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Saturday May 12th – 7:30 PM VILLAGE VOICES presents, BEGINNINGS

On the eve of Mother’s Day, the choir will perform a selection of songs celebrating birth, rebirth, children and motherhood. Featuring singers from the choir performing solos and duets. Joan Andrews, director. Gerald Loo, accompanist.

St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 143 Main Street Markham North, Markham. Wheelchair accessible. $20 $15(Sr/St) Children under12 free. At door. Call 905.294.8687 or email to reserve. Please join us for free refreshments after the concert.

WHISKEY JACK in concert

Sunday, April 29 – 2:00 pm – WHISKEY JACK in concert at St. Paul’s Leaskdale, 12251
Regional Rd. #1, Leaskdale, ON.

Whiskey Jack, a Canadian music institution for over 30 years, were regulars on the Tommy Hunter Show, and toured with Stompin’ Tom Connors. Enjoy an intimate afternoon of bluegrass/roots music and stories by one of Canada’s longest running bluegrass/country combo’s. Joining banjo player Duncan Fremlin will be fellow Whiskey Jack founder Bob McNiven on guitar and vocals; two time bluegrass fiddle player of the year award winner, Randy Morrisson; perhaps Canada’s finest harmonica player Howard Willett and very special guest, former bass player for the legendary Humber River Valley Boys, Eric Jackson.

Opening the show will be LUCK OF THE DRAW, an exciting new combination of seasoned local musicians featuring the dynamic vocal and instrumental stylings of Chris Saunders, Carlie Laidlaw, Haydee Grant, and Michelle Charlton.

Concert starts at 2:00 pm – $20.00 per person.
Tickets and information: Online at: Also available at Blue Heron Books; Leaskdale Country Store; or phone 416-540-9831; Email:

Artists of Uxbridge 6th Annual Art Show & Sale

Preview DocumentArtists of Uxbridge 6th Annual Art Show & Sale
Sat Apr 28th & Sun Apr 29th 10:am to 4:pm
Lodge Hall-Museum Historical Centre

On the last weekend of April, the Artists of Uxbridge will be holding their 6th annual Art Show and Sale in the Lodge Hall, at the Museum grounds. Visitors can expect to find more than a hundred pieces of artwork painted by about 20 different artists using watercolour, acrylic, and oil, as well as wonderful pencil and charcoal drawings. The diverse interests of the artists are reflected in a variety of subjects, style and size of the artwork.

Artists of Uxbridge is a local art group established in 2005 with the intention of bringing artists together once or twice a week to draw and paint, share presentations and demonstrations, and participate in various workshops. A formal committee is in place to plan special activities and demonstrations.

Since its inception, the group has grown to some twenty-five members.

Everyone is encouraged to visit the Show and to browse the artwork and chat with the artists over coffee and a cookie. Who knows, if something appeals, you may find yourself buying an original, a print or an art card.

For more information please call Louise de Bourbon 905-852-9333

Youth Concert

Youth concert of bands called “NOISE” at USS on
Friday, March 30th, 2012 @ 7pm-10pm

NOISE concert flyer - march.30.2012

8th Annual Silverbirch Charity Concerts

The 8th Annual Silverbirch Charity Concerts are scheduled for March 23 and 24, at the Uxbridge Music Hall, 16 Main St. S., Uxbridge, ON, 7:30 PM

We are raising funds to support ArtsCan Circle, a registered charity that sends musicians/artists to the far north to work with kids in the remote native villages. More info on their website:

Concert info:

Friday, March 23 – Lynn Miles in Concert. The Cris Cuddy Acoustic Unit will open.

Saturday, March 24 – J.P. Cormier in Concert. The Dnes Sisters will open.


Two of Canada’s top award-winning musical talents will light up the stage at the Uxbridge Music Hall as they headline the EIGHTH ANNUAL Silverbirch Charity concerts.

Ottawa-based Lynn Miles will star in the Friday, March 23, concert, fresh from her triumph at this winter’s Canadian Folk Music Awards. Miles was honored as Songwriter of the Year for her current album, “Fall For Beauty,” which also earned a nomination for Contemporary Album of the Year. Miles is also a Juno award winner, has released seven albums and toured internationally.

She’ll be accompanied on guitar and mandolin by Keith Glass, a founding member of the acoustic country supergroup, Prairie Oyster. The Cris Cuddy Acoustic Unit will open the show with great original songs, hot picking, and fine harmony.

