HipFest will rock Harmony Square on July 20

The Practically Hip will perform at HipFest Saturday at Harmony Square. LEE-ANN RICHER / RICHER IMAGES

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Harmony Square in downtown Brantford will be the setting for the inaugural HipFest on Saturday, July 20.

The free concert is meant to honour classic Canadian music.

Taking the stage at 7 p.m. is the Neo Young Band, paying tribute to Neil Young’s career from the Stray Gators, International Harvesters, CSNY and Crazy Horse.

At 8:30 p.m., it is the turn of the Practically Hip, playing the songs for which the Tragically Hip are best known.

Established in Southern Ontario in 1997, the band, with vocalist Dean Hughes, is known for its passionate recreation of the Hip’s unique sound.


Art

Original acrylics and watercolours by local artist Gloria Perkins will be feature during July at Blue Dog Café at 199 Brant Ave.

The Port Dover Harbour Museum and Art with Heart Studio have joined forces to create a dynamic new experience for children ages 8 and up, with a series of History in the Making workshops. Participants will learn of the town’s history through artifacts and will learn techniques to create their own art. On August 9, the museum’s vast photography collection and its preservation will be the focus.  Participants will use a Polaroid camera to produce their own images. The workshop runs from 6 to 8 p.m. for a fee of $25, and pre-registration is required one week in advance at artwithheartstudio.ca or by calling 226-567-5500.


Music

Summer Music on the Grand is a series of four lunchtime concerts every Friday in July presented by St. Paul’s United Church, 48 Broadway St. W., in Paris. Andrew Keegan Mackriell of London performs July 19, and Angus Sinclair of London is featured on July 26. Bag lunches will be for sale, and admission is a freewill offering.


Theatre

The Bell Summer Theatre Festival, presented by the Brant Theatre Workshops, brings theatre to a favourite historical site, Bell Homestead National Historic Site.

Ghosts of The Titanic, written by Sharyl Hudson and directed by Peter Muir, takes a fresh look at the famous ship through the eyes of a mermaid. Performances are on July 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m., Aug 2., 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m., Aug. 5 at 4 p.m., Aug. 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 11 at 4 p.m.

August brings Generation, a critically acclaimed play about residential schools and its effects on three generations of Haudenosaunee people. The play is a product of the BTW Native Collective and has been seen from Niagara Falls New York to Caledonia. It plays on Aug. 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 18 at 4 p.m.

Performances are outdoors and weather permitting, on the front porch of the Bell Homestead. Audiences are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy live theatre under the stars. All shows are pay-what-you-can admission.

For more information, email btheatre@rogers.com or call 519-761-0781.

ICHTHYS Theatre is hosting a Page to Stage workshop on Aug. 24 at the Brantford Public Library’s main branch on Colborne Street. Four one-hour workshops throughout the day will be of interest for those interested in directing, or those who want to learn how a play progresses from script to performance.

Catherine Camp-Paynter will present on casting, Duncan Graham will talk about costumes, props, sets and set pieces, while Susan Dignan will cover the rehearsal process. A tech presentation on light and sound is also on the slate. The final session will feature a performance directed by Lorna Stratton, of the case study scene used throughout the day’s workshops from a new original play, called Butler School, written by Bruce Farley with Martin Smith.

Attendance is limited to 15 registrants, who must register by Aug. 16. Cost is $50 a person for the day, and includes a catered lunch by The Rose and Thistle. Register online at www.ichthystheatre.ca or call 519-751-5411.

Auditions for ICHTHYS Theatre’s November production of the classic British tale, The Wind In The Willows, will be held Aug. 11 and Sept. 8. Twenty people,from teens to older adults, are needed for the cast. Fill out an audition form at www.ichthystheatre.ca and you will be contacted with an audition date and time, and watch the website for cast descriptions and further information.

Preview welcomes story ideas and news of coming arts and entertainment events. Deadline is 4 p.m. Tuesday. Submit information to Ent., The Expositor, 195 Henry St., Building 4, Unit 1, Brantford, N3T 5C9, or e-mail brex.preview@sunmedia.ca

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