No More FOMO! - theHumm June 2019
No More FOMO! - theHumm June 2019
By — Kris Riendeau
You would think that the editor of this area’s Arts & Entertainment paper would have a pretty good handle on the quality of talent out here in the Ottawa Valley. I thought so too, but apparently I hadn’t been getting out enough over the winter months (I’m going to blame all that darn freezing rain). I attempted to rectify the situation this spring — taking in performances of The Phantom of the Hubera, the Mudds’ We Will Rock You, Almonte & District High School’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (above, currently nominated for no fewer than 7 Cappie Awards including Best Play), stand-up comedy by Rachelle Elie and Derek Seguin, and the inaugural concert by Perth’s Group Encore featuring Joel Martin and Eugene Friesen with special appearances by the Lanark Offbeats and friends (below).
I attended each with what I thought were pretty high expectations, but each time my mind was just blown by the amount of talent (both onstage and behind the scenes), the level of commitment, and the sheer outpouring of heart and soul from the stage. Looking back, I can enthusiastically recall details about each show, even as the particulars of whatever it was I watched on Netflix fade away. And I regret missing all the other live performances that took place in that time frame! I’m going to try to convert that into the impetus to get off my tuchus the next time my comfy couch calls. Going out requires overcoming a bit of inertia, but is almost always much more satisfying.
So now that the roads are clear again, I can only shout “don’t miss out!”, and encourage you, dear reader, to assuage your FOMO by getting out and supporting live art, theatre, music and more in our amazing area. You’ll find numerous opportunities in this issue…
Union Hall Fundraising Concert with The Life of Pearls to Celebrate the Summer Solstice - theHumm June 2019
Sound of the Muse Records recording artists The Life of Pearls will celebrate the summer solstice and present their new 2019 album release and stage show Into the Beautiful Blue at Union Hall at ......
Celtfest 2019 — What a Line-Up! Ashley MacIsaac, Anna Ludlow, Mudmen and Many More! - theHumm June 2019
Each year, Almonte Celtfest attracts thousands of visitors to the Ottawa Valley for three days of Celtic music, dance and history. The celebration was created in 1997 by three young men — Br......
Welcome to Almonte, Curious & Kind! Social Enterprise / Workshop & Performance Space Opens on June 12 - theHumm June 2019
By Kris Riendeau
If you are a long-time Humm reader, the name “Danielle Grégoire” may be familiar to you. Shortly after moving to Almonte in 2007, she kick-started the Lanark County Spoken Word scene — bringing O......
By — Brian Turner is a Planet Youth Lanark Steering Committee member
Building bridges is what well-connected communities do, whether it’s to solve a transportation need or to help improve the health and wellbeing of their residents. Carleton Place Town Hall staff ......
By — Angie Arendt is the Director of Big Stone House in Almonte<bigstonehouse>. Drop in for a coffee and learn more about Big Stone House and the art of sacred living and leading on Sunday, June 2
There is a little pub in Terminal C at the Dulles International Airport that serves up the best hamburgers east of the Mississippi (the U.S. Mississippi, that is). Running along the back wall of ......
The Station Theatre is bringing world-class magic and illusion to Smiths Falls on Saturday evenings this summer. OUTERBRIDGE – Clockwork Mysteries is a high-energy magical adventure for both adul......
Unleash your inner yogi at a brand-new yoga festival in a town that’s on the rise — beautiful Smiths Falls. On Saturday, June 15, grab your mat, water bottle and a positive attitude and head for ......
Indigenous Youth Bring Mission “Home” SchoolBOX Picnic with Purpose on June 15 in support of First Nations Education - theHumm June 2019
What do a Mississippi Mills picnic, a school in Nicaragua and a lunch program in the northern community of Wabauskang First Nation have in common?
By Miss Cellaneous
Colours of Nature at Strévé Design Studio
You are invited to come and enjoy Colours of Nature — works by Canadian artist Linda Banfalvi at Strévé Design Studio and Gal......
Summer Starts in Mississippi Mills! Concerts, BusFusion, Porchfest, Dandyfest, Canada Day and More - theHumm June 2019
By Miss Mills
Each spring, community and cultural events seem to pop up like tulips throughout Mississippi Mills, and this year is no exception. June gets “rolling” right away with the eleventh annual Mississi......
Smiths Falls will be alive with Indigenous culture on Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9, when the town and Smiths Falls & District Collegiate Institute’s (SFDCI) Indigenous Studies Program ......
Canadian Jazz and Blues music legend Chris Whiteley is coming to Lanark County on June 3 to perform in the intimate setting of the New Life Retreat’s beautiful living room. Along with his wi......
Back Forty Artisan Cheese will be hosting their 4th annual summer festival at their Cheese Factory on Saturday, June 29 from 10am to 4pm. Relax along the Mississippi River while enjoying great ch......
Doug Fleming: A Tribute - theHumm June 2019
By — Jim Mountain, on behalf of the Festival of Small Halls Board, staff and volunteers
When devoting time for anything to do with communities, one appreciates the work and dedication of amazing volunteers. The true rewards too, are those lasting relationships we forge when working ......
Just as the sun will brighten up the summer skies, the five strong female actresses in this laugh-out-loud comedy will brighten up the Station Theatre this June. The playwrighting team of Jessie ......
It is the time of year when winter-weary gardeners, desperate for a breath of spring, rush into garden centres to purchase cartloads of plants. When they return home they face the challenge of pu......
By — Ozo Construction is a locallyowned and operated construction company servicing the Ottawa and Ottawa Valley area. It is devoted to delivering topnotch services to all customers and to creating emplo
What started off as a part-time business in Cumberland, Ontario has led the husband and wife team of Adam Ozorak and Jessica Cadman back to Jessica’s hometown of Almonte. “Almonte is such a frien......
By Susie Osler
Horsetail… timothy… mullein… bramble… goldenrod… vetch… elderberry…. My eyes move slowly, feasting on the verdant verge between the willow growing out of the swale draining into the pond close by......
The award-winning Classic Theatre Festival in Perth is hosting a summer-long party in 2019. The Ottawa Valley’s only professional theatre company is celebrating its 10th anniversary season with s......
May 22 - Sep 5 Head Over Heels
Jul 12 - Sep 6 Eric Uren
Aug 2 - 31 Exhibit: Ghosts of the Highway
Aug 4 - 31 Jazz Night w/Spencer Evans Trio
Aug 12 - 14 Puppets Up! International Puppet Festival
Aug 13 - 14 Perth Lions Garlic Festival
Aug 13 Eric Uren on the Patio
Aug 15 Mellow Lily
Aug 19 Kobo Town
Aug 20 - 28 Richard Gill: 50th Anniversary Show
- David Dunn — Doing What Comes Naturally
- Richard Gill’s Annual Show Burnstown Sculptor Sheds Light on 50-Year Career with Milestone Show
- Travel to Wonderland with Alice! Summer Fare at Smiths Falls Station Theatre
- Ghosts of the Highway New Exhibit at Perth’s Concave Gallery
- Calling All Hippies… To the Killaloe Craft and Community Fair!
- A Midsummer Night in Perth Landscapes Interpreted Through Art and Fashion
- MMLT Presents The Festival of the Wild Child Outdoor Family-Friendly Event is Better than Ever!
- Perth Garlic Festival
- 3 Galleries; 3 Shows
- Beautiful Art in Beautiful Westport!