AGB fall season includes some exceptional work from the permanent collection and a tribute to the curator of that collection.

artsblue 100x100By Pepper Parr

October 5th, 2015

BURLINGTON, ON

Membership has its privileges – The Art Gallery of Burlington launched their fall season with a members only reception that had the xx artists in the fall program on hand to chat up their work and answer questions.

AGB Beach party - T Lauren

Laurin’s work plays with family and found photographs that he reinterprets

In Spirit
In Spirit presents the work of Timothy Laurin, John Latour and Heather Murray. Timothy Laurin’s work plays with family and found photographs that he reinterprets. His practice focuses on identity and memory and how one informs the other and keep in flux one’s sense of self.

John Latour’s text-based art, sculpture, and found photography highlight the ways in which we connect with the past, and how this uniquely human activity is mediated through words, objects, and images. Heather Murray is influenced by her rural backdrop and creates diligently and enthusiastically out of her haunted historical studio in Owen Sound Ontario.

This exhibition is co-curated by Virginia Eichhorn, Tom Thomson Art Gallery, and Denis Longchamps, Art Gallery of Burlington. The exhibition will run from September 19, 2015 to November 15, 2015.

Co-curation with the Tom Thomson Art Gallery is not small potatoes.

AGB Kayo Oyong Blue teapot

Drawn from the AGB’s Permanent Collection of Contemporary Canadian Ceramics, five artists – Bruce Cochrane, Reid Flock, Harlan House, Ruth Gowdy McKinley, and Kayo O’Young demonstrate their mastery over the medium. Not to be missed.

Thrown
While the thrown vessel is the most common ceramic form, great skill is required to achieve total control in the medium. Once this level of skill is reached, the artist can then either create ever more complex forms or loosen up and relax. Drawn from the AGB’s Permanent Collection of Contemporary Canadian Ceramics, five artists – Bruce Cochrane, Reid Flock, Harlan House, Ruth Gowdy McKinley, and Kayo O’Young demonstrate their mastery over the medium.

The permanent collection is gem that is all too often hidden – it was what validates the existence of the gallery – the rest of the country just hasn’t discovered it yet.

Curated by Jonathan Smith, the exhibition will run from September 19, 2015 to December 31, 2015 in the Perry Gallery.

AGB - Jonathan Smith - Five glasses

a snapshot of one of the collages “5 Glasses” featuring a photo of artist Clive Tucker surrounded by five different types of glasses.

Click. Clip. Paste.
Jonathan Smith presents fifteen of his photo-collages ranging from the earliest created around 1997, to the latest one hung while the glue was still wet. Friends and family of the artist act as his models in this show.

The presence of the artist is suggested through his reflection with his eyeglasses or drinking glasses located in the foreground. Each work follows a set of formal principles: a grid is used for the collage composition following concerns of proportions, dynamic tensions and lines. The photos however were taken without any planned composition in mind. Many are captured at a table sharing a meal, at other times the models pose for the purpose of creating a collage.

Smith is the curator of the permanent collection.  He has been with the AGB for 25 years and is an artist in his own right.  The showing of his personal work in an exhibition was part of the thank you from the gallery board.  Well deserved.

The exhibition is on until October 18, 2015 in the RBC Community Gallery.

AGB Victor Cicansky = Preserve jars

The AGB is going to use the corridor spaces to focus on regional work from different parts of the country. This preserve jar is a prairie contribution.

Amber Fields of Grain
The wide open spaces of the Canadian Prairies have been home to a great many well-known Canadian ceramic artists. Beside such great functional potters like Robert Archambeau, the Prairies have produced its own particular brand of sculpture, “Prairies’ Funk” that was created by such notables as Joe Fafard and Victor Cicansky. The Wild West has its own unique culture that is explored, often with great humour and insight that reflects the wide open spaces of the plains.

This is an ongoing 2015-2016 exhibition curated by AGB Permanent Collection Curator, Jonathan Smith.

The Gallery is open to the public:

Monday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday – Thursday: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Friday – Saturday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday: 12 noon – 5:00 pm

Admission is free

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A cold sky and colder water - a hint of the winter to come?

Event 100By Staff

October 3, 2015

BURLINGTON, ON

Spencer smith park - high winds Oct 3-15Is there a cold winter coming our way?

September had some wonderful fall days – then suddenly it was gone and the winds were a little more brisk and had a trace of a chill in them as well.

Leslie Bullock – snapped a picture of the high winds late Saturday afternoon and shared it with friends – and we are sharing it with you.

What does the Farmer’s Almanac have to say – because that water looks cold.

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Mike Swartz to receive the “National Volunteer of the Year” Award for his service to the Canadian Diabetes Association

News 100 redBy Pepper Parr

October 2, 2015

BURLINGTON, ON

Editor’s note: Invitational seating is limited and has already reached capacity…sorry, no more guests!

During the city Council meeting earlier this week, ward 6 Councillor Blair Lancaster chaired as Deputy Mayor while the real Mayor was in Chine – we still don’t know why – a list of names of organizations was read out announcing that it was whatever the name of the organization month.

The media tend to take these announcements with a bit of a yawn – every organization seems to have its day at some point during the year.

It is only when we pause and say “I know that person” that some attention gets paid.

Mike SwartzMichael Swartz is being recognized by the Canadian Diabetes Association as its “National Volunteer of the Year. I know that man.

This isn’t the time or place to explain the circumstances under which media came to know Mike Swartz and his wife Janice Connell rather it is an opportunity to learn more about what he has done in the community.

Mike is for the most part a quiet person – he has done well materially in life and has served as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and with the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) in a variety of roles over the past twelve years.

The reception to honour and recognize him will take place at the Art Gallery of Burlington in the Fireside Room at 10:30 am on Saturday.

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Transit detours this Sunday Oct. 4 during CIBC Run for the Cure – Routes 3, 4 and 10

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September 30th, 2015

BURLINGTON, ON

Detours will be in effect for Routes 3, 4 and 10 from approximately 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. due to several road closures in downtown Burlington.

Route 4 will not be able to access Teen Tour Way (into the Central Library and Senior’s Centre bus stop location) and will need to use Drury Lane instead.

The remaining detours are as follows:

Route 3 North:
• From the Terminal
• Left on Pine Street
• Left on Elizabeth Street
• Right on James Street
• Left on Drury Lane
• Right on Woodward Avenue
• Left on Guelph Line
• Resume regular routing

Route 3 South:
• From Guelph and Woodward
• Right on Woodward Avenue
• Left on Drury Lane
• Right on New Street
• Left on Elizabeth Street
• Right on Pine Street
• Right on John Street
• Into the Terminal

Route 10 West:
• From New Street
• Right on Woodview Road
• Left on Rexway Drive
• Right on Cumberland
• Left on Prospect
• Left on Drury Lane
• Right on New Street
• Resume regular routing

Route 10 East:
• From New Street
• Left on Drury Lane
• Right on Prospect
• Right on Cumberland
• Left on Rexway
• Right on Woodview Road
• Left on New Street
• Resume regular routing

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United Way gets out into the community and focuses on fund raising events - 164,000 lives are impacted as a result of a successful campaign.

Event 100By Staff

September 30th, 2015

BURLINGTON, ON

As the city moves into October United Way volunteers in Burlington and Greater Hamilton will be hosting events to kick-off their annual fundraising activities for United Way and help raise awareness of the needs in our community. The initiative highlights the importance of pulling together to create lasting change.

Specs on Pearl

Kick-off at Specs on Pearl in Burlington at 9am on Thursday

The event will kick-off at Specs on Pearl in Burlington at 9am on Thursday and will include attendees from surrounding businesses, a few words from Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger, Deputy Mayor Rick Craven and United Way Campaign Chair and President of JanKelley Marketing Chantel Broten.
Activities throughout the day will include challenging obstacle courses at both JanKelley Marketing and Mohawk College, a bus pull at McMaster University, and a United Way led twitter challenge with prizes, just to name a few.

