Who’s Who

Who’s Who: Ian Gilmore & Amy Reitsma, The I Do, I Do Duo

Who’s Who: Ian Gilmore & Amy Reitsma, The I Do, I Do Duo By Mike Butler What an exciting Who’s Who! I rarely get to write about duos, but this one is so special that I couldn’t resist. Ian Gilmore and Amy Reitsma are coming to Wolfville this month to perform in Valley Summer Theatre’s ninth season opener I Do! I Do! and I want to tell you all about them and this fantastic show. Let’s start with Amy! Amy Reitsma is originally from Seabright. She attended Queen’s University for music (singing), and after graduating she worked in theatre and…
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Who’s Who: Chief Sidney Peters

Who’s Who: Chief Sidney Peters By Mike Butler   What a true honour it is to share this ‘Who’s Who’ profile with you! This fascinating man came my way via recommendation (which sometimes produces the most interesting ‘Who’s Who’ articles), and I am so thankful my email was working that day! It has been a superb experience getting to know Chief Sidney Peters through our interview and I’m delighted to share his story with you. Chief Sidney Peters is the 13th of 14 children to the past Chief Joseph Peters and Doris Peters. He was born and raised in Middleton,…
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Who’s Who: Jeremy Lutes

Who’s Who: Jeremy Lutes By Mike Butler This ‘Who’s Who’ is about a real prince of a fella everyone! I’ve known Jeremy Lutes, and his wonderful parents, for many years, but it wasn’t until recently when I interviewed Jeremy on my half-hour discussion show on Eastlink TV called Annapolis Valley In-Focus, that we really got to know each other well. Jeremy is an intelligent, positive, talented, and genuinely nice person, and I’m very excited to feature him here. Jeremy Germain Lutes was the last baby (or so he was told) born in the Wolfville hospital and, believe it or not…
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Who’s Who: Diana Shelley

Who’s Who: Diana Shelley By Mike Butler Have you ever had that moment where you’ve seen a face for years, interacted with that face, and felt like you knew that person, but actually could not make the connection when that person and you shared a half a dozen emails because you never knew their name? It wasn’t until Diana Shelley sent me her photo for this profile that the light bulb in my little brain came on and EUREKA, I made the connection of DIANA being the lady I’ve served coffee too (small coffee in the square bottom cup) for…
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Who’s Who: Justin Brown, Music Man!

Who’s Who: Justin Brown, Music Man! By Mike Butler Greetings Grapevine readers! I got a pretty special gent to tell you about in this issue’s Who’s Who. This is a really neat story of someone who was involved with theatre years ago, who came to my attention through their day job, and then out of nowhere burst back into the musical theatre scene in the Valley. He is really embracing his love and passion for entertaining audiences, and I am so excited to tell you about Justin Brown and the upcoming production he’s in – The Music Man! This handsome,…
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Who’s Who: Zoe D’Amato, The Grapevine Globe Trekker

Who’s Who: Zoe D’Amato, The Grapevine Globe Trekker By Mike Butler Good afternoon everyone… Well, I guess if you’re not reading this article in the afternoon that greeting doesn’t make sense, but I am writing this piece on a gorgeous afternoon, so just roll with me. What a treat this “Who’s Who” article is for me. I think, in my seven years of writing for The Grapevine, this will be my first “Who’s Who” about a member of The Grapevine family. There are so many hands that go into making The Grapevine such a terrific publication that I thought I…
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Who’s Who: Emma, Susan & Carole, The Ladies of Daisy Roots

Who’s Who: Emma, Susan & Carole, The Ladies of Daisy Roots By Mike Butler Good Day Readers, It’s the first day of spring and it’s snowing, blowing, and freezing outside. I’m from Nova Scotia so this is not unusual. I know spring is right around the corner but for now, I know where I can find some warm smiles, some springy customer service, and the feeling of fun and excitement that spring brings. Take a jaunt over to Daisy Roots in Port Williams and get acquainted with Emma, Susan, and Carole! Here’s a little bit about this wonderful shop and…
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WHO’S WHO: Janet Rendell, Let Me Hear Your Body Talk!

WHO’S WHO: Janet Rendell, Let Me Hear Your Body Talk! By Mike Butler Does your body talk? What does it say if it does? Have you every looked at someone and been able to know how they’re feeling based on their body language? Of course you have because anyone with a visible injury, someone who might be grieving, exercising etc., all display how their body is feeling. Your body has a language and yes your body talks and there are people out there who specialize in listening to how bodies talk. Janet Rendell, The Bodytalker, recently contacted me and invited…
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Who’s Who: Stephane Levac, Hey Good Lookin’, Whatcha Got Cookin’?

Who’s Who: Stephane Levac, Hey Good Lookin’, Whatcha Got Cookin’? By Mike Butler I scroll through the Facebook feed a lot… I’m a man about town so I have to keep up on all the business that’s happening, and every now and then I see these great photos of delicious-looking food and the occasional smirking selfies of the man behind these scrumptious dishes, Stephane Levac. I am very excited to tell you about this truly wonderful man, talented chef, and inspiration to many. I’m glad he agreed to be a part of my Who’s Who column. Stephane Levac and his…
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WHO’S WHO: Crissi Cochrane – Music to our Ears

WHO’S WHO: Crissi Cochrane – Music to our Ears By Mike Butler I am always honoured to feature young, blossoming talent here in my column. There’s so much of it here in the Valley and to have the opportunity to share it with my readers is a wonderful feeling. Having just finished directing a production of Grease, with a cast of mostly young adults, I cannot tell you how awed I was at the talented singers, dancers, and actors I was able to work with. And over the years I have been blessed to meet and write about many budding…
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