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Feb
9
Sat
Nigel Wearne
Feb 9 @ 7:30 pm

Nigel Wearne is an Australian singer-songwriter, luthier, poet and gleaner. Equipped with personally handcrafted instruments, his music melds finger-style guitar, clawhammer banjo, folk and honest storytelling.

Nigel WearneGleaning diverse influence from Kelly Joe Phelps, Townes Van Zandt and Sun Kil Moon, he tells stories of forgotten rebels, wandering poets and his love of eggs. 


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Nigel has toured extensively throughout Australia and New Zealand and he’s performed at a long list of Australian music festivals, including the Port Fairy Folk Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Cygnet Folk Festival and Queenscliff Music Festival. He’s also shared shows with the likes of All Our Exes Live in Texas (AUS), Lindsay Lou (USA), Tennyson King (CAN), Jordie Lane (AUS) and the late great Billy Thorpe (AUS).

From stories of social justice and observation, to emotional reflection and historical tales, Nigel draws inspiration from everyday people from all walks of life. Some songs are autobiographical and personal, but many are other people’s stories. For Nigel, music is a candid, human and important messenger for stories and moments in time.

Almost a decade ago, he spent 3 months travelling across Canada from west to east. From the Rocky Mountains, to the mosaic of Montréal and back to the graffiti adorned streets of Toronto, it was a trip marked with poetic meanderings and self-discovery. By the time he got to Halifax he had a bag of new songs that became his 2012 album ‘Black Crow’. ‘Black Crow’ garnered wide critical acclaim including a 4 star review in Rolling Stone Magazine, a nomination for Best Country Album at The Age Music Victoria Awards and it debuted at #1 on the AMRAP Great Southern Charts.

In his first Canadian tour, Nigel will spend 3 weeks on the road touring his current album ‘Drawing Circles’, a solo record that’s raw, compelling and reflective. With songs born of shadows and lucid reveries, the 14-song double album explores the dark corners of creativity and the irregular swells of life. A storyteller at heart, he paints lyrical pictures with “the narrative-fuelled prose of Paul Kelly” – Beat Magazine. “One of Australia’s emerging songwriters” – Tone Deaf. “Warmth flecked with grit… beauty awaits” 4 Stars – Rolling Stone.

Feb
10
Sun
The BIG F’n Quiz
Feb 10 @ 2:00 pm

Who said: “Most pub quizzes are crap. Let’s not kid ourselves – no one ever learned anything useful from a pub quiz. If you want to learn something useful, ask Google or Alexa or that blowhard who sits at the bar and thinks he knows everything. And while most pub quizzes have almost no educational value whatsoever, they are, if anything, less entertaining than they are educational. They are sad and boring and dreary. They exist only so that one sad, boring, dreary person can call themselves the champion of the sad, the boring and the dreary.”


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  1. Albert Einstein, blowhard physicist
  2. Henry David Thoureau, blowhard writer
  3. William Shakespeare, blowhard Elizabethan writer
  4. Doug Ford, blowhard Ontario Premier
  5. Peter Paylor, host of the BIG F’n Quiz at the Old Church Theatre

 

The BIG F’n Quiz at the Old Church Theatre is not like most pub quizzes. It is neither sad nor boring nor dreary. It’s not your grandmother’s pub quiz either (unless your grandmother was a potty-mouthed sailor). Hosted by Peter Paylor and Lisa Morris, the BIG F’n Quiz lets you compete against two highly-skilled special guest teams of non-blowhards – Rob and Sarah Skinner from Marmora and Ed Hamstra and Brian Weston from Hornchurch via Chipstead and Caterham—for the title of “Big F’n Champion”. It’s also okay just to come and watch. You’ll have fun.

 The BIG F’n Quiz at the Old Church Theatre. It’s not crap.

Feb
14
Thu
S/Ain’t Valentine’s Day
Feb 14 @ 6:00 pm

Randy Stewart Live at Old Church Theatre for SAin’t Valentine’s Day.

Randy’s mantra has become familiar to music fans throughout the region: Sad Songs & Funny Songs, I DON’T PLAY LOVE SONGS. He’s done for music what Anthony Hopkins did for romantic comedy.

Now he’s got his sights set on Valentine’s Day. There will be nothing but oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide in the air when Randy takes the stage at the Old Church Theatre on behalf of the lovelorn, the lovesick and the romantically skeptical.  He’s hidden the roses, eaten the chocolates and, for good measure, he’s tied Cupid up in the shed for SAin’t Valentine’s Day, a ‘Valentine for the Rest of Us’, something to sing about – that doesn’t wear its heart on its sleeve.

SAin’t Valentine’s Day, will be presented at Old Church Theatre on Thursday, February 14 with a prix fixe dinner beginning at 6 PM – and the performance starting at 7 PM.


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Randy Stewart is a Canadian singer/songwriter who has been performing professionally for more than 30 years. He has been seen on television, heard on radio and recorded by the CBC. His recordings can be found in the delete bins of some of the country’s finest record stores – and his new song Buck-A-Beer is currently an internet sensation on Youtube. Originally from Northwestern Ontario, he now lives on a small farm outside Trenton Ontario.

“I’ve heard many times over the years, that Valentine’s Day isn’t necessarily a day that everyone looks forward to,” he grins. “Well maybe I’ve found my calling.”

His set list is an eclectic mix of country, folk, jazz standards and pop – along with some originals – all skillfully avoiding matters of the heart.

“There’s a lot of performers out there singing about love and relationships – I’m just not one of ‘em”.

Tickets for this one-of-a-kind evening are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

Or, for only $20, include dinner of Old Church chili, homemade biscuits and a choice of heavenly desserts.

Doors – and dinner – start at 6 PM. Show starts at 7 PM.

Feb
16
Sat
Dylan Ireland
Feb 16 @ 7:30 pm

Propelled by raw lyricism and earthy production, Dylan Ireland’s debut solo album Every Other Night is a powerful statement from an artist ready to carve out new folk-rock terrain. Co-produced by Ireland and James McKenty (Blue Rodeo, Michelle McAdorey, Matthew Barber), Every Other Night’s stellar cast of contributors includes guitarists Jim Bryson and Gord Tough (Kathleen Edwards), drummer Loel Campbell (Wintersleep) and bassist Anna Ruddick (Daniel Romano, Bry Webb, Randy Bachman).


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Standout tracks like “Hard Enough” and “It Goes Bad” rumble with the force of Kings Of Leon and recent Springsteen, providing the foundation for Ireland’s gripping vocals. Elsewhere, the rough and ready twang of “Time And Again” and “Downtown Habit” reimagines classic Americana, much like Ryan Adams did upon leaving his band Whiskeytown. Then there are the atmospheric ballads “Behind The Scenes” and “Silver Screen,” painted with broad strokes of haunting pedal steel, which reveal the depth of Ireland’s songwriting.

The Peterborough, Ontario-based Ireland has already made his mark on the Canadian music scene through his former band Express And Company. Their 2013 album, Ontario, contained the single “Carry Me Along,” which received heavy airplay on CBC Radio 2 and 3, and helped land showcases at the Mariposa Folk Festival and the Peterborough Folk Festival—he earned the Emerging Artist Award at both—as well as South By Southwest.

Overall, Every Other Night marks a new phase in Ireland’s musical evolution, building upon his past work with a fresh and fearless songwriting approach now all his own. As Blue Rodeo’s Greg Keelor told him, why have a band when you’ve got a rock star name?

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Feb
22
Fri
The Improvmonauts on Ice – Thaw Before Serving
Feb 22 @ 7:30 pm

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It’s time to thaw out from those mid-winter blahs. Come to the Old Church Theatre for The Improvmonauts on Ice and enjoy some improv comedy (enjoyment subject to your sense of humour). It’s that time of year when you can wither away inside your home. Don’t wither away!!! Leave your home and go to the Old Church Theatre (which is, I admit, inside…but not your home!) for some ice smashing laughs (ice not included). Pay-what-you-can at the door.

