Ellen Akerman Hammond, teaching kindergarten to grade three with the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board from 1975 to 2009, promised herself when retirement came that she would write. Through her years of teaching and parenting three children (Amanda, Danielle and Benjamin Blakley), she managed to squeeze in some writing courses at Loy
Use of the catch phrase “must see” should be avoided, but at sold out opening day of Westben barn theatre’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat” it is hard not to use.It is a polished, professional spectacle of song, dance, and costumes with a cast of more than 100, including the 50-voice Westben choir and a high powered cast of stars l
Westben Theatre kicks off its 2018 season June 9 with Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in celebration of the 50th anniversary of one of Broadway’s most colourful musicals.
Tickets are on sale for the Quinte Ballet School of Canada’s (QBSC’s) annual anticipated shows, beginning with the recreation division’s community-spirited ‘Assemblé’ on Saturday, June 2nd at 2:30 p.m. ‘Assemblé’ is a popular afternoon’s entertainment for families, with over 100 student performers aged 4 to 18 from the Quinte area, including PEC, B
Get ready for an art walk downtown that you have never seen before. You will be in for and art and food experience as never before in downtown Belleville.
Junior students of Albert College by the dozens, from pre-kindergarten through Grade 6, hit the stage Wednesday morning for their production of “Beauty and the Beast.”Laced with familiar songs, the show follows two enchantresses, a selfish prince and the intelligent heroine, Belinda, on a journey through town and countryside in this classic French
From the thunder of timpani for the opening of Jan Sibelius’ “Finlandia,” to the dying notes of Dvorak’s From the New World Symphony No. 9, the audience in Bridge Street Church this past Saturday evening was spellbound.
A large and happy crowd in Maranatha Church this past weekend enjoyed the annual show by A Cappella Quinte, the local chapter of the international Barbershop Harmony Society.A tribute to the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, combined with traditional barbershop harmonies, inspired the show’s title. “Harmony is what barbershop is
The Barra MacNeils are touring this spring and it’s a tour which brings them to Belleville later this month.The tour is in support of the group’s latest release, On The Bright Side, an exquisite collection of everything their fans love. It’s an upbeat album, with fiddle tunes that fans know will erupt into a flurry of step-dancing on stage. When Lu
The Pinnacle Playhouse crew is at it again – getting ready for its annual musical production.This format of staging a full-blown musical to end the current season has worked well for the Belleville Theatre Guild for many years now, drawing full-house audiences or close to it for just more than two weeks straight.There’s something special about a mu
The Quinte area chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, A Cappella Quinte, and 8 Wing Concert Band from CFB Trenton join forces for the chorus’s annual show this season on Saturday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Maranatha Church.“Peace and Harmony,” the title of the show, reflects recognition of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War a
Since coming to Belleville as a man and wife music team at St. Thomas Anglican church a few years ago, Matthieu and Francine Latreille have already established themselves as young, competent musicians, both on the organ and chorally. Matthieu has now taken a new step in his career with the launch of his first CD for organ performance, called “La Gr
For 15 years, Ian Thomas and friends Murray McLauchlan, Cindy Church and Marc Jordan have played each others songs together, kidded around, told stories and included audiences in the fun.They call themselves “Lunch At Allen’s,” named for a favourite watering hole and restaurant of McLauchlan’s, on the Danforth in Toronto, where the friends would me
The Oeno Gallery is presenting a solo exhibition of new paintings by Scott Pattinson from May 5 to 27.
It continues to be a breakthrough year for Kingston’s The Glorious Sons. They’ve won a Juno, played a sold-out show in their hometown arena, and now they’ll be opening for the Rolling Stones at a festival in France next month.
Sunday afternoon’s concert by the Belleville Choral Society under Mirijam Spoelstra in Bridge Street Church was proof positive of the ever-increasing richness and maturity of culture, especially music, in the Quinte area.The eclectic concert included choruses from Handel’s “Messiah,” Broadway musicals and Big Band era numbers, plus talented local s
The 50th annual Quinte Rotary Music Festival wrapped up last week with an impressive Concert of the Stars in Albert College Auditorium. The evening included performances by top winners and guests and presentation of all awards and prizes, totalling more than 70.This year, five different young people shared the five major awards. The Rose Bowl compe
Quinte resident R.J. Rosatte’s latest release, a mystery/suspense fiction novella, “Dark Side of the Mountain,” is now available as one of seven stories in a multi-author series called “Tawnee Mountain Mysteries.” Represented by publisher Short On Time Books, the collection of mystery books launched April 16.Called “Tawnee Mountain Mysteries”, the
Once again, The Bancroft Art and Craft Guild is holding its outdoor summer show in Millennium Park on the same weekend as the International RockhoundGemboree. Over 3,000 visitors come to Bancroft for the RockhoundGemboree, as the town is bustling in the summer as it is a playground for many, with lakes, parks and many recreational facilities close