Arts Etalk

Choral Workshop 2014
Saturday May 3 from 9:30am to 3:30pm

a day of singing together and exploring approaches to choral music for singers and choral directors featuring workshop leader Tony Browning.
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MUSIC FESTIVAL ~ April 30 to May 6, 2014
A learning experience for all students, teachers, adjudicators and audience! It provides for the development of talents, the promotion of creativity and the recognition of excellence. Join us as we celebrate our 11th year!
Band with Dr. Errol Gay, April 30
Piano with Sandra Mogensen, April 30 – May 2
Strings with Roufat Amiraliev, Monday, May 5
Vocal with Kimberly Briggs, May 5-6
Choirs / Ensembles with Kimberly Briggs, May 5-6
Drama with Gabrielle Kemeny, May 8
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ARTS ON MAIN 2014 FESTIVAL ~ May 23 to June 11, 2014
Alliston, Beeton, Tottenham
Celebrate our festival opening at the Beeton Honey & Garden Festival Saturday, May 24. Musicians, performers, artists, artisans, youth theatre.
Arts on Main to include:

Youth Art show for students Age 6 - Gr 12, entries positively adjudicated, awards, Educational component to be scheduled for all ages. Pre-registration required; please see here for details.


Our community businesses welcome exhibits of artwork in their windows and within their businesses on the main streets of Alliston, Beeton and Tottenham. This event shall be juried for prizes. Musicians, performers and theatre groups welcome to participate in our events. Pre-registration required; please see here for details.

A lively, exciting art competition for ages 16 and over, paint in a defined time period, prizes judged by the public 1st Prize $500 2nd Prize $250 Silent Auction of all paintings to follow. Pre-registration required; please see here for details.

Looking for a volunteer to help coordinate Arts in our Communities
This program put our member's art out into the community: in libraries, businesses, and offices.  Please speak with Lynda for more details.


...opportunities to participate in the Arts in South Simcoe
Over the past year The South Simcoe Arts Council has rotated artists work throughout the community with great success. The program commenced at the Stevenson Memorial Hospital and the Red Pine Inn has since become very popular at local restaurants.  Please contact us for if you are interested in placing you art around town or having an artist place their work at your business.

Shop Now at the SSAC office

We have Artist's Greeting Cards and Author's Books for sale at the SSAC office. Come take a look and support our artists!
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Date: Wed, April 30 Time: 6:30 pm
Location: The Gibson Centre for Community, Arts & Culture
63 Tupper Street West • Alliston, ON
Fee: $10 Voluntary Donation to the South Simcoe Arts Council
RSVP: 705-434-4338 or (limited seating)

Looking for a rewarding career?

Are you someone who enjoys meeting people?
Do you like to work on your own and still be part of a team?
Would you like to have the freedom to work around family commitments?
Would you like to make your own appointments?
Would you like to work your own hours? Daytime - evenings - weekends
Then we need you to become one of our Representatives in one of the following programs:

Community Welcome:
Your job would be to visit newly relocated families once they have moved to their new home and welcome them with gifts from the local businesses. You would also provide them with information such as community maps, library, hospital, transit information and the local professionals available in the community.

We are currently seeking a Welcome Wagon representative for the Angus/Borden area.
For further information, contact Tracie Kennedy at 705-796-3043.

The New Tecumseth Singers Present "Glorious Spring"
featuring the Renowned "Gloria" by Antonio Vivaldi accompanied by Chamber Orchestra, in addition to works by Morley, Thompson, Ridout, Rachmaninov, Rutter and Willan, under the direction of John Wervers.
Saturday, April 05, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at St. John's United Church, 56 Victoria St.E., Alliston, ON
Alliston: Lloyd’s Papermoon, 45 Victoria St. W., (705) 435-9890
Cookstown: Country Concessions, 1 Dufferin (705)458-4546
Tottenham: Guild Chiropractic Clinic, 111 Queen S. (905) 936-6544
or Contact Mary Cole, (705) 435-5497 or any choir member.
Adult//Senior $15.00, Under 16yrs free

Achill Choral Society presents Broadway!
Sunday, April 27, 2014, 7:30 pm, Knox Presbyterian Church, 160 King Street South, Alliston. 
Sunday, May 4, 2014, 7:30 pm, Christ Church Anglican, 22 Nancy Street, Bolton.
$25 Adults/ $10.00 Age 13-18/ Free for children under 12

'Spring Treasures' - show and sale in Rosemont
Dates: Sat. May 10/14 10:00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m. and
Sun.May 11/14 10:00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m.
Location: The Orange Hall, Rosemont ( across from 'The Globe' restaurant)
Address: Hwy. 89 and the Mono-Adjala Townline (between Airport Rd. and Hwy. 50)

