Why Poetry? by Kate Rogers

A lot of writers and artists make Northumberland County home! One important reason my husband and I chose to settle here after two decades abroad is the many poets and visual artists who practice their craft here. What is poetry? According to Margaret Atwood, “Poetry is condensed emotion.” Poets often focus on epiphanies—flashes of understanding…

Welcome Apple Route Studio Tour!

NFOTA is excited to partner with Apple Route Studio Tour, September 24 & 25, 2022. It all began in 2017, when a couple of artists residing in Colborne learned that federal funding might be made available to help celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial. The money had to be spent on community activities as opposed to infrastructure or…

Meet the Faces Behind NFOTA: Shannon Linton

“Art is the expression of something true. It is a sharing of something real that allows readers, listeners, and viewers to feel. Art is not the sacred territory of geniuses, it is beautifully mundane and available to everyone. Art makes us feel and that makes us more fully alive.” Shannon Linton Shannon Linton, singer songwriter…

What’s Your Take: In Praise of Empathy by Ronald Mackay

In this series, Northumberland artists share their views on issues related to the arts. “Seeds of the destruction of many an empire since the beginning of civilization may be traced to wilful blindness, a refusal to cultivate empathy. Obama claims empathy to be indispensable for human flourishing.” Ronald Mackay There is a faction that would…

2019 Festival Highlights: Marie-Lynn Hammond and San Murata

As we confirm the program for NFOTA’s upcoming festival, to be announced soon, we look back on previous festivals. Here is a song from singer song-writer Marie-Lynn Hammond and San Murata, artist and jazz violinist. Northumberland Festival of the Arts will take place across Northumberland County from September 16 – October 2, 2022. Northumberland Festival…

2019 Festival Highlights: Kim Doolittle

As we confirm the program for NFOTA’s upcoming festival, to be announced soon, we look back on previous festivals. Here is part of Kim Doolittle’s performance at the Festival of the Arts in 2019. About Kim: Kim Doolittle is a singer, songwriter, storyteller and musician. Her 9th studio album, “Into the Blue,” came out in…

Meet the Faces Behind NFOTA: Pam Royl

“Therein lies the very act of creativity; revealing oneself to others. And what better way to do so than a festival designed to share and inspire.“ Pam Royl Pam volunteers on NFOTA’s Communications/Marketing Committee Who you are? I am a fiction writer of women’s stories inspired by history. Creativity has fueled my soul, through a…

April is Poetry Month by Mia Burrus

Festival Readers: April is Poetry Month!  It started with Katie Hoogendam’s launch of her new collection, Spring Thaw, as part of Let’s Talk Books’ spring series, which continues Sunday, April 10, 2 PM, with Stuart Ross and Bruce Whiteman. https://www.facebook.com/letstalkbookscobourg/events/ Katie says it best herself: I’ve described the area behind Let’s Talk Books in Cobourg…