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Fiddlefern Hosts CDSS event all this week in Owen Sound

Fiddlefern has been hosting weekly sessions for the past few months for those interested in playing traditional and dance music.

When the tune sessions and musician workshops were conceived, our intent was not only to introduce traditional tune playing to a wider audience and to encourage musicians to think about playing for contra dances, but to take advantage of a fabulous opportunity next week – that being the Country Dance and Song Society’s Centennial Tour Stop in Owen Sound!

Visiting musicians from 4 of the best contra dance bands in the USA will be around for 6 days and offering a number of opportunities for tune players to learn to shape traditional tunes for dance and learn some new ones, as well as the opportunity to dance – which invariably results in better playing for dances!!

We hope you have or will register for the weekend – a bargain at $70!!! This gives you the opportunity to attend musicians’ workshops on Saturday and Sunday and all dances during the day and evening.  We also have events during the week…..


Tuesday night, April 28 – Please come out and give our visitors a hearty Owen Sound welcome – potluck at 6:00, a short concert by the touring musicians around 7:20, a short dance around 7:45 and a short tune session around 8:30  – all FREE!!!  (St. George’s Anglican Church Parish Hall)

Remember – no tune session at Harmony Centre on Tues. Apr. 28.

Wednesday night, April 29 – Musicians’ Workshop with visiting musicians – 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. – cost: $5 minimum donation  (St. George’s Anglican Church Parish Hall).

If you do not purchase a weekend passport and wish to attend the musicians’ workshops:

Saturday morning, May 2  – Musicians’ Workshop with visiting musicians – 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. cost: $20, includes musician and dancing workshops during the day ( St. George’s Anglican Church Sanctuary)

Sunday, May 3 – Musicians’ Workshop – Pulling it all together – with callers and dancers  11:30 – 1:00  – Cost: $10 includes the Farewell Dance from 1:30 – 3:00where you just might be playing and dancing!!

On behalf of Fiddlefern Country Dancers,  we really hope to see you there!!

Alysha Brilla Warmed a Windy April Night

Alysha at MicAlysha Brilla brought a taste of the Summerfolk spirit to the Roxy stage on a blustery April night. The Georgian Bay Folk Society partnered with the Roxy Theatre to bring Alysha and her band back to Owen Sound 7 months after they rocked the stages of Summerfolk 39. With a full band behind her and an enthusiastic audience in front, Alysha raised the temperature in the theatre with heartfelt love songs, powerful political messages, and irresistible grooves.

When Alysha plays she invites the audience to participate, literally. Before the concert a four year old fan had the chance to meet Alysha and – to her surprise – recited an entire verse from one of her songs. Halfway through the first set, Alysha invited her youngest fan up on to the stage to perform that part of the song with her. Hearts melted. By the end of the second set all barriers were down, audience members were dancing in the aisles, and Alysha pulled over a dozen people up on to the stage for one final dance party. Even band members took turns setting aside their instruments to move their bodies alongside the elevated audience. One of the great truths of music is that busting a move can bring people together.

Alysha and the band gave three collective bows before leaving the stage but the crowd didn’t let them get away easily. On their feet in the seats, the audience’s standing ovation morphed into a steady chant of “Brilla, Brilla, Brilla” while the band huddled in the wings deciding on the encore.

When the house lights came up for the final time and the last ringing notes were fading in the theatre, fans gathered around the merchandise table to meet Alysha, collect autographs from the band, and buy Juno-nominated albums  to take home. Summerfolk may be four months away but watching the audience make their way to the street at the end of the night  you wouldn’t have known it. They left with the smiles and certain bouncy step that best characterize Kelso Beach on the third weekend in August.
Alysha and horn section
Alysha and crowd dancing onstage
Special thanks to John Fearnall and  Good Noise Photography for the images.

Fiddlefern celebrates the Country Dance and Song Society’s Centenary,April 28-May 3rd

Dance has always been a part of what Summerfolk and the GBFS do. We’re getting behind the Fiddlefern Country dancers as they help celebrate the centenary of the Country Dance and Song Society.

Owen Sound is one of only two Canadian stops on the CDSS Centennial Tour!

Join Fiddlefern for a celebration of the CDSS Centennial Celebration April 28 – May 3, 2015
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Fiddlefern Country Dancers is one of seven groups across North America awarded a community residency as part of the CDSS Centennial Tour. CDSS is a national leader in promoting participatory dance, music and song with roots in English and North American culture. We are excited to have the CDSS Centennial Tour come to our community to ensure dance, music and song will be strengthened.

Come and take part in workshops for callers, musicians and dancers, as well as evening dances. CDSS Touring musicians include Sam Bartlett (Notorious, former member of Wild Asparagus and The Clayfoot Strutters), Ben Smith (The Mean Lids), and Eric Schedler (The Cosmic Otters, Cocks o’ the North), and caller, Louie Cromartie.

