28 Responses to We want to hear from you. Help us to build the best community arts portal ever.

  1. joe lethbridge March 4, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    hey Scot- I saw this on your office door and it seems very interesting. I may show up at MelvilleCafe

  2. Scot Ferguson-Barber March 4, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Actually Joe, the funky blonde with the wool cap and leather boots you saw me with on Dickson St. this week was Heather, the CEO. They really are making an effort to reach Cambridge Artists. The city doesn’t want to any money into the arts, our funding is less than half of KW and Guelph, bloody rednecks.

  3. Joe Lethbridge March 5, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    cool ! if i cannot make it to melville maybe i will pass any ideas I have to the website

  4. Tania Hanscom March 6, 2012 at 10:57 am

    I had a chance to meet Randy and Rose on Monday. I encourage all artists to visit and register on http://www.creativeenterprise.ca.

  5. Scot Ferguson-Barber March 7, 2012 at 11:40 am

    They kidnapped me when they were in Galt yesterday and forced me to show them all the secret shops we have hidden in Galt. I know you Hespeler people put them up to it.

  6. Brad McEwen March 8, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    I am very surprised to hear of this initiave. Although I appreciate the efforts made by Heather Sinclair and associates, I have to ask why the Mill Race Folk Society has not been approached.

    We have been in the forefront of cultural initiatives in Cambridge for 20 years. Speaking for myself alone, I am have served 6 years on the City’s Arts & Cutlural Advisory Commitee, am Co-Founder fo the Grand River Folk Community,and have been generally very active in the arts community of this city for a very long time.

    WHY were we not included in these outreaches???? Heather, I await your response……publcily.

  7. Scot Ferguson-Barber March 8, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Brad, they have been advertising and promoting meetings here in Cambridge for several months now. The one at the School of Architecture was in The Times, and everything they have been doing has been posted at The Citizen.

  8. Heather Sinclair March 12, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Hi Brad, given the vast number of creative activities happening across the Region this phase of our approach is dedicated to meeting with as many people as we can in each city, town, hamlet and so on and I decided one of the most effective ways to do this given resources was to plunk ourselves down in a local coffee shop and talk to as many people as we can, and thanks to Scot, to also go on our walk-abouts or as Rose likes to call them ‘ our documentary tours’ where we can meet directly with store owners.

    We have not set up one on one meetings with individuals at this time, though we have in the past, as you would be aware of from our meeting with some of your Board members a month back where Tracey DesJardins, Robin Rhodes and I met with Board members of the GRand River Folk Community to discuss how we might best help.

    Our promotion of these information gathering sessions has been via our mailing list (which I thought you were on and Rose can confirm), facebook, twitter, advertising in Cambridge Citizen, postering at Cambridge City Hall, various shops and the coffee shop that we ultimately will park ourselves in, as well as the Libraries and word of mouth.

    I am sorry that you did not get word of this in a timely fashion and invite you to either attend another event (Rose will be at the Java Gardens all afternoon today) in Cambridge, or any other town as convenient for you OR give us a call and we’ll meet with you in person.

    Many thanks for you input. Heather

  9. Brad McEwen March 16, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    I admit that I didn’t express myself in quite the manner that I might have, if I had let things cool a bit.

    IF you really want to engage the arts community in Cambridge, you should have an email list of arts organizations and artists/groups in the community that you could have contacted with regards to this endeavour!!

    Advertising in the Citizen, although useful, has limited potential for reaching people. Especially if it s late in publishing, as I believe the current print edition was. Distribution is limited and it is still a very new initiatvie in this city.

    Did you contact the Cambridge Arts & Cultural Advisory Committee about your Cafe meetings? How about Colleen Lichti, the Cambirdge Special Events Liason? They would be able to forward the information on your initiatives to all their members. Community Services staff always forward information about cultural events to all the groups that are in the City that they work with. If you HAD done so, I (and presumably others) would have known. As I received nothing from them, I can only surmise that you did not informthem of this. You have my email address, couldn’t you have let us know????? We’re always very happy and willing to spread the word about anything of this nature IF we’re contacted.


