A musical introduction to Keenan Wilcox

Singer and songwriter Keenan Wilcox is something special. His soothing voice is captivating and you can feel every word he sings. Music is his labour of love.

“I play music because I love to, because there is nothing in my life that drives me and makes me feel the way it does… It’s like happiness and sadness, leaving and arriving, crying and laughing, holding on and letting go, all wrapped up in one beautiful thing,” Wilcox explains. “What I love most about music is its transformational effects, and how it brings us all together into a shared journey, almost a kind of psychic experience where we learn and grow, and a kind of magic almost. I think it really is a magical thing.”

The 29-year-old from British Columbia, has been making music for as long as he can remember across Canada, ”in bars and pubs, coffee shops and concert halls, sun-soaked parks, and around the campfire on cold winter nights – many hundreds of times, and it always remains exciting and special.” Now calling the Townships home, between shows, Keenan is studying at Bishop’s University.

Keenan is another new artist to join the Townships Expressions collection, an initiative of Townshippers’ Association to promote local English-speaking artists and works unique to our region. With originals and classic covers, you can hear the musical influences of Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan, The Hollies, Leonard Cohen, The Eagles, Simon and Garfunkel, Gordon Lightfoot, The Band, Johnny Cash, The Lumineers, Elvis, and others in Keenan’s soulful performances.

Townships Expressions invites you to discover Keenan, with special guest Kyra Shaughnessy, live in concert at “Think Falling” on November 26 at Bishop’s University Bandeen Hall. For tickets — $20 regular, $15 student — and details visit Townshippers.org/TF.

You can pick up Keenan’s albums from Townships Expressions at Townshippers.org/Shop and in Townshippers’ Sherbrooke and Lac-Brome offices.

Health Link: Senior-Aware Presentation in Bury

Have you ever received a suspicious phone call from someone claiming to work for Microsoft, or the Canadian Revenue Agency? Or maybe you’ve been contacted by Emily instead, who offered you a free trip – all she needed was your credit card number so she could reserve your room… These kinds of scams have become increasingly frequent, yet they still represent only a sampling of the inventive ways that scammers have developed to commit fraud – over the phone, online, and in person.

We always think we should be able to avoid these situations; the truth is that scams can be difficult to recognize and especially troubling for seniors who sometimes feel isolated, vulnerable, or unfamiliar with new technologies.

To help seniors recognize signs of fraudulent and abusive actions, the Eaton Valley Community Learning Centre (CLC) and Townshippers’ Association are partnering with the FADOQ (Fédération de l’Âge d’Or du Québec) to present a Senior-Aware talk at the Eaton Valley CLC (Pope Memorial School, 523 Stokes, Bury) on Wednesday, November 23, from 1 – 4 pm.

This free session is open to everyone and will feature a local provincial police officer sharing tips on how to recognize and prevent fraud and abuse, followed by light refreshments. Please confirm your attendance in advance by contacting Eaton Valley CLC, Kim Fessenden, at 819-872-3771, ext. 2.

This Senior-Aware presentation is being offered as part of Health Link, a new collaborative series between the Eaton Valley CLC, the CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS’s Haut-Saint-François RLS, and Townshippers’, to offer English-language health information in the Haut-Saint-François.

For more information on this series or, if you have a topic you’d like to know more about, contact Michelle at Townshippers’, 819-566-5717, [email protected]

For more information on Townshippers’ Association and our activities, keep reading this weekly Keeping in Touch column in The Record and visit us on Twitter @Townshippers, Facebook and our website www.Townshippers.org. Connect with Townshippers’ offices in Sherbrooke at 100 – 257 Queen St. 819-566-5717, toll-free: 1-866-566-5717 or Lac-Brome at 3-584 Knowlton Rd, 450-242-4421, toll-free: 1-877-242-4421.

Published: Keeping in Touch column, Sherbrooke Record, Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Photo Credit: Courtesy Keenan Wilcox

Photo Caption:  Townships Expressions introduces soothing new artist Keenan Wilcox at Think Falling, a concert named for his latest album, at Bandeen Hall on November 26.