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By Hub Staff
If you're looking for sweet times in a small town you don't have to go any further than the 6th annual Kemble Maple Syrup Festival on Saturday, April 11. The Keppel, Sarawak, and Zion Keppel United Churches have partnered with local producers to open 7 farms for tours where the public can see how maple syrup is made first hand. The sugar bush operations range in size from 35-6200 taps and visitors can also make the acquaintance of the farms' four-legged residents including elk, sheep, herding dogs, and highland cattle. Regel Point Elk Farm will host a Community Fair where visitors can learn more about the local Kemble area and Kemble United Church will host an Art Show and Sale from 9am – 4pm and the Great Maple Infused Meal from 8am - 3pm. The mouthwatering menu includes fresh from scratch pancakes, local meats, and coffee with generous portions of local maple syrup on hand.
For the second year in a row, Owen Sound brewer Spencer Wareham has brought home gold from the Ontario Brewing Awards for his New Zealand Red Ale. Wareham's Killanan Brewing Company won in the amber ale category for the ale he describes as having "great notes of biscuit and toasty malt character which pave the way for some beautiful hop character...a bright citrus character with no harsh bitterness". The awards were announced Thursday night at the 12th annual Ontario Brewing gala at Corus Quay in Toronto.
If you want to enjoy the award-winning ale, it is only available at the Killanan brewery store in the Rockford Plaza for now, but Wareham hopes to get it into the LCBO by next fall or winter.
By Jon Farmer
For two-time Juno Award nominee Alysha Brilla, music is about creating community. Her latest album 'Womyn' mixes messages of inclusion and social equality with the jazz and reggae infused pop sound that has earned her two Juno nods. Brilla and band are bringing her songs to the stage of the Roxy Theatre in Owen Sound on Friday night. In the meantime, she and collaborator Gerima are sharing their message of inclusion in local schools.
Friday's concert is a partnership between the Georgian Bay Folk Society (GBFS) and the Roxy, part of the organizations' on-going efforts to promote music in the area. This is the second time the GBFS has brought Brilla to Owen Sound. She was a highlight of Summerfolk in 2014 and the feeling was mutual.
"Summerfolk was awesome", she said in an interview. "I had been to one festival that had a similar vibe – Mariposa Folk Festival – and I remember going there and thinking 'this is like some crazy fair from back in the day'. Everyone was camped out and happy and relaxed. I remember thinking that this was the most amazing thing of my life and I would never see this again. Then we came to Summerfolk and it was the same vibe".
Seven months after wowing Summerfolk audiences on the stages at Kelso Beach, Brilla's band still talks about it. "They'll still mention Summerfolk to me all the time," Brilla said. "That was an amazing festival, it was magical."
The Owen Sound Artists' Co-op is thrilled to support long time (20 years!) member Linda Bester as she exhibits "30 Year Retrospective" in the Legacy Gallery for the months of April and May.
Join Linda in a celebration of her achievements on Sunday, April 12th, from 2pm to 4pm.
Linda allows us a rare glimpse into the full scope of her career, beginning with work from her youth, through to her popular present day watercolour and acrylic paintings and new mixed media projects.
We can follow Linda's journey as she navigates the world of professional