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The Shelburne Freelancer                                                             Wednesday, January 13, 2015

What's Next For The Tipling Stage Company? 

Lots of casting, trawling and catching in comedy rehearsals

 at Grace Tipling Hall!

Yes, the cast of Norm Foster’s The Great Kooshog Lake Hollis McCauley Fishing Derby is back rehearsing for the production next month of this rollicking comedy set in a lakeside town during its annual fishing derby re-energized by the break for Christmas and the New Year.

Of course, there’s lots to do in addition to rehearsing the play – props and costumes must be sourced and selected, lighting design and sound effects, music must all be assessed and re-assessed, set construction must be scheduled. Community theatre demands lots commitment from its actors, directors and crew, many working in more than one capacity. But members of the Tipling Stage Company, Shelburne Community Theatre love the challenge and... The Great Kooshog Lake Hollis McCauley Fishing Derby is destined to be a star attraction in Shelburne this winter!

Then, in addition to all that work discussed in the previous paragraph, there are tickets to be sold. The group has help with that – Holmes Appliances and Music Shop, Shelburne IDA and Shelburne Town Hall all have tickets for sale.

They are also available on line at

Show dates are February 19th, 20th, 26th and 27th at 8:00 pm and February 21st at 2:00 pm. Plan to laugh away the winter blues…

For more information, contact [email protected]

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The Shelburne Freelancer                                                             Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The Shelburne Freelancer                                                                 Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Tipling Stage Company Is Getting Ready For

A Fishing Derby Like No Other!

Norm Foster’s The Great Kooshog Lake Hollis McCauley Fishing Derby was cast last week at Grace Tipling Hall, where the play will be performed during the last two weeks of February.
Darrick Rosborough is cast as the pompous investment banker who gets stranded for the weekend in the little town of Kooshog Lake. He is taught to fish by the contemptuous locals and takes part in their annual fishing derby celebrations. In fact, Darrick is the one cast member who does know how to fish so he will teach the others!
Other Shelburne stage favourites in the cast are Kelly McDowell and Paul Welch. Singer-songwriter Sohayla Smith joins the Tipling Stage Company for the first time and Michelle Graham, who stage-managed the recent production of The Trouble with Trent, makes her Shelburne stage debut.
In what Norm Foster himself describes as a “quirky, off-the-wall kind of comedy”, the cynical storekeeper whose son has left town, his one-time girlfriend who is carrying a torch for him, the wise old town patriarch and the aggressive, yet insecure, multi-business-owner combine to give the stranger some life lessons... and receive some themselves. Tickets can be purchased online for this ‘must-see’ comedy at and they make great stocking stuffers!

For further information, contact [email protected].

The Shelburne Freelancer                                                                  Saturday, November 14, 2015

The Shelburne Freelancer                                                               Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Devin Cuddy Band Performed Live 
At Dufferin County Museum & Archive's Harvest Home Music Festival

While the Cuddy name is synonymous with the wildly famous and eternally popular band, Blue Rodeo, which includes Jim Cuddy as lead singer, his son, Devin Cuddy (Left) is a completely separate talented entity all his own! Devin Cuddy may have been blessed with a famous name, but his talent, unique to the music industry, puts this young man's course on a journey all his own.

Devin Cuddy's voice offers a soothing, passionate and sincere exchange that immediately draws his listeners in. During his performance it is plain to see that this young man feels, experiences every note and translates that expression of genuineness, inciting emotions from the audience. Band members,Devon Richardson, Zach Sutton and Mike Tuyp also express that passionate exchange to the audience making this band unique and in-sink. If you missed this performance, you really missed a wonderful performance! 

The Devin Cuddy Band (Lto R)  Devin Cuddy, Devon Richardson, Zach Sutton and Mike Tuyp.

(Above) Enjoy the Devin Cuddy Band perform "She Ain't Cry'n Over Me!"

