AMPHIBIOUS CHALLENGE 2017

A REGION OF THE UPPER PONTIAC LOCALS REFER TO AS "GOD"S COUNTRY", WAS THE SCENE OF THE SECOND ANNUAL AMPHIBIOUS CHALLENGE IN EARLY SEPTEMBER.   THE OTTAWA RIVER, THE ISLANDS, BEACHES AND NEARBY MOUNTAINS ARE RELATIVELY UNTOUCHED. ITS REMOTENESS HAS HELPED KEEP THE SHEENBORO, QUEBEC AREA A BIT OF A SECRET.  THAT'S CHANGING.  IT'S BEING PUT ON THE INTERNATIONAL MAP IN LARGE PART BECAUSE OF A RUN-SWIM RACE GAINING POPULARITY AROUND THE WORLD.   

THE EVENT WAS INTRODUCED TO THE SHEENBORO, QUEBEC AREA LAST YEAR BY SIMON DONATO, THE HOST AND CREATOR OF ESQUIRE'S BOUNDLESS TV.  AN ENDURANCE ATHLETE WHO LOVES ADVENTURE, SIMON MOVED TO THE AREA A FEW YEARS AGO FROM ALBERTA AND QUICKLY DISCOVERED IT WAS THE PERFECT SPOT FOR ADVENTURE SEEKERS. HE FELL IN LOVE WITH SWIM-RUN AFTER COMPETING IN OTILLO, THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN 2015.  LAST YEAR WAS THE FIRST AMPHIBIOUS CHALLENGE.  THIS YEAR REGISTRATION FOR THE EVENT MORE THAN DOUBLED.  THE SHEENBORO SWIM-RUN IS NOW A MERIT RACE FOR OTILLO.   IT APPEARS SIMON DONATO IS WELL ON HIS WAY OF ACHIEVING HIS DREAM OF HAVING PEOPLE FALL IN LOVE WITH A NEW SPORT, AND WITH HIS NEW HOME IN THE BEAUTIFUL UPPER PONTIAC.  

 

 

 

 

VOCAL ON PARLIAMENT HILL

SEVERAL HUNDRED PEOPLE GATHERED ON PARLIAMENT HILL SATURDAY FOR THE FIRST EVER RALLY TO DRAW ATTENTION TO THE GROWING PROBLEM OF LYME DISEASE. CANADIANS ARE JUST AWAKENING TO THE FACT TICK BITES CAN CAUSE A MYRIAD OF HEALTH PROBLEMS, THAT,  IF NOT QUICKLY DIAGNOSED AND TREATED, CAN LEAD TO LIFE LONG CHRONIC AILMENTS.     ACCORDING TO LYME ACTIVISTS THE PROBLEM IS CONVINCING DOCTORS AND GOVERNMENTS MUCH MORE ACTION IS NEEDED; NOT ONLY TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF THE DISEASE, BUT TO FUND MORE RESEARCH THAT WILL LEAD TO TREATMENT AND A POSSIBLE CURE.    VOCAL STANDS FOR VOICES OF CANADIANS ABOUT LYME DISEASE.   THE GROUP IS PARTICULARLY UPSET WITH THE RECENT FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCEMENT OF 4 MILLION DOLLARS TO ESTABLISH A LYME DISEASE RESEARCH NETWORK THAT WILL GENERATE NEW KNOWLEDGE TO IMPROVE DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT.  THEY CALL THAT A DROP IN THE BUCKET, THAT WILL DO LITTLE TO HELP THE THOUSANDS OF CANADIANS NOW SUFFERING WITH CHRONIC LYME DISEASE.  

I ACTED AS EMCEE AT THE RALLY, AND WAS ABLE TO VIDEOTAPE SOME OF THE SPEAKERS.  

 

AFTER LEAVING THE RALLY I RAN INTO A COUPLE WHO HAD BEEN PART OF THE VOCAL EVENT.  WHILE CHATTING I LEARNED THEY BOTH HAD LYME, AND ARE CONVINCED ONE OF THEM TRANSMITTED THE DISEASE TO THE OTHER.   LYME ACTIVISTS ARE ATTEMPTING TO GET THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY TO INVESTIGATE ALTERNATIVE METHODS OF TRANSMISSION, THROUGH BLOOD, SEXUAL ACTIVITY AND IN UTERO.  

