Made in Estrie to open linguistic artistic diversity

The Estrie region’s arts and culture scene are buzzing but they can often be out of reach to artists who work mainly in English. English- and French-speaking artists, along with the Conseil de la culture de l’Estrie, Townshippers’ Association, and ELAN Quebec are creating linguistic artistic diversity through Made in Estrie.

Held as a 5 à 7 gathering next Tuesday, November 14, at Studio Irisium (165 Wellington nord, Sherbrooke), this event will bring together English- and French-speaking artists and organizations for the first time ever to bridge the gap between the two artistic solitudes. Made in Estrie will also be an opportunity to host the region’s first bilingual Minute Market. Taken from ELAN’s Schmoozers events, the Minute Market will give 20 artists a one-minute spot to market their current projects.

The deadline to register for the Minute Market is Friday, November 10, 2017. Gas gift cards from Townshippers’ may be available for participating Marché Éclair artist living within the Townships, who must travel more than 40 km to attend this event.

To RSVP or for information, contact Guillaume Houle, Conseil de la culture de l’Estrie, [email protected] or 819-563-2744, or Kristelle Holliday at 819-342-3861.

Expression Series presents: Keenan Wilcox in Concert

The winter chill is coming. So warm up with the next Expression Series event on November 25 as singer-songwriter Keenan Wilcox uses his soulful voice and acoustic guitar to explore the music of artists such as the Beatles, Leonard Cohen, Mumford and Sons, and more.

This Eastern Townships English-language culture series, present by the Association’s Townships Expressions initiative, gives the community access to affordable, limited one-night engagements featuring creative and talented local artists, musicians, performers, and writers. Besides the great admission rate – $10 for Townshippers’ members, $15 for general admission, at the door – and the chance to experience live performances, the Expressions series is a great way to directly support talented homegrown artists.

So, save the date, Saturday, November 25, 2017, 7 pm, and treat yourself and a friend to this great event at Bandeen Hall, Bishop’s University campus, 2600 College.

For details visit or call 819-577-5717.

Take the confusion out of taxes

When we think of literacy, the first thing that often comes to mind is reading and writing. But literacy also means understanding concepts such as math skills. November is Financial Literacy Month, a time to provide the tools and information for people to manage their money and debt wisely, save for the future, and understand their financial rights and responsibilities.

In the spirit of Financial Literacy Month, Townshippers’ Association is teaming up with Literacy in Action (LIA) to present an information session on basic income tax. Because the Association has been offering a free income tax filing service for low-income earners for over 10 years, it can call upon experience and the types of questions asked by people using the service.

This workshop will discuss the importance of filing taxes in a timely manner and will look at the various forms needed by the federal and provincial governments to file income taxes. You’ll also learn what information you will receive following submission of your tax return, such as the Notice of Assessment which is a very important document to keep!

Need to call Revenue Canada or Revenue Quebec? Find out what information to have on hand to identify yourself before placing that call. Finally, the workshop will look at various types of income tax fraud. That phone call you received about owing money or getting a huge refund, it’s not true!

This free workshop is offered twice, once in the afternoon workshop from 1 to 3 pm on Monday, November 13, and in the evening workshop on Tuesday, November 21 from 6 to 8 pm, at the Literacy in Action office, 7 Connolly in Lennoxville. While we welcome general questions, unfortunately, we will not be able to answer questions specific to your particular tax return during the workshop.

For more information, or to register for the workshop, contact LIA at 819-346-7009 or [email protected] You can also contact Evelina Smith, at Townshippers’, at 819-566-2182 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.

Published: Keeping in Touch column, Sherbrooke Record, Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Photo Credit: ELAN (English Language Arts Network)

Photo Caption: English- and French-speaking artists in the Townships will have a chance to close the gap between them at Made in Estrie, the first ever bilingual event uniting creators of the regions two artistic solitudes.