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“A Month of Sundays” words on water events series, will bring together 3 authors, 3 songwriters, and 1 common experience. Their stories and song will meet when the authors and musicians perform together for 3 afternoons aboard the MS Chi-Cheemaun.

The series also celebrates the historic importance of the ferry route between Tobermory and South Baymouth, which has been operating since the 1930’s. The setting brings the music onto Ontario’s longest and most scenic ferry ride and sets it against the backdrop of water and shorelines that inspired artists like Tom Thompson.


Sunday, July 8th

Alysha Brilla & Karen Connelly (Explicit Content for Mature Audience)

Sunday, July 15th

Ian Bell & Richard Thomas

Sunday, July 22nd

Nick Sherman & Tom Wilson

*inclusive with ferry fare

All Sunday shows will be from 11:20am – 3:15pm

July 8th

Alysha Brilla

Twice Juno Award nominated singer-songwriter, producer and community organizer Alysha Brilla is a critically acclaimed Indian-Tanzanian Canadian artist. Brilla’s new music draws on the influences of her unique background. Alysha’s art aims to unite people through the Canadian cultural kaleidoscope.

Her music, blogs and spirituality are inspired by growing up with parents from two different cultural and religious backgrounds; an Indo-Tanzanian father and Euro-Canadian mother. Her fourth, self-produced album “Rooted” culminates the spiritual & philosophical musings with upbeat folk/jazz/world sounds.

Brilla has performed internationally including across Canada, Australia, Singapore, Tanzania, Chile and more. In addition to live performances of music, Brilla conducts arts education workshops in schools; promoting diversity in music and mentoring in self-expression through the arts.

Alysha Brilla is currently booking festival/theatre shows for 2017/2018 as well as accepting interest in producing music for other artists and school projects.

For more information about Alysha, visit her website at

And make sure you follow Alysha on twitter, FB & instagram @alyshabrilla

Karen Connelly

Author of eleven books of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, Karen Connelly has been called “one of Canada’s smartest, fiercest and most intrepid writers.” An outspoken human rights activist, a polyglot, a provocateur, she has lived in Thailand, Spain, France, and Greece, where she still has a home on the island of Lesvos. She has travelled in the Middle East and North Africa, and spent extended periods of time in Myanmar and on the Thai-Myanmar border. Three of her books explore the struggles of Burmese political prisoners, dissidents, and refugees.

She is the author of the acclaimed novel The Lizard Cage, winner of Britain’s Orange Broadband New Novelist’s Prize. Her most recent book is The Change Room, published by Random House in 2017. The Change Room has been called “revolutionary” and “boundary-breaking” in its treatment of women’s lives and sexuality. In 2019 she will publish a collection of her award-winning essays.

Her writings have been translated into and published in sixteen languages. She lives with her family in Toronto, where she is also a WriteLife and OEI therapist in private practice.  For more information about Karen, visit her website at

July 15th

Ian Bell

As a folk musician Ian Bell has performed professionally across Canada and in the United States since the late 1970s On his own and with a number of different ensembles, he has appeared at numerous folk festivals (Winnipeg, Mariposa, Edmonton, Ottawa, Yellowknife, Owen Sound, Lunenberg , Montmagny, and others) and in concerts in every sort of venue.

With the group Muddy York, and along with Wade Hemsworth (composer of “The Blackfly Song”, “Log Driver’s Waltz”), Ian performed for two weeks in the Folklife Pavilion at Expo 86 in Vancouver, BC. In 1993 Ian was named “Folk Artist in Residence” for that year at Joseph Schneider Haus Museum, in Kitchener, Ontario. In 1985 Ian served as artistic director of the Mariposa Folk Festival.

As a long-time freelance broadcaster, Ian worked on many occasions with Stuart McLean on CBC Radio’s Vinyl Café. Ian has co-written and served as musical director for five Vinyl Café national concert broadcasts. For seven years Ian was a regular contributor to the weekend Fresh Air program on CBC radio. Over the years, Ian Bell has been a regular contributor to many CBC programs including Ideas, Gabereau, Crossroads, This Morning, and Radio Noon. He also appeared numerous times on Peter Gzowski’s Morningside. Ian has also contributed to numerous film scores and performed period music for and occasionally appeared in the TV series, The Road to Avonlea.

Ian performs material from a large repertoire that includes both Canadian traditional music and his own songs and instrumental compositions. Ian’s original songs have been performed and recorded by: Anne Lederman, Ian Robb, Bobby Watt, Allison Lupton, Lee Murdock and others.

In 2004 Ian performed as part of the “Roots of American Music” Festival at Lincoln Centre in New York City. In July 2005 Ian travelled to Estonia with long-time collaborator Anne Lederman to perform at the Viljandi Folk Festival. An accomplished multi-instrumentalist (guitar, button accordion, mandolin, harmonica, fiddle, pipes) Ian appears on dozens of recordings as sideman as well as many under his own name. He currently performs regularly with The Sandplains Pickers, The Friends of Fiddler’s Green, and Lederman-Bell.
Following the release of three well-received CDs of original songs, Ian returned to his roots with a 2009 CD of traditional songs and tunes My Pious Friends and Drunken Companions. This album was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award.

