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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.

Visual Arts

A workshop on creating natural centerpieces using organic materials will take place at 2 Barn Owls under the direction of Nancy Jane Farnum and Mavis Elisabeth Martin on Saturday, June 2.

An illustration exhibition with Jane Wright and Joanna Olson is an outdoor event being held on the lawn of Wyman United Church also on Saturday, June 2. Olson and Wright will showcase their techniques and methods used to develop their individual works of art.

Fine Craft Creation

A presentation and workshops about fine craft making will be on offer at Galerie Plus on Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3. The Saturday presentation will feature Phyllis Sprigs (stitching) and Carol Outram (felt-making). On Sunday, artists Joanna Olson (paper mobiles) and Outram will be the presenters. The event will include an exhibit of works by the artists in each of the techniques and a workshop table for participants. Instructions, samples and supply kits will be available.

Greenwood Garden Party

The official summer opening of Hudson’s Greenwood Centre for Living History coincides with, and is included, as part of the festival. An annual event, this traditional Garden Party takes place on the lawns and in the gardens of Greenwood, a local historical property that was once the home of five generations of one family. Live music presented by Karen Cromar, Glen Bowser and Dan Gallant will be a feature of the event on Sunday, June 3.

Live Music

In fact, one festival community event has already happened Sunday, May 27 at Château du Lac, the HMF Heptep, an initiative of Canadian percussionist Blair MacKay who is also Artistic Director of the Hudson Music Festival. The show featured vocalists Morgan Weinmeister and Ian Lebrofsky accompanied by guitarist Tim Walsh, Geoff Mitchell on piano, Stewart Gunyon and Andrew Skowronski on tenor sax and Nic Di Lauro on trumpet.

For detailed information regarding tickets, dates, time and place of events, please consult the HVT website at www.villagetheatre.ca.

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