From Quiet to Concerts
Almonte in Concert Returns to Old Town Hall This Fall - theHumm October 2021

From Quiet to Concerts
Almonte in Concert Returns to Old Town Hall This Fall - theHumm October 2021

By Maureen Nevins is the Artistic Director of Almonte in Concert

The Ron Caron Auditorium in Almonte Old Town Hall is set to come alive again with the sound of music! After cancelling its 2020-21 season because of the pandemic, Almonte in Concert returns for its 41st season.

The series opens on a light note on October 30, with clarinetist Christopher Hall and the nationally renowned string quartet Quatuor Andara. Hall is well known for delighting audiences both with beautiful music and injections of humour, and this irresistible group of musicians will fill your ears and heart with joie de vivre and brilliant music-making! Between each work on the programme, the clarinetist transforms into a stand-up comic and pokes good fun at the musicians, the music, and especially at all the familiar but sometimes stuffy rituals that can come with classical music performances. He reminds us that this music is for everyone and does not require a PhD to be enjoyed. On the programme are works by Mozart, Brahms and Weber.

Our annual Christmas concert is always an enchanting way to usher in the festive season, and this year, on December 4, the Montréal Guitare Trio (MG3) performs for the occasion. Described by the CBC as the “hottest” guitar ensemble in Canada, with their interactive and highly varied performances MG3 has developed into a musical force to be reckoned with. The trio’s bravura, discipline and brilliant stage presence combined with seamlessly flowing humour and audience interaction have won over an international public for more than twenty years. Members Marc Morin, Glenn Lévesque and Sébastien Dufour have performed hundreds of concerts in many of the most prestigious venues in North America, Europe, New Zealand and Australia. With their unique, ingenious and unbeatable touch, these three highly accomplished guitarists bring us some of the best music to celebrate Christmas: The Nutcracker (Tchaikovsky), The Nightmare Before Christmas (Danny Elfman), A Charlie Brown Christmas (Vince Guaraldi), and other holiday favourites!

On January 16, internationally acclaimed soprano — and new Almonte resident — Mireille Asselin, along with her long-time collaborator Frédéric Lacroix at the piano and special guest violinist/violist Brenna Hardy-Kavanagh, perform a concert titled On Love, Loss, and Remembrance. Dedicated to the memory of Michael Macpherson, a beloved community member and ardent supporter of Almonte in Concert, the performance will feature works by Handel, Massenet, and Cecilia Livingston, as well as new arrangements of classic folk favourites and the world premiere of a work by the eminent Canadian composer and conductor Mark Sirett. Join us for this special concert of remembrance and celebration through song.

On March 5, we welcome back Cheng2 Duo, the phenomenal brother-and-sister duo of Bryan (cello) and Silvie (piano) Cheng. They take us on a fascinating and romantic musical journey featuring works by Beethoven, Britten, Brahms and Hindemith. Since their début at Carnegie Hall in 2011, Cheng2 Duo has never ceased to garner praise from both audiences and critics for their artistic excellence, generous spirit and irresistible energy. This duo’s refreshing approach to making classical music accessible to new audiences of all backgrounds strikes a rare balance between infectious joy and enthusiasm in their playing and experienced, historically informed, profound interpretations.

We are thrilled to announce that, to conclude our season on April 2, we have succeeded in rescheduling a performance by Canada’s Ladom Ensemble, originally slated for April 2020. The music of this unconventional quartet made up of Pouya Hamidi (piano), Michael Bridge (accordion), Beth Silver (cello) and Adam Campbell (percussion) features original compositions, the ensemble’s own adaptations of world music from Iran, the Balkans, Argentina and elsewhere, and their own twist on well-known classical masterworks. A fresh, astonishing concert that is sure to delight!

Since in-person attendance must be limited, concerts will also be live-streamed. Ticket information will be available shortly at almonteinconcert.com . Please note that patrons purchasing tickets to attend in person will be required to show proof of full double vaccination (the second dose having been administered at least 14 days prior to the concert date), along with government-issued ID before they enter the concert venue.

 

Keith Busher — Art Advocate & Provocateur, Gallery Owner and Curator - theHumm October 2021

By Sally Hansen

Art… and Soul

He’s not a secret agent, but Keith Busher knows how to use his unconventional art to elicit an emotional response. Ideally, he hopes to cause you to explore your reactions to some of his more disturbing pieces. As an artist, he explores his other side as well, producing beautiful abstracts in completely unorthodox ways, and writing oddly original poetry to encourage youth through the perils of surviving their teens.

