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Sault actress in prison sitcom
Film actress Trish Rainone, who is from Sault Ste. Marie, will appear in a leading role in a new women’s prison sitcom, Pink is In, to be aired on Bell Fibe TV1. Rainone joins a cast of “fabulous and funny” characters all of whom have either television or film credits: • Elley-Ray Hennessy (My Little Pony) plays prison Warden Morgan Dungworth. • Veteran Canadian actress Margaret Lamarre plays Ol’ Granny BJ, a former matinee film idol. • Jon Welch (No Easy Days) plays handsome prison guard Jigz Festerson. • Eileen Li (Jack Ryan) plays an escaped convict on the run. • Trish Rainone (My Roommate Is An Escort) appears as the inmate known as Top Dog. • Clyde Phillips Sr. (Rookie Blue) portrays sleepy Guard Goodman. • Rounding out the key cast is one of the series’ main writers, Kim Lombard, as prison CEO Pip Barnett. Creator/Producer Lisa Crawford, a Hamilton-based transgender, and her team have invented a privately run prison for women that has a barely functioning administrative staff, unruly prisoners and totally inept prison administration. The show will air in January. You can check out #pinkisinshow and www.pinkisin.net. From a media release
Blues Society brings Juno award winner to Bon Soo
Sault Blues Society will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a Bon Soo concert featuring international blues artist Jack de Keyzer. This will be the third year Sault Blues Society has presented award-winning shows as part of Bon Soo. The popular local Zak’s Allstars Band will warm up the audience before the two-time Juno Award-winning and seven-time Maple Blues Award-winning de Keyzer takes the stage. Tickets to the show are $25 for general admission and $15 for students, prices called by the Blues Society “a steal” for a show put on by such an experienced musician who has been described as “the finest blues guitarist in Canada” by the late musician Jeff Healey. De Keyzer’s website points out, Bob Dylan once said, “If Jack de Keyzer were from Chicago, New York, or LA, he’d be famous.” Sault residents can catch de Keyzer’s concert at the Machine Shop on Thursday, Feb. 6, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. and the show beginning at 7. Blues Society president Johnnie Tibbles said tickets are selling quickly, with more than 200 already gone. “It will likely be a sellout with just a few standing room tickets available at the door,” said Tibbles. The Bon Soo concert is one of the three to five shows Blues Society presents every year. Since its inception in 2010, the group has organized and presented 31 “top quality blues shows,” Tibbles said, but scheduling the events can be tricky. “Presenting a one-off show definitely presents extra financial costs where a band routing through or near the Sault saves money on travel expenses but sometimes the timing on these bands does not fit with venue availability or is not a good fit with other local events,” he explained. Nevertheless, the Blues Society has successfully organized the shows with the help of the volunteer executive and support of paid SBS members, local blues fans, and several cultural grants from the City of Sault Ste. Marie. In the past, the group also received support from several local businesses including Community First, Hollywood Limo, the Mortgage Centre, T and T Promotional Products, and the Water Tower Inn, to name just a few. SBS doesn’t exist solely to put on concerts, Tibbles said. The Society’s objectives include organizing a Blues Festival – “providing opportunities for listeners and players of the blues to share their knowledge and experience with others, and educating the people of Ontario about the diversity of the blues.” It also provides “opportunities for local and regional musicians to advance their understanding, skills, and enjoyment of the blues.” The Society has also hosted several fundraisers over the years, most in support of other organizations. Its first fundraiser was held in May 2011 featuring Brass Taxx, followed by a second in November 2012 with the help of local band 5ive Below Zero, with the goal of establishing the SBS operating fund. Since then, the organization has helped with Rusty McCarthy’s Blues for Food events at the Water Tower Inn Pub, which has collected cash and non-perishable donations for the Soup Kitchen and St. Vincent Place. The SBS also held a fundraiser for local musician Tyrone Souliere in 2016 to support him when he was battling cancer. It was largely thanks to the efforts of McCarthy that the SBS was established, Tibbles said. “In March 2010, McCarthy convinced Jim Traveson to help him get the Sault Blues Society formally started,” he said. “They called the first meeting of known blues enthusiasts and musicians to discuss the possibilities of a local society.” That meeting resulted in the election of Traveson as president and McCarthy as vice-president of the newly formed Sault Blues Society, which was incorporated as a not-for-profit in October 2010. “Those attending Traveson and McCarthy’s inaugural meeting were thirsty for a steady stream of great blues musicians performing in the Sault,” said Tibbles. “It was also anticipated that when quality musicians were in the Sault there might be the opportunity to present master’s musical workshops. To date the SBS has presented vocal, guitar, keyboard, and several harmonica workshops for local musicians with all levels of experience attending.” However, it hasn’t been a straight road from the Society’s establishment to the 53-member strong organization that exists today. “The executive numbers have gone up and down slightly over the years as executive members retired or moved and new ones replaced them. 2014 was a very quiet year for the SBS, so in March 2015, I and many others were looking for more blues in the Sault,” said Tibbles. “I approached Jim Traveson, called a meeting of the Sault Blues Society executive asking if there was interest in revitalizing the SBS.” That meeting led to the election of Tibbles as president and Mac Headrick as vice-president, along with several other members of the new executive. Local artists who have been hired include Stuart Bolduc, Keith Conway, Paul Dellavedova, Frank Deresti, Jeff Holmes, Korah’s Mustang Sally, White Pine’s Pinestones Band, and Mike Yurich, among others. Over the years SBS has presented local artists with the “Dedicated to the Blues Award,” usually at the Blues for Food event. The recipients include Jay Scali (2013), Rusty McCarthy (2017), Jim Traveson (2018), and Bob Yeomans (2019).
