Words and Music 2011

Fans of Linwood Barclay will be delighted to know that the acclaimed Canadian bestselling author will be headlining this year’s edition of the popular Words and Music program hosted annually by the St. Thomas Public Library.

Renovations at the Library’s main facility will mean that this year’s event will be held at the Princess Avenue Playhouse in St. Thomas on Tuesday, September 27 at 8 p.m.   Admission is once again free.  However, organizers are asking that those interested in attending pick up their free tickets at the Library’s temporary location in the Elgin Mall prior to September 27 to ensure that they have a seat, even though there is no assigned seating.  Tickets, if available, may also be obtained at the Playhouse on September 27.  Doors will open at 7:30 p.m.

Author Linwood BarclayLinwood Barclay’s new book, The Accident, an August 2011 release, has already garnered high praise from Stephen King who touted it in his “Summer Reading List” published earlier this summer in Entertainment Weekly.   In The Accident, secret after lawless secret is uncovered as Glen Garber investigates the tragic automobile accident that has shaken his life, already hit hard by the rocky state of today’s unsettled economy.  Linwood will read from and talk about his new book and his writing career.  Audience members will have an opportunity to talk with Linwood, and to purchase, if they wish, signed copies of several of his books which will be available for sale. There’s more about Linwood on his website: http://www.linwoodbarclay.com.

Joining Linwood on stage will be the Rainbow Gardens Quartet, who will be accompanied by jazz vocalist Hazel Walker.  Members of this year’s Quartet include Tony Quarrington on guitar; Paul Pacanowski on flute, clarinet and saxophone; Cornelius Klamer on piano, and leader Ric Giorgi on the string bass.  The marvellous acoustics of the Playhouse, a former church and present-day site of Elgin Theatre Guild productions, promises to make this a literary and musical night to remember.

Hazel Walker is an accomplished singer with vast performance experience in live theatre, radio and television appearances, and concerts in venues across North America and Asia.  She has made three CDs and has been described by jazz broadcaster Ted O’Reilly as “a vocalist who actually treats a song with respect…and makes a deep connection with the listener.”  More about Hazel can be found on her website: http://www.hazelsings.com

Tony Quarrington is a highly regarded Toronto jazz guitarist, composer and producer who has appeared in clubs and on recordings alongside many other artists, as well as at several Ontario jazz festivals.  Among his many CDs is a collaboration with veteran jazz organist Dennis Keldie called Hammond Grits.  He appeared in the Library’s first Words and Music program in 2006 and the audience will be happy to welcome him back.  There’s more on Tony at: http://www.tonyquarrington.com

Born in Poland but now based in the Toronto area, Paul Pacanowski has been praised by The Toronto Star for his “appealing sound, solid technique and versatility on reeds,” which include flute, clarinet and saxophone.  He has appeared in clubs, concerts and festivals in Europe and North America, performing both classical and jazz music.  He’s also a classically trained pianist and has played clarinet on a Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band CD.    More can be found on Paul at his website: http://www.paulpacanowski.com

Cor Klamer has been the regular pianist for the Rainbow Gardens Quartet/Quintet for the last seven years.  He has several solo CDs that get airplay in North America and Europe and has worked with well-known artists like Peter Appleyard.  He continues to keep busy with musical engagements in the Toronto area.

Ric Giorgi is a long-time leader of music groups of various sizes from full symphony orchestras through to his well known Rainbow Gardens Jazz Orchestra.  He is now in his second year as conductor of the Resa’s Pieces Strings, a string orchestra founded by the Resa’s Pieces organization.

It’s going to be a great night.  We hope we’ll see you there!

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