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Arts Council, Heritage Network host mayoral debate next month

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In 2014, a coalition of artists and organizations formed Kawartha ArtsVote to bring awareness to the cultural sector in advance of the 2014 municipal election. In the lead up to the 2018 municipal election this October, they are re-launching ArtsVote, working with Kawartha Lakes Heritage Network, and shining the light on the cultural sector once again.

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Large donation allowing for study on cultural centre for Kawartha Lakes

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A large private donation is allowing for a feasibility study on the likelihood of getting a culture centre for Kawartha Lakes.

Susan Taylor, chair of the cultural centre committee and president of the Kawartha Lakes Art Gallery, says there is “broad support” for having such a centre in the area.

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Books that matter (to librarians); what books matter to you?

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From L to R: Sara Walker, Colleen McGregor, Marieke Junkin, Elizabeth Beauparlant.
  1. Every reader their book.
  2. Every book its reader.

From S.R. Ranganathan’s Five Laws of Library Science (1931)

Sure, libraries have lots more than books to offer these days — everything from digital magazines to gardening workshops. But books remain the beating heart of every collection and the mission of librarians is still, as it was for Ranganathan, to be a matchmaker between books and readers.

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Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy: Canada’s prosperity should mean “a level of decency” for people’s lives

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Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy: Canada’s prosperity should mean “a level of decency” for people’s lives

The co-front man for one of Canada’s greatest bands, Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo, says people are born into economic and social circumstances that either shows a wide horizon before them, or a small horizon – and when it’s small, it’s “suffocating.”

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What will Mary think? Academy doesn’t believe improvements will upset their ghost

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What will Mary think? Academy Theatre doesn’t believe improvements will upset their ghost

Lindsay’s storied Academy Theatre is almost unrecognizable on Monday. Almost.

As I step into the construction zone, every seat in the orchestra section has been ripped from the floor to make way for new ones. There’s a fresh base of concrete to support the memories of a new generation of theatre and event goers.

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“There is a town in north Ontario…”

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Coronation Hall, where Neil Young plays tonight. Photo by Michael LaRiviere.

“There is a town in north Ontario” where Neil Young will be tonight, one of Canada’s most legendary singer/songwriters — and it’s Omemee in Kawartha Lakes.

Young will play here at Coronation Hall, a venue which seats at most 225 people.

The acoustic concert will be livestreamed by CTV at 8 p.m. ET on various platforms, including CTV.ca, iHeartRadio.ca and on Facebook internationally.

On Friday, CTV said proceeds from the show would go to Scott Young Public School, named after Neil’s father who was a novelist, journalist and early host of Hockey Night in Canada.

Calling all amateur artists for card art competition

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Kawartha Lakes Food Source (KLFS) is calling on all amateur artists within Kawartha Lakes to enter its first-ever art competition for their special occasion fundraising cards.

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Willy Wonka at fundraiser for Academy Theatre

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Willy Wonka at fundraiser for Academy Theatre

Join Charlie Bucket as he tours Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory in this adaptation of Ronald Dahl’s world renowned story, all at Lindsay’s historic Academy Theatre.

Charlie, and four other golden ticket winners, go on a colourful, magical adventure.

This musical features all local actors who are working collaboratively to raise money to support the Academy Theatre.

The play will be held Nov. 10, 11 and 17 and 18, at 7:30 pm, and on Nov. 12 at 2 pm.

Sponsored by Boston Pizza and Canadian Tire in Lindsay.

Ticket prices are $28 for adults and $25 for students and seniors.

Why did the Toronto politicians cross the road?

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Why did the Toronto politicians cross the road?

Laying hens will soon call Toronto home, thanks to The Most Important City on the Planet recently lifting a ban on backyard fowl in four of its wards. That any mammal — human, chicken, lawyer or otherwise — can find a way to live in a city where the average home mortgage term is only slightly shorter than the time it takes coal to become a diamond, is encouraging.

And I recognize the allure of raising hens for low-income families — especially those hoping to save money by honing their cooking skills. Eggs are very forgiving. Screw up one egg recipe and you have 11 more chances to correct it. (Mind you, screw it up a second time, and it’s probably time to crack open that box of Pop Tarts for supper).

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