Sault Symphony seeks volunteers, donations.
Sault Symphony has put out an appeal for donations and volunteers. The volunteer pool has steadily dwindled in recent years and “the small core remaining cannot continue on their own with the work required to manage a symphony orchestra,” Sault Symphony says in a media release. The organization, in the same release, and saying, “The future of Sault Symphony is at risk,” invites anyone who sees value in continuation of the orchestra to its Annual General Meeting, which was to be held on Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Civic Centre in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. The orchestra also covers the Michigan Sault, though its office is in Canada. Principal venues are Kiwanis Community Theatre Centre and Central United Church and St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral and Soo Theatre in Sault, Mich. “If you feel the symphony brings value to our community then please consider attending our AGM to be part of discussions, brainstorm ideas, offer advice, or become a volunteer,” the release says. The board at present has eight members and seeks 14, says a report in The Sault Star. Among them should be someone with grant-writing experience, needed to serve as the group’s general manager. The symphony e-mailed an appeal for donations on Dec. 29. “Ambitious programming over the past 47 years, bringing in talents from across the region to share our stage, has led to financial shortfalls when revenues have not covered costs,” the note admits. A new board of directors has led the symphony out of financial difficulty over the past two years and the orchestra has regained its status with Revenue Canada as a charitable organization so can issue tax receipts for contributions. Cuts to expenses include a move to smaller concerts in churches, the release says. A partnership with Algoma District School Board provides rent-free space for the symphony’s office in return for school programs. “These steps have allowed us to reduce a formerly stagnant operating line of credit by almost 50 per cent in a matter of two years. We continue to find ways of reducing costs and raising funds while providing quality performances to our symphony patrons,” the e-mail says. However, just before Christmas, the orchestra learned that its banking arrangements and line of credit were in jeopardy, “due to latent fallout from a prior financial crisis unknown to us.” As a result, the group’s financial institution froze its account and the orchestra needed to raise $22,000 to deal with the issue. The decision to make a public appeal was “…difficult. In its 47 years of existence, the Sault Symphony Association has never made such a plea,” the e-mail says. A bequest from a supporter last month, has given the symphony orchestra hope, it added. However, the group still needs funds. As of last weekend, at www.saultsymphony.ca/volunteer-donations, the website recorded just over $3,300 in donations toward a goal of $50,000. The page has a window though which donors can give amounts from $10 up. A bequest is on its way for another $4,000. A contribution of “whatever you can afford would also bring us enormous peace of mind during these trying times,” the symphony says in its e-mail. “Only a handful of musicians receive any compensation for the hours they invest in the symphony; they do it for the love of the music. Costs include sound and lighting technicians, program printing, a few musicians both local and travelling, and the travel costs for those we bring in,” the writer points out on behalf of the board of directors. Meanwhile, two concerts remain in the 2019-2020 season. First is Beethoven’s 250th Birthday Celebration with Lynne Aspnes, harp, on Saturday, Feb. 8, at Precious Blood Cathedral, 778 Queen St. E. The symphony will share its stage with Pierre Schreyer and His Band, on Saturday, April 18, at the Kiwanis Community Theatre Centre in White Pines Collegiate, 1007 Trunk Rd. A ticket for an adult to attend both performances costs $50; seniors 65+ pay, $40. Students and children pay $20. Cost of tickets for single performances are $30, $26 and $11. Taxes and handling charges are in addition.
