|September 17, 2013||Posted by admin under News|
2013 Performance Listings (subject to change).
Friday Oct. 25
RAPUNZEL..*Michael K. Myers 1 – 4pm
ALL ABOUT BOOKS..*Norbert LePage 4 -7pm
SOCIALIST PIG..* TBA 6: – 8:30pm
MAPLE LEAF..*Smith & Brady 5 –8pm
MORONI’S WEST SIDE *Wayne Huff 10 -1:00am
OLD ENGLISH PUB * TBA 8 – 11pm
ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION..*Mary-Jo Maur/Tim Hallman..4:30 -7pm
Saturday Oct. 26
ALL ABOUT BOOKS..*John Wilburforce.12 – 3pm; Tanya Trombetta 4 -7pm
PANACHE..*Diane Stapley & Doug Gifford 1 -4pm
MAGNOLIA..*Billesemo.1 – 4pm
MAPLE LEAF..*Czech Schnitzelhouse Orch…7:30 – 9:30pm
ANTHONY’S..*Jay Mittler.with Erica Bradley.4 – 7pm
SOCIALIST PIG..*Head Over Heels.2 – 4:30pm
HOT ROAST COMPANY..*Community Musical Friends..5 – 7pm
EXECUTIVE SECRETARIAL SERVICES..Dave Rankine, Kirkhams & Friends..1 – 5pm
OLD ENGLISH PUB..*The Dash Trio..8 – 11pm
MORONI’S WEST SIDE..* Higher Ground 10 -1AM
OTHER VENUES (Saturday, Sunday)
HOME HARDWARE..Saturday * Jeff Callery ..1 – 4pm
CANADIAN LEGION..Sunday*Lasalle Causeway Big Band 12 – 1:30pm
ARTHUR CHILDS HERITAGE MUSEUM..Saturday..* Flower & The Wannabees Noon -2pm
STONEWATER IRISH PUB…Saturday..*Jeff Gaulton .8 – 11p
CANADIAN TIRE Saturday *Teagan McLaren 1- 3:30pm
CHRIST CHURCH..Sunday *A Little Jazz Mass with Melodia Monday & Guests 10:30am
THE FIREHALL THEATRE
Friday..* Calamity Janes 8 -10:30pm
Saturday..*Sirens & Stars..Easy Jazz 8 -10:30pm .
Sunday..*Mauricio’s Classical, Spanish Latin Trio 2:30 – 4:30pm
1000 ISLANDS ACCOMMODATION PARTNERS
MUSKIE JAKES GAN INN..Friday *The Wilkins, Saturday..*Cliff Edwards & Friends 6:30 – 9:00pm
COUSIN’S ON KING Bar & Grill..Friday.*.Trevor Walsh Saturday..*Kent Nicholson 8 – 12am
QUALITY INN LOBSTER TRAP..Saturday TBA 4:30 -7:30pm
GLEN HOUSE RESORT..Friday and Saturday *Tom Savage & Kevin Davidson 7 -11pm
*Location and Artist times could (and probably will!) change.
*Some new locations and Artists could be added.
We will try to update website and our Facebook and Twitter feeds with any changes as soon as possible.
|September 4, 2013||Posted by admin under News|
Mike Walker, CTV Barrie LINK
Published Wednesday, September 4, 2013 6:48PM EDT
Sandy Thorburn is facing 19 new charges after investigators identified more victims.
OPP say Thorburn arranged to meet teenage girls at a hotel in Barrie. Today, he walked into the Orillia courthouse with his wife and family by his side. The 19 additional charges the music teacher and theatre director is facing include making and possessing child pornography, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, internet luring and juvenile prostitution.
Thorburn was arrested in July at the Monte Carlo Inn in Barrie. Investigators say he was with a 17-year-old girl, allegedly to make child pornography. Police say Thorburn met his victims online using different aliases and pretending to be a photographer and model scout.
