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The Arts and Entertainment scene in Smiths Falls is vibrant and booming. The acclaimed Station Theatre hosts live community theatre open to the public, while many other events such as movies in the park, open mic nights, hockey games, art shows and studio tours operate all year round. Browse upcoming workshops, events, shows, reviews and more happening in Sensational Smiths Falls.

585 Rideau Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets Awards Night
BY: Philippe Legere Members of 585 Rideau Squadron Royal Air Cadets, Smiths Falls, assembled at the Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre May 20 to practice for their upcoming Annual Cadet Review parade scheduled for May 31. With all the cadets on parade the squadron also took time to recognize members with awards commemorating individual achievements over the past year. The cadets at participated in cadet competitions and squadron activities, with successes and personal achievements, while som[...]
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Local author’s first book on bookshelves at public library, second to be released in fall
BY AMY HOGUE Local author, Michael Lockett, has published his first novel, The Hangman’s Demise, a psychological horror novel guaranteed to keep reader’s hearts racing. The Hangman’s Demise is currently available in the Smiths Falls Public Library, at Joanne and Sherry’s Custom Cuts and at The Rideau Candy Shoppe, in addition to Indigo and Chapters. The Hangman’s Demise is the culmination of ten years of labour, fifteen novels and 136 rejections from places like New York City, London, [...]
Amanda Rheaume relaxing at her home in Ottawa.
2014 Juno Nominee Amanda Rheaume coming to The Gallipeau Centre Theatre
A musical treat is just around the corner as Amanda Rheaume prepares to perform with a five-piece band at the Gallipeau Centre on March 28. As a touring musician, Rheaume rarely plays with a full band. “I usually play just myself and one or two others, so playing with a full band is a special treat,” said Rheuame. Touted as one of Canada’s most exciting  Métis singer/songwriters – she won Best Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year at the Canadian Folk Festival Awards in Ottawa last yea[...]
Amanda Rheaume relaxing at her home in Ottawa.
2014 Juno Nominee Amanda Rheaume coming to The Gallipeau Centre Theatre
A musical treat is just around the corner as Amanda Rheaume prepares to perform with a five-piece band at the Gallipeau Centre on March 28. As a touring musician, Rheaume rarely plays with a full band. “I usually play just myself and one or two others, so playing with a full band is a special treat,” said Rheuame. Touted as one of Canada’s most exciting  Métis singer/songwriters – she won Best Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year at the Ottawa Folk Festival last year and her latest al[...]
Genealogical Society
Genealogical Society helps others connect with their roots
BY AMY HOGUE Photo: Lanark County Genealogical Society founding member, Walter Brown (left), joins society librarians Helen Benda (centre) and Shirley Somerville (right) for a photo in front of a portion of their extensive collection containing more than 3,000 documents. Brown recently donated half of his extensive document collection to the genealogical society. — Story: It’s all about the past at the Lanark County Genealogical Society in Smiths Falls, where visitors from around the world c[...]
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‘Healing Ceilings’ offer unique view for hospital patients
BY AMY HOGUE Next time you’re in the obstetrical, dialysis or emergency sections in the Smiths Falls campus of the Perth & Smiths Falls District Hospital, take a moment to look up, you might be surprised at what you find. Local artist and cancer survivor, Donna Scanlan, has brought her creativity and a healing view to the hospital with her donation of hand painted ceiling tiles, called ‘healing ceilings.’ “It’s a difficult time for a lot of people when they find themselves in hospi[...]
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Smiths Falls Students Receive Positive Message from Presentation
By Amy Hogue “Courage to Connect – Life is About People” was the message delivered by the Live Different organization at a presentation for more than 600 young people at the Smiths Falls & District Collegiate Institute (SFDCI) on Wednesday, Oct. 29. SFDCI hosted grade sevens and eights from five elementary schools – Chimo, Lombardy, Wolford, Duncan J. Schoular and Montague and grades nine and ten from SFDCI and TR Leger for the performance. Live Different is an organization promoting[...]