    How about a press release to the Cambridge Time, the Record, Cambridge Now and Snap Cambridge? I didn’t see anything there, although I will admit that I could have missed it.

    What I am really trying to say is that if you are serious about reaching the Cambridge cultural community(ies) is that there is no single method of getting your message out to them. This is not like other communities and I am afraid that extra effort must be made to understand its fractured nature. However, once this is done, the rewards are amazing!

    I’m afraid that you seem to have a lot to learn about this community. If we can help, we will. BUT, you have to let us KNOW.

  10. scot March 19, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Brad, I am not sure if the Mill Race Festival. qualifies.While I respect what you do,you don’t promote local artists. All of your acts are international. Several of your volunteers are actively involved with xThe Citizen. I went to the trouble of contacting Heather after I published your letter, and she and her staff have gone out of their way to reach local artists.

  11. Joe lethbridge March 19, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Scot- although some acts at the Mill Race Festival may indeed be from overseas I think it is just as important to the arts and culture in our city. Mill Race brings in thousands of visitors and revenue. Mill Race is a mainstay of arts and culture in Cambridge- 20 years and growing . Who is too say that “homegrown”talent won’t make it bigtime and leave Cambridge as all but a memory.

  12. scot March 19, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    And what do they do for Cambridge artists? NOTHING.

  13. scot March 19, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    Brad needs to get his ego in check.

  14. newsfan March 21, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Come on you guys. Get off your arses and get some current material on your site and get back to work. Whatever problems you have/had get it behind you and get moving.

  15. Hags March 21, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Newsie, I’m mad at you because you once called me a ‘bleeding heart’.
    I’ll not reduce you to rubble any more, with my huge intellect, tiny ego and nether regions…unless you either aplogize or buy me ice-cream. Yo are on notice!

  16. newsfan March 21, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    I’m pretty sure you defined yourself as a “bleeding heart” Hags. But what the heck, they closed Indulge in Hespeler, so I guess the apology will have to do. Sorry you’re a bleeding heart.

  17. Hags March 21, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    I’m still not talking to you because I’m in a snit..or maybe even a huff.

  18. joe lethbridge March 21, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Hey- people are starting to question even myself “what is going on with the Citizen with no new stories ?!!”

  19. newsfan March 21, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    I’m supposed to be “the silent partner” and I don’t even know Joe. Stay in a “snit” Hags, but you did a fine job last week on the abortion topic. You even finally drew some women – or female impersonators, you never know on this site – into the discussion with opposite views on the subject. And nobody was screaming for someone to be banned for a change.

  20. Hags March 21, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Newsie, I was glad to see some of the girls jump in. It has struck me that, with a few exceptions, this is a male dominated site. The site should work harder to appeal to women; it makes for livelier discussions…to my way of thinking anyway.
    Last, maybe they should roll up the tent on this site. The Citizen had potential…but potential is nothing if it’s not utilized; pity.

  21. Brad McEwen March 21, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Scott’s responses to what I have said are somewhat inappropriate as well as misinsformed. I may have been a bit abrasive in my previous emails, but the fact is that if the Creative Enabling Organization wishes to reach a wide number of people involved in the Arts, the Citizen is limited in its ability to reach the maximum number of people.

    Community Services staff have contacts with all Arts Organizaitons in this city and can forward information on any new endeavours to all of those groups. These organizaitons have email lists and social networking capabilites at their disposal which will only make Heather’s group and what they are trying to achieve more effective.

    Our own organizaiton, The Mill Race Folk Society, has hundreds of email contacts and we are very willing to help with promoting this and other endeavours IF we are asked.

    It’s not so much about what artists we hire, as who is on our email contact lists. We can assist in reaching a large number of people in Cambridge who are artists and/or who support the arts. Communith sErvices can assist much further than we can in spreading the word to all arts organizations within this City. Why should suggesting that be offensive?

