Thomas Wade, a seven-time Canadian Country Music Award winner and three-time Juno nominee, will launch his book, Singing In My Sleep, on Oct. 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Burford Pubic Library.
The Burford native enjoyed a successful music career with the band Thomas Wade and Wayward until he was struck, in 2001, with a neurological disease called oromandibular dystonia that robbed him of his voice and ability to speak clearly.
Wade’s book chronicles how he managed to rebuild his speech and voice with neuroplasticity.
His appearance at the library will feature a presentation, discussion, question-and-answer session and book signing.
Kindred Spirits Artisans presents the 28th annual Christmas in Paris show, all in one location this year at the Paris fairgrounds, 139 Silver St., Paris. Hours are Friday, Nov. 1, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 3, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wilfrid Laurier University’s Yellow Brick Wall gallery at 97 Dalhousie St. has a new exhibit entitled, It’s Not a Journey, It’s a Struggle. The body-mapping project, featuring 25 life-size body map artworks created by research participants from a 2015 dissertation study by assistant professor Michelle Skop is on display until Dec.20.
Kim DiFrancesco is the featured artist this month at Blue Dog Café, 199 Brant Ave., Brantford. Her original works, many of which are portraits of dogs, are on display until Oct. 31.
Paris artist Holly.O. holds her autumn art show and sale Nov. 2 and 3, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 16 Charlotte St., Paris. www.hollyo.ca.
A new exhibition at Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant is called “when i die i will have loved everything.” In the exhibit, artists Heather Verplanke and Angie Quick use a variety of media, including painting and miniatures, to examine how memory is preserved. Quick’s diaristic work expresses the ways that memory can perish with the passing of time, while Verplanke’s model environments blend memory with fantasy as a means to prevent forgetting. Though the artists use the concept of memory differently, they are connected by their desire to negotiate past memories in the present moment before they fade again. Quick is a self-taught painter and poet working in London, Ont., and known for her large oil paintings exploring flesh in a manner both historical and contemporary. A Brantford native, Verplanke works in Port Dover and teaches drawing and illustration at schools, public art galleries and her personal studio. Selected works from the recent Brant Colours Plein Air event are also part of the exhibition, which continues until Nov. 17.
Anastasia Rizikov will be among six pianists featured in Piano Six presented by the Brantford Music Club on Oct. 20 at the Sanderson Centre. Postmedia Network
The Brantford Music Club has announced its Canadian Artists Series for 2019-20. Piano Six kicks off the series on Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Sanderson Centre. Six of Canada’s top pianists will perform classical and jazz favourites on two concert grands. Tickets, including a package for all four concerts, are available at the Sanderson box office.
The Brantford Symphony Orchestra presents a Fall Music Crawl on Oct. 20 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Enjoy three performances: Jazz Quartet with Denis Rondeau and Just Friends at W. Ross Macdonald School; Violin Melodies with Eight Notes con Spirito and Friends from Janet Pasila’s Violin Studio at the Canadian Military Heritage Museum; and folk, blues and pop with Pleasant Ridge at the Woodland Cultural Centre. Tickets are $30 for all three performances. They are available at www.brantfordsymphony.ca/fallmusiccrawl. For more information call 519-759-8781.
Music at First is a series of free noon-hour concerts on Wednesdays from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 70 West St. Lawrence Lougheed performs traditional and contemporary sacred tunes on piano on Oct. 23; organist Collin Cousins performs Oct. 30; Kevin Williams plays trumpet on Nov. 6, and vocalist David McKee presents a tribute to the great entertainers on Nov. 13. Bring a lunch. Coffee, tea and water are provided.
Arcady’s 20th anniversary celebration concert is Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church, 95 Darling St., Brantford. Honouring the earth and sky, the concert will celebrate the work of exquisite Canadian composers who have helped shape Arcady into a successful and prestigious ensemble. This special evening of music will feature works by Ronald Beckett, Charles Demuynck, Greg Walshaw, Nick Peros, and Katerina Gimon performed by Arcady’s talented chorus of 31 voices and 26-member orchestra. Tickets are available at the door or online at composersofarcady.brownpapertickets.com For more information visit www.arcady.ca
The Brantford Memorial Concert Band presents a Sunday Serenade with guest soloist Rebecca Marshall on Nov. 10, 3 p.m. at the Best Western Brantford Hotel and Conference Centre. Admission is by donation. For more information visit www.bsim.ca.
The Brant County Singers and Brant Men of Song will present their annual combined Christmas concert, The Twelve Days of Fa La La, on Dec. 14, at 7 p.m., at Hope Christian Reformed Church, 64 Buchanan Cres., Brantford. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $10 for students, aged 11 to 18, and free for children under 10. Tickets are available from choir members, at the door, or reserve by email at [email protected]. Refreshments available with proceeds to Northland Gardens breakfast program.
R & J Theatrics presents Dracula – The Radio Play, written by Philip Grecian. Performances are Oct. 25 and 26 at 7 p.m. on the Coach House stage at Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant. Tickets are $15 available at the door or from the Glenhyrst website. A portion of proceeds will go to Canadian Blood Services.
Former Norfolk Crown attorney John Ayre, of Simcoe, shares his knowledge of the exploits of French explorers Dollier and Galinee in a presentation Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. at the Brant Museum and Archives, 57 Charlotte St.. This year marks the 350th anniversary of the explorers wintering along the banks of Black Creek in present-day Port Dover.
The Brant Historical Society presents John D. Ayre’s The Voyage of Dollier De Casson and Galinee, 1669-1670, on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. at the Brant Museum and Archives, 57 Charlotte St. Ayre chronicles the journey of two Sulpician priests and their seven soldier companions who set out from Montréal in birchbark canoes. Taken from Galinée’s journal and the map he created, this text describes their journey to the Seneca, their portage to the Grand River and their five months in Port Dover overwintering in near solitude. Their 11-month journey to lands where no European had previously ventured was ultimately reported upon to the King Louis XIV of France. The story of Dollier and Galinée has not been written about at length for over 100 years. Admission is free.
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