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The Shelburne Freelancer                                                                  Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Talented Mono Artist, Gail Prussky 
hosted an Art Class at Dufferin County Museum & Archives  on October 18th
 Pre-empting her Art Show, Raised In Captivity which Starts November 1st!

Seen here with the children of the art class, Mono artist, Gail Prussky opened the creative minds of the youngsters as their art will also be featured during her Art Show beginning November 1st. at DCMA. 

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The Spirit Touches Art Touches Spirit Event
Unmitigated Success!
Inspiring Showcase Of Talent!

The Trinity United Church in Shelburne was the backdrop hosting The "Spirit Touches Art Touches Spirit" Event  which featured a dizzying array of talent from the live to performances to the arts, to the vendors arts and crafts, this event had something for everyone! Update and more information coming soon!

The Vendors

The Music

The Art!

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The Shelburne Freelancer                                                                 Tuesday, October 13, 2015

    There Is Hope

Photos taken by Alex Sher in 2013 When Artist Ken Hall presented his Legacy exhibit at Dufferin County Museum & Archives

Can one person's actions change the world?

What can one person do to save the environment? Artist Ken Hall decided to try to make a difference by carving a life-sized killer whale skeleton from recycled cedar in the hope that it would raise awareness about the urgent need to re-examine our relationship to the natural world.  Entitled Legacy, the award-winning artwork is based on the tragic tale of a whale named Hope.

Currently touring Ontario before embarking on a National tour, Legacy is activating a public dialogue and inspiring a sense of environmental stewardship - particularly with younger audiences. To date, over 1,000,000 visitors have experienced Legacy as she champions environmental responsibility across North America.

As artist Ken Hall says, "The next step for Legacy is to get her into a venue in Toronto, to help spread her message to as wide an audience as possible."  Despite the phenomenal success of the exhibit so far, getting the attention of a suitable, high-traffic venue in the artist's native city has proven difficult. 

In an effort to increase exposure for the installation, Ken submitted Legacy for Bodhi Surf's "Ocean Guardian" contest.  The contest is seeking out the best “innovative, outside the box actions which reduce impact and promote marine conservation”.

The contest is decided by public voting.  Those interested in supporting Legacy can vote every 24 hours via the website until October 31st.  Legacy is currently in second place, but catching up quickly.  Your support can help put her over the edge.

Let's Change the World Together!

Legacy Project information:

Ocean Guardian Contest information:

Vote for Legacy:

Ken Hall

Ken Hall Art

607085 River Rd.

Mulmur, ON, Canada

L9V 2T4

(519) 925-4003



-2014 Town of Orangeville Arts & Culture awards "Artist of the Year"

-2014 Hills of Headwaters Tourism "Artisan of the Year"

(This media release provided by Ken Hall)

A Little Background Into Hope's Tragedy: Are human's in danger?

In 2013, Local Artist Ken Hall presented his Legacy Tour to Dufferin County Museum and Archives. What better way to bring attention to promoting environmental responsibility than to construct an exact wooden skeletal replica of a Killer Whale, named Hope, a 25 foot long skeleton constructed by reclaimed cedar. Suspended from the ceiling, this construct is a sight to behold.

Perhaps some have never questioned the impact of environmental exploitation and it is Artist, Ken Hall’s hope to help people realize what a fragile and interconnected ecosystem we live in. Revealing Hope’s story may shed some light on the impact industry may have on wildlife and humans alike.

Hope’s body was found, stranded off the North Olympic Peninsula in Washington State in 2002. Already known to Scientists as a member of a transient orca pod, they identified the whale as CA189. Close by, a young male, CA 188, believed to be Hope’s son, wouldn’t leave and in the face of dying, scientists struggled until eventually succeeding to entice the young whale back out to sea to safety. When brought to autopsy, it was discovered Hope’s body carried one of the highest loads of toxic chemicals, PCB’s and DDT ever recorded in a marine mammal.

