• Brian Gallagher

Snow snow, go away…


Snow’s upon us but there are many arts events worth bundling up and heading out for – including the Sainte-Anne Singers who will be performing the first weekend in December.

“You only miss the sun when it starts to snow, only hate the road when you’re missing home, only know you love when you let her go” – Michael David Rosenberg

I always loved that chorus from the song ‘Let her go’ from the brilliant 2012 album ‘All the little lights’ by the UK singer-songwriter ‘Passenger.’ If you haven’t checked him out yet please do so.

However as much as I love that song, I despise, detest and maybe even loathe winter. Indeed beautiful people, the sight of the first snowflakes this week has put me in a foul mood. I have started squirreling away rations (Kraft dinner was on sale this week), bought a case of the industrial sized wine-in-a-box from Costco, started PVR’ing (is that really a word?) two months’ worth of mini-series and upgraded my Netflix subscription.

Don’t ski, can’t skate, never luged a day in my life and I’m pretty sure that ‘toboggan’ is an old Indigenous word for ‘broken back.’ And walking with snowshoes? Um, no. It simply makes me look like I’ve had an accident (I’ll just leave you with that visual…).

However if you do indeed feel the need to venture outdoors then here are some great upcoming indoor activities to warm you up:

The Sainte-Anne Singers (with Hudson musicians Ember, Ashley and Michelle Reed - voice, violin, cello and piano) present ‘Choeur et cordes,’ a concert of contemporary and traditional seasonal music. The first concert will take place on Saturday, December 1 at 8 p.m. at Union Church, 24 Maple Avenue, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue. The second concert will follow on Sunday, December 2 at 4 p.m. at St. Thomas Church, 413 Main Road, Hudson. Audience members are warmly invited to a reception after each concert. I like that they said ‘warmly’ – makes you feel all toasty!

Tickets are available at www.Brownpapertickets.com or at the door. Adults: $20 - Students: $15 - Children under 12: $5 For more information: www.sainteannesingers.org or call (514) 605-6043.

The Hudson Players Club presents an evening of Christmas readings on

Friday, November 30 at the Hudson Village Theatre. There will be cocktails at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Free for members and $5 for non-members (pay at the door).

On their FB page they also mention that ‘delicious goodies’ will be served. They had me right there…

And here’s one for all you cultured ballet enthusiasts – at the Hudson Village Theatre on November 24 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. the Hudson Film Society presents a screened live performance of Peter Wright’s interpretation of Tchaikovsky's ‘The Nutcracker’ for the Royal Ballet’s 2017 production at the Royal Opera House in London (England, not Ontario). More info can be found at hudsonfilmsociety.ca.

However as cool and fancy as this sounds I will have to pass because I have seen too many horror movies with those little red-suited wooden men chomping down on poor unsuspecting victims to subject myself to it without incurring the expense of months of therapy afterwards. Close your eyes – I’ll bet you can see them right now can’t you?

Don’t forget to hit me up at kickinthearts@yourlocaljournal.ca if you have an event, gig or show that you think is a must-see.

Until I see you in the spring - Sociable!

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