Changes coming to 1000 Islands Gananoque Chamber of Commerce

(Gananoque, ON) Two new employees are planning significant changes for the 1000 Islands Gananoque Chamber of Commerce.

“Jan Murray, previously of the Brockville Chamber has stepped in as the new General Manager,” said Su Halle, new head of Marketing and Communications for the Chamber.

A new website/directory has been created and is now live. The site is open for all members to purchase advertising space and provides businesses the opportunity to reach out to the community.

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More information needed to settle future of Kinsmen Hall

Floor plan of the Kinsmen Building as provided by the Town of Gananoue.

(Gananoque, ON) The Kinsmen Building Advisory Panel (KBAP) held a meeting at the Lou Jeffreys Arena on July 11. In attendance were KBAP members including Mayor Ted Lojko, Deputy Mayor Dave Anderson and Councillor David Osmond as well as Shellee Fournier, CAO and Penny Kelly, Clerk / CEMC.

A request for submissions of expression of interest was made at the KBAP meeting held on May 25. A set format was laid out, and interested parties were given until no later than July 6, 2022, at 4 p.m. to deliver their paperwork. Each group was required to provide a complete organizational profile as laid out by the Town, financial information, organizational experience, a concept summary, and letters of reference. Organizations were offered assistance in filling out the forms not only from the Town’s webpage, but they could also submit questions in writing to the CAO. Submissions were evaluated on a points system taking into consideration community benefit, the quality of the proposal, price per square foot, and references.

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The Music Man marching its way to Thousand Islands Playhouse

Thousand Islands Playhouse Youth Ensemble running over the choreography in rehearsal for “Seventy-Six Trombones” with the Music Man himself, David Leyshon. Supplied by Thousand Islands Playhouse

(Gananoque, ON) Can even 76 trombones and 110 cornets save conman Harold Hill from the righteous wrath of River City if they should discover the truth about him? Or can Marian the Librarian work her magic to save him from himself? Find out when The Music Man marches onto the stage at the Thousand Islands Playhouse’s Springer Theatre in Gananoque starting on July 19.

“I’ve been working on this one for three years,” said Brett Christopher, Managing Artistic Director for the Playhouse. “It’s been a long haul to get it to finally see stage light.”

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Cornerstone Church helps Easter Bunny out for annual egg hunt

It just isn’t Easter without bonnets, bunnies, and baskets. The Cornerstone Church is going to help the Easter Bunny fill those baskets this year while keeping everyone safe from COVID-19. Registration information is on their website.

(Gananoque – March 26, 2021)

Starting in 2015, the Saturday of Easter weekend has seen The Cornerstone Church in Gananoque holding a colossal Easter Egg Hunt on the church grounds as a way to reach out to the local community. But due to COVID-19, things are going to be different this year.

“This year has been hard,” said Pastor Mike Hatheway (Lead Pastor at The Cornerstone). “Plain and simple. We’re all tired, stressed and we really miss being with people. And so the Easter Egg Hunt gives us a chance to love our neighbours and bring back some of that joy and hope that’s been missing. That’s what Easter is all about. And our church wants to shout that new life is on the way.”

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Thousand Islands Playhouse ready with new COVID-19 safe season

Playwright Marcia Johnson, author of “Serving Elizabeth”, which will be gracing the stage at the Firehall Theatre from October 7-31. The Thousand Islands Playhouse is producing a special COVID-19 safe season of four plays following specific health guidelines as it brings live theatre back to Gananoque.

(Gananoque – March 29, 2021)

All the world’s a stage, and the Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque has found a COVID-19 safe way to get that stage filled with players and the seats with an in-person live audience to create a brand-new season for 2021.

“So many people reached out by phone or e-mail or text to say how much they missed us,” said Brett Christopher, managing artistic director of the Thousand Islands Playhouse in a presentation live-streamed on social media. “The last year has been an extremely challenging one for Canadian live performing artists. Music, dance, theatre canceled around the globe and many of the wonderful people that you see on the stages that work behind the scenes of the Playhouse productions have found their life’s work wiped out.”

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March 22 Last Day to Sign Up for General Auditions at Thousand Islands Playhouse

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The Thousand Islands Playhouse will be holding general auditions on April 4. March 22 is the deadline to sign up in order to get a spot. This is a great chance for local talent to show what they can do.

Written March 16, 2019 – posted March 22, 2019

(Gananoque, ON)

Picture yourself standing on the professional stage, performing for a room full of paying theatre goers who have all come to see you and what you can do. You dazzle them with witty repartee, enchant them with your singing voice, and fill them with joy as you dance like you have never danced before.

This is your chance to put down the hairbrush you have been using as a mic and get out and strut your stuff – the Thousand Islands Playhouse is holding general auditions and wants to hear from you. There is no age restriction and no need for previous professional experience. Continue reading

Big River Technologies Inc. Holds Grand Opening in Gananoque

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(Written September 22, 2018 – by L. Lorraine Payette)

The room was buzzing with joy as Big River Technologies Inc. showed off its new location at 60 Mill Street in Gananoque on September 20.  At the event were many members of Gananoque’s business community as well as several dignitaries, all happy to congratulate the company on its achievements and what it hopes to do for Gananoque and the entire area. Continue reading

Five Candidates Running for Mayor in Gananoque

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Gananoque will have five candidates running for mayor and 14 for council in the upcoming municipal elections. Lorraine Payette/For Postmedia Network

(Written September 9, 2018 by L. Lorraine Payette)

(Gananoque, ON)  With the municipal elections coming up on Monday, October 22, signs are sprouting up all through the town.  This year, five candidates are running for the position of Mayor of Gananoque, with another 14 running for Town Council. The mayoral candidates are John Beddows, Brian Brooks, Jim Garrah, Ted Lojko, and Christine Milks. Continue reading

Fourteen Candidates to Fill Six Seats for Gananoque Council

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(First written September 14, 2018 – L.Lorraine Payette)

(Gananoque, ON)   In order to make sure that everyone is as well informed as possible prior to the election, All Candidates Nights will be held by both the Chamber of Commerce (September 26 (council) and 27 (mayoral)) and the Rotary Club (October 3 (mayoral) and 10 (council). Fourteen candidates are running for six council positions in Gananoque. To give each of them an opportunity to be heard, each will be given a small space here. They are Dave Anderson, Adrian Haird, Matt Harper, Joe Jansen, Mike Kench, Allison McNaught, Ian Miller, Dennis O’Connor, David Osmond, Cheryl Lynn Pretsell, Art Thivierge, Harold Tulk, and Anne Warren. No response was received from candidate Terry Ferguson, but we will happily give equal time when we receive his information. Continue reading

Canadian “National Treasure” Lorne Elliott Live at the Royal Theatre

 

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Written June 8, 2018

(Gananoque, ON)  For more than 40 years, Canadians have been turning out to listen to the wit and wisdom of Lorne Elliott, homegrown comic/musician extraordinaire. Well, maybe not wisdom, but definitely good old fashioned home grown humour.

For three great nights (and one afternoon matinee) he has brought that well-loved style to Gananoque for fans old, new and yet-to-be to enjoy at the Royal Theatre. Last evening’s performance of “Collected Mistakes” was an intimate show treating everyone to a well mixed collection of stories and music familiar to the ear and still welcome to the heart. Continue reading