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This Year’s Maplepalooza Benefits Beaver Valley Outreach

By Bill Monahan

The fifth annual Maplepalooza is coming up this weekend (Sat., Mar. 24, doors open at 6:30) at Kimberley Hall and for the second time Chris Scerri has been involved in planning and promotion.

The annual event, a true community celebration, was founded by Jonathan Robinson.  Originally a gathering of his friends to enjoy gathering maple syrup from the sugar bush on his property during the day, and live music in the evening, it has grown in significance each year and last year for the first time, he coupled it with a benefit for Meaford’s family of Syrian refugees.

Fittingly, since Kimberley is located at the bottom of the Beaver Valley, where the Beaver River runs through, the beneficiary of this year’s party is Beaver Valley Outreach, a community based organization of volunteers whose mandate it is to enrich the community by offering programs to meet the needs of the residents of the Beaver Valley.  Most of their programs are designed to assist young families, with both winter and summer day camps, a kid’s club, a breakfast club and pre-school.  They raise funds through donations and sales at their Treasure Shop, a second-hand store currently located on Bruce Steet in Thornbury.

“They’re moving out of a small office in Thornbury to where Piper’s used to be in Thornbury on Highway 26,” says Chris, “They’ve taken on some additional expenses and they do a great job and we’re trying to raise some money for them.”

BYOV Dance Party In Kimberley

By Bill Monahan

The monthly Bring Your Own Vinyl Night at The Red Door has become so successful that it is moving this month to Kimberley Hall and turning the listening party into a dance party.

Initiated last year by Tom Thwaits, keyboard player for Bored of Education, the idea of BYOV is that people bring in their favourite records.  They introduce the track they want to play and Tom spins it on the turntable.

For this dance party, Tom has enlisted the help of Mike Reid from Kolapore Gardens.

Because of the change of venue, the normally free event will entail a $5 cover charge to help cover the cost of the hall rental.  And because it is not a licenced venue, Tom is suggesting that people can bring their own bottle, as well as contribute and share in a potluck approach to snacks.

The chance to pull out the vinyl to share has found an appreciative audience that’s a mix of baby boomers and young music lovers who have become hooked on vinyl.  It results in a very eclectic mix of music as fans bring up their favourites, covering every conceivable genre.  Each time Tom prepares a list of trivia questions about music, with prizes for the winners.  The evening becomes as much about the stories as the music as each person tells their own story behind the vinyl they are presenting.

As the popularity of BYOV has been growing continually, Tom has arranged for advance ticket sales, available exclusively at the Kimberley General Store.  He’s suggesting buying your tickets in advance to be sure to get in.

“I’m looking forward to seeing how eclectic we can get with this one,” says Tom, “Got  a good two-step, a great line-dance, do you have any clogs, tapshoes or roller skates you can bring out?  Does anyone know how to polka, waltz or ballroom dance?  Who’s got the killer slow-jam that’ll have everyone on the dance floor pairing off?”

Kimberley Hall is located at  235309 Grey Rd 13 in the little hamlet of Kimberley, south of Meaford.  Doors open at 8 on Saturday, Feb. 24th, with a $5 cover charge. Bring your favourite dance tune on vinyl.

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The Thursday Outlook – Sept. 21 to 25, 2017

At Kimberley Hall, just down the road from Meaford, a special art show is running all weekend and on Saturday night it will include live music from some local favourites.  East Back Line, with Paul Woolner, David Marshak, Beaker Granger, and Tom Thwaits, will be on hand along with Chris Scerri’s new band Horseshoes & Handgrenades with Jon Zaslow, Beaker Granger, Erik Vandeweerdhof and as a special guest, violinist Victoria Yeh.  The music is just part of a weekend-long celebration of local visual artists billed as “Apple and Art”.

If you can time it right, be on Hurontario Street in Collingwood today at 12:30 and you’ll be treated to a special pop-up concert with Tyler Yarema and Chuck Jackson at one of the pianos that are set up on the sidewalk.  This is part of the promotion for a show that these two blues veterans have planned at The Historic Gayety Theatre on Oct. 5th.

Saturday night on Hurontario street it’s the annual Collingwood Art Crawl which includes live music in the evening from the Mike McCarthy Band. 

Kimberley Community Out In Force To Support Meaford Refugees

There was a hint of spring on Saturday evening and on the steps of Kimberley Hall, down at the bottom of the Beaver Valley, the bagpipes of Michael Findlay resonated through the village calling people to gather for the celebration.  It was the special fundraiser organized by the Meaford Refugee Welcome Group, promising a variety show with an array of local talents.

The MRWG had been formed a year and a half ago with the goal of bringing a Syrian family to our community to escape the violence of their homeland.  Just over a year ago, Hanan and Rajab Al Sheayer came to Meaford with their four children.  Since then they have settled into the community with the children embracing school and mom and dad completing a year of ESL courses and starting a business selling their delicious Syrian food.  Now the support group wants to bring Hanan’s sister and her family here as well from a refugee camp in Lebanon where the children  of the camp sell flowers and gum to try to eke out a meagre living.  There is some urgency to this effort because the youngest boy in the family is suffering from cancer and his life might be saved by access to the cancer treatment centre at Sunnybrook.  If sufficient funds can be raised by the end of this month, it means the family can be brought to our community this year.  The event on Saturday night in Kimberley was designed to bring the community together to raise awareness and funds to make another miracle happen.

The hall filled with bustling neighbours early in the evening, soon reaching capacity.  Before the music even began there was a sense of celebration.  The enticing aroma of Syrian food, prepared by the Al Sheayers and offered free to everyone, filled the hall, along with the excited murmer of conversation.  Master of Ceremonies and one-man technical crew, Chris Scerri, hustled to set up the sound system.

The early part of the evening offered a succession of singer-songwriters with the emphasis on youth.  Songwriter Greg Smith, who is quickly establishing a reputation for his unique story songs, started off the evening, playing with enthusiasm and joy even though his songs were somewhat buried in the acoustics of the room and the audience conversation.  He was followed by Abby Woodhouse who was last year’s winner of GBSS Idol.  She sang a number of country covers and her version of “I Fall To Pieces” was particularly impressive, coming closer than most singers can to the emotive power of Patsy Cline’s original.  Isaac Goodings followed with a strong performance of originals mixed with covers.  Then, to cap off the solo acoustic part of the evening there was a big jump in age when Bill Monahan sang a few originals and got the crowd pumped up with a rousing version of “Jambalaya” and a Bo Diddley song.  Things were hopping from then on.

The exciting rhythmic sounds of klezmer music from Broken Bagel Scene had people up and dancing in the few spaces available.  That was followed by some piping from Michael Findlay, a couple of songs from Michael O’Connell, and then East Back Line, the band built around the songs of Paul Allan and David Marshak from Beaver Valley, with Beaker Granger on drums.  They had everyone dancing.  Chris Scerri joined them to sing some songs at the end of their set, Hartley from Broken Bagel Scene joined in and the evening climaxed with a jam of “I Shall be Released”.

It was a big success for everyone concerned and brought the Meaford Refugee Welcome Group closer to their goal.  If you missed it, you can still contribute through a tax deductible contribution by cheque to:  Christ Church Anglican Meaford, with MRWG in the memo section.  Christ Church Anglican, 34 Boucher St E, Meaford, ON N4L 1E3.

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