Music – The North Grenville Times http://www.ngtimes.ca The Voice of North Grenville Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:09:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 For the Love of Music, and I’ll Tell You Why http://www.ngtimes.ca/love-music-ill-tell/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/love-music-ill-tell/#respond Wed, 06 Dec 2017 19:16:54 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10089 by Sean McFadden – Alzheimer Society of Lanark Leeds-Grenville All of us have had lives influenced by music to some degree or another. For some it was a gifted household where everyone shared their talents in music, like singing in a community choir or playing the organ at church. Perhaps our music influences were more […]

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by Sean McFadden –
Alzheimer Society of Lanark Leeds-Grenville

All of us have had lives influenced by music to some degree or another. For some it was a gifted household where everyone shared their talents in music, like singing in a community choir or playing the organ at church. Perhaps our music influences were more focused on a sister singing in the shower or the music in the home simply being played on the family radio in the kitchen. No matter how music came to be part of our lives I think we can all agree that our earliest memories of music were created at a young age, like a mother signing lullabies or a father’s rendition of ‘Take Me Out to the Ball Game’! As we aged, musical memories focused on the song of a first dance at a wedding, motivational music played at a child’s hockey game to sad memories of music played at a loved ones funeral. It’s clear, everyone’s long-term memories hold music and song!

People living with dementia are no different. They’ve had productive, meaningful lives, just like the rest of us. However dementia ‘takes’. It takes our social skills, it takes our communication skills, and it takes our desire to get involved with life and the lives of those we love. It takes our ability to start and get going on a daily basis, and it takes our short term memories. What it will not ‘take’, that is so infused with emotion, happiness and joy – our music. For people living with dementia you will find, many times, that their long term musical memories are still good and it’s a wonderful thing!

So why isn’t music ‘taken’ when a person lives with dementia? Studies have shown that music is stored in a part of the brain that is largely unaffected by memory loss caused by dementia. A group of Dartmouth College researchers has learned that the brain’s auditory cortex (the music memory centre) is the part of the brain that handles information from your ears. This cortex is located just inside the ear, and is usually one of the last places to be affected by dementia. Research has also shown us that the auditory system of the brain is the first to fully function at 16 weeks, which means that you are musically receptive long before anything else. “So it’s a case of first in, last out when it comes to a dementia-type breakdown of memory.” states professor Paul Robertson, a concert violinist and academic who has studied music in dementia care. This helps us understand that “rhythmic and other well-rehearsed responses (clapping, tapping your toe, dancing) require little to no cognitive or mental processing,” states the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. We didn’t have to learn this! Our ability to appreciate music does not require cognition: it was always there, free to enjoy at any time.

“Since the auditory cortex is usually unaffected, it can actually allow people to tap into the present moment in a way they have little other opportunities to,” states Scott Lundius, education director at the Old Town School of Folk Music. This tapping into the present is an interesting thought. People with dementia largely live in the past, where their long term memories are vibrant and clear. They have very few opportunities, or abilities, to live in the present as dementia progresses. Thus, the logical conclusion to an accessible life in the present is through our music of the past. So what benefits can we hope to gain with this new life in the present?

An article in Alzheimer’s News Today by Wendy Henderson is an excellent source when looking for the benefits to be had for people living with dementia through music. Wendy points out areas where benefits can be found. Music helps to bring back memories and emotions. Everyone has favorite songs that remind them of special times in their lives. Ability to listen to, and enjoy, music is one of the last remaining cognitive skills. When other cognitive skills have declined, the aptitude to appreciate music remains. Music can help Alzheimer’s patients reconnect with their loved ones. Because music can evoke such positive emotions, it can help people share moments of joy with their loved ones.

Singing helps to engage the brain. The right side of the brain is used to listen to music, but to sing along requires the left side of the brain to become engaged. Music can help manage stress and has the ability to lift a person’s mood and make them feel less stressed and agitated. It can be used to set the mood: a fast song can help to raise spirits and make people happy, whereas a slower song can help people to relax and calm down any agitation.

The Alzheimer Society of Lanark Leeds Grenville has several opportunities to get involved. Our groups bring in live music, giving the opportunity to sing along or dance. Our iPods for Memories program caters to an individual’s specific musical taste, we also support several local area musical teas that offer a safe, caring atmosphere to enjoy music. Music is everywhere! Other local agencies promote music programs and almost all churches incorporate music into weekly services.

