Pics from VBS 2017

Well that’s a wrap!


Looks like much fun had by all!


See below a sampling of photos by George Henderson 🙂

Photos from Artist Benefit Concert

Courtesy of George Henderson.

Photos here are not in order of appearance. But they still look good 😀



She’s your neighbour – Artist Benefit Concert 2017

Pieces on display by David Gordon. Knox Arts Benefit Concert 2017

That phrase sparked a community initiative that has flourished for six years in a row and has given a shot in the arm to many Acton area artists, according to motive force behind the event, Marjorie Britton.

Marj told a little story on Saturday night about how the concert came to be. She said her neighbour Darelle London was trying to launch her music career, and Marj felt more people should know about it, because “she’s your neighbour.” The rest as they say is history. 🙂

Marcel van Helden anchored the show with his stunning singing voice. He has his opera singing debut in UWO’s upcoming Magic Flute. He was accompanied in show by Ron Greidanus of Georgetown’s Bach Chorale, with whom Marcel will be performing more in 2017 – look them up! Marcel noted that his grant last year from Knox’s fund allowed him to “hire one of the best accompanists at the school.”  The tenor goes to Lucca, Itally, birthplace of Puccini, this summer for opera studies.

Clay art by Simon Harris

Past recipient Sasha Daleman performed on violin, Simon Harris displayed his clay works, and Susannah McKenzie-Sutter, at university in St. John’s, NL, sent in a video clip of her violin work.

The evening featured remarkable contributions by other ‘neighbours:’ Chris Miller’s darts skit, the Hilson Brothers in ’60s mode on guitar and percussion box, freestyle dance demo by Heather Mascarin, the stress reliever/diaphragmatic breathing exercise by Leanne Monoghan. And who can forget the glow in the dark skills by ‘juggling accountant’ Paul Latour!

The family Hazzard impressed with their effortless skill and showmanship. Jake, 22, a computer engineering student at Sheridan and music instructor, laid down a very sweet piano instrumental. And Walter, Grade 8, did a flawless job of accompanying dad Kevin on Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah.’

Both Alex Hilson and Kevin Hazzard are nominees  for Halton Hills’ Arts Alive awards, to be presented at the end of this month.

Acton-raised crime writer Maggie Petru showed great aplomb during her reading in reacting to the case of the mysteriously materializing microphone.

The show ended with a rip roaring tremendous version of ‘Amen/Go tell it on the Mountain,’ which really drove home for me the message of neighbours in the arts. The choir offered a variation of this piece the next day in worship.  I managed to tape some of it. 😀

Photography by JR Bernstein

The 2017 concert raised more than $1000, all of which goes toward grant for this year’s awards. More info can be found on this page on our website: Artist Assistance Awards.

Donations to the Artist Assistance Fund can still be made through Canada Helps. Go to the Donation page on our site. As you complete the online form, just make a note that your donation is for the Artist Benefit fund. It’s that easy!

Well done all!!!


6th Annual Artist Benefit Concert – Tomorrow nite!!!

ONE MORE SLEEP!!! Knox’s Artist Benefit Concert is tomorrow night. !!

Spotlight on the chap on the cover of our program – Marcel van Helden. Marcel van Helden is a tenor who shows great promise in a wide variety of repertoire, ranging from the baroque works of Bach and Handel to the heavier works of Wagner and Beethoven. Marcel is currently studying voice in the Artistic diploma program at Western University under the tutelage of Torin Chiles. Along with numerous solo recitals Marcel has performed with various groups in southern Ontario.

His accompanist on Saturday, well-known area keyboardist Ron Greidanus, said in a recent Tanner article that Marcel is “definitely a name to watch for.” You won’t want to miss this! Sat. Jan. 14, 7 pm. Free will offering.

Congratulations Alex Hilson – one of HH’s Canada 150 leaders!!!

Did you know that one of the artists at next week’s concert has been names one of three Canada 150 leaders by the Town of Halton Hills – Alex Hilson.

We’re particularly pleased that Alex is the youngest on this impressive list. Many have seen Alex working tirelessly around town at the Farmer’s Market or Leathertown Festival or Roxy. That the town has recognized Alex’s contributions in this manner speaks to the deep well of  young talent, energy and ambition that’s part of the town of Acton, and which is recognized in this concert and by these assistance awards. Well done Alex!

Posted here is a nice writeup in the Tanner from a week ago that mentions Alex. Here’s a link to the article that announces Halton Hills’ Canada 150 Community Leaders: Media release – HH Canada 150 Community Leaders.

Be part of the action. Come to the concert on Sat. Jan 14 at 7 pm. Admission is free will offering at the door.