AN AFTERNOON WITH HELEN HUMPHREYS
Tickets available at The Cove and any Rideau Lakes Public Library Branch. Enjoy a cash bar, cheeses and appetizers, reading and book signing.
$10 (all proceeds go to Friends of Rideau Lakes Public Library)
Make a reso for Jazz Night after the reading!
Helen Humphreys is the author of four books of poetry, six novels, and two works of creative non-fiction. She was born in Kingston-on-Thames, England, and now lives in Kingston, Ontario.
Her first novel, Leaving Earth(1997), won the City of Toronto Book Award and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her second novel, Afterimage (2000), won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, was nominated for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her third novel, The Lost Garden (2002), was a 2003 Canada Reads selection, a national bestseller, and was also a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Wild Dogs (2004) won the Lambda Prize for fiction, has been optioned for film, and was produced as a stage play at CanStage in Toronto in the fall of 2008. Coventry (2008) was a national bestseller and was shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award and the Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction. It was also a New York Times Editors’ Choice. The Reinvention of Love (2011) was longlisted for the Dublin Impac Literary Award and shortlisted for the Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction. Her latest novel, The Evening Chorus was published in February of 2015.
Humphreys’ work of creative non-fiction, The Frozen Thames (2007), was a #1 national bestseller. Her collections of poetry include Gods and Other Mortals (1986); Nuns Looking Anxious, Listening to Radios (1990); and, The Perils of Geography (1995). Her most recent collection, Anthem (1999), won the Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry. Her most recent work of non-fiction is Nocturne (2013), a memoir about the life and death of her brother, Martin.
In 2009 Helen Humphreys was awarded the Harbourfront Festival Prize for literary excellence.
Helen Humphreys’ fiction is published in Canada by HarperCollins, and in the U.S. by W.W. Norton and Harcourt Houghton Mifflin. Her UK publisher is Serpent’s Tail and her Italian publisher is Playground.
Fri.Jul.10 LUTHER WRIGHT (Bluegrass/Country/Folk/Guitar) 6-9pm
LUTHER WRIGHT (Bluegrass/Country/Guitar)
July 10 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Luther Wright! (Bluegrass/Country Hero!)
Luther Wright has been writing, recording and performing music for over 20 years now. He started out in a band with his talented songwriter brother Geordie in the garage/punk, vigilante vegetarian outfit The Mugworts who honed their chops while traveling in Mexico and playing to gringos and locals alike. In 1994 he joined up with his friends Sarah and Mary Harmer to play lead guitar in the Canadian, pop-rock band, “Weeping Tile” (WEA/Atlantic). It was during the next 5 years of full-on touring and recording with that band that Luther, Weeping Tile drummer Cam Giroux and his roots compadres Sean Kelly and Dan Curtis formed the now-renowned, country/punkgrass road daemons, “Luther Wright & The Wrongs”. Known on one hand for their brilliantly executed, country/bluegrass reworking of Pink Floyd’s classic The Wall, Luther and the band have also recorded and released five all-original albums, Hurtin’ For Certain (1997), Rogers Waltz (1999), the valentine gone awry, Guitar Pickin’ Martyrs (2003), Instrumentality(2005), Man of Your Dreams (2008). Also to boot, they made two cds of original children’s music under the guise of Butterfingers. From its release internationally in 2001, Rebuild the Wall (Universal/Backporch), opened up doors for ’the Wrongs to play over 500 shows of old-country, inspired music across the continent. Luther’s music is used in the CTV television show, “Robson Arms”, and his song “Tumbler Ridge” is part of the soundtrack in Ron Mann’s documentary film about Woody Harrleson entitled, “Go Further”. At the request of the Goodman family Luther contributed a version of “The City Of New Orleans”, to a wonderful album that pays tribute to folk legend Steve Goodman. He is currently recording a new album produced by Chris Brown (Bourbon Tabernacle Choir/Chris Brown & Kate Femner) and touring steadily around North America as well as producing music locally and presenting shows when the feeling is right.
Fri.Jul.17 JOHN WILBERFORCE (Country/Rock Guitar) 6-9pm
JOHN WILBERFORCE (Country/Rock/Guitar)
July 17 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
John Wilberforce (Country/Rock/Guitar)
John Wilberforce is a singer/songwriter, guitarist and bassist from Oxford Station, ON. He is currently in the studio recording pre-production demos for his up-coming full length CD.
