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Winding Way Records Signs Brantford’s Chris Strei

Posted on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 12:00 AM

Winding Way Records recently announced that Chris Strei of Brantford has joined the label in a sync-rep agreement. Chris Strei is a singer/songwriter whose style has been compared to Chris Stapleton, Tom Petty, Doc Walker, and Tragically Hip. Chris draws on his life experiences for inspiration in his music. With composition influenced by blues, bluegrass, hard rock, and metal, Chris’s songs tell stories with a sense of universal perspective.

In July 2019, Chris released his full-length album, "The...

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August Featured Artist: Justyna Z

Posted on Tuesday, August 04, 2020 12:00 AM

August’s Featured Artist is Justyna Z, a scroll saw artist from Brantford. Justyna launched her business, Lush Lemon Co., in 2016 after discovering – and falling in love with – a scroll saw. Since then, creating beautifully unique 3D signs has become her full-time passion.

Justyna admits that she’s always had a creative brain first. Her resume includes work in painting, macramé, sculptures and photography. “I remember being young and, instead of asking for Barbies or LEGO, I would ask for the...

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October Featured Artist: Nathan Balog

Posted on Wednesday, October 09, 2019 12:00 AM

October’s Featured Artist is Nathan (Nate) Balog, a Brantford metal artist and the owner of Nate’s Custom Metal Worx.

Balog began working for a steel manufacturer in his early teens, where he learned basic welding techniques through trial and error. His biggest inspiration was his grandfather, Nicholas Balog, who could regularly be found working in his shop on different wood projects. “When I saw how he could build anything…” Nathan recalls, “…I wanted to learn to do the same.” 

His father...

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Featured Artist: Kara Spencer

Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 12:00 AM

September’s Featured Artist is Kara Spencer, the Artistic Director of Theatre Hive, a brand new theatre company that just opened in Brantford earlier this year. Spencer is a trained actor and director, and is also competitively trained in tap, jazz and ballet.

Spencer grew up in Kingston, Ontario where she danced competitively, performed in many musical theatre productions, and attained her British Association of Teachers of Dancing Certificate. She recalls a life-changing moment in third grade...

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August Featured Artist, Chris Strei

Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 12:00 AM

August’s Featured Artist is Chris Strei (pronounced “stray”), a country music singer/songwriter.

His music includes blues, bluegrass and even a bit of hard rock, and is inspired by Chris Stapleton, Johnny Cash and High Valley. As a songwriter, he finds inspiration within his own life challenges. He loves to share his music with others and feels personally rewarded when audience members sing along to his songs or find a personal connection to his lyrics. “Whether it’s from finishing a song and feeling...