Culture Days – Acoustic Blend Cafe

Milton Culture Days is excited to host Acoustic Blend Cafe. On Sunday Oct 2, from 2-3 pm, teachers and top students will present an acoustic performance on both guitar and piano. Add it to your schedule and learn more about them below!

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Acoustic Blend Cafe began as a concert series held once a month in the Hamilton-based Melrose Untied Church. After seven years in Hamilton, the Cafe is starting a second location of concerts as a in Milton at the Milton Baptist Church, 900 Nipissing Rd.

Their ultimate goal is to be a unique destination of licensed café, music clubs, and performance space – providing a community-based home away from home for those who enjoy the arts, fine coffee, wine and beer.

Culture Days – Academy of Music

The Milton Academy of Music (since 1982!!) invites you to join us for Culture Days at the Milton Centre for the Arts.

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This family run business includes lessons in guitar, drums, vocal, ukulele, bass, and accordion. At Milton Culture Days 2016, Academy teachers will entertain audiences with a set of popular music and children will be invited to participate in a song by singing or playing various instruments like bucket drums and ukuleles!

Find them in the Culture Cafe at the MCA on Saturday, Oct 1, 2:30-3:30 PM

Culture Days – Rick Imus Music Studio

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The Arts Milton team is pleased to welcome back the Rick Imus Music Studio to Culture Days!

Channel your inner rock star by singing, strumming, or drumming along with our house band as Rick Imus Music Studio and Friends returns to host Rock Band Open Stage.

October 2, 2016
3:30-4:30 PM
MinMaxx Hall at the Milton Centre for the Arts

Rick Imus Music Studio helps students reach their musical goals through progressive private lessons and dynamic programs. They offer one-to-one drum lessons, guitar lessons, vocal lessons, violin lessons, and piano lessons in an upscale and professional environment. Students will progress through weekly lessons, performance opportunities, examinations, and festivals. Technology is used to make efficient and dynamic use of lesson time. Their award-winning ensemble program augments students’ private lessons.

Culture Days – Stagecoach Theatre Arts Milton

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Stagecoach Theatre Arts Milton is joining us for Culture Days on Sunday October 2 at the Milton Centre for the Arts. Find them in the Delridge Room upstairs from 1:00-2:00 pm. During this time, children will be engaged in a series of drama games and will compose a short performance.
Stagecoach Musical Theatre Arts school is for everyone. It is for budding artists, and for kids who want to stretch their imaginations, build their confidence, make friends and have fun. They provide 3 hours of singing, dancing and acting classes on Saturdays, for kids aged 7 to 18. They also offer a shorter program, a 1.5 hour class for children aged 4-6.

Stagecoach aims to nurture and develop young potential through singing, dancing and acting classes, culminating in a performance at the end of the term!

Culture Days – Hatheli Henna

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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.

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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 – Milton Show Choir

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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

Summer Days – Carrie & Lawrence

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.

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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.

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We hope to see you there!

Arts Milton – Annual General Meeting

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!

Summer Days – Aubrey Wilson Quartet

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.

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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.

f24781_61a013933ce2487bb9ebffe7685a9d70 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

Culture Days – Milton Choristers

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!

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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!

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