Midland picked to host performing arts conference (The Midland Mirror – November 11, 2013)

Midland Mirror

MIDLAND – Midland has been chosen to host an annual conference that will feature more than 500 members of the Ontario arts community.

The Ontario Contact conference will take place from Nov. 5-8, 2014. Individuals working in the performing arts will network and share information about contemporary and classical music, dance, theatre and more.

The event will include showcase performances, workshops and an arts industry marketplace.

John French, founder and artistic director of Brookside Music Association, said he is delighted with the selection of Midland as the 2014 host community.

“This conference is a wonderful opportunity to show the best that Midland has to offer to professionals in the performing arts sector, and to promote its vibrant arts community,” he stated in a press release.

French said the event committee was extremely impressed with the Midland Cultural Centre, where showcases by performers are slated to occur. The North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre will be the site of exhibitor booths.

Rising soprano to perform in Midland (The Midland Mirror – November 11, 2013)

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MIDLAND – Canadian soprano Simone Osborne will perform at the Midland Cultural Centre on Nov. 21 in a concert called “Songs of Life and Love.”

The show is part of the new Maureen Forrester Award Tour, a 13-city trek through Ontario and Quebec. The Jeunesses Musicales Canada production in honour of the legendary Canadian contralto is being presented by Brookside Music Association.

Osborne, the first winner of the Maureen Forrester Award, recently completed her tenure as a member of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio.

In addition she has performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Opera, Opera Hamilton, and the Victoria Symphony. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in January.

Tickets to the Nov. 21 concert are $25 for adults and $10 for students. They are available at the box office or by visiting www.brooksidemusic.com.