Creating Centre Joins Excellent Events to celebrate May Show Festival 2020

2020 Events

May Show Festival 2020 Continues with Community Spirit

Festival de mai 2020 continue dans l’esprit du communauté


May Show Festival 2020 continues with VKH Community Spirit

Very Dear Friends of Excellent Events:

Spring is bursting all around us. All winter long we have waited in anticipation of celebrating the May Show Festival with it colourful traditions, highlighted throughout the village of Vankleek Hill for the past 40 years.

Phil Arber never let limitations get in his way of creating a spirit of community in Vankleek Hill. He used to invite us to gather together, to celebrate artistic talents in a multitude of expression. This year, we carry on his spirit by adapting to this new world of humanity, where community surpasses space, distance and time in unusual ways.

For this year’s  May Show Festival 2020, in view of the extraordinary events unfolding world-wide, instead of cancelling or postponing the Festival, we are passing the tradition on to you.

Rather than celebrating creativity by gathering together in the streets, Excellent Events invites you to create your own festivities in the safety of your homes,  Practice joy, art, music, dancing, making handicrafts, and eating delicious food.  Plant flowers, build sculptures, bake butter tarts, make music, dance and sing. Follow your whims in creative spirit. Then, on Facebook and your favourite social media apps , Link, Tag, Like, Share, Emoji, Love…

Think of your favourite performers, those who would have been on Stage May 17:. 50 Proof, Lise Pearl Dancers, 4 H Square Dancers, Georgia Petit Flamenco Family, Voix La, the VKH Old Tyme Fiddlers, Frank, the Sound Guy, and Bobby Lalonde Music.  Think of your favourite artists and crafts people who would line the streets with their imaginative wares. Think of the delicious food, your favourite treats, butter tarts, ice cream, coffee, and delicacies of all sorts. Remember the Children’s Parade with Hannah and her drummers leading the way, the Wonderful Hat Contest, the painted Chairs, and Susan Jephcott’s Three Owls Studio exhibitions. The restaurants, galleries, shops and street decor.

Then, on May17, do something special to celebrate our community in the spirit of joy, togetherness and new possibilities.  In the face of overwhelming social challenges, there is no better year to carry on this tradition.

Be well, safe and celebrate Joy.

Samme Putzel,

Excellent Events

Le Festival de mai se manifeste à travers l’esprit communautaire de VKH

Chers amis d’Excellent Events :

Le printemps est arrivé! Tout l’hiver nous avons attendu avec anticipation de célébrer le Festival de mai avec ses traditions colorées surlignées à travers le village de Vankleek Hill depuis déjà 40 ans.

Phil Arber n’a jamais accepté qu’il y eu des limites à l’esprit communautaire de Vankleek Hill. Il nous encourageait à nous rencontrer pour célébrer nos talents artistiques. Cette année, en son honneur, nous nous adaptons à notre réalité où la communauté dépasse au-delà de l’espace, la distance, et le temps.

Au lieu d’annuler ou remettre à plus tard le Festival de mai 2020, nous vous demandons plutôt de prendre la relève.

Au lieu de célébrer la créativité en se rencontrant sur la rue, nous vous proposons de créer vos propres festivités au sein de votre chez-soi. Pratiquez la joie, l’art, la musique, la danse, les arts plastiques et la dégustation de vos mets favoris. Plantez des fleurs, bâtissez des sculptures, faites des tartes, de la musique, de la danse et chantez. Ensuite, partagez votre créativité sur Facebook et vos apps préférés.

Pensez à vos interprètes préférés, ceux qui auraient été sur scène le 17 mai, 2020. Il s’agit bien sûr de : 50 Proof, Lise Pearl Dancers, 4 H Square Dancers, Georgia Petit Flamenco Family, Voix Là, The VKH Old Tyme Fiddlers, Frank, the Sound Guy, et Bobby Lalonde Musique. Pensez à vos artistes préférés qui auraient étaient sur la rue avec leurs marchandises imaginatives. Pensez à vos délices préférés, aux tartes au beurre, crèmes glacées, cafés,  et gourmandises de tous genres. Souvenez-vous de la parade des enfants avec Hanna et ses batteurs, le concours du meilleur chapeau, des chaises peintes et des expositions dans la gallérie de Susan Jephcott, Three Owls Studio. Pensez aux restaurants, magasins et décors.

