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Unique Festival in York Region


Brenda Muller is a woman with a vision – and someone who turns her visions into realities. The upcoming Blue Bridge Festival, June 3-5, is her brainchild. She’s also the founder and artistic director of the Ardeleana Trio, a York Region music-scene gem for over 20 years. Brenda herself is a classically trained cellist, but her own songs and music, like the festival itself, draw on a whole slew of other influences.

Taking place this year in Georgina, Newmarket, and Unionville, the Blue Bridge Festival combines various genres of music – from classical to jazz to roots & folk and more — for example, the Toronto Chinese Orchestra — with poetry and children’s workshops, for an unusual creative mix. Many (or most) of the performers either live in, or hail from, York Region, so this festival really is a celebration of where we live.

The gala concert Saturday night at Newmarket’s Trinity United Church is worth noting. It features an orchestra made up of both young music students and older professionals, plus an adult community choir, performing works by Brahms and Haydn. “The mix of generations is really a lot of fun,” says Brenda Muller. And of course a great learning experience for all.

Oh – and William Lyon Mackenzie will make an appearance at the festival too. Played by singer-songwriter and children’s performer Magoo, he’ll give you a tour of Newmarket’s Main Street from his own historical perspective, because Newmarket was a hotbed of foment during the Upper Canada Rebellion.

And yes, yours truly is one of the Blue Bridge artists. I’ll be performing Friday evening in Georgina Pioneer Village, and playing Saturday afternoon in Newmarket at Books Cafe & Things, 208 Main St. S., along with other musicians and poets. The poets and I are already trading poems and song lyrics to create some thematic links in the show – not for us a mere random jumble of pieces, oh no! – though we are leaving room for sudden flashes of improvisation and creative juxtaposition… 

Click here for tickets, schedule, venues and more. Come on out and be moved, amused, inspired and entertained by the eclectic artistic riches in your own York Region backyard!

Marie-Lynn Hammond is a co-founder of Stringband, a seminal Canadian folk group, and a critically acclaimed songwriter living in York Region. In past lives she’s written plays and magazine articles and hosted national CBC radio shows. In between working on two new CDs, she freelances as an editor of both fiction and nonfiction. http://www.marielynnhammond.com


Celebrate Spring in Georgina!

Celebrate Spring in Georgina! Don’t miss the Inclusive Recreation Information Fair taking place at the Georgina Ice Palace from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. Featuring information about day and overnight camps, local recreation and leisure programs, swimming instruction, respite services and community programs, the event will be of interest to families who have a special needs child or youth, as well as for service providers who support them. For more information, contact Vanessa Karklins, Inclusive Recreation Coordinator, Children’s Treatment Network, at 905-305-7440 ext 237 or vkarklins@yssn.ca. For more Georgina Events visit http://ow.ly/4AfuH

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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