“After his original arrest, police identified five more victims and as a result 19 charges were laid,” says Det. Insp. Scott Naylor. “On social media sites he was luring these young people under the disguise of a modeling agency and from there was luring them into other sexual-related activity.”
Thorburn is now facing a total of 25 charges. He stood before the judge and said nothing. Thorburn is free on bail but with strict house arrest conditions including having no access to the internet and he is not allowed to be in any public place where anyone under the age of 18 is present.
Investigators say they are confident there are no more victims, but the investigation is still ongoing and more charges could be laid. Thorburn will be back in court on Oct. 1.
Mike Walker, CTV Barrie
Published Monday, July 22, 2013 6:35PM EDT
Sandy Thorburn, a prominent music teacher and theatre director, walked out of the Barrie courthouse holding his wife’s hand and surrounded by family after being granted bail this afternoon.
Thorburn is facing a slew of charges for making and possessing child pornography, juvenile prostitution and Internet luring.
Thorburn was arrested 10 days ago at the Monte Carlo Inn in Barrie. Investigators say he was with a 17-year-old girl, allegedly to make child pornography.
Police began their investigation after receiving a number of complaints from young girls in the Barrie and Orillia areas. Investigators say Thorburn met his alleged victims online using different aliases and pretending to be a photographer and model scout.
Thorburn was released on $110,000 bail and into the custody of his wife. There is a long list of bail conditions.
Thorburn will placed under house arrest at his Toronto home and cannot leave without a court appointed supervisor. He is not allowed to access the Internet or any electronic device such as a computer or smart phone that can log onto the web. Thorburn is not allowed to be in a public area like parks or swimming pools where young people may be.
There is a publication ban on any evidence being discussed in court. Thorburn’s lawyer Sandy Nichols declined to comment, telling CTV News it is too early in the case.
None of the allegations against Thorburn have been proven in court.
After being released from the prisoner’s box, Thorburn left court surrounded by family members.
The investigation is ongoing. The OPP says more charges could be laid. Investigators are asking for any other victims to contact them. Thorburn’s next court appearance is Aug. 20.
Read more: http://barrie.ctvnews.ca/sandy-thorburn-granted-bail-returns-to-court-in-august-1.1378735#ixzz2Zy6Y1nTt
UPDATE 20-7-2013: 1000 Islands Playhouse issues statement.
Gananoque – On the evening of Monday, June 15, it was brought to the attention of the Thousand Islands Playhouse that Mr. Sandy Thorburn had been arrested and charged with criminal offences.
At this time, we are only aware of information that has been released publicly through the media and do not have further details of the pending investigation. Mr. Thorburn has been
associated with the Thousand Islands Playhouse for the past 26 years in a variety of capacities, most recently as the Resident Musical Director. In our 2013 season, this position involved the Musical Direction of “Suds” (May 24‐June22) and the coordination of the Studio ‘S’ Music Series.
In light of these serious charges, his association with the Thousand Islands Playhouse has been terminated. There will be no interruptions to any productions that have been scheduled and we will continue to deliver the high‐calibre of entertainment that we are known for.
Richard Van Dusen
Thousand Islands Playhouse
KINGSTON – A man raised in Kingston who has played a prominent role in the local theatre scene has been charged with making child pornography after meeting with teenage girls at hotels in Orillia and Barrie under the impression he was a modeling photographer.
Sandy Thorburn, 49, of Toronto, was arrested Friday in the parking lot of the Monte Carlo Inn on Hart Drive in Barrie while in the company of a 17-year-old girl, said Det.-Sgt. Terry Paddon, head of the OPP’s child sexual exploitation unit. He has been charged with one count of making child pornography, one count of possessing child pornography, two counts of juvenile prostitution and two counts of internet luring.
Thorburn grew up in Kingston and has played a prominent role in the area’s theatre scene as a a composer, arranger, director, including as the resident musical director for the Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque. He’s also taught at universities such as Waterloo, McMaster, and Lakehead, at the Orillia campus.
