Footnotes to Jazz up a cheque presentation being made by the Lions to the Seniors' Centre

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May 30th, 2018



The Burlington Seniors’ Centre will receive a donation from the Lions Club of Burlington during Breakfast @ the Bistro on Saturday, June 9, 2018.

Lions International logoThe Lions will present a cheque for $500 to the Burlington Seniors’ Centre to support the popular monthly breakfast program and keep costs affordable for seniors.

Following the presentation of the cheque, coffee and breakfast will be served from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. by Lions Club executives and members, including:

Rick Jones, Club President
• Barry Leppan, Vice President
• Perry Bowker, Secretary
• Carol Leppan and Mike Wallace, Directors
• Ken O’Breza and Peter Sangster, Members

FootnotesAn enthusiastic troupe of older adult dance performers, called The Footnotes, will be performing at 10 a.m., after breakfast. This group specializes in tap, jazz, ballet/lyrical, clogging, hip-hop and musical theatre.

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Sound of Music moving some of their cash to the Red Cross who will pass it along to those who have suffered from floods in BC and New Brunswick.

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May 28th, 2018



Sound of Music Festival will be donating $5 from every Kick Off ticket sold between May 26 to June 1, 2018, to support British Columbia and New Brunswick Flood Appeal via Canadian Red Cross.

With flood levels in areas of British Columbia at their highest level in 70 years and no sign of receding, and the record-setting flood in New Brunswick impacting thousands of people, Sound of Music Festival has made a commitment to help the Canadian Red Cross deliver immediate and long-lasting relief for those affected.


Bands are packing up their gear and heading for Burlington.

The Kick Off program is as follows:

Kick Off weekend will be held on Saturday, June 9th and Sunday, June 10th with gates opening at 1:00 pm on both days, show ending at 11:00 pm on Saturday and 9:30 pm on Sunday.

General Admission Kick Off weekend tickets are on sale NOW!

Saturday, June 9th

Sublime With Rome

Simple Plan

The All-American Rejects


& Eve 6…

Sunday, June 10th

Kip Moore

Lee Brice

Chad Brownlee

Emerson Drive

Madeline Merlo

Cold Creek County

& Leaving Thomas

Tickets for Saturday are $65, tickets for Sunday are $55 and the 2 Day Pass is $110 + fees/tax. Prices will go up June 1st.

Tickers available via

That red light was a sign - Sound of Music didn't get the $37,000 they felt they needed as fall back money if the weather turned on them and events had to be cancelled. Note that the pier in this 2011 picture isn't visible because there was nothing to see. The city plans on offocially opening the pier during the Sound of Music festival this summer. SOM should charge the city a fee for horming in on theior event.

The entrance to the Sound of Music events – what it looked like before the pier was completed.

The free Father’s Day weekend concert lineup takes to the stages June 14 – 17.


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Karla Rivera AGB Ceramics Residency begin at the end of the month.

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May 28th, 2018



The Art Gallery of Burlington is presenting the second AGB Ceramics Residency exhibition featuring the work of 2017/18 resident Karla Rivera.

 AGB  Karla Rivera, Always Between the Fine Line, 2017.

Karla Rivera, Always Between the Fine Line, 2017.

With access to fully equipped studios, the residency allows artists to build their portfolio with diverse projects that support the Gallery’s programming. It provides the artist with the opportunity to teach in community and studio programs, and to present new work in a solo exhibition in the RBC Gallery.

Karla Rivera is a ceramic artist born and raised in Mexico City. After some travelling, she moved to Hamilton, Ontario. She started to listen to her artistic voice and got involved in the world of ceramics.

In 2015 she got a Ceramics Diploma from Sheridan College in the Craft and Design Program. In 2016 she got the position of Artist in residence in the Art Gallery of Burlington. While this happened she was chosen to participate in the Fusion program Creative Direction.

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Rivera Red Dot vase

Rivera’s work consists of functional and sculptural ceramics. She is interested in the forms that make the connections between the structures of nature such as the shape of an island, and the emotional states of the human mind trying to interpret and project them.

The public reception takes place June 1 at the AGB – RBC Gallery from 6pm-9pm

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Burlington Herd will go against the Toronto Leafs at Nelson Park on Saturday.

