We had so much fun at our August First Fridays event. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect.
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Musician Jeff Leech of Jeff Leech and the Pepperbox Choir opened the evening backed by another well-known local musician Abel Renton. Jeff told the crowd he was happy to be performing at the RMG (though he may have stumbled over our acronym!) and suggested we take a listen to his new album, Pointin’ Fingers, produced by Abel.
Jeff is a friend of the gallery. An artist and local teacher, Jeff recorded a version of his song Soldier Boy in the RMG last winter with local videographer Mike Peleshok.
Next up was singer/songwriter Patrick Dorie, who is soon to perform at the Canadian Country Music Association’s new artist showcase. We’re thrilled to have had him at a free event. Patrick’s video for Hope in High Places was screened at a previous First Fridays event in an awareness raising effort for the Second Marsh. You can hear some more of Patrick’s music on his Facebook page.
Local artist and illustrator Dani Crosby led an interactive mural project, using ink, wood panel and the assistance of First Fridays guests to create an RMG themed three-panel work. We haven’t decided if we can part with the work just yet, but are considering auctioning it at a future event, or keeping it as a mascot. We love the collaboration the work symbolizes!
Local burger business The Patty Shack came to hand out free RMG Vanity Sliders. We were lucky enough to work with Dave from The Patty Shack to design this delicious treat. R stands for Roasted Red Peppers, M for Mozzarella and G for his signature Gardillic sauce. We loved the burger and we’ll be headed back there for a staff lunch soon.
Reporter Nathan Mackinnon captured the event on his blog post for the Downtown Oshawa News Blog.
Columnist Will McGuirk mentioned the event in his article for Oshawa This Week.
We’re now looking forward to our next event in September with anticipation. It has a back-to-school theme and we promise it will be much more fun than actually heading back to school!