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The Grapevine Q&A: Alex Cuba

The Grapevine Q&A: Alex Cuba Alex Cuba is a Latin Grammy/Juno winner, singer-songwriter who is not tied to tradition; Alex has a vast musical vision. His sugarcane-sweet melodies, pop-soul hooks and powerful guitar riffs, relinquish a conventional stereotype that exemplifies much of the Latin music landscape. The Grapevine (GV): What was your childhood or earliest ambition? Alex Cuba (AC): There was a time in my childhood when I wanted to be a doctor, and that lasted a few years, but at the age of 14 music became important for me and I went into it full on embracing it with…
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Donna Holmes Interviews The Swinging Belles

Donna Holmes Interviews The Swinging Belles By Donna Holmes We asked local singer/songwriter Donna Holmes to send along a few questions for visiting Deep Roots Festival artists The Swinging Belles. Here’s their resulting chat. Donna Holmes is a local singer/songwriter who hosts a weekly open mic, sings with the Annapolis Big Band, and directs a seasonal variety show called Broken Leg Theatre. Donna also appears as a featured artist on Let the Good News Ring: Christmas Songs from the Annapolis Valley, an album recorded with the Hupman Brothers. The Swinging Belles (Laura Winter and Erin Power joined by guitarist Duane…
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Double Featurepreneur – Revitalization of Cornwallis Inn

Double Featurepreneur – Revitalization of Cornwallis Inn By Genevieve Allen Hearn You’ll be noticing a lot more beards and plaid around the Cornwallis Inn these days. What was once considered one of the most architecturally beautiful buildings in Canada, the Cornwallis Inn has seen many redevelopments since 1929. Recently there has been a push to fill the vacant commercial spaces and bring life to the landmark building once again. ENVE Hair and Tir na nOg Dance Academy have moved in and Pauline’s Golden Thread Tailor Shop has moved to the west end of the building with storefront windows. Cornwallis Inn…
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Who’s Who: Dr. Peter Ricketts: The New Mr. Acadia!

Who’s Who: Dr. Peter Ricketts: The New Mr. Acadia! By Mike Butler Although I loved my summer vacation, I was one of those kids who was more excited about the return to school after the summer. I got to see my friends, learn new things, and school was always fun for me. In Wolfville, with the university, it’s always a treat to see the students hustle back into town and “take over” for the school year. There are new faces, cultures, experiences, and new friendships to be made with the latest school year commencing.To welcome the students back at Acadia,…
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Found in the Valley: Grassroots Food Waste Organization Expanding Efforts in Annapolis Valley

Found in the Valley: Grassroots Food Waste Organization Expanding Efforts in Annapolis Valley Submitted For Co-Director Lindsay Clowes, branching the work of FOUND Forgotten Food into the Valley from Halifax is common sense, considering she recently moved out of the city to start a new position at the Wolfville Farmers’ Market. “I’m spending most of my time in the Valley now, so it naturally followed that I would want to seek members in the community to organize a local volunteer group” she says.  Clowes is spearheading the search for FOUND volunteers in the Valley.   FOUND Forgotten Food is an…
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Who’s Who: Karissa Fraser: A Knead to Know Local!

Who’s Who: Karissa Fraser: A Knead to Know Local! By Mike Butler A few months ago I emceed the MOMFEST event at the Louis Millet Centre in New Minas. This event is a very special thing here in the valley where mothers can go and visit information booths and attend workshops on various topics pertaining to motherhood, raising a child, and health and wellness, while interacting with other mothers and sharing stories and experiences about raising children. The event also features extracurricular activities the valley has to offer for moms and their children. I met a slew of interesting business…
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Featurepreneur: We All Scream for June’s Ice Cream!

Featurepreneur: We All Scream for June’s Ice Cream! By Genevieve Allen Hearn How better to spend the lazy, hazy final month of summer than by the seaside with an ice cream? June Granger opened her ice cream shop, i scream, last year and is in full swing this summer. Located on Main Street in Canning, her shop transports you to the 1940s with a large inviting counter, jars filled with candy and sweets, and colorful bunting hanging in the window. The Grapevine chatted with June about her new business full of sweet things and happiness! The Grapevine (GV): What inspired…
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Botanical Art and Gwendolyn Hales

Botanical Art and Gwendolyn Hales By Alexandra Pulchny, Collections and Outreach Assistant, Acadia University Art Gallery It seems botanical art is quite popular in the art world, but where did it originate from? Botanical art began in ancient Greece as a way to catalog plants that had economic value and healing properties. In 18th-century Europe, artists were using botanical illustrations to integrate beauty and new subjects to their work, thus, the mid-18th and early-19th century became Botanical Art’s golden period. During this time, botanical illustration, as a past-time, was considered a proper/genteel activity for women who were financially and socially…
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Annapolis Valley Chats: Margaret Drummond and David Whitlaw

Annapolis Valley Chats: Margaret Drummond and David Whitlaw David Whitlaw had a recent chat with GV contributor Margaret Drummond about his involvement in the local theatre community. Margaret Drummond (MD): Tell me a bit about yourself, including where you are from and how long you have lived in the Valley. David Whitlaw (DW): I am a “come from away” from Ontario, where I had a teaching career spanning 38 years. In 2002 after retiring I came to the Valley to visit friends. I really liked the area so made the decision to put down roots. MD: Can you give me…
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Who’s Who: Brooke Johnson and Her Trudeau Stories!

Who’s Who: Brooke Johnson and Her Trudeau Stories! By Mike Butler As the Valley Summer Theatre show “I Do, I Do” closes, a new show moves into the Al Whittle Theatre to round out their ninth season and I want to share the story of the special woman behind it. Trudeau Stories, a one-woman spectacle comes to town from August 10 to August 13 and here’s some background on Brooke Johnson, writer and star of the show. Brooke Johnson was born in Toronto in the early sixties. Her family moved out of the city, when she was 9 until age…
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