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Jesus Christ Superstar – Jul 1-19

Rylepuss Productions presents Jesus Christ Superstar at the Uxbridge Music Hall. Tickets at Presents Presents Presents.

Summer Art Show June 27 – Sept 7

Francis Muscat – Lynne McIlvride Evans
June 27 – Sept 7, 2008

At the Magic Door Art Gallery in Sunderland

Call For Artists’ Submissions

Art in the Preserve

This is a call for artists to submit works, on the basis of which two artists will be selected and commissioned to create a picture for the Art in the Preserve program. This call is being sent to all members of the Uxbridge Arts Association (UAA), all artists and guest artists on this year’s Uxbridge Studio Tour, and members of the Artists of Uxbridge art group.

The program
Under this program, paintings of the Countryside Preserve are mounted permanently in the Preserve. (The Countryside Preserve is a 140-acre natural area just south of the Walmart / Canadian Tire complex, with a network of trails open to the public). The program is a joint initiative of the Township, the Town Trail Committee and the Uxbridge Naturally group.

Selected artists will paint scenes along the Preserve trails, which will be reproduced digitally, embedded in fibreglass and mounted on aluminum pedestals in a picture-frame mounting. Walkers in the Preserve would come across a framed painting, set at the location where the artist painted it, and could thus see the scenery and see the artist’s interpretation of it. An initial installation, painted by John Pryce, was installed last year (see photo), and two more have been budgeted by the Township Parks & Recreation department, with an artist’s fee provided by the UAA.

The installations
The pedestals are single-post aluminum structures, set in concrete, with aluminum frames and fibreglass embedded images resistant to weathering and, as much as possible, to vandalism. The paintings will be in aluminum picture frames, with a mat. Artists will sign their works on the canvas (within the picture), and the mat will include the name of the artist, date, and medium of the original. The painting part of the overall display may be reproduced with a canvas texture if appropriate.

Objectives of the program

  1. To bring together Uxbridge’s two unique resources — the trails/environmental community and the arts community — in a joint project that will enhance the stature of Uxbridge.
  2. To provide another, and unique, dimension to the Countryside Preserve, thus enhancing its reputation as a major attraction for visitors and residents.
  3. To introduce visitors to the Preserve to the world of art, in a natural setting rather than a gallery.
  4. To enhance Uxbridge’s image as a thriving artistic centre, and to provide exposure for local artists.

Specifications for the final works of art

  • The original pictures should generally be 12 x 16” in size, either horizontal or vertical. There will be a 1” frame and 3” mat, resulting in a display approx. 20 x 26”. The pictures will be reproduced as close to original size as possible, to avoid distortion of the original (brush-strokes, texture etc.) through reduction or enlargement. However, if an artist wants to work in larger format, reduction is possible.
  • Each work will be created from a viewpoint on an established trail location, so that the final installation can be viewed from the trail.
  • Scenes will be selected by the artists, with some coordination to ensure locations are not too close together. Selected artists will choose a location, to be confirmed by the selection committee.
  • Any “flat art” medium is admissible — oils, acrylics, water colours, pen or pencil. Art that depends on texture or depth (e.g. collages) are not acceptable.
  • Pictures may represent the Preserve in any season — but with coordination to ensure that not all pictures are (for example) fall scenes.

Each selected artist will be paid $500 for the selected work of art (unframed), which will then belong to the Town Trail Committee (a committee of the Township). The artist and the Township will both have reproduction rights, with the Township’s rights limited to promotion/marketing, and not commercial sales.

Timeline and specifications for selection submissions

  • Artists will be selected on the basis of existing works from their portfolios. Each prospective artist should submit images of three previous works, representative of the style they plan to use if commissioned.
  • Images should be in JPEG digital format and sent to: Uxbridge Arts Association, attn Colleen Baskin, PO Box 247., Uxbridge ON L9P 1M7, or e-mailed to Label each image with your last name and a number.
  • Deadline for submissions: July 12, 2008. Notification of winners: early August.
  • Deadline for provision of the final art work, Dec. 31, 2008 – gives opportunity to select a summer, fall or winter setting.
  • Selection will be made by Colleen Baskin (UAA), Councilor Gord Highet (Township) and Wynn Walters (Uxbridge Naturally). They will retain the right to reject any final art work not considered suitable, or to choose only one artist (or none) if submissions do not warrant selection.

Art in the Park – Aug 16/17

August 16 & 17, 2008
10am – 5pm
Elgin Park, Uxbridge – Click for Details

A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening

Sunday June 22, 7:30 p.m. “A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening” with Carol Gibson and Jane Loewen, piano and voice. Favourite show tunes by Gershwin and others. St. Andrews-Chalmers Presbyterian Church, 40 Toronto St. S., Uxbridge. Tickets $15 ($10 students) at Blue Heron Books and at the door.