I once noticed a participant at a musical tea turn to her husband in the middle of “Cheek to Cheek” by Irving Berlin, she lit up and exclaimed “this is what I love”. I think that moment for me is cemented in my long term memory, and I’m lucky to have it. Folks, we are all in this together! Dementia affects us all. It is important to make music available to people we know living with dementia, allowing them the opportunity to enjoy life. So let’s turn on the music and enjoy life. Please drop us a line at the Alzheimer Society and we will help guide and support you as you get involved through music. alz@storm.ca, or call 613-264-0307 or 1-800-511-1911.

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Harvest Goat Carnival descends on Merrickville http://www.ngtimes.ca/harvest-goat-carnival-descends-merrickville/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/harvest-goat-carnival-descends-merrickville/#respond Thu, 07 Sep 2017 19:07:59 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=8161 Merrickville is going to the Goats on Saturday, September 23, for the fourth annual Harvest Goat Carnival. The festival, which has been held on Stephen Fuller’s family farm in Newmanville for the past three years, is an event that brings people together to celebrate local food, art and music. The tag line for the Carnival […]

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Merrickville is going to the Goats on Saturday, September 23, for the fourth annual Harvest Goat Carnival. The festival, which has been held on Stephen Fuller’s family farm in Newmanville for the past three years, is an event that brings people together to celebrate local food, art and music. The tag line for the Carnival is “Music, Market, Moot” – with “moot” being explained as the exchange of ideas and creativity that will characterize the event.

Stephen says they are bringing the carnival to the Merrickville Fairgrounds this year because they wanted to bring the festivities to a wider audience. “In order to comfortably put something out to the public, we needed it to be in a more formal place,” he says. The community group, Merrickville Goes Green, have been huge supporters of the project and people have been popping out of the woodwork, wanting to help in some way.

The theme of the goat represents the spirit of the carnival, which celebrates agriculture, energy, and the free flow of ideas. For last year’s event, a few people came together to create a 6-foot-tall goat that served as the festival’s mascot. This year they hope to create an equally impressive effigy to add to the collection. “If the festival keeps going, we may have a whole herd of goats,” Stephen says.

Because it is a carnival, people are encouraged to come to the event in costume, not just as goats, but as anything they feel is relevant to them and the theme of the festival. There will definitely be some representation of Merrickville’s history to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, as well as a homage to one of Merrickville’s key players, Harry McLean. People are also encouraged to B.Y.O.G – Bring Your Own Goat.

A hearty harvest dinner will be served using local produce and prepared by a local chef. There will also be a guest chef from Montreal who will serve up some traditional African BBQ. Plenty of music and entertainment for the whole family, as well as unique workshops, presentations and skill-sharing activities, are all part of the program.

The plan is to have most of the activities centred in the baseball diamond on the fairgrounds, but the Community Centre will be available for back-up in case of rain. The event will run from 10 am-11 pm, tickets are $20, and kids under 16 are free. For tickets, or more information, go to www.harvestgoatcarnival.com.

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Coming to Kemptville: Brea Lawrenson http://www.ngtimes.ca/coming-kemptville-brea-lawrenson/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/coming-kemptville-brea-lawrenson/#respond Fri, 14 Jul 2017 19:53:25 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=7265 Howdy live music fans! To help celebrate the upcoming Kemptville Live Music Festival, we’re going to be posting daily music videos from artists who will be at the festival this year. Today’s featured artist is no stranger to this area, Brea Lawrenson. She’s a remarkable country music talent with a powerful voice. Enjoy! Don’t forget […]

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Howdy live music fans! To help celebrate the upcoming Kemptville Live Music Festival, we’re going to be posting daily music videos from artists who will be at the festival this year. Today’s featured artist is no stranger to this area, Brea Lawrenson. She’s a remarkable country music talent with a powerful voice. Enjoy!
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Jazz, blues and dancing shoes http://www.ngtimes.ca/jazz-blues-and-dancing-shoes/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/jazz-blues-and-dancing-shoes/#respond Wed, 12 Apr 2017 19:30:17 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=4941 The joint was hopping last Saturday night. Kemptville and District Home Support’s [KDHSI] first annual Big Band Dance turned the Municipal Centre into North Grenville’s own Cotton Club, at least for one night. A full house enjoyed a great buffet, supplied by Dial-A-Chef’s Erick LePors with support from O’Farrell Financial, before getting down to the […]

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The joint was hopping last Saturday night. Kemptville and District Home Support’s [KDHSI] first annual Big Band Dance turned the Municipal Centre into North Grenville’s own Cotton Club, at least for one night. A full house enjoyed a great buffet, supplied by Dial-A-Chef’s Erick LePors with support from O’Farrell Financial, before getting down to the business of the night. Music. Dance. Swirling couples taking over the dance floor and cutting up a storm to one fantastic band. The Jivewires were simply amazing, great musicians and a wide repertoire of classic tunes and songs kept everyone happy for the night.

