Arts Council of Northumberland



The Newsletter of the Arts Council Of Northumberland


The Arts Council of Northumberland encourages creativity and raises the visibility of the artist and the arts community through advocacy, communications and leadership.




This newsletter covers theatre, music, lectures, films, workshops and exhibitions.

A long-range calendar of events is available HERE.

A listing of member artists is available HERE

Arts and cultural organizations wishing to place events on the long-range calendar please notify Oliver Steins at  

ACN Member Artists Of The Week

A stellar line-up of local authors will assemble this Saturday in the Grafton Inn. Please see the notice below.



From The Arts Council


The ACN website now has a map of cultural attractions – galleries, theatres, museums - in Northumberland. It is a work in progress with the possibility of including studios, arts supplies stores and other ancillary businesses. Check it out HERE


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1,200 to 1,400 different people visit the ACN website each month.

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What’s On – This Weekend And The Coming Week

Meet Your Favourite Local Authors May 15th! from 1pm to 4pm at the Grafton Village Inn,  meet and greet with favourite authors and poets -  purchase an autographed book (or bring one you've already bought from a bookstore to have signed), enter gift draws to win signed books, have the chance to win a grand door prize, and enjoy light refreshments, $15 per person. Tickets for the Northumberland County Author Meet & Greet in area book stores and at the Alnwick/Haldimand Township office in Grafton, and the library branches in Alnwick/Haldimand.

Authors include: Angus Read, former Mayor of Cobourg, (Don't Tell Me it Can't be Done), Wade Rowland, author and journalist (Greed, Inc., Spirit of the Web, Galileo's Mistake), Eric Winter, Cobourg poet (The Man in the Hat), Gary May, author of Angus Read's biography (and the non-fiction book, Hard Oiler!), Ted Staunton, Port Hope children's author (Simon's Surprise, Puddleman, Morgan series), Peggy Dymond Leavey (author of 8 children's books, including Treasure at Turtle Lake) Pat Bryan, Port Hope author (Faith Harbour, JB & Me,  A Child's Christmas in Port Hope, My Dear Father...Letters From the Front 1915), Shane Joseph, Cobourg author (Fringe Dwellers, After the Flood)’ Patrick Gray, Port Hope author and minister, (This Grace of Light), Eric E. Wright, author (5 non-fiction books, and one novel, The Captives of Minara)

Art Cockerill, Cobourg author (Emma on Albert Street, The Charity of Mars, various techincal works), Bart Kreps, Port Hope author, (Inuvik in Pictures: 1958 - 2008). Calay Fiddick, Brighton author (The 40th Horse), Kim Williams, poet; Linda Hutsell-Manning, author juvenile books, poet, playwright, Mark Clement, Cobourg poet (Island in the Shadow), Deborah Panko, poet (Somewhat Elsewhere), Liane Shaw, author ( ), Donna Wootton, Port Hope (Leaving Paradise, Moon, Remembered:...Lacrosse Goalie Lloyd....) Brenda Clark, Port Hope (illustrator of children's Franklin series of books) Info: Carol Dempsey 905-349-3807,, or Lorraine Dmitrovic 905-352-3217


Audition Notice. Calling all Triple Threats!!!!! The Victorian Operetta Society will hold auditions for Irving Berlin's White Christmas (to be presented at the Concert Hall November 11-20, 2010) Friday May 14 from 7-9:30 and Sunday May 16 from 2-5. Men and women of all ages are required. Singers and dancers and singers who can dance a must! If you would like to be a part of this lush, nostalgic Christmas tradition obtain music for your audition and book an audition appointment by calling 905-372-9010 and watch the website for details.


Shane Peacock Book Launch, Saturday, May 15th, 2 pm, Mary J. Benson Branch, 31 Queen Street, Port Hope Some people call Shane Peacock “the next J.K. Rowling.”We call him a true friend of Port Hope Public Library as once again he’s chosen the Mary J. Benson Branch as one of the stops on his latest book tour. The Secret Fiend is the fourth title in the wildly popular The Boy Sherlock Holmes series. Kids from 8 to 80 will enjoy Shane’s fascinating presentation and dramatic reading. Book sales and author signing courtesy of Furby House Books, which donates 15% of sales to PHPL.


Take A Musical Trip Across Great Britain with St. John’s United Church Choir. Saturday, May 15, Dessert and Coffee 6:30 pm Concert 7:30 pm, St. John’s United Church, Bridge St. W Campbellford. Special Guests: Tom Sharpe, Blaine Sharpe, Kim Dafoe,  Kim MacNeil, Andy Thompson, ** Kelli Trottier and The Mushy Peas**Piper: Henry Muth, Adults $20 Youth/Students $10, Contact Church Office     705-653-2283


Poetry, Music, Wine and Conversation, at 66 King East, May 16, 1:00 pm. The Ontario Poetry Society event. Readings by members and an open Mic for all...


