OUTERBRIDGE: Rekindling the Magic - theHumm September 2021
OUTERBRIDGE: Rekindling the Magic - theHumm September 2021
Back in 2018, Ted and Marion Outerbridge had just moved themselves and their award-winning magic show OUTERBRIDGE — Clockwork Mysteries to Smiths Falls. There they found a wonderful home for themselves, and a perfect venue for their show at the Station Theatre. After a wonderfully successful summer season they were probably making all sorts of plans for 2020… when everything ground to a halt. But with restrictions easing this summer, the Outerbridges have jumped back into high gear with shows running through to mid-September. theHumm caught up with Ted to find out how it feels to be making magic once again.
theHumm: For the sake of our newer readers, let’s start with a bit about your background. Where and when did you and your wife hone your skills, and what drew you to Smiths Falls back in 2018?
Ted Outerbridge: I have made my living as a magician since I was 19, and the art of magic has been part of my life ever since. Over the last 22 years, my wife Marion and I have had the privilege of touring theatres and performing arts centers in Canada and the U.S., with a few detours to such exotic places as China, Germany, and the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood.
In 2018 we were living in a duplex in Pointe Claire just outside of Montreal and we decided it was time for a move. We had always wanted to live in an old Victorian home. As touring illusionists, we frequently found ourselves performing in the Toronto area so we thought we might move a bit closer. A Google search resulted in some interesting properties, but it took a while to find the right neighborhood.
When we arrived in Smiths Falls to view some potential homes, a teenage boy held the door open for us at Tim Horton’s. We wondered if this was an isolated incident, but we discovered that there are a lot of genuinely nice people in this town. When we visited the Keyhole House for the very first time, walking through the keyhole up the stairs to the front door was almost like crossing a threshold into another world. We entered the house and touched the ornate moulding around the doorway to the living room and it felt like a dream. Even two years later it still feels magical. We experienced an instant connection with the Keyhole House and the town of Smiths Falls which has only grown stronger with time.
As a couple of performers, how were you and Marion able to deal with a year-and-a-half of lockdown?
Marion was incredible during the lockdown and her energy helped me immensely. Her daily routine often combined a Montreal jazz dance class via Zoom with baking bread. We would routinely go for a walk and deliver a fresh loaf of bread to one of our friends. I was applause-deprived during lockdown, so I started The Keyhole House on Instagram and Facebook. I posted about the history and mystery of our 1893 house almost daily. I shared my research about the creators and curators of our house as well as local history. Likes and comments were my fuel. As it turns out, a famous Italian magician by the name of Signor Bosco performed at the Smiths Falls Opera House in January 1888! The discovery that a world-renowned magician had stood onstage in this town 133 years before me was very exciting. The fact that nobody had even heard about an opera house made the exercise even more intriguing.
How does it feel to finally be back on stage in front of a live audience, and how have patrons reacted to being entertained in person again?
When I posted on social media that we would be performing again I cried. Returning to the stage was a very emotional experience. It felt incredible to be reunited with our audiences and we are very grateful to everyone who helped make this happen.
Why do you think it’s important to (safely) return to in-person arts and entertainment?
Netflix is entertaining. When we turn the lights off and watch Netflix in the dark, it is more exciting. When we watch a movie in a theatre on a giant screen with great sound and lots of other people in the room it becomes even more exciting because of the energy. When we watch a live performance with a live audience the energy is amplified even further. It really becomes a once-in-a-lifetime experience — we can’t hit pause and we are part of the journey. Nobody knows for sure what will happen.
What are your hopes and performance plans for the future?
Marion and I are very excited about the new show we are developing. The Keyhole House will be about our experience moving into the 1893 home we live in. It will combine history, mystery, grand illusion and a pinch of séance. We plan to have it ready for Ottawa Valley performances in the summer of 2022 and then tour it across Canada.
Tickets are still available for performances of OUTERBRIDGE — Clockwork Mysteries at the Station Theatre. Buy your tickets, and find dates and more details at smithsfallstheatre.com .
Take Back the Night 2021! - theHumm September 2021
By Submitted Lanark County Interval House
For the past 14 years, Carleton Place has hosted a meaningful Take Back the Night march, joining hundreds of thousands of supporters Canada-wide. We march together in solidarity to demand that a woman’s right to walk our streets safely be upheld. We remember and honour the women and children who have been taken at the hands of violence and those who live with violence every day.
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By Sally Hansen
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Until recently Auni has augmented her full-time occupation as a graphic designer by drawing with graphite and charcoal, and painting with watercolours and acrylics. Most of her canvases depict her fascination with human and othe......
