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Pretty Ditties Album Review: Seeking Commotion – Andy & Ariana

If Andy and Ariana were a cheese, they’d be a cheddar, aged, with something like cardamom or caraway mixed in—you see them everywhere, everybody likes them, they go well with everything, yet there is something of the exotic in there, and a pervading sense of fine craftsmanship. When they’re not appreciating fancy cheeses, these kingpins of the Wolfville music scene have been gearing up to release eleven sensual new tracks on their forthcoming album, Seeking Commotion, at a concert extravaganza on October 16th. All the elements you’ve come to know and love are there: Ariana’s pure, expressive vocals and soul-stirring…
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Deep Roots 2010

Dig out your seat cushions, grab your water bottles, and put on your “music” caps cuz Deep Roots is just around the corner and you aren’t gonna wanna miss a note of it!  Since its inception in 2003, the Canadian Deep Roots Music Festival has become a vital part of the Wolfville scene.  Next weekend, dozens of performers and hundreds of music lovers will come here to enjoy or create the blues/jazz/roots/country/folk/etc. sounds that are about to erupt all over town. The Mainstage shows on Friday and Saturday night take place at Acadia University’s Convocation Hall (hence the call for seat…
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Jake’s Gift

For the centenary of the Canadian Navy this year, Vancouver-based actor/writer Julia Mackey is bringing her one-woman show to Wolfville and Nova Scotia. Billed as an inspiring and touching piece of theatre, Jake’s Gift has toured the country for 300 performances and is currently on stage in England. Mackey has created a play about a crusty, old Canadian World War II veteran, and an innocent little French girl who happen to meet on Juno Beach. A funny, heartwarming show that pays tribute to the history and importance of Canada’s veterans, Jake’s Gift will be in Wolfville for one night, Sept….
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Editor’s Update

Well, we’re officially late. We apologize to the loyal readership for the delay just as we say sorry to our amazing advertisers. Their support makes the GV possible. Please support them as much as you can. Why the delay? Hurricanes, heat waves & Labour Day aside, there was another major responsibility coinciding with this Grapevine week. Although the upcoming Deep Roots Festival is a few weeks away (Sept 24th – 26th), their team has been working diligently to get things in order. One of these responsibilities is their 48-page program booklet which Jocelyn was asked to design. The combined efforts of…
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Papilio to play at Evergreen Theatre

The next offering at the Evergreen Theatre in East Margaretsville is an emerging Celtic group from Halifax, whose members have some pretty impressive musical chops. The concert is on Saturday August 21 and reservations/tickets can be obtained online at www.evergreentheatre.ca, or at evergreentheatre@gmail.com or 902-825-6834. Papilio, a neo-traditional band from Nova Scotia, captures the spirit and drive of traditional Celtic, Folk, Nordic, and World music while giving it a new, contemporary, creative twist that is all their own. More than a Ceilidh band, they are a progressive neo-traditional trio that invites the listener on an auditory journey through Ireland, Scotland, the Maritimes,…
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The Woman in Black next up for Valley Summer Theatre

On June 7th 1989 Stephen Mallatratt’s play The Woman in Black opened at the Fortune Theatre in West End London and it has been running there ever since.  Over 7 million people have now seen that West End London production, which has just passed Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats to become the fifth longest running play in the history of the West End. It has been described as “one of the most exciting, gripping, and successful theatre events ever staged”. This summer Valley Summer Theatre is delighted to be able to produce The Woman in Black in Wolfville, Nova Scotia at…
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Ridge Fest 2010

In case you haven’t noticed, it’s festival time in Nova Scotia; musical attention is being generated all across this province. From last weekend’s blues & roots Kempt Shore Music Festival to the upcoming alternative Evolve in Antigonish, it seems like every music genre has a place to call its own…including country! When asked why hold Ridgefest – a large country festival – in Port Williams, festival organizer Kevin Brown responded, “It’s a wonderful fit, why not? It reflects the thriving AG industry of the valley and, besides perhaps maybe the Exhibition, there isn’t a large outdoor summer music festival in…
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Letter From Wingfield Farm

NOTE: THE TICKET PRICE LISTED IN THE GRAPEVINE WAS ONLY FOR THE THURSDAY SHOW. ALL OTHER SHOWS: $25.00 + HST adult $18.00 + HST student A few years ago, on June 10, 2006, “Walt Wingfield” passed another milestone in his remarkable career. It was Rod Beattie’s 3,500th performance of a Wingfield play in a little over twenty years. Since their debut at the Orange Hall in Rosemont, Ontario in August 1984, Walt and Rod have delighted capacity audiences across Canada. Valley Summer Theatre is excited to be able to bring Rod Beattie to the Annapolis Valley this summer to star in the play…
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Deep Down in the Sugar Swamp – Album Review

The South Mountain Rock Opera – The Dungaree Brothers with the Hupman Brothers Band For a few glorious moments last Monday night, Paddy’s Pub in Wolfville was transformed from a small-town celtic bar into a down-home dancehall shack out on the bayou. The Dungaree Brothers, together with the Hupman Brothers Band, combined forces to present the South Mountain Swamp Rock Opera to a dance-hungry crowd that lapped up the swampy beats like hot molasses punch. The supergroup played a set at the open mic in anticipation of their CD release concert, coming up on July 3rd in the Al Whittle…
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Uncommon Common Art

For the third year in a row, Uncommon Common Art, the exhibit in nature, is back.  The Valley is host to this art scavenger hunt or art geo-caching or hiking meets art or all of the above.  The project has been described a number of ways, meaning something different to each person, yet it intrigues all. Visitors come to the Valley for many reasons and Kings County is a destination for two distinct reasons; the stunning natural environment that is the Minas Basin Valley and the abundance of creative people that live there. The Uncommon Common Art project was designed…
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