Feb
23
Sat
Roxanne de Bastion and Megan Palmer
Feb 23 @ 7:30 pm

Roxanne de Bastion from London, England and Nashville, Tennessee based singer-songwriter Megan Palmer are two talented singer-songwriters  teaming up for a short tour of Ontario. We are fortunate to have them stop by the Old Church Theatre.


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Roxanne de Bastion reminds us that great lyrics do have a place in pop music. With a nod to 1960’s psychedelia, Roxanne delivers thoughtful social and personal commentary soaked in piano and cello arrangements. Born in Berlin to a musical, bilingual family, she began composing and performing at the age of 15. Soon after, Roxanne moved to London equipped with her guitar, her songs, and a one-way ticket. She has been touring non-stop in Europe for the past ten years, recently played the Main Stage at Canterbury Folk Festival, has opened for Lucy and Martha Wainwright, Thea Gilmore, Hayes Carll, and many others, and has performed on The Acoustic Stage at The Glastonbury Music Festival!!

 

“One of the most perfect voices I have ever heard!” -Tom Whalley, BBC 6

“I was completely bowled over by Roxanne. As well as performing, she converses with the audience, charming everyone in the room. If you ever get the chance to go and see her live – definitely do!” -BBC Introducing Coventry

 

When Ohio-born Megan Palmer began writing songs in earnest somewhere around 2004, she was a violinist gigging with Ontario-based Luther Wright & the Wrongs, known for their bluegrass reworking of Pink Floyd’s “The Wall.” This exercise in genre twisting serves as well as any to hint at the range of stylistic territory spanned in Palmer’s own music, which straddles the Americana and adult alternative radio formats while drawing from an even wider-ranging palette of influences that she blurs into original hues. Her voice, attractively austere and affectation-free, is nonetheless versatile enough to suit the varied styles housing her intelligent lyrics and deft melodies.

“She expertly communicates in her songs her sense of kindness and compassion even when there’s good reason to behave otherwise. It’s not just something she says, it’s also who she is as an artist and person.” -Aaron Lee Tasjan

“She treats her words with such a welcoming tone that the listener can’t help but be drawn in like a child to the Pied Piper” -Wannabe

Feb
24
Sun
Ryan Cook
Feb 24 @ 2:00 pm

Mixing classic country music with modern satire, Ryan Cook has forged a sound between contemporary folk and dyed-in-the wool country. He has shared stages with the likes of Dwight Yoakam, Rosanne Cash, and Travis Tritt and has compiled an impressive list of awards and nominations over the year, including three Album of the Year Awards from Music Nova Scotia. His latest album is 2017’s acclaimed Having a Great Time.


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As an independent artist Ryan has received over 20 nominations in Canada, three Album of the Year awards in Nova Scotia, and written, produced and published music in Nashville, TN. Ryan has performed on many big stages including the Ryman Auditorium, Ernest Tubb’s Midnight Jamboree, CMA Music Festival, Music City Roots, Maverick Music Festival (UK), Stan Rogers Folk Festival (NS), and Cavendish Beach Music Festival (PE). Online Ryan has over a million YouTube views, 5000 Facebook followers, and 2000 Twitter followers. Ryan regularly performs a theatrical musical tribute to Hank Williams Sr. and has performed tributes to Merle Travis, Merle Haggard, and Johnny Cash. Beginning in 2007 Ryan has performed over 1000 concerts in North America, Europe, and Southeast Asia.

Mar
2
Sat
Surefire Sweat
Mar 2 @ 7:30 pm

Surefire Sweat, is made up of a diverse and multi-generational roster of Toronto-based artists. The music, composed by Juno-nominated drummer, Larry Graves, is original, drawing on an amalgam of Funk, Jazz, Brass Band, Blues and Afrobeat. Inventive arrangements act as a vehicle for the all-star cast of musicians to engage listeners through improvisational explorations and danceable arrangements.


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In this age of electronic dance music and digital wizardry, Surefire Sweat forges ahead with an old-school music-making approach. Full of memorable melodic hooks and toe-tapping rhythms, listeners are carried along by a revolving door of Toronto finest, sweating it out on drums, percussion, guitars and various horns. Sometimes we even sing. Despite being dominantly instrumental in nature, each of the group’s unique pieces is propelled by a narrative: colourful journeys that emote real time metaphors of the human condition.

The band has been active on the Toronto music scene performing at various festivals, music series and in clubs and concert venues. Currently the group is developing some new music (with support from The Canada Council for Arts and The Ontario Arts Council).

 

Mar
3
Sun
Over the Moon
Mar 3 @ 2:00 pm

Canadian roots/swing duo Over The Moon’s Suzanne Levesque and Craig Bignell are awarding multi-instrumentalists/vocalists that met, fell in love, got married and discovered their voices blend so well together that people often tear up upon hearing them sing.


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Living on a ranch in the foothills of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, it’s inevitable there will be a strong sense of place- and the rhythms of the land when you start to make music. When the couple released their debut album, the resonances were there for all to hear. reflecting the pulse of life, lived in a territory that is both dirt-hard rugged and beautiful.

Their music is a wild ride from 40’s sounding western swing and Appalachian old-time, to cowboy blues. Simple and sweet, all of their material has a common thread that speaks of the Canadian west and on their UK release, reviews were glowing. American Roots UK saying it was “Exceptional” and Country Music People adding “There’s so much to enjoy here.” The editor of Maverick Magazine told readers “You will love this” Elmore Magazine, New York “We knew we were on to something special”

Mar
8
Fri
Jenie Thai
Mar 8 @ 7:30 pm
Mar
9
Sat
The Northwest Passage in Story and Song
Mar 9 @ 7:30 pm

Cobourg-based singer-songwriter David Newland is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Inspired by his own Arctic adventures, David’s songs, stories and photographs explore the Canadian fascination with the North. David will perform his new album, Northbound in its entirety in this intimate, passionate performance!

David will be joined by Saskia Tomkins, Steafan Hannigan and Sam Allison.


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Mar
10
Sun
Sharpen the Acts IV: Table Reads
Mar 10 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join us as we work to sharpen up three original one act plays. Table reads and audience feedback, plus a chance to see what we’re producing this summer and get involved!

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Mar
15
Fri
Jerry Leger
Mar 15 @ 7:30 pm

33-year old singer-songwriter Jerry Leger has received praise in Rolling Stone, Pop Matters, Globe & Mail, The Toronto Star, No Depression, Americana UK, Exclaim! and from fellow songwriters such as Ron Sexsmith and Michael Timmins (of Cowboy Junkies, who is also Leger’s producer/label head at Latent Recordings), yet he’s remained somewhat under-the-radar. I’m sure he wouldn’t mind commercial success but perhaps the career as a cult artist suits him better, as in the same fashion as songwriters like John Prine and Tom Waits. Both sold modestly but were highly-regarded artists for half of their careers before becoming musical legends; and like these writers, Leger is prolific, uncompromising and fixated on artistic success.


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The examples are throughout his already large and impressive body of work. Leger has toured Canada and the States multiple times and in 2018 made his European debut with two tours in support of his acclaimed double LP Nonsense and Heartache (Latent/Warner/Proper). They included dates with Trampled By Turtles, Sarah Shook & The Disarmers and the Take Root Fest, sharing the bill with artists such as Neko Case, Kurt Vile, Father John Misty, Shakey Graves, Alejandro Escovedo and more.

http://www.jerryleger.com

Mar
21
Thu
Tony McManus
Mar 21 @ 7:30 pm

To find a unique voice on so ubiquitous an instrument as the acoustic guitar is quite an achievement: to do so within a centuries old idiom where the instrument has no real history is truly remarkable.

Tony McManus has come to be recognized throughout the world as the leading guitarist in Celtic Music. From early childhood his twin obsessions of traditional music and acoustic guitar have worked together to produce a startlingly original approach to this ancient art. In Tony’s hands the complex ornamentation normally associated with fiddles and pipes are accurately transferred to guitar in a way that preserves the integrity and emotional impact of the music.


