Ward 2 Ratepayers Group Holding an Election Event

By Pepper Parr

September 12th,  2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Lakeshore Public School Ratepayers Association is hosting a neighbourhood information meeting, and you are invited!

What is the purpose of the meeting?

The purpose of the meeting is to meet the Ward 2 candidates for the upcoming municipal election held on Monday October 24, 2022 AND to discuss issues that are important to you, your family and your neighbourhood.

Jane Kelly Cook – energy behind the community meet and greet,

When is the meeting?
Sunday September 18, 2022 from 3:30-5:30pm.

Where is the meeting?
This OUTDOOR, RAIN OR SHINE community event will be held on the grassy area adjacent to the Centennial Multi use path, between Smith Avenue and Seneca Avenue. Depending on numbers the location may be moved to Lakeshore Public School.

What are some of the issues?
You tell us, submit a question…pedestrian safety on the roads and multi-use bike paths, personal safety, in light of the recent coyote attacks, development…???

Please forward your questions by Sunday September 11 at midnight.

We will do our best to have all submitted questions, (time dependent) answered by the candidates.

Questions will be given to the candidates prior to the meeting.

There will be no time allotted for debate.

There will be time for an informal meet and greet, where more questions can be asked of the candidates one on one.

How can I learn more about the issues that impact my family, my community and my city?

There will be music, light snacks and refreshments offered. Donations can be made to the Jam Packed with Love XoXo Spread the J🍓y Foundation. Globally, supporting people living with Movement Disorders.

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Catamaran Championship races in Burlington - September 19 - 23, 2022, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

By Staff

September 12th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The BBCC (Burlington Beach Catamaran Club) is hosting the 2022 North American A-Cat Catamaran Championships, Sept. 19 to 23, 2022, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the support of the City of Burlington and the Hamilton Oshawa Port Authority.

Burlingtonians may not see this kind of action – but what they do see will be exciting and daring.

This is a major event for the BBCC as it represents the first time in 40 years that the North American Championships are held outside of the USA. The A-Cat is one of the fastest single handed dinghy catamarans in the world often exceeding speeds of 55 kilometres per hour (or 30 knots).

These fast light weight (75 kg) sailboats use new foiling technology that raises almost the entire boat right out of the water except for the foiling boards and rudders.

All racing to be visible from Burlington’s Spencer Smith Park and the Burlington Pier. Spectators will be encouraged to experience the event by walking along Burlington Beach Park, meeting the racers and checking out these modern high-tech fast catamarans.

We are expecting 50 to 70 sailors from across North America and Europe. The attached background document provides additional information about A-Cats and the event.

About the Burlington Beach Catamaran Club (https://www.burlingtoncatamaranclub.com/)

The Burlington Beach Catamaran Club (BBCC) is an enthusiastic Not-For-Profit sailing club that has been representing Burlington in sailing regattas across North America for over 40 years. The Club is located on the sandy shores of Burlington Beach and provides a colourful backdrop to the residents of Burlington when visiting the Lake. Club Members launch their boats off the beach for pleasure sailing throughout the sailing season and for Club Racing on Wednesday nights and Sunday afternoons. We are proud members of Ontario Sailing and represent one of the largest catamaran fleets in the Province of Ontario.

 

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Foxcroft remembers his time with Queen Elizabeth II - mourns the loss

By Staff

September 8th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Flags were at half staff throughout the world when news of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II was announced today

He is one of the few people in Burlington who met her, had a conversation with her and remembers her fondly.

Ron Foxcroft was at the time the Honorary Colonel-in-Chief of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada,  When Nathan Cirillo was killed while on duty at the Cenotaph in Ottawa it fell to Ron to preside at the parade held in Hamilton to commentate and honour the young man.

As a result of that event, Foxcroft was presented to Queen Elizabeth II, usually for formal stiff occasion. Ron’s time with the Queen not was stiff or formal.

At one point the Queen, who was the Colonel of the Regiment,  made mention of what the Canadian Geese were doing to her garden and pulled back the drapes in the room and pointed to the garden which was the size of a couple of football fields.

There was a small John Deere mower on the property and the Queen told Foxcroft that she used to to shoo away the geese.

Queen Elizabeth II, in her capacity as Colonel-in-Chief of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada, receives Colonel Ronald Foxcroft (Honorary Colonel) at Buckingham Palace in London.

