Local writer and producer Vince Grittani, executive director of the Rosseau Culture and Arts Project, announces a fundraising initiative for the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital.
On May 27th, 2017, as a Canada and Ontario 150 project, nearly 200 people gathered at the Gravenhurst Opera House to learn, sing and record “My Muskoka”, an anthem Grittani wrote and arranged by Rosalind Mills. Grittani and Mills are known for their witty and humourous productions including “Scenes From My Dock”, “Scenes From the 19th Hole” and “Wake Me When It’s Over”, part of the Opera House’s 2016 summer season.
A long time cottager and now a permanent resident, Grittani describes the song as a celebration of the “Muskoka Magic”. The recording session was a true community effort with participants from all points of Muskoka and Parry Sound joining in on the day. The session was filmed by Bracebridge’s Starshine Video Productions and sound engineered by Parry Sound’s Martyn Green, held under the musical direction of Gravenhurst’s Dan McCoy with assistance from choirmaster Deb Tilson. With the participation of local photographers, the entire event was assembled into a “making of” video to premiere at the opening of Muskoka Independent Film Festival on Friday, October 27th at the Opera House.
The final mix of the song itself has received such an incredible response, Grittani is releasing the recording online starting October 28th thru December 31, 2017. Each download will cost a minimum of $12 and all proceeds will be donated to the South Muskoka Hospital Foundation. Buyers will be able to gift the song upon downloading making it the perfect Christmas present while helping out the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital.
For more information visit www.MyMuskoka150.com
(Photo (c) R.C.A.P.)