CORNWALL, Ontario – I was thinking about my musical influences. Everyone who knows me knows that my mother was a beautiful singer and the reason I am a musician today. When I went away to study theatre at Sheridan College, a most impressive vocal coach, Rosemary Burns gave me invaluable techniques which I still use and teach, today.
Along with these who talented women, I would say that my high school music teacher, Raymond Lacroix, is right up there with my greatest influences. We are still in touch after 32 years.
My first formal training, M. Lacroix made that period in my life, musically, culturally and socially, a rich and memorable one. Great band trips! Merci. If you are a former member of La Citadelle’s Les Concertistes, visit them on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004199925798&fref=ts
A very talented clarinetist, Lacroix is one part of Claripian Duo, along with pianist, Vivianne Panizzon. They will be performing as part of the Arts in the Park series, in Lamoureux Park, at 2pm, Sunday, July 20. Take a musical journey through Europe from Ireland to Israel, play ballads reels, jigs, tarantellas, horas, polkas, freylechs, waltzes and other. www.clarpianduo.org.
Also in the park SwitchGear, appears as part of the series, on Tuesday July 15.
What’s on: The 20th anniversary edition of Cornwall’s signature summer festival, Kinsmen Cornwall Lift Off, will run from July 10 – 13, with headliners, Glass Tiger, 54-40, frontman for Great Big Sea, Alan Doyle, and Doc Walker. Supporting acts with a local connection include Paul Deslauriers, Barstool Prophets, Mandee Woods and Lost Boyz.
On patios around the city: Kelsey’s Line- up for the next month or so includes Melanie Brulee, July 17; Jaymz Hawley, July 31; Alison Wonderland, August 14. Marc Muir and Rod Rivette will be at Boston Pizza on July 10, and Tommy Heatley will appear on July 24.
What’s an event without live music? The Ingleside Firefighter Challenge will take place on Saturday, July 19, at the Ingleside Shopping Plaza with entertainment line-up Grace Willison, Graham Greer and The Shiners from 1-6.
There will be some live music at The Fishing for Special Needs event presented by the Include Program. Funds raised will go towards the special-needs Club House and Include Me Inn respite centre. For further information contact Art Levert Jr. at 613-932-4784 or visit www.includeprogram.com.
Another really great summer event is Ribfest, running July 25, 26 and 27, in Lamoureux Park with live bands Abbamania; Glory Days – A tribute to Bruce Springsteen; Beach Party Boys – a tribute to the Beach Boys; and Frontrow.
Get outside and go listen to some music. Have a great summer.