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The Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library is thrilled to announce that two local artists will jointly hold the position of Owen Sound Poet Laureate for the next term. Rob Rolfe and Larry Jensen have been appointed Owen Sound Poets Laureate 2015 to 2017. "It was very heartening to have five other strong submissions from all over the region," said former Poet Laureate Liz Zetlin. "Larry Jensen and Rob Rolfe have the most impressive combination of experience and vision for the Poet Laureate project," she said.

The Owen Sound Poet Laureate is chosen by the Poet Laureate Advisory Committee. Zetlin, who chairs the three-member committee, said that at first they had some reservations about accepting a joint application. "Having two poets laureate is unprecedented," she said. "We agreed to consider Rob and Larry as a duo only if their combined application reflected something truly unique. And then they blew us away and we had no doubts."

Rolfe and Jensen plan to expand on a collaboration that began about two years ago, developing projects that fuse the spoken word, songs, lyrics and poetry with instrumental music to explore working class stories of Grey-Bruce/Owen Sound, Mudtown and beyond. "We're very pleased because we had an idea of what we wanted to do," said Rolfe.

coming-right-up-regby Kelly Babcock

Thursday, August 27th, 8:30 'til 10:30 at The Avalon Jazz Lounge, 229 9th St. E., Bobby Dean Blackburn is back, by popular demand! Straight in from County Bruce, the Huron Shore's best known blues man hits the Avalon for an early show. Rumor has it that the great Earl Georgas will be joining Bobby Dean on drums. This is one show you don't want to miss! Admission: Pay what you can


Friday, August 28th, 4PM 'til 6PM at the Bleeding Carrot at 945 Main St. presents the Friday Afternoon Coffee House & Open Mic hosted by Kelly Babcock of Hot Black Coffee. Come on out and take part in the fun, bring your guitar, your banjo, your fiddle, or play our piano. Make some music or present some poetry or just relax with a cup of the Carrot's coffee or a smoothie, and listen ...

Folk-regBy Kelly Babcock, Hub Staff

I busted my back. I broke my truck. I wore out a good pair of gloves, busted a couple of screw gun bits and tore my jeans.

I got up at 3:45AM on Saturday August 15th to start moving stage trailers from storage to the park so that we wouldn't bother anyone, wouldn't inconvenience the commuters on our already construction congested streets this year.

I worked eight and ten hour days to bring things safely across town and then assemble them. I watched as dozens more volunteers did the same things I did, worked the same odd hours I worked, made fast the things that were loose, made do with the things that could have been better, and made right the things that needed repair.

And as things came together and as things got done and as the time grew closer, little by little, the glibly painted timber frames and plywood floors took on the aura of completeness and even the appearance of strength and the look of festival.

And then Summerfolk opened and ...

circle dance amphitheatre 175The Georgian Bay Folk Society (GBFS) is officially declaring the 40th anniversary Summerfolk Music and Crafts Festival a success. The festival enjoys a glowing reputation among fans and performers for the beauty of its venue, quality of music, and laid-back friendly atmosphere. Summerfolk40 lived up to the reputation with sunny weather, a breathtaking line up, eye catching artisans, and fabulous food creating the positive vibe. This year, the festival welcomed 15,000 visitors on to the Kelso Beach site over the four day event. "We wanted the 40th anniversary to be special," said GBFS president Phil Bye, "and I think we succeeded; I heard positive comments from performers, vendors, and patrons all weekend".

"This is one for the books" agreed Artistic Director James Keelaghan who scheduled the 40+ acts for all seven ...

coming-right-up-featby Kelly Babcock

Thursday August 20th, at 8PM, The Avalon Jazz Lounge and Patio, 229, 9th St. E., presents David Sereda, Tyler Wagler, & Keira McArthur performing "music that leaps over fences! music, in the present tense! three converging Canadian voices who cook!"


Thursday August 20th, at 8PM, at Kelso Beach, 1900, 3rd Ave. W., the Georgian Bay Folk Society presents Summerfolk 40th Birthday Bash at the "Down By The Bay" tent. Performers are MonkeyJunk and Matt Andersen. Come join in for the only way to kick off Summerfolk40


Friday, August 21st, at 4:30PM at Kelso Beach, 1900, 3rd Ave. W., the Georgian Bay Folk Society presents the Fortieth Annual Summerfolk Music & Crafts Festival, This Festival lasts all weekend long. Performances by Joel Plasket, Whitehorse, Trout Fishing In America, Samantha Martin, Delhi 2 Dublin, MacKenzie Blues Band, Chicks With Picks ...

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