Our weekly Creative Arts Group meets weekly to make art and social connections, in an atmosphere intended to promote safety, healing, creative expression and personal growth. The group is facilitated by David Sheffield and Heather Roy. They usually start the sessions with the reading of a poem as a way of separating the time from day-to-day cares and prompting the imagination. From time to time group members will bring a poem that they've written to share with the group. That happened recently and we were able to catch Christie's poem performance in a video clip.
Judging by the enthusiastic responses from audience members, IMAGINATE 2015 hit all the right notes to make for a stimulating, moving, fascinating, and magical evening at Trinity College School in Port Hope on Valentine's Day. Thanks to Deborah Hackett for capturing these images from the night.
We owe a great deal of appreciation to the presenters, the volunteers, the audience,
and to this wonderful list of of sponsors:
Luke Despatie @thedesignfirm
Trinity College School
The Social Bar & Table
The Waddell Hotel
Summerhill Bed & Breakfast
Ganaraska Art & Framing
Premier Dance Studio
Church-Key Brewing Company
Crawford’s Lakeview Diner
Fox Hollow Edibles
A five kilometer walk in Port Hope, Ontario isn't like a five kilometer walk in many towns, but 120 hearty walkers hit the snowy streets and steep hills of the town to support Coldest Night of the Year, raising funds for the street-level community work of Green Wood Coalition.
The final tally for funds raised in Port Hope was an amazing $23,394.00! Port Hope was one of 82 Coldest Night host cities across Canada that together raised a record $2.8 million. Well done, Port Hope!
The night's results included a lot of fun, a few sore muscles, and a greater appreciation for the struggles faced by our neighbours who find themselves homeless, hungry and hurting in the winter. Incidentally, the walk followed a route similar to that taken by some individuals and families would take to access the food bank in town, every two weeks.
A special thanks goes out to Jeff Knott and his team of 20 volunteers for carrying this project to such a successful finish. There is plenty of buzz already about Coldest Night of the Year 2016, next February.
IMAGINATE 2015, hosted by nationally acclaimed writer and humourist Deborah Kimmett, will feature short, TED-style presentations by compelling speakers and performing artists, as well as a visual art exhibition. Locally-sourced food and drink, catered by The Social Bar & Table, will be on offer at a reception (included in your $50 ticket).
IMAGINATE 2015 brings together creatives, teachers, journalists, entrepreneurs, social workers, parents, students and farmers to be challenged by the possibility of positive change in our community. It’s that kind of human-level response that is at the heart of Green Wood’s story in Port Hope.
When presented with a difficult problem, there are often two responses to choose from, “the government should do something about that”, or “there’s nothing anyone can do about that”. Green Wood has opted for a third way, stepping forward as neighbours to respond, through trust and intentional relationship, to daily challenges, and provide hope in the lives of our members. Finding that third way is at the heart of IMAGINATE 2015.
In addition to outstanding speakers such as broadcaster, Noah Richler, conservationist, Carmen Lishman and journalist, Steve Buist, IMAGINATE 2015 will include the premiere of both a contemporary dance performance and a short film by award-winning filmmaker, Rob Quartly.
Tickets for IMAGINATE 2015 at Trinity College School are available online at www.greenwoodcoalition.com/Imaginate or Ganaraska Art & Framing in Port Hope.
This is going to be so much fun!
Peterborough native, Candace Shaw is a writer, speaker, and cultural animator who has turned her mind and talent to re-shaping organizations and events with the goal of reinvigorating communities. She currently Outdoor Events Director for The Historical Distillery District in Toronto.
Candace will be talking about her experiences as a woman in the music industry and her "terror around doing things like founding a national organization for women in the industry.".
Get your ticket for this and so much more at IMAGINATE 2015 at Port Hope's Trinity College School. Full lineup available at greenwoodcoaltion.com/imaginate.
We're incredibly pleased to be presenting Noah Richler at IMAGINATE 2015 in Port Hope on Valentine's Day.
Trinity College School is the location, and tickets are available on this site and at Ganaraska Art & Framing in downtown Port Hope.
A second generation writer (his father was the celebrated novelist Mordecai Richler) ,Noah Richler made documentaries and features for BBC Radio for fourteen years before returning to Canada in 1998.
He was the books editor and then the literary columnist for the National Post, and has contributed to numerous publications in Britain, including the Guardian, Punch, the Daily Telegraph, and in Canada to The Walrus, Maisonneuve, Saturday Night, the Toronto Star, and the Globe and Mail.
"Noah Richler is a rarity in the modern age: a true man of ideas.
You can count such men on one hand..."
--The Western Standard
"This is a writer who is fond of people and their quirks
and who cares deeply about our country ..."
--Literary Review of Canada
"His wit is delicious. He is that genuine article, of which there are so few,
a public intellectual unafraid of discussion and disagreement. "
--Globe and Mail
Jeff and Natalie brave the elements, rehearsing for Coldest Night of the Year in Port Hope. The 2, 5 and 10km WALK is held on Saturday, February 21st, 2015, and provides participants the opportunity to experience a hint of the challenges faced by those experiencing homelessness while raising much needed revenue for their favourite local charity .
Make plans to walk, sponsor or volunteer for Port Hope's Coldest Night of the Year!
It's cold out there!
The Coldest Night of the Year is a fantastically fun,
family-friendly walking fundraiser that raises money for the hungry,
homeless and hurting in 80+ communities across Canada
-including Port Hope, Ontario-
on Saturday, February 21st, 2015.
"When I agreed to put on a concert for Ukrainian soldiers defending Shchastya from Russian invasion, I did not envision lying on canvas sacks of second-hand sweaters and plush toys. Or being wedged between treadless tires and a WWII-era iron stove in the unheated back of an orange Mercedes transport truck on a treacherous road in a convoy of vehicles hauling missiles, rockets and a tank named Lucky. This is what volunteer humanitarian aid looks like in a country unofficially at war."
That's Mark Marczyk talking about his experiences as a musician who found himself in the middle of revolution and war over the past year in Ukraine. He's the violinist and ringleader of Toronto's popular, Juno-nominated band Lemon Bucket Orkestra, known for their street performances, sold out venues and impromptu parades.
Mark will share his stories and music at IMAGINATE 2015 in Port Hope, ON. He'll be joined in performance by Ukrainian singer/ethnomusicologist, Marichka Kudriavtseva. It will be a night of fascinating stories, stimulating thought and delights for the senses.
We're thrilled to be welcoming Steve Buist to IMAGINATE 2015 on February 14 at Trinity College School. Buist is an investigative reporter and feature writer at the Hamilton Spectator. He is responsible for producing large investigative projects, such as the highly-acclaimed Code Red project, which began in 2010 and has been examining the connections between health and poverty by mapping the health of Hamiltonians down to the level of neighbourhoods.
Buist has won three National Newspaper Awards and been nominated five other times. He’s also been named the Canadian Association of Journalists’ Investigative Journalist of the Year three times and been named Ontario’s Journalist of the Year four times. Last summer, Buist won one of the world’s most prestigious cancer journalism awards as he earned the 2014 Best Cancer Reporter Award from the European School of Oncology.