Camexicanus strums in summer


Kids from across Haliburton County plucked guitars, sang songs and drummed funky beats for their families and friends June 27 at a Camexicanus “Music Together” recital.

The program has provided kids free music lessons in Haliburton and Minden since May, with the option to return in the fall for pay-what-you-can lessons. 

“It makes sure kids all across the County can get music lessons no matter what,” said Camexicanus director Greg Sadlier. Katie Lavalle, who performed a solo song on guitar said she was nervous to perform in front of the crowd, but excited to share her skills. “I like how there are so many different chords and ways you can pick,” said Lavalle. 

Others, such as June Judson who had been practicing in the program for eight weeks, got on stage to perform with a crew of other beginner guitarists. Judson said she’d like to learn how to sing while playing guitar in the fall. 

“It was really heartwarming and good to see them pull everything together,” said assistant director Darian Maddock who helped coach the beginner musicians. A new round of free lessons will be available in the fall for kids who haven’t attended the program. 

Canada Day festivities

 Camexicanus will take over Glebe Park July 1 for a “Canada Day Throwback.” There will be live music, a kids’ baking contest and games and craft stations from 11-4 p.m. High school rock stars will strut their stuff on stage at 7 p.m. for a concert celebrating Canadiana and songs from all decades. 

“There will be some Blue Rodeo, we’ll be playing “Oh Canada, God Save the Queen,” said Maddock. “Some will be playing their own original songs too.” 

Camps offered 

Camexicanus also offers day and overnight camps throughout the summer. This year the theme is “Create Adventure.”

From Haliburton to Wilberforce to Norland and beyond, Sadlier and a crew of young leaders will be leading kids in art, music, theatre, film, sports and outdoor activities. 

Day camps are open to kids from senior Kindergarten to Grade 8. 

Overnight camps are open to kids from Grade 5 to Grade 8. At the end of the summer, Camexicanus will host a youth arts and music festival in Haliburton on the last weekend of August. 

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