WIIKWEMKOONG—A bought out Candlelight Concert that includes pianists from throughout Manitoulin and past captured the hearts and ears of the audience gathered at Holy Cross Church in Wiikwemkoong on Saturday night. There was one thing for nearly any tastes throughout the two-and-a-half-hour program as carried out items ranged from normal classical and homegrown compositions to pop, nation and blues.
The ambiance within the historic church was image excellent, that includes lots of, if not hundreds, of LED candles some perched on ledges excessive above the sanctum house. Co-host Audrey Osawabineshi famous the candles had been remotely activated. “Thank goodness,” she laughed. “I don’t know the way we might have gotten all of them turned on in the event that they weren’t. It was a good distance up the ladder to place a few of them up.”
Ms. Osawabineshi shared internet hosting duties together with her son Joe Osawabine and the duo supplied an entertaining banter between the night’s performances.
The first performer was 16-year-old virtuoso Mason Animikwan, a Grade 11 scholar at Manitoulin Secondary college who research classical piano nearly with Robert Horwath, a Liszt Ferenec Academy of Music Budapest graduate—a college Mason hopes to at some point attend following a level from the Glenn Gould School of Music. Mason’s repertoire for the night included a variety of authentic compositions.
Mason requested the audience stand for his rendition of ‘God Save the Queen,’ noting that though he acknowledged the generally strained relations between Indigenous peoples and the monarchy, he provided his condolences to the Royal Family and hoped for higher relations sooner or later.
The younger composer had an interesting persona onstage, however when his fingers set upon the keys of the piano there was no mistaking Mason’s skilled grade focus.
Rounding out the youth section of the night had been 16-year-old Aiden Leedham, who was impressed to take up the piano by Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and performed an instrumental model of ‘Yellow Brick Road’ by Elton John and 21-year-old Cruz Manitowabi, who performed a bit devoted to his mom Victoria baa, his Nana and his previous homestead on Willow Street.
After a brief 15-minute intermission, the grownup section of the night received underway with a efficiency by former Debajehmujig Storytellers WOOFER Mike Evin of Toronto. Mr. Evin has been on tour opening for the Barenaked Ladies and supplied a few of his authentic compositions. Although straying from the avowed “instrumental” focus of the night, there was no grievance available from the audience. In a hilarious sidebar with Mr. Osawabine on vocals, Mr. Evin performed a tribute to the late Hank Williams, who would have been 99 on Saturday.
Rick Mauti then stepped onto the stage with a formidable presence that belied his delicate command of the ivories. Mr. Mauti thanked the Wiikwemkoong group for the nice and cozy welcome he has loved since coming to the Island and made an uncommon request of the audience to not applaud following a bit he had composed in tribute to an unborn child lady, however to reasonably replicate with a second of silence for the numerous youngsters who by no means got here residence from residential college.
Well-known self-taught pianist and entertainer Elijah Manitowabi closed out the night’s performances with some authentic instrumental blues and jazz impressed items, in addition to songs from the nation style which he has come to understand extra in his grownup life. Mr. Manitowabi’s command of the keyboard and dexterity led one concert-goer to check the flutter of his fingers to that of the wings of a hummingbird.
The live performance was a fundraiser for a variety of tasks being undertaken by Holy Cross, defined Ms. Osawabineshi. The church is 170 years previous this 12 months, she famous, and has not too long ago been graced with a brand new metal roof and inside renovations made essential by an act of vandalism two years in the past. The enhancements to the church embody a brand new altar (which had been moved to the internal chapel to make manner for the candle show). The new altar incorporates a stone insert from the earlier altar and was out there for viewing throughout intermission. The altar was blessed by Bishop Tom Dowd on August 28 who got here to have a good time the sacrament of affirmation.
“The thought for the Candlelight Concert got here from Marie Jacko when she went to Ottawa and attended a piano live performance there and was amazed at it and wished to attempt one right here as a fundraiser,” stated Ms. Osawabineshi. “We had a tremendous group of volunteers, together with Brandon Kagige, Gloria Dewing, Regina Webkamigad, Leroy Eshkawkogan, Jess Manitowabi, Joanne and Lindy Eshkawkogan-Corbiere.”
Sponsors included the Dollar Store With More, Buzwah Variety and Video (for the jersey raffle), Debajehmujig Storytellers and Wiikwemkoong Ogimaa-kwe Rachel Manitowabi.