From October 2015

“Walk the Line” breaks new ground as a day-long Cash-inspired festival

cash show jpegFeaturing New Country Rehab, Christa Couture, Andrew Queen, Julian Taylor, David Wilton, Ariana Gillis, Kristine Schmitt

With a new name, expanded programming, and a broader creative focus, the popular annual Johnny Cash tribute show at Port Hope’s Capitol Theatre seeks to break new ground in its fifth year—as community festival, dedicated to the spirit of Johnny Cash.

“Last year’s show was a sell-out,” says artistic director David Newland, “but we had to keep building to stay fresh for year five. To me, that meant doing more than playing Johnny’s hits.”

The annual shows have raised thousands of dollars for Green Wood Coalition over the years, but equally importantly, have shared a message of hope, advocacy and creativity.

“Walk the Line is about the way Johnny lived: standing up for the less fortunate, breaking boundaries, living honestly and authentically,” says Green Wood Coalition outreach worker, David Sheffield, who introduced the Cash tribute concept five years ago.

This year’s programming includes afternoon solo and workshop sets, upstairs at the Capitol, as well as the annual evening revue show in the theatre. For the first time, performers will play selections of their own material along with Johnny Cash’s famous hits.

Newland says it’s a natural evolution. “Last year, our audience told us they really wanted to hear more from each artist. So we brought back Christa Couture and David Wilton, who were both fantastic last year, and we’re giving them more stage time.”

This year’s new acts reflect Cash’s diverse influence. Says Newland, “We’re introducing Julian Taylor, who’s going to open people’s ears with a touch of urban soul. And we’re honouring Johnny’s outlaw streak with New Country Rehab, the hottest country-roots act going. They play the way I think Johnny would play if he were starting out today.” (For artist bios, please scroll to beneath the main article).

Also for the first time, Walk the Line will offer a deeper exploration of Cash’s work and ideals. Afternoon workshops will include “Angels and Demons,” a nod to Johnny Cash’s struggles with poverty, addiction, and the law, and “Country,Folk, & Roots”. There’s even a Cash For Kids workshop from Campbellford performer Andrew Queen, another returning artist.

For the Green Wood Coalition, Walk The Line represents more than fundraiser. A block of tickets to Walk the Line will be set aside for financially disadvantaged members of the community. “We have an opportunity here to share a message about hope and inclusion,” says Sheffield, “and to hear some great music too.” “That’s what Johnny Cash did,” adds Newland. “That’s what Walk the Line means.”

“Walk the Line: Celebrating the Spirit of Johnny Cash”

Saturday, November 7
Capitol Theatre, Port Hope
Afternoon workshops: 1:00 PM
Evening revue show: 8:00 PM

A benefit for Green Wood Coalition
Tickets: www.greenwoodcoalition.com

About Green Wood Coalition:

www.greenwoodcoalition.com

For people living with small town poverty, mental illness, addiction, alienation or other disabilities, Green Wood Coalition is a safe, welcoming, non-judgemental and creative community based in Port Hope. Through a should-to-shoulder approach we work together to find solutions to daily challenges.

 

Artist Bios:

New Country Rehab
The name only hints at what this high-powered alt-country unit brings to the stage. NCR combines the driving rhythm of rockabilly with the attitude of outlaw country. Known for his deep approach to stagecraft and songwriting, frontman/fiddler John Showman conceived NCR’s latest album on a trip to the deep south, where Johnny Cash’s sound emerged. Passionately committed to the spirit of classic country roots music, New Country Rehab were nominated for a Canadian Folk Music award for ‘pushing the boundaries.’ A contradiction? Let’s just say they Walk The Line!

 

Christa Couture
A 2012 “best pick” by CBC Music, Christa Couture sings extraordinary songs—but it’s impossible to write about this Cree roots singer-songwriter without touching on the rest of her life. A survivor of heartbreak (she has lost two children) and cancer (she crowd-funded her prosthetic leg), Couture rises above pain with an unmistakeable voice and unstoppable spirit. Couture left audiences asking for more in 2014 and returns to Walk the Line with songs of her own as well as covers of Cash classics.
Julian Taylor
A soulful singer with deep appreciation of folk, roots, and country, Julian Taylor “revels in versatility,” as the Toronto Star put it. A nominee for Best Soul/Jazz act at the Black Canadian Awards, Taylor is equally at home singing Gordon Lightfoot. His songs have been featured on TV shows including Degrassi: The Next Generation, and “Be Good To Your Woman” from his recent record Tech Noir, grew into a campaign to raise awareness of violence against women. Taylor embodies the kind of genre-bending approach that made Johnny Cash an icon.

 

David Wilton
“Discovered” by audience favourite Ariana Gillis, David Wilton wowed the audience at last year’s show with a classic country voice and style that belie his 17 years. From his cowboy hat right down to his boots, this young crooner puts his heart and soul into the material, and returns by popular request.