Sam, Eric and Ben are exceptional musicians and performers, patient and skilled teachers, and tradition-bearers, with an ability and willingness to respond to new ideas with creativity, enthusiasm and respect. Louie brings decades of experience to the caller’s role, with a dance repertoire to meet any crowd, and the teaching skill to bring everyone on the dance floor together in a supportive and successful experience. All these individuals are skilled teachers and performers, and possess a natural ability to nurture and support. As they collaborate with local musicians, magic will happen!

Owen Sound is on beautiful Georgian Bay nestled into the Niagara Escarpment with hiking trails, cycling, art galleries, many artisan studios, and warm, welcoming people.  See our Links Page for links to local attractions and places to stay.

Plan your visit now! For more information, call Frank or Sally at 519-372-9151.

$37,000 Boost to Summerfolk Endowment

CFGB_LogoGeorgian Bay Folk Society  in partnership with the Community Foundation of Grey Bruce is thrilled to announce that its application to the Federal Government’s Endowment Incentive Program was successful. Heritage Canada has contributed $37,000 in matched funding to the Summerfolk Endowment Fund held by Georgian Bay Folk Society.

“The Georgian Bay Folk Society is pleased to have the opportunity to grow its endowment through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Cultural Investment Fund via an application submitted by Community Foundation Grey Bruce. This three-way partnership will ensure that this community remains a vibrant hub for music and the performing arts through the annual Summerfolk Music & Crafts Festival and its additional roster of year-round arts presentations” says GBFS President, Phil Bye.

“I was excited to discover that this matched funding initiative could benefit a number of Grey Bruce performing arts organizations through this dollar-to-dollar Federal matching up to 20 million dollars. The Georgian Bay Folk Society is the first arts presenter to have pursued this funding incentive, which has come at a pivotal time when GBFS is proactively planning for their future. We are thrilled for their success and look forward to working with other regional arts presenters to take maximum advantage of this matching program. When you consider that our Foundation’s own matched fund initiative can also be utilized to create or grow funds, the potential impact for local arts presenters is massive” said Foundation Executive director Aly Boltman.

Georgian Bay Folk Society’s Summerfolk Endowment Committee, led by Don Miller and Les Weirmier, has been working diligently over the past year to seek pledges and donations from Summerfolk supporters. Its initial objective was to build a base of $100,000 in the endowed fund. The recent matched contribution from Canadian Heritage has allowed the Society to reach this initial goal, and inspire them to grow an even larger fund. The annual distributions of revenue through this growing endowment will be used by the organization where it is most needed and contribute to its long term sustainability.

Community Foundation Grey Bruce, a public charity, generates long-term sustainable resources through donation for the creation or growth of endowed funds. The earned revenue from the pooled, invested funds is granted to qualified not-for-profit organizations throughout Grey Bruce, supporting the widest range of organizations and initiatives possible through community giving.

For more information about Community Foundation Grey Bruce, Georgian Bay Folk Society’s Summerfolk Endowed fund or the Endowment Incentive Program offered by Heritage Canada, please contact the Foundation.

Announcing Youth Discovery Winners

The Georgian Bay Folk Society is proud to announce the winners of the 2015 Youth Discovery Showcase series. As part of our on-going work to promote and support the folks arts, the Georgian Bay folk Society has reserved a handful of spots on the Summerfolk stage for performers under the age of 21 every year since 2007.  This year, Braden Phelan, Chicks with Picks, Darrin Baldwin, and Paige Warner added their names to the roster of the 40th Summerfolk Music and Crafts Festival.
Our winners advanced through two rounds of judged performances to earn a spot on the Summerfolk stage. On March 29th, they performed alongside 7 other acts in the finals at the Harmony Centre in Owen Sound. It was a sunny day and light spilled in through the ornate windows on to more than 80 people who had come to support the young musicians and to see a good show. they were not disappointed. The sunlight was brilliant but the musicians really lit up the room. One after another, the finalists impressed the crowd with musical offerings as varied as the Summerfolk line-up they were trying to join. We saw solo singer-songwriters, instrumental guitar, theatrical piano ballads, and a rocking four piece band. While the judges (Tara MacKenzie, Richard Knetchel, and Adam Crossman) deliberated, the performers took the stage in a collective jam session to cover contemporary pop songs and bonfire classics with the audience clapping and singing a long. We’ve been told that folk music is the music that we play together and these performers added more evidence to that idea.

Congratulations to the winners; we’re looking forward to seeing you at the festival in August. And thank you to all of the Youth Discovery participants; we hope to see you on stages near and far in the future.


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