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Bringing the arts to New Hamburg; presenting New Hamburg to the world Welcome to the first annual New Hamburg Live! Festival of the Arts. The Festival brings the best of music, art, theatre, comedy, and literature to New Hamburg. It also presents some of the finest New Hamburg and area artists, writers and musicians to the larger community, as local artists are featured in the Art Show, area authors share their work in our literary events, and choral singers are offered the opportunity for training and performance in the exceptional choral program. For five days, you are able to enjoy some of the best performers in Canada, including

David Francey, Mary Lou Fallis, Ken Whiteley, Barry MacGregor, Daniel Lichti, Peter Tiefenbach, Vicki St. Pierre and many more. There is something for everyone, including art, literature and music. And what music! The Festival includes Broadway tunes at the Gala, Juno-award winning roots music, the Best of Opera, music and comedy, and exception choral and bluegrass music in the Sunday afternoon concert that marks the finale of the Festival. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to enjoy the best of the arts and culture, on stage in the delightful community of New Hamburg.

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On stage at the New Hamburg Live! Wednesday, May 20 • 6 p.m. Art show: New Hamburg Community Centre. Featuring artists from southwestern Ontario • 7 p.m. “The Lights of Broadway” Gala and cabaret: New Hamburg Community Centre. Featuring Daniel Lichti, Erin Bardua, Sandra Tucker, Vicki St, Pierre, Derek Hines and James Bourne. With door prizes, silent auction, cash bar Thursday, May 21 • Opens at 12 noon. Art Show: New Hamburg Community Centre • 8 p.m. Juno-winner David Francey in concert; New Hamburg Community Centre

Friday, May 22 • Opens at 12 noon. Art Show: Meme’s Café, Puddicombe House, The Waterlot, Upper Case Books. David Francey Featuring artists from southwestern Ontario • 2 p.m. Word Alive: Meet the authors at Puddicombe House, sponsored by Upper Case Books • 8 p.m. The Best of Opera. Featuring Concert Opera Group, Toronto, at Zion United Church

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Festival of the Arts, May 20-24 2009 • 8 p.m. Rockin’ Blues Night at the White Barn. Featuring Aphrodite’s Bodice and more Saturday, May 23 • 9 a.m. Choral music workshop at Zion United Church. Mary Lou Fallis Featuring Ken Whiteley, Vicki St. Pierre, and Charlene Nafziger; open to all choir members or singers interested in choral singing; culminates in a concert, Sunday afternoon. Register on line at • Opens at 12 noon. Art Show Meme’s Café, Puddicombe House, The Waterlot, Upper Case Books. Featuring artists from southwestern Ontario

Celebrating 35 years of Serving and Caring for our customers and our community The Waterlot is proud to be a host venue for the New Hamburg Live! Festival of the Arts: • Art Show: May 22-24 • Words Alive: Meet the authors, May 23 • Pre-show dinners • After-show refreshments

• 2 p.m. Word Alive: Meet a noted Canadian author at The Waterlot, sponsored by Upper Case Books • 8 p.m. Madness and Music at Zion United Church. Featuring musical comedienne Mary Lou Fallis, pianist Peter Tiefenbach and actor/raconteur Barry MacGregor Sunday, May 24 • 2 p.m. Gospel and Bluegrass Choral Concert: at Steinmann Mennonite Church. Featuring: Ken Whiteley Band, Vicki St. Pierre, Charlene Nafziger, David Sapelak, Mass choir

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“Lights of Broadway” Gala kicks off Festival The New Hamburg Live! Festival of the Arts will kick instantly into high gear with the opening event, the “Lights of Broadway” Gala, Wednesday, May 20, at the New Hamburg Community Centre. The evening offers a fabulous array of musical entertainment, starring Daniel Lichti, Sandra Tucker, Derek Hines, Erin Bardua, James Bourne, and Festival Music Director Vicki St. Pierre. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the unveiling of the Art Show that runs throughout the Festival; the Gala begins at 7 p.m. The evening will include door prizes, Daniel Lichti

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a cash bar and an arts and culture silent auction. Featured auction items include works of art by Tony Urquhart, Marion Anderson and Robert Porter; great get-aways to places like the Fairmont Royal York; fine dining; music CDs, including a gift package from Loreena McKennitt; a unique opportunity to buy an authentic astroSandra Tucker naut’s shoulder patch from a Space Shuttle mission; and much more. Admission to the Gala is only $20, and Passport holders save 25%. For details, visit

Juno winning singer/songwriter performs Singer and songwriter David Touring with David is American ballad maker and Francey is in concert at the New multi-instrumentalist Craig Hamburg Live! Festival of the Arts on Thursday, May 21. The Werth. performance is at the New David Francey was born in Hamburg Community Centre, 1954 in Ayrshire, Scotland, where as a paper boy he got his beginning at 8 p.m. first taste of the working life. He Since leaving construction and recording “Torn Screen Door” in learned to read at an early age, 1999, Francey, a Scottish-born and by age eleven was devouring Canadian, has been recognized the newspapers he delivered. Canadian singer David Francey as one of today’s finest singerThis helped establish his intersongwriters. Francey’s latest CD, “Right of Passage,” est in politics and world events while developing the earned him his third JUNO (Canada’s top music social conscience that forms the backdrop of his award) in less than five years. Francey also received songs. He was twelve when his family immigrated to (continued on page 5) the prestigious SOCAN Folk Music Award.