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May 26th, 2018



May 25It hasn’t been a stunning start for the Burlington Herd, part of the InterCounty Baseball League that is celebrating its 100th year of baseball in the province.

So far the Herd is 0 for 4 – and are up against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday – Nelson Park for a 1:00 pm start.

Management has done a decent job on the marketing side – but in the world of sports – when you win you draw an audience.

Herd Fantasy Camp logo

Burlington has yet to fall in love with baseball. Part of the reason is that the team has yet to present a player that identifies with the city; the continued change in the ownership – with each owner coming p with a new name: they were the Twins for a few years, then the Bandits and now the Herd.  Without consistency in the brand and a sense of loyalty to the team and players citizens can identify with there isn’t much to build on.

The last time Toronto and Burlington were on the diamond together the Leafs overcome a four run deficit to beat the Herd.


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The fragrance is superb and the colours are pleasant - relaxing - but they don't last all that long.

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May 25th, 2018



Imagine over 800 species of lilacs in one location.

A heavenly fragrance is drifting through Royal Botanical Gardens’ (RBG) Arboretum, marking the official start of lilac season! Visitors to RBG can experience one of the largest and most magnificent and diverse collections in the world as it reaches peak bloom.


The fragrance is so distinct – but this flower doesn’t last for vert long – and cutting them to put in a vase is a very disappointing experience.

French hybrids form the basis of the collection, but also displayed are Preston hybrids (originated in Canada by Isabella Preston), early-bloomers, such as hyacinth lilacs and a selection of species found in the wild. On more challenging terrain, The Katie Osborne Lilac Collection in the Lilac Dell is one of the most assorted and one of the definitive collections to demonstrate the range of the genus Syringa. This popular seasonal attraction provides visitors with weeks of delightful springtime colour and fragrance. Peak bloom time for lilacs generally lasts two to four weeks.

Weekend visitors can visit RBG’s Discovery Cart to learn more about the seven colours of lilacs then take a guided tour to learn about the collection’s history. Weekend entertainment helps to bring these incredible plants to life.


The Lilac dell.

Additional activities at the Arboretum include Biodiversity Festival taking place on Saturday, May 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. As Canada’s biodiversity hotspot, RBG is offering a day of exploration and hands-on fun with local animals, plants, and ecosystems. Children’s activities, guided walks and more await visitors to this activity-packed celebration of the International Day of Biological Diversity.

RBG’s Arboretum (located at 16 Old Guelph Road, Hamilton) is open 10.a.m to 8 p.m. seven days a week and is more like an English landscape park than a garden. It has a wide variety of trees and other woody plants and, with the exception of the lilac walk and the shrub collection, has few formal paths.

It is a great place for watching and experiencing animal and plant interactions and connects with many of RBG’s nature trails. RBG general admission is required to experience the Arboretum. Admission is free to RBG members.

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New support group for Burlington Mothers - meets in a coffee shop.

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May 24th, 2018


Heidi Rand has two children.

She gave birth to one on Hwy 407.

She is one of two women who formed a support group for new mothers in Burlington.

Is there a connection between the two – certainly is Heide Rand is a going concern and appears to be one of those people that makes things happen.

Two momsThe first of what she calls West end Moms took place earlier this week. Heidi lived overseas in England where she raised her first child, Jackson, for his first two years. Moving back to Canada she noticed a huge difference in the mother culture here- mothers have less access to social groups for new moms and children to bond and socialize or to just get out of the house and meet other mothers going through the same struggles and milestones.

Heidi worked closely with her friend, Laura Kennedy.  Together they  started the group together. As a new and first time mom, Laura also felt the need for a stronger social network of moms in Burlington. Together we hope to bring mommy’s together, give them a platform to connect and provide exciting and stimulating events for little ones.

Heidi seems to be one of those natural news makers. A teacher by profession she was bombing down Hwy. 407 just after midnight with her husband Joe on her way to the Credit Valley hospital. The Burlington mother-to-be felt her water break and a head appear just two contractions later.

Group photo MomsAn anxious situation had just become harrowing. Joe was torn between focusing on the road and worrying about his wife and child; Heidi delivered her own baby girl in what felt like an eternity but in reality lasted less than two minutes.

Born in the wee hours of the morning near the Bronte Rd. exit in Oakville, seven-pound, eight-ounce Mila was healthy and in the care of Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital.

