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ROSSS Musical Fundraiser Changes Venues, Now Known As ‘The Show’

By Melissa MacIsaac, ROSSS

For over two decades, the Manotick Musicale has been a musical spectacle that not only captivates audiences but also serves a noble cause. Organized by the Village Singers and the Manotick Brass, this annual event has been a cornerstone in supporting the Rural Ottawa South Support Services (ROSSS). This musical extravaganza, featuring choreographed musical performances and the dynamic tunes of the Manotick Brass band, has grown in both scale and significance, becoming a key fundraising and community engagement event for ROSSS.

With growth comes change, and this year marks a significant transition for the Manotick Musicale. The decision has been made to move the event from its traditional venue, the Manotick United Church, to the Parkway Church in Greely. This shift was not taken lightly, considering the invaluable support and hospitality extended by the Manotick United Church over the years. Lisa Richards, Office Administrator at Manotick United Church, in particular, has played a pivotal role in making the event a success, and the entire ROSSS family expresses heartfelt gratitude to all those at the Manotick United Church.

Last year’s success, with both shows sold out, indicated to us the necessity of a larger venue to accommodate the growing audience. This new venue features a significantly increased capacity allowing more people to join in the fun! While bidding farewell to the Manotick United Church is bittersweet, it opens up new possibilities for the Musicale’s continued growth and outreach.

With the change in venue, comes an event name change! While this event will always be The Manotick Musicale in the hearts and minds of those who have always attended, we have opted to change the name to be more inclusive… at present, the event remains nameless but stay tuned for the new name of” THE SHOW”, Formerly Known as Manotick Musicale!

The date to mark on your calendar is Saturday, May 4th, 2024 – a day that aligns perfectly with this year’s theme: MOVIES! The organizers couldn’t resist the playful nod to a certain iconic movie franchise, given the event’s date on “May the Fourth.” The Musicale will feature two shows, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., promising a cinematic experience like never before.

Tickets for this exceptional event are priced at $25 each, offering an affordable way for the community to support ROSSS. To make the transition more accessible for attendees, ROSSS is offering transportation services from Manotick to Greely. Those interested in utilizing this service can contact ROSSS at 613-692-4697 or email info@rosss.ca. For those who plan to transport themselves there, Parkway Church has ample parking and features everything on one level for ease of accessibility needs.

The Musicale isn’t just about the performances; it’s an immersive experience that culminates in a reception held in the lobby of Parkway Church. Attendees can enjoy light refreshments, participate in a raffle, and soak in the post-show ambiance.

The dedication of the Village Singers and the Manotick Brass to this event is commendable. Their ongoing support and tireless efforts have been instrumental in making the Manotick Musicale a resounding success each year. This dynamic collaboration has not only entertained but has also contributed significantly to the well-being of the community.

A sincere thank you is extended to the community as well, for its consistent support that has propelled the Musicale to new heights. It is the community’s involvement that allows ROSSS to explore and embrace the growth opportunities that come its way.

Tickets for this year’s Musicale can be purchased through the ROSSS website www.rosss.ca, where the event poster can be found on the main page. Alternatively, tickets can be obtained by visiting the ROSSS office at 1096 Bridge Street, Manotick.

As the Manotick Musicale embraces change and moves to a larger venue, the essence of the event remains unchanged – a celebration of music, community, and the spirit of giving. Join us on May 4th, 2024, for another unforgettable chapter in the Manotick Musicale’s journey, and let the magic of movies and music unfold in the heart of Greely. You’re not just purchasing a ticket; your making a contribution to a cause that touches lives of some of our most vulnerable community members in Rural Ottawa South.

Featured Image: The Village Singers have helped make the Manotick Musicale a big success over the years.