• Brian Gallagher

Spring has sprung (a leak)


Artist Heather Dubreuil will be presenting her works Cityscapes works at Galerie Plus in Hudson.

“Though April showers may come your way, they hide the potholes and clog the drains.” Yes, beautiful people, that is my own rendition of that age-old ditty. Feel free to use it. Although it is exciting that spring has finally crept up on us, it’s that time of year where before we finally see out driveways, walks, and lawns again we get to see the destruction that winter has left behind. In our little piece of paradise we had a water main break recently and the town’s solution seemed to be to push the snow and ice up onto everyone’s lawn instead of trucking it away. So never mind whatever Mr. Groundhog says about spring arriving, ‘round these parts tack on an extra few weeks until we can see over the snowbanks. And don’t get me started about what my neighbour’s horse-sized dog has left us on our side yard. I sometimes look quickly and think that a busy lumberjack lives beside us and uses our yard to stack his logs. I did say horse-sized and it has been a long winter folks…

Here’s some good news. There’s oodles to see and do around the Vaudreuil-Soulanges area and now that the weather is nicer you can put away the mukluks and head out happily to catch some great local events. Here are art, theatre and music suggestions for you this week:


For you art lovers out there, Heather Dubreuil will be presenting her works at Galerie Plus in Hudson. The show, which opens April 3, is titled ‘Cityscapes’ and features urban landscapes created from hand-dyed cotton and stitch. These images begin with photos that the artist has taken, distilled into their essence of shape and line, and enlivened with an imaginary palette of hand-dyed cloth. The vernissage is from 5 to 8 p.m. on April 3. Both a gallery and a café, Galerie Plus is located at 448 Main Road in Hudson, and is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The gallery features limited edition prints, paintings, sculpture, jewellery and fine craft by local artists. For more information you can call Galerie Plus at (450) 458-1319.


From March 14 to 24 you can catch the musical comedy ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ at the Hudson Village Theatre. Dates and show time information can be found on their website or by calling the HVT box office at (450) 458-5361.


Sunday, March 24 at 3 p.m. ELAN Quebec in conjunction with the Troubadours and Vagabonds society will host a seminar for aspiring songwriters and artists at Restaurant Rube (147 Rte 201, Rigaud). This two-hour presentation by two Montreal music industry veterans provides an overview of the business as it is today, along with tips for artists on how to survive and thrive in the music world. Join Saboteur Records founder Leo Cerasa, and Genison Music owner Mary Catherine Harris for a discussion about the opportunities and challenges in the industry today for musicians, artists, songwriters, and managers in music production, promotion, distribution and publishing. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.ca. Rube's Open Mic will follow the event so feel free to bring or borrow a guitar or other instrument and sign up to perform after the workshop!


As always, make sure you check out the “Things to See and Do” section of The Journal for other upcoming events in and around the Vaudreuil-Soulanges area and if you have some music, art or other cool event you think I should be checking out please hit me up at kickinthearts@yourlocaljournal.ca.


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