United Way GenNext members will host closing festivities beginning at 6pm at Stonewalls Restaurant in Hamilton. Proceeds from the closing event will support LGBTQ and newcomer youth initiatives in Burlington & Greater Hamilton.

Kim Phillips, one of the city's General Managers with a focus on the administrative and financial side of the place - gave it the old high school try when she jumped into the line, grabbed the rope and pulled.  Wasn't quite enough - the firemen took the trophy this year.

At past United Way campaigns the city really put their backs into the program. Here, former city general manager Kim Phillips helped pull a water truck down Brant Street.

“United Way Day is really about encouraging individuals and organizations to get involved and help create possibility for residents of Burlington & Greater Hamilton. One in 3 people in our community will access services supported by United Way in their lifetime. This could be a friend, family member, or neighbour. We all know someone who has been helped by United Way” said Broten.

United Way kicked-off the annual fundraising campaign earlier with a breakfast event at the Royal Botanical Gardens. The campaign will be championed by Hamilton Chair Paul Johnson, Director of Corporate Initiatives for the City of Hamilton and Burlington Chair Chantel Broten, President JanKelley and long-time Burlington resident. Together, they will highlight the unique needs of Burlington & Greater Hamilton and encourage collective community action.

“The need in our community is great and we could not begin to meet that need without the support of volunteers like those participating in United Way Day. This year, the ultimate goal of United Way of Burlington and Greater Hamilton is to impact over 164,000 lives, because we know our community isn’t great, until it is great for everyone” said CEO Jeff Vallentin.

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A weekend of Fast Pitch at Sherwood Forest park - second best if you don't have Blue Jays tickets

Event 100By Staff

September 30, 2015

BURLINGTON, ON

If you enjoy fast paced, high scoring baseball games in October, the End of Season Fastpitch Tournament is for you and your family. Come on out for the action and support a local charity.

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Everything about Fast Pitch is fast – did the runner make it to the bag?

Sixteen teams from across Southern Ontario will meet this weekend at Sherwood Forest Park. Starting Friday evening, all day Saturday with Sunday championships games.

Fastpitch is much quicker paced than baseball, with 7 inning games games lasting about 1.5 hours, faster in-field play and more big hits!

There will be a Bavarian beer garden serving BBQ’ed hotdogs and burgers. Fifty-fifty draws will be held with a portion of proceeds going local charities.

This event is put on the Burlington Intermediate Men’s Fastball League (www.BIMFL.weebly.com) and the Hamilton Rosedale Fastpitch League.

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CineStarz: Showtimes Week of Friday, October 02, 2015 through Thursday, October 08, 2015

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Ciné-Starz

Upper Canada Place, Burlington, ON
Burlington, ON L7R 4B6

Showtimes

Week of Friday, October 02, 2015 through Thursday, October 08, 2015

The Perfect Guy (14A)
Fri – Sun: 3:20, 5:30, 7:30, 9:30
Mon – Thu: 1:15, 3:15, 5:15, 7:15, 9:15

No Escape (14A)
Fri: 3:25, 7:00, 9:00
Sat: 3:25, 7:15, 9:40
Sun: 3:25, 7:00, 9:00
Mon – Thu: 1:20, 3:20, 7:20, 9:20

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (PG)
Fri – Sun: 1:15, 7:20, 9:30
Mon – Thu: 1:00, 3:10, 7:10, 9:20

Straight Outta Compton (18A)
Fri – Sun: 7:00, 9:15
Mon – Thu: 1:00, 7:00, 9:00

Ricki and the Flash (PG)
Fri: 1:30 PM
Sun: 1:30 PM
Mon – Thu: 3:20 PM

Shaun the Sheep ()
Fri – Sun: 11:20 AM, 1:40, 3:20, 5:20
Mon – Thu: 3:40, 5:20

Pixels (PG)
Fri – Sun: 11:30 AM, 3:25, 5:00
Mon – Thu: 5:20 PM

Ant-Man (PG)
Fri: 11:30 AM, 1:00, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30, 9:40
Sat: 11:30 AM, 1:00, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30
Sun: 11:30 AM, 1:00, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30, 9:40
Mon – Thu: 1:10, 5:20, 7:30, 9:40

Mr. Holmes (PG)
Fri: 11:20 AM, 11:20 AM, 1:20, 5:15, 7:15, 9:40
Sat: 11:20 AM, 11:20 AM, 5:15, 9:35
Sun: 11:20 AM, 11:20 AM, 1:20, 5:15, 7:15, 9:40
Mon – Thu: 1:00, 3:00, 5:00, 7:00, 9:40

Inside Out (G)
Fri: 11:30 AM, 1:30, 3:30, 5:25
Sat: 11:30 AM, 1:20, 3:30, 5:25
Sun: 11:30 AM, 1:30, 3:30, 5:25
Mon – Thu: 5:15 PM

Built NOT Bought ()
Sat: 7:00, 8:30, 10:00

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Special Investigations Unit (SIU) Attending Incident at Burloak Dr and QEW

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September 28, 2015

BURLINGTON, ON

Halton Regional Police responded to a report of a distraught female that led officers to the Burloak Drive and QEW overpass in the City of Burlington.

BurlOak QEW overpass

BurlOak where it passes over the QEW – scene of an incident that required the Special Investigations Unit to be called in.

This morning, Monday September 28, 2015 at approximately 6:20am, officers arrived on scene. The woman was transported to hospital in stable condition.

The province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) was notified and has invoked its mandate. As a result the Halton Regional Police will not be able to provide any further information. Any inquiries should be directed to the SIU Communications.

The SIU is brought in when there is need for an investigation of police conduct.

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Dance company aims to create works of art that have a raw and vulnerable essence. Three performances at the Centre.

artsblue 100x100By Pepper Parr

September 25, 2015

BURLINGTON, ON

Burlington is about to enjoy a small part of the Brian McCurdy legacy – his decision to make space for local groups that have significant artistic merit and reflect one of the original purposes for the building of a Performing Arts centre in the city is what got the Form Contemporary Dance Theatre (FCDT) into the Studio Theatre for a three day dance program that knows where the edge of the envelope is and heads straight for it.

FORM two dancers - one masked

The FORM Contemporary Dance Theatre company in rehearsal for the two day – three performance of Blue on October 9th and 10th at the Performing Arts Centre.

(FCDT) is presenting their Reflective/Vulnerable which makes strong use of physically raw movements. The Reflective/Vulnerable performance guides, pushes and pulls audiences through emotional extremes.

Form - single woman on stage

Developing the form and feel of a dance production takes time and practice. The Form Contemporary Dance Theatre will be at the Performing Arts Centre October 9th and 10th

Reflective/Vulnerable is a mixed program featuring an interactive video installation from guest artists from The Burlington Wholeshebang and several other works of choreography each exploring different worlds of everyday experiences. Some of these worlds are filled with joyful and quirky movement; others examine the wandering rambling thoughts of our mind; and still others offer an intense exploration of control, power, and the individuals who challenge and overthrow.

FORM - dancer standing

A member of the Form Contemporary Dance Theatre in rehearsal. The company will perform in Burlington in October.

Reflective/Vulnerable offers audiences a variety of movement styles, themes, and emotions. With the support of ArtHouse and Michelle Hopkins Dance Studio we are thrilled to provide children from the Halton region professional dance experience as part of Reflective/Vulnerable. We are very excited for you to experience all that Reflective/Vulnerable has to offer.

FCDT sets out to create art that is inviting for audiences, art that combines extremes in its emotional content and art that is informed by human experiences. We aim to create works of art that have a raw and vulnerable essence.