Local figure skating club brings home medals from Skate Ontario event
Eleven local performers represented the Lake Superior Figure Skating Club at the recent Skokie Skate, Skate Ontario Super Series in Huntsville. In all, LSFSC skaters returned home to the Sault with nine medals — three gold and six silver. Full LSFSC results forwarded to Sault This Week are as follows. Yvonne Barnes, Juvenile U14 Free Skate – GOLD, Star 7 O12 Short Program – GOLD Cassie Grenier, Juvenile U14 Free Skate – 10th, Star 7 O12 Short Program – Silver Avery Pelletier, Star 5 U13 Free Skate – 5th Emily Coutu, Star 5 13 and O Free Skate – Silver, Star 7 O12 Short Program – 10th Hailie Levesque, Star 6 Free Skate – 10th Olivia Nero, Star 6 Free Skate – 9th Hannah Martin, Star 6 Free Skate – GOLD Haley Martin, Star 8 Free Skate – 7th Emma Carlucci, Star 6 Free Skate – Silver, Star 7 Short Program – 7th Lilia-Anne Pelletier, Star 8 Free Skate – 8th, Star 7 Artistic, – Silver Emilie Vezina, Women’s Gold Free Skate – Silver, Star 9 Short Program – Silver Kerry Bain, who is the director of skating for the local club, relayed that “with Skokie Skate being the first competition of the season, I am very pleased with our skaters results. “This season our skaters will compete in five qualifying events. The top scores out of each competition will be ranked against other skaters competing in Ontario at various competitions. “Skate Ontario will use a ranking system to determine who qualifies for the Skate Ontario Provincial Championships, which will be held in Belleville (in late March),” Bain summed up.
Plays to raise funds for Alzheimer Society
Theatre Algoma will presents two one-act plays that focus on memory loss and dementia. You Will Remember Me is a play by Francois Archambault translated by Bobby Theodore and presented by permission of the author and the translator, says a media release from Alzheimer Society of Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma District. “This play is subtle, moving, and funny and follows a family’s struggle with dementia,” the release says. “Edouard is a university professor and historian, a figure prominent in the public eye. He has been proud throughout his life of his memory, and as his memory fails, he tests the ability of family members to care for him.” The second play by Arthur Miller is presented by permission of Dramatists Play Service and is entitled, I Can’t Remember Anything Alzheimer Society describes it as “a gentle poignant study of two old friends.” a wealthy widow, and a retired draftsman who was her husband’s best friend, despite differences in lifestyle and political outlook. “Both lament the passing of better days, the lack of contact with loved ones, and the loss of memory that clouds the time left to them,” says the media release. Tickets can be purchased in advance only, $20 for adults and $10 for students. They are available at the Alzheimer Society office, 341 Trunk Rd., the George Leach Centre at Algoma University, and the Station Mall Box Office. Performances are on Thursday, Nov. 14, Friday, Nov. 15, at 7:30pm, and Saturday, Nov. 16, at 2 p.m. at Shingwauk Auditorium at the university. The event is in support of Alzheimer Society to help with the expense of local services such as support and counselling, education, recreation therapy and the Minds in Motion® Program. From a media release
Sault Symphony subscriptions on sale
Season subscriptions to Sault Symphony Orchestra and tickets for individual performances at the start of the symphony’s 47th year of music-making are now available. The 2019-2020 schedule offers four performances: • The Ultimate Halloween Concert – Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Community Theatre Centre • The Nutcracker Ballet performed by Toronto’s Ballet Jorgen – Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Community Theatre Centre • Beethoven 250th Birthday Celebration with Lynne Aspnes, harp – Saturday, Feb.y 8, 2020, at Precious Blood Cathedral • Pierre Schryer and His Band – Saturday, April 18, 2020, at the Community Theatre Centre Don’t be scared, the Ultimate Halloween Concert doesn’t include an orchestral version of the Monster Mash. But the rest of the spooky-themed music in the concert will thrill, chill and excite with spectral orchestral pieces ranging from seriously fun to seriously spine-tingling, says a media release from Sault Symphony. Orchestra members will forego their usual formal attire. Instead, they will perform this event in Halloween costume. Audience members can join in the frightful fun and frivolity and dress in costume as well. A special People’s Choice Costume Contest will take place. Audience members will vote on which orchestra section has best embodied the “spirit” of the season with their costumery. Season or individual tickets are available at: www.saultsymphony.ca On a more restrained note, please remember that the partnership the symphony has with its ticket holders, donors, benefactors and advertisers is very important to Sault Symphony, the media release continues. It is the people of the Algoma region and the Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan who make possible the tradition of excellence in symphonic music. Donate at www.ticketor.com/saultsymphonyorchestra/donation?pageid=139885 or www.saultsymphony.ca . From a media release
Ontario Culture Days chooses Sault for feature presentation
