It’s a Wonderful Mississippi Mills Life!

Submitted After great success with last year’s Christmas parody based on Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, Puppets Up! Presents is back!  This year’s seasonal show is loosely based on Frank Capra’s beloved film It’s a Wonderful Life. A slightly naughty adaptation of this classic Christmas tale tells the story of a man who has sacrificed […]

T’is the season

Submitted by West Ottawa Ladies Chorus Winter, the season of shorter days, grey skies and bone chilling temperatures is embraced by Canadians as their right of passage. Not only do we celebrate the season but the tradition of Christmas as well. One can pass those cold days by undertaking invigorating sports, cuddling up with a […]

Station Theatre plays host to new shows and good times

Submitted by the Smiths Falls Community Theatre The Continentals are back at The Station Theatre for an afternoon of good music, good memories, lots of hand-clapping and foot-stomping, and it’s happening this weekend on Sunday, Nov.12 at 2 p.m. All proceeds go to The Smiths Falls Food Bank. With just a little bit of pride, […]

Joyce Brennan art award still looking for 2017 nominations

Submitted The Smiths Falls & District Arts & Culture Council (SFDACC) is calling for nominations for the seventh annual Joyce Brennan Award for outstanding contributions to art and culture in the Smiths Falls Area. Nominations are due Nov.1 and an individual or an organization can nominate a candidate. This award is given in honour of […]

Art Journey Show and Sale

The Art Journey, Show and Sale will be held on Oct. 28-29 at the Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre, 71 Cornelia St. W. It will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days. Two days of artistic delights – artists’ demos, live music and a door prize. The goal of Art Journey is […]

An Evening of One Act Plays – two for the price of one

Submitted by Paul Joyce It’s that time of year again, when plays travel in twos at the Studio Theatre in Perth, for An Evening of One Act Plays. This year’s edition brings you two comedies for the price of one — actually less than the price of one. Hamlette The first one-act play of the […]

Who Dunit? starts at Station Theatre Oct. 13

Submitted by The Station Theatre Movie or play? Play or movie? Solve the conundrum by taking in both at The Station Theatre this month. Katharine Coleman, veteran director of half a dozen plays, is excited about her comedy-mystery opening mid-October. And what better night to open Who Dunit? than Friday, Oct. 13. “I picked the […]

Three shows to go for Tomorrow Box at Station Theatre

Submitted Audiences are raving about The Tomorrow Box, deftly directed by Carolee Mason and now playing at Studio Theatre with only three performances to go: Friday, Oct. 6 andSaturday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 8 at 2 p.m. This beautifully-written, tender and funny Canadian play about family, tradition and the power of […]

YAK teams up with production company for theatrical fundraiser

Submitted “It’s my party and I’ll …” “Mr. Sandman, …” “Lollipop, lollipop, …”  “R-E-S-P-E-C-T…”, What jumps into your head when you hear these lines? Do you sing out the next line or two of the lyrics? Does it take you back to high school and dresses with crinolines and prom night with boys in white […]

Ottawa Valley author pens Rideau Lakes mysteries

Submitted It was in March 2017 that Patricia Josefchak released her latest title, Provenance of the Stones, published by Burnstown Publishing House.   Patricia Josefchak is an Ottawa Valley author who calls Otter Lake home.  It is the first in her new Rideau Lakes Mystery series. The novel is a historic mystery set in 1850s Province […]

Rising star searching for new roles

Sally Smith I know exactly what the Dames mean now – you know – Dame Helen Mirren and Dame Maggie Smith. After the world premiere of Fort Hemlock at The Station Theatre this summer in Smiths Falls, my star has risen. I just don’t know how far it will go. And, like Dame Maggie, I […]

Premiere of Fort Hemlock at Smiths Falls Station Theatre

Hats off to everyone for a fabulous premiere! That was the buzz around The Station Theatre Friday night at the end of the first-ever performance of Fort Hemlock. “The sets were wonderful – transforming a street scene to a hotel was amazing to watch,” said Nancy Grundy from North Gower. “And the kids were really […]

