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

News 100 redBy Staff

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

notices100x100By Staff

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

Different Drummer fine line

The Different Drummer Book Store – well worth a visit

St Lukes - narrow picture

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

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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

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Mon to Thur 1:00 2:45 5:00 7:10 9:20

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Mon to Thur 1:00 3:00 5:00 7:00 9:00

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Have you installed that car seat properly? A technician will check it out for you at WalMart September 26th

eventspink 100x100By Pepper Parr

September 16, 2015

BURLINGTON, ON

Look in almost any car in a mall parking lot and you will see a car seat for a child in the back. Legally required and gratefully used by every parent – was the seat properly installed?

A the leading provider of Canadian car seats is sponsoring the Canadian Walmart Car Seat Clinic that will take place in the parking lot of the Walmart located at 4515 Dundas Street W on September 26 from 10 AM – 4 PM.

The sponsors are encouraging people to make an appointment on their website (www.gracobaby.ca/news), but we will also take drop-ins.

There is a right way and a wrong way to install a car seat.  You have to have one - might as well  do it properly.

There is a right way and a wrong way to install a car seat. You have to have one – might as well do it properly.

Appointments will last for approximately 30 minutes (per car seat). The technicians will check and install seats for all ages and stages and any brand car seat. They encourage people to bring the manuals for both their vehicle and their car seat, along with their child if possible.

Graco Canada, the sponsors of the event, claim that 90% of Canadian car seats are installed improperly and/or misused. Common errors include a missing top tether, an improperly positioned chest clip, and loose harness straps, not to mention children riding in seats that do not accord with their weight, height, and age.

The simple habit of a child wearing a winter coat within their car seat can render the seat ineffective. The reality is that parents and caretakers love their children, but they don’t always know how to best protect them in a motor vehicle.

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Cogeco's Flash Flood documentary premiers Sunday evening - the story of how Burlington responded to 191 mm of rain in six hours.

News 100 blueBy Pepper Parr

September 16, 2015

BURLINGTON, ON

The recommendation in the Staff report was to Dissolve the Flood Disaster Relief Committee and direct the City Clerk to notify the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing of the dissolution of the City of Burlington’s Flood Disaster Relief Committee.

Dry, cold, bureaucratic wording that added: the purpose was to comply with the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program (ODRAP) Guidelines that require municipal councils to pass a resolution to dissolve their volunteer disaster relief committees.

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The storm came in from the west and hovered over the headwaters of the creeks – and stayed there for more than six hours.

And that was it – Burlington’s response to the August 4, 2014 flood was now officially closed.

Yesterday, many of the people involved with responding to the flood gathered at the Performing Arts Centre (now to be known as The Centre) to congratulate those who had done so much and hand out the obligatory plaques, which are an important part of the process, and to watch, as Mayor Goldring put it, “the world Premiere of the half hour documentary: Flash Flood produced by Cogeco TV”

The film told the story of how on Aug. 14, 2014, ten days after the rainstorm, at a special meeting of Council, the city unanimously supported requesting the Province of Ontario to declare the City of Burlington a disaster area for the purposes of seeking funding (both the public and private components) through ODRAP.

The Burlington Community Foundation was approached to assist with the establishment of a Flood Disaster Relief Committee (DRC) to help address the financial needs of the residents impacted by the storm. Colleen Mulholland was given a plaque and for the first time in the past year she had her picture taken without a cardboard donation cheque in front if her.  Ron Foxcroft, who can now take Colleen’s phone number out of his speed dial list said his city was “aggressively generous” – and it was.

The documentary told the story of how the community pulled itself together, helped each other and fought hard, and it was a fight, to get financial support from the province.

There were perhaps 50 people in the room watching the documentary was shown. The strongest point that came across was the way people managed the loss of personal property – pictures, mementos, keepsakes that were gone forever.

One woman had the shoes she was to be married in stored in her basement – they were saved and she wore them several months later.

One couple told of learning that there insurance was limited to $5000 – with a $1000 deductible.

The audience learned that the Mayor, whose home was badly flooded, was just settling the finer points of his claim with his insurance company.

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Mark Preston on the left was one of the insurance brokers evaluating the claims – Rick Burgess on the right gave legal advice through the claims process.

Mark Preston, an Aldershot based insurance broker said that he had three clients that were flooded and that the local group of insurance brokers had more than 40 claims on the go.

