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Annie Lou in Concert

Submitted by Darcie Kennedy

“There is magic here: superior picking, excellent rhythm work, impressive and whimsical lyrics”
~ Donald Teplyske, Country Standard Time

Annie Lou in Concert
Sunday, November 10, 2019
$20. Tickets available in advance at Colborne Street Gallery.
Limited seating.

Annie Lou is the stage name of Anne Louise Genest, a songwriter, composer, and performer with a deeply-felt connection to older folk music traditions. With guitar and banjo in hand, she has spent years chronicling the rural and urban lifepaths of Canada. This is new music that is relevant to a modern audience but rooted in the musical traditions that grew out of communities where there was little separation between performer and audience - where everyone played something, or danced - and where music was clearly connected to the everyday lives of the people who played it.

Annie Lou’s beautifully creative songs and tunes range from rousing and boisterous to gentle and poignant, and map a homescape of hard-drinking grandmas, rural dancehalls, blue collar fashions, small towns, big cities. All of this is delivered with Genest’s vocal warmth, evocative of the sweet tones of Kate and Anna McGarrigle blended with the raw emotion of Hazel Dickens.

"Annie Lou’s music is loose and playful, intense and breezy; performed by a smart woman and her highly polished sizzling band.” - John Apice, No Depression Magazine

Annie Lou grew up in downtown Toronto in a large and loud family where, although no one played any instruments, the turntable was always spinning an eclectic mix of classical, jazz, rock, country, and folk music. "Music was hugely important in our household. My parents were devoted to classical music, but encouraged us to play our own music too, LOUD, and we were often switching between Vivaldi and the Grateful Dead at dinner time."

It wasn't until she moved to the Yukon in Canada's north that she discovered a desire to make music herself. In this wild and wide open place she realized that anyone can play music, and it's never too late to learn. She bought her first guitar for her 30th birthday, and taught herself to play in her off-grid cabin on the marge of Lake Laberge. Honing her chops around campfires and kitchen tables, she began songwriting and performing and eventually released two critically acclaimed solo CDs.

She found her true muse when she discovered bluegrass and old time mountain music, and delving more deeply into the older music led her to playing clawhammer banjo. "I do most of my composing on the banjo now. The sound and the feel and the history of the instrument is a deep deep well, and I can get so wonderfully lost in it." 

Surrounding herself with some of Canada's best acoustic musicians, she has released three albums as Annie Lou, and toured major festivals and venues across the country. She has been nominated for a Juno, as well as several Canadian Folk Music and Western Canadian Music  awards.

Anne Louise is becoming known as a skilled instructor of vocals, guitar, songwriting, and clawhammer banjo. She has taught at several music workshops across the country, including Nimblefingers Bluegrass and Oldtime Music Workshop, Georgia Strait Guitar Workshop, The Big Swig Banjo Workshop, The Woodshed Music Workshop, and the Northern Lights Bluegrass and Oldtime Music Campout. She is also a fine caller of southern style square dances!

Anne Louise's ongoing projects include working and touring with her band as Annie Lou, solo performing with her own self, periodic collaborative touring with Canadian banjo icon Chris Coole, square dance calling for festivals, weddings, and workshops, and jamming when she gets the chance. After twenty years living in the Yukon woods, she has relocated to the balmier shores of Vancouver Island and is enjoying the novelty of running water.

Bio pulled from Annie Lou’s website:

Talents Abound at the 3rd Annual 'Made in Kawartha Lakes' Art Show & Sale

Submitted by Kawartha Lakes Arts Council

Kawartha Lakes Arts Council and Kawartha Arts Network are once again hosting the annual ‘Made in Kawartha Lakes’ Show & Sale at the Fenelon Falls Community Centre (27 Veterans Way, Fenelon Falls) on Saturday, November 16 and Sunday, November 17, 2019 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is free.

Now in its third successful year, this art show and sale has become an important stop on the art show circuit in Eastern Ontario. In 2018, exhibitor sales were brisk and steady, with unique original items selling in the range of $5 to $1,200.

Come and experience a collaborative showcase of local talented artists and artisans who bring their unique works to exhibit and sell. Get ahead on your early Christmas shopping at this grand selection of one-of-a-kind creative gifts. The exhibitors appreciate meeting all buyers and viewers alike as all admire and appreciate the splendid artistry and creativity of our local 'makers'.