 

Andrew Queen
A founding member of the folk-rock ensemble Jughead, Andrew Queen has become a favourite as a solo kids’ performer on the festival circuit including Shelter Valley Folk Festival. Andrew is a former Children’s Artist of the Year, a two-time Canadian Folk Music Award nominee for Children’s Album of the year, and the winner of two Parents’ Choice Recommended Awards. He’s back this year to start Walk the Line off with Cash For Kids.

 

Kristine Schmitt
Kristine has the chops, and the charm of a true chanteuse. With an eerily authentic voice and a toe-tapping style, Kristine cheerfully channels the country spirit in originals and covers, both as a solo act and as the leader of one of her many side projects. Kristine returns this year both to our workshop stage, and as a special guest of New Country Rehab on the main stage.

 

Ariana Gillis
A sensationally talented vocalist, performer and guitarist, Ariana can rock the house, or deliver a haunting ballad, with equal ease. Ariana is also a gifted and insightful songwriter, mixing elements of folk, pop, and roots-rock to compose eclectic anthems that are uniquely hers, Ariana returns to team up with David Wilton, whom she introduced to our audience in 2014.

 

Candace Shaw
Feminist, bon vivant, actor, and cultural producer, Candace has been a fixture on the Canadian music scene for twenty years. She was the long-time AD of Peterborough Folk Festival and is the current Chair of Shelter Valley Folk Festival. Candace is the founder of Canadian Women Working in Music and Secret Frequency.

 

David Newland
Host of the annual Johnny Cash revue show since Year One, David also helps out behind the scenes with artistic direction. A Cobourg resident, David divides his time between writing, performing, hosting and travelling to faraway places with Adventure Canada.

Culinary Tour Wraps Up Another Successful Season

1297711469945_ORIGINALAnother Sold Out Year of Direct Marketing Experiences for Downtown Businesses

The 4th season of Peterborough Farm to Table Culinary Tours has officially wrapped up. The tour brought over 180 shoppers and diners into the core this year – bringing a four-year total to over 400 engaged patrons to the stores and restaurants of downtown. For the 3rd straight year, each tour has been completely sold out.

“It has been another banner year for showcasing Downtown Peterborough,” exclaims Farm to Table owner/host Donald Fraser. “And we look forward to many more.”

The tours, which run each Wednesday from the Peterborough Downtown Farmers’ Market, visit six stores and restaurants per week, with an overall roster of 28 businesses.

“Farm to the Table serves as a vital beacon to the community by pointing them to the Mecca of culinary excellence,” says Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Association (DBIA) Director, Terry Guiel.  “That Mecca is downtown.”

This year, The DBIA sponsored the tour, covering all of the printing costs for the year.

Fraser sees the tours as an important economic stimulus for Peterborough.

“You cannot have a healthy city if you do not have a healthy downtown core,” he explains. “A lifetime customer for a store or restaurant adds up to hundreds – or usually thousands – of dollars of revenue. We’re creating a lot of lifetime customers for a lot of downtown businesses.”

For Guiel, the tours are not only a financial asset, but an educational one.

“The economic benefits to our downtown are enormous but do not end there.” He explains. “Donald not only sells the idea of the quality of downtown local food and drink, but the ethics of where that food is produced and how it is produced.”

It is a sentiment echoed by Downtown Farmers’ Market Manager, Jillian Bishop.

“It is exciting to see so many people making the link between local growers and the food that ends up on their plates,” she says. “The tours are a wonderful showcase for our local food systems – from farmers and producers to entrepreneurs, chefs, and business owners. Tour patrons gain a real understanding about the importance of shopping – and eating – locally.”

It is business owners that most feel the impact.

“Every summer we look forward to dozens of individuals coming in our doors, both from Peterborough and elsewhere,” says Warren Eley of Naked Chocolate. “Few have heard of us and even fewer have been to our shop prior to the tours. Many from Peterborough are often shocked that they hadn’t heard of us before. Those from further afield are dazzled by the variety and quality of all of the local establishments’ offerings. Needless to say, many return and become local customers. No amount of money spent on advertising could have this effect.”

Fraser, who also operates a writing and communications consulting firm sees the marketing experience as greater than just the one-on-one tour experience.

“Really, there is no better direct marketing experience than having business owners and chefs showcase their best work to people on an individual level,” he says. “That is a gold standard of marketing. But the great thing is that all of these tour patrons are going home and telling friends and family about the wonderful businesses they’ve visited, and the diversity of shopping and dining that they experienced. Many of them will then hop online and tell a few hundred more.”

Fraser, who has been behind numerous major local social media projects – including the very successful #PeterTweeter Awards – monitors online conversation about the tours and the businesses involved.

“I’m excited to see these little blips on the social media radar after tours take place,” he smiles. “You see people Tweeting and Facebooking about these businesses. And you see others asking questions about businesses that they had previously never heard of.”