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Self taught from childhood, initially through listening to the family record collection, McManus abandoned academia in his twenties to pursue music full time. The session scene in Glasgow and Edinburgh provided the springboard for gigs around Scotland and a studio set for BBC Radio, frequently rebroadcast, began to spread the word.

Tony’s first self titled recording in 1996, followed by Pourquoi Quebec in 1999 led to worldwide recognition. However, it was with the release of Ceol More in 2002 that Tony’s stature as a first class musician reached a new level. Critics hailed the focussed, spell-binding nature of the music, from the plaintive Jewish hymn “Shalom Aleichem” to the ingenious arrangement of the Charles Mingus classic “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat”. Having been nominated as Musician of the Year by both the BBC Folk Awards and The Scottish Traditonal Music awards, in 2002 “Ceol More” hit the Critic’s Album of the year list in Acoustic Guitar magazine and named “Live Ireland Awards” Album of the Year.

Tony’s work has come to represent Celtic music in the guitar world, making regular appearances at guitar specific events where just a few years ago jigs and reels would be unheard of. He is invited annually to the Chet Atkins Festival in Nashville, has appeared at Guitar Festivals in Soave and Pescantina, Sarzana and Francacorta Italy; Frankston, Australia; Issoudun and Bordeaux France; Kirkmichael, Scotland; Bath and Kent, England; Bochum and Osnabruck, Germany. In 2004 he appeared at the famous Ryman Auditorium in Nashville in the “All Star Guitar Night” featuring Steve Morse, Bryan Sutton, Muriel Anderson, Béla Fleck and Victor Wooten and headlined by the legendary Les Paul.

His ability to reach audiences unfamiliar with traditional music is remarkable- he is quite comfortable at predominantly classical events such as the Dundee and Derry Guitar Festivals (appearing six times between the two) the Uppsala Guitar Festival and even The Bogotá International Guitar Festival where he followed virtuoso Eduardo Fernandez.

Today his live work ranges from intimate solo performance through his trio with brothers Gary and Greg Grainger to the quartet Men of Steel (with fellow guitarists Dan Crary, Beppe Gambetta and Don Ross). He is an enthusiastic collaborator both as a leader and as a sideman having worked with, among many others Dougie McLean, Phil Cunningham, Mairi MacInnes, Liam O’Flynn, Martin Simpson, Kevin Burke, Alison Brown, Martyn Bennett, Natalie MacMaster, Patrick and Jacky Molard, Mairead ní Mhoanaigh and Dermot Byrne, The Nashville Chamber Orchestra, John Jorgenson, Jean Michel Veillon, Catriona Macdonald, Seikou Keita, Xosé Manuel Budiño, Ewen Vernal and Andy Irvine.

He is also in great demand as a studio musician having contributed to over 60 albums. In addition to his solo output Tony has worked with both singers and instrumentalists providing his distinctive sound on many successful projects.

His 2009 release “The Makers’s Mark” saw him showcase 15 of the finest luthier built guitars available. Recording a solo piece on each instrument, the project caught the attention of the mainstream rock guitar press in a way that acoustic work rarely does.

The following year, a chance hearing on Irish radio led to an invite to contribute music to the soundtrack of Oscar winning director Neil Jordan’s film “Ondine” starring Colin Farrell.

Never one to be typecast, Tony’s new album “Mysterious Boundaries” is his most ambitious to date. An encouraging challenge from mandolin virtuoso Mike Marshall to learn the Bach E Major Prelude on guitar led to an exploration of classical and baroque music – seemingly very different to the jigs and reels that he grew up with. By examining the boundaries between genres and sticking to his steel string guitar (rather than the conventional classical guitar) McManus has produced a work of great originality and beauty, hailed by his peers as “a masterpiece” (Renbourn), “beyond beautiful… it’s PERFECT!” (Tommy Emmanuel) and which contains a truly remarkable rendition of Bach’s colossal Chaconne in D Minor – one of the greatest compositions of any age.

Whatever work McManus brings within his scope the listener is assured a journey into the depths of the music in the company of a great talent.

Mar
24
Sun
Kingstown NEW Mississippi
Mar 24 @ 2:00 pm

Kingstown NEW Mississippi’s music is rooted in the blues and sways from punk to rockabilly. We are loud and fast yet everyone from the “college” crowd to “senior citizens” have no problem getting involved and getting excited  about the music. Great dancing happens at any age.


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Earl “Street Corner” Coleman (lead guitar), Freddie Vendetta (vocal and rhythm guitar), Duke Dorey (bass) and Gary Lavallee (drummer) doing a little something new and original to the traditions of the Blues. You’ll like where they are coming from and you’ll like where they’re going, especially, if you LOVE to DANCE. Yes! original music you can really dance to.

 
 

 

Mar
29
Fri
Noah Derksen
Mar 29 @ 7:30 pm

Born and raised in the heart of the Canadian prairies and maturing on the west coast of British Columbia, Noah Derksen writes with the groundedness of harsh Manitoba winters mixed with the optimism of British Columbia’s coastline. Ever seeking motion and progression, Noah has spent the past three years honing his live performance skills across Canada and in select regions of the United States, playing concerts from BC toNoah Derksen Nova Scotia, and New York to California. In 2018 alone, Noah played at renowned venues and events such as the National Arts Centre (Ottawa, ON), Northwest Folklife Festival (Seattle, WA), Trout Forest Music Festival (Ear Falls, ON), and the Winnipeg Folk Festival (Winnipeg, MB).


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With a self-described genre of “contemplative folk”, Noah’s introspective nature is immediately apparent, felt through honest and poetic lyricism alongside aesthetic musical arrangements.

In March of 2019, Noah will be releasing Part I of a full-length album, entitled America, Dreaming.

Mar
30
Sat
Pub Night
Mar 30 @ 5:00 pm

Pub Night at the Old Church Theatre!  

There’s nothing more sociable than getting together at your local pub. So we’re  putting together a series of Pub Nights and we’ve invited the “Stars of Open Mic Nights” to come entertain.

We hope you will join us in the relaxed atmosphere of our rural “church” pub and enjoy a friendly night out.

Bar opens at 5PM.  

On March 30th Candice Gunter  and Ken Birney will take the stage at 7PM.

Candice and Ken first met through music years ago.  More recently they have developed a close relationship on and off stage collaborating to create unique songs which express their chemistry through intimate harmonies. Their song choices reflect the love of life and music they bring to the stage.

 

Mar
31
Sun
Tony Vani and the Holy Blues Band
Mar 31 @ 2:00 pm
Tony Vani and the Holy Blues Band @ Old Church Theatre | Quinte West | Ontario | Canada

Tony Vani has been making music in the Belleville area for decades. Folks in the music community know him as a versatile performer, cranking out blues and classic rock with the Stir, gospel blues with Tony Vani and the Holy Blues Band, solo performances and some work with slide guitarist Kenny Pauze.


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“Tony is a respected singer and guitarist, but it is his harmonica playing that really grabs me by the throat with harmonica lines that seem to emanate from the depths of a troubled soul. The best description for his playing is ‘authentic.’ I hear flashes of Charlie Musselwhite and the immortal Little Walter in some of his playing.” – David Reed, Belleville Intelligencer.

The Holy Blues band members consist of harmonica/vocalist Tony Vani, guitarist Matt Smith, bassist, Vitas Slapkauskas, and drummer Chris Lingard. Join them as they interpret the likes of Gospel Blues singers Fred McDowell, the Staple Singers and Reverent Gary Davis in a rootsy style that’s clearly close to their heart as well the bands R&B musical roots.

Apr
3
Wed
Open Mic
Apr 3 @ 7:00 pm

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Everyone welcome….players, singers, poets, comedians, and of most importance…..a supportive audience!