That’s when Foxcroft did what no one is ever permitted to do: h e reached into his pocket and pulled out a Fox40 whistle and told the Queen one blow on the whistle and the geese would be gone.

This afternoon, during a short conversation with Foxcroft who was in Calgary, he commented on the woman he had met who had passed away earlier in the day.

“She was one of the most remarkable women this world has seen, She loved Canada, she loved the military – she was probably the greatest monarch the world has experienced in some time.

“She will be missed – I will miss her.”

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Port Nelson United Church to host an event sponsored by five Burlington churches - a three-part oratorio, Considering Matthew Shepard,

By Staff

September 8th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

At a time when hate crimes are on the rise in Halton Region, five local churches are cooperating to host Considering Matthew Shepard – a performance based on the life and diaries of a young gay man who suffered and was killed in a hate crime.

This moving event will contribute to the ongoing awareness around issues and concerns facing LGBTQ+ youth. It will provide an opportunity for healing and reconciliation between and among marginalized groups and the wider community.

Port Nelson United Church

This event is being offered to the public free of charge by the combined sponsorship of five welcoming, affirming and inclusive local churches who believe in an open community of faith, that welcome everyone. Together, these congregations strive to make Halton a community that embraces diversity – differences of age, mental and physical health and ability, religious background, marital status, family structure, sexual orientation, gender and its expression, racial and cultural identity, educational and socioeconomic status, and more. All are always welcome at Port Nelson United Church, Burlington Baptist Church, St. Christopher’s Anglican, Grace United Church and St. Paul’s United Church!

About Considering Matthew Shepard
Craig Hella Johnson’s three-part oratorio, Considering Matthew Shepard, will be performed in Burlington by the renowned Elora Singers, one of the finest chamber choirs in Canada. It is a fusion of musical styles, of poetry and prose, drawing from the events, the rural Wyoming setting, and from Matthew’s own notebooks.

• DATE: Friday September 23rd, 2022
• PLACE: Port Nelson United Church, 3132 South Drive, Burlington, ON
• TIME: 7:30 p.m.
• COST: Free admission. If you are able, donations are accepted in advance or at the event in support of the Pflag Canada.
• DETAILS: https://consideringmatthewshepard.my.canva.site/

“…strung on a fence outside of town in Laramie, Wyoming,”

About Matthew Shepard
On a cold night, October 6, 1998, in a hateful homophobic act, 21-year-old gay university student Matthew Shepard was kidnapped, beaten, and strung on a fence outside of town in Laramie, Wyoming, a place he had lived and loved. He was found by a cyclist the next morning and died of his injuries several days later. The public outpouring of grief for the tragic end to Matthew’s life was scarred by the sickening protests of hate group, Westboro Baptist Church. Years later, Matthew’s name would be associated with changes to U.S. laws concerning hate crimes associated with homophobia.

Some 20 years after the event, Matthew’s life, death, and the questions of humanity they evoke inspired composer Craig Hella Johnson to compose a three-part oratorio, Considering Matthew Shepard. It is a fusion of musical styles, of poetry and prose, drawing from the events, the rural Wyoming setting, and from Matthew’s own notebooks.  It merges the personal with the universal, life with death, ugliness with beauty, and seeks hope from what was a tragedy without redemptive purpose.

 

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Regional Chair shows up at Rib Fest - only politician we saw looking for a good meal

By Pepper Parr

September 4th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The crowds were there.

We didn’t see a single Burlington member of Council in the crowd.

Regional Chair Gary Carr working his cell phone while at the Rib Fest on Friday

We did see Regional Chair Gary Carr working is cell phone.

He was on his way to the VIP tent to meet up with former Mayor Rick Goldring, an opportunity to swap election war stories.

Carr was looking good.  During the short conversation he kept breaking away to shake hands with the police officers on duty.  He knew several by name and spoke proudly of the new recruits who were sworn in recently.

 

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The promised report to the public didn't arrive - it was an ambitious schedule that didn't get met. Maybe on Tuesday

By Pepper Parr

September 3rd, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Well Friday came and went.  Stephen White was logging into his email on the quarter hour to see if the city had managed to meet the commitment it had made to get a report out to the public on how they were going to manage the coyote problem by the end of Friday.