Tweed’s Front Yard Shindig was a rocking wet time

Jason Code For the second year in a row Tweed’s Front Yard Shindig was a huge success, even though the weather was a major factor in the stage time for the bands. The afternoon kicked off with The Wild Card followed by Toronto based rock-surf band Thrifty Kids. Up next, from London, Ont., Basic White […]

Juno award winners lined up for Tweed Shindig Aug. 12

  Chris Must Up and coming talent from both the east and west coasts of Canada are coming to Smiths Falls Aug. 12 for the second annual Front Yard Shindig hosted by Tweed. The outdoor concert, to be held on the front lawn of the Tweed site at 1 Hershey Dr., will be headlined […]

Summer walking plays in Perth until Aug. 27

Submitted Every summer the Classic Theatre Festival in Perth hosts a series of family-friendly, hour-long historic theatrical walking plays that bring to life the characters and stories of Perth’s history. On Thursday and Friday evenings from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. starting on July 29 until Aug. 25, the The Lonely Ghosts Walk opens […]

Moon Over The Brewery promises music, magic and emotion

Submitted by Jane Stott  Imagine Star Wars without its iconic theme music. Jaws without its pulse-pounding intro soundtrack. Gone With The Wind stripped of its sweeping musical refrain. Music is an essential “character” in our favourite movies, and its role on the stage is just as indispensable. For proof, consider the musical landscape created […]

Carleton Place Band going on tour

Jane Hobson Young. Passionate. Energetic. Loud. They call themselves Elementals. After a few months of remodeling, the hiatus is over. The four-piece alternative rock band that started in Almonte is touring Southern Ontario and Quebec this summer. The tour is made up of six shows, starting with two gigs in mid-June at Lobsterfest in […]

Sugarman shines in Classic Theatre Festival comedy

Submitted  Fresh off her award-winning performance as Raina in last year’s Arms and the Man at Perth’s Classic Theatre Festival, Lana Sugarman has returned to star in the Bernard Slade comedy Same Time, Next Year, about a couple – Doris and George – who get together for an annual weekend over 25 years despite […]

A homeless hermit crab is the most recent star for local author book series

Jane Hobson “The more I write, the more I want to write,” said Natasha Peterson, a Carleton Place author who recently published her third children’s book in April called Harold the Homeless Hermit. Published under her own label Polar Bear Press, Harold the Homeless Hermit is a story about a Canadian hermit crab that […]

Classic Theatre Festival 2017: Broadway Hits, Heritage Shows

Matthew Behrens Coming off a season in which they garnered more Capital Critics Circle Awards nominations than any other company in Eastern Ontario, Perth’s Classic Theatre Festival opens its 8th summer season on June 21 with a combination of brand new historic walking plays and a collection of hits from the golden age of […]

Traditional Pow Wow in Smiths Falls puts dancing on display

Chris Must  The students of the Indigenous Studies Program at Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute hosted a traditional pow wow on Duck Island June 10 and June 11. Traditional drumming and dancing was presented by the Mohawks of Akwesasne First Nations and the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation. Photos by Chris Must Host drummers […]

New book celebrates work of poets, storytellers and songwriters

Chris Must It took nearly a decade to complete, but members of a Smiths Falls group of poets, composers  and storytellers can take pride in a new book that will share their work with a wider audience. Vine Rhymes, a group founded in 2005 by Helen Latimer-Hanah and Beth Bernhardt, offers writing enthusiasts of […]

Trainfest After Dark the newest Canada 150 event for Smiths Falls

Chris Must A railway-themed musical evening on Aug. 26 at the Parks Canada Visitor Centre theatre is the newest event in the growing line-up of Canada 150 events in Smiths Falls. Trainfest After Dark, to be held following a day of hands-on activities for visitors to the Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario, will get […]

Smiths Falls to host pow wow as Canada 150 event

Chris Must A feast of bison will be among the cultural highlights as the Town of Smiths Falls’ Canada 150 celebrations continue with a pow wow on Turtle Island June 10 and 11. Economic Development Director Cyril Cooper told councillors at a meeting of council’s Committee of the Whole on May 23 that the […]

