MonSFFA Programming Change

Please Note: A correction was made since this was first posted. I had stupidly pasted the June meeting smack into the middle of the May meeting.

We have swapped the programming for the May and June meetings. This is so that our book sale will come after the SPCA booksale. I usually get some really good books off the SPCA sale to add some new content to our sale.

If you have books to donate to the sale, please bring them early on the morning of the 12th of June. Set up will begin at 10 AM. As usual, volunteers at the set up get first crack at the books!.

This is the revised schedule for the next three meetings.

Apr 17: We have an early start, NOON, with the return of the Sunday Movie Matinée, hosted by Keith. Following the classic film, and discussion of its merits, we will have a presentation by René Walling on the Bandes Desinées, AKA les BDs. And then, the culmination of 9 months work: the actual filming of our very own Stop Motion Project.

May 15: Cities of the Future! will be hosted by Sylvain St-Pierre. Mega cities like Trantor, cities in the clouds (Star Trek, Star Wars) underground (Caves of Steel) how has SF, past and present, viewed the future of urban life? How realistic are their predictions? If we travelled back to the founding of Montreal, how would the colonists react to our predictions of current life here?

A panel discussion will follow: Seeing the Past through Rose-Tinted Glasses. A bit of nostalgia–remembering the books, comics, TV shows of our youth. How well do they pass the test of time? Why did we love them so? Would our kids enjoy them at all? The classic age of SF is said to be about 15… Would you agree?

Board Games: Various members will be bringing their favourite SF/F-based board games to share.

June 12: Our Annual second hand book sale! Donations of gently used books are gratefully accepted. After which, we have tentatively scheduled a game of something or other to be determined by the group.

NB: MonSFFA programming change

Please Note: A correction was made since this was first posted. I had stupidly pasted the June meeting smack into the middle of the May meeting.

We have swapped the programming for the May and June meetings. This is so that our book sale will come after the SPCA booksale. I usually get some really good books off the SPCA sale to add some new content to our sale.

If you have books to donate to the sale, please bring them early on the morning of the 12th of June. Set up will begin at 10 AM. As usual, volunteers at the set up get first crack at the books!.

This is the revised schedule for the next three meetings.

Apr 17: We have an early start, NOON, with the return of the Sunday Movie Matinée, hosted by Keith. Following the classic film, and discussion of its merits, we will have a presentation by René Walling on the Bandes Desinées, AKA les BDs. And then, the culmination of 9 months work: the actual filming of our very own Stop Motion Project.

May 15: Cities of the Future! will be hosted by Sylvain St-Pierre. Mega cities like Trantor, cities in the clouds (Star Trek, Star Wars) underground (Caves of Steel) how has SF, past and present, viewed the future of urban life? How realistic are their predictions? If we travelled back to the founding of Montreal, how would the colonists react to our predictions of current life here?

A panel discussion will follow: Seeing the Past through Rose-Tinted Glasses. A bit of nostalgia–remembering the books, comics, TV shows of our youth. How well do they pass the test of time? Why did we love them so? Would our kids enjoy them at all? The classic age of SF is said to be about 15… Would you agree?

Board Games: Various members will be bringing their favourite SF/F-based board games to share.

June 12: Our Annual second hand book sale! Donations of gently used books are gratefully accepted. After which, we have tentatively scheduled a game of something or other to be determined by the group.

OVMF plays music of Star Wars VII

I was thinking it would be fun to trek out to hear the Star Wars concert after our June meeting, but that concert is sold out.

There will be second performance on June 19th. Tickets can be purchased on line. http://www.ovmf.qc.ca

Soyez des nôtres pour notre concert Star Wars VII les dimanches 12 et 19 juin 2016 à 19h00. Lors de ce concert, vous entendrez les nouveaux thèmes de John Williams tirés de Star Wars The Force Awaken et aussi d’autres surprises qui seront annoncées dans les mois qui suivent…

Pour chaque billet acheté avant le 8 mai, vous recevrez un CD gratuit de notre concert Superhéros

The music of Barry Gray

For the next 28 days, BBC  has the concert celebrating the music of Barry Gray available for free listening — “The Music of Barry Gray”

Fun–Reminds me of our own OVMF.  Some really peculiar musical instruments are introduced. There is a most ethereal voice on Marina, near the end of the show. At the very end, after the Thunderbirds’ 21st Century March, they play Stingray. It’s a great version. Gets the heart pumping!

The show is available for just a few days, so grab it now while you still can.

Stuart presents the iconic music of TV composer Barry Gray performed by Charles Hazelwood’s All Star Collective at St George’s Bristol. Barry Gray created some of the most memorable music on British television and film from the 1960s onwards including Thunderbirds, Joe 90, Captain Scarlet and Stingray. His style combines big band swagger, sci-fi strangeness and soaring theme tunes. Conductor Charles Hazelwood is joined on stage by a stella cast of musicians including Jarvis Cocker and members of the British Paraorchestra.

Montreal’s only aviation museum loses its founder

This article from today’s Gazette will be of interest to many of our members, esp those of us who made the trek to the aviation museum in Ottawa. (Photos of that field trip here)

Heritage centre was brainchild of aircraft enthusiast Pasmore

 It is known simply as the Old Stone Barn and it sits in the middle of agricultural farmland on McGill’s Macdonald campus in Ste- Anne- de- Bellevue.