Signs and whistles are the tools the city is using at this point – citizens were waiting for a report that was scheduled to be released on Friday.

Many thought it was a target that would not be met.  The two meetings on the Thursday: one at 10:30 and the other at 1:00 pm didn’t leave enough time for the communications people to put together a solid review of what they had discussed  – things just don’t work that quickly at city hall – especially if you want to get it right the first time.

On the Thursday evening I was with a group that was singing as a choir that wasn’t competing, wasn’t preparing for an event – just singing and enjoying themselves.

When it was over I was heading back to my car and Jane Kelly Cook, the organizer of the event – it was held in her back yard which borders on the Centennial Trail, said she would show me the way – as we approached Seneca Street she paused and said: “It was right here, on this spot that someone was bitten by a coyote – it wasn’t a serious bite – but more than enough to scare the daylights out of the person.

Many think that city hall and some of the Council members are just not really in touch with their constituents – and if they are they aren’t saying very much.

There doesn’t appear to be much in the way of leadership from the Office of the Mayor or the city manager.  And none of the members of Council have chosen to be a voice the public can pay attention.

What the public was getting was statements that appear to have been written by the communications department.

One Gazette reader, who isn’t always that reliable but he did seem to have information that wasn’t made up, told of a program the city of Thunder Bay has in place.

Alfred Facenda, at times known as Albert Facenda, a small developer who has made Burlington the market he works in, sent the following comment to the Gazette:

Let me give you an example of what leadership looks like.

In Thunder Bay the citizens were experiencing an incredibly high motor vehicle collision rate. In the  urban part of  Thunder Bay  the  amount of deer vehicle collisions numbered 800 per year. Clearly the thought of a 250 pound deer slamming through your windshield at 60 kmh began to concern citizens.

Taking everything into consideration the City council decided to reduce the number of deer in the city.  They then did the unthinkable. They allowed the citizens to hunt deer within City limits. Now remember this is a City of 175 thousand people, about the size of Burlington. The stipulations were archery only, shooting from stands or platforms 10 feet or higher. Resulting in shooting at close distances into the ground for safety reasons and you had to be a licensed hunter having completed all the safety courses.

The deer vehicle collisions dropped by 700 and citizens are much safer. To date no archery accidents This program has been in place since 2012. The “Citiots” of Burlington might learn something from people who hunt and fish and routinely see bears, moose, deer and other incredible species and understand what has to be done to manage animal numbers.

Not to mention knowing what a great venison roast tastes like.

. 2% of the population should not be telling the 98% what to do.

City Manager Tim Commisso

Editor’s note: The irony of this is too much to keep to myself. On Thursday when Stephen White was on a Zoom call with City Manager Tim Commisso, he told the Gazette that Tim was in Thunder Bay, his home town and where he has family. He also served Thunder Bay as city manager for a period of time.  He retired from that job, worked in the private sector for a period of time – until Marianne Meed Ward invited him for a cup of coffee.  And we know where that led.

 

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Rib Fest had a great first day - citizens talked about coyote problem - visitors loved the event

By Katelyn Goodwin

September 3rd, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

While covering the Rotary Rib Fest at Spencer Smith Park on Friday I talked to some of the people about the recent coyote attacks reported in south central Burlington.

Signs and whistles were the tools the city was using to combat the coyote problem.

While many folks come from outside the city simply to enjoy the Rib Fest, there are those residing within Burlington and on the outskirts who are aware of these attacks and were aware of what the city is doing to manage the problem.

Those from outside Burlington are aware of the attacks, though unaware of how the city is handling them.

For the most part residents believe the city is doing all they can and should educate people on the issue; some think the city cannot do a whole lot more than they already are – others claim they are providing minimal info and should be providing more.

Other people noted the distribution of whistles for the use of ‘hazing’ wild animals they may encounter, saying it was a decent solution for the time being.

Two women had many thoughts to share on the subject. One believed a reason for the sudden aggressive behaviour in coyotes stemmed from the issue of some people feeding wild animals, causing them to become more territorial. She also believed the elimination of the coyote suspected to have been the one that bit and scratched the leg of an eighteen-year-old girl south of Lakeshore Road as well as attack a two and a half-year-old toddler was ‘unfortunate, but necessary’.

