Parade route set for Stanley Cup in Orono

Mark Thursday, July 8th on your calendar, and try to stay in town. Otherwise you’ll miss seeing the grandest sports trophy in Canada as it visits Orono courtesy of Bryan Bickell.

Orono has a tradition of celebrating its sports heroes by parading them down Main Street atop the old Bickle fire truck. Next week, the tradition continues, as family, friends, and fans from near and far, gather to celebrate the accomplishments of Bickell, an Orono native and member of the National Hockey League’s 2010 Stanley Cup winning team, the Chicago Blackhawks. Continue reading

Will the Stanley Cup come to Orono?

The Stanley Cup

It is the question on everybody’s mind: will the Stanley Cup really come to Orono?

“That’s what everyone wants to know,” says Ashley Bickell. “And all we can say right now is that we don’t know.” Ashley is the natural person in town to ask. And she says everyone is asking her the same question. Will brother Bryan really be able to bring the Cup to Orono, and if so, when?

Ashley is the sister of Bryan Bickell, an Orono native drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He was called up from the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs to play for the Hawks on an “as needed” basis during the team’s playoff run up to becoming the 2010 Stanley Cup Champions. Continue reading

Bryan Bickell helps keep the Stanley Cup dream alive for Orono

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Thanks to Bryan Bickell, there is a chance that the Stanley Cup will come to Orono.

Bickell, an Orono native, is doing what nearly every Canadian kid dreams about: playing in the Stanley Cup playoffs. He’s played for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League quite a lot over the past four years, but the last few games he’s played have been like a dream come true. The last four games he’s played for Chicago have been during the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs. Continue reading

Bonnetta sings of hope with a little help from his friends

Jonas Bonnetta amongst the cedars of Orono.

Jonas Bonnetta amongst the cedars of Orono. Photo by Peter Chatterton

Evening Hymns is the stage name of Orono musician Jonas Bonnetta and whatever mix of family and friends might be accompanying him on any given night. While there is really just one person behind the name, a whole community of musicians has gathered around Bonnetta, supporting him in his latest recording, Spirit Guides, which was just released on Nov. 3.

“I’m not a religious person at all, but I like to think of myself as a spiritual person,” says Bonnetta of his band’s name. “I was trying to invoke an atmosphere, a certain feeling.” And he succeeds, creating an emotional soundscape that deals with sadness and loss, but ultimately finds hope. Continue reading

Take the right road to an enjoyable theatre experience

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Alex Poch-Goldin (photo supplied)

It’s a beautiful drive to the quiet village of Pontypool, about 100 km northeast of Toronto. Early in the last century, the journey was a summer tradition for many of Toronto’s working-class Jews eager to escape the sweltering city.

Taking a similar route east, you will find this little-known story of Pontypool’s Jewish community brought to life in the 4th Line Theatre’s world premiere production of The Right Road to Pontypool. Continue reading

Historical play recalls Pontypool’s past

Historic 1940's photo of Pontypool train station

Pontypool train station circa the 1940s. Photo courtesy of Grant Curtis.

Most locals know you take Hwy. 35 to get to Pontypool. But few are aware that, early in the last century, making the journey to that small village was a summer tradition for Jews from Toronto eager to find relief from the sweltering heat of the city. And it was not always so easy. The little-known story, of how Pontypool became a summer resort destination for Toronto’s Jewish community for close to 50 years, is being brought to life by the 4th Line Theatre’s production of The Right Road to Pontypool. Continue reading

Jeramy Dodds wins Trillium Book Award for poetry

Jeramy Dodds

Jeramy Dodds was named the winner of the Trillium Book Award for Poetry for his debut collection, Crabwise to the Hounds, at the 22nd annual awards ceremony in Toronto yesterday.

Dodds receives a $10,000 prize, joining fellow Trillium winners Pasha Malla (English-language book award), Marguerite Andersen (French-language book award) and Paul Prud’homme (children’s literature in French-language), announced the Honourable Aileen Carroll, Ontario Minister of Culture. Dodds’ publisher, Coach House Books, receives $2,000.

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The Sadies take the scenic route to Orono

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John Doe & The Sadies. Photo by Amanda Schenk/Derek von Essen effect.

If this is Tuesday, it must be Chicago – again. That was the refrain two weeks ago from Travis Good, the guitarist and co-frontman of the Sadies, when reached by phone in the midst of yet another road trip across the United States. The hard-working Sadies have seen a lot of Chicago and a number of other American cities lately, promoting their own album, New Seasons, as well as their latest collaborative recording. Continue reading

Building boom at Nexus Gallery

2x2x4 artists

2x2x4 artists

Rick Hodges, of Nexus Gallery in Orono, wanted to take an idea and build on it, literally. In 2 x 2 by 4, Hodges challenged himself and three other artists to create works within the gallery using a supply of 2” x 2” lumber, a saw, and a nail gun.

The results are a playful yet thought-provoking exploration of wood and space by Hodges; his friend and fellow artist Jiri Ladocha; Toronto-based photographer Mats Nordstrom; and local Orono artist and teacher Tony Cooper. The site-specific pieces are rounded out by a few additional works by Ladocha and Cooper that also relate to the show’s themes.

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