2013 Crystal Ball Gala Student Musicians & Visual Artists Announced

Published on: 2013/05/06 - in Releases

The Limestone Learning Foundation is honoured to have an amazing array of talented and critically acclaimed artists perform during the Crystal Ball Gala October 19, 2013 at the Rogers K-Rock Centre.

This year’s black-tie fundraiser offers both talented student musicians and student visual artists the opportunity of a lifetime to create with, and be mentored by, renowned professionals as part of the Crystal Ball Gala experience.

Hundreds of students in grades 6 to 11 uploaded their photos, paintings, drawings and musical auditions to be considered for this year’s gala.

The Limestone Learning Foundation introduced the selected students and their mentors at a news conference May 2, 2013 (pictured). The 24 elementary and secondary students attend 14 schools across the district representing schools from Napanee to Harrowsmith, Kingston and in between.

These aspiring musical students will be mentored by, and perform with the following professional and acclaimed musicians: Rob Baker (Guitarist, The Tragically Hip), Emily Fennell, Chris Koster, Paul Langlois (Guitarist, The Tragically Hip) and Gord Sinclair (Bassist, The Tragically Hip) will be back to grace the stage with personally selected students.

The Limestone Learning Foundation is thrilled to announce the addition of singer/song-writers Greg Ball, Jay Harris, multi-instrumentalist Spencer Evans; and Canadian Opera alumni Tim Stiff to this year’s musical line-up.

Augmenting the learning experiences for these selected students is a recording project slated for early September 2013 at the Tragically Hip’s Bathouse Recording Studio, located in Bath, Ontario.

Each student (together with his/her mentor) will see the inside of a professional studio and record their performance in advance. All songs will be brought together on a commemorative compilation CD for sale the evening of the Crystal Ball.

The Crystal Ball Gala will feature the following student musicians and mentors:

Sierra Da Silva ~ R.G. Sinclair P.S., grade 8, will perform with Paul Langlois
Owen Darrah ~ LaSalle S.S., grade 10, will perform with Rob Baker
Braden Elliott ~ LaSalle S.S., grade 11, will perform with Jay Harris
Rebecca Hillis ~ Harrowsmith P.S., grade 6, will perform with Tim Stiff
Daniel Howells ~ Lancaster Drive P.S., grade 8, will perform with Paul Langlois
Olivia Hughes ~ Napanee District S.S., grade 11, will perform with Greg Ball
Athena Katinas ~ K.C.V.I., grade 9, will perform with Jay Harris
Kieran L’abbe ~ K.C.V.I., grade 10, will perform with Spencer Evans
Mariah McDaniel ~ Odessa P.S., grade 8, will perform with Emily Fennell
Jenna Murphy ~ K.C.V.I., grade 11, will perform with Gord Sinclair
Shelby Plumridge ~ Sydenham H.S., grade 10, will perform with Rob Baker
Paige Rombough ~ Napanee District S.S., grade 9, will perform with Greg Ball
Elliott Sinclair ~ K.C.V.I., grade 10, will perform with Chris Koster
Maia Sousa ~ Module Vanier, grade 7, will perform with Chris Koster

Much like the process for the musical protégées, student visual artists will be mentored by and collaborate with a professional artist on a piece of artwork that will be auctioned off during the gala fundraising evening October 19, 2013.

The Crystal Ball Gala will feature the following student visual artists and mentors:

Alayna Antoine ~ Loughborough P.S., grade 6, will co-create with Jane Colden
Tyler Ellison ~ LaSalle S.S., grade 11, will co-create with Dan Hughes
Alexa Forsyth ~ Calvin Park P.S., grade 8, will co-create with Lori Richards
Jessica Grennan ~ First Ave. P.S., grade 8, will co-create with Ben Darrah
Kelsey Haynes ~ L.C.V.I., grade 11, will co-create with Suzy Lamont
Samantha Leger ~ L.C.V.I., grade 10, will co-create with Beth Ten Hove
Maisie Mulder ~ Ernestown S.S., grade 10, will co-create with Su Sheddy
Anez Poulos ~ Odessa P.S., grade 6, will co-create with Richard Martin
Polly Van Herpt ~ L.C.V.I., grade 10, will co-create with Susanne Langlois
Ella Wright ~ L.C.V.I., grade 10, will co-create with Heather Haynes

With the support of these talented visual artists, more students will be exposed and encouraged to learn about the visual arts — photography, painting, multi-media, drawing and more.

Joanne Langlois explains, “Many of the artists were in attendance at the 2011 Gala, and approached me afterwards to become a part of a future gala so that they too, could mentor a young artist.” She adds, “The recognition and the desire to make a difference in the life a child is what motivates all of the Crystal Ball volunteers.”

In fact, it’s catching. The 2013 Gala will add a new dimension behind the scenes as students from the school board’s Cooks Internship Focus Program will be mentored by, and provide assistance with the preparation of the hors d’oeuvres, as well as service of the Gala’s three-course, plated meal.

And there are still more ‘firsts’ for the 2013 Crystal Ball Gala. One student will be mentored by Kingston’s luminary arts and food critic Greg Burliuk of the Kingston Whig-Standard and join Greg to report on the event.

As co-chair Pamela Hart concludes that is why the Crystal Ball Gala is a one-of-a-kind event. “The Crystal Ball Gala is such a unique fundraiser because it brings together mentors and students, hands-on learning, and in some cases, profound personal experiences, as well as, a community committed to excellence in public education and the Arts.”

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Release and photo source: Limestone District School Board