Thanks for all the love you show for the arts and local history!

Because of you, PHAHS sponsors and members, our small volunteer run organization was able to have a big impact on the community in 2023 with programs like Artists in the School, Tea & History, Creemore Festival of the Arts and student art and history awards.

CLICK HERE TO SEE FUN PICS FROM LAST YEAR.

We are currently seeking annual contributions so we can provide similar, or perhaps even more service to the community this year. 

If you would like to aid in connecting our community through arts and history CLICK ON THE LINK THAT SUITS YOU: 

PURCHASE YOUR Tax Deductible 2024 MEMBERSHIP

SEND US A MESSAGE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT SPONSORSHIP OPTIONS

GET INVOLVED AS A VOLUNTEER


A BIG HEARTED THANKS TO YOU AND TO OUR 2023 SPONSORS!

Good Enough Live Karaoke!!!

They play, YOU sing!
If you’ve ever had a secret desire to sing onstage with a band, Good Enough Live Karaoke will unleash your inner rockstar and make it happen!

Founded by Tim McCready in late 2013 Toronto’s best live band karaoke experience is a super-tight band featuring guitar, bass, keyboards and drums, and plays a massive repertoire of over 300 songs spanning genres and eras. 

From Aerosmith and Nirvana to Taylor Swift, The Killers, Amy Winehouse, the Tragically Hip and everything in between, they play and YOU sing. And unlike traditional, Japanese “empty orchestra” canned karaoke, they provide a real, live rock’n’roll experience.

It’s a bit terrifying, hugely exhilarating and completely awesome!

GELK is like your own personal cover band and will make sure your onstage experience is a slamming success. It’s time to sing onstage with Toronto’s best live karaoke band and have an incredible, unforgettable event.

How it works…

Singing with Good Enough is as easy as scanning the song list, picking a song you love and daring to get on stage with us. Lyrics are provided on an iPad on a music stand. And they will cue you in and sing back up when necessary.

It may seem daunting, but unlike a prerecorded karaoke track, singing live to a band gives you more flexibility in case you lose your timing or forget lyrics. That’s what makes the live band karaoke experience with Good Enough Live Karaoke so special. It adapts to you and your abilities. And even better it’s suitable for all-ages!

Tea & History: Learning and Teaching in a One-Room Schoolhouse—Free Event! October 21st at 1:30pm at Station on the Green, Creemore

PHAHS is excited to bring back TEA AND HISTORY!

We have planned an event that will take us back to the days of education in one room schoolhouses.

Hear and see what it was like to be a teacher of 30-100 students enrolled in grades 1 thru 8, all in just one or two rooms. Our featured guest, Linda Hutsell-Manning, was a teacher in a one room schoolhouse located in Southern Ontario in the mid 1960s.

We also have some special guests who were students in local one room schoolhouses all located in the Purple Hills. Since many of those schoolhouses are still standing, we’ve created a driving tour that will guide you to the location of six local one room schoolhouses. Guide maps will provided at the event.

This is a FREE event so, arrive early to secure your seat at Station on The Green located in downtown Creemore.

Creemore Festival of the Arts 2023

It takes a village to pull this off and we’re hoping  you can help us by volunteering some of your time the weekend of September 29 to October 1.



Art & Performance

Friday, September 29th 

Comedy Kick off with Martha Chaves | Comedian, actress, activist and playwright who is a regular in the comedy circuits in Canada, the US and Latin America at Just for Laughs and other festivals and on CBC radio. Presented by Purple Hills Arts and Heritage Society with the help of Heirloom 142 and Lagom.


National Day for Truth & Reconciliation

Saturday, September 30th

On this day we honour the resilience, dignity and strength of survivors and intergenerational survivors of Canada’s residential schools and remember the children who never came home by exploring the rich and diverse cultures, voices, experiences and histories of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

Our community has partnered with performers from the Moose Cree First Nation, Ermineskin Cree Nation and the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund to provide programming that moves reconciliation forward in a meaningful way. We invite you to join us in this ReconciliACTION. 