SALUT- CHILDREN'S AID FOUNDATION FUNDRAISER

A combination of wonderful food, beautiful wines and a great cause resulted in a successful fundraiser for the Children's Aid Foundation of Ottawa in May.   The 13th annual Salut was held at the International Restaurant  at Algonquin College.  Vic Harradine,  renowned Ottawa Sommelier and wine critic helped the guests understand the wines that were paired with each course.  

It was a relaxed, fun evening with a serious purpose.  To help kids in Foster Care go on to university and college.  Without the backing and financial aid of their own families, foster children often drop out of school and end up living in poverty.  

 

The evening's guest speaker was Alisha Bowie, a former Crown Ward of the Children's Aid Society.  She told the guests how having the support of Children's Aid helped her go on to get a university degree.   

Alisha gradated before there was financial help to pay for tuition.   She is now working hard to pay off her student loans, but she is not bitter.  She told me she's glad her advocacy with Children's Aid will make it easier for today's foster kids to go on to post secondary school.

 

 

Matt McKechnie (Graven) in the 1310 Studiom

HIS NAME IS MATTY MCKECHNIE, BUT THE SINGER SONGWRITER GOES BY THE NAME GRAVEN.  LIKE SO MANY MUSICIANS I HAVE MET OVER THE PAST YEAR, MATTY IS A CREATIVE SOUL.  HIS LOVES INCLUDE MUSIC AND WRITING, DRAMA, JOURNALISM AND PHOTOGRAPHY.    IS THERE ONE TALENT THAT DOMINATES?   LET'S JUST SAY HE HAS PRODUCED TEN ALBUMS.   HIS LATEST, JAYBIRD, WAS JUST RELEASED THIS SPRING; NEW MUSIC HE IS NOW TOURING AROUND.   MATT JOINED ME IN THE 1310 STUDIO IN MAY.   

National Fiddling Day - May 20th

SATURDAY, MAY 20TH IS NATIONAL FIDDLING DAY.  IT'S AN ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF THE FIDDLE, WHICH PLAYED A BIG ROLE IN CANADA'S HISTORY.   TO MARK OUR 150TH BIRTHDAY THE CANADIAN GRAND MASTER FIDDLERS ASKED SOME OF ITS MEMBERS TO COMPOSE A FIDDLE TUNE FOR OUR PRIME MINISTERS, 1968 TO PRESENT DAY.   OTTAWA FIDDLER AND MUSIC TEACHER SHERRYL FITZPATRICK COMPOSED THE PRIME MINISTER TRUDEAU WALTZ, WHICH SHE PREFORMED IN THE 1310 STUDIO.   

BREA LAWRENSON IN THE 1310 STUDIO

Brea Lawrenson has been flirting with stardom for years.  With Country music running through her veins, she's been singing and songwriting since she was barely in her teens.  

She was named The Country Music Association of Ontario's Nominee for Female Artist of the Year and Rising Star for 2015, and a year after that as a CMAO Top 10 Contender : Female Artist of the Year, Single of the Year, Album of the Year and Producer of the Year with Steve Foley!  

Brea has produced three albums.  She's just released a new single entitled Gut and God, which she preformed live in the 1310 studio during a recent visit to the Carol Anne Meehan Show.

Brea Lawrenson's upcoming concert dates include -  a May 19th stop at the Cove Country Inn in Westport and she's playing Bluesfest July 8th.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHIC TYME IN THE TICK

IF THERE IS ONE THING I HAVE LEARNED LIVING IN OTTAWA ALL THESE YEARS IS THAT WOMEN ARE A POWERFUL FORCE.  FIND A GREAT CAUSE, AND A FEMALE ARMY WILL DESCEND TO TAKE IT ON.  

