2015 Halton Hills Cultural Symposium, Acton Town Hall, Friday/Saturday, January 30/31

Come to the 2015 Cultural Symposium and help culture grow in Halton Hills! From keynote speaker Richard Flohil to a panel discussion, networking opportunities and hands-on workshops, you will find yourself engaged and empowered to move ahead. Meet other arts, culture, heritage, event & volunteer community and business owners and get excited!


Richard Flohil

Richard Flohil & Associates handles publicity/PR and concert promotions for a variety of music industry clients, record companies, events, concert tours and individual artists.  Clients over more than 40 years include: k.d. lang, Colin James, The Irish Descendants, Laura Smith, James Keelaghan, Downchild Blues Band (39 years), Serena Ryder, Roxanne Potvin, Justin Rutledge and Loreena McKennitt (24 years) and countless others.

Richard has won numerous awards, including – Ontario Council of Folk Festivals Estelle Klein Lifetime Achievement Award, 2006 and the SOCAN Special Achievement Award, 2009.



  • Keynote Address – Richard Flohil
  • Networking
  • Local Entertainment
  • Annual Cultural Achievements Video
  • Wine and Cheese


  • Speed Networking
  • Annual General Meeting
  • Panel Discussion, Helping Culture Grow Best Practices
  • Four Learning Workshops: How Technology Grows Culture, WordPress for Beginners, Branding for the Arts, and Crowdfunding
Register Now!

Are you interested in learning how to better brand yourself or your small cultural business? How about a look at WordPress with an eye to starting your own website?  Crowdfunding? Technological Education and Culture?

These topics are only some of the presentations that will occur this year at the 6th annual Halton Hills Cultural Symposium.  With the theme of “Helping Culture Grow”, this Symposium takes aim at hands on information that people can take away and use.  Other events include speed networking and a panel discussion. This Symposium is an opportunity for you to learn and to meet with many other people in the cultural community where you can share expertise. If you have specific questions, or if you would like to consider joining the Halton Hills Cultural Roundtable board, please contact:

Beatrice Sharkey
Halton Hills Cultural Roundtable


Friday January 30, 2015 at 7:00 PM EST
Saturday January 31, 2015 at 4:00 PM EST


19 Willow Street N (east of Main, north of Mill)
Acton, ON L7J 1Z6

Danielle Todd, Acoustic, Uncorked, Friday, January 30, 8-11 pm

danielle toddThough Danielle has always known that her future was in music, the chain of events over the last couple of years has seen a marked acceleration toward her success.  In November 2010 Danielle Todd entered and won a contest on Breakfast Television. She ended up singing the National Anthem at the Bears/Bills football game in the Rogers Centre to a sold out crowd of 51 000 people. Throughout 2010 Danielle recorded her first album “Between You and Me” and released it to a sold out crowd in January 2011.

Shortly after Danielle embarked on a 25 date tour in major retail stores Chapters and Indigo selling over 1,000 copies of her debut album. Fresh off her Canadian tour Danielle flew to the  “Land Down Under” to spread her music to new Aussie fans. While writing and travelling in a new country Danielle had an amazing time but knew her heart belonged at home.

Watch out over the next while for new music and big things to come from Danielle.

Failte, Celtic, The Shepherd’s Crook, Friday, January 30 at 8 pm


The Shepherd’s Crook presents:

Failte originated from a casual collection of musicians in the Autumn of 1991 in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Failte (pronounced “fall-cha”) means welcome in Irish. Currently, the group consists of original member, Stephen Todd (vocals, bodhran, and tin whistle) as well as Jessica Weiler (fiddle, vocals), and Brian Crozier (guitar, vocals). The band plays traditional Celtic music with a Canadian attitude. Set lists include slow airs, ballads, jigs and reels from Ireland, Scotland and Canada.


The Legends, Rock Mix, The McGibbon, Saturday, January 31 at 9:30 pm

The Legends are a Mississauga based band, featuring… Dwayne Tygesen, Dan Iurello, Blair Francis, Jeff Finch, Mark Hanniwell and Seay Harder.

The Legends play a wide variety of music, from classic rock to alternative, pop, punk and country. Artists range from Rolling Stones to Elvis Presley; Blue Rodeo to The Tragically Hip; 54–40 to Johnny Cash, and everything in between. From high-energy to blues, to easy listening… Music to suit every occasion.

Quick Summary of Posts This Week {Jan 20-27}, Sorry … Down With The Flu :(

Wish I could do proper posts, back at it next week good health permitting. SOME HIGHLIGHTS:

Shelzee and the Sax Man play The Shepherd’s Crook Friday night

Penny Arcade light up the McGibbon (both nights I think)

Nothing at Helson Gallery, St. George Pub or John Elliott Theatre.


Uncorked on Main:

Wednesday: Glen Williams’ Lewin Family: A pleasure to welcome the members of the Lewin family.

