CANADIAN HISTORY IN HARMONY
The Bayfield Town Hall and Blue Bayfield co-hosted a performance of Trent Severn, a Canadian folk trio composed of Emm Gryner, Dayna Manning, and Lindsay Schindler on the evening of Sept. 23 in conjuction with the Bayfield Sustainability Summit held earlier in the day. (Photo by Jack Pal)
CONCERT SERIES CELEBRATES TEN YEARs WITH FOUR SHOWS
The Bayfeld Concert Series is celebrating its 10th anniversary of bringing musical entertainers to town with a quartet of shows from well-known performers including Sarah Slean, Ron Sexsmith, Sass Jordan and the Good Lovelies.
Signed to Atlantic/Warner Records at the tender age of 19, three-time Juno nominee Sarah Slean has since released 11 albums in over 10 countries worldwide – but perhaps the most astonishing aspect of her artistry is its breadth.
Over her 20-year career, Slean has published two volumes of poetry, starred in short films and a movie musical (spawning two Gemini Award nominations), penned two string quartets, held numerous exhibitions of her paintings and shared the stage with eight of the country’s professional orchestras. Classically trained from the age of five, she routinely collaborates with cutting-edge contemporary classical ensembles like The Art of Time, and has been invited to sing world premieres by Canada’s leading living composers. Citing such diverse influences as Leonard Bernstein, Philosophy, Joni Mitchell, Buddhism and Bach, her music borrows aspects of cabaret, rock, pop, and orchestral: all knit together by the startling poetry of her lyrics, virtuosic piano-playing, and that voice, described by the CBC as “a 19th century Kate Bush”.
In addition to headlining theatres across Canada, Slean has also toured Europe, the US and Scandinavia and has opened internationally for such artists as Bryan Ferry, Rufus Wainwright, Alanis Morissette, Andrew Bird, Feist, Ron Sexsmith, Chris Isaak and Buck 65.
“Metaphysics”, her first recording in five years, is described as a breathtaking amalgamation of Slean’s dramatic orchestral arranging and her signature take on songwriting.
Slean will grace the stage at the Bayfield Town Hall for a matinee performance on Oct. 22.
Ron Sexsmith is a favorite of Bayfield concert attendees and he will be back in the village for a performance on Oct. 26. His latest album, “The Last Rider” was released in April giving audiences an opportunity to hear new music as well as their favorites from a career that has spanned more than a quarter-century.
Canada’s Queen of Rock, platinum selling, Juno and multiple award winner Sass Jordan, is making a stop in Bayfield on Nov. 9 as part of her “Racine Revisited Tour” to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the release of her 1992 Sophomore album, “Racine”. This album made her an international success and produced some of the most memorable songs of the 90s including: “Make You a Believer”, “I Want to Believe”, “You Don’t Have to Remind Me” and “Goin’ Back Again”.
“Racine Revisited”, a brand new rendition of the classic album, was released on Sept. 15 via True North Records, and the Racine Revisited Tour should be an unforgettable night for Jordan fans. It's a chance to hear this timeless record performed live in its entirety. The show will consist of two 45-minute sets, stripped down with some stories from Jordan, and a Question and Answer element woven into the show.
Still merry after all these years, the Good Lovelies will be headed across Canada this November and December with their annual Christmas show returning to Bayfield for a performance on Nov. 23.
Accompanying the Good Lovelies (Caroline Brooks, Kerri Ough and Susan Passmore) is their band of merry men - Steve Zsirai and Robbie Grunwald on upright bass and piano. As a five-piece, this band will have audience members humming along, laughing and full of mirth by the show's end.
The Good Lovelies first united in 2006 for a one-off performance and has since compiled a catalogue of studio albums, EPs, a live album and a Christmas collection. They have toured extensively across Canada, the US, Europe, UK, and Australia and have earned a Juno Award (2010), a Juno Nomination (2012) and four Canadian Folk Music Awards along the way.
Fans should keep an eye out for their new release, “Shapeshifters”, coming February 2018.
All shows are held in the Bayfield Town Hall and begin at 7:30 p.m. except for the Sarah Slean concert that will begin at 3:30 p.m.
Tickets are available for these licensed concerts from Ticketscene.ca, Ernie King Music in Goderich and Shop Bike Coffee Roasters in Bayfield. Tickets are $40 each with the exception of the Sass Jordan performance that is $45.
Any local artists that might be interested in performing as an opening act at any of these concerts should contact Peter Meades at email@example.com.
