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Portraits of Canton: Poet Veda Leone

Veda Leone

By John Fitts

Spoken word poetry is giving Veda Leone the voice she always sought.

“It’s vulnerability,” she said. “It’s just an opening of the deepest parts of someone. They’re sharing it in a way that just leaves you stunned or breathless or crying. I think the healing power of writing is something I didn’t quite understand until this past year.”

While she discovered the art form a few years earlier, she was further enthralled by an “Evening of the Spoken Word” at the Gallery on the Green in the spring of 2014. Readers included some of her future friends and mentors – Chivas Sandage, Nora Jamieson and Jackie Welsh.

Soon, Leone was residing in the village, drawing inspiration from “the artists, writers, teachers and free spirits in Collinsville” and by January of 2015 was attending Sandage’s “Write Like a River” workshops.

In July, Leone began attending weekly poetry open mics in Northampton, Mass. … Continue Reading

The Funky Dawgz Brass Band Appears at Canton High School on Saturday

The Funky Dawgz Jazz Band plays Canton High School on Saturday, Jan. 9. Band Press Photo

The Funky Dawgz Jazz Band plays Canton High School on Saturday, Jan. 9.
Band Press Photo

By John Fitts 

This Saturday, approximately a half dozen members of the Canton High School jazz ensemble will be on the spot as they sit in with the The Funky Dawgz Brass Band.

The students won’t have a chance to rehearse with the band this week, study the charts or know exactly what or how long they’re playing.

“They’ll work that out right before they play — in the true spirit of improvisation,” said John Mastroianni, Canton’s K-12 Music Department Supervisor, high school band leader and teacher.

Presented by Canton Parents for Music, The Funky Dawgz Brass Band will play in the Canton High School auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday Jan. 9. … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead: Jan. 4 to Jan. 9, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-01-03 at 11.33.36 AMAs we enter the first full week of 2016, there’s a variety of events in Canton. Following are a few of the options. For specific times and locations visit our calendar.

On Monday, residents can take advantage of such programs as Wii bowling at the Canton Senior Center and an informative tech drop-in session at the Canton Public Library.

Tuesday brings a morning story-time at the library as well as an afternoon of video game fun for the older kids. In the evening, the Canton girls take to the basketball court at the high school and the Permanent Municipal Building Committee meets in the community center.  Tuesday night fun continues in Collinsville with Trivia at Wilson’s and an open mic at the Crown and Hammer. … Continue Reading

Gallery on the Green to Host Members’ New Work Exhibit

Gregory Kriss, “Harmonic Reflections #44”

Gregory Kriss, “Harmonic Reflections #44”

Opening Reception is Jan. 9

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The Gallery on the Green has its annual exhibition of “Members’ New Work” from Jan. 8 through Feb. 7.  Featured are photography, painting, drawing, prints and sculpture by the membership — one hundred talented local artisans. In addition, upstairs galleries have solo exhibitions by painter, Jessica David and by professional photographer, Gregory Kriss.

Jessica David studied fine art and art history at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn before training as a painting conservator at the University of Cambridge, UK. She now works as a conservator at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven. The subjects of David’s paintings are typically rundown, derelict locations that have a special meaning to her.   Applying oil and acrylic spray paint, she merges photographs and memories into something new, beautiful and independent from the original context. Her paintings incorporate effects common to photography, such as blurring, vignetting and overexposure. … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: A Night of Fine Music in Collinsville

There was no shortage of talented musicians in Collinsville on Wednesday night. At Downright music and Art, Canton native and guitarist Jackson FitzGerald came from Brooklyn with fellow guitarist Mike Bono in tow. The two provided an evening of jazz guitar as many old friends and musical fans gathered to listen.

FitzGerald graduated from Canton High in 2010 and Berklee four years later. Bono graduated from Berklee in 2013. Both are living in Brooklyn working as freelance musicians.

After the two were done, members of the 2007 CHS Jazz combo held an impromptu jam.

At Wilson’s Pub, the mood was a bit more southern and bluesy with a band led by Dallas-area based guitarist Brian Calway, known as “Hash Brown.” A 32-year music veteran, Brown played all over the east coast before moving to the Dallas area in the 1980s.

For a full-screen slideshow visit https://johnfitts.smugmug.com/Guitar-Bliss-in-Collinsville

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Images of Canton: Crown & Hammer Open Mic

The Crown and Hammer has started a Tuesday night open mic series.

