Meet The Artist – Tim Hoey
The National Post wrote that “If Hoey were any more Canadian, he would be a doughnut.” Timothy Wilson Hoey’s art is informed by a sense of place, time, and emotion. His O-Canada collection resonates with Canadians – domestic and abroad – by exploring what we define as home. Timothy captures a feeling of reminiscence in seeing a local landmark, gone, but not forgotten. He captures the pride we feel when we reflect upon historical figures that helped carve Canada’s lasting legacy in this world. He captures the memory of a double-double enjoyed on a crisp winter’s morning. Tim will be in person at True North Gallery to meet with and discuss his art, and anything else that comes to mind, with ArtsFest visitors. 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.
“The roaring tunes from the 1920’s band, The Vaudevillian make you get off your doggone caboose & do the lindy hop! The old fashioned gentleman, Jitterbug James, the mouthy Norah Spades & the Southerner Piedmont Johnson bring you dancing numbers from the prohibition period! Thank goodness PROHIBITION IS OVER! Get ready to shine your shoes to do the skoodle um skoo!”
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.
Jude Johnson – Children’s Performer
Jude is Hamilton’s Special Music Ambassador; she is one of the finest vocalists and performers for both adults and children. She has released ten recordings, including her most recent, “My Roots are showing”, a collection of original songs written during her career. She wrote and recorded the theme song for “Telling Tales” literary festival for children. Jude has also been honoured with many Ontario Arts Council awards for her music and art. As the founder and director of the MAD CREATIVE ARTS SCHOOL, Jude has helped over 9,000 children explore their uniqueness and creativity through music, art and drama for the past 32 years. Let’s have some fun Singing and a Swinging with Jude and Carl Horton at this year’s Watertown Artsfest!
Interactive ArtsCrafts and Pottery Space
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. Theres loads to do in the Family 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!
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.
Creative Theatre Company
Get ready to enjoy Theatre like you’ve never seen it with Waterdown’s own Creative Theatre Company! Creative theatre has called Waterdown its home for over 25 years and Jennifer and Claudette are back to lead the way. Visit them after the Festival in their home at the Memorial Hall.
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!
Voices of Older Adults: Canada 150 Stories
“Listen in as Voices of Older Adults debut Canada 150 themed short stories. These wonderful authors meet as part of a Hamilton Public Library writing innitiative that operates out of many locations across the GHA. All of the groups work on a “drop in” system, everyone is welcome. Check your local library for Dates and Times.”
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).
Song Writer’s Circle Hosted By – Peter Tigchelaar”
“Peter Tigchelaar is a Hamilton minstrel who is currently immersed in a project to record arrangements of the Psalms that he learned at Mt Saviour Benedictine monastery where he was received as a lay oblate in 2013. This immersion has had a profound effect in shaping a new body of original songs he hopes to release in the near future ~ his fifth album of original songs which will be called Deepening Day. His songwriting is also enhanced by his connections as Companion of both the Sisters of St Joseph and the Greater Ontario House of Prayer in Hamilton.”
Guitar Hamilton Classical Presentation with Jesse Luciani
“Jesse Luciani is a versatile guitarist fluent in styles from Renaissance to Rock. This presentation will introduce you to different kinds of classical guitar music and many of the sounds a classical guitar can make in a fun and engaging way. As both a student and teacher himself, Jesse eagerly seeks out all possible occasions to learn, and has taken advantage of several opportunities to study with internationally renowned classical guitarists. Jesse has performed at the Hamilton Library, Brock
University, and solo concerts for the Guitar Hamilton Salon Series.”
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.
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 – 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!
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.
Busker/Musician 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.
Busker/Musicians – 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.
Open Mic Musician – Rabbi Hillel Lavery-Yisraeli
Open Mic is pleased to welcome Rabbi Hillel’s original music to the stage accompanied by Peter Tigchelaar. Classically trained, with influences from the legendary Jewish songwriter and storyteller Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach as well as both Eastern-European and Judeo-Arabic cantorial traditions, Rabbi Hillel Lavery-Yisraeli sings his original music from the soul. He is the rabbi of Hamilton’s Beth Jacob Synagogue, as well as an activist for women’s and minority rights. He is an author and songwriter. A proud husband and father of four amazing children, he collects too many string instruments, but enjoys playing them all.
Song Writer’s Circle – Jude Johnson
Jude Johnson is one of the finest vocalists and performers in the Hamilton Area. She has released ten recordings, including her most recent, “My Roots are showing”, a collection of original songs written during her career. Jude has sung on over 50 albums with such diverse artists as Daniel Lanois, Raffi (more singable songs), Paul Langielle and Stan Rogers (Turnaround), and performed across Canada at countless festivals, schools, libraries and community events. Jude is Hamilton’s Special Music Ambassador as well as Woman of the Year in the Arts 1992. She has also received the Canada 125 Medal for Community Service and the Hamilton Arts Award 1993 in music.She was inducted into the Hamilton Gallery of Distinction in 2009 and received the Hamilton Arts award for Arts Education in 2011.
Song Writer’s Circle – Chrisy Hurn
“Chrisy Hurn is a Newmarket-born, Hamilton-based singer and songwriter. She fronts the indie rock band Basement Revolver, a group whose debut and sophomore EPs have been featured internationally on blogs and radio, and have between them more than a million digital streams. Chrisy does not shy away from writing about deeply personal, heavy, and introspective topics; she celebrates them and brings them to life with the courage of someone many years her senior.”
Open Mic Musician – Jordan Sabola
“‘Jordan is an independent singer/songwriter from Cambridge Ontario. He is currently preparing to enter his second year at Redeemer University to continue his studies in music and theatre arts. Jordan enjoys making balloon animals and cuddling with his pug ‘Charlee’.”
Waterdown Village Squares
“YeeHaw! Put on your boots and jump on stage with Waterdown’s very own square dancing club.” Swing yer partner and do-si-do with the Village Squares as they Demonstrate how to put the Hitch in yer Kick.”
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!