Sault Ste. Marie has been chosen as one of five communities to be showcased as a featured site to celebrate Ontario Culture Days 10th anniversary provincially. Opening ceremonies on Friday, Sept. 27, at the Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site will begin at 9:30 a.m., says a media release from Sault Ste. Marie Public Library, which has organized this year’s 10th anniversary Culture Days – Walk the Arts and Wellness Trail. Free activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. are planned at James L. McIntyre Centennial Library, the Ermatinger property, Clergue Park and the Art Gallery of Algoma. Each place will have a full schedule of activities on Friday. The day will include cultural presentations, a downtown mural walk, family yoga, an indigenous Ribbon Skirt presentation, DrumFit drumming, karaoke, giant building blocks, craft tables, face painting and more. Some costs will apply for food purchases. The library’s feature highlight for the day is local artist Max Warren, who will engage the community with a performance and workshop on “Flow Art” at Clergue Park from 1 to 2 p.m. Flow Art is a mix of fire spinning and light shows, a combination of juggling, dancing and prop manipulation. The performance suits all ages. Songs of the Departed: Food. Music. Film., led by George Al-Khoury. It is a “deeply-moving and life-affirming journey into the heart of a homeless nation” to hear stories of musicians and singers, says promotional material from Culture Days. Samples of Syrian and Middle Eastern cuisine will be provided by Georgie’s Shawarma following the presentation from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Ermatinger site. The event is free but organizers will accept a pay-what-you-may donation. Seating is limited; registration is a must: register . Instant Places a Sound Bending and Shaping Workshop will be limited to 10 persons per session in two sessions on Friday, from 1 to 2 p.m. and from 2 to 3 p.m. Laura Kavanaugh and Ian Birse will lead in this exploration of sound transformation. Participants will work with classic tools for sound transformation: filtering sounds, reversing sounds, pitch changes, looping sounds and more. Divers-City Workshops take place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Ermatinger centre. Join in on the Local Immigration Partnership’s workshops to explore the role of arts, cuisine, urban design, music and culture in creating a welcoming and inclusive community where everyone feels a sense of belonging and purpose. Also on Saturday, between 1 and 3 p.m. at Clergue Park or at the Ermatinger site in the event of rain, is a Blanket Exercise. Take an interactive journey through 400 years of Indigenous experience in Canada. Narrators using only a few quilts will guide participants through a metaphoric reenactment of the First Nations experience. These events are free. Meanwhile, Ontario Culture Days has commissioned a province-wide exhibition Do Blue Butterflies Eat Parts of the Sky?, and has chosen Sault Ste. Marie for the presentation of How Does Life Live?, by Toronto-based filmmaker Kelly O’Brien. The film is shot on an old 16 mm Bolex camera and features O’Brien’s two daughters at play, with a voice-over by the youngest who re-asks a child’s out-of-the-blue questions. O’Brien had been keeping a list her daughters’ questions as they grew, things such as “Why are there so many people who don’t know me?” or “Why do trees just stand there?”, along with the regular questions of children such as “When will it be my birthday?”. The film runs at the Art Gallery of Algoma from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27 and 28, and on Sunday, Sept. 29, from noon to 5 p.m. The event is free. For more information contact Helena Huopalainen, Manager of Community Engagement, Sault Ste. Marie Public Library.
Gala Latina to bring authentic experience to the Sault
Northern Ontario Latin-Hispanic Association plans an unforgettable evening at its first annual Gala Latina on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 5 to 11 p.m. This Latin Heritage fundraising event, to be held at Delta Hotels by Marriott Sault Ste. Marie Waterfront, hopes to be a fun and formal event where the community can gather to celebrate the sights, sounds and tastes of Latin and Hispanic culture. The night means to bring an authentic Latin experience. A ticket gives access to an evening of Spanish cuisine, live singers, salsa dance performances and a live Cuban music band. “The main goal of the event is to showcase the beauty of Latin-Hispanic culture and all that NOLHA can offer to our local community. It’s great because the community gets an opportunity to meet and speak with individuals who have made a real impact on Latin-Hispanic culture in our community,” Sandra Mongui, Organizer and Founder/Chair of NOLHA, says in a media release. “The event will also act as a way to welcome newly established immigrants to our community and give us an opportunity to celebrate the people who are making an impact in Northern Ontario and the Latin Hispanic community like our local businesses.” Francine Floreani, owner of Great Lakes Honda, points to the importance of recognizing, welcoming and celebrating the many cultures in Sault Ste. Marie. “When Sandra asked me to partner with NOLHA to get this event off the ground, I was really excited to offer my support to this organization. “I know Sandra personally after completing Spanish lessons taught by her, and the partnership between the two organizations just made sense. Great Lakes Honda has always been a ‘Community Driven’ business and this is another way we could offer our support.” All proceeds from this event will go directly to NOLHA, as they work to provide free Spanish classes for adults and children, Spanish language translation services and workshops to promote awareness and understanding of Latin and Hispanic culture and to retain Latin and Hispanic immigrants in Northern Ontario. Those in attendance can expect an evening filled with entertainment from the two Masters of Ceremonies, Tim Murphy and Zoi Monroy, the band, Los Barbudos, Brazilian singer Lidianne Poldmaa and Salsa dancers and performers, Zoi Monroy and Tommy Ajayi. This event will also celebrate Hispanic-Latin American Heritage Month in Canada. Tickets are $63 a person, available via www.holanorth.com . Email contact, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fringe Festival brings international live theatre
