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There is so much happening at MERA it's hard to get it to fit in just one newsletter so be sure to keep an eye on your email, our Facebook page and the MERA website!
Don't forget, if you haven't done so already, your 2021 MERA memberships are due before you resume participating in weekly and monthly events.   Sadly the bills didn't stop when the doors were closed, so the schoolhouse still needs your financial support to continue.
WORKSHOPS ARE RETURNING TO MERA!
Beginner Wire Weaving Pendants

Oct 16, 2021, 10 AM – 4 PM
Member price: $75
Non-member price: $85
Wire, semi precious stones and chains included for two pendants
Bring your own needle nose pliers and wire cutters
minimum age: 15 years
minimum participants: 5 people
Patti Jo Wilson
pjdavid31@hotmail.com
613 278 1501
 
To register and to pay please email meraschoolhouse@gmail.com

Twin Flames Come to MERA
Finally, we can have live music at MERA, with a reduced audience due to COVID protocol. It’s been too long we’re sure you agreed.
But we need people to snap up the tickets to prove that we’re right at offering live music, and this pair of performers are terrific!
Here’s the press release that will be going out to the general people next week as we wanted to give MERA members the first opportunity to purchase the limited number of tickets.
Hope to see you there.
The Music Committee

Twin Flames Come to MERA

MERA Music is excited to present the Twin Flames, the award-winning duo of Chelsey June and her husband Jaaji, in the first post-COVID music concert on Sunday, September 19th at 2:00 pm in McDonald’s Corners.

Chelsey June, métis (Algonquin Cree) from Ottawa, has been capturing the hearts of audiences with her soulful voice and unique songwriting skills. She is a proud métis woman and is an advocate for mental health, healthy relationships, and sober living. Chelsey June is the lead female voice/songwriter for Multi-award winning, chart-topping Indigenous folk artists Twin Flames. The husband and wife duo of Chelsey June, métis (Algonquin Cree) from Ottawa, and Jaaji, Inuk and Mohawk from Nunavik, are long celebrated for their sonic landscapes spanning Canada and the Arctic, and honouring their ancestors through song in English, Inuttitut and French.

Jaaji is an Inuit name derived from the English name George. Jaaji grew up in a humble little community called Quaqtaq in Northern Nunavik where he was raised by his Grandparents with the Traditional ways of the Inuit. Many of his influence in songwriting depict life on the land. Jaaji spent his summers as a child with his biological father in Kahnawake, a reserve of the traditionally Iroquoian-speaking Mohawk nation on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River. He was raised in two different worlds and cultures. He is an advocate for language revitalization and preservation, passionate about including the Inuttitut language in his songs.

Before combining their talents under the title of Twin Flames, Chelsey June and Jaaji had their own respective award-winning and nominated careers; they met on-set during the filming of APTN’s TAM (Talent Autochtones Musical) She released her first album “Seize the day” in 2013 and her EP “Finding me” which was nominated best Folk album at the 2015 Indigenous music awards and the debut album Jaaji & Chelsey June Twin Flames in 2015.

The MERA Schoolhouse is located at  974 Concession Road 9A Dalhousie, McDonalds Corners.

Tickets are $25 plus fees, and available at TicketsPlease.ca, and be picked up at the door.  Tickets will be limited due to strict COVID protocol, which will be place for the concert.

a Company of Fools Presents: Love from Afar 

… after 18 months of limited theatre, a mini Shakespeare in the park pay-what-you-can tour at seven public venues and multiple facilities serving vulnerable populations. 
Ottawa, ON - a Company of Fools returns to the Ottawa public outdoor stage with a (safe) bang this September. 

