H.P.O.’s 2nd auditioning concert; + a charming quote Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

Willis & Gaisin, post-concert

Willis & Gaisin, post-concert


               Selecting a new artistic director for a symphony orchestra is akin to finding a mate rather than just a ‘one-night stand’. Surprisingly, the Great Hall was not filled to see & hear Alastair Willis conduct with pianist Andre Laplante as guest soloist. Hopefully, members of the designation committee were in attendance. One regular subscriber told me how much this person really enjoyed the ‘Deevorac’ piece! Yikes. Bet this same individual was the one who started the tacky between-movements applauding.*Alastair Willis & HPO                              Alastair Willis conducting the HPO’s rendering of Dvorak’s 7th

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A Hamilton weekend; – 2 ‘Biggies’ Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
               We’ve been Hamiltonians for a half-decade. Alas, whenever we have guests we invariably show them eight or twelve waterfalls, and then back home. This year, we’ve decided to expand our appreciation of other things local. The Greenbelt Harvest was our inaugural. As suggested by a neighbor, yesterday we visited the vintage Steam & Technology Museum on Woodward Avenue. A commanding sense of déja vu as we approached, yet this would be our first visit!  Our guide Julia, explained the reason for such a recollection…we’re fans of CBCTV’s ‘Murdoch Mysteries’.Hamilton's Steam Museum, aka Downtown 'Toronto' 1900Lori Yates & Drugstore Cowboys, performing

Steam Museum, aka Downtown ‘T.O’ 1900                                Lori Yates & Drugstore Cowboys

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A serious political recommendation Reply

Editorial Opinion by Terry Gaisin
The ONTARIO ARTS REVIEW’s mandate is to promote and critique (positively if possible) things cultural. During our nine years of existence, it has been a rarity for us to venture away from this mandate…especially into the realm of politics.
However, there are certain circumstances where we feel it is meet to exercise our position as Canadians; members of our Province and interested parties within our extended community. We live in Hamilton, but as part of the GTHA, what happens within our protracted society becomes important – for us and our readers.

Terry & ANN; celebrating Canada Day in Bronte

Terry & ANN; celebrating Canada Day in Bronte

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“THE GENTLEMAN CLOTHIER”; ‘Lighthouse’ Shines Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDJG
               Even a supposed maven can occasionally overlook a gem. ‘Methought’ Port Dover was strictly the locale for affordable yellow perch, except for the Friday 13th, biker extravaganzas. Nope, it’s also home to the LIGHTHOUSE THEATRE, a 3½ decade-old professional operation which attracts thespians of the highest echelon and audiences willing to drive distances each way to attend its more than just competent offerings. Norm Foster’s newest comedy, “THE GENTLEMAN CLOTHIER” premiers at the Lighthouse and epitomizes its superlative standards.   Photo courtesy of Adam Veri

Hodgson & Fabiilli annoying Brian Paul

Hodgson & Fabiilli annoying Brian Paul

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Back to School, some safety recommendations Reply

by Danny & Terry ‘G’

It’s that time of year when parental regimen changes. Prep shopping is complete lunch menus re-calculated; and the alarm-clock re-set for “Get ‘em up; move ‘em out.”School bus drawingHere are a few hints that just might make a little difference –safety-wise!

  • Plan on having the kids fully prepared for departure; especially if they are being picked up by a School bus . . . 5 minutes ahead of the scheduled time. There’s always something that’s a last minute scramble.
  • Make sure the backpack isn’t heavier or larger than its carrier!
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“GREENBELT HARVEST PICNIC”; a learning event 1

Opinions by D. J. Gaisin & L.A. Lobacita

The picnic has been around for 4 years but somehow flew below our personal radar…definitely our loss. This is one amazing production and even more than the incredible entertainment, it’s an educational opportunity. Advice on ‘green’ choices; awareness of local efforts and craft talent, coupled with some personal guidance, suggestions and education made this an unforgettable experience. Even the early uncooperative weather failed to dampen our or our lawn neighbours’ spirits. Fortunately it was drizzle – not downpour ‘cuz we neglected to bring folding chairs or blankets.

Harvest Picnic-ers, dancing to Los Lobos

Harvest Picnic-ers, dancing to Los Lobos

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