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Images of Canton: Driving Iris Rocks the Park

Driving Iris played the final concert in the Park and Recreation Department's Summer Concert Series.  Photo by GeminEye Images

Driving Iris played the final concert in the Park and Recreation Department’s Summer Concert Series.
Photo by GeminEye Images

Driving Iris Band played the final show in the Canton Parks and Recreation Department’s Summer Concert series on Aug. 14

The Canton-based band features LeeAnn Delaney on lead vocals and guitar, Peter Hunter on lead guitar, vocals, Tony Fons on bass guitar and Mark Barca on drums and vocals.

Another special thank you to Susan Wacht-Goralski of GeminEye Images for the photos.

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Local Photographer Receives Bronze Photographer of the Year Award

unnamed(Submitted) Four photographs created by Susan Wacht Goralski of GeminEye Images have recently been accepted into the General Collection of Professional Photographers of America’s 2014 International Photographic Competition earning her a 2014 Bronze Photographer of the Year Award. Goralski’s work will be on display at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee Feb. 1-3, 2015. This International Photographic Exhibition is held in conjunction with Imaging USA, an annual convention and expo for professional photographers and several photographic associations. … Continue Reading

Canton’s Own Driving Iris Band to Play Final 2014 Park Concert on Thursday Night

10410779_924201127595613_518313241874092642_nCanton’s own Driving Iris Band plays the final concert in the town’s Summer Concert Series Thursday night.

The concert takes place Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Mills Pond Park on East Hill Road.

Driving Iris Band features LeeAnn Delaney on lead vocals and guitar, Peter Hunter on lead guitar, vocals, Tony Fons on bass guitar and Mark Barca on drums and vocals. The band plays a large variety of music from 1980s one hit wonders, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Fleetwood Mac, The Pretenders, Pink and much more.

“Look for a 25 to 30 song party set,” says Barca. “Let’s Rock the Park.”

Food sales during the concert benefit the Canton Lions Club.

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Images of Canton: The Brian MacDonald Band Rocks the Park

The Brian MacDonald Band played at Mills Pond Park on Aug. 7 as part of the Canton Summer Concert series.  Photo by GeminEye Images

The Brian MacDonald Band played at Mills Pond Park on Aug. 7 as part of the Canton Summer Concert series.
Photo by GeminEye Images

The Brian MacDonald reunited for a show at Mills Pond Park this week.

In addition MacDonald on guitar and vocals, the show featured guitarist Ed Bradley, keyboardist Dave Henry and drummer Rex Havoc.

The show was part of the Park and Recreation Department’s summer concert series at Mills Pond Park.  The Driving Iris Band plays the final concert in the series on Aug. 14. … Continue Reading

Jazz Guitarist Steve Jones Returns for Shows in Canton, Collinsville

Steve Jones plays a 1939 Epiphone, a gift from guitarist Bill Lezotte.

Steve Jones plays a 1939 Epiphone, a gift from guitarist Bill Lezotte.

While he now lives out of state, jazz guitarist Steve Jones remains a perennial favorite in town.

Jones formerly worked for ESPN and called Collinsville home during much of the new millennium’s first decade.

He is in town to play a wedding this weekend and will also play at Wilson’s Pub, LaTrattoria and the Crown and Hammer.

Jones said he is always thrilled to drive through town again and see familiar sites.

“Every time I come back here, it’s like a second home for me,” he said. … Continue Reading

The Brian MacDonald Band Reunites For Mills Pond Park Show This Week

Popular East Coast guitarist and singer Brian MacDonald will reunite with former bandmates to present this week’s concert at Mills Pond Park.

The show will feature musicians Ed Bradley, Dave Henry and Rex Havoc.

The Brian MacDonald Band was known for its originals and creative workings of masterpieces by the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Warren Zevon. See more at MacDonald’s artist page on Facebook.

“He is an amazing talent,” said Parks and Recreation board member Julius Fialkiewicz.

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Featured Event: D.A.N.C.E. by Kristin Open House Weekend

danceThe public is invited to join D.A.N.C.E. by Kristin as it celebrates the start of year five. Stop by between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9 or Sunday, Aug. 10 and check out the studio, register for classes, enjoy refreshments and prizes, or just say hello. All students who register for classes during Open House will receive a discount their fall payment. The studio is located at 109B Main St. in Collinsville, right behind Carol and Company.

D.A.N.C.E. by Kristin offers a variety of competitive and non competitive classes including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and hip hop. Special Intro to Dance and combination classes for beginner dancers. … Continue Reading

Featured Event: Local Musicians Collaborate for Aug. 9 Concert

Krizta Moon and Jeff Howard.

Krizta Moon and Jeff Howard.

Local singer, performer and music therapist Krizta Moon will join Canton guitarist Jeff Howard and special guests at Lost Acres Vineyard in Granby on Aug. 9.  The 7 p.m. show costs $10.

Moon has performed in New England for more than a decade and is currently recording an EP. Learn more about the artist at http://www.kriztamoon.com/

Howard is a founding member of the McLovins and currently teaches, collaborates with  numerous musicians and attends the University of Rochester and Eastman School of Music. … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: Always a Connection

Canton native Taylor Smith participates in a late-night jam session at the Pemi Valley Bluegrass Festival.  Photo by John Fitts

Canton native Taylor Smith participates in a late-night jam session at the Pemi Valley Bluegrass Festival.
Photo by John Fitts

This photo was actually taken some 200 miles north of Canton at the Pemi Valley Bluegrass Festival in Thornton, New Hampshire, which was held July 31 through Aug. 3, 2014. I met Taylor Smith at the festival after he had noticed the Canton Compass magnet on my car. He initially figured it must be connected to Canton, Mass but then saw the Connecticut license plate. It turns out Smith grew up in Canton, where he lived until 1994. Smith now lives with his family in Westbrook, Maine.

— John Fitts 

Downright Music and Art to Showcase Student Talent at This Week’s Summer Concert

Downright Music and Art students and teachers will be featured at this week's concert in the park.

Downright Music and Art students and teachers will be featured at this week’s concert in the park.

Downright Music and Art will showcase student and teacher talent at the weekly concert in Mills Pond Park Thursday evening.

Naomi Kravitz, co-owner of the Collinsville music store and music school, said approximately half dozen teachers and some 30 students will be featured during the show, which is part of the Canton Park and Recreation Department’s Summer concert series.

Many of those performing are kids who took part in Downright’s summer jam camps. Others are regular students.

“Basically we’re going to showcase the talent that happens in our school and put on a good show,” Kravitz said.  … Continue Reading

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