‘Bringing people together’: Brockville talent returning to the Alvarium stage

James R King is one of the artists performing on May 11. – Submitted photo

Get ready for a first class display of home grown Brockville talent.

SO | LO Social Local, a leading community events organizer, is once again collaborating with the Alvarium Venue to entertain Brockvillians and showcase the city’s diversity of talent. 

​The event will be taking place on May 11, 2024. This is the second year in a row that Social Local will be hosting this event and due to last year’s success, organizer Kate McKinnon is anticipating another sold-out evening.

The evening at the Alvarium promises a wide array of artistic expressions, from dance to live music and aerial performances. Brockvilleist spoke with SO | LO press contact Bill McKinnon about this event. 

“When Kate and I launched SO | LO Social Local in the summer of 2022, we had a clear vision. We wanted to create a space where local artists could share their work, and where community members could enjoy a night out without breaking the bank,” explained McKinnon. “We understand the cost of arts events, and we wanted to offer something different.”

That’s where the idea for Alvarium, their first event, came from.

“It was a sold-out success in 2023,” McKinnon recalls. “I want to allow artists to showcase their talents and get paid for their efforts. We strongly encourage artists to present original content.”

Brockvilleist spoke with musician and North Augusta local James R. King, who will be performing in this highly anticipated event. King has been involved with various music and performance organizations in Brockville since the young age of 10. 

He spent ten years living and working in Toronto, but relocated back to Brockville during the pandemic in 2021.

“It’s been amazing being back in my hometown, and I’ve been gigging and performing non-stop at various events, restaurants and bars since then,” King shared. 

In terms of his musical style, King explained, “I guess you could call my style ‘Rock n Roll Troubadour.’ I’m very influenced by classic rock from the ’70s.”

The musician continued, “I think the arts are so important to any community. It brings culture, and gives things for people to do, and you’d be shocked at how many amazing artists are hiding in any community. Events like this are fantastic for bringing people together, and letting some artists get out in the spotlight a bit.”

In terms of what SO | LO Social Local has in store for the future, Bill Mckinnon shared that “there’s more on the horizon.”

The organization is hosting a fundraiser dinner and dance for the Brockville Legion, featuring Canadian Folk Music Award winner RedFox.

“We’re also excited to announce details soon about our Beyond the Glass: Eastern Ontario Women’s Arts Festival,” he continued.

This will take place on July 26 and 27 of this year, right here in Brockville. The festival will highlight the work of many talented Eastern Ontario artists, including the acclaimed Amanda Rheaume.

The Alvarium is located at 6 Broad Street in Brockville, Ontario. This showcase is open for all ages and will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person and available for purchase at Alvarium.ca

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