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Pentimento Fine Art Gallery
1164 Queen Street East
Toronto ON M4M 1L4

Gallery Hours:
Wednesday-Sunday, Noon- 6 p.m.

PHONE: (416) 406-6772

LE VENT du NORD: Once in a Blue Moon Concert

Friday, August 31, 2012
Uxbridge Music Hall
16 Main Street S.

10th Anniversary Concert
Tickets: $30 each/Family pack (5) $125.00

Tickets available through the following:


Renowned as key ambassadors of traditional Quebec music and a driving force in progressive folk, LE VENT DU NORD returns to the Uxbridge Music Hall on Friday, August 31, 2012.

Having already captivated Uxbridgians in two previous performances with their sublime harmonies, superb musicianship, wit, exuberance and the intimacy of a kitchen party, the boys (being Nicolas Boulerice, Rejean Brunet, Olivier Demers, Simon Beaudry) are ready for a third go’round!

This time, the quartet will be celebrating their 10th anniversary as a band and introducing their new CD, ‘Tromper le Temps’ (Cheating Time).

Tromper le Temps, their 7th release, sees the band pushing their limits and exploring both new & familiar ground with their vocal harmonies and musical textures. In its 13 tracks, Le Vent du Nord prove that they’re not afraid to take chances or push themselves beyond the familiar and comfortable. As well as the expected reels & love songs, they venture into the regions of both historical and political commentary with Boulerice’s ‘Lettre a Durham’ and ‘Le Diable et le Fermier’ and Demer’s ‘La Soiree de Hockey’, a spritely rebuff to CBC’s cancellation of broadcasting hockey in French.

Of special interest to those residing in the region named after him, ‘Lettre a Durham’ is Boulerice’s direct response to Lord Durham’s 1839 ‘Report on the Affairs of British North America’ in which the Earl suggested that the French in Canada were virtually cretinous sub-humans who would eventually die out & go away if ignored by the British government. Call the song Boulerice & the band’s collective raspberry to the ‘good’ Earl. ‘Le Diable et le Fermier’ is a cautionary folk story written in protest of the practice of shale hydrofracking throughout Quebec. But ALL delivered with unerring harmonies and exquisite musicianship.

Since its 2002 founding, Le Vent du Nord has brought their brand of vibrant, infectious music to audiences in over 800 concerts across North America and Europe and garnering numerous prestigious awards. This 10th anniversary year sees them touring extensively throughout Scandinavia, Europe, Australia & New Zealand and the US. Earlier in the year they have been featured performers at the WOMEX festival, Glasgow’s Celtic Connections and VI Cartagena Festival Internacional de Musica in Colombia. And amidst this all, they’re coming back to Uxbridge.

Tickets are $30 each, with a family pack of 5 for $125.00 Tickets can be purchased online at or through Blue Heron Books, 62 Brock Street W., Uxbridge or Of a Kind, 1037 College St., Toronto.

To celebrate the Uxbridge concert and Le Vent’s 10th anniversary, a limited edition poster of the band, created by comic artist Kevin Bolk, will be available for sale at the concert with proceeds going to Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders).

Afternoon Music Concert

The Basics:
What? – An afternoon concert of Folk, Country, Bluegrass, and Gospel music.
Who? – Cris Cuddy Acoustic Unit, and Higher Ground
When? – Sunday, June 3 at 2:00 pm
Where? – St. Paul’s Leaskdale, 12251 Regional Rd. #1, Leaskdale, ON _ just 15 minutes north of Uxbridge.
How much? – $20.00 per person

Tickets available at Blue Heron Books, Uxbridge; Leaskdale Country Store;
Online from; Email; or phone 416-540-9831

Coot Entertainment offers a special afternoon of acoustic music on Sunday, June 3, to cap the first season of live concerts at St. Paul’s Leaskdale.

Headlining the show will be the Cris Cuddy Acoustic Unit. The band is led by singer-songwriter Cris Cuddy, with guitar and vocals by Pierre Bordeleau and bass and vocals by Andrew Heathcote. Together, they serve up a clean acoustic sound rich with vocal harmonies and character, featuring original songs by Cris that cover a range of musical genres from Blues to Rock and Country.

Opening the show will be the traditional Bluegrass band, Higher Ground, featuring fiddler Bob Arbuckle, with mandolin and vocals from Walter Bent, banjo and vocals by John Partridge, bass by Tom McCreight, and guitar and lead vocals by Ron Adams.

All in the music-friendly setting of St. Paul’s Leaskdale, a state-of-the-art auditorium which offers comfortable, soft seating, sparkling acoustics, and plenty of free parking!

Tickets are just $20.00. Showtime will be two p.m.

HOW TO GET THERE? St. Paul’s is located at the north end of the village of Leaskdale on the east side of Durham Regional Road #1. On the web, go to and click on the “About St Paul’s” link for a map.

EXTRA NEWS! CrisCuddy and Tom McCreight have co-written a number of songs, and just recently top Canadian bluegrass group, The Spinney Brothers, recorded their song Sally’s Waltz. It has been receiving airplay on SIRIUS Satellite Radio, various bluegrass radio programs in Canada and the USA, and has even been played in Australia.