Mateo Galindo Torres, artistic advisor explains: “Nothing should be absolute or immobile; everything needs to be challenged to allow for growth and evolution.”

The performances take place in the Studio Theatre:

OCT 9th 7:30pm (pre-show talk 7:00pm)
OCT 10th 2:00pm (pre-show talk 1:30pm)
OCT 10th 7:30pm (pre-show talk 7:00pm)

Tickets are available at The Centre Box office 905-681-6000 or online at www.burlingtonpac.ca.

FORM - two checkered clothing

The Form Contemporary Dance Theatre does excerpts from the Nutcracker Suite each year with a Cambridge orchestra. The company is very strong on costume – something very evident in these photographs.

Top ticket price $20

Form CDT is a Hamilton/Burlington based company founded in February 2014. Within Burlington and Hamilton they have been part of Flounder Festival, Burlington Culture Days, Hamilton Fringe Festival 14/15 and have collaborated with the The Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts, Burlington Student Theatre and Art House. They have participated in Series 808 (Take Two) in Toronto, FRESH BLOOD in Toronto, Dance Matters in Toronto, and 2014’s Hemispheric Encuentro: Manifest in Montreal.

Most recently Form CDT has been commissioned by UNU-INWEH to choreograph and perform at their 20th Anniversary Celebrations in the Fall of 2016. Form CDT is very active in dance and movement education and to facilitate this passion we founded a sister company called Transform CDT.

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The ADI Development group takes their sales story to the local real estate community - valet parking no less.

Event 100By Staff

September 25, 2015

BURLINGTON, ON

ADI Nautique signThe Gazette received the following from a friend who is a real estate broker:

“I have a glossy pamphlet you should have. ADI sent out invites for an exclusive broker luncheon Tuesday October 6th; “be the first to receive floor plans and advanced price list; see scale model, tour the stunning model suite”……”valet parking provided……”.

The Gazette didn’t get an invitation.

There is no stopping the ADI team

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Sunday is the final day of the city's cultural spree - loads of things to do - not to be missed. Full schedule set out for you.

Culture days - hearteventspink 100x100By Staff

September 24, 2015

BURLINGTON, ON

Sunday is the last of the three day cultural spree in the city. The Burlington event is part of a nation-wide celebration of the arts.

The event coincides with Doors Open, another annual activity which opens up a number of the City’s heritage sites to the public.

Sunday 27th

Music Lessons for all Ages
Time: 9 to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Burlington Music Centre, 2311 New St., in Central Park, Burlington, Ont.
Description: Music is for all ages – you can learn to play an instrument at any age! Speak with music teachers, test out instruments, learn some more about the effects music has on the human brain and how it improves learning, social skills, ability to multi-task and more.
Organizer: Rob Bennett, Rob.bennett@burlington.ca, www.burlington.ca/en/live-and-play/music-lessons.asp, 905-335-7807

Celebrating Burlington through Photos
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Tourism Burlington Visitor Information Centre, 414 Locust St., Burlington, Ont.
Description: Celebrating 30 years of tourism in Burlington through photos, featuring local attractions and famous Burlingtonians from the past and present. Activities include interactive displays, hands-on activities, a scavenger hunt, and more!
Organizer: Tourism Burlington, info@tourismburlington.com, www.tourismburlington.com, 905-634-5594,

Breathe with Planet Earth (outdoors meditation on live music)
Time: 10:30 a.m. to noon

Location: Burlington City Hall, Civic Square, 426 brant St., Burlington, Ont.
Description: Participate in a guided collective meditation with live flute and drum music. Learn balancing techniques and connect through inner energy. Apply simple chakra cleansing techniques specific to sahaja yoga meditation, based on ancient Indian knowledge of yoga and kundalini energy.
Activity Contact: Sahaja Yoga Meditation, contact@free-meditation.ca, www.free-meditation.ca, 416-628-0355,
Volunteer Coordinator/Organizer: Ioana Popa, ioanayoga@yahoo.ca, 905-484-2068

Applefest Fall Fair
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ireland House, a part of the Museums Burlington operation, is the only example of a farming property that is publicly viewable in the city south of Dundas,  It is an excellent example of its period.  Worth as visit

Ireland House, a part of the Museums Burlington operation, is the only example of a farming property that is publicly view-able in the city south of Dundas, It is an excellent example of its period. Worth as visit

Location: Ireland House Museum, 2168 Guelph Line, Burlington, Ont.
Description: “If you enjoy a taste of the country, you will love Applefest Fall Fair.” It’s a fun event for the whole family with the exciting activities and attractions of a country fair. Biggger and better than ever, Applefest will celebrate the changing of the seasons with fantastic games, crafts, FREE live musical entertainment and delicious “Harvest Fare” food such as country-style BBQ and delicious apple treats, including apple blossoms, apple cider and apple pie. Admission is FREE!
Organizer: Museums of Burlington, Valerie.amaral@burlington.ca, www.museumsofburlington.com, 905-332-9888

KooGle Theatre Company Dance event
Time: 1 to 1:15 p.m.
Location: Burlington Performing Arts Centre Plaza, 440 Locust St., Burlington, Ont.
Description: Bringing the community together through dance. Christopher and Leslie, co-artistic directors of KooGle Theatre Company will be hosting this surprise event outside in the courtyard of the Burlington Performing Arts Centre.
Organizer: KooGle Theatre Company, Leslie Gray, www.koogletheatre.com, info@koogletheatre.com, 905-633-8788

Creative Hub
Time: 1 to 4 p.m.
Location: Art Gallery of Burlington, 1333 Lakeshore Rd., Burlington, Ont.
Description: Free drop-in family activities in the GWD Foundation for Kids’ Creative Hub.
Organizer: Art Gallery of Burlington, 905-632-7796, info@artgalleryofburlington.com, www.artgalleryofburlington.com

Guild Demonstrations
Time: 1 to 4 p.m.
Location: Art Gallery of Burlington, 1333 Lakeshore Rd., Burlington, Ont.
Description: Free demonstrations by our 7 guilds in their studios. Participating guilds include the Burlington Fine Arts Association, Burlington Handweavers & Spinners Guild, Burlington Fibre Arts Guild, Burlington Rug Hooking Guild, Latow Photographers Guild, Burlington Sculptors & Woodcarvers Guild, and the Burlington Potters’ Guild.
Organizer: Art Gallery of Burlington, 905-632-7796, info@artgalleryofburlington.com, www.artgalleryofburlington.com

Stained Glass Demonstration – Copper Foiling Method
Time: 1 to 4 p.m.

Teresa Seaton, centre, discusses where her cultiral hot spots in the city are located.

Teresa Seaton, centre, discusses where her cultural hot spots are with Donna Grandin – both are participants in the city’s Culture Days.in the city are located.

