While Lindsay embarked on a kayak and camping adventure, Dayna partook in the 2016 World Festival of Children’s Theatre opening ceremonies at the front of City Hall in Stratford. Dayna and Perth County Conspiracy legend, Cedric Smith debuted an original “Welcome to Stratford” for the young delegates from Uganda , Zimbabwe, Australia, Indonesia, The Czech Republic, Palestine, Germany, Estonia, Slovakia, Slovinea, The United States, Russia, Paraguay, Columbia, El Salvador & Cuba!
Emm partook in a jam session and workshop at The Grand Theatre with guitarist Greg Lowe, actor/musician Brendan Wall and director Allen MacInnis which saw about 75 local musicians bring their guitars to the theatre to play along with “Big Yellow Taxi”. The event also promoted “Joni Mitchell: River” which runs in the fall at The Grand Theatre and will mark Emm’s official theatre debut (if you don’t count her “role” in Annie at Huron Country Playhouse when she was 11).
At the workshop, Emm met a former music student of Trent Severn dad, Dave Manning’s. Graham Holmes is his name, and alongside two friends he recently performed his version of “Bluenose on a Dime” at a coffee house at St. Jude’s Church in London. To top it all off, Emm came across Michael Griffin, pictured here with his 1978 Grit Laskin acoustic, (as old as Dayna!). “It has seen many road miles and many hours of play,” said Michael.
All in all, a weekend of songs and heartstrings! A true reminder why we do what we do.