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Romp, Stomp & Chomp!
Thanksgiving Art Tour in Mississippi Mills
- theHumm October 2021

This Thanksgiving weekend, take a romp through the colourful and historic backroads of Mississippi Mills to enjoy three — yes, three — art tours in one special event! On October 9 and 10, the Mississippi Mills Art Romp will combine the artistic expressions of the Maple Run Tour, the Crown and Pumpkin Studio Tour, and Art in the Attic. Over 40 artists and artisans will welcome you to heritage buildings, unique shops, a craft brewery, and even a Christmas tree farm, as well as&......

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One Day Only Open Studio
Art by Catherine Orfald and Rita Redner
- theHumm October 2021

There will be a One Day Only Open Studio on Saturday, October 9 from 10am to 5pm at Catherine Orfald’s painting studio, located at 1848 Old Brooke Road in Maberly. Rita Redner will be a guest with her pottery. Covid protocols will be in place: please wear a mask and respect distancing.

Catherine will be exhibiting pieces from this year’s DRAW retreat dumoine.org/draw . This Dumoine River Art for Wilderness retreat had 15 ar......

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More Music at MERA! - theHumm October 2021

That’s the enthusiastic start to the missive theHumm received recently from our friends up at MERA (McDonalds Corners & Elphin Recreation & Arts). We are delighted that they have started their Music at MERA concert series again, and we’d like to encourage our readers to support them by attending. All concerts take place on Sundays at 2pm, and you’ll find the details below.

Paul Marleyn & Frédéric Lacroix

On October 3, the very popul......

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From Quiet to Concerts
Almonte in Concert Returns to Old Town Hall This Fall
- theHumm October 2021

By Maureen Nevins is the Artistic Director of Almonte in Concert

The Ron Caron Auditorium in Almonte Old Town Hall is set to come alive again with the sound of music! After cancelling its 2020-21 season because of the pandemic, Almonte in Concert returns for its 41st season.

The series opens on a light note on October 30, with clarinetist Christopher Hall and the nationally renowned string quartet Quatuor Andara. Hall is well known for delighting audiences both with beautiful music and injections of humour, and th......

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Leave the Leaves (and other counter-intuitive suggestions) - theHumm October 2021

By Scott Hortop

If you’re like me, you are hearing about climate change every day — and you’re seeing its effect in your own backyard.

Are fewer types of birds visiting your bird feeder? Current estimates indicate that North America is home to nearly three billion fewer birds today compared to 1970 — that’s more than 1 in 4 birds that have disappeared from the landscape in a mere half-century.

Remember when every summer car trip meant you had to scrub the windshield and the grill, because it w......

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Rural Root Goes Fishing!
The Great Kooshog Lake Hollis McCauley Fishing Derby
- theHumm October 2021

What a better way to start off a renewed theatre season than with a comedy? Rural Root Theatre Company will be performing The Great Kooshog Lake Hollis McCauley Fishing Derby by Norm Foster, directed by Helen and Martin Weeden, at the Northwind Wireless Fibe Centre in Constance Bay. Performances will take place on November 7 at 2pm, and from November 9–13 at 7:30pm.

This play is a “fish out of water” tale centering around James, a naive business techie who thinks he’s r......

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Fall Colours Walk at Blueberry Mountain - theHumm October 2021

One of the best places in Lanark County to witness a panoramic view of fall colours is from the top of Blueberry Mountain at cliffLAND. This singularly beautiful display of nature remains central to the upcoming Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust (MMLT) event on Sunday, October 3. This is a special fundraising day to learn more about and help support MMLT’s conservation work. Come and hike the gently rising trail at your own time and pace and enjoy one of the Seven Wonders of Lanark......

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Red Trillium Fall Tour - theHumm October 2021

If the crisp autumn air and turning colours have you yearning to get out into the countryside, you’ll be delighted to hear that twenty talented artists are participating in the Fall 2021 Red Trillium Studio Tour over the weekend of October 23 and 24!

Red Trillium showcases the studios of some of West Carleton’s most talented artists and fine craftspeople. Just twenty minutes beyond Kanata, into the scenic countryside around Carp, Dunrobin and Kinburn, you will be welcomed at studios featuri......

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Pumpkins-Plus in Perth
Ghost Walks, Pumpkin Carving and More!
- theHumm October 2021

From Pumpkins at the Palace, the Perth Ghost Walk, concerts, theatre productions and more, you’ll find so much to do in Perth for Halloween!

You won’t want to miss the famous Perth Ghost Walk starting from Perth Museum (11 Gore St. E.) on October 28, 29 and 30. The walks are led by historian Susan Code McDougall, who will tell you some of the eerie tales in Perth’s past and outline the buildings where ghost sightings have been reported. The tour is targeted toward adults but is suitable for ......