TEA AT FIVE, By Matthew Lombardo, Sunday, May 16, 3:00 PM, at the Capitol, Port Hope, Directed by Robert Latimer-Cornell, Based on her book Me: Stories of My Life, TEA AT FIVE is an intimate look at the life of the legendary Broadway and screen actress Katharine Hepburn. The first act takes place in September 1938 when Hepburn is 31 years old. Despite Broadway appearances and her first Oscar (MORNING GLORY 1933), she has just been labeled "box office poison" after a series of film flops. She is awaiting a call to see if she has won the part of Scarlett O’Hara in a film called GONE WITH THE WIND. With her professional future in doubt, she contemplates her childhood in Hartford, her education and her start in show business. The second act takes place in February 1983, after Hepburn was injured in a car crash. Parkinson's disease has left her voice shaking, her hand clutching a cane, but her eyes still shining with intelligence, wit and the wisdom that informs a long life lived to the fullest. Now the 76 year-old star reflects on the triumphs of her career and her heart-breaking romance with Spencer Tracy. TEA AT FIVE is an unforgettable trip down Broadway, Hollywood Boulevard, and memory lane.


LJYO - Sonic Bloom, Sunday May 16 at 7 p.m. Port Hope United Church.  Always a deeply satisfying musical experience, Sonic Bloom challenges our members with repertoire that would not be out of place for professional ensembles. Our special guest this year will be violinist Nathaniel Anderson-Frank. Now a Masters candidate at the Royal Academy of Music in London, England,Anderson-Frank is an alumnus of the Festival Pablo Casals, the Perlman Music Program and the National Academy Orchestra of Canada


Northumberland Orchestra And Choir - Victoria - Music for Queen Victoria and her Empire" - Sunday, May 16, 3:30 p.m at Trinity United Church, This special concert will bring together music of Queen Victoria's British Empire - "Coronation Anthem", "Irish Rhapsody No. 1" and more, but featuring Adrian Anantawan, Violinist of International renown (War Amps celebrity), playing Bruch's "Scottish Fantasy" - a must for all supporters of good music. Come and celebrate for Cobourg, and with us!


Mysteries and More at the Cobourg Public Library. Free Friday films featuring classic crime and drama, tea and pastries All films start at 2:00 pm in the Rotary Room on the main floor. Entire fall schedule HERE  .


Film Monday Musical Matinees at the Cobourg Public Library at 2:00 pm – schedule HERE


Classic Movie Matinees at the Port Hope Public Library, Tuesdays 2:00 pm. – schedule HERE


Tuesday Movies at 8:00 pm at the Capitol, Port Hope - The White Ribbon” –


Concert for the community, May 19th at 8 pm Town Hall, Castleton. The program is a light classical one, including Broadway songs, Lyric Pieces for piano by Grieg (to salute local resident Lorne Grieg who is related to the composer) , and virtuoso works for violin by Ravel and Brahms. The admission is at the door, single admission is $20, family admission is $30.  (This from Cecilia Ignatieff: to introduce a newly rebuilt vintage piano for that location, for the use of the community. I am responsible for this idea, of getting a piano for the hall, and the idea has involved a number of local residents: my neighbour Steve Jackson wanted to dispose of this vintage instrument, which was residing in his garage.  I arranged for Daniel Wiersma, a recent graduate of Western University's piano-tuning course , to rebuild the piano   another neighbour, Justin Ball, has replaced the mechanism for adjusting the vintage piano stool which belonged to the Hall,  another neighbour Heather Stubbs kindly agreed to join me in a fund-raising concert.  my nephew Nathaniel Anderson-Frank also agreed to perform in the concert. He is appearing with the La Jeunesse Orchestra on May 16th , playing the Mendlessohn Violin Concerto.)


Celebrate 150 years of Victoria Hall - Historical Lecture Series and Display at the Cobourg Public Library

May 19th at 7:00 p.m. “The History and Restoration of Victoria Hall ”Speakers will be John Taylor, first Executive Director of the Society for the Restoration of Victoria Hall and Peter Stokes, Restoration Architect.

“A Night at the Ball” During the month of May the Library will recreate a scene from the Grand Ball that opened Victoria Hall. We invite you to the second floor of the Library for a glimpse of Cobourg’s history.

 All lectures are presented FREE of charge. SEATING IS LIMITED.