    There is nothing that I have said that I think is disparaging toward the Cambridg Citizen.

    Scott, you are very much mistaken if you think that most of our performers are all international. On average, there are only about four acts each year at the annual festival that are from outside Canada. The vast majority are form southwestern Ontario.

    Our mandate is TRADITIONAL FOLK MUSIC. If Cambridge based artists perform that kind of music (from any given World Culture), then we are interested in them. We do not hire acts simply because they are from Cambridge That has never been our mandate, nor has it been a requirement of the eleigibilty requirements of the City of Cambridge.

    Be very careful that you do not project your ideology onto us. I won’t lower the tone of The Citizen in the manner that you already have done by making a riposte regarding Egos.

  22. Curmudgeon March 22, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Regarding Sir Hags posting on March 21st. Once again you are right on with the “tent roll”. I had high expectations of what the Citizen could do for Cambridge but alas it is nothing more or less than all the rest of the media presentations.
    You may have noticed my absence of late but I have been reading regularly and come to the following conclusions. SFB runs the show, has loaded the site with his followers, tries to be controversial without understanding the meaning of the word and when it comes to egos Scotty has the biggest one and the Citizen is his current toy. When a wheel falls off he will be looking for a new one. It is a shame as there were great contributors and some very interesting articles but alas it appears that it is time to “roll up the tent” on this one. Having been the receiver of several caustic SFB jibes in the past I won’t be around to read Scotty’s retort but I am sure it will be true to form. To Jimm, Hags, Maggie, Joe, Elvis, Les, Jan, and others it was my privilege to have conversed with you and may all your life’s desires be realized.
    To Mr. Ferguson-Barber, please delete my contact address from your list.
    W. Walker aka the Curmudgeon

  23. joe lethbridge March 22, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Curmudgeon. Thank you very much. I am now living just one of life desires. My writing is going well ; mind you, apostrophes and commas are still not my best friend.

  24. Elvis March 22, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Hi Curmudgeon,

    Thank you, thank you very much for your comments on my articles.


  25. Scot Ferguson-Barber March 22, 2012 at 11:28 am

    I apologize for the lack of recent posts. The last time the hydro went out at the office it killed my computer.

  26. Elvis March 22, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Do I need to resubmit my articles?


  27. newsfan March 22, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Hags, I agree that this site has geat potential and have stated such in the past.

    Curmudgeon, I think the “followers” that you speak of have gone elsewhere and I believe that is a positive development for the Citizen. They will destroy the other board as they have done here because they are the root of the problem. They do not debate, they assassinate the character of anyone who disagrees with them. They employ ritual defamation – go study the term. It is has no place anywhere. Not on this board, in the community or any society.

    I do believe that Scot and Jimm are talented and provide a needed service to Cambridge. To date, there is no other site that provides the diversity of articles, photographs and easy to navigate commentary as does the Citizen.

    However, as I have said elsewhere and I will repeat again here, owners tend to make lousy participants on comment boards. They tend to get emotionally involved to the point of taking sides on an issue instead of allowing the debate to flow to a natural termination point. Once they become involved emotionally, they ultimately alienate a portion of their viewing audience. Scot is a great writer, has a nose for news and is a visionary. That is where his focus should be in my opinion. Leave the board to someone like Hags or Jimm, but his talent is being wasted refereeing a comment board.

    That’s my opinion. Good luck guys. I hope you can pull it together.

  28. Margaret Barr March 22, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Well, Glory Be! I vacation in NYC for a week and what do I return to find? Curmudgeon is gone? Say it ain’t so. Please come back.

    The biggest surprise of all is that I must agree with ‘newsfan’, (in only one regard, though..let’s not get entirely crazy!). I think newsie was completely on-base when he wrote, “-owners tend to make lousy participants on comment boards.” My opinion on this is no news to SFB. Been telling him that since the Citizen’s inception. Get professional, Scot and leave the writing to us!

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