He has worked with Shawn McCullough’s Country outfit, DoubleBack and Keith Urban Tribute group URBAN, as well as with Wade Foster, Jeff Callery and more. He has toured like a man possessed but spends most of his time with studio production and session work. Great man, great sound.
Fri.Jul.24 DAY TRIPPER: Music of The Beatles 8-11pm
Day Tripper: Tribute to The Beatles from Montreal
July 24 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm | $10
DAY TRIPPER: Musical Tribute to THE BEATLES from Montreal
One of Canada’s great Featuring members of The Dears, Krief, Sunfields, Kandle & The Krooks, Spoon River and more…
ACT 1 … BEATLEMANIA
1964… Four lads from liverpool ignite the stage of the Ed Sullivan theater. Their toe-tapping catchy hits, their casual wit and their unforgettable charm win the hearts of teenagers all over the world.
The cast captures the raw energy and playful spontaneity of The Beatle’s earliest performances, as Beatlemania took the world by storm. Every nuance of these performances has been painstakingly recreated. Perfect replicas of the Fab Four’s “Hard Days Night” suits, note-for-note 3 part harmonies and exact instrumentation leave even the most scrutinizing fans impressed.
The mannerisms, vocals, accents and personalities have never been so faithfully reproduced. You will feel what it was like to have been there.
ACT 2 … SHEA STADIUM
By 1965, The Beatles were on top of the world, in the midst of world tours, movie sets, dining with royalty, recording studios, they were jet setting across continents.
In the studio, they were pushing the creative limits of popular music into new found territory. Lyrics took on deeper meanings, and the addition of heavy orchestration and studio effects became more and more common. Technology at the time did not permit The Beatles to reproduce many of these newer songs on stage.
Using state of the art orchestral sounds and live effect processing, The Beatles Experience ignite the stage to recapture the days of Help, Rubber Soul and Revolver in stunningly perfect detail.
ACT 3 … SGT. PEPPER’S
By August 1966, frustrated with the hardships of touring and fuelled by experimentation, the Beatles decided to stop touring and focus their efforts in the studio.
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band completely re-invented the concept of pop music. Free from the constraints of having to perform their music live, The Beatles were able to let their creativity soar, creating sounds no one had ever heard.
Many of these songs remain, to this day, nearly impossible to perform live. Using state of the art orchestral sounds and live effect processing, The Beatles Experience reproduces every one of these songs perfectly, live before your eyes, without any prerecorded background music!
Songs like “A Day in the Life” and “Strawberry Fields Forever” sound so close to the album, you won’t believe your ears.
ACT 4 … SOLO ACOUSTIC
By 1968, their songwriting became less collaborative and more personal. Many of the songs written for the ‘White Album’ were written while in India with an acoustic guitar.
Paul was showcasing his independence as a writer and performer through songs like “Blackbird” and “Mother Nature’s Son”, George was becoming every bit as credible a songwriter with classics like “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, and John was quickly becoming an unwavering political activist.
In this intense and intimate part of the show, share a rare one-on-one moment with each member, before John Paul George and Ringo take the stage together again, one last time.
ACT 5 … ABBEY ROAD
Although Beatlemania was coming to an end and The Beatles were growing further apart, many regard this stage of their career as their best.
The highly experimental White album, the back to basics rock and roll attitude of Let it Be, and their refined swan song Abbey Road encompass everything they had learned over their remarkable career.
High energy songs like “Back in the USSR”, “Get Back” and “Revolution” and captivating performances such as “Dear Prudence” and “Let It Be” mark the climax of this incredibly intense show.
Experience The Beatles together again in their finest… and final hours.
Sat.Jul.25 STRINGTEASE (Gypsy/Folk/Blues) 6-9pm
STRINGTEASE (Westport, Gypsy/Blues/Folk)
July 25 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
STRINGTEASE (Westport, Gypsy/Blues/Folk) StringTease with Chuck Gobeil (vocal/mandolin, Carolyn Avery (vocal/accordian), Dave Pollard (vocal/acoustic guitar) and Dawson Willsey (vocal/upright bass). Come and get in a trance with their hypnotic trail of Gypsy, blues and folk sounds… 6-9pm