Edition #37 - Thursday,September 30, 2004 - Thursday, October 14, 2004
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Kingston Arts Council presents Tom Cummings (T.C.) Centenary Exhibition
Place: St. Lawrence College Gallery
Dates: October 4 to 30
Public Reception on Friday, October 15 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Special Public Presentation by Dr. Brian Osborne, president of the Kingston Historical Society on Wednesday, October 20, 7:30 p.m.
Times: Monday, October 4, 11:30 to 5:00
Tuesday - Friday 11:30 to 5:00,
Thursdays 11:30 to 7:00
Saturday & Sunday 12:00 to 4:00
Tom Cummings attended Woodburn School and Gananoque Highschool. The Tom Cummings show will feature early sketches, diaries, poetry, prose and finished oil paintings to reflect the breadth of Dr. Cummings’ nearly eight decade career, which includes homestead life in Pittsburgh Township, tours of Europe, military service during WWII, teaching at the Banff School of Art, trips to the Canadian North, life in Mattawa Valley and the Caribbean, success as a published author, beloved school teacher and accomplished visual artist.
Contact: Kingston Arts Council @ (613) 546-2787 or

Save the Date! A KAC October presentation: "500 Candles for Mona Lisa: Portraits and Poetry"
Date: October 19
Time: 7:30 pm
Place: Wilson Room, Kingston Public Library
Free Admission: donations gratefully accepted.
On Tuesday, October 19 Ross Kilpatrick, Professor Emeritus at Queen's, will present an illustrated lecture in support of the Arts Council's "Kingston Prize for Contemporary Portraiture".

Story-Telling Workshop with Diane Wolkstein
Date: Monday, October 18 (Time and place TBA)
In partnership with the KAC, Queen's University's Jewish Studies Centre presents a workshop with Diane Wolkstein. Diane was the co-founder of the NYC Storytelling center and started the first workshops on storytelling for the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, TN. She has received the Award for Excellence in storytelling and has taught mythology and storytelling at New York University, Sarah Lawrence, The New School, and began the storytelling program at Bank St. College of Education. Diane will offer the workshop on Monday, October 18th (time and place to be announced).
The workshop is for anyone who loves stories, wants to hear more stories, or wants to learn to tell stories.Diane will experiment with different storytelling techniques-verbal and physical—and each person will have an opportunity to tell a story. Wolkstein will discuss approaches to developing storytelling talents and describe different genres of story. She will also tell stories. Well-told stories entertain, teach, heal, nourish the soul and take us on great adventures. To know a good story is to have a treasure no one can take away. Telling the right story at the right moment is the work of the storyteller.



Andrea Dodwell exhibits during October at the Towne Crier News Café
For the month of October Andrea Dodwell will have paintings on display.
The Towne Crier is located at 350 King St. East.

Fall Garden Show and Sale: Concrete Sculpture and Handmade Wonders
Date: Oct. 2 &3
Time: Noon to 5 PM
Place: 133 York Street (Between Division and Barrie)
Linda Wilson with recycled garden art; Jen Gazley with pottery and hand-made tile murals; Anne Barlow with original oils and Tarot Card readings; and Deb Stagg with hand-tinted B&W photography and concrete sculpture.
Please join us for art, craft, refreshments, and conversation.
Jen Gazley, BFA
Quirks and Quartz Clayworks
Hand-made pottery, ceramic tile, and murals
Plaster molds and slip-casting
Pottery lessons and workshops

Hennie Marsh and Barb Carr present "Spectrum"
"Spectrum" is a show and sale of their work in oil, acrylic and watercolour
Dates: Oct. 1 - 3, Monday to Saturday
Times: 10:30 - 5:30 PM
Place: Springer Lounge, upstairs at the Grand Theatre
An opening reception will be held on Thursday, Oct. 7th, from 4:30 - 7 p.m.

