Hud­son Mu­sic Fest fast ap­proa­ching

Ti­ckets sel­ling for se­ven day event

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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.hud­son­mu­sic­fes­ti­

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.

Lo­cal ex­ci­te­ment

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.

The movie

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.

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