Register by emailing or call 905-372-9271 x 6242


Poetry, Music, Wine and Conversation, at 66 King East, Cobourg, May 20, 7:30 pm Poetry Workshop - Monthly 3rd Thursday reading. Read about the 'Poet of the Month' >


Movies at 8:00 pm at the Capitol, Port Hope  “ “Fish Tank” –



What’s Coming – At The Lectures, Readings, Book Launches and Awards


What’s Coming? - At The Theatre And Dance


Ron James, Friday, May 28th, 8:00 PM, at the Park Playhouse, Cobourg. Coming off another critically acclaimed, highly rated CBC-TV comedy special, Canada's most consistently sold out stand-up comedian, RON JAMES, makes a visit to Cobourg with a poetically-charged, rocket fuelled trip across Canada's cultural landscape.


What’s Coming? - At The Concerts and Opera

The Northumberland Opera Guild held its inaugural meeting on May 5th of this year, and has already attracted a lot of interest. We hope to run a full program of monthly lectures, focussing on the upcoming 2010-2011 season of the Canadian Opera Company, and to run bus trips to the Sunday afternoon performances at the Four Seasons Centre. Those interested in purchasing opera and/or bus tickets are encouraged to send their orders in early for the best choice. Please print the attached form and send, with your payment to  Margaret Dillon.

To become a member, please send your name, address, phone number, e-mail address (if available), and a cheque payable to the Northumberland Opera Guild to: Val Mancktelow, Treasurer, 208 Walton Street, Port Hope, Ontario, L1A 1N6. Annual fees are $25 for a single, and $35 for a family.


Beatlemania” Friday, May 21st  8.00 PM, the Capitol Theatre, Port Hope. Exploring the Beatles "revolution" in popular music and culture. Employing authentic "Beatle" instruments, amplifiers, and costumes, coupled with faithful renditions of your favorite Beatle classics "The Beatles Experience" recreates the spirit of the "Fab Four" in ways that have audiences raving about them” Eight days a week. Join the specialist Australian cast as they take you on a two-hour journey recapturing an era of music that still has magic all of its own!


The Colborne Gallery spring concert Sat. May 29 at 7.30 p.m. by solo musician October Browne. The Colborne Art Gallery is a collective, non profit art gallery in Colborne. A cultural gem in Northumberland County. ( )


Neil Young Tribute, Saturday, May 29th, 2:00 PM. at the Park Playhouse, Cobourg. Featuring: Francois Choquette, Heather Luckhart, Trish Robb, PHLO, Mike Kelly - matinee concert with twelve incredible musicians as they celebrate & perform the Music of Neil Young!


Choral Legacy presents Songs of Inspiration. Sunday May 30th, 2:30 pm, The Ruth Clarke Centre, 81 Mill Str. S. Port Hope. Join this unique women's choir for an afternoon of spirituals, sacred and secular songs as well as stories to inspire and uplift you. Take part in the sing along and stay for light refreshments.

Tickets: $10.00 at the door or call 905-349-2188


The Parish of Perrytown - (St. Anne-St. George-St. Paul) PRESENTS "With A Song In Our Hearts", Sunday, June 6th at 4P.M.Third annual Spring Concert Songs, sacred songs, folk songs, ballads, show tunes, gospel. Directed by Chris Tracey with St. Paul's choir, St Paul's Anglican Church, Perrytown 6876 County Rd. # @ 7th Line, 10 KMS North of HWY 401 @ Welcome/Port Hope Exit Admission $10  (Family of 3 or more: $25) Phone 905-342-5680 Email: saint


The Oriana Singers present their Annual Fundraising Concert - Around the World in 80 minutes  Saturday, June 5, Baltimore Recreation Centre Hall, Doors Open at 7pm Assigned Seating – tickets must be purchased in advance from the Victoria Hall Box Office, Ticket Price $35, Call 905-372-2210 or 1-888-COBOURG, Songs from Japan, Finland, Hawaii, Spain, etc, Silent Auction, Raffle, Full Bar, Dessert Buffet


Words and Music 2010 - presented and performed by Brad Halls and His Guest Vocalists.  Friday, June 11 and Saturday June 12,  at Victoria Hall, Cobourg. Halls his guest vocalists Eileen March and Catherine Ford present “The Songs of the Beatles”.


The Magic Flute, July 2,3,4 at 2:00 PM, Westben Concerts At The Barn. is a fully staged production with orchestra. The UBC Opera Ensemble are stopping at Westben for three performances while on route to Europe. Milt Jewell is busy with set design, Ron Vogan is preparing the surtitles and lighting design while Jim MacDonald is getting The Barn in tip top shape. Westben welcomes recent Juno Award winner Adrianne Pieczonka, as well as mezzo soprano Laura Tucker and Host Iain Scott to Saturday Night at The Opera, July 24 at 7:30 pm. This concert will be sold out so don't wait to reserve your seats.


