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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 7th

Craig Cardiff & Tim Falconer

Sunday, July 14th

Jeremy Fisher & Nicola Winstanley

Sunday, July 21st

Orchestra North & Antanas Sileika

Sunday, July 28th

Emm Gryner & Sonya Lalli

*inclusive with ferry fare

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

July 7th

Craig Cardiff

For the past six years, Craig Cardiff has been passing around a Book of Truths during his shows and asking his fans to share something truthful in it — a story, a confession, a hope, a secret. The book gives fans a chance to write down something they might be too afraid to say out loud, and it gives Cardiff an opportunity to connect with the people who come to his shows. Those entries aren’t always easy to read. The stories can be heartbreaking, and they can leave Cardiff wanting to do something, to find the person who wrote in his book and tell them to hold on for tomorrow, that things will be OK.

Cardiff’s newest releases, amongst them the cheekily named ‘Novemberish’, a series of albums and EP’s, have earned him label and management interest from NY-based label Anti-Fragile Music and management group Esther Creatives Tom Sarig.  Since founding Esther Creative Group, Sarig has worked with some of the most exciting musical artists in contemporary history, including Lou Reed, The Gaslight Anthem, Bryan Ferry, CAKE, the Violent Femmes, Miranda Cosgrove, Twin Atlantic, Blonde Redhead, Bebel Gilberto, and Against Me!, among others.

With a voice described as “warm, scratched, sad and sleepy,”Cardiff sings songs that expose the human condition, putting a magnifying glass to the clumsier and less proud moments. He can turn any setting into an intimate affair, infusing his music and lyrics with an uncompromising humanism. Cardiff makes it a point to keep the relationship with his fans personal, inviting and accepting any opportunity to make his audience as much a part of the performance as he is.

Armed with an extensive catalogue of songs, his Book of Truths, sharp wit and soft voice, Cardiff is considered a pioneer in alternate venue touring, often appearing in churches, camps, prisons, basements, festivals, kitchens and even taking to the streets, bringing his fans with him. Over the years, he has played with and opened for artists such as Glen Phillips, Lucy Kaplansky, Dan Bern, Natalia Zukerman, Andy Stochansky, Sarah Harmer, Kathleen Edwards, Blue Rodeo, Gordon Downie (Tragically Hip), Hawksley Workman, Sarah Slean, Skydiggers, 54-40 and more.

When not performing, Cardiff blends humour, honesty and enthusiasm as he offers workshops at schools, camps, festivals and churches throughout North America. He is passionate about encouraging others to be more open and to try new things even if it means making mistakes, and in June 2011, he gave an address called Fear is the Cheapest Room in the House during the inaugural TEDxUWO at the University of Western Ontario.

Tim Falconer

TIM FALCONER is the author of Bad Singer: The Surprising Science of Tone Deafness and How We Hear Music (House of Anansi Press), which The Globe and Mail named to its Top 100 of 2016 list and was a finalist for the Lane Anderson Award in 2017. Based on “Face the Music,” a National Magazine Award-winning feature, it is much more than the story of his sometimes-humiliating attempt to sing in tune. It’s also about what we hear when we listen to music and why singing is so important to us. An entertaining mash-up of science, culture and personal journey, this book is for everyone who sings – badly or not.

His previous books are Watchdogs and Gadflies: Activism from Marginal to MainstreamDrive: A Road Trip Through Our Complicated Affair with the Automobile and That Good Night: Ethicists, Euthanasia and End-of-Life Care (all published by Penguin). He also collaborated with psychologist and popular parenting expert Alex Russell on Drop the Worry Ball: How to Parent in the Age of Entitlement (first published by Wiley in 2012; reissued by Collins in 2014).

Tim taught magazine journalism at Toronto’s Ryerson University for two decades and also served as a faculty editor in the Literary Journalism program at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Banff, Alberta, and a mentor in the MFA in Creative Non-Fiction program at the University of King’s College in Halifax. He now edits, conducts writing seminars and is available as a speaker for book clubs and other groups. A former writer-in-residence at Berton House in Dawson City, Tim returns to the Yukon as often as he can, but lives in Toronto.

July 14th

Jeremy Fisher

JUNO-nominated folk singer Jeremy Fisher brings his catchy songwriting to circle time with his first collection of music aimed at young listeners, Highway To Spell. Songs such as Turtle & Guy, Down at the Library and Bath Time come alive with vivid imagery, instantly singable melodies and a groove that inspires kids to dance like nobody’s watching. His trademark wit and penchant for story telling ensures that there’s a little something for the whole family at this show.