“It felt so incredibly surreal,” Heidi said. “My head was in two places. One, I’m thinking, ‘Is this really happening in my car?’ But then, your instincts kick in and you’re literally doing everything you can to keep your baby safe.

Group + Heidi

The mothers gathered around tables in the coffee shop while children scrambled after their toys. Heidi Rand is seated on the left.

It was a miracle . . . she’s safe, healthy and happy.”

Joe, the husband was much more than a spectator.

After gathering all the clothing he could find to keep Mila warm — including the shirt off his back — he used his shoelace to tie off the umbilical cord, following advice from a Halton paramedic who coached him over the phone.

Moms signContacts social media suggested the child be named Shoelace or Lacey. This is the couple’s second baby, joining 20-month-old Jackson, whose delivery — by stark contrast — lasted roughly 36 hours.

Several of the Mothers were out with their child for the first time since the child was born; “just being able to get out and chat with other mother’s and relax is something I really appreciate” said one of the group.

There were Mothers from the east side of Oakville in the room as well as a Mother who was walking by and saw the sign on the sidewalk outside the Lakeshore Coffee Shop.

The West End Moms social media pages arebelow:


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Another pop up at the Burlington Mall - part of a trend?

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May 24th, 2018



Rich Cloke

Rich Cloke

The second Sound of Music pop up event at the Burlington Mall will take place this evening from 6:30 to 8:30 in the evening.

The events are part of the Mall’s longer term plan to attract people to a site that is undergoing a huge transformation.

Cloke was the closing performer at the 2017 Downtown Streetfest part of the Sound of Music.

Rich Cloke has traded in his hockey skates in favour of cowboy boots and arrives on the scene this fall with the release of his debut album – “Northern Skies”.

Born and raised in Southern Ontario, Rich’s passion for songwriting has led him to write eight heartfelt original compositions. His straightforward narrative lends itself well to songs about what he knows, what he’s experienced, and where he’s headed.

Channelling influences from traditional and modern country with hints of rock and pop, “Northern Skies” delivers danceable and memorable tunes that are sure to stick in your head.

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Walk N Roll - Saturday - a Community Living initiative.

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May 22nd, 2018



It is a service that has been around for a long time. Its Mission Statement is to enrich the quality of life and to promote full and meaningful inclusion in our community of individuals who have a developmental disability.

Their annual Walk’n Roll takes place on Saturday – this will be the 38th time the event has taken place.

Walk N Roll picture

It will be a walk around the Pier.

Registration opens at 9:30; 11:00am Official start of 1KM & 2KM routes begin at 11:00 and lunch for all the participants at noon.

Walk N Roll graphicIt’s a fund raising event with a gal of $40,000

Slip over to the web site and sign up.

You Email friends with your page link, share your page on social media to spread the word!
The walks are around Burlington Pier

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Touch a truck - and watch a backhoe simulator dig a hole; part of a free city event.

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May 21st, 2018



The City is holding its annual Touch-a-Truck event on Saturday, May 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the city’s Roads, Parks and Forestry facility at 3330 Harvester Rd.


If the weather is good taking the kids out o see the equipment is a fun and inexpensive way to spend a day.

The event gives residents and their families an opportunity to:

• Get an up-close look at city vehicles, including a street sweeper, snow plow and fire trucks
• Take a tour around the neighbourhood in a city bus
• Experience what it’s like to operate a backhoe in a simulator
• Visit the forestry booth to speak with staff on what’s invading our trees.

The equipment is used to maintain 121 city parks, 134 recreational fields, and 109 playgrounds as well as maintaining 69 bridges, 117 culvert structures, 600 kilometres of mainline storm sewers as well as catch basins and creeks

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A photo op for the kids – part of the annual Touch a Truck event.

Managing operations include, the design and inspection of road reconstruction, inspecting and maintaining city-owned trees, maintaining and repairing the city’s fleet of vehicles, the operation of Burlington Transit and animal control services through the Burlington Animal Shelter.

The event is part of National Public Works Week, dedicated to public works employees who maintain the roads, parks, trees and benefit from one of the richest pension and benefit plans in the country.

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Small Town Justice - a sneak peak at the Sound of Music and a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Burlington Mall.