Mayor Goldring made the comment that those who bought their insurance on-line learned the hard way of the real value an insurance broker brings to the table.

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Nancy Swietek, on the right, listen to a flood victim during a public meeting.

Colleen Mulholland and Ron Foxcroft were once again lauded for the outstanding work they did – it was well deserved. The three insurance experts who were drafted – which is the best way of explaining how they ended up doing the job they did – were also recognized. The two men and one woman worked for hours every second week as they reviewed every claim and determined what could be paid out. Those three insurance people, Mark Preston, Nancy Swietek and Bruce Russell didn’t get paid a dime. Nor did Rick Burgess, who sat in on all the meetings of the Claims committee providing legal advice.

The Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program (ODRAP) allowed the agency that co-ordinated the fund raising and the claims process to be paid for the reasonable expenses they incurred.  The Community Foundation submitted a bill for less than $85,000 – the bargain of the century for the city.

The final speaker, at an event with an open bar, not something done in this city very often, was Eleanor McMahon, who at that time was newly elected and had never heard the acronym ODRAP – neither had any one at city hall for that matter. “We learned what that meant pretty quickly” said McMahon who did a fine job of binding the city’s wounds and putting a soft, dignified close the a disaster that while local was nevertheless devastating for those whose homes filled with water much faster than they thought possible.

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Burlington MPP Eleanor McMahon at the Elwood Street party months after the flood.

“We had people in this city whose lives were on their front lawns” said McMahon, “going through an experience they believed they would only see on television”. But it happened in Burlington where people learned very quickly how to ask: “How can I help?”

One man told of a lady who went door to door in the Regal Road area with green plastic bags asking people to put their laundry in the bag and she would return with it washed and folded. The speaker in the documentary had difficulty telling that story – he kept gulping. While she would not want us to say who she is – it was Carol Gottlob who walked around taking in laundry.

Councillors Dennison and Sharman made hundreds of visits to homes even though there wasn’t all that much they could do personally other than follow up on matters.

The handling of the claims and the concerns had been outsourced by city hall to the Burlington Community foundation – which is what the ODRAP regulations required. All the city was permitted to do was pick up the reasonable costs incurred by the foundation.

For many people in the flooded areas – it was the occasion when they met many of their neighbours for the first time.

The city and Regional Council have set aside $110 million to improve the management of storm water. An additional person has been added to the payroll to set up procedures and over see this kind of problem in the future –a future that everyone believes will include more weather related problems – climate change and its consequences are being visited upon us.

Flood Fairview plaza

The Storm Water Management tax is going to hit the strip malls heavily – the asphalt covering didn’t allow for storm water to drain off quickly.

There is expected to be an additional line on the tax bill related to the management of storm water – the Fairview strip malls and the large mall parking lots are going to feel the weight of this tax more than anyone else. The huge swaths if asphalt that cover those parking lots meant the flood waters had nowhere to do – expect that problem to get some hard nosed thinking at city hall

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For many residents it was a very personal experience and they needed help – badly.

The documentary Flash Flood will premiere for the public this Sunday (Sept 20th) at 8:00 pm
Kristen Demeny was the camera operator and interviewer and the energy behind the production. Joey Ricottone did the editing and Ben Lyman was the Executive producer.

In the not too distant future a plaque with the names of the major donours and the people that were there when they were needed will be bolted to a boulder in Civic Square – future generations will glance at it and know next to nothing of the day that 191 mm of rain fell on a part of the city in less than seven hours and damaged more than 3500 homes and scarred the hearts of many for life.

“Whenever it rains” said one man in the documentary “I look outside and wonder how long it is going to rain this time.”

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The Poacher Ukulele Band will entertain during the Supernova this Friday.

artsorange 100x100By Staff

September 16, 2015

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Part 3 of a 3 part feature

All of the artists taking part in the Supernova this Friday are looking at the weather forecasts – this is an outdoor event.
throughout the area are gathering together the material and tools they will need to set up their art installations along Old Lakeshore Road for the third annual No Vacancy event – which this year is being called Supernova.

Supernova  6 of 6Dozens of art ventures will appear on the Old Lakeshore Road, immediately outside, adjacent to and across the road from Emma’s Back Porch the evening of Friday, September 18th beginning at 7 pm – the installations will be in place until just after midnight and then disappear just as quickly as they appeared.

