North Grenville Sustainability Fair

The 12th Annual North Grenville Sustainability Fair & Market is on Sunday, April 14, 10am-3pm at the North Grenville Municipal Centre. In addition to the local and sustainable shopping options in the Market Hall, the Sustainability Presentations and the Electric Vehicle show, the Fair is also an excellent opportunity to experience an earful of Local Music and to enjoy family friendly fun in our Kids’ Zone!

While you are enjoying the Sustainability Fair, your kids can drop by the Kids’ Zone in the main exhibit hall for a change of pace. There will be hands-on activities such as seed planting, button-making and more! They can also chat with the Kids’ Zone hosts, the students and teachers from Kemptville’s French Public school, ÉÉSP Rivière Rideau, to learn more about their eco-initiatives.

Musical performances throughout the the day will include solo instrumental pianist Don Reid (jazz, favourites – 10am), rhythm and boogie-woogie blues player George Buys (11:15am). After lunch, pianist-composer Alexis Earl will perform (featuring Neil Pringle – 12:30pm), with folk singer-songwriter Arthur McGregor closing the day (2pm). The music can be found near the concession area in the main hall. Here is a little more information on the artists:

10am, Don Reid (solo piano) has been performing in the area for a number of years– maybe you’ve seen and heard him at The Branch Restaurant or at a private function– he is primarily a jazz player with a pedigree that includes working with his teacher, the well regarded Brian Brown. For this show, in addition to his signature jazz stylings, Don will be including piano favourites like Billy Joel and some Great American Songbook style numbers

11:15, George Buys (singer-guitarist-songwriter) will bring the smiles with his rhythm and boogie-woogie blues– listen for the fun song choices, guitar skills and the best blues harp playing around… George has a long and storied history of performing in the area including numerous shows at the Branch/South Branch/Amanda’s Slip, playing guitar with the Roosterman Blues Band, regular solo appearances at the Kemptville Farmers’ Market, hosting the Literary Follies, playing bass with Jazz Latte and even drums with the Swing Bridge swing band out of Merrickville.

12:30, Pringle and Earl: Alexis Earl is a young pianist-composer and the granddaughter of Arnold and Helen Earl (well-known Ottawa musicians), her eclectic piano song selections range from Beethoven to Justin Timberlake, and her original pieces are hypnotic and experimental. Earl has been playing the piano since she was 8 years old and has quite a passion for it. Thanks to her performing partner Neil Pringle’s encouragement, she recently got out of her comfort zone and began singing on some songs as well. The duo has been working together since last summer and are excited to start playing more live shows.

2pm, Arthur McGregor has played and organized folk music for most of his life and is well known as the founder of the Ottawa Folklore Centre. Arthur sings, plays guitar, autoharp, Appalachian dulcimer, bodhran, clawhammer-style banjo, djembe and mandolin. He has been awarded ‘The Unsung Hero’ Award from the Canadian Folk Music Awards, The Estelle Klein Award (Folkmusic Ontario) and the Helen Verger Award (Ottawa Folk Festival) for his work in the world of folk music.

For more information, please visit our website www.sustainablenorthgrenville.ca, find us on facebook (Sustainable North Grenville) or email sngfair@gmail.com.

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