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May 18th, 2018



The Burlington Mall, currently undergoing a $60 million upgrade, hosted a sneak peak of the 2018 sound of Music as part of the 50th anniversary of the mall.

Female at Mall

Stefanie Ledroit on the keybaard

The year long celebration, which started last night featured Small Town Justice in a pop-up concert held in partnership with the Sound of Music Festival. The Hamilton-band played three sets for a crowd of mall shoppers and will be part of the 2018 Sound of Music Festival that kicks off on Father’s Day June 7th.

SoM at Mall Band part

Small Town Justice at the Burlington Mall

Many have been looking forward to the day when some of the SoM performances might take place away from the downtown core. With the planned development of high rise towers in the core of the city different locations might be very welcome.

RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust, owners and operators of the Burlington Mall, are focusing the re-development on the attraction of space for major retailers and national restaurant chains. New additions to the mall include local grocery store, Denninger’s, and Indigo which both opened this spring. Other openings will take place throughout the summer and into the fall.

Heide McGaw, General Manager of the Burlington Mall said “the Mall property has held a special place in the community for 50 years. With the first phase of renovations complete and some exciting new retailers in the fold, we wanted to take a moment to celebrate the changes that have taken place, as we gear up for a grand opening in the fall,” said Heidi McGaw, General Manager, Burlington Mall.

“The Sound of Music Festival is one of those quintessentially Burlington institutions and we are proud to be partnering with them this year on several initiatives,” adds McGaw.

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Herd will recognize a much missed local ballplayer - donating funds to the Terry Fox Run

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May 18th, 2018


The Herd is going to recognize a guy who wore the number 19 on his baseball uniform.

He isn’t with us anymore.

Strikeout cancer logoOn Saturday, May 19th the Burlington Herb is going to give a portion of ticket sales to the Terry Fox Run – their way of honouring a great friend of the Burlington Herd, Casey Cosgrove.

Casey who lost his battle with lung cancer last summer was a major supporter of the Terry Fox Foundation who the Herd have chosen to benefit from this amazing event!

$1 from each ticket sold will go directly to the Terry Fox Foundation. The Herd will also hold a special silent auction with all proceeds to go to the foundation.

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Port Nelson United Church presents spring choral concert May 27th

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May 18th, 2018



The Port Nelson United Church choir will present its spring concert on Sunday, May 27 at 7:30 p.m.

The concert, entitled Healey Willan Remembered, features stories and performances by the Port Nelson United Church Choir under the direction of Stillman Matheson.

Willan, who lived from 1880 to 1968, was an Anglo-Canadian organist and composer. He wrote more than 800 works, and is best known for his sacred choral and organ compositions.

Choir of Port Nelson United Church

Choir of Port Nelson United Church

“Our spring concert gives us an opportunity to highlight the talents of our choir, which rehearses weekly throughout the year, as well as our special guest musicians,” said Matheson, director of music at Port Nelson United Church. “Healey Willan’s exceptional compositions with their rich harmonic palettes and soaring melodies are sure to please our concert audience.”

Musical guests include organist Andrew Adair and the Brassdale Quartet.

Adair studied at the University of Toronto with university organist John Tuttle. He is the director of music at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Toronto, where Willan was organist and choirmaster for 47 years. Adair is a regular performer appearing on the recital programs of many Toronto area churches.

The Brassdale Quartet is an accomplished brass ensemble based in Toronto.

Admission is by a free will offering. All proceeds benefit the ministry of music at Port Nelson United Church.

Port Nelson United Church is located at 3132 South Dr. in Burlington in the heart of the Roseland community.

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Two candidates in the running for the ward 1 city council seat; ward 5 has an unknown, other wards have healthy contests.

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May 16th, 2018



The interest in running for city council is coming along nicely.

City Clerk Angela Morgan fails to ensure media alerted to Special Council meeting. Her communications people dropped the ball as well.

City Clerk Angela Morgan oversees the rules that apply to the running of the municipal election.

When ward 1 Councillor Rick Craven announced his retirement plans Rene Papin had his nomination plans in the hands of the city Clerk faster than we thought possible.  did Papin have advance notice?

Some Gazette readers are asking – Who is Rene Papin?  He has been looking for opportunities to get elected to something.  Want to know more about Rene – here’s a link.

Marty Staz a real estate agent filed his nomination paper yesterday.  Other than that – there is nothing knew.

