New Inductees Named to the Brocville & Area Music and Performing Arts Hall of Fame

The Brockville & Area Music & Performing Arts Hall of Fame Committee tabulated the results and 6 new performers have been voted into the Hall.

Sheila Fawcett

Classically trained in voice and piano Sheila has decades of teaching piano and music theory to children and adults. She spent 22 years as an elementary school teacher and administrator teaching vocal music and directing children’s choirs and preparing the choirs for music festivals. For the past 21 years, she has conducted the Spencerville Community Choir. Each year this 40 voice choir presents two Christmas concerts in support of Lazarus House and Food for All food-bank. Sheila created the 17 member Village Voyces chamber choir in 2008 exploring the polyphonic music of madrigals.  In 2012 she formed the Grenville Community Children’s Choir open to children in Grades 3-9 who love to sing. For her community service and involvement Sheila received the 2014 Edwardsburgh/Cardinal Citizen of the Year Award.

Art Mallet

Art has been in Brockville since he was 7 years old. Music was always his passion. He performed in the Ottawa Valley, Brockville and surrounding area for many years. Hs first CD was produced when he was in his early 20’s. His excellent vocal range allows him to perform country, rock and rhythm and pop music. He works extremely hard to create a professional evening of choices to please his audience –the crowds love him! He has performed as a singer and guitarist for over 48 years for such organizations as Brockville Riverfest, the Palliative Care Telethon, CHEO and too many Legions to document!

Michael Healey

Michael is a professional actor and playwright who developed his love of theatre in the Brockville Collegiate Institute Drama Club and as a participant in several Sears Drama Festivals. While in high school, he also appeared in several Theatre Guild plays. Michael was the recipient of the Eastern Ontario Drama League`s Thérèse May Scholarship for a student pursuing theatrical training after finishing high school.  He is a graduate of the Ryerson Theatre School and has won a number of awards as a playwright including the Dora Mavor Moore Award, the Governor General`s Literary Award and the Chalmers Canadian Play Award. He has become one of the exceptional voices in Canadian Theatre. Most recently he volunteered  his time in Brockville by running an acting/playwriting workshop with youth as well as a workshop with the cast of the Brockville Theatre Guild’s upcoming production of The Drawer Boy.

Angelo Brunet

Angelo will best be remembered for promoting the Tiki Club – a dance club for teenagers in the 1960’s as a good clean alternative for youth.  The Tiki Club was sponsored by the Junior “B” Hockey team of the same name.  As a promoter, Angelo sought the best talent available – bands included “The Stampeders”, Staccatos (5 man Electrical Band), Steppenwolf, Rising Suns and Sparrows.  There was also the opportunity for local bands to have their first break on stage at a real club.  Anyone that grew up in Brockville in the 60’s will know and remember the name Angelo Brunet.

Nancy Fraser

Nancy began her commitment to the Brockville Theatre Guild in 1960, either acting in or directing numerous plays. Not only has she served as a former president and board member, she has designed and constructed sets and served on festival committees.  She is a life member of the Brockville Theatre Guild.  Her latest venture was forming the Fulford Place Ghost Walks in which many Theatre Guild members were volunteer guides and monitors.  These stories originated from her two books about Ghosts in Brockville.  She has also been active in the Operatic Society. 

Healy & Orr

Healy & Orr have been performing locally for over 20 years.  Doug Healy writes songs including Old Dirt Roads and the Theme song for the International Plowing Match of 2007.  They are still very active today.  They have played for several charity events including the Palliative Care Telethon and Big Brothers and Sisters events.  They have a huge following in this area.  They are both self-taught musicians.   

The six new members will be inducted on March 23rd at the Brockville Arts Centre during a free show broadcast on Cogeco TV starting with the Red Carpet show at 6:30. 

Many of the new inductees will perform that night.

For more info contact Bruce Wylie, Chair Brockville & Area Music & Performing Arts Hall of Fame at 613-345-1666 ex 225 or bruce.wylie@bellmedia.ca

The Hall of Fame was started back in 2006.  Howard Alexander, Peter & Marie Galvin, Bruce Ker, Judy Quick, Bob Snelgrove and Tom Wilson were first year inductees. 

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