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Film on local writer goes on international film festival circuit
An independent film featuring the book tour of local writer and former newspaper reporter John Gardiner is making the rounds at various film festivals. Gardiner’s grandson, Mitchell Graszat, 19, who lives in Barrie, made a 59-minute documentary called “Memories for Sale”, based on last spring’s “Memories for Sale Book and Other Stuff Tour”, a literary tour organized Gardiner last year. Gardiner said the film has been accepted in some prestigious film festivals around the world. Graszat has been shooting films since he was eight-years-old. Gardiner pitched the idea of filming the book tour to his grandson, even though he jokes he had worries that he wouldn’t be a compelling enough of a subject to carry the documentary. Gardiner put the tour together to promote his published literary collection, Memories for Sale: Tales from a Small Town. The young filmmaker shadowed Gardiner at nearly every stop, collecting considerable content for the documentary. Seeing his life up on the screen makes Gardiner emotional. “I’ve seen the film screened now three of four times and I’ve never watched the film all the way through,” Gardiner said. “I usually have to get up and go for a break.” Gardiner tried to be as honest as he can during the readings and writings and that leaves him vulnerable. “You really put yourself out there, you really do, you sort of spill your guts and let people in on areas of your life that that they would normally not know about.” Gardiner is hoping to go back out on the road this year to highlight his book and do readings and performances. He will be the resident writer at the Kingsville Folk Festival this summer. Among the festivals where the documentary has been shown include the Dumbo Fest in New York state, Roma Prisma Fest, the online Cinema World Fest, Miami Independent Fest and Spotlight Documentary Film Awards. The documentary was shown earlier this year at the 2019 Canada Independent Film Festival in Montreal where the film won a Special Jury Award. “We didn’t win our category, but there were six films specially recognized for excellence with a special jury award and ours was one of them which is kind of a thrill,” Gardiner said. “It was kind of neat to see him go on his own,” Gardiner said. “I think he has a bright future in the world of film.”
The funk is coming to Wallaceburg on Saturday
After the recent success of the Wallaceburg Arts Council’s Dala girls show at the Jeanne Gordon Theatre, the organization has shifted gears to the next show in its winter series, Turbo Street Funk, on Saturday, February 16, again at the Jeanne Gordon Theatre. Dala dazzled the Arts Council audience with their amazing vocal harmonies, quick-witted humour and a laid-back mellow show that just carried you off. Turbo Street Funk defy convention; whether they’re playing a festival, pub, concert hall, or even on a busy street corner, the infectious sounds of Turbo Street Funk always sound at home. With a performance style rooted in the New Orleans horn band tradition, Turbo Street Funk combine Top 40 hits with top notch originals in an incendiary show that gets people moving. Formed in 2011, Turbo Street Funk started as a professional busking band, performing on the streets of Toronto four days a week each spring and summer while members of the band attended university. The band received high praise from local journalists for their fresh sound and popularity with Toronto audiences. After Turbo Street Funk, the Arts Council will again shift gears as it welcomes one of the finest touring bands in the world today, Ben Caplan and the Casual Smokers. This show is slated for Saturday, April 13 at the Jeanne Gordon Theatre. Both shows are at 8 p.m. and tickets can be obtained on-line at www.eventbrite.ca or at www.wallaceburgartscouncil.com or at the Wallaceburg Museum (519-627-8962). For more information call 519-627-5978.
Acoustic folk duo coming to Wallaceburg
If you want to hear some of the most beautiful vocal harmonies on the Canadian music scene today, and hear them in one of the finest acoustic venues in Southern Ontario, you should get picking up tickets to the next Wallaceburg Arts Council show at the Jeanne Gordon Theatre. The Juno nominated Dala Girls will be in Wallaceburg on Saturday, Jan. 19 for an 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $30. It will be a great chance to hear some outstanding Canadian talent right in your own back yard. Dala Girls have performed across Canada in some of the biggest concert halls in the land and have earned great reviews from a legion of fans. “I think we’ve put together an outstanding series for the 2019 season,” said Arts Council organizer John Gardiner. “We’ve got some of the top musical acts in Canada coming here this year. Now we need people to come out and support us, so we can continue to good work in the community.” Dala Girls on Jan. 19 will be the first of four shows scheduled for this year. Amazing rockin’ horn band Turbo Street Funk will be in the Theatre on Saturday, February 16, Ben Caplan and the Casual Smokers, one of the hottest musical performers in Canada today, will perform on Saturday, April 13 and just added is the musical, Rondeau, created by Wallaceburg native Paul Emery. “We have a diverse and outstanding group of performers coming to the Jeanne Gordon Theatre this year,” said Gardiner. “If you haven’t seen a show in the Theatre, you’ll be in for a real treat. It’s just a great experience.” Tickets for all four shows are currently on sale at the Wallaceburg Museum (519-627-8962) or on-line at eventbrite.ca. For more information on the shows, call John at 519-627-5978.