But what does any of this have to do with humans? Ken Hall explains that logging in British Columbia hurts the whale population via pollution indirectly poisoning rivers where salmon spawning occurs,further contaminating the continuously reduced diet whales can consume. Whales have become an indicator species reminding us that we risk our own futures as well as theirs. Many humans consume fish, and just what levels of PCB’s and DDT’s are we comfortable with ingesting?

Hall is an admirer the whale species. “Hope was given her name by the local children who found her in 2002. I love whales and see them as Universal Ambassadors,” said Hall.

Two years ago Hall had a vision. “I wanted to work with a large piece that had a large presence to it.” Being a 3-D Art Director and Computer Games Director, once inspired by Hope’s story, he began his labor of love. The Idaho Virtualization Laboratory created the 3-D scans Hall needed to complete his vision. Hall explained, “I will be taking the project across Canada to raise awareness about environmental issues. Even the gravel quarries are areas of concern.”

Over two years and over 160 bones later, this visual masterpiece is a beautiful, and grim reminder of the magnificent beast CA 189, who once swam along- side her son, CA188.

Artist Ken Hall’s Legacy Project was created with the intention to inspire future generations to act with wisdom. We can only, ‘Hope’.

Visit the project website for more information at www.kenhallart/LegacyProject

The Shelburne Freelancer                                                               Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Trouble With Trent
 By Fred Carmichael & Directed By Denis Stephenson 

The Tipling Stage Company Will Perform , The Trouble With Trent at Grace Tipling Hall
 October 16th, 17th, 23rd & 24th at 8:00 p.m. and October 18th at 2:00 p.m. 
Tickets only $15.00 

(LtoR) Kelly McDowell as DD Haverty and Jean Jardine Miller as Leora Foxcroft  working hard in stage rehearsals.

What Could Possibly Be,

' The Trouble With Trent?'

Get the Scoop..

Three Mystery enthusiasts write a detective story in the first person under the name Sarah Trent, emailing chapters to each other and meeting to polish it off. Then their agent hints that Sarah Trent is a real person, and book sales soar. Meeting at a beach cottage to finish their second book, the three are inundated with fans wanting to meet Sarah, and become entangled in a real life whodunnit comedy involving a socialite, a blackmailer and undercover government agents.  

Support Our Community Theatre

         Debbie Tait (Phoebe Baxter)                       Bev Nicholas(Ossie)                                  Josh Oatman(Kenneth)

Sherry MacDonald(Angela Plunkett)           Michelle Graham (Line Assistant)                Jo Hubbard(Alice Croydon)


Special Message from, 


Director, Denis Stephenson

"It is always exciting and gratifying to realize and see the live performance what first existed as a group of words in a play script. This performance accomplishes that task. What started off as a the reading of a group of lines has now metamorphosized to "live" scenes of people interacting as only humans can. This, truly, is what makes theatre so interesting and so much fun,- something I never tire of doing. 

our cast is a mixture of experienced actors, one who is new, and one who is returning to our stage. all of whom have worked very hard over the past eight weeks to present our show. I am sure you will enjoy their efforts ."

Denis Stephenson, respected Veteran of Community Theatre Returns to Direct, The Trouble With Trent, A must see mystery/ comedy by Fred Carmichael. 

Note Worthy: Did you know all actors work tirelessly and on a volunteer basis? 

If you have never seen these actors perform, you are in for a real treat!

See you there! Alex Sher

Rhythm Foot Success!
Video and article coming soon!

The Shelburne Freelancer                                                               Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Naomi Bristow Wowed Her Audience, Have A Listen! 

        Coat of Many Colors                                                Tennessee Waltz                                                Yodelling 

Naomi Bristow performed at Shelburne's Grace Tipling Hall on Sunday September 27, 2015 and completely wowed her audience! No one could deny this 18 year old her dream of singing on the stage of the Grand Ole Oprey on a regular basis. She is destined for fame! Look out Grand Ole Oprey, Naomi Bristow has a dream and she is headed your way!