Ensuite, le 17 mai, faites quelque chose de spécial pour célébrer notre communauté dans l’esprit de la joie, l’unité et des possibilités à venir. Il n’y a pas de meilleur moment pour prendre la relève.

Soyez heureux, et célébrez avec nous,

Samme Putzel,

Excellent Events


Janie Renée et son jazz quartet en practique




VANKLEEK HILL- The concert by Janie Renée Myner on Saturday evening, October 19,2019, at Creating Centre de créativité was an extraordinary example of a “small town girl” who has become successful world-wide without forgetting her home-town roots.

The performance featured orginal lyrics and jazz music by Janie and her jazz quartet as the debut for her third CD recording entitled “#jesuisUFO” (I am Une Franco Ontarienne).

Through her unique musical style, her robust voice, and her passionate lyrics, Janie proclaims to all who will listen, who she is, without apology: proud to be a female with Franco Ontario roots, In her own maternal language, through her femininity, with a unique blend of soft fragility and intense determination, Janie inspires her audience to ponder the value of their own origins. She evokes feelings of personal loneliness, unabashed pride, sadness for the sorrows and losses of her people, both Francophones and Indigenous peoples of Canada. Courageously she bares her soul and defies anyone to challenge her resolve to be proud of her heritage and her gift for musical expression.

Those who attended the concert are richer for Janie’s gift of music, song, and laughter, through a performance of creative expression in its purest form.


Art Cart Café Opened this summer to Encourage Your Creative Potential

This summer,  Umaia Perlin welcomed guests  to her innovative Art Cart Café. Coffee, Tea, Crafts and Fun.

The Café was open Wednesday through Sunday 1 – 5 p.m.

Umaia invited guests to drop by and join the fun. “Treat yourself, discover your creative talents, share with friends.”

The Art Cart Café was a great success and Umaia got to create her very own  Summer Dream  Job.

Many thanks to the Hawkesbury Hospital Foundation for including this Creating Centre  initiative as part of their Community Outreach Summer Student Outreach Program.


Who has the right to creativity?

Should a local art gallery have the rights to exclusivity with respect to art shows in the town?

Discussion over who owns the rights to creativity is exactly a topic Creating Centre de créativité wants to stimulate:  What is an art gallery? What is the mandate of a cultural centre? Is there a limited supply of artists to draw from, or a limited market for works of art or listeners of music? What is the best way to display art, engage the community in supporting artists, stimulate the economic benefits to artistic endeavours? Most important, is there a limited demand for creative expression or is there an infinite passion for creativity – to be tapped into, spawned, nurtured, fertilized and stimulated? What languages do we use to communicate this passion? Are we limited to English as the most common means of communication in Canada? French, as a minority language and culture dating back to the settlement of Canada? Indigenous language and creativity of the First Nations? What languages are the speech of painters, musicians, sculptors, philosophers, poets?

True, we live in a small village of 1800 residents. Are local businesses limited to exploiting only this population? Really? Especially in this era of technology and world-wide access through the Internet? In this worldly web of intricate and infinite minds, creative expression is available, literally, at our fingertips. Is there really only room for one Art Gallery in town? Why would this approach be beneficial to anyone?

The dialogue is important and must continue. All humans owe themselves the right to express their experiences. This is the gift of life on this planet; of humans, procreating, thinking, seeking to breech the gaps between atoms, molecules and the universe.

However, in our human struggle to validate our existence, we also tend to assume the right to control our environment. We simplify vision to the limits of our near-sight, in an attempt to defy mortality. …and, when we feel insecure and we sense our efforts are in vain, we tend to hold on to our limitations more tightly, attempt to control the behaviour of others, seek to rationalize how the world should revolve around ourselves and our efforts to find meaning.

The human search for Truth has the nature of an insatiable monster. To purchase one reality, we pay the expense of freedom of expression for those who may present themselves differently.

Creating Centre de créativité is a place, a space, that defies barriers and assumptions. The Centre nurtures freedom of creative expression,  in harmony, for all who come here. The Centre will not compromise these ideals to accommodate myopia.