Newsletter #58

…and underway with the exuberance of youth as the first of nine schools in south-west Ontario welcomed former CBC Radio broadcaster and Peabody Award-winner, Jowi Taylor, on Monday, this week.  Jowi is the genius behind Voyageur, a unique six-string guitar made up of 64 artifacts from Canadian sites, notable figures and significant experiences from coast to coast to coast.  This instrument has been called ‘a musical quilt of Canada’ and that’s the story Jowi is telling to more than 1,300 young people as part of Huron Waves on the Move this week.

The full story of how Voyageur was created and how it has touched Canadians with each presentation will be offered to everyone at 3pm, Sunday, June 16.  And to add to the presentation musically I’ve invited the superb London guitarist, David Usselman whom many of us know from his appearances throughout south-west Ontario, to play a concert of Canadian songs and stories.

You’ll see the faces of scores of Canadians who have had their photos taken with Voyageur, and everyone at this concert is also welcome to have a photo taken with Voyageur…a rare moment quite literally to hold Canada in your hands.  Get your tickets here

At the opening presentation at South Huron District High School, a member of the staff, Nate Crawford, who teaches woodworking, took Voyageur from Mr. Taylor’s hands and began singing and playing the guitar (with back-up accompaniment by students Spencer and Finn) to the delight of the student assembly and, I must admit, my own pleasure at seeing such a talented chap right here in Exeter.

More Evidence of the Importance of Canadian Women

Let Huron Waves not boast, but we really do think we’re onto something important as we welcome you to our TRAILBLAZERS exhibition which runs Tuesdays to Sundays, from June 9 to June 23.  Already you will have read how the exhibition offers creative neck-pieces to tell the stories of 41 outstanding women from Canada’s history right up to modern day.  Before this collection by goldsmith Don Stuart leaves our region, you really should come to Trivitt Auditorium, 246 Main Street, Exeter to see the collection.

Tickets and details are on our website and I’ll have more to share with you in my next newsletter, coming later this week. Tickets here

But the immediacy of our TRAILBLAZERS is emphasized by an online discussion presented tonight (Wednesday, 8pm) by Walrus Magazine in a special, free program, The Walrus Talks Canada’s Creative Power.  The leaders of seven of Canada’s national cultural institutions will discuss their roles in cultivating Canada’s creative power.  But what’s interesting is that six of these leaders are women – the Director of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Commissioner and Chairperson of the National Film Board; the CEO of Telefilm Canada; the President of CBC/Radio Canada; The National Librarian & Archivist of Canada; and the President of the Canada Media Fund!

Sorry for such a last-minute notice of this online event but registration is still open and free at this link:

Continuing at Huron Waves ’24…

Join us for these events, all presented at Trivitt Auditorium, 264 Main Street South, Exeter:

TRAILBLAZERS: An Exhibition Honouring Outstanding Canadian Women

  June 9 – 23.   Tickets here

Voyageur: a Musical Quilt of Canada plus a guitar performance by David Usselman

June 16.  3pm.   Tickets here

Susan Aglukark in concert, celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 23.  3pm.   Tickets here

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

John A. Miller, Artistic Director