While she stated she did not enjoy hearing about the elimination of any animal, she did not want any other residents or children injured by them, or any small pets attacked and killed.

It was the new normal everyone wanted. Few masks in sight.

The other woman said she felt sorry for the coyotes, believing us to have taken more of their habitat/territory away, though acknowledged what had to be done under city orders to take safety precautions. She was particularly concerned about the uncharacteristic aggression in the animals suddenly, calling it ‘worrying behaviour’.

As noted, there are differing thoughts from both Burlington residents and residents outside the city about these unprovoked coyote attacks and what the city is doing to manage the problem even during an enjoyable event such as the Rib Fest, with people coming to their own conclusions on what is being done/needs to be done to resolve the problem.

The interesting thing about asking people questions at a large public event is the answers you get. One woman from New York city was in town visiting and decided to take in the Rib Fest to see what it was like.

This is what brings them back to Burlington’s Rotary Rib Fest!

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My Pop - sings popular music in two- and three-part harmony.

By Staff

August 30th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Do you love to sing popular music,

like Elvis’ “Love Me Tender“ or “That’ll Be The Day”

Come “join” our choir!

No tryout required!!

These are the people you gotta talk to:

Alex Fiddles https://www.mypopchoir.com

Jane Cooper-Kelly 905-802-8487

My Pop Choir (MPC) sings popular music in two- and three-part harmony.

We are holding summer rehearsals by candlelight, in a beautiful garden setting, backing on to the Centennial Multi-use Path in the Lakeshore School Community.

MPC is a community-based choir, with one qualification for membership:

“You gotta love to sing” 🎶 No tryout required. 😊

When/Where:

Wednesday August 31. 2022

Final rehearsed songs to be sung at 8:30pm

Between Martha Street and Seneca Avenue

How:

Hop on your bike or take an evening stroll…

Look for the twinkling candlelight…

Listen for the magical voices of…

This sounds like a fun event – wish we had heard about it earlier so more of you could take part.

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McDonald to talk about the Halton County Courthouse and Jail - the place where Milton Town Councillors now meet

By Pepper Parr

August 31st, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Good speakers are always a delight to listen to – you learn a lot and you find the time was well spent.

The Burlington Historical Society will feature John McDonald at their September 12th meeting that will take place at 7:00 pm in the Centennial Hall at the Central Library

John McDonald – to talk about the former Halton County Jail – now the Milton Town Hall and what Prohibition was like in the Region.

McDonald was born in Milton, Ontario and is a lifelong resident of Halton. He graduated from Ryerson Polytechnic Institute and has served as a Member of Council with both Halton Hills and the Region of Halton.

John has conducted extensive research throughout the Halton area since the early 1970s including numerous presentations and walking tours. This work has resulted in the publication of three books: Halton Sketches, Halton Sketches Revisited and Halton’s Heritage. He is a founding member of the Esquesing Historical Society.

Once the Court House and Jail – now Town of Milton offices

John was awarded the Ontario Heritage Community Recognition Program “Certificate of Achievement” and recognized for his community efforts and historical research when presented with the “Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal”.

Join John for a fascinating look at the history of the Halton County Courthouse and Jail as well as the impact of the Temperance Movement and Prohibition in Burlington

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Sharman to hold meeting to explain hazing coyotes to the public

By Staff

August 27th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Councillor Paul Sharman of Ward 5 is reported to be running a public education session on hazing techniques on Sunday, August 28

The event will begin at 9 a.m. at Pineland School on Meadowhill Road; Burlington
Animal Control staff will also be in attendance.

Councillor Sharman commented that “The city is committed to eliminate animals that attack people and draw blood. My best wishes to the people who were bitten for a speedy recovery.”

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Details on the Circus - eight performances over four days

By Pepper Parr

August 24th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

More on that Circus.

The Gazette called their always reliable General Manager Heidi McGaw to get more back ground on the event.

Circus workers are putting up the tents

She wasn’t available – word is that Heidi has run away and joined the circus.

Circuses have that effect on people

The schedule is as follow:

First show Thursday night 7 pm.  You can get in half an hour before hand.

Friday: a show at 4 pm and a show at 7 30 pm

Saturday three shows

Noon

4 pm

7:30 pm

Sunday two shows: 1:0 pm and 5 pm.

