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Jazz At The Library Caps Season With Mary-Catherine Pazzano

The Jazz At The Library series in Thornbury caps this seasons offerings with the return of popular jazz singer Mary-Catherine Pazzano this Friday.  This special concert at The Marsh Street Centre celebrates the release of her debut studio album “You’re Gonna Hear From Me”.  She’ll be backed by Don Buchanan on piano, Jason Hunter on saxophones, Pat Collins on bass and Steve James on drums.

Based in Kitchener-Waterloo, Mary-Catherine holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Voice Performance from the University of Waterloo.  Having gone on to complete a degree in education, she operates a voice studio in Waterloo where she teaches lessons to children and adults. With bass player Mike Grace she has created a series of weekly jazz education workshops in high schools for students in Grades 9 to 12.

Lemon Bucket Orkestra Brings The Party To Meaford

The Lemon Bucket Orkestra will be at Meaford Hall tonight as part of their recent tour to promote the release of their latest album.  It promises to be a highly energetic and entertaining evening from this 12-member band that began as a lark and has gone on to win awards and international acclaim for their mix of traditional Klezmer music with originals.

The roots of klezmer music go back to the a Jewish tradition from Eastern Europe when itinerant musicians called klezmorim provided dance music for weddings and other celebrations.  The music is so lively and celebrative that it continues to enchant audiences today as it constantly evolves with musicians blending it with other genres.  It arrived in North America via Jewish immigrants around the turn of the twentieth century and made friends with jazz.  The Lemon Bucket Orkestra brings a “punk” sensibility to it, in the sense that it is open-ended and creative, retaining tradition while infusing a modern dynamic.

Canada’s Northern Frontier In Story and Song

This Friday, October 13th, Meaford Hall presents David Newland’s Northbound: The Northwest Passage in Story and Song.   His show, which has been playing to rave reviews, brings together his original songs with video and photographs, and traditional Inuit music provided by his five-piece band Unchartered Waters and the Inuit duo, Siqiniup Qilauta, roughly translated to “the sun’s drum,” throat singers Heidi Langille and Lynda Brown.

A Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, David spends his summers working as a Zodiac driver for Adventure Canada, which has given him a unique appreciation of our North.  He brings his talents as a singer, writer and photographer to create what he tells Judi Bobbitt of the Meaford Express is  “emotional immersion … the images and music move people. The story is, this is part of what we claim as ourselves that we don’t really know. To talk about the high Arctic is to help us to know ourselves.”

He promises the Meaford Hall audience will “hear sounds and stories they’ve never heard before. The collective feeling at the end of it is appreciation. For travel, for one another, and for the beauty and fragility of the earth.”

“His songwriting—which celebrates the basic, small-town, homey pleasures of things like bare feet on a gravel road, strawberry season, and autumn leaves—while universal, is precise and beautifully integrated into the music in a way that seems inevitable.” says Barry Hammond in Penguin Eggs.


Click on the album cover to sample or download David’s album from iTunes.


In the North, David Newland, who has been a singer, story-teller and poet for thirty years, has found his niche, a place where he can merge his talents with his great love of nature. 

This show has allowed him to bring Canadians a connection to the Artic and awaken a childlike wonder akin to the lucky passengers who travel with him on the Adventure Canada tours.

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