The band was sponsored by the Tallman Truck Centre and Grenville Mutual Insurance Company, always strong supporters of this community. The cause was a really good one too. KDHSI have been serving seniors in our area for over 35 years, providing a wide range of services, from meals-on-wheels to Home Help, Exercise Classes and Income Tax Assistance. This valued part of the North Grenville community (and beyond) benefited from a great crowd of dancers, toe-tappers and smiley, happy people.

A number of local businesses, new and old, sponsored tables for the event: Equinelle Pharmasave, Good Night Bed Company, Jansen Law, Kemptville Lions Club, Kemptville Retirement Living, North Grenville Times, Patterson Hadden & Brown Insurance Brokers, Sheppard & Associates Ltd., and Westerra Homes. The room was beautifully decorated by Evelyn with the support of Intricate Interlock.

It was quite wonderful to see so many people, “seniors” they claimed, getting around that dance floor with such style, smooth moves and some very technically good cutters of rugs. The music went from Louis Jordon to Sam Cooke, Van Morrison, and Cab Calloway, right through to Queen, Katrine and the Waves, and even a really nice “Black Dog” by Led Zeppelin. Steve Berndt and his band were warm and fun, and their versions of Happy Birthday to two attendees were incredible.

KDHSI Executive Director, Susan Smith was really thrilled by the whole night, and she and Bill Forbes, representing the Board of KDHSI, expressed their thanks and appreciation to the full house. Perhaps another Board member summed up the evening best, when he said: “Same time, same place, same band, next year!”

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Music at the Spencerville Mill http://www.ngtimes.ca/music-at-the-spencerville-mill/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/music-at-the-spencerville-mill/#respond Thu, 04 Aug 2016 18:45:24 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=2365 Soul Cracker Music, August 12, 7:30 pm $20 available on Mill website, at the door or by calling 613-658-5885 This 9-piece classic soul and Motown band performs music of the greats from the 60s and 70s such as Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Smoky Robinson and more. See: www.facebook.com/crackersforthesoul Festival of Small Halls Elliott […]

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Soul Cracker Music, August 12, 7:30 pm
$20 available on Mill website, at the door or by calling 613-658-5885

This 9-piece classic soul and Motown band performs music of the greats from the 60s and 70s such as Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Smoky Robinson and more.
See: www.facebook.com/crackersforthesoul

Festival of Small Halls Elliott Brood Band, September 22, 7:30 pm
Tickets $20 available at The Festival of Small Halls website or call 613 791-3476. Limited number of tickets also available at the Spencerville Mill. Call 613 658-5885
Juno Award winning Elliott Brood and his 3-piece all country band are now one of the premier acts in Canadian roots music and one of our sellout events at the Mill. This event is part of the hugely successful Ontario Festival of Small Halls which places intimate shows in cherished spaces with great results. Tapas and cash bar at 7:00 pm. See: www.thefestivalofsmallhalls.com

Pat Moore and the Maple Hill, October 1, 7:30 pm
Tickets $20 available on the Maple Hill website, the Mill website and at the door.
This enormously talented group of musicians promises a rollicking evening of bluegrass in all its variations. Maple Hill gives an inspiring performance full of heart, a beautiful vocal blend, fun filled interplay and an intimate relationship with the audience.
See: www.maplehillbluegrass.com

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Kemptville Live and Merrickville Canalfest http://www.ngtimes.ca/kemptville-live-and-merrickville-canalfest/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/kemptville-live-and-merrickville-canalfest/#respond Fri, 29 Jul 2016 18:06:14 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=2350 Editor David Shanahan talks about two festivals in the local area. If you are looking to have some fun this weekend check out Merrickville’s Canalfest. Held this weekend on July 30th, 31st and August 1st. Kemptville Live Article — Video Created By: www.businesscontent.ca Micheal Pacitto and Vanessa McCutcheon The North Grenville Times Like us on […]

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Editor David Shanahan talks about two festivals in the local area.

If you are looking to have some fun this weekend check out Merrickville’s Canalfest. Held this weekend on July 30th, 31st and August 1st.