You can get into the big tent half an hour before the show starts but you have to have your tickets first

They have a number of different ticketing programs.

General admission is $40 got two people.  Candy floss is not included.

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The circus is in town - runs from Thursday through to Sunday - Burlington Central parking lot.

By Pepper Parr

August 24th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Big Top is in town

It runs from Thursday through to Sunday.

The BIG tent can hold 3000 people.

Two big tents – circus is in town – runs from Thursday to Sunday.

No animals but there will be clowns, trapeze artists, acrobats and people running all over the place; don’t know if it is a three ring circus – they are the most exciting.

The event is to take place in the Burlington Central parking lot – you can’t miss it.

Nothing yet on ticket process.

There will be line ups at the ticket station.

 

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Applefest Fall Fair at Ireland House Museum - October 1st - Limited Registration

By Staff

August 23rd, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Applefest Fall Fair at Ireland House Museum
When: Saturday, October 1, 2022, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Where: Ireland House Museum
Cost: $10/adult, $8/child (3 – 12 years), under 2 are free

Celebrate the changing of the seasons at Ireland House Museum’s Applefest Fall Fair. The day will feature main stage entertainment, vendors, Museum tours, farm animals, historic demonstrations and a mini local food market. Treat yourself to a serving of our signature house-baked apple crisp!

Capacity is limited, please pre-register for the event and note your selected arrival time. Reservations are available on the hour. Walk-in guests will be accommodated space permitting.
New this year! Treat yourself to a serving of our signature house-baked apple crisp.

Registration link:

 

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Catamarans to race off the Beachway Saturday and Sunday

By Staff

August 19th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

This is how the races are won.

This is how the races are won.Catamarans slip through the water so quickly with the boat often resting on just one of the pontoons – they are a delight to watch.

On Saturday and Sunday they will be holding a regatta to celebrate their 40th anniversary.

The races will take place off the shores of the beautiful Burlington Beach park, just east of the Lift Bridge in Burlington.

SAT. AUG. 20 & SUN. AUG. 21, 2022, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Lined up along the beach ready to slip into the water

They are expecting 50 catamaran sailboats and about 100 sailors (2 sailors per boat) to race over these two days, mainly drawing from our own club members and other racers from clubs primarily in southern Ontario and as far away as Sarasota, Florida, USA.

There will be a lot of exciting activity on and off the beach this Saturday and Sunday.

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Veg Fest on Saturday at BurlOak Park

By Staff

August 19th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

A VegFest featuring vegan products from local vendors, and welcoming any and all – from the vegan-curious to the experienced vegan.

Takes place on on August 20, 2022 at Burloak Waterfront Park from noon until 7pm

The free, family-friendly outdoor event will have something for everyone, including kids’ activities, demos, speakers, and a live band.

Visitors can experience delicious plant-based food and drinks, as well as health, beauty, and fashion products from a wide array of vegan businesses based in Burlington and surrounding communities.

The first 200 attendees will also receive a FREE swag bag filled with samples and coupons generously donated from our vendors and sponsors. Donations to buy plant-based food for the Burlington Food Bank will be accepted with a chance to win a prize for every $10 donation. A free shuttle will run throughout the day between Appleby GO station and Burlington VegFest.

The event will run from the official ribbon cutting and opening speech by Mayor Marianne Meed Ward at noon and will end at 7pm.

Plant-based lifestyles are on the rise across the West in response to health, environmental, and ethical concerns. Activists recognize the urgent state of these crises and Burlington VegFest hopes that this event will inspire and enable more people to take action to create a kinder, healthier, equitable planet for humans and animals.

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Take part in the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation event at Spencer Smith Park on September 30th

By Staff

August 15th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON  

 

The City is inviting community groups and local indigenous communities to mark National Day for Truth and Reconciliation at Spencer Smith Park on September 30th  between 4 and 7 p.m.

An indigenous dancer – it will be interesting to see if performances like this will take place on the 30th

The city will provide free space within the park for groups to set up their own displays, interactive events, or information booths.

“This is an official open invitation to the community to set up an information booth, display or interactive event to help work towards a better understanding of the past as a way forward to a better future.” Says Chris Glenn, Director of Recreation, Community and Culture.

Groups wanting to participate can register by contacting the Festivals and Events office HERE  . There is no cost for groups hosting an event or display and there is no cost for people to attend.