Jan Gittings and Phil Lewin are the long time core of The Glen Band, a Glen Williams based band. Jan performs a mix of Rock and Blues songs, including content from Guelph based songwriters. Husband Phil is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who will be performing a mix of originals.
Daughter Erica Leein will be accompanied by the guitarist from her band, Negotiable Instruments, a band that is notable for all members being in the legal profession. Good night to seek counsel!
And son Andrew could be about anything. Usually eclectic instrumental but anything is possible, especially when you have a voice with his range.
A real treat to have all members of the family on board for this special night.
Thursday: “Alfie Smith and Nicole Christian are old-style slide guitarists, multi-instrumentalists and a blues duo not to be missed. Featuring Alfie’s belting baritone vocals mixed with Nicole’s sass and jazz flute, they bring you blues, roots and songwriting in a way you have never heard before. Recording together for the first time as a duo with their debut album, “Come On In My Kitchen” is an unfiltered, live-off-the-floor album that melds Delta blues and Southern Rock, folk lyrics with glockenspiel accents, back porch banjo with fife and drum tradition. Come on into their kitchen, and you won’t be disappointed”

Friday: Kev Morse Trio with Greg Woods on percussion and Sharon Tiessen on cello supporting Kev’s excellent Pop songwriting.

Saturday – Recommended: The fabulous four piece group, Young Running: “Conjoining the complimentary genres of indie, folk and roots Young Running creates a unique aural drive that is as captivating as it is distinct”. Viewable here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6w2VMIo2xHc&feature=youtu.be


Highly Recommended – Sammy V, Violin Master, Uncorked, Thursday, January 15 at 7 pm

Often referred to as “Master of the Violin,” SAMMY V is a celebrated violinist. He continues to enchant audiences with breathtaking virtuosity, tone and charismatic stage presence. With restless curiosity, passion, universal appeal, and multi-faceted musical interests he has earned the rare title of “Modern Fiddler.”

At age four, he received his first violin from his parents, both Violin and Vocal professionals. By age 12 he was serious about the instrument thanks in large part to the inspiration of his father, his beloved teacher and mentor. Two years later, Sammy came to national attention. Sammy V now resides in Toronto and his performances include appearances on CTV, CityTV, CP2, the Toronto Bridal Show at Metro Convention Center and the Carrasauga Festival in Missisauga.

As Featured Soloist he toured Europe, the Middle East and North America with celebrity singers, DJ’s and producers. In 2014 Sammy has expanded his network across North America.
An exclusive Modern Violin artist, Sammy V has recorded more than 40 CDs and he currently leads the music directorship of various recordings for prominent singers in Toronto. He will be performing at the TIFF Opening Gala with legendary musicians.

Uncorked on Main are pleased to welcome Sammy V and his percussionist Matthew Strug.

Beatlemania Revisited, John Elliott Theatre, Saturday, January 24 at 8 pm, $35

Beatlemania Returns to Halton Hills


Calling all Beatles fans! The look, the sound and excitement of The Beatles’ live performances will be re-created at the John Elliott Theatre when the international cast of “Beatlemania Revisited” comes to Georgetown for a special return engagement on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 8 p.m.

All songs in the Beatlemania show are performed “note for note” by the amazing cast members who are further augmented with incredible costumes and vintage instruments to truly capture the spirit of the Fab Four. The evening kicks off with their famous 1964 appearance on the Ed Sullivan television show and follows The Beatles through their entire career with numerous costume changes including the Sgt. Pepper and Abbey Road eras.

In total, over 30 Beatles songs are performed live throughout the evening including “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” “Ticket to Ride” “Yesterday” “Penny Lane” “Help!” “A Hard Day Night” “Yellow Submarine” “Eleanor Rigby” “Sgt.Peppers’ Lonely Hearts Club Band” and of course “Hey Jude” amongst the many audience favourites.

Colum Henry, who portrays John Lennon, said, “This is a family-oriented, audience-interactive performance that will have everybody singing, dancing and clapping along. We want people to leave the theatre believing they have actually seen the Beatles in concert”.

Tickets to see Beatlemania Revisited at the John Elliott Theatre at 8 p.m. are value-priced at only $35 adults, $30 seniors and are available at the theatre Box Office, 9 Church Street, Georgetown, by phone 905-877-3700, or online at www.haltonhills.ca/theatre

Recommended – The TONKAS, Blues Power Duo, Uncorked, Friday, January 16 at 8 pm

You have never witnessed a band like THE TONKAS!

Derek Downham is an acclaimed multi-instrumentalist/producer, who has written and played with Canada’s finest musicians.

Alec Fraser has produced almost 1000 records, and has played with such greats as Bo Diddley, Pinetop Perkins and Jeff Healey (who introduced Derek to Alec).

Together, they have a sound that belies their 2-piece status. A self-proclaimed “Power Duo”, their ambidexterity and stoic rhythms are truly the stars of the show.

Derek plays electric slide guitar, bass drum, hi-hat, tambourines, sings and captains various vocal effects. Alec plays “brushbass” which is a combination of upright bass and a snare drum, played with a brush in his pulling hand.

The result is an impressive display of blues-fueled majesty, unlike any other group. If you close your eyes, you would never assume it’s just 2 people performing everything LIVE.