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• The Oril­lia Mu­seum of Art and His­tory's (OMAH) list of nom­i­nees for its His­tory Awards is out. On the list are Wally Brem­ner, Qen­nefer Browne, the Chippe­was of Rama First Na­tion Pow­wow, the Cold­wa­ter Cana­di­ana Her­itage Mu­seum, Les­lie Fournier, Jim Lewis, Craig Main­prize, Alda McMa­hon, the Oril­lia Vo­cal En­sem­ble, the Rama His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, Randy Rich­mond, Den­nis Rizzo and Ross Green­wood (for Mari­posa Ex­posed), David Town and Bob Willsey. They aren’t telling what cat­e­gories those folks are nom­i­nated in; they are for preser­va­tion, events, re­con­struc­tion, life­time achieve­ment and for the sesquicentennial. We’ll find out how it all goes Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. • The Teen Town Re­union in Au­gust was a fundraiser for the Oril­lia Youth Cen­tre and, last Fri­day, or­ga­niz­ers turned over a cheque for $3,300.

in­clude the great Will Davis Trio at Mari­posa Market Sun­day af­ter­noon. An­other warm-up con­cert fig­ure, Adrean Far­ru­gia, is back with the Joe Huron Trio at Brew­ery Bay Saturday night.

If you like tons of brass, the Brassworks gig at the Geneva Saturday af­ter­noon will work. The Oril­lia Sec­ondary School jazz band will join them. In the evening, the Oril­lia Sil­ver Band has a con­cert at St. Paul’s Cen­tre fea­tur­ing a newly com­mis­sioned piece by Toronto com­poser Ty Wat­son, A Life Well Lived. Be­cause it’s the jazz festival, they thought they’d throw in some mu­sic from the play Chicago, and since the Mari­posa Arts Theatre is do­ing that play in Novem­ber, they thought they’d have some of the cast along to per­form. It’s a ben­e­fit for Hill­crest Lodge, too. Get tick­ets ($20) at the door.

That’s a lot of great mu­sic and mu­si­cians to hear, and I’m not done. If you miss Lance An­der­son’s Miles of Blue Sun­day af­ter­noon at St. Paul’s Cen­tre, well, I have no words I can print here for you. This is going to be out­stand­ing be­cause An­der­son has Ge­orge Koller, one of the best bassists in the coun­try, play­ing with him. He also has Alexan­der Brown in to do the parts Miles Davis would have played on Foot­prints, Kind of Blue and Cool Jazz (as in the con­cert sub­ti­tle, the Mu­sic of Miles • Lee Con­tem­po­rary Art has a new ex­hibit of Annie Kmyta Cun­ning­ton’s work, with some eye-catch­ing pieces. The Carmichael Cana­dian Land­scape Show is on at OMAH. OMAH’s his­tory night is Oct. 18 with lo­cal stu­dents re­count­ing their trip to Vimy Ridge. Art and Home Stu­dio on Peter Street has a new ex­hibit; and Peter Street Fine Arts is fea­tur­ing work by Lyn­dell Old­field. • Com­ing up: The Brown­stone has Slow Leaves (slow to turn, I hope) in Thursday night; Taylor Holden and the Law of Av­er­ages is in Fri­day night; Gun­ner and Smith are in next Wednesday night. Mari­posa Arts Theatre’s movie night has Lov­ing Vin­cent at Galaxy Cin­e­mas Oril­lia Oct. 18; get tick­ets at the door (4 and 7 p.m. shows). Liona Boyd, Ted Bar­ris and Steve Bur­rows are at the Lea­cock Mu­seum Oct. 14 for Lit on Tour. The an­nual Cold­wa­ter Witches Walk is Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. Steely Dan is still on the road, de­spite Wal­ter Becker’s death last month; they are at Casino Rama Oct. 19.

Davis). I’d go hear it if it was just An­der­son, but for many, the trum­pet is kind of nec­es­sary. The URL is way too long for the ticket link, so go to oril­li­a­jaz­zfes­ti­val.com to find it, or get them at Al­l­ey­cats Mu­sic.

I thought it odd Jerry Leger was on the menu for the festival — he’s not ex­actly known for his jazz — but after lis­ten­ing to some of his lat­est stuff, I think you’ll be suit­ably sur­prised with what he’s writ­ten and how it fits the festival. He’s at Ap­ple Annie’s Saturday af­ter­noon.

Last is some­thing spe­cial. You might have seen the name Mayfly’s Land­ing in this space be­fore. They are new and played the Mari­posa Folk Festival in the sum­mer. The band will be at The Brown­stone Saturday night, and I’m telling you now it will be the hottest place with the fresh­est-sound­ing blues on Mis­sis­saga Street after 10 p.m. Add this one to your itin­er­ary after see­ing oth­ers in the front half of the night.

An­other Im­ages Thanks­giv­ing Stu­dio Tour is done. I did some­thing dif­fer­ent this year and only went to two venues, but I still had a great time.

Con­ver­sa­tion with Jimi McKee is al­ways fas­ci­nat­ing. Fri­day af­ter­noon at quit­ting time, he’d sold

eight pieces, which is the point of the event — to sell art. So, good for him. I learned some­thing I didn’t know. Years ago, McKee tasked him­self with recre­at­ing 35 pieces Nor­man Rock­well orig­i­nally painted. They are the only ones in ex­is­tence be­cause those original 35 paint­ings were de­stroyed in a fire and McKee did his work from pho­to­graphs of the pieces. Well, Rock­well saw some of the ear­lier com­ple­tions and gave his bless­ing to McKee to fin­ish the rest. He has two of them and I got the story be­cause I’ve seen Rock­well orig­i­nals dozens of them and I thought the two McKee has were orig­i­nals.

At the Lea­cock Mu­seum, Mur­ray Van Halem had a few new paint­ings of Toronto scenes, a dif­fer­ent take on the Flat­iron Build­ing, and sev­eral night scenes of street­cars he did in an im­pres­sion­ist style I liked a lot.

Up­stairs, Mike Bailey had the whole floor for his pho­to­graphs, in­clud­ing one of a Muskoka chair I have also taken shots of. We had a nice con­ver­sa­tion about get­ting prints made in which I found out he has his own printer to make prints up to 40 inches. Ev­ery­thing you saw on dis­play, he printed. That’s un­usual since most oth­ers use a print­ing ser­vice to get their work out of a com­puter.

Sun­day, Travis Shilling, not part of the tour, had a small gath­er­ing to show some new and unique pieces he’s done. Again, the con­ver­sa­tion was en­light­en­ing, but then, at Shilling ’s shows, it al­ways is. Rants! Raves!! Info? Write John at watchthis­pro­duc­tions @en­code.com.

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