Meet The Artists – Murray McLauchlan & Marc Jordan
Both accomplished Canadian musicians and painters, Murray McLauchlan and Marc Jordan will be appearing in person at True North Gallery prior to their concert performance with Lunch At Allens, to meet ArtsFest vistors and discuss their visual art on exhibit at True North Gallery. Landscape paintings by both Marc and Murray are featured on a special box set of Canadian music being released by Universal Music celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation. The artists have allowed a very limited number of prints – 25 numbered and signed – of these paintings to be made available for sale at ArtsFest. Don’t miss this chance to meet both artists and be one of only 25 people in the world to take home the limited edition prints. Presented by Ontario 150.
Mark Correia – Magician & Family Zone Stage Host
Mark Correia is an internationally acclaimed performer with over 14 years of experience, progressing from the sole title of Magician, into Actor, Comedian, and Escape Artist entertaining audiences of all ages. He set a world record for ‘Longest Amount of Time Wearing a Straitjacket’ after completing his fundraising stunt Escaping Parkinson’s with support from Michael J. Fox. His magic has taken him around the world, going as far as The Middle East, Paris, and China. After delighting crowds last year we are proud to welcome Mark back to ArtsFest 2017 as the host of the Main St Stage, where he will perform his routines as well as introduce all our Main St Stage performers.
Poet – John Terpstra
John Terpstra is a Hamilton poet and writer who has published numerous books. He is also a cabinetmaker and carpenter, and once worked out of a shop in a quonset hut at Clappison’s Corners. One of his poems, called “Giants”, is on a plaque that stands on the edge of the Niagara Escarpment in Sam Lawrence Park, overlooking downtown Hamilton. One of his woodworking projects hangs on the wall of the Westdale Library. It’s a bookshelf full of book-sized pieces of woods of different species. Among other accolades and prizes, John won the City of Hamilton Writing Award in 2016 and has been short listed for the Governor General’s Award.
Artists in Action – Sculpture by Valerio
Come and watch Sculptor Valerio Racca as he create a new piece. Valerio has been sculpting in stone for approximately fifty years, and has produced works varying in size from 7 inches, weighing only a few pounds, to an 8,000 pound 7 foot tall stone work. He sculpts purely for pleasure. Be amazed at the craftsmanship emerging in front of you.
Artists in Action – Joan Kirby
Create a hand-stamped pendant or charm of your choice with Waterdown Goldsmith Joan Kirby! You will be taught how to use a punch stamp on a metal disc of your choice. Copper and brass are available for free. There are many different stamps including letters, number and symbols to use. This is a FREE activity, though chains and/or cords for the pendants are sold separately. All ages are welcome, and kids under the age of 16 will require parental supervision.
Interactive Arts, Crafts and Pottery
Everyone can participate in making art at ArtsFEST! Join the fun making crafts led by professional artist and educators. Try your hand on a Potters Wheel, paint, sculpt and draw. There’s loads to do in the Family Zone.
Chalk Art Zone
Are you a budding street Artist? Join professionals as they create chalk art on the pavement. Everyone young an old are invited to join in on the fun in the family zone. Leave your beautiful art behind with your name for everyone to enjoy!
Canada 150 Mural Painting
Everyone at ArtsFEST is encouraged to participate in this Canada 150 Mural! We can all come together to paint on a 4 x 26 foot canvas. Make your creative contribution to Waterdown’s first hanging mural to be displayed in town at future public events.
Beauty and the Beast’s Belle and Adam Performance and Photo Opportunity
Come and meet Belle and Adam as they share the well known songs from Beauty and the Beast. Get an autograph, have your photo taken and be part of the tale as old as time!
Brought to ArtsFEST by Image Party Place: providing children theme birthday parties since 2011 in their downtown Stoney Creek venue and Characters for home parties, Corporate events and Festival performances. “We love creating magical experiences for children!”
Come watch the youth of Waterdown create a graffiti wall before your eyes! What you thought was tagging can actually be beautiful art! Keep your eyes open; celebrity graffiti artists are likely to show up!