People are wondering when the school board trustee for wards 1 & 2 is going to make her intentions known.  Leah Reynolds was expected to run for the ward 2 city council seat – but that race is getting nice and busy – four candidates have filed papers – some solid choices amongst the four.

As of the close of business at city hall yesterday the following are the people running for office.  They have until Friday, July 27, 2018, at 2:00 p.m to withdraw should they look at the list of people running for the office they want is something they cannot overcome.

The Gazette will begin reporting on the city council and school board candidates once the provincial election has taken place on June 7th


Rick Goldring
524 Wicklow Rd., Burlington, L7L 2H8

Marianne Meed Ward
497 Martha St., Burlington, ON, L7R 2R1

Mike Wallace
268 Tuck Dr., Burlington, ON, L7L 2R1
Home phone: 905-639-0185
Fax: 905-634-9822

Councillor / Regional Councillor Ward 1

Marty Staz
773 Miriam Cres. Burlington, ON, L7T 1C7

René Papin

Councillor / Regional Councillor Ward 2

Kimberly Calderbank

David Cherry
1312 Hammond St., Burlington, ON, L7S 2C2

Lisa Kearns

Roland Tanner
357 Delaware Ave. Burlington, ON, L7R 3B4

Listening > Engaging > Empowering

Councillor / Regional Councillor Ward 3

Lisa Cooper
1299 Princeton Cres.
Home phone: 905-331-8469
Mobile phone: 289-259-9880
Fax: 905-331-8469

Rory Nisan

Gareth Williams

Councillor / Regional Councillor Ward 4

Jack Dennison
3087 Lakeshore Rd., Burlington, ON, L7N 1A3

Shawna Stolte

Councillor / Regional Councillor Ward 5

Paul Sharman
5070 Spruce Ave., Burlington, ON, L7L 1M8

Xin Yi Zhang

Councillor / Regional Councillor Ward 6

Angelo Bentivegna

Blair Lancaster
3210 Hazelwood Ave., Burlington, ON, L7M 2V4

Ken White

Regional Chair

(nominations are filed with the Region of Halton)

Gary Carr

Halton District School Board Trustee – Wards 1 & 2

Halton District School Board Trustee – Wards 3 & 6

Andrea Grebenc

Halton District School Board Trustee – Ward 4

Richelle Papin
3134 Terraview Ct., Burlington, L7M 1E9

Margo Shuttleworth

Halton District School Board Trustee – Ward 5

Amy Collard

Halton Catholic District School Board Trustee

Arlene Iantomasi
772 Old York Rd., Burlington, ON, L7P 4X9

Maria Lourenco

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(nominations are filed with the City of Hamilton)

Pierre Girouard

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(nominations are filed with the Town of Oakville)

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Whiskey/wine tasting at Ireland House - premium brands and a tax receipt as well.

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May 15th, 2018



This is a little different for a museum – a wine/whiskey tasting event where you can wet your lips and walk away with a tax receipt.

Museums of Burlington is hosting a whisky and wine tasting event on Friday, June 8, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. You’ll enjoy an evening of tutored tastings and food sampling. Tickets include a welcome cocktail along with hors d’oeuvres, a choice of scotch OR wine tasting, and coffee/dessert bar. Parking is free.

Cutty Sark labelTickets are $75. Purchasers will receive a $30 tax receipt for each ticket. Funds raised support the Museums of Burlington in continuing to offer year round programming for all ages that enrich our community both culturally and educationally.

Glenroths labelThe scotch tasting will be led by Cameron Millar, Eastern Canada Ambassador for the Edrington portfolio, which includes such award winnings spirits as The Macallan, Highland Park, The Glenrothes, The Famous Grouse, Cutty Sark and Brugal Rum. Participants will be introduced to the intricacies of nosing, chewing and drinking scotch.

Those are premium brands.

The wine session will be led by Holly Veitch of Kacaba Vineyards & Winery where she will lead participants in a tasting of award winning wines.

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Ireland House - one of the best museums in the Region - admission free on Friday.

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May 15th, 2018



Ireland House freeFriday is International Museum Day.

Ireland House is going to be admission FREE for the day from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm.

It is a superb little museum with excellent programs. If you’re looking for something to take the kids to – this is well worth the time.

