House Music for the Huronia Symphony Orchestra

Take Note! Music House, address given upon reservation, Barrie, ON

This is a special production in collaboration with the Huronia Symphony Orchestra. For those of you asking when you'll ever get to hear me play at one of my house concerts – ta daa! I'll be playing some of my own music, as well as sitting in with one of our regular patrons and volunteers, Edward St. Moritz. (I'm also enjoying quite the chuckle at being described as "one of Barrie's prominent patrons of the arts"!) Here's the HSO's press release:

Join community musicians at a fundraising house concert in the intimate atmosphere of one of Barrie’s historic homes for the benefit of the Huronia Symphony Orchestra.

One of Barrie’s prominent patrons of the arts has invited musicians into her home for an afternoon of music. Community musicians from Barrie and across Simcoe County will present a diverse assortment of classical, jazz, and folk, donating their time and talents to benefit our local community orchestra.

Conductor Oliver Balaburski and board members will be on hand to talk about the exciting new season and future plans for the orchestra.

Tickets are $25, including coffee, tea and snacks. Attendance is limited to 40 people, and tickets must be purchased in advance.

Date: Sunday, September 23, 2018 Time: 3-5 pm

Location: To be revealed - because this is a private home, we can’t give the address publicly in news releases or media. We’ll tell you when you call or email to buy your ticket. We can tell you that it’s a fabulous house, and our host presents a regular series of house concerts. You’ll be impressed).

For tickets/information, call 705-521-4752 or email

About the Huronia Symphony Orchestra (HSO)

The HSO is a 55 piece community orchestra, in its 52nd season, under the direction of Oliver Balaburski. Presenting five concerts a year in Barrie’s Collier Street United Church, this year’s program highlights include Beethoven’s timeless Pastorale Symphony (No. 6), Brahms’ triumphant and final symphony (No. 4), our annual family concert featuring players in HSO’s Youth Program, A Night at the Opera, and of course, our infamous Christmas concert.

The HSO’s professional conductor together with 5 professional section leaders support and direct 50 accomplished community musicians who volunteer their time and spend every Sunday night during the season rehearsing.

Your support of Huronia Symphony Orchestra keeps orchestral music growing and thriving in Barrie and Simcoe County.

Scott Cook

Take Note! Music House, address given upon reservation, Barrie, ON

The Take Note! Music House welcomes back prairie balladeer Scott Cook on Wednesday, October 3 at 7:30 pm (doors open at 7:00). Requested donation is $20, with all proceeds going directly to the artist. You may reserve your seat by calling (705) 305-1687 or emailing (address given upon reservation – downtown Barrie, near the courthouse).

"He sings his heart and soul, and in doing so lets light flood into your own... Truly one of Woody Guthrie's children." [RnR Magazine]

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"Scott Cook has distilled his travels down into songs powered by a sharp eye for imagery, a healthy dose of humanity, and that unforgettable voice, that at the same time intones the rigours of the road and the most comfortable couch you have ever slept on." [David Francey, 3x Juno-winning Canadian songwriter]

Scott Cook has been living out of a van or a backpack for the last eleven years, touring almost incessantly across Canada, the US, Europe, Asia, Australia and elsewhere, and distilling his experiences into straight-talking, keenly observant verse.  

"As good a modern folkie as we have these days.  A voice perfect for the genre.  An understanding beyond the norm."   [No Depression]

His fourth independent release, "One More Time Around", was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award, and its opening track "Pass It Along" won the Folk and Acoustic category in the 2013 UK Songwriting Contest, with UK magazine Maverick Country naming him "one of Canada's most inspiring and imaginative storytellers".

He's currently touring in support of his sixth studio album, "Further Down the Line", which earned Cook his second CFMA nomination (English Songwriter of the Year), and comes packaged in a 132-page book containing a look back, in words and pictures, on his last decade of full-time travel.  

Cook is one of the hardest-working DIY troubadours on the road today, averaging over 150 shows and a dozen festivals every year since 2007.  All the hard miles notwithstanding, he still believes that songs can change your life, and your life can change the world.
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