The now annual event that began in 2013 at the Waterfront Hotel where new ground was broken in the Burlington arts world. The second year drew 3500 people to the Village Square made No Vacancy, which is given a different title each year, an event that was now a must for the city.

Selena Eckersal and her crew – the people making all this happen with a piddling $5000 in financial support have announced that The Poacher Ukulele Band will be performing at SUPERNOVA on September 18th on Old Lakeshore Rd in Downtown Burlington, Ontario. They are a fun, passionate group that will have you singing and dancing along with them! Stay tuned to find out exactly what time and where they will be playing.

The Gazette has given a bit of a background on each of the participants – there are about 20+ of them – all up for one enchanting evening.

We start this time with:
Emilio PortalEmilio Portal

My practice is based on hunting and creating stories, scenarios and objects that explore the hidden, oppressed, unexpected, appalling, subtle and forgotten.

I am of mixed ancestry: my father is Peruvian; my mother, French Canadian. My origin is a constant personal reminder of the complex story of colonialism, expansion, growth, and its precarious and paradoxical terrain.

Through a multiplicity of means, (story-telling, photography, drawing, printmaking, poetry, video, sound, woodworking, installations and slow performances) I contemplate the questions:

How do we make meaning?
What is our ethos?

emilioportal.com

Liz LittleLiz Little

Liz Little is a multidisciplinary artist working mainly in drawing, printmaking, and installation. She is a recent MFA graduate from the University of Waterloo and received a BFA with Distinction from Concordia University in 2010. Her work has been exhibited in Canada, the United States, and Germany and is part of national and international private collections. She is the recipient of several scholarships and awards, including the Sylvia Knight Award in Fine Arts, the Keith and Win Shantz Fellowship, and the Bill Watson Memorial Award for Printmaking. She currently lives and works in Toronto, ON.
lizlittle.org
Caitlyn Jean McMillanCaitlyn Jean McMillan

Caitlyn Jean McMillan earned her Bachelor’s Degree at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay ON in 2008, her Masters of Fine Arts at the University of Regina in Regina, SK in 2012, and completed two residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts in 2008 and 2010. Since graduating, Caitlyn has shown in Thunder Bay, Toronto, Sudbury, and Sarnia, where she currently juggles art-making while working as the Community Arts Educator at the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery.

Caitlyn Jean works in a variety of media, from painting and drawing to new media and projection. Sometimes she enlists the help of Lisa Smith for her expertise with new media work.
caitlynjean.com

Miles Rufelds

Miles RufeldsMiles Rufelds is a video and media artist from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He received his Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Ottawa in the spring of 2015. Coming from a background of abstract drawing and painting, he has come to work primarily in video and installation art, but branches at times into photography, sculpture, and audio. Rufelds’ art addresses the absurd and often-contradictory relationships that have existed between human beings and inanimate objects throughout history, abstractly questioning the role that nonhuman things can play in both the construction and diagnosis of the post-industrial human psyche. He has exhibited in various channels of the Ontario art community, such as the University of Ottawa’s Gallery 115 and Paradigm Gallery, as well as Cambridge, Ontario’s Idea Exchange gallery.
And All Was BrightAnd All Was Bright

And All Was Bright (Ben Robertson) is a musician and multimedia installation artist from Burlington, Ontario, Canada. His sound arrangements are progressive, emotive and strongly driven by concept; they span the spectrum of melodic dronescapes, noise, and heavy distortion. His video arrangements are abstract yet convey the underlying concepts behind the work. The installations are fully immersive. He fills the performance space with heavily-processed sound, projected visuals and controlled lighting, occupying the viewers’ auditory, visual, and physical senses.
andallwasbright.com
VersaVERSA

Versa is an audio/visual collaboration between process-based artist Monika Hauck and musician Alex Ricci. Influenced by contemporary soundscape, instrumental post-rock and 60’s psychedelic, the project combines heavily effected bass guitar compositions with projected visuals created live on stage. The composition of the music serves as a cause for the visuals, and vice versa; the need for movement in the visuals dictates choices made in the arrangement.
Tomy Bewick

