100 Mile Arts Network's first showcase - a huge success

What a fantastic event it was: I was so impressed by the sheer variety of talents. Heartfelt thanks are in order to all who participated:

We loved our MC: Julien Dionne.

There were:

3 bands: How's My Hair, CLEAR and Pickachune

7 literary artists: Annick Hardie, Mary Lou van Schaik, Phil Jenkins, Pearl Pirie, Janet LeRoy and John Hardie

12 solo performers: Allysann Foehring, Dawn Pritchard, Doug McArthur, Ian Tamblyn, Jamie Ferguson, Matthew Falvai, Luther Wright, Mia Kelly, Phil Jenkins, Tim Murphy, Bob Webb and Wayne Johnson

Venues were: Church of the Good Shepherd, Rupert Community Centre, Galerie d'art Riverside and Mill Road Community Space.

Visual artists: Carol-Ann McColgan, cj fleury, Diane Lemire, Stella Pagani, Mike Beedell, Shawn DeNeire, Helene Anne Fortin and Chris Hamilton.

Peter Gillies was there to give advice on grant writing.

2 partner organizations gave us a little taste of they can and will contribute to 100 Mile Arts: Linton Garner of RAWQ (Regional Association of West Quebecers) and Glenn Patterson of QAHN (Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network).

Thanks to Sally for making things painless as usual.

A big thanks to Jill Rick and Pam Scobie for the BIG help they were. Thanks to Martin Comeau for his excellent sound work. And, of course, our volunteers ... and sorry if I am forgetting someone. You seemed to be coming out of the woodwork at the event: Lucia Preller, Zoe Lindsay, Lynn Forrest, Linda Daugherty, Mara McCallum, Rob McCart and Ellie Wilkinson.

Thanks, Alex Preller-Laine for great T-shirts.

And of course, big kudos to Seb Molgat for putting this great video together.

Next year we'll do it again: different region and NOT around Xmas time! Sometime when the venues are not too busy to attend.