Art Xtreme

Saturday, June 2nd
at The ROC 26557 Civic Centre Rd, Keswick
2pm to 12 midnight

Headliner: “From The Hip”

FREE Shuttle Service
Keswick & Sutton

Custom Car Show – over 200 cars

Artisans Walkway

Dinah Christie Celebrity Challenge
With an ORIGINAL Robert Bateman painting on the auction block!

RIBFEST! & other Delectibles
(St Louis Bar&Grill, BBQ Gourmet, Boston Pizza, Mad Millie’s Chip Truck)

Eddie Shack & His Sports Collection
Auction of Eddie’s SIGNED NHL Jerseys

Kevin Forget Master of Ceremonies
From CITY TV Breakfast Television

Needle Felting Workshop

June 23, 2012 1-4pm Cost: $25 Adult; $20 Youth (ages 14-17)

Learn the art of Needle Felting in this beginner’s class, suited to teens and adults. Participants will learn how to shape wool into multiple 3-D creations, and bring home all the supplies needed to make more. All materials included in the cost. Refreshments provided. Pre-registration with the Museum required. Contact us: (905)852-5854,

Location: 7239 Concession Road 6, Uxbridge L9P 1R2

Sally Wildman Studio Exhibition

invites you to a Studio Exhibition
of New Works on paper
Sat. June 2 & Sun June 3 2012, 10am – 5pm
Track Street Studio
905 649-1643
1805 Track Street Claremont

Intuitive Painting Workshop

Intuitive Painting Workshops

With Natalia Rosenfeld M.A.

Upcoming Workshop

Place: Aurora Cultural Center
100 John West Way, Aurora, ON.
Time: September 14-17th, 2012
10am – 6pm.
Price: $450 (materials included)

For information and registration
Contact Natalia:

Intuitive Expression workshops utilize painting as a tool for self – discovery, healing, and spiritual exploration. This is a revolutionary way of unblocking creative potential and facilitating personal transformation.

Through the use of spontaneous intuition and the Point Zero method of self – questioning, participants find their authentic painting expression and free themselves from fears and judgments.

Using paints and brushes, you can dip into an unlimited creative flow. To paint without having to live up to any expectations, to paint for the joy of doing rather than for the product, is to explore the act of creation in an intimate way. Expressing our creativity is a way to get in touch with our true nature and awaken to the mystery of our lives. When creating with openness and vulnerability, you will find healing and profound understanding. The process will teach you how to be in the present moment with whatever arises.

In the studio you will experience a sacred space where you can express yourself fully. It’s a space where you can explore your creative process in an atmosphere of respectful non-judgment, where there is no competition or comparison. Paintings are not critiqued or analyzed, they are only a by-product of your inner process.

Intuitive Expression workshops are given in a supportive environment, stimulating free play and self-realization. No art experience is necessary, just the desire to unleash your natural spontaneous self-expression.

Natalia Rosenfeld

Natalia Rosenfeld M.A. has studied art in Russia and US. Since 1997 she worked as freelance sculptor and painting teacher. Natalia has found a union of her two passions, spirituality and creativity in the Point Zero method developed by well-known teacher, writer and painter Michele Cassou. Natalia trained and worked with Michele for 10 years as well as led her own workshops around the globe.

Wild at Heart Studio Tour

June 2nd and 3rd, 2012
10 AM to 5 PM

Come see the amazing art from these award-wining artists – sculpture in wood, metal and multimedia, fibre art, glass, paintings, photography, pottery, and unique art jewelry! Meet the artists and hear their stories of inspiration and process. Find the exceptional “treasures” you will want to take home to your family and friends!

Travel through the picturesque countryside of Goodwood and Claremont and then down into Greenwood, Ajax and Pickering. Watch for the Wild at Heart signs, which will guide you to the 12 sites. Brochures and easy to read maps are available on the website, in nearby venues, or phone for one to be sent to you by mail. However, if you can’t come this weekend, do contact these distinctly intriguing artists for your own personal showing – many are open year round by appointment. 905-473-1711

The Gifts of the North Exhibit

Opening June 9, 2012

The Gifts of the North exhibit is a collection of anthropomorphic sculptures that represent the natural and cultural heritage of northern Ontario. Artist Janet Hannam used many techniques to create each of her 18 sculptures, including spinning, weaving, painting, sewing, clay-working, and many of the sculptures are made with objects found in nature. This unique exhibit is not to be missed!

Regular Admission Fees Apply

Tours 10am-4pm,
Wed-Sun and Holidays
June 9 until October 8, 2012
Uxbridge Historical Centre, 7239 Concession 6, Uxbridge

Victorian Fashion Show

June 9, 2012 at 2pm

Historian Nancy McLeod is bringing her Victorian Fashion Show to Uxbridge Historical Centre! This historically accurate and highly entertaining show offers a fascinating look at early Victorian clothing and life from the ‘Gone with the Wind’ era. Everything from underwear and up will be modeled on members of our community.

Following the fashion show there will be complimentary refreshments in the schoolhouse and a tour of our newest exhibit, Gifts of the North. Fashion Show 2-3pm.

This is a fundraiser for Uxbridge Historical Centre

Tickets: Adults $20 (Historical Society Members $15); Groups of 6 or more 20 % off each ticket price; Children 12 and under $5