On the Horizon - January 11

Get some music back in your life in the new year

Hi everyone, and welcome to January 2019. I hope your New Year came in nicely, and that you are still feeling hopeful about the coming year. Anyone on the fitness/be healthy/eat less track? Anyone already fall off? Relax – it’s like this every January, and probably until the end of time. Be kind to yourself.

I read a wonderful saying a little while ago and posted it to our Facebook page, and I feel it bears repeating here: “May all that has been reduced to noise in you, become music again”. The message really resonates with me, not just because of all the music we present at Horizon Stage, but because it implies a sense of peace, order, and harmony that I think we sometimes lack. We get so busy driving around town doing errands or taking kids to activities, cleaning the house and doing the never-ending laundry, and staying late at work to finish an ultra-important project. Sometimes it does feel like our lives are filled with noise. I suspect that people who do yoga or meditation have a better sense of how it feels to tap into the music inside. There are lots of other examples of course, depending on what your particular brand of “music” sounds like. Maybe it’s going for a walk with your dog, a really intense workout, or photography. Perhaps it’s a candlelight dinner with your spouse or the wonderful smell of your favourite bakeshop. Whatever it is that brings music back into your life on a regular basis, I wish you lots of it in 2019.

I also read about a study that claims that attending a concert once every two weeks can add nine years to your life. Wow. Just that simple, eh? Now, I have no idea if this study is credible or not, but I like the theory that adding concerts or other artistic pursuits can increase your life span. In fact, even if it doesn’t make me live longer the truth is it does make me happier, and therefore I enjoy the time I have. It’s important to make the most of our time here, because we don’t get a second chance to make memories. We can help you do that…

Ok, come on. You knew I was eventually going to get to the “Here’s what’s coming up next at Horizon Stage” part of the article. Well, here it is. Next week, on January 18, we have the Montreal Guitare Trio and California Guitar Trio. Then on January 25, the Young Novelists – a husband and wife with their band, bringing beautiful songwriting and harmony (going back to my earlier statement about music/peace/harmony) to our Stage. The story of how this group was formed is really interesting. Graydon and Laura were both at university when they met. He was writing songs and recording them on his own, and he asked her to sing harmony for some of them. Sparks – magic – instant partnership! For a while they were called James Graydon and the Young Novelists, but as she brought more and more to the table, they became simply The Young Novelists. Somewhere along the way they got married and released some albums, and now they’re on their way to share their world with us. I’m looking forward to hearing them for another reason too… they are the last show I’ll see for a little while, since I’m going on vacation for a couple weeks after their performance. Come on down and watch them, and wish me Bon Voyage at the same time!

Next we have Peter Puffin’s Whale Tales for our very youngest patrons. The popular Munchkin Matinee is a great way to share the joy of live music with the kids in your life who are 6 and under. We started this a few years ago and it’s been wildly (literally) popular with kids and parents. There are now a significant number of groups – daycares, preschools, and others – who have made this part of their annual routine. A 10 a.m. show means you’re home in time for lunch and a nap while the toddlers amuse themselves. Oh wait, I think I meant the toddlers nap while the grown-ups do laundry. Yes, that’s what I meant. In any case, there aren’t too many tickets left for this show on January 28 so don’t wait too long. Kerri will be hosting and likely singing along, so make sure you say hi to her while you’re there.

How can you take advantage of these wonderful opportunities, you ask? It’s easy, I reply. Just call us at 780-962-8995 or come visit us at the City Hall Ticket Centre. We’re here Monday-Friday from 9-4:30. If you want to talk to someone outside those hours, call Ticketpro at 1-888-655-9090 or avoid all human contact and purchase tickets in your PJs online. However you choose to accomplish the task, we’re pretty confident you’ll like the result. Stop the noise. Bring some music back into your life. See you soon!

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