Support your local music scene

Every big-name musician has gotten their start on a local stage, but audiences might not realize how much they get out of the local music scene.

You might have the impression that if a song isn’t on the radio an artist isn’t good enough to be listened to. But by the time their music is aired, everyone’s heard it. A local show gives you a chance to hear fresh music first!

Local music is diverse and personal. Where else can you shake hands with the talent or chat one-on-one after a show featuring a variety of musical styles and cultural diversity? 

Admission is cheap, which leaves you more money for the holidays, while the entertainment is anything but! A fun night out at a musical event that brings people together can be economical and support your local community.

Ready to start supporting local music? The Expressions Series from Townshippers’ Association’s Townships Expressions initiative, will feature musical guest Keenan Wilcox on Saturday, November 25, 7 pm, at Bandeen Hall (Bishop’s University campus, 2600 College, Sherbrooke).

Keenan is set to perform alternative and folk originals and covers of great artists like Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, The Lumineers, and others. Special guest soul/blues singer Eleuthera will also perform.

Admission, at the door, is $10 for Townshippers’ members and $15 regular entry. Details at or call 819-566-5717.

Share your story at the regional consultation on discrimination

Have you experienced or seen discrimination or racism? By sharing your insight with non-profit organization Actions Interculturelles (AIDE) you’ll help create a better understanding of the obstacles that make it difficult for some individuals or groups to really be a part of the Estrie.

AIDE, which has been and promoting cultural diversity for more than 25 years, is looking to combat inequality by collecting first-hand accounts (witnesses are also accepted) of incidences of discrimination in a safe and confidential environment and/or in the public session.

Newcomers, immigrants, religious and visible minorities, individuals, organizations, institutions, companies, and the English-speaking community, are all invited to participate by submitting a brief or contributing in the public session scheduled for November 29. Witness statements, as well as memoirs and briefs written in English, will be accepted.

Information from the consultation will be used to compile a report that will be released to the public and the provincial government in mid-December.

To participate in the consultation contact AIDE’s consultation team at 873-200-1697 or [email protected], or complete the form located on

Ambulance Services in Quebec

Ambulance services are a part of pre-hospital emergency services, which are an essential component of the Quebec population’s access to health services. It is important for everyone to know and understand pre-hospital emergency services. This month Health Link welcomes guest speaker Jonathan Keays from the CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS who will explain the government’s policy on ambulance transportation for those aged 65 and over.

Open to everyone, Health Link lunch-and-learn sessions connect the English-speaking community in the Haut-Saint-François region with health and wellness information in English. This session will take place Wednesday, November 22, from 11:30 am to 2 pm, Armoury Community Centre, 563 Main, Bury. Lunch will be available starting at 11:30 am at a cost of $5. Please call Kim Fessenden at 819-872-3771, ext 2, to reserve your meal.

Health Link is a collaboration between The Eaton Valley Community Learning Centre, the CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS’s Haut-Saint-François RLS, the Centre d’Action Bénévole du Haut-Saint-François, and Townshippers’. It is a CHSSN initiative funded by Health Canada through the Roadmap for Canada’s Official Languages 2013-2018: Education, Immigration, Communities.

Rescheduled: Tax 101 workshop

A power failure pulled the plug on last Monday’s free information session on income taxes but don’t worry, Townshippers’ and Literacy in Action (LIA) have rescheduled the session for 1 pm, Monday, Nov 20. Another workshop will take place at 6 pm on Tuesday, Nov 21. 

Townshippers’, which has been offering free income tax filing service for low-income earners for over 10 years, looks forward to presenting this workshops with LIA at their office at 7 Connolly in Lennoxville. To attend please RSVP with LIA at 819-346-7009 or [email protected]

For more on Townshippers’ Association and our activities, keep reading this weekly column in The Record and visit our website You can also follow us on Twitter @Townshippers and Connect with Townshippers’ offices in Sherbrooke at 100 – 257 Queen, 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.

Publication Keeping in Touch column, Sherbrooke Record, Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Photo Credit: Keenan Wilcox

Photo Caption: Keenan Wilcox, originally from British Columbia, has made the Townships his second home and will be sharing his soulful sound at the next Expressions Series event on November 25.