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Music to our ears: Van Halteren’s Music Centre a Kawartha Lakes fixture

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Music to our ears: Van Halteren’s Music Centre a Kawartha Lakes fixture
When the store opened Gerald was just 11 – now he’s nearly 57. Photo: Timber Masterson.

If you’ve heard the sound of music – not the musical, but literally just music — in Lindsay there’s a good chance Van Halteren’s was connected in some way.

Now a long-time business fixture in town, it was 45 years ago that Van Halteren Music Centre was established on Nov. 18, 1974 by Jerry Van Halteren and his younger brother, Zeger. It was created at the suggestion of Jerry’s wife, Grace.

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We need some Christmas cheer

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The Ramones. Plismo [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)]

No one ever accused me of being the biggest fan of Christmas. Heck, the kids just picked me up a Sally-Ann gem: a T-shirt with Darth Vader in a Santa hat below the word ‘humbug!’ It’s the only Christmas thing I own that’s (in the words of Farley Mowat) worth the powder to blow it all to hell.

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Remembering the Lindsay Kinsmen Band

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Back in the autumn of 2003, while in Grade 7 at Central Senior School, I decided to take on an extracurricular activity by signing up for the school band. Those of us who were interested attended a lunchtime meeting in the school’s music room, where instruments were assigned according to what aspiring band members wanted to play. When it came my turn to select a band instrument, I hesitated, not having completely made my mind up Keep Reading

Cassie Noble releases new album, supported by southern Ontario and Quebec tour

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Cassie Noble releases new album, supported by southern Ontario and Quebec tour

It’s in between bursts of rain and sunshine when I meet with local tattoo-artist-by-day-musician-by night Cassie Noble at Lindsay’s Boiling Over’s Coffee Vault, a place familiar to the 28-year-old singer-songwriter.

Noble, who has toured with her band, The Do Good Badlies all across the country, is now putting considerable time and energy into the pursuit of a solo career. She was quick to express her gratitude for Boiling Over’s impact on local music, having played there herself with her band on numerous occasions, and noting the welcoming, all-ages feel of the coffee-shop. It’s a spot which serves as a starting point for many up-and coming local musical talents.

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No matter where you are in Kawartha Lakes, there’s Dave

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Dave with Spanky. Photo: Jamie Morris.

Dave has been our neighbour for close to 20 years. Neither Dave nor his wife, Karina, have aged perceptibly. It’s Luke and  Spanky that remind me of the passage of time. 

Luke, their son, was a toddler when they moved in. Now he’s Promotions Manager at Canadian Tire, and a few months ago found his own place.  Their beagle, Spanky (named by Luke, a L’il Rascals fan as a kid) strained at the leash a dozen years ago. At the end of June she passed away. Over her last  couple of years she moped along behind Dave, trailing her master by the full length of the extensible leash.

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Anarchy in Kawartha Lakes: A local history of punk rock

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Anarchy in Kawartha Lakes: A local history of punk rock

Part One

Where there is young people and vitality, you’re going to find punk rock. — Henry Rollins

One of Lindsay’s most famous bar brawls and the start of punk rock in the CKL happened on the same time at the same place on the same night. It was the late spring of 1980 and Lindsay’s first punk rock band, The Lindsay Huns, were playing at The Central Hotel on William Street — a long gone Lindsay landmark.

Musicologists will argue about the exact start of punk, and who started it, but punk rock had been around, and had been a growing musical and cultural movement since 1977, and probably earlier. The term itself — coined in the early 70s — was used by a few musical journalists to describe the style known as garage-rock.

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Independent coffee shop has become vibrant community hub

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Boiling Over is a big supporter of the arts community, with its open mic nights on the third Friday of each month. Photo: Roderick Benns.

On any given day it’s easy to see the City’s business getting done. No, we’re not at City Hall right now in your faithful scribe’s scenario. We are, in fact, at Boiling Over’s Coffee Vault in downtown Lindsay.

Meetings take place between City officials here. Economic Development might stop by for a tête-à-tête. Community groups meet to plan their activities. It’s not all business, of course. There’s socializing and debate, conversations and interviews. It’s a mix of millennials, Generation Z, Generation X, and Boomers. (Well, pretty much all ages.)

I’ve seen teachers lesson planning, students doing homework, and artists talking music.

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Boots of Hazard takes on ‘21 Charities’ in 21 days

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Boots of Hazard takes on ‘21 Charities’ in 21 days

Musicians on a mission. Two Canadian musicians have put together an ambitious and creative plan to help local charities.

Brooks Robinson and Dennis Carmichael have gotten many requests for charity gigs and they liked the idea of ‘paying it forward.’

The two performers will help raise money for 21 charities over a span of 21 days, in 21 different venues. This amazing networking and musical marathon will conclude on the evening of their 21st performance with a charity gala at The Academy Theatre.

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Strumbellas’ drummer releases new track ‘Pour Another’: Listen here

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Strumbellas' drummer releases new track 'Pour Another': Listen here

No matter how hard you work, Jeremy Drury works harder. Very few people have worked so single mindedly towards a career in music than the drummer of the Strumbellas. If most of us have dreamed of the life of a rock star, since he was a kid growing up in Lindsay, Jeremy put his nose down and worked.

In high school, as a student of LCVI, Jeremy was the driving rhythm of the punk band “Fat Chance,” signing to a label and moving to BC in an attempt to make it.

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