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the Eastern Townships. One Toronto. He can trace his love of of his best known songs is the land, the history, and the “Skating Rink,” which often people of his adopted country to is featured during hockey weekend family drives explortelecasts. ing southern Ontario. In concert David is a singer His attachment to Canada and a storyteller. His wry grew with travel. He hitched humour and astute observaacross the country three times, tions combined with his then thumbed his way to the openhearted singing style Yukon. This attachment surhave earned him a loyal folDavid Francey and accompanist Craig Werth faces in his songs of rail lines, lowing. farms, and the St. Lawrence Seaway. He grew to David lives with his wife, artist Beth Girdler and understand the people while working in Toronto their three children Amy, Julia and Colin in the train yards, the Yukon bush, and as a carpenter in Lanark Highlands in southern Ontario.

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“Fabulousest” Diva, Lear’s Fool share New Hamburg Stage Saturday, May 23 is billed as “Music and Madness” at New Hamburg Live! Festival of the Arts. Three immensely talented performers will take the stage at Zion United Church for a festival of comedy, music, and story-telling. Music and Madness stars Mary Lou Fallis, Barry MacGregor and Peter Tiefenbach, each outstanding performers in their own right. Ms. Fallis – who has been dubbed “the fabulousest, Canadianest Diva of them all”, holds a unique position as “Canada’s foremost musical Musical comedienne comedienne.” Known to thouMary Lou Fallis

sands of viewers and listeners across the country for the Bravo! television series Bathroom Divas, her CBC Radio series Diva Diaries, and to hundreds of theatre-goers for her Primadonna series of one-woman shows, Ms. Fallis has singlehandedly re-invented the classiActor/ raconteur cal music comedy genre. Barry MacGregor Her career has encompassed performances of major oratorios and choral works with leading orchestras, as well as opera. In addition to her North American engagements Ms. Fallis has toured the United Kingdom extensively, appear(continued on page 8)

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ing in London’s West End, Covent Garden International Festival, the Wexford Opera Festival, and the Edinburgh International Festival. Ms. Fallis is best known as the creator and interpreter of five one-woman shows including her award-winning, Dora-nominated Primadonna, based on her own life as a singer. Her Diva Diaries was a popular Friday afternoon series on CBC Radio. She was also the music producer of Bathroom Divas, a new six-part reality TV series that quickly developed a cult following. Opera’s answer to American Idol, Bathroom Divas featured Ms. Fallis as part of a jury selecting the grand-prize winner from hundreds of hopefuls in a nation-wide challenge. She won a Gemini AWARD for producing that series. Joining her on stage will be Peter Tiefenbach, who enjoys an extraordinarily varied career as a performer, composer, writer and teacher. His collaboration with Ms. Fallis began in 1997 and has taken them on tours throughout Canada, the U.S., Japan, England and Iceland. The two have also co-created several shows, including An Evening with Karlheinz Vapny at Lunchtime (2000); Primadonna Does Shakespeare (2002); and Prima-donna Camping

(2008). Mr. Tiefenbach’s recent compositions include commissions for the Borealis String Quartet, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, the Canadian Brass, and the Elora Festival Singers. His composition Three Poems was nominated for a 1993 Juno Award. Barry MacGregor will bring his considerable talents as Fallis & Tiefenbach raconteur and story-teller to this unique performance of “Music and Madness”. Mr. MacGregor has established a stellar reputation as an actor, and is a veteran of the Stratford Festival and Broadway, both venues where he played The Fool in the award-winning production of King Lear which starred Christopher Plummer. At New Hamburg Live!, the audience will enjoy Mr. MacGregor’s wit and story-telling skill, as he recounts tales of life on the stage, and presents highlights of the best of British humour. “Music and Madness” is performed on Saturday, May 23, at 8 p.m., at Zion United Church, New Hamburg. For details, see

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Ken Whiteley is one of Canada’s most respected “roots” musicians. With a rich background in blues, gospel and folk styles, he has played at every major folk festival in Canada and performed with many musical legends, including Pete Seeger, and Stan Rogers. A prolific songwriter, a gifted instrumentalist and a powerful singer, Whiteley’s music communicates themes of freedom, love, spiritual aspiration and social comment, presented with participatory humor, grace and energy. Whiteley is a busy musician and an active record producer, having worked on more than eighty albums, resulting in 11 Gold or Platinum albums, 18 Juno nominations, two Juno winners and two Grammy nominations, with total sales in excess of 6 million copies. He has written the music for a number of films and television programs. In the words of Sing Out! magazine, “Ken Whiteley is one of the best.”