Arts Council of Algoma and Fringe North International Theatre Festival will present the third annual #upthearts multi-festival Aug. 8-18. This brings live theatre to Sault Ste. Marie, from around the world, free concerts, Free Kids Fringe, and buskers. Fringe has scheduled 49 live theatre performances during the 10-day fest. Ticket prices range from $5 to $12. Preview night during Downtown Days Thursday, Aug. 8, from 5 to 11 p.m., will be held on an outdoor stage at Queenstown Commons. The evening will feature local and international performers from the United Kingdom, San Diego, New York and Toronto, who will perform short pieces of their scheduled shows. The performances are hosted by Tim Murphy, and made possible by the Downtown Association, Rob Rock, Mike Lacroix, and Case Music. Preview night is free of charge. Visit www.fringenorth.ca to check out the theatre offerings. Venues for 2019 are Central United Church and Sault Ste. Marie Museum. Tickets for theatre can be purchased on-line, at the Arts Council/Fringe office, at the Station Mall Fridays and Saturdays, and at the venue one hour before the show starts. For more information email email@example.com Performers get 100 per cent of ticket proceeds. Dates to Remember: Aug 8 – three festivals for the price of one…oh wait, it’s all Free. Fringe theatre on Queenstown Stage from 5 to 11 p.m., Graffiti contest presented by Arts Council, and Downtown Days. Aug 16 to 18 – free concerts, free kids Fringe at the Bondar Pavilion, which will include buskers and Grup the clown, Youth Odena community box fort and free art activities by Arts Council and Art Gallery. For the community picnic Sunday Aug 18, from noon to 4 p.m., bring your own lunch and break bread with your neighbours. Free Kids Fringe is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Northern Dental. In 2017, 2018 thanks to sponsorship by Huckson Plumbing, the festival provided free water to festival go-ers and eliminated plastic water bottles. For 2019 the goal is to eliminate all single-use plastic and Styrofoam. Bring your own water bottles when attending stage performances at Downtown Days Aug. 8, and festival activities at the Bondar Aug 16-18.
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Project Entrepreneurship – Sweet Change
A Grand Opening event for Sweet Change, a chocolate company, will be held at the Marconi Cultural Event Centre on Wednesday, May 8, from 7 to 10 p.m. Enjoy an evening of Sweet Change chocolate, with wine and cheese pairings. A cash bar will also be available. All proceeds will be used to support a training program by the Centre for Social Justice and Good Works — Project Entrepreneurship, a program addressing social and employment issues using a combination of training in life skills, business techniques, employment standards, employer expectations, and entrepreneurship. The tickets are $50 per person — $500 per table of 10. Tickets are available at the Marconi Event Centre and the Centre for Social Justice and Good Works, 1 Herrick Street, or by calling 705-450-4483.
Annual Pauline’s bowling night Friday
Pauline’s Place will hold its 10th annual bowling party, Splits n Giggles ‘19, Friday, March 15 at Northcrest Lanes from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Limited tickets will be available at the door, but would-be participants are urged to get their tickets earlier and show their team spirit in this competitive bowling tournament, says a media release from Pauline’s Place. Advance tickets are available at Pauline’s Place, 923 Queen St. E. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for kids and include bowling, shoe rental, pizza, soft drinks and a chance to win first prize for the highest score of the evening. Sign up as a team of 6 and take part in this fun-filled evening, the release says. “We also have many exciting items available for silent auction, including home décor, gift baskets, Visa gift cards and much more.” Established in 2004, Pauline’s Place is a 19-bed facility that provides emergency shelter to youth, women and families who are experiencing homelessness. At Pauline’s Place, we strive to eliminate poverty in our community by providing food and other basic necessities to the most vulnerable members of our community. Dedicated staff use a support based approach to assess each resident’s unique needs and liaise with other agencies as needed to provide advocacy and access to safe, affordable, sustainable housing. Attending Splits ‘n’ Giggles ’19 will give everyone the opportunity to support Pauline’s Place by helping fight homelessness and making the community a better place to live while having fun with your family and friends. All monies raised from this event will benefit Pauline’s Place and the individuals we serve. For more information or to purchase event tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Anne Penney at 705-759-4663 or email@example.com . Join this event on Facebook for event updates and a sneak peek at some of our exciting silent auction items!