“There’s a lot of great musicians in the area,” said host Larry Tauro. “It’s a good place to get together.”

Sign-ups start at 8 p.m., with music kicking in a half hour later. The event is slated to run every Tuesday night from 8 to 11:45 p.m.

The Crown and Hammer is located at 3 Depot St., Collinsville.

For a full screen gallery, visit https://johnfitts.smugmug.com/Open-Mic-at-Crown-and-Hammer

Editor’s Note: If you enjoy reading Canton Compass, please consider a financial donation to help keep the site viable. See https://www.gofundme.com/canton-compass for details. 

Farmington Valley Stage Offers Theater Workshops for Children

FVStage workshop 3-8Submitted Release  

The Farmington Valley Stage Company, a non-profit theater located in Collinsville, is offering theater workshops for children in grades 3-8.  This is a first for the Stage Company, which is now in its 4th season.

“We’ve been talking about doing this for awhile,” stated Artistic Director, Doreen Cohn, “and we feel that the time is right.”  Doreen retired from the Avon Public Schools where she taught theater in grades K-12.  She still coordinates the popular Avon Summer Theater Programs.

“Many parents have expressed an interest in theater classes for their children during the school year,” she added. “We are hoping to fill that need.”  … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: CHS Fall Instrumental Concert

The Canton High School Music Department presented its Fall Instrumental Concert on Nov. 23, 2015.
The concert included performances by the Freshmen Band, Combined bands and Symphonic Band, all led by John Mastroianni, director of bands of K-12 music supervisor. Additionally artist in residence Bob Rush directed the Percussion Ensemble.

Selections included:

Freshman Band
Blue Ridge Saga by James Swearing
Novo Lenio by Samuel Hazo

Percussion Ensemble
Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber

Combined Bands 
Arabian Dances by Brian Balmages

Symphonic Band 
The Stormchasers by Robert Sheldon
Arabesque by Samuel Hazo
With Heart and Voice by David Gillingham

For more on the music department and efforts to support it, visit http://www.cantonmusic.org and http://www.cantonparentsformusic.org.

7th Annual Music For a Joyous Season Scheduled Dec. 13

The Quodlibet Ensemble returns to the Collinsville Congregational Church for the seventh consecutive year on Sunday, Dec. 13, at 4 p.m.

The Quodlibet Ensemble returns to the Collinsville Congregational Church for the seventh consecutive year on Sunday, Dec. 13, at 4 p.m.

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COLLINSVILLE  – The Quodlibet Ensemble returns to the Collinsville Congregational Church for the seventh consecutive year on Sunday, Dec. 13, at 4 p.m. for its popular “Music For a Joyous Season” concert. An annual highlight of the Shepherd Music Series, the concert brings together a group of talented and accomplished musicians to present music from the Baroque and Romantic eras, and a world premier by member musician Nathan Schram. … Continue Reading

Award-Winning Art on Display at Gallery on the Green

Four Juried Exhibition winners are shown receiving awards from Mark Snyder, GOG Vice President and Kristin McNally, President. The artists include (1) Susan Hackett, “Children of Gaza Summer 2014, (2) Faripour Forouhar, “Winter of Low Snow”, (3)Deborah Sacks, “Floating World-The Sea” and (4) Susan Fox, “Deception.” Submitted Photo

Four Juried Exhibition winners are shown receiving awards from Mark Snyder, GOG Vice President and Kristin McNally, President. The artists include (1) Susan Hackett, “Children of Gaza Summer 2014, (2) Faripour Forouhar, “Winter of Low Snow”, (3)Deborah Sacks, “Floating World-The Sea” and (4) Susan Fox, “Deception.”
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Gallery on the Green in Canton recently hosted the gala opening and awards ceremony for its 48th Annual Open Juried Exhibition.  Artists from Connecticut and beyond submitted fine art for a juried evaluation by Benjamin Colman,  Assistant Curator at the Florence Griswold Museum.

Colman noted that works submitted displayed remarkable depth of talent and breadth of artistic practice.  And that these works offer a vibrant portrait of a rich artistic community that is both appreciative of its past, and eagerly engaged with the direction of its future.  He noted that the works included glazed paintings of pastoral scenes that continue Connecticut’s century-old history of plein air landscape painting, a substantial group rooted in the virtuosic tradition of studio craft including clay and glass, along with photographs, collages, diverse types of prints, mixed media assemblages and digitally manipulated images.  … Continue Reading

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