Apr
6
Sat
Nick Maclean Quartet
Apr 6 @ 7:30 pm

This contemplative and often thrilling quartet’s explorations of modern, original repertoire is led by a fast-rising star in Toronto’s jazz piano community — 26 year old NICK MACLEAN.  Formed in 2016, Maclean’s foursome delivers jazz between the two poles of thoughtful introspection and powerhouse conveyance, taking influences from Herbie Photo of the Nick Maclean QuartetHancock‘s primordial 1960’s Blue Note era recordings, while paying tribute to some of the greatest improvisers in jazz history.


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The group is frequently lauded for the strength of their collective improvisatory vision and features one of Canada’s most provocative improvising trumpet-playing iconoclasts Brownman Ali, standing shoulder to shoulder with Maclean & two of Toronto’s top-tier rhythm section 20-somethings: Jesse Dietschi on bass and Tyler Goertzen on drums.  The synergy of the 4 is always palpable in concert.

The quartet’s debut 11-track full-length album “Rites Of Ascension” features 6 Maclean-penned compositions, 1 Brownman original and 4 re-imagined Herbie Hancock classics, all recorded at the renowned Canterbury Studios in Toronto. 

Produced by Brownman Ali, the new disc was released internationally on Browntasauras Records on October, 2017 and has won 3 ‘Gold’ Global Music Awards in the ‘jazz’, ‘band’, and ‘album’ categories; has been nominated for CJSF’s ‘2018 Julian Award of Excellence’; and was featured as one of the Global Music Awards’ ‘Top 5 Albums of Spring 2018’.  The one Brownman original appearing on Rites Of Ascension entitled “Madness Of Nero”, was a semi-finalist at the 2017 International Song Competition(ISC) in the ‘jazz’ category.

Repeatedly regarded as a modern take on the ferocious and hard-swinging post-bop era, the group has been busy in the Canadian jazz club circuit and featured in numerous clubs, festivals and concert series including multiple appearances at the Toronto Jazz Festival both as a featured ensemble and an often requested backing band. In addition to their original material, the ensemble has also mounted several popular tribute series to jazz masters including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Clark Terry & Cole Porter. 

Apr
7
Sun
Nicole Lisa Craig with David Henman
Apr 7 @ 2:00 pm

David Henman (April Wine) joins Nicole Lisa Craig for her return to the Old Church.  She describes herself as super sensitive to the world around her, at 6’3″ Nicole Lisa Craig stands tall and strong and can belt out a song with so much emotion and passion, taking her audiences on an emotional journey. Her songs have content beyond the typical song topics, offering messages of self empowerment, global awareness and universal connectivity.

Nicole love’s the music of the 60s and 70s, grew up with the alternative music of the 90s and has studied classically performing in symphony orchestras for over 7 years. These varied influences in her life, have come together to create a one of a kind musical experience, her latest album LIFT.


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This album blends the emotion and dynamics of classical music with the storytelling of folk music, the edginess of alternative rock and the open creativeness of modern day underground pop. It features David Henman (co-founder of April Wine who is a Juno recipient and a Canadian Hall of Fame inductee) and Juno award winner Howard Baer on bass.

It’s music for our times crossing all borders, carrying a message that Nicole hopes will give listeners a sense of connection and a lift to a better place. This is especially important to Nicole since she has suffered personally with and has been surviving a winning battle against depression. We can all use a lift sometimes she says.

Apr
10
Wed
Open Mic
Apr 10 @ 7:00 pm

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Everyone welcome….players, singers, poets, comedians, and of most importance…..a supportive audience!

Apr
11
Thu
Harpdog Brown & the Uptown Blues Band
Apr 11 @ 7:30 pm

Canada’s Classic Bluesman, Harpdog Brown has a brand new album out. It’s called For Love & Money and it’s unlike anything you’ve heard from Dog! It’s a little bit Chicago and a lotta New Orleans and it’s guaranteed to move ya!

Harpdog Brown has grown a reputation as a real-deal purveyor of classic electric blues. Photo of Harpdog BrownThink of the old Chess Records and Sun Records of the late ’40s and early ‘50s. These days he’s been touring more and more as Harpdog Brown & the Uptown Blues Band – a vintage New Orleans Blues sound featuring slide trombone, keyboards, bass and drums and often a sax and clarinet. Still a vintage vibe, just a different vintage! This music will move you! They perform mostly originals yet they often include great songs of the masters from that era. Think Louis Jordan, Satchmo, Sonny Boy Williamson, Wynonie Harris, even Duke Ellington. Audiences are raving about this new show!


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He’s been called a Blues Evangelist, and that’s a very fitting moniker. “I speak the blues like it’s the truth, and it is”, he was recently quoted. “I do feel like I’m a servant of the people. A missionary if you will. Music can heal people if they pay attention to the messages in these songs.” He delivers those messages using the vintage sound whether it be with his lowdown classic blues band the Travelin’ Blues Show or with his Uptown Blues Band. Harpdog says “Blues has a healing power. It’s a beautiful celebration of our perfectly flawed lives. We help people forget about their issues of the moment and then they realize that we all have our issues, and that’s OK.”

Vancouver-based Harpdog Brown was born in Edmonton in 1962, an adopted child who has felt somewhat detached his whole life – “a lifelong battle of not feeling like I belonged. I feel like I was born for the circus, you know, born to travel. The blues tapped me on the shoulder years ago and said ‘this is where you belong, son’. So the blues became my circus and there’s no better way to travel than with a band!”

Harpdog Brown is a gifted vocalist and an imaginative harmonica player. Piano man Dave Webb has been working with Harpdog over the years and they share an intuition that only comes with many hours and miles shared on and off stage. Joseph Abbott (Clarinet) and Brandon Lin (Trombone) are the newest and youngest additions to the band Rounding out the band is Rick Jacobson from the state of Washington on the tubs.

Harpdog has won three consecutive Maple Blues Awards for Harmonica Player of the Year (2014/2015/2016), the Fraser Valley Music Award, has three consecutive Western Canadian Music Awards Nominations, a Juno Nomination and is the only Canadian to win the coveted Muddy Award. In 2016, he was nominated for 3 Maple Blues Awards (Harmonica Player, Male Vocalist and Album of the Year) for his latest release Travelin’ With The Blues.
Travelin’ With The Blues released in 2016 is still sitting in the top roots and blues charts and follows his Top 20 charting 2014 release What It Is (Roots Music Report International Blues Albums).

Get off the couch and some see some seriously vintage blues that’s lots of fun!

“This band could play anywhere in the world, in any venue, large or small, and blues fans of all stripes would love this show.” – Holger Petersen, SiriusXM, CKUA and CBC broadcaster and President of Stony Plain Records

Apr
12
Fri
Taylor Angus
Apr 12 @ 7:30 pm

The first thing that grabs you is the voice. Crisp yet emotive and utterly indifferent to gravity, it glides then soars over a deceptively simple foundation of guitar and piano alternately conjuring jazzy pop and poppy jazz with a smidge of folk that’s utterly unlike anything you’ve heard before but something you instantly want to hear again.

​This is the music of Taylor Angus, the fast-emerging duo featuring namesake singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Taylor Angus and her partner, guitarist/songwriter Logan Brown.


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Together, the pair – by their reckoning, spiritual cousins to Buckingham Nicks but musically closer to Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass – crafts original songs so unique yet accessible that their brilliant new six-track EP, Sympathy For You, can be viewed as both an artistic statement and a statement of intent.

​Recorded over a few intense days in winter 2017 at Hamilton’s Catherine North Studios with bassist Oscar Ansetti guesting, Sympathy For You is a snapshot of Taylor Angus and Logan Brown’s total convergence as a duo after performing solo: she at Ottawa Bluesfest and recording a demo with legendary producer Thom Panunzio at Interscope Studios in Los Angeles, and he winning multiple guitar and songwriting awards across Ontario.

​The duo’s easy harmony is palpable in songs like ‘Cry Me A River’ which finds Angus’ voice draped like a shawl across Brown’s supple acoustic guitar, and in the earwormy and sprightly ‘Your Choice’ which, along with plaintive ballad ‘Lay Down,’ features Brown sharing lead vocals for the first time.