Read full story at Kingston Whig Standard website.
Sandy Thorburn, a former music history instructor at the University of Waterloo, has been charged with several child pornography-related offences. His charges include making and possessing child pornography, juvenile prostitution and Internet luring.
Police arrested Sandy Thorburn, 49, who is a music and theatre director, at a hotel in Barrie where he was with a 17-year-old girl. Police allege he intended to make child pornography.
Thorburn was formerly a lecturer on music history at the University of Waterloo. He also taught at Lakehead University’s Orillia campus.
Ontario Provincial Police’s Orillia detachment and child sexual exploitation unit began investigating after several teenage girls in the Barrie and Orillia area reported that a stranger contacted them online claiming to represent modeling agencies and wanted to photograph them in exchange for money.
Thorburn allegedly met and paid the girls, ranging in age from 14 to 17, in several instances. Police allege Thorburn took photos of the girls for the purpose of making child pornography and also offered the teens money for sex in several of these meetings.
OPP Det. Insp. Scott Naylor alleges Thorburn used a fake social media identity to develop a trusting relationship with one of the girls online and then used her friends list to find the other teenage girls.
Police searched Thorburn’s home on Saturday and found several pieces of electronic evidence.
Thorburn allegedly used several identities including “Ryan Wardle,” “Lydia Lensky,” “Theron Spyra” and “Andre Stein” to present himself to his victims as the hired photographer, police said in a news release. He also allegedly claimed to represent modeling agencies named “Model Mayhem,” “Model Desire” and “TalentsMLS.com.”
Thorburn is directing and starring as narrator in Theatre Collingwood’s production of Billy Bishop Goes to War, scheduled to run until July 20.
The theatre’s website states he is a music director at the Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque, (since 1986), and has directed music for more than 50 productions.
|August 13, 2013||Posted by admin under 1000 Islands, Events, News|
2013 Gananoque Poker Run / Rendez-Vous Gananoque, Aug 16-18.
Gananoque Poker Run 2013 SCHEDULE
Launch Ramp: Downtown at Kate St. and St. Lawrence St.
Friday August 16th, 2013
- 2:00pm – 6:00pm Registration
Saturday August 17th, 2013
- 8:00am – 9:00am Registration
- 9:00am CARD #1 Clarion Inn – Drivers Meeting.
- 11:00am Gananoque Municipal Marina – Start
- 11:30am CARD #2 Williams Marina
- 12:00pm CARD #3 Rockport Boathouse Country Inn – Lunch – Wild Card Draw
- 3:30pm CARD #4 Gananoque – Gordon’s Marina – Off the rocks
- 5:30pm CARD #5 Clarion Inn – Awards Dinner
For more information and to register call 1-800-354-9145 ext 252.
IMPORTANT! PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING CHANGES THAT HAVE TO BE MADE TO THE GANANOQUE POKER RUN ENTRY FORM:
- Entry fee is $295.
- Additional crew $75 per person
- Limited dockage available at $55 plus tax – PLEASE CONTACT Nancy at 800-354-9145 ext 223 by Thursday Aug. 15 to reserve your spot.
- Participants without reserved docks may launch prior to the Poker Run and tie-up in the VIP area.
Poker Runs America / APRA event. For more information and to register call 1-800-354-9145 ext 252.
2013 1000 Islands Kingston Poker Run, Aug 9-11.
Saturday August 10th, 2013
8:30am CARD #1 will be given to each driver at the Drivers Meeting.
10:00am Depart Kingston
11:15am CARD #2 Prescott The Entire CITY of PRESCOTT ONTARIO WELCOMES US! SHAKESPEARE OUTDOOR FESTIVALE! There will be a WILD CARD played..light refreshments and a snack will be served to the drivers.