26th Annual Fibrefest - theHumm September 2021
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The market and shopping portion of Fibrefest is postponed until September of 2022, but organizers hope you will join in online, throughout September, to take part in workshops, watch virtual demonstrations, atten......
MERA is Alive and Well! - theHumm September 2021
MERA (McDonalds Corners & Elphin Recreation & Arts) has survived the lockdown and various restrictions, and is delighted to be heading into the fall with a slate of concerts, art shows and more. Here’s a round-up of what’s coming up:
Masks and Art Show
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5 Wednesdays — the Harvest Edition September Concerts in Augusta Street Park - theHumm September 2021
With vaccination numbers rising and restrictions easing, it is now possible to resume doing what Mississippi Millians do best — gather in community to celebrate local music and food! And with the happy coincidence of there being 5 Wednesdays in September this year, the Neighbourhood Tomato Community Farm is organizing a series of free events in Almonte’s Augusta Street Park called 5 Wednesdays — the Harvest Edition!
Concerts and a Big Sing!
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On Saturday, September 11 and Sunday, September 12, Arts Carleton Place presents their Fine Art Show and Sale at the Canoe Club at 179 John Street. The show runs from 10am to 4:30pm each day, and both parking and admission are free.
As the end of summer nears and the leaves make the transition to the stunning autumn auburns and golds, come out for a feast made up of the beauty and artistry of 22 juried artists from across the region and explore the works of va......
Back in 2018, Ted and Marion Outerbridge had just moved themselves and their award-winning magic show OUTERBRIDGE — Clockwork Mysteries to Smiths Falls. There they found a wonderful home for themselves, and a perfect venue for their show at the Station Theatre. After a wonderfully successful summer season they were probably making all sorts of plans for 2020… when everything ground to a halt. But with restrictions easing this summer, the Outerbridges have jumped back into high gear with shows ......
By Sarah Kerr
The longest days of the year are now in the rearview mirror of the bright yellow school buses that wind their way along each country road of the Valley, collecting eager and anxious kids for what we’re hoping will be a “normal” school year. Students bump along in seats, spotting glimpses of the rust, orange and brown leaves out the windows, gripping their new backpacks while breathing deeply under freshly washed masks.
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If you’ve ever wanted to be a Maker, David Ivens is offering the opportunity to work in copper, brass, bronze, aluminium and silver to create everything from beer steins to candlesticks; jewellery to garden ornaments. Workshops take place on Saturdays starting in October at David’s studio at 3064 Calabogie Road in Springtown, and cost $150 per day plus materials.
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Expanding Comfort Zones - theHumm September 2021
By Christine Row
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Orange Shirt Day in Perth - theHumm September 2021
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By Glenda Jones
…And aren’t we glad! September has always been “first day of school”, no matter that school is eons behind us. There’s anticipation for new activities, new connections, and new adventures. For kids, the mere fact they can be in a classroom again must be exciting beyond belief! We were in Staples and school supplies were being tossed in carts, and I couldn’t help sneaking a peak at new pencil crayons, always the best treat for Day One of school.
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By Glenda Jones
What started as a tentative trial last spring was so successful for the Almonte Lectures that a new season of Zoom presentations is already in the works. The lectures will proceed as in the past, on the last Friday of the month starting at 7:30pm, when participants can settle in to their own easy chairs at home to see the lecture and follow-up Q&A session. The familiar “donation basket” will still be apparent, but it’s a small “donate” button on the website rather than our usual basket.
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The 6th annual Delta Harvest Festival will be a two-day event this year, taking place on Saturday, September 25 and Sunday, September 26 from 9am to 4pm each day.
The Old Stone Mill NHS will be open to the public for the first time in two years, and the Old Town Hall will be holding a huge Used Book Sale — a project sponsored by the Delta Mill Society and Rideau Lakes Public Library. Books are sold by donation only, and there are thousands to choose from!
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The Perth Library is pleased to host Rachel Salt to discuss her book Your Plastic Footprint: The Facts About Plastic Pollution and What You Can Do to Reduce Your Footprint. This virtual author talk will take place Wednesday, September 29 at 7pm on Zoom.
In her presentation, Rachel will discuss the astounding statistics about plastics and their impact on the environment. And most importantly — what we can do to make a difference. Salt is also the author of The Plastic Problem. ......
September 30th is Orange Shirt Day National Day for Truth and Reconciliation - theHumm September 2021
It’s September and you’re going to a special gathering. You’re really looking forward to it and you’ve bought a special shirt for the occasion. With high hopes, you say goodbye to your family and make the long journey to the gathering.
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By Shannon CassidyRouleau can be found communing with her herd at Ballintotas Alpacas
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Constructs at Sivarulrasa Gallery
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Born in New Brunswick, and now bas......
