By Craig Johnston
June at the Marigold Cultural Centre will bring comedy, music, and another great art exhibit to downtown Truro.
It will also begin the summer arts education programs with Leslie Lake Searle’s musical theatre program from June 25 to the 27th.
This Saturday will be a big night at the Marigold. Stan Carew, of CBC Radio fame, and John Campbelljohn will hit the stage. Carew has been the host of CBC’s Weekend Mornings since 1997 and is also a musician. He’s been a member of the long-running Halifax collective the Wolverines for 30 years. He's also played in bluegrass bands, and with some of his CBC colleagues in the BBQ Kings. Carew performs with his band the Magpies at concert venues around the Maritimes and is planning to record and release an album later this year. Carew will appear at the Marigold with Campbelljohn, an artist known for his unique ability to soulfully command the stage with rich vocals, while his powerfully prolific technique on guitar, or trusty dobro lap steel, further embellishes each composition. His power trio ups the ante with an electric sound that can pummel an audience into submission or captivate them with the subtleties of ace musicians driven solely by the love of their craft.
Also Saturday night, an art gallery opening for Jaye Ouellette's exhibit, “SEA” will take place. Her work has been exhibited many times, through private and public galleries in Canada and the United States, including six solo shows in Toronto. She has been awarded numerous grants, through the Ontario Arts Council and the Ontario Craft Council, and has had the honour of serving as a juror for an OAC grant. Ouellette’s work is included in a number of private and corporate art collections, and her commission work is extensive, most notably at the Skydome Hotel in Toronto, and the creation of the annual awards for "Toronto Women in Film." In addition, she has lectured about her work both in Canada and the U.S. and her work and show reviews have also been featured in various art publications. The artist worked for several years in the film and television industry as a key scenic artist in Toronto, where she gained experience applicable to her own art practice. This rekindled her interest in painting, something she continues to do today. Ouellette moved from Toronto to Nova Scotia in 2003 and her SEA exhibit is part of her work on the ocean, she said.
“The constantly shifting pattern of colour and light of the ocean, so new and ephemeral in every moment, is an increasing fascination for me. I find the mystery of this dynamic and ancient thing deeply compelling. Water embodies the concept of endlessness, of complexities repeated from one drop to the vast sea.”
The show opening starts at 6:30 p.m. and is free and open to everyone.
Guess who else is dropping by in June? Jimmy The Janitor! Join the laughs on June 14. He’s been called “The Dean of Dust, the Squire of the Squeegee, the CEO of CLR,” but mostly he’s been called on to entertain audiences across Canada and the United States for more than 25 years. Jimmy the Janitor has 11 comedy CDs with more on the way. His daily morning show comedy feature called “Jimmy Live” is heard in over 70 radio markets every day, from Cape Breton to Yellowknife. The jovial janitor has also appeared on CBC Radio/Television, CTV and the Comedy Network.
Toronto-based singer-songwriter Corin Raymond will also perform on June 27. Winnipeg born, Raymond has released six albums to date (three with The Undesirables and three as himself) but Raymond’s most recent release, Paper Nickels (2013), is especially remarkable for many reasons. Not only is Paper Nickels a live double album featuring Raymond’s all-star band The Sundowners (Treasa Levasseur, David Baxter, and Brian Kobayakawa) but the recording, mixing, and mastering of the project was paid for entirely with Canadian Tire money. The Rogue Music Lab in Toronto, which handled all the production work for Paper Nickels, has for 20 years made it its policy to accept Canadian Tire money as valid currency.
With June comes the end of our regular season, and the beginning of our summer lineup. Stay tuned for news on our Wednesday night summer series, and a major musical production hitting the Marigold stage in early July.
You can find more information on all Marigold programming by visiting www.marigoldcentre.ca; you can also connect with us on Facebook and Twitter. Please feel free to give us a call at the box office anytime between 9-5, Monday- Friday. 902-897-4004.
Craig Johnson is the fundraising co-ordinator for the Marigold Cultural Centre in Truro. firstname.lastname@example.org