Carrie Ismail of Milton’s very popular jewelry brand “Hand to Heart Jewelry” will be back again at Milton Culture Days this year. Carrie is generously providing participants with the opportunity to try their hand at metal stamping!
Participants will be able to hand stamp their own keychain or dog tag necklace. They will complete the whole process of hand stamping including planning their piece, selecting their blanks to stamp on, stamping letter by letter using a weighted hammer, oxidizing the letters, and then polishing and assembling their creation. Capacity will be limited by instructors.
Find Carrie in Bateman Studio #2 on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at the FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton.
Arts Milton invites all members and Culture Days Activity Organizers to our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, July 24, at 7 pm at Hugh Foster Hall in Milton. A short AGM with updates on programming, finances and board slate will be followed by a Milton Culture Days meeting.
See you there!
Gavin McLeod will be opening our 2018 Summer Days Performance Series on July 7 at the Milton Farmers’ Market. We’re thrilled to have this talented young musician back again this year! (though no longer quite this young…awww so cute!)
Gavin McLeod is an eighteen year old singer, songwriter and blues guitar player from Milton, Ontario. Gavin has played around the GTA as the frontman of the band Hawthorne, part of the GM Trio and as a solo musician. He has been perfecting his set from an early age on stages such as the Rising Star at the Canadian National Exhibition, the Downtown Milton Street Festival, Radfest, the Hard Rock Cafe in Toronto and at his own “Jamming for Joy” charity concert.
You can catch Gavin performing this summer at the the Toronto Jazz Festival with his blues trio, the Downtown Milton Street Festival with both of his bands, as well as at Summer Days 2018.
Arts Milton is excited to welcome John Muirhead to the Summer Days Series at the Milton Farmers’ Market. He’ll be performing on July 14, 2018 at 10 am on the closed down Main Street in front of the Ivy Arms restaurant.
From fingerstyle folk confessionals to rowdy singalong jams, London, ON based folk-rocker John Muirhead will warm your heart, then break it too. With spirit and storytelling at the heart of his music, John would fit snugly between Dallas Green and Bruce Springsteen at a late night Canadian campfire.
In 2016 John released his CFMA nominated debut EP Yesterday’s Smile and showcased at the Folk Music Ontario conference in Ottawa, ON (Youth Discoveries Program participant & Taylor Mitchell Bursary Recipient). John was also named a semi-finalist in the Canadian Songwriting Competition for his song “The Space Between Stars”.
2017 included a summer tour, multiple festival performances, and most notably, a nomination for “Young Performer of the Year” at the Canadian Folk Music Awards in November. His second EP will be released in Spring 2018 and will be promoted with a national summer tour.
For the past two years we have happily hosted the Aubrey Wilson Quartet as part of our Summer Days Performance Series at the Milton Farmers’ Market. This year, Aubrey will be performing with her sister in law Teri Parker as the Parker Wilson Duo. With the soft vocal stylings of Aubrey and Teri on keyboard, these two women are sure to bring a beautiful vibe on Saturday, June 21! (Beginning at 10 am).
After playing a few of their favourite songs together during 2014, Teri Parker and Aubrey Wilson formed a working band. Since then, the musicians have played over 100 weddings, as well as countless parties, jazz clubs, and festivals. Performing in a style that is acoustically subtle without sacrificing toe-tapping beats, the Parker Wilson Duo suits both wedding ceremonies and cocktail hours.
Teri Parker is a Toronto-based pianist, composer, and performer. She is a University of Toronto Jazz Performance graduate and has also studied in New York City under the tutelage of world-renowned pianists and composers Aaron Goldberg, Sophia Rosoff, and Guillermo Klein. Teri’s jazz band, the Parker Abbott Trio, has released three acclaimed original albums and toured across Canada.
Aubrey Wilson is a jazz vocalist based in Hamilton and Milton. She is a graduate of the Mohawk College Vocal Jazz Performance program, where she studied under esteemed musicians such as Carol McCartney and Mim Adams, and she has been actively involved in the performance arts world since childhood. Aubrey’s jazz outfit, the Aubrey Wilson Quartet, has performed at festivals and clubs across Southern Ontario since 2012.
Musician Laila Haight is bringing the fun and her fiddle during the final Summer Days performance at the Milton Farmer’s Market on July 28, 2018.
Laila began playing the violin at the age of four and added piano to her studies shortly after. She has achieved her ARCT in both instruments and holds a Bachelors degree in violin performance from Wilfrid Laurier University. For over 10 years Laila has enjoyed sharing her love of music with others through performing and teaching private music lessons.
Arts Milton is looking for an outstanding artist to design and create the Milton Culture Days 2018 stage backdrop. Our phenomenal 2017 backdrop of paper flowers was created by Holly Dionisi from Fleurish.
We welcome submission ideas from individuals, partners, groups, businesses. Projects involving volunteer or public collaboration will also be welcomed.
Any media is a possibility: Plants, Fabric, Paper, Collage, Graffiti, Wood, Recycled goods – the options are endless!
Please send the following information, as well as sketches by June 30, 2018 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Culture Days takes place on September 28-30, 2018.
Detailed Design Plan: (150-200 words. Please include notes on aesthetics, creation, logistics and timing).
One of the highlights from our 2017 Milton Culture Days weekend was the interactive dance performance by Bollywood West Dance Studio during our Opening Reception Party.
Performers dressed in traditional attire bounded into the room where they began a lively bhangra dance. Following this, drummer and leader Kulbir taught the audience a series of steps and movements. Before we knew it, the entire room was following along, sudden experts in this ancient art. The beat of the drums pounded vibrantly through the room.
THIS. Is Culture Days.
2017 was a banner year for the Arts Milton Summer Days performances series. Settled into our new home at the Milton Farmer’s Market, we hosted SIX performances on Saturdays in July and August. From individual singer songwriters, to 4 piece Jaxx quartets, musicians ranged in age from 18-45 in both the emerging and established category. Below is you can take a visual stroll down memory lane!
Special shoutout to Rick Imus Music Studio for professionally providing our technical requirements and arriving early to set up before each performance.
Don’t forget to join us this year at the Market on Saturdays in July 2018.
Beggars by Choice
Ian Green on behalf of Acoustic Blend Cafe
Aubrey Wilson Quartet
As we gear up for Milton Culture Days 2018, we reminisce about the sheer awesomeness that was the 2017 event!
The South Asian Mommies of Milton pose right before walking the fashion show runway.
Gwen Rousseau of Fabrilicious creates a fabric sculpture on the Artist at Work Stage.
A young girl practices sewing buttons with seamstress Maria Amaya
Emily Coe poses during the Cosplay Masquerade
Christa Strong from Couture Cupcake Boutique painstakingly icing a cake in front of an audience.
Halton Dance Network dancers perform in the Escarpment Hall
Two girls try their hand on a sewing machine with Yours Truly Althea
Magician Tyler Fergus playfully performs with a young volunteer
Two girls contribute to the Arts Milton 2017 community project by painting hearts on kites
Children practice spoken word poetry with Tom Carson