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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...

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July Featured Artist: Brianne Lavallee

Posted on Tuesday, July 02, 2019 12:00 AM

July’s Featured Artist is Brianne Lavallee, the one-woman show behind downtown Brantford’s Bathtub Bakery. A few years ago, Lavallee noticed that many of her coworkers were strong, female entrepreneurs. She realized that she also wanted to create something that she was passionate about. “If I could land myself in my own business that I absolutely loved,” she says, “I would never feel like I was going to work.” 

She has always had a passion for eating delicious treats and creating new ideas....

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Featured Artist: Mike D’Eri

Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 12:00 AM

June’s Featured Artist is Mike D’Eri, also known as NMEDJ, a Brantford-based, award-winning music producer, vinyl turntablist, and self-proclaimed “heavy-handed vinyl junkie.”

D’Eri started his career in turntablism, which is the art of manipulating sounds and creating new music, sound effects and beats using two or more turntables and DJ mixer. A few years ago, he started taking music production more seriously, embracing ever-changing technology, and shifting his focus to play his own music live....