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alysha-brilla-press-featBy 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."

 

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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

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On Saturday April 11th the TOM invites you to participate in the third annual "Slow Art Day". This year, there are over 180 venues worldwide who will be participating – from Adelaide, Australia to Yountville, California. Given the high speed pace of daily life, "Slow Art Day" offers the opportunity to slow down, reflect and interact with artworks and museum collections.
"Stick it to the TOM on Slow Art Day" visitors will be provided with post it notes and pencils to write down their responses to the works on view and let the gallery know what they think of them. These responses will be posted on the walls next to the artworks so that other people can read and discover what moved/inspired/challenged/provoked someone else in their interaction with the art.

coming-right-up-featBeaker Granger will be guest hosting the Friday Afternoon Coffee House & Open Mic on April 10th from 4PM to 6PM at The Bleeding Carrot. All welcome, no charge. Bring your music and your ears and have a great time.


Hanover son, Richard Garvey and Owen Sound's own Tyler Wagler will be at the Frog Ponds Cafe on Friday, April 10th at 6pm, performing original material and covers. This is a pay what you can event.


Multi-Juno nominee, Alysha Brilla will be performing at The Roxy Theatre on April 10th at 8PM. Accomplished and award winning is just the beginning of her bio, this multi-instrumentalist brings guitar, piano and djembe to her [...]

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