A DREAMY DONATION
Those who attended “The Dreamboats” concert at the Bayfield Town Hall on Friday, July 21 enjoyed an amazing, high energy Rock N’ Roll concert, but they also helped 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 Heritage Society (BTHHS). As a result, the Town Hall recently received a donation of $2,000 from Michael and Nevien Ibrahim, for the net profits from The Dreamboats concert. Sandy Scotchmer, president of the BTHHS, was on hand at Michael’s Pharmacy to accept the donation and once again thank Michael, Nevien and Kelsey for their support of the Town Hall. The money will help with ongoing maintenance and renovation projects. And as special note, with the assistance of Johnston, the Town Hall has arranged for a return of The Dreamboats on June 28, 2018!
COUNCIL TABLES MOTIONS REGARDING ARENA FUTURE
Two motions put forth by Bluewater Council from the Committee of the Whole Session on Sept. 5 regarding the future of the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre were tabled at the Sept. 18 regular council meeting.
The first tabled motion was, “that the recreational feasibility study consist of a committee formed of the consultant, who has yet to be hired, the Bayfield Facility Initiative Team (BFIT), who has representation from the majority of the service clubs in Bayfield and two members of council.”
Bayfield Ward Councilor Bill Whetstone suggested that this motion be tabled for clarification on terms of reference in a staff report. Deputy Mayor Jim Fergusson added that the report could include what other municipalities have done.
The second tabled motion was, “that the correspondence from the Bayfield Facility Initiative Team (BFIT) and Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA) expressing their interest in the operation of the Bayfield Community Centre be discussed at the next meeting of Council on Sept. 18, 2017.”
Whetstone suggested that staff create an informational report to determine what the value of entering into either a lease or a purchase agreement would be to Bluewater.
Later in the meeting council “awarded a tender for full restoration of the Bayfield Arena roof to Bullock and Sons Roofing in the amount of $151,950 (pre-tax) for the 2017 year with the cost of the restoration being split between two fiscal years. The cost overage will be funded from the Recreation and Park Reserve for contingency with the Reserve being replenished in the 2018 budget.”
Conversation arose as to why money was being spent on the Bayfield facility at this time when its future use is in question. Manager of Finance Ansberth Willert noted that it is a health and safety issue, the roof was deemed to have failed last spring, and now that work on the roof trusses has been completed the municipality needs to protect that investment now.
On Aug. 21 at the regular meeting of council a motion was carried “that Council approves that the ice be removed from the Bayfield Arena effective Apr. 2018; and that staff provide Council with the public input received regarding the repurposing of the Bayfield Community Centre, and that a feasibility study be initiated to develop a plan for the future use of the Bayfield Community Centre.”
In keeping with this motion the Council agreed on Sept. 18 to “reallocate $30,000 from the Recreation Master Plan towards a Feasibility Study to determine the future direction of the Bayfield Community Centre.”
VALDY A SELL-OUT
Valdy did it again. For the second consecutive year he sold out the Bayfield Town Hall. He performed to a delighted, capacity crowd on the evening of Sept. 21. (Photo by Jack Pal)
An online petition has been created regarding the proposed development at 89 Main Street South in the village. The petition entitled, “Preserve Bayfield, Ontario's heritage culture - say "NO" to corporate encroachment” that will be sent to the CAO of the Municipality of Bluewater Kyle Pratt. It was launched midday on July 11 and as of publishing time had generated 681 signatures.
For anyone interested in viewing the petition please visit:www.change.org.
Bayfield Tree Project
The Bayfield Tree Project, which is funded by donations from villagers, is planning to again plant trees on municipal properties in front of residences here in the village.
This project has planted nearly 500 trees over the past six years and the committee members are now asking that residents submit a request to have a tree planted in front of their house if they have not yet done so.
In order to have a tree planted on your frontage, the committee asks that homeowners commit to watering and taking care of the tree (mulch, do not damage the bark); and if possible, they make a donation ( $20 plus - gets a tax receipt) in order to keep the project going. Every tree planted costs approximately $125.
Anyone interested in participating in the project should please contact Sondra Buchner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
West Coast Astronomers
The West Coast Astronomers (WCA) enjoyed a spectacular observing night on
Sept. 20 at the Bayfield Agricultural Park. The astronomy enthusiasts viewed, Saturn, Neptune, M3: a globular cluster, M31: Andromeda Galaxy, M33: Pinwheel Galaxy, M51: Whirlpool Galaxy, M57: Ring Nebula and M81: Bode's Nebulae.
Everyone is welcome to join the WCA, with or without a telescope. Their next Star Party is 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at the Agricultural Park in Bayfield.
Visit www.westcoastastronomers.info for more details, locations and times. Each
party is limited in the number of participants that can be accommodated. Please use the 'Register Now' button on the 'Star Party' page to reserve a spot. If the sky is not clear on the designated night, the event will be cancelled. If you have doubt
on the status of the event please call 519 868-6691.
Any amateur astronomer, eager to bring their telescope, and share their knowledge with others, please call the number listed above.