Kemptville Live Article

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Micheal Pacitto and Vanessa McCutcheon

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Interview with Concert Choir Director Philip Konopka http://www.ngtimes.ca/interview-with-concert-choir-director-philip-konopka/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/interview-with-concert-choir-director-philip-konopka/#comments Sun, 24 Apr 2016 16:15:11 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=1473 Choir Director Phil Konopka is a mainstay in the North Grenville Music scene. He directs the KYMTC, the NG Concert choir, as well as plays keys and organ for his church and several other projects! Here he gives a little insight into the workings of the Concert Choir.

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Choir Director Phil Konopka is a mainstay in the North Grenville Music scene. He directs the KYMTC, the NG Concert choir, as well as plays keys and organ for his church and several other projects!
Here he gives a little insight into the workings of the Concert Choir.

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Music is in the air at Saint Michael High School http://www.ngtimes.ca/music-is-in-the-air-at-saint-michael-high-school/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/music-is-in-the-air-at-saint-michael-high-school/#respond Mon, 30 Nov 2015 21:35:12 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=445 Submitted by Leela Kowlessar Dawber It’s that time of year again – time for Christmas Cheer, presented by the St. Michael C. H. S. Music Department!  On Thursday, December 10, 2015, the Music Department will be presenting its Annual Christmas Concert, featuring the Senior Concert Band, Chamber Choir, Jazz Band and Junior Concert Band, as well […]

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Submitted by Leela Kowlessar Dawber
It’s that time of year again – time for Christmas Cheer, presented by the St. Michael C. H. S. Music Department!  On Thursday, December 10, 2015, the Music Department will be presenting its Annual Christmas Concert, featuring the Senior Concert Band, Chamber Choir, Jazz Band and Junior Concert Band, as well as soloists and small ensembles.
The Music Department has had a busy fall, preparing for concerts throughout the school year.  You may have had the opportunity to hear the beautiful sounds of the Chamber Choir singing their reflections on the young soldiers off to war, at our Remembrance Day Celebrations; or the powerful Senior Band presentation of our National Anthem preceded by the haunting musical tale of a young woman’s life, ravaged by war, but triumphant in her return to her home and family.  Our Remembrance Day Celebrations featured 50+ live student musicians commemorating this profoundly important day.
The Chamber Choir has been invited to perform at the Early Years Centre Christmas Party, and is thrilled to be preparing some old favourites as well as some non-traditional repertoire to share with the young children and their families in our community.
As soon as our Christmas Concert is over, all musicians will jump into preparations for our Second Culinary Concerto, being presented this spring.  Stay tuned for dates for this upcoming spectacle.  Last year was such a success, seats were sold out!
The Junior Musicians will be treated to a trip to the National Arts Centre in the spring, where they will have the opportunity to take in the sounds of some of the best musicians in the world!
The Senior Musicians will be traveling to New York City, where they will spend a day at an inner-city school, mentoring and performing with aspiring young musicians.  But it will not be “all work and no play”, as the students will be treated to live Jazz performances at B.B. King’s Jazz Club, Broadway Musicals, and inspiring performances at the renowned Julliard School of Music.
Music is such a fantastic part of life!  Please show that you agree by attending our Christmas Concert on Thursday, December 10, at 7 pm.  Everyone is welcome, because music has no boundaries and no restrictions when it comes to sharing joy!!  Bake-sale items will be available before, during and after the concert.  There is no admission price, but donations to the Music Department are gratefully accepted.

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Video: Amanda Giles LIVE at the Branch http://www.ngtimes.ca/video-amanda-giles-live-at-the-branch/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/video-amanda-giles-live-at-the-branch/#respond Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:30:15 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=132 Amanda Giles, a local musician to North Grenville is heading out West. Before she leaves, she performed to a sold out crowd at the Branch Restaurant and Texas Grill. She was joined on stage by Ben Mullin, and Graven. Two locally renowned musicians. (Matty TECHNICALLY doesn’t live in North Grenville, but we are working on […]

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Amanda Giles, a local musician to North Grenville is heading out West. Before she leaves, she performed to a sold out crowd at the Branch Restaurant and Texas Grill.
She was joined on stage by Ben Mullin, and Graven. Two locally renowned musicians. (Matty TECHNICALLY doesn’t live in North Grenville, but we are working on that!)

IT was an amazing night of Amanda and Graven’s best work to date, and we hope to release further videos of the night soon!

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