Historian Bill Doran looks at a Fairchild Razorback at the Canadian Aviation Heritage Centre in St-Anne- de-Bellevue on Thursday. Godfrey Stewart Pasmore, who started the museum, died on March 12.

The structure has 23- inch thick walls, is more than 100 years old, and would seem like an inauspicious location for anything other than a place for cattle to retire for the day, or night. But since its radical repurposing a decade ago, it is now home to Montreal’s only aviation museum. The Canadian Aviation Heritage Centre, which opened in 2009, was the brainchild of Godfrey Stewart Pasmore, an aviation enthusiast who passed away March 12 at the age of 83.

“Godfrey was a very special guy,” said Eric Campbell, the museum’s chief of operations. “It’s his determination that got the centre started. There were over 30 aviation museums in Canada, but there was nothing ( like this) in Quebec.”

The museum now houses seven aircraft built by volunteers who shared Pasmore’s passion for aviation history. An adjoining art gallery displays an impressive collection of more than 60 paintings of aircraft, along with dozens of finely detailed model aircraft.

Campbell credits Pasmore for spearheading the museum’s founding, which included 10 years of refurbishing the Old Stone Barn, originally built in the early 1900s by tobacco magnate and philanthropist Sir William Macdonald, to bring it up to modern museum standards.

Pasmore’s passion for vintage aircraft came from his father, said Campbell.

“His father was Hubert Pasmore, a World War I pilot who later ran Fairchild Industries in Longueuil, which produced a lot of aircraft in the 1930s and ’ 40s, and closed just after the war.”

Godfrey Pasmore, a Montreal businessman whose mother was Beatrice Macdonald Molson ( née Stewart), converted part of the Old Stone Barn into a modern art gallery to display his personal art collection.

“Godfrey created over 35 paintings with Canadian aviation artists to honour his father’s career and he wanted a gallery to show it in,” Campbell said. “It’s his will that we are there. I’ve never met anyone who had the determination to put a high- end steel roof on a building he didn’t own. He was that determined to get his art collection shown.”

Museum volunteers also spent 15 years building a replica of the Blériot XI ( Le Scarabée), the first aircraft to fly over Montreal in 1910, piloted by Count Jacques de Lesseps.

“We flew it once on Aug. 29, 2014 to celebrate the first flight over Montreal,” Campbell said. “We also recreated the Razorback ( Fairchild FC- 2), the plane that Godfrey ’s father flew the first international airmail delivery, from Quebec to Ottawa, in 1927.”

Campbell said the museum breaks

even financially, and depends on public donations to survive.

“Every year we come to the end of January and we survived the year,” he said. “We do not have a white knight investor. We are hand to mouth.”

Fundraising efforts will require even more effort, now that Pasmore has passed away, said Campbell.

“It’s up to the rest of us to pick up and carry on the runway of life because Godfrey ran out of runway and we’re here to make sure his dream goes further,” Campbell said.

In an effort to broaden the museum’s appeal to the general public, museum officials are in the process of rebranding it simply as the Montreal Aviation Museum.

“We’re broadening community interest in it,” said former museum president Bill Doran. “That’s what our big aim is, because we’re getting far more Air Cadets and students coming here.”

The museum has a five- year lease with McGill. Doran and other members would like to see that converted into a long- term lease.

“This museum is the best- kept secret on the West Island,” added Doran, a former aircraft maintenance instructor at John Abbott College.

Pasmore leaves a strong legacy for fellow aviation enthusiasts. Even the Old Stone Barn unofficially bears his name, Campbell said.

“A lot of his family and close friends called it ‘ Godfrey’s Church’. It’s there because of him. That’s what he strove to do to protect Canadian aviation history in Quebec.”

TOP 10 TV shows of all time?

Make a list of your favourite top 10 TV shows. Then click here,

http://thewertzone.blogspot.ca/2016/03/gratuitous-lists-twenty-best-sf-tv.html

and see if you agree.

Gratuitous Lists: The Twenty Best SF TV Shows of All Time

 
In the grand tradition of Gratuitous Lists, here’s a look at the twenty Best Science Fiction TV Shows of All Time (that I can think of today). The list is in alphabetical order, not order of quality, nor is there a #1 choice as I’d probably have a totally different choice tomorrow. So rather than argue about arbritary placements on the list, you can instead yell at me at what got left off.

In case you’re wondering, the list contains only overtly science fictional TV shows. No fantasy (that’d be another, different list) and no anime, as I’m not well-enough versed in the field. After some debate, also no superhero stuff as the SF credentials of those shows can vary wildly and there’s enough of them now to make for another list.

Denis Coderre at unveiling of Comicon GoH

From Montreal Gazette, March 25, 2016

William Shatner takes command; Gotham cast members take wing

Montreal city hall had some very special guests Thursday morning: the Hulk, Deadpool and Chewbacca were there, along with several of their associates. Oh, and the mayor was there, too. Denis Coderre helped unveil the lineup for this year’s edition of Montreal Comiccon, taking place at the Palais des congrès from July 8 to 10.

The Quebec film Turbo Kid will figure prominently in the festival-within-a-festival Comiccon Obscura.

“I’m a geek,” the mayor said, later telling reporters what he was looking forward to most at Comiccon. “I’m a Deadpool guy,” he said, next to a man dressed as the popular comic-book character.

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