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                                                                                THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 2009


 Local innovators share their secrets for prosperity at networking session in Glenora

 Creative minds sound off on economic growth
      ADAM BRAMBURGER
             STAFF WRITER
                                That’s lower than the
                                provincial average (35 per
The Indie Arts recording stu-   cent of the workforce earn-
dio in Glenora was rocking      ing 51 per cent of the
Tuesday as a standing-room      income) but Taylor said it is
crowd of more than 100 peo-     well above the average for
ple crammed in to witness a     other rural areas across the
live compilation.               province.
     The evening’s session           Much like the produc-
featured the County’s eco-      tions John McKinney and
nomic development office        Katalin Kiss have been able
and friends in Creative         to produce through their
Minds, a harmonious pre-        state-of-the art studio, Tay-
sentation of the greatest       lor said distribution is key.
hits of the creative rural      It’s all about marketing and
economy — a sector the          exporting the creativity and
office has long championed      knowledge from the county
as a potential source of        using new technologies
growth locally.                 and capitalizing on the
     “We have to under-         interest generated through
stand this is not being cre-    areas like tourism.
ative for creativity’s sake.         On hand there were
It’s being creative for eco-    several creative stars who
nomic means,” said eco-         were willing to share how
nomic development officer       they managed to succeed
Dan        Taylor.    “We’re    with creativity in their own
debunking the myths of the      genres of life and relate it to
creative economy. It’s as       the bigger picture.
much architects and it is            Writer Suzanne Paster-
artisans… it goes past          nak explained how she was
bohemia to brokers and          able to take her research of
bankers and beyond.”            county folklore — includ-
     Taylor noted the cre-      ing a fading maritime cul-
ative sector of the economy     ture — to produce four
really includes anyone          musicals, two documen-
using their minds instead       taries, and some content for
of just their hands and         the Marine Museum of the
those dealing with ideas,       Great Lakes in Kingston.

                                                                  SETTING AN EXAMPLE In the approving gaze of economic development officer Dan Taylor, expert marketer
knowledge, and collabora-            She said she’s realized
tion.                           there is an interest in coun-

                                                                  Honey King talks about how she promoted Bloomfield and the county in various ways, including the Amazing Loyalist
     Statistically, he said     ty folk lore and stories of

                                                                  Adventure. King was one of the leaders recognized by the economic development office. (Adam Bramburger/Gazette staff)
some 30 per cent of the         early Canadian history.
county’s population works       Beyond that, there’s also an

                                                     Minerva
creatively and that group       interest in shared history.       the Oswego, New York          which depicts a shipwreck      Mirvish Entertainment has        voice in audio and video.
makes a disproportionate        Her       musical
                                                                      Another musical, 1918:
                                                                  area.                         off the county’s southeast     purchased its rights and is           Mark Larratt-Smith, a
45 per cent of the income.      touched on settlers from
                                                                  Child Soldier from Hillier                                       “When Minerva hits the
                                                                                                coast, has drawn plenty of     developing the show.             board member with the
                                                                                                interest from Cobourg as it                                     Prince Edward Family
                                                                  attracted descendants of      is part of the town’s shared   stage,    Prince     Edward      Health Team, drove the
                                                                  the    subject,  Clarence     history.                       County will be heard about       message home about cre-
                                                                  Thompson, from around             Minerva is likely her      around the world,” said          ativity not being just the

                                                                  recent play, Ship of Fire,
                                                                  North America. Even her       biggest export to date,        Pasternak, noting there          work of the culinary and
                                                                                                however, as Toronto’s          could be spinoff benefits.       arts fields.
                                                                                                                                   Many American states              He spoke about how
                                                                                                                               and cities now have official     the physicians in Prince
                                                                                                                               folklore departments to          Edward        County       are
                                                                                                                               meet the demand for folk         embracing collaborative
                                                                                                                               related stories, she said.       work to be able to offer
                                                                                                                               Pasternak is working on a        patients services including
                                                                                                                               web site to connect her          prenatal, hospital and pal-
                                                                                                                               writings with those of oth-      liative care in a small com-
                                                                                                                               ers interested in folklore       munity, which makes local
                                                                                                                               and history around the           services more viable.
                                                                                                                               world.                                Larratt-Smith        also
                                                                                                                                   McKinney and Kiss also       talked about new technolo-
                                                                                                                               shared the story of their life   gies which allows the Fam-
                                                                                                                               in professional music,           ily Health Team and QHC
                                                                                                                               working in the house band        hospitals to share records
                                                                                                                               at the legendary Lulu’s          electronically, and broad-
                                                                                                                               nightclub in Kitchener-          band technology which
                                                                                                                               Waterloo and how they’ve         allows consultations with
                                                                                                                               been able to mix lessons         doctors outside the region
                                                                                                                               learned from more than 200       and the ability to monitor
                                                                                                                               acts — including pioneers        rural patients who may not
                                                                                                                               in genres like rhythm and        be in a clinical setting.

                                                                                                                                                                See CREATIVE, page 11
                                                                                                                               blues — and new technolo-
                                                                                                                               gy to help artists find their