The newsletter of the Arts Council Of Northumberland

Arts Northumberland


November 10, 2006


The Arts Council Of Northumberland is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life within our community by developing widespread appreciation of, support for and involvement in the arts and culture.


Arts Council’s First Annual General Meeting

The ACN will have its first annual meeting on Tuesday, November 21st, at the Lawless gallery in Grafton. Among the items on the agenda are the adoption of the constitution and the election of a Board of Directors.

A general discussion of the state of the arts in Northumberland County will follow.

The ACN is planning a pleasant evening.

Please come and join us.

The ACN provides a unique opportunity for individual members to get known on the Internet by providing a free web page with membership. Click here to view a typical page.

Please visit our Membership Application page to apply.


The Capitol Arts Centre 2006 Fall Seriesl.

Read more HERE


Northumberland Players productions are listed HERE


The Curtain Call Club fall season listed HERE


The First Stages Theatre line-up is listed HERE



at the Capitol


Nov. 11th at 8 pm

Heartsong' - To Help Us Remember

A special concert by Heather Stubbs, accomplished musician and performer. Accompanied by Susan and David Tanner on piano and saxophone,

- a kaleidoscope of songs from the past century.



at the galleries

art gallery of northumberland


Art Gallery Of Northumberland

Carl E. Brown

Visual Alchemy: Ocular Alkahest

Oct. 23 – Nov. 25,

Nov. 10 & 11: Alchemy Film Day. A day of alternative and art films, being held in conjunction with Carl E. Brown’s exhibition “Visual Alchemy: Ocular Alkahest”.

7 pm - 10 pm


Nov. 18:

A Touch of Whimsy

Opening Reception

2 - 4pm

Nov. 28 – Jan. 6:

Janet Read: Ocean as Vessel for Sky. Paintings and assemblage work influenced by Janet’s time as artist-in-residence in Newfoundland. Much of this work mourns the loss of the fisheries and the effect that it has had on the oceans and the people.


Paul Kane Gallery: Dorothy Winter: Recent Quilts – Hats, Cats and Children’s Tales. Wall hung quilts; these quilts have been greatly influenced by Dorothy’s role of grandmother to Aaron and Eva.


the upstairs gallery, port hope

Nov. 1 - 15: Northumberland Photography Club Exhibition

Nov. 4: Artist Talk & R


colborne art gallery 
George Raab,

Read more HERE


lawless gallery – grafton


Sept.30 – Nov.12th


Journey Through the Arts Gallery, Port Hope

Fall Exhibition "Falling", until- Nov.


A.K. Collings Gallery, Port Hope

Otis Tamasauskas and J.C. Heywood (Works on Paper) and Gregor Herman (Glass) (SpaceA)

Read more HERE



Arts Northumberland Review Via Dolorosa A Triumph

The premiere offering of the First Stages’ series of play readings was a triumph for artistic director Robert Latimer.

In a daring initiative, Latimer essayed a one-man show portraying the playwright David Hare’s sojourn to the Middle East in 1997 and the conflicting views of the Israelis and the Palestinians he interviewed. Hare said, the subject of the play is... what is it like for someone whose faith has never been tested to go to a place where faith is absolutely everything?”..

Read more HERE


This Sunday at the Capitol -3:30 pm The Vogler Quartet, with Angela Cheng, Piano

.Perform Hayden, Prokofiev and Dvorak.

Tim Vogler, violin. Frank Reinecke, violin, Stefan Fehlandt, viola. Stephan Forck, cello

Formed in East Berlin in 1985 and still with its original members, the Vogler Quartet quickly established itself as one of the finest quartets of its generation. Mastering a repertoire of over two hundred works from all periods and musical styles, they are widely recognized for their uncommon musical intelligence, homogeneous sound, insightful interpretations and unconventional programming. They now pursue an international schedule of concerts and master classes, which includes all the major musical centers of Europe, as well as prestigious venues in the United States, Canada, Japan, Israel, New Zealand and Australia.

Read more HERE:


This Sunday Movies At The Mall – 4:00 pm – Merry Christmas

In 1914, World War I, the bloodiest war ever at that time in human history, was well under way. However on Christmas Eve, numerous sections of the Western Front called an informal, and unauthorized, truce where the various front-line soldiers of the conflict peacefully met each other in No Man's Land to share a precious pause in the carnage with a fleeting brotherhood.

