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SING-ALONG WITH THE F.R.O.G.s (Fully Rely On God) at St. Mary’s Church Hall, 1171 Smith Rd. in Navan. Enjoy some much loved favourites as well as some Christian music followed by a selection of sumptuous soups and baked breads. Tickets $15. Call 613-841-6248.

OPERA CANDY presents The Gourmet Adventures of Hansel and Gretel in the Richcraft Theatre at the Shenkman Arts Centre. Showtime 3 p.m. This delectable introduction to opera and lyrical singing is a treat for the eyes and ears! Tickets $20 for adults, $15 for children, and family of four $16 per person. A special workshop will be held before the show from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Come before the show to meet the artists and immerse yourself in a world of vocal experiences. You can even learn a tune and choreography so that you can sing and dance like Hansel and Gretel. Cost $15. Visit

FRIENDS & FAMILY NIGHT hosted by the Bytown Beat Chorus. Come see what the Chrous is all about and enjoy some live entertainment from guest quartet “Key Rings” and the Ottawa Puppet Troupe at the Orléans United Church, 1111 Orléans Blvd. starting at 8 p.m. RSVP a member if you plan to attend.

120TH ANNIVERSARY OPEN HOUSE at J.T. Bradley’s Country Convenience Store in Navan from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Join us for coffee and cake. and live entertainment. to celebrate our 120th burthday in the lead up to this year’s Bradley Cup hockey tournament on March 30.


Orléans native Michelle Treacy wins final episode of CTV's The Launch
By Fred Sherwin
March 6, 2019

Move over Lady Gaga, a new star has been born and her name is Michelle Treacy. The Orléans singer won the final episode of CTV's The Launch on Wednesday night leading to the release of the single Emotional immediately afterwards.

Not bad for a girl who earned her first big breakthrough five years ago when she was invited on stage by Lady Gaga in Montreal to perform her original song Gold Boy. Gaga was so impressed she kept Treacy on stage to sing Born This Way together.

A couple of months later, Sony signed Treacy to a record deal. She recorded and released two singles -- Armageddon in June 2016 and Colours later the same year -- before Sony terminated the deal in early 2017.

Treacy was the first performer to appear on the March 6 episode of The Launch. She sang a rockin' version of River by Bishop Briggs followed by her own composition Ashes to Ashes.

After hearing Treacy sing her own song, judge Marie-Mai brought her to tears with her comments. "What I hear and what I see is your heart," said Mai.

In a foreshadowing of the show's outcome, fellow judge Bebe Rexha said that Treacy's performance made her think that Treacy's voice would be perfect for the song chosen for the episode's winner -- Emotional.

Producer Nile Rodgers, who was also on the judging panel, wondered aloud if anyone could top Treacy's performance.

Of the five artists who auditioned for the judges, Treacy and Keisha "Will" Williams from Toronto were chosen to record Emotional with a little help from the judges. Rodgers was suitably impressed with Treacy's take on the song,

"She surprised me. I didn't know she had all that in her and then, bang, there you go," he opined.

After both girls sang ther version of the song in front of a live audience, the judges decided to release Treacy's version.

"It's been a dream," Treacy said after finding out her version was being launched. "I feel like I've grown so much from this process which is crazy because it's all happened so fast and I am forever grateful for it."

Emotional can be downloaded at most streaming services and it will get wide radio airplay. You can listen to it for yourself at

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)




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