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awards-regOwen Sound, Ontario – Monday, October 6, 2014 – Nominations for the 6th Annual Owen Sound Cultural Awards are now open. The City invites residents of the Owen Sound area to nominate their favourite artist, event, or organization for one of the nine awards to be presented at a reception at the Tom Thomson Art Gallery in February 2015.
The awards include: Outstanding Group, Individual, Event, or Festival; Emerging Artist; Patron; Volunteer Service; Cultural Heritage; and Lifetime Achievement. Each award winner receives a beautiful hand-crafted marquetry box designed by Owen Sound artist Diane Edwards. The winner of the Emerging Artist award also receives a cash prize of $500.

symphb-regThis season the Georgian Bay Symphony launched an innovative subscription campaigned offering 50% of the regular price for new subscribers. In a typical year the Symphony signs up 30 new subscribers, just enough to replace the lost of long time subscribers. The number of subscribers has remained steady at just over 350 for the last few years. So far this year the Symphony has signed up over 120 new subscribers.

TOM-regTo enhance the role of Tom Thomson Art Gallery as a major cultural attraction for the City, the Gallery Board is proposing to move the Gallery from a department of the City to its own corporate status.

Board Chair, Linda Myles-Gallinger, and Board Member, Jeff Sziklai, will facilitate the meeting. Members of City Council as well as Gallery staff will be in attendance. By attending, residents and key stakeholders will have the opportunity to discuss ideas, ask questions, and help create the best plan possible.

Kati Gleiser-regBy Frank Dabbs

When Kati Gleiser performs this weekend at the Sweetwater Music Festival followers of Owen Sound's favorite musical hometown daughter will hear a new level of maturity.
Dr. Murray Cathcart and his wife Ruth have mentored the concert pianist.
"A musician requires four things," said Dr. Cathcart.
"Talent, capacity for musicianship and interpretation, the ability to labor for six or seven hours often more in the practice room, and owning the stage.
"Kati has all those attributes.

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