war-music-regBy Anne Finlay-Stewart

When I was very young, I went to the cenotaph with my father on Remembrance Day. He was a veteran of the Second World War and all the other veterans were the age of my father and my grandfather. Each year I got older and they got older and it became harder to think of them as the young men they had been, the teen-aged sons of those Silver Cross mothers who were waiting for them to come home. But back at our house, my father would put on the records and sing, and we could both imagine ourselves back in the 1940s.

stone-regOWEN SOUND, ON – A conversation about the heroism of doctors on the forefront of the Ebola crisis in West Africa has turned into a grassroots fundraiser this weekend in Owen Sound. The Stone Soup Concert for West Africa will take place on Friday evening, November 7 in the atrium of the Public Health Building on 17th Street East in Owen Sound. All proceeds go to Médecins Sans Frontières/ Doctors Without Borders.

gallery-board-regOn behalf of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Board Chair, Linda Myles-Gallinger, is pleased to announce the addition of two new members to the Board of Directors: Robert McKinnon and Michael Warren. Both bring valuable skill sets and a wealth of experience at this very exciting time in the Gallery's history.

Mr McKinnon and Mr Warren were elected to the Board on October 28th, 2014. This is Mr Warren's second tenure on the Gallery Board. He states: As a former chair of the Board I've been passionate about the future of the TOM for years. Joining the Board again means I can help guide the investigation of incorporation as a key step towards the overdue expansion of the Gallery.

TOM-regTOM Talks explore themes and issues brought to light by our current exhibitions. Always free, and always intriguing.

Please join us as Dick Averns gives an illustrated talk, addressing his work in the current exhibition If it Weren't for the War, and discussing war art in general. An interdisciplinary artist and writer, Dick Averns' practice probes how spaces are valued, bought, sold, exchanged, bartered or fought over. An official war artist, Averns was deployed with the Multinational Force and Observers and is also the first non-fiction writer selected as a Canadian war artist, to publish research into official war art and the War on Terror. All are welcome.

poetry-regDear Poetry Friends,

If you haven't got the Words Aloud newsletter, you might not have heard that the early bird pricing has been extended to Monday Oct. 20th. And if you're not getting the newsletter and would like to, go visit us at and sign up!

Tickets can be purchased online. Just wanted to make sure you knew that. Oh, and I'll be emceeing the Friday night, Nov. 7th main stage event at the Durham Art Gallery, so hope you'll consider joining us. Here's the whole festival schedule:


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