But that’s only the beginning of a stellar weekend at the Music Hall. If you love great guitar-picking as well as hot fiddling, mandolin-playing and banjo-picking there’s an extra special treat in store at the Saturday, March 24 show.

Nova Scotia’s J.P. Cormier will be making his final appearance after announcing his retirement from touring and live performance. Cormier, a multi-award winner as an instrumentalist, singer and songwriter, will be backed by his longtime partners, The Elliott Brothers, in a show that ranges from lilting maritime folk, to blistering bluegrass. This could be the last chance for area acoustic music-lovers to catch a live performance by the man Chet Atkins called “one of the most important guitar players of his generation.” The Dnes Sisters will kick off the evening with toe-tapping fiddle music.

Tickets will be $25.00 per person per show. Tickets online at or Email or phone Tom at 416-540-9831. Tickets are also available at Blue Heron Books in Uxbridge.

2011 Snow at Siloam

Click to view pictures of the 2011 Snow at Siloam event

The Labatt Family Heart Centre is holding a Snow Sculpture day at Siloam Hall.

The UAA is sponsoring this event, so any members who would like to participate by bringing children, pets or just a good helping artistic hand, would be greatly appreciated. We’ll have music, coffee, hot chocolate and fresh baked cookies available

Beginner primitive rug hooking workshop

April 21, 2012, 9:30am to 3:30pm

Uxbridge Historical Centre Schoolhouse, 7239 Concession Rd. 6, Uxbridge ON L9P 1R2

Beginner primitive rug hooking workshop taught by expert instructor Bea Grant from the Rittermere-Hurst-Field rug hooking studio. Bea’s enthusiasm and sense of humour are infectious! Come for a day of fun, make some new friends, and learn a new skill.

Bring a lunch, beverages and snacks will be supplied. Cost is $60 per person. Pre-registration is required. Call 905-852-5854 or email to register or for more information.

Twelve Angry Men by OnStage Uxbridge

12 Angry Men

12 Angry Men

Twelve Angry Men are coming to Uxbridge, and nothing is going to stop them. No need to hide your head under your pillow, however. The courtroom drama “12 Angry Men” is actually the upcoming play being put up by OnStage Uxbridge.

The Uxbridge Music Hall will turn into a jurors’ deliberation room as 12 men try to decide the fate of a young boy. During the trial of a boy accused of his father’s murder, a lone juror takes a stand against the guilty verdict handed down by the others as a result of their preconceptions and prejudices. An intense deliberation that takes “beyond a reasonable doubt” heavily into consideration ensues as the first juror to vote “not guilty” explains his trepidation against voting guilty to his fellow jurors. Some of the jurors are truly interested in making a good, righteous decision, while others are more eager to finish up quickly so that they can attend that evening’s baseball game.

Set in late 1950s New York, the play was written by Reginald Rose, (the original script was a teleplay). Rose also wrote the 1957 film version script, which starred Henry Fonda and was directed by Sidney Lumet. Other well-known actors that have appeared in other versions of 12 Angry Men are George C. Scott, who won a Golden Globe for his supporting role, and Jack Lemmon.
Udora resident Bryan Mailey will be directing this production, and is excited about working with OnStage Uxbridge in his directorial debut with OnStage. He has directed and co-directed various productions in the past, mostly with the Borelians in Port Perry. He’s been on stage numerous times in both plays and musicals.

“I am very pleased with the cast I have. There will be several new faces as well as some great seasoned actors who are all committed to working hard and developing their characters. With an outstanding set designer in place and a great production team I am excited about bringing this powerful piece of dramatic theater to life for our audience!” says Mailey.

Producer Michelle Charette is just as excited as Mailey.

“It’s a classic courtroom drama, and is such a great script and a thought-provoking play we’re sure the audiences will enjoy it,” she exclaims.

Tickets go on sale Monday February 27th
Order tickets on line at, by phone: 905-904-0895 or in person at La Petite Fleur 43 Brock Street West, Uxbridge

Show Dates: April 5-7, 12-14 8pm
Matinee: April 14 3:30pm
Uxbridge Music Hall
16 Main St. S., Uxbridge, ON.

Village Voices presents: ‘Tis the Season

Saturday November 26th, 2011, 7:30 pm

With excerpts from Handel’s Messiah, soloists from the choir and members of Markham’s Kindred Spirits Orchestra. The second half of the program features a selection of seasonal music and of course our ever popular audience sing-along. Joan Andrews, artistic director/conductor.