Description: A group of artists present hand-crafted items for sale, including:
stained glass, paintings, cards, Alpaca wool products, hand-knits, silk scarves, jewellery, bath and body products,
quilted items, leather goods, bird houses and feeders, and baked goods from 'The Globe'.
Contact email: or:

Catch the BUZZ…
The Beeton Tottenham Business Improvement Association (BTBIA) is excited to announce “The Great Big Beeton Bee Contest Part 2”.  We welcome all Artists to enter their rendition of a bee made of weather resistant materials such as wood, metal, copper, concrete, glass etc. The artistic entries will be judged at this year’s “Beeton Honey and Garden Festival” May 24th, 2014 by public voting. First place wins $2000.00, Second place wins $1000.00 and Third place wins $500.00.  We encourage friends, family and the public to come out to see the bees at the Beeton Honey and Garden Festival on Saturday May 24th, 2014, where they can vote for their favourite Bee. Watch for last year’s Bee’s to be displayed in the Village of Beeton starting April 1st, 2014. Please contact the BTBIA for contest rules and for registration forms:

The Cookstown Creative Chair Challenge is back for Round Two!
“Buried Alive in the Snowbank" chair? “Picture me in Tahiti" Chair? Your imagination tells the story!
Deadline May 24. Visit for entry form and to see 2013’s awesome chairs.

‘Plein Air’ Painting Retreat on the French River – June 22-26
Engage all of your senses - Interpret the natural beauty of the French River while enjoying the woodland scent of white pine and listening to the sound of rushing rapids. Daily painting in easily accessible but undisturbed locations with accommodation at one of Ontario’s premier wilderness lodges. This retreat offers artists of all levels the opportunity to develop their observational and technical skills in a truly natural environment with one-on-one instruction by Greg Hindle. For information, visit: or email:
JUNIOR PICASSO'S 2014 ~ Summer Art Camps
$125 supplies included
KIDS - 5 classes of 90 minutes - Ages 7 and up
JULY 7 - 11 mornings or afternoons
JULY 14 - 18 mornings or afternoons
AUGUST 11- 15 mornings or afternoons
Mornings 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Afternoons 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Creative fun for everyone! Tell your friends, ask them to join you.

Tottenham Community Week is July 2nd-6th 2014
5th Flavours in the Field August 16th 2014

The Gibson Centre Gift Shop

The Gift Shop at the Gibson Centre carries original works by artists from all over Ontario including many SSAC members.  This month's highlighted artist is Lora Childs, sculptor.  Look for Murphy's Farmstead confections now and as we approach the Christmas season.

Please contact Susan Menzies
Susan is Artist in Residence and Curator of the Gibson Centre Gift Shop

705-435-2828 x24

Papermoon Lloyd's Gallery

Art supplies have arrived at Papermoon!!
Here is a small list of what Heidi has brought in to start:
  • Winsor & Newton watercolours and mediums
  • Winsor & Newton galeria acrylics and mediums
  • large selection of brushes for watercolour, acrylic and oil
  • Arches 22x30 140lb cold press and hot press watercolour paper
  • Arches 22x30 300lb cold press watercolour paper
  • Arches 140lb cold press watercolour paper blocks
  • Canvas: Gallery style (1.5" deep ) and traditional style (.75"), canvas panels. All in different sizes.
  • Itoya portfolios in different sizes.
  • sketchbooks, coloured pencils, pencils, pens and conte.
  • kits for drawing and painting
***If there is a product that Heidi does not have in stock she can order it in. In the new year Heidi will supply oil paints but for now she can order on request. Please come in to see the art supplies and any feedback will be greatly appreciated.
Papermoon, Lloyd's Gallery
Heidi Mackenzie, CPF
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Grand River Film Festival is now accepting submissions for the 2014 SHORT Shorts competition. GRFF encourages all filmmakers – student, amateur, professional – to submit to our annual competition, now in its 7th year.

The SHORT Shorts Competition is a celebration of short films in two categories (Waterloo Region and Cross-Canada). It provides aspiring filmmakers support and exposure of their 15 minute or less film through the hosting of a networking/shorts award event with judging by film professionals, the screening of their film in a festival setting, and the opportunity to win significant cash and product prizes.

For more information about the SHORT Shorts competition please visit

Looking for Music Therapist
Hi there, just thought I'd send out a note to ask if you know of anyone interested in doing some group work at Pine River Institute. We are an addiction treatment centre for adolescents and are located on River Rd in Mulmur. We are looking for a person to run 2 one hour groups per week involving music in some therapeutic therapy would be great but we are looking for a dynamic person who can teach and entertain those that can be difficult to teach and entertain!If you know of anyone or want to pass this along to your members I would really appreciate it. thanks.
Meghan McIntosh, Program Manager at Pine River Institute, or 519-925-9225 ext 109
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