submitted by Sustainable North Grenville
Time to get your Earth Day ears and taste buds ready for local food and music at this year’s Sustainability Fair & EV Show! Coming to the North Grenville Municipal Centre on Sunday, April 16th, 2023 – 10am-3pm, this annual fair is hosted by Sustainable North Grenville and offers an array of local and sustainable shopping options in the Market Hall, a selection of interesting presentations, a Kid’s Zone,, the region’s biggest Electric Vehicle show, and the all-new ‘Green your Home’ area..
While you are enjoying the Sustainability Fair, you can also enjoy some local food, with a concession courtesy of Bruce Enloe and Nicole LeBlanc – former owners and chefs from the Branch Restaurant and Texas Grill in association with Catered Affairs. Options include locally sourced, natural and organic ingredients, and feature Bruce’s (famous) central Texas-style hardwood smoked beef brisket along with vegetarian choices and beverages.
Musical performances kick off at 10 am with rhythm and boogie-woogie blues player George Buys. Next, enjoy L. Poushinsky performing piano driven, jazzy originals sung in her lush, tremulous soprano… Then at 12:30 it is Andre Courtemanche one Kemptville’s coolest characters on acoustic guitar, performing classic covers and instrumentals. Wrapping things up at 2 are the beautiful harmonies and mystical strings of Tripoly (Doug Hendry, Elizabeth McNally, and Glenna Hunter). The music can be found near the concession area in the main hall. Here is a little more information on the artists:
10:00 am George Buys (singer-guitarist-songwriter) will bring the smiles with his rhythm and boogie-woogie blues– listen and smile along with his fun song choices, guitar skills, and the best blues harp 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.
11:15 am L.Poushinsky is a Kemptville based singer / songwriter rockin’ jazz lover! Catch her solo or with friends as L.Poushinsky spans the musical spectrum, embracing folk, rootsy rock, cabaret, and jazz with her vocal theatrics. Wearing a vintage dress and sunburst stratocaster (occasionally accessorized by a ruby red Korg stage piano), Poushinsky combines keys, guitar and vocal chops with a stage presence reminiscent of the great jazz vocalists. Add some of the best players around and you get a smokin’ live show every time! Choosing her sets from 4 albums of original material, L.Poushinsky wows audiences with her shivering voice, sparkly piano, snakey guitar, and songs stretching from graveyard rock to jazz to pure pop poetry. More recently, we’ve all benefited from her efforts to bring an all new music scene to Kemptville by organizing the effort behind the uber-cool Kemptville Street Piano… Visit L.’s FB page for links to music and more.
12:30 pm Andre Courtemanche has been performing locally for over 30 years, as a solo artist and in various genres, bands and combos from folk to finger style, rock, and pop… well known for skillfully strumming and singing soulful acoustic sets at various venues, Andre’s go-to covers include Cat Stevens, Beatles, Bob Marley’s ‘Redemption Song’, and Pink Floyd’s ‘Pigs on the Wing’… all interspersed with long stretches of instrumental string weaving acoustic guitar magic… One thing is certain, everyone is always happy when Andre shows up with a guitar. Well guess who is showing up at this year’s SNG Fair? …and did I mention he’s bringing a guitar?
2:00 pm Tripoly is a trio featuring Fiddlehead Soup’s Glenna Hunter and Doug Hendry, who have teamed up with the silken-voiced Elizabeth McNally. Tripoly performs a mixture of traditional and folk music featuring lush harmonies and sensitive arrangements. Their beautiful voices will surely leave us all with a fine glowing smile to carry us home from our lovely spring fair.
For more information, please visit our website www.sustainablenorthgrenville.ca, find us on facebook (Sustainable North Grenville) or email [email protected].
The 15th Annual N. G. Sustainability Fair
Sunday, April 16th
North Grenville Municipal Centre,
285 County Rd 44, Kemptville