November 5, 2012

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SVFF ToppTwins 11x17posterThe Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls Documentary Sunday in Cobourg

Twins enter free!*

Shelter Valley is very pleased to share this amazing film with the community on Sunday November 11th at 4pm. It’s a chance to see an acclaimed, award winning documentary that’s both hilarious and enlightening. Catch the film trailer here. We hope everyone joins the fun -- including any local twins! The cost is $9 (hst included) and tickets will be sold at the door (Northumberland Cinemas), or advance purchase online at, or cash sales at Harden & Huyse at 201 Division Street, Cobourg.

The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls is a wonderfully funny tale about twin sisters from New Zealand who found community next door, and then in towns and cities around the world. They’ve shared their talent as Folk musicians for over three decades, along with their passion for causes they’ve put their hearts and energy behind. The twins have toured with Lucinda Williams and Billy Bragg and the film offers insight into their career, and the many social and political movements they’ve supported, including the anti apartheid movement, banning nuclear arms and gay rights.

While the Topp Twins have been recognized for their music performance and activism, it’s their humour that has endeared them to so many. On November 11th we add some fun to the film’s showing by offering twins* arriving together free passes. And, if you’re celebrating as twins* your tenth birthday(s) in 2013 - Shelter Valley’s ten year mark! - we’ll provide a pair of passes to our Labour Day weekend festival next September.     *Twins: must bring birthday ID to the film!


Thank you Festival Friends for nine years in 2012

Labour Day weekend’s Festival seems to have been a favourite for many. There is great feedback from volunteers, supporters and our performers - with lots and lots of ideas and suggestions for next year. So many sent thanks to the weather gods. Over November there are still many volunteers packing away supplies, adding up the final numbers and inputting survey results. We thank everyone who took the time to send us their thoughts by phone, email and survey. We are grateful to our donors who made it possible for over 300 volunteers and guests to put together this year’s festival, and share what’s needed for a table of harvest foods. Late October the Festival Operating Committee or Yellow Shirts met for a day-long sharing of our past year, and together with your feedback planning begins soon for Festival 2013.
On 10th Anniversary planning… Our Long Range Planning group has asked if you have thoughts or ideas, to let them know by emailing This volunteer group meets several times a year to help with long range planning for the organization and will also be the place to start thoughts on SVFF’s 10th Anniversary. If you have ideas or suggestions please make sure you connect by email, to ensure all ideas are found and shared.


Board and Operating Committee Transitions

At October’s board meeting the board began a transition by voting to place member Janet Herbert into the role of Chair at this time, with Elizabeth Scriven stepping into the role of Past Chair, providing a strong transition through to SVFF’s Annual General Meeting to be held Sunday, January 20th at Grafton’s Town Hall. After two terms on the board Elizabeth is welcoming a little more time to spend with family and friends, and will continue to be very involved in SVFF planning going forward. The Operating Committee will soon begin planning forward as the year closes and the results gathered. Earlier this year two Yellow Shirts: Lesley Marie Boileau (Village Coordinator) and Deborah Hackett (Hospitality Food Coordinator) let us know it would be their last year in these roles. We celebrate the dedication and passion of all of our volunteers that helped create an amazing Labour Day weekend Festival that is still receiving wonderful feedback and look forward to where some of our dedicated volunteers will next lend their knowledge.


The Art Project 2012

It’s hard to believe we’ll mark four years of the annual “Art Project” this month. On Sunday November 25th using the theme “Community”, a group of eager creators will be crafting a collection that will offer one of a kind artwork from Festival performers, Artisans, Friends and surprising personalities from our community and beyond. Combining the talent of our artists and their passion for Shelter Valley is always a magical combination. The collection comes together Sunday November 25th in downtown Cobourg when we’ll gather to view the results and for a Silent Auction, helping to raise operational funds for SVFF as it closes another year.


Listen Up to!

Over the next few Sunday nights. SVFF Living Archives crew member Laurence Stevenson will feature performances recorded during September’s Festival 2012 on his 91X radio show called “The Search”. Savour the memories or listen to catch the glow of the Festival vibe. In the Belleville area tune in to 91.3 FM. In other areas, catch the web cast at - click on Listen Live in the top page corner.

If you miss the Sunday airings, the “on demand” airings run the following week at by clicking on Programming, then Radio for the Arts, and then “The Search”.

For even more Folk sounds…Check out Sunday Coffee House each Sunday from 9:30am.


Local Songwriters Showcase 2013

Time to let friends and family know submissions open in January for this year’s summer Showcase in July. It’s an all ages open call for blossoming songwriters who wish to share their craft. Find details at
Donating Year Round

Not everyone has the ability to support fundraising campaigns but some companies donate on your behalf to honour your volunteer efforts. We are gratified that several of our own volunteers have signed up at their workplace to have their company honour their time spent with SVFF. A company “volunteer contribution” is sent to us in your name. Thank you to those who work at Telus, Royal Bank and CN for your donations as well as the United Way program. Check your workplace to find out if your volunteer time can be honoured with a donation to the charity of your choice.


Our 2012 Local Songwriters Showcase Participants

     2013 Shelter Valley Folk Festival Labour Day Weekend  August 30 – September 1


Our Calendar

November 11th at 4pm: The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls showing at Northumberland Cinemas, Cobourg


November 25th: The Art Project returns on a Sunday in Cobourg



December Holiday Parades


The Holiday season is on the way and this is a call out to volunteers and friends to join us. Cobourg’s parade happens Sunday November 18th with a request for volunteers to meet at 1pm at King and Abbott. The parade begins at 2pm. For those nearer to Grafton and to all who can come along and join us, the parade is held on Saturday December 8th beginning at 6pm. Gather at 5pm on St. Andrew’s Drive and it ends at the arena with free skating. Our Community Promotions Coordinator Roy Williams is leading and is found at

January 2013: Local Songwriter Showcase Submissions open

January 20th: Shelter Valley Folk Festival’s Annual General Meeting at Grafton’s Town Hall

September 2013: marks our 10th Anniversary Labour Day weekend Festival and if you have thoughts or ideas make sure you connect with our planning committee at A part of long range planning the group is gathering all ideas and thoughts on behalf of our community.

Connecting to SVFF


Phone: 905-349-2788

Mail: Box 29, Grafton, ON, K0K 2G0


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Winter Hours: the office in Grafton (Lawless Gallery at 10831 County Rd 2) is open less often over the winter season. Please call ahead - we’ll return messages asap!