Local students set to hit stage for Stewart Park Festival Coffeehouse

Submitted Students from across the region will put their musical talent to work on Thursday, May 18 when they take part in the annual Stewart Park Festival Coffeehouse. Taking place at the Perth Tea Room on Gore Street, the evening event will showcase four acts from four Lanark County-based high schools. The annual concert […]

Local band starts Beatles Tribute tour in May

By Jenny Burr The year was 1964 and the date was Feb. 9 when The Beatles made their first appearance in the United States on the Ed Sullivan Show. The Beatles had already topped No.1 on the American music charts. The audience seating for 700 had sold out. By the time 8 p.m. arrived […]

Teenaged theatre troupe tours youth homelessness play

Matthew Behrens Youth homelessness is not as obvious in rural areas as it is in Ottawa or Toronto, but a new touring play seeks to remind local audiences of the extent of this pressing social problem facing too many small-town teenagers. The Invisible Boy, touring Lanark County and Smiths Falls high schools and community […]

Who is Nellie McClung?

Jane Hobson March 8 was International Women’s Day (IWD), a global day that brings awareness to the fact that a serious gender gap still exists. The World Economic Forum predicts that parity won’t be reached until 2186. This year’s IWD theme is #BeBoldforChange. March is also Women’s History Month. While there are many bold […]

MOB Entertainment shoots another film in Almonte

Jenny Burr It’s looking a lot like Christmas, at least it is on Mill Street in Almonte. The cameras are rolling again with another Christmas movie in the works. This is the fourth movie which The MOB Entertainment has filmed in the town and surrounding area in the last year. “We love Almonte. It’s […]

Warm up with Irish stew, folk music at Heritage House March 12

Submitted Céad míle fáilte! The Smiths Falls Heritage House Museum extends a warm welcome to local residents to attend the Taste of Ireland, an Irish stew luncheon. The museum is partnering with the Town of Smiths Falls Tourism and Economic Development, the Local Immigration Program, and the Smiths Falls & District Collegiate Institute Hospitality […]

Local youth film festival offers $1,000 grand prize

CJ Cochrane presents the 5th annual MyView Youth Film Festival and this year it’s open to all youth ages 10-24 in Eastern Ontario. Young people of Eastern Ontario are encouraged to pick up their phones, tablets or even (gasp) an actual camera and make a short video that celebrates something in their life or community; […]

Almonte “art nerd” finds success owning own business

Jane Hobson “Sketching connects you to what you’re drawing,” says charcoal artist Rob Parsons as he picks up his mug to sip a flat white coffee at Equator in Almonte. Parsons has been running his own business called Portraits by Rob since 2012. He specializes in charcoal sketches, his most popular being portraits of […]

Repointing project continues on Carleton Place Town Hall

Jane Hobson Castle Masonry and Construction will continue repointing portions of the Carleton Place Town Hall, a decision that was made at the Feb. 14, 2017 council meeting. This project is a continuation of the portion of Carleton Place Town Hall that was repointed in summer 2016. This project is in conjunction with the […]

Perth heritage panel considers allowing an outside member

Sally Smith  Part of Perth’s charm is its look. Many of the buildings in and around town have immense heritage value, and the town has in place a heritage committee to ensure the old buildings are well cared for. To date, Heritage Perth Advisory Panel requirements for those wishing to be become a member […]

Smiths Falls railway museum seeks town funding

Chris Must In support of an application for $50,000 in funding from the Town of Smiths Falls, Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario curator Anne Shropshire updated town councillors on Jan. 23 on the progress of the museum’s plan to achieve financial sustainability. “We have had a very successful two years,” said Shropshire, noting that […]

Bare Bear Bones auditions in Smiths Falls

By Allison Graham On Saturday, Jan. 14  actors auditioned for Bare Bear Bones, a play written by Michael Grant and directed by Sheila Jasiak. Bare Bear Bones is a comedy about a middle aged couple who are empty nesters and have lost that loving feeling. They decide to return to the place in which they […]