12:45pm Depart Prescott
1:00pm CARD #3 Brockville LUNCH STOP BROCKVILLE Municipal Harbour, “RIBFESTIVALE” in Hardy Park. 92 Octane Fuel available here.
2:45pm Depart Brockville
3:00pm CARD #4 Gananoque (Card in Fishnet from the Dock)
3:15pm Depart Gananoque
3:30pm CARD #5 Kingston Marina – dock and pick up card.
6:30pm BANQUET and AWARDS DINNER
Gananoque Poker Run Still a ‘Go’
ONE WEEK AFTER GANANOQUE PULLED THE PLUG ON HOSTING A POKER RUN — IT SEEMS THE EVENT IS BACK ON THE SUMMER CALENDAR.
from CKWS Newswatch Newsroom
THE TOWN SAID IT DIDN’T HAVE TIME TO ORGANIZE THE EVENT.
BUT OFFICIALS WITH “POWER RUNS AMERICA” SAY THE BIG BOATS WILL RETURN IN MID-AUGUST.
NEWSWATCH’S PAUL SOUCY EXPLAINS WHAT HAPPENED.
LIKE MANY COMMUNITIES ALONG THE ST. LAWRENCE RIVER – GANANOQUE’S POKER RUN IS A FOCAL POINT OF
BUT THIS YEAR THE TOWN DECIDED TO WALK AWAY FROM THE YEARLY EVENT AFTER A BREAKDOWN IN COMMUNICATION CAUSED BY STEEP DEMANDS…
“Asking for 40 slips for parking and for 40 vehicles and trailers as well as to help them organize the entire event.”
“It’s just a lot of juggling, and a lot of work – for them to expect us to do that wasn’t proper.”
POKER RUNS AMERICA AND POWER BOATS CANADA AGREE BUT AREN’T WILLING TO WALK AWAY FROM THE EVENT.
TO TAKE PRESSURE OFF THE TOWN, THEY HAVE SINCE DECIDED TO HOST AND ORGANIZE THE EVENT THEMSELVES.
[“Everything remains the same as usual, as it would have been except that there will be a small charge for the drivers to pay for the docks. It’s unfortunate because they come to town and put a show on..”
RESIDENTS ARE ALSO GLAD THE TOWN STILL GETS TO HOST THIS YEARS EVENT.
“When we’re out camping we like to sit out there and watch them in the Afternoon. Nice weather and enjoy the run.”
“very exciting – and I think everybody is exited about it. everyone out in their boats…the noise…the beautiful boats. ya it’s pretty cool.”
“It’s good for business I can tell you that much. I work at a hotel so it brings lots of people through.”
ORGANIZERS SAY THIS YEARS EVENT HAS TURNED OUT TO BE A WIN WIN FOR GANANOQUE — AS THEY STILL GET THE TOURISM DOLLARS FROM THE POKER RUN, WITHOUT HAVING TO LOSE OUT ON MOORING FEES.
PAUL SOUCY CKWS NEWSWATCH GANANOQUE.
Gananoque has turned down a request from Poker Run Canada to hold a Rendezvous event at the town’s marina in August.
from Gananoque Reporter. By Wayne Lowrie
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 1:12:59 EDT PM
Sue Smith, the town’s recreation manager, said the run’s organizers were “very ill-prepared” and were making a last-minute request demanding about $5,000 in free services from the town.
In the past, Poker Run Canada has held the event at the marina in July. This year, the town made repeated attempts to find out if the organizers wanted to do the event again in July, but they didn’t respond to the town’s requests, Smith told town council. Then a poster appeared advertising the event for July 19 and 20th, without the town’s knowledge or permission, she said. That same poster said the Gananoque Lions Club would be involved, but the club had not been contacted by the organizers and knew nothing of the July poker run, she said. The Lions refused to participate.
Smith told the organizers that they couldn’t hold the July poker run because they hadn’t informed the town or asked for council approval.