The gift store focuses on all things local from small batch honey to custom tea blends and kettle cooked popcorn.

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Two well known entertainment headliners and what could well be the sleeper event at the Lowville Festival in June.

News 100 yellowBy Pepper Parr

May 14th, 2018



In less than a month; the fourth Lowville Festival will welcome Sarah Harmer home for what will surely be a sold out concert that will take place at St. Georges Anglican Church on the north side of Dundas that  is normally seen as Lowville.

Two well-known headliners will draw well – the final event: Truth and Illusion is the sleeper. June Cupido, who describes herself as a coach, dramaturge and director who takes each member of a cast through an intense creative process to come up with a heartfelt monologue.

The performances are not the equivalent of that great American musical Oklahoma. Cupido describes then as “deep, dark and delicious” and adds that “I have always been intrigued by the idea of personal stories and storytelling as a means of developing a script. I want to take an audience on a thought-provoking journey and explore the stories we tell each other and how they connect us.”

June Cupido: coach, dramaturge and director

June Cupido:

She titles her monologue-based production Truth and Illusion because it examines how our lives can be guided by two separate forces – what lies in our heart and soul (the truth) and what we project to the outside world (the illusion). “It is this process of delving into our own psyche to reveal the truth behind the illusion that will result in a monologue for each performer” – deep, dark and delicious indeed.

Each Truth and Illusion production is not the same. Cupido first presented in Oakville where the theme was Separation, which she wrote and performed as her own monologue; the second was on the theme of Creative Fires; Cupido was the creative director and performer; and the third, Dream Narratives, dealt with dreams, dreaming and dream narratives, where she was the dramatist and creative director.

Lowville sign - orange aThe Lowville Festival production of Truth and Illusion will bring together six performers whose stories will uncover a personal journey. All actors will be on stage at the same time, with each taking their turn in the spotlight as they address the audience. Each monologue reveals personal transformation as the actors explore a part of their life that isn’t necessarily what it appears to be.

The members of the creative team come from diverse backgrounds, yet each offers a story that speaks to society as a whole. Bringing together their tales communicates larger stories to a broad audience. The monologues will transcend cultural boundaries.

This is drama at its best and deepest – think in terms of Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author.

Cupido has taken the Lowville Festival production a step further; collaborating with Michael Mulroony, who has developed a set of musical motives and backgrounds based on the ideas, emotions and themes to support the monologues. “Think of what Michael is doing as a Greek Chorus that supports what is taking place on the stage:, said Cupido.

The audience will be engaged in a Q&A panel discussion with the cast and creative team after the performance about the process. If theatre is your passion – this is something you will want to see and be part of.

The Lowville Festival team are to be congratulated for bringing a performance like this to their event.

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Sarah Harmer

Event dates are:
Sarah Harmer in Concert, Friday June 8th, 7:30 pm – St. George’s Hall – 7051 Guelph Line (north of Derry Road) Tickets $50 advance/ $60 from June 1st

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Ben Heppner

Ben Heppner in Concert: with the Lowville Festival Choir, Saturday June 9th, 7:30 pm. St. George’s Hall

Truth and Illusion: Two Forces present in every moment: Sunday June 10th, 7:00 pm – Lowville United Church

Tickets will go on sale on the Festival Website:  

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Herd takes a second trouncing in what has to be a tough way to start a season

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May 13th, 2018


Herd May 13

The Barrie Baycats, winners of the InterCounty Baseball League trophy in 2017, whipped the Burlington Herd Sunday afternoon at Coates Stadium in a 15-1 win.

Jackson also singled as part of the Baycats’ 18-hit attack. Kevin Atkinson went 4-for-5 with three RBI and two runs, Kyle DeGrace singled and doubled and had two RBI and two runs, Ryan Spataro went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a single and four runs, Jordan Castaldo singled twice, scored twice and drove in a run, Branfy Infante and Steve Lewis each had two hits and two RBI, and Jeff Cowan drove in a run and scored twice.

Emilis Guerrero (2-0) benefitted from the offence, going five scoreless innings and scattering four hits with a walk and five strikeouts.

Daniel Ohorodnyk had two hits and an RBI for the Herd. Jensen Park singled twice.

Rich Corrente (0-1) took the loss, giving up four runs on eight hits over five innings with three walks.

