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…

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…

Picnic Table Anthology: a call for poetry submissions

“If ants are such busy workers, how come they find time to go to all the picnics?” Marie Dressler The Peoples Republic of Poetry (PRP) calls for submissions of poems for its Picnic Table Anthology 2022. The poems can be any subject but limited to 20 lines. Each poem will be on a transparency and…

Spread the Word by What Fun!

In the spirit of collaboration and celebration, Northumberland musicians Lynn C. Bilton, Christopher Cameron and Marie-Lynn Hammond got together to record Lynn’s new song, Spread the Word. The trio had so much fun creating this music video at Northumberland Music Studio in Warkworth that they decided to name their group What Fun! You’re invited to sing along, join the fun and…

Ringing in the New Year with a Renga by Antony Di Nardo

We “conversed” with haikus. His rushing waves; my mountain peaks. His response to tracks in the snow; my reflections on bird sightings. By the end, the renga seemed to have evolved organically of its own accord. Adding to it was tantamount to feeding a giant’s beanstalk, grown to reach the clouds and touch the sky….

Letter to a Poet: an exchange between Jessica Outram and Gwynn Scheltema

The following exchange appeared in Writescape.ca and Cobourg Now. Letter to a Poet There’s nothing better than words of encouragement that arrive seemingly out of nowhere. That recently happened to me when my long-time friend, Jessica, sent an email with a link to the local online newspaper, in which she had written a letter addressed…

The Arts Have Their Place by Wally Keeler

The arts have their places, everywhere, inside, outside. Great buildings host operas, orchestras, plays, music, and dance. Even literature has great buildings. Patrons take out nature books, dramas, mysteries, histories, biographies, while poetry wall flowers away and none take it out for a dance. Outdoors, there is theatre in the park, bandshells for music, dance…