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Images of Canton: March to the Senior Center

Members of the Canton High School band made the annual trek to the Canton Senior Center on Wednesday. The tradition gives seniors a chance to hear the students play and allows the band to rehearse for the upcoming Memorial Day Parade. Thank you to Carl Wiser for the photos. Click on the image above to see more photos.
Photo by Carl Wiser

Award-Winning ‘Abel Raises Cain’ to be Featured at Collinsville Film Festival

collinsville logo 980x350 cs3(Submitted) Meet legendary cultural icon and modern American satirist, Alan Abel, in the award-winning documentary, ABEL RAISES CAIN. The film is screening at the Canton Town Hall auditorium (4 Market Street, Collinsville, CT 06022) on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 1:30PM as part of the 2nd annual Collinsville Film Festival. There will be a discussion with local filmmakers, Jenny Abel and Jeff Hockett, along with special guests following the screening.

Before Stephen Colbert, there was Alan Abel. A master of deadpan, Alan founded the Society for Indecency to Naked Animals in the 1960s, a zany cause that lured and hoodwinked even Walter Cronkite, the most trusted newsman in America. Abel‘s motto was, “A Nude Horse is a Rude Horse.” A silly idea that caught like wildfire, news of the phony organization landed the front pages of newspapers across America. … Continue Reading

Second Annual Collinsville Film Festival Takes Place May 14-17

(Submitted) collinsville logo 980x350 cs3The Collinsville Film Festival (CFF) will hold its second annual film festival May 14 to 17. The event will bring films from around the world to the Northwestern area of Connecticut along with visiting filmmakers, live music performances and other scheduled events during the four-day celebration.

Recently recognized as one of the “35 Must-See Events in New England This Spring” by Boston Globe Magazine, the Collinsville Film Festival seeks to support filmmakers, artists and musicians looking to tell a story. Our aim is to enlighten as well as entertain audiences through a series of cinematic visions, approaches and perspectives. … Continue Reading

‘Florence Five’ At Gallery on the Green

One Man Band, by David Owen, 2014

One Man Band, by David Owen, 2014

(Submitted) From April 24 through May 24, The Gallery on the Green in Canton hosts “The Florence Five,”  featuring the work of five Canton artists:  Kent McCoy, Walter Kendra,  Rowena Okie, Jane Hoben, and David Owen.  The show runs from Friday April 24 through Sunday, May 24, with an opening reception on Saturday, April 25 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Italy has drawn artists for centuries.  Is it the light, the colors, the sense of history, the food?  In February 2014 the Florence Five were drawn for all of those reasons, as well as a chance to spend time together and to soak in the inspiration of traveling with fellow artists.  The work of the Florence Five represents a variety of media:  printmaking, pencil, photography, and oil, and in styles unique to each artist.

The group spent the majority of their time in Florence, both in the city proper and exploring the countryside, including the villages and gardens overlooking the city, such as the hillside village of Fiesole and the gardens at Gamberaia and Villa I Tatti.  They also traveled to Venice, long an inspiration to artists as well. … Continue Reading

New Studio Helps Local Photographer Capture and Share Her Vision

Corey Lynn Tucker at her new studio space in New Hartford.  Photo by John Fitts

Corey Lynn Tucker at her new studio space in New Hartford.
Photo by John Fitts

Environment is key to Corey Lynn Tucker’s fine art portraiture.

While that can, and often does, involve natural, outdoor settings,  Tucker is working hard to create a unique sense of place indoors as well – at her new studio in New Hartford.

The brick, wood flooring and other elements of a historic factory meld well with a soft palette and plenty of repurposed items Tucker has brought to her space in the Hurley Business Park of New Hartford on Greenwoods Road. Her 550-square foot studio is one of many areas that for 47 years was part of the guitar manufacturing facility where countless Ovation, Hamer, and later Guild Guitars, were produced.   … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: Evening of Jazz

The Canton School District music department, along with Canton Parents for Music, presented a special “Evening of Jazz” earlier this week.

The show featured ensembles, combos and workshops from the Canton Intermediate, Middle and High schools. Also performing were special guest artists Joyce DiCamillo on piano, Joe Sinaguglia on bass, Jim Mola on drums, Tony Kadleck on trumpet, Ben Griffin on trombone and Canton’s own k-12 music supervisor John Mastroianni.

Full performances, courtesy of Mark Wiles, can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrqOdJKc3IruIJCIt9zDXJooh8HPBPebN

Legendary Soul Singer to Perform in Collinsville

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COLLINSVILLE – World-renowned soul singer Betty Harris, who has performed all over Europe, Australia and the U.S., will bring her soulful vocals to Bridge Street Live Friday, April 10 at 8 p.m.

She’ll be accompanied by The Mighty Soul Drivers band and teenage backup singers from the Queen Ann Nzinga Center in New Britain.

Harris, who has performed at the Newport Jazz Festival, New York City’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and New Orleans’ Ponderosa Stomp Festival, has been mentoring and coaching the teen singers for more than a year.

She asked them to accompany her on stage because, “They’re that good,” she says. “They have worked very hard to get to this point.”  … Continue Reading

Songwriting Takes Center Stage at Bridge Street on Sunday

Liz Longley.  Photo by Sherwin Lainez

Liz Longley.
Photo by Sherwin Lainez

By Carl Wiser

If there was ever a singer/songwriter primed for success, Liz Longley is it. Her pedigree: a songwriting degree from Berklee College of Music (yes, you can major in songwriting at Berklee), numerous songwriting awards, three years in Nashville honing her skills, and a deal with Sugar Hill Records.

Her self-titled debut album on Sugar Hill was released on March 17, five days before her Bridge Street Live show this Sunday. Many of the songs have been incubating for years, written long ago and molded through live performance. The album was recorded in Nashville with some of the top session pros in the city, but at Bridge Street Liz will play them in the intimate acoustic style they were conceived.

One of her most popular songs is “Peace of Mind,” which is about that nagging inner dialogue that fills you with doubt. Ever wonder what the girl with the guitar thinks about up there when they voice creeps in? “There are a lot of times when I can’t quiet my mind and I’m constantly worried about what someone’s face means or why they pulled out their phone,” Liz said in her Songfacts interview. “Am I boring them? It’s a lot of negative self talk.” … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: CHS Presents Fiddler on the Roof This Weekend

Canton High School presents Fiddler on the Roof this weekend.  Photo by John Fitts

Photo by John Fitts

Canton High School presents Fiddler on the Roof at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 20, and Saturday, March 21 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 22.

Presale tickets, priced at $8 for students/seniors and $12 for adults, can be purchased online at http://fiddler.cantonmusic.org or by calling (860) 693-7707.

Tickets are also available at the door for $10 and $14.

What’s going on in town?

View our calendar listings and add your own event at https://cantoncompass.com/events-calendar/. … Continue Reading


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