Category Archives: Uncategorized

Ashlynne Vince: Nashville-Bound Via Welland


Welland talent Ashlynne Vince appears on the floating stage off Merritt Park this Friday as part of the Summer Music Festival 2017. (Photos: by Danica)

By Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

WELLAND –  Summer Music Festival Fridays are looked forward to by this music fan.

We have been to several, not all, and have not gone away disappointed.

One of the pleasant surprises: local talent that is featured on the floating stage off Merritt Park.

Such will be the case this Friday when the theme is Nashville: Country Classic.

It’s headlined by James Yorfido with an opening act by Ashlynne Vince. We’ve heard her previously and that’s the reason we hope to catch this week’s show.

This young Wellander is talent rich and personality plus. She is making her mark at local venues but also in the so-called big time. Music City, or Nashville as it’s formally known, is one of them. And performance wise, what happens in Nashville doesn’t stay in Nashville. Word travels fast and far. You might say it goes ‘cross-country.

My opinion about this young talent? Ashlynne can belt out tunes or croon you into mellow satisfaction, with a lot of other emotions in between. A singer-songwriter, she has much to offer.

Her mom Loralee provided this backgrounder:

“Ashlynne has had a very exciting few years. What started out as a regular at local open mics, turned into several trips to Nashville to record her debut indie album, Tidal Wave. While in Nashville, Ashlynne gained the interest of recording engineer, Rebekah Long, and Ashlynne was invited to complete an internship at the Tracking Room studio as part of her high school co-op. During her semester in Nashville, Ashlynne was picked up by Plateau Music and went on to record 8 songs, 2 of which made the Billboard Top 40 Indicator Charts and as a result Ashlynne was on the official voting ballot for Grammy nominations. She didn’t receive a nomination, but she did attend the Grammys in 2016 with her producer and her parents.”

Something else exciting in this 20-year-old’s blossoming career will happen this fall at the Canadian Country Music Awards in Saskatoon. There, she will be a performer in the Diamond in the Rough Showcase. After that she will be moving to Nashville “where she has secured a job singing on the Music City Strip on Lower Broadway as one of Tootsie’s  singers,” according to the backgrounder.

Still, performing to a hometown crowd, which she will do Friday, is one of the highlights of the summer for her. I wish her all the best in her career.

Friday, Ashlynne has a dozen offerings on her set list, including: Stupid Love, her first Canadian-wide country single in Oct. 2016, Take Cover, the next song to go to Canadian Country Radio, with a release date Aug. 28, 2017 (written by Ashlynne and Maxsene Morgan), No Boys Allowed, which gained her an opening spot for Canada’s Country Music Male Vocalist of 2016, Brett Kissel and was her second single to radio in Canada, and Hands Off and Hang on to Me, both recorded in Nashville.

The performer has an appealing website where more details about her can be found. Have a look, at

The Summer Music Festival 2017 concerts are competently coordinated by Don Romano and Ralph Belvedere, no strangers to the music scene here and further afield. A round of applause goes out to them.

Here’s a rundown of what remains on the schedule:

Nashville: Country Classic – Friday, July 28: Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette, June Carter, Jerry Lee Lewis and more presented by James Yorfido. Guest Artist: Ashlynne Vince.

Welland Rocks on the Canal – Friday, August 11: The Associates, The Howling Horns and Heather Glaab.

Soulsville – Friday, August 18: Juno Award winner Lance Anderson presents the music of STAX Records, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, Booker T & the M.G’s, Eddie Floyd and many more Southern Soul artists. Guest Artists: John Finley, George Oliver, Jay Douglas and Cheryl Lescom.

The British Rock Invasion – Friday, August 25: Hot Rocks: Tribute to the Rolling Stones. The British Invasion with the music of The Beatles, The Dave Clark 5, The Kinks, The Who, Freddy and The Dreamers.

All concerts start at 7pm and admission is free.

trainbridge 2


THE WEEK AHEAD: Meetings In Welland

Meeting Calendar

Meetings are open to the public unless otherwise noted. Information is obtained from the applicable agency, board, committee, or commission and downloaded to this calendar as it becomes available. Information is subject to change. Please check back often for the most up-to-date information, including cancellations.