​Though they tend to write songs separately, Angus and Brown confirm their status as a couple impacts their music. “There is a chemistry people pick up on,” Brown says. “We love each other and we love the songs and, without getting too cheesy, that’s prevalent whenever we perform. People just seem to get into a good mood… whether we’re playing a pub or a concert hall.”

​That Sympathy For You comes with 3D glasses to better enhance its cover image is further proof the couple follows their instinct no matter what. “It is an undertaking to include the glasses in the CD,” Angus laughs. “But we thought it would be cool.”

Sometimes, cool is enough… especially when you boast the inimitable sound and style of Taylor Angus.

Apr
13
Sat
Andrew Mack Band Fundraiser for Wounded Warriors
Apr 13 @ 7:30 pm

This is a special fundraiser event to raise money for Wounded Warriors military personnel. All profits will go to the fund. 


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Apr
17
Wed
Open Mic
Apr 17 @ 7:00 pm

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Everyone welcome….players, singers, poets, comedians, and of most importance…..a supportive audience!

Apr
18
Thu
Moonfruits – Kate Weekes Double Feature
Apr 18 @ 7:30 pm

Lovers of folk music and storytelling, join acts Kate Weekes and Moonfruits for a cozy bilingual evening of laughs and reverie. Both based in Eastern Ontario, Weekes and Moonfruits are crossing paths on the road and joining forces for a sweet double bill at Church!


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Moonfruits

Fronted by partners Alex Millaire and Kaitlin Milroy, Ottawa-based Moonfruits are makers of art-folk bilingue. In a forest of banjo, guitar, kalimba and glockenspiel, their voices burrow and soar. Here is a reverie, tender and powerful, beckoning listeners to elevate the stuff of everyday life.

Four-time 2019 Trille Or nominees, Moonfruits have toured Canada coast to coast, moving audiences with a live show that mixes French and English organically, playfully, intentionally. Their début full-length Ste-Quequepart (2017) \saint-kehk-pahr or Saint Somewhere\ is an elaborate small town fiction that explores the faces of gentrification, isolation and community.

“… a tremendous live act. They bring an emotional passion and authenticity to their music that truly makes their show come alive … they absolutely brought the house down.”Jan Hall, Folk Roots Radio

“… their ability to convey authentic emotion transcends any form of linguistic barrier”Ommie Jane, Ottawa Showbox

 

Kate Weekes 

With the release of her third solo album, Taken by Surprise (2019), singer/songwriter and guitarist Kate Weekes expertly maps the musical spot where landscapes and emotions converge via accessible, jazzy folk/pop inspired by the planet’s northernmost locales and the people in them. Alongside producer and multi-instrumentalist James Stephens, Weekes has created a dazzling sonic scrapbook of experiences which are buoyed by Weekes’ inimitable performance style and flair for storytelling.

“Kate Weekes has the ability to capture the Canadian state of being with deftly placed imagery like a painter covers the canvas in extraordinary colour. Totally an engaging human being, she is one of the new generation of new artists that have shaken the older generation of songwriters and music fans with clarity of purpose.” — Mitch Podolak, Home Routes

Apr
25
Thu
grief & loss & love & sex
Apr 25 @ 7:30 pm

When Lara Margaret Marjerrison’s eldest sister died by suicide her world was rocked off its axis. In an effort to reconcile the irreconcilable, she turned to her creative outlets, primarily painting and poetry. In surrendering fully to her creative process, she found a way to turn her broken heart into art. What remains is a beautiful guidebook to grief and finding life and magic again in the forever-changed landscape.

Lara is a compelling and passionate performer. She is intelligent, deeply sensitive, and brave. In her storytelling she combines formal training and technique with a fierce rawness that tears away any facade, leaving her wide open and profoundly connected to her audience. There’s not a false moment to be found. See her! 

Join author and poet, Lara Margaret Marjerrison, for an evening of storytelling and fundraising in support of the Toronto People with AIDS’ Friends for Life Bike Rally.

With your donation (online or at the door) you will receive a gift of a printed original poem on archival paper, suitable for framing.

There will be a DRAW each evening of the tour and three winners per evening will receive a signed copy of grief & loss & love & sex.**

The evening will include storytelling and spoken word performance, a Q&A, and an opportunity to chat with the author. The stories told and poems recited will stitch together the universality across humanity of grief and loss and love and sex and the resilience and hope that can be found in even our darkest moments. The aim is to bring the author and her audience together in a spirit of love, community, and inclusiveness for all.

Lara is riding in the Friends for Life Bike Rally—600 kms over six days, from Toronto to Montreal—in her sister’s memory.

This event is sponsored by J&B Books in Trenton. All donations go to PWA directly and are eligible for a charitable tax receipt.

** grief & loss & love & sex is scheduled for re-release later this year. Winners will receive their books by mail upon re-release.

 

 

 

 

 

Apr
27
Sat
Fraser & Girard
Apr 27 @ 7:30 pm

Marianne Girard and Allan Fraser share a collective 90 years of songwriting and performing. They return to The Old Church Theatre for one night of their remarkable musical chemistry. Over the past 3 years, they’ve been in artist residencies in Italy, Mexico and Germany, and have now settled in St. Andrews, New Brunswick.

Join them for another memorable evening of story and song, old and new.     


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“Best folk duo mix since Ian and Sylvia … when the voices and talents match up, the results are spectacular.” – Bob Mersereau, CBC arts.

“The wonderful Allan Fraser finds a new partner in the remarkable Marianne Girard.” – No Depression: The Roots Music Authority

 

GROUCHO MARX liked Allan Fraser’s music so much he invited him for dinner at his home in the Hollywood Hills.

The New York Times said of Fraser’s songs,

“…with this range of feeling, dense imagery and unexpected depth, these words may well find a place in the oral tradition of poetry.”

Fraser’s compositions have been recorded by Tom Russell, Garrison Keillor with Andra Suchy, of Prairie Home Companion, Cal Hand with Leo Kottke, Pat Donahue, Bill Hinkley and Judy Larson, The Duhks, Penny Lang and Ron Hynes.

NPR listed Allan’s signature song, Dance Hall Girls, as one of the 10 best songs of all time. Songwriter Hall of Fame member John Oates recorded Dance Hall Girls on two recent albums which he calls a tribute to the songs that shaped his career.

Fraser is best known as one half of Fraser & DeBolt who toured extensively and recorded two influential albums with Columbia Records.

 

CANADIAN FOLK MUSIC AWARDS nominee Marianne Girard has recorded three solo albums and appeared on many compilation albums, as artist and session musician. She has toured her music in North America and Europe to such praise as:

“This Canadian Nightingale has not left my player in weeks” –RTL Radio Belgium.

“… a revelation … served exquisitely by a voice that’s unequivocally pure and unrestrained.” –Toronto Star

“Consistently stellar performance.” –All Music Guide

 

Apr
28
Sun
Grapefruit Moon: A Tribute to Tom Waits
Apr 28 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 

 

Our Open Mic host Randy Stewart is launching a show

at the Old Church Theatre.

May
3
Fri
Tales from Bell Island
May 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Tales from Bell Island @ Old Church Theatre

The Old Church Theatre is proud to present Tales from Bell Island, two productions from Dr. Ian Feltham and an opportunity to draw on the roots of Ian’s love for theatre born of Newfoundland and Labrador.Nightshade is written and directed by Ian and will be followed by Robert Chafe’s Butler’s Marsh where Ian once again wears his director’s hat.


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Butler’s Marsh can be found on Bell Island in Conception Bay, Newfoundland. It is just a short drive and ferry ride from St. John’s where Ian Feltham grew up. Ian first saw Robert Chafe’s play Butler’s Marsh almost 20 years ago at the LSPU Hall in downtown St. John’s. This spooky, atmospheric play has stuck with him ever since.