Read More HERE


Next Saturday at the Capitol - 8:00 pm - Jeff Healey's Jazz Wizards
Back by popular demand, Jeff Healey shares his life-long passion for Jazz by performing Golden-era hits of the 20s and 30s.
Joined by his combo who make up the aptly-named Jazz Wizards, Healey will captivate and delight you with his enthusiasm as he divides his time between lead vocals, valve trombone, trumpet and of course his signature instrument, the guitar.

Christmas In Northumberland

The Little Match Girl Messiah

Westben Festival Chorus and the Westben Youth Chorus team up to bring to life two seasonal favourites concurrently: Hans Christian Andersen\'s Little Match Girl and Handel's Messiah. Conceived and written by Brian Finley and Ken Tizzard, this semi-staged musical journey brims with imagination, poignancy and glorious music new and old.

Opening Saturday Nov 18th - 2:00 pm for more performances read HERE


CHRISTMAS WARM-UP with the Northumberland Orchestra and Choir

Sunday, November 19th , at Trinity United Church, Cobourg was to have been at 3:00 p.m. but because of the Cobourg Santa Claus Parade (2:00 p.m.) the Concert will now start at 4:00 pm
However, between 3:00 and 4:00 pm come and join them for Hot Chocolate and pre-Concert Carols


The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Northumberland Players Youth Theatre,.. In this hilarious Christmas tale a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids ... probably the most inventively awful kids in history. Directed by Victor Baitley, this is one of the funniest Christmas stories ever.

Saturday, Nov 25th, 2:00 pm at Victoria Hall, Cobourg


Sweet Water Country Christmas

Join the Sweet Water Band and their very special guest Tara Lynn Hart for their annual celebration of seasonal music with a country twist.

Sunday, Dec 3rd, at 2:00 pm


Winter Solstice

LaJeunesse Choirs presents Winter Solstice on in Cobourg. A selection of seasonal music performed with special guests from the LaJeunesse Youth Orchestra.

Sunday Dec 3rd at 3:00 pm at Trinity United Church


Brad Halls Words and Music of the Season

Join Brad and his special guests, Paul Caldwell, Bob Trennum, Catherine Ford and Christine Vanderbank as they perform holiday favourites

December 1, 2, 3 at 8 pm at Victoria Hall, Cobourg


"Home for the Holidays" La Jeunesse Youth Orchestra LJYO invites everyone "Home for the Holidays" with friends and guests La Jeunesse Youth Choirs.

Sunday Dec 3rd 7:30 pm -Port Hope United Church


"A Christmas Evening with the Canadian Tenors" Four of Canada's best young tenors at the Capitol

Friday, Dec 8th, 8:00 pm


A Dickens of a Christmas - the Oriana Singers move into the world of Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim this season. Excerpt's from Dicken's A Christmas Carol, will connect songs that reflect the spirit of this beloved classic. Victorian dress and drama, together with songs both traditional and new, will bring a new spin to an old, much-loved classic.
Saturday Dec 09th, Trinity United Church, Cobourg


"John Landry's Holiday Wish" with special guests Stacy Lee & The Essentials

Sunday, Dec 10th at 7:30 pm at the Capitol


The Capitol's 5th Annual Christmas Panto
Sleeping Beauty presented as a Traditional Christmas 'Panto' is fun for the entire family. With comedy, music, mayhem and song, audiences can cheer for the hero and hiss at the villain. The perfect 'family' Christmas outing....while you are at the theatre....enjoy Capitol Christmas and purchase raffle tickets for your chance to win one of over 70 designer trees. Show times HERE


Also At The Capitol John McDermott - Christmas Concert
Canada's favourite Irish Tenor brings his rich golden voice and unforced charm to the Capitol Theatre for a holiday concert of classic folksongs, old standards and heart-warming stories.
Friday, Dec 15th, 8:00 pm


The Nutcracker

High Pointes Dance Academy presents the classic ballet The Nutcracker. The full-length ballet combines excellent dancing with vivid sets and costumes added to the excitement of Tchaikovsky's famous score. Featuring over 60 local dancers, this holiday favourite is sure to the "High Pointe" of your Christmas season.