Station Theatre Smiths Falls
Station Theatre’s November Movie Nights
On Nov. 21 and 22, The Station Theatre in Smiths Falls is showing the excellent new movie Jersey Boys. It’s a musical biography of the Four Seasons, which tells the story of the rise, the tough times and the ultimate triumph of a group of friends whose music became symbolic of a generation. Far from a mere tribute concert (though it does include numbers from the popular Four Seasons songbook such as Sherry, Walk Like A Man, Big Girls Don’t Cry, and Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You), Jerse[...]
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An authentic Beatles experience comes to Smiths Falls
If you missed seeing them in the 60s and 70s, here’s your chance to experience the magic and charisma of the Beatles.  Four gifted musicians from Montreal have not only perfected the sound of the Beatles, they manage to recreate the Beatles experience on stage. “They’re the closest thing you’ll get to the Beatles, they look just like them and they’re so tight and so good.  It’s a great show,” says Jim Bray, account executive with Lake 88, who has seen them play twice in this area[...]
Smiths Falls Creative Arts Fair
Smiths Falls Creative Arts Fair coming in September
Bringing together local arts practitioners and novices will be the mission of the first ever Smiths Falls Creative Arts Fair to be held on September 27. Organized and presented by the Smiths Falls and District Arts & Culture Council, the Fair is already signing up purveyors of arts and culture and intends to draw in a broad spectrum of creative people and organizations under one roof to showcase their art and allow the novice to explore an interest in doing the same. They will be exposed to [...]
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Smiths Falls Women’s Show coming in September
Are you a local business and have a product or service that women can buy? Are you a woman interested in seeing what local businesses have to offer you in the area? If so, then this upcoming exposition in Smiths Falls is just for you! Head to the Civitan Club on Highway 15 September 6 and 7, 2014 for the Smiths Falls Women’s Show! For vendors, this is where you’ll meet your target audience face-to-face. The show is geared to women aged 18 to 65 who are looking for products and servic[...]
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The Railway Children on at Station Theatre
On August 14, 15, 16, 22 and 23, don’t forget to pop by the Smiths Falls Community Theatre production of The Railway Children. The musical, based upon the famous E. Nesbit novel. The Book, music and lyrics are by Paul Bexon and the play will be directed by Lynda Daniluk. E. Nesbit’s well-loved tale of the three Victorian children sent to live in the countryside with their mother after their father has mysteriously gone away is brought vividly to life in this new adaptation, losing nothing of[...]
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Coming to Station Theatre: They Came From Away
On July 26 only, be sure to catch the play written and performed by Trevor McKinven called “They Came From Away”. A synopsis from the Station Theatre: When all air traffic was ordered to land on 9/11, the small town of Gander Newfoundland absorbed and embraced over 6500 stranded passengers. They had the airport facilities to accommodate the influx but not the hotels/restaurants so the townsfolk took the displaced into their homes giving them a place to rest a weary head, have a good [...]
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Harmony Art Gallery and Studio grand opening Wednesday
The people Smiths Falls love to harbour and support small businesses starting from the ground up. We welcomed Sweet Scoops with open arms, got our butts kicked (in a good way) with Zendragon, filled the room to capacity at Matty O’Shea’s, and the list could go on. Now, another small business will be having its official grand opening on Wednesday, May 21. The ribbon cutting ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. The event will be held at the gallery’s location of 24 Russell St. E. in S[...]
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Young entrepreneur gearing up for another summer of Sweet Scoops
Last spring, you probably noticed the colourful addition to the Chambers Street shopping district. Not only is it hard to miss, but it’s a much needed addition to our downtown core’s assortment of businesses and stores. Sweet Scoops is an ice cream shop located at 1 Chambers St., and they’re currently getting ready to open up for a second season. The store’s opening date is set for the May long weekend (May 16-19) and they’re extremely excited for the people of Smit[...]