What’s Coming – Workshops and Auditions

Northumberland Players – AUDITIONS – for Having Hope at Home, by David S. Craig - Wednesday, June 9 & Thursday, June 10 at 7:00 pm, (possible callbacks Sunday, June 13 @ 1pm), Fire Hall - 3rd Floor, 213 Second Street, Cobourg ON  (905.372.0577)

Having Hope at Home, by Canadian playwright David S. Craig, is a very clever, funny and heartwarming look at a family learning to love each other again through hope and forgiveness.  Modern medicine meets midwifery at full speed when the daughter of a gynecologist insists on doing things her own way. All the action takes place in the kitchen of the grandfather's old farmhouse  …somewhere in Canada. Director, Brenda Worsnop. No prepared piece necessary for auditions.  Production dates:  October 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31 and November 5, 6, 7,  2010 at the Best Western.Call Producer, Doreen Page, at 905-377-8590 if more information is required.


Artworth began uniting children with local professional artists and artisans in Warkworth in 2005.  This year’s camp runs from July 5th through July16th and is a journey from the self expression of creating art, to the expansion of that expression in creating a performance. The Funtastic Arts camp will include Mask Building; Clowning, Dance, Felting, Pottery; Painting; Tie Dyeing; Baking and Creative Games. Further details about the 2010 program can be found on Artworth’s website: .


Cindy Taylor is offering a series of photography workshops through the Fleming College campus in Cobourg.

Please visit the website HERE for information on the courses.


Choral Legacy is a women's choir that sings music in three or four part harmony. Our musical selections encompass a wide variety of styles, including jazz standards, show tunes, and popular music. The chorus rehearses on Monday nights under the direction of Shasta Morey, at Baltimore United Church starting at 7:15 pm.

We are always looking for women who enjoy the fun and friendship that come from singing together. If you are interested in joining our choir, please call Ann Knott 885-6534 or Shasta Morey 349-2188.


This from ACN member Chrissy Poutras:I am the owner of Spark Box Studio, a new artist studio and residency program in Picton, Ontario. We have recently launched an Emerging Artist Residency Award which gives young emerging artists the chance to participate in an artist residency free of charge for up to one week. Along with this opportunity we have also started building a resource site for emerging artists called the Emerging Artist Guide. This guide can be viewed by going to Website:


The Painted Tree, Cobourg has announced spring classes. Visit the Website HERE. Also a series of kids’ workshops is in the planning stage.


Northumberland Hooks and Needles Guild which meets the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month at Regency Manor Nursing Home, 66 Dorset St. E., Port Hope at 7:00 p.m. Contact Yvonne O’Neill 905-885-4872. The 1st Thursday of each month is “Knitter-Knatter” (knitting news, designer of the month, show and tell).

The 3rd Thursday of the month is a workshop:; May 20 – Shawls; Jun 17 – Knitting Challenge Finale.


What’s On And Coming – At The Shows, Exhibitions and Tours

The Colborne Art Gallery - Edges, a show by Gallery member Avril Bull until  June  13th. Bull finds edges are something to run along, bump into, climb on to, hang on or fall off. This show is an exploration in paintings and original prints that encompasses many edges. Those on the edge in school, society and our environment. These edges can be happy , challenging or sad places. Life is edgy.


From The Cobourg Art Club - See paintings by local artists at The Mill restaurant and pub, Cobourg, a continuing show with lots of variety. Also, a continuing and current display at the Dalewood Golf and Curling Club on Dale Rd, Cobourg. Everyone welcome,  for more info call Maureen 372-7214


Kingsley’s Korner returns to Mrs B’s Prince Edward St Brighton. Brighton Arts Council presents for the winter at Kingsleys Korner warmest wishes with art displays by their members. Drop by and view the craftsmanship in wood by Darryl Stutt along with his matted photos of winter scenes, wood carvings of winter birds by Clyde Harvie, country scenes in Oils by Anita Gutteridge, Presqu’ile photos by David Lawler and the internationally famous teddy bears by Trish Pilon. Some items are for sale.


Spirit of the Hills ‘Mpumalanga Memories’ and features photographs taken by Jane Osmond during two mission trips to Mpumalanga Province in South Africa in 2008 and 2009. at the 100 Mile Diner, Warkworth.