Ian’s love of theatre germinated in the cold snowdrifts of Labrador where he first performed with the Mokami Players. Since his arrival on the “Mainland” he has had the privilege to act,direct and write for the stage in Belleville, Trenton and Brighton.

Robert Chafe is a Governor General’s award winning playwright from Newfoundland. His work has been seen by audiences across Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia. With “Butler’s Marsh” he has woven an intimate tale that connects some of the folk legends of rural Newfoundland with a search for answers to questions that may best not be asked.  (Note:  Adult themes and language)

To complement the production of Butler’s Marsh, Ian has written Nightshade. It also takes us to the woods with a “seasoned” couple on their first date. A strange place for a first date but it is all innocent enough, isn’t it?

May
4
Sat
Tales from Bell Island
May 4 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Tales from Bell Island @ Old Church Theatre

The Old Church Theatre is proud to present Tales from Bell Island, two productions from Dr. Ian Feltham and an opportunity to draw on the roots of Ian’s love for theatre born of Newfoundland and Labrador.Nightshade is written and directed by Ian and will be followed by Robert Chafe’s Butler’s Marsh where Ian once again wears his director’s hat.


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Butler’s Marsh can be found on Bell Island in Conception Bay, Newfoundland. It is just a short drive and ferry ride from St. John’s where Ian Feltham grew up. Ian first saw Robert Chafe’s play Butler’s Marsh almost 20 years ago at the LSPU Hall in downtown St. John’s. This spooky, atmospheric play has stuck with him ever since.

Ian’s love of theatre germinated in the cold snowdrifts of Labrador where he first performed with the Mokami Players. Since his arrival on the “Mainland” he has had the privilege to act,direct and write for the stage in Belleville, Trenton and Brighton.

Robert Chafe is a Governor General’s award winning playwright from Newfoundland. His work has been seen by audiences across Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia. With “Butler’s Marsh” he has woven an intimate tale that connects some of the folk legends of rural Newfoundland with a search for answers to questions that may best not be asked.  (Note:  Adult themes and language)

To complement the production of Butler’s Marsh, Ian has written Nightshade. It also takes us to the woods with a “seasoned” couple on their first date. A strange place for a first date but it is all innocent enough, isn’t it?

May
5
Sun
Tales from Bell Island
May 5 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Tales from Bell Island @ Old Church Theatre

The Old Church Theatre is proud to present Tales from Bell Island, two productions from Dr. Ian Feltham and an opportunity to draw on the roots of Ian’s love for theatre born of Newfoundland and Labrador.Nightshade is written and directed by Ian and will be followed by Robert Chafe’s Butler’s Marsh where Ian once again wears his director’s hat.


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Butler’s Marsh can be found on Bell Island in Conception Bay, Newfoundland. It is just a short drive and ferry ride from St. John’s where Ian Feltham grew up. Ian first saw Robert Chafe’s play Butler’s Marsh almost 20 years ago at the LSPU Hall in downtown St. John’s. This spooky, atmospheric play has stuck with him ever since.

Ian’s love of theatre germinated in the cold snowdrifts of Labrador where he first performed with the Mokami Players. Since his arrival on the “Mainland” he has had the privilege to act,direct and write for the stage in Belleville, Trenton and Brighton.

Robert Chafe is a Governor General’s award winning playwright from Newfoundland. His work has been seen by audiences across Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia. With “Butler’s Marsh” he has woven an intimate tale that connects some of the folk legends of rural Newfoundland with a search for answers to questions that may best not be asked.

To complement the production of Butler’s Marsh, Ian has written Nightshade. It also takes us to the woods with a “seasoned” couple on their first date. A strange place for a first date but it is all innocent enough, isn’t it?

May
8
Wed
Spectrum of Valour – Art Exhibit
May 8 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The paintings featured in this exhibit were created during the Spectrum of Valour program, by eight talented artists, all of whom are either veterans or currently serving members of the Royal Canadian Armed Forces (RCAF).

Spectrum of Valour is an art program designed for veterans and medically releasing RCAF members who have suffered a physical and/or psychological trauma. Designed by Edith Lepage Crete in 2016, the program aims to help the participants to adapt and transition toward their “new normal”, a different phase of their lives, and to provide new social opportunities. During the course, participants are encouraged to validate their feelings and express their emotions. Creativity is used by these individuals to help make sense of their world and engage in problem resolution at an emotional level.

The curriculum’s philosophy relies on the assumption that art can reach and touch certain aspects of the personality that would otherwise remain latent and consequently promotes overall wellness.

Thanks to The Trenton Military Family Resource Centre, Executive Director Tamara Kleinschmidt, and Veteran Family Program Coordinator, Kelly Briggs, who recognized the need of such a program facilitates funding for the classes.

 

Open Mic
May 8 @ 7:00 pm

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Everyone welcome….players, singers, poets, comedians, and of most importance…..a supportive audience!

May
9
Thu
Spectrum of Valour – Art Exhibit
May 9 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The paintings featured in this exhibit were created during the Spectrum of Valour program, by eight talented artists, all of whom are either veterans or currently serving members of the Royal Canadian Armed Forces (RCAF).

Spectrum of Valour is an art program designed for veterans and medically releasing RCAF members who have suffered a physical and/or psychological trauma. Designed by Edith Lepage Crete in 2016, the program aims to help the participants to adapt and transition toward their “new normal”, a different phase of their lives, and to provide new social opportunities. During the course, participants are encouraged to validate their feelings and express their emotions. Creativity is used by these individuals to help make sense of their world and engage in problem resolution at an emotional level.

The curriculum’s philosophy relies on the assumption that art can reach and touch certain aspects of the personality that would otherwise remain latent and consequently promotes overall wellness.

Thanks to The Trenton Military Family Resource Centre, Executive Director Tamara Kleinschmidt, and Veteran Family Program Coordinator, Kelly Briggs, who recognized the need of such a program facilitates funding for the classes.

 

May
10
Fri
Spectrum of Valour – Art Exhibit
May 10 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The paintings featured in this exhibit were created during the Spectrum of Valour program, by eight talented artists, all of whom are either veterans or currently serving members of the Royal Canadian Armed Forces (RCAF).

Spectrum of Valour is an art program designed for veterans and medically releasing RCAF members who have suffered a physical and/or psychological trauma. Designed by Edith Lepage Crete in 2016, the program aims to help the participants to adapt and transition toward their “new normal”, a different phase of their lives, and to provide new social opportunities. During the course, participants are encouraged to validate their feelings and express their emotions. Creativity is used by these individuals to help make sense of their world and engage in problem resolution at an emotional level.

The curriculum’s philosophy relies on the assumption that art can reach and touch certain aspects of the personality that would otherwise remain latent and consequently promotes overall wellness.

Thanks to The Trenton Military Family Resource Centre, Executive Director Tamara Kleinschmidt, and Veteran Family Program Coordinator, Kelly Briggs, who recognized the need of such a program facilitates funding for the classes.

 

May
11
Sat
Spectrum of Valour – Art Exhibit
May 11 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The paintings featured in this exhibit were created during the Spectrum of Valour program, by eight talented artists, all of whom are either veterans or currently serving members of the Royal Canadian Armed Forces (RCAF).

Spectrum of Valour is an art program designed for veterans and medically releasing RCAF members who have suffered a physical and/or psychological trauma. Designed by Edith Lepage Crete in 2016, the program aims to help the participants to adapt and transition toward their “new normal”, a different phase of their lives, and to provide new social opportunities. During the course, participants are encouraged to validate their feelings and express their emotions. Creativity is used by these individuals to help make sense of their world and engage in problem resolution at an emotional level.

The curriculum’s philosophy relies on the assumption that art can reach and touch certain aspects of the personality that would otherwise remain latent and consequently promotes overall wellness.

Thanks to The Trenton Military Family Resource Centre, Executive Director Tamara Kleinschmidt, and Veteran Family Program Coordinator, Kelly Briggs, who recognized the need of such a program facilitates funding for the classes.

