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Local Artists Collaborate for Multimedia Exhibit and Live Performances

Mike Detelj of Canton and and Corey Pane, an artist and teacher Downright Music and Art in Collinsville, have collaborated to present “Intro: Evaluation” at

Corey Pane and Michael Detelj. Submitted photo

Corey Pane and Michael Detelj.
Submitted photo

the Hartford ArtSpace gallery. 

The  multimedia exhibit centers around Detelj’s experiences and song lyrics and this weekend a night of live performances will offer an interpretive experience. 

“Part conceptual art and design, part musical showcase, the two Connecticut artists have come together to present the concept of self-evaluation of the past, present and future, using Michael Detelj as the subject matter, from a third-person perspective through multimedia design and music,” according to the Facebook event posting. 

The Aug. 2 opening reception will feature special performance pieces from Detelj and others. 

“I wanted to provide visual counterparts to what I’m saying in some of the songs,” Detelj said.  … Continue Reading

Featured Event: Aug. 9 Concert to Feature Krizta Moon, Jeff Howard and Special Guests

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/ … Continue Reading

Canton Resident Publishes First Novel

Inertia Cover Art-3Canton resident Rebecca Schwartz’s novel “Newton’s Law Lesson One: Inertia,” first available as an e-book, is now available in paperback.

Schwartz is somewhat of an accidental novelist.

The former science teacher started the book as an assignment for a fiction class at Hartwick College, from which she graduated in 2007.

“It was kind of a coping method to get through Physics,” she said. … Continue Reading

Collinsville Luthier, Repair Technician Featured in Valley Life

Phil Bouchard, a Collinsville-based luthier and Guitar repair technician, is featured on the cover of the latest Valley Life publication.

Phil Bouchard works on a friend's guitar in the basement of his Collinsville home.  Photo by John Fitts

Phil Bouchard works on a friend’s guitar in the basement of his Collinsville home.
Photo by John Fitts

Bouchard spent the last 26 years at the guitar factory in New Hartford, working on Ovation, Hamer and Guild guitars. He, like most others, lost his job when most recent owner, Fender, ceased production of new instruments at the facility.

For Bouchard it certainly not a desirable situation.

“It’s too bad it’s not there anymore,” he said.

Bouchard, however, has long fixed guitars and other instruments on his own, working directly with clients and with Downright Music in Collinsville. He said he’s not sure where it will lead but loves the work.

“I’m going to take it one step at a time — to see what happens,” he said.

Bouchard can be reached at (860) 693-0013 or pbwiw3@aol.com. … Continue Reading

Canton Residents Featured in This Weekend’s Production of RENT: The School Edition

Cole Petano as Roger and Emma Webb of Canton as Mimi (Cast 1).  Photo by Peggy Beauregard

Cole Petano as Roger and Emma Webb of Canton as Mimi (Cast 1).
Photo by Peggy Beauregard

Several Canton students are involved in Avon Summer Theater’s Production of “RENT: School Edition” this weekend.

Several lead role are being shared among cast members and shows on Thursday and Saturday will feature Canton residents Emma Webb as Mimi and Kevin DosSantos as Mark Cohen.

DosSantos, who will be a senior at CHS next year, said he loves playing the character, especially with the narration parts that gives Cohen a different perspective.

“I just kind of see it with my own eyes,” he said.

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Images of Canton: Summer Concert Series Continues

The Carrie Johnson Band plays at Mills Pond Park Thursday night.  Photo by John Fitts

The Carrie Johnson Band plays at Mills Pond Park Thursday night.
Photo by John Fitts

The Canton Parks and Recreation Department’s Summer Concert Series continued Thursday with HannaH’s Field and The Carrie Johnson Band.

The weekly concerts take place at from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Mills Pond Park on East Hill Road. In the event of inclement weather the concerts are moved to the Town Hall Auditorium. Remaining shows include: 

July 24 — Please and Thank You String Band with Bill Walach, Will Welling and Dave Howard

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HannaH’s Field Returns to Canton Thursday Night For Shared Bill with The Carrie Johnson Band

HannaH’s Field, long a staple in Collinsville music scene, returns to town Thursday night as part of the Canton Parks and Recreation Department’s Summer Music Series.

The gypsy reggae duo consists of husband and wife team Hannah and Andrew Ardenski, more commonly known as HannaH and Bongo Bliss. HannaH originally hails from East Hampton and Bongo Bliss from Avon. In the mid 2000s the couple spent a couple of years living in Collinsville and played the Crown and Hammer and other local haunts on a regular basis.

“We’re really excited to see all of our old neighbors and friends,” HannaH said Wednesday night.  … Continue Reading

Journalist Exploring Route 44 Walks Through Canton Wednesday

Dan Haar photographs a scene at The Junk Shop. In background is shop owner Eric Hathaway.  Photo by John Fitts

Dan Haar photographs a scene at The Junk Shop. In background is shop owner Eric Hathaway.
Photo by John Fitts

On Wednesday, Courant columnist Dan Haar walked the Canton stretch of Route 44 as part of a 106-mile journey through the state. The trip from Salisbury to Putnam began July 7 and is part of the newspaper’s 250th anniversary celebration.  … Continue Reading

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