l-r Katy Clark and Terry McKenna record Hallelujah for the 2022 Holiday video. The Board and Staff played host this year: Board Member Jane Orr (at right) is recorded by Seth McNichol of FauxPop Media in the FauxPop Studio, Goderich.
A Flashback! Remember when, on March 10, 2020 at the White Squirrel Golf Club in Zurich, we proudly announced our inaugural season, only to have the pandemic shutdown begin just five days later. Thus followed two years when we simply couldn’t offer live programming…we couldn’t, it seemed, live up to the Board’s aim of bringing a variety of musical styles and performances not just to one location, but to various locations around Huron County. Then, an old word in one’s vocabulary – pivot – took on fresh meaning. Particularly through the support of our provincial government and with local business and community groups’ sponsorships, pivoting to video programming opened the way to bringing isolated performances together as complete programs.
With amazingly strong numbers of viewers’ visits (called engagements in the trade) to our December videos in 2020 and 2021, these online programs have continued. Then, in 2022 we also launched a season of live concerts, all aspiring to meet the festival’s original goals.
These recent steps are precisely why I’m so happy as 2022 concludes…why I want to acknowledge the work and dedication of both Board and staff who never gave up during the two discouraging years of the Pandemic Period…why I want to summarize what 2022 can claim:
Two one-hour videos in June and December were filmed in Blyth, Exeter, Goderich, Seaforth and Wingham with additional settings both on and overlooking Lake Huron itself; the dozen segments covered musical styles from classical to country, jazz to folk-pop to contemporary, featuring local and visiting Canadian artists whose talents were in brass and woodwind instruments, guitar, harp, 19-string lute, organ, piano, violin, vocal and percussion performances. Thanks to the support of our donors, all these artists were paid professional fees for their appearances and their expenses.