A Centre for Connection and Creativity Through Music

Twenty years ago, Donna Bennett and Brian Finley had a dream to develop a summer music festival that would showcase classical, jazz, folk, and show music in a welcoming rural setting. Today, Westben is a sparkling feature of the Canadian arts landscape.…

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Capturing the Essence Of Deborah Samuel

The acclaimed Canadian photographer’s unmistakable edgy style and her unique interpretation of the subjects captured by her lens, makes for hauntingly beautiful art that can take your breath away.…

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Joint Ventures

Whether you agree with its legalization or not, cannabis will definitely have an economic and social impact on our region. You’d be surprised at the spectrum of locals who are smoking, vaping, growing and selling weed in the neighbourhood.…

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Casting The Net of Opportunity

A year ago, the possibility of a Syrian refugee becoming part of Kendall and Joanne Dewey’s family-run commercial fishing operation was next to none. But when Slieman al-Jasem’s tenacity teamed up with Kendall and Joanne’s trust, a deal was struck.…

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[Fence Posts]

Champlain Slept Here

There is a legend among historians that Samuel De Champlain, the great mapmaker, explorer and arguably the first “Canadian,” spent the winter of 1615 on my farm in Huronia, the land of the tobacco-growing Petun nation. I say a legend because it appears the great mapmaker was pretty much lost the whole time…

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Belleville Harbour Circa 1900

In the cold, snowy winters of the 1800s, gangs of lumbermen, deep in the forests of central and northern Hastings, piled up logs along the banks of the Skootamata, Moira and Trent rivers, ready to tip them into the roiling waters of the spring run-off and send them on their way to the sawmills of the south.…

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[A Curated Collection]

Gatineau River, Gracefield 1955

The Art Gallery Of Northumberland Presents: A. Y. Jackson…

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[Food & Drink Scene]

Foraging Ahead With Albert Ponzo

Welcome to the local Food & Drink Scene where Watershed shares its secrets and discoveries. Our region is blessed with creative chefs, restaurateurs, vintners and purveyors. Watershed’s Food & Drink Scene trumpets their accomplishments and celebrates their innovation.…

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Lovin the local - Kate Golding Surface pattern designer

[Lovin' the Local]

A Showcase Of Locally Curated Products

We’re Lovin’ the Local: A showcase of locally made and locally inspired products that reflect the heart and soul of entrepreneurs rooted in Watershed Country

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Sound the Alarm

Imagine the typical tech innovator, the face of a new start up. If the image that comes to mind is cowboy meets computer nerd – the basement-dwelling, Zuckerberg-type – picture Amy Arthur instead. Yes, she’s young and confident, but she’s also deeply connected to the needs of the world around her. Though the 24 year-old looks every bit as fresh-faced…

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[Field Notes]

A Spring Procession of Bobolinks

Every May 1st, my binoculars are aimed in the direction of the bromegrass fields beside our house. It’s time for the bobolinks to announce their arrival from their southern Brazil wintering grounds.…

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The Carolinian in our Backyard, and Beyond

Although our school books clearly delineate one forest region from another, the lines on the ground are blurred. That’s more or less what I thought as a callow student learning the forest regions of Ontario. Way up north were the freezing and boggy Hudson’s Bay lowlands, a little further south was the boreal forest – a cold, dark, and endless stand of conifer, then the Great Lakes forest of cottage country pine and maple, and finally, where I lived…

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[Cultural Currents]

Manasie Akpaliapik

A whale jaw becomes the figure of Sedna, the shoulder bone of a walrus imagined into a man playing a drum, while muskox horns and caribou antlers lie on a dusty shelf, waiting to see what they’ll be shaped into. Manasie Akpaliapik returns to Arctic Bay, Nunavut every year to bring back these pieces of home that he will carve into his stories…

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[George's Pond]

Springing Into Action

Aaaah spring – the most deliciously anticipated season of the year. Most people I know start to lose patience with snow and frigid temperatures around mid-February. The onset of my discontent with winter usually occurs around Christmas, but that’s so embarrassingly unCanadian I normally only divulge that information to my nearest and dearest.…

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[Watershed Presents]

The 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Oriana Singers

It started 50 years ago, when a handful of friends, who were to call themselves the Oriana Singers, gathered around the kitchen table at Helen Massie’s farmhouse. The small, dedicated group shared a love of madrigals – a form of vocal chamber music – and a love of community…

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[Beyond the Garden Gate]

A Tear In The Seam

Windbreak, buffer, treeline, green fence, field margin, shelterbelt, fence line, hedgerows…some of the terms used to describe the living corridors that bend and flow along country roads and fields, creating the patchwork of our rural landscapes.…

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[Must, Must, Must]

What’s New and What’s To Do

Our Must, Must, Must section highlights a broad range of events, festivals, activities and galleries that contribute to the diverse character of the Watershed region

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[first words]

Jane Kelly

The fall brings back memories of duck hunting with my brothers when i was a kid. I was a tag-along but as long as I didn’t complain and I could distinguish between a blue-winged teal whistling into our blind and the silhouette…

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THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING OUR FESTIVAL I’m writing on behalf of the entire Wellington Water Week team to thank Watershed magazine for the gorgeous piece in the current Summer issue, created by Micol Marotti and Tim Zeltner. We were literally…

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