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Book Launch: "Ghosts Within" by Garry Leech

Take Note! Music House, address given upon reservation, Barrie, ON

Something a little out of the ordinary for the TNMH – a book launch! An evening of readings, music and conversation with author and journalist Garry Leech.

This book launch of "Ghosts Within - Journeying Through PTSD" takes place at the Take Note! Music House on Wednesday, June 19 at 7:00pm. This is a free event, but you must email to reserve your seat (and get directions to the venue!). Sponsored by Fernwood Publishing and Take Note! Promotion.

"A gripping tale of savagery and terror, but also of tenderness, compassion, and renewal." – Noam Chomsky

What are the long-term psychological costs of violence and war?

Garry Leech reflects on his experience as a war correspondent, his ongoing personal struggle with PTSD and the latest research on this mental illness to provide a powerful and vivid answer to this question. For thirteen years, Garry worked in Colombia's rural conflict zones where he experienced combat, witnessed massacre sites and was held captive by armed groups. He seeks to remove some of the stigmas, fears and ignorance related to PTSD by shedding light on this largely invisible illness that mostly manifests itself behind the closed doors of our homes.

Jadea Kelly

Take Note! Music House, address given upon reservation, Barrie, ON

The Take Note! Music House welcomes the CFMA’s 2016 “Contemporary Singer of The Year”, Jadea Kelly, (opening act Kennedy Road) on Friday, May 10 at 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:30). Requested donation is $20, with all proceeds going directly to the artists. You may reserve your seat by emailing or calling 705-305-1687 (email best, phone repair hasn’t happened yet) – address given upon reservation – downtown Barrie, near the courthouse.

Jadea Kelly (

“One of the shining jewels in the crown of Canadian songwriters. Her sound is pure Canadiana, that is, elements of prairie country, big city soul, and the sense to take just a little bit of both.” – Tom Power, CBC Radio

Originally from Whitby, ON, singer-songwriter Jadea Kelly now spends her time writing and living between Toronto and Los Angeles, CA. In 2016 she was awarded 'Contemporary Singer of the Year' at the Canadian Folk Music Awards for her heartfelt 2016 release 'Love & Lust'. Its featured single 'Beauty' was placed on the Lifetime Network feature 'No One Would Tell' and the 2017 CBC Rio Paralympics, an opening montage with over 900,000 views. Set for release on May 17, 2019, the MWI soundtrack EP has already received 'Best Score & Music' accolades from the Hollywood Independent Documentary Awards. MWI is the official soundtrack for 'Met While Incarcerated the Film', airing on the Documentary Channel and CBC March 31 2019.

“Comparisons have likened Jadea Kelly to the melodious dulcet tones of Iris Dement and this is a thoroughly appropriate compliment.” – Fatea Magazine, U.K.

Jadea Kelly has done multiple tours across North America and Europe. Her music guides the listener on a prolific journey towards light and surrender. Kelly’s most recent album, “Love and Lust” is “a record fully engrossed in the dark truths of infidelity, human frailty, and all of the darkest corners… Kelly reveals herself in ways we’ve not yet seen from the Toronto songwriter.” [Beatroute] compelling catalogue of desire, betrayal and human frailty. Jadea will be accompanied by guitarist Brian MacMillan, bass player Bret Higgins, and vocalist Sheila Carabine (of local favourite, Dala).

Kennedy Road (

Kennedy Road is a Toronto-based Americana duo, comprised of Sheila Carabine and Brian MacMillan. He’s the tall one. Their seamless vocal blend and electric on-stage chemistry is perfectly matched by their intense and poignant songs.

Sheila comes by collaboration honestly, having spent the last 16 years in the Juno-nominated folk duo Dala. Brian is a much beloved singer-songwriter and multi-insrumentalist, who has released three solo albums. He has performed with Barenaked Ladies, Wailin’ Jennys, Garth Hudson, John McDermott and Lowest Of The Low.

Like their namesake North South street, Kennedy Road’s music looks back just as much as it looks ahead. With velvety vocals and dreamy guitars, Kennedy Road conjures dusk and memory, grit and grace. This is music from the heart, for the heart.

"Music For The Changing Voice" at Talk Is Free Theatre

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Five Points Theatre, 1 Dunlop St. W., Barrie, ON

There will be no April house concert at the TNMH, as Alyssa is busy with her not-a-one-woman show!