Nicola Winstanley

NICOLA WINSTANLEY has always believed in the power of stories to bring comfort. She is the author of The Pirate’s BedA Bedtime Yarn and Cinnamon Baby, which won an honor prize for the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award and was shortlisted for the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. Her latest book, How To Give Your Cat a Bath, is a funny, self-aware how-to book, featuring a little girl and a know-it-all narrator who find themselves stymied by a cat who refuses to take a bath. Nicola lives in Hamilton, Ontario, with her family and one dog. No cats.

July 21st

The Orchestra North

Held July 15th-20th 2019 in the heart of the Scenic City, Orchestra North Owen Sound features orchestras and chamber ensembles, private lessons, concerts and more!  Programs are available for string, woodwind and brass players, as well as an Academy for post-secondary students.

he Orchestra North Summer Program are orchestral and chamber music festivals that draws together musicians of all ages and abilities from across Canada. The programs provide high quality music education to its participants and encourages collaboration and musical excellence for everyone. Celebrating northern musicians and composers, Orchestra North promotes the enriching of lives and communities through music and the arts, with programs in Smithers, British Columbia, Owen Sound Ontario, and Whitehorse, Yukon.

Orchestra North Smithers is presented by the Bulkley Valley Classical Strings Society, and is generously supported by Wetzin’kwa Community Forest Corporation, Northwest Community College, and the Bulkley Valley Arts Council


Antanas Sileika

Antanas Sileika (Antanas Šileika) is a Canadian novelist and critic.

He was born in Weston, Ontario.

After completing an English degree at the University of Toronto, he moved to Paris for two years and there married his wife, Snaige Sileika (nee Valiunas), an art student at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts.  While in Paris,  worked as part of the editorial collective of the expatriate literary journal, Paris Voices, run from the upstairs room of the bookstore, Shakespeare and Company.

Upon his return to Canada in 1979, Antanas began teaching at Humber College and working as a co-editor of the Canadian literary journal, Descant, where he remained until 1988.

He became involved through journalism  with Lithuania’s restitution of independence during the fall of The Soviet Union 1988-1991, and for this activity he received the Knight’s Cross medal from the Lithuanian government in 2004.

A past winner of a national magazine award, he retired in June of 2017 as the director for the Humber School for Writers in Toronto.

After writing for newspapers and magazines, Antanas published his first novel, Dinner at the End of the World (1994), a speculative story set in the aftermath of global warming.

His second book, a collection of linked short stories, Buying On Time (1997), was nominated for both the City of Toronto Book Award and the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour, and was serialized on CBC Radio’s Between the Covers. In 2016, almost twenty years later, it was long-listed for Canada Reads and the translation was short-listed in Lithuania for Book of the Year. The book traces the lives of a family of immigrants to a Canadian suburb between the fifties and seventies. Some of these stories were anthologized in Dreaming Home, Canadian Short Stories, and the Penguin Anthology of Canadian Humour.

Antanas Sileika has worked frequently as a reviewer of books for radio, television, and print.

His third book, Woman in Bronze (2004), compared the seasonal life of a young man in Czarist Lithuania with his subsequent attempts to succeed as a prominent sculptor in Paris in the twenties. The novel was a Globe Best Book of that year.

His  novel, Underground,  appeared from  Thomas Allen in 2011. The story is set in the underground resistance to the Soviet Union in the late 1940’s. It was named as one of the Globe and Mail’s 100 Best Books of 2011.

July 28th

Emm Gryner


Inspired by the birth of a child and the death of an icon, multiple Juno Award nominee and acclaimed singer/songwriter Emm Gryner brings us an ambitious musical project that may turn out to be one of the most important and compelling of her career – “Only of Earth”. “Days of Games”, the first album in a series of three in the “Only of Earth” trilogy, sees Gryner infusing songs with crunching rock riffs, soaring vocals, powerhouse beats and layered synthesizers of the best of 1970s and 1980s rock and pop music.

Sonya Lalli

Sonya Lalli is a Canadian writer of Indian heritage. She studied law in her hometown of Saskatoon and at Columbia University in New York, and later completed an MA in Creative Writing and Publishing at City, University of London. Sonya has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and loves travel, yoga and cocktail bartending. She lives in Toronto with her husband.


The Matchmaker’s List is a heartwarming multicultural romantic comedy about a modern Canadian girl struggling to please her traditional Indian grandmother. Terrified by the fact that she is nearly 30, Raina reluctantly agrees to let her Nani put together a list of eligible bachelors from their tight-knit Indian community, but the constant parade of men and disastrous blind dates spirals into more than Raina can handle.


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