It has been a tough weekend start for the Herd; they were up against the two top teams.

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Copp to approach Macbeth as a Conspiracy theory. August performance dates.

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May 13, 2018



Summer hasn’t favoured us with much in the way of warm weather so thinking about outdoor theatre in the evenings might not be top of mind – but the RBG summer Shakespearean theatre Trevor Copp has put on for the past three years will be part of the summer season – August 13-17, 20-24, 27-31.

The offering this year: Macbeth: Conspiracy Theory

Copp explains what he is doing this way: “Shakespeare’s classic story of fate and vengeance is re-imagined as a conspiracy story thriller.

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Trevor Copp

“Macbeth’s pact with unseen forces to become a tyrant King unfold with consequences beyond his darkest imaginings. This highly physical interpretation is performed outdoors at the stunning grounds of RBG’s Rock Garden and features outstanding emerging talent.

Note the day when you plan your summer – and if you have guests visiting – include this event in your plans.

Tix will be available next week through

More on this as the summer approaches…..

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How do I become... The Centre for Skills Development and Training holding information sessions

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May 10th, 2018



The Centre for Skills Development and Training is in the business of training people for good jobs and then helping them get those good jobs.

They are holding information session during the month for people who are interested in becoming a Machinist & Millwright, Home Renovation General Contractor or Electricians

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The information sessions take place at their North Service Road location: 3335 North Service Road, Unit 102B. The location isn’t all that well marked – and the classes are at the back – up the driveway.

These are interactive events, no cost; a chance to meet and talk with employers, trades people, job developers and graduates.

How to start a skilled trade’s career: The current job market and labour demands for trades.

How the Centre can prepare you for an apprenticeship including an introduction to employers in the various trades

What trades companies are looking for when hiring

Training and funding incentives to help you start a skilled trades career.

The accelerated per-apprenticeship training can have you job ready in 22 weeks,.

The Centre supports diversity in the skilled trades and encourages anyone interested to attend. They have strategies for men, women, youth and newcomers to Canada.

May 14, 7:00PM – 8:30PM
Register HERE


Home Renovation General Contractor
May 22, 7:00PM – 8:30PM
Register HERE


Machinist & Millwright
May 28, 7:00PM – 8:30PM
Register HERE

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Port Nelson United church summer camp registration.

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May 9th, 2018


Not quite real summer weather yet – but time perhaps to think in terms of where you want to send the kids during the summer. – summer camp?

The Port Nelson United Church operates a three week summer camp program. They are now taking registration for their 2018 GLEE Camps.

Port Nelson Glee Camp

Happy Campers

2018 DATES:
Week 1:
Monday, July 9 to Friday, July 13

Week 2:
Monday, July 23 to Friday, July 27

Week 3:
Tuesday, August 7 to Friday, August 10 (a 4-day camp)

All Camps run from 9am to 3pm, Monday to Friday (except week 3 which is Tuesday to Friday), with GLEE Concerts open to the public on the Thursdays at 3pm.

The major renovations at Port Nelson Church are well underway, and we look forward to welcoming GLEE into the renovated space in 2019. However, for this year – 2018 – all GLEE Camps will be held at Wellington Square United Church, 2121 Caroline Street, Burlington.

The Friday outdoor activities and movie day will be held at the Burlington Lions Club Hall, 471 Pearl Street, Burlington (just 2 blocks from Wellington Square Church). Note that, while the location is changing, GLEE Camp remains a program of Port Nelson United Church, including registrations, staffing, and all aspects of the programming.

Claire Sweeny will once again be our Camp Director for 2018! Application information for other senior staff and counsellors will be made available in the coming weeks.
The cost of the 2018 camps will remain the same as last year: $100 per week ($80 for Week 3).
Family Registration for Glee Camp Port Nelson United Church Family Registration Log In Page, Port Nelson United Church
Online Family Registration section is now open. Register your family and save your information. You will receive an email to confirm your Family registration.
On-line camp registration began in late February for all weeks of camp on a first-come, first served basis. Registration is limited to 80 children per camp. Last year, all three camps were full, so please plan accordingly.
Light Snacks provided. Campers bring their own lunch. Camper to Counsellor ratio is 10:1. Counsellors are high school students from Port Nelson Church and our local community, supported by the Camp Director, and staff from our church.

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