Rising Star Dancers
Melanie Peron Returns to ArtsFEST with her amazing group of young entertainers. Rising Star is the proud recipient of The 2017 “Outstanding Growth and Development Award” from the Flamborough Chamber of Commerce, and was also recognized as the Top Dance Studio at Ultimate Dance Connection. They’re proud to be recognized as a “Family Friendly” business where kids of all ages can participate.
Poet/Artist – James Tughan
Discover Visual Art with James Tughan is primarily known for being a visual artist working in visual mapping with chalk pastels, as a cartographic realist. More recently he has been drawn into the world of poetry. Poetry has given him a way to articulate more directly certain aspects of the world of persons, the world of spirit, both in terms of lament and celebration, and in overview and intimacy. He is the founder of the Semaphore Fellowship and co-founder of the Flagship Gallery, Hamilton. He self-publishes under Nadir Press, available through Flagship Gallery in Hamilton’s James North art district.
Author – Timothy Cooper
Timothy Cooper is returning to ArtsFEST for a second year. Tim lives with his wife and daughters in Hamilton, Ontario. His writing career began in grade two when he read his first book, “Mr. Fast”, to Mrs. Malcomson’s class. In the years following, he’s expanded his repertoire to “The Rembrandt Parables”, a continuing series of humorous stories about the awkward relationships of coffee dwellers in Hamilton.
Musician – Craig Manning
Craig Manning is a very busy Musician! Craig performs in excess of 200 solo voice and ukulele shows annually at festivals, clubs, cafes, hospitals, rehabilitation centres, libraries, art galleries and private events. He teaches beginner to intermediate ukulele plus plays clubs, corporate events and community festivals as lead vocalist in Toronto’s Blackboard Blues Band.
Studio Babette Puppet Theatre
Returning to ArtsFEST for a second year, Studio Babette Puppet Theatre will again entertain your little ones. Their intriguing miniature set for Little Red Riding Hood is a delight. Get ready to sing along with Happy Times Nursery Rhymes.
Stilt Walker – Doug The Great
Guinness world record holder Doug Hunt has been recognized locally and nationally for a number of his achievements.
He set a new Guinness world record in Brantford, for tallest stilt-walker and led 625 people on stilts for the world record for most people on stilts. Doug works tirelessly for several charities. He is the recipient of 2 Queen’s Jubilee Medals 2014 and the Brantford Kiwanis Walter Zeller Fellowship Award. As a child, Doug’s interest in magic, juggling and the performing arts, was encouraged by his parents to help him overcome shyness. It seems to have worked!
Creative Theatre Company
Get ready to enjoy Theatre like you’ve never seen it with Waterdown’s own Creative Theatre Company! Jennifer and Claudette will be returning to their home base in Memorial Hall in the Autumn; come on by and try out some acting classes.
Get ready to join in the fun drumming with Normando Jones and Morad Guzman, Creative Director for Golden Boy Music. This universal drum circle is one of a kind, open to all ages and levels from no experience to advanced level. Bring your drums and percussion instruments out to this fun-filled event! (10 hand drums are available on a first come first serve basis).
Busker/Drum Circle Leader – Normando Jones
Normando Jones is dedicated to music, entertainment and education in a wide range of musical communities. His love of music and the wonderful benefits it provides is what propels Normando. His never-ending ambition to bring new and old ideas together to create a musical experience is second to none. Music is the center of life. From a young age, we all identify our experiences with a particular song or piece of music. That translates into the need to have the appropriate music to help create a special moment.
Busker/Musician – Morad Guzman
Morad Guzman, Creative Director for Golden Boy Music has 10+ years experience as a drummer, percussionist and performing artist. Morad is also a self-taught singer, guitarist and full-time TTC Subway Musician featured on Breakfast Television, CBC News, Toronto Star and Rogers TV. He has performed in several bands across the GTA and has been a solo performer for over 3 years. Playing djembe and cajon as his main instruments, he facilitates drum circles and workshops for schools, festivals and corporate events.
Song Writer’s Circle Musician/Busker – Adam Solomon
This Juno award winner is a master guitarist and composer. He sings in English, Swahili, and Mijikenda (the Nine Tribes from Mombasa on the Kenyan coast). “The Professor”, as he is known in musical circles, is highly respected as a lead guitarist and vocalist. He creates a unique sound that combines traditional acoustic African blues and jazz, spiced with traditional coastal East African rhythms. Adam’s guitar method mirrors the sound of the ancient goatskin stringed instruments of the Mijikenda such as the Bunguu.