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The hidden world of the Smiths Falls Arts and Culture scene
Smiths Falls hosts a variety of organized sports, and recreational clubs, but did you know there’s also a lively arts and culture community thriving beneath the surface? If you’re in the mood for something creative and outside-the-box, there are plenty of options available for the public to become involved in. Not only do arts and culture exist in Smiths Falls, the scene is actually booming. We’re home to theatre programs, photography experts, world-class ethnic cuisine, along with our mus[...]
Youth Convention to confront elephant in the room with screening of ground-breaking documentary
By Amy Hogue Lanark County Interval House (LCIH) is looking at helping young women explore the realities of the relationships between women, through the screening of a ground breaking documentary at a grades seven and eight Youth Conference on April 15, 2015.  The screening of the documentary, which is called “Finding Kind,” will take place at the conference as a means of identifying the behaviours that currently exist between girls, as well as exploring the different ways girls can learn to be kind to one another. The film, which has been identified by Vanity Fair as a film “to redress[...]
Do you have the Winter Itch?
By Vickie Dickson As Canadians, our skin takes a beating in the winter months. Cracked, dry skin can be more than aesthetically challenging as it can also let in bacteria, causing infection. There are many things that can be done, nutritionally, to keep your skin looking and feeling healthy.  WATER – Did you know that our cells are approximately 70% water? Water is not only a transporter of nutrients; it is a nutrient in and of itself and as such, is vitally important for the health of your entire body. Water moves nutrients into and through the body and helps to usher toxins out. If you ar[...]

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Culture

The Arts and Entertainment scene in Smiths Falls is vibrant and booming. The acclaimed Station Theatre hosts live community theatre open to the public, while many other events such as movies in the park, open mic nights, hockey games, art shows and studio tours operate all year round. Browse upcoming workshops, events, shows, reviews and more happening in Sensational Smiths Falls.

585 Rideau Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets Awards Night
BY: Philippe Legere Members of 585 Rideau Squadron Royal Air Cadets, Smiths Falls, assembled at the Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre May 20 to practice for their upcoming Annual Cadet Review parade scheduled for May 31. With all the cadets on parade the squadron also took time to recognize members with awards commemorating individual achievements over the past year. The cadets at participated in cadet competitions and squadron activities, with successes and personal achievements, while som[...]
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Local author’s first book on bookshelves at public library, second to be released in fall
BY AMY HOGUE Local author, Michael Lockett, has published his first novel, The Hangman’s Demise, a psychological horror novel guaranteed to keep reader’s hearts racing. The Hangman’s Demise is currently available in the Smiths Falls Public Library, at Joanne and Sherry’s Custom Cuts and at The Rideau Candy Shoppe, in addition to Indigo and Chapters. The Hangman’s Demise is the culmination of ten years of labour, fifteen novels and 136 rejections from places like New York City, London, Toronto, England and Sweden. The first in a two-book series, the second book is scheduled for release in late summer or early fall. As a full-time wri[...]
Amanda Rheaume relaxing at her home in Ottawa.
2014 Juno Nominee Amanda Rheaume coming to The Gallipeau Centre Theatre
A musical treat is just around the corner as Amanda Rheaume prepares to perform with a five-piece band at the Gallipeau Centre on March 28. As a touring musician, Rheaume rarely plays with a full band. “I usually play just myself and one or two others, so playing with a full band is a special treat,” said Rheuame. Touted as one of Canada’s most exciting  Métis singer/songwriters – she won Best Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year at the Canadian Folk Festival Awards in Ottawa last year and her latest album Keep A Fire was nominated for a Juno in 2014. This year Rheuame will be coming to Smiths Falls, just two weeks after performing[...]
Amanda Rheaume relaxing at her home in Ottawa.
2014 Juno Nominee Amanda Rheaume coming to The Gallipeau Centre Theatre
A musical treat is just around the corner as Amanda Rheaume prepares to perform with a five-piece band at the Gallipeau Centre on March 28. As a touring musician, Rheaume rarely plays with a full band. “I usually play just myself and one or two others, so playing with a full band is a special treat,” said Rheuame. Touted as one of Canada’s most exciting  Métis singer/songwriters – she won Best Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year at the Ottawa Folk Festival last year and her latest album Keep the Fires was nominated for a Juno in 2014. This year Rheuame will be coming to Smiths Falls, just two weeks after performing at Juno Fest in[...]
