Events

The Travelling Wineberries: A Little Nova Scotia Goes a Long Way

The Travelling Wineberries: A Little Nova Scotia Goes a Long Way The tourist season in Nova Scotia has begun! The vineyards and wineries are open and busy, the Magic Wine Bus is on the roads, and visitors from all over are arriving daily in the Annapolis Valley. As locals we see them arrive and enjoy our inns, restaurants, galleries, shops, and shows. But when they leave, what do they take with them? What memories or experiences stick with our visitors long after they’ve headed back home? A happenstance meeting with some wine region tourists offered a little glimpse into the…
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Learn to Vibe Concert: Soul Brother Mike and Crissi Cochrane

Learn to Vibe Concert: Soul Brother Mike and Crissi Cochrane   By Mike Butler   Last year, I had the pleasure of writing a Who’s Who profile about a young, incredible musician named Crissi Cochrane and I promised to let you readers know the next time she was coming to the Valley for a show. Well, here it is! On July 6, in the Al Whittle Theatre’s STUDIO Z, Crissi and her husband Michael Paul (aka Soul Brother Mike), will rock the room. Soul Brother Mike has just released a new album called *Learn to Vibe* that he’ll be promoting…
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Founder of Modern Tribal Fusion Belly Dance Coming to Wolfville

Founder of Modern Tribal Fusion Belly Dance Coming to Wolfville By Angie Oriana Jenkins, ‘Wolfville’s Belly Dancing Herbalist’ Back in my early days of belly dance (mid 90s), I took a break from more traditional forms of Classical Egyptian belly dance and became enamored with the emerging Tribal Fusion style that was being developed in San Francisco. Having a best friend who lived there, I visited the area a few times and made sure to get in as many classes and performances as I could with the pioneers of this new movement. There was this funky little Mediterranean restaurant I…
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The Grapevine Chats with Ami McKay & Ken Schwartz about Nothing Less!

The Grapevine Chats with Ami McKay & Ken Schwartz about Nothing Less! By Emily Leeson The 2017 outdoor summer season Two Planks and a Passion Theatre production at Ross Creek features a world premiere of Nothing Less!, cowritten by novelist Ami McKay and Artistic Director Ken Schwartz as the Theatre Off The Grid MainStage production. *Nothing Less!* follows Canadian women during the Great War as they knit their bit, bought Victory bonds, and kept the home fires burning. Yet they still didn’t have the vote. Set during the spring of 1918, the show is a moving tale of an intrepid…
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Uncorked: Marion Bridge Returns to the Valley

Uncorked: Marion Bridge Returns to the Valley By Mike Butler Marion Bridge, the place, might not be much to look at. It’s a Canadian rural community in Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Regional Municipality. The community is named for the eponymous bridge that crosses the Mira River, Marion Bridge, being approximately midway between the river’s source in Grand Mira and its discharge point at Mira Gut. The current concrete highway bridge was constructed in 1982 as a replacement for an older bridge, which collapsed after an accident involving a snowplow. And that about sums it up! But in 1998, renowned local…
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20 Ways to Get Outdoors This Summer

20 Ways to Get Outdoors This Summer By Genevieve Allen Hearn Looking for ways to enjoy the warmer weather? We compiled a list of hikes, bikes, swims, and outdoor experiences from Windsor to Kingston. All suggestions are family friendly – why not try one of these ideas with your pops on Fathers’ Day? 1. Hike It Baby, Wolfville This non-profit organization is dedicated to connecting families to nature with birth to school age children. Weekly walks rotate between toddler paced hikes and baby carrier adult paced hikes. To find out about hikes, join the “Hike It Baby Wolfville” Facebook group….
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Acadia Performing Arts Series Announces 2017-18 Series

Acadia Performing Arts Series Announces 2017-18 Series By Peter Smith The Acadia Performing Arts Series has announced its 2017-18 Series. The ten-performance line-up features wonderful classical music, plus amazing variety, with special performances for Canada150 including folk icon Buffy Sainte-Marie. Theatre, ballet, and perennial favourites, Symphony Nova Scotia, will all help to enliven the cultural scene in Wolfville. The season opens in September with New Voices: Earthquakes and Islands, a unique program from Debut Atlantic which combines new music with striking images. If you like the cello, Ô-Celli in October is for you – it’s a cello octet! In November,…
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Coming Soon: An Art Gallery in Kentville

Coming Soon: An Art Gallery in Kentville By Genevieve Allen Hearn Expanding creative enterprise is one of the calls to action in ONE Nova Scotia’s *Now or Never* report. The report states, “Recent studies link the arts, culture and the creative sectors to positive impacts in employment, community development and social inclusion and well-being.” It also acknowledges that many young people are drawn to the creative sector, while stressing the importance of mobilizing creative youth. Sasha Nelson is a graduate of the Master of Fine Art degree program from the University of Waterloo, the Bachelor of Fine Art degree program…
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Smokin’ Blues Fest 7 and Maritime Metal & Hard Rock Festival “5th Year Bash”

Smokin’ Blues Fest 7 and Maritime Metal & Hard Rock Festival “5th Year Bash” By Jay Chetwynd Music saves lives. Music sheds glowing light on the darkest of days. For many, music is life. The direct connection between music and mental health is immeasurable. While some people use music to motivate themselves at the gym, or pass the time while driving, others use it as a lighthouse of hope on the rocky shores of their mental illness. For some folks, it’s simply listening to music that eases the pain. For many, it’s actually writing and playing music that really encompasses…
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Quick As A Wink Theatre does The Music Man!

Quick As A Wink Theatre does The Music Man! By Mike Butler Following a very successful run of the musical Grease in early 2017, Quick As A Wink Theatre Society (QAAW) in Windsor is ready to tackle its next big Broadway musical. This time The Music Man is making its way to the local theatre stage. This classic musical, first produced on Broadway in 1957, won five Tony awards, including Best Musical, and ran for 1,375 performances entertaining audiences of all ages. The show’s success led to revivals, including a long-running 2000 Broadway revival, a popular Academy-Award winning 1962 film…
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