Event – I Was Born! featuring Peggy Coffey

What an Honour to be a Part of this Event!

Stories of the Women’s Institute production – “I Was Born” hosted
by Bach Music Festival of Canada, Exeter and the
Alice Munro Writers and Readers Festival, Wingham

Together two Festival committees are hosting a presentation by actor and creative director Peggy Coffey in a
reading of her mask and story piece – I Was Born – at 2pm on June 19th, 2013 at Trivitt Memorial Anglican
Church, 264 Main Street South, Exeter. Peggy brings alive the stories of women who began their lives at the
turn of the century in rural Ontario — extraordinary women who lived through some of the most dramatic
changes of any generation. The presentation is based on stories of the women of the Women’s Institutes,
which were collected and published by the Women’s Institute (WI) in a book called From This Place by
Pat Salter.
I was immediately taken by the power and historical significance of the stories these women tell about the
lives they lived in the early part of the 20th Century in rural southern Ontario,” Peggy says, and she began to
envision a theatre piece which would tell these stories and celebrate the lives of these remarkable women.
Working in collaboration with Heather Ruthig, a prop and mask maker from the Stratford Festival, they created
the first mask. ‘Grace’ is a ninety year old woman who tells the first story in the book. Peggy recalls: “I
envisioned ‘Grace’ standing on a white pedestal with “circa 1901″ on a sign at her feet, the idea being that she
is a ‘museum piece’. Then Grace steps off the pedestal and tells her story.

Peggy gives “voice to an entire generation, whose perspective stands in illuminating contrast to our crowded,
chaotic, and ever-shrinking world” one audience member said after seeing Peggy perform this piece. Marion
Adler says it best: (I Was Born) is “a magical, immediate, exhilarating experience of the past (achieved) with
simplicity and grace.”

June 19th, 2013
Trivitt Memorial Anglican Church
264 Main Street South, Exeter
Doors open: 1:00PM
Reading Performance: 2:00PM
Tickets: $10:00 per person available by calling: Bonnie Sitter – 519-235-1909 | Karen Stewart – 519-523-4328

Tickets are also available online at www.ticketscene.ca


Steering Committee
Laurel Armstrong, John Cull, Connie Goodall, Beth Ross, Verna Steffler, Karen Stewart, Jennifer Zoethout
CONTACT: Karen Stewart, 519.523.4328 | 519.441.7629 (cell) | kstewart@ezlink.ca
Supporting Partner


Classical Music Showcase Conquers!

The Bach Festival has been anticipating our participation in the Classical Music Showcase of the 2012 JUNO Awards! And now, we are here to lend our support and immense cheerleading skills to the promotion of contemporary classical music in Canada. The National Arts Centre was the perfect venue for the Showcase that featured some of theJUNO Nominees in the Classical Music categories. 

Hosted by Paul Wells from MacLean’s, a full house at the Classical Music Showcase set the tone for the weekend events at the JUNOs! The audience was treated to performances by:

Christine Petrowska Quilico piano

Derek Charke composer

Susan Hoeppner flute

Heather Schmidt piano

New Orford String Quartet

After the performances we had a chance to meet the artists as well as some of the audience members and supporters at the reception.

Heather Moffatt and JUNO NOMINEE Heather SchmidtHeather Moffatt with JUNO Nominee Heather Schmidt

Nominees Susan Hoeppner & Derek Charke with Derek’s fantastic wife!

Friedhelm, Gerry, Susan and Paul

The New Orford String Quartet – JUNO Nominees!

Cathy Seip with Bach friends!

Ellen Shapiro with Melissa Nisbett from Tree Canada

Full of excitement about the success of the Showcase, we head to the Official Welcome Reception of the 2012 JUNO Awards! I think it’s fair to say, the Showcase was a warm-up and we were on our best behaviour… (Wait til you see some of the photos from this next event!)

With Oscar in Ottawa!

2012 JUNO Awards – Let the Games Begin!

What an exciting time to be in Ottawa Canada for the 2012 JUNO Awards!

