Family Day!

Family Day!

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Simply Show Up!

Family fun for all ages including relaxed performances and musical activities for preschool children – ending with a songwriting spectacle!

The afternoon begins with a series of musical activities for preschoolers under age six, helping them learn the building blocks of music, such as rhythm via dancing. This is followed by a songwriting spectacle for all ages with a special performance by living folk legend Jerry Gray, who leads the audience through the song “This Land Is Your Land” (Canadian version based on the original Woodie Guthrie song).

Click here for a printable version of the Canadian lyrics to join the sing-a-long.

What Are Relaxed Performances?

Relaxed performances are informal concerts designed for youth who have autism, sensory communication disorders or learning difficulties. A ‘chill-out’ zone is provided for distressed children and includes fidget toys and stress balls; volunteer staff are briefed on how to help children with their special needs; chattering and shouting are fully accepted without any worry about etiquette.

Jerry Gray, Singer
Derek Downham, Guitar

Local Hosts:
Lara Heaton
Brenda Beattie


VENUE

To Be Announced

The family event activities have been made possible with the support of Apple Self Storage Collingwood.

Family Day – Rock & Rumble!

Family Day – Rock & Rumble!

Family Fun For All Ages!

Beginning with fun, musical activities for preschool children in the morning, live music outdoors in the afternoon and a movie screening in the evening – there’s something for all ages to enjoy.

MORNING
10-11am

Just For Youth

FREE musical activities for preschoolers taking place outdoors on the lawn, helping them to learn the building blocks of music. Ages 2-6.

Free RSVP required per family. (see below)
2 Group Sessions Available (30 min. each)

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AFTERNOON
2-4pm

(Postponed until further notice)

Jerry Gray & Shipyard Kitchen Party

LIVE DRIVE-IN concert outdoors starring living folk legend Jerry Gray from The Travellers, who leads the audience through the song This Land Is Your Land among other Canadian favourites.

Followed by Shipyard Kitchen Party, the energetic folk/pop singing group inspired by Canadiana, designed to get you off your feet with a hefty dose of dancing, laughter and storytelling.

We have also invited local guests Craig Ashton, Julie LeBlanc & Dean Hollin to join in on the fun, for a true celebration of this magnificent land that we call home! Ages 6+.

$40 per car
(FREE for STAR Pass Holders)
Gates open at 1pm

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EVENING
8:30-10:30pm

Movie Night!

2018 Canadian Screen Award Winner

DRIVE-IN CINEMA. Screening of the award-winning movie “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World” outdoors, preceded by a live discussion with the movie’s producer, Stevie Salas. Ages 12+.

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$40 per car
(FREE for STAR Pass Holders)
Gates open at 7:30pm

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Click here for a printable version of the Canadian lyrics to join the sing-a-long.

Jerry Gray, Singer
Derek Downham, Guitar
Shipyard Kitchen Party, Band
Stevie Salas, Film Producer
Local Host:
Lara Heaton


VENUE

New Life Church Auditorium, 28 Tracey Lane, Collingwood, ON

Note: These events will not be livestreamed online. They are only available in-person outdoors (morning) and at the drive-in (afternoon & evening).

The family event activities have been made possible with the support of Apple Self Storage Collingwood.

In The Footsteps of Chopin with Dr. Alan Walker

In The Footsteps of Chopin with Dr. Alan Walker

SUMMER SOLSTICE SERIES – Part 3

This event has passed! – Wednesday, June 23 at 4pm Pacific/7pm Eastern

Use the chatbox below to introduce yourself and ask any questions.

ONE-TIME ONLY! Exploring the depths of Chopin’s musical genius

FREE! Join our Artistic Director on Wednesday, June 23 at 7pm EDT (EASTERN) for a special, virtual presentation featuring the eminently distinguished musicologist Dr. Alan Walker, in which we dispel many of the myths surrounding the tortured genius.

In this particular discussion, I’ll be playing the role of a snarky 19th-century German music critic who despises Chopin’s works,” says Mr. Vnukowski. “All in good humour, tongue-in-cheek, but a subtle way to get closer to the depths of Chopin’s musical genius.