 

May
12
Sun
Spectrum of Valour – Art Exhibit
May 12 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The paintings featured in this exhibit were created during the Spectrum of Valour program, by eight talented artists, all of whom are either veterans or currently serving members of the Royal Canadian Armed Forces (RCAF).

Spectrum of Valour is an art program designed for veterans and medically releasing RCAF members who have suffered a physical and/or psychological trauma. Designed by Edith Lepage Crete in 2016, the program aims to help the participants to adapt and transition toward their “new normal”, a different phase of their lives, and to provide new social opportunities. During the course, participants are encouraged to validate their feelings and express their emotions. Creativity is used by these individuals to help make sense of their world and engage in problem resolution at an emotional level.

The curriculum’s philosophy relies on the assumption that art can reach and touch certain aspects of the personality that would otherwise remain latent and consequently promotes overall wellness.

Thanks to The Trenton Military Family Resource Centre, Executive Director Tamara Kleinschmidt, and Veteran Family Program Coordinator, Kelly Briggs, who recognized the need of such a program facilitates funding for the classes.

 

May
14
Tue
Euchre Night
May 14 @ 7:30 pm
Euchre Night @ Old Church Theatre

This is a friendly and fun night. You don’t have to be an expert! Come out with friends and meet new ones.

Contact us or purchase your $5 ticket online.

Space is limited for Euchre Night at the Old Church Theatre.


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May
15
Wed
Spectrum of Valour – Art Exhibit
May 15 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The paintings featured in this exhibit were created during the Spectrum of Valour program, by eight talented artists, all of whom are either veterans or currently serving members of the Royal Canadian Armed Forces (RCAF).

Spectrum of Valour is an art program designed for veterans and medically releasing RCAF members who have suffered a physical and/or psychological trauma. Designed by Edith Lepage Crete in 2016, the program aims to help the participants to adapt and transition toward their “new normal”, a different phase of their lives, and to provide new social opportunities. During the course, participants are encouraged to validate their feelings and express their emotions. Creativity is used by these individuals to help make sense of their world and engage in problem resolution at an emotional level.

The curriculum’s philosophy relies on the assumption that art can reach and touch certain aspects of the personality that would otherwise remain latent and consequently promotes overall wellness.

Thanks to The Trenton Military Family Resource Centre, Executive Director Tamara Kleinschmidt, and Veteran Family Program Coordinator, Kelly Briggs, who recognized the need of such a program facilitates funding for the classes.

 

Open Mic
May 15 @ 7:00 pm

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Everyone welcome….players, singers, poets, comedians, and of most importance…..a supportive audience!

May
16
Thu
Spectrum of Valour – Art Exhibit
May 16 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The paintings featured in this exhibit were created during the Spectrum of Valour program, by eight talented artists, all of whom are either veterans or currently serving members of the Royal Canadian Armed Forces (RCAF).

Spectrum of Valour is an art program designed for veterans and medically releasing RCAF members who have suffered a physical and/or psychological trauma. Designed by Edith Lepage Crete in 2016, the program aims to help the participants to adapt and transition toward their “new normal”, a different phase of their lives, and to provide new social opportunities. During the course, participants are encouraged to validate their feelings and express their emotions. Creativity is used by these individuals to help make sense of their world and engage in problem resolution at an emotional level.

The curriculum’s philosophy relies on the assumption that art can reach and touch certain aspects of the personality that would otherwise remain latent and consequently promotes overall wellness.

Thanks to The Trenton Military Family Resource Centre, Executive Director Tamara Kleinschmidt, and Veteran Family Program Coordinator, Kelly Briggs, who recognized the need of such a program facilitates funding for the classes.

 

May
17
Fri
Spectrum of Valour – Art Exhibit
May 17 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The paintings featured in this exhibit were created during the Spectrum of Valour program, by eight talented artists, all of whom are either veterans or currently serving members of the Royal Canadian Armed Forces (RCAF).

Spectrum of Valour is an art program designed for veterans and medically releasing RCAF members who have suffered a physical and/or psychological trauma. Designed by Edith Lepage Crete in 2016, the program aims to help the participants to adapt and transition toward their “new normal”, a different phase of their lives, and to provide new social opportunities. During the course, participants are encouraged to validate their feelings and express their emotions. Creativity is used by these individuals to help make sense of their world and engage in problem resolution at an emotional level.

The curriculum’s philosophy relies on the assumption that art can reach and touch certain aspects of the personality that would otherwise remain latent and consequently promotes overall wellness.

Thanks to The Trenton Military Family Resource Centre, Executive Director Tamara Kleinschmidt, and Veteran Family Program Coordinator, Kelly Briggs, who recognized the need of such a program facilitates funding for the classes.

 

An Evening of Voiceover
May 17 @ 7:30 pm

An evening of Voiceover  with Peter Wood, the voice of the Kool Aid Man.  Oh Yeah!

Known for his deep rich voice and friendly disposition Peter has thoroughly enjoyed being a voice actor and wishes to spend an evening presenting and discussing what voice acting is and having you try you hand or voice at it in a light heart interactive evening.

Bio:

  • Voicing since 1996
  • E-learning – many clients including Boeing, Academy of Law Upstate NY, Math Tutors Dubai
  • Audiobooks (7 things you can’t say on radio, Slap shot Slump, Slipping Away, Every Child needs a Mentor etc…)
  • Characters (Kool Aid Man, YR Man York Regional Transit, Snowman Blizzard Entertainment, Singing Canada Dry Gingerale Can and auditioned for a new WB series)
  • Commericals – International Havester, Canada Dry Gingerale, Orek Air Purifiers…
  • Is a VO Coach/teacher for those interested in the craft.

 

 

The world of voice acting has changed drastically in 20 years Some say it is watered down others like me say it is the dawn of the renaissance period of voice acting.  Come find out why.

 

 

 

 

 

 

May
18
Sat
Spectrum of Valour – Art Exhibit
May 18 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The paintings featured in this exhibit were created during the Spectrum of Valour program, by eight talented artists, all of whom are either veterans or currently serving members of the Royal Canadian Armed Forces (RCAF).

Spectrum of Valour is an art program designed for veterans and medically releasing RCAF members who have suffered a physical and/or psychological trauma. Designed by Edith Lepage Crete in 2016, the program aims to help the participants to adapt and transition toward their “new normal”, a different phase of their lives, and to provide new social opportunities. During the course, participants are encouraged to validate their feelings and express their emotions. Creativity is used by these individuals to help make sense of their world and engage in problem resolution at an emotional level.

The curriculum’s philosophy relies on the assumption that art can reach and touch certain aspects of the personality that would otherwise remain latent and consequently promotes overall wellness.

Thanks to The Trenton Military Family Resource Centre, Executive Director Tamara Kleinschmidt, and Veteran Family Program Coordinator, Kelly Briggs, who recognized the need of such a program facilitates funding for the classes.

 

Saturday Church Service!
May 18 @ 4:00 pm
Saturday Church Service! @ Old Church Theatre

On this May 2-4 long weekend we are lighting our new wood fired pizza oven. Join us on Saturday and try out our pizza, meet up with friends, play some games, and listen to great tunes of your own choosing with our signature ‘All Requesta Fiesta’. You can’t go wrong when you come to church on a bright sunny day and fun evening. Come on up to the House! We’ll be here from 4PM on.

May
19
Sun
Spectrum of Valour – Art Exhibit
May 19 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The paintings featured in this exhibit were created during the Spectrum of Valour program, by eight talented artists, all of whom are either veterans or currently serving members of the Royal Canadian Armed Forces (RCAF).

Spectrum of Valour is an art program designed for veterans and medically releasing RCAF members who have suffered a physical and/or psychological trauma. Designed by Edith Lepage Crete in 2016, the program aims to help the participants to adapt and transition toward their “new normal”, a different phase of their lives, and to provide new social opportunities. During the course, participants are encouraged to validate their feelings and express their emotions. Creativity is used by these individuals to help make sense of their world and engage in problem resolution at an emotional level.

