• Brian Gallagher

Spring forward. Or just hit the snooze button again…


This community service message is brought to you by the words ‘skeptical’ and ‘denial.’

So this coming Sunday we are to turn our clocks forward one hour and embrace the return of ‘Daylight Savings Time.’ Great. I get another hour of daylight to look at the grey snowy slushy moat surrounding our castle (when it’s not melting into frozen lakes that we used to call walkways and driveways). Nothing makes me feel more positive anticipating the return of summer like another hour of winter daylight.

This weekend reminds me I need to be prepared for the lovely vision of mud, gravel, salt, empty Tim Horton’s cups and the odd present from the neighbourhood dogs that are hibernating under the remaining snow. As much as I do enjoy the early wintry months of November and December, March can really be a bummer (dude). And the inevitable March snowstorm or two seems only to add insult to injury. Enjoy the lost hour of sleep this weekend beautiful people! We should make the Monday after DST day a national holiday. It would reduce road accidents, workplace aggression, and reduce overall stress. We could call it ‘Cranky Monday.’

Lots of music to get to this week!

The 36th season of the Hudson Chamber Music Series continues on Sunday, March 10 with a recital by the Park Brothers classical guitar duo. The concert will take place at 4 p.m. in St. James’ Church Hall (642 Main Road in Hudson).

On March 8th (International Women’s Day), Hudson Village Theatre is proud to present Juno Award winner Lorraine Klaasen accompanied by Mongezi Ntakam live in concert. This promises to be a fantastic (and sold out) show so get your tickets now. Contact them at hvtbox@videotron.ca or (450) 458-5361.

Vox Aeterna is proud to celebrate the sixth annual Festival de la Voix, promoting live music, Canadian composers, and professional and emerging artists in nine exciting, varied concerts (including two school concerts), as well as offering four outstanding workshops. From March 16 to 31 in the West Island (Dorval, Pointe-Claire, Beaconsfield, Lachine), Festival de la Voix Founder and Artistic Director Kerry-Anne Kutz welcomes people from all over the city to come together once again to explore, enjoy and celebrate the beauty, versatility and power of the human voice. Complete festival program, venues and artist bios at www.festivaldelavoix.com. For further information: (514) 758-3641 or info@festivaldelavoix.com.

If one tries to remember Sean Donnelly, they would remember the '70s and the '80s with Sean playing lead guitar and singing for such bands as The Pinups with Sass Jordan, The 88's, and The Lakeshore Rockers. Leaving Montreal in 1995, Sean has returned home after 23 years with a huge collection of songs and stories that might never run out. Accompanied by Dave Kiddie on bass, you will hear songs from every era and every style. The show is on Saturday, March 9 at The Château du Lac in Hudson. Show time is 8:30 p.m. Presented by Productions DoubleTake, tickets are $8 online and $10 at the door.

For you aspiring songwriters out there, the next instalment of the Hudson Songwriters Circle is going to be held on Monday, March 11. It is held monthly in a comfortable friendly environment where you can play an original song, get feedback from other players and have a fun evening playing music! For more information on the group check out their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/groups/hudsonsongwriters.