June 1st marked the first show on our “Sylvan Shore Small Halls of Haliburton County Tour, 2019” at Rails End Gallery and Arts Centre in Haliburton Village. We’re embarking on this tour to celebrate the small halls across the county and the role that they play in community life. It's also going to be a joy to play music in the resonance of these old wooden structures.
Rails End Gallery was the original station for the Victoria Railway in Haliburton Village at the end of the short line from Lindsay in the late 1870s. It became the Grand Trunk Railway around 1893 and the original weigh scale is on display in the gallery. The wooden structure was lifted onto a perimeter foundation in 2005 with the help of Ontario Trillium Foundation funding and a small kitchen was installed through further fundraising efforts.
The old railway station is now owned by the Municipality of Dysart et al and became home to Rails End Gallery in 1980, which acts as steward of the building and provides community arts programming. Rails End Gallery and Arts Centre showcases and sells the work of local artists, hosts exhibitions and events, and is a wonderful space to play and hear live music. The acoustics are fabulous and the staff and volunteers are very gracious hosts!
On September 28th, the Irondale Church will be another stop on our tour. This is will be a fundraising concert to assist with ongoing renovations of this valuable 'small hall' in our community. We’re in the process of lining up a couple of other venues with special guests to share the stage with us. Stay tuned!
In the meantime, you can find us at the Haliburton County Fair on June 8th from 12:00-12:45 as we kick off Home Brew II, and on the patio at the Bonnieview Inn on July 3rd.
We wanted to get in touch to give you a quick update on our plans for 2019 and invite you to be part of them.
Sylvan Shore will be playing live at Studio 505 in Peterborough on Saturday, April 27th. Studio 505 belongs to Kate's good friends Beverley and Frederic and they will be hosting the evening’s concert. You can purchase tickets in advance here.
We will also be playing at the Haliburton County Fair in the afternoon on Saturday, June 8th. It’s going to be a great line-up again this year, so come on out!
Sylvan Shore is happy to be playing Music by the Gull this summer on Saturday, July 12th. It will be our first time and we’re looking forward to sharing the stage with Love & Loney; a duo well known in the Minden community. We have plenty of other irons in the fire but this is what we have on deck so far. Please join us at any or all of these events!
Another way that you can see us perform is to host a house concert. All you need is a love of live music, friends and family, and an open space (living room, yard, patio, dock, etc.) that can seat a minimum of 20 people. If you are interested, please see our website for more information on what’s involved in hosting a house concert.
In other news, we’re working toward recording an EP this year and we’d like to create some videos as well. Stay connected through Facebook and Instagram or through our quarterly newsletter – sign up here.
Thanks for your support!
Kate & Andrew
In the year and a bit that Kate and Andrew have been performing as Sylvan Shore, they have worked hard to learn each other’s material and currently have a repertoire of about twenty original songs. Sylvan Shore played a variety of shows in 2018 from the Homemade Stew Concert in January to opening for the Salt Cellars at the Arlington Hotel in December and everything in between. They were fortunate to play to a sold out house at the Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion in Haliburton Village on three separate occasions. One of the highlights of these shows was playing an opening set for the Good Lovelies in September.
Kate and Andrew are looking forward to having new experiences, sharing new music and meeting new audiences in 2019!