Birthday jam idea gets legs
A group of enthusiastic youth has put together a dinner and concert event for National Youth Arts Week that will feature award-winning singer/songwriter Errol Lee. The event, dubbed #Jam4Jam, will raise funds and food donations for the St. Vincent Place food bank – thus the name. The idea for the event came when Conika Belleau saw a callout on the St. Vincent Place Facebook page for donations of jam. She contacted the organization and offered to organize a live music event, inviting the community to donate jars of jam for admission to hear live “jams,” in place of throwing herself a birthday party. Originally the event was set for January, to line up with Belleau’s birthday, but then Caceila Trahan came on board and brought up the idea of holding the event in celebration of National Youth Arts Week, which runs May 1 to 7 this year. From there, the group brought on other organizations to collaborate, including Youth Odena and Soo York City Urban Arts Collective, as well as other enterprising young Saultites. The group invites still more sponsors and so far has signed on Northern Lights Collaborative, a group that works with youth and organizations to “centre youth leadership, storytelling, decrease youth isolation, and increase organizational accountability to youth voices,” funded through the Ontario Trillium Foundation Youth Opportunities Fund and Heritage Canada. Bringing on board a strong line-up of local artists came easily. They include Sound Syndrome, DQ, Jacob Quarrel, Ginger Beats, and Bold Noize, as well as Belleau herself, who goes by CONiKA. The highlight of the night, however, will be Errol Lee, a youth advocate who uses his music to convey his message that it is important to care for each other. The son of raggae music singer/songwriter Merlene Webber and celebrated raggae music producer Bunny Lee, he travels across Canada using his singing and dancing to advocate for youth empowerment. Lee will bring with him his son Shay Lee, who is also a performer and strong young voice. Though they already have a solid line-up of artists, the organizers are calling for other young artists aged 12 to 18 to participate in the event. Trahan said they’d like to highlight as many young artists as possible, whether by adding them to the line-up of performers if they are musicians, theatre artists, or dancers, or by displaying their visual arts throughout the venue. “We want to encourage and build confidence in youth who participate,” said Trahan. The event is set for May 9 at the Bushplane Museum. Tickets for the dinner and concert portion of the evening are available now for $25 plus a jar of jam (at the door). Doors will open at 5 p.m., with dinner served at 5:30. Diners will be treated to some of the musical acts as they eat, but the concert will begin in earnest at 7 p.m. Those wishing to attend only the concert can come at that time with entry being pay-what-you-can or a donation to St. Vincent Place. The group welcomes nominations for young artists to be featured. Those can be emailed to Trahan at firstname.lastname@example.org . Tickets can be purchased through Trahan, St. Vincent Place, or Scott Coffee Co. The group is organizing other locations that will sell tickets, and those will be updated on the event’s Facebook page.
Gathering at the Rapids Pow Wow this week
Algoma University, the Anishinaabe Initiatives Division and the Shingwauk Anishinaabe Students’ Association welcome everyone the 14th annual Gathering at the ‘Gathering at the Rapids Pow Wow: Celebrating Life Long Learning. The pow wow begins on Saturday, March 2, at the George Leach Centre on the Algoma University campus. It wraps up Sunday, March 3. “The two-day event is a gathering and celebration of Anishinaabe culture through drumming, dancing and singing,” said Melissa Agawa, Anishinaabe Cultural and Social Program Co-ordinator at Algoma University. “The Gathering at the Rapids Pow Wow is an inclusive event that attracts guests of different cultural backgrounds and heritages, who by participating, will gain an enhanced understanding and appreciation of Anishinaabe culture, beliefs, and traditions,” she says in a media release from the university. Grand entries will take place on Saturday at 1 and 7 p.m., and on Sunday at noon. A feast will be held Saturday at 5 p.m. A variety of Anishinaabe crafts and traditional food vendors will be on site at the GLC. The Master of Ceremonies for the weekend-long celebration is Joel Syrette of Batchewana First Nation. Northern Wind, from Lake of the Woods, will handle host drum duties Ont. Bear Creek from Batchewana First Nation will co-host drum. Head veteran is Walker Stonefish of Walpole Island. The Gathering at the Rapids Pow Wow is an initiative that was started by the students association 14 years ago and has become one of the largest Pow Wows’ in Algoma District. Community sponsors include the Métis Nation of Ontario, Waabinong Head Start Family Resource Centre, Neech ke Wehn Homes, Dreamcatcher Charitable Foundation, Nog da win da min Family and Community Services, Algoma University Alumni, Cathy Syrette and Family, Algoma University, Chummy’s Grill, Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services, Quality Inn and Suites, and Silver Creek Golf Course. Out of town participants are encouraged to stay at the host hotel, Quality Inn and Suites Bay Front. To book a room, please call 1-800-567-4421 and request the “Gathering at the Rapids” rate. Admission and parking are free, and all events are open to the public. For more information, or to book a vendor, food or information table please contact Melissa Agawa at 705-949-2301, Ext. 4816 or at email@example.com .
