When one thinks of Canada, water likely appears as a mental image. Rightly so. Canada has the largest amount of fresh water in the world and it is bordered by three oceans. Thoughts of water automatically bring forth the rhythm of waves lapping the shore and paddles digging deep. Nature sets a pace either calming and reflective or loud and stormy each with its own message. Our waterways are highways to the interior, providers of food, visions to delight and a resource to cherish. Its no wonder that much of the music written about this vast country is about oceans, lakes and rivers. Continue reading →
(PHOTO: The Jubilee Juniors performing on stage at a December 2016 Christmas performance.)
The Goulbourn Jubilee Singers are celebrating a big anniversary this year. This community choir has been active in Stittsville for 40 years and is a true gem of a program offering non audition, low cost and inter-generational programs. Continue reading →
Councillor Shad Qadri was also in attendance at the show to help us celebrate and to draw the winning ticket for a family movie pass donated by Dennis Tarrant and Frank Fragomeni of Stittsville’s TeamOneHomes. The winner was Ellie Medaglia, 8 one of U-Rock’s Roxies.
Canadian singer-songwriter Oh Susanna (aka Suzie Ungerleider) will play an intimate show at Quitters this Sunday night: “Folk Crossing Borders: An amazing co-bill featuring renowned and featuring Oh Susanna performing with UK folk duo Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage. Incredible melodies. Beautiful harmonies. Top notch songwriting. $25 ticket Doors: 7:00PM Showtime: 7:30PM.” More information via Facebook…Continue reading →
(Photo: The West Ottawa Ladies Chorus at Bridlewood Trails retirement residence.)
They are not a gospel choir, but the West Ottawa Ladies Chorus does not shy away from singing with gusto ‘Jesus, What A Wonderful Child’. Toes will be tapping and bodies swaying.
A Christmas Kaleidoscope is a colourful concert delivering a virtual mosaic of music celebrating winter and the holiday season layered in four-part harmony. First and second sopranos lift notes gently to the rafters while first and second altos provide warm undertones.
Kathleen Edwards greeted the sold-out audience at the National Arts Centre’s Theatre with a twinkle in her eye and a big smile. “Let’s see if I remember how to do this,” she said.
In her first public appearance on a hometown stage in a couple of years, the Ottawa singer-songwriter took to the spotlight like her old self, doling out equal parts charm, profanity and self-deprecating humour, along with a stellar selection of tunes rendered with some of Ottawa’s cream-of-the-crop jazz musicians.
Tracks from the album including Depression Dance and Ontario (a duet with Kathleen Edwards) have been getting a lot of play on CBC Radio 2, and if you haven’t heard the music yet you should head over iTunes or whatever your favourite music source is and check it out.
(Leslie McKay is a longtime Stittsville resident and shared this story about her family’s connection with The Tragically Hip.)
When my Dad was awaiting his double-lung transplant in Toronto (waited 18 months 1991-93) he lived with Gord Downie’s wife Laura’s parents Nancy and Barry Usher in Toronto. Nancy is a Bradley (daughter of Muriel & Grant Bradley) from here in Stittsville and was a nurse.
Just thought you might like to know that The Tragically Hip wrote two songs in 1993/94 on their Day for Night album for my father. They wrote Inevitability of Death and Greasy Jungle for him. IofD was written for when he received his lungs from Terry and when he passed away from his double-lung transplant, hence the ending of the song. GJ was written after they attended his wake and funeral in 1993 at Tubman’s Funeral Home (my cousins by the way) and coming to our house.
At the time, my sister was on the gymnastics team at Queen’s – lyrics “soulful gymnast above the snow” in our backyard. They also made a really special t-shirt for Dad which I have and the notes they wrote when he received his lungs.
While in hospital, the guys would come to visit Dad, and we could always tell when they were there. The nurses and doctors came from all over the hospital to see them to get pics and autographs. Dad loved these guys so much. He went to Gord and Laura’s wedding and they took him to concerts with them on the tour bus and everything. He had a great time with them all. But Gord was like the son he never had.
Doing this tour just shows the true ‘Courage’ he has and how much he loves Canada and the devoted fans who have followed them all in their adventures in life throughout the years.
We have lots of good memories of how well Dad was treated by all of the band members and it is so sad what is happening to Gord and I can only pray for a peaceful journey for him.
This is a bittersweet time for me, as my Mom passed away in 2009 from the same brain tumour that Gord has and she also had surgery.
Hey Stittsville: Tragically Hip viewing party tomorrow here at the shop. Swing by and catch the historic event in our friendly environs. We’ll play some greatmusic prior and compare Hip tall tales from our collective halcyonic days. The Ceeb’s airing of the Concert proper begins at 8:30. We’ll start playing ‘In Sarnia’ on repeat at about 7. Cheaper than stub hub.
The West Ottawa Ladies Chorus (WOLC) mixes it up singing selections from the classics, secular, popular, show tunes, jazz and swing. And they have fun doing it. Consider taking your voice beyond the shower and joining a group that not only sings but enjoys a vital social atmosphere. Enthusiasm is the key ingredient needed to become one of the ‘Ladies’. Continue reading →
Ottawa High Schools have graduated some amazing young musicians recently. Robert Wannell has delighted us several times in the shop with his insightful and skilled jazz guitar stylings, both from when he was still a student under Jean-Francois Fauteux at Nepean High School, and more recently since he has been studying at Humber College in Toronto. Continue reading →
The Grounds Café presents a summer music night on Friday July 22nd at 7:15pm. Our music guest is local musician Chad Cecil and special guest comedian Jamie Rallison. Come out and enjoy this great local talent and our café menu. Seating is limited. The Grounds is at 5703 Hazeldean Road at Huntmar.