In June Canada annually sings the praises of its musicians, so I invite you to join Huron Waves to honour three important Canadian performers who are celebrated in TRAILBLAZERS our unique exhibition which opens at 3pm this Sunday afternoon and runs till June 23 with some very special events.

The honoured musicians are soprano Measha Brueggergosman, jazz pianist/singer Diana Krall and the woman I think is the Queen of Canadian popular songs, Anne Murray…three of the 41 women saluted in this unique exhibition at Trivitt Auditorium, 264 Main Street South, Exeter.

Recently, Huron Waves’ President, Paul Ciufo, was telling me about his personal recollection of Anne Murray; I asked him to put his enthusiasm to text:  “My house was full of music as I grew up. After school or at dinner time I would put on records…Gordon Lightfoot, Anne Murray.  There was something so comforting and unassuming about Anne’s warm, sweet voice. I loved “Snowbird”, “Could I Have This Dance”, “You Needed Me”.  The lyrics of “Tennessee Waltz” broke my heart every time.  It was a great thrill when my mother took me to an Anne Murray concert.  At one point Anne danced and sang in a top hat, tails, and sheer black tights… I was wowed!”

Sunday, June 9 – 3pm – Trivitt Auditorium.   I’ll bet everyone reading this newsletter has a memory like Paul’s and that’s why, on Sunday, when TRAILBLAZERS opens, I think it will be fun to have a community singalong with the Velvet & Ivory duo leading the fun and with a song sheet for everybody in case we forget a lyric or two .

I hope you can join us on Sunday, or any day, Tuesdays through Saturdays (10am to 5pm) and Sunday concerts to view the full collection of 41 beautiful neck-pieces honouring Canadian women accomplished in the arts, business, science, Indigenous culture, literature, politics, sports, medicine, philanthropy and invention.

Huron Waves’ website has more information about TRAILBLAZERS and tickets ($10) too. Purchase in advance or at the door where community volunteers will welcome you.


Saturday, June 15  – 2pm – Trivitt Auditorium:  Don Stuart, the creator of this TRAILBLAZERS, will be with us on to speak about his work with this and many other prominent Canadian creations.  Don’s tour of the collection begins at 2pm and is included in the price of a ticket ($10). Tickets here 

Sunday, June 16 – 3pm – Trivitt Auditorium: The Musical History of Canada in a Guitar, presented by Jowi Taylor, with an additional concert on this unique six-string instrument, Voyageur, by one of south-west Ontario’s favourite guitarists, David Usselman of London.  More information next week…but mark the date and plan to attend now.  Tickets here

Sunday, June 23 – 3pm – Trivitt Auditorium: Susan Aglukark, ᓲᓴᓐ ᐊᒡᓘᒃᑲᖅ

In concert, to honour National Indigenous Peoples Day with a tribute in song to the North and to Canada.  SOLD OUT with a limited block of new tickets ($40) on sale today. Tickets here

Till we’re together again…remember that Music Connects Us.

John A. Miller, Artistic Director