Most recently Ian has released Forget Me Not, When Far Away, a collection of traditional songs and chanteys from the age of commercial sail on the Great Lakes.

“This CD is a thoroughly satisfying listening experience….You don’t often find recordings like this anymore” – Canadian Folk Music, Winter 2013 “An affectionate recreation of the songs and music associated with  Great Lakes sailors…by a fine performerfROOTS (Folk Roots), March 2014. 

Ian’s most recent project is a free-use online database of traditional and historical music from Ontario. It can be found at

Richard Thomas

Richard J Thomas spent his formative years in Delta, British Columbia. He attended Conestoga College in Kitchener before settling in Owen Sound.

An avid reader all his life, Richard has always been interested in writing. In 1991 he began to pursue his dream of being a published writer and in 1995 his first published fiction appeared in Owen Sounder magazine. “From Horseshoe to Gumshoe” was the first appearance in print for detective D.B. Murphy.

In 1996 the first full-length D.B. Murphy novel Gas Head Willy was published and subsequently shortlisted by the Crime Writers of Canada as one of the best first novels of the year.

from the Grey County Historical Society: “Richard came to Owen Sound in 1986 to work as the local news correspondent for CKCO-TV. He remained in the City when this work ended.

Former chief librarian, Andrew Armitage introduced Richard to the local history section of the Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public. During the first Novel Marathon, Richard drafted the book, Gas Head Willy. The setting of the book is Owen Sound in the 1920s. He named characters in the book after those who contributed to the fundraiser. It was the first book in the D.B. Murphy mystery series. Readers have become interested in learning more about the community’s history.

Richard has not limited himself to writing fiction. His research has also appeared in more than just books.

He curated the collections of photographs from the archives of local photographs. His book, 100 Years of Pleasure: the Story of Harrison Park, 1912-2012 includes historical photographs and post cards and the photographs of James Master.

Richard has authored books where he shares his more in-depth research: The Motorists’ Shortcut: 100 years of the Owen Sound Transportation; The Port of Owen Sound:1840-1912 and Saints & Sinners: the Story of Owen Sound: Canada’s Last Dry City.

Grey Roots has benefitted from Richard’s talent as a researcher, writer and videographer. Richard also shares his historical videos on his Facebook page and on his Youtube Channel.

Richard speaks to local groups about the area’s history. He was also the founding president of the Community Waterfront Heritage Centre.” To find out more information about Richard, visit his website at

July 22nd

Nick Sherman

Singer-songwriter, Nick Sherman, gives new meaning to “the voice in the wilderness,” or rather the voice from the wilderness. While he still calls his rural birthplaces of Sioux Lookout home, Sherman spent much of his youth out on the land, moving between his hometown, the small First Nation community of Weagamow Lake, and his family’s trapline on North Caribou Lake. It was here in the depths of the Northern Ontario forest that his family members would play guitar as they tended their trapline, and Nick found himself soaking in songs and lyrics.

His songs are not only inspired by his memories of those early trapline sounds – the timeless hymns of celebration and lamentation on his reserve – but by great songwriters including William Elliott Whitmore, Ray LaMontagne, Sam Cooke, and Elvis Costello. His gentle voice is rich with honesty and the vitality of youth, but tempered with world-weariness, atop his strong, simple guitar. His indigenous heritage resonated with soul-brushing candour as he sings the boreal forest blues.  For more information about Nick, visit his website at

Tom Wilson

“We survive, and with those skills, and in that survival, we create art,” writes three-time Juno- winning Hamilton musician Tom Wilson in his poignant and powerful memoir, Beautiful Scars. In addition to the success over many years of his bands Junkhouse, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, and now his most recent incarnation, Lee Harvey Osmond, Tom Wilson has also exhibited his visual art in New York, Vancouver, Toronto, and Ottawa. Add now to these impressive accomplishments, the publication of his first book, and there can be no doubt that he is indeed an extremely creative and multi-talented survivor.” Diane Schoemperlen, Hamilton Review of Books

The true heart and soul of Beautiful Scars comes from the revelation five years ago of a zealously guarded family secret, namely that Bunny and George Wilson of Hamilton were not Tom’s birth parents, but a couple who adopted him at the request of his natural mother, an Indigenous woman from the Mohawk Kahnawake community who became pregnant out of wedlock.

Tom Wilson is a Canadian music legend, famed storyteller and visual artist. With over 40 years under his belt, his extensive career and tireless efforts as a musician has bestowed upon him numerous nominations and awards from the Hamilton Music Awards to the Polaris Prize to the Juno Awards, including certified gold and platinum records from his work with popular rock band Junkhouse.