St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 143 Main Street North (east side) Markham
$20. Seniors/Students $15.
Children 12 and under free.
At the door or 905.294.8687


The Uxbridge Studio Tour is now in it’s twenty-sixth year, and going through one of it’s periods of change and renewal. We’ve changed up our brochure; are moving on some new ways and some new technology to promote the tour. You can now buy fabulous new Studio Tour gift certificates from Blue Heron Books and Kensington Silver studios. And the Artists: the artists who make up the tour have changed some too. We’ve said goodbye to some good friends this year in good ways: the painter Doug Boutilier moved to the East coast; and in very sad ways – this year we are without photographer Vanessa Perry who lost her battle with brain cancer and is sadly missed. On the other hand, artists move into the area, and sometimes artists who have been here for a long time decide that they would like to apply to join the tour. The 2011 Tour has three new site artists and even more new guest artists.

Ken Nice, Max Kalinowski and Samantha Turnbull are our new site artists, and we extended our map a little to the north to bring in the hamlet of Wilfrid where you will find Ken Nice. A very accomplished sculptor and painter, he sculpts in metal and stone as well as painting delicious landscapes. Nature is his main theme, and animals a particular passion when it comes to his sculpture. Moving south, you will find Samatha Turnbull just north of Vallentyne. She is officially the youngest site artist on the tour, a recent MFA graduate of CalArts (the school set up by Walt Disney), her paintings are bold and hot portraits of famous and infamous rock stars, check out the video on her page of the Uxbridge Studio Tour website ( to see her at work. Into Sutherland, and the Yerema Weafer clan has added the next generation with multimedia artist Katrina Weafer, her works are mysterious and thought-provoking, combining layers of images and text, tone and texture.

Moving down Durham 23, and taking the turn to Francis Muscat’s site, you will find new guest artist Vanessa Slater, some of you will remember her richly hued and clean lined pottery from previous years at Art in the Park and other places, and it is great to see her back behind the creative wheel again, after a short ‘respite’ wrangling the youth of Uxbridge. Veering to the East but still heading south, there are new guest artists at Saundra Reiner’s site and at Lynne McIlvride Evans. Saundra is featuring Jennifer Ross, a painter who works in dry pastel to create evocative urban images, and Gordon Ross, a photographer who also works with architectural themes. Lynne McIlvride Evan’s guest artist is a good friend of mine, Linda Wiebe, and you would think that would give me a direct line into what she is planning, but she is being very cagey: here is what I have gleaned: it is an installation, a tree or a representation of a tree may or may not be part of it, and poetry – her passion – is involved. Knowing Linda, it will be fascinating and well worth the treck, (which you would make anyway, to see Lynne and Andrews’ new work,) but be gentle – Linda is very shy…

At this point on the new artist review, we head into Uxbridge – or just south along the 7th Concession – to find the last new site artist: Max Kalinowski. Max started his career as a photographer in Poland, but has been painting vibrant abstracts in acrylics, drawing on his wide-ranging travel experiences and creating paintings which reflect changing socio-political circumstances. These paintings are wild! a great new addition to the Tour. Max also has brought in an amazing photographer as a new guest artist: Marni Grossman, who has had an extensive career working in the film industry, but has been turning her lens increasingly onto subjects in Nature, finding the abstract beauty in natural forms, as well as some stunning wildlife photography.

Carol Hendry is a new artist guesting with Hanneke Koonstra, her expertise is oil landscapes which are lush and dare I say- romantic? This is a great pairing of fine landscape artists. Moving to the deep south of the township, stop in at my own site to see the fascinating work of an artist new to the tour and new to Uxbridge: Erica Gajewski. Her work is an extensive study of animals, specifically the native and endangered fauna of North America. Her work is conceptually based, but from my point of view, I have a stunning lifesize drawing of a polar bear presiding over my living room this week – not to be missed.

Those are the new faces on the tour and there are a lot this year, but as always, there are great new works to be seen at each site, from artists who have been on the tour for many a year, and I know many of you check back at your favourite sites year after year to see what we have been up to. Rumour has it that new concrete is curing at the Tinkl’s; fans of Lynn Bishop and Tom Loachs’ work can find them at their new house and location (not far from the old location); Daniel Colby has been living in Montreal for a few months now – that must mean a new direction. My own guest artists have blown me away this year with their new work: Lots of great visual and sensual experiences up and down and around the whole Township and a bit beyond – we all look forward to seeing you this weekend, and feel free to bring some new faces along too.

As appeared in The Cosmos