Audit Review Committee Meeting  ≫

5:00 PM Tuesday Jul. 25  2017 –
Council Ante Room

Nominating Committee Meeting  ≫

5:30 PM Tuesday Jul. 25  2017 –
Council Ante Room

Council Meeting in Committee-of-the-Whole In-camera (Closed to the Public),  ≫

5:35 PM Tuesday Jul. 25  2017 – to discuss the following:

  • Proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land by the municipality or local board.
    – Sale of City owned lands update.
    – Vacant land update.
    – City Development.
    – Proposal to declare surplus various City-owned Landholdings.
  • Litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the municipality or local board.
    – Youngs Sportsplex.
  • Personal Matters about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees.
    – Committee Appointments for the following Committees:
    – Senior Citizens Advisory Committee.
    – Transit Advisory Advisory Committee.
    – Active Transportation Advisory Committee
    – Ward 5 Vacancy.

in the Council Ante Room

Council Meeting  ≫

7:00 PM Tuesday Jul. 25  2017 –
in the Council Chambers

Welland Arenas Advisory Committee Meeting  ≫

12:00 PM Thursday Jul. 27  2017 –
LOCATION: Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street.

2021 Canada Games Host Society Announces Chair, Board Of Directors

The 13-members of the 2021 Canada Games Host Society Board of Directors, as well as the board chair, received unanimous approval from Regional Council at their recent meeting.

Doug Hamilton, former chair of the Niagara Bid Group, was approved as chair of the 2021 Canada Summer Games Host Society Board of Directors. Other community members who were approved to participate on the board include:

  • Tom Arkell, Associate VP of University Services, Brock University
  • Mary De Sousa, Executive VP of Marketing and Communications, FirstOntario Credit Union
  • Dino DiCienzo Jr., President of Canadian Niagara Hotels Inc.
  • Mario D’Uva, Managing Partner of Fallsview Golf Inc.
  • Carolyn Hurst, Owner and President of Westcott Vineyards
  • Karen Natho, Executive Director of Brock-Niagara Penguins Para-sport Program
  • Michele O’Keefe, President and CEO of Basketball Canada
  • Liz Palmieri, Former Executive Director of Niagara Community Foundation
  • Tom Rankin, CEO of Rankin Construction
  • Adrienne Smoke, Performing Arts Professional & Indigenous Community Advocate
  • Wade Stayzer, VP Sales and Service of Meridian Credit Union
  • Mary Turner, Former President and CEO of Canadian Tire Financial Services
  • David Veres, Associate VP of Academic and Learner Services, Niagara College

Many other community leaders will also be participating on key host society committees. These persons include highly successful Niagara athletes such as:

  • Tonya Verbeek, 3-time Olympic medalist, wrestling
  • Steve Bauer, Olympic medalist, cycling
  • Marty Calder, Olympian, wrestling & National Team Coach
  • Chris Critelli, Olympian, basketball & Asst. Athletic Director at Brock University

As the official languages of the games are both English and French, Niagara’s host society has also been recruiting leaders from Niagara’s francophone community on various committees.

Niagara Region, and its 12 local municipalities, will host the Canada Summer Games in August 2021. These games will feature approximately 5,000 athletes in 17 sports from all 13 provinces and territories. More than 5,000 volunteers will be needed to deliver these games and the projected economic benefit exceeds $200 million.

One of the next steps for the 2021 Canada Summer Games Host Society is to organize a series of planning sessions this fall. These planning sessions will help provide direction and focus for the host society’s activities over the next four years.

The board of directors will also begin to hire staff for the host society, which will start with the hiring of a CEO this fall.

(Source: Regional Niagara media release)

City Shorts, Try ’em On For Size


CITY SHORTS ART: Popular annual fundraiser rocks the Rose City Saturday, July 22. Don’t miss it!

Compilation by Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large


City Shorts

City Shorts is a compilation, from various sources (government websites, news announcements, press releases, church bulletins, advertisements, community service information and events, bulletin boards, requests, telephone requests, web postings, email requests etc.) of short items (in most cases) about matters of local interest in Welland. Want to submit an item for consideration? Please send to:


WELLAND –  Welland Hydro-Electric System Corp. has received information from several customers about calls being received asking for information about the Fair Hydro Plan bill insert from their July invoice and then requesting a scheduled home inspection to assess the efficiency of your furnace and/or central air conditioner.  The caller will claim to be from the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) and/or be affiliated with Welland Hydro. Pressure tactics will be used to have you schedule a home inspection quickly. Do not let these people into your home as this is a scam.