The tour gets universally good reviews – with most patrons booking after hearing about it through word of mouth.

“It’s an afternoon of eating, learning, and being entertained,” says tour patron, Brianna Salmon. “Not only is the food spectacular, but the chefs and owners take pride in ensuring that people get a memorable experience.”

According to Guiel, Fraser is a major part of the experience.

“Donald knows the downtown,” he says. “He knows its buildings, its history and its people.  You can’t fake that.  You can tell while taking the tours how genuinely proud he is of the downtown, and its food and beverage businesses – you can also see the respect and appreciation he has for the people behind those businesses.”

Farm to Table will be offering a few special events throughout the winter season – including a series of “February Blahs” wine, beer, and spirit tastings. To keep up to date, follow them at @farm_to_table on Twitter, at Peterborough Farm to Table Culinary Tours on Facebook, or subscribe to the www.ptbolocalfoods.ca blog.

Wine vs. Beer? Brio Gusto Harvest Dinner Pits Beverages Against Each Other

brio 400x400It’ll be wine vs. beer at Brio Gusto’s annual Harvest Dinner this year.  Each of the October 22nd dinner’s 5 courses will be paired with beer and wine.  The idea?  To see which is the better match for the food.

To make things interesting, representatives of both Cave Spring Cellars and Lake of Bays Brewery will be on hand, providing their best beverages for the festivities.

The drinks, though, are there to compliment the main attraction: the fantastic food produced by owner/chef Lindsey Dupuis’ kitchen.  With the autumn harvest offering a wonderful variety of tastes, Lindsey and her team will marry top notch skills with traditional fall flavours.

Menu:

1st
Beet Mousse, Crosswind Farms Chèvre, Shallot Confit
and Pork Crackling over Potato Crisp

 2nd
Cauliflower au Gratin Soup
with Housemade Pumpernickel Crouton & Tania Cheese

 3rd
Rabbit terrine with housemade Rabbit Bacon Apple and Celery R
émoulade,
Pickled Carrots, Roasted Grapes, Mustard Greens & Crisp Baguette

 4th
Rosemary rolled Bone-in Pork Loin rack over Creamy Cheddar Polenta
with Brussels Sprouts & Braised Cabbage

 5th
Dark Chocolate infused Pumpkin Bread Pudding
with Housemade Ice Cream, Crème Caramel & Raspberry Coulis

Brio has long been a favourite of downtown Peterborough diners.  In their own words:

“We’re about those magical moments where the grill’s flame summons hidden flavours, searing and sizzling rare recipes in ways that makes us think of our kitchen as a stage, with the elegantly rustic dining area as our gallery. For our name, we’ve adopted ‘Brio & Gusto’ as two musical terms for ‘Fire & Taste’ which help us best describe the magic we create.”

Make sure you reserve your spot. Tickets will be going fast:  182 Charlotte Street, Peterborough. (705) 745-6100.

Wine or Beer? Brio Gusto Harvest Dinner Pits Beverages Against Each Other

brio 400x400It’ll be wine vs. beer at Brio Gusto’s annual Harvest Dinner this year.  Each of the October 22nd dinner’s 5 courses will be paired with beer and wine.  The idea?  To see which is the better match for the food.

To make things interesting, representatives of both Cave Spring Cellars and Lake of Bays Brewery will be on hand, providing their best beverages for the festivities.

The drinks, though, are there to compliment the main attraction: the fantastic food produced by owner/chef Lindsey Dupuis’ kitchen.  With the autumn harvest offering a wonderful variety of tastes, Lindsey and her team will marry top notch skills with traditional fall flavours.

Menu:

1st
Beet Mousse, Crosswind Farms Chèvre, Shallot Confit
and Pork Crackling over Potato Crisp

 2nd
Cauliflower au Gratin Soup
with Housemade Pumpernickel Crouton & Tania Cheese

 3rd
Rabbit terrine with housemade Rabbit Bacon Apple and Celery R
émoulade,
Pickled Carrots, Roasted Grapes, Mustard Greens & Crisp Baguette

 4th
Rosemary rolled Bone-in Pork Loin rack over Creamy Cheddar Polenta
with Brussels Sprouts & Braised Cabbage

 5th
Dark Chocolate infused Pumpkin Bread Pudding
with Housemade Ice Cream, Crème Caramel & Raspberry Coulis

Brio has long been a favourite of downtown Peterborough diners.  In their own words:

“We’re about those magical moments where the grill’s flame summons hidden flavours, searing and sizzling rare recipes in ways that makes us think of our kitchen as a stage, with the elegantly rustic dining area as our gallery. For our name, we’ve adopted ‘Brio & Gusto’ as two musical terms for ‘Fire & Taste’ which help us best describe the magic we create.”

Make sure you reserve your spot. Tickets will be going fast:  182 Charlotte Street, Peterborough. (705) 745-6100.