Cochrane and Trooper headlining Wallaceburg rock fest
The Wallaceburg Antique and Motor Boat Outing (WAMBO) organization is looking to raise a little hell with a two-day classic rock festival scheduled for the weekend before their annual festival in 2019. Tom Cochrane with Red Rider, along with Trooper, are headlining a new Wallaceburg music festival The inaugural Otter Creek Jam Fest is being held on the Civic Holiday long weekend on August 2 and 3, 2019 Tickets for the festival are available now at ottercreekjamfest.com. A day pass is $39.95 and a weekend pass is $69.95. A VIP day pass is $79.95. There are extra charges and taxes on the ticket prices. Tom Cochrane with Red Rider, famous for hits like “Life Is A Highway” and “Big League”, will headline the second day of the festival on Saturday, August 3, 2019. Trooper, famous for hit singles “We’re Here for a Good Time” and “Raise A Little Hell”, will be rocking the Wallaceburg stage as the headlining act on Friday, August 2, 2019. The location of the festival is on the property at the corner of Margaret Avenue and Kimball Road, on the outskirts of Wallaceburg, owned by Wallaceburg-area farmer, Dennis Debot. Debot approached the executive for the Wallaceburg Antique Motor and Boat Outing (WAMBO) this past summer about the idea of creating an annual music festival for Wallaceburg.
Antler adds more Sault bands to her list
Military bands now march in step with Shaun Antler’s efforts to document Sault Ste. Marie’s musical history. The stage director of Rotaryfest’s Stage 1 has added Royal Canadian Legion Drum and Trumpet Band, 49th Field Regiment Pipes and Drums, Sea Cadets Navy League Band and 97th Regiment of Rifles to her lengthy list of acts that now tops 1,820. Antler added about 100 more entries to her research efforts in the final weeks before a Feb. 1 deadline. She plans to donate her findings to Sault Ste. Marie Museum and establish a website presence, too, to share her music history effort that stretches back more than a century. Antler’s heard from some veteran players in recent weeks to help her expand her band list. Hans Geenen pitched in Harmony and Company, Rendezvous and Just We 2, a duo that featured him and Joanne Egan. Keith McKie, who went on to form Kensington Market and record a pair of albums in the late 1960s, played with The Shades and The Silhouettes in the Sault before moving to Toronto. One of Antler’s last entries is dedicated to Jackson Reed. He won best album at Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards in 2017 for his effort, The November Gales. He performs now as Jackson Reed & The Tweads. Antler’s heard from a handful of musicians who each have ties to a string of bands. Ted Pruce mentioned 17 groups he’s shared the stage with since the mid-1980s, including The Hillbilly Heartbreakers, Tex and The Ride Thin Ice and Landmark. Jay Case, Mike Case, Ric Datson, Ed Schryer, Laurier ‘Tuffy’ Thibodeau and Glen Thomas have also played with numerous groups. Antler now needs to decide on a format to print out what she’s found to share with the museum. “I’m about ready to consider myself the music laureate of Sault Ste. Marie,” she said. “I have so much information floating around in my head now.” Antler is keen to do a small launch at the museum when such a gathering is possible under public health guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic. “But I don’t know when that’s going to be,” she said. Antler still wants to nail down a name for her effort that currently goes by The Music Project. Antler started her research in 2018 when Stage 1 presented Rotary Rewind, celebrating six decades of Sault music, at Clergue Park. Her tally of bands has more than tripled since the 500-plus she collected in May 2020. Groups cover a variety of genres including country, death metal, jazz and opera. firstname.lastname@example.org On Twitter: @Saultreporter