poets-featby Kelly Babcock

On Tuesday, March 31st, a gathering was held at The Roxy Theatre lounge to present the newly released anthology, "Mix Well," a collection of poems penned by local poets to raise awareness of poetry month, and funds for the Owen Sound Poet Laureate program, the monthly "Sounds at the Market" show, and the Owen Sound Farmers Market.

April is National Poetry Month and this year's theme is "Food." To that end, Owen Sound's Poet Laureate, Terry Burns came up with the idea of publishing an anthology of verses with that theme, and using the Farmers Market as a sub theme.

The beneficiaries include "Sounds at the Market," a show that happens once a month on the second Sunday from 2:00PM to 4:00PM in the Owen Sound Farmers Market building. "Sounds," as audience members and participants call it, showcases poetry, spoken word, and music, combining featured performers and open mic spots.

As a happy coincidence, many of the poets published in the anthology are veterans of the "Sounds" stage.

chicksw-featby Kelly Babcock, Hub Staff

Sunday, March 29th, 2015 saw the finale of the Georgian Bay Folk Society's Youth Discoveries program for this year. Four of the 11 finalists were chosen to represent the up and coming musicians at the perenial weekend long Kelso Beach celebration of music, Summerfolk. Among those chosen, local favourites, "Chicks With Picks" featured prominently. They will play at Summerfolk in Friday night's 'Discoveries' Concert and participate in workshop sessions during the weekend.
Samantha Greavette, half of Chicks With Picks says of the competition, "A great opportunity to share our talents. It was a fun experience to meet and jam with other performers. [...]"
Greavette, and the other half of the aspiring duo, Morgan Lyall, have been part of Owen Sound's local music scene for several years and have been ...


On Tuesday, March 31, the public is invited to the launch of MIX WELL: A POETRY ANTHOLOGY at the Roxy Theatre at 7 pm. Thirty-eight area poets were asked to reflect on the subject of "food" - the theme of this April's National Poetry Month. Owen Sound's Poet Laureate Terry Burns says the result is "an eclectic and charming collection which should be on everyone's bookshelf."

Burns will be at Owen Sound Council on Monday evening presenting the volume to the Owen Sound Library as part of the Mayor's City Poetry Challenge, initiated by Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi to raise awareness of poetry in people's communities. Proceeds from the book, after printing costs, will be divided between the Poet Laureate Program, SOUNDS at Market , a monthly poetry and music event, and the Owen Sound Farmers' Market itself where copies will be available all month.

LopezPhotoColorregAs the Georgian Bay Symphony continues its search for a new Music Director, Cuban-born Yunior Lopez will take the podium for its March 28 concert. Lopez is this year’s guest conductor for the Havana Virtuoso Orchestra and recently conducted the Las Vegas Honors Orchestra. Lopez is a conductor, chamber player, violist and ...cigar-maker. He will be donating a box of his cigars from his own cigar company in Kentucky, Don Lopez Cigars, as a silent auction item for the 16th Annual Vintners’ Dinner on April 18th.

The Georgian Bay Symphony is also pleased to welcome Russian born violinist, Stanislav Pronin back for a return engagement after a European tour.

Pronin has performed at Carnegie Hall and The National Arts Centre in Ottawa and in major venues and on television and radio in the United States, Canada, Europe and Israel.

The concert on March 28th is an evening of “Nothing But Classics”.

arts-swtwtr-featThe SweetWater Festival welcomes a $10,000 grant from Canada Arts Presentation Fund, financial assistance from the government of Canada to bring Canadians professional artistic experiences in their communities. The SweetWater Festival, now entering its 12th season, leverages that tax money by supporting our region's cultural and economic vitality.

The SweetWater Music Festival will take place from September 18 to 20, 2015, in Leith
and Owen Sound, Ontario with concerts at the Georgian Shores United
Church and the Historic Leith Church. Some of the best professional musicians, local, national and international, will be providing school visits, master classes and artist talks in our community thanks to this unique festival.

Watch for more information about the upcoming SweetWater Horns Aplenty Brass Festival April 24 and 25, featuring the Don E. Johnson Brass Ensemble and True North Brass.

film-regAttention young filmmakers! The libraries of Bruce and Grey counties want your films for the 2015 Grey Bruce Youth Film Festival to be held at the Owen Sound Galaxy Cinemas on April 20, 2015.

Enter for a chance to see your film on the big screen at the Owen Sound Galaxy Cinema, and a chance to win $150, a GoPro Camera or tickets to the United Way's Starlight Film Festival. Some films from the Grey Bruce Youth Film Festival are also selected to be screened at the Meaford International Film Festival.

In addition to the junior, senior and people's choice categories, this year's festival features an additional category sponsored by the City of Owen Sound. Films that prominently feature the City as a setting will be eligible to win a GoPro Camera.






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