Artistic Director Gerald Fagan and I arrived by VIA train, the Official Train of the JUNOs, Friday evening, in time to check into the Lord Elgin Hotel, one of the Official Hotels of the JUNOs ( are you noticing a trend here?) and the JUNO excitement is everywhere. The train ride from London to Ottawa was very exciting – Gerry studied his music for the April 6th Good Friday Concert in London. The entire trip. I’m not kidding. Except for when he took a break to eat a peanut butter sandwich. Don’t believe me? Check these photos out for proof!

Here he is waiting for the Toronto connection.

And once on the train again, out comes the music.

Nothing like a peanut butter sandwich!

Upon arriving in Ottawa the JUNOs were there to welcome us!

Here is a picture of Gerry! 

After taking this picture of me, saying that I should be sure to have my picture in our JUNO diary, Gerry took this one and declared ‘perfect!’. Hmmmm…. 

Our fantastic Board of Directors is joining the festivities as well. Board Member Paul Ciufo arrived Friday night and met us for a late dinner at the Lord Elgin, one of the official Hotels of the JUNOs. Our waiter very kindly captured this shot.

He seemed somewhat nonplussed about our Official Status at the Junos importance. Luckily, the banana bread pudding with nutmeg ice cream by Chef Michael Smith was a balm to our hurt egos. Sigh.

Not to be upstaged, a van of the Bach Music Festival of Canada Board Members left Exeter Ontario at 4:30am to arrive in Ottawa for our Classical Music Showcase, an Official event of the JUNOs! which is at 3:30pm at the National Arts Centre.

Friedhelm Hoffmann, Heather Moffatt, Cathy Seip, Ellen Shapiro andJean Jacobe along with Paul and Wayne Deluca and Janet Heerema are the most extraordinary Board of Directors that any organization would be so proud to be associated with. What an effort for each to make, to support the Festival as well as the efforts of Canadian contemporary classical musicians! We will miss Board membersJanet Heerema and  Wayne DeLuca’s presence here – but he is cheering us from away!

This is just the beginning! More posts to come today and through the weekend. Thank you for joining us on this amazing journey! Louise Fagan, Executive Producer Bach Festival

Bach Festival at the JUNOS!

What an incredible year this is turning out to be for the Bach Music Festival of Canada. I am extremely delighted to announce that the Festival is going to the 2012 JUNO Awards in Ottawa Canada! We are delighted to be partners with the the Canadian Music Centre, the National Arts Centre, as well as the major record labels in presenting the Classical Music Showcase. Friday March 30th, the official Opening Day of the JUNO Awards, with a 3:30pm Showcase scheduled at the National Arts Centre!

Throughout the entire weekend, I will be blogging of the experience – the Classical Music Showcase, the Official Welcoming Reception, the JUNO Gala Dinner and Awards Night, and the Scotiabank Place live Broadcast event called the Red Carpet at the JUNOS hosted by William Shatner. The blog will appear here, as well as on facebook and through numerous media outlets including the Exeter Times Advocate and the Beat Magazine.

Will you be in Ottawa? If so, please join the Bach Music Festival of Canada Board of Directors, Artistic Director Gerald Fagan and myself, as we join in the celebration of the Classical Music industry in Canada at the Classical Music Showcase.  If you are not in Ottawa this weekend, then join us through this site and others, to share the experience. See you at the JUNOS! – Louise Fagan, Executive Producer

Exciting News!

So many exciting events and updates regarding the Bach Music Festival of Canada to fill you in on. Over the next couple weeks we will be posting updates here and on our facebook page. Also in the spring, our next newsletter will be published with so many fun facts, photos and announcements.

The fabulous Colleen Sharen and I are co-writing a business strategy case study on the start-up of the Bach Festival. The talented Ms Sharen is a woman with alot on the go! You can find more about her here www.colleensharen.wordpress.com

I’ll be bach (!!) with more exciting news in a couple days. Until then, enjoy the music in your life in whatever way it reveals itself.