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The Brights: National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women

Knights of Columbus Hall, 93 Berczy Street, Barrie, ON

Held by the Women & Children's Shelter of Barrie (

Doors open at 5pm, Event is 6:00pm-7:00pm

Each year activists from around the world take part in a 16 day global campaign to raise awareness about violence against women. This campaign begins on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and ends on December 10, International Human Rights Day. The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign is recognized globally by over 150 countries, including Canada, and provides an opportunity for activists to work together to draw attention to violence against women worldwide.

Gender-based violence affects all of us, not just women living with abusive partners. It affects women who fear being on the street alone at night or who are reluctant to leave their drinks unattended at a bar. It affects young women who are bombarded by media images which portray them as vulnerable, weak, thin and sexually accessible. It affects young boys who grow up believing that violence is the only way to solve problems and that control over people is a measure of strength. It affects our sisters, daughters, nieces and granddaughters who have to survive in a world where they are confronted with images of male violence and female vulnerability every day of their lives.

Canada has its own grim reminder of violence against women which falls within the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. In the late afternoon of December 6, 1989 a lone gunman walked into École Polytechnique in Montreal and murdered 14 women before killing himself. This was one of the earliest school massacres of such magnitude and the most misogynistic. The women in the college were killed because they were women and for no other reason.

December 6 was declared a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women by the Federal Government in 1991. Those of us working to end gender-based violence, like the Women and Children’s Shelter of Barrie, have commemorated this tragic event in our nation’s history each year since 1989. It’s a sad commentary on our society that twenty-one years after Montreal we still need to be reminded that violence against women exists and that women and children continue to experience abuse in their lives.

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The Brights: Derek Olive's Blue Dot Tour

Free Times Cafe, 320 College Street, Toronto, ON

The Brights join Derek Olive ( on one of his stops along his Blue Dot Music Cycling Tour.

This summer Derek is out on tour by bicycle in support of the Blue Dot movement (! The tour will see Derek ride over 3000 km while playing shows across much of the country to promote the David Suzuki Foundation's Blue Dot movement, and of course his new CD Mystery and Dust.

The Blue Dot movement is about recognizing Canadians' right to breathe fresh air, drink clean water and eat healthy food. Simple yet fundamental.

The Brights will be Derek's special guests at Toronto's Free Times Cafe. Tickets are $10, available at the door.


The Brights: Private Festival

Oakville, ON

The Brights return for their second year at this invitation-only festival.

The Brights: Summer Solstice Music & Sound Gathering

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Private Festival, Oro-Medonte, ON

This is a private event, but local friends are invited to contact us for details if they're interested in attending.

An all-night solstice celebration of music, followed by yoga and breakfast in the morning. In a beautiful old barn on a lovely farm property.

Coordinated and performed by Ray Dillard and friends.

Blood and Fire: The Donnelly Project

Orillia Folk Society @ Aladdin Banquet Hall, 1035 Mississaga Street West, Orillia, ON

FridayFolk presents Blood and Fire: The Donnelly Project on Friday, January 30. The concert takes place at Aladdin Banquet Hall, 1035 Mississaga St. W., Orillia, with dinner available before the show. Doors open at 7:00 (or visit Aladdin Restaurant next door if you'd like an earlier meal), showtime is 7:30. Tickets are $15 for adults, $7 for youth ages 16 and under, available at the door.

The Donnelly Project started as Paul Court's response to the Steve Earle song "Justice In Ontario" -- he began to reflect on different perspectives on the story and events that took place in the 1800s in Ontario. Paul was considering a way to present the songs in performance when Susan Charters, a former band-mate of Paul's, and a storyteller, offered to collaborate on linking the songs with stories to present The Donnelly Project in a concert setting. Their efforts resulted in a variety of performances and the recordings in 2007 for the live CD - "Blood and Fire: The Donnelly Project". Both the show and CD are intended to draw you into the story, let you hear the voices that are willing to speak, revealing or hiding what they wish, and letting you form you own opinion, as so many have, about the brutal events of February 1880 in that small Ontario Township.

Paul and Susan will be joined by the musicians from the "original cast" of the recording: Don Bray (mandolin, guitar, lap slide, vocals), Alyssa Wright (cello, vocals), Jennifer Ives (vocals) and Carol Teal (vocals).