Tomy Bewick is the founder, host and artistic director of the Burlington Slam Project (BSP), a monthly poetry platform in Burlington, On. He is a poet familiar with national and international finals stages, as well as a full-time professional with a specialty in environmentally sustainable construction (LEED AP, BD+C). Tomy has published two collections of poems, released three full length spoken word CD’s and featured across Canada, with multiple appearances in the US. He enjoys working with new poetic voices in his community, as well as continuing to provide a platform for local and international artists to share their words, at the BSP.
www.burlingtonslam.wordpress.com
Klaus PinterKlaus Pinter
Klaus Pinter is an International Artist who Lives and works in Vienna.  Quite how he wound up in Burlington is something you can ask him when yiou meet him Friday evening.

klaus-pinter.net

 

Frances Adair McKenzieFrances Adair McKenzie
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Frances Adair Mckenzie lives and works in Montréal. She combines genres and technologies to invoke fantastical internal and external worlds. Her work results in a din of concentrated effects, melding both high and low cultural references.

Frances attained a diploma in New Media from B.C.I.T. and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University. The National Film Board of Canada has com- missioned her animations and her work has been exhibited at the Musée de art Contemporain de Montréal, and the Société des Arts Technologiques. Frances also collaborates with Aleks Schurmer, to form the collective Party Like it’s 1699. The collective’s aim is to take classical music from the confines of the modern concert hall and reclaim it as a popular medium in the form of a digital Baroque opera.

 

Brody RobinmeyerBrody Robinmeyer

Brody Robinmeyer is of European-Dominican descent, was born in Toronto moved to Iceland and then back to Ontario. Briefly studied in the U.K. as well as Germany. Graduated with a fine arts degree from Ryerson University. His artistic practice is strongly influenced by current scientific understanding and its intersection with eastern philosophies (i.e. hsin hsin ming). Currently working from his atelier in Hamilton.

 

 

 

Ms. Anonymous
Ms. AnonymousMs. Anonymous has been namelessly creating art for almost two decades. You may have already seen her work without knowing it was hers, been in her presence without noticing her, and been touched by her work in some way. Ms. Anonymous prefers to remain nameless, faceless and unknown without the need for any recognition. She wishes for her art to speak for itself, with a voice of its own and an energy and life force that lives beyond the need for a creative host. Ms. Anonymous believes that it is her anonymity that allows her to be bold, provocative and unafraid in art.

 

Part 1 of a 3 part feature.

Part 2 of a 3 part feature

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CineStarz - SHOWTIMES September 18 to 24 , 2015

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

 

SHOWTIMES September 18 to 24 , 2015

PIXELS PG
Fri to Sun 11:15 1:15 3:15 5:15 7:15 9:15
Mon to Thur 1:00 3:00 5:00 7:00 9:00

RICKI AND THE FLASH PG
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

TRAINWRECK 18A
Fri to Sun 3:00 5:10 7:20 9:30
Mon to Thur 1:00 3:00 5:10 7:20 9:30

AMERICAN ULTRA 18A
Fri to Sun 11:20 1:10 3:45 5:30
Mon to Thur 1:10 3:15 5:10

JURASSIC WORLD PG
Fri to Sun 11:15 1:10 5:20 7:15 9:40
Mon to Thur 1:00 5:15 7:15

SOUTHPAW 14A
Fri to Sun 1:30 7:20 9:30
Mon to Thur 7:00 9:15

INSIDE OUT G
Fri to Sun 11:20 1:15 3:15 5:15
Mon to Thur 5:20

PAPER TOWNS PG
Fri to Sun 11:15 3:25 7:40
Mon to Thur 1:00 3:15 7:30 9:30

AMY 14A
Fri to Sun 9:30
Mon to Thur 3:00 9:30

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Three days left before the the curtains are drawn for the Supernova street art feast - Old Lakeshore Road - Friday 7 to midnight.

eventspink 100x100By Staff

September 15, 2015

BURLINGTON, ON

Artists throughout the area are gathering together the material and tools they will need to set up their art installations along Old Lakeshore Road for the third annual No Vacancy event – which this year is being called Supernova.

Dozens of art ventures will appear on the Old Lakeshore Road, immediately outside, adjacent to and across the road from Emma’s Back Porch the evening of Friday, September 18th beginning at 7 pm – the installations will be in place until just after midnight and then disappear just as quickly as they appeared.

The now annual event that began in 2013 at the Waterfront Hotel where new ground was broken in the Burlington arts world. The second year drew 3500 people to the Village Square made No Vacancy, which is given a different title each year, an event that was now a must for the city.