Location: 654 Spring Gardens Rd., Burlington, Ont.
Description: Teresa Seaton, a fifteen-year veteran of stained glass, will be demonstrating her copper foiling techniques as she completes a stained glass panel. Teresa’s gallery features a large selection of her latest works and now exhibits the work of established and emerging Canadian artists.
Organizer: Teresa Seaton, tmseaton@cogeco.ca, www.teresaseaton.ca, 905-510-5030

Art in Action Demonstration
Time: 1 to 4 p.m.
Location: Burlington Performing Arts Lobby, 440 Locust St., Burlington, Ont.
Description: Come and meet some of the best artists and artisans Burlington has to offer as they demonstrate their skills. The Art in Action Studio Tour is a not-for-profit annual community event on the first weekend of November. We will be demonstrating and promoting the upcoming tour.
Organizer: Teresa Seaton, Chair Art in Action, tmseaton@cogeco.ca, www.artinaction.ca, 905-510-5030

Celebrate Burlington
Time: 1 to 4 p.m.
Location: Burlington Performing Arts Lobby, 440 Locust St., Burlington, Ont.
Description: Join us for Celebrate Burlington – a Culture Days artist showcase at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre. Meet local artists and artisans as they demonstrate their skills, showcase their latest work and engage the family in a variety of interactive activities. The showcase will feature live performances by Burlington talent, allow for public engagement with citizen committees, artistic guilds, musicians photographers, fine artists, new media arts and more.
Organizer: Adam Belovari, adam.belovari@burlington.ca, www.burlington.ca/culturedays, 905-335-7600 ext. 7335

And All Was Bright: Multimedia Performance Art Installation
Time: Noon to 4 p.m.
Location: Burlington Performing Arts Centre Studio Theatre, 440 Locust St., Burlington, Ont.
Description: And All Was bright (Ben Robertson) is a musician and multimedia installation artist from Burlington, ON, Canada. His sound arrangements are progressive, emotive and strongly driven by concept – they span the spectrum of melodic drone scapes, noise, and heavy distortion. His video arrangements are abstract yet convey the underlying concepts behind the work. With installations that are fully immersive, Robertson fills the performance space with heavily-processed sound, projected visuals and controlled lighting, occupying the viewers’ auditory, visual and physical senses.

As part of Culture Days 2015, Robertson will perform his latest installation, entitled “Hope”, at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre. The performance piece is inspired by the unsteady balance of the natural environment and industry.
Organizer: And All Was Bright, Ben Robertson, andallwasbright@live.ca, andallwasbright.com, 289-259-0400

Twin City Celebration
Time: 1 to 4 p.m.
Location: Burlington Performing Arts Centre Lobby – 440 Locust St., Burlington, Ont.
Description: Come and experience a bit of Japanese and Dutch culture as the Burlington Mundialization Committee celebrates Burlington’s twinning relationships with the cities of Itabashi, Japan and Apeldoorn, the Netherlands.
Organizer: Lisa Palermo, Lisa.Palermo@burlington.ca, https://www.burlington.ca/en/your-city/burlington-mundialization-committee.asp, 905-335-7600 ext. 7492

Peacock Feather Drawing and Donna Grandin Art Display at BPAC
Time: 1 to 4 p.m.
Location: Burlington Performing Arts Centre Lobby, 440 Locust St., Burlington, Ont.
Description: Grandin was born and raised in the Carribean, and has been living in Burlington since 1998. She exhibits and sells her art in both the Carribean and Canada. Locally, her work can be found at Art Etc., the Art Gallery of Burlington or Blue Roots Art Studio.
Organizer: Donna Grandin, fine artist, Blue Roots Art Studio, donna@bluerootsartstudio.com, 905-639-3419

Be a Conductor for the Moment
Time: 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.
Symphony on the Bay - Koogle Feb 2015Location: Burlington Performing Arts Centre Main Theatre, 440 Locust St., Burlington, Ont.
Description: Symphony on the Bay invites members of the community to be a ‘conductor for the moment’ at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre. This is your chance to join local celebrities in conducting a full orchestra on a concert stage. You will receive helpful coaching tips before your performance, and will be performing in front of a potential audience of 700. Bring your family and friends to this free performance and experience the power of a full symphony orchestra obeying your every command.

Anyone from age six and up is invited to submit their name to the below email.
Organizer: Andrea Battista, abattista1@cogeco.ca, www.symphonyonthebay.com, 905-331-8701

Tottering Biped

Trevor Copp will be performing during the Burlington Resounds part of Culture Day on Sunday.

Burlington Resounds: Culture Days Grand Finale
Time: 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Location: Burlington Performing Arts Centre Main Theatre, 440 Locust St., Burlington, Ont.
Description: The Grand Finale for this year’s Culture Days festivities will be another fantastic showcase of the City’s performing artists. This time Burlington Resounds will be presented in the Main Theatre of the Burlington Performing Arts Centre from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Superlative artists and ensembles from music, theatre, dance and spoken word, professional and amateur, will each present a five-minute showcase. This will truly be a night to remember! Admission is free.

Hayley Verrall - standing with guitar

Hayley Verrall sang O’Canada during the inauguration of the current city council – did a splendid job. Look for her on Sunday – worth the effort.

Artists to Include:
Tottering Bipeds Dance Theatre, Jude Johnson, Stuart Laughton,
Symphony by the Bay, Jason Hales and Charlene Santoni, Lorretta Bailey, Burlington Slam Poets, Hayley Verrall, Burlington Teen Tour Band, Andy Griffiths, Renew and Steve Barabash, Melissa Bel, Janet Turpin Myers, Burlington Student Theatre, Charles Cozens and Janet Horn, McKenzie Small, KooGle Theatre.

The only act Missens missed was Mayor Goldring at the keyboard and MP Mike Wallace dancing with a broom trying to convince an audience he was Gene Kelly.

BURLINGTON RESOUNDS BRINGS CULTURE DAYS 2015 TO A RESOUNDING CONCLUSION AT THE BURLINGTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE

At 4:30 pm some fifteen of the City’s finest performers and performing arts organizations will take over the Main Theatre (see list attached). These include a number of the City’s leading professionals, such as musician Stuart Laughton, pianist Renee Barabash, singers Charlene Santoni and Jason Hales, singer-songwriter Andy Griffiths, conductor-composer Charles Cozens and violinist Janet Horn, as well as a number of up and coming performers such as Hayley Verrall and members of Burlington Student Theatre. Participating organizations include the legendary Burlington Teen Tour Band, KooGle Theatre, Form Contemporary Dance Theatre and Tottering Biped Theatre. The Grand Finale will also feature a massed choir of local community and church singers, as well as the new Lowville Festival Choir, under the direction of Wayne Strongman.

Named Burlington Resonds will mark the conclusion of three days of cultural celebration.

 

 

 

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Transit change: Route 1 East detour in downtown Hamilton - Saturday Sept. 26

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September 23, 2015

BURLINGTON, ON

Route 1 East detour in downtown Hamilton – Saturday Sept. 26

Hamilton Bulldogs

Bulldogs hold their home opener for the season – bus route gets altered.

This Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015 from approximately 3 to 7 p.m., Bay Street in downtown Hamilton will be closed between King Street and York Boulevard for the Hamilton Bulldogs home opener. During this time, the Route 1 East will be detoured as follows:

• Regular routing to King Street and Bay Street
• Continue West along King Street
• Right at Hess Street
• Left at Cannon Street
• Resume regular routing.

Pick-up and drop-off locations in the detour area will be at King & Hess Streets as well as at Hess and Cannon Streets.

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Culture days - Day 2 Saturday - more stuff to take part in than it is possible to cover - what a feast!

Culture days - heartEvent 100By Staff

September 26, 2015

BURLINGTON, on

Culture Days has become a model opportunity for citizens, businesses, and all levels of government to collectively help lead the development of Canada through the development of the arts and cultural life of our communities. Volunteers lead and contribute to the success of Culture Days at every level.  It is a grassroots, collaborative movement that works.

There is a national advisory board, a national board of directors with some very powerful and effective people sitting around the table. There are then Tasks Forces within each province.

The national objective is create opportunities for people to explore, discover and participate in arts and culture in every community across the country. In 2014, the fifth annual Culture Days event took place in more than 850 Canadian cities and towns, with attendance topping 1.6 million Canadians. Last year, more than 1650 activities were presented across Ontario.

The purpose is to hold events that will feature free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate “behind the scenes”—and to discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators, and designers at work in their community.

For the next three days you get to see what Burlington has to offer in the cultural world.

Saturday 26th
Morning Yoga in Civic Square

Time: Class 1 – 8 to 8:45 a.m., Class 2 – 9 to 9:45 a.m.

