Hudson Music Fest fast approaching
Tickets selling for seven day event
Tickets are on sale now for the seventh annual Hudson Music Festival, running from July 29 to August 4.
Hoping to pre-sell the festival passes that allow spectators the best access to the music that will include rock, jazz, bluegrass, country, tango, R&B, and more, organizers say the passes are the way to go.
Passes and individual tickets can be purchased at the Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre, 394 Main Rd., Hudson, or at The Willow Place Inn, located at 208 Main Rd., in Hudson. Tickets can also be purchased at the door of an event or workshop.
And making the music accessible to the next generation, those 16-years and under can attend any concert for $5.
First up for the festival will be one of three tribute concerts honouring legendary musicians. A Grand Concert Gala featuring Shine On: The Universe of John Lennon will take place on July 28, at 8 p.m., at the Hudson Village Theatre. The group will perform their own rhythmic and harmonic versions of Beatles hits like Across the Universe and Don’t Let Me Down. A newly commissioned song by Canadian composer Michael Oesterle will also be unveiled that night.
A second tribute concert to the music of James Taylor as performed by the We (Heart) JT ensemble will take place on Aug. 1, at 8 p.m., at the Hudson Yacht Club.
Finally, Canada’s Supertramp Experience, a concert taking place Aug. 4, at 8 p.m., at Jack-Layton Park, 392 Halco St., has been called an unforgettable and authentic live performance of songs originally performed by iconic British rock group Supertramp.
Grand Concert Dinner
And a Grand Concert Dinner showcasing the Latin sounds of Tango Boreal will be held on July 30, at 6:30 p.m., at the Auberge Willow Place Inn, which will also treat ticket holders to the best of its impressive gastronomic offerings.
Also on the festival line-up will be an event called the Concert for Peace, being held on Aug. 2, at 8 p.m., at the Hawkesbury Ford Tent at Jack-Layton Park. Canadian pop, rhythm ensemble Sweetfield will headline the concert from which all proceeds will go to Nova Hudson, as well as non-profit The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF,) which helps provide food, water, and eye care to people in need in developing countries around the world. Other festival concerts and events include:
The Double Salon Series, July 31, at 9 p.m., at Hudson’s Chateau du Lac featuring music by Bobby Stagg, and a floating night of music aboard the OkaHudson Ferry ($10) which will include a barbecue and dancing under the stars. The ferry concert will feature music by Soul Fusion and HMF New York.
The biggest day of the festival will be Aug. 4, when the music celebration merges with the annual Hudson Street Fair.The day will feature seven key events, as well as a workshop on gamelan music.
Meanwhile, a photography exhibit by festival photographers Linda and David May will run on Aug. 3 and 4 at the Old Firehouse on Main Rd. in Hudson.
The Hudson Music Festival was established in 2007 to highlight and support Hudson’s musical and cultural environment.
For information call the Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre at 450 458-6699. A complete list of festival concerts, shows, workshops can be found at www.hudsonmusicfestival.ca.
Local fans of the X-Men movie series will no doubt recognize the distinctive building situated at 1000 St. Charles Ave. when the film is released next spring. Some neighbourhoods and streets were blocked off on July 13 from late afternoon to well into the evening in order to accommodate the filming of scenes for X-Men: Days of Future Past. SQ officers helped secure the deserted streets.
A parking lot next to the location was used as a crew base camp and was where at least a half dozen vintage cars were convened before being driven onto the gated compound marked with several yellow HK Project signs. The parking lot in front of one of the smaller buildings was continuously hosed down by several crew members, while a street cleaner machine drove around wetting other parts of the lot.
Joe Everett, a publicist for the project, said he could not comment on any aspect of the filming. “It’s a closed set,” he said when reached in Toronto by phone, adding that he could not grant access to the set because of security and insurance restrictions.
Everett did say none of the film’s actors were scheduled to perform Saturday. “They’re just getting aerial shots,” he explained.
Having such a blockbuster movie filming in the region did not go unnoticed however by the dozens of fans who lined up around the gated complex at 1000 St. Charles Ave. Robert Rodriguez of Vaudreuil-Dorion said he lives very close to the film site. He brought his wife and three kids to watch the action. “We saw the helicopter fly around a lot,” he said.
His wife admitted she was hoping to catch a glimpse of Jennifer Lawrence.
And resident Moe Gib, whose property borders the location and who received a letter from the production company informing him about the pending shoot and street closures, took the opportunity to host a Hollywood themed barbecue.
“It was really exciting. (The low flying helicopter scenes) were incredibly exhilarating and riveting to watch,” Gib said, adding it was the second such shoot since May.
“This time I decided to share the experience by inviting a few friends over for a BBQ and pool party. All my neighbours were out in their backyards and enjoying the event,” he enthused.
Gib, who praised the film company for its efficiency and advance notice, also thinks the film shoot will be economically beneficial for the town. “Overall it was a fabulous experience and I hope for more,” he added.
X-Men: Days of Future Past, directed by Bryan Singer, is slated for an initial May 23, 2014 release date. The film stars Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Nicholas Hoult, and Anna Paquin. And the Vaudreuil-Dorion location may give away at least one secret in the form of a flag still flying at 1000 St. Charles Ave. The midnight blue banner bears the name Trask in white letters. According to a film synopsis, actor Peter Dinklage plays nemesis Bolivar Trask, an anthropologist who is against the X-Men mutants. In order to fight them, Trask develops an army of robotic warriors. It’s not clear if the Vaudreuil-Dorion location will double as Trask’s compound, but it does seem to be a good fit. According to movie insider websites, the latest incarnation of the film franchise has the X-Men traveling in time to change a major historical event that could have a global impact on humans and mutants.
David May, Blair Mackay,
Linda May and Lynda Clouette-Mackay unveiled the offical Hudson Music Festival image last week.
A helicopter flew low over the building at 1000 St. Charles Ave. Saturday while aerial footage for a new X-Men movie was filmed. A flag flying the name Trask is a hint as to what the location could be in the film.