Art Show by local watercolour artist Christina Kearns
Dates: month of October
Place: Next Church, 89 Colborne St.
Local watercolour artist Christina Kearns will having a show and sale of her 2004 collection of paintings. Using painting as a tool for meditation combined with painting to music allows vibrant yet dreamlike images to show up on paper.
Information: Christina at [email protected] or call 353-1302

"Behind Closed Doors" by Artist Heather B. O'Reilly
Dates: October 5, 2004 to October 23
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 9
Time: 12:00 to 4:30 pm
Where: Village of Arden, Ontario (where Bridge Street meets Elmtree Road)
Hot apple cider and homemade muffins will be served on site. "Behind Closed Doors" comprises a series of four doors portraying the inhumanity of people at war and in war. Four 10 foot circles representing the four corners of the earth and three sculptures denouncing the detritus of war accompany the Installation. The Installation will be exhibited in Arden, Ontario in a country hayfield - the former site of the village general store that recently burned to the ground after standing for over 50 years.
Directions: Arden (Arden Road) is off Highway #7. It is south of Ottawa, and north of Kingston and Highway #401 between Kaladar and Sharbot Lake. Take Arden Road through the village to Elmtree Road, turn right and find the Installation located in the field on your left where Bridge Street meets Elmtree Road.


Queen’s University Art Conservation Students present an Art Conservation Roadshow
Dates: Sunday, October 3rd
Time: Noon to 4pm,
Place: Agnes Etherington Art Centre Atrium
(corner of University Avenue and Queen’s Crescent,Queen’s University Campus)
Students of the Queen’s University Master of Art Conservation program are offering the public an opportunity to have their treasured family heirlooms examined by professional art conservators. Each $20 ticket includes the examination of one item, a tour of the Art Conservation Program’s facilities and labs, free admission to the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, as well as refreshments. No monetary appraisals will be made at this event, but educational materials and a list of organizations and websites will be available for participants interested in learning more about their piece.

The Bookstore Cafe presents Doug McArthur, his voice and his guitar!
Date: Friday Oct 1
Tickets: $10.
A respected veteran of the folk scene, Doug McArthur has a voice like a cast iron bullfrog and the biggest sounding guitar in the world ('76 Larrivee) along with a backpack full of songs about California history, computers, aging less than gracefully, Texas, rural Ontario farm uprisings, epic sea ballads, 9/11, topless dancers and the ever changing vista of the Gatineau River valley just outside his front door.
Plan ahead: Friday Oct 8 - Mark Haines/Tom Leighton - fiddle/accordion - $10.
The Bookstore Cafe Art Gallery: Continuing: Terence Dickinson - STAR GAZING - exhibition of Night Sky photographs

Come to the Marine Museum for the Launch of "The Kids' Book of Canadian Exploration"
Date: Sunday, October 3
Time: 2:00 TO 5:00 P.M.
Marine Museum
Written by Ann-Maureen Owens and Jane Lealland, Illustrated by John Mantha
Meet the authors and have your copy of this new book personally signed. Navigational tools from the book will be on display.
Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston
55 Ontario Street
Kingston, Ontario K7L 2Y2
Tel: 613-542-2261 Fax: 613-542-0043

Theatre Kingston presents the international smash hit COPENHAGEN
Playwrite: Michael Frayn
Dates: October 6-24, 2004
Place: Intergrated Learning Centre: Beamish-Munro Hall (Corner of Division and Union)
Featuring Matthew Gibson, Mo Bock, Heather Bonham, Directed by Caroline Baillie
Theatre Kingston proudly presents The Kingston Premiere of the international smash hit COPENHAGEN by Michael Frayn
The Tony Award-winning play that soars at the intersection of science and art, Copenhagen is an explosive re-imagining of the mysterious wartime meeting between two Nobel laureates to discuss the atomic bomb. In 1941, with Europe torn apart by WWII, the German physicist Werner Heisenberg made a strange trip to Copenhagen to see his Danish counterpart and friend, Neils Bohr. Why Heisenberg went to Copenhagen and what he wanted to say to Bohr are questions that have exercised historians ever since. In Michael Frayn’s new play, an ambitious, fiercely intelligent, and daring dramatic sensation,
Heisenberg meets Bohr and his wife, Margrethe, once again to look for the answers to work out - just as they had worked out the internal function of the atom - how we can ever know why we do what we do. A quantum drama of sorts, has been hailed as a masterpiece by audiences and critics alike. (From the Anchor Books summary.)
For showtimes, tickets, or more info, call 544-2021 or visit
Theatre Kingston: Artistic Director: Craig Walker - 613-544-2021

