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SJM Participating in Doors Open 2010

 

Owen Sound, ON - June 5-6, 2010 - 10am-4pm

SailorJones Media welcomes you to Doors Open Owen Sound. While experiencing both our offices and space within the private residence, enjoy the music of BECKON, the talents of Zapphastudio's Sharon Barfoot, and the documentary skills of the SailorJones crew.

Former Station Hotel

The first owner of the property the building occupies was Richard Ringo, one of the original Black inhabitants of Owen Sound. Records show there was an early meeting of the Black church congregation on the site. Richard Ringo sold the property to George Creighton for $100 in 1873, who resold it to William Lyons later the same year. That same year, the first railway presence in Owen Sound arrived, the Toronto Grey-Bruce narrow gauge line. The Lyons family owned the building until 1942, and several family members worked for the C.P.R.

Over the railway period the building served as a boarding house for sailors and trainmen, sometimes a hotel, and an overflow waiting area for the train station. It often had a restaurant or café on the ground floor. Different names for the building over the years have been a source of confusion. From 1932 to 1938 it was known as the Avenue House Hotel; by the 1950s it was called the Station House. A land registry entry in 1967 refers to it as the Station Hotel. In the years since, the building has been a rooming house, dance studio, artist workshop and today serves as home port to SailorJones Media.

Local Storytelling

Share your favourite memories and let your storytelling skills shine. Our student videographers will capture your best tales-memories of trips to Grey/Bruce as a visitor, childhood stories, In the SailorJones Media office-Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm.

Sharon Barfoot - Zappha Studio

Zappha's paintings are inspired by her desire to learn to be present in the moment and paint from an instinctive internal source rather than from external references. She paints in an intuitive, improvisational way where the composition and surface dictate how to proceed. Abstraction is used in her work to inspire meanings and feelings unique to the individual viewing her work. Sharon Barfoot currently serves as Art School Director at the Southampton Art School. Her work can be viewed at www.artbreak.com/Zapphastudio

Fundamental Freedoms

In 1982, one of the most important documents in Canadian history was born. The Charter of Rights and Freedoms provides the framework for the free and democratic society we enjoy today. This documentary examines the history of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the struggle surrounding the ratification of the document and the importance of the Charter in today's multicultural society. The program reviews the evolution of the Charter of Rights and each of its guarantees: the fundamental freedoms, democratic rights, mobility rights, legal rights, equality rights, language rights. Interviews with government officials, educators, the legal community and recent immigrants are featured in the program. FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS was produced in 11 languages and received the 2006 Canadian Ethnic Media Award as Best Television production. Executive Producer Barbara Jones will be on hand to answer questions about the program, and its accompanying website - Canada New Media Award nominee www.CharterOfRights.ca,following each screening.

Beckon

Beckon is a new duo rapidly gaining recognition for their captivating original music and stunning harmonies. Connie Rossitter made her musical debut on local radio at the age of 5. A country girl at heart, she grew up on the family farm just outside of Owen Sound. She began writing songs in her high school years, performing at open mic nights, coffee houses and in local musical theatre productions. After several cross-country moves, it was in Orangeville where Connie met friend and fellow musician Beth Hamilton. Professionally trained as a music therapist and educator, Beth has been singing and sharing her gift of music her whole life. In 2008 both musicians moved to Owen Sound where they began performing and songwriting as a duo with a passionate desire to hone their craft. Beckon is an intriguing blend of roots, folk and pop sensibilities. With lyrics that are sometimes heart-wrenching, sometimes gritty, and sometimes as light as a ray of sun, Beckon brings a little piece of themselves to every song and performance and will capture your imagination with their unmistakable sound. www.myspace.com/beckonofficial

 

 

 

 
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