We’re Off and Running!

What a great first night night!

4 plays, 2 dance acts and a very happy audience!

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And the festival isn’t even officially open yet! This afternoon, Ontario’s lieutenant governor the Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell joins us to open the festival and tour the events, meeting artists and visitors.

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Come prepared to enjoy the next two days of acting, dancing, art show and sales, multimedia poetry, concert and book launch, author readings, panel discussion and fun.

Buy a book for children or adults (prices start at $5) or an original painting (all pieces are $75) or other work of art.  

As photographer Ian Davis says: “The intent is to make original art affordable by just about anyone.” Ian is bringing this image below, and others, to FOTA. 

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Victoria Terry, who is thrilled to have the painting below and others included at FOTA, notes “There is an abundance of artistic talent in this area and SOTH has managed to tap into it and bring all artistic endeavours together.  Very important.”  


And all this, as actor Reva Nelson (starring in Mouse) says, in a “friendly, open atmosphere to indulge your senses, explore new ideas and meet old and new friends. There truly is something for everyone.” 

Susan Statham, painter, author and president of Spirit of the Hills says:

“The Festival of the Arts has something for everyone – it will feed your spirit, enlighten your mind and bring joy to your heart.”  

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Marie-Lynn Hammond, beloved local musician who performs at the festival and is also the playwright behind Mouse says:“Life is too short not to cram into it all the inspiring, uplifting entertaining, amusing, stimulating and moving arts-and-culture experiences you can — especially when they’re all in one place — and those are what you’ll find at FOTA!” 

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Our Spirit of the Hills members are so excited, you’d think this was SOTH’s biggest, 20th anniversary event or something! Okay, yes: it is. Here’s more from them:

“There’s music, dance, theatre, books, art, poetry! Come out and experience the bounty that local artists have to offer.”  Kim Aubrey, poet, author and FOTA’s Book Fair coordinator.

“It is rare to find such an eclectic group of artists under one umbrella. The festival is the perfect example of how all different types of art can be celebrated together! Come celebrate with us!”  Jenni Burke, painter

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“It is the only SOTH event to embrace visual arts, word art, music, and dance all in one place and time, which makes it more significant that many other events.”  Tony Crocker, photographer.

“I think the visual arts group has a great idea in selling works on 12” X 12” canvasses, at prices that are low enough to attract non-rich buyers.” Derek Paul, author and scientist.

“You’ll see the fusion of multiple streams of art flow together in a small-town setting beside Lake Ontario during three days of theatre, visual arts, music, dance, workshops, poetry and prose.”  Shane Joseph, author & publisher, Blue Denim Press.

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“The Festival of the Arts is a unique blend of art from every discipline in the county. So often artists are working alone; the festival brings them together to celebrate creativity, originality, and drive.”  Patricia Calder, photographer and author.

See you at FOTA this weekend! Most events are FREE. Tickets for other events at Let’s Talk Books on King Street in Cobourg, or: 



One Comment Add yours

  1. I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s workshop(s)!


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