WINCHESTER — Country-folk recording artists Mabaleka headline as guest emcees during a special ‘Dairyfest Edition’ open mic night at Winchester’s Old Town hall, free to the public this Friday evening, Aug. 5.
Born in Zimbabwe, raised in Ottawa and today based in Saskatoon, brothers Malusi and Bukhosi Mabaleka have wowed CBC radio audiences and crowds in western Canada, and they’re expected to do the same 7 to 10 p.m. at the local venue. Patrons are invited to join the pair on stage with their guitars, poetry and comedy. The duo’s video “Crashed Upon The Waves” won Best Music Video Award at the Ottawa International Film Festival just last year.
Malusi and Bukhosi were on their way to university to study law and marine biology, when the Mabaleka family music bug bit them hard. Their late uncle Tymon Mabaleka was known as the Quincy Jones of the continent of Africa, launching many a music career as a well-known producer with Gallo Records. And their little brother Andile currently sings in Christ Church Cathedral’s Men’s and Boys Choir in Ottawa.
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Coinciding with the final day of Dairyfest, the Dundas County Players present Matt Kelly’s “Talking Carrots at the End of Act One” at the Old Town Hall on Sun., Aug. 7. A pay-what-you-can admission applies to the 7 p.m. show.
The Players return to the Old Town Hall stage for 7:30 p.m. performances of “The Little Mermaid Jr.” on Friday and Saturday (Aug. 12-13), with a matinee show 2:30 p.m.on Sun., Aug. 14. Admission is $10.
Meanwhile, Winchester Open Mic Night continues its new Friday night placement on Aug. 19 and Aug. 26, 7 to 10 p.m., and free as usual.
On the theatre big screen, the North Dundas Movie Committee will have the live broadcast of the Tragically Hip’s Sat., Aug. 20 show in Kingston. Cash bar opens at 7:30 p.m., an hour before the concert starts.
The month concludes with a Dundas County Players performance, as the troupe stage another Matt Kelly play, “Running Away,” on Sun., Aug. 28, at 7 p.m. Pay what you can to catch the show.