Location: Burlington City Hall, Civic Square, 426 Brant St., Burlington, Ont.
Description:  Come and enjoy free yoga classes open to all ages and abilities. Participate in 45 minutes of fundamental postures. This practice is focused on body awareness, breathing and feeling good. Bring your yoga mat and an open mind!

Organizer: AnyBodysYoga, anybodysyoga@gmail.com, www.anybodysyoga.ca, 905-869-0255

Music Lessons for all Ages
Time: 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Location: Burlington Music Centre, 2311 New St., in Central Park, Burlington, Ont.
Description: Music is for all ages – you can learn to play an instrument at any age! Speak with music teachers, test out instruments, learn some more about the effects music has on the human brain and how it improves learning, social skills, ability to multi-task and more.
Organizer: Rob Bennett, Rob.bennett@burlington.ca, www.burlington.ca/en/live-and-play/music-lessons.asp, 905-335-7807

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Sit in with the Burlington Teen Tour Band during Cultural Days

Burlington Junior Redcoats Marching Band
Time: 9 to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Burlington Music Centre, 2311 New St., in Central Park, Burlington, Ont.
Description: For ages 9 to 13. Come and sit in with or march beside band members at a regular Saturday rehearsal. The event is to be held outside weather-permitting, and inside if weather does not accomodate. Previous music knowledge is not required, so come on out and see what it is like to be a young member of a marching band!
Organizer: Rob Bennett, Rob.bennett@burlington.ca, 905-335-7807

Celebrating Burlington through Photos
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Tourism Burlington Visitor Information Centre, 414 Locust St., Burlington, Ont.
Description: Celebrating 30 years of tourism in Burlington through photos, featuring local attractions and famous Burlingtonians from the past and present. Activities include interactive displays, hands-on activities, a scavenger hunt, and more!
Organizer: Tourism Burlington, info@tourismburlington.com, www.tourismburlington.com, 905-634-5594.

Music and Meditation by the Lake – Celebrate Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi Day
Time: 10 a.m. to noon
Location: Spencer Smith Park – Gazebo, 1400 Lakeshore Rd., Burlington, Ont.
Description: Join us for collective meditation on live flute music. Experience Raag Durga interpreted by Francesca Smita Soni, a William Blake Duet, Tim Bruce (actor and music therapist), Sunny Levi (Opera singer), bhajans singing, and inner centre chakra workshops with Ontario Yogis.
Organizer: Free Sahaja Yoga Meditation, 905-484-2068, contact@free-meditation.ca, www.free-meditation.ca.

Doors Open Burlington
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Locations: see complete list below
Description: Doors Open Burlington will feature sites located in the downtown and waterfront areas of our city. The event will highlight important buildings, organizations and landmarks that make Burlington a culturally vibrant place to live, work and visit. Admission is free.
Participating sites include: Joseph Brant Museum, Art Gallery of Burlington, Spencer Smith Park, Gingerbread House Gardens, St. Luke’s Anglican Church, Eglise Saint Philippe, Different Drummer Books, Burlington Central High School, Burlington Masonic Centre, displays at Tourism Burlington, Vintage Motors at Burlington Central Public School, and the Holy Protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukranian Church. Visit our website for event details at www.doburlington.com.

Site list:

Joseph Brant Museum: 1240 Northshore Blvd. E, Burlington, Ont.
Art Gallery of Burlington: 1333 Lakeshore Rd., Burlington, Ont.
Vintage Motors at Burlington Central High School: 1433 Baldwin St., Burlington, Ont.
Different Drummer Books: 503 Locust St., Burlington, Ont.
Eglise Saint Phillipe: 472 Locust St., Burlington, Ont.
Gingerbread House Gardens: 1375 Ontario St., Burlington, Ont.
Holy Protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukranian Church: 419 Pearl St., Burlington, Ont.
Burlington Masonic Centre: 463 Brant St., Burlington, Ont.
St. Luke’s Anglican Church: 1382 Ontario St., Burlington, Ont.
Tourism Burlington: 414 Locust St., Burlington, Ont.
Spencer Smith Park: West Lawn – Lakeshore Rd., Burlington, Ont.
Burlington Central Public School: 638 Brant St., Burlington, Ont.

Organizer: Doors Open Burlington, hello@doorsopenburlington.com, www.doburlington.com, 905-332-9888

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The Different Drummer Book Store – well worth a visit

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St Lukes Anglican church – one of the riches pieces of Burlington’s history.

Gingerbread house

 

Etsy: Made in Canada Marketplace
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel and Conference Centre, 3063 South Service Rd., Burlington, Ont.
Description: Etsy: Made in Canada is a national grassroots initiative celebrating the crafters, collectors and artisans in local communities across Canada. Made in Canada marketplaces will pop up in 33 cities on September 26, 2015. Explore handmade wares and vintage goods in an artisan marketplace.
Organizer: Jacqueline Hunter, show director, Etsy Canada, info@craftian.ca, www. craftadian.ca/etsy/, 289-239-8163

Celtic Music Performance
Time: 11 to 11:30 a.m.

Location: City Hall, Civic Square, 426 Brant St., Burlington, Ont.
Description: Enjoy 30 minutes of Celtic music presented in a light orchestral format.
Organizer: Celtic Fiddle Orchestra of Southern Ontario, Cfoso.exec@gmail.com, 519-219-0757

Burlington Student Theatre Presents: Burlywood
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: City Hall – Civic Square, 426 Brant St., Burlington, Ont.
Description: Burlington Student Theatre will feature local artisans in theatre, music, dance, film, photography, visual art demonstrations and interactive opportunities. Performances by: Burlington Student Theatre, Halton Dance Network, wushu and Chinese lion/dragon dance demonstrations and performances! Join us for free, family friendly events.
Organizer: Rainer Noack, rainer.noack@burlington.ca

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An example of the work Donna Grandin does.

Collaborative Acrylic Painting and Art Display in Civic Square
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: City Hall, Civic Square, 426 Brant St., Burlington, Ont.
Description: Visual artist Donna Grandin will start a painting and then encourage the public to collaborate on it. Individuals will have the chance to express their creativity and add to the piece. The painting will be completed in the artist’s studio on October 2, and one of the participants will be chosen at random to win the collaborative painting.
Grandin was born and raised in the Carribean, and has been living in Burlington since 1998. She exhibits and sells her art in both the Carribean and Canada. Locally, her work can be found at Art Etc., the Art Gallery of Burlington or Blue Roots Art Studio.
Organizer: Donna Grandin, fine artist, Blue Roots Art Studio, donna@bluerootsartstudio.com, 905-639-3419

Photo-Acrylics by Beth Bennett
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: City Hall, Civic Square, 426 Brant St., Burlington, Ont.
Description: ‘Photo-Acrylics’ is a combination of Bennett’s photography and acrylic painting with a twist – the look and feel of painting with wax. Bennett is happy with her art when both photography and painting elements are visible yet cohesive. She has also photographed a brick wall and would like community input on how to turn this photography into a “photo-acrylic”. What should be placed on this brick wall? Come out and share your ideas!
Organizer: Beth Bennett, bethbennettartist@gmail.com, www.bethbennetartist.com, 905-333-9868

B Town Sound Record in Studio and Sing on Stage
Time: 1 to 3 p.m.
Location: 919 Fraser Dr., units 9 and 10, Burlington, Ont.
Description:  We invite everyone to have a tour of our recording, rehearsal and event facility as well as the new addition of our music school. We welcome you to sing on stage to karaoke tracks with the instruments we have at the studio, or with instruments that you have brought with you.
Then you will get the opportunity to sing in the isolation room of the studio and feel what it is like to record a hit song!
Our clients include: Silverstein, Billy Talent, Finger Eleven, New World Son, and Youtube star Walk off the Earth
Organizer: B Town Sound, Robyn Pauhl, robyn@btownsound.ca, www.btownsound.ca, 905-308-0026

 

BAC outdoors from the east side

See the Art Gallery through practiced eyes.

