Calendar

Jul
31
Wed
FILM: Festival! Folk Music at Newport, 1963-1966 (USA – 2005)
Jul 31 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
FILM: Festival! Folk Music at Newport, 1963-1966 (USA - 2005)

ADMISSION: By Donation to SAGA | Everyone Welcome!

” …In 1963, The Newport Folk Festival presented what most folkies consider to be the most remarkable festival ever. Included on the bill that year were such groundbreaking performers as Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Judy Collins, The Staple Singers, Peter, Paul & Mary, Donovan and of course Pete Seeger who seems to pop up everywhere in this show. Thank goodness that someone way back then (Murray Lerner) had the great good sense to record the entire show for posterity. Unfortunately, nothing was done with this remarkable footage until 2005 when Eagle Vision Media finally released the 97 minute B & W documentary simply called “Festival!” This is as significant a piece of American musical history as you are going to find anywhere. To my way of thinking this one blows “Woodstock” away.

In “Festival!” not only you do get to see all of the aformentioned big names perform but you also get a rare opportunity to sample the handiwork of some incredible acts that you might not be familiar with such as the bluegrass legends The Osborne Brothers, veteran bluesmen Son House and Mississippi John Hurt and the incredible gospel offerings of the Georgia Sea Island Singers. Meanwhile, there are short interviews with some of the performers and with members of the audience as well. It is quite apparent that something revolutionary was bubbling beneath the surface and that very soon the times would be a-changing.

There are so many remarkable performances in this film that I really don’t know where to begin. For me the best of the bunch is Dylan performing “Mr. Tambourine Man” and a very young Johnny Cash singing his first big hit “I Walk The Line” … Very highly recommended!” Paul Tognetti.

Fundraiser for Sanctuary Gabriola.

Aug
14
Wed
Family Movie Matinee @ Gabriola Library
Aug 14 @ 3:30 pm

It’s movie time! We’re showing a family-friendly movie on our big screen, complete with popcorn! This month’s film is Disney’s live action Dumbo. This is a free, drop in event. Everyone welcome.

FILM: My American Cousin (1985)
Aug 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
FILM: My American Cousin (1985)

ADMISSION: By Donation to SAGA | Everyone Welcome!

Adding an intriguing Canadian twist to a universally appealing story of teenage trials, My American Cousin begins as bored 12-year-old Sandy (Margaret Langrick) is preparing for another long summer of cherry picking when suddenly her older, James Dean-cool cousin Butch (John Wildman) arrives unexpectedly from California in a red Cadillac convertible. Sandy and her pre-teen friends fall madly for Butch’s rock ‘n’ roll swagger, but he’s more interested in making time with the local girls and getting in fistfights than in playing chauffeur to Sandy. Both have a lot to learn about life and each other, but united under the strict parental rule of Sandy’s dad, they vow to make this summer a truly unforgettable experience. Capturing the restlessness of youth with a fresh and funny perspective, Wilson’s genuinely charming period piece is forever reaching for lost innocence as it playfully contrasts Canadian and American attitudes. My American Cousin has remained a consistent favourite for Canadians and non-Canadians.

Fundraiser for Sanctuary Gabriola.

Sep
4
Wed
FILM: The Boys & Girl from County Claire (Britain – 2003)
Sep 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
FILM: The Boys & Girl from County Claire (Britain - 2003)

ADMISSION: By Donation to SAGA | Everyone Welcome!

In 1965, the British Invasion has conquered the charts in every country except Ireland, where traditional Irish music still reigns supreme. Could an upstart Irish band from Liverpool win the Irish All Music Championship for the first time in history? Transplanted Irishman Jimmy MacMahon (Colm Meany) and his motley English crew have their hearts set on it. Back in county Clare, Ireland, Jimmy’s stalwart older brother John Joe (Bernard Hill) and his feisty local band are determined to win the trophy for the third year in a row.

Clare’s star fiddler Anne (Andrea Corr of The Corrs family band) fights her mother’s anti-dating rules – especially when her eye lands on Teddy (Shaun Evans), Liverpool’s star flute player. They are Ireland’s answer to Romero & Juliet. Star-crossed lovers, feuding brothers, narrow-minded parents and rebellious children – all bound by their passion for the music they play.

Set against a backdrop of amber-lit pubs, narrow streets and sandy shores, the visuals keep pace with a toe-tapping traditional soundtrack.

 

Fundraiser for Sanctuary Gabriola.