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Designed for everyone who loves to sing Some of the finest gospel/choral musicians in Canada are conducting a workshop open to anyone who loves to sing, during the New Hamburg Live! Festival of the Arts. The Festival includes a choral music workshop with Canadian bluegrass and gospel legend Ken Whiteley and noted conductor and singer Vicki St. Pierre, on Sat., May 23. On Sun., May 24, the singers from the workshop will perform at the Festival’s finale, a gospel concert featuring the Ken Whiteley B a n d , Vicki St. Pierre, Ken Whiteley, pianist Vicki St. Pierre Charlene and Charlene Nafziger Nafziger,

and organist David Sapelak. The Saturday workshop (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) takes place at Zion United Church; the Sunday concert (2 p.m.) will be held in the new concert hall at Steinmann Mennonite Church. Vicki St. Pierre is also Music Director of the New Hamburg Live! Festival of the Arts. She says, “We know the choral music events are going to be superb. We’re going to try to accept everyone who wants to sing. It’s going to be fun, it’s going to be a great learning opportunity, and our singers will have a once-ina-lifetime chance to perform with some of the best gospel and choral musicians in the country.” Singers can pre-register on line at Cost to attend the workshop and sing in the concert is only $20 per person. Tickets to the concert alone are $10. Both tickets are 25% off for holders of the New Hamburg Live! Passport (see

Your Passport to the very best in live entertainment The New Hamburg Live! Festival of the Arts Passport guarantees a 25% reduction on all ticket prices to major events, plus free admission to the art show. The Passport costs $10 and can save you more than $31 on events and performances during the Festival. • Passport: $10 • The Lights of Broadway Gala May 20 Price without Passport: $20 Price with Passport: $15 • David Francey in Concert May 21 Price without Passport: $20 Price with Passport: $15 • The Best of Opera May 22 Price without Passport: $15 Price with Passport: $11.25 • Rockin' Blues Night May 22 Price without Passport: $10 Price with Passport: $7.50 • Music and Madness with Mary Lou Fallis and Barry MacGregor May 23 Price without Passport: $20 Price with Passport: $15 • Choral Music Workshop and Performance, May 23, 24 Price without Passport: $20 Price with Passport: $15 • Gospel/Bluegrass Choral Concert only, May 24 Price without Passport: $10 Price with Passport: $7.50 • Meet the Author, Friday event, May 22 Price without Passport: $15 Price with Passport: $11.25 • Meet the Author, Sat. event, May 23 Price without Passport: $15 Price with Passport: $11.25 • Art Show, Thursday, May 21 Price without Passport: $2 Price with Passport: Free TOO TALL ® Strawberry Shortcake

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New Hamburg Live! showcases regional art and literary talent The first annual New Hamburg Live! Festival of the Arts is bringing some of the best of Canadian art and entertainment to our community, but we are also showcasing the best of our community through the Art Show, the Meet-the-Author events, and musical performances including the Gospel Choral Workshop and Concert, and the Rockin’ Blues Night. Among area artists included in the Art Show (May 20-24, various locations), are Marion Anderson, Robert Porter, Elizabeth Feryn, Adele Figliomeni, Gloria Kawaga, and Cheryl WeberGood. Their work will be exhibited at the New Hamburg Community Centre during the “Lights of Broadwayâ€? Gala May 20 and from noon to after the David Francey concert May 21. The paintings will then be moved to four locations: Puddicombe House, the Waterlot, MeMe’s CafĂŠ, and Upper Case Books, where they can be enjoyed from May 22-24. Local authors Teresa Brown and Rich Meyrick will join other area authors at the Words Alive event on May 22. Nationally known authors will be featured May 23. A complete list of artists, authors, performers and events (with bios and photos) can be found at

The popular Aphrodite’s Bodice (in action, above), will be just one of the acts on stage for the Rockin’ Blues Night at the White Barn, Friday, May 22.

New Hamburg Live! Festival of the Arts is presented by English Garden Publishers and Gossage Arts Management. Producer: Nancy Knowles; Executive Director: Paul Knowles; Director of Music, Vicki St. Pierre; Website design and Management, Common Sense Design. Thanks to Cheryl and Nigel Gordijk, Kristen Hahn, and a wonderful team of volunteers. New Hamburg Live! is grateful for an economic development grant from the Township of Wilmot, and to the advertisers who participated in this program. Program printed by Ritz Printing.






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Puddicombe House is a venue for the first annual New Hamburg Live! Festival of the Arts, May 2024. Art Show – Friday and Saturday, May 22-23. Words Alive: Friday, May 22, 2 pm: Meet the authors at Puddicombe House.

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Dinner: Wednesday, May 20 through Saturday May 23; Reserve for your Pre-Show Dinner at the Puddicombe House. Dinner Entrees from $14. After the Show: Puddicombe House will be open every evening during the New Hamburg Live! Festival of the Arts after the show. Join us in the dining room or on the porch for cocktails and appetizers.

Zion United Church: A worshipping community. An integral part of our larger community. Pleased to be a venue for the New Hamburg Live! Festival of the Arts. Happy to welcome you, anytime! 215 Peel Street 519 662-1182

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