Poker Run Canada’s response was to request the alternate dates on Aug. 16 to 18.
Smith said the organizers were demanding 40 complimentary slips at the marina and free parking for 40 trucks and trailers. They also wanted the town to provide them with volunteer water marshals, arrange for police enforcement and ambulance support and to line up a charity group to prepare a BBQ dinner for the participants.
Most council members appeared appalled at the demands. Mayor Erika Demchuk said it appeared the Poker Run people wanted somebody to do all the work and then cruise off with all the money. It’s not up to the town to do their organizing, she said.
Councillors noted that this is not a charity poker run such as the Performance Boat Club event that raised $2,000 for the Lions in June. Poker Run Canada is a profit-making company.
Coun. Joe Jansen said he had been involved in organizing charity poker runs for years. The events were organized by local volunteers and the money went to local charities, unlike this event, he said.
Councillors Roberta Abbott and Jan Hayes agreed to deny the request for the August date, but said the town should be open to allowing the group back in the future. Abbott said it is a “useful event” that draws a lot of participants and onlookers to Gananoque. The town should inform the organizers that it is willing to consider future events, she said.
Bill Taylor, president of Poker Run Canada, said he was disappointed to hear of the town’s decision when informed of it by the Gananoque Reporter.
“Gananoque could use the boost, it’s a good event for the town,” he said.
Taylor said his group would try to stage the event in Gananoque nevertheless, by perhaps getting boat slips in Prescott or somewhere else.
“We’ll see … I’ve got to make some calls,” Taylor said.
Taylor said Poker Run Canada has had a good year so far with successful events in Belleville and Hawkesbury that brought a lot of money into those towns.
He said his company would be open to considering staging events in Gananoque in the future.
From CKWS news site July 17th 2013
A Popular summer event won’t be held in Gananoque this year.
DUE TO NEGOTIATION ISSUES — THE TOWN HAS DECIDED TO WALK AWAY FROM THE ANNUAL POKER RUN CANADA EVENT.
THE BOAT RACE HAS RUN THROUGH THE THOUSAND ISLANDS THE PAST THREE SUMMERS. BUT THIS YEAR – POKER RUN REPRESENTATIVES HAD ASKED TOWN COUNCIL TO ORGANIZE THE EVENT IN UNDER A MONTH.
“There is not sufficient time for them to put together a quality event to host. Because August is an extremely busy month for us it would be very difficult for us to clear 40 slips.”
“Now we’ve lost that tourism dollars that are coming in. They’ve made a special effort to say ‘we’re going to stop at Gananoque and park our boat’ but now we have to turn them away.”
|August 7, 2013||Posted by admin under News|
TIARA, the Thousand Islands Area Residents’ Association, will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 10:00 until noon. It will be at the Barbara Heck Hall at the Landon Bay Centre.
The highlight of the meeting will be a presentation by Emily Conger and Cameron Smith of the Algonquin to Adirondacks Collaborative, better known as A2A. The A2A initaitve has long been connecting lands and people across the Algonquin to Adirondacks region, a critical link for biodiversity and resilience in eastern North America. The speakers will demonstrate how this is being accomplished, describe the benefits to the Thousand Islands region and offer a variety of opportunities for individual participation in their new wider mission for A2A.
Founded in 1975, TIARA is a volunteer, not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserve and improve the character of the 1000 Islands region, with emphasis on the environment. The organization has accomplished this in a number of ways, particularly through the encouragement of good land-use planning taking a long-term view, and concern for the cumulative impact over time of decisions which affect the environment. It bases its aims on frequent public surveys of seasonal and permanent resident, on the islands and the mainland. For further information, please see www.tiara.on.ca.
The August 17 meeting is open to the public and refreshments will be served.
Media contact: Blu Mackintosh 613-659-2277.
|August 7, 2013||Posted by admin under News|
Gananoque Police Report for the period between July 29th and August 4th, 2013.