The curriculum’s philosophy relies on the assumption that art can reach and touch certain aspects of the personality that would otherwise remain latent and consequently promotes overall wellness.

Thanks to The Trenton Military Family Resource Centre, Executive Director Tamara Kleinschmidt, and Veteran Family Program Coordinator, Kelly Briggs, who recognized the need of such a program facilitates funding for the classes.

 

May
22
Wed
Spectrum of Valour – Art Exhibit
May 22 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The paintings featured in this exhibit were created during the Spectrum of Valour program, by eight talented artists, all of whom are either veterans or currently serving members of the Royal Canadian Armed Forces (RCAF).

Spectrum of Valour is an art program designed for veterans and medically releasing RCAF members who have suffered a physical and/or psychological trauma. Designed by Edith Lepage Crete in 2016, the program aims to help the participants to adapt and transition toward their “new normal”, a different phase of their lives, and to provide new social opportunities. During the course, participants are encouraged to validate their feelings and express their emotions. Creativity is used by these individuals to help make sense of their world and engage in problem resolution at an emotional level.

The curriculum’s philosophy relies on the assumption that art can reach and touch certain aspects of the personality that would otherwise remain latent and consequently promotes overall wellness.

Thanks to The Trenton Military Family Resource Centre, Executive Director Tamara Kleinschmidt, and Veteran Family Program Coordinator, Kelly Briggs, who recognized the need of such a program facilitates funding for the classes.

 

BROWNMAN ELECTRYC TRIO
May 22 @ 7:30 pm

Trenton’s Old Church Theatre proudly presents National Jazz Award winners for “electric jazz group of the year”, the BROWNMAN ELECTRYC TRIO — who NPR (National Public Radio) in New York City has called “the new standard in electric-jazz”.
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Wed-May-22, 7:00pm doors, 7:30pm show @ Old Church Theatre 
940 Bonisteel Rd, Trenton | www.OldChurch.ca
$30 door, $25 advance, $15 students 


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BROWNMAN ELECTRYC TRIO – Spring Tour!
:: Brownman Ali – electric trumpet & compositions
:: Sean Dennis – 6-string electric bass
:: Jacob JT Aylward – drums
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— 2007 National Jazz Award “Electric Jazz Group of the Year”
— 2011 Trinidad High Commission citation: “Distinguished National”
— 2013, 2015, 2016 : 3x Toronto Independent Music Award winner
— 2014 International Independent Music Award winner
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“Awards are nice, naturally, but to dig what Brownman is doing, you’ve got to see him live. I had a chance to do just that over the summer when Brownman fronted his killer trio … I came away with a blown mind. This guy’s got chops galore, soul to match, and a sense of phrasing that recalls many of the greats, but suggests itself to be his own.”
– Buffalo News
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In recent years, when not touring the globe the Brooklyn based multi-award-winning Trinidadian-born trumpet player BROWNMAN ALI — the last trumpet player for iconic jazz-hip-hop group Guru’s Jazzmatazz — spends much of his artistic time in the exploration of modern “chordless” jazz -> music produced without a chordal instrument (guitar or keyboard). He had previously explored this tonal quality for a decade with his highly lauded latin-jazz group CRUZAO, and more recently with his heavily decorated & now internationally acclaimed Miles Davis influenced BROWNMAN ELECTRYC TRIO. Taking a similar trajectory as the acclaimed 2009 debut release “Juggernaut”, this highly energized bombastic trio’s 2013 sophmore release “Gravitation: A Study In Freefall” — on Brownman’s own label Browntasauras Records — shot to number 4 on the iTunes USA jazz charts and was declared “the new standard in electric-jazz” by National Public Radio (NPR) in New York City. Among a long list of awards & accolades, the trio would win an International Independent Music Award for “Jazz-Funk Album of the Year”, 3 Toronto Independent Music Awards for “Jazz Group of the Year” and a National Jazz Award for “electric jazz group of the year”.

“The trio folds aspects of Black American Music into a chordless jazz framework”, states Brownman. “When we’re not playing originals, we often take classic standards from the 30s through the 50s and re-imagine them as if they were written today and being produced by, say, DJ Premier. The end result is something that hopefully sounds relevant in today’s musical paradigm, but still resonates with the history and lineage of the jazz tradition. And yeah – you’ll hear a lot of Miles Davis’ influence in that resulting sound”.

The ensemble itself is aptly described by CODA magazine: “Brownman’s powerful electrified trio captures the essence of the later years in Miles Davis’ life, his electric period, without imitation. Brownman’s ELECTRYC TRIO is uniquely his own, yet echoes with the sounds of ‘Bitches Brew’ and ‘In a Silent Way’ right down to Miles’ use of electronics while still managing to stay grounded in the sounds of today. Clearly paying apt tribute to Brownman’s NYC mentor Randy Brecker, they are a truly impressive and energized modern jazz outfit.”

Visit www.ElectrycTrio.Brownman.com for more info!

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“Colliding Black American Music traditions (hip-hop, soul, funk, r’n’b) with blazing virtuosity jazz improvising, this unique trio sounds relevant in today’s musical paradigm, while still speaking to the history of the jazz tradition.”
– New York Post

“Brownman’s Electryc Trio is lively, entertaining and hip … the atmosphere is seriously funky … the music’s muscular and quick, much of it thrilling…”
– Whole Note Magazine

“Brownman is the real deal… this abundantly talented young musician was handpicked by the late MC Guru to blow the sinewy lines that made his Jazzmatazz project such a groundbreaking hybrid of jazz and hip-hop… with each appearance the buzz surrounding the bold and electric Brownman style has grown in amplitude.”
– Art Voice Magazine

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VIDEOS
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Check out the Brownman Electryc Trio on YouTube :
www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFECA3E452FE2BC0D

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ABOUT BROWNMAN ALI
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Heralded as “Canada’s preeminent Jazz trumpeter” by NYC’s Village Voice, Brownman Ali – born on the small Caribbean island of Trinidad, & schooled in NYC – is a multiple award-winning NYC-schooled protégé to his teacher, Grammy-winning trumpet legend, Randy Brecker. He tirelessly leads 7 unique ensembles of his own including the internationally acclaimed Miles Davis influenced BROWNMAN ELECTRYC TRIO, and the award-winning CRUZAO latin-jazz quintet. All these ensembles record under Brownman’s own much lauded BROWNTASAURAS RECORDS label, established in 2009. In high demand in the studio world with over 300 CD appearances to date, Brownman delivers stylistically authentic horn playing over a wide range of styles from bebop to hiphop having worked with the likes of Guru’s Jazzmatazz (replacing Donald Byrd in that primordial ensemble), Mos Def, KRS-1, Quincy Jones, Paul Simon, Jay-z, Missy Elliot, Mingus Dynasty Big Band, Gary Bartz, Chucho Valdes & far too many more to name here. He is considered to be one of the most unique and provocative improvising trumpet players in the nation today and is widely regarded as a vanguard for the evolution of Jazz in Canada.

A highly decorated player, his awards & accolades include 2 National Jazz Awards (with 11 nominations over the years), Montreal Jazz Fest’s “Grand Prix Du Jazz” award, a CBC Galaxie Rising Star award, a SOCAN composers award, an International Independent Music Award for “Album of the Year”, 3 Toronto Independent Music Awards for “Jazz Artist Of The Year” (9 nominations), a Black Canadian Award nomination for “Jazz Musician of the Year”, an induction into the WHO’S WHO IN BLACK CANADA, a Caribbean Music Award nomination, a BRAVO! channel documentary on his life, NOW magazine naming him “Toronto’s Best Jazz Musician”, CBC Radio Canada named him “one of the most recorded trumpet players in Canadian history”, NPR in New York calls him “the new standard in electric jazz”, the Trinidad & Tobago Consulate General awarded him with a citation for being a “Distinguished National of Trinidad” and he has been listed by Air Canada as one of the “Top 10 reasons to visit Toronto”.