Community Partners Are Key


CREATIVE PARTNERS: Claude and Beth Pepin and their local NoFrills store support the Bancroft Village Playhouse and Hospice North Hastings with the new event board that displays upcoming Playhouse shows. By becoming creative partners they support the Playhouse and also offer one more complimentary service to shoppers who now have up to date details on all the wonderful theatre events, concerts and films that are offered at our community theatre. Thanks to NoFrills for their support!

Submitted by Barb Shaw of Plan B

Holiday Wreath Celebration at TIFF Tuesday

Share your lwreath1ove of Christmas and support Hospice North Hastings by crafting a unique expression of the joy and hope that you feel at this special time of year.

On December 9th, our last North of 7 Film Fest screening date of 2014, the lobby of the Village Playhouse will be filled with festive wreaths created and donated by community members. These whimsical creations will be the featured items in our first ever Holiday Wreath Silent Auction.

The goal of this event is to help members of our creative community tap into the joy they have around the holidays and transfer that spirit of celebration into a festive wreath. These wreaths, infused with the true spirit of Christmas, will then be featured in a silent auction to help raise funds to support the programs and services provided by Hospice North Hastings in our community.

The doors will open at noon on December 9th at the Village Playhouse in Bancroft for those wanting to view and bid on the community creations. The silent auction will end at the start of our second film that screens at 7pm that evening.

Get involved
Call Hospice North Hastings at 613.332.8014 and let us know that you’re donating a wreath. We need all wreaths to be delivered to the Hospice North Hastings office by December 8th. Read more



Bancroft sees stars at North of 7 Film Fest

Just as our neighbours to the south line-up to watch celebrities walk the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Bancroft is preparing for its own set of stars to arrive at the Village Playhouse with the launch of the 2014/2015 North of 7 Film Fest on September 9.

Our Bancroft-based monthly film program is run in partnership with TIFF and it offers some of the best independent films that run through TIFF each year. And with all proceeds from our festival going to support Hospice North Hastings, the sponsors, supporters and movie-goers are some of the biggest stars we know.

This year our festival is excited to welcome 50 new film patrons who have been awarded free passes through a generous grant from New Horizons for Seniors. The new program awarded free passes to older adults in the community as a way to recognize their efforts in community engagement, volunteerism and in their ability to make this the best community anywhere. These 50 pass holders are the true stars of our region and we look forward to seeing them at each of our ten films this season.

Launching on September 9 with screenings at 4:15 and 7pm, audiences can expect some down-home belly laughs with our first feature, “The Grand Seduction.” This bright comedy tells a conspiratorial tale that any North Hastings residents will be able to relate to. In order to secure a vital factory contract, the residents of a small Newfoundland fishing village need to charm a big-city doctor into becoming the town’s full-time physician.

The North of 7 Film Festival continues the season in October with “Le Weekend,” and then in November with “The Lunchbox.”

The North of 7 Film Fest is operated in partnership with TIFF’s Film Circuit program and while our fall line-up has already been booked, Hospice Coordinator and North of 7 Film Fest programmer Heather Brough will be watching the response to this year’s TIFF offerings to help with film choices for winter and spring 2015.

Regular full season passes are now on sale at the Hospice North Hastings office or they can be purchased at the first screening. The full season passes are $90 and give you access to ten films. To show our gratitude, an additional single-film pass is also included so that patrons can bring a friend to a screening.

Catch “The Grand Seduction,” starring Gordon Pinsent, Mark Critch, Cathy Jones, Mary Walsh and Peter Keleghan on September 9 at 4:15 and 7pm. Tickets are $10 at the door or at This is an age of majority event.


For additional details:

Barbara Shaw


Media passes are available.








Philomena plays Village Playhouse

After keeping a secret for 50 years, Philomena Lee (Judi Dench) wants to talk.

Receiving four Oscar nominations, the May North of 7 Film Fest feature “Philomena” tells the powerful true story of an unmarried Irish Catholic woman who, decades after being forced by her community to give up her newborn son, embarks on a search to find him with the help of a cynical, BBC reporter.

In 1950s Ireland, Catholic authorities shamed thousands of “fallen” women into giving their children up for adoption. Philomena Lee (Dench) was one of these women.

Teaming-up with recently unemployed journalist Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan), the two share laughter and moments of tenderness as they hunt for Philomena’s son.

The film is filled with the delightful on-screen chemistry of Coogan and Dench. There is comedy to balance questions of faith and forgiveness and throughout the film, moviegoers will be cheering for the unlikely duo as they quest to find the long-lost child that Philomena says she has thought about every day of her life.

“Philomena” plays the Village Playhouse on May 13 at 4:15 and 7pm as part of the North of 7 Film Fest. The North of 7 Film Fest is operated by Hospice North Hastings in partnership with the Toronto International Film Festival’s Film Circuit Program. Tickets are $10 and all proceeds help Hospice provide programs and services to residents in North Hastings.

Tickets at the door or through

This is an age of majority event.


For additional information

Barbara Shaw

Buzzd Communications Consulting