The show has grown steadily since its inaugural year in 2017 with sold-out booth spaces. A considerable number of exhibitors have returned each year. Enthusiastic and curious visitors enjoy a rich experience for the senses at this family-friendly event complemented with strolling musical entertainment.

The range of creative work on display has grown to include photography, glass pieces, wood creations and original furniture design, textile art, jewellery, pottery, metal works, granite creations, paintings of all types, as well as mixed media works. There is something for everyone at this show and sale.

With members located throughout Kawartha Lakes, KLAC aims to connect all of our communities with activities, events and opportunities that maximize the success of the arts sector and in turn our creative economy throughout Kawartha Lakes. “Made in Kawartha Lakes” is one of the many events successfully doing exactly that.

For more information:

Margaret Cunningham 705.879.2719
Ray Marshall- KLAC Chair 705.928.5483

The Kawartha Arts Festival: 30 Years and Counting

Submitted by Belinda Wilson, on behalf of the Kawartha Arts Festival Board

With the 30th Annual Kawartha Arts Festival behind us, we’ve had time to reflect on how we got here, and what the future holds.

The first event was held in the Bobcaygeon Library in 1989, but it had already outgrown that space by the time the Festival opened, and so it moved to the Ag Building at the Fenelon Fairgrounds the next year, with 24 local artists exhibiting their work. 

A silent auction was held in the middle of the building, with pieces donated by the artists. As the number of artists grew, the space was required for booths – now artists donate pieces which are used for hourly draws all weekend.

The Labour Day Weekend event used to kick off with a Friday night Wine & Cheese party for the artists to relax and socialize after getting their exhibits set up and ready.

Festival organizer Maud Skoog remembers that “the opening used to be a pretty big deal – the Reeve of the Village and other dignitaries were always on hand to do the official ribbon cutting”. One year, Maud recalls, Lieutenant Governor Lincoln Alexander attended, and took the time to greet all the artists.

As the Festival grew, it began to attract artists from across the province – many opted to arrive Saturday morning to set up, and the Friday evening event fell by the wayside. Now, with as many as 110 artists converging just a few hours before opening, Saturday morning is hectic, to say the least. Artist packages must be delivered to each booth, last minute glitches and relocations have to be dealt with, and no matter what, at 10:00 AM everything has to be ready when the gates open.

In the 1990’s the Festival introduced “Young at Art” – this opportunity for budding young artists to participate has helped to launch the careers of several artists, including local painter Markus Leydolt and well-known Toronto artist Peter Rotter.

The Kawartha Arts Festival continues to evolve as times change. In the early years, only original pieces were permitted to be exhibited. However, in order to allow the artists to generate more sales, prints are now allowed.

A new and popular addition in recent years has been the Fabric Art tent, and as trends shift and new (or newly rejuvenated) art forms present themselves, the Festival committee will continue to reach out to these artists, inviting them to submit their work for consideration.

Live music keeps the Festival visitors entertained, and the Fenelon Ag Society food booth keeps them fed as they enjoy the last days of summer surrounded by the beauty of art in all its forms.

What brings artists back year after year, and what attracts new artists, is the Festival’s reputation of being “by artists, for artists.” Many have commented that it feels like a family gathering, and a spirit of community is tangible as the weekend unfolds. They enjoy the little treats which are delivered to their booth on Saturday morning, and welcome the personal attention as committee members make the rounds throughout the weekend to ensure everything is going smoothly.

Maud credits the support from the community as a big reason the Festival has continued to flourish; the ongoing sponsorship and assistance by Kawartha Dairy, Cable Cable, Pinder Electric, Handley Lumber, BOB-FM, Oldies 96.7, Classical 103.1 FM, Van Halteren Music, Grr8 Finds Markets, Fenelon Agricultural Society, The Kawartha Store, and The Village Shop has always been very much appreciated.

As with any community endeavours, KAF volunteers are indispensable – from the Festival Board and its year-round work, to the folks young and old who help out in so many ways over the course of the Festival weekend, each one’s efforts are vital to its success, year after year.

Moving forward, the Festival plans to reintroduce a Friday evening event for participating artists and is looking at a new layout for the grounds in order to accommodate more marquee tents and to change things up a bit.

