• James Armstrong

Celebrating music, art, culture and all that jazz in Hudson


PHOTO COURTESY HUDSON VILLAGE THEATRE

Angela Galuppo headlines this year’s Hudson Arts Alive! festival with a blend of jazz and pop music.

Hudson’s Arts Alive! Quebec festival is celebrating its third season with a jam-packed calendar of events from Thursday, May 31 to Sunday, June 3.

“It’s a festival to showcase the talent in our area,” Executive Director of Hudson Village Theatre (HVT) Kalina Skulska told The Journal. “We are the sixth area in Quebec selected three years ago because of the vibrant artistic community in our region,” she said. The list of six includes Quebec City, Huntingdon, Wakefield, Lac Brome, and the West Island of Montreal.

“English-Language Arts Network (ELAN) approached me at the HVT. They thought there were valid reasons for promoting our artistic community,” she added. ELAN is a not-for-profit organization that advocates for Quebec’s English-speaking artists and arts communities.

“We reached out to the artistic groups in the area and it was a success.” A $10,000 grant from Canada Heritage provided funding for this year’s event.

“The concept of Arts Alive is that it’s a celebration of music, theatre, dance, visual arts and film,” said Skulska.

Arts alive! Quebec events at HVT

Singer, songwriter, actress and Juno Award nominee Angela Galuppo is one of the major highlights of this year’s event, according to Skulska. Galuppo, a resident of Hudson, will be performing a concert of jazz and pop arrangements with Montreal pianist John Sadowy, bass player Morgan Moore, and drummer Evan Tighe at HVT Thursday, May 31.

“All of the events are reasonably priced and are intended to appeal to people across the region,” she said. Based on the record of the previous two years, several thousand people are expected to attend the Festival.

Canadian film

The HVT Arts Alive! share of events continue with a Hudson Film Society presentation of Indian Horse, on Friday, June 1. Indian Horse, based on the award-winning book by Richard Wagamese, premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Directed by Stephen Campanelli, the film recounts the story of a First Nations boy in the Canadian residential schools of the 1970s.

Comedy

On Saturday, June 2, Lorne Elliott’s Productions Turtle Pond Theatre presents a comedy, Adventures in Unemployment, which explores a young man’s quest for meaningful work. Elliot will also present a half hour of music and stand-up comedy.

Kids and adults

An introductory workshop on improvisation for kids and adults also takes place Saturday, June 2 with actor/director/graphic artist John Sheridan. Kids seven years of age and up, plus adults, are welcome to attend. Space is limited to 15 participants.

A dance workshop for kids with Terry Orlando, a local choreographer, on Sunday, June 3 is the final HVT segment of the festival. It’s aimed at kids eight to 12 years of age and space is limited to 15 children.

Events in the community

“We have a variety of events and workshops in the community,” said Skulska. “We have a workshop that is actually an audition for a new play,” she added. It’s an open workshop audition by Clock Master Productions for a production of Fessenden Follies by David Fennario. There are two opportunities to participate on Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3 at Wyman Memorial United Church.

Also on June 3, Hudson Players Club is holding an outdoor open rehearsal for their upcoming production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest in Jack Layton Park.

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