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Summer Concert and Sing-Along Jerry Weller


he power of live music - going to a concert, performing, or playing an instrument deepens a student’s appreciation and broadens their minds,” says Debra Rantz, Director of Education for the Limestone District School Board, commenting on the upcoming Open Voices Community Choir concert for local elementary school students and their families, on Wednesday, June 6. “The concert also demonstrates to students how music is a lifelong enjoyment or skill, and how you can sing and enjoy music your entire life. We can’t thank Open Voices enough for providing such a wonderful opportunity for our students, both as performers and as the audience.”

Celebrate summer on June 6 when Limestone District School Board, Blue Skies Music in the Community, Open Voices Community Choir, Gary Rasberry, plus The Kitchen Gypsies all team up to present “What If Kids Ran the World?” - a concert full of summer-fun songs and family sing-alongs. All 750 matinee seats are already filled. However, while they last, early-evening 7 p.m. show tickets are still available for only $10 (ages 15 and under) and $20 (adults) ONLY AT The Grand Theatre box office in Kingston, online at www.kingstongrand.ca/event/ what-if-kids-ran-world or call 613-5302050. Be sure to bring the kids. The concerts feature Gary Rasberry (poet, author, teacher, singer-songwriter,

recording artist, and Juno-Nominee for Children’s Album of the Year) plus The Kitchen Gypsies (the Kingston-based group that plays the Gypsy Jazz style of music also known as “gypsy swing,” “hot club jazz,” and “Jazz Manouche,” created by Django Reinhardt in France in the 1930s). Gary Rasberry has enjoyed a twenty-year performance career at festivals including Blue Skies, Northern Lights, Boreal Home County, and Shelter Valley Folk. He lives in Kingston, teaches at Queen’s University, and offers song, story, and sound workshops in schools. Gary’s Juno-nominated album, “What’s the Big Idea?!?” is full of the musical echoes of Pete Seeger, a splash of Fred Penner, and the nostalgic vibe of songs sung around

Gary Rasberry.

the campfire. Like his album “The Very Next Day,” his concerts offer a rollicking ride through fields of guitar pop, blues, and roots music. The Kitchen Gypsies stick to the “classic” line-up of musicians featured in Django Reinhardt’s most famous group, the “Quintette du Hot Club de France”, in which the solo work alternated between Reinhardt on guitar, and jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli. The Kitchen Gypsies are Suzanne Becker (Violin/Vocals), Ray Croxford (Bass), Ray Desrosiers (Accordion/Harmonica/Vocals), Gary Greer (Rhythm Guitar), and Ron Heidebrecht (Lead Guitar/Vocals). They have performed together at festivals, events, gatherings, and celebrations in and around Kingston for many years.

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