Who’s Who

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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Who’s Who: Allan Billard, Nova Scotia Proud

Who’s Who: Allan Billard, Nova Scotia Proud By Mike Butler Welcome to 2017! Here’s to another wonderful year of adventures and fun. 2016 was an exciting year for me as a “journalist” getting to meet and write about some amazing people who live here in the Valley and beyond. I’m looking forward to what 2017 brings my way including those community-minded folks who end up in this column. Allan Billard’s name came my way late in 2016 for a profile but I decided to hang onto it until the New Year as a way to kick off the 2017 crop…
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Who’s Who: Ebenezer Scrooge – In the Spirit

Who’s Who: Ebenezer Scrooge – In the Spirit By Mike Butler ‘Tis the season for two of my favourite things, Christmas and my Holiday Who’s Who! Christmas makes me quite giddy! The music, the colours, the gift giving, the time with family and friends, and the feeling of joy and happiness this season brings. I’m a very lucky man to have had a life filled with warm holiday memories, lots of love, and good health, and I’ve never taken for granted what I have. I make it a point to give as much of myself at this time of year…
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Who’s Who: Wendy Elliot, A WOW Woman

Who’s Who: Wendy Elliot, A WOW Woman By Mike Butler This is big news everyone! I mean really BIG news! With this Who’s Who profile I have finally scored what was once the impossible: an interview with Wendy Elliott! Why is this so big? Because Wendy the journalist is now the subject, as opposed to being the writer… under the sharp wit and probing mind of ME! I’m so excited to tell you about this very special person with whom, I’m sure, we all have a connection to somehow. When I was 13 years old I travelled to Italy. As…
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