Now and then, something comes along that shows us Little Old Brockville can punch above its weight.
I experienced one such moment in 2008, when the Thousand Islands Jazz Festival brought the Oliver Jones Trio to the Brockville Arts Centre for a stratospheric evening.
And I experienced it again in 2015 when the arts centre hosted the short-lived St. Lawrence International Film Festival.
While we are regrettably far from the heights of jazz sublimity one fondly remembers from the old jazz fest, it is reassuring to know this city can again call itself a member of the elite film festival club.
The St. Lawrence festival, which featured screenings at the arts centre and in Gatineau on this side of the border, as well as Canton and Potsdam, N.Y., was a valiant attempt to put Brockville on a global cultural map, even though it did not last.
This past weekend saw a more successful effort to do the same thing, this time entirely home-grown. After a 14-year hiatus, the Thousand Islands Film Festival returned to the arts centre, opening the local venue’s doors to, among other places, Afghanistan, South Korea and Cannes.