available at Ernie King Music in Goderich, Shop Bike Coffee Roasters in Bayfield and through Ticketscene.ca Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the show commencing at 8 p.m.
The Young Novelists
On Friday, June 22, the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society will welcome “The Young Novelists”.
Since the band’s inception in 2009, The Young Novelists’ effortless harmonies have been heard across stages in the U.S. and Canada and have been compared to everyone from “The Band” to “Wilco”. The Town Hall performance follows the recent release of their new album, “In City & Country”, produced by Juno-winning producer Howard Bilerman who has also worked with “Arcade Fire” and “Leonard Cohen”.
Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. There is a cash bar. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.
For tickets call Mark Edmunds 519 521-2994 or Sandy Scotchmer at 519 565-2830 or purchase online at www.ticketscene.ca.
Back by popular demand, “The Dreamboats” will be performing at the Bayfield Town Hall on Thursday, June 28. They were here last July to help Michael’s Pharmacy celebrate their 10th anniversary in Bayfield. Kelsey Johnston, a Michael’s Pharmacy employee, organized the sold-out concert as a fundraiser for the Bayfield Town Hall. This year, Johnston also assisted the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society with the arrangements for the return of this amazing, high energy Rock N’ Roll group.
The Dreamboats hail from Mississauga, where they were recently presented with the MARTY Award for Best Emerging Music Group from the Mississauga Arts Council. In keeping with the era in which they have musically immersed themselves, the majority go by stage names: Sir Ritchie Hummins, lead vocals, guitar; Fliggers B. Lewis, lead vocals, bass guitar; Matt Best, lead guitar, vocals; and Johnny G. Wiz, drums and vocals.
The Dreamboats specialize in cover music from 1955-65 but also write and perform their own music created in the style of these early decades. These high energy musicians delight audiences with great toe tappin’, hand clappin’, sing-a-long tunes touching on many of the eras favorites including, Roy Orbinson, The Beach Boys, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Elvis, and, of course, The Beatles.
The doors will open at 7 p.m. and the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40, with a cash bar. For tickets visit Kelsey at Michael’s Pharmasave or call Sandy Scotchmer at 519 565-2830 or purchase them online at www.ticketscene.ca. Note that last year, tickets sold out very quickly!
James Alan, popular magician and sleight of hand artist, will be the next performer to grace the Hensall Heritage Hall stage in celebration of the building’s anniversary.
June 26 is the date for Alan’s appearance. He is well-known for creating unforgettable events that are thought-provoking, funny, astonishing and thoroughly entertaining. Alan’s one man shows have been featured at the Summerworks Performance Festival in Toronto, The Hamilton Fringe Festival, and The Lychwood Theatre. He is also a popular guest on CP24.
The show will begin at 7 p.m. This event is licensed and light refreshments will be offered. Tickets are $25 and are available from www.ticketscene.com, D&D Variety in Hensall or by contacting Kay at 519 262-2050.
YOGA IN CLINTON
The upper room at the Clinton Town Hall will be the location for two yoga sessions with Cindy de Jong this summer.
These gentle-beginner classes are suitable for all ages and will be held on Tuesdays in July and August for three consecutive weeks. The first session will begin on July 3. The second session will commence on Aug. 7. The cost per session is $40 or sign up for both at a cost of $60.
For more information or to reserve a spot call or text 519 440-6144 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Huron County Museum will be hosting a STEAM Power Camp for kids aged five to 11, the week of August 13-17.
The cost is $130 per camper for the week (or $115 for Museum Members). Camper drop off is between 8:30-9 a.m. and camper pick up is between 4-4:30 p.m.
Full STEAM ahead - campers will enjoy hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts and math activities with an interactive focus on local stories and heritage.
Monday will be Farmtastic: Fun with technology, animals and caring for the land on the farm -not to mention the food - in celebration of the museum’s summer exhibit dedicated to local agriculture.
On Tuesday campers will explore reinventions: This day is inspired by the past creations of J. H. Neill, the Museum’s founding curator, tinkerer, collector, inventor. Campers will go behind the scenes at the museum and make something old new again through innovation, upcycling and creativity.
On Wednesday campers will unlock History: Participants will exercise their brain cells in jail cells! Campers will explore the Huron Historic Gaol and perhaps investigate unsolved historical mysteries, misdemeanors and jailbreaks.
On Thursday campers will explore planes, trains and automobiles: Youth will find out what moves Huron’s vehicles and mighty machines past and present, from boats in the harbor, to tractors in the field, to planes at the air flight training schools as well as the museum’s famous indoor locomotive.
On Friday campers will get animated: Children will animate moving pictures using techniques from 19th century optical illusions to a demonstration of modern 3D modelling.
Campers can test their Victorian manners at an (iced) tea party to end the week!
For more information or to register please contact the Huron County Museum by phone at
519 524-2686 or email email@example.com.