History meets Twilight Zone in Perth Studio Theatre’s new thriller

Submitted  We’ve all seen too many movie and theatre slogans that promise “an experience you won’t soon forget!” Nine times out of 10, those are the shows you mentally ash-can before you leave the parking lot. Luckily, there are still a few plays that truly engage us, living in our memories long enough to […]

Hockey stick guitar still on the scene 40 years later

By Jane Hobson What do a hockey stick and a guitar have in common? The answer is Glen James. Carleton Place native Glen James built his first electric hockey stick at 19-years-old. Now 60, James plays the two-string instrument for fun at a Carleton Place watering hole called the Waterfront Gastropub. “An ex-girlfriend gave […]

A Christmas Carol playing in Perth until Dec. 10

BarnDoor Productions’ (BDP) adaptation of  Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol is returning to the stage in Perth on Dec. 2.  First produced in 1997, the show combines drama, choral work, Charles Dickens’ marvellous words, music from five centuries, a cast of nearly 20, and what may be the most boisterous jig you’ll ever see. Putting […]

Do you recognize this coin? Heritage House Museum seeks public assistance

Do you recognize this coin? “We had a lovely local couple pop by the museum this week to show us an interesting souvenir coin they stumbled upon. Ordered in a box of stuff from the internet, the coin made its way back to Smiths Falls from Sudbury, Ontario. This one isn’t like the other coins […]

Men’s Sheds in Lanark County: A space for community and camaraderie

By Jane Hobson The Table Community Food Centre in Perth was livelier than usual last night (Sept. 20) as people gathered to eat, mingle and learn about Men’s Sheds in Lanark County. Men’s Sheds are collaborative, communal spaces where men gather to woodwork, cook, and yell at the television during playoff season together. There […]

The grandmother of all comedies comes to the Studio Theatre

Submitted Nick has just received a job offer in Seattle that he simply can’t refuse. Trouble is, accepting it means he’ll have to tell his grandparents he’s moving away from New Jersey. And if you’re Italian and Catholic, with grandparents like Nunzio, Emma, Frank and Aida, that’s a big problem. Premiering Thursday, September 22 […]

Festival of Small Halls announces community events, line up additions September 2016

Submitted At its core, the Ontario Festival of Small Halls is about celebrating community. The Festival of Small Halls is set to get hands clapping and toes tapping this month as it welcomes an inspiring combination of big names in music and local opening acts to treasured small halls across eastern Ontario from Sept. 14 to […]

200th anniversary initiative by Beckwith Township to stand the test of time

By Dianne Pinder-Moss What should be encapsulated in Beckwith Township’s time capsule? That’s the question that is being posed to the township’s residents as its Heritage Committee undertakes this initiative as part of Beckwith’s 200th anniversary celebrations this year. “We just thought, especially after doing the book and all the different things from the […]

Game on: popularity of pickleball spreads throughout Lanark County

By Dianne Pinder-Moss Laurie Bennett openly acknowledges that she has never been one to play team sports. That all changed, however, in January when the Almonte resident was introduced to pickleball. She started playing at the invitation of friends and enjoyed the sport so much that, along with playing in Almonte, she is now […]

Celebrate Lanark County’s bounty at harvest festival

Submitted Want to get fresh with a local farmer? The fourth annual Lanark County Harvest Festival will give everyone a chance to do just that. This outdoor event, slated for Sunday, Sept. 11 at Beckwith Park (1319, 9th Line, Beckwith), will celebrate the county’s bounty of the harvest featuring local producers, food seminars, cooking demonstrations, […]

Smiths Falls Rotary Club earns Spirit of Giving Award

By Howida Sorour-Roberts Every year the Rotary Club of Smiths Falls organizes and serves a barbeque for staff and children at the Easter Seals’ Camp Merrywood in Port Elmsley.  This year the BBQ was held on July 20, and staff presented the Smiths Falls Rotary Club with their Spirit of Giving Award in recognition […]

Heritage House Museum offers educational program options

History is fascinating, and now you can see it first hand! It’s possible to explore Canadian history through the many programs offered by the Heritage House Museum. Discover the businesses, people, art and culture which makes Smiths Falls what it is today by taking part in one of the many courses available! Discover how people lived, worked, and […]