Dec 15 & 16 at 7:00 pm with a 1:00 pm matinee on December 16 at Victoria Hall


Brighton Barn Theatre – SOHO’s Christmas At The Barn

Friday, Dec 15th and Saturday, Dec 16th


Concert Band of Cobourg Annual Christmas Concert

Sunday, Dec 17th at 2:00 and 7:00 pm at Victoria Hall


Glad Tidings of Great Joy

The MusicMakers present their annual Christmas performance with The Pine Ridge Brass

Dec 23rd at 8:00 pm at Victoria Hall


Charles Dicken's "A Christmas Carol"

Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol will be performed Special guest performers Richard Scrimger, Suzanne Grew-Ellis and John Winkworth join Michael Ellis and a mixed choir for a grand evening of entertainment after the Christmas plethora of events. The cast will be accompanied by Peter Walker at the organ and Victorian carols for the audience.

Saturday, Dec 30 at 8:00 pm at St. Peter's Anglican Church, Cobourg

Showing At The Human Bean This Month – Cindy Taylor Photographer

Nudes in Nature...a continuing photographic study from "Body of Work".
My fine art photographs are a very personal way for me to reach into myself and out to others through the camera.”

Read more HERE



at spirit of the hills

Mary McEwan at Campbellford Library

November 2 - January 3

Opening reception November 14, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.


Spirit 2006 Art Exhibition and Sale.

at the Bohemian Penguin, 399 Front Street, Belleville Sept. 16, to Jan. 14, 2007.


Photography Workshop with Gary Mulcahey

In 2007, photography will be given its own exhibitions on the Spirit of the Hills calendar.




"Quebec and its place in Canada"

NLC's fourth multi-disciplinary program, began on Friday, Sept. 29, 2006.  The program consists of the Quintessence Lecture Series - six evening lectures to be held on Sept. 19, Oct. 5, Oct. 19, Nov. 2, Nov. 16, and Nov. 30, 2006 at the Columbus Centre in Cobourg (7:00 pm to 9:00 pm each evening) - and a related seminar series. 


2006-7 Great Books Series

A series of presentations by

Bruce Meyer

Great Books - Round 1

Sunday, Nov. 26, Sophocles "The Theban Plays"

4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Chapel of St. Peter's Anglican Church, 240 College St., Cobourg
Tickets:Fall series 3 lectures: $40, Single tickets: $15 per person




Singing And Playing Around Town


At the Human Bean, Cobourg

Nov. 10

Shamus Hannah


Ancient Music


At The Oasis, Cobourg

Oasis owner Don Owen & band perform every Sunday


At The Mill, Cobourg

Fridays Shelagh Purcell, Piano


At The Northside Grill, Cobourg

Ken Huard


Two Questions For The Candidates

The Arts Council of Northumberland provides support and advocacy for the arts community. Acting chair Tony Prinzen recently asked the candidates

1) What is your position on local government support of the Arts?

2) Will you commit to including the Arts in all future Economic Development Plans?

Here are excerpts from the responses:

From Port Hope

Parks Recreation and Culture chair Jeff Lees pointed out the need for an Arts Centre. We can create a dedicated base of arts supporters by creating a home for the arts. Funding for an arts center as well as the arts in general must come from municipal, provincial, federal as well as private and corporate donations. In partnership with the arts community Port Hope must pursue funding programs such as the Canadian Heritage Cultural Capital of Canada designation.

Russell Boate, Councillor, Port Hope

As a part-time singer, strummer and songwriter who likes to dabble with water colour painting, when the mood takes me, I can assure you and the local arts community that I recognize the value of the arts as being an important and vital part of this town. In my view, any progressive and thoughtful plan for economic development should include the arts community as they do generate many economic spin-offs for the whole community.

Derrick Kelly, Councillor, Port Hope

We should support at all levels.

The ARTS should certainly be included in our Economic Planning.

My support for the arts on a personal level has always been there as it is an important part of our community.