Free Gallery Discovery Tours
Time: 1 – 1:40 p.m.; 2 – 2:40 p.m.; 3 – 3:40 p.m.
Location: Art Gallery of Burlington, 1333 Lakeshore Rd., Burlington, Ont.
Description: Free guided tours of the Art Gallery of Burlington in conjunction with Doors Open. Tours will be approximately 40 minutes in length.
Organizer: Art Gallery of Burlington, 905-632-7796, info@artgalleryofburlington.com, www.artgalleryofburlington.com

Guild Demonstrations

Time: 1 to 4 p.m.
Location: Art Gallery of Burlington, 1333 Lakeshore Rd., Burlington, Ont.
Description: Free demonstrations by our 7 guilds in their studios. Participating guilds include the Burlington Fine Arts Association, Burlington Handweavers & Spinners Guild, Burlington Fibre Arts Guild, Burlington Rug Hooking Guild, Latow Photographers Guild, Burlington Sculptors & Woodcarvers Guild, and the Burlington Potters’ Guild.
Organizer: Art Gallery of Burlington, 905-632-7796, info@artgalleryofburlington.com, www.artgalleryofburlington.com

Teresa Seaton, a stained glass artist has been a prime mover behind the annual Art in Action tour - and is now part of the newly formed Arts and Culture Collective.

Teresa Seaton, a stained glass artist has been a prime mover behind the annual Art in Action tour – she will be doing workshops as part of Culture Days.

Stained Glass Demonstration – Copper Foiling Method
Time: 1 to 4 p.m.
Location: 654 Spring Gardens Rd., Burlington, Ont.
Description: Teresa Seaton, a fifteen-year veteran of stained glass, will be demonstrating her copper foiling techniques as she completes a stained glass panel. Teresa’s gallery features a large selection of her latest works and now exhibits the work of established and emerging Canadian artists.
Organizer: Teresa Seaton, tmseaton@cogeco.ca, www.teresaseaton.ca, 905-510-5030

DIY BookArts: Hardcover
Time: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Burlington Public Library – Brant Hills, 2255 Brant St., Burlington, Ont.
Description: Using the library’s bookbinding equipment and supplies, build your own hardcover book to take home. Personalize it with a painted book cover. No bookbinding experience required. Ages 18 and up.
To register, call 905-335-2209
Organizer: Burlington Public Library – Brant Hills, arkelll@bpl.on.ca, www.bpl.on.ca, 905-335-2209

heartBEATZ
Time: 2 to 3 p.m.
Location: City Hall, Civic Square, 426 Brant St., Burlington, Ont.
Description: The Halton Dance Network’s presentation of ‘heartBEATZ’ is a transformative event that embodies HDN’s mandate to build community in and through dance. A local choreographer will collaborate with drummers and a dance collective from the three communities to create an original dance work. We will also invite a local dance studio to showcase a dance number from their current repertoire. ‘heartBEATZ’ will conclude with a community interactive dance experience/workshop involving the audience and all dancers.
Organizer: Halton Dance Network, Kate Lowe, www.haltondancenetwork.com, katewlowe@hotmail.com, 905-637-5408

Celtic Fiddle Music: In Canada and Abroad
Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Burlington Public Library – Central, Centennial Hall, 2331 New St., Burlington, Ont.
Description: Alana and Leigh Cline talk about the history of Celtic music in Canada, and perform tunes from Cape Breton, Newfoundland, Scotland and Ireland. You won’t want to miss this foot-stomping, hand-clapping, feel-great musical experience in celebration of Culture Days!
To register, call 905-639-3611 ext. 1321
Organizer: Burlington Public Library – Central, arkelll@bpl.on.ca, www.bpl.on.ca, 905-639-3611 ext. 1321

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Margaret Lindsay Holton – a Hamilton based artist who works in several mediums has put together an innovate program that marries poetry to ping pong.

Ping Pong and Poetry – with Margaret Lindsay Holton
Time: 2 to 4 p.m.
Location: Burlington HIVE, 901 Guelph Line, Burlington, Ont.
Description: Join in the fun as Golden Horseshoe poet and painter, Margaret Lindsay Holton, bats bon mots and balls in a playful ‘ping pong and poetry’ Round Robin. Poets will unleash a few lines of potent poetry her popular poetry collections, ‘On Top of Mount Nemo’ and ‘Bush Chord’.
Organizer: Margaret Lindsay Holton, owner/author of Acorn Press Canada, mlhpro@hotmail.com, 905-393-5196

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First of the weekend Culture Days takes place on Friday the 25th

Culture days - Burlington markBy Staff

September 23, 2015

BURLINGTON, ON

 

 

Friday the 25th

Culture Days has become a model opportunity for citizens, businesses, and all levels of government to collectively help lead the development of Canada through the development of the arts and cultural life of our communities. Volunteers lead and contribute to the success of Culture Days at every level.

There is a national advisory board, a national board of directors with some very powerful and effective people sitting around the table. There are then Tasks Forces within each province.

The national objective is create opportunities for people to explore, discover and participate in arts and culture in every community across the country. In 2014, the fifth annual Culture Days event took place in more than 850 Canadian cities and towns, with attendance topping 1.6 million Canadians. Last year, more than 1650 activities were presented across Ontario.

The purpose is to hold events that will feature free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate “behind the scenes”—and to discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators, and designers at work in their community.

As a grassroots, collaborative movement, Culture Days relies on your participation.

For the next three days you get to see what Burlington has to offer in the cultural world.

Celebrating Burlington through Photos
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Tourism Burlington Visitor Information Centre, 414 Locust St., Burlington, Ont.
Description: Celebrating 30 years of tourism in Burlington through photos, featuring local attractions and famous Burlingtonians from the past and present. Activities include interactive displays, hands-on activities, a scavenger hunt, and more!
Organizer: Tourism Burlington, 905-634-5594, info@tourismburlington.com, www.tourismburlington.com

Culture days - Burlington markWe As One: Bridging Meditation, Living Arts and Spirituality
Time: noon to 8 p.m.
Location: Burlington City Hall, Civic Square, 426 Brant St., Burlington, Ont.
Description: Come and celebrate the 10th anniversary of Sahaja Yoga Free Meditation in Burlington. Enjoy live music and dance performances, including: bhajan, qawalli, opera, flute, harmonium, drums, violin and vocals. Participate in a guided meditation on planet earth, self-realization “Experiment with Truth,” individual chakra and art workshops, realized souls gallery, cool kids workshop, clay sculpting, Indian mythology workshop, kuchipudi “Living Goddess Performance,” aarti group featuring Greek, Persian and Irish Dance, yin yang energy-balancing workshop, and “Shri Saraswati” henna palm painting.
Activity Contact: Sahaja Yoga Meditation, contact@free-meditation.ca, www.free-meditation.ca, 416-628-0355,
Volunteer Coordinator/Organizer: Ioana Popa, ioanayoga@yahoo.ca, 905-484-2068

This is a 20 ft x 6 ft. work table; weighed a ton - made out of solid wood.  Set up where the view if superb, the sunsets are great - Seaton may never go home

stained glass artist Teresa Seaton – will give a workshop on stained glass

Stained Glass Demonstration – Copper Foiling Method
Time: 1 to 4 p.m.
Location: 654 Spring Gardens Rd., Burlington, Ont.
Description: Teresa Seaton, a fifteen-year veteran of stained glass, will be demonstrating her copper foiling techniques as she completes a stained glass panel. Teresa’s gallery features a large selection of her latest works and now exhibits the work of established and emerging Canadian artists.
Organizer: Teresa Seaton, tmseaton@cogeco.ca, www.teresaseaton.ca, 905-510-5030

B Town Sound Record in Studio and Sing on Stage

Time: 6 to 8 p.m.