City gathers applications for summer Concert Series
Sault Ste. Marie Recreation and Culture Division is accepting applications for the 2019 Summer Concert Series at the Roberta Bondar Park Tent Pavilion. The Summer Concert Series takes place on Tuesday and/or Thursday nights in July and August, weather permitting. A cancellation due to inclement weather will not be rescheduled. If you or your band is interested in participating, please complete and submit an application at saultstemarie.ca/summerconcertseries along with a sample of your music to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are also available by visiting saultstemarie.ca and searching Summer Concert Series. Applications are accepted until April 26, 2019. Limited dates are available and an application does not guarantee a performance date. Community Services would like to thank all participating bands who perform to help make the concert series a success.
Wear it again? — that’s the idea
Sault Ste. Marie residents will have the excuse they’ve always hoped for to dig out their old formal attire to “wear it again.” Natashia Schwarz invites anyone interested to wear their wedding, prom, or bridesmaid dress, or tuxedo or suit to her “Wear it Again Gala” at the Grand Gardens, on Friday, March 8. “The premise of the idea came from hearing many women saying that they wish they could wear their wedding dress again. It seemed like such an expensive item to wear one day and then tuck it away,” Schwarz told Sault This Week. “I sat on the idea of this event for a few years until friends of mine encouraged me to carry it out — and now here we are. I can’t believe that my vision is actually coming to life.” Though Schwarz is the primary organizer, she said she’s been lucky to partner with three other women who have shared their expertise: Kayla Miller, a graphic designer; Kylie Demidovich, an event planner; and Amanda Carchidi, owner of Ivory Lane Collective. The Gala will raise funds for the Sault Area Hospital mental health programs. “To make it a fundraiser seemed like a no-brainer,” said Schwarz. “Youth mental health is a huge focus for my wife and I. We both work in the field and know the need in our city. If we can have a fun night and raise some money for a worthy cause, I think that’s a win!” Schwarz’s wife, Kelsey Dugas, is a youth social worker and will participate in the Gala as a speaker. “She will talk about her personal story, her business goals for her LGBTQ-focused practice, and mental health awareness. “She is really going to speak to mental health in the Sault and why fundraisers like this are so important to keep locals in town instead of moving to larger cities,” said Schwarz. Organizers chose the hospital’s mental health programs as recipient of the funds they’ll raise because “It’s a cause that is near and dear to my heart, personally and professionally.” Schwarz said although “it might be a tall order,” she’d like to see the mental health programs and services available “grow to fit the needs of our city.” Currently, some of the hospital’s mental health offerings include in- and out-patient psychiatric services, crisis services, and support groups such as cognitive behavioural therapy, men’s and women’s psychotherapy groups, and mindfulness awareness stabilization training. Its addictions services, including its Rapid Access Addictions Medicine (RAAM) Clinic and addictions treatment clinic, also fall under the hospital’s mental health programs umbrella. The Gala will feature the emcee talents of local celebrity Tim Murphy. He’ll also entertain the crowd with some comedic skits and live music while attendees enjoy a five-course meal by the Grand Gardens and bid on silent auction items. The evening will close out with dancing to music provided by DJ Masi Entertainment. Schwarz has secured partnerships and sponsorships with several local organizations in addition to Ivory Lane Collective. Compass Imaging has donated the event’s print media, Jeannette’s Custom Cakes will provide a treat for guests, SooToday has come on as the event’s media sponsor, and Koach Katrina will provide guests with a two-week unlimited pass to her gym. This is the first time Schwarz has organized this gala and if it succeeds, it may become an annual event, she said. “But we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves. Just hoping for a great turnout!” she told Sault This Week. Tickets are available for the Wear it Again Gala at the Sault Area Hospital and Ivory Lane Collective for $60.