Song Writer’s Circle Musicians/Buskers – Smith and Paige: Acoustic Confusion
Lisa Smith is one of the most versatile vocalists and entertainers in Canada. Adding to the diversity of this group is the uncompromising talent of Chuck Page: a searing blues rocker with his own melodic complexity. Since the release of their debut CD “Maze of Souls”, their music gained world exposure with songs like “50 Foot Chain” and “Rat” remaining at the #1 spot on Indie Radio for 19 consecutive weeks.
Song Writers Circle Musician/Busker – Daniel Huezo
Daniel is the guitarist in this awesome Latin American duo with Julio Flutes. They play a combination of classical and contemporary World & Latin music on guitar and pan flutes. Their combined sound will get your feet moving!
Edward The Juggler
Toronto-based juggler and performer, Edward Skwirsky knows how to entertain crowds of all ages! Years of experience performing with Russian State and European Circuses as well as the famous Cirque du Soleil, allow him to provide quality shows. Edward performs throughout the Greater Toronto Area and offers everything from magic tricks and incredible juggling to a hilarious an engaging inflatable clown act. When you hire Edward, you can be sure that your event will be remembered for all the right reasons!
Busker/Musician – Vinizio Diaz
Since the young age of 12, Vinicio Caza Diaz (also known as “Jakun Malku”, the force of the settled condor) has been performing in concerts in and around the European continent. Having been awarded second place for best pan-flutist in Bremen, Germany, Vinicio travelled to South America where he gained much experience, particularly in his motherland Bolivia, one of the cradles of Andean civilization. He has since recorded 32 musical productions including classical, instrumental, traditional and folk Andean music. For the past five years, Vinicio has been teaching music in Toronto where he also performs regularly at festivals, composes his own music and has been a long-time TTC Subway Musician.
Julio plays the flutes for this wonderful Latin American duo. They play a combination of classical and contemporary World & Latin music on guitar and pan flutes. They have traveled extensively but their magic can be experienced locally at the Hamilton Art Crawl. Enjoy!
Busker/Musician Kevin Cato
Kevin Cato is an accomplished musician who has been making his mark in the Toronto music scene for over 16 years. Kevin is a versatile saxophonist with a number of accolades including a 2008 GMA nomination and the Elm-Bedford prize for up-and-coming jazz musician. Kevin holds an Honors Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University and has worked with some of the best musicians the city has to offer. He has shared the stage with artists like Mary J. Blige, Men Without Hats and Guido Basso, to name a few.
Village Theatre Waterdown
Keep your eyes open for the Actors in Costume from Waterdown’s very own Village Theatre. These players can be seen roaming the grounds of Artsfest looking for every opportunity to engage the public, regale you with their Theatrical wisdom and stories of their years performing for Waterdown Audiences. Become a member or see a show after the Festival in their home in the newly renovated Memorial Hall!
Artists in Action – Courtney Downman
Courtney was introduced to glass 3 years ago after enrolling in the Arts and Design program at Sheridan. She works primarily with blown glass and has set up her own flame working and glass fusing studio. Courtney is currently working on a project based residency at the Living Arts Center and teaching at the Creative Hub in Waterdown.
Artists in Action – Linda Blakney
Her career as an artist has been spent learning techniques to incorporate mixed media with materials not normally found in textured fine art. Lindas subjects are therefore, complex and designed that when hung in a home or office setting will engage and entertain.
Artists in Action – Sara Cuthbert
A self taught artist and photographer, Sara has had exhibitions of her work internationally, won awards and sold commissioned artwork around the world. Sara’s passion and obsession has always been animals, creating their power and beauty through her drawings, paintings and photography. While not in her studio painting or travelling the world with her photography, she teaches drawing and painting at the Creativworks art studio in Waterdown.
Artists in Action – Nina Lala
Completing her Craft and Design program at Sheridan, Nina now creates ideas and brings them to life with clay, while teaching others how they can birth their own creations into existence . Nina’s work imitates Flora and essential references between fiction and fictional. She also enjoys creating functional wares for the home.