Local Artists

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Music

The Thames River String Band dit La Tranche

The Thames River String Band, also known as La Tranche, is a group of locals who came together in 2017 with the dream of keeping local and traditional music alive. With a focus on traditional, Celtic, Old-timey, French-Canadian & Cajun musical styles, this group often plays in local festivals and holiday celebrations. They also host a Kitchen Party style event at the Central Tavern a few times a year and encourage any and all interested musicians to join them in the revelry as the restaurant patrons pack in around them. The core band is made up of the following members: John Basden, Joseph Benoit, Paul Bourdeau, Roger Daniel, Pete Martin, Rob McIntosh, Rory Sweeting, and Trevor Terfloth.

For anyone interested in contacting the band, you can email them at: thamesriverstringband@gmail.com

They also have a Facebook page where they post live performances as well as recording of their practices: Thames River String Band dit La Tranche

Don’t forget to use their hashtags when posting on social media!
#thamesriverstringband #trsb #lagangdelatranche

Roland Lozon (1940-2014)

” In 1963, I married Patricia-Gail who blessed me with two boys and two girls. They and my seven grand-children are the centre of my life, followed by music, golf, bowling, pool, some violin repair, and other interests such as researching my family tree.

After retiring from a 35-year career in medical technology in 1995, my daughter Denise said to me: “Dad, before you die, we want you to record that number you composed” referring to “Up And Down“, which was the only piece I had ever written. Shortly after, her sister Angela also made the same request… I think I got cornered but this CD is the result of their initial encouragement.

I’ve played in many bands starting with The Jubilaires* with Sam Lozon as lead singer (1956-1961), then The Myers Brothers and The Jubilaires (1961-1979), when Roland and Ray Myers replaced Sam. We practiced and played almost weekly, and played an average of over 60 jobs a year. We soon obtained a half hour weekly show with CFCO radio, which lasted about eight years. Several agents were hiring us as a “warm-up band” for many Opry shows… over two dozen times for the Marty Robbins Show, as well as for the Hank Snow Show (and many more). It was a distinct privilege to actually play for a number of stars such as Ronnie Robbins (many times), Minnie Pearl, Don Gibson, Charlie Walker, Wilf Carter, Skeeter Davis, Jan Howard (frequently), and others. I’ve been told recently that the album we recorded is still on the wall at the Ernest Tubb Record Shop in Nashville where we once played one original song on a live broadcast.

After 1979, I continued playing with Jubilaires II* (another album), Front Page News, Vic and the Conchords, Country Drifters, and currently with The Dover Red Necks and The Foggy Mountain Boys.

My sincerest appreciation to everyone who helped me with this project, especially Ernie Marchand, as well as Gabe and Joyce Gagnon who took time to come and listen to this CD and offered me much needed advice.

Many thanks and God bless.

Roland Lozon

*More info can be found at chathammusicarchive.com/localbandlist*

Information taken from CD sleeve dated 2012

Visual Arts

Karen Bourassa (Pottery)

Under construction

Dover Woodcraft (Erica Myers – Home Decor and Pyrography)

Based directly in the village of Pain Court, Erica Myers is a self-taught pyrography artist offering various home decor items as well as custom pieces. Holding a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Production from the Ryerson Theatre School as well as a Bachelor of Education from the University of Windsor, Erica has spent the majority of her life learning various forms of art and construction techniques to allow her to accomplish her previous job as the Props Designer and Builder for the Lower Ossington Theatre in Toronto. However nothing could beat the sense of community she had growing up in Pain Court and she decided to return in 2016 and continue her passion of making beautiful and meaningful objects in the community that inspires her.

If interested in a custom order, please contact Erica at: doverwoodcraft@gmail.com

To view more of her work, please visit her Instagram page: @doverwoodcraft

Performing Arts

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