The O.A.R. vacation-break ends Reply

Editorial by Terry Gaisin
 Like the rest of the world (read -normal folk), we scribes occasionally put down our pens and concentrate on the normalities of life. For this writer, meaning some gardening & refurbishing our home-grown fruits larder. Plus inclusion of such fun things as grass-cutting, weed-pulling, bush-trimming and lawn-edging…super fun! More…

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Jesus; from a Jew/Gentile assessment 1

Review by Danny Gaisin

Hamilton’s WESTDALE UNITED CHURCH obviously concerns itself with its parishioners but also obliges the wider community…not to proselytize but to educate and enlighten. Its ‘Distinguished Visiting Speaker’ program attracts the most creative minds; even some that are not so-called mainstream. Last night’s guest was Rabbi Emeritus, Bernard Baskin who iterated for the five hundred audience, a thought-provoking yet factual elucidation of where; who and what Jesus stands for or really was to both his original people (us Jews); his early followers & apostles; and today’s one billion plus religionists.

Baskin knows his history and whatever facts are actually verifiable. Judaism, Christianity & even Islam share the same early history books, i.e. the Old Testament. More…

O.C.O. does “The Seasons” 3

Review by Terry Gaisin

The artistic director of the Oakville Chamber Orchestrais a multi-talented musicologist. He is an accomplished arranger; dedicated conductor, and an adept composer. This latter flair was displayed yesterday afternoon (Sunday) at a concert staged at Sheridan College. It was music written as backdrop to a poem by Haitian Gérard Étienne dealing with the poet’s loves. The prose is rather repetitious with the subject word appearing in almost every sentence, in some cases- thrice! Naturally, Demuynck’s work is also repetitive, but that is a reflection of the subject’s intrinsic restraints

Demuynck’s new composition – interpreted

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I’m now a ‘biker chick’ 1

Review by Terry Gaisin
                For almost a half-century I’ve been married to a teenager… (now a septuagenarian teenager) thus my life has been one of changes and eccentricity. From involvement with the Coast Guard Auxiliary; to deployment with CRC’s Disaster Services, to cautionary observance as my partner discovered motorized two-wheelers

Some CMC007 chapter-members socializing

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‘RENT’ by Ottawa’s Orpheus Theatre Reply

Review by Sharon Letovsky

To Nicole Milne, artistic director for this show, congratulations, what an outstanding production! Was this really community theatre? Nah, couldn’t be! The acting was fantastic, the singing exceptional and the staging divine. Rent is a rock opera with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera La Bohème. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York’s Lower East Side under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.

The cast was extremely well chosen for this production. More…

All Shook Up; a fun non-serious look at ‘the King’ Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

W.C. Fields expressed the theatrical caveat about acting with kids or pets…DON’T! He rightly figured that either would be a distraction.  While watching the dress rehearsal of Hamilton Theatre Inc.’s presentation of ALL SHOOK UP, Fields’ observation kept coming to mind. No youngsters; no puppies, but an amazingly talented musical sextet kept diverting my attention. Conductor & keyboardist Trevor Price and especially his saxophone accompanist, Bill Holinaty, are  such a phenomenal jazz ensemble that the play’s director Richelle Tavernier-Clements should hide them from sight!

“All Shook up” is all schlock. The plot is an amalgam of ‘Footloose’; ‘Grease’; ’Dirty Dancing’; and ‘Picnic’ with a seasoning of ‘American Graffiti’; performed to songs of Elvis Presley à la “Mamma Mia”. More…