It’s a win-win-win at ARCH Chocolate Express, this weekend
On Sunday, Jan. 13, ARCH will hold its fourth annual Chocolate Express — a sweet fundraiser that allows participants to burn off some calories just in time to eat them back. Each participant can choose whether they want to snowshoe, cross-country ski, or both, from chocolate station to chocolate station along the beautiful trails of Stokely Creek Lodge. ARCH Events Co-ordinator Katherine Williamson told Sault This Week after participants register at the Day Skier’s Cabin and receive their chit number — a must to make sure everyone returns safely — they can choose whether they’d like to snowshoe that 2.5km snowshoe trail, or ski the 2.5km, 5km, or 10km ski trails. Registration starts at noon, and the event begins at 1 p.m. Passes are $25 or a minimum of $50 in pledges. Tickets can be purchased at Stokely between noon and 1 p.m., or online at www.archhospice.ca/chocolate . No matter which method or trail they pick, everyone gets to enjoy “delicious chocolate treats that were generously baked by our Chef Tom and volunteers” said Williamson. You don’t need to be an expert athlete to have fun at the Chocolate Express, she added. “Someone who hasn’t snowshoed or cross-country skied could definitely have fun on this event. With this particular event we have seen more participants, who haven’t done either of these activities before, come out for the first time.” Although ARCH doesn’t provide skis or snowshoes for those beginners, but participants can rent snowshoes from Stokely by calling ahead of the event. Transportation to Stokely Creek also is the responsibility of participants. It’s about a 30-minute drive north of the Sault in Goulais River. The event’s trail sponsor, Maitland Ford Lincoln, will provide a shuttle service from Mountain View Elementary School to the Lodge due to Stokely’s lot being so small. That shuttle will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 3 to 4:30 p.m. Maitland Ford is sponsoring the event for the second year and Williamson said ARCH is happy about the partnership. “Not only do they help with the shuttle, they participate in the event and are a great company on the drive and the trails,” she said. “We are truly lucky to be supported by such a wonderful team.” Despite the recent highs and lows in the temperature and weather, Williamson is optimistic that the event will be a success. “We’ve been very blessed to have beautiful weather every year,” she said, adding that the only way the event will actually be cancelled is if the highway is closed. The ARCH team chose the trails used for this year’s event to allow participants to see “the hidden beauty” at Stokely, said Williamson. The team chose the treats to be “extra delicious”. In fact, the final station – located back at the Day Skiers Cabin — will feature hot chocolate, more chocolate treats, “and a delicious surprise from ARCH’s very own Chef Tom.” Williamson said the event has grown each year that it’s been held since ARCH’s then-Marketing and Events Associate Alexandra Mantha first came up with the idea. (Mantha is now ARCH’s Administrative Co-ordinator.) Last year the event raised more than $11,200 and the goal this year is to raise more than $10,000. Those funds stay directly at ARCH and help with resident supplies, family care, and grief support services, said Williamson. The organization only receives partial funding from the government. ARCH requires more than $750,000 annually from the government and the donation of time from more than 140 volunteers to provide its services free of charge. The hospice serves 150 residents and their families every year, as well as an additional 250 individuals and families through its ARCH Connect program. It also offers programs such as grief and bereavement support to hundreds of others.
The Met Opera shows La Traviata at Galaxy Dec. 15
A reader suggested, “It would be a tragedy” if Galaxy Cinemas’ “courageous” venture into opera performances were to die because people didn’t know about them. Upcoming at The Met Opera via Galaxy on Saturday, Dec. 15 is La Traviata, conducted by Montreal native Yannick Nezet Seguin at the Metropolitan Opera in New York on Dec. 4. Show time is 12:55 p.m. and tickets are regular price, including discounts for seniors and children. The HD performance to be presented by Galaxy this weekend was made during Seguin’s presentation. He was to return to his post as music director of Montreal’s Orchestra Metropolitain later this month. Galaxy has lined up several more for the winter and spring: Francesco Cilea ADRIANA LECOUVREUR New Production and First Time in HD Live: Jan. 12, 2019 Georges Bizet CARMEN Revival Live: February 2, 2019 Gaetano Donizetti LA FILLE DU RÉGIMENT 12:55 p.m. Revival Live: March 2, 2019 (encore April 8) Richard Wagner DIE WALKÜRE Revival Live: March 30, 2019 Francis Poulenc DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES Revival and First time in HD Live: May 11, 2019 (encores June 8, June 10 and June 23) Galaxy acknowledges the series is made possible through “a generous grant” by founding sponsor The Neubauer Family Foundation. Support comes also fromBloomberg Philanthropies, Rolex, Jacqueline Desmarais, in memory of Paul G. Desmarais Sr. and Toll Brothers “America’s Luxury Home Builder”.
Toystock makes a haul for Christmas Cheer
Kerry Simpson and her husband Greg counted the seventh annual Toystock another success. She and Greg have hosted and co-ordinated the event since its beginning in 2011. The family event was held at Grand Gardens North on Sunday, from noon to 10 p.m. and showcased 10 local bands along with a photo booth, airbrushed tattoos, a sit down with Santa, Mrs. Claus and a few of their elves. Mr. Bon Soo attended to celebrate and share in the goodwill and good cheer of the season. The Gardens provided a child-friendly menu for purchase. The entire event was made possible through donation and the effort of volunteers. Grand Gardens donated the space, musicians and other artists volunteered their time and talent and those who came to share in the event donated gifts of toys, non-perishable food and/or money that will provide less fortunate families with a happy surprise Christmas morning. Not only is the “Toystock”a great way to introduce the “next generation to live music and Christmas Cheer” said Kerry Simpson, co-owner with her husband of Maxx Entertainment, “its a great way to set the tone of the season of giving and sharing. At the end of the night she planned to stuff the bus (a Stuff-a-Bus was on site) and take the load to Christmas Cheer “straight away”.