Coxwell at Lakeshore
Fun festival atmosphere with FREE musical entertainment and family activities to engage attendees and encourage them to cheer on the marathon runners.
The ArtsCan Circle is inspired by the work of Mike Stevens, the internationally celebrated Harmonica virtuoso from Sarnia Ontario who, since November 2000, has been traveling to isolated communities in Labrador, Quebec, Northern Ontario and the Arctic to share his love for music with kids and to help them explore their own musical expression. Mike started ArtsCan Circle to test his theory of change that continuous and long-term exposure to the arts is a way that youth at risk can find a voice and learn to express themselves in ways that can change their lives for the better.
The workshops are supported by shipments of musical instruments (guitars, harmonicas, violins, keyboards, etc.) and art supplies that are used in the communities we serve and support.
Combined, these two ArtsCan Circle initiatives provide the mentoring and the hands-on tools for community and youth to use music and art for self-expression, exploration, teamwork and learning.
Big Little Lions is the ferocious songwriting duo of Helen Austin and Paul Otten. Both successful singer/songwriters in their own right, they met while both on a conference songwriting member success panel and then a couple of years later started the band from afar, with Helen based on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada and Paul in Cincinnati, OH.
It was while Paul was producing for Helen's JUNO Award winning album that they became Big Little Lions and together they have won many awards including 1st place in the International Songwriting Competition, the top prize of Song of the Year in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition and have just been nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award for Ensemble of the Year.
“The duo's sound mixes the new school folk of Mumford and Sons with a dance rhythm that keeps the music sounding light and upbeat. It also doesn't hurt that their songs are very catchy and aided by how well Austin and Otten's voices complement each other.” Examiner
Both of them are hugely prolific songwriters and between them they have had hundreds of TV, movie and ad placements, one show playing their individual songs back to back. They are also often featured on CBC radio shows including The Vinyl Cafe.
“The conviviality and charm that are palpable in these 12 tunes sound like the product of two people working closely and side-by-side. But, then again, the natural pairing of Austin and Otten is an indication that distance is just a number, one that can't hold back real musical camaraderie. Big Little Lions' A Little Frayed, A Little Torn is a jubilant collection of folk-pop songcraft.” Pop Matters
In their collaborative body of work as Big Little Lions, Helen is the heart and soul and Paul is the bones and blood. Their songs are a dynamic fusion of feel-good and deep emotion that leave the listener with a strong emotional reaction.
“The Way Home is one of those songs that you'll think you've heard before the first time you hear it. It's just so infectious that it sinks into your consciousness from the first listen.” Guitar World
Their music has been featured on TV including MTV's Catfish, ABC's The Vineyard, MBC's The Night Shift, a Microsoft and 3 Ikea commercials.
“This team of Otten and Austin is bound for some huge things and listeners will be grateful for being part of the ride.”