Two of Uxbridge’s most popular and talented musicians are teaming up to bring their magic to the Uxbridge stage on June 22 in a performance entitled “A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening”. Vocalist Jane Loewen and pianist Carol Gibson will present a programme of favourite tunes ranging from Broadway to modern classics and much between. The list includes “Memory” from Cats, “When I Grow Too Old to Dream”, Ivor Novello’s “We’ll Gather Lilacs”, George Gershwin’s “I Got Plenty o’ Nuttin’” and “My Man’s Gone Now” from Porgy and Bess, “Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz, and Oscar Peterson’s “Hymn to Freedom”.

Both performers have rich musical backgrounds. Jane has held lead stage roles in Toronto productions including the Gilbert and Sullivan Society’s Mikado and Toronto Opera Repertoire’s Rigoletto. She has had solo recitals in Hart House, Walter Hall and the Heliconian Hall, as well as being a Broadway/pop entertainer in Toronto restaurants. She has sung on opera, concert and theatre stages and has several live CD/DVD recordings of her concerts. Jane moved to Uxbridge in 2006 and her appearances here include a Schumann concert, the AhMen Project, OnStage Uxbridge and T3 Productions as well as the Foster Concert Series, the Celebration of the Arts and the Uxbridge Arts Association. She was a soprano soloist for Handel’s Messiah with the Uxbridge Messiah Singers. Jane has her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Toronto in Voice and Music Education. She has both a Performer’s and Teacher’s ARCT in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music, and is a member of the Conservatory’s College of Examiners. Jane teaches voice in Uxbridge and speaks with great pride of her aspiring pupils.

Carol started playing piano by ear at the age of five and began lessons at seven in her hometown of Sydney, Nova Scotia. She is a graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Music with an ARCT in Piano Performance. While still in Sydney she taught piano and was Assistant to the city’s Supervisor of School Music and had her own radio and TV shows there before moving to Halifax. There she was a featured performer on two CBC national network TV shows for six years. She wrote the lyrics and music for a national CBC radio Summer Stage Production. After moving to Toronto she was a member of the faculty of the Royal Conservatory of Music and is presently a member of the College of Examiners of the Conservatory. Carol entertained for many years in top Toronto hotels and clubs as well as for private and corporate functions. Now a resident of Sandford in Uxbridge Township, she has been a featured performer in the Celebration of the Arts Cabaret production, Hillary House in Aurora and the Sandford Music Gala. Carol says she “enjoys creating her own arrangements from all eras of popular music” and has produced three CDs.

Jane and Carol express great admiration of each other and, in Jane’s words, “we make musical magic together”. Their walk down memory lane with their audience will take place at St. Andrew’s-Chalmers Presbyterian Church in Uxbridge, 40 Toronto Street South, at 7:30 PM on Sunday June 22. Tickets, priced at $15 for adults and $10 for students, can be purchased at Blue Heron Books and at the door.

United in Song

Saturday May 10th, 2008 7:30 pm

This year Village Voices, directed by Joan Andrews, will celebrate the arrival of spring with a joint concert as they unite in song with the Richmond Hill United Choir, directed by Barry Peters. Come out for a wonderful evening and hear 100 voices raised in song as they perform great choral favourites from classic to contemporary including African songs and spirituals. Please visit for more information and a map.

St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
143 Main Street North, Markham

$15 at the door or call 905.294.8687. Children 12 and under free.
Non-perishable food items for the Markham Food Bank would be appreciated.

Artist’s in the Garden 2008

June 21th, 2008

Tour of beautiful gardens while listening to musicians, and viewing artfully displayed work or over 25 artists.
Fund Raiser for Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre.

Go to for more information and tickets

Mother’s Day Weekend Studio Tour – May 10-11

May 10 – 11, 2008
free admission

30 Durham artists are opening their studios.
Maps are available at Hanneke Koonstra’s Fine Art Studio, 905 649-3195, Green Goose Studio, Rush Photo, Latchem Gallery

Monday Morning Singers Concert

“Songs of Travel” featuring Jonathan Liebich, Baritone

Sunday, April 20th.
3:00 pm
St. Paul’s Anglican Church on Toronto St. in Uxbridge

The AhMen Project – Mar 28-Apr 6


March 28, 29 & April 3, 4, 5 @ 8:00 pm
Sunday March 30 & April 6 @ 3:00 pm
at the Uxbridge Music Hall

Tickets $20 each at Blue Heron Books
Info and reservations – 416 938 7649 E-Mail:
(not recommended for children under 16)