A GREAT EXAMPLE OF THAT WAS THE RECENT CHIC TYME IN THE TICK EVENT, FRIDAY, APRIL 29TH AT THE MANOTICK CURLING CLUB.  MORE THAN 300 WOMEN GATHERED TO HAVE FUN, AND RAISE FUNDS TO HELP PAY FOR THE MAHOGANY HARBOUR DOCK THAT WILL BE BUILT THIS SUMMER ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE RIDEAU RIVER, JUST SOUTH OF MANOTICK'S MAIN HUB. 

IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME DREAM, WITH A SERIES OF HURDLES TO OVERCOME.   THE MANOTICK CULTURE, PARKS AND RECREATION CENTRE AND THE BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION ARE WORKING TOGETHER WITH SEVERAL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT TO MAKE IT HAPPEN.  THERE IS THE FIRM BELIEF THE DOCK WILL PROVIDE A WELCOME PLACE FOR BOATERS TO STOP ( THERE IS NO DOCK ON THE RIDEAU RIVER BETWEEN DOWNTOWN OTTAWA AND MERRICKVILLE)  AND WILL BE A SHOT IN THE ARM TO MANOTICK BUSINESSES.

TICKETS FOR THE APRIL FUNDRAISING DINNER WERE SOLD OUT BEFORE CHRISTMAS! 

 

VOLUNTEER OTTAWA AWARDS CEREMONY

VOLUNTEERS.    THERE ARE THE UNSUNG HEROES OF OUR COMMUNITY. THOUSANDS OF INDIVIDUALS, CORPORATIONS AND CHARITIES WORK EVERY DAY TO ENSURE THEY MAKE LIFE A LITTLE BETTER FOR PEOPLE WHO NEED HELP.  MOST OF THE TIME THEY WORK 

BEHIND THE  SCENES LENDING A HAND WITHOUT ANY EXPECTATION OF RECOGNITION.  

THE ORGANIZATION THAT OVERSEES THIS DEDICATED GROUP IS CALLED VOLUNTEER OTTAWA. AND ONCE A YEAR IT THROWS AN AWARDS CEREMONY - TO SHINE A LITTLE SPOTLIGHT ON PEOPLE AND GROUPS WHO SHOULD BE THANKED. THIS YEAR THE AWARDS CEREMONY WAS AT CITY HALL DURING VOLUNTEER WEEK.  I HAD THE PLEASURE OF EMCEEING THE EVENT.   

The Cooper Brothers - New CD

FORTY YEARS MAKING MUSIC.  THE COOPER BROTHERS, DICK AND BRIAN OF OTTAWA PUT THE CAPITAL ON THE INTERNATIONAL MUSIC MAP IN THE LATE 70'S AND EARLY 80'S WITH THEIR OWN BRAND OF SOUTHERN ROCK.   THEIR HIT SINGLES INCLUDE "THE DREAM NEVER DIES, "ROCK AND ROLL COWBOYS, "SHOW SOME EMOTIONS AND "I'LL KNOW HER WHEN I SEE HER."  

 

THE COOPER BROTHERS HAVE A NEW CD - SET FOR RELEASE  IN A SPECIAL LAUNCH AT CENTREPOINTE THEATRE,  FRIDAY APRIL 28TH.  "RADIO SILENCE" FEATURES NEW SONGS WRITTEN BY DICK.  THE BAND IS ON A PROMOTIONAL TOUR, AND THIS WEEK AT MY URGING, DICK AND FELLOW BAND MEMBER JEFF ROGERS DROPPED BY THE 1310 STUDIO LUGGING ALONG ENOUGH EQUIPMENT TO SING ONE OF THE SONGS THEY WILL BE PREMIERING.  

HERE'S OUR CONVERSATION.

