6th Annual Out Loud Series: from Far & Wide, O Canada

News Date: 
01 September 2017

Our annual  “Out Loud” series will be happening at the library in October for the sixth consecutive year. “From Far and Wide, O Canada” is the theme of this year’s line up. As we continue to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday we are bringing authors and performers from all over our great nation to the library. Putting on Out Loud means a lot of extra work for the staff and volunteers as we set up and take down chairs, stay late, rent lights and sound equipment, pick up and drop off performers, but WE LOVE IT!! So please make sure you come out and make the most of the series.

We start off with Gail Bowen on Wednesday, October 4 at 7:00 for a return engagement. Hailing from Saskatchewan, Gail is the author of  the mystery book series featuring Joanne Kilbourn, a university professor, sometime political columist, and a wife, mother and grandmother. Some of you may recall the TV movies made from her books featuring Wendy Crewson. The 17th book in the series, The Winners’ Circle,  was released this year. If you haven’t read it yet, you are in for an explosive surprise. Gail always provides an entertaining evening of readings and discussion with her audience.

The second author in our line up, Terry Fallis, comes to us from Ontario. This will be the third time that Terry has made time in his busy schedule to come to Sheep River – just because he loves the welcome he gets from our patrons. Terry is a two-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour: in 2008 for Best Laid Plans and again in 2014 for No Relation. Terry is the author of six novels with his latest being One Brother Shy. Best Laid Plans had been made into a CBC TV Series and a musical, if you can believe it. The evening promises to be as humourous as his writing and informative as Terry talks about his journey to become an award winning writer, and the challenges associated with writing novels in Canada. You can catch Terry on Monday, October 16 at 7:00.

Both Gail and Terry will have books for sale and for signing.

We are pleased to be hosting two concerts as part of the series this year. First off we have Ari Neufeld coming from British Columbia on Saturday October 14 at 7:00. Ari's performances are a flourish of young and old songs, familiar and brand new, fleshed out in alternating rhythms and melodies, with percussion, electric and acoustic guitar, piano, banjo, ukulele and harmonica. Ari has worked and performed internationally and shared the stage with musical giants.  

Our second musical evening is with Ed Peekeekoot from the Yukon and other far flung places. Multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and story-teller, Ed Peekeekoot is a skilled and seasoned performer. He has a timeless kind of cool that appeals to audiences of all ages. Ed’s performances go from blazing guitar to foot-stomping fiddle and haunting native flute, all sprinkled with his Cree humour and philosophy. He takes people on a wide and wild musical journey from country folk to a touch of classical and jazz. This amazing evening takes place on Friday, October 20 at 7:00.

All Out Loud events are FREE to attend due to the extraordinary efforts of the Friends of the Sheep River Library Foundation who fund these events.  Due to popularity of these events and our limited seating, admission will be by ticket only. You may pick up your FREE ticket at the library before the event.

Once again we will be bringing in a variety of authors for students at both elementary schools. If you are a home school family you are welcome to attend any of these visits. Please call the library for details.