Local videographer Lester
Alfonso, a production team of talented volunteers organized
Bancroft Times reporter Barry Hendry and hundreds of artists in
the Bancroft & area community made the magic happen! Project
Partners Community Futures, The Town of Bancroft, Bancroft &
District Chamber of Commerce and The Algonquin Arts Council funded the
making of Bancroft's winning 5 minute video submission.
Why did we win? The judges received over 150 entries from across
the Province and chose Bancroft as the first-place winner because
of our community’s “organic explosion of creativity” and our “creative
pulse and vibe”. Bancroft attracts and supports the arts year-round.
We’re a town where artists live and interact, support each other and
feel inspired; where creativity is a community event.
“The goal of these contests is
to celebrate our beautiful province and get people talking and learning
about Ontario's rich history, geography and culture. The documentary
profiles we produce on the winning communities allow us to showcase and
applaud some of the most worthwhile projects and ground level leadership
happening in the province today," says TVO Executive Producer Doug
The “Talented Town Contest” is
Studio 2’s fifth Ontario-focused competition. Previous contests have
been titled “Prettiest Town Contest” in 2000, Most Historic Town
Contest” in 2001, Best Main Street Contest” in 2002 and “Greenest Town
Contest” in 2003. Winning is a fabulous honour for the community of
Bancroft & area, since there will never be another “Most Talented
Town” contest run by TVO – the new title is ours
The Town of Bancroft’s Economic
Development Committee has set up a “Most Talented Town” sub-committee.
That group is organizing Talented Town marketing strategies such as the
Talented Town t-shirts and buttons that are now available for sale at
The Village Playhouse, The Bancroft & District Chamber of Commerce,
The Art Gallery of Bancroft, The Bancroft Public Library and The Town of
Bancroft Municipal Offices. Adult and youth t-shirts are $15.00 and
buttons are $2.00. Proceeds of these sales will be cycled back into
promoting our “Most Talented” arts community. Bancroft & area
businesses and associations are welcome to incorporate the “Talented
Town” branding into existing logos, promotional material and signage. A
new Most Talented Town in Ontario logo is being designed collaboratively
by local graphic designers and an electronic version will be available
soon to add to your website.
To see more pictures that have been captured from
the entry video and TVO's Studio 2 broadcast, click
In order to display our “talent”
to visitors, The Bancroft & District Chamber of Commerce is generously
offering the use of the bulletin board on the outside of the Chamber
for anyone who would like to make people aware of their “creativity”.
The Chamber will be accepting business cards that they’ll post on
this board under the title “Where to Find our Talent!!”
We Would Like to Thank:
The North Hastings Quilt Club for the use of their beautiful quilts
as our back drop on the stage.
The Bancroft & District
Chamber of Commerce has also organized a summer talent showcase:
Music In The Park
Come out for a fun evening of entertainment in Millennium Park Wednesday
Wednesday 7pm to 10pm
Bancroft's very own local artists will be making their talent heard
to all who attend.
Music in the Park has no admission charge and will have hot dogs,
sausages, hamburgers, pop, & coffee, available.
Come see what makes Bancroft The Most Talented Town in Ontario.
For Further Information Contact:
Christine Hattin at The Chamber: (613)332-1513
Sponsors Needed For: Music In The Park
Have your business sponsor an evening of entertainment. Have your
logo in the paper, and named on the radio.
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!!!!
Rainbow Man Theatre Company Manager
and talented local musician, Abe Drennan has organized a “Buskers
in Bancroft. Have your 1 hour of fame and let Bancroft see you!
Why: It is time for
tourists and residents to walk down the streets in our town and see why
it is the Most Talented Town in Ontario! This is an opportunity for all
to showcase their talent. Whether you strum, sing, juggle, dance, paint
or fly you are welcome to show your stuff.
Where: The designated
corner is in front of the theatre information sign across from the TD
How: Busking Rules are
posted on the back of the theatre information sign and sign up sheets
are available on a monthly basis for 1 hour time slots from 9:00am –
9:00pm on weekdays and weekends.
1. Please perform in front of
the theatre information sign.
2. Sign up at your leisure for a max
of two time slots on weekdays and one time slot on Saturday and/or
3. It is your responsibility to replace the Busker before
4. All talents are welcome however, use your judgment as to
the content you express as it should be for all eyes and ears.
Acoustic only for musicians.
6. If you arrive and no one has signed
up then feel free to busk away.
7. Give people a target, maybe they
will throw a coin you way!
For more information on
Buskers’ Corner please contact Abe Drennan at (613)334-9312
general inquiries about The Most Talented Town please contact:
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