On Oct. 18, over 90 restaurants in 19 Canadian cities will join together to donate proceeds from dinner service to Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC), supporting community food programs that build health, hope and belonging in low-income communities across the country. Funds raised will directly support local Community Food Centres that bring people together to grow, cook, share and advocate for good food for all.
Participating in the event is easy: Diners visit www.restaurantsforchange.ca to find a participating restaurant near them and make a dinner reservation for Oct. 18. Locally The Black Dog Pub and Bistro will be taking part.
More than a dozen chefs from participating restaurants across Canada flew to Toronto on Sept. 17 and 18 to learn more about the issues of food insecurity, poor health and social isolation that affect low-income Canadians, and how CFCC is using food as a tool to build healthier and more inclusive communities. They then launched the Restaurants for Change campaign with a packed event at Baro restaurant, where they cooked their favorite dishes from their menus—dishes that Canadians can order when they go out for dinner on Oct. 18.
The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association will be holding a Fall Harvest Dinner and Dance on Saturday, Oct. 14 at Renegades Diner in Bayfield to celebrate the Trail’s 10th Anniversary!
Tickets are $40 and the evening starts with a Reception and Silent Auction at 6 p.m/ with dinner at 7 p.m. After dinner, those who attend can dance to the live music of “The Saxman”.
The BRVTA has been actively building and maintaining a network of trails in Bluewater over the past 10 years. These trails, built entirely by volunteers, are for public use by local residents and tourists alike thanks to a partnership with the Municipality of Bluewater and the generosity of private landowners.
Over the years the BRVTA has contributed much to community improvement through fundraising. Sponsorship of the Terry Fox Run for the past 8 years has raised over $30,000. An additional $1,000 was raised for the Goderich MRI Imaging project and $1,200 for the Clinton Hospital. In 2013, the Festival of Fitness and Art in Bayfield used the trails and raised in excess of $4,000 for the Alexandria Marine and General Hospital in Goderich.
“We are most proud of the initiative to purchase the Bayfield Flats Natural Area for the enjoyment of future generations. In 2016, the BRVTA coordinated a fundraising drive to purchase the property on the Bayfield River and donate it to the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy. This was an amazing project, thanks to the incredible support of the community,” said Roger Lewington, a BRVTA member.
The trails are free of charge to the public and provide a superb opportunity for families and people of all generations to enjoy the beauty of our area. Members hope that people can come out for a wonderful evening and support the Bayfield Trails and the 10th anniversary celebration.
Tickets can be purchased by emailing email@example.com or by calling Roger at 519 565-2202 or Scott at 519 565-2827. Tables of eight or 12 can be reserved.
September is the perfect time to explore the trails in the Bayfield area and members of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) have some great, guided hikes in the works!
As the month comes to a close the BRVTA will host a hike on the Lobb Trail starting at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28.
The Lobb farm is a heritage property. The Lobb trail is beautiful with several riverside locations, some hills, scenic rest stops and some heritage interpretation plaques. The nature trail winds over an old pottery kiln and through a homestead area. The trail is approximately 7 KMs long and passes through mature woodlots with a variety of tree species. It is considered a level 3 trail with some hills, on a natural path. The bridges may be slippery when wet and there is one steep embankment with gradual slopes in two sections.
The trail is located on Maitland Line. To get to the trailhead turn north/north east at Holmesville off of Hwy. 8, on to Sharpes Creek Line. Turn north/north/east on to Maitland Line. Parking can be found at the intersection of School House Rd.
The hike leader will be Peter Jeffers 519 933-4555.
Girl Guide Cookies
Got milk? Bayfield Guiding has the cookies to go with it.
The chocolatey mint Girl Guide Cookies are back for a limited time this autumn. They are selling now for $5 a box and are available from Bayfield Guiding members.
If the chocolatey mint variety of cookie isn’t a favorite, not to worry, the girls also have the Classic Chocolate and Vanilla Sandwich cookies available for the same great price.
Profits from the cookies are used to support the girls in their varied activities and to subsidize outings. Want to reserve a box or two? Please call Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830.
The Wednesday afternoon Bridge group would like to invite people to come and join them in some friendly card games at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building starting at 1 p.m.
Join in the fun with congenial players with snacks at a cost of $1.50 per person.
MAIN STREET OPTOMETRIC
Dr. Rich Samuell at Main Street Optometric wants to let Bayfield residents know that full eye health examinations are available at his Bayfield office.
Examinations are fully covered by OHIP for children and teens, seniors, and those with diabetes. Main Street Optometric uses current technology including a "no-puff" eye pressure check, as well as digital retinal photography to monitor for eye conditions like glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.
Please call 519 565-2300 to schedule an appointment.