Location: 919 Fraser Dr., units 9 and 10, Burlington, Ont.
Description:  We invite everyone to have a tour of our recording, rehearsal, and event facility as well as the new addition of our music school. We welcome you to sing on stage to karaoke tracks with the instruments we have at the studio, or with instruments that you have brought with you.  Then you will get the opportunity to sing in the isolation room of the studio and feel what it is like to record a hit song!  Our clients include: Silverstein, Billy Talent, Finger Eleven, New World Son, and Youtube star Walk off the Earth

Organizer: B Town Sound, Robyn Pauhl, robyn@btownsound.ca, www.btownsound.ca, 905-308-0026

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CineStarz - SHOWTIMES September 25 to October 01, 2015

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Cine Starz Upper Canada Place
460 Brant Street
WWW CINESTARZ.CA

SHOWTIMES September 25 to October 01, 2015

SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE G
Fri to Sun 11:20 1:40 3:20 5:30
Mon to Thur 1:00 3:10 5:30

MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. PG
Fri to Sun 1:00 3:15 5:00 7:10 9:20
Mon to Thur 1:00 2:45 5:00 7:10 9:20

NO ESCAPE 14A
Fri to Sun 11:30 1:30 3:30 5:30 7:30 9:30
Mon to Thur 1:00 3:00 5:00 7:00 9:00

PIXELS PG
Fri to Sun 11:30 1:30 3:20 5:20
Mon to Thur 5:00

RICKI AND THE FLASH PG
Fri to Sun 11:20 1:20 5:30 7:30 9:30
Mon to Thur 1:00 5:20 7:10 9:30

TRAINWRECK 18A
Fri to Sun 7:20 9:40
Mon to Thur 1:00 3:00 7:00 9:15

JURASSIC WORLD PG
Fri to Sun 11:20 3:15 7:10 9:30
Mon to Thur 3:00 7:10 9:00

SOUTHPAW 14A
Fri to Sun 9:30
Mon to Thur 3:15 7:10 9:30

INSIDE OUT G
Fri to Sun 11:20 1:20 3:30 5:25 7:30
Mon to Thur 1:00 5:15

 

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Student cooking contest to be used to teach kitchen fire safety at Robert Bateman.

Event 100By Staff

September 22, 2015

BURLINGTON, ON

This is a different way of promoting fire safety.

Fire official’s report that the #1 cause of home fires is unattended cooking.

Tony Bavota - fire chiefFire Chief Tony Bavota, Mayor Goldring, people from the Burlington Restaurant Association and Robert Bateman High School are joining together for activities to help spread this public safety message.

Premier Wynne runs a job training course for MAyor and NAME, gYPTECH

Mayor Goldring brings a bit of an edge to the cooking competition to take place at Robert Bateman – he flips ribs pretty well – let’s see what he flips at the high school.

Spreading the fire safety message is being tied to the Top Chef Competition at Robert Bateman High School. Four teams, each with one Burlington firefighter and two Robert Bateman High School culinary students, will compete to create a fiery dish from a mystery box of ingredients. Contestants can earn points or be penalized by answering cooking safety trivia.

Other features of the event include interactive stations with information on smoke and CO alarms, the 911 call system, career options in the fire service, a firefighter crash course and technology demos as well as Burlington Fire Department truck display.

This sounds like a neat event; it isn’t open to the public  – the Gazette will tell you all about it

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Supernova gets to lift off - actual flight was something else. After two outstanding success a small set back is not a disaster.

artsblue 100x100By Pepper Parr

September 20, 2015

BURLINGTON, ON

The crowds they had hoped for did not materialize but the weather did hold. There were more people at No Vacancy’s Supernova this year than there were at the Cirque event held at Village Square last year.

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Perhaps outside some comfort zones.

Let’s look at what was good. The Art Market was good – some of the exhibits stunned people a little – others were a pleasure to look at. Art is supposed to take you out of your comfort zone.

The Teresa Seaton/Tomy Bewick event and the Kune Hua event were superb – illustration art at its best.

Hua was a last minute entry – 36 hours before the opening he was still working through his concept – it turned out to be one a very emotional event for many people.

NV Wishing Forest - close up Sophia

Several thousand ribbons were draped over the branches of the trees in the Wishing Garden.

Set in a lot that was once a gas station the Wishing Garden was a collection of birth tree branches planted into pots with small white lights strong along the branches.

Visitors were invited to take a ribbon and write a wish and then tie it to one of the tree branches.

Hua believes that with all that energy; all those wishes collected in a single place – change was inevitable. Only those who tied a ribbon will know if there was a change – one can say however that there was a mood in the darkened space where you could smell the lake and not feel you were being intruded upon by the noise from Emmas Back Porch just yards away.

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Tomy Bewick intoned in a strong passionate voice while Teresa Seaton spread the feathers about the ground “feathers spinning in the downdraft”

The Seaton/Bewick event was more of a performance – and for those that listened there was a sense of trance as Bewick spoke ans Seaton moved around the space placing feathers fashioned out of stained glass on the ground while Bewick chanted

she’s walking down that road again
flying off the fumes
this highway life on a long enough stretch wears thin

Seaton would gently place a few stained glass feathers on the ground while Bewick continued …

watching the freebirds float above
feathers spin in the downdraft
wind kicks sand across face releasing strained tears
the rain makes the asphalt seem slick
the sheen of blacktop coated hopes slippery
you see the machinery from a distance
silhouettes like soldiers along a long abandoned flightpath
from a thousand miles the towers look like flamingoes
stilted sun refracts rainbows in cracked glass

It wasn’t dramatic but it drew you in as the Bewick voice continued to intone and the feathers took their place on the ground as Seaton stepped around gently

NV Seaton event audience

The audience didn’t move while Bewick and Seaton performed – they stood silent for a few moments when the performance ended – it was that kind of event.

she’s walking down that road again and the fumes are getting stronger
the feathers falling faster
there is disaster on the horizon, stretched like the skeleton of industry

It was a fine performance given every hour.  If you missed this – you really did miss something.

The problem areas – getting crowds out means promotion – some thought there wasn’t enough done. The location was very good – did the organizers create too much space?

They were able to set aside basically all of the Old Lakeshore Road but there weren’t enough artists to take up the space which left the event feeling it was a little thin on the contents side.

There were a lot of people at the event – it was hard to appreciate just how many because there was acres of space. At Village Square everything was crowded in – which made it seem very busy.

There could have been more artists – it takes time for this type of event to gain a foothold. This was the third event put on by the No Vacancy group.

NV Electric quilt

It was electric – it had energy and it had three dimensions – you left feeling better after looking at this piece of work.

One of the problems they might want to give some attention to is the identity of the event. No Vacancy is the sort of umbrella name with each event given a different theme name each year. That gets a little confusing for the casual visitor.

The organizers do something few other events of this type do – they ensure that the artists are paid – and that can be a real grind when other than the beer garden and perhaps some revenue from the art market there is no revenue stream. There were sponsorship’s and the city did kick in some money – there may not have been enough.

The Poacher Ukelele Band and the jugglers didn’t seem to fit into the art theme – but there were people who enjoyed both. The juggler was determined to make the event pay for him – which was outside the boundaries set by the organizers of the Supernova

There was security that wasn’t needed – this was a very tame crowd that mixed well with the people that troop into Emma’s Back Porch.
But there was something missing – and the organizers are going to have to take some time in a month or so and think through what the recipe needs. A little more spice? Perhaps. More interesting artists and a program with a map of who was where. There apparently was a map – we didn’t see it until after the event.