During the next few days the Gazette will tell you a little bit about each participant – there are about 20+ of them – all up for one enchanting evening.
We start this time with:

Apollonia VanovaApollonia Vanova is a Contemporary artist from Slovakia, currently residing in Canada. She is a graduate from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, BC. Before she attended university, she travelled to Italy and became an apprentice to the famed sculptor Tomasso Gismondi. Upon her return to Canada, she opened Vano inc., where she designed and produced large ceramic murals. Her first commission at the age of 20, was a 20′ x 5′ pediment sculpture for a Neo-classical private villa. Apollonia works out of her private studio in Toronto, Ontario and continues to create contemporary sculptures and installations in various media including bronze, steel, leather, hair, as well as paintings in oil and acrylic.

Her work has been exhibited in galleries across Canada, and acquired internationally in private collections. Currently, her artwork explores narcissism within contemporary society through the meaning and interpretation of language, myth, dreams, instincts and objects of desire.
vanovaart.com
Ryan Van Der HoutRyan Van Der Hout

Ryan Van Der Hout is a photo based artist working in Toronto. His work explores photographic materials and experimental processes. Ryan has an ongoing documentary project focused on artistic process and studio space.
Ryan’s work has been exhibited across Canada, the U.K. and in New York and is held in both private and public collections.

He’s a graduate of Ryerson’s photography program.
ryanvanderhout.com
Keith BusherKeith Busher

Hamilton, Ontario based artist Keith Busher started Precious Mutations in January 2012. Inspired by the art of David Irvine, and tired of his kids watching the same old television programs repeatedly Keith took his kids to the local ‘Drop n Shop’ to find an up-cycling project. Keith came home with several ceramic figurines and began his mutating career. Since then he’s created over 50 mutations and continues to create every day. In May of 2013 Keith shared a show with David Irvine at Manta Contemporary Gallery entitled ‘Re-Visions’ and was featured in the Hamilton Art Crawl.Highlights of what he’s accomplished so far include his ‘Zombified Nutcrackers’ which were highly sought after during the holiday season of 2012 and saw his work get shipped globally to Australia, Japan, Europe and throughout North America.

Keith has expanded his ‘mutations’ to include photography and other items being up-cycled, no longer just figurines. You can find Keith and his Precious Mutations at this years upcoming Toronto Zombie Walk on October 26, 2013.
preciousmutations.com
Sanjay PatelSanjay Patel

Sanjay is Canadian of Indian descent, residing in between Hamilton and Toronto. His main focus for, “Live Art” is to capture the atmosphere and energy of the particular events he attends. This talented artist is also carving a path with his one-of-a-kind commissioned work; a unique experience that offers the client a custom abstract representation of the their energy, tastes and personality, while taking into consideration the current colour, lighting, and space in the room.
sanjaybpatel.com/
Reg MooreReg Moore

Reg Moore is a projection and light artist holding unique events under the name Realtime Activities. Realtime turns the clock back and forth with shout-outs to eclectic moments and personalities in motion picture, photography, animation, music and popular culture. Using an existing site and manipulating it, Realtime creates installations that are a visual feast for the average individual and a delight to the more seasoned viewer who recognizes Realtime’s incorporation of such ground-breaking works as “Moth Light”, “Rhythmus 21”, “Dog Star Man”, and “Matrix III”, to name a few. A Realtime installation is both a fabulous live event and a compelling expression of art.
realtimeactivities.com
Jordyn StewartJordyn Stewart

Jordyn Stewart is an emerging artist from the Niagara Region. Coming from a small town, she adopts child-like fascinations and curiosities from her upbringing. Now, immersed in developing urban environments, she investigates the materials found within these spaces in search for the familiar. Working predominantly in video and performance, she creates site-sensitive performances.