Naomi Bristow(L) wowed her audience at Grace Tipling Hall On Sunday, September 27, 2015. Bristow was accompanied by Tim Sanders,(R) who once played with the famous Tommy Hunter Band. 
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The Shelburne Freelancer                                                                    Sunday, September 27, 2015

Respected Veteran Of Community Theatre 

Returns To Shelburne 

To Direct Mystery-Comedy.

With Fred Carmichael’s The Trouble with Trent, Denis Stephenson returns to directing a Tipling Stage Company production five years after he last presented a ‘season opener’ in Shelburne.
Actively involved in community theatre for more than sixty years, Denis’s first appearance – as a young boy, no less – was in a production of the Hamilton Players Guild, the oldest community theatre group in North America.  Past president of Burlington Little Theatre, Bramalea Live Theatre and Caledon Town Hall Players, Denis is well-versed in all aspects of theatre from acting and directing to stage managing and set construction, and everything in between. He will be remembered by Shelburne audiences as the father of the bride in Plaza Suite, the father of the groom in There Goes the Bride, the lawyer in Deathtrapand was the Tipling Stage Company’s best Dame ever in the pantomime, Aladdin. He directed Derek Benfield’s A Bird in the Hand at this time five years ago.
Tipling Stage Company presents The Trouble with Trent at Grace Tipling Hall, Shelburne October 16th, 17th, 23rd & 24th at 8:00 pm and October 18th at 2:00 pm. 
Tickets are available online or from Shelburne Town Hall.

For more information, email: [email protected].

This information generously provided by Jean Miller of the Tipling Stage Company

The Shelburne Freelancer                                                                    Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Hyland Artists Exhibition Now Being Held at Trinity United Church!

In the late 1970's, a Shelburne Art Club was formed, founded by Grace Barr and good friend, Jean Cox. In the interest of growing artistically while creating a fun learning environment, Barr describes what became a life long love affair with the paint brush.

Flash forward to 2015, now called the Hyland Artists, present members include Brenda Cottingham, Jocelyne Dewsburry, Nedyene Doney, Trudy, Gamble-Jacklin, Audrey Jones, Ann Kendrew, Linda O'Connor, Rita Robertson, Mari Tunney, and Joan Vrooman. The group currently meets at the New Horizon Room at the Mel Lloyd Centre located on 167 Centre St. every Friday from 9:30 a.m. until 12 p.m.

Well worth the look, the artistic talent of the group is clearly obvious. Fair to say "tall trees from little acorns grow" as founding member Grace Barr could only hope to imagine the group still meeting and thriving in 2015. 


"As I look around, I am a little 

surprised and very happy that my little

 idea has survived so long- it was

 certainly a little idea that grew. Our 

early aims of learning, having fun and 

growing have surpassed all my 

expectations without money or help 

from anyone. 

Thank you all. " 

             Grace Barr 2005

Quote provided by Barr's Hyland Artists Informational booklet at the Exhibition where Biographies are on hand.

(Above) Hyland Artists founding Member, Grace Barr (Below) Other beautiful works by Artist, Grace Barr.

The Shelburne Freelancer                                                                      Wednesday, July 8, 2015


Shelburne's very own, Actor, singer, songwriter, Josh Oatman! 

WOW! Shelburne's Got talent!!!

The Shelburne Freelancer                                                                     Tuesday, June16, 2015

The Shelburne Freelancer                                                                      Monday, June 11, 2015

The Secrets of a Soccer Mom is a must see comedy written by Kathleen Clark and directed by Shelburne's very own, Josh Oatman. Explore the complex dynamic which inevitably arises when a Mothers VS Sons soccer game re-ignites three mother's passion for the game and competitiveness the moms believed was long forgotten. Performances at Grace Tipling Hall run Friday,June 12th &13th at 8 p.m and June 13th &14th at 2 p.m. See Director, Josh Oatman reveal a little bit about the play, the cast, and who will the play will appeal to in this exclusive video interview. 