 
Love from Afar, a Shakespeare mashup, received praise in 2020 for it's successful tour to Long Term Care facilities. Thanks to the magic of radio waves, a Company of Fools performed outside the windows of locked-down senior residents. Now in 2021, this innovative production has been re-imagined and is ready for a wider outdoors public audience. 
In a similar vein to 2020 - and still highly relevant in these disjointed times - the new Love from Afar public tour examines what it means to experience love across boundaries. The tour breaks new ground for the Fools, with elements that they plan to continue into future summer Torchlight presentations. 
The 2021 tour is deliberately constrained to ensure adherence to safety restrictions, taking care to protect audience members and the Fools team. Unlike Fools’ summer shows, this will be a ticketed event with a strict audience limit. The pay-what-you-can policy stays, but this will be via an online ticketing platform or via phone. Cash or credit cards will not be accepted at the site. In keeping with accessibility and outreach mandate, half of the Fools shows will be presented for free to clients of non-profit facilities serving vulnerable populations. Public performances take place on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from September 2nd to 25th. 
The small window of opportunity between the province starting to open up and cooler weather means that the public tour will be short: 12+ shows at 7 locations. Given the limited number of tickets and venues, the company is exploring ways to share the love with a wider audience. 
About Love from Afar 
Love From Afar: a collection of Shakespeare’s greatest hits woven together by the story of three friends discovering the meaning of love. 
What do you do when you can’t remember what love is? Grieving the loss of his wife, one man turns to his friends to help him recall the elusive, indescribable, undeniable thing that we all know as ‘love’. 
But, what happens when the two friends he’s called upon have very, VERY, different answers? 
Using stories with star crossed lovers, a woman in disguise, moody prince, grouchy king, and even a talking wall, the three friends try to answer the age-old question: Love, what is it? 
This completely original Shakespearian mashup by Ottawa theatre powerhouses Nicholas Leno and Sarah Finn blends six of the Bard’s classic scenes with comedic interludes that all explore what it means to be in love, the different types of relationships where love can grow, and how love can overcome hurdles. Three Actors adopt six famous roles each as they bring life to the love stories of Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, King Lear and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Directed by co-author Nicholas Leno, this snappy weaving of Shakespeare’s most memorable stories of the struggles and triumphs of love will keep our hearts warm this Fall.
Foolish Company 
This three-handed Shakespearian mashup is in six capable hands - Geoff McBride, Mitchel Rose and Maryse Fernandes make up the Company for this deliciously bite-sized tour. With costume design by aesthetic wiz Hannah Ferguson, set design by supreme imagineer Even Gilchrist, and original score provided by musical superstar Alli Harris, this production channels an incredible soundscape combined with some of the most expressive actors in Ottawa to provide an utterly unique experience in these utterly unique times. 
Further information and ticket details are available at fools.ca.
 
And here is the link to purchase tickets for the performance at MERA:  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/mera-school-house-love-from-afar-tickets-166961184397?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

Masks and Art at MERA

Third time lucky! This outdoor art exhibition has been rescheduled three times, from May to June and now to September 18.

The many contributing artists have had more time to make amazing creations, and now we are ready to see all our friends again. 

One of the highlights of the show will be 'Cruise and Reuse' by the MERA Art Circle who have made special works of art using recycled material from the famous McDonald's Corners reuse centre.

Both artists and visitors are invited to wear interesting and creative masks, and there will be a table for children, and perhaps adults, to make their own masks for fun.

The exhibition will open at 10 AM until 4 PM, and will be held outside on the attractive grounds around the school house in McDonal d’s Corners.

Covid rules will be respected, and will depend on public health rules.

Rain date is Sunday, September 19.

  To be a contributing artist, or for more information, look at the MERA website, meraschoolhouse.org, or email Wayne at gwstryde@outlook.com.



The 2021
Award of Excellence in the Fine Arts and Crafts
is being celebrated with an award
reception and show for the winner,
painter Fred Fowler, and runners up
Catherine Orfald and Cheryl Straby.
Sept 24, 4-5:30 PM,
indoors at the Schoolhouse.
You are welcome to join us.

October Drop-in Month: Come and visit regular activities at MERA, such as the art circle, fibre arts, pottery, book club and more, and be eligible for a free membership until January. Check the website for when things are happening.



Workshops: These are special one day workshops with a fee. Sept 25, Painting Signs on Wood, with Monica Pope, Oct 16, Wire Weaving a Pendant, with PJ Wilson, and Oct 30, Bent Metal Sculpture, with Cathy Blake.  Register ahead via the MERA email.
 

Concerts: Here is what is lined up so far: Twin Flames, the award-winning duo of Chelsey June and her husband Jaaji, Sunday, Sept 19th at 2:00 pm, Paul Marleyn and Frederic Lacroix, cello and piano. Oct 3, 2:00 pm. Tickets are available at ticketsplease.ca.

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