WELLAND – Check the water before you go swimming this weekend, or any day. Make sure the water is safe. This is a great service provided by Regional Niagara.

For latest results, visit


WELLAND –  Enjoy free concerts on the floating stage at Merritt Park. All concerts are on Friday nights and begin at 7pm, unless otherwise noted.

  • Welland Sings the Blues, Friday, July 21 – Jack DeKeyzer Blues Band, The Suzie Vinnick Trio; Also appearing are blues legends Chuck Jackson and Jerome Godboo and Guest Artist Spencer McKenzie;
  • Nashville: Country Classic,  Friday, July 28 – Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette, June Carter, Jerry Lee Lewis and more presented by James Yorfido; Guest Artist: Ashlynne Vince;
  • Welland Rocks on the Canal, Friday, August 11 – The Associates, The Howling Horns and Heather Glaab;
  • Soulsville, Friday, August 18 –  Juno Award winner Lance Anderson presents the music of STAX Records,Otis Redding, Wilson Picket, Sam & Dave, Brooker T & the M.G.s, Eddie Floyd and many more Southern Soul Artists; Guest Artists: John Finley, George Oliver, Jay Douglas and Cheryl Lescom;
  • The British Rock Invasion, Friday, August 25 – Hot Rocks: Tribute to the Rolling Stones – The British Invasion with the music of The Beatles, The Dave Clark 5, The Kinks, The Who, Freddy and The Dreamers.


WELLAND  – Having accepted an invitation to play in a holiday hoops tournament in south Florida, Notre Dame senior boys basketball team is holding a bingo fundraiser in September.

bb logo (3)The bingo is one of two fundraisers scheduled for fall. The date is Tuesday, Sept. 12 at Delta Bingo, Niagara Falls. Tickets are $15 which includes two single books which contain regular games and the regular jackpot only. Also one $5 voucher for use in the Tap Tix machines.

Tickets can be purchased from Coach Gallagher, 905-788-2636 or Chris Biggar, 905-380-2593 until school starts in September.

The second fundraiser is an elimination draw evening. More details will be released at a later date.

The senior Irish will  be in the All-Catholic New Year’s Holiday Tournament in Miami the first week of January 2018. The tourney is being hosted by Belen Jesuit Prep School. The eight-team tournament features six south Florida teams, a team from New York City, and the Irish.


WELLAND – Join certified yoga teacher Rose Kobelka for a monthly calming morning yoga class, Saturday, July 22,  on the lawn overlooking the canal at the Welland Library. Morning Yoga on the Lawn is a beginner yoga class but is open to all experience levels. Please come dressed in appropriate outdoor yoga attire. In the event of rain, the class will meet in the Community Room of the Civic Square.


WELLAND  – Croatian Fraternal Union (CFU) Lodge 617 Hrvatski Sinovi, Welland  is hosting the Croatian Tour 2017 group  TS SARMERI & VLATKA KOPIC-PERKOVIC “TENA”  Saturday, August 19, in the Croatian National Home clubroom.  Tickets $40 for dinner and concert, dinner 5pm, concert 7:30pm.  For tickets call Ann Simunic 905-734-9851.


WELLAND – Every Wednesday 4:30pm to dusk, a mid-week gathering of families, friends and community to have supper on Merritt Island. Enjoy yummy food, delicious craft ales, wines and ciders. Take in some local entertainment and a great evening on the Island. The next is Wednesday, July 26.


WELLAND –  Welland’s popular canoe rental program is in full swing for the season at the PenFinancial Credit Union Flatwater Centre. Canoes, solo kayaks, tandem kayaks, standup paddle boards and pedal boats are available for rent at the site.

The centre is open 10am to 6pm on weekends June to September. During July and August the centre is open weekdays from 11am to 6pm.

Cancellations due to weather will be posted on the Welland Canoe Rental Program Facebook page


WELLAND – The 2017 music series Jammin’ at the downtown market is now in full swing. Upcoming performers are: Joe Crawford Karaoke, July 29; David and Joni, August 12; Niagara Region Old Tyme Fiddlers, August 26; Jessica Wilson, September 2 and Tracks, September 9. Great entertainment while you shop at our local farmers market. Performances are 9:30am to 10:30am.


WELLAND  –  Meet Mayor Frank Campion at the Merritt Island parking lot Monday mornings at 7:30am for a 40 Minute Walk on Merritt Island. The next is Monday, July 24.