      Actress Michelle White               Actress Jean Jardine Miller           Actress Daphne Rodaway

In his 'Directorial Debut,' Josh Oatman of The Tipling Stage Company reveals what he thinks of the play and who will it appeal to. 

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The Shelburne Freelancer                                                                        Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Have you been Into The Woods yet?
  It's Not Too Late. LP Stage Productions presents 
May 30th, and May 31st at Grace Tipling Hall

Go to for more information.

LP Stage Productions offers a unique learning experience to young people who wish to learn everything there is to know about theatre. What might surprise is the fact that Into the Woods is completely presented, acted, marketed, staged, lit, all by kids involved in the production. From Lights to sound, quite a talented spectacle of quality entertainment for the whole family. 

The Shelburne Freelancer                                                                        Thursday, May 14, 2015

Update From The Tipling Stage Company

Calling all soccer moms in particular, and everybody out there who appreciates theatre that’s relatable to their own lives.
Secrets of a Soccer Mom by Kathleen Clark provides some funny, some empathetic - but all highly relatable - insights into the lifestyles of three women who reluctantly take the field in a mothers vs. sons soccer game. They intend to let the children win, but as the game unfolds they become intent on scoring. The competition ignites a fierce desire to recapture their youthful good-humour, independence and sexiness, paving the way toward a better understanding of themselves, their families and the changes they need to make in their lives.
Josh Oatman makes his directing debut in community theatre with Secrets of a Soccer Mom on the June 12th to 14th weekend when this year’s Tipling Stage Company’s exciting community theatre season in Shelburne comes to an end. This one may be coming to an end but next season’s brochure - featuring another selection of plays that you definitely won’t want to miss - will be available shortly!
Performances are June 12th and 13th at 8:00 pm and June 13th and 14th at 2:00 pm at Grace Tipling Hall and tickets are available from Caravaggio IDA, Holmes Appliances and Music Shop, Shelburne Town Hall and online at For community group fundraising, as well as for club outings, a local businesses, an alumni reunions, birthday parties, etc., a $5 discount per ticket is available for groups of 10 or more.

More information – [email protected].

(LtoR) Actresses Michelle White and Daphne Rodaway to star in

 Secrets of a Soccer Mom 

in Tipling Stage Company's upcoming play by Kathleen Clark and Directed by Josh Oatman.

World Renown Authoress, Charlotte Gray
Delights Audience At Grace Tipling Hall

Authoress, Charlotte Gray delighted her audience at Grace Tipling Hall on May 2nd with an engaging, informative and sincere discussion on her latest work, The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master And The Trial That Shocked A Country.

While Gray humbly stated how pleased she was to visit Shelburne and speak, the experience of human exchange was illuminating as Gray brought history to life, transporting the audience into a different place in time, full of smell, texture, lifestyle, all of which echoed what it really must have been like during the time of the Massey Murder in the early 1900's.

A portion of the speech is featured in the video to the left for those who missed out, but to find out more, you may want to purchase the book! 

(Lto R) BookLore Store Manager, Brenda Juno,  BookLore Owner, Nancy Frater, Authoress Charlotte Gray, Shelburne Public Library's Ceo/Head Librarian and Darla Frazer

Chief Librarian at the Orangeville Public Library. Gray's visit a result of the collaborative effort of all parties involved in One Book One County initiative. 

Shelburnite, Teresa Bonnick attended Gray's visit to Grace Tipling Hall and during the question and answer period,

made inquiries into the life of her own maternal grandmother's life at the time of the Massey Murder. According to Bonnick, little is known about the lifestyle in the 1900's with regards to immigrants and Gray was able to shed a little light on the subject.