Printing a program means getting advertisers – and that requires time which the organizers just didn’t have.

NV art shop

The Art Market was in a smaller space this year and it had the crowds that in retrospect were what people missed overall.

There was a very cruel, uncalled for comment from an artist who said ‘this was probably the last No Vacancy event. The artist who made the comment had submitted an event but was turned down and is reported not to have been prepared to make revisions to what was a collection of paintings that were for sale. Supernova was not at art sale – it was a collection of art illustrations – an event that you interacted with.

It was an uncalled for comment from an artist currently looking to the community for financial support.

After two outstanding successes the turnout this year is a bit of a setback. The arts are fickle – it doesn’t always turn out the way people hope it will
What the arts community has to do is be mature and stop going on about how great the event was – it wasn’t great. This year something was missing – the people who did all the grunt work will work it out.

NV Beer garden

The Beer Garden was well situated – the band was loud – by the time this reporter was ready for an ale – the gates had closed – it was after 11 pm.

The arts community has to call a spade a spade and work towards improving the event – what was great was the close to incredible support from the volunteers – who don’t get as much as a dime.

Be kind to Selena and Dean Eckersall – they put their hearts into this and deserve an opportunity to put the event on next year

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British Car Show at Bronte Creek Provincial Park - more than 100 vehicles on display.

Event 100By Allan Harrington

September 21, 2015

BURLINGTON, ON

The weather was perfect – a great day for those of us who appreciate almost everything British to see  about 1,000 motor cars on  display in neat rows on the pleasant grass-covered fields of the Bronte Creek park. Some came from as far away as New York and Pennsylvania to get nestled between the trees.

Brit cars - in rows

Thousands of cars – all British – and a perfect day.

There is such a rich variety among British motor vehicles that are distinctively different from the typical style of North American cars. Whether it is their soft curved lines, google-eye headlights, or being slung low to the ground.

Britcar - Rolls

Proud – very British – posh!

Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Land Rover
Majestic people carriers suitable for a chauffeur to romp across a country estate. One Rolls Royce there claims to be the original used in the old Grey Poupon mustard advert.

Britcar - blue hood up

Meant for narrow windy roads – with the wind in your hair.

Triumph, McLaren, TVR
Sporty models built to easily traverse the thin winding two lane back roads of England.

Austin Mini, Sunbeam, MG
Tiny ones that can dart through the busy congested city of London a la Mr. Bean.

Britcar - bright cars - like smarties

They look like Smarties in a bowl – all bright colours – great for skipping about crowded streets.

De Lorean
Famous from the Back to the Future movies. About 11 made it to the show in their typical stainless steel silver plus and one in a bronze gold colour. Being made in Belfast Northern Ireland they are welcome among the other Brit-Mobiles. Yes all the flux capacitors were functioning.

Lotus, Aston Martin
High tech cars James Bond can do his spy business with.

Isn’t car manufacturing dead in the UK? No. There are over 30 car manufacturers in Britain with total output being just over half the number made in Canada. Well “somebody” needs to keep making the cars with a steering wheel on the wrong side.

Britcar - with basket

A grateful child – with a picnic basket to make the day perfect.

Boots and Bonnets
Visitors were asked to vote on their favourite and with so many excellent choices — it was impossible task for this visitor.

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A wishing forest on Old Lakeshore Road - tonight from 7 to midnight.

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September 17, 2105

BURLINGTON, ON

All the work, all the anticipation and then the scurrying around to make it actually happen – and we realize that it comes down to the weather.

There are some people who don’t know about the event – where have they been?

It is Supernova – takes place on Old Lakeshore Road from 7 to midnight. More than 20 artists showing you what they do.

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Last year it was called the Cirque – 3500 people showed up – this year it is a Supernova on Old Lakeshore Road. Worth the walk.

Last year the event took place at the Village Square – 3500 people showed up.

This year there is a lot more space – enjoy the night.

One of the artists has created a Wishing Forest. Here is how he tells that story.

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Brian McCurdy is recognized and celebrated as he leaves the Performing Arts Centre - the torch is passed.

News 100 blueBy Pepper Parr

September 17, 2015

BURLINGTON, ON

It was an evening during which half a dozen people spoke glowingly about a man who is a classic introvert and in public settings painfully shy. A crowd of perhaps 100 people wandered around the Family Room of the Performing Arts Centre (now to be called The Centre) and gossiped, got caught up on things and then listened as various people spoke about Brian McCurdy, the retiring Executive Director of The Centre.

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An apprehensive Brian McCurdy listens as he is lauded and recognized during a goodbye reception

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A smiling Brian McCurdy – he is going to be missed. while with us he did a superb job.

His replacement, Suzanne Haines was on hand – the people who are at the centre of much of what happens in this city introduced themselves to her.

The Centre’s first Executive director was on hand to watch the passing of the torch. She was given some of the credit and recognition she should have been given before she left the position several years ago.

Mayor Goldring spoke about the difference the Centre has made to the city and the growth that has taken place in the arts. During McCurdy’s time the program grew to include more local talent and a broadening of the program plus a significant increase in the number of performances on the two stages.

McCurdy commented on what is involved in opening a new theatre. “I have opened three new theatres and know that it is not easy. What I was able to build during my time here was due in no small measure to what was done before I got here.”

There was more than one occasion when city council had to speak rather forcefully to a former Chair of the theatre board about the size of the subsidy that was needed. When the $500,000 a year the city was prepared to live with ballooned to $1.2 million – Council came down hard on the theatre board – changes were needed and the then Executive Director left the position.

Wednesday evening was a time to celebrate and those taking part in the pleasant goodbye got a chance to see how McCurdy worked with his staff. The star of the evening was the young man who runs the ticket office. Ty Howie told of a Brian McCurdy most people seldom see – a series of anecdotes and jokes and McCurdy’s difficulty with the GO train schedule gave us a glimpse of the man.

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From the left: Theatre Board chair Ilene Elkaim former Executive Director Brenda Heatherington, retiring Executive Director Brian McCurdy and newly appointed Executive Director Suzanne Haines.

The words staff watched for very carefully was when McCurdy said “I have an idea” – they knew changes were coming. Those ideas resulted in the 80 performances put on last season and the 100+ that are expected during the season we are now into.

A man with more than 35 years’ experience in the theatre world had seen it all and brought that depth of talent to the footlights of the Centre’s stages – the results were evident.

McCurdy started his career wanting to play the trombone – that wasn’t where he belonged. Brian Coulter, a colleague of McCurdy’s who recently retired from an arts position in Oakville said McCurdy is the kind of person you “hear of long before you meet him”

Watching McCurdy as all these accolades flooded around him was awkward for him. “It was kind of surreal” he said – “they were talking about me.” It just wasn’t something he was used to or comfortable with.

Ty Howie, the ticket manager, told the audience how McCurdy would continually ratchet up the goals and things just worked out.

The Jazz in the Plaza series was an astounding success – expect that to be expanded next year; making stage and rehearsal space in the Studio Theatre available to community groups was a particular joy for McCurdy. Instead of booking a show and working with agents – he was working directly with the talent and having the time of his life. “That’s why we get up in the morning” he said during his remarks in which he set out just how much had been done.

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Newly appointed Executive Director of the Performing Arts Centre: Suzanne Haines

The programming base for the season we are into has been set, there is a solid management team in place. The Board is well rounded with an energetic chair. Combine that with a new Executive Director and a level of satisfaction at city council we can now watch to see how Suzanne Haines builds on what was done before her.

One of the most positive notes was McCurdy telling the audience that a Council member recently said to him: “I don’t get calls anymore.”

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