We’ll be following the footsteps of Frederic Chopin and covering important topics such as musical aesthetics, Polish vernacular and interpretation as the tail-end of the composing process, with plenty of music excerpts by renowned Chopin interpreters. The event will last approximately 50 minutes and will be followed by a Q&A.

Dr. Walker’s recent landmark book Fryderyk Chopin: A Life and Times has established him as a leading authority on Chopin and his time, earning praise in such publications as:

  • New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice
  • The Sunday Times (U.K.) Classical Music Book of 2018
  • The Economist’s Best Books of 2018.

We’ll also discuss the unique journey that led Dr. Walker to a treasure trove of documents buried deep within the archives in Warsaw, his personal relationship with the music of Chopin, and a few side notes from some of the obnoxious, 19th century music critics who despised Chopin’s music!

INSTRUCTIONS

STEP 1: RSVP using the form below (FREE).

STEP 2: Enjoy the presentation by clicking on the play icon above. Use the chatbox to interact at any point.

Note: This event will not be archived!

Fundraiser for the Actors’ Fund of Canada

Fundraiser for the Actors’ Fund of Canada

SUMMER SOLSTICE SERIES – Part 1

Livestreamed: Wednesday June 16 – 4pm Pacific/7pm Eastern

STEP 1: Donate to the Actors’ Fund of Canada: https://afchelps.ca/collingwood/

STEP 2: Click on the player below to watch the archival video (without live Q&A).

Celebrating the Life & Work of Robert Burns

Rabbie Burns Fans! Grab some haggis, whiskey and join us on a fascinating journey that shines a modern light on Scotland’s national poet.

Join our Artistic Director on Wednesday, June 16 at 7pm for a fundraiser to support the Actors’ Fund of Canada, featuring one of Canada’s foremost stage actors – R.H. Thomson. His impressive career spans over 50 years, to which he has received numerous awards and nominations, including Gemini & Genie awards, the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award and most recently the Canadian Screen Award, for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama.

In this 1-hour virtual event, we’ll be celebrating the poetry of Robert Burns, narrated by R.H. Thomson with Daniel Vnukowski on the piano. Musical excerpts by Johannes Brahms, Felix Mendelssohn, Malcolm Arnold and Led Zeppelin. We explore aspects of Burns’ life & work in four chapters:

  • Chapter 1: Poetry & The Love of Language
  • Chapter 2: Independence & the Rights of Women
  • Chapter 3: The Romantic Man
  • Chapter 4: The People’s Poet

About the AFC

100% of the funds generated from this event will go toward helping Canadian actors and entertainers.

The AFC (formerly the Actors’ Fund of Canada) is a national charity with a mission to help Canadian entertainment professionals maintain their health, dignity, and ability to work. They provide compassionate support to everyone working in theatre, film/TV, dance, music, live performance, and more. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, hundreds of industry members have turned to The AFC for help to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table. During this challenging time, The AFC has responded to the need in the community with $1.4 million (and counting) in emergency financial aid and other vital supports. Learn about The AFC’s programs and services at www.afchelps.ca.

2021 Season Preview Livestream – LIVE MUSIC

2021 Season Preview Livestream – LIVE MUSIC

silent film LIVE, PIANO

Join our Artistic Director on Wednesday, May 19 at 7pm for a FREE live music event to preview the 2021 summer season and discuss the new drive-in concept. Be sure to tune in for a fun-filled evening of LIVE music-making and insightful interviews.

Daniel Vnukowski performs the music of Rachmaninoff and invites three special guests to join him: acclaimed historian and poet Dr. Duke Redbird, violin virtuoso Mayumi Seiler and our festival’s youngest participant this year – 12 year old local pianist Jaden Benabdeslam.

TIMELINE
0:00 Introduction
1:44 S. Rachmaninoff – Prelude Op. 32 No. 5 in G Major
4:38 Drive-in Concept
9:50 Guest: Jaden Benabdeslam, Local Collingwood-Based Talent
20:49 Guest: Mayumi Seiler, Violin Virtuoso
33:21 Guest: Dr. Duke Redbird, Elder and Celebrated Canadian Historian & Poet

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