The Shelburne Freelancer                                                                       Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Lack of male actors in Shelburne has great outcome in fantastic all-female play instead.
When you squeeze the lemon, you get lemonade, they say. The non-appearance of male actors at Tipling Stage Company’s recent auditions for the scheduled production of What the Heart Wants by David Nicholson has led to a quick decision to substitute a very apt comedy set on the soccer field. Secrets of a Soccer Mom by Kathleen Clark is a ninety minute look into the lives of three mothers as they strategize at a Sunday afternoon kids’ soccer game.
Nancy, Lynn and Alison reluctantly take the field in a mothers vs. sons soccer game. They intend to let the children win, but as the game unfolds they become intent on scoring. The competition ignites a fierce desire to recapture their youthful good-humour, independence and sexiness, paving the way toward a better understanding of themselves, their families and changes they need to make in their lives.
It’s fun, it’s absorbing, it’s highly relatable and will appeal to all the soccer moms in the area.. and the soccer dads who were too busy to consider trying out at TSC’s original auditions!

More information, contact [email protected].

The Shelburne Freelancer                                                                           Monday, April 13, 2015

The Shelburne Freelancer                                                                           Friday April 10, 2015

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Watch this teaser of Tipling Stage Company's, "But Why Bump Off  Barnaby?"

Tipling Stage Company Presents, "But Why Bump Off Barnaby?"

Tipling Stage Company is Rehearsing the next hit stage performance of But Why Bump Barnaby, a Rick Abbot play Director Jean Jardine Miller who provided the following information. 

The hilariously funny mystery farce But Why Bump Off Barnaby? is coming to Shelburne.
When Barnaby is murdered at Marlgate Manor, it is quite obvious that he had a motive to murder everybody else but... nobody has a reason to murder him. So, with a murderer on the loose, a mystifying limerick, a treasure hunt for a secret family fortune, secret passageways, revolving doors and poisoned drinks, there is a frantic and hilarious rush to solve the clue he leaves behind before anybody else is killed.
Members of the Tipling Stage Company, Shelburne Community Theatre, have been rehearsing the well-known Rick Abbot farce throughout these last freezing cold weeks – not just rehearsing but working on the various “unusual”, shall we say, props and furniture the play calls for. The result is going to be the funniest production the Company has come up with yet in the seven years since it was founded by the Town of Shelburne to bring theatrical entertainment to it’s wonderful old Grace Tipling Concert Hall, built for the citizens of old to gather for song dance and laughter on winter evenings.
But Why Bump Off Barnaby? really is hilariously funny. Actors who are off stage at various points are still reacting with uncontrollable laughter to those on stage even after witnessing the scenes many times over. The murder of Barnaby, played by Eric Nagler, is pricelessly farcical as he desperately tries to communicate a clue to the murderer’s identity to the dimwit granddaughter, played by Tipling newcomer Daphne Rodaway, and her erstwhile fiancé, played by Josh Oatman. The production is directed by Jean Jardine Miller, and features a cast of several of Shelburne audiences’ favourite Tipling Stage Company actors.
Performances are March 27th, 28th at 8:00 pm and March 28 & 29th at 2:00 pm at Grace TIpling Hall, 203 Main Street East, Shelburne. Tickets are available at Shelburne Town Hall, Holmes Appliances and Music Shop, Caravaggio’s IDA and online at

Just a little teaser from dress rehearsals!

Centre Dufferin District High School's Art Exhibition Now On At Shelburne Town Hall Art Gallery

Centre Dufferin District High School is producing great talent in their arts program. Though photos do not do the work justice, the Shelburne Freelancer greatly encourages the community of Shelburne to pay the Town of Shelburne's Art Gallery walls a visit and take look in support of the Shelburne community's young and up and coming artists. It has been said that beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder and there will be no disappointment in while allowing the works to move you, inspire thought, and just appreciate the wonderful spectacle of individual expression that all can relate to. 

Pickin In the Park News!

Thanks For the Memories of Pickin In the Park 2014!