Recommended – Wenjiang Cultural Showcase, Opera and Folk Dance, John Elliott Theatre, Saturday, Oct 21 (8-9:30pm), No Charge with Registration

Graeme Frisque Independent Free Press
Wenjiang Festival

Delegates from the Town of Halton Hills’ sister city, Wenjiang, China, will be in be in town next week as part of the Wenjiang Festival, running between Oct. 23-28. – Photo courtesy of Town of Halton

Delegates from the Town of Halton Hills’ sister city, Wenjiang, China, will be in be in town next week as part of the Wenjiang Festival, running between Oct. 23-28.

The weeklong festival is a celebration of the collaboration between the two cities, who signed a sister-city agreement in 2016.

The town will be hosting a number of events to mark the occasion including a performing arts showcase featuring folk dance and Sichuan Opera; workshops and demonstrations of calligraphy and painting; demonstrations, sampling menus and classes in Sichuan cooking; a Wenjiang-themed art show at the Helson Gallery; and activities presented by the regional Chinese Canadian community.

There will also be full-day hockey event organized by the Georgetown Hockey Heritage Council, featuring friendly exhibition games with players from China and Halton Hills squaring off as part of the Georgetown Hockey Celebrations.

“Since June of 2016, we have enjoyed a productive partnership with Wenjiang,” said Halton Hills Mayor Rick Bonnette. “We are very excited to welcome these delegates to our town, and happy to have the opportunity for our citizens to experience the rich culture of our sister city. Fall will be at its most beautiful; it’s a perfect time to share Halton Hills’ special brand of warmth.”

Schedule of Events

Oct. 5-29

Artists of Wenjiang Art Exhibition at the Helson Gallery.

Monday, Oct. 23

Chinese dance class: Georgetown Active Living Centre (1-2 p.m.)

Thursday, Oct. 26

— Traditional Chinese Painting Class: Helson Gallery (2-4 p.m.) — register via library website.

— Traditional Chinese Calligraphy Classes: Local History Room Georgetown Library (6:30-7:30 p.m.) — register via library website.

— Traditional Chinese Calligraphy Classes: Local History Room Georgetown Library (8-9 p.m.) — register via library website.

— Sichuan Cooking Class: St. Alban’s Church, Acton (7-8:30 p.m.).

Friday, Oct. 27

— Sichuan Cooking Demonstration Class: Real Canadian Superstore, Georgetown (11 a.m. to

12:30 p.m.) — register via Customer Service Desk at store.

— Sichuan Cooking Demonstration Class: RealCanadian Superstore, Georgetown (1:30-3 p.m.) register via Customer Service Desk at store.

— Sichuan Cooking Demonstration Class: Real Canadian Superstore, Georgetown (4:30-6:30 p.m.).

— Wenjiang Cultural Showcase: John Elliott Theatre (8-9:30 p.m.) — registration via Box Office.

Saturday Oct. 28

— Canada-China Hockey Celebration: Mold-Masters Sportsplex (7 a.m.-10 p.m.) Tickets at Lotto Booth Georgetown Marketplace.

— Chinese Dance Class: John Elliot Theatre (10-11:30 a.m.) — registration through library

catalogue.

Visit haltonhills.ca/SisterCity/festival.php for more info.

Robert Maciag, Fingerstyle + Vocals, Uncorked on Main, Thursday, Oct 26 at 7 pm

Robert Maciag is a talented and creative individual. With over 
25 years of experience in the music industry, Robert has sung on numerous 
albums and jingles, done commercial voice-overs and produced his own song demos.

robert maciagHis most successful radio jingle “People Come First At IGA” aired on 
radio for over six years. Two seasons as a background vocalist on “The 
Ronnie Prophet Show” CFTO- TV not only broadened his scope of experience (
working with such artists as Chet Atkins, Don Everly, Brenda Lee, George 
Jones and countless others) but additionally introduced him, to some of this 
country’s finest studio musicians, many of whom he has worked with and been 
influenced by over the years.

His live performances are punctuated by a casual conversational manner, dry sense of humour and solid fingerstyle guitar. He has successfully released three singles for airplay 
which have led to a string of appearances as guest artist on a variety of TV shows, from Edmonton to Toronto to Nashville.

Failte, Celtic, The Shepherd’s Crook, Friday, Oct 27 at 8 pm

failteThe Shepherd’s Crook presents:

Failte originated from a casual collection of musicians in the autumn of 1991 in Waterloo. 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.