Lovely note to the Festival from the English Language Learner Summer Book Club

Our English Language Learner Summer Book Club wanted to express our gratitude for including us in the *** event; the free tickets allowed our members to attend. We were inspired by the event, particularly listening to a fellow young person who has travelled a similar path. The event and books sparked many conversations around their war experiences and personal journeys to Canada from making it out on foot to a safer country to slipping out of the country in the trunk of a car. We were so thankful to be welcomed into the LLF community and that “Canadians clapped for us!” when we participated in the discussion. Thank you again, Ellen Hinan

4th Line Theatre announces community workshop and public reading of The Moodie Traill

(L to R): Kim Blackwell, Managing Artistic Director, director of workshop/reading; Robert Winslow, Co-playwright, actor in workshop/reading. Photo by Wayne Eardley, Brookside Studio.

4th Line Theatre is pleased to announce a community play workshop and a public reading of The Moodie Traill written by Tim Etherington, Caron Garside, Susan Spicer and Robert Winslow. On Saturday, February 2nd, 4th Line invites community members, who are interested in acting, to participate in a free theatre acting workshop. The day-long workshop begins at 10:00 a.m. and will culminate in a free public reading of the play at 4:00 p.m.

4th Line Theatre presented the world premiere of The Moodie Traill at the Winslow farm in 1993 and remounted it in 1994. The Moodie Traill is based on Catharine Parr Traill and Susanna Moodie’s accounts of survival in the Peterborough and Port Hope area in the 1830s. It is a fascinating story about the challenges faced by early women settlers in the region based on their extensive writings.

The workshop offers community members free training and mentorship under 4th Line’s Managing Artistic Director, Kim Blackwell, and Founder and Creative Director, Robert Winslow. Blackwell will direct the reading and is excited to host this workshop and reading, “This is an exciting event which I look forward to every year,” explains Blackwell. “It is an opportunity to involve the wonderful and talented regional community in an off-season artistic project.”

4th Line will be casting actors/readers of various ages and genders to participate in the workshop. No previous experience as an actor is needed to participate.

If you would like to be involved, please contact 4th Line’s Artistic Administrator, Kelsey Powell via e-mail at or phone at 705-932-4505. Roles will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis and registration is free of charge.

The public reading of Tim Etherington, Caron Garside, Susan Spicer and Robert Winslow’s The Moodie Traill will be held at the Centreville Presbyterian Church located at 574 County Road 28, South Monaghan, ON (at the corner of County Road 28 and Zion Line) and begins promptly at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 2nd.

Seating is limited and admission is free.

Please contact 4th Line’s Box Office Manager, Amy

at 705-932-4445 or to reserve your seat.



As seen in Flightnetwork’s Article –  40 of the Best Arts and Cultural Festivals in North America in 2018.

40 of the Best Arts and Cultural Festivals in North America in 2018