A double bill of: Newfie Electra – written by and starring Allison Basha, directed by Mary Ellen MacLean Music For The Changing Voice – created by and starring Alyssa Wright, directed by Rae Smith, with musicians Leslie Arden and Ray Dillard

Music For The Changing Voice

Music For The Changing Voice is a show about finding beauty in the broken, and a voice to oppose the silence.

When my grandfather died, I inherited his cello – the first one I ever heard or played – which came to me shattered in many pieces, uplayable and unfixable. Which kind of mirrors the other thing I inherited from him: the legacy of intergenerational interpersonal trauma.

When I brought my grandfather's broken cello to the luthier and asked him what I could do with it, he shrugged and suggested "make art" – so I've chosen to do that with the other part of my inheritance as well!

Outside I'm A Giant

Take Note! Music House, address given upon reservation, Barrie, ON

The Take Note! Music House is thrilled to present the haunting sounds of ambient folk band Outside I’m a Giant on Saturday, March 23 at 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:30). Requested donation is $25, with all proceeds going directly to the artists. You may reserve your seat by emailing or calling 705-305-1687 (email best, I have yet to fix the phone!) – address given upon reservation – downtown Barrie, near the courthouse.

Outside I’m A Giant (

Floating down the hills from Quebec's upper Gatineau, the haunting ethereal sounds of Outside I'm a Giant carry poetic homage to Leonard Cohen, along with the unconventional structure and "art first" honesty of Gordon Lightfoot's music. Jérémi Pierre Caron, the songwriter of this touring ambient folk band, drew inspiration from his family's much-loved river hideaway for many of the songs released in their acclaimed 2017 debut album, ”Point Comfort”. Combining acoustic guitar, pedal steel, violin, mandolin, clarinet and harmonica, this four-piece band creates atmospheric, richly layered songs from the heart and hearth that deliver you gently to a calm and peaceful place. Lingering contemplation of nature and human nature is in abundance here. Based in Hull, Quebec, Outside I'm a Giant was founded in early 2016 by Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist, Jérémi Pierre Caron. Jérémi called upon two talented multi-instrumentalists from previous projects, Samuelle Desjardins, (violin and mandolin), and long-time collaborator Pascal Desgagné (pedal steel, mandolin and harmonica) to form Outside I'm a Giant. Later, in 2017, Gabriel Bouchard brought his easy laughter, clarinet, bass clarinet and harmonies to the group. Captivating performances in local music venues such as The Black Sheep Inn, Irene’s Pub, Ottawa CityFolk Festival (2016), combined with tours of Ontario and eastern Canada are earning them a loyal and growing audience. They performed at the Tay Creek Folk Festival (2017) in New Brunswick, where immediate plans were made to return in 2018. They performed at the Living Roots Festival in Fredericton in May, Tay Creek Folk Festival in July, and toured New Brunswick and Québec in July 2018. Their official showcase at the September Folk Music Ontario conference created a definite buzz. The room was full of curious listeners. “Point Comfort”, their debut album, was released in October 2017 to a sold-out audience at their favourite venue, The Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield, Quebec. Their first album as a four-piece band, “Undoubting Belief In The Good”, was released on February 1, 2019. The album was celebrated at a sold-out show at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, as part of the NAC Presents series. The sophomore album from this relentlessly creative group offers listeners more of the soothing sounds they have come to love, and some delightful new discoveries.

Kate Weekes with James Stephens

Take Note! Music House, address given upon reservation, Barrie, ON

The Take Note! Music House presents a CD Release concert for 2017 Songs From the Heart Award winner Kate Weekes on Sunday, February 3 at 2:00 pm (doors open at 1:30). Requested donation is $20, with all proceeds going directly to the artists. You may reserve your seat by emailing or calling 705-305-1687 (address given upon reservation – downtown Barrie, near the courthouse).

With the release of her third solo album, “Taken by Surprise”, singer/songwriter and guitarist Kate Weekes expertly maps the musical spot where landscapes and emotions converge via accessible, jazzy folk/pop inspired by the planets northernmost locales and the people in them.  Alongside producer and multi-instrumentalist James Stephens, Weekes has created a dazzling sonic scrapbook of experiences which are buoyed by Weekes’s inimitable performance style and flair for storytelling.

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