Get your calendar out and highlight 12 noon on the first Friday of the next few months, starting with Friday, April 7. Join us at the Clock Tower Cultural Centre and make sense out of what you hear! Join special guest artists for 60-minute chat-concerts designed to enlighten upcoming performances at The Barn. These Pay-What-You-Can events are informal, fun, fascinating and for all ages. Bring your lunch and your curiosity. This series is sponsored by Master Sub. Drop in to see John and pick up a sub specially made for you on your way to the Clock Tower at 36 Front Street in Campbellford. John Papanikolaou, owner of Master Sub, has been a supporter of many events in our community. His community spirit is inspiring and we are all lucky to have him in Trent Hills and really, have you ever met someone more consistently friendly and welcoming? It’s always a pleasure to pick up my favourite Greek salad wrap at Master Sub. The next Tick Talk on Friday, April 7 at 12 noon is called “Notes on Jazz” and Trent Hills’ bassist Howard Baer and his jazz pianist buddy Paul Grecco will share notes about what makes jazz jazz. Howard and Paul will chat, answer questions and perform. This summer at The Barn, Howard appears in Lenni Stewart’s Social Club and at the Westben Jazz Fringe Festival. May’s First-Friday Lunchtime Tick Talk (May 5), is called “For the Birds”. How do you make a piano sound like a bird? Pianist Rashaan Allwood will visit the Clock Tower from Montreal to introduce the music and art that he will present later at The Barn concert in July called Bird Songs. Rashaan is also featured in the One-Of-A-Kind Westben Experience this July called Find the Birds, Find the Pianist. This experience must be reserved as numbers are limited. The small group will meet at the Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge, greeted with coffee from I Am Coffee and a Doohers’ treat, then given a bird and nature walk in hopes of finding not only birds, but the pianist (Rashaan) who will be at a piano ready to perform, in a secret location in Ferris Park. The Experience concludes with a delicious breakfast with Rashaan and the Park Naturalist at Antonia’s Bistro. Visit www.westben.ca for details or call the Westben Box Office 705-653-5508. But first, meet Rashaan, the young pianist who won 100% at his ARCT piano exam, at the Clock Tower on Friday, May 5 at 12 noon. The first Friday lunchtime Tick Talk in June is a chat about the Big Band era. What made Buddy Rich tick? Jazz drummer Brian Barlow on June 2, illuminates the incredible life and times of fellow jazz drummer Buddy Rich and some of his favourite singers including Sammy Davis Jr. and Mel Tormé. You can see Brian’s amazing drumming skills at his Brian Barlow’s Big Band show at The Barn in August called Big Band Buddies, which pays tribute to Buddy Rich and friends. But first, join us this Spring at the Clock Tower Cultural Centre on the first Fridays of April, May and June at twelve noon for First-Friday Lunchtime Tick Talks. Bring your lunch and your curiosity.
By Donna Bennett
Written for the Community Press March 30, 2017