$15 Adult, $7 Youth aged 16 and under Age limit: All ages

The Brights: 50 Ways to Love Paul Simon

Hugh's Room, 2261 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON

"A Man Called Wrycraft" presents "50 Ways to Love Paul Simon", featuring The Brights, Brian MacMillan, Darcy Windover, Sharbat, The Marrieds, Eh440, Rich Brown & Friends, plus one more artist T.B.A., and your host, Michael Wrycraft.

Hugh's Room is at 2261 Dundas St. W., Toronto. Doors open and fine dining begins 6:00 pm onwards, show starts at 8:30. Call (416) 531-6604 to reserve your seat ($25 advance, $30 at the door, HST included).

$25 advance, $30 at the door (HST included)

The Brights: Babes4Breasts Showcase at FMO 2014

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Westin Bristol Place, Room 340, 950 Dixon Road, Toronto, ON

The Brights perform a showcase-in-the-round with Amanda Rheaume and James Keelaghan at Folk Music Ontario's "Babes4Breasts" Showcase room, 340. Open to conference registrants only -- visit for conference registration and details.

Free - must be registered for evening of conference

The Brights: Babes4Breasts Showcase at FMO 2014

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Westin Bristol Place, Room 340, 950 Dixon Road, Toronto, ON

The Brights perform a showcase-in-the-round with Kirsten Jones and Peter Katz at Folk Music Ontario's "Babes4Breasts" Showcase room, 340. Open to conference registrants only -- visit for conference registration and details.

Free - must be registered for evening of conference


The Brights celebrate the Freewheeling Folk Show's 20th Anniversary

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CFMU 93.3, Hamilton, ON

FREEWHEELING 20th anniversary/1000 show!! 9.30 till 1pm "LIVE" with Fourwarned, The Acoustics, Sarah Beatty, Rae Billing, Allison Lupton Band w/Ian Bell, Edgar Breau, Dawn & Marra, Kim & Frank Koren, Wayne Krawchuk, the Ludgates, Mark McNeil, Ariel Rogers & Scott C. Smith, Steve Sinnicks, Brown Ale, Crabtree & Mills, Cindy Dell, Wendell Ferguson, Hotcha, Lynn Jackson, Richard Knechtal, Paul Langille, Donna Creighton, David Leask, Gathering Sparks (Eve Goldberg-Sam Turton-Jane Lewis), Tannis Slimmon, Ed Vandendool, Caroline Wiles, Laura Bird, The Brights, Linda McRae, and End of the Road featuring John Prince!!!

Listen in at 93.3 FM or online at


Songwriters' Art

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Gallery 111, 111 Dunlop Street East, Barrie, ON

Original Tunes, Sunday Afternoons

Roy Hickling, Scott Cooper, Paul Court and Don Bray

The 2014 season features talented songwriters performing all original songs, unplugged and in the round.... and they are guitar carrying members of BaDAS/S - the Barrie and District Association of Singer Songwriters!

Don Bray is a fantastic writer, player and performer. His soulful songs don’t shy away from difficult subjects and his masterful slide and guitar playing will have you dancing in your chair (if not the aisles).

Scott Cooper is a busy working musician who promotes his music and also uses his talents to promote children’s literacy in local schools. His songs are clever and warm, catchy and humorous, with extra-smooth vocals.

Paul Court is a talented Orillia singer songwriter whose songs are clever, moving and often a poignant blend of both. He spends a lot of his time and energy teaching songwriting, mentoring and remaining active in folk music circles, often with organizations that he co-founded. Join us and listen closely.

Roy Hickling is a mixed-media artist, farmer and singer songwriter - depending on the season. Roy's well-written, lyric driven songs are delivered with inventive guitar and cover a wide variety of subjects.

Concert Location & Details:
Gallery 111 is at 111 Dunlop Street East, right beside the Flying Monkey Craft Brewery and there is free parking in the lot off Lakeshore Drive out back.

Admission is by suggested donation with all proceeds to the musicians.

Your host is Gallery 111 member Roy Hickling Great art, great music!

admission by suggested donation, all proceeds to artists