Posts By RichHelms

A Step In Thyme

Sponsored by the Lucy Maud Montgomery Society Of Ontario is currently looking for antique dealers and artisans to be in our show May 9, 2009 at the Lucy Maud Montgomery house in Leaksdale – For info please call

Angie Cader – 905-852-6722
Barb Pratt – 852- 3517
Karen Espasido – 905-473-2433

Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune

A special performance for the 12th Anniversary
Motley Theatre Company
Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune
Terrence McNally
with Ken Welsh and Anna MacKay-Smith

Friday February 27th
7 pm – please note early start
Royal Canadian Legion
109 Franklin Street, Uxbridge
pay at the door, no reservations

Frankie and Johnny was Motley’s very first play reading…

It has been twelve years since the twinkle in Ken Welsh’s and my eyes created the very first playreading that brought about the conception of The Motley Theatre Company. At the back of the old Combine Restaurant we performed a two hander called Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune by Terrence McNally on Valentine’s Day, 1997. The success of that, led to another performance of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee. This too was met with such enthusiasm that we started The Motley Theatre Company.

For eight years we produced a playreading a month for eight months of the year. That is 64 plays – comic, tragic, classical, brand new, small casts, enormous casts, Canadian, International. Some of the first ones had eight people in the audience – one that the audience even outnumbered the cast members. By the end of the eight years we were consistently bringing in over a hundred people to the Legion, the first Sunday of every month. We had incredible professional actors from Toronto and some who lived locally, including Neil Crone, Eric Petersen, Paul Gross, Graham Greene, Gordon Pinsent, Rosemary Dunsmore, Janet-Laine Green and Booth Savage, Rachel McAdams, Barbara Budd, Sheila McCarthy, Stewart Arnott, Sonya Smits, R.H. Thompson and many, many more wonderful actors. They all loved to perform for Motley and all of them commented on how incredible the Uxbridge audience was. They would ask to come back, which they often did, two or more times. It was also a joy to include Uxbridge’s own incredible talent of Ruth Smith, Conrad Boyce, Roger Varley and Suzanne Crone and more. Stephen Sword was our mainstay stage directions reader and often he kicked in to play an assortment of characters,

What wonderful memories. How often the audience, who became the Motley family, (first timers became instant members) would tell me they missed the readings which stopped in 2005. Having moved from Uxbridge, I too miss the readings and was thrilled when the Celebration of the Arts asked me for a reading for their Opening Kick-Off night for their amazing two week festival of the arts last September where we performed Painting Churches by Tina Howe to a fabulous reception. Just recently I have been asked for another Motley reading at Celebration of the Arts 2009.

All this as an introduction to the announcement that Ken and I, twelve years older and of course much wiser, will be performing Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune on Friday Feb. 27 at the Legion. It is still one of my favourite plays and what is the most amazing treat is that Ken performed in this as an original play on Broadway with Kathy Bates in 1987. To say the least I was a tad intimidated the first time Ken and I performed it. But I found out then that when you work with a brilliant talent like Ken, half of your work is done. He makes it so much easier because he never gives a false note. You rise to the occasion. We reluctantly acknowledge we are both too old to play these characters anywhere else but with Motley, but as I told him, in Painting Churches we were both too young, the characters being in their seventies. So we just average it with the use of my special brand of mathematical skills, and we are perfect!

We hope you will all come and relive the memories and for the first timers, join the family in our twelve year reunion party playreading.

$15 admission. 7 pm on Friday February 27…Pay at the door. No reservations.
For more information call Anna

Break The Rules

Most of us have two lives, The life we live and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands the unspoken rules we have created for ourselves and voices that keep us small. Time to Break the Rules!

On Thursday February 26th Anna MacKay-Smith from the highly acclaimed MOM and AhMen Projects and Dragonfly Workshops presents the first in

Break The Rules Workshops Series

Creative Fire
Creativity is a birthright that was stolen from us at an early age. Reclaim it!

Provocative, fun, inspiring, entertaining!
(workshop participant)

Anna uses her eclectic talents to perform, debate, brainstorm, inspire and challenge.
Join us for an evening that will help you recognize the voices that stop your from being all that you can be. Find some useful tools to confront those voices so that you can start the steps toward living the life you know is inside you.

You will walk away with a creation that speaks from the beautiful voice of your soul.
No fancy clothes – it may get messy!!

Anna encourages me – to be me – to be the magnificent me – using art, writing, dancing, journaling, listening, imagining – always guiding me towards what I want. That is the great mystery of course, but with humor, sensitivity, compassion and play, Anna helps me untangle my tangled web of thoughts, insecurities, and digressions and keeps me focused on clarifying my goals. Anna’s own life experiences, as well as her professional acting, directing, producing, and teaching careers makes her a realistic, worldly, and exuberant workshop leader and creativity life coach.

Beware: you will laugh – many ,many times.
Janet-Laine Green (Actress)

Thursday February 26th
7 – 10 pm
Goodwood Hall
268 Hwy 47, Goodwood

$25.00 – Pre-registration – Blue Heron Books
$35.00 – Registration at the door
For more information contact Anna at

Uxbridge Chamber Choir, 25th Anniversary Concert, Feb. 8th, 3pm

Join us for a memorable, and historic, event as the Choir celebrates 25 years. The concert will be held at Trinity United Church, Uxbridge. To mark this special occasion, the Choir is joined by the Uxbridge Youth Choir with director Jennifer Neveu-Cook and talented baritone soloist Jonathan Liebich for John Rutter’s “Mass of the Children”. Other featured works are Francis Poulenc’s “Gloria” and Martin Lauridsen’s “O Magnum Mysterium”.  All alumni of the choir are also cordially invited to join in with a tribute ‘fanfare’ of Vivaldi’s “Gloria”, an endearing favourite. Tickets are $18 ($15 for seniors and children) and are available at Blue Heron Books or Presents, Presents, Presents in Uxbridge, or at the door. Full details at

