JOY’n Us Events
Sep25

JOY’n Us Events

Doing what you love. It’s a simple concept, but not always are we lucky enough to find a career that truly is a labor of love. When we sat down with Karen Kamphuis, owner of JOY’n Us Events, we were not only impressed, but inspired by her company’s vision is to assist not-for-profit organizations reach their operational goals. Beyond her passion for the not-for-profit sector, Karen also loves to help people achieve their event and...

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Haunted Spaces – The Albion Hotel, Guelph, ON
Aug21

Haunted Spaces – The Albion Hotel, Guelph, ON

As we continue on with our “Abandoned Spaces” series, we thought for the fall edition we’d change it up, and put a spooky spin on things! I don’t know about you, but there’s something about a haunted hotel that creeps me out even more than a haunted house. It was probably watching “The Shining” many years ago that created this strange preference of mine. So after some digging, I found out that there’s actually quite a few...

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Honouring All of Our Heroes – Bravery Park, Orangeville
Aug21

Honouring All of Our Heroes – Bravery Park, Orangeville

The goal of Bravery Park is to create awareness of the roles our soldiers play both nationally and internationally. It is intended to inspire conversations and questions about our military. As we speak, our Canadian forces are stationed all over the world on various environmental and humanitarian missions. Some of these missions – like the current mission in Mali – will expose our Canadian soldiers to extreme violence,...

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100th Anniversary of the WW1 Armistice: The End of the Great War
Aug21

100th Anniversary of the WW1 Armistice: The End of the Great War

November 11, 2018, marks the 100th Anniversary of Armistice of the First World War. On November 11, 1918, all fighting on land, sea, and air came to an end between the Allied forces and their last opponent, Germany. It’s hard to believe that it’s been 100 years, with all the information available detailing the lives lost and catastrophic damage done. As this anniversary date approaches, we thought it would be important to acknowledge...

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Put a Feather in Your Hat!
Aug21

Put a Feather in Your Hat!

The only sure thing in life is change, they say, and that can certainly be said about hats! Hats have certainly had an up and down, and up again, history. They have been worn for practical, fashionable, social and other reasons. And fortunately today offers up so many choices to wear one and make it fun. A “Hatted” History The earliest known documented hats were from just before 3000 BC in Egypt. However, “Otzi” the “Iceman” found...

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The Beauty of Stained Glass
Aug21

The Beauty of Stained Glass

When I receive my assignments, I never know quite what to expect. Which means I’m always in for an incredible new experience with each and every one. For some of my interviews I have the honour of hearing some personal stories, and it’s from there I draw much of my inspiration for the way in which I deliver my words to you, the reader. One such story revolved around a stained-glass piece of artwork that had been created for a family...

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Artist Profile: Kelly McNeil – Wildlife up Close
Aug21

Artist Profile: Kelly McNeil – Wildlife up Close

Dragonfly Arts on Broadway, located in Orangeville, ON, has so many lovely and unique things to offer to those who appreciate lovely and unique things! Their beautiful space plays host to some extra- ordinary Canadian artwork and artisans, with some of these artists having a working space right in the middle of this beautiful gallery. One of those extraordinary artists is Kelly McNeil, wildlife painter, who sat down with me to talk...

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Featured Artist: Rich Burnett – At Home in Music in Centre Wellington
May16

Featured Artist: Rich Burnett – At Home in Music in Centre Wellington

On a Sunday morning you might find him at the Elora Brewing Company picking 40’s country for the Honky Tonk Brunch. Or playing early American blues on a Saturday night with Waterloo groups Frog & Henry, and the Ever Lovin’ Jug Band. On a weekday, he’s often tutoring students at his home studio on the guitar, ukulele, or lap steel. Over the last 8 years, Rich Burnett has spent much of his career expanding and transforming his...

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Artist Profile: Everist Prokofiev
Feb01

Artist Profile: Everist Prokofiev

Some people consider creativity an inherited talent. Others think that creativity comes naturally to some and perhaps not so much to others. However, when it comes to our feature artist for our Spring edition, who just happens to be the great nephew of a famous Russian composer, I suspect it might be a little bit of both. Born in Poland in 1959, Everist Prokofiev is the son of two musically-inclined parents, who just so happened to...

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