                                                          

                                   

THE CHILLIN' FLAMINGOS - I AM CANADIAN

IT'S CANADA'S 150TH BIRTHDAY, AND WE DO NOT HAVE AN OFFICIAL BIRTHDAY SONG TO MARK THE SPCIAL OCCASION - NO YET.    LOCAL BAND,  CHILLIN' FLAMINGO HAS WRITTEN A SONG CALLED  'I AM CANADIAN" AND ARE PREFORMING IT EVERYWHERE THEY CAN IN THE HOPE IT WILL CATCH ON.    THE DUO, LES GAGNE AND CLIFFY C,   DROPPED BY MY SHOW THIS WEEK AND PREFORMED IT LIVE IN STUDIO.   I THINK IT'S TOTALLY CATCHY.   IT SURE BEATS THE STANDARD BIRTHDAY SONG, WE ALL SING.    TAKE A LISTEN. 

IF YOU LOVE IT,  LOG ONTO THE BAND'S SITE AND GIVE IT YOUR VOTE.   THEY'RE ALSO AND ENCOURAGING EVERYONE TO PLAY "I AM CANADIAN "  WHENEVER YOU CAN.     

PROMOTE LOCAL, I SAY!

DANCING WITH THE DOCS

IT'S BILLED AS THE OTTAWA HOSPITAL'S MOST EXCITING FUNDRAISER.  THE "DANCING WITH THE DOCS"  COMPETITION HAS CERTAINLY BECOME ONE OF CITY'S MOST POPULAR EVENTS.   

FOR THE PAST FEW YEARS DOCTORS HAVE BEEN TEAMED UP WITH PROFESSIONAL DANCERS AT THE ARTHUR MURRAY DANCE STUDIO IN OTTAWA, AND AFTER MONTHS OF PRACTICING WALTZES, TANGOS AND CHA CHAS,  FACE OFF IN A GLITZ EVENT.   THIS YEAR THAT EVENT IS SATURDAY, APRIL 8TH AT THE CASINO DU LAC LEAMY.  IT'S ALL FUN, BUT ITS A SERIOUS FUNDRAISER TOO. THE EIGHT COMPETITORS SET GOALS AND THEN ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO VOTE FOR THEM WITH THEIR WALLETS.   THE MONEY RAISED GOES DIRECTLY TO HOSPITAL PROGRAMS.  

THIS YEAR EIGHT DOCTORS ARE VYING FOR THE COVETED MEDICINE BALL.  

FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL  613-798-5555  Ext:  1983      events@toh.ca

or google  DANCING WITH THE DOCS AND LOOK FOR  " CHECK OUT OUR DOCS" FOR THE LIST OF COMPETITORS AND HOW YOU CAN SPONSOR THEM.

OTTAWA ARTIST ALICE HINTHER

Ottawa is full of amazing people doing amazing work, talented artists sending their work out into the world to touch people.  A few years ago I had a chance encounter with the work of  someone I knew had to be creative, crazy, fun and witty.   While checking FaceBook this past week I discovered the woman behind that creative work lives here in Ottawa.  Of course I had to look her up.  

CLASSY PEOPLE

PINE RIDGE ART INC.

95 CLEGG ROAD,

MARKHAM, ONTARIO 

CANADA  LG6 1B9

 

OR CHECK OUT ALICE HINTHER DESIGN ON FACEBOOK

FUNSPIEL FOR PETER GLOVER

THE OTTAWA CURLING CLUB ON O'CONNOR STREET IS HOME TO WORLD WOMEN'S CURLING CHAMPION,  RACHEL HOMEN.  THE CLUB HELPS SUPPORT THE DYNAMIC FOURSOME, BUT YOU DON'T HAVE A BE AN ELITE SHOT MAKER TO BENEFIT FROM THE CURLERS GENEROSITY; AS PETER GLOVER AND HIS WIFE,  PAT UNDERWOOD ARE LEARNING.   

THE COUPLE  HAVE CURLED AT THE OTTAWA FOR OVER TEN YEARS.  THEY ARE PART OF THE TIGHT KNIT OTTAWA CURLING CLUB COMMUNITY.   SO WHEN PETER WAS DIAGNOSED WITH LOU GHERIG'S DISEASE LAST AUGUST THE OTTAWA RALLIED AROUND THE FAMILY.   THE DAY BEFORE THE RACHEL HOMEN TEAM WENT FOR GOLD IN BEJING, THE OTTAWA CLUB THREW OF FUNSPIEL, RAISING FUNDS TO HELP OFFSET SOME OF THE EXPENSES THAT ACCOMPANY A DEVASTATING DISEASE.   I DROPPED BY THE EVENT AND FOUND THAT EVEN HOMAN, EMMA MISKEW, JOANNE COURTNEY AND LISA WEAGLE HAD CONTRIBUTED TO THE EFFORT,  DESPITE THEIR HECTIC AND PRESSURE FILLED ROAD TO A WORLD GOLD.