Stewart recently received her BA, Specialist in Art and Art History at University of Toronto, joint program with Sheridan College. She has most recently exhibited works at Trinity Square Video,Video Fever 2015, as well as, The Blackwood Gallery, Horizon Line. She is currently living in Toronto, interning as a curatorial assistant for Christine Shaw, the curator of The Work of Wind, an exhibition featured in this years Nuit Blanche. Jordynstewart.ca
Tiffany SchofieldTiffany Schofield

Tiffany Schofield is an emerging Canadian artist and curator. Her practice explores the relationship between the body, place and history through site-specific performances, photography, and video installations. Her recent work is concerned with the physical and psychological manifestations of the suburban landscape. Schofield recently completed her Honours Bachelor of Arts with a Specialist in Arts & Culture (Studio) at the University of Toronto Scarborough, where she received multiple awards and scholarships. Most recently, her work has been exhibited at Artscape Youngplace and Trinity Square Video in Toronto.
tiffanyschofield.com

 

Elyse PortalElyse Portal

Somewhere between meditations and memorials, Elyse Portal’s creative research is rooted in embodied intimacies generated between local material research and place-based exchanges. Textiles and video confront solastalgia, a term coined by philosopher Glenn Albrecht, which means the “homesickness you have when you are still at home.” Here, beauty is (re)discovered within the micro-processes of indigenous and invasive plant species. Materia medica is an ontological survey of ecological remembrance, including dye experiments with organic cloth and video of the watery plant pigment ecologies – alongside urban traffic.

elyseportal.com

There are others.  The event, which has broken several of the artistic boundaries that kept Burlington a quiet sketches of flowers town for a long time is at that point where it will take on a life of its own and draw people from well outside the area.  Will it ever equal the Supercrawl in Hamilton – would city hall ever let that happen?

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Pam Damoff opens her campaign office - passes the hat to pay for a second run of election signs.

Fed election logoBy Pepper Parr

September 14, 2015

BURLINGTON, ON

It was a good healthy crowd.

All the right people said all the right things and when it was over Pam Damoff had a campaign office that was open and ready to take her campaign to the next level.

The campaign was close to running out of signs – a good omen? Depends on how many signs they printed up the first time around.

Damoff - Ed Mcmahon - camp manager

Campaign chair Ed McMahon and campaign manager Keri Schoonderwoerd go over the agenda for a full campaign office opening.

Fund raising is always a challenge – the Liberals fell back on a tried and true approach – pass the hat. It soon filled with $20 biils
Damoff is the Liberal candidate for Oakville Burlington North,(ONB) a new riding which makes it appealing to everyone.

ONB federal boundaries

The western boundary of the Oakville North Burlington constituency is Burloak and Bell School line. With candidates in three different constituencies – voters are going to be confused on where they are supposed to vote. Messy re-distribution.

This riding had quite an early history. Last summer, former Conservative MP Eve Adams and local chiropractor Natalia Lishchyna abandoned their bids for the Tory nomination amid allegations of wrongdoing.

Damoff with LiberaL sign

Liberal candidate and Oakville Town Councillor Pam Damoff opened her campaign office in Burlington on the weekend.

Ward 6 Councillor for Oakville, Max Khan was the party’s original nominee. Mr Khan died in September, 2014. Oakville Town Councillor and longtime community volunteer Pam Damoff was acclaimed as the Liberal candidate on May 26, 2015.

There are five candidate: A Liberal, a Conservative, a Green candidate; a Libertarian candidate and a New Democrat.

The race in this riding, ONB, is between the Liberal and the Conservative. The eventual winner will probably be decided by the strength of the coat tails of Stephen Harper or Justin Trudeau.

The NDP candidate brings little to the race, the Greens hope for a strong showing so they have something to build on – and the Libertarian is there because the democratic process allows him to be a candidate.

The Conservative candidate has a very strong pedigree, impressive as well but it is going to be difficulty to see her in action.

Effie Triantafilopoulos is the Conservative candidate for Oakville North-Burlington. Prior to her candidacy, Effie held key roles in Ottawa as a Chief of Staff to Ministers responsible for three important departments: including, External Affairs and International Trade, Industry Canada and the Treasury Board of Canada. In these jobs, she provided strategic advice to the federal government on how to increase trade and economic growth.

She has also served as Deputy Director and Senior Advisor at the Summits Management Office of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada for the G20 Summit in 2010.

In the private sector, Effie specialized in corporate, international trade and immigration law while working closely with Canadian companies to create jobs, attract investment and find markets for Canadian products. She served as a director at leading business associations, including Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, Ontario Exports Inc. and the Forum for International Trade Training.

In the not-for-profit sector, Effie served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Save the Children Canada. In this role, she promoted programs focused on improving the health and education of children in Canada and in countries across the world.