Genealogical Society
Genealogical Society helps others connect with their roots
BY AMY HOGUE Photo: Lanark County Genealogical Society founding member, Walter Brown (left), joins society librarians Helen Benda (centre) and Shirley Somerville (right) for a photo in front of a portion of their extensive collection containing more than 3,000 documents. Brown recently donated half of his extensive document collection to the genealogical society. — Story: It’s all about the past at the Lanark County Genealogical Society in Smiths Falls, where visitors from around the world come to trace the roots of their ancestors. Located in the basement of the Heritage House Museum, this is where genealogical society librarians, Shirle[...]
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‘Healing Ceilings’ offer unique view for hospital patients
BY AMY HOGUE Next time you’re in the obstetrical, dialysis or emergency sections in the Smiths Falls campus of the Perth & Smiths Falls District Hospital, take a moment to look up, you might be surprised at what you find. Local artist and cancer survivor, Donna Scanlan, has brought her creativity and a healing view to the hospital with her donation of hand painted ceiling tiles, called ‘healing ceilings.’ “It’s a difficult time for a lot of people when they find themselves in hospitals, and I thought maybe it’s time we created something to brighten it up a bit,” Scanlan explained. Although Scanlan has been cancer free for se[...]
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Smiths Falls Students Receive Positive Message from Presentation
By Amy Hogue “Courage to Connect – Life is About People” was the message delivered by the Live Different organization at a presentation for more than 600 young people at the Smiths Falls & District Collegiate Institute (SFDCI) on Wednesday, Oct. 29. SFDCI hosted grade sevens and eights from five elementary schools – Chimo, Lombardy, Wolford, Duncan J. Schoular and Montague and grades nine and ten from SFDCI and TR Leger for the performance. Live Different is an organization promoting the embrace of a lifestyle of caring for people. According to their website, they offer advice to young people to help make different choices in thei[...]
Station Theatre Smiths Falls
Station Theatre’s November Movie Nights
On Nov. 21 and 22, The Station Theatre in Smiths Falls is showing the excellent new movie Jersey Boys. It’s a musical biography of the Four Seasons, which tells the story of the rise, the tough times and the ultimate triumph of a group of friends whose music became symbolic of a generation. Far from a mere tribute concert (though it does include numbers from the popular Four Seasons songbook such as Sherry, Walk Like A Man, Big Girls Don’t Cry, and Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You), Jersey Boys gets to the heart of the relationships at the centre of the group. The central focus is front man Frankie Valli, the small kid with the big fal[...]
ReplayPhoto
An authentic Beatles experience comes to Smiths Falls
If you missed seeing them in the 60s and 70s, here’s your chance to experience the magic and charisma of the Beatles.  Four gifted musicians from Montreal have not only perfected the sound of the Beatles, they manage to recreate the Beatles experience on stage. “They’re the closest thing you’ll get to the Beatles, they look just like them and they’re so tight and so good.  It’s a great show,” says Jim Bray, account executive with Lake 88, who has seen them play twice in this area in the last three years. Replay the Beatles will be taking the stage at the Gallipeau Centre Theatre on Saturday November 8 for one show only.  At t[...]
Smiths Falls Creative Arts Fair
Smiths Falls Creative Arts Fair coming in September
Bringing together local arts practitioners and novices will be the mission of the first ever Smiths Falls Creative Arts Fair to be held on September 27. Organized and presented by the Smiths Falls and District Arts & Culture Council, the Fair is already signing up purveyors of arts and culture and intends to draw in a broad spectrum of creative people and organizations under one roof to showcase their art and allow the novice to explore an interest in doing the same. They will be exposed to a variety of artistic opportunities, not unlike what aspiring athletes do when they sign up for a sport, whether it be dance, music, pottery, painting[...]
