Canadian folk icon Valdy is featured in the next instalment of the Artists in Conversation series on Jan. 23 at 8 p.m. at the Sanderson Centre.
Hosted by Cameron Smillie, the evening is likened to a “perfectly mixed cocktail, with two parts conversation, one part live music, one part question and answer, and splashed with a dash of the unexpected.”
Held in the main lobby, get an up close glimpse at the life of the two-time Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter. Tickets are available at the Sanderson box office.
Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant announces a new exhibit, Little Squares: The Pixel as Material and Metaphor, which runs from Jan. 18 to March 15. Artists Dave Kemp, Thelma Rosner, Mark Stebbins and Shaheer Zazai use photography, painting, craft and digital media as they examine pixels as visual devices to question our lived reality and experience of the world. An opening reception will be held on Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. Admission is free. The gallery is at 20 Ava Rd., Brantford.
The Robertson Fine Arts Studio and Gallery, 399 West St., Brantford, presents Winter Wonder 2019, a show featuring local and international artists. See a large variety of media, including silk painting, stoneware, painting, watercolour, pen and ink, glassware, sculpture, photography, graphite drawings, metal work and mixed media. The show continues until Jan. 19.
Denise Vella is the featured artist for January at the Blue Dog Café, 199 Brant Ave., Brantford. Vella’s artistic tastes are a nod to a mid-century esthetic, exploring the free-flowing and colourful work of artists of that time period. Vella expresses herself through the flow of paint to create dynamic effects with both vivid colours and subtle mood inducing shapes. A meet-the-artist event is scheduled for Jan. 19, noon to 3 pm.
Children’s imaginations will run wild at Imagi-NATION, a March Break camp at Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, 20 Ava Rd., Brantford. From knights and fairies to the metamorphosis found in so many children’s tales, the week will be spent telling stories, learning about art forms and creating new characters. The camp will run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from March 16 to 20, with weekly and daily signups available. Extended care available at no cost. Member fees are $180 a week or $40 a day, while non-members will pay $200 a week or $50 a day. Registration for all classes is available online at www.glenhyrst.ca or by calling the gallery at 519-756-5932. Pre-registration for camp is required and space is limited.
The Brantford School of Instrumental Music presents Happy Birthday Beethoven with the Brantford Community Symphony Orchestra on Jan. 26 at 3 p.m. at the Best Western Brantford Hotel and Conference Centre, 19 Holiday Dr. Admission is by donation.
The Glenhyrst Coach House, 20 Ava Rd., Brantford, will be the setting for The Fierce and Frozen Drag Show – Part 2 on Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. Celebrate the first anniversary of the show with performances by Karma Revaine, Jizzabelle, Kamilla Kameleon, Barrie Outrageous, Kiki Debeauvoir an Freddie Kahlo. Tickets are $15. Available at www.glenhyrst.ca
Nigel Wearne and Benjamin Dakota Rogers will perform live on Feb. 1 at the Glenhyrst Coach House, 20 Ava Rd., Brantford. Wearne is an Australian singer-songwriter, luthier, poet and gleaner who melds finger-style guitar, up-hammer banjo and piano in his storytelling with handcrafted instruments. Dakota Rogers, a Brant County native, has returned to the folk world with a stylized sound that includes blues, roots and country influences. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., with the show beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. Available at www.glenhyrst.ca.
Valentine Brunch with Bach is presented by the Brantford Symphony Orchestra on Feb. 9 at 1 p.m. Enjoy a brunch buffet and live music performed by a group of BSO musicians at the Brantford Polish Hall, 154 Pearl St. Tickets cost $45 and are available online at www.onstagedirect.com/bso or by calling 519-759-8781.
The Brantford Film Group’s new season begins Jan. 22 with the screening at 7 p.m. of Judy at the Galaxy Cinemas. Adapted by Tom Edge from Peter Quilter’s play, End of the Rainbow, and directed by Rupert Goold, this compelling film focuses on the final months of the life of America’s famed diva, Judy Garland (Renee Zellweger). On her own, with dismal prospects during the winter of 1968 and spring of 1969, Judy Garland accepts a five-week sold-out engagement at the Talk of the Town nightclub in London. Judy is in many ways at the “end of her rainbow”, after a golden career on stage and in film. It has been 30 years since she rose to fame with her superb performance in The Wizard of Oz. Flashbacks feature a young Judy, an extraordinary actress/singer on screen, but behind the scenes at MGM, an anxious child, traumatized by the highly controlling producer, Louis B Mayer (Richard Cordery). The talented and troubled Judy develops an addictive relationship with the spotlight, every bit as powerful as her inevitable later attachment to alcohol and pills. Although this film ushers us into the dark reality behind Judy’s rainbow, it never loses her rainbow’s magical glow, as it celebrates her golden voice and brilliantly colourful performances. Tickets are $9 for members, $11 for non-members.
Auditions for ICHTHYS Theatre’s presentation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Lorna Stratton, will be held Feb. 8 and 16. If interested in auditioning, fill out a form on the theatre company’s website at www.ichthystheatre.ca.
The Brant Historical society presents “The Ward Uncovered: The Archaeology of Everyday Life” on Jan. 22, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Brant Museum and Archives, 57 Charlotte St., Brantford. Holly Martelle, principal of Timmins Martelle Heritage Consultants Inc., will provide an overview of archeological investigations that were undertaken in 2015 in downtown Toronto on the site of a multi-ethnic 19th and 20th century neighbourhood. The site was part of what was known as “The Ward” (painted frequently by Lawren Harris). It housed the first Chinatown and Little Italy in Toronto and was a hub of early Irish and Jewish settlement. The excavations revealed the foundations of the British Methodist Episcopal Church, representing the third Black congregation’s church in Toronto, as well as numerous early Black settler sites. Emphasis will also be given to how archaeology can help tell the story of marginalized communities and the power of artifacts in heritage interpretation and storytelling. Admission is free.
Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant will re-release its classic cookbook, Crème de la Crème, with an official launch and tasting event on Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. Staff from the Golden Teapot will be joined by several other cooks to serve hors d’oeuvres prepared from the cookbook’s recipes, and guests will share memories of the creation of the original cookbook. Copies of book will be available for $20, with proceeds going to the gallery’s programming and arts education. The cookbook launch is a free event, but advance registration is requested on Glenhyrst’s Facebook event page, or by calling the gallery at 519-756-5932.
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