An Evening of Art & Soul – International Women’s Day Event presented by The Art of Courage


Heather Haynes Art Show featuring The Common Thread, Wall of Courage, Tug of War, and more

Viewing of The Common Thread short film and Q&A at 7:30pm

Live music throughout the night from the Charles Street Sound Company, Rose Kabonga Godelive, and Hugh Christopher Brown, and Michael C. Duguay / New Hermitage / Joyful Joyful

Silent Auction, light refreshments and more!

All proceeds going to The Art of Courage, funding children and their education in schools in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

**SHUTTLE BUS provided from the ferry to the hotel**
The bus will pick up passengers from the 6pm ferry, and will depart the Hotel at 9:05pm and 10:05pm.

Read on below for more information!

Ticket Pricing

In solidarity of the this year's theme Embracing Equity we offer you a three tiered pricing structure:

$50.00 — This pricing option allows us to support the equity deserving children and women through our projects in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

$20.00 — This pricing option covers our cost for your attendance at the event. We appreciate the support you can provide.

$0.00 — We want to ensure that price is not a barrier so we are embracing equity and offering complimentary attendance. We invite you to continue the circle of giving by sharing your gifts and time with the community. We would be honoured if you shared your gift of time in support of the work we do.


About The Art of Courage

Harnessing the humanizing power of art to be a catalyst for change. Created in 2018, The Art of Courage is a platform for storytelling through art to create awareness, educate, advocate, and raise funds to change lives. Through The Art of Courage, funds are raised to support children and their education in schools in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

About The Film

Official Selection at the Kingston Canadian Film Festival, Nickel Independent Film Festival, Edmonton International Film Festival and the San Diego International Film Festival.


“The Common Thread” is a short documentary about an artist’s pursuit to find purpose in what she creates, and her struggle to understand why much of Western society ignores the violence in other parts of the world. By all accounts, Heather Haynes was a successful artist with an agent and was continually selling commissions. Feeling like her work was being commoditized, she longed for inspiration. A quest, inspired by Lisa Shannon’s book “A Thousand Sisters”, led Heather to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, after which her work abruptly took on new meaning, altering the trajectory of her life forever. In the midst of violence, war, and unspeakable cruelty, she found a community of strong women, children and families fighting for peace. This film shares Heather’s connection to The Democratic Republic of Congo through the creation of her latest work – a 15-foot canvas entitled, The Common Thread.


Charles Street Sound Company a Canadian five-piece band formed in Gananoque, Ontario. The group is comprised of Krista Van Slingerland, Evan Massey, Jeff Montgomery, Kalin Velkov, and Theo Graham. Difficult to pin down into a single genre, band members draw on their experience playing rock, alt-country, blues, and punk / metal on former projects such as Paul Langlois’ Not Guilty, Darkness Rites’ The Accuser, Spitting Earth’s Self Titled, Christo Graham’s Graham’s General Store, My Friend Andy’s Songs From The Middle and Chickenwire to deliver a unique sonic experience. The group’s debut album is set to be released in 2024.

Rose Kabonga is from the DR Congo, but grew up in Malawi where she lived with her brothers, and served as a volunteer science teacher at a refugee secondary school to fill the gaps of lacking teachers, and as a girls’ activist, advocating for equality and girls’ rights. Rose is an international student ambassador and a proud nursing student at Queens University, and  currently serving elderly people through her PSW job. She is singer, songwriter, and music lover.

Hugh Christopher Brown, co-owner of the Hotel Wolfe Island, is a songwriter, vocalist, and keyboardist of legendary Canadian indie funk/soul band The Bourbon Tabernacle Choir, who has played with countless musicians, from The Tragically Hip to B.B. King, and produced dozens of albums, including his own and with long-time musical partner Kate Fenner, through Wolfe Island Records.

Michael C. Duguay / New Hermitage / Joyful Joyful — the evening will culminate in a very special preview of a show on Friday, a short improvised performance from a new musical project just starting to take shape at the Hotel this week! Click here for more info.

March 2023 will be a special month-long celebration of culture at the Hotel Wolfe Island! Stay tuned for more announcements — subscribe to our email list and follow us on social media for more.


Wednesday, Mar 08, 2023


5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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