Saturday, April 24th, 2010
The City of Salisbury Council’s “Honorary Town Crier”, Tom Benney, will he honoured in a documentary to be filmed on 5th May, 2010, at 9.30am at the City of Salisbury Council, John Harvey Gallery, John Street, Salisbury.

Documentary film-maker, Don Chaput, will arrive in Adelaide from Canada to film a live link-up to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The Documentary will feature South Australia’s very own world-renowned Town Crier, Tom Benney, with his wife, Daphne as City of Salisbury’s “Honorary Escort Town Crier” and their Pug Dog, “Australian Champion Kangala Natalie No-Nickers” – all dressed in their period Town Crier regalia.

Tom Benney, whose voice can exceed 95 Decibels, was invited to take part in this historic event by Victoria AM Association (VAMA) President, Louise Chabros, as part of VAMA’s 25th Anniversary celebrations. Tom will be presented with a video-recorded message of salutations and ‘Cry to Salisbury’ by City of Victoria’s Town Crier, Tommy Mayne, in the presence of City of Victoria (British Colombia) Mayor, Dean Fortin and VAMA President Louise Chabros. Tom will be giving a ‘Reply Cry’ and City of Salisbury Mayor, Gillian Aldridge, will be responding to greet our Canadian colleagues.

Adelaide’s teen Operatic Soprano, Grace Bawden, will also honour the Canadian’s with the Canadian and Australian National Anthems.

VAMA recently honoured all the past and present Town Criers by errecting a statue in their memory, referred to as “Friendship Across the World”. There will be a special announcement from its sculptor Armando Barbon on the day also.

For Further information any time, please contact Tom Benney on
0409 676 764 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              0409 676 764      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

To attend the event, please RSVP to Michelle Woods, City of Salisbury on 84068339 or mwood (at)

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Tom Benney, City of Salisbury Honorary Town Crier

City of Salisbury Honorary Town Crier
Tom Benney
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Described as one of Australia’s greatest operatic discoveries, Grace Bawden's voice has already been likened to a Stradivarius by some of Australia's best vocal experts. Grace’s unique vocal talents are an unearthly, powerful and moving marvel, whose voice lingers in the memory and touches the heart.

At the age of 15, Grace was a Judge's Choice Grand Finalist on Australia's Got Talent 2008. Her mature, operatic voice can soar from highs to lows across over four octaves. With a vocal resonance that will send shivers down your back, her vast vocal ability spans across all genres of music, from sacred arias, traditional and musical theatre to contemporary & jazz.

Despite offer of a contract by a major Australian label, in September 2009, Grace launched her debut album "Gifts of Grace" independently. Soon after, Grace signed a 3 year license deal with EMI/ Gold Typhoon in Taiwan, China and Hong Kong. Grace’s singles and album have been hitting various global charts, including: Broadjam and ReverbNation Top 10 Classical, Classical-Contemporary and Australian charts; Classical Crossover UK charts {Editor’s Top 10}; as well, as EzPeer and KKBox charts in Taiwan, where both her single and album have ranked at #1 and #2 spots throughout December.

At age 14, Grace was Guest Soloist at the 2006, Adelaide City Council/ The Advertiser Carols by Candlelight, where she wowed an audience of about 30,000.

In February 2007, Grace had co-written two songs and recorded her Showcase tracks with multi-award winning Producer/ Songwriter, Audius Mtawirira, who has worked with Delta Goodrem, Guy Sebastian, Paulini, Jess Mauboy and many others. Grace co-wrote "Always with My Love" with well known composer/ songwriter Barbara Griffin and her original songs had remained in the Broadjam Top 10 Charts for almost a year {including Classical-Contemporary and Australian}.

By July 2007, Grace was invited to perform live on The Today Show (Channel 9), with rave reviews from Richard Wilkins. Soon after, Grace won South Australian Junior Entertainer of the Year 2007. After several months busking in Adelaide's Rundle Mall, Grace's successes continued with a further invitation to sing live on Radio 5AA by invitation of Australian Idol Judge, Mark Holden, which sparked a flurry of investor interest to help raise $50,000. She reached $80,000 within months, with $200,000 raised to its completion. 

GBP is continuing the seek investor support for the second album project due to commence in late 2010, with recordings to be Produced in the US by multi-award winning Writer/ Producer, Keith Thomas.
Matilda Bawden
P: 0412 836 685
M: 0412 836 685


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