"Here on the Flight Path" presented by Thousand Islands Playhouse Springer Theatre
Dates: October 6 - 30
Place: Playhouse Springer Theatre
Pay What You Can - Preview - October 6.
Evening performances: Tuesday - Saturday at 8 PM
Matinees: Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday at : 2:30 PM.
Adult Tickets: $25 -$30; Senior Tickets: $23 - $28; Students: $15; Groups (20+): $20
Box Office - 613 382-7020 - Open Daily at 11 AM for more information or to buy on-line.
The Thousand Islands Playhouse Springer Theatre soars into Autumn with Norm Foster starring in his own smash hit "Here on the Flight Path". Set on adjoining balconies over three and a half years, "Here on the Flight Path" follows divorced newspaper columnist John Cummings (Norm Foster) as he interacts with the three women who move through his life as neighbours (all played by Melodee Finlay). For John, living on the edge of Toronto's Pearson Airport, the coming and going of jet planes is simply a metaphor for the way life flies by. When you don't grab tomorrow by the tail, you're left on the edge of the runway, on the outskirts of life.
690 Charles St. S. Box 241 Gananoque On K7G 2T8
Administration: 613 382-7086 [email protected]


Call to Artists: The Ontario Science Centre
The Ontario Science Centre is seeking expressions of interest from artists whose work reflects a blending of the Arts and Sciences. Works are to be commissioned for Grand Central, a new space under development as part of their "Agents of Change" renewal initiative. Serving as the inspirational start and end point of every Science Centre visit, this majestic hall will reflect the elemental foundations of science: Earth, Air , Fire, and Water. The selected installations will fuse art, science, and technology in innovative ways to create a memorable experience for Centre visitors. Artists working in all media will be considered. For details

verb gallery welcomes submissions
Artists are asked to submit slides/photos in traditional format or digital form. 'verb gallery' is dedicated to the promotion of emerging artist's work.
Terry O'Reilly
75 Princess Sreet (Wayfarer Books)
Kingston, Ontario

Watercolour Workshops or Creativity Retreat Weekends
Local watercolour artist Christina Kearns uses painting as a tool for meditation. Watercolour workshops or creativity retreat weekends are available.
Christina at [email protected] or call 353-1302

Workshops in Music Education & Lecture Recitals on Art of Teaching, June 28, 29, 30, 2005
The Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto. The Royal Conservatory of Music invites the submission of proposals for workshops and lecture-recitals on all topics related to music education, for presentation during Art of Teaching, a conference for music educators of all subjects, instruments, and disciplines.
All inquiries may be directed to Janet Kennedy, Academic Coordinator ~ Group Instruction, by phone: 416-408-2824 ext. 343,
or by email: [email protected]

Call for Submissions for The Art Festival at St. Andrew's -by -the Lake United Church
Deadline: Oct.28
The Art Festival at St. Andrew's -by -the Lake United Church welcome amateur and professional artists to enter their show which runs from November 12th to 14th.The show is part of the West Side Studio Tour.
To receive an entry form contact Shirley Ovens at 389-0586

Brampton Indie Arts Festival 2005 - call for submissions.
This festival is looking for writers, musicians, filmmakers, dancers, painters, photographers, puppeteers, spoken word artists, sculptors and all other to submit their work. Visit

The Basics of Shooting High Definition Course in Toronto
Monday, October 25
Participants will be introduced to the High Definition camera. Participants will be taught:• the fundamentals of operating a HD camera, basic light techniques for interior and exterior, limitations and boundaries in shooting 35mm. Visual analysis and comparisons between traditional film, digital and HD formats will be discussed.
Location: William F. White, 1030 Islington Ave. (at Bloor St. West)
Time: 6:00-6:30pm, check-in; 6:30-8:30pm, session
Pre-registration required by: TBA
Enrolment is limited to 30. Please call to register at 416.322.3430 x21 or email a completed registration form to [email protected] or fax to 416.322.3703. You will be contacted to confirm your participation in the session.
* Single Session Fee: $30 + GST members, $45 + GST non-members; Series Fee: $100 + GST members, $140 + GST non-members

