Summer Sizzle 

Last week my oldest son, his friend (and my piano student) and my mom embarked on a journey to Yorkton, Saskatchewan. Why? Because we were headed to Canadian National Conservatory of Music’s (CNCM)  Summer Sizzle! The boys were going to be in the Keyboard Kamp, my mom was the their group leader and I was going as a teacher and guest composer. 

We loaded up the vehicle with a keyboard (but forgot the power cord at home!), guitar, two boys, an iPad, piano books, snacks, swimming suits and excitement. We were off! 🚗

We arrived on Wednesday afternoon and got ready for the Composer Meet and Greet – over 20 Canadian composers and one from New Zealand! (Christopher Norton!!!! – Google him he’s a big deal!) 

We made it!!

Thursday was filled with sessions and learning – the kids were working with their groups and guest composer on their groups compositions for the final concert, master classes with composers and lots of fun! I was in the teacher sessions taking in all of the wonderful information and inspiration from the guest speakers! 

group A with their composer Lynette Sawatsky

the boys getting instructions from Lynette

teacher discussions!

the wonderful Nancy Telfer

Along with all the sessions there was the launch of the student composition book Vamoose Vivaldi! I love – absolutely love- that CNCM encourages the students in their programs to compose! And I’m so proud of Johnny because he has a published composition in this book! How exciting! 

my kid is a composer! #proudmommamoment

 I could go on and on and on – but let me say this. If you are looking for a music program that is kid centred and gives your child a well rounded musical experience look no further than CNCM. My kids love this program – they love the CNCM’s Composer & Kids events (where they get to meet Canadian composers), they want to do recital – exams (where they can invite their parents, friends etc to their performance and can celebrate their accomplishments with them), they want to compose, and they get a well rounded, complete musical education. The kids who go through this program are not only wonderful pianists – but they understand what they are playing – they love what they are playing (open repertoire the teacher can select pieces that they like! Not just from a list of 5-10 pieces) and they want to keep playing.

On the way home from Yorkton all the boys could talk about was what they learned and what they are going to compose for next year and going to Summer Sizzle next year as well. You know what – I’m excited too! 

For more information on the CNCM programs please visit

Farmers Market 

There is something I absolutely love and that is Farmers Markets! One of my first “jobs” was making pies for the Carberry Farmers market when I was in grade 5 or 6. Our garden at home had an abundance and Mom decided this was a great way to teach us kids a good work ethic. I remember charging $5 a pie then and as a 12 year old I thought I was a high roller 😂! 

But you know what – there is something that is so satisfying about working hard to produce quality baking, farm grown fruit and veggies and preserves – and selling them to people who appreciate the work that goes into them! 

This year my friend Erin asked if I wanted to plant a garden with her and I said “YES!!”. So we planted, and planted and planted. 

The Beast

And the garden grew and grew and grew! And now we have “The Beast” as I like to call it! But it’s a wonderful green beast where our kids can go and pick carrots with dirt on them, snap peas that actually snap and are so sweet, baby potatoes that melt in your mouth and raspberries that give you a taste of summer! And our kids can learn that hard work in the garden has its rewards! 

Picking Peas!

This is our “trial year” and we have found it to be a great learning opportunity not only for the kids but for us as well. This last week was our busiest in terms of baking orders and veggies in the garden. We both were exhausted by the end of the day and actually had to say no to some orders. 

Now I’d better get out to The Beast before it gets too hot! Green beans are ready and we need to get blanching and freezing and canning them! Crab Apples are almost ready to juice and make jelly! Be sure to come and visit us on Fridays at the Boissevain Farmers Market 11 am- 1 pm, or check out our Facebook page Good Times Gardens for any upcoming events and inquires! 

deliveries at Lake Metigoshe

Boissevain Farmers Market

Until next time! Happy Gardening 🙂