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Blue Engine String Quartet to Perform at the Festival Theatre in Wolfville on Saturday, November 5

Blue Engine String Quartet to Perform at the Festival Theatre on Saturday, November 5 The Blue Engine String Quartet is the musical attraction at the Acadia Performing Arts Series on Saturday, November 5 at 7:30pm at Festival Theatre in Wolfville. The quartet features Jennifer Jones and Anne Simons, violin; Alexandra Bates, viola; and Hilary Brown, cello. The Blue Engine String Quartet was formed in 1997 as the core ensemble of the Nova Scotia chamber music series, Blue Engine Music. While Blue Engine holds true to classical roots, performing many of the masterworks of the string quartet repertoire, the quartet has…
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Kaelyn’s Book Club By Regan Alford

Kaelyn’s Book Club By Regan Alford Wee Ones – “Eek! Halloween!” by Sandra Boynton (Workman Publishing Co, recommended reading age 0-4) Uh-oh! The chickens are nervous! Strange things are happening. One chicken saw a pumpkin with flickering eyes, another spied a mouse of enormous size. They all saw a wizard and a witch, and a spooky robot. “WHAT’S GOING ON HERE? WHAT DOES IT MEAN? Relax, silly chickens! It’s HALLOWEEN!” Little Ones – “Mercy Watson-Princess in Disguise” by Kate DiCamillo & Chris Van Dusen (Candlewick Press, recommended reading age 6-9) When the Watsons decide to zip their porcine wonder into…
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Art Gallery

Ronald Deibert, founder and director of the renowned Citizen Lab, will be the H.T. Reid Lecturer at Acadia University Dr. Deibert’s lecture, “War in the World Brain,” is based on his bestselling book, “Black Code: Inside the Battle for Cyberspace,” in which he explores how the digital technologies that have innovated global communication also create spaces for digital security threats emanating from criminal enterprises, corporations, and state governments. Acadia University’s H.T. Reid Lecture series, a collaboration of the Department of History and Classics and the Department of Politics, was established in 1958 in order to give the opportunity to an…
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Wolfville, Acadia, and the Performing Arts By Janet Kirkconnell

Wolfville, Acadia, and the Performing Arts Janet Kirkconnell It is doubtful that any other small town in Canada has as many venues for the performing arts as Wolfville has, chiefly because of the university. The Deep Roots Music Festival profits from this. While its opening concert is in University Hall, most of Deep Roots’ other major concerts are held in Festival Theatre, the old university rink transformed for the Atlantic Theatre Festival into a state-of-the-art theatre (praised this year for its phenomenal acoustics by the Afiara String Quartet). Still bearing the name Festival as a reminder of past glory, it…
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Marcel D’Entremont to Open Sunday Music in the Garden Room’s 2016-17 Season

MARCEL D’ENTREMONT TO OPEN SUNDAY MUSIC IN THE GARDEN ROOM’S 2016-17 SEASON By Janet Kirkconnell Tenor Marcel d’Entremont, accompanied by Dakota Scott-Digout on piano, will open the 2016 – 2017 season of “Sunday Music in the Garden Room” at 2pm on September 25 in Acadia’s K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre. The program includes songs by Robert and Clara Schumann, Ravel, Liszt, Schubert, Britten, Copland, and Donna Rhodenizer, among others, and an aria from Carl Maria von Weber’s Der Freischütz.      On his first appearance in Europe this past year at the Opéra de Rouen as Don Ottavio in Mozart’s…
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Trio Canoë to Open Acadia’s 2016-17 Performing Arts Series

Trio Canoë to Open Acadia’s 2016-17 Performing Arts Series By Peter Smith Trio Canoë will open the Acadia Performing Arts Series on Sunday, September 18 at 7:30pm at the Festival Theatre in Wolfville. Their diverse program, entitled “Hommage à Schumann”, features selections by Schumann himself as well as others by Debussy and Chopin. Trios written by two 20th century composers, Marjan Mozetich and György Kurtág will complete the evening. Trio Canoë (can oh) is comprised of three of Canada’s most acclaimed chamber musicians: clarinetist Jean-Francois Normand, violist Marina Thibeault, and pianist Philip Chiu, who gather in this unique and compelling…
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The Grapevine Questionnaire: Raine Hamilton

The Grapevine Questionnaire: Raine Hamilton By Susan Wedlock Raine Hamilton will play at the Evergreen Theatre in Margaretsville, NS on Sept 17. For ticket information visit evergreentheatre.ca You are a singer and violinist based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Is that where you started out? I got my start in Winnipeg, yes. It is a musical and welcoming place for artists. I’m lucky this is my home. It is also flat, and that has done a lot to shape my understanding of physics. What genre would you say your work fits into best? Acoustic folk, singer-songwriter. How is your personality reflected in…
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Library Notes

Library Notes By Angela J. Reynolds, Community Engagement Coordinator, Annapolis Valley Regional Library As we gear up for Fall storytime season, music comes to mind. After all, what would storytime be without music? Of course we share lots of books at storytime, but we also love our songs and rhymes. We know that kids love music, that we humans enjoy a good sing-along. We start with the babies — Windsor and Wolfville offer Babies & Books storytimes, and in Berwick, storytime starts with toddlers. Tuesdays in Wolfville means Book in the Nook, with stories and songs, often with Troubador Lisa playing…
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The Grapevine Questionnaire: The Door You Came In

By Susan Wedlock Author David Macfarlane and musician Douglas Cameron have created an extraordinary performance of spoken word and music based on Macfarlane’s 2001 historical memoir *The Danger Tree*. The title of this performance piece is “The Door You Came In: Songs and Stories From The Danger Tree” and it plays at The Evergreen Theatre in Margaretsville, July 22. More info: evergreentheatre.ca* Susan: David, why did you originally write *The Danger Tree*? What did you want readers to learn from it? David: When I was a boy our family went to Newfoundland for our summer holidays because that’s where my…
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Grapevine Questionnaire: Gabrielle Papillon

by Susan Wedlock Hailed as “one of the finest new songwriters in Canada” (Tom Power, CBC), singer-songwriter Gabrielle Papillon sings stories real and imagined. Her latest album was voted 2015 Music Nova Scotia Awards’ Recording of the Year. Gabrielle recently played at the Evergreen Theatre in Margaretsville. What are you most proud of? That’s a tricky one, actually. Personally, there are two moments I can think of offhand which make me proud. The first is the moment my thesis advisor came out of the room, minutes after the panel deliberated, to tell me my Master’s thesis (in American History) had…
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