Posted August 2018
A packed Church, enthusiastic choir, and special guests Catherine Morrow and Norman Nurmi were delighted to welcome The Rt. Rev. Anne Germond, Bishop of Algoma on Heritage Sunday, August 12. Bishop Anne was ordained and installed as the 11th Bishop of the Diocese of Algoma and is the first female bishop of the diocese.
The great gift of music has continued to enrich the lives of parishioners, friends and families at Christ Church, Windermere this summer with the third in the Gazebo Concert series, held on August 12th under the direction of Wayne Strongman, Director of Music-in-Residence.
Following the service, a free community lunch and final concert in the Gazebo series took place. Performing familiar music from the Canadian-American Songbook that day were renowned musicians Catherine Morrow, soprano and Norman Nurmi, pianist and composer.
Following an exhaustive search, Christ Church Windermere is thrilled to announce the selection of Wayne Strongman as our Director of Music in Residence for summer 2018.
One of Canada's most distinguished music directors, Wayne Strongman is Founding Artistic Director of Tapestry Opera, for whom he commissioned andpremiered over 30 new Canadian operas during his 35-year tenure. Awarded one of 50 Canadian Ambassadors for New Music by the Canadian Music Centre, Strongman was made a member of the Order of Canada for his innovative leadership of Tapestry and his volunteer work with the Regent Park School of Music.
Currently Musical Advisor to Shoestring Opera, a company that engages young audiences with the great music of the operatic canon, adapted to original new stories, Strongman also is Choral Director for Music at the Towers in Brampton, ON, a new program offering vocal instruction to new Canadians and an introduction to Canadian experience through children's choral music.
Throughout his career, Strongman has held major church music director positions: Melrose United in Hamilton, Christ Church Deer Park, Toronto, and currently, Rosedale United Church, Toronto, where he has been privileged to establish one of the most eclectic professional choirs in Canada, authentically delivering week by week over nearly 30 years, folk, rock, world music, spirituals, contemporary and major classical works.
Over the summer of 2018, Strongman hopes to bring many of his skills to help the vibrant Christ Church Windermere congregation achieve its goals: to reach the wider summer community with a stimulating program of events and services that will enrich the spiritual life of the local community. (more about our summer events)
The great gift of music and naturally of food continues to inspire parishioners, friends and families at Christ Church, Windermere this summer with the second in the Gazebo Concert series, held on August 5th under the direction of Wayne Strongman, Director of Music-in-Residence.
Featuring the Art of Portuguese Fado the church garden filled with an appreciative audience of over 100, (including Harley and Davidson the British Bulldogs) who were also were also treated to tasty Portuguese pasties de nata (custard tarts) and lemonade. Talented vocalist Jessica Lloyd and her husband Louis Simao, a gifted instrumentalist and guitarist presented the soul of this Portuguese music tradition in a most melancholic interpretation of daily life in that country.
Jessica Lloyd’s genre-crossing vocal abilities never fail to impress whether she’s singing in a concert hall, a night club or with an opera company. When she is not on stage, Jessica is the Head of Music at Havergal College. Louis has been composing, performing and recording as a multi-instrumentalist in a variety of genres for over 20 years. In November 2017, he was named World Solo Artist-of -the-Year by the Canadian Folk Music Awards, and in April 2018, he was nominated by the Independent Music Awards for 2018 World Best Artist of the Year.
Muskoka Camp Song Night featured The Menfolk who performed rousing renditions of favourite summer camp songs. Plus, story tellers Pat and Shirley highlighted tales of growing up in Windermere. BBQ hotdogs and s'mores rounded out this summer celebration.
Posted August 2018
Christ Church Windermere joins Watt Public School students, staff & YWCA staff in a cheque presentation in support of the YWCA Boys Quest program. The students were so welcoming and very appreciative of our fundraising efforts for this worthy cause. Plus we really enjoyed the wonderful tour of your school. What a happening place! (more info at MuskokaRegion.com)
Canada Day on the Windermere Dock heralded the debut of our Music Director in Residence, Wayne Strongman. Together with The Rev’d Robert Clubbe and a congregation ready to accept the challenge we orchestrated a Harbour Symphony, involving guest musicians, boat horns and church bells from Christ Church and Windermere United, and 187 worshippers at the 10:30am dock service. Windermere House and the Baldwins helped us spread the word and the Windermere Marina
dedicated a boat to accommodate much needed extra seating! And if that weren’t enough, we launched the the Gazebo Concert Series, followed by free lunch in the Garden at Christ Church Windermere, with Strongman’s guests Maria Soulis, mezzo-soprano and Jim Thomas, jazz flautist.
Posted December 19th, 2017