Details for participating groups

  1. Set-up time: 2 to 4 p.m.
  2. Event time: 4 to 7 p.m.
  3. Tear-down time: 7 to 8 p.m.
  4. City to provide park access and insurance only
  5. No electrical or water hook-up will be available
  6. Participating groups must bring all resources/supplies such as tables, chairs, tents, stage/riser,.
  7. Tents must be no bigger than 10 by 10 feet
  8. No staking anything to the ground. Tents should be secured with weights
  9. No parking. Participants are to use available downtown parking. Vehicle access to the park for drop-off must be pre-arranged indicating number of vehicles entering between 2-2:30 p.m. Vehicles must be removed from park no later than 3 p.m. Tear-down begins at 7 p.m. and vehicles may be brought back into the park at that time for load in

Details and updates can be found at burlington.ca/events.

 

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How to tour a town - Bronte Village tour taking place now

By Staff

August 15th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Burlington Historical Society got an invitation from a group in Oakville to take part in a tour of Bronte Village that is being held during the balance of August and early September.

For those who want to get a look at the way Oakville is promoting their communities to their citizens – you might want to take this in.

Your chance to get a close up and personal look at Burlington takes place on September 10th Doors Open Burlington will be held.

Virtual content will be available year-round.

The event showcases the infrastructure and cultural landscapes that shape and define the community. Doors Open is a province-wide program under the Ontario Heritage Trust.

Join us to catch a behind-the-scenes look at cultural and historical sites around Burlington. Explore the city and discover the stories of Burlington.

 

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First of four Jazz on the Patio sessions was a fine occasion

By Pepper Parr

August 13th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The weather was perfect – the setting was good.

The one hiccup with the sound system didn’t get in the way of a solid presentation from Amanda Martinez as she sang her way through an all Latin programme.

There was hardly a space to put a chair – this year there were tables set up on the sidewalk.

Tables were set up on the sidewalk creating more space for the several hundred that attended

There were people across the street sitting on benches and about 20 chairs were set up inside the Performing Arts Centre.

This was the 13th annual Jazz on the Patio programme that is put on and is free to everyone.

There are sponsors – this year it was the Burlington Downtown Business Association.

It was a good performance – soft, easy on the ears with just enough energy to appreciate the artists.

Martinez draws on her Mexican – South African roots …

Career highlights include headlining the Blue Note jazz club in NYC, the FIFA World Cup in South Africa and the Pan American Games in Mexico and Canada.

This afternoon she enchanted an audience that is getting used to not being in a rigid pandemic routine.

The band members were good – there was one especially nice session where the flugelhorn was put to very good use.

For many the afternoon was their first outing in a long time.

It was a quiet audience – on occasion there was a polite burst of applause.

Burlingtonians certainly show up for these events – but you never get the impression that the music has gotten into their bones.  No one danced in the space inside – and there was plenty of room.

A few people swayed to the music and one woman stood up and clapped and waved her arms in the air.

But that was about it.

This a decidedly seniors crowd – its always been that way for this event.

We left after the first of two performances.  Bumped into some friends, caught caught up on their lives and noticed that a lot of people were going to stick around for the second performance.  Given that seating is really limited – wondered is that fair.

This is a free public event – let’s let everyone get a seat at the table.

 

There are two performances on Sunday:

 

 

People stretched out – took in a nice lazy summer afternoon.

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New work at the AGB will slowly decay over the course of the exhibition - mirroring cycle of life, death, and return to the earth.

By Staff

August 12th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Noni Kaur has used a a superstitious Indian phrase to name and define the exhibot that opens at the AGB on August 16th,  The work was curated by Jasmine Mander

Nazar na lage loosely translates to “knock on wood”, a superstitious Indian phrase meant to ward off negative energy. Artist Noni Kaur’s vibrant rangoli work welcomes visitors back into the gallery after years of pandemic upheaval. A cultural practice in India and Singapore, the art of rangoli uses coloured materials to decorate floors in domestic and public spaces. Traditionally made from powder pigments, flowers, rice, or sand, this practice attracts positive energy for celebrating auspicious occasions.

The shape of Kaur’s rangoli begins with an O, a historic symbol of feminine energy. As the work morphs and curves, it begins to take on an abstract human form.