Now in its 31st year, the Kawartha Arts Festival continues to be the largest juried outdoor art festival in Southern Ontario – Labour Day Weekend 2020 will see the Fenelon Fairgrounds alive with artists, music and a celebration of the best of the human creative spirit.

Colborne Street Gallery Exhibit a Must-See

Currently at the Colborne Street Gallery, you will find an exhibition of beautiful art pieces which have been inspired by trees.

The subject matter offers a surprising amount of diversity in the collection, which varies in colour and style, coming together for an immersive experience; walking through a forest of art and inspiration.

This collection of paintings will be exhibited in the gallery for less than one more week, so if you haven’t had the chance yet, be sure to drop by and see the forest for the trees. The Colborne Street Gallery is open daily from 10 - 5 except Sundays, when they are open between 11 - 3.

Public Art Opportunity: Rain Garden, Fenelon Falls

Submitted by Darcie Kennedy

The Fenelon Arts Committee (FAC) invites expressions of interest from artists or teams of artists to design and install two sculptures to be mounted on large limestone bases at the Rain Garden, south of Maryboro Lodge: The Fenelon Museum. This opportunity is open to artists and artist teams with a connection to the Kawarthas.

The works should provide an engaging visual art aesthetic that is visible from all perspectives. The works should consider the context and character of the area: as the Oak Street Conservation District, the Indigenous use of the location as a portage and gathering place, the historical development of Fenelon Falls, or the natural heritage of the region and waterway. The budget for each sculpture is up to $25,000. All proposals must be inclusive of total costs.

Initial Submissions to be received by September 30, 2019. For further information and call for submission details, please visit

Established in 2018, the Fenelon Arts Committee identifies opportunities for artists, strategizes on arts initiatives, and works to increase public access and engagement with art in the village of Fenelon Falls. The committee is made up of dedicated residents who share a common vision and passion for art and their community.

All inquiries should be directed to:
Fenelon Arts Committee
Attention: Darcie Kennedy

Introducing the Winners of the Legion's first Literary Contest for Seniors

Submitted by Arlene Colman

Heather Roxborough, Paul Leduc, Nancy Louiseize

Heather Roxborough, Paul Leduc, Nancy Louiseize

Arlene Colman, Seniors Chairman for the Fenelon Falls announced the winners of its first Literary Contest for Seniors as follows:

Placement Name Category

First Place Nancy Louiseize Poem

First Place Paul Leduc Short story

First Place Mary Greaves Memoir

Second Place Heather Roxborough Short story

These talented and creative people are pictured above, with the exception of Mary Greaves who was in France for the D-Day Commemorations. Mary received her flowers and certificate upon her return.

We hope to run the contest again next year so put your thinking caps on and get started on your entry in 2020. There’s something for everyone: poetry, short stories, memoirs and essay. What a great project to fill those long winter months!

The Making of the Fenelon Falls Curling Club Mural

Submitted by Donna Bisschop

I just had a wonderful opportunity to show, and be part of, community here in Fenelon Falls.

My name is Donna Bisschop and I painted the new mural on the side of our curling club.

Last summer the mural was only a thought in a few peoples minds, but the drawings evolved as the Curling Club considered and reconsidered what they wanted to see and express – certainly the history of the town and the evolution of curling were important. Months of drawing and redrawing brought us into last fall and the creation of the full-size drawings.

Once the drawings were approved I redrew them all again onto pellon (transfer material) and then traced the drawings through the pellon onto my boards...

As an artist, nothing is more thrilling to me than moving from sketch to paint, filling out, filling in; making the characters come alive. The winter passed quickly as I painted hour after hour, absorbed in telling the story in pictures I had drawn months before.

The boards not only took up my time, but also my home. Painted flat, on eight foot tables they were a massive footprint to navigate in my living and dining rooms. Every month or so, willing friends would come and help me dismantle tables and stand the three panels up precariously in my living so I could see what was and was not working.

By this past spring the panels were ready for Varathane – and I was ready to have my home back!

My hope is that everyone who takes the time to look at the mural, which is displayed on the Bond St. side of the Fenelon Falls Curling Club, will find something fun, something interesting, something that makes them feel connected to this awesome community we share.

Fenelon Station Gallery - Where Arts and Heritage Intersect

Submitted by Janet Tysiak

Enjoy a blended cultural experience this summer right in the heart of Fenelon Falls!