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Lanark County Climate Action Survey — Add Your Voice! - theHumm October 2021

By Chandler Swain

You have a chance to contribute to plans to address the Climate Crisis in Lanark County and Smiths Falls. A team from Climate Network Lanark worked to create a comprehensive survey to find out what Lanark County residents are currently doing and what they plan to do to address climate change.

The following information was taken from climatenetworklanark.ca , where you can find a link to the survey right on the home page.

Lanark Co......

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Great Veggie Grow-Off
Growing Food, Building Communities
- theHumm October 2021

Back in 2014, a friendly competition between Mississippi Mills and Carleton Place/Beckwith resulted in 2,860 pounds of fresh produce being donated to the Lanark County Food Bank. Since then, the Great Veggie Grow-Off (GVGO) has expanded to include the communities of Perth, Drummond/North Elmsley, Tay Valley, Lanark Highlands and Smiths Falls, and in 2020 a staggering 16,541 pounds of food were grown and donated to area food banks. This year, organizers are hoping to break previous records, and every......

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In the Middle of the World at MVTM - theHumm October 2021

From October 2 to December 18, the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum is excited to welcome guest curator Miranda Bouchard and new tapestry work by renowned textile artists Penny Berens and Judy Martin.

The naturally dyed, slow-stitched textile works of these two artists inspire ways of seeing, sensing and reflection that are simultaneously outwards, at our surroundings; and inwards, at the landscapes within us.

Martin and Berens render time ......

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Ecotay Re-Emerges! - theHumm October 2021

By John Pigeau

With their first season of business coming to a close in the fall, the new owners of Ecotay are still extremely excited — about all that’s happened, and also about what’s to come.

The new owners of the beautiful refurbished barns in Tay Valley are Natasha Lackey, her husband Justin, and Natasha’s cousin Susan Noonan. For Natasha and Justin, being able to buy the place back in June when it came up for sale felt a bit like a fairy tale.

“Not only did Sarah and I grow up just around the corner,......

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Silent Auction for Mississippi Mills Libraries - theHumm October 2021

By Pam Harris

Established in January 2020, the Friends of the Mississippi Mills Public Library (FMMPL) is a volunteer fundraising group that works to support and promote the services of the Mississippi Mi......

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Come and Hike for Home Hospice! - theHumm October 2021

This year is the ninth time that Home Hospice North Lanark (HHNL) is participating in the annual Hike for Hospice. This is part of a national initiative organized by the Canadian Hospice Palliati......

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Perth Celebrates Can. Library Month - theHumm October 2021

October is Canadian Library Month! During this month, libraries and their partners across Canada raise awareness of the valuable role libraries play in Canadians’ lives. For 2021, Ontario Public ......

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Sisters in Spirit Vigil in Perth - theHumm October 2021

By — Submitted the Lanark County Neighbours for Truth and Reconciliation

On October 4, the Sisters in Spirit Vigil will be held in many places across Canada. In Perth, the Vigil will take place at the Healing Forest Memorial in Last Duel Park at 5.30pm. The event......

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Music to Our Ears
An Interview with Trevor Lubin
- theHumm October 2021

By Kris Riendeau

A few years back, I (along with my husband, our twenty-something kids and their twenty-something friends) were regularly rocking out to the high-energy music of the Ramblin’ Valley Band. They see......

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Harvest Time at theCP Farmers’ Market - theHumm October 2021

Although the official Harvest Festival took place at the Carleton Place Farmers’ Market on September 18, there will still be still lots of delicious produce available until their closing wee......

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Back to the Arts!
Perth’s Omnes Arts Circle Offers Classes in Music, Dance, Theatre and Visual Arts
- theHumm October 2021

By Kris Riendeau

Back in 2016, Taisha Lesser moved back to her hometown of Perth with her newly-minted Master’s degree and opened The Music Circle — offering piano and voice lessons in her home studio. That studi......

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Dispatches from an Age-Friendly Community - theHumm October 2021

By Jeff Mills

Age-Friendly North Lanark wants to share the good news about the incredible seniors of our area. The 31,990 people aged 65-plus make up 22% of Lanark County’s total population but are often perce......

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Field Naturalists Talks - theHumm October 2021

The Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists will continue their series of Zoom nature talks on the theme of “Human Interactions with the Natural World”.

Humans interact with the environment thro......

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Typing with One Hand - theHumm October 2021

By Glenda Jones

My Dad was an old-school two-finger typist of the Hunt & Peck method. But when he got going, it was pure music. Clack, clack, clack, ding, zzziipp!, and he’d throw the carriage back across to......

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