Perth Night Market - theHumm September 2021
Perth Tourism is pleased to present the Perth Night Market, taking place on Saturday, September 18.
The free evening event, which begins at 5pm, will provide visitors the opportunity to discover what Perth has to offer and much more. While you wander through the downtown core, you’ll encounter entertainers of all varieties. A number of artisans and vendors will line the streets, offering a glimpse into the immense talent packed into this small town and the surrounding area. Sip and savour delici......
A Good Idea Publications - theHumm September 2021
You could have the greatest idea, but if you can’t share it, it could die there. Let’s face it, it’s not everyone’s strength and that’s okay. It’s something I want to help with.
Hi there! My name is Meghan Negrijn and I’ve been living in Almonte for the last five years. I’ve been a professional editor since 2008. It’s been my side hustle but now I’m doing this full time. theHumm has given me the opportunity to reach out to you and let you know what I’m working on and what I can offer anyon......
As the federal Green Party candidate for Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston, I do not support this election.
There is a common theme to the feedback I receive from people in my community: this election is an unwanted, unnecessary, and irresponsible power play by the Liberal government. Still, the door of opportunity has opened to convert this election into a rallying cry for climate action. We should be grateful for this opportunity, as anyone watching the science (and the wildfires and droughts and ......
Federal Candidates for Lanark—Frontenac—KingstonClimate Network Lanark Asks… Questions of Federal Candidates for Lanark, Fr - theHumm September 2021
By Chandler Swain
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A Tale of Two Chefs - theHumm September 2021
By David Hinks
A Tale of Two Cities, the 1859 novel by Charles Dickens, is set amidst the conditions that led to the French Revolution. Perhaps parallels can be drawn with the present-day world — a reality of which is the growing concentration of wealth in the hands of the very few and the tenuous existence of the bulk of humanity. The end result is that the marginalized population depends in large measure on the volunteer efforts of those who feel drawn to “give back to the community”.
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Richard HuttonArt Gallery - theHumm September 2021
An exciting new gallery has opened in beautiful downtown Perth.
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Richard Hutton is proud to call Perth home, and his work has been around town for a while in various locations — at Studio 87, North Folk Café, at his home studio, and in seve......
Parkinson’s SuperWalk - theHumm September 2021
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And yet, as Mayor Brant Burrow of Elizabethtown-Kitley Township observes, “Even though many people throughout the region are affected by Parkins......
By Vickie Walsh
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Market Masala is the 6th annual Child Haven International fundraising event in Carleton Place. It’s a market-style, Covid-safe event in a covered outdoor space, with all proceeds going to support women and children in Child Haven homes in India, Nepal, Tibet and Bangladesh. This year’s event will be taking place on Sunday, September 26 from 3–5pm at the Carleton Place Market Square.
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By Cheryl Strais the owner & designer at Strévé Design in Perth
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The Lanark & District Maple Syrup Producers’ Association (LDMSPA) is pleased to announce the launch of a brand-new maple syrup-focused event, Fall in Love with Maple. Taking place between September 25 and October 3, this is a free family-friendly event that invites visitors to discover what’s so amazing about a maple sugarbush in fall, as the leaves on the trees change from green to vibrant yellows, blazing oranges and crimson reds.
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By John Pigeau
We’re seventeen months into a pandemic now, and recently I’ve noticed people taking stock. What’s helped you through? they ask. What’s brought you comfort? How have you coped?
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Sep 1 - Oct 30 Transition: Ginny Fobert, Judi Miller, Dayle VanAlstine
Oct 26 Bon Evans & Dave Bull
Oct 28 Al Lerman
Oct 29 Matt Dickson
Oct 30 Chris Murphy
Nov 2 Eric Uren
Nov 4 - 18 Jazz Night w/Spencer Evans
Nov 6 - 7 Itty Bitty Arts & Crafts Show
Nov 6 John Wilberforce
- Keith Busher — Art Advocate & Provocateur, Gallery Owner and Curator
- Romp, Stomp & Chomp! Thanksgiving Art Tour in Mississippi Mills
- One Day Only Open Studio Art by Catherine Orfald and Rita Redner
- More Music at MERA!
- From Quiet to Concerts Almonte in Concert Returns to Old Town Hall This Fall
- Leave the Leaves (and other counter-intuitive suggestions)
- Rural Root Goes Fishing! The Great Kooshog Lake Hollis McCauley Fishing Derby
- Fall Colours Walk at Blueberry Mountain
- Red Trillium Fall Tour
- Pumpkins-Plus in Perth Ghost Walks, Pumpkin Carving and More!