Music: Head to the Hills

Those hills are alive with the sound of music…
in Caledon and Halton

May 1 – May 31, 2024
See full schedule here

Helson Gallery, Georgetown
St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Norval
Melville White Church near Belfountain (Caledon)
Pond Gallery in Alton Mill Arts Centre, Alton (Caledon)
John Elliott Theatre, Georgetown *Ticketed event

The May lineup for the inaugural Festival of ARTFUL Communities includes 12 performances in 22 days in five venues in the Hills of Caledon and Halton. 11 of the performances are free and pay-what-you-can, with one ticketed event on Sunday, May 19, from 3–5 pm – the Heather Bambrick Trio at the John Elliott Theatre at Halton Hills Cultural Centre in downtown Georgetown.

4 Friday nights of Open Mic organized by the Brampton Folk Music Club held at the St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 14 Adamson Street S., Norval L0P 1K0.

4 Saturday afternoons of Indie Pop R&B at the Melville White Church, 15962 Mississauga Road, Terra Cotta ON L7C 1W9 (4 minutes south of Belfountain).

4 Sunday afternoons of the cool urban vibe of Jazz, alternating at two galleries, the Pond Gallery at the Alton Mill Arts Centre and the Helson Gallery in the Halton Hills Culture Centre, and the ticketed event at the John Elliott Theatre over the long weekend, also at the Halton Hills Cultural Centre in downtown Georgetown.

EXPLORE, EXPERIENCE, ENJOY rural and small town charm as you head out to follow the sounds of music in those hills during the inaugural Festival of ARTFUL Communities all of May 2024!

Heather Bambrick Trio
Sunday, May 19, 3–5 pm
John Elliott Theatre
9 Church Street, Georgetown L7G 2A3

Tickets Here | $30.00 adult, $25.00 student/adult 65+

Heather Bambrick Trio includes three musical powerhouses on the Canadian Jazz scene with founder Heather Bambrick, pianist Stu Harrison, and bassist Ross MacIntyre. With music ranging from jazz standards and pop hits to Newfoundland folk music and sitcom themes, her shows have been described as “Carol Burnett meets Ella Fitzgerald at a Newfoundland kitchen party”.

Brampton Folk Music Club – Open MIC with Glen McFarlane
Fridays: May 3, 10, 17, 24
St. Paul’s Anglican Church
14 Adamson Street S., Norval L0P 1K0


The Open Mic format is two-song mini-sets of reasonable length. It is free of charge, and everyone is welcome to attend and/or participate. Any acoustic based style of music is welcome: original acoustic oriented songs, traditional music, Celtic, bluegrass, folk, acoustic blues, instrumental, fiddle music, world music, folk-rock, pop music, country, gospel, sea shanties, humorous ditties, “golden oldies”, spoken word (such as recitations or stories), and a cappella singing.

Founded in 1997, BFC is a non-profit community organization that promotes and encourages folk music in the Brampton area, and provides a forum for performance and skills development.

More information at BFC, BFC Facebook, 647-233-3655 or

FORMS, FACES & SPACES, figuratively speaking!
Opening reception featuring Alan Shoesmith & Ian Chamberlain
Sunday, May 5, 3–5 pm
Helson Gallery
9 Church Street, Georgetown ON L7G 2A3


Jazz guitar duo Alan Shoesmith & Ian Chamberlain are an instrumental guitar duo who have been recording and playing together for almost 25 years. They perform an eclectic mixture of jazz, Latin and popular songs alongside original music from their studio albums.

Playing the opening reception of the FORMS, FACES & SPACES, figuratively speaking! exhibit, Sunday, May 5, 3–5 pm at the Helson Gallery, 9 Church Street, Georgetown, ON L7G 2A3. FREE.

Laura Keating Duo & more!
Saturday afternoons in May
Melville White Church
15962 Mississauga Road, Terra Cotta, ON L7L 0C4


The Laura Keating Duo are “…a (Hamilton-based) Canadian folk-rock singer-songwriter who is currently making a name for herself locally and across the pond..” and Gord Ross who will be playing Saturday, May 11 from 3–5 pm at the Melville White Church, 15962 Mississauga Road, Terra Cotta, ON L7C 1W9 (4 minutes south of Belfountain).

Also playing at the Melville White Church, Saturday afternoons, 3–5 pm, are POP/R&B DUO Shelisa Akbar & Paul Llew-Williams on May 4 with JAZZ/POP/R&B DUO Kavya Rajith & Adam Walters performing May 11 and 18 at the heritage venue.

FORMS, FACES & SPACES, figuratively speaking!
Featuring the Paul Llew-Williams Jazz Trio
Sunday, May 5, 3–5 pm
Pond Gallery, Alton Mill Arts Centre
1402 Queen Street W., Alton ON L7L 0C4


The Paul Llew-Williams Trio will be playing the FORMS, FACES & SPACES, figuratively speaking! exhibit, Sunday, May 5 from 3–5 pm at the Pond Gallery, in the Alton Mill Arts Centre, 1402 Queen Street W., Alton, L7L 0C4. Part of the Spring Open House at the Mill, there will also be a dance vignette performed by Marnie Cooke, retired teacher with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School.

Paul Llew-Williams is a skilled and versatile guitarist with a diverse musical background. He has been teaching music in the Peel region for the past 28 years and is influenced by Wes Montgomery, Pat Metheny, and Kenny Burrell. He also produces in P.Llew-Williams Studios and enjoys the challenges of working with new and upcoming young artists in any genre. As Music Director for the Festival of ARTFUL Communities, Paul is active behind the scenes as well as part of a duo and trio at the festival.

About the Organizers

Studio By Design is the registered business of ecmunson, a photographer, soft pastel artist, and writer. She organizes pop-up studio galleries and an annual show, FORMS, FACES & SPACES, figuratively speaking!, which is part of the 28th CONTACT Festival. These projects offer ways for artists’ work to be known, appreciated, and enjoyed. Learn more here.

Adding to the 2024 May exhibit is the premiere Festival of ARTFUL Communities – an initiative of core members of the Ad Hoc Advisory Group, Judy Daley, Paul Llew-Williams, and ecmunson, all passionate about community building through the arts.

Introducing the Belfountain Heritage Society as the Co-Host of the festival where their site, the Melville White Church, will be the hub of Cameo Mini-Exhibits and presentations, plus one of three gallery sites.

Visual Arts Brampton is the main endorsing arts organization of the annual exhibit, their motto, Encouraging Creativity, has made them a respected and acclaimed leader in their community. Learn more here.

Studio By Design
Brampton, ON

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Image Descriptions:
1. Collage of musicians, woman talking, dancer
2. B&W photo of woman singing, two men playing instruments
3. Photo of two guitarists
4. B&W photo of woman with guitar and drummer