Osmond’ photography demonstrates a broad palette of imagery: startling beauty, inexplicable joy, and overwhelming contrasts.  She saw startling beauty in the African people, especially the children, as well as in the wild animals in their natural habitat. Inexplicable joy burst forth in spontaneous a cappella singing and dancing even while these young people struggled to overcome adversity. There were overwhelming contrasts in the rich and the poor, in modern shopping malls and country markets, and in the beauty of the land. This African experience brought tears and laughter, sorrow and joy. Until February 28th..


Great gardens of the Ganaraska! Visit eight delightful and extensive garden retreats set in the Ganaraska watershed and the rolling Northumberland hills. Sunday, June 27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call toll free: 1-888-278-2484 or visit our URL www://  All proceeds in aid of Northumberland Big Sisters Big Brothers.


Horizons of Friendship’s 13th Annual Homes, Gardens and Music Tour

Sunday, July 11th, 1:00-5:30 p.m. Spend an elegant mid-summer afternoon enjoying live music and light refreshments as you tour homes and gardens in Cobourg and area. Proceeds go to Horizons of Friendship to support self-help projects that provide a viable alternative to poverty and injustice in Central America and Mexico. Call 905 372-5483 or 1-888-729-9928 for tickets. $30 ($22 tax receipt)


The Friends of Bon Echo Park invite all nature artists to the Bon Echo  Art Exhibition & Sale at Bon Echo Provincial Park, Hwy.41, Cloyne, ON.  The theme of this juried exhibition of original art is about Canadian Nature, Wildlife, or Countryside, and will take place on July 23, 24, 25, 2010.  deadline for applications: March 1, 2010. For Applications & Information:  Derek Maggs, Executive Director, Friends of Bon Echo Park, 16151 Hwy. 41, RR#1, Cloyne , ON, K0H 1K0.Phone:  613-336-0830

Email:       Website:


ACN member Trish Pilon invites you to peruse the Teddy Bear Review Digital magazine. HERE Be sure to pause at pages 26 & 54 for some video action. (You can't get THAT in the print edition!!)


Susan MacDonald, textile artist. Her work is on display and for sale at the AGN gift shop at the Upstairs Gallery, Port Hope. .  


What’s Coming?At The Movies

Movies at 8:00 pm at the Capitol, Port Hope 

“ “Fish Tank” – Thursday, May 20th

“Crazy Heart” – Tuesday, May 25th

“The Ghost Writer” – Thursday, May 22nd

  “The Secret of Their Eyes” – Tuesday, June 1st

“Chloe” – Thursday, June 3rd

What’s On – At The Competitions

"Make it Indie" VENDOR CALL. All creators and purveyors of Fine Craft and Decorative Art are invited to submit work for the inaugural Christmas Fine Craft and Decorative Art Show and Sale, 2010. Please see our website @ www.// for more details and vendor information and forms or call Sally @905-377-0740.Submissions accepted until June 1st


4th Line Theatre is accepting submissions for its 2010 New Play Competition.

The entry level for new projects is referred to as ‘seeding.’ Playwrights who have had at least one full-length work for the stage professionally produced are invited to submit story ideas, draft treatments or draft scenes of a proposed play project for seed funding. At a later date successful projects may be eligible for commissioning.  Submissions should reflect 4th Line Theatre’s mandate and mission: to preserve and promote our Canadian cultural heritage through the development and presentation of regionally-based, environmentally staged, historical dramas and to develop and present original Canadian works of the highest quality which explore regional themes, history and heritage. The closing date for submissions is April 23, 2010.


Arts Blogs We Like


‘View On Canadian Art’ Your Cultural Concierge! VoCA offers critical commentary on the Canadian art scene, with a focus on Toronto. Featuring exhibition previews, critics’ picks, interviews and in-depth articles on art in Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Ottawa and Halifax.

Art Daily – The first art newspaper on the net!


Members’ Billboard

ACN member Heather Stubbs has a website devoted public speaking and presentation skills. As a speaker and presentation skills trainer, she  draws on a lifetime of performing experience to provide a lively, insightful and thought-provoking presentation. Have a a look at She also issues a weekly newsletter.



Business Friends of the Arts

Dray Design Studio Website Design, Print and Graphic Design

Bart Hawkins Kreps  Website Design, Print Design, Editing

Aye Lighthouse B&B  Bed & Breakfast

Ganaraska Art & Framing  Picture Framing, art and photography lessons

The Human Bean  Coffee shop, with live music and monthly artist exhibition

Meet at 66 King Street  Fine dessert lounge

Northumberland View  News & Entertainment

Painted Tree  Art supplies and classes

Scott's Barn  Culture Centre

Where They Play Productions  Music Recording St


This newsletter is edited by Walter Luedtke.

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