Monthly Archives: February 2011

Aurora Jazz Festival is a GO!

Sher St. Kitts

By: Sher St. Kitts

Hello music lovers! Mark your calendars; enjoy a Stay-Cation right here in Aurora for the August 1st long weekend! Save gas, invite family – enjoy your home area with friends… July 29-31st 

 Run by the newly formed Aurora Festival of the Arts, a non-profit organization, the 3rd Annual Aurora jazz Festival received a green light from Town of Aurora Council which voted 7 of 9 in favour, to sponsor the festival to the tune of $5000 which includes a break on park fees. 

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The Art of the Hidden Message

Vito Marchese

By: Vito Marchese

One of my favourite projects to work on as a graphic designer is a logo. It seems so simple, yet it tends to be one of the more complex project that I work on. With so much importance in a logo and so little space to convey the message, the details are crucial.

Some of the best and most well-known logos in the world tend to be the simplest. They do a fantastic job at being recognized in the marketplace and, if done right, can convey the right emotion for the brand.

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York Region Musicians at Winterfolk!

Marie-Lynn Hammond

By: Marie-Lynn Hammond

Four musicians from the region will be showcased at Winterfolk, the roots/folk/blues fest in downtown TO, on Sunday, 20 February, at 1 p.m. at the Black Swan pub, 154 Danforth. Details here. It’s a FREE, not-for-profit festival, happening all week long in various venues on the Danforth, though donations are certainly welcome to help pay the musicians.

The Performers

And yes, I’m one of the four performers showcasing, so as a typically modest, self-effacing Canadian (other than Don Cherry, that is), I sincerely apologize for what may seem like shameless self-promotion, something we really just don’t approve of, do we?!

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Parents are Just Devoted Gardeners

Lesley Ann Marcovich

By: Lesley Ann Marcovich

Did you raise your family to resemble a manicured garden – traditional, with exquisite shrubs and stately fences? Or did you raise your family to resemble a wild garden – left mostly to nature with a mishmash of wildflowers, grasses, weeds, and some open spaces where wildlife can creep in?

 Don’t you sometimes shake your head at this strange group of genetically matched organisms you call your family and say, “This is not going according to plan!”

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Making Art


Herbert Pryke

By: Herbert Pryke

Opinions about art keep changing; not only today, but throughout history. The History of Taste – which is part of the History of Art – is a continuous process of discarding established values and inventing new ones. It is impossible to measure the merits of works of art as a scientist measures distances.

Art is imagination and has no boundaries. Art is the creative process of our imagination and our attempt to give it form. The hand tries to carry out the commands of the imagination and puts down a brushstroke. The result may not be quite what had been expected from the mind; partly because the image in the artist ʼs mind is constantly shifting and changing, so that the commands of the imagination cannot be precise.

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The “Ice Fishing Capital of Canada” – In our own backyard!

Kite Surfing between the Ice Fishing Huts on Lake Simcoe

By: Jennifer Curtis

What do you think of when you hear the words “Ice Fishing”? For many people ice fishing  brings to mind a winter pursuit enjoyed by those in cottage country far away from the big city.  I thought the same, until yesterday when I had the chance to learn more about an ice fishing festival in our own backyard: The Great Georgina Ice Fishing Derby.

This derby, considered to be the largest its kind in North America, has the town of Georgina claiming the title, “Ice Fishing Capital of Canada”. The derby makes use of Lake Simcoe to host a remarkable 2 week event, kicking off January 29th and wrapping up this Sunday with cash prizes to be awarded to the biggest catches.

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Research for a Song?

Marie-Lynn Hammond

By: Marie-Lynn Hammond

Yes, I’m doing research for a song. Because not all songs are about the writer’s navel-gazing feelings, or about love, that bottomless pit of inspiration (and too often cliché) for songwriters.

I love writing songs on unusual topics and songs that tell stories. If they tell a Canadian story, even better. So I’m now writing one about the Sharon Temple (, a unique heritage site in the north of York Region.

The temple, completed in 1832, was built by a fascinating sect called the Children of Peace. You could say they were the first hippies: they valued peace, social justice and equality; they lived together cooperatively in one village; they held feasts where everyone shared food; they wore colourful clothing when they marched in processions; and music and song were a big part of their worship.

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