Ted Watts, Councillor, Port Hope

You are correct in your statements and the Arts should be funded both at County level and municipal level. Port Hope council has in the past contributed to the Capitol Theatre and the Port Hope Library and if elected I would continue that support as needed.

I would commit to including the Arts in the Economic Development plans but the level would have to be reviewed and determined by council.

Art McElroy, Councillor, Port Hope

Read all of the responses in their entirety HERE

From Cobourg

This is my first time running for council. My understanding is that the town does financially support the Arts & Culture. This is a budget item and should be addressed at either the December or January council meeting when the budget is reviewed. I want you to know that if elected I would support a review of the town's financial support of Arts & Culture.

Rob Harper, Councillor, Cobourg

Read all of the responses in their entirety HERE

From Hamilton Township

Arts and culture are an important part of life, however they are a soft service when it comes to the running of a municipality. The maintenance of roads, water plants, policing and fire departments must come first.

Isobel Hie, Councillor

As what you are representing the Arts Council of Northumberland I would encourage the continued commitment to the future Economic Development Plans at both the County Level and Township level to support the better living and quality of live style for all residents that can be promoted through activities that do not cost a lot and can be enjoyed by all.

Gary Woods, Councillor,


Read all of the responses in their entirety HERE

From Brighton

One of my major campaign issues is the need for a comprehensive Strategic Plan for our community. If elected I will ensure input from the Arts community into the planning process so that their perspective, needs and ideas are included.
Dave Cutler, Councillor,

Including the Arts in all future economic development plans is an acknowledgement that the artistic and cultural success of a community is directly related to the transition of that community into destinations of choice for skilled people in all occupations.

I firmly believe that as we map out the future of this municipality we must recognize the importance of the Arts in creating a vibrant town and township.

Anna Moskaluk, Councillor

Read all of the responses in their entirety HERE

From Cramahe

Today with all the downloading from both upper tier governments it is making supporting all this events very difficult yet we must try to help as much as possible.

Arts do enrich people lives and it should be included in all future economic development I hope that is what you are looking for.

Elie Dekeyser, Mayor,

Local government's position needs to be in support of the arts because the arts are crucial to creativity, education, and economy. It promotes tourism and the uniqueness of our county which draws new residents and increased tourism.  I think this is the direction the arts in Northumberland need to be headed and recognized in future economic plans, without exception.

Tim Gilligan, Councillor,


From Alnwick/Haldimand

As a promoter of folk/roots music I am very much in favour of bringing the Arts to the fore in our region, I have been involved with the Coburg Highland Games and would love to see many more Arts events in our area. I would also strive to bring Arts into a greater position at our schools as I feel we have allowed Arts to become a shadow of the place it used to occupy in education.

Regarding the Economic Development of the Arts, it is something I will definitely support as it can only bring positives to Northumberland on all levels.

Jim Fell, Councillor, Alnwick/Haldimand


Members’ Billboard


Basic drawing at the Keogh Studio given by artist and puppeteer Nina Keogh
The studio is open for a 1p.m. to 4p.m. class every TUESDAY.
The fee is $10 per hour and is suitable for beginner adult artists.
Drawing, critiquing, good company and an enjoyable, casual and supportive studio environment.
Materials provided for classroom use - (coffee and hand-outs available).
Please call 905 352 3682

Email preferred:

if you would like to come and join any time.
Private classes also available.

Movies At The Capitol

Admission for films is $7.00. Film passes good for four admissions are available at the main box office during regular business hours for $22. All films start at 8:00 pm unless otherwise posted. Sundays are at 2:00 PM.

For more information about films and the latest bookings, check out the website at

Thursday, Nov 16th - The Illusionist

Tuesday, Nov 21st - Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles


Northumberland Film Sundays 2006/2007 Line-up

The schedule for the Fall 2006 season has now been released:

Nov 12, 2006 - Merry Christmas

Dec 3, 2006 - Bon Cop, Bad Cop

Jan 7, 2007 - Un Dimanche Kigali

Second Annual Film Festival (5 films) - Jan 26-27-28 2007

Opening Film - January 26 (Friday)

The Journals of Knud Rasmussen, the Inuit film masterpiece that opened September’s Toronto International Film Festival.

Read more HERE



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