 

Galapagos In Studio

A new band is in town.   They're called Galapagos, comprised of Adam Marshall, Matthew Wood and a new drummer, who has just joined them.   The talented boys all have a long list of credits to their name.  For various reasons, and luck, they found each other a year ago and have been collaborating musically ever since.  They make their debut performance at PRESSED this weekend.  Expect their first EP sometime later this year.  

Apologizes for this video being over-exposed. 

Lynn Hanson in Studio

She's as down to earth as an Ottawa gal can be.   The multi talented Lynn Hanson is also humble, but these days she can't hide the excitement she feels introducing her latest musical creation, UNEVEN GROUND.  Thirteen new songs featuring thought provoking lyrics and Lynn's soulful voice.   Lynn is about to officially release UNEVEN GROUND in an extensive tour of Canada, the US and Europe.  I was pleased to welcome Lynn Hanson into the 1310 studio for a chat March 21, where she preformed one of the songs from her new album.  

You can catch Lynn Hanson at the Blacksheep Inn in Wakefield, April 8th.   

Her 5th full-length studio album was produced by Scott Nolan. Recorded in Winnipeg at Song Shop Studios by Jamie Sitar. Release date April 7, 2017.    

Jenn Grant - Paradise Tour

Jenn Grant has just released her sixth album, recorded in her home studio in Halifax with her husband Daniel Ledwell.  The singer-songwriter is now on a mini tour preforming the new songs on PARADISE.  Jenn plays the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Saturday, March 25th.   

I had the pleasure of having Jenn Grant preform IN MY DREAMS during a recent stop on my show.

 

Jenn Grant (@jenngrantmusic) · Twitter

https://twitter.com/jenngrantmusic

Lyme Disease Petition

More than 33 thousand Canadians have signed a petition asking the federal government to draft a new framework on Lyme Disease.   The current one, released Feb. 7th falls far short, they say, of what needs to be done to seriously address the fastest growing infectious disease in the world.  

Lyme disease is contracted through a tick bite.  It is hard to diagnose and treat, often leaving those afflicted with an array of symptoms that can be life altering.    

The Federal Government is being asked to lead the charge on Lyme Disease, before more Canadians find themselves struggling to to find a doctor who can diagnose their symptoms or have to leave Canada for treatment.    The petition, which can be found at www.LymeHope.ca will be presented to the Federal Health Minister in the coming month.   

KELE FLEMING

Vancouver Sing-Songwriter Kele Fleming is in Ottawa as part of a short tour promoting her 5th album  NO STATIC.   She dropped by the radio station Monday, Feb. 27 for a chat and to play live.   

You can catch Kele's literary pop show live at Robo Bar on Somerset Street this Thursday, March 2nd.  

CONTACT INFO

@keleflemingmusician

http://www.tinforest.com

Band Members

kele fleming - vox, guitar
Kenji Yamauchi - keys, vox

 

 

 

TARA SHANNON

Need proof that dreams do come true?   Look no further than Tara Shannon, a singer songwriter from Russell, Ontario.    Tara was on the verge of stardom years ago, but let it pass to raise her young children.   Now that they're older, Tara is back on track, ready to unleash her love of songwriting and singing.  .  She has just released her first single called LOVE ME LOUD.  She has also recorded a music video for the song, and is about to officially release her album UNFINISHED.   Tara dropped by the 1310 studio to talk to me about returning to one of her first loves.   And she sang LOVE ME LOUD, accompanied by Wade Foster on guitar.    

Only 6 days until @TaraShannonSW album #Unfinished is released! More amazing singles like #LoveMeLoud out soon.