For Culture Days 2016, we will be joined by Shaima Hasan of Hatheli Henna, a professional Henna artist based in Milton.
Henna speaks all languages. Its roots are centuries old, and its practices, symbolism and traditions have been passed down through the ages. Mehndi is the Hindi word describing the process of painting patterns on the body with 100% natural henna paste and the resulting stains left on the skin last for over a week.
Mehndi is celebratory and often used for the beautification of one’s body. Any celebration or party may include mehndi. Often, it is the reason for a gathering.
Shaima has been practicing the intricate art of Mehndi for over 12 years, and will be offering free designs to Culture Days visitors!
Culture Days is filled to the brim with amazing free activities this year! Theatre lovers in particular should get excited because we have schools and performers coming your way including Stagecoach Theatre School, BRIGHTSIDE Players, Milton Players, Milton Youth Theatre Productions, and Milton Show Choir!
Imagine a choir that sings, dances, and acts! Does that spark your interest? Well that’s what show choir is all about! Milton Show Choir is looking for students in grades two through four to come celebrate the launch of their new kids program Spark at Culture Days 2016! Learn a new song plus choreography, and present it for friends and family. Each participant will also receive a video of their presentation the next day via email. It’s going to be SPARK-tacular!
MinMaxx Hall, Milton Centre for the Arts, 1:30-3 pm on Sunday, October 2, 2016
Singer Songwriter Duo Carrie & Lawrence will play Arts Milton’s Summer Days performance series at the Milton Farmers’ Market on August 13, 2016 at 10 am.
Carrie & Lawrence have been playing music and writing songs together for almost 20 years! For half of that time they were part of the rootsy pop band ‘Big Love’. As a band they recorded 3 full length CDs and an EP – all with award winning producer J.R. Hutt out of Cedartree studios in Kitchener. They have been playing together as acoustic duo Lusterfield for 7 years.
We hope to see you there!
A reminder to all that the Arts Milton Annual General Meeting will take place this Wednesday, July 20 at 7 pm at Hugh Foster Hall in Milton (141 King St, Milton, ON L9T 7C6). We’ll review all that we accomplished in the past year, and discuss financials, membership, and upcoming programs.
We invite those interested, or participating in, to stay for a Culture Days Meet and Greet afterwards.
See you there!
On August 27, Arts Milton will host the Aubrey Wilson Quartet at the Milton Farmer’s Market as part of the 2016 Summer Days performance series. Join us downtown at 10 am near Main and Martin Streets to hear the jazzy musical stylings of Aubrey Wilson and her bandmates.
Aubrey Wilson is a jazz vocalist based out of Southern Ontario. Aubrey has been actively involved in the performing arts since the age of 6. During the time of 2009 until 2012 Aubrey completed a diploma in vocal jazz performance from Mohawk College. While attending Mohawk Aubrey studied extensively with some of the best musicians in Canada including Carol McCartney, Mim Adams, Pat Collins, Bob Shields, Bob Hamper, Chris McLaughlin, and Sophia Perlman.
Aubrey participated in Mohawk’s jazz choir, as well as performed at the 11th annual gala featuring Heather Bambrick. In addition, Aubrey sang backup during the Larry Carlton concert, recorded back up vocals for Nikki Jumper, and recorded at Grant Avenue Studios for the Mohawk College Christmas and Promotional C.D.
The Aubrey Wilson Quartet has been actively gigging in both the Hamilton and Toronto areas since 2012. The Aubrey Wilson Quartet features Chris Bruder on piano, Tom Altobelli on bass, Sean Bruce Parker on drums and bandleader Aubrey Wilson on vocals. The band is made up of Mohawk jazz alumni, Tom and Chris have also completed their Bachelor of Music degree in contemporary music from Humber College.
“Together the band has a dynamic, high-energy sound over a range of jazz standards. They represent the next wave of jazz players in the city, bringing their own energy, experience, and musical sensibilities wherever they play.” – SteelCityJazz
Planning for Milton Culture Days 2016 is in full gear! Both new and past participants are signing up to be Activity Organizers at the October 1-2 Culture Days held at the Milton Centre for the Arts Hub.
One of Milton’s long-time participants are the Milton Choristers, who sing fan favourites from atop the balcony at the Centre. Let’s get to know more about the Choir!
Judy Hunter, an accomplished local musician, founded the choir in 1968. Originally a women’s choir called the Chansonettes, the choir evolved into the Milton Choristers to include all voice ranges with approximately 40 singers. The choir’s repertoire includes both classical and contemporary music and maintains a high performance standard as well as a strong sense of camaraderie.
The Choristers are an auditioned, 4 part community choir who have entertained audiences in Halton Region and beyond for more than 45 years. With approximately 50 members, they perform three concerts annually, often including premier guest soloists and musicians. Their wide ranging musical repertoire includes classical, contemporary, sacred and secular. From Bach and Rachmaninoff to Elvis and Abba – they do it all!
Guess what folks? Summer Days is back this summer, and performances will take place at the Downtown Milton Farmer’s Market on Saturdays in August. Shopping for your fruits and vegetables while listening to local musicians – it doesn’t get any better than this!!
In its infancy, this performance series began as Toast to the Arts, and was hosted by Arts Milton at the Milton Mall. From 2013 onwards, the program evolved into the Summer Days / Summer Nights series and features a variety of performance types.
Summer Days taps into the rich talent pool in our community by featuring artistic entrepreneurs and amateur performers from Milton and the surrounding area. Past performers include The Retrievers band, singer/songwriter Kevin Morse, dancers from The Dance Class dance studio, children’s poet and performer Tom Carson, Indian dance troupe Bharatham, Rick Imus Studio music students, MSAC Guitar Group, Campbellville Chamber Concerts and more.
This year Arts Milton is hosting the Aubrey Wilson Jazz Quartet, 10 year old DJ Zoomer, singer/songwriter duo Carrie & Lawrence, and talented pianist Ioulia Koznova.
See you there!
Welcome to the Arts Milton blog. Here you’ll find posts about some of our most exciting community efforts, including Artist Networking Events, the Summer Days performance series, and Culture Days.
On October 1-2, 2016, Milton will present the seventh annual Culture Days, a national celebration of arts and culture. Individual artists and members of community groups or businesses become “Activity Organizers”. They lead dance classes for children, teach the anatomy of songwriting, remind us about the art of sewing, and invite us to experience traditional martial arts. The possibilities are endless!
Arts Milton is now registering Activity Organizers for this year’s event! Organizers will be provided with a space at the Milton Centre for the Arts on Saturday, October 1, or Sunday, October 2. Sign up now and send us your proposal!