June 21, 2001
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Bob MacKenzie
Free Summer Music Concerts
Sunday, July 1, live music returns to Newlands' Pavilion in Macdonald Park on Kingston's waterfront with the first in a series of thirteen concerts featuring fourteen bands and a total of twenty six hours of music. These two-hour concerts on weekend afternoons from July 1 through September 2 can be heard free of charge by Kingston families and their guests.
Newlands' Pavilion Concert Series opens with performances by Two Much, a partnership of popular local singers Lesleigh Smith and Cynthia Forster-Gibson performing mostly a capella, and Poem de Terre, Kingston's alternative folk music ensemble.
Lesleigh Smith outperformed a wide range of talented competitors to win 1999's Country Singing Showdown at the Kingston Exhibition and Home Show. Not limited to being a country singer, Smith has demonstrated her versatility singing with a number of Kingston bands including Poem de Terre, Honey Blonde, Twisted Knickers, Raven, Keefer Street, and The Travelling Nobodies. Smith has recorded one CD, Assume Nothing, with The Bob MacKenzie Group. Most recently, she has formed her own roots-rock band and has partnered with Cynthia Forster-Gibson in the duo Two Much.
The other half of Two Much, Cynthia Forster-Gibson, is a popular performer at venues across Eastern Ontario. A triple threat, she is singer, songwriter, and talented player of several instruments, including guitar and flute. Besides her solo act, Forster-Gibson is one half of the folk duo Cyn & I, performs with the band Lagavulin, and now has joined with Lesleigh Smith to create Two Much. She was a featured artist at the 1997 and 1998 Kingston All Folks Festivals. She has recorded two CD's, The Stuff of Life with Cyn and I and Assume Nothing, with The Bob MacKenzie Group.
Since 1993, Kingston folk ensemble Poem de Terre has been infusing original folk music with a variety of influences, including jazz, blues, country, rock and roll, and spoken word performance. Always interesting and entertaining, Poem de Terre has performed widely in Kingston, most notably during the 1996 and 1997 Newlands' Pavilion Concert Series, and has established an international reputation through the internet. The group has released two cassettes, Windfall and Pyramid, as Poem de Terre and one CD, Assume Nothing, as The Bob MacKenzie Group.
Newlands' Pavilion Concert Series has received the support, financial and otherwise, of numerous companies, agencies, organizations, and individuals who have helped to make these free concerts possible. However, the series is not yet fully funded and additional sponsors are needed. While larger donations are both needed and welcomed, support in any amount from interested individuals will be appreciated. Volunteers are also needed to help both before and during the concerts. For information, call Bob MacKenzie at (613) 546-5114 or else visit the website at http://communication.ca/Newlands.
The concert begins at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, July 1, at Newlands' Pavilion in Kingston's MacDonald Park.