The Basics of Shooting 35mm Course in Toronto
Date TBAParticipants will be introduced to 35mm film camera. Participants will be taught: the fundamentals of operating a 35mm camera, basic lighting techniques for interior and exterior, in camera techniques and effects that are available to low budget filmmakers, limitations and boundaries in shooting 35mm



Westport and Area Fall Colours Studio Tour - Carl Lee's Studio
Thanksgiving weekend: 10 am to 5 pm
There will be sculpture, assemblages, collages and mixed media along with 2 guest artists' work.
For brochure information call Carol Lee at (613)530-1117


TONE DEAF 3 Kingston's annual festival of experimental sound performance
Date: October 7-9
Place: Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre
Date: October 10
Place: Agnes Etherington Art Centre
Ticket Prices: $10 for general admission and $6 for students, unemployed, and seniors.Festival Pass: $30 / $20.
Tickets: Modern Fuel Gallery at 21-A Queen Street, Agnes Etherington
Art Centre at Queen's University, and Zap Records at 940 Princess Street.
Modern Fuel, with the collaboration of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, is proud to present an extraordinary lineup of acclaimed performers over four nights. From Kingston's 16 year old composer Irfaan Manji to New York's legendary Phill Niblock who celebrates his 71st birthday next week, and everything in between! Don't miss this sonic spectacular. Check out our full programme and artist biographies at Contact [email protected] or [email protected] for more information.

The Kingston Symphony's two evenings of absolute cool with New Orleans and Dixieland jazz
Dates:Thursday, October 14
Friday, October 15
Time: 8 p.m.
Liven up your Friday nights! The first concert in the Kingston Symphony’s unique Friday Night Live Series is a chance to let off steam and relax to the sounds of the sizzling south, and the witness the unbelievable talent of two jazz greats., Detroit’s internationally recognized jazzmen, trumpeter Marcus Belgrave and clarinetist, Charlie Gabriel will play new arrangements of New Orleans and Dixieland jazz. From the Basin Street Blues to the Bourbon Street Parade, you will feel the excitement and pulse of the hottest city in the southern states through the hot horns and entertaining stage vocals of Belgrave and Gabriel together with their five-piece band and full symphony orchestra.
Tickets: Grand Theatre Box Office, 218 Princess Street,
or call (613) 530-2050,
or online at

October 16-17: Harry Rosen Memorial Symposium on Hasidic Tales
Saturday Evening, Oct 16 - Sunday Oct 17
On the two days prior to Diane Wolkstein's lecture, the Centre for Jewish Studies is offering a gathering of storytellers & scholars entitled "Hasidic Tales" which will be open to the public. Two world-famous storytellers Yitzhak Buxbaum and Diane Wolkstein, an envoy from the Hasidic world MOSHE YIDA LEIBOWITZ (nephew of the Nikolsburger Rebbe) and seven other leading scholars from Canada, the USA and Denmark, will explore the magic & power of Hasidic legends & parables.
Free and open to the public
Times and locations to be announced closer to the dates.
Details: 533-6359


Theatre 5 Presents "The Hack" starring H. Benjamin Ellis
Dates: September 23 to October 9th
Thursday-Saturdays at 8:p.m.
Tickets: $15/adults-$12.50/seniors-$10/students
Place:Theatre 5
370 King St. West
A one man show written by Charles Robertson about a man trapped in a dead-end job driving cab who dreams of escape, of turning his modest skills as a writer into Hollywood stardom. But time is against him. The twisted passengers that enter his cab
are slowly but surely driving him mad. Greg Burliuk of the Kingston Whig Standard says: "It is a powerful piece of theatre" "intense" "wild and crazy" "funny, bitter & heart rending".


Kingston Symphony Association presents the "Vinyl Record Sale!"
The Volunteer Committee of the Kingston Symphony Association presents its Vinyl Record Sale, Wednesday, September 29 - Saturday, October 2, J. K. Tett
Complex, 370 King St. W. Vinyl is Back! All kinds of recorded music, many in immaculate condition. Lps, 45s, 78s, CDs and tapes! Open Wednesday,
September 29 from 5 pm - 8 pm, and Thursday, September 30 to Saturday,
October 2 from 10 am - 4 pm.
For more information, call the Kingston Symphony Office at 546-9729.

