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kaelin-featureby Anne Finlay-Stewart

"Twenty of the most outstanding young jazz players in Canada". That's the way the Conn-Selmer Centrestage Jazz Band is described. So imagine how 15 year old Kaelin Murphy must have felt when he heard he had been invited to join the band at MusicFest Canada this May.

Kaelin auditioned for the invitation-only band back in March, and is looking forward to playing with other talented young musicians. He is particularly excited that the band leader is Alex Dean, Dean of Music at Humber College and an accomplished sax player, and he hopes to speak with a guest artist who played with Maynard Ferguson – Kaelin's favourite trumpet player.

The Conn-Selmer Band is named for the musical instrument manufacturer. Kaelin's own magnificently hand-engraved silver trumpet was made by the firm 91 years ago. It came from Michael Ray, a member of the Sun Ra Arkestra and of Kool and the Gang. But there is also a slight chance, enough to give the trumpet some special magic, that it might have been played by Maynard Ferguson when he was a kid.

Front-Cover-featInterview by Lori Ross

Larry Jensen – "Some are Songs"

Owen Sound born and raised musician, singer, songwriter and poet Larry Jensen in a recent Q&A talked about his newly self-published book, "Some Are Songs. A Book of Words" and about expanding as an artist.

Jensen will be reading some of his poems and lyrics at a monthly spoken word and music showcase called Sounds at the Market (Owen Sound Farmer's Market) on Sunday May 10th at 2 pm. The official launch of his book will be on Thursday May 21st. 7 pm at The Ginger Press Bookstore (848 2nd Ave East, Owen Sound).

"Some are Songs" is a collection of song lyrics and poetry written over a forty year career in music that included the release of fourteen records/CDs.

Q - Who were you influenced by?

A - My Dad was the first musical influence in my life. He played guitar...

coming-right-up-featby Kelly Babcock, Hub staff

Thursday, April 30th at 5:30, join The Wild Lands Film Festival and Collective as it wraps up it's winter film series with Daniel Schmidt's 'Inner Worlds Outer worlds', An external reflection of a his own adventure in meditation at the Frog Ponds Café


Friday May 1st at 6:00PM, check out Words Made Fresh at the River Café for Fresh First Friday. The written word will be celebrated in prose, poetry, and song with various writers reading poetry and prose from published works and works in progress and singer/songwriters performing original material. Kelly Babcock will be the master of ceremonies.


Friday May 1st at 6:00PM join Zoltan Stewart at the Bleeding Carrot as he hosts "FRESH 1st FRIDAY @ The Bleeding Carrot; An Open Mic Extravaganza!" Don't miss your opportunity to hear local performance art at its best.

coming-right-up-featThe Sweetwater Music Brass Festival presents Horns a Plenty at the Georgian Shores United Church in Owen Sound on April 24-25. Join the SweetWater Music Festival as we celebrate this versatile family of instruments. The festival features True North Brass, The Don E. Johnson Brass Ensemble, and an open clinic for students and community Musicians. For a more indepth look at this, read our article on Horns A Plenty.


Friday Afternoon Coffee House & Open Mic at The Bleeding Carrot from 4:00PM 'til 6:00PM every Friday. Bring your voice, your guitar or whatever other instrument you play, or just come to listen. Your MC, Kelly Babcock has a spot for you on his welcoming stage. Piano available. Free admission


Friday at 6:00PM the monthly Frog Pond Coffeehouse with your host Paul Danard. Open mic format, where anything can happen. On 'til 8:00 PM.

trumpetvalves-featureThere's nothing quite like expertly played brass music for stirring the senses and touching the heart. From the tender tone of the French horn and the subtleties of the trumpet, to the smoothness of the trombone and the resonance of the tuba, brass instruments can handle a vast repertoire that includes classical, jazz, folk, sacred, ceremonial and popular works. On April 24 and 25, join the SweetWater Music Festival at Georgian Shores United Church as we celebrate this versatile family of instruments.
Friday, April 24 will see some of the best brass musicians in Grey and Bruce counties come together under the exceptional direction of Canadian brass music icon Don Johnson.

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