Officers of the Gananoque Police Service investigated 117 occurrences during the seven day
period ending August 4th, 2013. This included 23 criminal occurrences, 2 motor vehicle
accidents, and 13 calls to 911 for assistance. 6 Traffic Stops were conducted resulting in 3
charges and 6 cautions under the Highway Traffic Act.
The Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (S.T.E.P.) for the month of July focused on
Speeding and Stop Signs. A total of 7 charges and 12 warnings were issued under this
program. For August, officers will be focusing on Cell Phones and Speeding.
August 2nd, 2013
On August 2nd, officers responded to a 911 call reporting a possible impaired driver stopped
at a King Street business. Officers attended and located the vehicle and driver. As a result of
the investigation a 64 year old female was issued a 3 day driver’s licence suspension.
August 2nd, 2013
Officers received a report of a bicycle being stolen from a Garden Street address sometime
overnight on August 2nd. Bicycle is a “Beachcomber” adult bike, single speed, red in colour,
with a banana style seat, high rise handle bars and whitewall tires. Anyone with information
is asked to call Gananoque Police.
August 4th, 2013
Officers responded to a 911 call from a King Street address advising of a domestic dispute
which had just occurred. An investigation resulted in a 21 year old male being arrested and
charged with 4 counts of Assault, 2 counts of Domestic Mischief and one count of Forcible
Confinement. The male was held for a bail hearing.
August 4th, 2013
Officers responded to a 911 call from a King Street West address advising of a domestic
dispute. An investigation resulted in a 42 year old female being arrested and charged with
assault. The female was held for a bail hearing.
|August 1, 2013||Posted by admin under News|
Gananoque Police report for the period between July 21st and July 28th, 2013.
Officers of the Gananoque Police Service investigated 135 occurrences during the seven day
period ending July 28th, 2013. This included 15 criminal occurrences, 6 motor vehicle
accidents, and 20 calls to 911 for assistance.
July 22nd, 2013
On Monday July 22nd, 2013 the Gananoque Police Service received multiple reports of
vehicle tires being slashed. Upon further investigation three young persons (ages 12, 13 and
14 years) were identified as the suspects. A total of $2935.38 in damages was reported for the
mischief to ten vehicles. The three young persons were charged with ten counts of Mischief
July 22nd, 2013
On Monday July 22nd, 2013 the Gananoque Police Service received a report of a theft of a
washing machine from behind a local business. Upon further investigation it was determined
the item may have been mistaken as having been left out for scrap metal. Investigation is
July 24th , 2013
On Wednesday July 24th, 2013, members of the Gananoque Police Service and PROJECT
ISLANDER executed a warrant at a residence in the Town of Gananoque. As a result of the
warrant, officers seized the following: 94.7grams of marihuana, 13.5grams of cannabis resin,
2.8grams of hash, 50 Tylenol 3 and approximately 1000 unstamped cigarettes. The accused was
charged with multiple Controlled Drugs and Substances Act offences. The accused was released
on a Promise to Appear and an Undertaking before an Officer in Charge to appear in court at a
July 26th, 2013
On Friday, July 26th, the Gananoque Police Service received a report of a possible impaired
driver heading toward the west end of Gananoque. Officers attended and searched the area,
but were unable to locate the vehicle. July 27th, 2013
On Saturday July 27th, 2013 officers of the Gananoque Police Service received a report of a
domestic dispute at a residence in the Town of Gananoque. Officers attended the residence
but neither party involved was found to be on scene. Officers located the female party who
confirmed the dispute was verbal only, and that the male had left the residence for the
|July 30, 2013||Posted by admin under News|
Brown Hospitality Corporation has applied for a development permit from the town of Gananoque. They are proposing to build a 2 storey 59 unit attachment to the Clarion Inn on main Street.
The Committee of Adjustment approved the plan and it will now go to the next council meeting for their approval on August 13th. If approved, construction would begin in the fall.