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GREG SANDOW on the future of classical music Thursday, September 23, 2004

New music in Toronto

Or, rather, no new music in Toronto. I'm talking about the amazing news yesterday about the Toronto Symphony -- they're going to banish new music from their regular season, at least for this year, and stick it off by itself in a few concerts next spring.

I imagine many people will be outraged. If you're a serious classical music person, you're supposed to support new music, and demand that orchestras play it whether their audience likes it or not.

But I'd like to take another view. Maybe the Toronto Symphony's management is right. If some large part of the regular audience hates new music, why force them to hear it? Maybe we're better off segregating new works in special concerts. Suppose the mainstream classical audience and the new music audience just aren't the same people. Then new music might do better by itself, where it could draw the audience that wanted it.

Of course, some people will say that there really are members of the regular audience who want to hear new music. Maybe some of these audience members will angrily e-mail me. I met an audience member like that just the other day -- someone who goes to normal orchestra concerts, and who you'd swear was a straightahead Beethoven listener, and yet told me she loved hearing new sounds.

But how many people like her are there, in the standard orchestra audience? I'd love to see some studies. Does anyone actually know how many people in the orchestra audience like to hear new music? Some orchestra professionals I know, perhaps with better data than I have, think the number is very, very small.

Some people, of course, will tell me success stories -- about concerts on which mainstream orchestras played new music, and the audience loved it. I can tell those stories myself. But does this prove that the audience wants to hear more new music -- that they'll be happy when they see new pieces on an orchestra's schedule? It might not. People might find that they like an occasional new piece, but still, on the whole, might cringe at the thought of hearing lots of new music.

And even if I'm wrong, the moral to draw might not be that the Toronto Symphony is walking away from its duty. Instead, maybe the moral is that, in the past, they didn't do their duty the right way. Along, I might add, with most other orchestras. What have they done to get their audience interested in new stuff? Do they talk to their audience? Do they present new works with passion and commitment? Are they in constant communication with their audience -- using every form of communication they can think of -- to make sure their audience knows why new works are performed? Do they let the audience talk back, and do they take seriously what it says? Maybe, just maybe, the audience feels new works are an affront to it because, in actual fact, that's exactly what they are -- pieces that the orchestra knows the audience won't like, which it goes out and programs anyway, without caring enough to reach out and explain why.

In the end, I wonder if the Toronto Symphony isn't giving the classical music world exactly what it deserves. For so many years -- generations -- the situation of new music has been a disgrace. I'm not blaming anybody: not the institutions, not the audience, certainly not the composers. But an art form that can't handle new work -- in which new work is a problem -- can't be in good shape.

But hardly anyone addresses this. Hardly anybody says, "This is an outrage! We have to find out how things got this way, and address the causes right at the root." Instead, nearly everybody limps along, trying to have it both ways. We play new music, because we think it's the right thing to do, but we don't play too much of it, because we'd scare our audience. Does this make sense? Is there any real conviction behind it? Shouldn't the people who don't want to hear new music rise up and say, "That's enough! Don't torture our ears with this junk!" And shouldn't the people who support new music rise up just as strongly, and yell, "We're not putting up with this either! We're going out to find ways to do all the new music we want!"

I know -- I'm being unfair. I'm imagining the aggrieved faces of many fine people I know in this business, people who really love new music, but who work inside the mainstream, and need to be practical. If it weren't for them, the mainstream would be worse than it is, and composers might get their works played a lot less often. (As a composer myself, I wouldn't like that.)

And yet it's refreshing to see someone (like the Toronto Symphony) take a radical stand, on either side of the question. It's refreshing to see someone get up and say, "Look, there's a huge elephant in the room, and nobody dares to talk about it. So we're going to find a way to get the elephant out of here."

Will someone now say, "We love the elephant! And we're going to find a way to show everyone just how fabulous their lives are going to be when the elephant really cuts loose"?

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