Effie received her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Toronto, followed by a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Ottawa and a Master of Laws in International Trade and Competition Law from Osgoode Hall.

Effie is committed to public service and volunteerism, and has played an active role in community and national not-for-profit organizations for more than 25 years, including the Hellenic Heritage Foundation and Accessible Media Inc.

The Gazette sent in a request to be added to the ONB media list – and were told we would be added – nothing so far – but then it is early in the campaign.
The Green Party nominated Adnan Shahbaz an educator working in the Curriculum Support Services division of a local school board as an Instructional Coach.

Libertarian Party of Canada nominated David Clement. David is a local entrepreneur in the consulting field.
On March 22, 2015 members from the ONB NDP nominated Rebecca Rajcak,an OSSTF member and high school teacher in Oakville. She later resigned the candidacy and Janice Best, a local union official, replaced her as the NDP candidate.

The Conservatives have reportedly told their candidates to keep their heads down – don’t take part in any debates; focus on the core vote, those died in the wool Tories who will take their ballot to the grave with them. The objective will be to get the Tory vote out and hope that the tide does not turn on Mr. Harper.

The first candidate campaign for Burlington had candidates from both Burlington proper and Oakville North Burlington (ONB) meeting in the Burlington library answering questions from youth.

3 things - Randy Minaker

Candidates from both the Burlington and Oakville North Burlington constituencies take part in the first federal election event in the area.

Wallace took part and managed to get out a statement on the Old Age Supplement – there were some seniors in the room – that is his target market. If he can keep them – and they do like him – he could be safe.

They appear to be depending on the solid Conservative vote in this part of the province. Effie Triantafilopoulos does not have a local profile but the party membership thought she was a better candidate than Blair Lancaster who was prepared to give up her ward six Burlington council seat and sit in the House of Commons.

We are now into the thick of the campaign that pollsters are calling a dead heat between the Liberals and the New Democrats nationally with the Conservatives losing a bit of the lead they had

Damoff Liberal passing the hat

Pam Damoff campaign manager Keri Schoonderwoerd passes the hat to raise funds for another print run of campaign signs.

The focus of the campaign appears to be shifting from one scare tactic – that the terrorists are going to arrive on our shores in droves to a new scare – the economy is not safe in the hands of either Liberal Justin Trudeau or God forbid the socialists.

If the Conservatives can scare enough people – they might get themselves returned to office.

Damoff has local experience – she serves on the Oakville town council; she is personable, knows the issues and understands Ottawa where she worked in a number of administrative capacities for a Cabinet Minister.

She is certainly visible and has an active, committed, focused campaign team.

Burlington residents are now part of one of three different constituencies and will now be represented by three different people: all three could be female.

Going to be tough to get anything out of Ottawa with that kind of representation.  The municipalities and the Region will have to scurry to get someone to listen to them.
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Terry Fox Run and Amazing Bed Race on the same day at basically the same time - how did that happen?

News 100 yellowBy Pepper Parr

September 14, 2015

BURLINGTON, ON

How did this manage to happen?

Two of the more significant community events scheduled for the same day at basically the same time?

Bed race - true final

Amazing Bed Race – doing its 6th Annual event – same day as the Terry Fox Run

The 6th annual Amazing Bed Race on Brant Street in downtown Burlington, Sunday, September 20, 11am-3pm.

The Burlington Terry Fox Run course is a 5km or 10km loop long the beach and Spencer Smith Park. The start and finish are at the Pavilion at Beachway Park on Lakeshore Rd. Runners for 5km and 10km start at 9:00am. Everyone else starts at 10:00am. Registration opens for runners at 8:00am.
We have food, music, a raffle, balloons and tattoos, and even dog treats. Joins us for a run or walk and a great party atmosphere. It is a great day for a run or just a family day to remember Terry Fox and keep his dream alive.

The Amazing |Bed Race has people who formed teams, decorated a bed and race up Brant Street trying to beat a clock – it’s great fun

Terry Fox runners

Burlingtonians have been doing the \Terry Fox Run for 35 years. Raised close to $1 million.

The Terry Fox isn’t so much great fun – it is a time of reflection and celebration for the thousands of people who show up – the way they have for the past 35 years.

It is a true pity that the two groups were not aware of the conflicting dates.

A person could cover both events – it would be a bit of a dash to get from one to the other.

Better planning would have made a difference.

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