11 a.m. Indignary Featuring Winter Hawk with Pow Wow dancers Kolby Fox and Kehew Buffalo and Hip Hop dancer Jeali Bruno. Free thanks to member donations | Creemore Village Green

2 p.m. The Poets | Members of The Poets share their experiences living in the remote north Ontario communities of Moose Factory and Moosonee | St. John’s United Church

8 p.m. The Poets Tragically Hip Tribute Band from Moose Factory/Moosonee play the hits and share the spirit of Gord Downie, Chanie Wenjack, and reconciliation | Creemore Legion

Presented by Purple Hills Arts and Heritage Society with the help of Dalton Associates.


Saturday, September 30th & October 1st 

Photo credit: Jason van Bruggen

Adapt and Evolve | Special art installation, demonstration and talk by renowned hybrid AI artist Steve McDonald at the Station on the Green.

Presented by Purple Hills Arts and Heritage Society with the help of Royal LePage Location North, Brokerage.

The Exhibition will consist of Steve’s brand new ‘hybrid’ illustrations. Steve has been exploring and incorporating the new diffusion model and generative ai tools into his own illustration process. The work will be on display at the Station on The Green during the Festival Weekend.

The Presentation & Talk will include a multimedia presentation – An education, a history, and a discussion of the new processes and software available for image crafting. In a short time, Steve has become a leading voice in the adaptation of the new tools and has participated in many panels, talks, and interviews regarding the tools, the ethics, and the future of image crafting. The debate and discussion has many sides and could not be more topical (or contentious!). Whether you are an image crafter or not this should be an interesting event for many of you, as the ai image crafting tools will soon be crossing over into all walks of life – education, science, communication, etc. 

The Workshop will offer participants the basics of how to use generative ai programs, how to design a custom diffusion model with your own work, and how to ethically use and adapt the new tools into your own practice. 


Artists on Location | Sept. 30th and Oct 1st from 10am-4pm. Come enjoy the Autumn beauty in Clearview and view the work of over 80 Artists and Artisans showing in local businesses, on beautiful porches and lawns, in private homes and in artist studios throughout Creemore.


Interactive Art Activities | Bringing art into your hands, our interactive arts stations connect time, creativity and skills together. We are connecting time with a tinker table, pendulum art and wool-to-wear exploration including spinning, knit, crochet and rug hooking. Presented by Purple Hills Arts and Heritage Society with the help of RE/MAX Hallmark Chat Realty.

Save the date for our annual celebration of the arts SEP29—OCT01, 2023

Purple Hills Arts and Heritage Society is currently planning our annual fall weekend of visual art, music and performance. 

Our committee is currently brainstorming programming and we are looking to our community for input in the early phases of the process.

If you are interested in participating in anyway or have a suggestion for the committee please click here.

Please join us online for the PHAHS Annual General Meeting

Greetings!

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Members of the Purple Hills Arts and Heritage Society (PHAHS) is called for and will be held on Wednesday February 15, 2023 at 7:00pm via Zoom for the following purposes: 

1. To approve the minutes of the last Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on January 23, 2022;
2. To receive and approve the financial statements for the financial year 2021/2022.
3. To appoint new Directors to the PHAHS Board
4. To transact such other business as may properly be brought before the meeting

Those interested in attending should RSVP no later than February 8th, 2023 to:
vertical.pierre@gmail.com

The Zoom link information will be forwarded to you once RSVP is approved along with the 2021/22 financial statements.

If you have not renewed your membership this is a great time to do so. We can now receive e-transfers. Please click this link to renew.

Look forward to seeing you.

Sincerely,

Pierre Marcoux
President

WINTER IS A DRAG

WINTER IS A DRAG (SHOW)
Ages 19+ event


Sat. Feb 18 at the Creemore Legion, Purple Hills Arts and Heritage Society invites you to pull off your parka, splash on some sparkles and join us for a fundraising drag show hosted by Enya Dreams. Enya brings queens Vylette and Katinka Kature as well as drag king TroyBoy Parks for a night of music, dancing and fun!

All money raised will be used to provide arts and history programming in the community.
TICKETS $25 each (plus ticket fees)


Our first every drag show in the fall sold out quickly so don’t delay!
Makes a perfect Valentine’s Day Gift!