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Smiths Falls Women’s Show coming in September
Are you a local business and have a product or service that women can buy? Are you a woman interested in seeing what local businesses have to offer you in the area? If so, then this upcoming exposition in Smiths Falls is just for you! Head to the Civitan Club on Highway 15 September 6 and 7, 2014 for the Smiths Falls Women’s Show! For vendors, this is where you’ll meet your target audience face-to-face. The show is geared to women aged 18 to 65 who are looking for products and services just like yours. Women who attend these types of specialty shows do so for a purpose. They’re interested in the products and services availab[...]
Station Theatre Smiths Falls
The Railway Children on at Station Theatre
On August 14, 15, 16, 22 and 23, don’t forget to pop by the Smiths Falls Community Theatre production of The Railway Children. The musical, based upon the famous E. Nesbit novel. The Book, music and lyrics are by Paul Bexon and the play will be directed by Lynda Daniluk. E. Nesbit’s well-loved tale of the three Victorian children sent to live in the countryside with their mother after their father has mysteriously gone away is brought vividly to life in this new adaptation, losing nothing of the original spirit of humour, tension, adventure and the final triumph of good over evil. For further information and to purchase tickets, please vi[...]
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Coming to Station Theatre: They Came From Away
On July 26 only, be sure to catch the play written and performed by Trevor McKinven called “They Came From Away”. A synopsis from the Station Theatre: When all air traffic was ordered to land on 9/11, the small town of Gander Newfoundland absorbed and embraced over 6500 stranded passengers. They had the airport facilities to accommodate the influx but not the hotels/restaurants so the townsfolk took the displaced into their homes giving them a place to rest a weary head, have a good home-cooked meal and a dose of old fashioned Nfld hospitality. Join four of these ‘plane people’ as they reunite and reflect on that week long int[...]
Harmony GalleryStudio
Harmony Art Gallery and Studio grand opening Wednesday
The people Smiths Falls love to harbour and support small businesses starting from the ground up. We welcomed Sweet Scoops with open arms, got our butts kicked (in a good way) with Zendragon, filled the room to capacity at Matty O’Shea’s, and the list could go on. Now, another small business will be having its official grand opening on Wednesday, May 21. The ribbon cutting ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. The event will be held at the gallery’s location of 24 Russell St. E. in Smiths Falls. 10% of all proceeds made that evening will go toward the Susan Shirley Program of Smiths Falls. The business’ website paints a wond[...]
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Young entrepreneur gearing up for another summer of Sweet Scoops
Last spring, you probably noticed the colourful addition to the Chambers Street shopping district. Not only is it hard to miss, but it’s a much needed addition to our downtown core’s assortment of businesses and stores. Sweet Scoops is an ice cream shop located at 1 Chambers St., and they’re currently getting ready to open up for a second season. The store’s opening date is set for the May long weekend (May 16-19) and they’re extremely excited for the people of Smiths Falls to see all of the additions to their menu! So, who’s behind the delicious flavours available at Smiths Falls’ only local ice crea[...]
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The hidden world of the Smiths Falls Arts and Culture scene
Smiths Falls hosts a variety of organized sports, and recreational clubs, but did you know there’s also a lively arts and culture community thriving beneath the surface? If you’re in the mood for something creative and outside-the-box, there are plenty of options available for the public to become involved in. Not only do arts and culture exist in Smiths Falls, the scene is actually booming. We’re home to theatre programs, photography experts, world-class ethnic cuisine, along with our museums and heritage homes. It’s all just happening behind the scenes. That’s where we come in. We want to provide appropriate exposure to these type[...]
Youth Convention to confront elephant in the room with screening of ground-breaking documentary
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By Amy Hogue Lanark County Interval House (LCIH) is looking at helping young women explore the realities of the relationships between women, through the screening of a ground breaking documentary at a grades seven and eight Youth Conference on April 15, 2015.  The screening of the documentary, which is called “Finding Kind,” will take place at the conference as a means of identifying the behaviours that currently exist between girls, as well as exploring the different ways girls can learn to be kind to one another. The film, which has been identified by Vanity Fair as a film “to redress[...]

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