• Brian Gallagher

If you don’t have anything nice to say…


You know that old nugget, don’t you dear readers? And it’s not that I don’t have anything ‘nice’ to say, I just don’t have anything ‘funny’ or ‘witty’ (some might say ‘stupid’ instead) to say. I’m way past my deadline, my benevolent editor has sent me a few pointed (yet polite) reminders that I have dutifully ignored but has now resorted to copying me on those annoying chain letters to ramp up the pressure. I feel I’m going to miss out on that $1,000,000 Nairobian dollars or that if I don’t forward that sun-shiny happy day poem then I will have bad luck for seven years… And the reason for my tardiness you ask? Yes I have to admit beautiful people that the well has run dry. The Muse has packed her bags and left Shangri-la. I am bereft of commentary. Is it simply because I have just turned the corner and am one year older? One more week will tell. Check back in with me next Thursday – unless the big boss lady who runs the joint finally comes to her senses and tosses me out on my untalented keister for ‘mailing it in.’ Hope I live until next week. Say a little prayer for me, or forward that chain letter to all of my relatives.


As my buddy Pam would say, we are only two sleeps away from one of the biggest music events of the year in Hudson. Saturday, September 14 will be the third annual Hudson Porchfest and has been steadily growing with each year. This year there will be over 72 bands playing on 13 porches across the town starting at 11 a.m. on some porches. Hudson Porchfest was the brainchild of local musician Seiji Gutierrez and friends and he says he is pleased to see it growing so quickly with bands coming in from as far away as Montreal and Ottawa to participate in this year’s edition.

So it is definitely a good way to spend this Saturday folks – enjoy the walk through Hudson village, stop in at the numerous cafés and shops while you feast your ears on some great new music. Oh, and stop by Porch #1 and say Hi to yours truly as I am hosting it with the effervescent and delightful Pam Gordon! My new trio with Keith Ford and homeboy Nick Thompson will be on stage (porch) at 5 p.m. spinning tunes from our upcoming album. For the complete list of porches, bands and times head over to www.hudsonporchfest.wordpress.com.

Music not your thing? Me neither (insert winky emoji here). For you visually stimulated people, the Lake of Two Mountains Artists Association Fall Art Expo and Sale will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 14 and 15 in the St. James’ Church Hall in Hudson. Opening Hours: Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. As a nice touch, well-known local Artist Nicole Dorion has kindly donated a painting which will be raffled off with the proceeds going to NOVA Hudson. It’s free admission and refreshments will be served (not martinis; I asked).

Keep the next couple of weekends open in your calendar folks because the fab Hudson & Region Studio Tour returns for the weekends of September 21/22 and 28/29. More info to come in next week’s column.

As always, make sure you check out the ‘Things to See and Do’ section of The Journal for all upcoming community 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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