The Fenelon Station was built during the Railway Age in the 1880s by Sir William Mackenzie from Kirkfield, Ontario. It was built in the regular railway design that included a passenger waiting room, ticket office and baggage room. A bay window on the front was a feature that enabled the station agent to see up and down the rail line.

The station remains authentic and well preserved to this day but with a unique addition. A group of local artists have made this historic train station their home.

The rustic space that was once a passenger waiting room, baggage room and ticket office is transformed every season into an eye catching display of beautiful artwork. Visitors can step into the past and at the same time browse through the diverse and high quality work of our cooperative artists.

The members volunteer their time to manage the gallery so that during operating hours there is always an artist present to greet and assist you!

Come on board and make the gallery one of your stops this summer! Doors open for the season on Saturday, May 18.

Check out for hours, scheduled artists and demonstrations.

Colborne Street Gallery: Up Came The Sun, by Leanne Baird

Submitted by Darcie Kennedy

A new exhibit of paintings by local artist Leanne Baird are being displayed at the Colborne Street Gallery from May 1st - 26th. The opening reception for the exhibit is Thursday, May 2nd, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm - please drop by to see this stunning collection in person.

Baird’s paintings are both a study of the physical and metaphysical. Exploring the natural landscape and investigating the way light behaves in these environments are constant sources of inspiration for her work. Deconstructing these complex environments into the basic elements of art, Baird transcribes the line, shape, form, and colour of these quiet moments in nature. Citing painters, Emily Carr and Lawren Harris, as inspiration for both their artwork and their spiritual journey, Baird continues the tradition of Canadian Landscape painting through her recording of scenes in and around the Canadian Shield.

Baird has a Bachelor of Arts with Distinction from the University of Toronto. She has also completed studies internationally and at the Haliburton School of Arts, the Royal Conservatory, and the Art School of Peterborough. Baird has exhibited her work at the Kathleen Gormley McKay Art Centre, Ethel Curry Gallery, the Art School of Peterborough, Agnes Jamieson Gallery, Varley Art Gallery, Rails End Gallery and the Art Gallery of Peterborough. She has participated in many studio tours including Peterborough, Uxbridge, and the Kawarthas. Baird was a Guest Artist at Lakefield College School in 2016, a past Board Member at the Art School of Peterborough 2010-2012, and has been featured as a Guest Artist on HGTV. She has also taught children’s art classes at the Varley Art Gallery and numerous school boards in Southern Ontario as well as Lakefield College School and the Art School of Peterborough.

The Swimming Pools at Colborne Street Gallery

Submitted by Darcie Kennedy

Colborne Street Gallery proudly presents Geoff Fitzgerald’s The Swimming Pools, a selection of photographs documenting public pools across Toronto, Hamilton, and Oakville. This SPARK Photo Festival Featured Exhibition can be seen at the gallery from March 27th - April 30th, and we invite you to join us for the opening reception this Saturday April 13th from 2:00 - 5:00 pm.

The swimming pool has been a source of inspiration for many artists. Matisse made a work titled The Swimming Pool in 1952, Hockney began painting his famous pools in the 1960s, and Edward Ruscha’s first book project in colour, Nine Swimming Pools and a Broken Glass, was printed in 1968. 

Oozing with vibrant colours and a boldness typical of summer days, these images of a fleeting moment in the hot sun, also project the uncanny. One of Ruscha’s pools shows wet footsteps running off the diving board, yet no figures are present. It’s slightly off-putting. In a similar way, Fitzgerald has shot his photographs from an altered perspective; the bird’s eye view. His pools do not depict sparkling blue water and splashes in the sun, they are taken in the off-season; devoid of people and the warm tone of summer. They are empty, almost abandoned with a certain unease. Fitzgerald’s awareness and exploration of formal qualities combined with striking composition invites you to consider these spaces anew.

Fitzgerald is an award winning, Toronto-based freelance commercial and editorial photographer. He has worked with various clients including the Fairmont Hotels, Canadian Geographic, Ryerson University, and Habitat for Humanity. His most recent exhibition was held at Hashtag Gallery in Toronto in the Fall of 2018. 

SPARK Photo Festival is a celebration of photography in Northumberland, Peterborough, and the Kawartha Lakes regions. For the month of April, more than 50 venues take part in various photographic-related programming including exhibitions, workshops, talks, films, and other special events.