Kaur’s work highlights the effect of cultural conditioning on labour-intensive rituals of preparations. The process takes months to complete – beginning by hand-dying mounds of desiccated coconut and then forming the design in situ. The shape of Kaur’s rangoli begins with an O, a historic symbol of feminine energy. As the work morphs and curves, it begins to take on an abstract human form.

As time passes, the desiccated coconut and non-toxic materials allow the artwork to become a repository of energy for the microbial systems living in the installation.

The mylar window works depicts the microbial formations occurring deep in the rangoli. Images of the cellar forms are projected on the sculptural floor installation as the sun’s light changes throughout the day.

As the work slowly decays over the course of the exhibition, it mirrors the cycle of life, death, and return to the earth.

Noni Kaur

Noni Kaur is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist and educator. Kaur’s works are an embodiment of her response to intersectional identity across cultures and communities as a Singaporean woman of Punjabi descent in Canada. Her immersive, reactive, multi-sensory installations bridge gaps between gender, culture, the body, and the non-human world, through her expansive, topographical landscapes of desiccated coconut installations. The works are live conversations about lived experiences, assimilations, materiality, rituals, and bridging gaps of the human and post-human environments.

Kaur’s work has been featured in international venues including: the Havana Biennale, Cuba; the Asian Art Biennale, Dhaka, Bangladesh; the Fukuoka Triennale, Asian Art Museum, Japan; White Columns, New York; the Henie Onstad Kunstenter, Oslo, Norway amongst others. Kaur lives and works in Toronto, Ontario.

AGB Hours

Tuesday & Wednesday 10 AM – 9 PM
Thursday – Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM
Sunday & Monday CLOSED

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The curtain will rise and the Season will begin - a SOLD OUT event in the first 30 days

By Staff

August 9th, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The announcement today from the Performing Arts Centre  must have taken a lot of weight off the shoulders of people who have had to sit and wait for the lock-downs to be lifted.

There have been events at the Performing Arts Centre but it was far from the “show business” they were supposed to be doing.

The curtain for the Season will rise on September 15th.   Air Supply will be first on the programme.

The announcement read:  “After a long couple of years of pandemic closures, re-openings, and restrictions, The Burlington Performing Arts Centre (BPAC) is thrilled to be reopening our doors and sharing our 2022/2023 Season which begins September 15th, 2022.

Russell Hitchcock and Graham Russell’s mutual air zodiac signs, spent a decade at the top of the charts and released nearly an album per year for almost 20 years

September 15th Air Supply, the iconic Australian pop band that was founded in 1976 is back in Canada and kicks off our 2022/2023 Season. The band that was named for both Russell Hitchcock and Graham Russell’s mutual air zodiac signs, spent a decade at the top of the charts and released nearly an album per year for almost 20 years leaving a long legacy of love songs. Russell and Hitchcock will be gracing our stage, performing hits such as “All out of Love”, “Lost in Love”, and “Without You” on Thursday September 15th at 8:00pm.

September 20th, We are excited to welcome Tom Cochrane with Red Rider back to BPAC again this year on Tuesday September 20th at 8:00pm. Cochrane’s contribution to the Canadian music scene is immense and spans over 4 decades. Even after releasing 17 albums over the course of his career, filling larger arenas, theatres and festival stages, Tom Cochrane says those early days that built character and helped him find the content for many of his songs that he performs to this day, never leave him.

Tom Cochrane

Tom is one of only 3 male singer songwriters to have a diamond certified album in Canada, selling over a million copies. Songs such as “Life is a Highway” and “Lunatic Fringe” have made it to the international charts and will possibly be performed on our stage next month!

Johnny Reid

Our first SOLD OUT show of the Season is Love Someone – An Intimate Evening with Johnny Reid. Performing on Thursday September 29th and Friday September 30th at 8:00pm, there are only a few single seats available for purchase online. What a wonderful sign for the performing arts that everyone is ready to be back in the theatre!

Glass Tiger

Rounding out our first month of the Season is Glass Tiger on Friday October, 14th at 8:00pm. Enjoy iconic cuts like the 1986 release “Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)” to their recently released album “33”. The new album takes the classic Glass Tiger sound with a new, raw, maturity that the band says is them coming back to their original roots of picking up a guitar and starting a band!

This is a show not to miss!

 

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