ArtsBridge Call Out

Happy New Year to All,

It’s time again for our call out for ArtsBridge submissions! Anyone with news or stories to be considered for our next (or future) issue(s) are asked to forward their ideas promptly. Of interest are projects on: film, photography, sculpture, fine craft, visual arts, music, dance, performing arts, literature, poetry, and creative youth endeavours, relevant to the Uxbridge area, or content of interest to our readers. Materials for both our printed magazine version, as well as for the multi-media website (including video or sound clips) are welcome. We are also interested in your letters, opinions, and personal perspectives to share and ignite conversations that confirm or challenge a consensus on arts issues. Or perhaps, as an artist, you might raise a question concerning the business of art that you’d like to know more about: portfolio-making, marketing, proposals, agents, gallery protocol, tax implications, or ???

Writers interested in publishing credits in ArtsBridge,for assignments or to showcase their creative work are being sought, as are photographic contributions. Please reply to this email address with TEXT inquiries only, stating your interest, and forwarding all visual art submissions to: , making reference the nature of the submission in the subject line.


If you have any listings of upcoming shows, performances, workshops, calls for entry, or other arts-relevant dates for the ArtsBridge Calendar of Events, please forward it to the email address above.

If you are not a member of the Uxbridge Arts Association, do consider the benefits of joining. Your support reciprocates, stimulates, and escalates an appreciation of the Uxbridge arts community for artists and patrons alike. Log onto: for more information.

Wishing you an inspirational start to 2009,

Linda Lee Purvis
Editor, ArtsBridge
TEXT only:

Art Needs

We need art, but what does art need? What can you as an artist bring to the art world? For the Scarborough Arts Council Annual Juried Art Exhibition 2009, SAC is asking artists to explore the theme of “Art Needs.” Does art need a new perspective? Off-beat colour combinations? Smaller or larger work? More abstraction or realism? Use your unique perspective as an artist and encourage viewers to consider a new way of thinking about art. Artists working in all media are invited to submit their work for Art Needs. The juror for Art Needs is Alexander Irving.

Awards for Art Needs include the Frank Faubert Memorial Award for Art – the City of Toronto Purchase Award and the D. L. Stevenson Ltd. Award for Art.

Successful entries will be exhibited in the Hin-Shiu Hung Art Gallery at the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto from March 19 – April 2, 2009. The entry fee is $35, or $30 for SAC members. All fees are non-refundable. For more information, contact Tim Whalley, Executive Director, at, or call 416-698-7322.

Scarborough Arts Council’s Annual Juried Art Exhibition

March 19 – April 2, 2009

Hin-Shiu Hung Art Gallery
Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto
5183 Sheppard Avenue East
Scarborough, Ontario

Deadline for Entry: February 6, 2009

General Information

Entry Fee: $30 SAC members, $35 non-members (all fees nonrefundable)

Entry Deadline: Friday, February 6, 2009

All entries must be received at Scarborough Arts Council by this time in order to be considered. No late entries will be accepted.

Eligible media: All media are eligible.

Awards: Frank Faubert Memorial Award for Art – City of Toronto purchase award and the D. L. Stevenson Ltd. Award for Art. Opening reception: Opening and awards presentations – Thursday March 19, 2009 from 7:00 – 9:00pm at the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto, 5183 Sheppard Avenue East, Scarborough.

Information: Tim Whalley, or 416 698-7322

Application Form


This course will help you explore the child’s point of view and fine tune your writing voice to make your stories sparkle. Examine various forms of children’s literature including picture books, short stories, chapter books, novels, poetry and non-fiction. Practice writing techniques through in-class exercises and short, take-home assignments. Find out what editors and children’s book publishers are looking for and how to submit your work. Taught by award winning children’s author, Wendy A Lewis. Tuition includes a $3 non tax-deductible fee.


Course code: WRIT 1250

When: Tuesdays, April 7, 2009 to June 9, 2009

Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Cost: $156.75

To register, call: (905) 852-7848


Onstage Uxbridge presents at the Music Hall
the musical
Book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Music by Frederic Loewe
directed by Chilina Kennedy
musical direction by David Geene and Steffan Brunette
Jan 15-17, 22-24, 2009

Don’t let it be forgot that once there was a spot, For one brief, shining moment that was known as Camelot.

Here, in the magical Castle of the Forest Sauvage, is where we explore themes of unrequited love, chivalry, brotherhood, truth and justice. The colour and pageantry of the days of King Arthur, Guinevere, Sir Lancelot, and the Round Table come to the stage in one of theatre history’s favourite musicals, Camelot. Lerner and Loewe, creators of Brigadoon and My fair Lady, wrote some of their greatest songs for this show, including If Ever I would Leave you, C’est Moi and the title song. The show begins with the idyllic marriage of Arthur and Guinevere and ends with the tragic love triangle involving Sir Lancelot.

Our production is being directed and choreographed several musicals for Uxbridge Musical Theatre in past, and went on to star in the national US tour of Mamma Mia!

Tickets available online at or by phone at 905-862-5654 or in person at Brockstreet Music, 43B Brock St. W., Uxbridge

Pinetree Potters Show & Sale

St. Andrews Golf Club (St. Johns Rd. between Bayview & Yonge St. in Aurora)

Nov 13, 14, 15  10 – 5 pm. 

Hill Potters Show & Sale

530 Carville Rd., Richmond Hill

Nov 28, 29, 30,  10 – 5 pm